Meg by Steve Alten

MegI love sharks. I will read anything with a shark on the cover. A book about the Megalodon, ancestor of the Great White Shark? Yes, please. I picked up and read this book around 2010. I still have the physical copy I read on my bookshelf. I didn’t remember much of it, but I remember enjoying it a lot, and I want to read the sequels, so I gave it a reread. It’s as good as I remember.

This book is a whirlwind of a read. It starts heavy and it keeps up its intensity to the end. I read huge chunks of the book in a sitting because I found it so difficult to put down. It reads like a movie, carefully plotted, with excitement at every turn. I hear this book has been made into a movie, and I kind of want to watch it, but I doubt it will be as good as this book.

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

Darkly Dreaming DexterI watched the Dexter TV series on Netflix a while back, and after discovering it was based on a book series, I sought out the books. I have three of them on my Kindle. I add books I want to my Amazon Wishlist and snag them when they drop in price, and the first three must have dropped below $3, or I wouldn’t have them. They have been on my to-read list for a while, anyway. I am just now getting around to reading one. I can’t tell you how good it feels to read something I want to read, for fun rather than for school. 

I enjoy these police-procedural books. You know the ones: a serial killer is on the loose and a cop or someone who works for the cops is trying to find out who is doing the killings and why. I think of James Patterson when I think of these books, and speaking of which, I should really read one of his books again soon. Anyway, I digress. Darkly Dreaming Dexter brings something unique to the table, but for better or worse, it is one of these books. For this book, it’s for worse. 

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About Todd

ToddIt occurred to me that in all of my years running this blog, I never introduced myself. I’ve just been this rando writing about books. Let’s fix that.

I am Todd. In the picture to the left, I am with my son and best friend, Helo. He has my nose. In all seriousness, there’s no relation. Helo is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Helo was originally my ex’s dog. He was abandoned by my ex and left with me. It’s a long story, but we just kind of ended up together. I never saw myself as a Corgi-owner, but now that I have one, they are my favorite dogs.

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Teaching Running Out of Time

Running Out of TimeI recently taught Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix to two Eighth Grade ELA classes. I have essentially read this book three times: on my own before teaching it, and aloud to two different classes. I’ve had enough. I did not like this book. It has been taught by other teachers at my school for years, and when I was given my classes, I was given the book. I made the most of it. In this entry, I’m going to tell you what I did not like about this book. However, acknowledging its merit to student, I’m going to discuss the benefits of teaching it as well.

I wanted to give a spoiler-free plot summary of this book, but it is extremely difficult to talk or write about this book without spoiling it. If spoilers concern you, stop reading here.

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Todd Reads

This books blog is now located at ToddReads.com. This is a change I have been considering for a while for many different reasons: expanding my audience and access to visitors, cost, and more. Shadyside.blog will point here for one additional year, but please make sure to change your links!

My Goodreads has been cleaned up. I am going to make a vigilant effort to regularly use it. I will list, update my progress on, and rate books I read there, but all book reviews will be here. Feel free to follow me on Goodreads if you are not already.

I told you guys that I would update you when I got my non-book web content online, and I forgot to do that when I launched my other domain last July; whoops. My other websites can be found at The Farplane (at Farplane.org). The Farplane is mostly a collection of static tributes to various characters I love from video games. There is no limit to my nerdery.

Finally, not really an update to the blog, but an update nonetheless: I am finishing college this month! I will no longer be stretching myself between working full time and going to school full time, so I should have more time for hobbies like reading for fun and updating this blog, so you should see more updates. Theoretically.

Thanks for sticking with me!