Saturday, November 28, 2009

Six Sentence Saturday

Welcome to Six Sentence Saturday.
Where I try to express my thoughts on recent reads using only 6 sentences!!!!.
At the end of each review I will post a
rating scale of 1-5 using the cute and original (lol) Playing Cards.
Rating scale will be as follows:

5 of Hearts- You must read this book NOW!!
4 of Hearts- A great read, put it on your TBR list.
3 of Hearts- Glad I read but no big deal

2 of Hearts- Why did I finish this?
Joker Card - Don't bother (why did I?)

Casting Spells by Barbara Bretton
** I read a bunch of great reviews on the second book in this series and that is what made me pick up this copy. What a fun read.....I totally loved this little town in Vermont and all of its quirky and magical characters. Chloe Hobbs is a person that I would like to know in real life. Not only is she down to earth and charming but...she can knit! Something that I wish everyday I had the talent for. This one is a fast, fun read with a great romance in the works....pick it up and settle in for a cozy read!
My Rating:

Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott
** The first book that I read by this author was Living Dead Girl...which was an emotional powerhouse that made my skin crawl. I've been wanting to read her lighter YA fare, so I chose this one. I totally felt bad for Hannah, her mom basically does soft-porn to pay the bills and her dad is a complete rich loser who only wants to use her to promote his own reality show. With not much guidance in her life it really wasn't any surprise to me that she chose her first love based solely on his good looks. Overall, it was a fun light read but I have to admit that I kept comparing her writing to Dessen, which I feel is much stronger. I will probably try another book by Scott sometime in the future but I don't feel like my world will stop spinning if I don't read her books anytime soon.
My Rating:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
** OMG....I can't believe that I've waited this long to read the first one in this series. All of the kids at my middle school have been disappointed with me when I tell them, "Sorry kiddo, I haven't gotten to it yet." They basically look at me as if I was a complete and utter LOSER!! Not any longer people, not any longer. This book is hilarious, so true to how a middle school kid feels, and I have several favorite parts that I had to point out to my son Marc. If you need a good laugh and happen to have a 10-14 year-old at home then you will be uber-cool just by reading this one and sharing all your favorite Greg moments!!!
My Rating:


  1. I've also only read Living Dead Girl by Scott, but I have Stealing Heaven in my pile. Oh, and I've never read Dessen, can you believe it?

  2. Casting Spells is on my tbr list. Can't wait to read it after reading your review, Staci!

  3. Interesting how many books there are now about knitting. I wonder how/why that got so hot all of the sudden!

  4. You had a pretty good reading week. I think the Wimpy Kid books look so good - I think my son would have loved them.

  5. I read Something Maybe last week too. Not her best, but I enjoyed it. I've got to get to Diary!!

  6. Awesome reviews Staci!!! That second one sounds GOOD! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

  7. Everytime I see the cover for Casting Spells it reminds me of a Cooking magazine.

    I don't know any of Scott's books.

    The DOAWK books are a big hit with the younger kids too! They are very popular in grades 2, 3 & 4 at my daughter's school. I don't care for them so much but hubby likes them too!

  8. I'm glad you raised your stock with your middle school kids. :-) I'll have to keep Diary of a Wimpy Kid in mind for my 11 y/o son.

  9. It's always such a pleasure to read your mini reviews, Staci.

    I love it when I connect with a character that I think could be my friend in real life--sounds like Chloe Hobbs fits that bill for you.

    I thought the Elizabeth Scott sounded familiar and then you mentioned her first book, Living Dead Girl.

  10. I really should get to the Wimpy Kids books as well. I see so many students reading them and they want to discuss them, but I can't since I haven't read them! Glad to see you have enjoyed them so much!

  11. I'm glad you liked the Bretton book as I did too. I haven't read the Wimpy books but you have encouraged me into trying them. My ten-year-old granddaughter really likes them and I should give them a try.

    Love those six sentences.

  12. Glad you liked Bretton and the second one sounds so sad. Poor kid even though she is fictional.
    Hope your T-day was fab :)

  13. I'm so glad that you've gained some credibility with your students :) I still haven't read Dessen, so I will probably skip Scott until I read her. I've never tried knitting. but I'd love to learn.

  14. I have not read any of these, so I appreciate your review/ratings, Thanks Staci

  15. I have the first Wimpy Kid on the shelf and so, so look forward to it in the new year!

  16. Thanks for the reminder to read Living Dead Girl.
    Loved reading your thoughts, especially for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, uber-cool ... I love it! Casting Spells looks like a fun read too!


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