Review: The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho

Published: 2007
By: HarperAudio
Source: EPL
Format: Audiobook
ISBN:   9780061450068



I always heard good things about Paulo Coelho and his storytelling, and I do believe that this being the first book I’ve read by this particular author I can believe what others say. This was a great book which I found very entrancing. I enjoyed the story-line and Athena, the main character, was definitely a very beautiful character to be lead by.

In The Witch of Portobello we are introduced to Athena, an adopted young woman who chose the plight of a saint but later chose the path of leading the path less traveled, or perhaps as some people might consider it nomadic or gypsy-like. In this story, we watch as Athena grows and learns and succumbs to the demise of the “witch-like” behavior people have been accusing her of.

This story is about love, and following your dreams. Athena, whom was blessed with the beautiful features that models would pay great amounts for, leads a life where she knows that she is beauty but doesn’t use it to coerce others in order to gain something. This book is written in the form  of an interview-memoir, filled with different excerpts by the characters whom were graced by Athena’s presence throughout her journey of self-realization to find “The Mother”.

4 Star


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Blogger Confessions: Student Life


Hey everybody!

I’m sitting in a Starbucks trying to get some homework done, which is proving to be difficult because I’m getting easily distracted. I should be reading another 3 chapters, but I figured I’d write a ditty and send it off into the world of WWW-literary-ness.

Life has kind of been taken over since the holidays checked out. I’ve been busy being a full-timer, plus a distance learner. Next week I’ll be setting up for the second Scholastic Book Fair of the year, I’m really excited because there are 2 things that happen during this time: 1) I get to check out some new books to purchase for the library, and 2) I get to step out of the norm of my librarian life and play retail associate. A week’s worth of awesome.

This is not a picture from my book fair :(


I haven’t been reading as much, but I’m starting to pick up more graphic novels from the public library so that I can get some reviews together. Seriously, this is tough, it makes me look forward to summer when I can start reading as much as I’d like without homework, kids, or just plain-out being an adult.

But anyhow, I guess I should go back to reading my Poli Sci textbook and get this stuff over with. Whoot whoot…


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Review: This One Summer by Jillian & Mariko Tamaki

Published: 2014
By: First Second
Source: FMPL
Format: Paperback
ISBN:   9781596437746



Every summer since she was five, Rose and her parents have been coming to Awago Beach for the summer. Her family was different and the tension was suffocating the fun the family could be having. To avoid contact with her mother Rose spends her time with her long-time summer friend, Windy. Windy is a year-or-so younger than Rose and they spend every waking minute hanging out, swimming, watching movies. But this year, things were going to be different.

I really enjoyed the art in this book and the story-line made it all the more enjoyable. Although I got lost a few times, I did catch-up quickly allowing the emotions and unease, and the subplot to just hover over and allow itself to conjure up in my mind.

This story deals with a few things: Adoption (not a lot of it, but it’s there). Teen pregnancy. Summer crushes. Coming-of-age. And so many other topics that are just too obvious that I shouldn’t tell you but insist that you pick up a copy from your local library or buy it!

Bustle: 13 Things Graphic Novel ‘This One Summer’ Gets Right About Being a Preteen


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