January Wrap Up

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In January I read a total of 4 books. This wasn’t as much as I wanted to read but a lot of changes in my life happened such as transferring colleges and getting a new job. So I am happy with this number however it does push me back on my 100 book challenge. I need to read 8 books each month to hit that goal so I am now 4 books behind. 😦

I loved the books I read. First I read The one in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo by Judy Blume and this also is the first book toward my Judy Blume goal of 2015. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. I didn’t realize how hard it was to read a children’s book such as this one. I didn’t connect with the characters because their situations seemed so silly to me but when you are a kid then it makes sense of the challenge in this book. This story follows a boy who is stuck in the middle of two siblings and his journey to finding that he is different and just as important as his siblings are.

Next I read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. To me this felt more like a novella than a full length novel. You can read more of my thoughts in my review here.

Next I read Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres. I gave this book 5 out of 5 star. I loved this book. Ellen is so funny and yet she tells the truth about how to live your life to the fullest. This book has a lot of advice on how to make your life about you in the simplest of ways. Ellen gives us her witty and funny stories and secrets on how she became successful and how she learned to be herself. This is the first memoir I have ever read and I loved it. I highly recommend Ellen fans to read this

Finally I read One of those Hideous Books were the Mother Dies by Sonya Sons. I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars and wrote a full review which you can read here.

I am currently reading Burned by Ellen Hopkins and loving this book! I hope to have a review up as soon as I finish.

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Review: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

I read this book when I was a tween. So it has been a very long time and I would say that I did not remember much about this book going into it other than that it was by Judy Blume and book 1 of the fudge series. This is the second book I have read so far toward my “read all of Judy Blume’s books in 2015” reading goal. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

The one thing I totally forgot was that this book and every book in the fudge series is about a different character and this book starts off with Peter, Fudge’s older brother. We follow Peter and his adventures and discoveries with his 2 year old brother Fudge. To me this book felt more like a novella. Each chapter was about a different story that happened to Peter and wasn’t told on a time line other than the fact that it was summer time.

I really enjoyed this book. It was cute and witty. It reminded me of how I use to feel growing up about my parents when my little brother was born and it made me laugh at how kids can look at the world when they are young and innocent. I highly recommended this book if you are looking for a cute kid read.

Goal #1 for 2015

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In 2015 I want to re-read my favorite childhood author Judy Blume and continue her adult books for the first time. I know I have way more than this pile of Judy Blume books but I cannot find them in my basement so I will be buying a few box sets of Judy Blume’s next year so I can read her books. Plus I need to buy her adult books because I only own one as of right now. What was your childhood favorite author?