Friday, May 18, 2018

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

Hitty, Her First Hundred YearsFrom Goodreads:    Hitty is a doll of great charm and character. It is indeed a privilege to publish her memoirs, which, besides being full of the most thrilling adventures on land and sea, also reveal her delightful personality. One glance at her portrait will show that she is no ordinary doll. Hitty, or Mehitable as she was really named, was made in the early 1800s for Phoebe Preble, a little girl from Maine. Young Phoebe was very proud of her beautiful doll and took her everywhere, even on a long sailing trip in a whaler. This is the story of Hitty's years with Phoebe, and the many that follow in the life of a well-loved doll.







My Thoughts:

-    I actually liked this Newbery Award winner. It was slow at times, but I liked Hitty and most of her adventures.

-    I really liked Hitty's down to earth personality. She was just happy to be around. She didn't mind who played with her or admired her as long as she had an owner who took care of her.

-    Hitty was the luckiest doll EVER! I can't believe she survived some of her adventures, especially being tossed into the ocean.

-    I liked most of the people that Hitty encountered. Each person was interesting in their own way.

-    Not bad for a 1920s book! 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

By Your Side

By Your SideGoodreads Synopsis:    When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

My Thoughts:

-    This book pleasantly surprised me. I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected.

-    When I heard the library in this story was patterned after my own library, I knew I was going to read it. I love my library!

-    I thought the characters were going to spend the whole book in the library, but I was happy that they didn't, and I got to read about the aftermath stuff.

-    I liked that this wasn't just a romance. Dax and Autumn had issues to deal with. I like that Autumn was sensitive about her anxiety. A lot of people are scared to be open. 

-    I liked the characters, and there was great character development.

-    There were some eh moments, and there were some eye rolling moments, but overall it was a fun fluff book. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Ivy and Bean Bound to Be Bad

Ivy and Bean: Bound to be Bad (Ivy and Bean, #5)From Goodreads:    The adventures of Ivy and Bean continue in the latest installment from series creators Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall. In Ivy and Bean Bound to Be Bad the two girls decide to be so good and kind and pure of thought that wild animals will befriend them. When this doesn't work, they decide that perhaps a little badness can be good.











My Thoughts:

-    When I was little, I wanted animals to be my friends just like in Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Sadly, I could never get a bird to land on my finger. I think it is hilarious that Ivy and Bean try to get animals to flock to them by being extra good.

-    I love when Bean decides she wants to be bad instead of good. She does some funny things. 

-    Can you believe Gnome and I have read 5 of these!? The series really grows on you. 

-    Gnome and I both enjoyed this. I think Gnome enjoys these more than me, but I think they are cute and true to life. 

Previous Books

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Ivy and Bean Take Care of the Babysitter (Ivy and Bean, #4)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon

Gay-Neck: The Story of a PigeonFrom Goodreads:    Writing out of his own experience as a boy in India, Dhan Gopal Mukerji tells how Gay-Neck's master sent his prized pigeon to serve in World War I, and of how, because of his exceptional training and his brave heart, Gay-Neck served his new masters heroically. Winner of the 1928 Newbery Medal.













My Thoughts:

-    There were some interesting moments, but mostly I was really bored. 

-    When the pigeon would tell the story, it was kinda weird. I didn't like that the perspectives would change. 

-    These books from the 1920s are slow going. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

All's Faire in Middle School

33517044Goodreads Synopsis:    The author of Roller Girl is back with a graphic novel about starting middle school, surviving your embarrassing family, and the Renaissance Faire.

Eleven-year-old Imogene (Impy) has grown up with two parents working at the Renaissance Faire, and she's eager to begin her own training as a squire. First, though, she'll need to prove her bravery. Luckily Impy has just the quest in mind--she'll go to public school after a life of being homeschooled! But it's not easy to act like a noble knight-in-training in middle school. Impy falls in with a group of girls who seem really nice (until they don't) and starts to be embarrassed of her thrift shop apparel, her family's unusual lifestyle, and their small, messy apartment. Impy has always thought of herself as a heroic knight, but when she does something really mean in order to fit in, she begins to wonder whether she might be more of a dragon after all.

My Thoughts:

-    This was such a great book! This is a must read for Telgemeier fans and Roller Girl fans.

-    I loved how much I related to Imogene. I've never been a part of a Renaissance Faire, but I've lived through middle school, and it is an awkward time of life. 

-    I loved Impy's struggles and character development. She makes not-so-good choices, and has to fix them and recover from the consequences. 

-    I really enjoyed all the side characters as well, especially the Faire people. 

-    I think this book has something for everyone. I loved it!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Long Way Down

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Goodreads Synopsis:
A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he? 

As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn’s gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually used his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck’s in the elevator?

Just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Will doesn’t know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES.

And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END…if WILL gets off that elevator.

My Thoughts:

-    I think my expectations for this book were a little too high. My library director highly recommended this book, and he has great taste in books.

-    I loved the whole idea of this story. I think it is a topic that a lot of people avoid or don't know about.

-    I really liked the characters, especially Will and his inner struggle.

-    I usually love books in verse, and I liked this one, but I really wish there had been more content. I wish Will spent more time getting to know the people on each floor. The book is fairly short, so I think it would have been okay to add some more content. 

-    Overall, I liked it, but I it left me hanging. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Battlefront - Twilight Company

Battlefront - Twilight CompanyFrom Goodreads   A companion novel inspired by the hotly anticipated videogame Star Wars: Battlefront, this action-packed adventure follows a squad of soldiers caught in the trenches of the ultimate galactic war between good and evil.

The bravest soldiers. The toughest warriors. The ultimate survivors.

Among the stars and across the vast expanses of space, the Galactic Civil War rages. On the battlefields of multiple worlds in the Mid Rim, legions of ruthless stormtroopers—bent on crushing resistance to the Empire wherever it arises—are waging close and brutal combat against an armada of freedom fighters. In the streets and alleys of ravaged cities, the front-line forces of the Rebel Alliance are taking the fight to the enemy, pushing deeper into Imperial territory and grappling with the savage flesh-and-blood realities of war on the ground.

Leading the charge are the soldiers—men and women, human and nonhuman—of the sixty-first mobile infantry, better known as Twilight Company. Hard-bitten, war-weary, and ferociously loyal to one another, the members of this renegade outfit doggedly survive where others perish, and defiance is their most powerful weapon against the deadliest odds. When orders come down for the Rebels to fall back in the face of superior opposition numbers and firepower, Twilight reluctantly complies. Then an unlikely ally radically changes the strategic equation—and gives the Alliance’s hardest-fighting warriors a crucial chance to turn retreat into resurgence.

Orders or not, alone and outgunned but unbowed, Twilight Company locks, loads, and prepares to make its boldest maneuver—trading down-and-dirty battle in the trenches for a game-changing strike at the ultimate target: the very heart of the Empire’s military machine.


My Thoughts:

-    I didn't care for this book. It didn't feel like a Star Wars book to me.

-    I didn't like that the main characters didn't believe in what they were fighting for, and they were just waiting for an opportunity to leave Twilight Company. That isn't what the Rebels are about.

-    Some of the battles were fun, but most of the book was pretty slow.

-    I love the Battlefront games, but I haven't played the new one. I was worried they wouldn't be able to make a story out of the game, and I was right.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Color

Created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in Jan 2018

Top Ten Books with My Favorite Color on the Cover

I love easy prompts like this!

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Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow The Phantom Tollbooth
The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1) Sea Glass (Glass, #2)
The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3) The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice, #3)

Monday, May 7, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War

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My Thoughts:

-    I thought the movie was good. I liked it a lot better than some of the other MCU movies. 

-    I loved all the moments right out of the comics. Things happened just as they should have. Yay!

-    There was a whole lot of handsome on the screen! Seeing some of these guys in the same shots was awesome! I would love to see Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr. do another movie together.

-    The Chris-off was my favorite! I loved Chris Pratt and Chris Hemsworth's exchange on the Milano. It was hilarious!! 

-    I loved teenage Groot!

-    There were a lot of funny moments. I laughed a lot.

-    I miss Adam Warlock and Silver Surfer. I understand why Silver Surfer can't be in the film, but what happened to Adam Warlock? We saw his cocoon at the end of Guardians 2, but where did he go? How will they defeat Thanos without him?

-    I'm also wondering if Lady Death is going to make an appearance. 

-    I'm excited to see Captain Marvel in the next movie!!

-    I'm glad they did the Infinity War in two parts. I was worried about everything they were going to have to squeeze into this movie, so I'm glad it is going to be two movies.

-    Overall, this is one of the better MCU movies. I liked it. 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Judy: A Legendary Film Career

Judy: A Legendary Film CareerFrom Goodreads:    Through her incomparable work on screen, stage, record, radio, and television, Judy Garland earned renown as “The World’s Greatest Entertainer.” It was as a motion picture star though, that she first rose to international fame. From her feature film debut in 1936 through the aptly titled I Could Go on Singing in 1963, she lit up the screen with a magic uniquely hers—and dazzled world-wide audiences of all ages.
 
Judy Garland starred in two dozen of the all-time classic movie musicals, among them A Star is BornMeet Me in St. LouisBabes in Arms, Easter ParadeFor Me and My Gal, and The Harvey Girls. Her dramatic turns in Judgment at NurembergThe Clock, and A Child is Waiting won added acclaim. And perhaps most unforgettably, she starred as Dorothy Gale in the best-loved motion picture of all time: The Wizard of Oz.
 
Judy: A Legendary Film Career tells the story of Garland’s movie work in unprecedented detail. Hundreds of never-before-published photos, newly-assembled contemporary reviews, insight from her costars and coworkers, and production histories are provided for each film in which she appeared. Highlighting and complimenting the feature films is a definitive biography; an examination of Judy’s short subjects; details of the movies she did not complete; and an enthralling compendium of film projects for which she was considered or rumored. The text is illustrated by more than five hundred photos, encompassing poster art; costume tests; behind-the-scenes candids; onstage and backstage glimpses of her theatrical successes; and personal snapshots.
 
Judy is the exhaustively researched work of historian John Fricke. He celebrates as never before the heart, humor, and incandescent motion picture achievement of the one-and-only Judy Garland.

My Thoughts:

-    I'm a big Judy Garland fan, and I really enjoyed this book.

-    I love that this book was a biography on Judy's life and her career. It covered both equally.

-    I feel bad for all the struggles Judy had in her life. I really believe that MGM should have been held accountable to what they did to her as a girl. I wish Judy could have gotten the help and rest that she needed. I'm glad that she had a lot of good things in her life as well. 

-    I liked the way this book was formatted. I loved going through every single movie and getting all the quotes and everything.

-    Judy was SO talented. Singing, dancing, and acting came so natural to her, and I think she was one of the greatest entertainers in all of history. When she is on the screen, I can't help watching.