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Jane by April Linder October 18, 2010

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Jane by April Linder

Young Adult

poppy a new imprint of Little, Brown (at least it’s new to me)

October 10, 2010

Tea Cozy Review

Angieville Review

Librarified Review

Having never read Jane Eyre myself, I found the idea of reading a modern version of the old classic intriguing. I thought I might even be inspired to read the original. I found the cover mysterious and dramatic and stood in the bookstore in front of Jane, trying to pull  up TeaCozy on my IPhone to see if this was the book I remembered her reviewing. Sure enough.    Sold.

While I have nothing against classics, I am not naturally drawn to them at this point in my life. I have too much reading that I WANT to do, to take time for something I’m not highly interested. I also have reading that I HAVE to do-for my job, for my classes, etc. I have certain classics from high school and college that I am very loyal to, but I have to admit that even though my adult book club always selects one classic a year, I always know I am going to skip it.

On the other hand, I LOVE remakes or references to the classics. Mr. Pip by Lloyd Jones completely made me want to go back and reread Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Just Ella is a fabulous Cinderella story.

Jane Moore, a student in college at Sarah Lawrence University, has to drop out after her parents’ death. Estranged from her sister and brother, Jane sets out to find a job. She applies to Discriminatring Nannies, Inc. and ends up with an unorthdox assignment. Nico Rathburn, a rock star with a young daughter, almost runs down his new employee during their first encounter.

A few places there was a little too much teen angst, lovey/dovey stuff for my taste, but I’m sure the typical YA reader will love it.

The character of Rivers, loved by his sisters, was a little underdeveloped for my taste. I kept trying to decide if the author meant for the character to seem like he had Asperger’s Syndrome. Then I wondered if the original character was underdeveloped in the same way or if he had some of the same character traits.

The age difference didn’t really cross my mind until I read some other blog reviews. I was also not put off by the idea that Nico had kept his wife in the attic with home care to try to prevent her from being in an asylum. I thought him misguided, but know there are families that go above and beyond to keep their loved ones out asylums or nursing homes.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and now look forward to reading the REAL Jane Eyre, something I didn’t think I would find myself saying during this decade 🙂


In My Mailbox (1) October 17, 2010

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Welcome to In My Mailbox, a weekly meme where bloggers share the books that arrived in the mailbox, checked out from the library, borrowed from friends,  etc. in order to spread the word about new and fabulous books! Head on over to The Story Siren where Kristi has the roundup.

This is my first participation in this meme. I enjoy other bloggers’ IMM and thought it might help me keep blogging while I am so busy.

Jane by April Linder (bought after reading TeaCozy’s review)

The Quest for Paradise by Geronimo Stilton

Geronomio Stilton #5 The Great Ice Age

The Danger Box by Blue Balliett

The Cardturner by Louis Sachar (audiobook from library)

The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller


Buckeye Book Fair October 16, 2010

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Buckeye Book Fair is going on its 23rd year, yet this is the first year I’ve heard of it. I must be living under a rock! $2 to get in to meet over 100 authors! I’m thinking it might need to be a family event! I won’t make up for not being able to attend NCTE or ALAN this year, but it might help a little.


Across the Universe… October 13, 2010

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Across the Universe Book Cover Your universe is about to change.
Click here to read the first chapter of Across the Universe.
The journey begins 1.11.11
Website URL
Email us your thoughts.
Razorbill, a division of Penguin Books

CCheck out this book promo! It sure made me want to read the book!


Book Club for Grown-Ups October 11, 2010

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The Magicians Lev Grossman
Telex from Cuba Rachel Kuschner
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
The Children’s Book A. S. Byatt
Prisoner of Tehran: Marina Nemat
One Woman’s Story
of Survival Inside
an Iranian Prison
Those that Save Us Jenna Blum
Hotel on the Corner Jamie Ford
of Bitter and Sweet
Marcelo in the Real Francisco Stark
A Reliable Wife Robert Goolick
Olive Kittredge Elizabeth Strout
Let the Great World Spin Colum McCamm

Here’s what my “grown-up” book club is reading this year. Each September we all bring a couple of suggestions, make a master list, and then get vote. Books with most votes get on calendar for year. We also try to always include one non-fiction, one children’s, and one “classic” Live in G-ville and want a book club? Shoot me a comment and I’ll get you the info 🙂


Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly October 10, 2010

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Here’s an item for your to-do list. Go buy Jennifer Donnelly’s Revolution on Tuesday when it comes out.

I’ve read an advanced review copy and it is AMAZING! A blog tour is planned for this week that coincides with its release in the US and England.
Monday 11th October – The Book Smugglers
Tuesday 12th October – Once Upon A Bookcase
Wednesday 13th October – Bloggers Heart Books
Thursday 14th October – Daisy Chain Book Reviews
Friday 15th October – Chicklish

There’s also a great little YouTube video with the author talking about how she got the idea for the book.

I loved the characters, learned more about the French Revolution in the process than I had ever learned in college.


Still blogging in my head October 8, 2010

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It makes me a little sad to realize that I’m approaching the 20th day without blogging. I think that’s a record for me. And not a good record. I’m currently procrastinating completing an assignment due in my class tomorrow where I have been given the scenario of being the superintendent of a district with a task of developing a presentation on ‘The State of the District’ for parents and citizens. It is to kick-off the district’s comprehensive public relations plan for the upcoming year and to gather support for an upcoming levy.

In the scenario, the superintendent is also faced with substandard test scores, teacher salaries higher than the district population salaries, the levy has already failed twice, and other issues.

Not a bad assignment, not too difficult BUT as I live the levy campaign of my own district on a daily basis, the idea of trying to make my mind think about preparing materials for an imaginary levy is a little frustrating.

So, I’m blogging. I picked up You by Charles Benoit at the library last night, needing to take an hour to lose myself in reading something non-job related. Finished it.

Great cover art, great quotes from authors I recognize and admire. Great first sentence. Disappointed. sad


Picked up the audiobook of The Cardturner by Louis Sachar to listen to on the way to class and back tomorrow. Hoping it’s a good audiobook and story.


Sad because I will be in class instead of going to NCTE in Orlando. Not a good trade-off, but a necessary one. Still dreaming of being able to attend the ALAN part of the conference. Airfare a little daunting.

Feel like I really, really need to have a break for a weekend. Cancelled my summer vacation due to all the chaos that was going on in my school district. Either working or in class each Saturday. Okay, now I’m approaching the land of pity party, time to go do that assignment.