Heather's books

Sarah's Key
The Help
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
New Moon
Breaking Dawn
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Lightning Thief
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The Notebook
Eat, Pray, Love
The Time Traveler's Wife
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

I am done with Jenny Lawson...

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

Furiously Happy

By: Jennifer Lawson

Genre: Biography/humor

Pages: 329

Published: 2015

Audiobook: 7 cd’s (8 hours and 20 minutes)

Read: July

1 out of 5

This book was incredibly stupid. SO...why did I keep listening? In hopes it would get better – there are a lot of great reviews. Lawson’s stories were just plain stupid, not funny and completely exaggerated. These supposedly aren’t made up stories – it is marketed as a memoir- which makes it that much worse. I found that only 3 or 4 were believable and funny. Plus, she would go on long tangents that didn’t make sense at all. Even though not worth the 8 hours of listening, I did enjoy the very last chapter – although not funny or intended that way - hearing how her blog has helped people with their mental illness was inspiring…some people must get her humor just not me.  

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Once a upon a Crime Family

Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

Hold Me Like a Breath

By: Tiffany Schmidt

Genre: YA fantasy/Sci-Fi

Pages: 390

Published: 2015

Read: July

4 out of 5

Penelope’s family works in an illegal business – the selling of body parts. She has known this her entire life. Even in this business her family can’t save her from her disease – an autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise A LOT. Then again, they can’t even save themselves. Schmidt writes an amazing roller coaster of a story that continues throughout as Penelope fights for her life not knowing who to trust. I can’t wait to read the next book in series. I am intrigued by the underlying storyline that her father insists that Penelope is essentially to the Family business. I hope that develops in the next book. Schmidt is well deserving of the TTT nomination. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Not a good TTT nomination

The Game of Love and Death

The Game of Love and Death

By: Martha Brockenbrough

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

Pages: 329

Published: 2015

Read: June

1 out of 5

The premise of this story sounds very interesting – Immortals, Love and Death, choose individuals to play a game and see if death occurs or they fall in love. However, the storyline quickly goes downhill. Love and Death have the ability to change into different characters at any given times which means there are a lot of characters to follow and makes it difficult to track. I also felt the game, even though short in length, did not have enough action to keep the reader’s attention. I wanted the game to have a more adventurous ride.  Not only did I not like this book, I am shocked that it was nominated for the Teens’ Top Ten this year. I read a lot of YA books published in 2015 that are way more deserving of the nomination. I hope that some of my teens will read this book, so I can hear their take.