I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).
I also review adult books.
I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)
I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.
Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
multicultural books and international books
I am not a fan of:
dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood
I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.
If you're interested in sending me a review copy of your book, I'm happy to hear from you. Email me at laney_po AT yahoo DOT com.
You should know several things before you contact me:
1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review. 2) I give all books at least fifty pages. 3) I am not promising anyone (author or publisher) a positive review in exchange for a review copy. That's not how I work. 4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews. 5) I do not guarantee that I will get to your book immediately. I've got so many books I'm trying to read and review, I can't promise to get to any one book in a given time frame. 6) Emailing me every other week to see if I've read your book won't help me get to it any faster. Though if you want to email me to check and see if it arrived safely, then that's fine!
Authors, publishers. I am interested in interviewing authors and participating in blog tours. (All I ask is that I receive a review copy of the author's latest book beforehand so the interview will be productive. If the book is part of a series, I'd like to review the whole series.) Contact me if you're interested.
Music Man is one of my favorite, favorite musicals. And easily the musical I could watch most often with never tiring of it. I love it from start to finish. It stars Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Pert Kelton, Ron Howard, and Buddy Hackett. Robert Preston IS the music man. I am not sure anyone else could have done it right, so convincingly. "Professor Harold Hill" comes to River City, Iowa, to "sell" boys bands. While a few people remain skeptical of his "credentials" throughout, most take very little convincing. Even Miss Marian becomes convinced that he's brought only good things...in part because she witnesses how his arrival transforms her brother. And that transformation from miserable-and-lost little boy grieving his father to a life-loving happy kid IS magical to witness. That scene where he sings Wells Fargo Wagon is magical. He brings life, love, and music with him, true, his intentions are less than honorable, as the song "The Sadder But Wiser Girl" reveals. But surely the film reveals his transformation as well. There are so many songs in this one. But a few of the highlights include, "76 Trombones," "Ya Got Trouble," "Marian the Librarian," "Wells Fargo Wagon" "Till There Was You," "Good Night My Someone," and "Shipoopi." The feature, "Right Here in River City: The Making of Meredith Willson's The Music Man" is well worth watching!!! It was so fascinating to discover Shirley Jones' secret!
Do you have a favorite song or favorite scene from The Music Man?
Becky from Becky's Book Reviews and Young Readers and Operation Actually Read Bible. Also Behind the Scenes. I love reading. Always have, always will. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine and mine alone. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of my friends, family, or other group affiliations. Email me at laney_poATyahooDOTcom
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