Diary of an Almost Cool Girl: My New School — Book 1

1.5 out of 5 stars

Cut to the Chase:

This is your basic new girl, new school, diary-entry book. What it has going for it are some great moments of humor where the voice of your young narrator has been expertly captured. On the other hand, there are also grammatical errors (and there’s no real way to tell if they’re intentional), the plot is uneven, with far too much narrative as opposed to action, and it’s just very meh. As an adult reviewing this, I found it hard to get through and a little forced, despite some good moments here and there.

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Books with Morals: The Little House

3.5 out of 5 stars

Recommended, Not Repeatable

In 1943, Virginia Lee Burton won the Caldecott Medal for this book, a sweet little story about an expressive, innocent little country house that wishes for nothing more than to be lived in and enjoy the world around it. Though it’s initially curious about all of the changes happening around it (that houses are getting closer, that the countryside seems to be gradually getting replaced), it’s a careful-what-you-wish-for scenario. The little house realizes that as time passes, it’s become a little… too old-fashioned. No one wants to live in it any more, and the cold, bustling city that grows around it feels suffocating.

It’s a cute story… but feels almost too get-it? get-it? in terms of messaging to me. It’s a nice message, and I didn’t mind it at all, but I think my kids (~3yrs old) are a little too young for the message, and not drawn enough by the pictures…

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The Rescue Team — Despite there being 100+ good reviews… I found this book very, very difficult to finish

2 out of 5 stars

First a small disclaimer: I got this book because it was going through a free promotion at the time… it had great reviews and I thought, why not? Since it already had so many positive reviews, it’s possible that I went into it biased, which I have to be honest about.

Also… a warning: spoilers ahead. Don’t read this review if you don’t want spoilers.


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Book Marketing is Dead: Book Promotion Secrets You MUST Know BEFORE You Publish Your Book

4 out of 5 stars

Short Version:

This is a book that’s got a lot of great links to blogs, vendors, etc, and is good in terms of offering newbie authors a good starting point in terms of a little bit of everything (from author bios to websites). I didn’t love the WAY he said a lot of it (and it’s definitely said with a specific point of view in mind: on everything from paying for reviews to choosing the RIGHT genre/topic, there’s a lot of advice some authors will be flat out unable to feel “right” about). Still, at $0.99? It was great exposure and kind of a cliff’s not version of all things self-publishing and self-marketing.

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