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April 22, 2014

Avery Reads: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Welcome to Avery Reads! My 14 year old daughter shares her thoughts on the latest book she read for her homeschool English class:

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: Originally published in 1962
Source: Our own copy

The Relentless Reader's daughter has returned! Time to review another book I've read for school!

Are you excited? You should be.

This week I finished reading A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'engle. I can't say I was jumping for joy when I started the book. However, the action started relatively quickly and it definitely wasn't a boring read. In the end I ended up really enjoying it.

But (almost) every book has its flaws. I only have two serious complaints. The first is the lack of explanations. Nothing too major, I just felt like there were a few things that needed some explaining. I can't be too specific without giving things away, but I think you'd know what I mean if you read it. This book is only the first in a series, so maybe more questions are answered in the sequels.

Secondly, I felt one of the ending moments in the book was a little abrupt. I think it needed a bit more suspense. It seemed anticlimactic. I naturally expected this part of the book to be one of the big moments in the storyline, so I was a little disappointed.

Now instead of talking about what I didn't like, I think I should focus on what I did like. First of all, this book had great characters. I thought they were all unique and different from one another. Nothing kills a book's oomph like boring characters! 

I also personally enjoy diving into symbolism when I read, and this is a great book for doing that. I think my interest in symbolism sparked when I read Lord Of The Flies. If you've read it you'll know that the symbolism is pretty heavy-handed in that book!

So all in all it was good read. A solid read. It was both enjoyable and nicely written. Out of five stars? I'd probably give it a...3.9. 

Next on my reading list is The Call Of The Wild by Jack London. Perhaps you'll hear from me again?

April 20, 2014

The Relentless Weekly Wrap-Up 04/20/14


The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Wonder Woman Unbound by Tim Hanley


Wonder Woman Unbound by Tim Hanley

The Promise by Ann Weisgarber

Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne

Currently Reading:

The Heaven of Animals by David James Poissant


As soon as I saw Toms River on the list of Pulitzer winners for 2014 I requested it from my library. It came in super fast. Yay!

Other Business:

Happy Easter. (Peeps are gross.)
We had over 13" of snow dumped on us overnight on Wednesday. So, you know, HAPPY SPRING! It was perfect timing as we are replacing our roof right now. Ha ha ha! It will melt soon...right?

Around the Blogosphere:

Amanda blogged about veganizing her life. She's starting a new feature on Fig and Thistle that I'm really looking forward to reading.

Chris of Wildmoo Books was featured on Book Bloggers International this week. Her answers to the interview questions were insightful and funny.

What have you been reading? What are you looking forward to? I'd love to hear in the comments below!