Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goals

My goals for the new year:

1. Continue to post at least once a week
2. Have at least 8 posts a month
3. Do at least 3 reviews a month, quick or not.

Hopefully I can get these done! :)

Happy 2014!

Monday, December 30, 2013

MMGM: Randi Rhodes: Ninja Detective

Today is my dad's birthday and my mom and sister pulled me into preparing for the event that we are having this evening.  I really wanted to have more than "going dark" posts, so here I go!

(Please excuse all typos.)



Goodreads:
Deer Creek is a small town whose only hope for survival is the success of their Founder's Day Festival. But the festival's main attraction, a time capsule that many people believe hold the town's treasure, has gone missing.

Randi Rhodes and her best friend, D.C., are Bruce Lee inspired ninjas and local detectives determined to solve the case. Even if it means investigating in a haunted cabin and facing mean old Angus McCarthy, prime suspect.

They have three days to find the treasure-the future of their whole town is at stake! Will these kids be able to save the day?


My review:
I loved Randi and felt that the town was well established in the reader's mind. The mystery was great and the solution was somewhat surprising. However, I would have wanted a little more of D.C. and Pudge. For me, I wanted to see a lot more of Pudge. He's on the cover but wasn't a big character until the last few chapters.

4 stars out of 5

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

MMGM fail (again) :(

First of all, I am so sorry I wasn't able to check in yesterday. I'm currently out of town. That means my whole schedule is out of whack. I am actually at a relative's house. And they don't have wi-fi. Or any Internet. I mean AT ALL. (I am in a B&N cafe with free internet. Oh, how far I've fallen...)

But thank you for checking in! No Internet means more time preparing for that giant Christmas Eve party tonight that I have to attend. Plus, I've been able to get through three great books. So I have my next three MMGMs in my head that are ready to be put down on paper.

 Thank you for understanding!

Happy holidays everyone! Can't wait to get back home and to real blogging!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

What it means

Hello! Thanks for checking in!

I wanted to tell you how it feels to know that someone is reading your blog. Every time I log on, a number glares me in the face. I click to see how many people viewed on each day. 32 on Saturday. 3 on Tuesday. But it doesn't matter the number. For me, each view is special.

I rush to read every comment. It is amazing when I see someone took interest in what I had to say and responded. That is a magnificent feeling. (Oh, and sorry I don't respond to your comments. I want to, but I'm never sure what to say. But if you have, THANK YOU SO MUCH! It means the world to me.)

I haven't actually got any emails from anyone (yet) about what they think, but I'm sure that will be like Christmas morning.

So if you are reading this, THANK YOU. Thank you so much for even looking at this. It means more than you know.

Monday, December 16, 2013

MMGM: The Bully Book

I'm so sorry I didn't do ANYTHING over this past week. You may not hear much from me, but at least I'll attempt to check in every Monday for a MMGM or a MMGM report.

Today's book is...
Goodreads says:

The rules governing middle school are often a mystery, but for Eric Haskins, they’re a mystery he needs to solve, and fast. He’s a normal, average kid, until sixth grade starts. For some inexplicable reason, the class bully and his pack make Eric the Grunt. Even his best friend since first grade turns on him. Eric can’t figure out why he’s the Grunt until he hears about the Bully Book, a cryptic guide that teaches you how to “make trouble without getting in trouble, rule the school and be the man” and how to select the Grunt-the kid who will become the lowest of the low.

Eric Haskins may be this year’s Grunt for now, but he’s determined not to stay at the bottom of the social ladder forever. Hilarious and compelling, The Bully Book is a must-read for every tween, tween parent, librarian and educator!


My review:
Although I find the whole idea of the "Bully Book" a little outlandish, the story is enjoyable and exciting. There are pages throughout that are from the book; these add quite a bit to the story. I always looked forward to seeing what the next lesson was.  It was great that Eric's perspective was shown through diary entries, not a third person view.
Well put together, this book is great. Even if the bullying isn't the organized type you see in THE BULLY BOOK, there are still a lot of lessons to be learned. Mr. Gale's tale is something special that will strike a special nerve with anyone who has ever been bullied.
4.5/5 stars

Sunday, December 8, 2013

And...a MMGM fail

I...don't have a MMGM for you this week.

I am sorry! Stuff is just so busy right now. However, I wanted to check in with you guys.

Thank you for checking me out! I promise I'll have something exciting soon.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Quick Reviews: The Garden of My Imaan

So, I've decided to redo my whole quick reviews so it's more of a form that covers the information faster.  So, here goes nothing!

Title: The Garden of my Imaan

Author: Farhana Zia

Cover:

Goodreads says: 
Aliya already struggles with trying to fit in, feeling confident enough to talk to the cute boy or stand up to mean kids. The fact that shes Muslim is just another thing to deal with. When Marwa, a Moroccan girl who shares her faith if not her culture, comes to Aliyas school, Aliya wonders even more about who she is, what she believes, and where she fits in. Should she fast for Ramadan? Should she wear the hijab? Shes old enough for both, but does she really want to call attention to herself?

Favorite character: Marwa

Favorite line: "I stared and I stared and she smiled back at me."

Quick review:
I enjoyed not only seeing into the world of someone who is Muslim, but also feeling her struggles as she works to become stronger and able to defend herself against the mean kids.  I felt that some things were left behind before they were done.  I feel that the ending, similar to COUNTING BY 7S, didn't wrap it all up so much as promise a better future. Enjoyable and a fun read!

Starred review: 3.5/5

Monday, December 2, 2013

Middle Grade Monday: A Tale Dark & Grimm

Hello all!

In case you didn't read the title, the book I'll be doing is A Tale Dark and Grimm.

It is by Adam Gidwitz.

As usual, the Goodreads thing is here.

And now for my review:

This was a recent find.  See, I had heard about it because I am a Sister's Grimm and Breadcrumbs fan and someone told me it was a lot like those two.  So I got it from the library (surprised?) along with the second one and read them. And they were awesome!

It was different from most books I've read before. The narration parts are similar to those in Storyteller by Edward Myers (awesome book, by the way).  The story was great and I loved how it was similar to the originals but different as well.   

It was great to see the fairy tale characters I had grown up with become something more and get their own story. This book was also different in the way that it was not putting a bunch of fairy tales together like The Sister's Grimm or just a redo like Breadcrumbs was. Adam took the story and extended it. He created a beginning and end to the story that we have heard many times. 

I'd give it 4 stars out of 5.



Sunday, December 1, 2013

Catching Fire & Other Fun Things

Hello!

I know I've been really bad lately, but PLEASE forgive me.  At least I'm trying, right?

I'm going to try to spit out a bunch of stuff at you because I have to go in ten minutes, so I'll try to cover all the bases. Please forgive any mistakes!

First thing on the list is to remind you that you have HOURS before the giveaway for THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US is over. So hop on over, people!! :)

Next thing I'd like to say is I now have a Pinterest account! You can find me by searching "birdie reader" and clicking on "pinners". I have a few boards, but there's stuff there! Plus a REALLY bad profile picture. I mean really bad. (I tried to paint something. It did not come out well. End of story.) I'm also on Goodreads as "birdie reader" so you can look at the stuff there. I have done even less on that. But if you are interested, they are there!

Now that I'm done with that stuff, I'm going to go into what I thought of the movie version of CATCHING FIRE. For the sake of time, I'm going to call it CF.

I'm going to be honest. I really was not a fan of the books in the first place. CF was my favorite out of the three books.

*dodges the tomatoes thrown at me*

So the CFM (CATCHING FIRE movie) hit all of the main points. They did a good job of getting all the important things in there. (Not like the Percy Jackson movies.) I'd say it was closer to the ENDER'S GAME movie where they hit all the main points but in the wrong ways.

The problem with CFM was that it was so book based that people who haven't read the books found the first half boring and the second part confusing.  I read the book beforehand and I still was confusing during the grand climax with the (spoilers!) wire and lightning tree.

Some of the smaller scenes I was looking forward to were left out. There was no bread and, although we saw the private training sessions, we didn't have the scene when we got their scores.  A lot of the Capitol scenes were abandoned as well.

I'd say that if you read the books, go see it. If not, check out your local library or go see another movie like Frozen. (Yes, I saw Frozen. And I loved it. Guess what I'm listening to right now? The soundtrack.)

Thanks for reading! Oh, and there will be a MMGM tomorrow, so keep an eye out for that!