Guess a Quote [6.30.15]

Epic of Gilgamesh [GAQ]Hello all! Thought it was time to blow the dust off and start posting again. A lot has happened over the past few weeks and unfortunately that meant the once-a-week post didn’t happen. But, I’m back now with the secret you’ve all been waiting for. That’s right, the answer to the last guess a quote.

Our last quote came from The Epic of Gilgamesh and starshining4ever guessed it correctly.

Our new quote is…

Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

Sounds like an ambitious morning to me!

Happy Guessing!

Book Review: The Case of the Tabloid Tattler

Tabloid TattlerKitten has a startling secret and an important request. She knows how to write and would like a real name to replace ‘Kitten.’ Keith, the detective who took her in, takes an understandable several minutes to accept this dumbfounding fact about his adopted cat. After he recovers, he dubs her Mia. Soon, Mia has made herself a member of Keith’s detective team, assigning herself the roll of undercover spy. Someone is leaking private information to tabloids. It’s either the housekeeper, cook, maid, or maintenance man. Mia has her suspicious, but she doesn’t have long to prove them.

This is an adorable book for young readers who enjoy series like The Boxcar Children and The Pony Pals.

A Quick Update

Hey everyone. Sorry I’ve been AWOL! Life is going great, but it’s very busy and my brain has been refusing to function for writing blog posts. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about you all, and I miss you. Despite the lack of posts, I’ve been working on an idea for something I think will be a lot of fun for the community here on this blog. Not giving anything away yet but it has to do with all of you interacting with each other and all of you getting some new books. No, it’s not a book club or anything like that. Feeling suspenseful? Stay tuned!

Guess a Quote (5.17.15)

Beowulf [Guess a Quote]Hey everyone! Two weeks into my new job and I’m considering blogging only once a week for a while. My idea is to alternate and do a book review one week and a guess a quote the next. Thoughts? Hate the idea? Love it? Neutral?

Anyway. Our last quote came from Beowulf. Mark, writefury, and Hanna R. all guessed correctly! Good job everyone! :)

Here’s a quote from a book often spoken of alongside Beowulf.

As for man, his days are numbered, whatever he might do, it is but wind.

Happy Guessing!

Book Review: The Maze Runner

Maze Runner, TheThomas wakes up in a moving metal box, with no personal memories. When the box comes to a stop, he finds himself surrounded by a group of teenage boys. The story for each of them is the same. They all arrived in the same way and found themselves stripped of personal memories of their pasts. They live in a mysterious glade surrounded by a cryptic, unsolvable maze. A few of the boys have lived there for two years. Life has fallen into routine. But Thomas’ arrival signals changes to the glade, and not all of the boys are happy. The gladers’ way of life is being challenged, their lives threatened, and the need for a solution growing more desperate every day.

I found this book intriguing, but a little dry at times. However, most of the last few books I’ve read lately have bored me a little, so my ability to focus may be impacted by how busy my schedule has been. Anyway. This book was non-stop action. I really liked Thomas as a main character. He had a lot of moral strength and made a great hero. Speaking of moral strengths, the biggest detriment of this book was a large usage of fake cusses. I appreciated the author’s sensitivity in not using actual bad words, but I could have done without the fake ones too. Other than that, I really didn’t have any complaints.

Guess a Quote [4.28.15]

Old Yeller [Guess A Quote]Hey everyone! Back for another Guess a Quote. You may have noticed that posts have been slightly more erratic than usual around here. I’m trying to stay as regular as possible but I’m in the process of starting a new job, so some days I just have to let the blog slide. Please be patient with this. Also, if any of you have a suggestion for a Guess a Quote or would like to guest post a book review, I’d love to hear from you! :D

Amber, Lina, CJ, R.G. Nairam, Morgan Huneke, writefury, Jennifer Sauer, conniepsaunders, starshining4ever, Addyson, and Amanda all guessed the last quote correctly. It came from Old Yeller by Fred Gipson. My primary memory of that story is the TV version of the movie, complete with commercials, that my grandparents taped for us on VHS.

This week’s quote is about as old of a classic as you can get.

Hand to hand is how it will be, a life and death fight against the fiend, and he whom death bears off shall submit to the judgement of the Lord.

Happy Guessing!

Book Review: Comes the Dragon

Comes the DragonJudgement is coming to the people of God, yet they choose to ignore the warnings.

Comes the Dragon is sequel to Abaddon’s Eve, which I reviewed last August. The players remain the same. Flora, Rechab, Alack, and other key players struggle to determine the paths they should walk in an increasingly confusing and dangerous world. By assuming Flora’s name, Rechab has new-found security and freedom, but she finds the burden of decision making almost too heavy to bear. Flora, cast out from the community where she has spent years worshiping God, fears her pagan birth will separate her from the Lord she loves. Alack continues as Kol Abaddon’s companion and apprentice, but his compassionate nature often puts him at odds with his mentor.

For me, Kol Abaddon, the voice of destruction to The People, was the most interesting character in this book. He didn’t receive much “screen time,” but my interest in his character was validated in the epilogue. This nameless prophet is tortured by a pain private between him and God. While Kol Abaddon is God’s mouthpiece, he doesn’t seem to have a particular warm relationship with the Great God he speaks for. And there’s a reason for that. (Read the book to find out what it is. ;) )

Guess a Quote [4.13.15]

King of the Wind [Guess a Quote]Our last guess a quote struck another popular book for many of you. Lina, emilydm544, proverbs31teen, Amanda, R.G. Nairam, Addyson, Shaina, OnionTea, starshining4ever all correctly guessed King of the Wind, by Marguerite Henry. Good job, everyone!

Since we’re doing so well with the animal story theme, here’s another one. Not a horse this time, though.

I remember like yesterday how he strayed in out of nowhere to our log cabin on Birdsong Creek. He made me so mad at first that I wanted to kill him. Then, later, when I had to kill him, it was like having to shoot some of my own folks.

Happy Guessing!