Do Not Wish For A Pet Ostrich! by Sarina Siebenaler

Do Not Wish For A Pet Ostrich!

Do Not Wish For A Pet Ostrich! by Sarina Siebenaler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a cute book about doing your research before choosing your perfect pet. It seems that an ostrich isn’t quite perfect for anyone who doesn’t live in large open spaces and doesn’t know how to feed one.

The illustrations are wonderful and the story is cute. It would make a perfect bedtime story.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I hadn’t read many of the Sherlock Holmes books, so this one was new to me. I hadn’t realized that Watson was narrating much of it and that Holmes was such a minor part of it.

I rated it low because the book seemed to drag on and was summarized in the final chapter. I probably would have gotten just as much out of reading just the final chapter as I did reading the whole book.

The story was interesting and pretty much held up over time, but I still wasn’t a big fan.

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In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

In the Dream House

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up as required reading for one of my classes. I enjoyed most of the book. It delved into issues with same-sex relationships being similar to opposite-sex relationships in some not so fun ways.

The layout of the book was interesting and I know that some subtleties we missed because I hadn’t read the book that the author was referring to, or had no knowledge of a topic that she discussed. The book was still very good and worth reading.

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The List by Jade Chang

The List

The List by Jade Chang
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When I picked this up, I was expecting a romance story. Instead it was a how to do book. My issue with it was that it was presented as Wiccan magic for most of it. I’m not sure that the magic in the book was from the origin of the idea of the list or if it was just the power of positive thinking. Either way, I was not a fan.

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My Shadow Is Purple by Scott Stuart

My Shadow Is Purple

My Shadow Is Purple by Scott Stuart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. I enjoyed it more knowing about the author’s first book, My Shadow is Pink. I knew the concept from the first book, so I didn’t have to think much about what the author meant when he referred to the child’s shadow.

The illustrations and the story were wonderful and I loved that it showed acceptance and friendship.

I would recommend this book to everyone!

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My Shadow is Pink by Scott Stuart

My Shadow is Pink

My Shadow is Pink by Scott Stuart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a beautiful story about acceptance! The illustrations and story itself were beautiful.

I loved that the reality of a parent’s reluctance to accept his child’s uniqueness was portrayed. The child’s not knowing how to react to get his parent to know who he is was such a great addition to the story. The relationship between parent and child is portrayed just right in the story.

I would recommend the story to anyone!

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Upcoming Reviews and Sleep Intermission

Because of school and other issues, I haven’t been keeping up with my book reviews. I’ve been reading and rating the books, but I haven’t fully gotten into getting the reviews written. I’ve marked the books that I haven’t reviewed yet, so I won’t forget what I still need to write up.

I’m taking classes this summer and those are coming before my review writing. The classes aren’t taking a lot of time, but I’ve been running around with work and attempting to get myself caught up so I’m exhausting myself. I’m sleeping better, but I still have my sleep intermission every night. I try to not think much during the odd time awake, in an effort to get back to sleep at a reasonable hour.

I hope to get the reviews written and published soon. I have some time off between semesters coming up. I hope to be doing catching up then.

Zami by Audre Lorde

Zami

Zami by Audre Lorde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked this up as required reading for school. Audre Lorde is a favorite author and I was happy to read it.

I really enjoyed her story, even though there were so many ups and downs. This book ended when she was only in her early twenties, and she had already lived so much.

I really recommend this book, especially if you are familiar with the author’s other works. It was well worth the time.

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