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Bug Island by RG Cordiner

When a cruise ship blows up near an uncharted island, the survivors are attacked by giant (as in 9 foot long) bugs.

Bug Island is a very strange book. Mostly, we (my 10- and 12-year-old sons and I) really did not like it. Often, there were random strings of letters representing sounds. What some of those sounds were supposed to sound like or represent, I have no idea. It was pretty graphic and often gross. Finding out what the bugs were was a bit disturbing and then the end was kind of sudden. The writing, however, was decent. The storytelling jumped between people/groups of people and that was quite effective. Those redeeming qualities just aren’t enough for me to recommend this book. It’s one you’ll probably want to skip.

2 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 79
Pages Read in 2018: 18,773
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

Goblet of Fire is tied for my least favorite Harry Potter book. I find all the set-up for the rest of the series a bit tedious (although necessary) and Hermione’s S.P.E.W. thing seems like it’s just there to make the book longer. Even with those issues, I still enjoy the book. I just like most of the other books a lot more. I very highly recommend the entire Harry Potter series to absolutely everyone!

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 60
Pages Read in 2018: 15,133
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

Prisoner of Azkaban is tied for my favorite Harry Potter book. I love how it’s a little different from the rest in that Harry doesn’t confront Voldemort in it. I love how Harry finds out just how wrong everyone was about Sirius. It just makes me really happy every time I read it.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 52
Pages Read in 2018: 12,915
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

Chamber Of Secrets is tied for my least favorite Harry Potter book of the seven, but I still love it. Re-reading the series, it’s so fun to notice a mention of something that comes up again later here and a little foreshadowing there. Everyone should read the Harry Potter series at least once. It’s an amazing world JK Rowling created.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 50
Pages Read in 2018: 12,311
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

Every time I return to them, the Harry Potter books are like getting reacquainted with an old friend. Getting to know the wizarding world through the eyes of Harry is so exciting and, truly, magical. I very highly recommend reading this book and the whole Harry Potter series to people of all ages.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 48
Pages Read in 2018: 11,756
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Atlantia by Ally Condie

Long after the Divide, when the air became too polluted to survive and so some people moved to an undersea city, Atlantia is breaking apart and those Below need those Above to save them. Secrets plague Atlantia and distrust from those on the earth may mean the end of the city.

Rio is an unlikely heroine who slowly unfolds the mysteries of her city in her efforts to save it, and to fulfil her dream of reaching the Above and her sister, Bay. Atlantia‘s character are very well-developed, including the character of the city itself. It’s very well-written and by 1/3 of the way through I was totally invested in the characters and the story. I highly recommend reading it to teens and up!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 45
Pages Read in 2018: 10,770
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Blackwood Relic by Andrea Pearson

When Travis accidentally gets possessed by the spirit of one of his ancestors, his girlfriend Cassidy must figure out how to save him.

Blackwood Relic is a short redneck horror story. It’s got lots of humor and really isn’t scary (which is good, since I do not like horror). It refers to things in other books by Andrea Pearson which is fun if you’ve read them, but it’s definitely not necessary to have. I recommend this short story to teens and up.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 23
Pages Read in 2018: 4389
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