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“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

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Announcing: Kill Your Darlings - a booklikes murder mystery reading game

Reblogged from Moonlight Reader:


Ever since Tigus mentioned his old Murder Mystery Game, I've been wracking my brains for a way to adapt it to a Booklikes Reading Game.


And By George, I think I've got it.


What this game is:


A fun-filled opportunity to solve a crime - by reading books!

A game that can be played either individually, or in teams!


What this game is not:


A game where you must read mysteries. Multi-genre play is absolutely available!


Game play will begin as close to March 1 as I can get the game ready. Rules and game ephemera forthcoming!



Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Awkward - Svetlana Chmakova


Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don't get noticed by the mean kids.


Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them.


Penelope Torres (Peppi) is thinking of these rules as she starts a new school. When a boy (Jaime) tries to help her pick up all her stuff, the mean kids start calling her Nerder Girlfriend. Embarrassed, Peppi pushes Jaime and runs away. She feels guilty and spends most of her time trying to figure out how to apologize. When a rivalry heats up between Peppi's art club and Jaime's science club, things become even more awkward.


This is a charming middle school story that kids will enjoy. It is age appropriate for 3rd grade and up - no violence or bad words - just a sweet story with a hopeful ending. The graphics are expressive and fun, a highly recommended graphic novel.

# 7, 8, 9 in The Series of Unfortunate Events

The Vile Village - Lemony Snicket The Hostile Hospital - Brett Helquist, Lemony Snicket The Carnivorous Carnival - Lemony Snicket

In The Vile Village, an entire village decides to adopt the Baudelaire orphans. But, instead of taking care of them, the villagers just put them to work. Nothing goes easy for the Baudelaires but they pull together to survive and protect each other. 


From Amazon re: The Hostile Hospital.

In Lemony Snicket's eighth ghastly installment in A Series of Unfortunate Events, I'm sorry to say that the Baudelaire orphans will spend time in a hospital where they risk encountering a misleading newspaper headline, unnecessary surgery, an intercom system, anesthesia, heart-shaped balloons, and some very startling news about a fire.

From Amazon re: The Carnivorous Carnival.

A carnival is a place for good family fun—as long as one has a family, that is. For the Baudelaire orphans, their time at the carnival turns out to be yet another episode in a now unbearable series of unfortunate events. In fact, in this appalling ninth installment in Lemony Snicket's serial, the siblings must confront a terrible lie, a caravan, and Chabo the wolf baby.


Throughout the three books, the Baudelaires find more clues about the initials VFD and what happened to their parents. Then again, everything they learn only leads to more questions. Count Olaf continues his villanous behavior and efforts to get his hands on the Baudelaire fortune. The warnings from Snicket to stop reading still make me laugh as do his explanations of what words mean (always set in the context of the story).


# 4, 5, 6 in The Series of Unfortunate Events

The Miserable Mill - Lemony Snicket The Austere Academy - Michael Kupperman, Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist The Ersatz Elevator - Brett Helquist, Lemony Snicket, Michael Kupperman

The Miserable Mill and The Austere Academy are books 4 & 5 in the series. Both involve the same plotline as books 2 & 3... No one ever recognizes Count Olaf in his ridiculous costumes except the Baudelaires, and no one ever believes them. And in the end, when Count Olaf is finally discovered, he escapes. In the Miserable Mill, the children are forced to work in a lumber mill, and the Austere Academy takes place in a boarding school. At the school, the Baudelaires finally meet some friends their own age who believe them.


In the Ersatz Elevator, the formula finally changes. The Baudelaires are adopted by a wealthy family near where their home burned down. As the back of the book says,

"Even though their new home in the city is fancy, and the children are clever and charming, I'm sorry to say that still, the unlucky orphans will encounter more disaster and woe. In fact, in this sixth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events, the children will experience a darkened staircase, a red herring, an auction, parsley soda, some friends in a dire situation, a secret passageway, and pinstripe suits."


I was thrilled at a change and having someone else to root for and someone else to hate. The characters are quirky and outlandish, but fun to read about.


The mystery deepens...

#1, 2, 3 in The Series of Unfortunate Events

The Bad Beginning - Lemony Snicket The Reptile Room - Lemony Snicket The Wide Window - Lemony Snicket



I love the writing and the way "Snicket" breaks the fourth wall. Every book begins with the admonition that you would be better off doing pretty much anything else than reading this book. When the Baudelaire children lost their parents, it was a bad beginning, but it only gets worse from there. The only thing they can count on from Mr. Poe, the inept banker who is acting as their guardian, is that he coughs and he will fail them.


The first book introduces Count Olaf, a villain who is constantly trying to get his greedy hands on the Baudelaire fortune. The second two follow the same basic formula of the Baudelaires moving on, finding guardians who fail them, and facing Count Olaf. Violet is the oldest and ties her hair up in a ribbon any time she needs to invent something. Klaus is a bookworm and amazing researcher. Sunny is the youngest and has unusually sharp teeth which sometimes help the siblings get out of trouble.


The Bad Beginning

The Reptile Room

The Wide Window


I enjoyed the first three books, they are entertaining, easy reads. It only took me a few days to get through all three and I kept going...

Grief, a type of sadness that most often occurs when you have lost someone you love, is a sneaky thing, because it can disappear for a long time, and then pop back up when you least expect it."
The Carnivorous Carnival - Lemony Snicket



"There are two reasons why a writer would end a sentence with the word "stop" written entirely in capital letters STOP. The first is if the writer were writing a telegram... But there is another reason why a writer would end a sentence with "stop" written entirely in capital letters, and that is to warn readers that the book they are reading is so utterly wretched that if they have begun reading it, the best thing to do would be to stop STOP."
The Hostile Hospital - Brett Helquist, Lemony Snicket


Opening Lines


Every morning we send our kids off to school and amidst all the chaos, frustration, running late, etc., we never think it might be the last time we see them. My heart goes out to everyone affected by the Marjory Douglas High shooting. 



The Nerdy Dozen

The Nerdy Dozen #1 - Jeff     Miller


The enemy fighter jets surged past Neil Andertol, soaring over desolate, sandy terrain.

- opening line



So, another 6-8 grade Sunshine State nominated book. I wasn't planning on reading this one because I didn't think I would like it. That's what I get for judging a book by its cover. Anyway, one of the 4th-grade students was really enjoying it and she asked me to read it with her. It's actually pretty good and I can't wait to talk to her about it tomorrow. Though I finished it and she is probably around halfway through.


Neil loves video games, like most 13-year old boys these days. He especially enjoys one called Chameleon. Chameleon, it turns out is a training tool used by the Air Force to teach pilots to fly an actual plane called the Chameleon that is capable of seeming invisible. Neil and a bunch of other kids get recruited by the Air Force to find a lost plane and save the day. I know, I know. Big suspension of disbelief here, but kids love that sort of thing.


Anyway, Neil ends up meeting a few people in real life that he only previously knew online. So, there are expected surprises there. And the kids make a couple of decisions that mess up something that Major Jones had planned, resulting in more unlikely situations. At least the kids don't make some half-assed decision based on their guts and end up being right over the Major who is an adult and should know better than them.


This is a fast-moving story that kids will devour. And now that there are 3 books in the series, it will keep the kids reading.


Good for 4th - 8th graders who enjoy video games, strong female characters, soldiers, edge of your seat adventures... it has something for everyone.

Undivided - audiobook

Undivided - Audible Studios, Neal Shusterman, Luke Daniels



An amazing end to this brilliant series. There were times I was screaming in anger, crying with sadness, and slamming my fists in frustration. I loved this series and now must find something else from Neal Shusterman to read.




Stay Whole.


oh and...


Nice socks.


If you like dystopian books, you should try this one, you won't be disappointed.

UnWholly - Neal Shusterman


Ok, now that I saw the trailer for book 3, I had to look for others. Here is the trailer for book 2 of the Unwind series: Unwholly.

Unsouled - audiobook

UnSouled - Neal Shusterman


Wow. Another amazing book in the series. I don't want to give anything away, so I'm just going to say that I continue to love this series and the narrator on the audio.


The following book trailer is AMAZING, but just so you know, it could give spoilers if you haven't read the first two books. It was directed by Jarrod Shusterman.



Book Trailer for Unsouled



Unwholly - audiobook

UnWholly (Unwind, #2) - Neal Shusterman, Luke Daniels

**If you haven't read Unwind, there may be spoilers in the following review.**



Book 2 in the Unwind series continues to follow the story of Connor, Risa, and Lev along with a few new and interesting characters. There's Nelson, a "parts pirate," determined to track down Connor and turn him over to the Juvenile Authority for "unwinding," Starkey, a power hungry kid who wants to usurp Connor and take control, and even Cam, a teenager created using the parts from various unwound kids. They call Cam a "rewind" but he is like Frankenstein and he doesn't even know if he is "real." The chapters alternate between different character's POVs and the narrator does a good job giving them different voices and personalities. In between chapters are actual news articles about organ harvesting and abandoned and "feral" teens. (The only thing annoying about that is hearing the narrator spell out the entire websites where the articles are found, something you wouldn't have to read yourself and would probably gloss over.)


This series continues to twist your expectations in new ways. I loved this just as much, if not more than the first one. The plot twists at the end made me jump right into book 3.

"I'm sorry to say that he was extremely prone to error, a phrase which here means "always had a cough, and had placed the three Baudelaire children in an assortment of dangerous positions.""
The Vile Village - Lemony Snicket


Chapter 1


Referring to Mr. Poe

"No matter who you are, no matter where you live, and no matter how many people are chasing you, what you don't read is often as important as what you do read."
The Vile Village: Book the Seventh (A Series of Unfortunate Events) - Lemony Snicket


Chapter 1

"The book you are holding in your two hands right now -- assuming that you are, in fact, holding this book, and that you have only two hands -- is one of two books in the world that will show you the difference between the word "nervous" and the word "anxious." The other book, of course, is the dictionary, and if I were you I would read that book instead."
The Ersatz Elevator - Lemony Snicket


Chapter 1

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