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The Deja Vu Review [6]

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 you read in school

The Great GatsbyThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Comments: Like almost all of the books I read for school, I barely remember what The Great Gatsby was about. Maybe it’s time for a reread! I DO remember that it was one of the more enjoyable ones that we did read in school and I actually read ahead instead of sticking to my assigned reading chapters.

Wayside School Is Falling DownWayside School Is Falling Down by Louis Sachar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Comments: Yep, I’m picking this one. We read both Sideways Stories From Wayside School and Wayside School is Falling Down for class in 4th grade. As part of English class, we had to make up our own chapter for one of the books and create our own silly story. The funny thing is, I don’t even remember what my story was. The only one I remember was my friend Stephanie’s – She was skinny so in her story, she turned into a paperclip. I have no idea what else happened since it was over 10 years ago… But I remember having a lot of fun with it!

Join in on The Deja Vu Review! What books do you want to add to this week’s topic? What do you think of my picks?



The Deja Vu Review [5]

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 about magic

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1)Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
My rating: 1 of 5 stars (DNF)
My Original GR Review: This book just wasn’t for me. I saw the musical and I absolutely loved it. The book, however, was extremely different and I felt like there were a lot of unnecessary details, ideas, and concepts in the fact that it just made the book straight up bizarre. I only made it 45 pages into the book and just couldn’t bring myself to come back to it. I feel like this is either a love it or hate it book. Unfortunately I was not on the love it side. I would have kept reading if it was a short book, but I couldn’t make it through that many pages.
I think my mistake here was hoping it would be like the musical, which I adored! The musical is a very light adaptation. The book was extremely intense and a little too much so for me! I ended up not finishing and swapping the book.

 

The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars, #1)The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My Original GR Review: Very interesting twist on the classic Alice in Wonderland tale. I like how it was intentionally different, making Wonderland a real place which Alice must claim back from her vicious aunt who stole the throne back from Alice’s mother. Very creative, quick read which keeps you reading until the end.
I still haven’t read more in the series yet, but I really did like this first book! I really enjoyed the retelling of Alice in Wonderland and how the magic of it all had a purposeful story instead of just chaos! 



The Deja Vu Review [4]

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 foreign book/book from another country

Don Juan Tenorio (Letras Hispánicas, #114)Don Juan Tenorio by José Zorrilla
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read: Spring of 2009 (or somewhere close to that)
Country: Spain
Comments: Read for my Spanish lit class back in college. It was actually a lot of fun to read because it was pure comedy. A brief summary is that Don Juan and Don Luis are competing against each other as only men could: who could “conquer” more women and kill more men in one year (barbaric, I know, but it’s a comedy, so follow me here). Things get tricky when both men meet up again and find out they’re both engaged (to different women) – so then it becomes a quest to seduce the other guy’s woman. Wow, explaining the plot is super scandalous, but the play (I think it was written as a play) is really funny.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Read: November 2010
Country: Sweden
Comments (This was my original GoodReads review): People were not kidding about this book. It was fantastic! True, the beginning starts out a little slow, but once you get into the guts of the book and the actual mystery of the story, it’s impossible to put down. I read 500 pages in one day. The character development was very interesting and I felt like I had very vivid pictures of the places and things that were going on. It was a very good read and I’m excited to continue on in the series!
Aww my little retro review there!

Hope you enjoyed this week’s topic! 
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A Sunday Compilation

It’s Sunday! That’s not exciting, really so I’m not sure why the exclamation point… But before work claims us all again tomorrow, here’s a whole mess of bloggy updates and news points I want to remind you of before the weekend comes to a close!

1. DEGREES OF WRONG GIVEAWAY closing tomorrow!!
That’s right, folks! If you haven’t checked out my post from the Degrees of Wrong blog tour, I highly suggest you do! This is a new book from Anna Scarlett (or you may know her better as Anna Banks who wrote Of Poseidon) and I absolutely adored it! It’s love story, snark, sci-fi, thrills – the whole package for me really! There’s a giveaway for an egalley of the ARC and I think you won’t want to miss it! Only one more day to enter!!

2. THE DEJA VU REVIEW second post is up!
Guys… I’m a little sad. And desperate. No one wants to participate in the Deja Vu Review! They’re only mini-reviews and you only have to say a few words to participate! I thought it would be fun for us to talk about some books we read before we started our blogs (because I know mine isn’t that old and I’ve been reading my whole life – That’s a lot of books gone un-reviewed!), so if you want to link up, please do so soon! You can post any time throughout the week although I put the feature up on Sundays, but if I don’t get any takers soon, it may go in the garbage pile next to Freaky Friday 🙁 Or just better yet, it’ll be read only and I’ll stop trying to have people join in haha. Either way, I hope to see you there!

3. ARMY OF TEN buzz!
The Army of TEN

The awesome Gretchen McNeil has a new book coming out called TEN and it sounds MAJORly awesome! It’s not a PRIVATE secret or anything… I mean, it’s GENERAL knowledge but we need to create some buzz for the book! Oh, and she’s got a great contest going on here!!

(please just pretend like you enjoyed those puns… THANKS!)

 

 

The Deja Vu Review [2]

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 You Didn’t Enjoy as Much as You Thought You Would

Something BorrowedSomething Borrowed by Emily Giffin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read: April 2011
Comments: I actually didn’t like this book as much as I hoped. It was just hard for me to root for someone who was helping someone cheat, even though the relationship was not one that was supposed to be. I did like the character of Rachel and she is very relatable, but Darcy seemed like a caricature of a person. It could just be that I don’t know many people like that though, so it was hard to understand her. Call me old-fashioned, but I wanted everyone to end up separate in the end because I don’t think cheating parties should be rewarded. I wanted to try the next book in the series, Something Blue, just to see if I liked it better, but I ended up giving up on the series and swapped the book instead!
What About the Movie?: I felt pretty much the same way about the movie. Although, I did like the John Krasinski character and they definitely beefed up his character’s part in the movie. I just like him so it made the movie a little better, but I actually found Kate Hudson really annoying as Darcy when I usually like her. Oh well!

The Lovely BonesThe Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read: March 2011
Comments: Actually, looking back, I almost want to give it 3 stars instead of 4. I definitely liked the book better than the movie (I really didn’t like the visual representation of Susie’s in-between world – But in a weird way enjoyed a creepy Stanley Tucci (well, I just like Stanley Tucci)), but I felt like the book was really too long. I started to get bored and rush through towards the end. Although a really great story, I think it kind of lost me towards the end.

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The Deja Vu Review [1]

So, after my first self-developed feature didn’t work out (Freaky Friday = fail), I was a little discouraged about coming up with something of my own. After posting review after review of awesome books that I just finished reading, sometimes I get a little wistful that I didn’t have my blog back in the day when I read this book or this book because there are still so many reviews I wish I could share even though I’ve read these books long before a book blog even popped into my head. So I am happy to announce the first Deja Vu Review!

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 or series you’d love to recommend

One For The Money (Stephanie Plum, #1)One For The Money by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read: February 2011
Comments: Ah, the first time I fell in love with Stephanie Plum! I was a little hesitant to start this series because I hadn’t known anyone who had read them yet, but I heard it was fun and somewhat of a mystery series, although not necessarily a murder mystery. After finishing, I loved it and immediately went to go pick up more in the series!
Anecdote: I still remember reading this during the great Chicago blizzard of Feb 2011! We got snowed in and I couldn’t even leave my parking lot all day, so I stayed inside, made coffee & hot chocolate, and read One for the Money!

The Giver (The Giver, #1)The Giver by Lois Lowry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Read: Originally, Spring 2000
Re-Read: April 2011
Comments: I first read this book in grade school for an assignment and I loved it. Re-reading it over 10 years later, it was still a fantastic young adult novel. It was the first-ever dystopian book I read and it’s a topic I still love over 10 years later!

Now, I know Sunday is not a terribly popular day for blog posts, so I thought I’d involve a little reader participation as well! These are quick, easy posts so if you like the idea and you’d like to participate as well, here’s a little linky for you to hook up!
Since WordPress kind of sucks (seriously, WP… Just allow JavaScript. I’m getting really annoyed here…), you’ll have to click the link to add a link. Sorry for the extra step 🙁