Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Pat has read 0 books toward a goal of 100 books.

2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Pat (Get Kids to Read) has read 0 books toward his goal of 50 books.

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Pat (Get Kids to Read) has read 3 books toward his goal of 25 books.

August 3, 2015


I read and liked Backspin by Harlan Coben.  This is the 4th volume in the Myron Bolitar series.  It's an adult mystery series and would probably be interesting to some late teens.  
Currently I'm 1/2 done with Crescent Dawn by Clive Cussler.  I had forgotten how much I love the Dirk Pitt books.  They are very good- Indiana Jones + Water + James Bond.  

Happy Reading.


Chantarelle (The Five Stones Trilogy Book 2)Chantarelle by G. A. Morgan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Return to Ayda in the second volume of the Five Stones trilogy. The children are determined to fulfill their promise unite the fifth stonee with the others. It is refreshing to find a fantasy series that can maintain the magic and intrigue from the first book throughout the sequels. Chantarelle expands the world by introducing new characters. Morgan understands the role of the second act in the story and moves straight into the plot. Readers will be left desparate for book 3.

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Queen Rowling Delivers Again!

The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Silkworm is the second volume in the mystery series for adults by Robert Galbraith ( J.K. Rowling). Comoran Strike has become famous after solving the first case and is now put to the task of solving the murder of a writer. He had written a contraversial book that was going to expose secrets that someone is willing to kill to keep secret. Strike and Robin are the perfect pair. They have the perfect amount of chemistry almost a Ron and Hermione, Castle and Beckett, or Bones and Booth vibe. Rowling is a master and she does not disapoint in this second volume of her second series. Here's hoping she continues to write these mysteries because there really is no need for any other word to describe them besides FUN!

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August 2, 2015

Mockingjay Movie

This week I finally watched Mockingjay part 1.  I was dead set against seeing it until part two came out because ticket prices are so expensive it was going to cost 50 for the ticket to see one movie.I am happy to say that I was pleasently surprised at how good it was.  I had enough separation from the book that I did not remember where the movie strayed.  This helped me to enjoy the movie more. I would highly recommend watching Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1.  

Reading but not reviewing

I've been reading up a storm for the past week.I just haven't had a chance to write my reviews. 
I finished:
Back Spin by Harlan Coben  4 Stars
Silkworm by Robert Galbraith 5 Stars
Beastly Bones by William Rhitter  4 Stars
and Chantarelle by GA Morgan  4 Stars
I will be writing my reviews for these books soon.  

July 28, 2015

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

A copy of this book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
On Sale Date: August 4, 2015

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar.

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar is an eco mystery in the tradition of Hoots.  Tamaya, Marshall and Chad attend Woodbridge Academy, a special private school for very bright or very rich children.  When Marshall runs against his bully Chad by showing him up in class, he and Tamaya wind up taking  a short cut home through the woods.  They wind up finding something that could become a world wide disaster.
Cutting between  excerpts from a senate hearing about a new fuel called Biolene.  Biolene has the potential to become a new self sustaining clean fuel that could replace gasoline.  But there is a problem, that could cause a world wide epidemic if it is not contained.
Sachar is excellent at writing young adult characters.  Fuzzy Mud has the depth of Holes with an eco-mystery twist.

July 26, 2015

July 25, 2015

Paper Towns Movie

This is a new feature I'm adding to my website.  Since I love books and movies based on my favorite books, I will be reviewing the occasional movie and posting it to this website. The movies will be specificly based on books that have been reviewed in the past.

Paper Towns is an excellent movie. The movie follows most of the book too a fair degree of loyalty.  There are some things that are changed because it is a movie and must move at a different pace than the book.  Q and Margot were friends at an early age.  When they were about 9 they discovered a dead body. Q fell deeply in love with Margot but they drifted apart.  
Margot returns to bring Q on an adventureu before disapearing.  Q spends the rest of the movie trying to find her. 
Having only read the book a couple months ago, I was still familiar enough with it that I noticed a few of the changes.  Paper Towns is the type of movie that has the potential to be a  Breakfast Club for the new generation.  I am seriously looking for Alaska next.  

July 24, 2015


Chantarelle is the newest book in the five stones trilogy.  This fantasy saga has links to the great fantasy's that inspired it.  The Daylights operate simlarly to the Force.  Chantarelle may have some similarities to the classics, but it is by no means a rip off.  
Children on a journey through a magical land on an important quest is something that has been done before, but when it is done well it can seem fresh.  This is what GA Morgan has been able to accomplish with her trilogy.  
I am only a quarter done do far but it is a very good book and I am thoroughly enjoying it.  


The Night Before KindergartenThe Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing
Illustrated by Julie Durrell
Grosset and Dunlap 2001
With the start of the school year quickly approaching, teachers and parents are looking for good first day of school books. The Night before Kindergarten fits that bill. Written as a sort of parody of Night before Christmas but with a school theme the story goes through the feelings and anxieties that both the parents and children are having as they begin Kindergarten.
This is a good book and the pictures are appealing. The text is simple and it will be enjoyed by its target audience. It is a good choice as a book to use during the first few days of school.

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July 22, 2015

Reading day

I got some reading done today.  I hope to finish one of my books soon.