the book doctor

"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?"

The Dreamer (Ala Notable Children's Books. Older Readers) - Pam Munoz Ryan Occasionally you come across a book which trembles in your hands because it is brimming with life and words and dreams bursting to escape into reality. The line between the book and you is blurred: everything Neftali says or does becomes part of you. Or you are just realizing it has always been a part of you.I have never read a book as absolutely flawless and wonderful as this one.


Savvy - A lovely, lovely book. I definitely want to read the sequel to find out what happens in the future. This is well-written and the characters are quirky and real.I really do suggest you look for it at the local library :)

The Isle of Blood (Monstrumologist)

The Isle of Blood - Rick Yancey akjgflahgaklghalgha

The Monstrumologist

The Monstrumologist - Rick Yancey You guys. This is the best book ever. Just. Read. It.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

Eats, Shoots  &  Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation - Lynee Truss Brilliant. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. (I'm so self conscious of the commas I've used in this "review" now.)
The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern This has been an amazing read. If you are looking for a book which immerses you into the pages itself, where your heart begins to ache because you long to be there instead of just reading about it, you will definitely want to pick this one up. It's beautifully written, and is a classic example of a novel where the setting is just as important as the characters and the love story--if not more so! The Night Circus made me laugh, gave me chills, it's just an exceptionally written novel which pulls you in under its spell.
Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller - Xavier Garza This is the first bilingual book I've read. While I can't read Spanish fluently, it was fun to follow along when the two languages were telling the same story on pages right across from each other.The book is fast-paced, full of surprises, and definitely fun for any elementary or middle-school student who enjoys wrestling or lucha libre. When I say this book involves action, it just doesn't say "So and so fought." Oh, no. It goes into a literal, blow-by-blow account of what goes on in the ring and otherwise. Not a boring book at all, unless you just aren't into action.Would definitely recommend it for children 10 and up.
Across the Universe - Beth Revis About fifty pages from the end, I almost refused to finish the book and wanted to chuck it at the wall across from me. It's brilliant, it's real and it's not fair at times. The characters are honest and brilliant.I want everyone to read this book. Everyone. If I had enough money, I'd buy a copy for everyone I know and hand it out to them at the University. Luckily, we have libraries.Great. Book.Beth Ravis, you are a genius and I hate you for ruining my life with the perfection that is this book.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - This is an incredible book. I haven't read something as different and yet as universally appealing in ages! I'd say I'm going to go back and re-read it because it's that good. And nothing ever turns out quite like you think it will.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs A lovely, riveting book which grasps you in from the beginning. The mystery is perfect, the possibilities are endless and the photography and words weave the most wonderful story together.If anything, I found myself losing interest near the end of the book, but probably because I like being in the dark, and finding out what was going on left me a little upset.Miss Peregrine's bird-form is one of my favorite bits in the book.Riggs leaves it open for a possible sequel to come by; I just hope that there is enough mystery, if not better, if there is a sequel.Lovely book! Would definitely recommend :)

Nothing (Teller, Janne)

Nothing - Janne Teller This is a strange, strange book. I had an hour and a half to kill before a meeting and picked this off the shelf because it seemed like a quick read.Plum-tree boy reminded me so much of Grendel. And I was afraid of this book. I think someone compared it to Lord of the Flies. Never has that sounded more accurate.It's what drives children to the extreme to prove a point.Like I said--a strange, strange book.
Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian - Avi Steinberg I love it. Steinberg has you laughing one minute and sobbing the next. The conflicts of being a prison librarian and knowing the inmates personally as people and not just names are portrayed beautifully. His words not only weave ideas into emotion and he explored questions about himself like anyone would: with great care, and a few mistakes here and there.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain, Guy Cardwell, John Seelye I've read it before, and I'm re-reading it. Huck makes me laugh every time. I love the book because of it's simplicity. And maybe the complexity within the simplicity. I won't put the literary criticism here, but I do know that it's a book everyone should read. Even Hemingway acknowledged that all modern literature began with Huck Finn.
Doctor Who: Touched By An Angel - Jonathan Morris I enjoyed the story more than the writing style. I realize it's not always easy to write with the characters and settings for a TV show, so I kept that in mind while reading it. It's a good book if you have a good imagination and a decent idea of how the characters speak and act in different situations. The cover is excellent, though. I had to keep it face-down on the carpet of my room, and even then I was afraid because I wasn't looking at the image of the angel. My sister refuses to have it in her room at all.
Bone Fragments - Gabriel Gadfly I read it in an e-book format and I was absorbed. Gabriel has a way with using the simplest language to create the most amazing images in your head -- of war, of humanity, of what is left after everything is gone. It's worth buying, it's worth reading, especially if you are looking for something to connect with on the most basic terms of humanity.The way he writes is what defines him as such a strong poet.

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