Weekly Wrap-Up 5/14/12

May
14
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It was a busy week last week around here! I’ve put together a recap incase you missed anything and a look at what will be coming up this week as well. Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway. I’ll post the winner soon. And Hello! to all my new followers! I hope you all had a great Mother’s Day Weekend and are ready for Monday! Here we go.

Last Week

Posts

The week started off with a giveaway! The Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop was last week and it was my first giveaway. I think I’ll have to do more because people aren’t lying when they say giving away books is a fun!

Top Ten Tuesday this week was Favorite Quotes from Books. It was a pretty great topic, if you ask me. I had a hard time limiting my choices to ten.

I posted reviews of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin and Wonder by R.J. Palacio. I loved these books and definitely recommend that you read them if you haven’t already.

Feature and Follow on Friday was a great lead in for Mother’s Day weekend. The question was about books with good mother/child relationships. I had a hard time coming up with one and wish there could be more moms present in current YA novels.

Books

I finished The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin and Timepiece by Myra McEntire. If you haven’t read the Hourglass yet, do it. It’s the first in the series, Timepiece is second and comes out June 12th, and it’s the best time travel series I’ve read in a really long time.

This Week

Posts

I’ll be announcing the winner of the Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop later today! It’s my first giveaway, so I’m excited to finally be able to give out a book!

Top Ten Tuesday is all about which authors I’d like to see on a reality show, and which show. It’ll be a tough topic for me because I haven’t watched reality TV since college. But it’ll be interesting, at least, so be sure to check both here and The Broke and The Bookish for everyone’s Tuesday posts.ci

I’ll be posting my review for Timepiece later this week and hopefully one for Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen. 

Books

Next up on the TBR list is: finishing The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, then starting Shatter Me and Kill Me Softly.

I picked up City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare, The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins all from the library this week. I’m really excited about them, but I have a few books I need to read before I can get to them.

Awakening by Karice Bolton and Entangled by Nikki Jefford were free last week on Kindle, so I went ahead and got them both as well. Otherwise, that’s it for any new books for me.

I hope you all had a great week and have many fun things to look forward to this week!



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Book Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

May
12
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Wonder

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Genre: Contemporary

Level: Middle-Grade

Source: Library

Rating: 5/5 Stars

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

Wonder is beautiful. But in the end, August is not just like his classmates. He is better. Stronger, braver, smarter, and kinder. But he is teaching them and changing the way they think. And that is what’s most important about this book.

Wonder is about August. A normal ten-year old boy who was born with a facial deformity. He’s been homeschooled by his mom, mostly due to multiple surgeries and sick days that kept him from attending school regularly. But before he enters 5th grade, his parents think it might be time for him to attend school with other kids. August is fully aware of what this means. He’s noticed the way people behave around him, sees how they are afraid of him, and he understands that he looks different from everyone else. And he deals with it well, when he’s at home with his family and close friends. But he’s not sure he can handle being around kids that don’t know him, not sure he’s ready to face the real outside world.

Wonder is told from several different point of views. We mostly hear from August, who is a wonderful and honest narrator. We also get to hear from his family, friends, and some random people. I actually really enjoyed the differing views in this book because they all had different feels to them and offered thoughts that we wouldn’t have gotten from August alone. And they all felt real. My favorite POV may have even been Via, August’s sister. She was fantastic. Her love for Auggie was incredible, even when she knew things weren’t quite fair for her, she just wanted to protect and love her brother. I wish all books with multiple points of views were done as well as this one.

The best part of August’s story, out of everything he goes through during his first year in school, is his ability to teach the people around him what’s truly important. It doesn’t matter how popular you are, how much money your family has, who your friends are, or what classes you take, it matters how you treat people. It matters how nice you are. It matters what, and who, you stand up for. As August says, “The things we do outlast our mortality. The things we do are like monuments that people build to honor heroes after they’ve died. They’re like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honor the pharaohs. Only instead of being made of stone, they’re made out of the memories people have of you.” How do you want people to remember you?

Wonder is a book that will make you think. It will make you think about how you treat people, how you view the world, and how you can be a little bit kinder to those around you. Wonder may not be entirely realistic, but it is heartfelt. And a wonderful coming-of-age middle grade book that everyone should read. I definitely recommend this book and give it 5 stars.



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Top Ten Tuesday (5)

Apr
30
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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and combines a love of lists with a love a books. Every week has a new top and this week’s top is: Top Ten Books You’d Like To See Made Into A Movie. This one was surprisingly difficult for me. Every time I thought of a book I’d like to see as a movie, I remembered it had already been done. In the end I came up with ten books that I really would go see as a movie.

1) Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – I really love The Infernal Devices series. I know everyone loves Jace from The Mortal Instruments, but I’m a much bigger fan of Will and Jem and Tessa. I’d definitely see a movie with the three of them set in Victorian London.

2) Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen – The book was great, had plenty of action, and some great characters. Who doesn’t want to see a movie where the female lead kicks some ass?

3) Delirium by Lauren Oliver – This is a great love story set in a perfect dystopian world. YA doesn’t get much better than this.

4) Matched by Ally Condie – I really liked the main trio and the uncovering of the society’s secrets in this dystopian. I think the setting in this one could be beautiful.

5) Wonder by R.J. Palacio – The book was truly moving. And while the ending was unrealistic, in my opinion, it made for a great feel-good story. Plus the supporting characters are all wonderful. I’d love to see them come to life and teach us all a thing or two about being kinder than necessary.

6) Legend by Marie Lu – The book was not my favorite, but only because I wasn’t a fan of the double POV. I felt the voices of June and Day were too similar. I don’t think that would be a problem on-screen and, in fact, I think it could make a great movie.

7) Divergent by Veronica Roth – This is kind of a given. I wasn’t nearly as enthralled with this book as most people seem to be but I still enjoyed it. I think given the right creative team, seeing this world on the big screen could be incredible. I’d love to see how they’d bring the Dauntless, and other factions, to life.

8) Hourglass by Myra McEntire – In all honesty, I’ve only read half of this so I could totally change my mind by the end. But so far I am intrigued. I’d love to see a good time travel movie.

9) The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – I loved the first book in the Percy Jackson series. And then I saw the movie. It just wasn’t good. I wish a movie could be made that could capture the awesomeness that was Percy and his world of Greek Mythology.

10) Incarnate by Jodi Meadows – While I’m not entirely sure this would make a great movie, I would love to see Heart come to life. And the dragons, Ana and Sam, and the Masquerade Ball are not far behind.

So those are the books I’d go see if they were made into movies, or better movies. What do you think? Did you make a Top Ten list this week? Leave your link so I can check it out!



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