Favorite Fiction – The Three

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Tossing aside his pick, Ben winced when it clunked dully against some guy’s head. Not that the dead man could feel it. Judging by the snarl on the corpse’s rigid face, the last two things he’d felt were rage and a Philistine javelin through the chest.

-Forsaken Sons Trilogy, Book 1: The Three by Christa Kinde

 

 

Book Review – Curse of the Werewolf Boy

Priestley, Chris - Maudlin Towers 1, Curse of the Werewolf Boy Mildew and Sponge attend the prestigious boarding school within Maudlin Towers, which is as boring as it is grotesque. But when the prized School Spoon goes missing, Mildew decides to put his detecting skills to the test, with Sponge close behind. Vikings, suspicious school masters, a ghost in the tower, and a series of secrets await them as they brave the mysterious and the unknown.

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Show & Tell – Summer Reading Bingo

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Up to six books read this month, but no Bingo… it seems that a little strategy might be called for in the second half of the month.

Categories added this week:

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Show & Tell – Summer Reading Bingo

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To keep things interesting, I’m using book bingo to help me get through my summer reading pile.

Categories completed so far:

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Favorite Fiction – Book Worlds

 

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If I had a superpower, I think I’d like to skidoo into book worlds and have a real fantasy adventure or explore the secret rooms in an old Victorian house. If it got too scary, I could always hop back out!

Question of the Day: Which book setting would you love to visit?

Book Review – Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters by Lesley M. M. Blume

Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters by Lesley M. M. Blume

979981b0d0aed7ac414b7f98d485a163Cornelia S. loves words. The longer and more complicated the better. She uses her vast vocabulary to keep nosy people from bothering her about her famous parents. Cornelia’s protective mother has kept her away from the prying eyes of the media, but while Lucy is off traveling the world and giving concerts, Cornelia is alone and growing more and more lonesome in their fancy New York City apartment. Until a strange new neighbor moves in next door.

The dog looked suspiciously at Cornelia as she knelt down next to him. After appraising her for a few moments, he seemed to find her acceptable and gave her an arrogant little lick.

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Favorite Fiction – Once Upon a Marigold

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Sometimes things that seem like good ideas in theory, in practice turn out to be the worst kinds of boneheaded blunders.

—Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris

 

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Favorite Fiction – My L-O-V-E List

Valentines Day is all about the love, so in celebration I am sharing a list of stuff I L-O-V-E. Because it’s impossible for me to just pick favorites without narrowing down the criteria, there are some qualifying categories.

 

I’ll Always L-O-V-E You

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

In the Land of Ingary, where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of three. Everyone knows you are the one who will fail first, and worst, if the three of you set out to seek your fortunes.

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I have read this beat-up old paperback of Howl’s Moving Castle dozens upon dozens of times. The magic still captivates me. The characters make me laugh. I fall in love with selfish, heartless Howl, root for headstrong Sophie to discover where she belongs in the world while making and cleaning up messes, and search for the clues and hints that lead up to my favorite discoveries nearer The End. For me, Diana Wynne Jones’s storytelling became an example of what a real story should be like. Vivid, wild (to the point of almost seeming out-of-control), dry but humorous, and intelligent to the last line. Yes, there is a movie. A very beautiful movie. I love the movie. But I love the book even better.


 

I L-O-V-E to Laugh

Kung Fu Panda from Dreamworks

Legend tells of a legendary warrior whose kung fu skills were the stuff of legend.

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As many times as I have read Howl’s Moving Castle, I have watched Kung Fu Panda. Sit me down in front of the screen and I can probably quote my way through the entire thing. The writing is smart, the jokes are hilarious, Po is the most relatable, lovable, adorable character in the universe. The positive messages don’t overpower the storytelling, but leave you with some very empowering nuggets of truth, like, 1. don’t quit on yourself, 2. there are no accidents, and 3. we do not wash our pits in the Pool of Sacred Tears.


 

 

 

 

New L-O-V-E

Natalie Lloyd

I can very often tell how much a person loves another person by the way they say their name. I think that’s one of the best feelings in the world, when you know your name is safe in another person’s mouth. When you know they’ll never shout it out like a cuss word, but say it or whisper it like a once-upon-a-time.

Natalie Lloyd has quickly climbed to Favorite Author status for me since two summers ago, when I picked up a copy of A Snicker of Magic. The following books have only reinforced how much I love the detailed, awe-struck writing style of this lovely lady. If you’re looking for storytelling that has heart and humor, delicious treats, Tennessee mountain charm, strong and loving characters, music and dancing, and maybe a little magic, I’d highly recommend any of her books in a heartbeat.N-Lloyd


 

L-O-V-E to Luv

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir from Zagtoon & Method Animation

Sometimes, your heart tells you one thing, but a great superhero always listens to her head.

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Miraculous Ladybug reminds me of everything I loved about watching TV as a kid, except better. With a diverse and lovable cast, dynamic action scenes, inventive villains who wear the most amazing costumes I’ve ever seen, and a climbing sense of mystery, I’m completely hooked on this show. Plus, I am shipping Marionette and Adrian SO hard. Where is Season 2, Netflix?


 

L-O-V-E to Hate

Star Vs. The Forces of Evil from Disney XD

Do you think I’m like Ludo? I don’t want your wand. I want to destroy it.

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Star Vs. drives me a little crazy sometimes… but when it comes to the Forces of Evil part of the show, I’m completely sold. It’s been a long time since I was truly afraid of a baddie, but Toffee legitimately scares me. Yep, behind that dapper and polished exterior there is a calculating, coldblooded creature. Who would have guessed? Now, if we could just find out what the guy’s after…

*I’m speeding to catch up to the most recent episodes, so no spoilers please!


 

L-O-V-E That Guy

Galleries of Stone Trilogy by C. J. Milbrandt

This person was the embodiment of all the stories he’d ever heard about this race of foreign conquerors—skin like bronze, draped in jewels, and armed to the teeth.

aurelius-by-dana-guerrieri1 I have a fondness for the side characters and supporting cast members of many stories, but Aurelius Harrow truly does steal the show right from his first entrance. On the outside, he seems snobbish and elitist, but don’t let looks fool you. The Pred are known for being violent and vicious for a reason, and Aurelius is no exception. This tantalizing blend of beauty, sass, and danger earned him a special place in my heart and is very possibly the biggest reason I keep coming back to re-read the series.


 

 

 

 

I L-O-V-E to Collect

Sarah’s Scribbles by Sarah Andersen

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Sarah Andersen shines lighthearted humor on everyday experiences, creating a comic that seems to celebrate all the little things that can make us happy, or drive us crazy. It encourages me so much to see her succeed by being honest and original. I’m an avid follower of her work and the proud owner of two books plus a shiny new 2018 wall calendar.


 

 

 

Genre L-O-V-E

orphans, runaways, detectives, conspiracies, dark magic
Victorian and/or Steampunk, Mystery, Treasure Hunt
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The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann, Professor Layton and the Curious Village from Nintendo, Stardust from Paramount Pictures, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (television series from Netflix), The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box from Entertainment Motion Pictures.


 

 

Can you feel the L-O-V-E? Are any of my favorites yours, too? Got any recommendations based on my list? Let me know!

 

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Favorite Fiction – Dragons

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It’s not a good story until you’ve introduced the dragon. Or dragons. Here are a few recently devoured books that have a dragon on the cover. Recognize any of them?

Question of the Day: What dragon-centric stories would you recommend?

 

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Favorite Fiction – The Mark of the Dragonfly

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Adventure, political drama, a runaway, alien races, Steampunk details, and a cute OTP to ship along the way? All in one book? Yes, please!

Question of the Day: What books are you planning to re-read this year?

 

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