8 Charming Fairy Tale Retellings

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Sooooooooooooo. This is the first ever 8 Charming Fridays! I love fairy tales, but I love retellings even more! Let us BEGIN!

#1

The Thief and the Beanstalk by P. W. Catanese

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This was the first retelling I ever read 🙂 .

#2

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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#3

Hood by Stephen R. Lawhead

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#4

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Book50.jpg Why do I not own these yet?! The covers are gorgeous and everyone seems to LOVE them!

#5

Spindle by Shonna Slayton

Book52.jpg I just discovered this book. It seems like a pretty cool story….

#6

The Brave Apprentice by P. W. Catanese

Book53.jpg I haven’t read this one yet, but I’m really looking forward to finding it.

#7

The Eye of the Warlock by P. W. Catanese

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#8

The Mirror’s Tale by P. W. Catanese

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I haven’t read most of these, but I’ll get around to it.

Love y’all!

alex-c

Rainbow Book Tag

I did this tag a long time ago on my other blog and thought it would be cool to redo it here. I love book covers, they’re half the reason I buy books 😉 .

RED

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I read Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony. Haven’t gotten around to the other two.

Orange

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Two Charles Dickens books, Great Expectations Oliver Twist. Then there’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling.

Yellow

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Lots of Nancy Drew. I’ve read all the paperbacks and all but one of the hardbacks. The one on top is The Black Rood by Stephen R. Lawhead.

Green

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HatchetHow to Train Your Dragon #2Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief.

Blue

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Tons of Agatha Christie and The Hardy Boys.

Indigo/Turquoise

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The Dragon of Cripple CreekSteinbeck’s Ghost, and a Dear America book.

Purple

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Pink

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These are pretty much the only pink books I own.

Brown

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I have more, I just don’t feel like finding them right now.

White

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Black

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My favorite color. 🙂

aleavinthiopen!!!

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Top Ten Tueday: Top Ten Summer-ish-y Book Covers

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(Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish)

This weeks T10T is all about SUMMER!

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So, I will be sharing my favorite Summer-ish-y covers! Lets do this!

#1

Magnus Chase: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

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How could I not mention Magnus?! This is one of my favorite covers EVAH!

#2

The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White

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#3

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

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#4

Lara at Athenry Castle by Kathleen Duey

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#5

Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

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#6

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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#7

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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#8

The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien

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 #9

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

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#10

Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Aren’t they all GORGEOUS?!

Thanks for dropping in this week! Tune in next time for more book-ish crazy! 😉

alex-c

May 22, 2017 Book Haul

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MY NEW ALEX RIDER BOOKS CAME IN TODAY!!!!!!

I worked my tail off to earn the $13 it cost to get them. I cleaned all the ceiling fans in the house, swept and mopped the kitchen floor, “tidied” the living/dining room area (that place is NASTY) plus a lot of other stuff that I can’t remember. The result was 7 GORGEOUS new books! Of course I’m still buried in un-read books, but they can wait. MAH FELLOW ALEX CALLS! 😉

I also rearranged my shelves. They’re not perfect, but they’re close.

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I finished all the Artemis Fowl books I own (I’m only missing the last one) and I’m in the middle of reading 5(ish) books, one for a review here. Oh, I have a new OTP!

Holly Short and Artemis Fowl!!!

They are so adorable together!

I could just go on and on about all this, but I’m supposed to be doing dishes. Sooooo, bye!

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TBR #2

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So, we are here for the second post in my TBR (To Be Read) series! As I said last week, in this post I will share three books from my MOUNTAINOUS TBR pile.

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For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting.

This one was given to me by someone in our homeschool Co-op. They were just gonna throw away a huge pile of books! So I ended up taking most of them. I haven’t read many Fairy Tale retellings, so I’m not sure what to expect from this.

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Published originally in 1941, this book is about a young boy, Alec Ramsay who finds a wild black stallion at a small Arabian port on the Red Sea. Between the black stallion and young boy, a strange understanding grew that you lead them through untold dangers as they journeyed to America. Nor could Alec understand that his adventures with the black stallion would capture the interest of an entire nation.

I have another book in this series, can’t remember the name, but it was AMAZING! Once I got into it I read it pretty fast. Then I reread it a few years later. It was still as amazing as it was the first time.

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“Nukik! Lincoln gasped, his skin tingling. Could this be happening! Had he just seen a whale with a white tail? Was it now going to give itself to him, as Vincent had said?

Lincoln still could not believe it. He had had only one thing in mind when he made the long trip from Massachusetts to Barrow, Alaska, and that was to find his Uncle Jack. He thought Vincent Ologak, an Eskimo whaling captain, could tell him where to find him, for Vincent was the man Uncle Jack had planned to see when he went to Alaska to help save the bowhead whale from extinction.

But Vincent Ologak cannot or will not give Lincoln a straight answer. As far as he is concerned, Lincoln is there for a very different purpose from the one he himself imagines: A whale is coming to Lincoln, a whale that will end two years of waiting and suffering for Vincent’s people.

Nothing in Lincoln’s past experience quite prepares him for the whaling camp at Barrow. Here ice is a living presence and the temperature is so cold that spilled water hits the ground as ice balls. Here for the first time he meets young Eskimos-especially Unpik, with whom he falls deeply in lovewhose strong identification with their Eskimo culture leads Lincoln to question his own identity. But above all else it is Vincent Ologak’s vision of him that teaches Lincoln more than he has ever learned anywhere before.

Jean Craighead George blends masterfully observed nature scenes and a wry story of first love in one of her most appealing and moving novels.

Life in today’s New England hasn’t prepared Lincoln for the ways of an Alaskan whaling camp. But it’s there that he draws strength from an Eskimo captain’s vision of him and his connection with Nukik, the whale that gives itself to Lincoln and the people of Barrow.

I read Julie of The Wolves years ago and it was pretty good. I was too young to really understand what was going on, but I still liked it. So when I found this I just couldn’t help myself.

alex-c

The Book Blogger Memory Challenge Tag

Hi Peoples! I found this tag at The Book Nut.

This tag was created by Laura @ Laura’s Book Reviews

Here are the rules:

  1.  You must answer these questions without looking anything up on the internet and without looking at your bookshelves!!
  2. Once you’ve completed this tag, tag 5 other book bloggers to answer the questions next.

Name a book written by an author called Michael.

The Necromancer by Michael Scott

Name a book with a dragon on the cover.

The Dragon of Cripple Creek by Troy Howell

Name a book about a character called George.

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith.

Even though Smith is a very common last name, I can’t think of ANY authors with that name! 😦

Name a book set in Australia.

One of the Heartland books is set in Australia. GAH! I can’t even remember the authors name!!! vKUF&DTE%YS%YS^D&!

Name a book with the name of a month in the title.

Again, nOTHING!!

Name a book with a knife on the cover.

Uh, one of my Agatha Christie books has one. WHY BRAIN? WHY YOU NO REMEMBER?!

Name a book with the word ‘one’ in the title.

I even cheated and looked at my bookshelf! NOTHIN’!

Name a book with a eponymous title.

Um. Nope. 😦

Name a book turned into a movie.

The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

 

I failed to bad! 😦 I thought my superior intellect would help me! GAH!

I am leaving this tag open!

alex-c

Top 5 Wednesday: Summer Reads

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Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started, and is now hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes.
If you want to join in checkout the Goodreads page!

Ok, um. I will be trying this ONCE to see if I like it. Uh, hehe. here we go?

May 17th: Summer Reads
–The weather is heating up (for half of the world), so what books remind you of summer and are your quintessential summer reads?

I’ll go with books that remind me of summer, k?

#1

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

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I know, this isn’t very summer-y. But when I was little I used to lay on our trampoline on summer nights and read this book. Over and over.  So it really reminds me of summer.

#2

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

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I love this series! I need to reread it soon….

#3

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

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This was one of my favorite books growing up. And the cover is just gorgeous!

#4

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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I read this book when I was pretty young. A family friend (we called her Meemee) got on to me for reading it. She thought I was too young for some of the content! 😉 If only she knew some of the books I’ve read. (I’m looking at you, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children!)

#5

Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville

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^THIS^ started my love for unicorns!!! I’ve read and reread books 1 & 2 and. Just. Gah! I wanted to go to Luster sooooooooo bad! 😦

 

And that’s that! I might do this again, no promises!

alex-c

Book Pics (And A Plea For Help)

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Today is a day for random pictures. Of my books. A month or so ago I did a photo-shoot with some of my favorite cover designs. Warning- The quality is horrible.

Although, my favorite is this one-

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I recently bought 70-90-ish new books and I’m running out of space on my bookshelf. And we don’t have room for another one. Does anyone have any tips on organizing my shelf?

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Top shelves

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Bottom shelves.

Sorry for the bad quality, but I only have my kindle to take pictures with.

I’ve tried googling “how to organize a bookshelf with lots of books” and nothing useful came up. I seriously need help cause I just ordered 7 new books from ebay, and I don’t have room for them!

PLEASE HELP!!!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Moms in Literature

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(Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish)

All covers are from Goodreads!

#1

Doter- Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

book21.jpg I love how supportive Doter is! Even though she isn’t Miri’s mother she encourages her, comforts her, and is there when she needed a shoulder to cry on. Doter is my absolute favorite mother figure in literature!

#2

Angeline Fowl- Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

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“There’s no video network in Iceland. I should have checked.”

“Hmm,” Said his mother, and Artemis knew that syllable well. It meant that she suspected him of something, but didn’t know what exactly.

“So you are in Iceland?”

Artemis was glad there was no video feed, as it was more difficult to lie face-to-face.

Of course I am. Why do you ask?”

“I ask because the GPS puts you in the North Atlantic Ocean”

Artemis frowned. His mother had insisted on a GPS function on the phone if she were to allow him to go off alone.

“That’s probably just a bug in the program,” said Artemis as he quickly tapped into the GPS application and manually set his location to Reykjavik. “Sometimes the locater is a little off. Give it another try.”

Silence for a moment, but for the typing of keys, then another hmmm.

“I suppose it’s redundant to ask whether or not you’re up to something? Artemis Fowl is always up to something.”

-Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer

#3

Sally Jackson- Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Book22.jpg I just found their relationship so amazing. How Sally would do almost anything to keep Percy safe, but loving him too much to part with her son.

#4

Molly Weasley- The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

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How

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Can

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You not love Molly?

#5

Thunderheart- Wolves of The Beyond: Lone Wolf by Kathryn Lasky

book25.jpg Thunderheart is truly awesome. Her love for Faolan is unequalled.

#6

Laura Hardy- The Hardy Boys series by Franklin W. Dixon

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#7

Mrs. McLaughlin- My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hare

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#8

Mrs. Mullet- A Summer Secret by Kathleen Fuller

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#9

Mrs, Ogden- The Trouble with Tuck by Theodore Taylor

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#10

Mama Ya-Ya- Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

book30.jpg Although she isn’t Lanesha’s (God, I love that name!) real mother, Mama Ya-Ya raised her.

Well, that was fun! Who are your favorite mothers in literature?

alex-c

TBR #1

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Hey guys! Mondays are TBR (To Be Read) days! So, this basically means that I will select three books from my TBR pile to share with you people.

Book1

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Where do dreams come from? What stealthy nighttime messengers are the guardians of our most deeply hidden hopes and our half-forgotten fears? Drawing on her rich imagination, two-time Newbery winner Lois Lowry confronts these questions and explores the conflicts between the gentle bits and pieces of the past that come to life in dream, and the darker horrors that find their form in nightmare. In a haunting story that tiptoes between reality and imagination, two people—a lonely, sensitive woman and a damaged, angry boy—face their own histories and discover what they can be to one another, renewed by the strength that comes from a tiny, caring creature they will never see.

I have three other books by Lowry and I loved Gathering Blue and Number The Stars. (I HATED The Giver) so of course I had to buy this one!

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“My name is Slither, and before my tale is finished you’ll find out why.”
The dark is full of terrifying creatures. And Tom Ward—the seventh son of a seventh son, and the Spook’s last apprentice—hasn’t seen all of them. Far from the county, one named Slither has lived for hundreds of years, hunting blood.
But a dying father binds the monster to a bargain. If Slither will take his two youngest daughters safely to their family in the south, then the eldest daughter, Nessa, is his.
For Nessa the nightmare is just beginning. And when Slither and Nessa cross paths with the feared witch assassin Grimalkin, they will become unwitting players in the quest to stop the Fiend once and for all

I was not impressed with the first book in this series, but I found Slither at our favorite thrift store and just had to see if it got any better.

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The seventh son of the seventh son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby’s father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus?

I have one through six of the Septimus Heap books. unfortunately I haven’t gotten around to reading any of them yet. It seems like a really good story and I’m pretty excited for it.

Alex C.

The Goodreads Book Tag

THANK YOU ICEBREAKER694 FOR TAGGING ME!! This is the first tag on my new-ish book blog! I hope this sticks.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS READ?

Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan was the last book I marked as read. But the last book I finished was Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

Artemis Fowl; The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO READ NEXT?

Artemis Fowl: The Last Colony by Eoin Colfer

Third Girl by Agatha Christie

DO YOU USE THE STAR RATING SYSTEM?

I will. Once I start doing reviews on here….

ARE YOU DOING A 2017 READING CHALLENGE?

No. But I might try one next year.

DO YOU HAVE A WISHLIST?

Yes, and its very long-

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, Magnus Chase and The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan, and Divergent by Veronica Roth

To name a few.

WHAT BOOK DO YOU PLAN TO BUY NEXT?

The Return of The King by J. R. R. Tolkien

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE QUOTES?

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WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

  1. Eoin Colfer
  2. Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. Agatha Christie
  4. J. R. R. Tolkien
  5. Kathleen Duey
  6. Kathryn Lasky
  7. Andrew Clements
  8. Betty Ren Wight
  9. R. L. Stine
  10. Lois Lowry

HAVE YOU JOINED ANY GROUPS?

No, I’ll have to look into that!

Leavin’ This Tag Open Y’all!

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