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I've Been Tagged!

I was tagged by The Book Vault's Dominique. Here are my 3 New Year's Resolution's in no particular order:

1. Stop rereading Harry Potter for a while. I have read them so much, I'm afraid that they will stop being magical and wonderful and filled with so many memories - so I am going to STAY AWAY even as I get "Potter Fever" every few months or so. There are plenty other, good books to read in the meantime.

2. Continue to ignore the idea that a Bibliophile can't also be a TV Addict, as the media and public as a whole seems to embrace. Either I am an exception to that rule, or there are many other hidden TV Addicts among our many book review blogs. But I refuse to hide it! My name is MrsRonWeasley and I am a TV Addict.

3. Stop wishing I hadn't watched "X-Men 3: The Last Stand" and forget the whole, tragic thing. As an isanely obsessed fan of the first two movies, I nearly fainted at the complete mess of a movie the last one was. Everyone was dif…

Counter Clockwise

Jason Cockcroft’s first novel is a mind-bender, to say the least.

One year ago, Nathan’s mother died in an accident, leaving him to be raised by his constantly worrying father, Henry. Though he loves his dad, he isn’t the most reliable. He shows up late, forgets things, and is always distracted. Neither of them has fully gotten over Nathan’s mother’s death.

But when, somehow, Henry goes back in time to try desperately to stop Nathan’s mother from ever dying, Nathan is left alone – that is, except for the gigantic beefeater (British slang for a guard of decorative purposes) named Bartleby who seems to know far more than he lets on but does tell Nathan one thing explicitly – Nathan’s father will destroy the world by doing what he’s doing – and Nathan has to stop him. Nathan has to make sure his mother is not saved.

There begins a luxuriously strange and bizarre story. I say both things in a good way, believe me. Jason Cockcroft wrote a book that makes you feel a little off-kilter, a little…

After the Train

Peter Leibig is not much different from us, despite living in post-WWII Germany, in Gloria Whelan's new historical fiction novel coming out in February.

He's bored to death in school, thinks his teacher is a bit long-winded, and is starting to take notice of a certain girl. But amongst his fun with his friends and going to movies, the tensions of the social climate can't help but show its face here and there. There is the heavily guarded wall that separates them from communist East Germany, the Jews that are slowly moving back to the area, the area they used to call home, and the people who still don't want them there.

But it's not until Peter uncovers a secret that he truly begins to take notice. A secret no one was ever supposed to find out, most especially him.

After the Train is a short book (about 160 pages) but surprisingly suspenseful for its lack of length. It's a quiet, yet tense, character study and history lesson all in one. I don't say "histor…