Response – Bookworm Challenge 4-10-2018

If you are a bookworm, how would you answer this challenge?

  • A book you read in school –Pincher Martin – William Golding
  • A book from your childhood –The Three Investigators and the Secret of Terror Castle –  Robert Arthur, Jr
  • A book published over 100 years ago – A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • A book published in the last year –  Hard-Core Twenty Four – Janet Evanovich
  • A non-fiction book –The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis -Elizabeth Letts
  • A book written by a male author – The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • A book written by a female author – Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
  • A book by someone who isn’t a writer (think Paul Kalathani or Richard Branson) – The Hidden Life of Trees –  Peter Wohlleben and Tim Flannery
  • A book that became/is becoming a film – The House With A Clock In It’s Walls –  John Bellairs and Edward Gorey
  • A book published in the 20th Century – The Little Prince –  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
  • A book set in your hometown/region – A Killing Sky – Andy Straka
  • A book with someone’s name in the title – Mist of Chincoteague – Margaret Henry
  • A book with a number in the title – First Grave on the Right – Charley Davidson
  • A book with a character with your first name – Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich – Connie Rosolli
  • A book someone else recommended to you – A Study in ScarlettBrittany Cavallaro – recommended by my son and well worth the read.
  • A book with over 500 pages – The Book Thief by  Markus Zusak
  • A book you can finish in a day – Stone Cold – Robert B Parker
  • A previously banned book – For Whom The Bells Tolls – Ernest Hemmingway
  • A book with a one-word title – Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • A book translated from another language – Faceless KillersHenning Mankell
  • A book that will improve a specific area of your life – Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction and Other Dilemmas in the Writer’s Life – Bonnie Friedman
  • A memoir or journal – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – A Mosty True Memoir –  Jenny Lawson
  • A book written by someone younger than you – “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)”  – Ransom Riggs
  • A book set somewhere you’ll be visiting this year –Kentucky Horse Park: Paradise Found by Victoria M Howard
  • An award-winning book – From the Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler –E.L. Konigsburg
  • A self-published book – Animal Eyes – CS Knotts (okay so maybe cheating, but what the heck).

Bookworm Challenge 4-7-2018

If you are a bookworm, how would you answer this challenge?

  • A book you read in school
  • A book from your childhood
  • A book published over 100 years ago
  • A book published in the last year
  • A non-fiction book
  • A book written by a male author
  • A book written by a female author
  • A book by someone who isn’t a writer (think Paul Kalathani or Richard Branson)
  • A book that became/is becoming a film
  • A book published in the 20th Century
  • A book set in your hometown/region
  • A book with someone’s name in the title
  • A book with a number in the title
  • A book with a character with your first name
  • A book someone else recommended to you
  • A book with over 500 pages
  • A book you can finish in a day
  • A previously banned book
  • A book with a one-word title
  • A book translated from another language
  • A book that will improve a specific area of your life
  • A memoir or journal
  • A book written by someone younger than you
  • A book set somewhere you’ll be visiting this year
  • An award-winning book
  • A self-published book

Quote For The Day 7-27-2016

“Being a fiction writer is really like being an actor, because if you’re going to write convincingly it has to sound right and play right. The only way that works is to emotionally and technically act out and see the scene you’re in.”

Ridley Pearson

Quote For The Day 4-12-2016

“Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

Read For The Week 1-15-2016

 

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“Bravery is not the absence of fear but the forging ahead despite being afraid”
Robert Liparulo, House of Dark Shadows

When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films . . . but the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a movie buff and future filmmaker wants to land.

But he, David, and Toria are captivated by the many rooms in the old Victorian fixer-upper they moved into–as well as the heavy woods surrounding the house.

They soon discover there’s something odd about the house. Sounds come from the wrong directions. Prints of giant, bare feet appear in the dust. And when David tries to hide in the linen closet, he winds up in locker 119 at his new school.

Then the really weird stuff kicks in: they find a hidden hallway with portals leading off to far-off places–in long-ago times. Xander is starting to wonder if this kind of travel is a teen’s dream come true . . . or his worst nightmare.

-Goodreads summary


A thoroughly enjoyable book, good enough to read the next in the series but not good enough to keep on my shelf (thought I keep very few books on my shelf after they are read). This is, after all, a Young Adult book probably more suited to the 10 – 13 age group. The story is told by both brothers, David and Xander.  It is well written but, compared to a book like The Raven Boys, it is more simplistic than many of the Young Adult/Teen books I have read. Perhaps I didn’t enjoy it more because I had already read a book built around the concept of a house with doors going into different world and times. I also found the basic plot of the book – to find their Mother after she had been kidnapped – thin at times.

All in all, a fun read but if  you want a more engaging book, I’d suggest something like The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater or even the Morpheus Road Trilogy by D.J. McHale.


“Live to fight another day was an expression that did not take into account the loved one who would die because you didn’t continue fighting today.”
Robert Liparulo, House of Dark Shadows