Judy Blume Cross Review and Days 21 & 22 of 30 Day Book Challenge!

Hi everyone!

I’m so sorry for the lack of a post yesterday, I was so busy!

Today I will be reviewing three Judy Blume books in one; Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and Otherwise Known as Sheila The Great! (Synopsises are from Goodreads)

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Margaret Simon, almost twelve, has just moved from New York City to the suburbs, and she’s anxious to fit in with her new friends. When she’s asked to join a secret club she jumps at the chance. But when the girls start talking about boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret starts to wonder if she’s normal. There are some things about growing up that are hard for her to talk about, even with her friends. Lucky for Margaret, she’s got someone else to confide in… someone who always listens.

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Life with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or trying to fly, he’s never far from trouble. He’s an almost three-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter’s had it up to here!When Fudge walks off with Dribble, Peter’s pet turtle, it’s the last straw. Peter has put up with Fudge for too long. Way too long! How can he get his parents to pay attention to him for a change?

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Sheila Tubman sometimes wonders who she really is: the outgoing, witty, and capable Sheila the Great, or the secret Sheila, who’s afraid of the dark, spiders, swimming, and dogs. When her family spends the summer in Tarrytown, Sheila has to face some of her worst fears. Not only does a dog come with the rented house, but her parents expect Sheila to take swimming lessons! Sheila does her best to pretend she’s an expert at everything, but she knows she isn’t fooling her new best friend, Mouse Ellis, who happens to be a crackerjack swimmer and a dog lover. What will it take for Sheila to admit to the Tarrytown kids — and to herself — that she’s only human?

Review: All of these books were so lighthearted and memorable! They all focus on tweens who are still trying to find their identities, strengths, and weaknesses, and also who their real friends are. These books were written in the 1970s, but I can definitely see why kids are still in love with them today in 2016! These books are very light reads which do not really deal with any deep, sensitive topics, and they also do not take very long to complete. They may be shorter than most books, but it’s the quality that counts! All the protagonists in these books are pre-teens and they do face conflicts of some kind, but at the end, they discover that they did not matter in the long run, and that battling these problems only made them stronger and more prepared for their futures! I really enjoyed the writing style in these books. Judy Blume has such a unique way of writing, and it absolutely shows in her work! For anyone who wants a light, fun read or just wants a cute, short book to read, definitely pick up any of these books, even if you’re not a tween! *Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great are a duology, but they do not need to be read in a specific order.

Ratings: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret: 4.5 Stars

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing & Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great: 4 Stars

30 Day Book Challenge:

Day 21: Today’s prompt is the first novel I ever remember reading. I was six years old when I read Junie B., First Grader (at Last!) by Barbara Park! I remember really loving it and this whole series, and I have read most of the books in the series (other than the newest one[s]) at least twice! I will do a whole review of the series soon!

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Day 22: Today’s prompt is a book that makes me cry. I cried a lot at the end of Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur, it was so sad! Review to come!

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Top Ten Thursday #2 and Day 20 of 30 Day Book Challenge!

Hi everyone!

Today I will be telling you what last 10 books I put on my TBR!

  1. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson-yes, I am following through with my plan to read all of her books! 😊
  2. Another one by Morgan Matson-Second Chance Summer! I’ve requested it at the library and I hope it comes soon, because it looks SO good!
  3. Two Summers by Aimee Friedman! I hope it’s being sold at my upcoming Scholastic book fair, because it seems like such a unique read!
  4. Where She Went by Gayle Forman! This is the sequel to If I Stay, and I really want to see what ends up happening between Mia and Adam!
  5. Dreamology by Lucy Keating! Some other bloggers have reviewed this book and they all really liked it, and it looks really interesting!
  6. Hunger by Michael Grant! This is the sequel to Gone, a book that I had to read for lit circles at school. Gone wasn’t my favourite book, but I am still interested in seeing what happens!
  7. Autumn’s Wish by Bella Thorne! This is the third book in the Autumn Falls series. It hasn’t released just yet, but it will this summer and I’m SO excited!
  8. Twelve by Lauren Myracle! This is the third book in The Winnie Years series.
  9. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry! This is the second book in The Giver Quartet.
  10. And lastly, One by Sarah Crossan! This one looks so interesting! Even though it’s in poetic form, which I don’t necessarily LOVE, the plot seems super intriguing!

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I will definitely let you all know when I get my hands on these books, and most likely review them!

30 Day Book Challenge:

Today’s prompt is my favourite romance book. Ultimately, I can’t really decide between Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, because I really love the romance in both of those books! So, I gotta go with both 💖!

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Since You’ve Been Gone Review and Day 19 of 30 Day Book Challenge

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Title: Since You’ve Been Gone

Author: Morgan Matson

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, realistic fiction, mystery, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?

Source: Bought at my local Chapters store

How I Found Out About It: I had seen many good reviews on it on different blogs and on Goodreads, so when I saw it in the store, I decided to give it a go!

Review: OH MY GOODNESS. I don’t even know what to say. This is one of the best books I have EVER read. I’m obsessed, and now I am in need to read everything by Morgan Matson! This book was absolutely incredible, every page hooked me, and there was not even one dull second of this book. I could not put it down, so much to the point that I finished all 449 of the beautiful pages in 2 days, and books much shorter than this (e.g. Anna and the French Kiss) have taken me 3 or 4 days to complete. It usually takes me this amount of time to finish a book half the size, that’s how mesmerized I was in this book! I loved absolutely everything about this story. The characters, the mystery, the romance, the plot, the writing style… I could go on and on and on about how much I adored this read! One thing that I really liked about this book was how much Emily had changed from the beginning to the end of the book. I won’t spoil much (because you need to drop everything and read this book right now), but I will tell you that Emily came out a much braver and stronger person, knowing much more about herself and her wants in life. In that one summer, she completely changed, inside and out! When I finished this book, I almost cried, because I knew I would miss everything about it soooooo much, and I don’t usually feel that way once I end books. I would 15000000% recommend this to absolutely any teen who is interested in contemporary books with a tad of mystery, because I know that you will fall head over heels for this book!

Rating: 5/5 Stars!

30 Day Book Challenge:

Today’s prompt is my favourite book turned into a movie. I really enjoyed reading The Giver by Lois Lowry, and even though I haven’t seen the movie, I would like to! Review to come, and if I watch the movie, I will let you know!

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Firegirl Review and Day 18 of 30 Day Book Challenge!

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Title: Firegirl

Author: Tony Abbott

Genre & Age Group: Realistic fiction, contemporary, middle grade

Goodreads Synopsis:

“…there is…” Mrs. Tracy was saying quietly, “there is something we need to know about Jessica…”

From this moment on, life is never quite the same for Tom and his seventh-grade classmates. They learn that Jessica has been in a fire and was badly burned, and will be attending St. Catherine’s while getting medical treatments. Despite her horrifying appearance and the fear she evokes in him and most of the class, Tom slowly develops a tentative friendship with Jessica that changes his life.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: My teacher had a few of them in the classroom for lit circles books and I was interested in it, but she decided not to use it for that purpose so I read it on my own time.

Review: What a beautiful, heartwarming story! I found the characters so well-developed, and it portrayed such an amazing life lesson! Tom, the protagonist, was such a supportive and kind friend to Jessica, even when others were not. He didn’t care about what anyone thought about him becoming friends with her, and he was very sympathetic and caring about Jessica’s feelings. His reputation at school may have been at stake, but he had the courage to take the risk to be kind to someone who may have been a little different than him and needed it, which I think is amazing. Even though Jessica didn’t really want to be at his school (or any school, as a matter of fact) because of embarrassment due to her burns and because of all her new, mean classmates (except for Tom), Tom made her experience there ever so better. While I was reading it, I really felt for Jessica. She had been an ordinary girl with her own hopes and dreams before she got burned, and she loved her life and had a lot to look forward to in her future, in fact, she was coming from a dance recital (one of her passions), when the accident which burned her had happened. Because of the burns, she had to throw all her dreams away and her life was changed in an instant. She went from having dreams of dance to having dreams of just survival, all in a matter of minutes. From this book, I learned that even if you think a little gesture is next to nothing, it can make (or ruin) someone’s day, and mean a lot to them. Even though Matt didn’t really think about it, his efforts with Jessica really impacted her, and for the first time in a while, made her feel good about herself! This book may be middle grade, but whether you are of that age or not, it is not to be missed!

Rating: 5/5 Stars!

30 Day Book Challenge:

Today’s prompt is a book that disappointed me. When I read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, since it was a classic, I expected it to be a 4 or 5 star read. Isn’t the quality of it what makes it a classic? Instead, I was pretty bored while reading it. The story was good, but it was REALLY slow. I felt like it could have been a lot shorter, because there were so many filler scenes! Review to come soon!

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Things I Know To Be True As A Reader and Day 17 of 30 Day Book Challenge!

Hi everyone!

Instead of a review today, I wanted to write about things that as a reader, I’ve experienced and know to be true! Though not all of these points apply to me, I know that they’re relatable to many other readers! I love reading these types of posts, so today, I wanted to try and write one myself!

So you know you’re a reader when…

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2. You don’t usually reread books, because you want each new book you read to count towards your Goodreads reading challenge.

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3. All your friends are obsessed with Netflix and binge watching, but instead, you are obsessed with series books and binge reading.

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4. You go to the library often and borrow more books than you can read before they’re due back.

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5. You make schedules based on your reading.

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6. You go crazy on Goodreads adding new books to your TBR shelf, even though you know you probably won’t get your hands on all of them OR…

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7. You try not to add too many books to your TBR shelf on Goodreads because you want to get through them all before you add any more.

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8. There are books EVERYWHERE where you live. On your bed, on your desk, on the floor, and of course on your bookshelf… and that’s just your bedroom.

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9. You always know that the book is better than the movie. Always.

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10. You hate it when people try to talk to you when you’re reading.

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So those are some of the things that avid readers know to be so true! Tell me if you have anything else you’d like to add!

30 Day Book Challenge:

Today’s prompt is my favourite quote from a favourite book. My quote is from Anna and the French Kiss; “The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.” I think that this is so true! Check out my review of the book here!

Blindsided Review and Day 16 of 30 Day Book Challenge!

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Title: Blindsided

Author: Priscilla Cummings

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

In many ways, Natalie O’Reilly is a typical fourteen-year-old girl. But a routine visit to the eye doctor produces devastating news: Natalie will lose her sight within a few short months.

Suddenly her world is turned upside down. Natalie is sent to a school for the blind to learn skills such as Braille and how to use a cane. Outwardly, she does as she’s told; inwardly, she hopes for a miracle that will free her from a dreaded life of blindness.

But the miracle does not come, and Natalie ultimately must confront every blind person’s dilemma. Will she go home to live scared? Or will she embrace the skills she needs to make it in a world without sight?

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Scholastic flyers distributed at my school!

Review: This book was amazing, I have no words! One thing I have to say is that this book is unlike anything I have ever read! This book is in no way cliche (there’s nothing like it, it’s like an exquisite pearl) and for those who need a bit of a break from romance books (yeah, most YA books I have read have at least a smidgen), this book does not really have much of it! Blindsided focuses on a girl named Natalie O’Reilly, who was born without an iris in her eye and as her vision decreases, she finds out that all her remaining vision would eventually vanish, so she is sent to a boarding school for the blind. Natalie, at first, was very reluctant to attend the school. She believed that she could deal with her failing vision on her own, and was determined that the doctors were wrong about her eyesight. But after she is sent and meets other visually impaired kids her age that she could relate to, she realizes that going there was only for the better, and that without going to the school, she wouldn’t have known how to cope once the darkness of being completely blind crept up on her. I feel like Natalie was so strong during all her hard times, and really pulled through everything well! Even knowing that the doctors were certain that she would become blind, she was very optimistic and only hoped for the best! I know that I would be terrified if my doctor told me I would lose all my vision, and for this reason, Natalie is a great role model! I would HIGHLY recommend this book to any teens who are interested in becoming more aware about the struggles that blind people face, or anyone who is just looking for an interesting, unique contemporary read!

Rating: 5/5 Stars!

30 Day Book Challenge:

Today’s prompt is my favourite female character. I think that would have to be Penny from the Girl Online series! (Boy, am I in love with that series! Click here for a review on the first book!) I felt like I have really gotten to know Penny well while reading about her in Zoe Sugg’s books. She is such a lovable character, and very relatable, too! Also, her blog was one of the reasons why I was inspired to create my own!

Kdrewkthebookworm is Now On Twitter!

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I’ve made my second social media account for my blog, which is on Twitter!

Go ahead and follow me @kkthebookworm for hints on what my next posts will be, and to see the bookish thoughts rambling around in my head! I will update it as often as I can, but  you can expect me to be more active on my Instagram!

Stay tuned for when I make a Facebook page! 🙂

Rules Review and Day 15 of 30 Day Book Challenge!

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Title: Rules

Author: Cynthia Lord

Genre & Age Group: Realistic fiction, middle grade

Goodreads Synopsis:

Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She’s spent years trying to teach David the rules-from “a peach is not a funny-looking apple” to “keep your pants on in public”-in order to stop his embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, and Kristi, the next-door friend she’s always wished for, it’s her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?

Source: Public library

How I found out about it: Goodreads

Review: This was a short but sweet read! This book was only 200 pages long and I finished it in a day and a half, but it was so heartwarming, and every page had importance in the book! There were not many filler scenes, each page went right to the point which I really enjoy in books, you don’t get bored as easily XD. Catherine, at first, was really scared to show and tell people about her autistic brother, David, and her paraplegic friend, Jason. She was afraid of what her new neighbour, Kristi, would think of her and that she would diss her because she hung out with them. Despite this, Catherine was a very sweet friend to Jason, and I feel like they really understood each other well. She looked beyond Jason’s disabilities and saw the real him, which can sometimes be hard for people to do, even if they don’t admit it. I loved David as well. He was so cute, and Catherine was a very helpful and protective sister to him! She always tried her very best to be as patient as she could be towards him, and for the most part, it worked! For lovers of Wonder, Out of my Mind, and Counting by 7’s (reviews of those books to come), this book is a winner!

Rating: 4/5 Stars!

30 Day Book Challenge: Today’s prompt is my favourite male character. Hmm… I can’t decide between Noah Flynn from the Girl Online series and Etienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss! They both seem like such gentlemen, and from their physical descriptions made in their books, so cute as well!

Book Haul!

So yesterday I bought a few books! Shown in the picture are Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! Both books have a lot of hype and I can’t wait to read them! My brother also got The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and after he finishes reading it, he will lend it to me so we can both read it before seeing the movie!

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Stargirl Review!

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Title: Stargirl

Author: Jerry Spinelli

Genre & Age Group: Realistic fiction, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, hallways hum “Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. Until they are not. Leo urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her – normal.

Source: School library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads

Review: I really enjoyed this book (well, in a 4 star way 🙂 ). The characters were really developed, and I felt a strong connection to them while reading this book. I especially liked Stargirl, because she was eccentric (in a good way) and easy-going, and she was not afraid to be herself. She may have been different than everybody else, and perhaps perceived as a bit weird, but she didn’t care one bit about what others thought of her, and she was determined to only do the right thing and be mindful of others’ feelings. She was unlike any other character I have ever read about, and I would love to have a friend as spunky and upbeat as her! Even when being teased, she warded off all the bullies and the bad comments and only focused on being the best she could be, which I definitely admire. Stargirl would absolutely make an amazing role model for others because of her positivity! The plot was good too, but I would say that Stargirl was the real stand out for this book. She is probably the most memorable book character I have ever read about, which forced me to pick up the sequel, Love, Stargirl! A review for that will be coming soon enough. 🙂

Rating: 4/5 Stars!

Top Ten Thursday #1!

 

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Instead of a book review, every Thursday from now on, I will be posting a top ten list of books in different categories! Today I will be listing my top 10 favourite books. If I’ve reviewed them, they will be linked!

 

  1. Stones on a Grave by Kathy Kacer
  2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  3. The Girl Online series by Zoe Sugg
  4. Autumn Falls by Bella Thorne
  5. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
  6. Popular by Maya Van Wagenen
  7. Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper
  8. Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings
  9. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  10. The Because of Mr. Terupt series by Rob Buyea

 

30 Day Book Challenge:

Today’s prompt is a book that I love and hate at the same time. I don’t have a book in mind  for today, sorry! I actually won’t have a book for the 30 day book challenge until day 15, so my apologies again!