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First Read of the Month for 2013

Well, it is December 31st, 2012 and the world has yet to end, so it is important that I continue reading and writing.  I think the best way to start off the new year is with an author that I have grown to really enjoy during the past few years, John Green.   I have read two of his popular titles:  my April 2011 Read of the Month Looking for Alaska and my  my March 2012 Read of the Month The Fault in Our Stars.   I loved both of these books and have grown to really enjoy Green's tweets and videos. I decided to give one of Green's older books a try,  Paper Towns .  It is Green's third novel and was published in October of 2008.  Some of my library students have presented on this title and it always has sounded like a good read.  Now that I have read two of Green's works, I want to go back and give this title a try. Another John Green Book for a Read of the Month, Can't Go Wrong With This This sounds like another great, teenager-character led novel.  I look fo

A Perfect Read of the Month to End 2012

I easily completed by December 2012 Read of the Month The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.  The title was a recommendation from my sister Laura and I am glad I finally listened to her and picked up this book.  The first thing I realized after selecting this title was that I had already read and reviewed a young-adult novel by Matthew Quick, Sorta Like a Rock Star .  "Rock Star" was my January 2012 Read of the Month, so I guess I started and concluded 2012 with novels by Matthew Quick. Clearly, The Silver Linings Playbook is not young-adult.  It tackles (no pun intended) a number of adult issues.  I do think teens could handle the book, I just believe this title is clearly aimed at adults.  I really enjoyed this book.  I loved the two main characters (Pat Peoples and his "friend" Tiffany) both struggling with mental illness.  The plot is fast moving and exciting.  Male readers will love the tie-in of National Football League references (The Philadelphia

Presents to Avoid Thanks to "Daddy - O"

It is getting close to "crunch time" for the holiday season.  The number of shopping days left before Christmas is down to just twelve.  This may be the time that many shoppers (especially men) panic and make a huge mistake when purchasing Christmas gifts.  Sadly, your friends and loved-ones may not post a holiday wish list so you are on your own when it comes to gift selections.  So what should you be looking for?  Well, loyal reader "Daddy-O" sent me a great link of " The 6 Kind of Christmas Gifts to Avoid!" I really liked the "All About Me Gift" and the "The Non-Gift" summaries.  Let's face it, once you have been married for a while, it is hard to avoid "The Non-Gift."  In our house the money is "our money" so it is not like any gifts are really purchased with my "own" money.  I realize I have been guilty of purchasing the "The Non-Gift" in the past.....and probably will again in the fut

December 2012 Read of the Month

I have selected my December 2012 Read of the Month (with some help from my sister Laura). She has been telling me to read The Silver Lining Playbook by Matthew Quick for a while.  I guess I am way behind the times on this book, because a movie based upon the book was released last month.  I did not even know of the movie (once again, I am not a big movie guy).  My sister swears I will love the book, especially because I love young adult author John Green so much. From what I have glanced over, narrator Pat Peoples is a former high school history teacher that has just been released from a mental institution and placed in his mother's care.  He believes he has only been away for a few months (not the actual four years he has spent away).  Pat has dreams to reconcile with his wife and tries to win her back.  Who knows, if I really enjoy the book I may have to watch the movie when it comes out for home viewing.  The cast looks pretty good, so that is a start.  I look forward to w

November 2012 Read of the Month Review

Well, the streak is over.  I have finally finished a "Read of the Month."  I did not give up on my November 2012 Read, Croak by Gina Damico ,  This is a tough review for me, because I usually either really enjoy a book or hate it so much I quit reading (see the last two months).  Croak was a struggle for me to finish, but not because I completely hated the young adult novel.  I actually really enjoyed the main character, Lex Bartleby.  There were parts of the story-line that I loved, but there were also parts that I absolutely hated. Quick summary, Lex Bartelby is a constant troublemaker (unlike her sister) and is sent to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer in the town of Croak.  She quickly discovers she will not be working on a farm, and instead starts working as a Grim (short for Grim Reaper).  Her job is to finalize a death.  After a shaky start, Lex quickly begins to enjoy the job, but a problem in Croak could threaten everything she loves. Things I liked: I love