133 Eat That Frog!

eatthatfrogby Brian Tracy, 2001

Eat That Frog! is one of those self-help type books I’ve encountered on the productivity/start-your-own-business websites I peruse. It’s been touted as a great instruction manual for learning how to get off your ass and start getting things done, and so I added it to my list of books that I should probably read. When a recent water shut-off at my apartment building forced me out for a day, I found myself browsing the shelves of a bookstore, where I grabbed this book and promptly read it cover to cover. It’s a slim volume and an easy read and although I personally didn’t learn a whole lot new from it, I can see why people find it valuable.

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98 The Reptile Room

reptile-roomby Lemony Snicket, 1999

On to Book the Second! (Remember, there will be spoilers in these reviews.) We rejoin our intrepid heroes, the Baudelaire siblings, as they’re placed with another relative. This time their guardian is their uncle Dr. Montgomery Montgomery, a leading scientist in the world of herpetology. For the first time since their parents’ death, Baudelaires feel safe in Uncle Monty’s home and each are encouraged to do what they love most – Violet has large sheets of paper on her bedroom walls for inventing, Klaus finds lots of books to read, and Sunny gets her teeth on all manner of objects. It’s not until the mysterious Stephano arrives to fill in for Uncle Monty’s departed assistant that the air of safety is shattered – it’s none other than Count Olaf in one of his disguises, coming again to get his hands on the Baudelaire fortune.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

sunshineThank you to Lucinda of Lucinda is reading for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! The rules:

Thank the person who nominated you.
Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.

So, to take a break from my regularly scheduled book reviews, here are my answers to Lucinda’s questions.

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92 March: Book Two

marchtwoby John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell, 2015

The second book in the March series continues telling the story of Congressman John Lewis’s involvement in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. As it was in the first book, Lewis’s memories of those turbulent days are juxtaposed with the renewed hope brought to the nation on the day of President Obama’s inauguration. It is a difficult book to read, given our current political climate, but it is an important one from which readers of all ages could benefit.

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88 Cress

cressby Marissa Meyer, 2014

This is, in my opinion, the best installment in The Lunar Chronicles yet. Things are really starting to move along as Cinder, Scarlet, Wolf, and Thorne all come together to stop the impending nuptials of Emperor Kai and Queen Levana. In the process, they come across a young girl named Cress, whose blonde hair has remained uncut for as many years as she’s been imprisoned in a satellite. We are, of course, talking about the classic Rapunzel tale here, but although Cress would like to cast herself as the stereotypical damsel in distress, Meyer makes it clear that she is far more than that.

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74 Histoires à lire le soir

histoirespar Marc Thil, 2013

[Scroll down for the English review.]

Voilà, mon premier livre que j’ai lu en français! L’année dernière j’ai décidé apprendre le français, principalement pour m’amuser. J’aime apprendre les nouveaus choses – je suis une étudiante pour la vie. Parce que j’ai appris l’espagnol, je sais que ls meilleur moyen d’apprendre pour moi est lire. Bien que j’ai toujour besoin d’apprendre beaucoup de choses – comme les temps de verbes – j’ai voulais commencer à lire dès que possible.

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