Read for Children's Literature class. I really appreciated the world-building in this middle-grade novel; the way in which the magic was presented as an enticing, corrupting force was interesting. Strong female characters in Sister Witch, the Queen, and Aine herself are compelling. I just feel like the pacing was a little bit slow; it picked up once Ned and Aine met.
#PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019: a ghost story (but not like you expect!)
For JHU project. This is the first time I've read this since teaching it at high school, and I'm surprised by how much of the soliloquies I remember. Also, since I researched all of Leverage the past few months, now I hear Lady Macbeth in Gina Bellman's voice!
#popsugar reading challenge 2019: a book that inspired a common phrase
(Take your pick! "Screw your courage to the sticking place", "something wicked this way comes", and "lay on, Macduff"!)
My first Litsy post. 💕 Using BORN FREE as my first book for #MayScavengerHunt. Author born on my birthday (January 20th); more than 300 pages; a character dies; made into a movie; and written by an author from different country. #MayMadness @Clwojick @RadicalReader @TheReadingMermaid
This one is on my TBR list for the #popsugar challenge this year. Looking forward to reading about this collection of #siblings and their antics 🤓
Also, bonus picture of my sister and I from our trip to Bali last year. Because “reminiscing” 💁🏼♀️ haha Love you chickadee @naomi.lee97 💜
I was not expecting to be as moved as I was at this book. I thought it was a great description of Ada's big feelings of anxiety at new changes, frustration at her own ignorance of the world, and resentment at her mother confirming what she already knew: her mother didn't care about her. Juxtaposing all this against WW2 England just made the conflict-and it's resolution-even more vivid.
#PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019: book set in wartime (2017)
Meh. As a quick brain candy read this was satisfactory. The mystery was fairly predictable although there were a few layers by the end. I found two of the three characters pretty irritating, especially Ashley. There were some weird writing quirks that bugged me, although they came and went so I wonder if the authors were alternating writing chapters. Filled 2 female authors prompt for #popsugar.
Was curious how Grisham's style would translate for kids. Having Theo explain legal concepts to his classmates worked well, as did his consulting practice for other kids (a la Encyclopedia Brown). But something just felt flat to me. Not that the characters weren't developed, but more like the emphasis was on checking off plot points.
#PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019: a book featuring an amateur detective (because Theo looks for evidence)