Sunday, 30 October 2011

Liesl & Po

The first book I have chosen to review is Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver.  I was drawn to this book a while back in my usual book research because of the cover.  It is brown and gold, there is a circle of people around a little girl (Liesl), and a bright light coming out of the box she has in front of her (which makes you wonder what is inside.)  It is one of those covers I want to just run my hand over. Yes, I judge books by their covers!

The story is about an orphan girl, Liesl, and her adventure to put her father to rest.  Along the way she befriends Po, Bundle, and Will and they manage to find themselves in all kinds of sticky situations.  The story deals with death and healing, but also with friendship and doing good for others.  It was a very cute story with lots of adventure, some supernatural beings, and, of course, magic.  I feel sorry to say, I do not have much else to say about this book. It was fun, it was well-written, and I enjoyed it, but it was not jump-out-of-your-seat amazing. The story flowed well, made complete sense, and has the ever expected bad guys. It was a quick read and I am glad I read it, but it is not one that I would read again. This story is for readers age 9-12.

The link above is where you can check out the book on  It gives you a book description, as well as many reviews from people who loved the book.  Make your own decision, and if you read it, let me know what you think!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Hopping on the Bandwagon...

I have been reading for as long as I can remember. It is something that has always been there, it's what I do.  I can't go to bed without having read at least a page, but my day is a pretty good one when I've been able to curl up for hours reading!  Working with books off and on for the past 4 years has increased my speed, passion, and knowledge of books. Being given an opportunity to review books for a well-known Canadian publisher for a year was an amazing adventure and something I will treasure for the rest of my life.

For The Love of Reading was created so I can continue to review books.  I am not looking to spoil the end or give anything away, but to give you my opinion of what I have read in the hopes that maybe you will want to read it too.  I plan on reviewing a wide array of books as I am open to reading anything once!  Please do not hesitate to recommend anything to me!

I would like to thank a few people before I end my first post. To my mom, thank you for instilling a love of reading in me.  Without your love and passion for books, I may not have developed my own. To Joe, for responding to a handwritten letter, in which I went on and on about how much I loved books and how I had always wanted to work in a bookstore. To Aidan, for hiring me twice. To James, for sharing my love and passion for kids books. A lot of my knowledge was gained in the time we worked together and I have always valued your opinion. To Michelle, for getting giddy and excited with me about books that we were reading or that we were waiting to be released. To Jennifer, for a fabulous year of reading and reviewing, and for finding a fellow book lover.  And finally to Aditya, for believing I can do anything.