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

Sometimes you need a monster...

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness, Jim Kay

The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do.

opening lines


The monster says that Conor is the one who called him. But Conor doesn't understand - if the monster isn't here to save his mother, then why? The monster tells Conor three stories and then asks Conor to tell his truth. Conor's truth is the one thing he doesn't want to face. Conor's mother has cancer and is undergoing treatment. Conor feels like he is invisible at school and he is feeling many different emotions that he doesn't know how to deal with. Conor's grandmother comes to help, but Conor feels like she just makes things worse.


This is an amazing story. It deals with the difficult subject of terminal illness and the emotions all family members face in this situation, especially children. The monster is a great character and the stories he tells have meanings even though Conor has difficulty figuring them out.


Conor is going through such a difficult time and I really felt for him. I understood his anger and just wanted to give him a hug. The people around Conor want to help him, but they really don't know how. I think that happens a lot in these situations because like Conor, people don't always know what they want or need.


I haven't seen the movie yet, but I'm planning to. If it is anything like the book, I will like it, but I'm not getting my hopes up.

Dia de los Muertos

Ghosts - Raina Telgemeier, Raina Telgemeier



This is a cute graphic novel by the same author who brought us Sisters, Smile, and Drama.


The students in our Elementary school library love Telgemeier's books. This book brings up some serious issues including childhood cystic fibrosis, death, and fear. But the tone of the story isn't too serious.


Cat is upset about moving and worried about her younger sister Maya. But at the same time, Cat wants to be able to do her own thing without feeling guilty. Cat is sad about leaving her friends and moving to a new place and then she finds out the new town is filled with ghosts. She is angry and terrified at the same time. Celebrating the Day of the Dead helps Cat get more in touch with her feelings and her Mexican heritage.


This is a cute story with bright, colorful illustrations. It is aimed at the middle-grade student, probably 3rd thru 8th grade, depending on reading level. I like the way Telgemeier approaches serious issues in a way that kids understand and enjoy.


I read this book for my Graphic Novels class. :)



Booklikes-opoly status update

Bank: $64.00


June 26th

Finished The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (Talking animals)

277 pages = $6.00


Free Read Friday

Book: Decelerate Blue by Adam Rapp & Mike Cavallaro


Roll: 9

Landed on Electric Company

Book: Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter



Bank: $58.00


June 18th

Finished The Big Fear by Andrew Case (Main character knows how to handle a gun)

274 pages = $3.00

(Memorial Day Extra Roll 2)


Finished Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve (Steampunk) 

325 pages = $3.00

(Memorial Day Extra Roll 1)


Roll: 5

Landed on Fantasyland 7

Book: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (Talking animals)


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Reading progress update: I've listened 1620 out of 1665 minutes.

Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower IV) - Stephen King



I LOVE this book. The Wizard of Oz, The Stand and Roland's "ka-tet" all coming together. Amazing!! King is truly a master storyteller.

BLopoly Electric Company Read

Every Ugly Word - Aimee L. Salter

So, I landed on the Electric Company - Read a book where a main character is in STEM, or where the author's first and last name contain all of the letters in "Tesla".



I decided to go with author's first and last name contains the letters in "Tesla." The book I chose is Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter. I found it on my Kindle tbr list. :)

My first Free Read Friday

Decelerate Blue - Adam Rapp, Mike Cavallaro




I started this book today as a choice novel for my Graphic Novel class. Luckily, it can also count as my first Free Read Friday book. :)

Booklikes-opoly 6/23 roll






I rolled a 9 and landed on the Electric Company (15) space.



Read a book where a main character is in STEM, or where the author's first and last name contain all of the letters in "Tesla".


Now to the shelves, actual and virtual....

When Technology and Nature collide...

The Wild Robot - Peter Brown


We are geese,

And geese keep going.


We're a strange family.

But I kind of like it that way.


Ahh, this book. I didn't think I was going to like this one. I read it because it's a Sunshine State nominated book for the 2017-18 school year, and it fit the talking animals BLopoly space that I landed on.


The name of the robot is Roz and she has a lot of knowledge, but she doesn't know how to survive on this island. Roz is having difficulties until she realizes that she can learn from the animals. Once Roz realizes the animals are talking, she also realizes she can communicate with them. One day, Roz accidentally destroys a goose nest and can save only one egg. This leads to some pretty amazing and heart-warming moments that I really enjoyed. The ending is a bit sad but hints at the sequel which is coming out later this year.


The story is more than a bit quirky, but that's what makes it so much fun. I think it will be a big hit with our 3rd - 5th graders this coming school year. Though I'm sure it will appeal to older kids and adults as well.


Oh, and the illustrations really bring it all together.




I read this book for the Fantasyland 7 space, and this is my first book after the big shakeup. At 277 pages it is worth: $6.00



Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet (1-4)

Black Panther (2016-) #2 - Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 - Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 3 (Black Panther (2016-)) - Brian Stelfreeze, Ta-Nehisi Coates Black Panther #4 - Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze



I read this comic book series for my graphic novel class. I went into it knowing nothing about the Black Panther except having seen him in an Avenger's movie I think. I found this series of comic books more than a bit confusing. So many characters to keep track of and so many story lines that I didn't really understand. But, the main story is good, and if you know the backstory, maybe it will be easier to follow and understand.

Too tired to roll tonight...



So, I was thinking about rolling tonight because I finished my book. I usually write the review, then roll, and then pick a new book. But I was ready to change my pattern and roll tonight so I could start reading. Then I realized it is too complicated to roll, figure out my square and then pick a book tonight.


PLUS, I have two or three books started that are not part of the game. I should just read one of them tonight. I've been neglecting them in favor of BLopoly (LOVE this abbreviation btw whoever started it).


So, I'm going to roll tomorrow...


Monster Calls tonight I think

Booklikes-opoly Fantasyland 7 Read

The Wild Robot - Peter Brown



The main character is a robot, but she interacts and talks to the animals on the island. So, talking animals (check) and a sunshine state 17-18 book (check). Perfect!!

Booklikes-opoly 6/18 roll






I rolled a 5 and landed on Fantasyland 7 - Mr. Toad's Wild Ride



Time to look at my shelves...

Who is Fever Crumb?

Fever Crumb - Philip Reeve


I have to admit, I'm relieved to be finished reading this book. I borrowed it from my school library because it wasn't being checked out and I wanted to see if I could find readers for it. I need to know a book to really promote it. However, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. Which is sad because I hear so many good things about the Mortal Engines series by Philip Reeve.


I didn't realize this was a prequel series until I looked into the next book on Amazon. And why would I look into the next book in the series considering my experience with this book? Honestly, the best part of the book was the last 26 pages.


Up until that point, I found all of the characters to be selfish and self-serving. Fever, the main character, has been taught to hide her emotions because they are foolish and irrational. This makes it difficult to connect with her or even like her. The engineer Fever is sent to help (Kit) seems more in touch with his emotions, but even he has selfish motives for asking Fever to work with him. The Scrivens and the skinners seem like two awful sides of the same coin. Apparently even in the future, society is ruled by hate and fear.


So, I'm torn. I may read the next book in the series or skip right to the Mortal Engines series or even just give up on it completely. If any of you have read the series, I would love to hear your input. :)


I read this book as my second Memorial Day extra roll, space Paradise Pier 28, a book tagged steampunk on GR.


Murder, Conspiracy, Greed.

The Big Fear (Hollow City Series) - Andrew Case

Ralph Mulino hated the sea. He was comfortable in the stairwells of housing projects and the stubble of vacant lots, but on the water he felt exposed.

-First sentence


So, Ralph is a cop and in the first chapter, he shoots another cop who is sneaking around a crime scene with his gun drawn. But, when the crime scene is processed, no gun is found. The book follows Ralph, Leonard Mitchell (who works at the Department to Investigate Misconduct and Corruption), and Christine Davenport (Leonard's boss) as they try to discover who is setting Ralph up and who is behind the disasters occurring around the city.


I found this book just ok. I didn't particularly like any of the characters and the conspiracy was kind of dull. There actually was a twist at the end that I didn't expect but not enough to make up for the rest of the book. 


I read this book for one of my Memorial Day extra rolls, the Frontierland 2 space (main character knows how to handle a gun).


Graphic novel adaptation...

Legend: The Graphic Novel - Marie Lu


Okay, so I'll be straight with you. I loved the Legend series by Marie Lu - a well-written story with amazing characters. I have an assignment for my graphic novel class to write a paper about a graphic novel adaptation. I chose to go with Legend because I know the story well and I loved it.


I wasn't disappointed. The artwork sets the right tone for the story, and Daniel & June are portrayed perfectly. Nothing important is left out. I loved this version, and I'm looking forward to reading the next two in the trilogy. Very well done!


If you enjoyed the Legend series, then you should definitely give this version a shot.

Jackson's grandson takes on her classic story...

Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery": The Authorized Graphic Adaptation - Miles Hyman


Miles Hyman is the grandson of Shirley Jackson, and he has adapted her classic story into a graphic novel. The artwork is gorgeous and the faces full of expression. The graphic novel format adds another dimension to this creepy tale.


There is a bit of brief nudity which I don't really see the need for, but it isn't too graphic (just a woman taking a bath).


I enjoyed this version and it stays faithful to the original. Definitely a must-read if you are a fan of Shirley Jackson - more than worth your time.


I read this for my Graphic Novel class (and yes, it's as fun as it sounds).



Currently reading

Every Ugly Word
Aimee L. Salter
Decelerate Blue
Adam Rapp, Mike Cavallaro
The Three Musketeers
Alexandre Dumas
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Art Spiegelman
Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower IV)
Stephen King
Progress: 1620/1665 minutes
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Firoozeh Dumas

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