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Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I wanted this reading experience to be a solid five stars. I had such high hopes. After all, Red Queen did win the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for Debut Goodreads Author and was nominated in the Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction category as well.

The story centers around Mare Barrow, a member of the servant class with red blood. Her prospects in this world ruled by those with silver blood and mystical X-Men powers are grim. As a Red, Mare has developed no expertise in a trade, so she is conscripted into the royal Silver's military. Her country of Norta has been engaged in an ongoing war with neighboring countries for generations. Conscription is a death sentence.

Of course, through a chance encounter, Mare is spared conscription. Instead, she finds herself in the royal Silver court discovering that she possesses special mystical powers herself. She's whisked away to hide the fact that she's a Red and the political intrigue begins.

Book Review: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

When I started looking for a book set during Christmas, I was not overly impressed with my findings. Many modern novels set at Christmas have these ridiculously convoluted romantic plot lines that don’t appeal to me. 

And then I realized that I wasn’t actually sure if I’d ever read A Christmas Carol. I’ve seen various adaptations of the story for stage and screen, but when I was in middle and high school, did I actually read the real Charles Dickens version? I had no idea. There are so many YA versions of the the classics and Scholastic always does nice adaptations, but had I ever really read this Christmas favorite as Dickens wrote it?

Book Review: A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I was all excited to read about the meeting of two of literature’s greatest characters. And the first half of this story delighted me.

Their initial interactions surrounding questions of science, the list of potential pet peeves that Holmes ticks off, and Watson’s resolve to study Holmes’ talent for figuring facts out make for an engrossing first chapter.

Book Review: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

I have owned a copy of GTD forever. The old edition. With a younger looking David Allen on the cover. And when I looked at my Reading Challenge categories I thought this book would be the perfect one to hit the category for "a book at the bottom of your to-read list." 

Yes. I have owned a copy of this book for years, but I wasn't overly enthused about reading a methodology about being more productive in a full-length non-fiction book. It just didn't nudge itself out to the edge of my shelf asking to be read like so many science-fiction books do.

Since I read The Accidental Creative earlier this year and that process was painless, I decided to stick with my plan and tackle another productivity book. And then I saw that David Allen published this newer, updated version, so I placed my library hold and waited.

The wait was worth it, for the most part.