Thursday, August 21, 2014

Back to School Book Blogger Challenge: Day 4

Back to School Book Blogger Challenge
Want to join in the fun? Go over to Parajunkee and link up!

Todays question/activity:

If you are a parent, or have advise for parents… What do you do (or think would work) to foster the love of reading to your kids?

As a mom I try to find about things my kids are already interested in. This is always easy with Nonfiction books with my little ones. For instance my three girls are obsessed with all things bugs, and/or animals so these are what I get for them:

Animal Grossapedia10735601National Geographic Kids 125 True Stories of Amazing Animals: Inspiring Tales of Animal Friendship & Four-Legged Heroes, Plus Crazy Animal Antics

Fiction books are a bit harder with my kids for some reason. I try to keep them interested by doing different voices for each character, eating snacks that the characters eat in the book, and also if there is a movie version we always celebrate finishing a book with movie night.


This summer we read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Yes, this book is exciting, but when you are dealing with a 5, 7, and 9 year old I have to bring out a few surprises to keep everyone paying attention. So when Harry and Ron got chocolate frogs with a wizard card my kids got the same.


I’m excited to see what others do to encourage reading!
Happy hopping

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to School Book Blogger Challenge: Day 3

Back to School Book Blogger Challenge
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Todays question/activity:
Share your most memorable school memory.

When I was in 7th grade I had the most amazing English teacher in the world. I WAS NOT a reader at that point in my life, but when we studied The Hobbit he made that book come alive to me. This man would read The Hobbit to us and do all the voices for the different characters. I got so into it I went out and used all my babysitting money on the collectors edition of The Hobbit.

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I have now re-read The Hobbit many times. I never forgot that English class or the teacher (Who is no longer a teacher, but an actual ghost hunter.) that opened the world of fantasy books up to me. I still have the map that was handed out with the runic we all had to learn.

I am so excited to read everyone else's memories!
Happy hopping

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back to School Book Blogger Challenge: Day 2

Back to School Book Blogger Challenge
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Todays question/activity:

If you were/are an English Teacher, share with us your dream lesson plan as far as reading assignments.

So, the more I think about it the more I am thinking you want like a list of books I would assign if I were a teacher (I’m guessing Harry Potter is going to be a big answer in that case, as it should be;)), however I’m going to go a different rout.

When I was in school I had an English teacher who made us act out a scene from whatever book we where studying at the time, not only that, we had to make the situation fit into our everyday lives. Now being a shy girl I did have a hard time being up in front of the class, but at the same time the books I studied in that class are still some of my favorites! I think it’s because I had to take the time to truly comprehend the story to turn it around into something I could act out in front of my classmates. If I where to ever become a teacher I would assign my students to do something along those lines.

Happy hopping

Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Crown
Published: June 5, 2012
Source: My shelf

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

Gone Girl book trailer


I don’t quite know how to feel about Gone Girl.  It left me feeling a little confused, a little lost. 

There was so much good in Gone Girl.  I really enjoyed the first part of the book.  I wasn’t sure about Nick…I liked him and I didn’t at the same time.  He was a little shady, but likeable, but I just didn’t trust him.  I liked that Flynn didn’t just lay it all out there, that there was a lot of unknowns.  I also really liked the diary entries from Amy’s POV.  I feel that they gave major insight into things. 

And then there’s the woodshed.  And everything that happens after it.  And it’s, well, strange.  Things take a very, incredibly unusual path.  Not paranormal or sci-fi.  There’s no time travel, or portals to other worlds.  But either of those plotlines would have been more relatable than what Flynn wrote. I just don’t get it.  I still, days later, haven’t wrapped my mind around it.

And there’s no closure.  At all. 

I ranted about this book for days after completing it.  And, honestly, I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about it.

rating 3 of 5

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Gone Girl movie news!

Gone Girl will be coming to theaters October 3 2014.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Back to School Book Blogger Challenge: Day 1

Back to School Book Blogger Challenge
Todays question/activity:
It’s time to stand up in front of the class and share with us a little bit about you!

Hi y’all! I’m Rebecca. I live in the upstate of South Carolina. I started Bending the Spine back in April of 2011 and still enjoy working on it with my husband, Richie, who also loves reading and writing reviews.

That’s us being lovey-dovey.

As much as I love escaping into the world of whatever book I am reading I love my real life just as much, if not more. I am a stay at home mom to three fun little girls.

Yep, those are my favorite people in the world. They make my life exciting.

When I’m not blogging, reading, being an awesome wifeWinking smile or mommy-ing, I am probably feeding my unhealthy obsession with all things makeup and nail polish. In fact, if I could go back to when I started blogging I would name my blog Polished Pages. That way I could combine two of my loves.

Yeah, I’m just a little in love with doing my nails.

So, that is just a little about me. I am so excited to hop through and read about everyone else!
Happy hopping,