Saturday, September 12, 2009

Six Sentence Saturday - Take Two

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?)

Staci does this cool feature that I am borrowing. I have the worst time keeping up on my reviews, so I figure if I do this mostly every Saturday than I will review books I probably won't review otherwise. It will likely just be books that I consider okay, so expect detailed reviews (hopefully) about books that I love.

Emma - Volume 8 by Kaoru Mori
I reviewed the first seven volumes of this in one post, but find it hard to talk about one random volume all alone without spoiling the series. Mangas are not the easiest to review to begin with. This is probably my favourite manga read of the year, so I strongly recommend it to anyone that is looking for a good series to start with. It is historical fiction and this volume is a collection of short stories that are related to stories began in the other seven volumes. The artwork in this series is fantastic! I hope that others take a chance on this series because you won't be disappointed!

Stop Pretending: What happened when my sister went crazy by Sonya Sones
I have to admit that I read this so long ago I hardly remember it, so this is probably the perfect review to limit to six sentences. Written in verse, this is a very quick read and would be perfect for the 24-Hour Read-a-thon that will happening before we know it. The book addresses what a sister goes through as her sister suffers from a mental illness. It is based on the authors own experiences, so it is handled very well and very believable. When you are young and something like this is going on around you, you find that you have a lot of worries about what it means for yourself. I recommend this book and will eventually read something else by the author!

Chariots of the Gods? Unsolved Mysteries of the Past by Erich Von Daniken
I actually read this book because the charming comedian couldn't believe I hadn't before. I will admit that it was a bit dated, but I actually found it pretty fascinating. Sometimes I think the world is just a bit too black and white and that it takes a few books like this to shake things up a bit. It makes you think about the whole idea of existence and how the things that we are unable to explain were accomplished. There were a few sections of the book that were just way too dated and I ended up skipping through, but for the most part this book stands up to today rather well. I am glad that the charming comedian got me to read this and I can understand why the book was so popular for its time.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
This book was just a little bit too cutesy, perfect for me, but I think it would work really well for the age range it is marketed for. I just have liked other DiCamillo books better for my age. Edward Tulane is a bunny that has a very amazing journey and tells his story. It does go to show how the impossible can all work out in the end and Tulane is a good narrator of the story. The pictures are really good, too. This is a perfect gift for those young folk in your life during this up-coming holiday season.


  1. Only 2 stars for Edward Tulane?! :( So sad!!! LOL...I loved that one. I just got her new one in the mail!! It's one of the pre-orders I made before my ban. I'm trying to decide if I should save it for the read-a-thon or dig into it now.

    Between you and Nymeth, I'm dying to read Emma!! It sounds really good. I know how much the two of you love it, I'm bound to at least like it right? ;)

    And Stop Pretending sounds good, but I don't know if I could read a novel in verse...I keep avoiding those types of books..they just seem strange for some reason. I guess I'm being close minded here, huh? lol

  2. awww I liked Eward Tulane lol but I seem to like her books because I know I missed out on tales like this when I was young..

    and Von Daniken!!! what can I say?! I read that book years ago and it has never left me.. I think the biggest part that sticks with me is his constantly saying "this is only a theory"..and yet all religions are "closed " to any "theories" but their own.. not even to each others..i think that book taught me to be a lot more open minded to possibilities.
    Do I believe his theory? no. But there is much I'd like explained ! I ned a new copy of this book.. mine is turned brown with age.

  3. I'm tempted with EMMA!

  4. Chariots of the Gods! I can't remember who it was, but SOMEONE recommended I read that book ages ago. For the life of me I can't remember, but I'm glad you jogged my memory about it anyway.

  5. I need to get my hands on Volume 8!!! I loved this manga series too.

    Sonya Sones is a great YA author and I really enjoyed this true story about her sister.

    I haven't read chariots of the Gods...not sure if it's my thing or not.

    I loved sad to see you didn't enjoy it as much...I can't wait to read her new book.

    Love your post!!!

  6. Poor Edward's actually my favourite DiCamillo :( To each their own, though! I love the six sentence Saturday idea, btw...if I get much further behind on reviews I just might have to do that too :P

  7. I don't think I could ever manage to keep it to six sentences! A fun concept though.


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