January and February Recap

My reviewing has been a bit slow recently and I’m sorry, but I have now made a goal to publish at least two book reviews a week. Also, my January reviewing list was quite poor so I’ve decided to do a January and February recap this time. My favorites in these two months were definitely Wheels Of Change and Girl On A Wire. Below is the list of books that I have reviewed in January and February. I was also really excited because Darlene Beck Jacobson, author of Girl On A Wire, sent me bookmarks and a signed bookplate as a gift for reviewing … Continue reading January and February Recap

Book Review: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier (A Companion novel to Smile by Raina Telgemeier)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Genre: Graphic Novel Age Recommended: 12 and up I felt that this book perfectly shows the relationship between siblings and how their interactions affect their whole family. Raina Telgemeier also shows the feelings that involve four people living in an apartment, who are soon joined by a baby. This book goes between “present time” and flashbacks a lot which may seem confusing but the flashbacks are illustrated on yellow paper and they are there at the most appropriate of times. ——————————————————- Raina and her sister, Amara, have always wanted pets. However, when they do … Continue reading Book Review: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier (A Companion novel to Smile by Raina Telgemeier)

Book Review: Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Genre: Graphic Novel Age Recommended: 11 and up This book was very comical and beautifully explained the pain of orthodontia and the experiences associated with it- both good and bad. This book is also based on the author’s own experiences and I am surprised that someone’s life could be so eventful in (judging by number of orthodontic procedures Raina Telgemeier had to go through.) This book also fit my 2015 Reading Challenge category of: “A book set in high school.” —————————————– Raina Telgemeier is a seventh grader who doesn’t really fit the ideal definition of “cool” and when she is running … Continue reading Book Review: Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Book Review: Wheels of Change by Darlene Beck Jacobson

Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars Genre: Realistic Fiction Age Recommended: 12 and up Wheels of Change was an extraordinary book about a family trying to cope with the changing world and the technology revolution of the time. The author developed the main character of the book really well. The book also does a really good job of introducing kids to issues of women’s suffrage and racial discrimination, both of which were prevalent in early 1900s. I did find some parts of the story a little repetitive, but otherwise the book is very well-written. This book fit my 2015 Reading Challenge category … Continue reading Book Review: Wheels of Change by Darlene Beck Jacobson

Book Review: Girl On A Wire by Gwenda Bond

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Genre: Fiction Age Recommended: 14 and up In this book, the author weaves a tale of fantasy that seems so realistic that it makes one believe in magic. This book is truly well-written. P.S. This was part of the recommended list of reads for ages 13 and over at http://www.aMightyGirl.com. ————————————————- Jules Maroni is a sixteen-year-old wire walker whose dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps. When Jules’ family gets offered a spot at the world’s most famous circus, Jules can’t wait to join them. However, the Garcias, a decade old rival of the Maroni … Continue reading Book Review: Girl On A Wire by Gwenda Bond

Book Review: North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Genre: Realistic Fiction Age Recommended: 14 and up This book was exceptionally well-written and humorous. This book also fit my 2015 reading category of: A book written by a female author! Three down and many more to go! ———————————————— Terra Cooper is perfect. Or so it seems with her flawless skin, petite body, and long blond hair. However, most people immediately notice the port wine stain on her cheek that can’t really be hidden by her hair. Terra is desperate to get the scar removed but her mom, and an encounter with a stranger, are about … Continue reading Book Review: North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

My 2015 Reading Challenge!

This year, my goal for Goodreads is 177 books, and I’d like to invite you to join me in the following book challenge. As I read books in this challenge, I’ll edit this post and add them in and I’d love for you to comment if you’ve read any of these too! I’ve also roped my parents into doing this so keep an eye out for their reads!! The books that we have to read by December 31st, 2015 are:   A book that makes you cry A book involving a fly A book recommended by a friend A book in … Continue reading My 2015 Reading Challenge!

December Recap: Welcome 2015!

Happy New Year everyone!! I just finished 100 book reviews and celebrated the one-year anniversary of my blog on the 21st of December! My favorite this month was the Iliad and I may even go as far as to say it was my favorite this year! I also loved Every Word by Ellie Marney so I think that it might be a tie. I completed my 2014 Goodreads book challenge of a 150 books! Here’s the actual recap:   Continue reading December Recap: Welcome 2015!

Book Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Genre: Historical Fiction Age Recommended: 13 and up This book was given to me on my birthday but I completely forgot to review it.  😦 Anyway, it is an incredible book and I hope you get a chance to read it!! ———————————————————— Gretchen lives in Munich and in that town danger is everywhere. Munich is where secrets are buried deep within the city and treacherous people wait outside for a girl to walk home alone. But Gretchen has been shielded from that side of the society and lives with her Uncle Dolf, who is none other than Adolf Hitler.  And … Continue reading Book Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Book review: The Iliad by Homer

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Genre: Non-Fiction Age Recommended: 13 and up This book is quite long, dense, and a compilation of 24 books. This book was gifted to me by a close family friend. The book is really interesting, but since it is an old translation, there are some arcane terms. I read it with a dictionary by my side! ——————————————————– Nine years after the start of the Trojan War, the Greek (Achaean) army attacks Chryse, a town allied with Troy. During the battle, the Achaeans capture a pair of beautiful maidens, Chryseis and Briseis. Agamemnon, the leader of the … Continue reading Book review: The Iliad by Homer