Book Review: The Sleeper and the Spindle

 

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The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, Published October 23rd 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Neil Gaiman is a highly respected author who has written books for almost every genre. I have read only one other book by him, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and it was fantastic! I really look forward to reading more books written by Gaiman. This book was located in our young adult section at the library, but I would actually consider this to be a graphic novel. Chris Riddell illustrated the pictures in the book and his artistry is AMAZING.

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Synopsis:

The day before her wedding, a queen sets out on a quest to rescue a princess and her kingdom from a sleeping curse. Along with the help of three dwarfs she must make her way to the center of the kingdom, while fighting her own sleepiness, to find the cause of the curse. This sleeping beauty meets snow white story has a dark twist that you won’t expect!

My Thoughts:

This novel was a very fun and quick read. I never know what to expect with fantasy-like novels, because i don’t read them as often. It is 67 pages, but some of the pages are only illustrations, and the writing is very simple. It almost read like a children’s book at times. I think it was a very enjoyable palate cleanser that brought me back to my childhood a little bit. I love a good fairy tale (especially one with a dark side) and  It was everything I expected it to be- considering it was written by one of the greats of our generation! I would recommend this to any fantasy lovers who just want a quick read or any ART lovers who want to check out some seriously ridiculous (in a good way)  illustrations!

My Rating: 3/5

Do you have a favorite Neil Gaiman book I should read? Post in the comments below!

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How to Find Your Next “to be read” Book

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Picture taken @ The Emporia Public Library, Emporia, KS

I’m going to be completely honest with you, when it comes time for me to choose the next book to read- THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. There are so many novels that catch my eye, not to mention the HUGE list of “TBR” (to be read) novels I keep. Over the years I have discovered a few different methods that have helped me with deciding which novel to read next. So if you are getting close to the end of your current book and you have no idea what to read next, keep reading for some helpful tips!

1. Fantasticfiction.com. I LOVE THIS SITE! It has been a MUST for me when I’m helping our library patrons locate books in a series, books by a particular author, or popular books in a certain year. Fantastic Fiction gives you a full bibliography for any author you can think of. It also lists popular novels by year, so you can see what people were reading in 1990. My favorite thing about this site is that it gives a full list of new releases for the current month. So, you can read a synopsis and add it to your TBR list if it sounds good!

2.  Goodreads.com. Okay, I could not make a list of book resources without including Goodreads. If you’re not familiar with it, it is a site that allows you to keep track of all the books you have read or plan to read. The site also gives you book recommendations based on books you have placed on one of your “shelves”. I, personally, have had pretty good luck with the recommendations that Goodreads has suggested! You can join groups and partake in book discussions as well. What I like best about this site is that you can add friends and recommend books to each other.

3. Book Quizzes. There are countless book quizzes online that will ask you questions about the type of books you like and then recommend books that are similar. Here are a few that I have tried in the past:

http://justtherightbook.com/quiz

http://www.openingthebook.com/whichbook/

4. Library Browsing. Even if you don’t check out books at a library, there is no better place to browse classic or new novels by genre or age group. Even better, ask your librarians or library assistants for help! Everyone I work with has different taste in genre, so it’s really fun to see what type of books they will recommend me.

5. And finally, the old fashioned way…ask your friends for recommendations! I have found some of the best books because friends have recommended them to me. I recently had a friend who recommended an entire list of children’s fiction to me, which I loved! Who knows you better than the people who are constantly around you?

I hope this list has helped you in some way! I’m always looking for new and exciting ways to add to my TBR list. What methods do you use when looking for new books to read? Comment below and let me know!

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Book Review: The Total Package

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Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

The Total Package by Stephanie Evanovich, Published March 15th 2016 by William Morrow

This is Stephanie Evanovich’s third book. She wrote “Big Girl Panties” and “The Sweet Spot”, which are both similar to her third novel. Evanovich writes what I would call “sporty fiction” with a romantic twist. Each of her books tells the story of an unbelievably good looking athletic guy, who falls in love with a woman who is usually described as unique and beautiful in her own way. I loved “The Sweet Spot” so much that I have continued to read her novels, but I do have to say that i don’t think “The Total Package” quite measured up to her previous work.

Synopsis:

Star quarterback and “hunk” Tyson Palmer was on the wrong path after his initial taste of fame. When the owner of the Austin Maverick’s gives Tyson an unbelievable second chance and refuses to let Tyson ruin his life, he turns his life around. Dani is a sports commentator trying to climb the ladder of a male dominated profession when she is thrown into a situation that has her running into Tyson constantly. Of course it would be no big deal…if they didn’t share a steamy past! What’s even worse, Tyson doesn’t even recognize the woman whom he shared a sizzling night with five years ago and she’s holding a secret that could change both of their lives forever.

My Thoughts:

This novel was very engaging and playful. There were many times when I chuckled out loud, but it was also somewhat predictable. Maybe it’s because I have read her other novels, but it felt like I knew what the outcome would be halfway through the book. I wasn’t surprised and that forced me to become slowly less interested as I read. I guess I was expecting a story that differed completely from her previous novels, but that would be ridiculous because Evanovich is so well at creating lighthearted love stories! And that’s exactly what this is! I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a romantic “guilty pleasure” read.

My Rating: 3/5

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A Reader’s Manifesto

 

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I spent five years in college reading, researching, and writing history paper after paper after paper after paper after paper….you get the point. After college, I decided to take a job at our local public library because I thought it would be fun to work around books all day before I joined the “adult world”. When people asked me my favorite type of book, I would always reply “non-fiction history” (which looking back probably made me seem a little pretentious). I answered this way because I didn’t consider myself a “leisure reader”. But, looking back did I really enjoy staying up all night reading the biography of John Bell Hood?

Hell no.

Don’t get me wrong, I truly love history. But I confused my mandatory reading with reading for fun. The first book I read after college was Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. As soon as I finished it…I wanted to read as much as possible! “Is this what I have been missing?” I thought.

Fast forward.

After my first year working at the Emporia Public Library, I had manged to read a book from every genre we have available (fiction, non fiction, mystery, western, romance, inspiration, young adult, fantasy, science fiction, and graphic novels). I discovered what I liked to read and began making and keeping lists, writing reviews, and asking as many people for recommendations. By taking a job at the EPL, I opened my eyes to a wonderful world of books and exploration! I now know that I love a good mystery thriller, i’m a sucker for anything that will make me cry, and I often need to read shorter books between large novels so that I don’t get “burned out” ( I like to call these books ‘palate cleansers’).

I love seeing how different authors write and create. I love how a book can change your mood or your perception of something. I love that you are able to relate with other people because of the types of books you read or write. Reading has become such an important facet of my life. Reading is just FUN! Deciding to spend my life surrounded by books is one of the best decisions I’ve made yet!

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