Take a look, it’s in a book, a Reading Rainbow!

Did you ever watch the tv show “Reading Rainbow”? Why or why not? What was your favorite thing about the show?

The show started to air in 1983 and ran all the way to 2006 (I had no idea that it aired for that long). LeVar Burton was the host of the show the whole time it aired. I use to watch this show all the time as a kid. I found some pretty neat books through watching this show but I just liked getting lost in the stories they told on the show.

Do you think there should be more shows like this to get kids interested in reading? What other things do you think they can use to get kids interested in reading?

Movie or tv show based on literature…

How often do you watch a movie or tv show that is based on some form of literature? If you don’t watch them, then may I ask why? Which do you prefer….a movie or a tv show based on your favorite books?

To me, it depends on the book. I thought the Harry Potter series did well being made into movies. A long series like that (7 books total) would have been more difficult to make as a tv show. It would have dragged on for years, a lot longer than it took to make the movies. However, they took one of my favorite books from Joe Hill (it was a stand alone book) and made it into a tv show earlier this year. I watched it and I thought they did a good job with it. They can continue it and make a second season out of it (it definitely wasn’t finished by the end of the first season). I would watched it if they continued it.

What about you? Do you prefer to see your favorite books turned into a movie or a tv show? Which would you rather see? Why do you prefer that over the other?

“Blood of Wonderland” by Colleen Oakes

I finished this one last night as I settled in to bed before going to sleep. I read the first book in the Queen of Hearts saga last year and wanted to give this a go. There were several surprises in this book that I didn’t see coming but I see how this is shaping Dinah for book 3. I’m expecting the 3rd book to be good and I hope I’m not let down.

Synopsis: The queen will rise.

Dinah has been exiled from Wonderland. The vicious father she always feared has framed her for the brutal murder of her brother and turned the kingdom against her.

Now hiding in the lush and mysterious Twisted Wood with only her war steed at her side, Dinah is faced with a choice. She could leave Wonderland forever or return and fight her father for her throne—a fight she knows would only result in bloodshed.

When a chance encounter with one of her father’s long-lost enemies brings Dinah more allies than she ever could have imagined, war starts to feel inevitable. But before Dinah can lead her people into combat, she must confront certain truths about her heart and her destiny—no matter how dark those truths may be.

Revolution is rising in Wonderland.

Dinah’s battle has begun.

Looking forward to!

I just learned that they are continuing a series that I thought was finished. I don’t know if any of you have read the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series by Michelle Paver before but it’s an excellent series to read if you like historical fiction or anything to do with wizard/witch fantasy. Anyway, I just found out on Twitter that they’re making the book listed below in e-book form and it will be released on April 2, 2020. I believe I will be getting this book on my Kindle when it comes out.

A boy. A wolf. The legend lives on.

Viper’s Daughter is the seventh book in the award-winning series that began with Wolf Brother, selling over 3 million copies in 36 territories. Like them it can be read as a standalone story.

For two summers Torak and Renn have been living in the Forest with their faithful pack-brother, Wolf. But their happiness is shattered when Renn realizes Torak is in danger – and she’s the threat.

When she mysteriously disappears, Torak and Wolf brave the Far North to find her. At the mercy of the Sea Mother and haunted by ravenous ice bears, their quest leads them to the Edge of the World. There they must face an enemy more evil than any they’ve encountered.

Viper’s Daughter plunges you back into the Stone-Age world of Torak, Renn and Wolf: a world of demons, Hidden People and exhilarating adventure which has entranced millions of readers.

Major Announcement!

It was recently announced on Twitter that Christopher Paolini is making a new book and it will be released on 09.15.2020 (nearly a year away, ugh!). This new book, titled “To Sleep in a Sea of Stars”, sounds very much like a science fiction novel to me. This book is available for pre-order already at several major retailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million and more. I think I’m going to be giving this book a read when it comes out. What about you?

Synopsis: You flew on the wings of a dragon, now soar into a sea of stars. . . .

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is a story of enormous intergalactic weight and consequence, but also of deeply personal human strength, compassion, and awe.

During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, xenobiologist Kira Navárez finds an alien relic that thrusts her into the wonders and nightmares of first contact. Epic space battles for the fate of humanity take her to the farthest reaches of the galaxy and, in the process, transform not only her—but the entire course of history.

Not like a character

I had previously written an article on books I didn’t like. Here I’m going to write about characters I don’t like, however, this is a little bit different sort of dislike. In this case, the author has written a character well enough to make you feel like you can’t stand this character for one reason or another.

Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series

Dolores is one of the characters that I absolutely can’t stand. Voldemort was the evil villain in that series but at least he was out right evil to your face. Dolores was an evil person who masqueraded as a good person and to me that is much worse. Granted, Voldemort and his henchmen killed plenty of people during the first and second wizarding war. But Dolores was flat out abusive and controlling.

President Coin from the Hunger Games

I know President Snow was the main villain from the series but I think President Coin is worse. She may have thought she was better at the job than Snow, she wasn’t above doing whatever she wanted to….even if it meant killing people.

Viserys Targaryen from the Game of Thrones series

I can’t stand him. He acts like a spoiled brat who throws a temper tantrum when he doesn’t get what he wants or when he thinks something isn’t going his way. He seems like someone stuck in the “terrible twos” stage.

Gifts for Christmas

Have you thought about what you want to give that book lover for Christmas? With Black Friday only a couple of weeks away, here are some ideas and suggestions from one book lover to another….

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire : The Illustrated Edition by J. K. Rowling

The illustrated edition of Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire will be great for any Potterhead (like me). I’ve personally asked for one of these for Christmas. I plan on re-reading the entire series once again using all the illustrated editions once I’ve collected every single one of them.

The Stoneheart trilogy by Charlie Fletcher

If you have someone on your list who likes alternate realities….this trilogy would probably be a good gift for them. It also has a sort of coming of age story like Harry went through in the Harry Potter series.

The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater

If you have a book lover on your list who is looking for a little romance then this may be something that they’ll enjoy. It is equal parts romance and fantasy but it’s still a great read. Shown below are the 3 main books in the series but there is a fourth novel that revolves around a couple of the supportive characters if 3 is not enough.

The Asylum series by Madeleine Roux

If you have a horror junkie on your list then this may be something that they’ll enjoy. It starts out as a trilogy but there is a prequel book that revolves around different characters and you can find all the novellas from this series in one book (separate from the main series) that will give you more back ground into the story if they want to continue reading.

Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan

For that person on your list that enjoys a good mystery then this would be a good read. Anyone who is a fan of Agatha Christie would like something from this author. Plus, he has some other books that would be of interest if you enjoy this one.

Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer

For those of you who have kids on your list that are avid readers, here is something you can get them. Whether they read on their own or you want to read it with them, this is a good series to share.

You Will Be Mine by Natasha Preston

For that teen on your list, check out this book from Natasha Preston. This is equal parts thriller/suspense and romance if your teenager likes that sort of thing. There are other thrillers from this author that they may like if your teen likes to read that sort of thing.

Reading block…?

For those of you out there who like to read like me, have you ever gotten reader’s block? Have you ever gone a certain amount of time where you couldn’t get into reading? What happened that stopped you from reading for that length of time? How long did it take you to get back into reading?

I don’t remember having to stop reading, especially for a long period of time (at least, not in recent years). Now, there might be a day here or there that I am unable to sneak in any reading time because I am sick but those days are usually few and far between. But I’ve never gone several days or longer without reading something. Even when I go on vacation, I usually manage to take my e-reader or some book with me.

Smarter…?

Do you think people who read are smarter than people who don’t read? Why or why not?

I think there are benefits to reading, regardless if you are reading for the fun of it or you’re reading for learning purposes. You can broaden your vocabulary/grammar, learn some valuable lessons from the author, etc. But at the very least, I believe you can keep your mind sharper by reading (especially if you read on a regular basis). What about you?

Have you ever….?

Have you ever been turned off from reading? Why or why not?

I don’t think there was anything that has turned me off of reading. Now, I’ve had books that I’ve lost interest in because they didn’t hold my attention but I’ve never lost interest in reading completely. Even if I wasn’t the fastest reader or the best reader in my class, I still enjoyed reading. It was never a contest to me. I read because I find it entertaining and not to be better than anyone else. It’s like giving your brain a little vacation without having to leave the house (and books are much cheaper than going on an actual vacation).