Show & Tell – Ogre Enchanted

Photograph of Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Do you like retellings? Every once in a while I like to see a new take on an old favorite. My favorites are usually taken from fairy tales. There’s something magical about taking pieces of an oldie-but-goodie and seeing them reworked into something new.

What’s your favorite fairy tale?

Show & Tell – Sleeping Queens

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I love illustrated card games! Sorting them and looking at the pictures is maybe a little too much fun…

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite card game?

Show & Tell – Book A Day in May

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My personal challenge to read a book a day in May has been slightly redefined this week to mean ‘starting a new book every day’, partly due to picking a slightly longer book (gotta read my library books before they’re due back!), and partly because I can’t help but read more than one book at once. Oh well.

Since last week I’ve added:

7. The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
8. Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech
9. Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler
10. The Great Cake Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith
11. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
12. Dessert First by Hallie Durand
13. The Wish by Gail Carson Levine

 

Question of the Day: What’s the first chapter book series you remember loving as a kid?

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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?

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Favorite Fiction – Fantasy

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Some of my favorite fantasy reads. A lot of these writers have heavily influenced my ideas of what a good book should be. Imaginative folklore and compelling villains. Worlds that unfold as beautifully as if they’re characters instead of places. Heroes and heroines who believe in themselves and put their talents to good use. Friendships that melt your heart, and humor that keeps you coming back when you need a good laugh.

Question of the Day: What are your favorite fantasy books to recommend to friends?

 

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Favorite Fiction – The Two Princesses of Bamarre

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Step follows step,
Hope follows Courage,
Set your face towards danger,
Set your heart on victory.

—The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

 

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Review of The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

The Two Princesses of Bamarre.jpgBrave and adventurous, Princess Meryl dreams of fighting dragons and protecting the kingdom of Bamarre. Shy and fearful, Princess Addie is content to stay within the safety of the castle walls. The one thing that the sisters share is their unwavering love for each other.

The tables are turned, however, when the Gray Death leaves Meryl fatally ill. To save her sister, meek Princess Addie must find the courage to set out on a dangerous quest filled with dragons, unknown magic, and death itself. Time is running out, and the sisters’ lives—and the future of the kingdom of Bamarre—hang in the balance.

“An endeavor undertaken in the fullness of need is its own imperative.”

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