Book Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

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I am using this book for the Treasure Hunt (something made of plastic), Women Challenge, Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge, 52 Books in 52 Weeks, Literary Friday, and Book Club Friday. I also read it for the June TBR Pile Monthly Read-A-Long.

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Summary from Goodreads: For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles, soldiers long forgotten, a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back. So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may also change her past. Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should’ve happened?

Verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. At first I thought Emerson was kind of annoying and the book was a little cheesy. But the ending was good: it has a few twists and didn’t just end to set up the sequel which was nice. Not sure if I’ll read the rest of the series but we’ll see…

3stars

Book Review: Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

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I am using this book for the Young Adult Reads 2013 Year Long Reading Challenge, Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge, 52 Books in 52 Weeks, Literary Friday, and Book Club Friday. I also read it for the Literary Junkies June book club.

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Summary from Goodreads: Meet Pat. Pat has a theory: His life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending for him — the return of his estranged wife Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent time in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he’s being hunted by Kenny G! In this enchanting novel, Matthew Quick takes us inside Pat’s mind, showing us the world from his distorted yet endearing perspective.

Verdict: 5 out of 5 stars! I just loved Pat’s “voice” and was rooting for him the whole time. I saw the movie about six months before I read the book, and a few days after… I still love the movie even though it was pretty different from the book. They’re both great!

5 stars

Summer Lovin’ Read-A-Thon

The Summer Lovin’ Read-A-Thon is a week-long event hosted by seven independent bloggers (Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland)!

Spend the week reading at your own pace, when and how you want to. There will be daily challenges for awesome prizes and opportunities to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.

As if that weren’t enough… The week will end with a 24 hour marathon read-a-thon! Twitter parties, mini-challenges, games, prizes given EVERY HOUR, and more chances to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.

Sign-ups will be open through July 6th. I’m in, are you?!

WWW Wednesday

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What are you currently reading?
Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres and Hourglass by Myra McEntire.

What did you recently finish reading?
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini and The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.

What do you think you’ll read next?
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt and The Lightbearers by Nora M. Garcia.

Literary Junkies

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1. What are you currently reading? Tell us about it.
Silver Linings Playbook… Just started it Sunday and will definitely finish it tonight. I loved it and highly recommend it! I liked the movie too but that was six months ago so I’ll have to watch it again. I am also currently reading Hourglass by Myra McEntire for the TBR Pile Monthly Read-a-Long. It is OK so far but I think I’ve been reading too much YA fiction because I’m starting to get annoyed with it…

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2. Who is your favorite book character and why?
Off the top of my head, it’s a tie between Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Arnold Spirit Jr. from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

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3. What would the title of your memoir be?
I have traveled a lot so I would probably write about that… I like “She’s A Wanderer” or “Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost”. I would also like to get one of those quotes tattooed (but I’ve never read J.R.R. Tolkien!).

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4. Cast your favorite book characters for the movie version.
Well there has already been a The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie made and I think Logan Lerman was perfect as Charlie. Not sure who I’d cast as Junior as it would have to be a Native American teen actor and I don’t know any of those!

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5. What book or series do you remember reading as an elementary/middle school age?
Fear Street, The Baby-Sitters Club, and the lesser known Sunset Island series by Cherie Bennett and Mandie series by Lois Gladys Leppard.

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