Smackdown Books 2018

Wolf Hollow
Salt to the Sea
The Serpent King
Optimists Die First
The Hate U Give
Orphan Island
Dan vs. Nature
The Female of the Species
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
Paper Girls, Vol. 1
The Passion of Dolssa
The Distance Between Us
When We Collided
Louis parmi les spectres
Girl in the Blue Coat
Defy the Stars

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The LumberJanes vs Family Romonov

The LumberJanes vs Family Romanov

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Two very different family pictures!!!

As non-fiction, the Family Romanov is quite interesting and engaging.  It had lots of interesting facts and perspective.  It was interesting to see the juxtaposition between the upper class and the peasants.  I enjoyed the vignettes of the life the peasants had.  As soon as I started to feel sympathetic towards the Tsar and Tsarist, the book would remind me about the terrible job they were doing governing the country.  This a good book not really a great one.  I am voting for it to move forward.

I liked the Lumberjanes, a quick, funny, no real point kind of read.  There wasn't a lot of substance and didn't really stay with me.  However, my daughter loved this book and read it several times while we were on vacation.  I asked her what she liked and she said the characters and the ideas.  It needed more plot (that means things that happen, Mom).  She really wants to read the next one.  It reminded me that my taste is sometimes very different from my daughter.  I have to keep that in mind when I read books I am choosing for the kids.

My pick to move forward is the Romanov's.


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