Fall TBR: Mysteries, Magic and Powers oh my!

I want to read so many mysteries/ magic books this fall! I have been on magic kick since buffy so it is no suprise that is where my taste are leading me!

Books I want to read:\\

  1. dark willow series!
  2. Born wicked
  3. The warrior heir
  4. Hearts that we sold
  5. The Hazel Wood
  6. Posion Study
  7. One dark Throne
  8. There is somebody inside your house
  9. The Wood
  10. Daughter of a burning city
  11. Genuine Fraud
  12. Bonfire
  13. The fever code!

Let me know what fall reads you are going to check out!

Later book lovers!

 

 

With Ballet in my Soul:

With Ballet in my Soul by Ashley Poston

Published by Moonstone Press LLC on April 1, 2017

Genres: Adult, Non-Fiction

Pages: 200

Format: Paper back

 

Source: Moonstone Press

 

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary 

A life spanning close to 100 years is noteworthy, if only because of its longevity. The rich life of a woman committed to a professional vision ahead of its time, filled with glamour, excitement and adventure, is truly remarkable. Narrated in her own words, this is the story of such a woman, Eva Maze, who, from the time she left Romania as a teenager in 1939, dreamed of being a ballet dancer, and through a series a circumstances, became instead one of the most successful theatrical impresarios in Europe – with a career spanning more than 40 years.

Now in her nineties, Maze looks back at the path and passion that led her from Bucharest to the United States as an immigrant, and then, as a married woman, back again to Europe and Asia, where she found her professional calling.

Set against key historical events of the 20th century, including the building of the Berlin Wall, the massacre at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, as well as the rise and fall of Pan American Airlines, Maze’s fascinating past is brought to life through a combination of serious commentary and amusing anecdotes about the risks and rewards of the business side of theater and dance, some of the personalities who were part of those worlds from the 1940s to the 1990s, her own motivation for being an impresario, and her personal life. Her narration is supported by more than 250 captivating historical and modern images going back to her birth in 1922.

Representing artists and companies abroad from a vast array of talent in the performing arts of the time – including The Alvin Ailey Dance Company, The Living Theatre, and The Swingle Singers – this unique woman became a prolific producer of close to 100 different types of theatrical programs from the world of dance, music, mime, cabaret, and drama.

My Thoughts:

This was such a fascinating and also very unique read. I loved the focus on both travel and dance. I loved how it really followed this young ladies life throughout so many different locations. I loved simply seeing her path through this story and all the types of arts things she was involved in throughout her life. It is the prefect novel for somebody who either loves the arts or also loves to travel. You learned so most about history in these time periods. It was such a quick read and I loved all the photos that was included!

Classes Based on Books/Characters: Top Five Wed!

So this was a fun tag! It did say not to use harry potter so I held back because so many classes can be based around harry potter and I want to take them all

  1. Rick Riordan meets the Real Myths:

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I am such a large fan of Rick worlds. I would love a class compare and contrasting rick’s stories to the actual myths and also encouraging students to write their own Riordan inspired stories or plans for stories in that same vein! I would totally take a class like that!

2. Breaking the Troup YA literature edition:

This is just a general class that would take several YA novels from various smaller genre’s like cont. or fantasy and see how they use their troup or go against the them. I think that this would such a fun class to explore how do stories fall into them and also how do they go against them. It would be fun to have students re-write scenes to change the story element as well!

3. Tamora Pierce: Exploring the world and deep dive!

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I would love a class exploring the whole Pierce cannon and also the various strong female characters are present. So much happens in this world and so much stuff is discussed like male and female dynamics and also governmental aspects. I would love to develop a deep dive around this series as well!

4. YA Dystopian: Exploring Troups, worlds and the impact on our lives!

Again this is another generic class but Dystopian novels have flooded the market and I would love to explore some of the most famous one like Divergent and Hunger games and see what made these series so popular and also what do fans feel about the series now and also try to explore what elements make  series a hit or non hit!

5.  Diversity In Ya literature:

I would love to do a take or be apart of class about diversity in YA and to explore what makes diverse books so important to the market but also what are some of the common elements in diverse books. Explore some of the popular authors and also new authors in the YA world.

Let me know what type of class you would create around YA literature!

 

The Littlest Bigfoot

The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner

Published by   Simon and Schuster on September 13, 2016

Genres:  Middle Grade , Fantsay

Pages: 352

Format: e book

Source: library rental

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary

From the New York Times bestselling author of Hungry HeartJennifer Weiner comes a laugh-out-loud funny and painstakingly real tale of friendship, furry creatures, and finding the place where you belong.

Alice Mayfair, twelve years old, slips through the world unseen and unnoticed. Ignored by her family and shipped off to her eighth boarding school, Alice would like a friend. And when she rescues Millie Maximus from drowning in a lake one day, she finds one.

But Millie is a Bigfoot, part of a clan who dwells deep in the woods. Most Bigfoots believe that people—NoFurs, as they call them—are dangerous, yet Millie is fascinated with the No-Fur world. She is convinced that humans will appreciate all the things about her that her Bigfoot tribe does not: her fearless nature, her lovely singing voice, and her desire to be a star.

Alice swears to protect Millie’s secret. But a league of Bigfoot hunters is on their trail, led by a lonely kid named Jeremy. And in order to survive, Alice and Millie have to put their trust in each other—and have faith in themselves—above all else.

My Thoughts:

This story was so cute. I really loved it. I loved all the main characters that we met and also the real world issues that it tackled. It was such a cute read and I really can’t wait to read the next book. I thought it had such lovely world building but also very lovable characters. It made me want to read the book in one sitting and almost did. I love how we got three different POV and the story was so cute.

Take the Key and Lock Her Up: Book Review

Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter

Published by Scholastic Press December 27, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Mystery

Pages: 336

Format: e book

Source: Library rental

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary

For the past three years, Grace Blakely has been desperate to find out the truth about her mother’s murder. She thought it would bring her peace. She thought it would lead her to answers. She thought she could put the past to rest.

But the truth has only made her a target.

And the past?

The only way to put the past to rest is for Grace to kill it once and for all.

My Thoughts:

This was a nice conclusion to the series. It does follow a pretty typical formula but I still enjoyed the ride and it was really easy to fall back into this world. Grace throughout this series was really hard to like bit that is because she is shattered person. I do think I grew to like her by the books ends. I still adored her friends and loved when they had scenes together. But this book was such a quick read and I am happy I finally know the end to grace story!