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Day 26: Favorite nonfiction book

My favorite nonfiction book is “The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History” by Robert Darnton. This book was frequently used by me during my first year at Uni, and it is a very entertaining non-fictional book.

Day 25: Favorite book you read in school

“The Picture of Dorian Gray.” by Oscar Wilde. This was a book I picked by myself for a module in my first year at Uni. The book is is one of my all time favorites, of course it ended up here.

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Day 24: Book that contains your favorite scene

The book that contains my favorite scene or story sequence, is Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows. The sequence that I really love is Sanpe’s tale, when we finally get to know his character and how much he actually has done for Harry.

“My word, Severus, that I shall never reveal the best of you?’ Dumbledore sighed, looking down into Snape’s ferocious, anguished face. ‘If you insist …”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The moment when Snape dies and he gives Harry his memories is the important scene in all of this. That is when it becomes clear that Snape is more than what the reader thought.

“Look…at…me…” he whispered. The green eyes found the black, but after a second, something in the depths of the dark pair seemed to vanish, leaving them fixed, blank, and empty. The hand holding Harry thudded to the floor, and Snape moved no more.”

“Albus Severus,” Harry said quietly, so that nobody but Ginny could hear, and she was tactful enough to pretend to be waving to Rose, who was now on the train, “you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Taking Chances

Title: Taking Chances
Series: Timber Ridge Riders #7
Author: Maggie Dana
Publisher: Pageworks Press
Publishing date: April 7th, 2015
ISBN: 9780985150464
Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk

Synopsis: Kate McGregor and her best friend, Holly Chapman, are swapping horses until Kate qualifies for the big show in April. But just as Kate is getting to really know Holly’s gelding, Magician, a flashy new horse shows up at the barn. He captures the heart of everyone except his owner and sends Kate’s plans tumbling into free fall. So does Brad Piretti, the local snowboarding star. He invites Kate to go skiing, and Kate takes yet another unexpected tumble.

My Review:
This is the third book in the series I review, and they have all been rather enjoyable. All the small adventures Kate and her friend Holly get up to are varied and realistic. They are both love horses and the storyline is neatly tied up to the barn Timber Ridge. Up until this book the story has mostly been focused on the girls and their horses, as well as trouble cast in by the antagonist Angela. In Taking Chances, it started to be more about Kate and boys. In earlier books the “normal teenage life with school and boys and drama has been featured but in “Taking Chances” it seemed to be more prolific than the horses and the story going on there.
The story was again lighthearted and easy to follow. It was a short story and a very quick read, but a good length for a Middle Grade novel. The girls again was faced with some horse related trouble when Kate hurt her knee skiing, which might result in her being unable to qualify for a big horse show. Due to the injury, Kate has been banned for riding until the February, but the horse show she need to compete in is in late January. Holly is convinced that Kate will be well enough to ride by the time the horse show takes place, and together the two girls tries to find out how Kate can compete without Holly’s mother finding out. Also the antagonist, Angela shows a more three-dimensional character in this book when Kate helps her with a problem with her new horse.

Day 23: Book you tell people you’ve read, but haven’t actually finished

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

I started reading this book a long time ago. I age up at chapter 55, I tried listen to it on audio book, I gave up after ten hours. This is not a bad book, this is a really, really good book, and I absolutely loved reading it. The problem is that it is so long and so complex, which means that if you have, for whatever reason , put it down for a while you have to start over because you have forgotten the small things. And the small things in this book really enhances the reading experience.

So yeah, I tell people I have read this book, but I never actually finished it. Someday I hope I will find the time to finish it.

 

What books do you tell people you’ve read, but haven’t (or haven’t actually finished)?

Jack Staples and the City of Shadows

Title: Jack Staples and the City of Shadows
Series: Jack Staples trilogy
Author: Mark Batterson & Joel N. Clark
Publisher:David C. Cook
Publishing date: March 14th, 2015
ISBN: 9780781411080
Purchase Link:Amazon.co.uk

Synopsis: The Assassin is closing in. Just as Jack and his friend Alexia discover what it means to be the Chosen Ones, they each face the test of a lifetime. For Jack it is a question of trust; for Alexia, of loyalty. Everything rests on their making the right choices, and on the completion of their missions. The Assassin expects they will fail, and that they will either join him or be destroyed. It will take all of the Author’s forces, the special gifts Jack and Alexia each have, and the help of their friends, Arthur and Mrs. Dumphrey, to overcome. But when the enemy makes a key move, and an important quest proves difficult, the prophecy—that they will both destroy and save the world—seems further from coming true than ever before.

My Review: Jack Staples and the City of Shadows is the second book in the Jack Staples trilogy, and it carries off from where the last book left off. The first few chapters are a bit slow to get through, and Mrs Dumphrey has quit a few lines that are trying a bit too hard to make her seem like an odd, wise, old lady. As soon as Mrs Dumphrey start speaking like a normal person and stop speaking in riddles and clichés the reading experience gets much more pleasant.
The action starts early in this book and the both Alexia and Jack has to carry their wits with them in the various situations they have to face. As the Assassin is closing in with all his power the two children of the prophesy is about to face the Test of their lifetime, it is important for them both to not make mistakes, but they are both only human and they are kids.
Just as the previous book there is a lot of time jumping in the narrative, and it is a bit hard to follow, but most of it ties together in by the end. Alexia’s back-story is explored a bit more, within the time-jumps, and we learn more about her characters.
The book is engaging and action packed, it is a good buildup for the next and final installment in the series. Hopefully the questions left unanswered in “Jack Staples and the City of Shadows” will be answered in “Jack Staples and the Poet’s Storm”

Day 22: Book you plan to read next

At the moment my reading-list is quite swamped, so I have a lot of books I’m going to read next. Mostly it is books I’m reading to review, and up next on my reading-list is Taking chances by Maggie Dana and Waterfall by Lauren Kate.

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Day 21: Favorite picture book from childhood

I can’t really remember any picture books form my childhood. Though I have lately read quite a few picture books.

Luna’s Red Hat for example, which is a book that helps children deal with loss and does to some extent explain suicide.

Day 20: Book you’ve read the most number of times

I think that must be Harry Potter, and not just one book but the entire series. I still love those books and I can’t think of any book I have read more.

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A Whisper of Wolves

Title: A Whisper of Wolves
Series: Guardians of the Wild #1
Author: Kris Humphrey
Publisher: Little Tiger: Stripes publishing
Publishing date: 31st March, 2015
ISBN: 9781847155962
Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk

Synopsis: When hunters from her village disappear without a trace, Alice suspects that something sinister is at work. With the help of Storm, her wolf companion, Alice fights to save her village. The Narlaw are on the attack and it’s up to the Whisperers to stop them.

My Review:
This book did sound good. It is about a small village, it’s a girl with a wolf pet, and they have to save the village (and not the world). The writing is good and easy to follow, but the plot felt too simple, even for Middle Grade novel. Some of the trouble seemed to be very easily fixed, which resulted in not creating enough suspense. The double Point of view seems a bit wasted as the book is very short, and the two narratives is very similar so it is hard to tell them apart. Also, where were all the wolves? The title hints to something of a wolfwhisperer, but they seems to bring a vast amount of time listening the birds rather than having any wolves present.
This book is a fast little read, it is not a bad book but it did have room for more development of it characters; especially the relationship between Alice and her mentor.Hopefully future installments of the series will include more wolves.