Reading is my ESCAPE from Reality!

“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” 

 

-- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Halloween Bingo Card update 5

Now if I could only catch up on my reading, I could have a Bingo. I have so much reading for school lately, I can't keep up. :(

This weekend I may just have to withdrawal from real life to catch up on reading. :)

 

 

Called squares not yet read: Tombstone

Read squares not yet called: BOO!

Squares called & read: Both

 

 

Calls:

9/1      Ghost

9/3      Cozy Mystery (Not on my card)

9/5      In the Dark, Dark Woods

9/7      Genre: Horror

9/9      Locked Room Mystery (Not on my card)

9/11    Murder Most Foul (Not on my card)

9/13   Witches

9/15   Werewolves

9/17   Modern Masters of Horror

9/19   Terrifying Women

9/21   Diverse Voices

9/23   Haunted Houses

9/25  Serial/Spree Killer

9/27  Terror in a Small Town

9/29  Aliens

10/1  Darkest London

10/3  Gothic

10/5  80's Horror

10/7  Classic Noir (Not on my card)

10/9  Chilling Children

10/11 Magical Realism

 

 

Books read:

Free Space (Creepy Raven): Castle Hangnail

Ghost: Heart-Shaped Box

Genre: Horror: Bird Box

In the Dark, Dark Woods: Suicide Forest

Witches: Forsaken

Vanishing Coin

The Vanishing Coin [The Magic Shop Book 1] - Magician Mike Lane, Kate Egan, Eric Wight

 

I finished reading this to the students today. When I asked if they liked the book, 15 out of the 18 said yes. Their favorite part overall was the magic tricks. They liked when Mike performed the tricks, but they also liked that the book contained instructions for them to learn the tricks too. Next week we are having a magic show, discussing the book, making flyers to help promote the book, and picking our next read.

 

This book is part of a series of books revolving around Mike. He is a smart kid but has difficulty focusing and thinks he isn't good at anything. Then he discovers the White Rabbit and its proprietor, Mr. Zerlin. Mike finds out that he is good at something after all, magic.

 

This book is sure to be a winner with young readers. Many kids love magic and learning magic tricks. Also, many kids will see shades of themselves in this book. Kids often get distracted or have difficulty focusing, and this book allows them to see that it happens to other kids too. It doesn't make them stupid, they just need to find their own kind of magic.

What a great idea to make Halloween more fun for all kids. :)

Teal Pumpkin Project '17- Bringing Awareness and Learning about Children w/ food allergies

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    This is my fourth year supporting this project that's close to my heart, in four years  (Wow, time sure flies!) I've seen more big stores like HEB and Michaels offer ideas and pre-made teal pumpkins ideas.

 

 It's real simple : provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters and paint a pumpkin teal to place in front of your home with a free printable sign from FARE, to indicate you have non-food treats on hand.

 

Teal Pumpkin Project

FARE Blog

 

Making Halloween fun and safe for everyone!

Bingo Call: 10/7

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Classic noir: A subgenre of mystery that includes authors such as Dashiell Hammett, James Cain, Raymond Chandler and Cornell Woolrich. Anything that also qualifies as "hard-boiled" will work for this square.

Shadows of Sherwood

Shadows of Sherwood (Robyn Hoodlum) - Kekla Magoon

 

The sing on the fence said BEWARE OF DOGS.

- first sentence

 

Robyn was the sort of girl who knew not only how many teeth a bulldog had, but also exactly what to do to get a bulldog on her good side.

Chapter 2

 

Robyn had always been the sort of girl who enjoyed breaking the rules. She was almost never where she was supposed to be.

- Chapter 4

 

When Robyn's parents are taken, she is thrust into a world she didn't even know existed. People are suffering and the government is corrupt. Robyn tries to find ways to help people and to thwart the government when she can. She is a strong girl and yet terrified of what happened to her parents. She finds friends, learns how to trust people, and tries to make a difference.

 

This a reimagining of the legend of Robin Hood. Robyn lives in Nott City in her home, Loxley Manor. The counties that surround her home are Sherwood, Nottingham, Excelsior, and Block Six. Robyn and her friends form a band that steals medicine and food from the government and distributes it to the poor.

 

The story is fun, imaginative, and full of adventure. Even though Robyn is strong-willed and independent, she also has doubts about herself and the wisdom of what she is doing.  This a great book for middle readers. I am definitely going to read the sequels. :)

 

Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 142 pages.

The Vanishing Coin [The Magic Shop Book 1] - Magician Mike Lane, Kate Egan, Eric Wight

 

So, I started an after-school "book club" at the library where I volunteer. Our school has a requirement that 4th and 5th-grade students read three Sunshine State nominated books before March. Some students are reluctant readers and some have difficulties with reading. To assist these students, our club meets once a week and I read the book out loud to the students. The first book we chose was Vanishing Coin. 

 

There are 18 students participating. We met twice so far and should be able to finish this book next week. It's a fun book and the students enjoy trying out the magic tricks. :)

Randoms

Randoms - David Liss

 

This is a book written for science fiction fans, in more ways than one.

 

Zeke (the mc) is selected, along with three of Earth's most talented young people, by the Confederation of United Planets to live on their space station for a year. When the Confederation evaluates a species, they always choose four, including one Random. Zeke is Earth's Random.

 

During the journey to the station, the ship is attacked. Zeke manages to destroy the attacking vessel, saving the lives of every being on their ship. But, instead of being hailed as a hero, Zeke is treated as a war criminal by almost everyone. And he is rejected by his own group, including their chaperone, a representative of the state department. Zeke gets together with the alien Randoms, who were also rejected by their own species, and they form a loyal bond.

 

This book is filled with science fiction references that will delight fans: Captain Kirk, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Ender's Game to name a few. Zeke is a sci-fi superfan and he enjoys making connections between his current situation and various shows, movies, and books. 

 

This a great book for middle grade. Zeke faces issues of fitting in, making friends, and having feelings for an alien girl. There are also conspiracies, friendship issues, hidden secrets, and politics. For example, some influential people in the confederation are more interested in saving face than in saving lives. There are a few twists I didn't see coming and a big one that I sort of did, but it's all fun.

 

I enjoyed this one and there are two sequels that I hope to get around to eventually. 

Bingo Call: 10/5/17

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Bingo Call:

 

 

80's horror: any horror published between 1980 and 1989, or which is set in that time period.

 

Share your favorite quote: 50 most powerful quotes from literature

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Thanks to quotes readers can peek into the book just like through the keyhole. Quotes are wise, touching, inspirational, they are also powerful. A quote may become a motto, a leader's pitch, a brand. Let's appreciate the words by sharing your favorite quotes.

 

If you're curious how to find quotes on your BookLikes Dashboard, make sure you choose one of the Dashboard view on the right. Choose "Quote" view and your Dash will presents quote posts from blogs you follow.

 

 

If you enjoy sharing quotes, use the Quote post -- then your writing will be published within a special quote template.

 

 

You can also add a blockquote in your text. Simply mark the words and click the quotation mark on the top border of the editor box and the quote will receive a central placing in your writing. You can switch on/off the blockquote option for the paragraph any time

 

Your Quotes

 

If you follow BookLikes blog you've noticed the Friday Follow Friday with book bloggers interviews where readers are asked to share their favorite quotes. If you've missed the reading, click here to catch up.

 

Charles William Eliot's quote picked by Jennifer's Books

 

Neil Gaiman quote picked by Momma Says to Read

 

Quote from Coraline - Neil Gaiman  picked by Silence in the library

 

Quote fromBlue Lightning by Ann Cleeves  published on Obsession with words blog.

 

C.S. Lewis' quote published on Obsidian Blue blog

 

 

The following graphics presents 50 Most Powerful Quotes From Literature prepared by Essay Writing. And what are your top book quotes?

 

Source: http://essaywritingserviceuk.co.uk/blog/50-most-powerful-quotes-literature
Thanks to Leah's Bookish Obsession for sharing this information. I hate when I have to wait forever for an audiobook or ebook. :)

Have you ever wished your library had more books available to you???

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Did you know, even if you don't live in a certain library's district, you can sign up for an out-of-state eCard to check out eBooks and Audiobooks with.  There's only a few libraries that offer this, especially where they'll mail it to you.  I looked into the different libraries that offer this:

 

Brooklyn Public Library NY-- $50 a year

 

*Orange County Library FL--  $125 a year (this one looks like it might work in a different Country, but I'm not sure of that)

 

*Fairfax County Library VA--  $27 a year

 

*Houston Public Library  TX--  $40 a year

 

*Free Library of Philadelphia  PA--  $50 a year

 

*note--I'm not certain if all these libraries will mail the card to you, but I think they do.

 

After looking into these libraries I decided to go with Brooklyn Public Library and I've been using my card for a couple months now and I think it's worth the $50.  Especially, for the audiobooks.  I did find that my local library has quite a lot of books too, because some of these choices didn't even compare to my KDL.  Also, I still use Overdrive to access the books/audiobooks I check out. After I filled out the application they emailed my card # to me, and also mailed my actual card.  I then paid my fee of $50 and started using my card.

Bingo Call: 10/1/2017

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Bingo Call:

 

 

Darkest London: any mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural book set in London.

Isle of the Lost

Isle of the Lost, The: A Descendants Novel (Descendants, The) - Melissa  de la Cruz

 

What can I say about this book? The reader irritated me with her whiny, nasal voice. She is one of the actors in the Descendants series (which I think is on the Disney Channel). She may be a fine actor, but her reading was all about OVER-acting.

 

The story itself was interesting. The villains have all been exiled to the Isle of the Lost. There is a magical shield that prevents the use of magic. The children of the worst Disney villains are trying to live up to expectations of their parents. There is a quest and the villain children bond and blah blah blah. 

 

I liked the idea of the villains trying to live without magic. But, it seemed a travesty that the children are being punished for the sins of their parents. The food and everything else on the island comes from the stuff that the "good guys" in Auradon throw away. I guess either they aren't worthy of better or they don't care, I'm not sure which.

 

My least favorite part was when they plugged the Disney Channel show at the end of the audiobook. It was like the whole book was written as a commercial for the series.

Bingo Call: 9/29

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Aliens: beings from outer space.

Bingo Call: 9/27/2017

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Bingo Call:

 

 

Terror in a small town: horror/murder which causes fear, set in a small town.

Halloween Bingo Card update 4

Called squares not yet read: Tombstone

Read squares not yet called: BOO!

Squares called & read: Both

 

 

Calls:

9/1      Ghost

9/3      Cozy Mystery (Not on my card)

9/5      In the Dark, Dark Woods

9/7      Genre: Horror

9/9      Locked Room Mystery (Not on my card)

9/11    Murder Most Foul (Not on my card)

9/13   Witches

9/15   Werewolves

9/17   Modern Masters of Horror

9/19   Terrifying Women

9/21   Diverse Voices

9/23   Haunted Houses

9/25  Serial/Spree Killer

 

 

 

 

 

Books read:

Free Space (Creepy Raven): Castle Hangnail

Ghost: Heart-Shaped Box

Genre: Horror: Bird Box

In the Dark, Dark Woods: Suicide Forest

Witches: Forsaken

 

Forsaken

Forsaken: Book one of the Shadow Cove Saga - J.D. Barker

 

 

 

Forsaken was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award by the Horror Writers Association for the Best Debut Novel in 2014. So, I had high hopes, but I ended up with mixed feelings about this one.

 

One of my favorite parts of this book was the fact that it contains a clever nod to Stephen King. The main character, Thad, is a horror writer. The book begins with his wife, Rachael calling directory assistance to find the number for a store called Needful Things in Castle Rock. Yes, THE Needful Things, from the novel by Stephen King. I really enjoyed that little part and how it fits in with the story.

 

From the beginning of the book, there are obvious supernatural elements. Rachael is pregnant and seems to have promised the baby to a witch. Thad has just written a novel which connects him and his family to an ancient, and very powerful witch. 

 

The story has a lot of creepy elements including little demons (about the size of rats, but more vicious), magic spells, cursed objects, and a witch trying to be reborn. Chapters alternate between the present time and 1692. The chapters from the past are in the form of a journal written by a witness to the witch's trial.

 

One of the things that really bothered me about this novel is that it claims to be Book One of the Shadow Cove Saga. The ending is an obvious set up for the next book, but I searched the internet and can find nothing that indicates another book even exists, let alone an entire series. 

 

I was never really scared when I was reading this story, and I had an idea of what would happen. But, it's possible that I have been desensitized by my frequent reading of scary stories. I also love horror movies but have a hard time finding one that actually scares me.

 

The story itself was a little disjointed and there were details the author just left hanging that didn't end up meaning anything. I would read the next book, in the hopes that things became clearer, but.... oh well. 

 

I read this book for the Witches square, because of the crazy, evil, powerful witch. :)

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