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I'm A Book Shark

Freelance copyeditor to all amazing self-published and independent authors. Check out my editing page for more information. <3 Mickey is the blogger behind I’m A Book Shark. She really wishes there was a better explanation for why she’s a book shark. A new twitter name was needed, and it had to be about her favorite hobby: reading! For whatever reason, sharks also came to mind, and a book shark was born. Besides reading, Mickey is a natural reddish-headed, late-twenties, tattooed, entertainment-of-all-kinds lover, wife of husband, mother of reptiles (and a cat and two puppies, all spoiled), student, employee, boss, and (mostly) raw vegan. Oh yeah, and she likes to blog. www.imabookshark.com

Currently reading

The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World
Dalai Lama XIV, Howard C. Cutler
Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves
Joseph Bruchac, Kersten Hamilton, Sara Zarr, Mitali Perkins, Mari Mancusi, Stasia Ward Kehoe, Ellen Hopkins, Dave Roman, Don Tate, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Caridad Ferrer, Jessica Lee Anderson, Melissa Walker, Carrie Jones, Charles Benoit, Jo Whittemore, Mariko Tamaki, Jenn
Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares: How to Avoid Unplanned and Unwanted Grammar Errors
Jenny Baranick
Budget Savvy Diva's Guide to Slashing Your Grocery Bill by 50% or More
Sara Lundberg
The Edge of Never
J.A. Redmerski
Camouflaged
Selena Laurence
13 Little Blue Envelopes - Maureen Johnson This is more like 3.5 stars. Not quite 4 though. The descriptions were great, and the lesson learned was important, but it wasn't the best book I've read lately.

Ginny's aunt was always a little flighty. She was here and there, but always there for Ginny. That is until her aunt ran off and never came home. After some time, Ginny's family finds out that her aunt was very sick and died after a trip to Europe. Soon Ginny gets a package in the mail with 13 envelopes from her aunt that send her on an unforgettable journey across Europe.

What I liked: I really enjoyed the descriptions of European countries and cities. I felt like I was really there with Ginny. She met some very different people, and I appreciated no one really being normal or plain. Everyone had their quirks. It made for interesting experiences and unpredictable events. I also liked that, even though Ginny thinks she's shy and invisible, she does some very brave things while trying to create a new identity in Europe. She learns some surprising details about her aunt's life, and she works through everything with her head high (even in her unwashed, wet clothes).

What I didn't like: Why didn't Ginny's mom have a name? And who lets their teenage daughter run to Europe alone?! Sounds a little scary to me, but Ginny went and learned some valuable lessons I suppose.