July 20th, 2010

I have to say I was a little surprised it took them almost 20 years to come out with a movie based on these books. Of course, maybe it was just good marketing on their part. I grew up on Ramona’s tales, and now have kids of my own that I think will enjoy the movie and the books both. Honestly I had almost forgot about these books until I saw the commercials for the movie. My daughter, age 7, of course wants to see the movie. I’ve given her my “Ramona the Brave” book that was given to me around her age, and she’s latched on to it. I love seeing her reading a good sized chapter book and something I know she’ll relate too for years to come. I always felt a certain connection to Ramona, probably like all little girls do at some point. Seeing the movie out now brings back childhood memories, and it makes... 

April 7th, 2010

If you couldn’t tell already, I love Stephen King books. Every time I think I’m going to read something by a different author, another Stephen King seems to land in my lap or catch my attention at the library. Bag of Bones was given to me by my dad, and so far is one of my absolute favorites. Then again, I have yet to read a King that I didn’t love. This book started out a little slow, although I still couldn’t put it down. There’s that strange hook with Stephen King books that even though you know what your reading isn’t all THAT interesting, there’s something lurking around the corner and you just KNOW it. Plus of course Stephen King’s style of writing and his quirky humor keep you wanting to read more and find out what happens. Bag of Bones is about a successful author who has just lost... 

March 30th, 2010

It’s hard keeping track of all the Goosebumps books my 9yr old has read over the years. Seems like each week he’s reading 4 or 5 of them, and it’s amazing he hasn’t run out yet. Somehow, though, he always seems to find ones he hasn’t read. This week from his stack he’s picked out The Ghost Next Door, which is about girl named Hannah who finds herself with a very interesting new neighbor – a ghost boy! He disappears and reappears with little warning, making hardly any noises. The house he lives in is all but deserted and he’s so pale. He’s got to be a ghost, right? As with all the Goosebumps books, this is an excellent read and keeps you interested clear up until the end. Comes highly recommended from 9yr old Chase! You can see more Goosebumps books as well as other books from R.L. Stine... 

March 24th, 2010

Dolores Claiborne I’m sure there aren’t many who haven’t heard of Stephen King’s Dolores Claiborne. It was a pretty big hit, being made into a movie in the late 90s, which stared Kathy Bates. I have a tendency of watching the movie before I read the book, which seems to work well for me. If you have seen the movie, you’ll know it’s about a woman (Dolores Claiborne), telling the story of how she plotted to have her husband killed, and the reasons why. While most movies from books don’t even come close to doing the book justice, this one wasn’t too bad. The series of events and specific lines even were kept in tact so you still got whole story. However, this IS a Stephen King book we’re talking about here. The book is ALWAYS worth a read. What stands out in particular about the book Dolores... 

March 19th, 2010

Another one of 9-yr-old Chase’s favorite series within a series is the Monster Blood books. It’s about just what you’d think it would be – monster blood! There’s 4 books in the original series, plus another added in the Horrorland series just recently. You can find the books as follows at Amazon: Monster Blood (Classic Goosebumps) Monster Blood II Monster Blood III Monster Blood IV Monster Blood for Breakfast! (Goosebumps HorrorLand) The five books above are sure to keep young readers that need a good spooky book interested for awhile. Even several months later, Chase can still tell you what the whole series was about and how awesome the ending was. Most Goosebumps books also have snips of the next book in the back, making them want to go out and seek the next in the series. Be watching for more of our favorite... 

March 12th, 2010

This recommendation comes from the 9-yr old boy, who absolutely loves Goosebumps books. He’s picked out a few of his favorites, which I’ll be sharing over the next few weeks in parts. Yes, he really does read THIS MUCH that we had to break up this selection of books in to parts! Night of the Living Dummy To start off, we’re going to share Chase’s love for a particular series within the Goosebumps series – Night of the Living Dummy. These he’s read a few times, and are fantastic for those just starting out reading Goosebumps. They encourage kids to keep reading on their favorite characters, then expand to a favorite author. Here’s a list of all the Night of the Living Dummy books: Night Of The Living Dummy Night of the Living Dummy II Night Of The Living Dummy III Bride of the Living Dummy Revenge... 

March 2nd, 2010

We’ve added a brand new section here on Idea Queen, born out of my and the boy’s love for good books. Within this category you’ll see some of our personal recommended reading lists for adults and kids. You can read a little more about us here, and what we like, or you can skip right to some recommended reading from Amazon Mom’s Reading Habbits No one ever accused the Idea Queen of being a girly girl. Romance novels are out, and chances are you won’t see a single one on my recommended reading lists. I much prefer stories about ghosts, horror, and all things unnatural. My all time favorite, hands down, is Stephen King. You’ll see quite a few of his books popping up on my list! Chase’s Reading Habits Chase is a 9yr old boy, with a taste for horror just like his mom. You’ll find a lot of Goosebumps...