The Fault In Our Stars (YA Reviews)

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Hi everyone! I made an extra effort to relax on my bed for 4 hours straight reading (and re-reading) THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green. Yes, I know I'm behind on all the latest book stuff, but when I got a SHINY new copy for Christmas, I thought to myself, MUST. READ. I'm still in the process of re-reading TFIOS for the 3rd time, but might as well make my last post of 2015 be the best! So that's why I'm ya know reviewing one of MY FAVORITE BOOKS IN THE ENTIRE WORLD! (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) So, without further ado, here is THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, BY JOHN GREEN. 




Age: 12+ (This is a slightly higher level MG. So it's like MG+ I guess?)
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 8, 2014)

"Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love."

(I'm just realizing this right now, but even the stinkin' summary is well written.)

So basically there are 2 main characters in this story: Hazel and Augustus. Hazel has lung cancer and always carries an oxygen tank (that has tubes connected to her nose) with her. Augustus has a prosthetic leg (I think he had cancer in his legs...?) It all starts when Hazel meets Augustus in her weekly Support Group at the church. So that's basically all the background you need. 

Here are the...

Reasons You Should Read (and if you've already read, re-read) THE FAULT IN OUR STARS BY JOHN GREEN: 


  • I cannot emphasize this enough: It's amazingly well written. Probably more well written than any book I've read. (And obviously I read a lot, cuz, ya know, the whole thing with Cindy READS A LOT...) The story, the plot, the language, it all makes sense because of the way he puts the story together. It's in the perfect order. His words have an extremely deep meaning. There's about a gajillion plot twists. It just all makes sense! You're fine in the beginning, but heartbroken in the end. You get hooked from the FIRST PAGE and it's like nothing else in the world matters except. This. Stinkin'. Book. 
  • It's a tragedy. Okay, so the first time I read it...well...I WAS EXTREMELY ANGRY. (I was literally having a temper tantrum. "WHY DID YOU DO THIS TO ME, JOHN GREEN?! I NEVER DID ANYTHING TO YOU! IT WAS GOING TO WELL AND THEN YOU JUST...YOU JUST RUINED IT! WAAAHH!!!!) And having a story be a tragedy is not normally a good thing, but in this case, I think it IS a good thing because I mean, it brings awareness to cancer. It shows what ACTUAL people have to go through, even if its fiction. It makes you look at your life and see the value that is in it. It makes you appreciate what you have and look at EVERYTHING differently. It's like suddenly someone's turned on the lights and you see the truth in life. 
  • It's full of metaphors and quotes that help you get through the difficulties of living in this world. (Don't worry, I've included a couple quotes in this review!) Seriously, quotes are EVERYWHERE. They're basically on every page! I feel like the reason this book has a lot of quotes is because well, everyone's a hero in this book. There's always something needing to be solved, some problem that needs to be fixed. 
  • It's concept. It's about a teenage couple. No biggie. BUT, it's about a teenage couple where they both of the people in the relationship have cancer. That puts the twist on the story. Even though it is difficult for them to live with the cancer, being with each other helps. A lot. To see the blooming relationship between Hazel and Augustus makes me feel all happy inside. But before you get too happy, trust me on this, I was near tears by the end of this book. 

This is the moment you've been waiting for...The moment all of the things I've promised will be revealed...I give you...THE FAULT IN OUR STARS QUOTES! 

Okay? Okay. 
It's a metaphor, see: you put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don't give it the power to do it's killing. 


Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.


You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do have some say in who hurts you. 

The world is not a wish granting factory. 



My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations. 


So I think you get it when I say that this book is seriously one of the most powerful things I have read in my 12 years of living? It's not only really inspiring, but it also leads you to think of the 3 questions of life: 

1. Will I be loved?

2. Will I be remembered?

3. Will I leave a mark on this world? 

It really shocked me to know that this book is entirely fictional. John Green has made an alternate universe where everything is exactly the same but not. This leads to my rating of this book: 

(Since I couldn't find a picture for this occasion, it will only be in text)

3, 457, 269, 482,104 stars out of 5 stars.

I'm not even like, joking. If you haven't picked up this book and read it, stop reading this right now and get yourself a copy. I don't care if it's from your bookstore or your library, or even from Amazon, BUT STOP READING THIS RIGHT NOW AND GO GET YOURSELF A COPY! GO! I KNOW YOU'RE STILL HERE, GOOOO NOOOOOWWWW!!!!

So, if you've already read this book and have gotten past the...thingy, I WISH YOU A LATE MERRY CHRISTMAS AND AN EARLY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Gosh, it's going to be 2016! Thank you so much for joining me on this MMGM and GO READ SOME MORE JOHN GREEN! 

Links: 

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The Tapper Twins Go to War (With Each Other) (MMGM)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Hope you've all been having a great weekend. It's time for MMGM! Before I get to the review though, I just wanted to say an early "HAPPY THANKSGIVING!". I'm super thankful of having the chance to share my thoughts on books with you guys, and I'm so happy to be part of MMGM.  Make sure to look for the Question of the Day later in this post and comment your answer down below! 

Alright, this week, I will be reviewing a hilarious book called The Tapper Twins Go To War (With Each Other). It's another book about sibling relationships, so if you have a sister or brother, I feel your pain. I actually was not expecting this book. I bought it from my school Scholastic Catalogue and was thinking that it was a chapter book...but it's not...well...well it is, but I mean...IT'S JUST DIFFERENT OKAY?! STOP GRILLING ME! Now that we've gotten that out of the way, here's the cover! I absolutely love the detail on this one. 




Oh shoot, I forgot to add the info. Grr...now it won't go in. Alright well, here it is...

Age Range: 8 - 12 years (The book itself is really short and really easy to understand)
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Series: The Tapper Twins (Book 1) (OMG! I just found out that this book is part of a series! How cool is that?!)
Page Count (at least in paperback): 219
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 7, 2015) 


"This brand-new series by a popular screenwriter is a pitch-perfect, contemporary comedy featuring twelve-year-old fraternal twins, Claudia and Reese, who couldn't be more different...except in their determination to come out on top in a vicious prank war! But when the competition escalates into an all-out battle that's fought from the cafeteria of their New York City private school all the way to the fictional universe of an online video game, the twins have to decide if their efforts to destroy each other are worth the price.

Told as a colorful "oral history" by the twins and their friends, and including photos, screenshots, chat logs, online gaming digital art, and text messages between their clueless parents, The Tapper Twins is a hilariously authentic showcase of what it's like to be in middle school in our digitally-saturated world."

5 Reasons why you should read and love The Tapper Twins Go To War (With Each Other): 

  • It's really short. I don't know about you, but my time has been seriously limited lately, so short books are my life right now. It's not missing any details, and it's not that short, so the book length is pretty perfect. *thumbs up*
  • The format of the book is DIFFERENT. I personally think that this book is PERFECT for the reluctant reader because the book isn't like a book. It's more like a...a...combination of things. Like listed above, the story is told from different people's point of views, and also through photos, screenshots, chat logs, online gaming digital art, and text messages between their clueless parents, etc, etc. When you're reading it, it doesn't seem like a book, it doesn't seem like you're really even reading it! Maybe this book will make your reluctant reader WANT to read! *thumbs up*
  • It's about TWINS! Which I think are super interesting. In this case, it's a girl and a boy, so obviously they don't look exactly alike or think alike (not all girl twins think alike either, but who knows!) , but it's cool to see the story from the eyes of one twin and the eyes of another. I'm a huge fan of switching points of views (as long as it doesn't get too out of hand/confusing. 
  • There are pictures! If you think that middle schoolers are too old for pictures, you're wrong. Utterly completely wrong. I mean sure, we don't really want fully colored in pictures of girls sitting under trees and reading books and guys running around and doing whatever it is guys do, but these pictures are awesome. It's kind of like a modern picture book. But with less pictures and more words. And a deeper story line. 
  • Fantastic message. If you know me at all, you know that I love books that have a deep embedded message that you don't understand until you read the entire book. I like random books too, but ones with messages usually stay with me longer than those about cows and pineapples. (speaking about pineapples, don't forget to follow me on instagram @cindythepineapple) 


My Rating: 





I like the idea of this one and laughed quite a few times, but I feel like Claudia went waaaaay out of her way to get revenge on Reese. A little exaggerated, but still a fun read. 

About the Author

THE HILARIOUS...GEOFF RODKEY!!! 



Hi! I’m Geoff Rodkey. I write things for a living: mostly books, movies, and TV shows…but I’ve also written for magazines, newspapers, video games, web sites, standup comedians, and even two United States Senators. Although at least one of them would prefer that I don’t mention that.                     I’m currently working on a middle grade comedy series about 12-year-old fraternal twins who live in New York City and don’t get along. The first one, The Tapper Twins Go To War (With Each Other), comes out April 7, 2015, with three more books to follow in 2015-16: The Tapper Twins Tear Up New York, The Tapper Twins Run For President, and The Tapper Twins Don’t Have a Title For Their Fourth Book Yet. (I’ll get around to retitling that last one at some point.)     Before The Tapper Twins, I wrote the adventure-comedy-mystery-coming-of-age trilogy The Chronicles of Egg. The Egg books are about as much fun as you can have between two covers, and I’m not just saying that because I wrote them. (If you want to check them out, start at the beginning, with Deadweather and Sunrise.)
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Thanks so much for joining me for MMGM! And I hope all have a nice thanksgiving! 

ALSO! The question of the day is...What's your favorite holiday and why? Mine favorite is definitely Christmas, because then you're all excited for presents and then New Year's is right after and then Valentine's and it's just like a mob of crazy holidays stuff going on. Tell me your answer in the comments down below! 

Thanks so much for joining me for MMGM and I hope y'all have a nice week and an even nicer Thanksgiving! 

~Cindy

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Links: 

If you'd like to see more Tapper Twins, click HERE

If you'd like to learn more about the hilarious Geoff Rodkey, click HERE

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The Alchemist's Theorem (MMGM)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Hi! Long time no see, at least for MMGM! That's right, I'm back today with a review! Please welcome...The Alchemist's Theorem: Sir Duffy's Promise by Margaret Chiavetta. And I promise that the cover has a really deep, significant meaning once you read the book. Take a look at the pretty...


  • Age Recommended: 8+ This book is literally amazing and perfect for basically anyone to read. If you're a younger reader, though, I would recommend having a dictionary by your side to look up words even if you're really hooked to the book and don't wanna put it down...

  • Page Count: 213 pages

  • Publisher: Margaret R. Chiavetta; 1st edition 

  • Publication Date: November 6, 2015

How I Got Ze Book: IT WAS MY FIRST REVIEW REQUEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I DIDN'T GET THE BOOK AS EARLY AS A FEW OTHER ONES, BUT THAT WAS BECAUSE SHE WAS SIGNING IT FOR ME!!!! :-)





"This epic fantasy novel for middle grade readers has fun potion-making, faithful animal friends, and fantastical adventures. 

Mendel, an eccentric boy with an autistic nature, and the master alchemist Sir Duffy set out on a series of quests with their many weird and endearing creature companions—like Esther the snake-ish gusselsnuff, and Gooder the fat, lazy, carnivorous horse. These determined travelers must venture across the continent of Terra Copia, an exotic land where the plants and animals in one forest are completely different from the next. It is up to them to safeguard secrets and dangerous artifacts from many enemies—such as agents from the Academy of Advanced Disciplines, venomous pixies, and a mysterious pale stranger. If they fail, a terrifying curse will return to their land.

The Harry Potter audience will love the world of The Alchemist’s Theorem, and all of its magical alchemy, fantastical beasts, and epic adventure."


What other people thought about The Alchemist's Theorem: Sir Duffy's Promise...

"A rather dashing adventure from a new voice in the Middle Grade Fantasy arena that appears to have staying power.”—Insatiable Readers 

"Chiavetta avoids showing autism as either an entirely crippling illness or a special gift in and of itself. Mendel has autism and he has to learn ways of coping with the world... It becomes one aspect of who he is, not the sole defining quality of an inquisitive and inventive young man.” —Fangirlnation



5 Reasons why you should read and love The Alchemist's Theorem: Sir Duffy's Promise...


  • Lovely characters. Mendel and Sir Duffy have this really unbreakable bond, and it was amazing to see the scenes play out and how they stuck together. I was really sad when the book ended, because all of the characters were so sweet and caring and I JUST LOVE THEM TOO MUCH!!! *SOBS*
  • Teamwork lessons. No matter what crazy or terrible situation these guys get stuck in, they either find a way out of the situation or work together to overcome it. Very inspirational!
  • Amazing illustrations. (Yes, there are pictures and yes, yes they are amazing.) Lovely is just what they are! If you think that middle grade books are too 'advanced' to have pictures in them, you're completely wrong! The pictures really pull together the book and make it even more enjoyable. Not only do they make it more enjoyable, but they also help you picture the characters and scenes better. 
  • Plot twists and battles. HiYA! Pow! I feel like every page in this book is either heart-warming or really twisted. It's so sweet but also whoa-you-never-saw-that-coming like. Lovely!
  • A mixture of everything! Is it sci-fi? Is it fiction? Is it fantasy? You'll never know with this book! (Except that it says 'fantasy novel' on the cover, haha) I feel like it's different every time. There's a lot of alchemy in it, so definitely sci-fi, a lot of fictional events, but also fantasy animals, like Esther, the gusselsnuff!

I give this book and honest... 
                                                                                                         because it was amazing! 

About the Author: Margaret Chiavetta!


Want some cake? 
I was an anthropologist and spent several years working with monkeys. Scientists say you have to be objective about your animal subjects and avoid any interaction, but to me that was the best part. I got to know 300 monkeys by sight and personality. Observing and engaging with monkeys are how I learned so much about human behavior.
While I was assimilating to monkey culture in the subtropics, I began to write about my adventures. I went on to get my MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington Bothell. I took my ambition for anthropomorphism, fantasy and writing and arrived at my first book, The Alchemist’s Theorem: Sir Duffy’s Promise. There are many strange creature companies to the human protagonists and a great deal of inter-species communication. Just the way I like it.
(cue announcer voice) Wanna read an excerpt of the book? Or hear the one and only Margaret Chiavetta read it TO YOU? Click HERE and scroll down a tiny bit and you'll find the text along with the audio there! 
Thanks so much for joining me for MMGM and I hope you have a nice week! 

~Cindy :-)

Links: 

If you'd like to learn more about Margaret Chiavetta or more about her amazing book, click HERE

If you'd like to return to Shannon Messenger's website or check out more MMGM's click HERE

PS. The question of the day is...

How did you spend your Friday the thirteenth? (I almost got ran over by a car. I'm okay though!) 

Comment down below your answer!!!! Hope y'all liked this review! 



Hello, it's me

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Hello! This is my comeback post! This week, I'm not doing a review (but I am finally being able to read stuff!) but I'm here to tell you guys how much I miss blogging. PS. there might be a comeback playlist in this post...

I miss you guys. 

Very, very much. 

And I miss blogging. 

Very, very much. 

And I miss reading. 

Very, very, very much. 

Hopefully, I'll be able to get a review up next time, (#mustreadrightnow) so fingers crossed for that. The reason why I have time to post is because *drumroll* please..... I FINISHED TERM 1!!!! To be completely honest, I still have a few projects to catch up on....and a few tests on Monday...but I just wanted to let y'all know that I'm NOT DEAD. And that this blog is NOT DEAD either. It's still up and running. 

Also: I might have an updated blog look sometime soon, sometimes new changes are good. :-)

I'm gonna head back to finishing my homework and then READING, but before I leave, here's the playlist I promised! 

Pretty sure that everyone knows how this works, but just in case you don't...

-So the track title will be in the color...(PREEETTTY)

-To play that track, all you have to do is look at the track # which is the number next to the name and click on it on the link below 

-To make sure you have the right song, see if the number in the link corresponds to the number next to the song! 

COMEBACK PLAYLIST: Created by ME, CINDY!!!! 

1. Hello, by Adele (because she's amazing like that + duh, the post title)
Play Track 1
(for this one, the song doesn't start until about 1:20, so you can skip forward to hear it)

2. Air I Breathe, by Mat Kearney
Play Track 2

3. Wildest Dreams, by Taylor Swift
Play Track 3

4. Safe With Me, by Megan Nicole 
Play Track 4

5. Ours to Lose, by the Summer Forever cast
Play Track 5





Bye for now!!!!

~Cindy from Cindy Reads A Lot

Fourth Grade Rats (MMGM)

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Hi, everyone! Welcome back to MMGM, and today I have a guest post! My little sister has been BEGGING me to let her do a review on my blog. Like me, she's has thing for books, and loves reading. So, without further ado, please welcome ALENA!!! (She's 8 by the way and is in third grade. Not sure why she's reviewing a fourth grade book with rats, but that's my sister for you...) Just letting you know my (Cindy) thoughts on her review are going to be in the pink font!





Author : Jerry Spinelli (Remember STARGIRL?! He was the same person who wrote that book!)



"Last year Suds was a Third Grade Angel, but now... it's time to be a Fourth Grade Rat!
Fourth graders are tough. They aren't afraid of spiders. They say no to their moms. They push first graders off the swings. And they never, ever cry.

Suds knows that now he's in fourth grade, he's supposed to be a rat. But whenever he tries to act like one, something goes wrong. Can Suds's friend Joey teach him to toughen up... or will Suds remain a fourth grade wimp?" 

                      



MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK




1. First of all I just love the main idea of this book because it's about a boy who changes to 
good to bad to good again. (Yay!) I mean who doesn't like a book like that?

2. Second of all I like a book that you can relate to in real life that doesn't have facts it. (What she means is that she prefers reading fiction than non-fiction. I'm the same!)


And I rate the book.........








 4 and a half stars YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Ahhhhhhhhh don't you just love the color of the beautiful stars (They're gold!...) 



Lets go of the confetti




As you can see, this is her first review. It's not as amazing as mine (just kidding), but hey, first reviews are hard! Thank you so much for visiting us (ME) for MMGM and I hope you have a nice week!

Linkies: 

If you'd like to check out more of "Fourth Grade Rats" or learn about the author, Jerry Spinelli, click HERE

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Chewy Noh and the Phantasm of Winter (MMGM)

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Hiiii! I'm back! (Missed y'all very much, don't worry) I've been so busy this week with school, juggling with homework, review requests (Don't act surprised, haha), etc. Seventh grade at BLS is CRAZY!!! It feels so good to be back to blogging, trust me. I don't have to use the specified font, format, use fancy language...blogging is awesome. (I might not be able to blog as often as usual, for those of you who were wondering. But during the summer I will make up for that, I promise.) Anyway, this week I'm featuring one of the very few books I've gotten the chance to read: Chewy Noh and the Phantasm of Winter! Check out the amazing artwork for the cover...





The cover already gives me the chills. Haha, get it? Because it's snowy on the cover? Get it? Okay, we'll pretend. Here's some info about the book: 

  • Age Recommended: Perhaps 8 and up? I feel like some of the content is really creepy. I don't mean it in a negative way or anything. It's just creepy. Like it will give you the heebie jeebies or whatever they're called. 

  • Paperback: 312 pages

  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 26, 2014)

"Chewy Noh has many problems. Besides his mom becoming a mu-dang—a Korean fortune-teller possessed by his dead grandmother who can read minds—the school bully, Kent, is still on the warpath to get Chewy kicked out of school. With his secret ability to win at everything, none of this bothers him until he starts disappearing for no reason while a mysterious force attacks his fellow students, and he must scramble to figure out what’s going on before he becomes its next and final victim."

My Call On "Chewy Noh and the Phantasm of Winter": 

1. Plot. Absolutely, positively, wonderful! The writing is so well woven and the plot fits perfectly into the story and the story is just so so so so so so WONDERFUL! (Just as good as rainbows and unicorns. Ahhhhh...)

2. Structure. Like I said in the first call, it was very well woven. The book is, obviously, fiction, but it's just so amazingly well written! I'm not gonna lie. I loved it! 

3. Characters. I love how all of the character's have a weakness in this story. It shows that they are far from perfect and I think that makes us more relatable to them. For example, Clint, Chewy's best friend, has leg braces. I've never seen something so realistic in a fictional book. This is awesome! And not to mention, Chewy, the main character has the ability to win at everything. It's cool. Just not cool for long. His teacher is about to get him expelled because he aces whatever test he takes and she thinks he's cheating. These characters have serious problems. This is awesome! 

My Rating...




This book is GOLDEN! I love it I love it I love it I love it! 

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About the Author: Tim Learn! 

I have always loved books. While younger, I read voraciously the classics and experimental forms of narrative. But, more recently I've backtracked and started enjoying authors like Gaimen, Sachar, and Dicamillo. My writing tend to tackle issues of spirituality, paradigms, and the way we think. My love for reading and writing has only expanded by becoming an English teacher in Korea.

A HUGE thanks to everyone who has supported me throughout my entire time in MMGM always commented positive things to help me feel like I actually had an audience. Thank you and I'll see you next week for MMGM! ]

~Cindy

Links: 

If you would like to go back to Shannon Messenger's blog or check out more MMGM's click HERE

If you would like to learn more about Chewy Noh and his adventures or to tell Tim Learn how amazing he is, click HERE






Walk Softly, Rachel (MMGM)

Sunday, September 6, 2015

HELLOOO, everybody welcome to MMGM! Before starting the review, I wanted to wish everyone a happy Labor Day! :-) And as usual, school's starting tomorrow! New school, new start. I'm so excited! Now, that we have gotten that out of the way, I would like to introduce this week's MMGM feature: Walk Softly Rachel.





  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (September 9, 2003)

This book is on the shorter side, but it's crazy how much it can change the way you see life. Take a look at the summary from Amazon: 

"Fourteen-year-old Rachel remembers little about her brother, Jake, except that he died in a car accident when she was seven and he was seventeen. Her parents rarely talk about him, but his presence in the family can be felt and his room has been left untouched. It's by means of Jake's journal that Rachel begins to know her brother and learns that his death was a suicide. With candor and humor, Rachel filters Jake's anguished journal entries through her own experiences – her relationship with her parents and grandmother; the departure of her best friend, Adrian; and her growing involvement with the likable son of family friends who may be as troubled as Jake. In unraveling her family's secret and examining her own shortcomings, Rachel gains sympathy for her parents, realizing that they are all survivors. 

Kate Banks explores inner lives with exquisite sensitivity and precision. Sometimes funny, often sad, but painfully true, Walk Softly, Rachel is a story of love, loss, and letting go."


I definitely recommend this book to older kids (12-17, as stated on Amazon), due to the fact that the story is really depressing and includes a suicide. I still recommend it because despite the sad part, you learn a lot about how people cope with losing someone they love. I think this story is really cool because you get to read both Rachel's story and Jake's journal entries and see how similar their experiences are. 

My rating for this book is...



3.5 stars! I gave this book 3.5 stars because I wanted to learn more about Jake and read more of his journal. I can say that I am satisfied by the writing and how the book started and ended, but I just wish the author included more from Jake's journal. 

Since I'm writing this review super late, I have to cut it short and end it with the "ABOUT THE AUTHOR". 

Walk Softly Rachel was written by...

Kate Banks!

I was born and rais
ed along with my two sisters and one brother in New England (USA) where we spent a lot of time outdoors. Wildlife and the nature, the rhythm of seasons, were a big part of growing up and learning about life, and they have remained an integral part of my creative work.
My parents loved reading and shared that passion with us through bedtime stories, trips to the library, and visits to the bookstore. Our house was filled with books and I guess you could say that reading began as a habit and became a pleasure. Later books would become a refuge, somewhere to escape to after a disappointment, a place to meet new people or to have a laugh or a cry. I met a lot of people I liked in books and some that I didn’t like. I remember feeling very close to many of the characters and learning a lot from them. And as I matured, I found books helped me to sort out life. They were a safe place to become familiar with emotions—confusion, sadness, anger, grief, humiliation, happiness and love. I especially liked picture books, and the way in which words and illustrations could create a whole new world in which sometimes real and other times magical and unexpected things could happen.
I attended Wellesley College and received a Masters degree in History from Columbia University. After a stint in publishing I moved to Europe where I’ve spent the past 25 years, dividing my time between Italy and France with my husband Pierluigi and sons, Peter Anton and Max. I have written many award winning works for children—from picture books to YA novels.
I am often asked where I get ideas for my stories. I used to think that inspiration was a product of my experiences, big and small, which somehow found their way into my writing. While I still believe that to be true to some extent, my own journey has taught me that there is a larger force at work, and I am but the vehicle of an expression that belongs to something collective as well as individual.
After a life threatening medical accident in 2003 I became deeply involved with Energy Medicine Therapies and trained in Reiki, Pranic Healing, Emotional Freedom Technique, TAT, Bodytalk, and Reconnective Healing. I am also a certified hypnotherapist and member of thePast Life Regression Academy.
When I am asked what I do for a job, I am often tempted to say that I don’t work. That’s because I am lucky enough to do something I love for a living. Whether journeying through a story or navigating a therapy session my greatest joy is helping people find their way to the place where head meets heart, where all things are possible.
When I’m not writing or practicing therapy, I love playing the piano, doing pottery, puttering around outdoors, and cooking. I especially like making birthday cakes, but I hate cleaning up. And I love being with children. I love watching them and listening to them as much as I love writing for them.

(Bio from her website)

Thanks so much for visiting Cindy Reads A Lot this week for this rather short MMGM, and I hope you have a nice week! :-)

~Cindy

Here are the links: 

If you would like to learn more about Walk Softly, Rachel or Katie Banks, click HERE

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