30 Book Challenge: Day 27 – The Most Surprising Plot Twist or Ending

The hard part about this post is that I can’t tell you WHY this book has the best plot twist AND ending. So here are a bunch of GIFs that summed up my reactions to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. Read my review of the book here!

When I got halfway through the book:

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When I finished the book:

 

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As I stated in my review, I can be a pretty cynical, know-it-all reader so when I book surprises me, I’m basically astounded. Gone Girl did it and kept on doing it the entire huge book. Read it. It’s so worth it!

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 21 – Favourite Book from my Childhood

I’m cheating with this entry, but this is my blog so I’ll make the rules!

Back in the days of elementary school yore, when Scholastic book fairs were like school holidays,

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and they sent these things home with us so we could beg our parents to order us things (and it was hard for them to say no because they’d basically be telling you not to read),

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I was obsessed with The Bailey School Kids series. And it was a great series to fall in love with because there were over EIGHTY books!

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Basically, the books have a Scooby-Doo-like formula. The kids became suspicious of a figure in their lives like a lifeguard, teacher, or other adult because, let’s face it, adults are super strange and mysterious and always seem to have secrets.  They suspect that an adult is a mythical creature like a vampire, skeleton, witch, etc. Then they collect a bunch of reasons why they believe that, for example, their camp counselor is a werewolf.  This may seem a little outlandish, but if you think back to when you were in elementary school, you probably believed a host of crazy things like thinking your teacher lived at school or thinking little elves operated traffic lights (No? Just me?)

These books were brilliant because they capitalized on childhood suspicion and imagination. Plus, the reader never knows if the kids are right in their accusations! Sure, it’s unlikely that the librarian is a wizard.

But you never know…
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Here are some of my favorites:
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Friday Five: Worst Things That Happen While Reading

  1. When people who don’t get bookworm etiquette always try to interrupt you while you’re reading, especially when you get to the good parts. I hate this because I always lose my place and have to get back into the book…just before they talk to me again…
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  2. When your favorite character dies. I mean, it’s just cruel! (Looking at you, George R. R. Martin. You too, J.K. Rowling)
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  3. When you can’t stop crying, laughing, screaming, making faces, etc. while you read in public, and people think you’re psychotic.
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  4. When no one else has read the book you’ve just finished, but it left you with so many feels that you HAVE to discuss it with someone or you’ll EXPLODE, but no one you know has read it.
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  5. When you’re at the end of the book or series or the next installment in the series is what feels like an eternity away from being released. 
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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 4- The Worst Film Adaptation of a Book

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I ABHOR what filmmakers did with the Series of Unfortunate Events books when they made the series into a movie. I understand that, when translating a book into a movie, some artistic license must be taken, but the movie left a poor taste in my mouth.  There are 13 books in the series so they had to compact three of them into one movie. This made the pacing rushed and left almost no time for story telling and ambience. I loved the series as a child for its weird characters and whimsical narration, not to mention the mystery and suspense. The books are wonderful, but the movie tried so hard to live up to the books that it fell flat with too many A-list actors, a terrible screenplay, and not grasping what made the books so enchanting to readers.

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

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A children’s book! With pictures! Blasphemy!

I picked this up on a Barnes and Noble excursion the other day. The cover drew me in. I, like many of you, grew up as an avid crayon user (pronounced “crown” where I’m from). Your art tools are rebelling!

This book is an absolute delight. I took turns reading it allowed with my little (Big Brother Big Sisters), and we had a great time reading why each crown decided to go on strike, each extremely self-righteous. It’s a very clever little book with an actual child’s drawings for illustration.

To take it to a deep, literary level, it challenges children to think about why they use the colors they use when drawing. It even throws in some gender commentary (which I obviously loved). I highly recommend to young readers as a unique read. Or…readers of all ages who enjoy a good crayon tale.