Every year after Thanksgiving, we pull out all of the Christmas DVDs we’ve accumulated over the years for the kids to watch. And we find that we have a good number of variations on A Christmas Carol — Mickey Mouse, The Muppets, Looney Tunes (no, not recommended), and my personal favorite, Mister Magoo. This year, my 7 year-old (soon to be seen reviewing books for the CBR-IV!) had lots and lots of questions about Ebeneezer Scrooge while watching Mister Magoo work his way through Dickens’ story. And I found that I didn’t have lots of answers for her, as my Scrooge knowledge was completely based off of movies and cartoons, as I had never read the story. So I ran to my kindle and downloaded it post-haste, and am so glad I did.
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And that’s it for me — a full Cannonball. So glad I signed up and am looking forward to next year!
Earlier this year, I read Matched, the first in a trilogy of books about a future society where marriage is arranged by “society” and in the instance of Cassia, who is matched with her life-long BFF Xander, a rare mistake is made in her match. Cassia is mistakenly matched with another boy she knows, Ky Markham, but the mistake is corrected and she is matched with Xander. Cassia should be happy, but of course instead, she falls in love with Ky. And at the end of the story (SPOILER), when Ky is taken away from Cassia by society and she decides to risk everything — her family, her match with Xander, and her status as a citizen — to find him.
I didn’t love Matched, but didn’t think it was a terrible story. I assumed I would feel the same way about Crossed, but boy, was I wrong. I could barely get to the end of Crossed, and really, could have cared less what happened to any of the characters (except for young Eli) by the end.
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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of reading Sloppy Firsts , the first of five books about Jessica Darling. I really enjoyed her humor and sarcasm, and her true-to-life friends and other acquaintances. I liked the doubt that Jessica had about herself, and the realistic high school scenarios painted by McCafferty. I immediately emailed my library and put the other four books on hold.
I just finished reading the remaining books (all in a row), and while none of them were as good as the first, and some were better than others, I’m glad that I stuck with it to find out what happens to Jessica (and, to a lesser extent, to Marcus and the rest of the characters).
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I really enjoyed both of these books. Funny, smart, and left me wanting more. You can read the full reviews here.
A few more quick reviews. The disappointing Blood Wounds, the mediocre Before I Go To Sleep, and the ludicrous (yet enjoyable) Austenland.
A few quick reviews for some of the books that have been piling up…The House at Riverton by Kate Morton, Where She Went by Gayle Forman, and Blood Red Road by Moira Young. Happily, my pile of to-be-reviewed is finally getting smaller.
First things first, I’m a huge Stephen King fan. I’ve read every single one of his books (except for maybe Danse Macabre) and as many of his short stories as I could get my hands on. I love figuring out how threads of his stories link to other stories (most of which link to the Dark Tower series, which I adore). I first read The Shining when I was in 8th grade (and my mom even got it out of the library for me) — it scared me to death, and I loved it. When I read the Stand a few weeks later, I was so scared I couldn’t sleep for days. And then I read it again as soon as I finished it. And over the next few decades, I devoured them all. Even the forgettable ones with weak endings (hello, Lisey’s Story)…and it seemed like lots of recent ones have had endings that have disappointed lots of fans (Under the Dome was a great story and idea, but the ending didn’t quite hold up to the first 700 pages. And don’t even mention the end of The Dark Tower to most fans).
I’m very happy to report that while 11/22/63 isn’t perfect, it is definitely more like Stephen King of old — a huge story with richly drawn characters, and a chilling and fitting ending that works ideally (I guess we have the wonderful Joe Hill to thank for that, as Mr. King thanks his equally talented son in the afterword for helping him to correct the ending. If you haven’t read 20th Century Ghosts yet, run out and get it right now. It is awesome.).
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