Book Review: The Name of the Wind

I’ve written three different reviews for this book, and for some reason none of them are posting or saving in any way so I’m a bit annoyed and tired of the post, so I’ll keep the review short.

This book seems to have been gaining a bit of popularity since I read it a few years ago. I honestly can’t remember where I found it, or even where the book came from, but I’m glad it magically appeared on my shelves.

I liked the book a lot, especially seeing Kvothe grow up and discover the world, but I was not a fan of the time jumps that would happen every so often.

I wanted the time jumps to be more fleshed out, giving me a bit more of the main course of the story instead of making me upset that I wasn’t getting more story, but that might be my opinion.

Sorry again for the short post but I spent three hours today trying to make this post and it wasn’t working so I’m just going to admit defeat.

Thursday Thoughts: Lending Libraries

So for those who don’t know what a Lending Library is, it’s pretty simple. Basically I put a small library of books in my front yard, usually in a weather-proof containter, and people are welcome to “take” the books.

They’re supposed to return them, hence the library aspect, but that’s not always the case.

I’ve thought about maybe having an lending library of my own one day. You sort of need to have a front yard in a high foot traffic area, which I am not in at the moment.

I kind of like the idea though, but I think I’d make mine a little different from this. Instead of it being a library, I would like to make it more like a swap meet.

You take a book in my little library and leave one in its place. That way its like sharing a story with a stranger, and the possibilities of the books that will be swapped could be amazing.

There would be a few options in there, and they would be books I enjoyed, but ones I’m okay with getting rid of.

It would give people a chance to get a free book that they may not have known about before, and it would give me the chance to discover books that I may not have seen. You can do a lot with it. Each person can write their name and when they read the book inside the cover, books can be traded or put back.

The potential is limitless.

A lending “library” is something I’d like to do one day, but my only concern is that are others interested. Would other people want to borrow books, or would the books just sit there and collect dust.

I guess that’s something I would need to try one day. I just need to get a front yard with a sidewalk in front of it first.

Would you consider setting up a lending library? Or have you seen one in your neighborhood? I’d love to share some stories about it! Let me know in the comments!!!

Book Review: Lord of Chaos

So since I started A Crown of Swords this morning, I thought it would be a good idea to review the book right before it, The Lord of Chaos.

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Author: Robert Jordan

So this is my first time reading through the Wheel of Time series, and as you probably know by now, I am in love with it. Like I said in past reviews, I bought all 14 books before I had even finished the first one.

Lord of Chaos is by far my favourite of the first six books though, and probably by quite a bit.

Lord of Chaos doesn’t necessarily have my favourite moments for each character (though Mat is just the coolest 24/7), but all of the character’s stories put together as a whole provided the best overall story.

The one problem I found with Lord of Chaos is it comes at the point in the series where people are becoming ‘bored’. There aren’t many series out there with more than a few books, because it’s just the way things work. Turning a world and a story into three books is going to be much easier than into 14 books, but I still think Robert Jordan has done a pretty good job of it.

Over the first five books, the style of Jordan’s enemies are on the verge of being repetitive, but in Lord of Chaos, Jordan moves away from his regular plots/characters and changes up the style of bad guy, which is sort of just a less good, good guy.

Rand has fully come into his role of being the main character, but Perrin (he’s back from his honeymoon), Mat, Nynaeve, Egwene, and Elayne are back in action and bad ass as always.

My favourite part of Lord of Chaos was that it set up A Crown of Swords, and yes that probably sounds dumb because all books set up the next one if it’s a series.

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What I mean by that is this book didn’t solve all of it’s issues. There are still a few story lines that weren’t resolved by the end of the book.

For the other four books before this one, Jordan has each of them contribute to the overall story line of the series, but each book has its own story line that is wrapped up. In Lord of Chaos it isn’t completely wrapped up, which came at a good time in the series in my opinion.

It’s an important thing for writers, more so those with long series, to know how to keep readers interested. That’s why people often shoot for a book series that is somewhere from two and four books long, because each book introduces more risk of losing readers.

If you’re writing a book there’s a big risk of becoming too in tune with your writing style, and you end up writing a bland story that is repetitive and makes people lose interest in your story.

I’m not a master of books, or literacy, or reading or anything like that, but I think Jordan did a good job knowing the status of his story at this point and changing it enough to keep people interested.

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I did a little bit of digging as I was writing this post, and it seems like Lord of Chaos isn’t one of the most popular books in the series, but it is generally ranked higher than all of the books coming before it, and usually lands about the mid way ranking in terms of popularity.

I think the reason is because Jordan switched it up and changed his formula enough to get people interested again.

What is your favourite book in the Wheel of Time series? Let me know in the comments, or give me your ranking of all of the books in the series!

Weekly Recap

In case you’ve missed one of my posts, you can find them all here.

Book Review: How to Train Your Dragon

Type it Out Tuesday: February 26

Wednesday News: February 27th

10 Book Related Podcasts You Need to Listen To

Quote of the Day: March 1

Book Review: D’Arnold finds a home by Teah Lytywn

Before I begin, I’m not entirely sure what the rules are for stating if a post is sponsored or not,and as much as this may sound like a sponsored review, I am receiving nothing from reviewing the following book. I purchased a copy of my own, and did not get anything in return for covering it. The reason I am covering it will be posted in the review. Thank you. 

Rating 4.5/5

Author/Illustrator: Teah Lytwyn

“Unloved and lonely, D’Arnold sets out to find the attention he desperately craves. After an accident causes him to lose his leg, D’Arnold is sure he’ll be alone forever. But with the help of some new friends, he’s able to move past the struggle to find the perfect home waiting for him.”

So last week I had hinted that I would be covering a book this week, which if you had figured it out was Harry Potter. I promise I will get around to it, but I’ve had a few books hit my radar that are more important to cover.

The program I am in for school has a requirement that students put on a year-long project. That can mean a lot of different things, but a number of students decided to write books, and I offered to review some of their books for them.

The first one we have is actually the first kid’s book that I’ve ever reviewed, and it’s called D’Arnold finds a home.

I’ve seen this book come from being just an idea to being finished and printed, but trust me, that’s not skewing my review at all.

It’s a cute little story about a dog, and we all know how awesome dogs are, am I right?

I know if I asked Teah if she considered herself an artist she’d probably laugh in my face before saying no, but she’s done a good job at using a simplistic art style effectively to portray her story.

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I think the simple art style fits the story very well.

What I found to be the best part of the book though is the story. Because it is based on the true story of D’Arnold, I found myself being that much more attached throughout the whole thing than I think I would have been if it were made up.

Not to spoil any of the book, but an animal losing a leg, or having some other physical handicap, isn’t something a lot of pet owners have to worry about, but it is a reality for some.

I honestly think that D’Arnold’s story is a great way to teach kids about taking care of animals, and about animals that might have some physical issues.

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Teah has done a good job at using the shorter story that comes with a kid’s book, and used it to tell a complete story, that keeps the reader’s attention the whole time and can teach them an important lesson.

Before I begin, I’m not entirely sure what the rules are for stating if a post is sponsored or not,and as much as this may sound like a sponsored review, I am receiving nothing from reviewing the following book. I purchased a copy of my own, and did not get anything in return for covering it. The reason I am covering it will be posted in the review. Thank you. 

If you or somebody you know might be interested in buying D’Arnold finds a home, whether it’s for your kids, or maybe a daycare your kids go to, feel free to reach out to me, I would be more than happy to pass her info along to you. 

Not sure what book is coming next week, but it will likely be another classmate’s story, so stay tuned!

Weekly Recap

In case you missed any of my posts this week, here they are:

Monday: Book Review: The Once and Future King

Tuesday: Type It Out Tuesday

Wednesday: Wednesday News

Thursday: Why Reading is Hard

Friday: Quote of the Day

 

Wednesday News: Dec. 19

I havent come up with a catchy title for this one yet so I’m looking for some input.

I read this article last week and I thought it was really interesting.

I’ve never really gotten into audio books but I have listened to a few, but it was really interesting to see that audiobooks and normal reading are beneficial in different ways.

I think audio books can be really beenficial, and I never thought about how beneficial they can be for someone with dyslexia.

Do you listen to audio books? If so why? Let me know in the comments or shoot me an email. (also give me ideas for a catchy Wednesday News item headline please)