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The Deja Vu Review [16]: A Book with a Strange Name

The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.

This week’s topic is: A Book with a Strange Name

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1)The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Original GR Review: Aw man, they’re gonna make me read all these books, aren’t they!? Ended as kind of a cliffhanger… And I’m not sure if I liked it or if I was just flat out confused by it haha. Douglas Adams is either highly intelligent, highly imaginative, or both……. Or really from another part of the galaxy haha. It was enjoyable — I definitely like being challenged to think outside of the box and what possibilities there could be outside of our galaxy. It’s a neat idea.
Comments: This one was kind of cheating because it was one of my very first reviews when my blog first started – But no one read my blog back then so I’m sure most people never saw it! I really liked this book a lot more than I expected to since I don’t really do “true” sci-fi, but it was funny, really well written, and the characters were either insane or genius. I STILL haven’t gotten to the second book, but I definitely will at some point.

Which books did you pick for this week’s Deja vu Review? 



The Deja Vu Review [15]: Favorite Male Protagonists

The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.

This week’s topic is: Favorite male protagonists

Usually I read a lot of books where the main character is a female. Okay, so almost all of them. So I thought I’d highlight a few books that I really enjoyed with some of my favorite male MCs!

Okay, since I’ve repeated a couple of these over the past DJVRs, I’m just gonna keep it short and sweet this week!

1. The Giver – Lois Lowry: Jonas has always been one of my favorite MCs. I love watching his journey throughout this book as well as seeing him really grow into an adult quite quickly.
2. Harry Potter (all of them) – J.K. Rowling: Sometimes I’m surprised by how well I identified with Harry Potter at any given time, but that really just proves the excellent talent that JKR possesses. Even with my other favorite male MCs, I’ve never gotten into a story and a character as much as I have with Harry Potter!
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky: I read this many, many years ago (when I was actually a teenager) and I need to reread it again, but Charlie’s story always stuck out to me.
4. The Maze Runner – James Dashner: Although I was disappointed with how the series ended, I really liked Thomas’s POV throughout the series. It was a refreshing take on the dystopian genre since most of the ones I’ve read are from a female perspective.

Who are your favorite male MCs? Hope you join us for this week’s Deja Vu Review! Link up is below 🙂



The Deja Vu Review [14]: An Author You’re Thankful For

The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.

This week’s topic is: An Author You’re Thankful For

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Why I’m Thankful: Of course I’m thankful for JK Rowling! How could I not be? She penned one of my favorite series of all time (and I’m sure the entire world could say the same) and helped me fall in love with reading again. Harry Potter pulled me out of a reading slump, introduced me to new genres, and let me know that you’re never too young for YA!
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Why I’m Thankful: I’m thankful for Suzanne Collins for writing The Hunger Games series because aside from The Giver, this was really one of the first dystopian series/books I ever read. AND I LOVED IT. Dystopians are now one of my favorite genres and they still continue to fascinate and amaze me each time I read a new one.

The Deja Vu Review [13]

The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.

This week’s topic is: Your Favorite Mystery


Curse of the Spellmans (The Spellmans, #2)
Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My Original Goodreads Review
: Another great installment of the Spellman books. I loved the first one and couldn’t put it down, so I picked up this one and read every chance I got. The Spellmans are a delightfully off-beat family as they constantly use their PI skills to not only solve mysteries, but spy on each other. Very funny and good mysteries that keep you wondering throughout the book.
Comments: This is still one of my favorites series, even after five books. This was book two, but I think it’s still my favorite of the series!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #1)Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Comments: When I first read this one, it was a super enjoyable cozy mystery. I liked how it involved baking (the MC owns a cookie shop) and each mystery in the series ties in the murder with a different baked good. I really enjoyed this series up until a certain point where the love triangle starting driving me nuts because it wasn’t going anywhere. I’m still debating whether or not to continue it at some point in time because the mysteries really were a lot of fun!



The Deja Vu Review [12]

The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.

This week’s topic: A Cute Love Story

One DayOne Day by David Nicholls
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My Original Goodreads Review: I actually thought this story started out a little slow, but with time it grew into an amazing story of how these two characters develop a real relationship and a deep friendship. I thought the author did a great job of getting you wrapped in the relationship of Dexter & Emma. Without giving anything away, it’s a story that really stuck with me after I finished it. I didn’t think I would like it as much as a did but it was written very well and I would definitely recommend it.

Remember Me?Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Comments: I thought this book was super cute. It’s about a girl (well, woman I guess. She’s 28) who wakes up in the hospital to find out that she survived a car accident – but the last thing she remembers is three years ago. She has no memory of her stellar new life including new (to her) husband! I really had a blast reading this book and I loved the love story that evolved from this plot.

What are some of your favorite love stories? What did you pick to review this week? Link up with us below!



The Deja Vu Review [11]

The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.

Scary Stories to Tell in the DarkScary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Comments: The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books – Ooooh the shivers. I seriously got creeped out by these books. For some reason all of my friends liked these books and they always tried to get me scared. I tried as hard as I could NOT to listen to the stories! Yeah… I was a chicken.

The Betrayal (The Fear Street Saga, #1)The Betrayal by R.L. Stine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Comments: THE FEAR STREET BOOKS. Ahhh, this was my childhood. For as much as I hated being scared, I loved these books. If you’ve read any posts from the past couple weeks where I mentioned them, you know that these books gave me nightmares. Regularly. Yet I couldn’t put them down. Once I stopped reading them, the nightmares stopped.

Cheerleaders: The First Evil (Fear Street Cheerleaders, #1)Cheerleaders: The First Evil by R.L. Stine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Comments: The Cheerleaders series of the Fear Street series was also one of my favorites. I can’t remember the details, but I know these were some of the more gruesome ones for me. I think it was in the Cheerleaders series that one girl got in the shower and and out of the faucet came blood instead of water. I think I was afraid of that happening to me for a good couple weeks.

What are you favorite horror reads? What did you pick to review this week? Link up with us below!



The Deja Vu Review [10]

The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.

This Week’s TopicOne of the longest books you’ve read

The Passage (The Passage #1)The Passage by Justin Cronin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My Original GR Review: WOW, finally finished with this book! I don’t usually read books this long. Anyway, I’d probably give it about 3.5 stars, really. I felt it didn’t need to be quite so long, but I was mostly upset with the separation of two whole stories. Of course, they did merge together, but the second half felt like completely starting over. BUT for a real opinion– It was a very interesting story. It was just mostly exhausting!
Comments: When I originally read this book, I was SO UPSET how it was broken up. I think it really turned my opinon of the book a little sour. Nevertheless, once I was finished, I found myself really wanting to read more. I’ll probably pick up The Twelve sometime when I have a LOT of time on my hands 🙂

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Comments: According to Goodreads, this is the second longest book I’ve read. Ever. And it’s definitely one of my favorites. Ever. If I had to choose between all the HP books, it’s either this of the Half-Blood Prince (but I think HBP takes it).

 

Link up with The Deja Vu Review! What do you think of this week’s topic? What’s the longest book you’ve read?

The Deja Vu Review [9]

The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.

This Week’s TopicA book with a one-word title

Insatiable (Insatiable, #1)Insatiable by Meg Cabot
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
My Original GR Review: Really a very disappointing book from one of my favorite authors. I loved every other one of Cabot’s books, but this one was over the top, unbelievable (even for a vampire story) and had a ridiculous climactic action scene. Sadly, I was terribly disappointed and most certainly will not be continuing with the series. I finished for the sake of completing the book but I can’t believe how disappointed I was with this novel. I hope if Meg puts out more books, they are far better than this one. I hate to rip on it, but that’s how amateur I felt it was.
Comments: Yep, I still feel pretty let down by this one! I thought the story was pretty cheesy and I wasn’t really a fan. I didn’t even pick up the second book.

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
My Original GR Review: An interesting ending to the series, but I have to say, I was a little disappointed. There was a giant build up to the end of the entire novel and it seemed to all end too quickly and I was confused as to what was going on at first. The end caught me by surprise because I didn’t know it was happening. All-in-all, it was still a good read, enjoyable, and a must to finish the series.
Comments:  I reread The Hunger Games before the movie came out and I think I’d really like to reread Catching Fire and Mockingjay when I get the chance. I know I was initially disappointed in it, but I’d love to see if anything changes if I read it a second time. I barely remember what happens now too!

What books did you choose this week? Please link up with us below! 🙂



The Deja Vu Review [8]

The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.

This Week’s Topic: A book from your favorite author

The Boy Next Door (Boy, #1)The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Comments: I’ve always loved Meg! As you may know, I’m a HUGE fan of her adult works (Insatiable aside – That’s a story for a different day), the Heather Wells series especially a favorite of mine. The Boy Next Door was an interesting read for me because it’s written as a series of emails, notices, and letters without any actual narration. I thought it was a neat concept and although it’s not one of my top favorites of Meg’s, I still highly enjoyed it and was intrigued by the different style.

Delirium (Delirium, #1)Delirium by Lauren Oliver
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My Original GR Review (12/3/11): I thought I was going to enjoy this book, but I was surprised at how much! I’m fascinated by any books that are based on a utopian/dystopian society, so I was drawn to it right off the bat, but it’s got everything I love in books. Mystery, love, intrigue, suspense, action… Once I got into the meat of the plot, I couldn’t put it down. Pretty awesome. Really can’t wait to read the next book!
Comments: I’m definitely still in love with the Delirium trilogy! I absolutely love Lauren Oliver’s writing in these books. It’s romantic, somewhat poetic without getting to cheesy or overdone, and I loved the story that it told. I’d love to reread this one if I ever have the time! Someday… This is one of those books that’s staying on my shelf forever!

What were your choices for this week? Who are some of your favorite authors? Link up and let us know!!



The Deja Vu Review [7]

The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.

This Week’s Topic: A book that reminds you of your childhood

I’m having a throwback week – All the way back to childhood! This one’s more for pure fun than an actual review, but hey, I can still review kids’ books too, right?

Where the Sidewalk EndsWhere the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My Childhood Memory: Holidays were always split between our house and my aunt & uncle’s house and my cousin had all of the Shel Silvestein books. I have a bunch of memories of me, my cousin, and my sister sitting around Where the Sidewalk Ends and making the poems into silly songs with her keyboard.

Harriet the SpyHarriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My Childhood Memory: Yes, I read the book too, but mostly I remember Harriet the Spy, the movie (with Michelle Trachtenberg. Even today, I still think of her as Harriet the Spy). After reading it/seeing the movie, I wanted to be a spy. I took one of the old spiral notebooks that we had and turned it into my spy notebook. I wasn’t too stealthy, but hey, I thought I was cool.

Amelia BedeliaAmelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My Childhood Memory: I remember reading the Amelia Bedelia with my mom. If you don’t know Amelia Bedelia, basically it’s a literal take on idioms and metaphors, and even as an adult, I can appreciate the humor! I think in one of the books she’s helping with Thanksgiving and the instructions say to dress the turkey so she literally puts clothes on it. I think the book is pretty fun and it’s a great teaching tool for kids to understand those kinds of things at a young age as well as a good beginner’s reading book.

The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Street)The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My Childhood Memory: Ahh, furry old loveable Grover! My mom used to read this book to us when we were kids in the Grover voice and all. I mean, you kind of have to! It makes the book that much more fun. She actually does babysitting now for friends/neighbors as a living and it’s still on the bookshelves and she reads it to the new generations of kids. It’s kind of cool seeing something from my childhood passed down to someone else and I hope these kids make fond memories of it too.