Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

Ten Authors I Own the Most Books From
Okay, so I've changed mine up a little bit and my TTT is my most prized books.

Lois Lowry 
The first copy of The Giver I ever read, 
a boxed set of The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Messenger 
(it also includes maps of each community),
a copy of Son,
 a copy of Silent Boy
and a copy of Gossamer

JK Rowling
All of the HP books, some in paperback tatters, some in hardback with missed dust jackets, some in prized condition.
For my 18th birthday I got a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 
It's the beautiful copy with a red stone on it.
I have a 10th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone
 Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone in Latin
Tales of Beedle the Bard
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them  
Quidditch Through the Ages 
and a copy of The Casual Vacancy which I haven't so much as opened  
C.S. Lewis
All of the Chronicles of Narnia books in paperback
The complete set of Chronicles of Narnia in a beautifully illustrated book with Tumnas on the cover
Mere Christianity

 Lewis Carrol 
Of course I have a copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 
 and Through the Looking-Glass
But I also have The Complete Illustrated Works of Lewis Carroll that my boyfriend found in an antique shop 

Cornelia Funke
All the fantastically beautiful Inkheart books in hardback
The Thief Lord

Nancy Farmer
Sea of Trolls Trilogy

 Frank Beddor
Looking Glass War Trilogy with its beautiful covers and colored illustrations

Rick Riordan 
Percy Jackson series (original covers)

 Jane Goodall 
A signed, yes I said SIGNED copy of In the Shadow of Man
My dad got her to sign it years and years ago and then recently gave it to me

James Herriot
All Creatures Great and Small,
All Things Bright and Beautiful

Monday, July 28, 2014

Book Review: Ketchup Clouds

Ketchup Clouds Discussion
Title: Ketchup Clouds
Author: Annabel Pitcher
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published November 12th 2013
by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

For readers who like realistic fiction. 


This book leads up to a murder, in the same way that The Thirteen Reasons Why leads up to a suicide.  The reader knows from the get-go that one of Zoe’s crushes will end up dead.  However this book isn’t as dark or emotionally like The Thirteen Reasons Why.   The narrator, Zoe, is looking to be consoled by an innate on death row in Texas.  In some ways this book is written like Perks of Being a Wallflower, because the narrator is writing letter to a stranger. However, Ketchup Clouds seems more like a one-way conversation opposed to a diary entry.

In this book Zoe is retelling the events of the previous year to Mr. Harris.  I think she is looking for a sense of comradery with Mr. Harris.  Even though this book involves one girl who has feelings for two different guys, brother to be exact, this isn’t a love triangle book.  It’s a book about guilt and regret. 

·      I love the cover and the title, that’s why I read it.  Still not 100% sure why that title was chosen, but it got me to pick up the book so I guess it worked.
·      I liked Zoe; she is honest and has true-to-life feelings.
·      I like how Zoe feels closer and closer to Mr. Harris.  She begins calling him Stuart, and then Stu.  She makes up scenarios about his life that are hypothetical and later she views them as facts.
·      This was a good break from all the romantic YA books I’ve been reading lately—Matched, Eleanor & Park, TFioS, and Requiem.  I’m not saying I don’t like the romance, but it’s nice to read something else.
·      I love Zoe’s relationship with her sisters—Soph and Dot.  Zoe is a good older sister who looks out for her siblings.  She accepts them for their faults and loves them regardless.
·      The way Zoe’s mom wants to change Dot is so frustrating.  Let Dot be Dot. 
·      The fact everyone allows Sondra to use Zoe as a cooping tool seems wrong.  I feel like Zoe’s parent would understand why Zoe wouldn’t want to be around Sondra.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Book Trailer Thursday: Lies by Michael Grant

It's been seven months since all the adults disappeared.

This trailer is for the 3rd book in the Gone series.
Here is a list of the whole series.
1. Gone
2. Hunger
3. Lies
4. Plague
5. Fear
6. Light