Tell Me (Top Ten) Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library.  It is where we discuss what we have been, currently are, and will be reading.  What are you reading? Tell me!

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WHAT I READ LAST

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GOODREADS

I think this book is considered magical realism combined with historical fiction and for some crazy reason, it worked.  This story really has it all, love, sacrifice, death, adventure, hope, and even a mythical creature created from the earth.  Interwoven brilliantly, the story follows three Jewish women trying to survive during WWII. It is told honestly, lyrically, and beautifully and will make you question what it means to have a soul.  Some of the most breathtaking scenes involve a golem and a heron. If that doesn’t pique your interest, I don’t know what will.

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GOODREADS

I TRIED SO HARD TO FINISH THIS BOOK. SO VERY, VERY, VERY, HARD! But after 200 pages I finally had to give up.  HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good book. It just means that it wasn’t a good book for me. I am not much of a fantasy reader.  There were tons of characters and setting and plots and I just didn’t have the patience to follow it. Also, the story moved too slow for me. I loved the parts about the dragons and the characters training to be dragon riders. I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s writing style and descriptions and the world she created.  If you enjoy reading the Game of Thrones series and the Lord of the Rings series and any other type of epic fantasy stories, then I truly believe you will love this book.

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CURRENTLY READING

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GOODREADS

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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GOODREADS

Poe has vowed to annihilate the river raiders who robbed her of everything two years ago. But as she navigates the treacherous waters of the Serpentine and realizes there might be a traitor among her crew, she must also reckon with who she has become, who she wants to be, and the ways love can change and shape you. Even—and especially—when you think all is lost.

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN TUESDAY TOPIC IS…

First Ten Books I Reviewed

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

This book was very suspenseful and I look forward to reading the other two books in this trilogy.

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 I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO THOSE THAT ENJOY HISTORICAL FICTION AND STORIES FROM WWII.

everywhere

I HAD HIGH HOPES FOR THIS BOOK BECAUSE THE DESCRIPTION REALLY INTRIGUED ME (SEE BELOW). BEING ABLE TO USE A MAP TO GO TO ANY TIME PERIOD SOUNDED LIKE A STORY THAT WOULD HAVE LOTS OF DIFFERENT ADVENTURES IN DIFFERENT PLACES. INSTEAD THERE WAS VERY LITTLE TRAVELING  AND A LOT OF CONFUSING PLOTS AND CHARACTERS.

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I HIGHLY recommend this book not only for older teens but for parents of teens.  Parents, myself included, put a lot of pressure on these kids and we don’t always know what is going on in their heads.  Matthew Quick does an excellent job telling us through Nanette’s story.

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  I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK FOR TEENS (AND ADULTS) WHO FEEL TRAPPED AND DEPRESSED OF WHAT THEIR FUTURE MAY HOLD.  THE SERPENT KING WILL SHOW YOU THAT IT IS OKAY TO GO AFTER YOUR DREAMS.

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The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in Tokyo.

tellthewolves

This book interested me because I was the same age (14) as the main character was during the time period of this book so the 80’s references were fun to read. The main character, June, loses her uncle to a mysterious and “taboo” disease, AIDS.

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 THE MAIN CHARACTER, ALEX, HAS HAD 57 DIFFERENT LIVES AND CAN TRAVEL BACK TO ANY OF THEM AT ANY TIME. THIS BOOK WAS FAST PACED AND KEPT ME ENGAGED.

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THE BOOK HAD YOUR TYPICAL TEEN DRAMA, BOYFRIEND PROBLEMS, PARENT PROBLEMS, ETC. BUT THE AUTHOR DID A GREAT JOB OF NOT MAKING IT CLICHE.

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THIS WAS A GREAT BOOK ABOUT HOW CHALLENGING IT CAN BE TO RESCUE A DOG WITH A BAD PAST BUT NOT TO GIVE UP ON EACH OTHER.

 

10 thoughts on “Tell Me (Top Ten) Tuesday

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads) says:

    It’s been fun to look back at some older reviews this week. I LOVED that Katz book and read it about 6 or 7 years ago. It started my love affair with his dog books. And I never tire of seeing that cover. You know what’s weird? I had kind of sworn off dog books for a while so I could heal and what did I pick up last night on a whim? A dog book. Guess I just realize their good outweighs the bad of losing them so much. Thanks for all your kindness.

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  2. La La in the Library says:

    I also still need to read the rest of the Shades of Magic books. I loved the first one. It’s weird because I’ve read three other of her books from three other series and hated them. Ha ha. Same with The Serpent King; I loved it but the next two of his books fell flat for me. 😏

    Yeah, The Girl from Everywhere had some big problems. 😛
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    I know I have Tell the Wolves I’m Home on my TBR and I need to check to see if Hoopla has it. 👍✨

    Thanks for TMTing! 😘

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