Meh Books of August

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I'm getting a lot of books in the mail and the email this Summer. By a lot, I mean that I've read 51 books since June 1. It shouldn't be a shock when I tell you that I didn't like all of them. I also don't like avocado, and most people do.  Just because I don't like it doesn't mean it's not well written or creative or remarkable- in other words, it's me not you- lovely author friends.

I have listed that caveat on my review page: I may not like the book offered to me.  However, if I don't like it, I haven't been reviewing it cause it just seems to be mean. As an aspiring author myself I'm in awe of people that have gotten published, and if they did, there are plenty of people who will love their book. I may not be one of them. I'll link to them anyway because you may enjoy the book for the very reason I don't, and I'll take the three cents Amazon throws my way.

So- charging ahead hoping that I'm not hurting feelings here are the books that just weren't a hit with me:

The Wizards of Once By Cressida Cowell the author of the How To Train Your Dragon Books. I figured I'd start with the most well known. This story is a middle grade read that has the vocabulary of an elementary book. It felt rushed and to be honest; I stopped after fifty pages. Then I felt bad in case it picked up later and finished it. The premise of the two MC is this:  she's a warrior who wants to be magic, he's a wizard who wants to be a fighter.

Anne of Green Gables Graphic Novel: This would be better than not meeting Anne in book form at all, but is a poor substitute for the actual book. If you've got, a kid that reads graphic novels exclusively than using this will work. Otherwise, it's not my first choice although the drawings are beautiful.

The Middle School Rules of Jamaal Charles: as told by Sean Jensen: Sportsball. Meh. (at our house)  Beyond that, It is labeled middle school but reads much younger. 

Weird But True Daily Planner: 365 Days to Fill With School, Sports, Friends, and Fun! : Way too visually busy and not nearly enough space for kids to write their actual homework assignments. Plus: The fun facts were indeed fun.

Goodnight, Boy Didn't finish- way too sad for me. The kennel has been JC’s home ever since his new adoptive father locked him inside. For hours on end, JC ( a boy) sits and tells his dog called Boy how he came to this country: his family; the orphanage and the Haitian earthquake that swept everything away. 

 

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Jennifer Naughton

I'm a lifelong bibliophile who happens to love children's books and who should have become a librarian. Instead I horde books in case of apocalypse or the enactment of a Fahrenheit 451 type law. My five kids accept my addiction and have learned to accept books in odd places.