Discussion: Things You Should Do While Reading



Last week I had written a post about things you should not do while reading. I guess you could consider this the sequel to that post, so here’s a small list of things you should do while reading. Continue reading

Sunday Stumper #49: Children’s Books


Sunday Stumper

Children’s Books are a treasured favorite, even after you advance beyond the age for which they are intended (don’t worry, everyone still fosters a secret love for them).  We decided to resurrect a few favorites for our 49th Sunday Stumper!

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Review: Atlantia


Book Review13047090Title: Atlantia

Author: Ally Condie

Series: none

Publisher: Dutton Books

Publish Date: October 28th, 2014

Genres: Dystopian

Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

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Sunday Stumper #48: Ancient Classical Authors/Philosophers


Sunday Stumper

Our 48th Sunday Stumper revolves around authors and philosophers from a variety of ancient civilizations from around the world.  While they may have preached contradictory messages, their works have survived for thousands of years and still remain timeless classics.  So hopefully you can remember back to your high school and college literature classes in order to complete this week’s stumper!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Heartless


Waiting on Wednesday

: Heartless

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: No series

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Publish Date: November 6, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fairytale Retelling

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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Review: The Program


Book Review13047090Title: The Program

Author: Suzanne Young

Series: The Program Series Series

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publish Date: April 30th, 2013

Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult

In this “gripping tale for lovers of dystopian romance” (Kirkus Reviews), true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in.

And The Program is coming for them.

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