Book Review: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

InkheartTitle: Inkheart
Author: Cornelia Funke
Series: Inkworld #1
Published: September 23, 2003
Genres: Fiction > Children’s > Fantasy, Adventure
My Rating: ★★★★★
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12-year-old Meggie lives with her father, Mortimer, a bookbinder. Mo never reads stories aloud to Meggie because he has a special gift: when he reads a book aloud, the characters come out of the book and into the real world. One night, when Meggie was a small child, Mortimer was reading aloud from a book named Inkheart when an evil villain named Capricorn, his aide Basta, and a fire-eater named Dustfinger escape from the book and into their living room. At the same time, Mo’s wife Resa gets trapped within the book. Twelve years later, Capricorn is on a hunt to find and destroy all copies of Inkheart and use Mo’s abilities to gain more power for himself in the real world. Meggie discovers her father’s secret and, along with the help of Dustfinger and Meggie’s eccentric aunt Elinor, fights to free her father and destroy Capricorn.

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Ten Ways to Save Money

Hello, everyone and Happy Sunday!

Due to the nature of my job, I don’t get paid time-off. This is particularly unfortunate around the holidays, as you can imagine. Now that the holidays are over and money is a bit tight, I’ve been thinking a lot about ways that we can save our money and maximize its spending potential. So, without further ado, I’ve compiled 10 ways that can help you to save money.

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Book Review: Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal FarmTitle: Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
Series: None
Published: August 17, 1945
Genres: Fiction > Literary Fiction > Fantasy, Satire
My Rating: ★★★★★
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As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half-century ago, this remarkable allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals, and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published. As we witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, we begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization; and in our most charismatic leaders, the souls of our cruelest oppressors.

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Book Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Title: The Lightning ThiefPercy Jackson
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
Publication Date: March 1, 2006
Genres: Fiction > Children’s > Fantasy, Adventure
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
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Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he goes to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

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New Year’s Goals for 2018

Happy New Year, everyone! It’s that time of year again. Everyone is realizing all that they want to do with their lives and all that they haven’t done in the previous year. I’ve never been one to really set goals or resolutions because I feel like doing so adds so much pressure. But this year, I’m giving myself permission to add or subtract from my goals as time goes by, but I still think that recording them now is a good idea because I can go back in December and see how many of these goals I kept up with and how I changed.

So without further ado, here are my 2018 goals and resolutions:

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