June Wrap Up

I had an amazing reading month and amazing buy-all-the-books month. I haven’t indulged myself on book buying sprees in a long time but with it being my birthday month I went a little crazy.

Here is what I read:

  1. IS
    Is” by Masakazu Katsura – A Manga obsessed with a girl and having perverted daydreams about her. I didn’t care for it, but I loved the majority of the illustrations. 2/5 stars
  2. Last Day On Mars
    Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson – This middle grade sci-fi is now one of my favorite sci-fi novels. I cannot wait to read book 2. 5/5 stars
  3. The Lucky One
    The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks – I liked it as a typical Nicholas Sparks novel. This may be one of my favorites of his books. I listened to half of this on audiobook 4/5 stars Candle from Little Mouse Bookshelf on Etsy
  4. FURTHERMORE
    Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi – This middle grade Alice in Wonderland retelling is amazing! I thought it was well done being different and whimsical in its own way. 5/5 Stars
  5. Nevermoor
    Nevermoor and the Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend- This middle grade fantasy blew me away. On the back it says “For fans of Harry Potter” which made me interested, but it truly was magical. An absolutely delightful novel that reminded me of the magic in the HP series and some of the whimsical agony and humor of A Series of Unfortunate events. 5/5 Stars and my favorite read this month!
  6. The Raven Boys
    The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater was so magical. I felt like I was friends with Blue’s friends. I cannot wait to read The Dream Thieves this month! 5/5 Stars
  7. She Walks in Moonlight
    The last book I finished was She Walks in Moonlight by Jennifer Silverwood. I wrote a full review of this for the author which is posted below. I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

 

7 books in one month is really good for me. I am hoping to keep this number of books per month up because I actually love getting this much accomplished. This month I am participating in the 24 in 48 read-a-thon. Please let me know of any other July Read-a-thon’s happening so I can get through my July TBR!

Oh and here is a picture of all the books I acquired this month which is abnormal. I am thankful for a wonderful reading month!

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What did you read in June that you loved? What in this giant stack should I read next?

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My Overly Ambitious June TBR

June TBR

Good Evening Bookish Peeps!

I am here today with my overly ambitious TBR for the month of June. I recently got a new shelf to house all my TBR books and I realized how many I have and how I just tend to read whats new. So from now on I am making a 10 book TBR and for that month I have to pick from those. Here is the criteria for my ten picks:

1. A Book I have started but haven’t finished: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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2. A Book for the Lectio Award List (I am on the selection committee for this award list for 4th through 8th grade books): Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson

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3. A Book Subscription Box Book: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (from the May Owlcrate Box)

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4. A Next Book in a Series or 1st Book in a Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo

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5. Book Jar Pick #1 (I put all my TBR on slips of paper in a TBR jar): I”s Volume 1 (manga) by Masakazu Katsura

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6. Book Jar Pick #2 – The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

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7. A Library Book – Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

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8. An ARC of a Book that has not been released – Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh 

Thank you so much to the publisher G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers and to Renee Ahdieh for giving me an ARC of this book at the Texas Librarian Association Conference in April!

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9. A Book That Was Give to Me (author, publisher, or gift) – Dragon’s Bane by Melody Jackson which was given to me by the author for review. Thank you Melody for gifting your beautiful book!

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10. Book of the Month Club Book – The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

(Click on the Book of the Month Club link to get a free book when you subscribe to their service, I get a free book too!)

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Leave a comment below if you have read any of these books and if you liked it or not! Tell me what is on your TBR too!

 

Netflix and Books Tag

I grabbed this tag from Mikaela over at The Well Thumbed Reader I love this idea because my whole life revolves around Netflix and books!

Recently Watched

Name the last book you finished reading!

Winter

Winter by Marissa Meyer

This book was the last in The Lunar Chronicles series and I ADORED IT SO MUCH. I cannot get enough of this series and I have been adding Lunar Chronicle inspired bookmarks, candles etc onto my Etsy wishlist ever since I finished this. This series was a brilliant fairytale retelling that takes place in the future.

RECENTLY WATCHED ON NETFLIX 

Shameless

I started binge-watching Shameless when I had the flu a couple weeks ago. This Showtime show is both a drama and a comedy which makes it SO binge-worthy. I love the dynamics of the characters in this show and it makes me feel all the feels. I am currently about halfway through Season 7.

Top Picks

Name a book/ or books that have been recommended to you based on books you have already read.

 

So for this one I couldn’t think of anything any particular person has told me to read based on something else I liked so I got on Amazon to see what my top 3 recommended books were and here they are!

The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth

The Hazelwood by Melissa Albert

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

The Fates Divide is the sequel to Carve the Mark which I own, but have not read and Legendary is a Caraval story.. which I own and have not read. BUT The Hazelwood looks SO GOOD. I actually would like to read all 3 of these.

TV SHOWS RECOMMENDED TO ME:

So all 3 of these shows have been recommended to me by friends or family based on shows I like or books I have read! I have actually watched a couple episodes of each and just haven’t finished any of them! I need summer to come so I can binge watch ALL THE THINGS.

Recently Added

Name the books you recently bought:

I recently joined the Book of the Month Club and my pick for February was The Philosopher’s Flight by tom Miller and I got a free add on so I picked A Million Junes by Emily Henry. I love that each month I get a $15.99 hard back book and I can add a 2nd and 3rd book to my box for just $9.99 each. Plus I get to pick my books so I am not stuck with something I don’t really want to read. If you are interested in joining the Book of the Month Club try it using my referral link so that you can get a FREE BOOK!

TV Shows I have recently added to my queue: 

I have watched the 1st episode of all 3 of these and so far have love all 3 shows. I just need more time for TV like I said before. C’mon summer! 

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Name 4 books that everyone knows about: 2 you have read and 2 you have no interest in reading.

So I just looked at the most popular books of all time on Goodreads and picked 2 that I had read: The Hobbit and The Book Thief and I picked two that I don’t have any desire to read at this point in my life: The Da Vinci Code and Les Miserables. Nothing about these two novels piques my interest at all so until they do I shall read books I want to!

Same as above but TV shows: 

Once again Google is my best friend. The first two most popular shows listed were Orange is the New Black and Stranger Things which I have watched and LOVED and somewhere on the list was House of Cards and Arrested Development both of which I started and DNFed because I just couldn’t get into them. ‘

Comedies

Name a funny book and show:

The comedic book I picked had to be a Rick Riordan book. Rick Riordan is the king of randomness which of course leads to laugh out loud moments of humor in his novels. I found The Hidden Oracle to be particularly funny. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is one of the most ridiculous comedies on Netflix and I LOVE IT.
Dramas

Name a dramatic character from a book and your favorite TV drama:

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TAMLIN is one of the dramatic characters that came to mind. His fits are childish AF. I could rant about other mishaps in his personality, but I could write a whole post about the relationship between Tamlin and Feyre.

Favorite TV Drama:

Greys

I have been watching this show for almost 10 years. I was a little young when it started but I caught up my senior year of high school and have continued watching this drama as it has evolved through the years. There are like 4 remaining characters from the first season and a billion new characters have filtered through the years but I really enjoy this show. Although, I kinda hate Meredith. I just love everyone else.

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Name a book or series you want to reread:

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I actually have 3 series that I have been itching to reread including ACOTAR. The other 2 I want to reread is Hunger Games and Red Queen. I read ACOTAR really fast last summer so I feel like I didn’t absorb everything like I should have. I read The Hunger Games trilogy in 3 days when I was 20 years old which was almost 7 years ago (HOLY COW). Even though I didn’t rush through Red Queen, with the finale coming out this year I really just want to reread it.

Shows that were so Good I had to Rewatch:

I have rewatched Friends like a billion times and have been since 1999. Parks and Rec is one of those shows I always have on in the background while I am working. It is either that or The Office. I am currently in my first full rewatch of Supernatural but I love this show so much and there is so much of it.

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Name an Action Packed Book:

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is completely full of action – murders, dragons, wars, battles, crazy fights, swords, dragons, sex, dragons. DID I SAY DRAGONS YET? I am also going to use this for my TV show that is action packed even though it isn’t technically on Netflix.

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Name some new releases/soon to be releases that you are excited about:

I did end up pre ordering these two books and I have never Pre-ordered anything EVER. So I am really excited about these two. I need more ACOTAR and I cannot wait to see how the Red Queen series ends.

Thanks for sticking through this post with me. I had so much fun! If you are reading this, you are now tagged! Have fun 🙂

My January Book Challenge

So this year I am working on a number of challenges all at once.

I am trying to complete the Popsugar challenge for 2018 which can be found here.

I am also working on the A to Z challenge posted by a Goodreads group.

And for both lists I am reading from my current TBR pile which contains over 300 books. YIKES. This is part of #TheUnreadShelfProject2018 which you can find out more about on instagram.

There are also 20 bluebonnet nominees that I need to read found here. And my group of librarians will be picking 20 books for nominees for the Lectio Awards sometime soon. So I will need to read all 40 of those.

So I am breaking things down month-by-month and trying to read as many books as possible and cross referencing them to as many challenges as possible. This month, on instagram, @FoxandWit posted a fun January challenge with prizes if you finish.

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On the first of this month I finished Cruel Crown which is the novella Prequel to The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. That was before I had found this challenge and it didn’t really count towards anything. I picked the last challenge to complete first and finished This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab next. You can read my review here. 

This Savage Song

Next, I decided to just go ahead and make my list so I knew exactly what I was going to read.

I have been buddy reading the Lunar Chronicles with a group of bookstagrammers and have been loving it. The first half of this month they were reading Cress so I decided to read that for “A Retelling of a Fairy Tale or Legend You’ve Never Read. I had to order that one, so while I waited I picked up Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld for “A Steampunk Fantasy”.

Currently, I am about halfway through Cress so I still have three more categories and books which means I am about to start binge reading.

A Book with Snow in the Title: Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgewick 

A Book Published by an Independent Author: James Potter and the Hall of Elders’ Crossing by G. Norman Lippert

A Book that Sounds Interesting but has an Ugly Cover: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan

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I also need to read one middle grade novel for school this month and I started back to classes. I have 13 more days to read. Do you think I can do it?

Have you read any of the books I mentioned above?

Next month I am participating in Read-a-thin February hosted by the lovely Jessica. You can find information on her Youtube Channel here.

I have also been asked to join a Texas Writer’s Blog Group so look for information on that soon!

 

Why Having a Bookish Penpal is the best

I’m baaackkkk! I have been super busy in my store lately. I have filled over  200 orders since the beginning of my store plus rep packages and freebies I have sent as giveaway awards and what not. With my classes this summer I got so busy and just had no time for anything else.

Tonight, I had a lightbulb go off about something I should write about though!

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So here are the reasons Why Having a Bookish Penpal is the Best 

  1. SNAIL MAIL
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    Who doesn’t like to get snail mail? I LOVE it. Getting the mail is something I look forward to every single time I leave work and am driving home. I love stamps, stationary, and handwritten letters. I also collect postcards. Also I order lots of stuff and love getting packages.
  2. TALKING ABOUT BOOKS
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    I mean no one else but a fellow book lover is going to understand you love of sniffing books, an ever growing TBR pile, and the fact that you refer to yourself as a book dragon. We have our blogs and instagrams and we occasionally chat about books with our followers, but having a pen pal gives you the platform to write pages about your passion of reading.
  3. SENDING BOOKISH GOODIES
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    Now I am not talking about receiving bookish goodies, I am talking about sending them. I love picking out presents for people. In fact I start shopping for Christmas in October because I love gift giving so much. The thought of getting to pick out a new bookmark for a friend who loves Jon Snow as much as I do would be super fun for me.
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  4. FRIENDSHIP
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    I don’t know about y’all but the best part of having Bookstagram or a blog is for the friendships you develop along the way with your followers. Being someones penpal is an even more special bond to strengthen your internet friendship.

 

If you are interested in a bookish penpal let me know!! You can message me here or on my Instagram: @erinthebookdragon.

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

The Broke and the Bookish are taking a break until August 15th for TTT until August 15th so I thought I would take this time to do some of their old prompts that I missed out on.

Summer is my favorite time of year because no school and little or no work so naturally  I get a lot of reading done. My literature class this summer is taking up all my reading time which is not a bad thing but I am definitely not working on my TBR pile like I normally would. I also haven’t been traveling so no car or airplane time to binge read during. 

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So here are the top ten books on my summer TBR list that will more than likely remain on my TBR into the fall.

  1. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
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    I absolutely adored Between Shades of Grey by Sepetys so I will no doubt love this book. And that cover is just so pretty.
  2. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
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    Cait at PaperFury just raves about all Victoria Schwab books and this one really intrigues me because I played the violin for 9 years. Also how gorgeous is this cover??
  3. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
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    Okay, I admit. This was a total and complete cover buy. (I HAVE NO SELF CONTROL)
  4. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
    20170409_160551This is a book about two worlds colliding, friendship, magic, and the word ‘blades’ is mentioned more than once in the blurb. What book isn’t good where ‘blades’ is a word in the blurb? (YAS WOMEN WIELDING BLADES)
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    20170507_141606I almost always tackle a classic or two during the summer. This is one of those books I am deeply ashamed I have not read yet.
  6. Cinder by Melissa Meyer
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    I have had so many recommendations for this book and have not picked it up yet. I want to read it so bad. CURSE YOU MASTER’S CLASSES
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  7. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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    This duo has also come highly recommended to me and seems right up my alley with the crime and outcasts. Also, my reps are begging me for Six of Crows bookmarks so I need to get on that.
  8. The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
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    I absolutely loved the first book in the series. It was a laugh out loud kind of funny. I did get this around the time it came out but have yet to read it…
  9. My Lady Jane by Multiple Authors
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    My Lady Jane was recommended by one of my other favorite bloggers, Miss Leslie Ann. I originally followed her because of her classroom blog and discovered how much I adored her as a human being and I follow her lifestyle blog and instagram as well.
  10. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
    20170528_133137Actually this whole picture is pretty much in my TBR pile. However, I love these tortured love stories and “not all is as it seems” plots.

 

What is on your summer TBR list?

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme brought to you by the lovely blog The Broke and the Bookish 

 

This week their Top Ten is *drumroll please*

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THE TOP TEN SERIES YOU HAVE BEEN MEANING TO START BUT HAVEN’T

  1. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
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    Okay I read most of The Mortal Instruments but after City of Glass the series started falling short for me, so I never read book 6, and then I never picked up this series. Even though I have heard Book 6 is good and this series is better. I guess I got Cassandra Clare burn out. Someday Clockwork Angel, someday.
  2. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
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    I have heard nothing but amazing things about this series. I actually have the first 2 books that I got with one of my classroom Scholastic orders. I tend to purchase books for myself from their YA catalog when my orders are close to being to the next reward level. This is actually quite dangerous for me as then I get over excited and tend to push to the next next level and spend over $50 on books that I never intended to spend. I never did actually read them though.
  3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
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    I am about an hour away from finishing ACOWAR and Throne of Glass is coming in the mail tomorrow, so tomorrow I will most likely start this series. I cannot get enough of Sarah J. Maas. I know I am going to be in a serious book slump after I am done with this series and have no more Sarah J. Maas books to read.
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  4. Legend Series by Marie Lu
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    I don’t know why I haven’t read this. They have amazing reviews, good covers, an interesting plot blurb. I have seen them so many times in the store. I have picked Legend up and then returned it to the shelf when I see something I want more. Maybe one day.
  5. Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan
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    Okay. HELLO. This is a lot of books. with a lot of pages. 15 books with nearly 12,000 pages. That is a large commitment. Plus there are companion books and novella e-books. It’s a lot. I am scared of these books TBH.
  6. Blue Blood Series by Melissa de la Cruz
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    I have all of this series in beautiful hardback that I got for $1 a book at HPB 2 years ago. Except for book 1. That’s why I haven’t read these.
  7. The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
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    I can’t find the first book in a store. Plain and simple as that. I know I could order off Amazon but I have priorities on Amazon. I have a whole wishlist of priorities. Someday maybe this will be one of them. I will die next to a pile of books.
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  8. The Book of Ember Series
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    This series of books has made me a hypocrite on many occasion because I actually have recommended this series to a lot of students without actually having read a single one of these books. I am all, “Oh yeah this series is GREAT. You would love this. Here check it out.” Actually personally I have no idea how good they are. I have only ever read reviews.
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  9. The Unbecoming of Maya Dyer Series
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    I keep hearing mixed things about this trilogy which is why I haven’t read it. From what I know book 1 is great and the rest sucks. So I haven’t bought it.
  10. DiscWorld By Terry Prachett
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    This is another huge undertaking like Wheel of Time. There are 41 full length books and several short stories. Plus the order in which to read these is so confusing that there are MULTIPLE charts and websites dedicated online to tell you how to read these. Just. What?

 

IN OTHER NEWS:

My DSLR camera came in. I haven’t figured it all out but I have taken some pics on it. My favorites are the portraits of my dog.

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ISN’T HE JUST BEAUTIFUL. My little kitty floofball won’t let me take his picture. Typical cat.

Children’s Lit Week One

I am taking a children’s lit course this summer for my Master’s in Library Science. I have to read three books each week and review them for the course. I thought I might review them on here as well with my MORE honest opinions because my reviews for my class are all uplifting when in reality most kids I know would not appreciate the books like adults do.

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Okay so for this week I had to read a Classic (list was given), a book by Mo Willems, and a Caldecott Medal Winner or Nominee.

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I already had Kitten’s First Full Moon from an animal unit I did at the beginning of last year in my 3rd grade class. I also had Pigeon Finds a Hotdog but I have no earthly idea why. I had to order Millions of Cats as it was the only book on the Classics list that I don’t remember reading. Knowing my mother though I probably did read this as a kid. I have lots of fond memories of being in the library as a child and looking through the shelves and shelves of picture books. My mom always brought this giant pink beach bag with us to the library and between her and my sister and I we would fill the bag up every week. I wish that when I was a kid I had tracking apps like Goodreads so I could know just how many books I have read in my lifetime.

My favorite of the three was The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog. Mo Willems is a genius. If you are a parent of small children you should go check out his books. All of them. Right now. Go. Run. Seriously.  I can’t imagine better books for reluctant readers. Pigeon is 100% hilarious. The drawings make it that much better. Mo Willems definitely has the facial expressions down.

Kitten’s First Full Moon is a cute book. There are some repetitive phrases for the younger audience. Repetition is essential for beginner readers. The story of the kitten chasing the moon is innocent and sweet. The pictures are all black and white but they are paneled on every other page sort of like a graphic book which makes them more interesting.

Millions of Cats is one of those more ridiculous classic books. I can imagine an older audience found this book hysterical. Classics are classics for a reason and I appreciate the story and the thought behind it but as a kid I would have never picked this book up without an adult making it more enticing. It was originally published in 1928 so the pictures lack any color (hello, it was impossible to mass produce in color in 1928).

What are your favorite picture books?

 

 

 

 

Week in Review

This is a couple days late and I haven’t updated my Instagram this week. I am failing in my promise to myself to work on this stuff! I think I put this particular  post off because I only finished one book this week.

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Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

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This is the story of Emi and her best friend Charlotte. These two girls are fresh out of high school, and deep into the film making process in Hollywood. Emi designs the sets for movies.  While extremely talented and artistic, Emi is not good at relationships, especially with her on-again, off-again girlfriend. Emi is left the keys to her brothers apartment for the summer to live with Charlotte on the promise that they will use it to do something amazing. Neither girl knows what they are going to do until they find a mysterious letter from an Estate Sale.

While the story was interesting, this wasn’t one of my favorites. I don’t really care about how films are created which is a huge secondary part of this story. I also found the plot overly predictable.

3 out of 5 stars

 

Coming Soon… 

So I am currently reading

Three Dark Crowns and Wuthering Heights 

I am also taking Children’s Literature for my library science class this summer so next week expect a post on Picture Books!

Five on Friday Part 2 (On Saturday)

Okay, I was distracted yesterday because this is my birthday weekend!

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My sister is in town for the weekend so I was cleaning and such.

Once again, in no particular order.

  1. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
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    This book is told from the perspective of Maddy, who is a who is sick with SCID. She watches the world pass before her outside her window which is how she meets Olly, the boy who moves in next door. While she is stuck inside her home at all times Olly gives her a sense of freedom and a friendship, something she has never had outside her mom and her nurse, Carla. This one definitely has a twist ending and is a page turner!
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    20170520_142415Jane Eyre. Another classic and my favorite one. I love the story of Jane and Mr. Rochester. I have read this book a couple times and each time at a different time in my life. Since the book covers a wide span of Jane’s time periods, something new always speaks to me when I read it.
  3. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
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    This is the tragic story of Frank McCourt’s childhood. This is a must. read. in my book for everyone. Frank was born to two Irish immigrants during the depression era. His mother had a hard time feeding him and his father hardly worked because he was an alcoholic. His writing is beautiful and his childhood horrific. Unfortunately his other books Tis’ and Teacher Man do not have the same grabbing storytelling.
  4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
    20170528_131521So, my boyfriend delivers food as some part-time work. Sometimes, when I haven’t seen him in awhile, I will grab a book and travel around town with him when he delivers. This is how I read An Ember in the Ashes. I was actually glad when he would have to stand in line for 30 minutes to get the food or when we pulled up to a confusing apartment complex so I would have more uninterrupted reading time. This fantasy is about a slave named Laia and a soldier named Elias, neither of whom have any freedom – until they meet each other and plot a way out of their current lives.
  5. This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl
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    This is Esther Earl’s memoir. Esther was a teenager who was dying of cancer and she wrote in various journals, on blogs, and in IM chat rooms with her friends. She loved reading and Harry Potter fandom. She loved her family and they are the ones who took the pieces of her life she had written about, filled in the blanks, and put together this book that is also full of photos. I cried, I laughed, but most of all I felt like I knew Esther when I had finished reading this book.Another of my favorites! Happy Reading 🙂