Friday, August 26, 2016

Weekend Read - Furthermore

This book is awesome so far. The whole fairytale-ness of it all just draws you in right away. Mafi is a master of lyrical writing, there are just so many great lines/quotes already. I can’t wait to see where this book goes next.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Review - Ungifted

Ungifted by Gordon Korman

3 out of 5 gnomes

This book was a lot of fun. I picked up this book because it reminded me of that Simpsons episode where Bart gets sent to the genius school.

Donovan is definitely a troublemaker and you really can’t blame him for wanting to hide out after doing what he did.

The story is a little predictable but it's still a fast and fun read.

I like the multiple perspectives because it lets you see all the sides of the story.

The whole robotics team angle was great and I loved what Donovan's normal kid realness brought to the school.

The ending was pretty pitch perfect too.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - Ungifted

Ungifted by Gordon Korman

“Donovan alone had managed to engage him. Could that be a kind of giftedness in and of itself?”

“The Hardcastle gym may have been my Titanic, but we were survivors, James and me.”

“<<Hypothesis: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Especially if one of those parts is Donovan.>>”

“We were just knowers.”

“<<Hypothesis: Brothers and sisters forge family bonds through a complex byplay of accusations and insults.>>”

“We’re gifted,” I explained.”

“<<Hypothesis: Intentional or not, movement to a beat = dancing.>>”

“Challenge isn’t going to come from any curriculum, no matter how hard they make it. It’s going to come from life.”

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sentence Sneak Peek - Ungifted

Ungifted by Gordon Korman

The first sentence from each chapter of Ungifted, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

I want a refund from”

To be the superintendent of a school district like Hardcastle, with its forty-seven buildings and more than thirty thousand students, was a huge responsibility.”

“If I didn’t die of stress that night, I probably never will.”

“<<Hypothesis: Being gifted is not a gift.”

When the paper airplane bounced off the back of the driver’s head, the man pulled the bus over onto the shoulder.”

The grade glowered at me off the cover sheet of my social studies paper: D-minus.”

“<<Hypothesis: Donovan Curtis is smarter than all of us put together.>>”

These were my math test results for the semester so far: 0 out of 20, 1 out of 15, 4 out of 35, and incomplete.”


Well, my “no screwups” rule was pretty much out the window.”

“<<Hypothesis: I have the perfect wardrobe— for milking a cow.>>”

This was the worst night of my life.”

For all the eight hundred million videos on YouTube, you had to figure there were at least another eight hundred million that never got filmed.”

“Noah Youkilis gave Daniel Sanderson a black eye at the dance on Friday night.”

It makes perfect sense that a class with a teacher named Oz would call their robot Tin Man.”

Well, it was official, confirmed by the vet.”

I was in my car heading back to the office, but something didn’t sit well with me.”

I was pretty good at video games, but never had I felt more comfortable with a joystick in my hand than when I was driving Tin Man.”

“<<Hypothesis: Truth is stranger than fiction.>>”

According to, James Donovan went to Washington to testify as a witness at the Senate hearings into the sinking of the Titanic.”

The state robotics meet.”

I leaped up out of my seat, fists punching at the air.”

“<<Hypothesis: The speed of the drive is directly proportional to the acuteness of the crisis.>>”

I refuse to let this mess leave a hole in my record.”

I’m not sure how the clip made it to YouTube.”

The image was fuzzy at first.”

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Review - A Week of Mondays

A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody

* Read via NetGalley for review

3 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

Ellison has a very bad Monday and then some Groundhog Day-esque shenanigans ensue (aka she starts reliving the same day over and over.)

I will always be a sap for this kind of story because Groundhog Day is one of my favorite movies. Each Monday redone is pretty entertaining and shows a great progression of just how much can go wrong.

I think she’s just a tad slow to pick up on things and doesn’t learn the inevitable lesson of the story as fast as she should have. Though I guess that makes her normal or relatable because everybody know that it’s easy to make mistakes no matter how old you are.

I kind of wish the sixth Monday had been the last one because she’s so bold and funny that day but I guess it wasn’t quite as perfect as the last Monday.

Overall a fun read that shows that you really should be careful what you wish for.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - A Week of Mondays

A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody

* Read via NetGalley for review

“Or that your favorite book series ended with an actual satisfying conclusion, instead of what the author tried to pass off as a satisfying conclusion.”

“And hunger. It was a moment of stressful hangry weakness.”

“It’s a good word. It’s like the loophole of swearwords.”

“Clearly he doesn’t have a pamphlet back there about the meaning of sarcasm.”

“Apparently this outfit is not only making me a better girlfriend, but also a better delinquent. That’s called progress, people.”

“That’s what I’m trying to tell you! You’re the least boring person I know.”

“It’s like I became so obsessed with doing things right, I forgot to enjoy them.”

“Maybe some things aren’t fixable.”
“Maybe everything is fixable.”

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Question of the Day - What book have you most recently read?

This book is a lot of fun even though the main character does make some pretty questionable choices it’s still a great ride getting to that ending. Plus you get some great Groundhog Day-esque shenanigans.