Tag Archives: Books and Reading

Is Tragedy Worth Writing?

We’ve all read at least one tragedy, whether it was the required high school reading of Romeo and Juliet, or perhaps the recent Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  Some readers are drawn to the heightened emotion that is … Continue reading

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Fablehaven: The Keys to the Demon Prison (Book #5)

I have finally finished the Fablehaven series.  Overall, I give it a 5 out of 10.  It’s readable but not as compelling as I would have hoped. A kid would think it’s great – lots of action and adventure.  As … Continue reading

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Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind (Sword of Truth series, book 1)

After a week of solid reading, I finally finished the first massive tome of the Sword of Truth series.  It has been years since I’ve picked up a fantasy book that was this heavy both literally and conceptually.   This was … Continue reading

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Fablehaven: The Secret of the Dragon Sanctuary (Book #4)

Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary, the fourth book in the five book series of Fablehaven, is another fast-paced fun story sure to please any middle-school student.  Alongside the standard cast of characters Mull has added the expected dash of new … Continue reading

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Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague (Book #3)

I’ll admit I’m having a hard time coming up with things to say about book three of the Fablehaven series.  Perhaps I read it too quickly with a few too many distractions around.  Or, perhaps it suffers from “middle of … Continue reading

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On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Instead of a standard book review, here’s a list: What I learned from King’s On Writing: A writer can come from any walk of life.  There is no set path that you must take to find success.  In fact, the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

After hearing so much about this acclaimed début novel I had to read it.  Kathryn Stockett has created a captivating tale about what life was like for black housekeepers in Mississippi and the attitudes that prevailed during the early 1960’s. … Continue reading

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Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star (Book #2)

Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star, the continued adventure of Kendra and Seth as they learn more about Fablehaven and all mystical and dangerous creatures dwelling there.  Mull has crafted another great storyline loaded with twists and surprises.  As a … Continue reading

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Getting Rid of Rosie by Lynda Simmons

Yet again I had the pleasure of being someone’s reading guinea pig.  This time it was much closer to the source – a relative of the author wanted my father-in-law’s opinion of the book.  He doesn’t do much reading apart … Continue reading

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Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Sadly, I would have never picked this book up on my own to read, it’s not the book’s fault, it’s mine.  I don’t read many “journalism”  books, not because I don’t care, but because they don’t often come my way. … Continue reading

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