Book Review: The Dragon’s Tooth

Book Review: The Dragon's Tooth The Dragon’s ToothBook Review: The Dragon's Tooth by N.D. Wilson

Remember how I said last week that Dead Man’s Hand read like it was written to target fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson seriesPercy Jackson Series? Well, Wilson’s book also seemed like it was written just to target that market.

The action starts almost immediately and never lets up throughout the entire book. The pace is breathless. There are supernatural characters and artifacts of all sorts, and Wilson clearly has a good imagination.

    Unfortunately Wilson also includes several of my biggest fiction irritants:
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Book Review: Momumental

MomumentalMomumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a FamilyBook Review: Momumental by Jennifer Grant

I’m not entirely sure what to say about this book, or even how to describe it that well. A series of vignettes about Grant’s experiences as a mom perhaps. It’s not really a parenting book, but it is in part. It’s not really a memoir, but it is in part. It’s not really a Christian living book, but it is in part.

That might be why my overall feelings toward it are so wishy-washy. It’s fine. Grant is a good writer and her stories are enjoyable to read. It just all felt very vague still in many ways. There’s nothing glaring in a “this is what I disliked about the book” way, but there doesn’t feel like a compelling reason to recommend this book over other ones.

Perhaps the strongest aspect of it is that it discusses a lot more of the “middle years” of parenting that seems to be a bit of a gap in most of the books I’ve read at least. There are lots of books related to parenting babies/toddlers/preschoolers, and also about teens. But elementary school and junior high? Not so much. Momumental does cover some of that time period, so if you’re searching for something relating to those years this one might appeal to you.

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Publisher’s Description:
Celebrating the joyous art of being a mother, MOMumental offers an inspiring, honest, and infectiously humorous look at the perils and pleasures of raising a family in the real world.

Once a devout believer in the myth of the perfect mother, author Jennifer Grant now has a more realistic yet still upbeat view of parenting and families. Instead of focusing on creating a conflict-free home, raising picture-perfect kids, and being an ideal mother, Grant offers a wiser and more down-to-earth way to love your children that makes room for mistakes and imperfections. She says, “I share stories about family life and how I’ve come to appreciate the mess of it. I am grateful for my own happy, idiosyncratic, and imperfect family.”

MOMumental is one mother’s account of the unpredictable, creative, sometimes hilarious, and always rewarding process of raising a family. It’s filled with funny and poignant stories from her everyday life–a life that mothers everywhere can identify with.

Book Details

Title: Momumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a FamilyBook Review: Momumental
Author: Jennifer Grant
Category: Nonfiction / Parenting / Memoir
Length: 260 pages
My Rating: 2.5 Stars

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Books Read in 2012

Books Read in 2012Overall I’m pleased with my reading in 2012. I read some great books, and read a lot in some of my favorite areas (memoirs especially).

As I reviewed my list of books, I was struck by some of the lighter, genre fiction that I read. I’d say that I read too much of that, except that I know that virtually all of it was done via ebooks and in pockets of time that don’t lend themselves to deeper reading. So almost all of that reading was done during times that I would otherwise have read nothing at all, which doesn’t feel quite as bad as it would otherwise. I’ve also figured out a more efficient way to find books I can read on my kindle so I’m hoping in 2013 I’ll have higher quality ereads as well. 🙂

My list of board and picture books isn’t complete. I wasn’t always great about recording the books we borrowed from the library, and hope to improve on that this year. I like keeping track of them so I remember what we’ve already borrowed, and so that when I’m trying to remember “what was the name of that book we read that my kids loved so much?” I have a better chance to figure it out.

An asterisk (*) by a title means it’s one I especially enjoyed or recommend.
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Friday Link Love

Friday Link LoveTo share some Friday Link Love, here are some of my favorite posts regarding the book-related stuff going on around the internet lately:

  • {Shameless self-promotion alert!}
    I’ve started pinning the books I’ve read for the year to dedicated boards on Pinterest – one for all the adult books, and one for children’s books. I’d love it if you’d follow them and/or repin any that catch your eye.
  • Have you read Jen Hatmaker’s book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess7 by Jen Hatmaker? (It was one of my favorites for 2012). My friend Adrienne from A Suburban Menagerie is was leading an online study session based on the companion book, The 7 Experiment: Staging Your Own Mutiny Against Excess. It starts February 4, so you’ve got plenty of time to get the book still and join in. {Update – her blog is no longer online. The book is great though!}
  • Jessica at Quirky Bookworm has a reading challenge going on: the 2013 Classics Catch-Up Challenge. She’s got a list of assigned titles (with one substitute permitted), and you can choose your level of participation. If you sign-up and read at least 9 of them, you’ll be entered to win an Amazon gift card.
  • Life as Mom has a new format for Booking It this year – instead of assigned books each month, there will be discussions on a variety of books, cohosted by Jessica, Anne, and Carrie. And they’ve included a list of suggested titles too. (With a disclaimer!)
  • If you saw my post yesterday, you’ve already heard about this, but Anne at Modern Mrs Darcy also has a new monthly linkup starting – book reviews inspired by twitter’s 140-character limits. In other words, short and sweet. First one went live Wednesday,but the link-up is still open so there’s time for you to write a post and add it. I originally wasn’t going to participate, but couldn’t resist.

Any other fun book-related stuff going on in internet land? Please share in the comments!

Twitterature: Current Reads

twitterature-graphic1Anne (a.k.a. Modern Mrs Darcy) is hosting a new reading link-up of brief reviews of books – “Twitterature” . Brief as in twitter-inspired 140 character reviews (although she’s not being that completely strict about it.)

No matter, my usual book posts are waaaay too wordy for that. So instead, an up-to-the-moment-of-writing look at the books I have in progress or am about to start reading.

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Book Review: Dead Man’s Hand

Book Review: Dead Man's HandDead Man’s HandBook Review: Dead Man's Hand by Eddie Jones

I’m not really sure how to fully evaluate this book. As an adult woman, I didn’t like it, but then again I’m not the target audience, which is probably 9 – 12 year old boys. Giving it a complete pass just because I’m not the target audience feels somewhat weak however; I read a lot of children’s and young adult fiction and strongly believe that great books are great books, no matter the targeted audience. This one is not a great book.

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Mini Reviews: Memoirs to Skip

Mini Reviews: Memoirs - Apron AnxietyApron Anxiety: My Messy Affairs In and Out of the KitchenMini Reviews: Memoirs - Apron Anxiety by Alyssa Shelasky

I love food memoirs, and so I thought I’d love this one. I admit to having some hesitation when I went to get it from the library for two reasons: the subtitle hinting that the book might have more explicit content than I would want to read, and the stupid cover image. Since I was just borrowing it, I figured I’d have little to lose, and could always stop reading it if I didn’t care for it.

Except I didn’t stop reading it. It was a train wreck, and for whatever reason I couldn’t look away. I found her appallingly narcissistic and shallow.

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Biggest Disappointments of 2012

Overall 2012 was a great year for reading – I read more books than I expected to get through, and had a hard time picking my favorites (always a good sign of a good year). That’s not to say that every book was a winner. While some might have been worse reads for me, these are the 10 books that let me down the most, because I expected more from them:

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Friday Link Love

Link LoveI’m a little bit obsessed over year-end lists and posts relating to goals or plans for the new year.

I’m also a little bit obsessive over not writing my own year-end lists until after the year has completely ended, but most people aren’t as ridiculous as me. Hence why my own “best of” list didn’t make it’s appearance until after 2013 started.

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Book Review: The Forgotten Garden

Book Review: The Forgotten GardenThe Forgotten Garden: A Novel by Kate Morton

I kept running across Kate Morton’s name and book titles, and was curious by them. Their length gave me pause though; at over 500 pages they’re a hefty investment of reading time and I would have preferred to have someone I trust tell me they’re worth it.

My impatience to give Morton a try got the best of me and that, combined with an upcoming vacation where I expected to have extra reading time, led me to get the first one of her books that the library had available.

The Forgotten Garden is what the library provided, and it ended up being a fun vacation read.

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