September 17, 2012

Musings and Mini Reviews


        Divergent by Veronica Roth
        Good writing, intriguing story, but something about it just didn't click with me. It was my first dystopian, and I had read such raving reviews of it. I really wanted to like it, but it just didn't grab my attention. Don't let me discourage you however. Check out this positive review from Courtney! You may like it yourself. I'm not quite ready to give up on dystopian novels completely. I just haven't found the right one yet. :)

        Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
        A re-read. This is such a cute story! Juli is so persistent that I don't blame Bryce for wishing she'd go away. But she is so funny and does mean well.  She has a really good heart. It takes Bryce a great while to realize that and the journey to that point is such fun. The book is a quick read and very worthwhile. It's a middle grade I believe, so younger teens would enjoy it. (At least I imagine younger teen girls would, not sure about the boys.)


        • I love Sunday afternoons! A great day to relax, read a great book (or play around in blogger), and not feel guilty for getting zero chores done. :) (Or even an unexpected talk with an old friend for two hours-laughing at the things we'd almost forgot. Best phone call all day! Just think of the calories I lost from all that laughter!)
        • Watched Dolphin Tale last night. Such a wonderful, family-friendly film! Winter is truly inspiring. I must admit that I teared up at the end when it showed all the handicapped people who visited/are visiting her. So sweet. Check out her website! Winter & Dolphin Tale
        • I watched the movie with two very dear friends. We range in age from 30s to 70s. But one thing we absolutely have in common is a love of books. We don't all read the same ones, but we understand each other when one exclaims over "this fabulous book I just read!"  My point being that books bring everybody together. It doesn't matter who you are, what you do, how old you are, or anything else. Book lovers simply understand each other. I love the sense of community books bring! (And book blogging too!)
        •  That's all she wrote folks! I'm hoping to actually get more reviews done this week.  That's my goal anyway. (Wish me luck.) 

        Toodle-loo kangaroos. Have an awesome week of reading. :)


        1. I really like "Divergent" by Veronica Roth :)

        2. It took me a LONG time (almost 150 pages) to get into Divergent. I wasn't caught up in the hype until the end. :)

          Thanks for stopping by my blog! Looking forward to reading more of yours.

        3. Matt, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I know so many people do. I'm certainly in the minority! :)

          Thanks for stopping by.

        4. Kelly, perhaps it may not be the right time for me? I think I'll wait a while and then try again. Maybe when the series is done and I can read all the way through if I want! :)

          Thank YOU for visiting me! I enjoyed your blog also. If only real life didn't get in the way, then I could do this all the time. :)

        5. Wow thanks for the link to my review! I'm sorry you didn't like divergent as much. I don't know if you've read the sequel or plan to, but I was actually disappointed and enjoyed the first one much more. I think I just liked the idea of the factions and the premise. But there have been so many dystopia books lately so it can be a little bit of overkill. You should read blood red road if you haven't already.

          And I loved Flipped! Such a charming, cute story! I should watch the movie.

        6. Courtney-You're very welcome! I needed a positive review and since you were one of my first followers, this was my way to say thank you. :) I have not read the sequel, but I agree, the premise of the story is great. I'm thinking more and more that it's just not the right moment for me to read it. I know there are times certain books appeal to me more than others, so maybe I'll wait a while and try again.

          Is Blood Red Road easy to read? I read some reviews that mentioned how it was a little difficult to read because of the way the characters talk. What was your opinion? Probably I should just check your blog huh? ;)

          I haven't seen the film version of Flipped either, but I'm so curious how it measures up. We'll both have to try it sometime and let each other know what we thought!

        7. Love your Idea of mini reviews...

          p.s.- I am your new follower.


        8. Ankita-I saw someone else do mini reviews, and thought they'd be perfect. Especially for those books that I can't find whole paragraphs to write about.

          Thanks for visiting and following! Much appreciated. :)


        Thank you so much for visiting my little corner of the internet! :)


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