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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Shannon's Review - The Canterville Ghost By Oscar Wilde




Title: The Canterville Ghost
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Author: Oscar Wilde
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Ghosts
Publisher: Walker Books
Received: Bought
Release Date: May 1887
Pages: 126
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Shannon’s Thoughts:
An overly confident and not easily scared American family moves into a haunted British castle. The British caretakers know to fear the ghost that has caused as much chaos in life as he does death.  The American children do not fear the nasty spirit that is running out of scare tactics to frighten the family. The American’s daughter finds a connection to the ghost that may bring him peace.

I read this after I read The Picture Of Dorian Grey and I have never seen the movies based on this short story so my mind had no real thoughts on the story except that I knew it was supposed to be humorous.  Again the author, Oscar Wilde, bring description like an artist brings paint to a canvas. The details are lovely and even in slow parts there is beauty in them

Something is missing in this compared to TPODG.  I knew this was supposed to be funny and thought there would be some laugh out loud moments. For me there wasn’t I could not fully connect maybe because this story was a commentary on British nobility.  I just felt more a disconnect reading TCG then I did TPODG.  

There are very few classic authors I like. Even though I thought The Canterville Ghost was okay a not great I will still try to read more Oscar Wilde at this point.  His writing is a treasure.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Celebrate Every Day With Books 6/11/2018 - 6/17/2018

Celebrate Every Day With Books 6/11/2018 - 6/17/2018

It seems like everyday has some new theme to celebrate so I thought it might be fun to see what kind of interesting books I can find  (new, old, or coming soon) for an everyday holiday. In fact, most days have more than one holiday!

Just so you know I have not read most of these but the ones I pick seem the most interesting.  You can probably find tons more books for each holiday but I am only going to pick two books for every holiday.

Let me know what you think.  Do any of them seem interesting to you? Is there another book you think would be a better choice?


MONDAY JUNE 11TH 2018

Making Life Beautiful Day

Title: Unshattered by Carol J. Decker with Stacey L. Nash
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Biography
What It Is About?:  More than a story of triumph over tragedy, the book offers inspiring life-lessons and insights which can help readers to do more than endure unimaginable pain and darkness in their own lives. This book can give them the perspective and strength to pick up the pieces of their own tragedies and choose a life of healing, purpose, and joy--a beautiful life.
Available: IN STORES NOW


Title: The Little Book Of Life Hacks by Yumi Sakugawa
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self Help,
What It Is About?: The Little Book of Life Hacks offers a wide range of practical advice and fun tips for everything from how to:

- Remove dark circles from under your eyes
- Make cold brew iced coffee at home
- Throw the perfect apartment party on a budget
- Work out at home without a gym membership
- Take the perfect afternoon power nap...and more!

Available: IN STORES NOW!

TUESDAY JUNE 12TH 2018

World Pet Memorial Day

Title: When Your Pet Dies by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph. D.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self Help, Grieving
What It Is About?: Affirming a pet owner's struggle with grief when his or her pet dies, this book helps mourners understand why their feelings are so strong and help them overcome the loss. Included are practical suggestions for mourning and ideas for remembering and memorializing one's pet.  
Available: IN STORES NOW!

Title: Remembering My Pet by Nechama Liss-Levinson Ph.D. and Rev. Molly Phinney Baskette, MDiv
Genre: Self Help, Children's, Workbook, Grieving
What It Is About?: Honest, caring words and hands-on activities to help kids accept and grow through the loss of a beloved pet.
Available: IN STORES NOW

WEDNESDAY JUNE 13TH 2018

Sewing Machine Day

Genre: Non-Fiction, Hobbies, Sewing
What It Is About?: For everyone who dreams of sewing but suffers from the common fear of how to use the sewing machine, your worries are over! Thanks to this step-by-step method, illustrated with nearly 200 photos and drawings, you'll painlessly discover all the basic techniques, and even how to sew on a button.
Available:  IN STORES NOW!

Title: The Flying Sewing Machine by Nancy Zieman(illustrated by Philip Ashby)
Genre: Fiction, Children, Picture book
What It Is About?: This delightful children's picture book, written by Nancy Zieman of PBS's Sewing with Nancy, takes kids on a fun and exciting adventure to a magical land where everyone sews.
Available: IN STORES NOW!

THURSDAY JUNE 14TH 2018

Family History Day

Genre: Non-Fiction, Reference, Hobbies, Genealogy
What It Is About?: This unusual book stands out in a crowded field. It provides practical, expert, insider-knowledge. It includes a full guide to current websites. It offers many tips, short-cuts and helps to access the evidence you need. And to understandings of what this means.
Available: IN STORES NOW

Title: Unofficial Guide To Ancestry.Com by Nancy Hendrickson
Genre: Non-Fiction, Reference, Hobbies, Genealogy
What It Is About?: Discover the secrets to Ancestry.com success! This book will help you get the most out of your Ancestry.com subscription by showing you how to take advantage of what the world's biggest genealogy website has to offer--and how to find answers to your family tree questions within its billions of records and a massive network of family trees.
Available: IN STORES NOW

FRIDAY JUNE 15TH 2018

Smile Power Day

Title: Happiness by Katie Oman
Genre: Self-Help, Personal Growth, Happiness
What It Is About?: If you sometimes feel as though the weight of the world is pressing down on you like a ten-tonne weight. Or the constant stress, anxiety, and fear have become too much to cope with and you've lost your sparkle, then Happiness: Make Your Soul Smile is set to lift you right back up.
Available: IN STORES NOW

Title: Sweet Baby Smiles by Emma Dodd
Genre: Fiction, Board Book, Toddler
What It Is About?: Cuddle up with your child and share this sweet, charming book with peep through shapes for kids to explore. A sweet morning smile starts the day—and Baby finds lots more to smile about in this perfect naptime, bedtime, or anytime book.
Available: IN STORES NOW


SATURDAY JUNE 16TH 2018

Wish Fulfillment Day

Title: The Wishing Well Spell by Holly Anna(illustrated by Genevieve Santos)
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Graphic Novel, Fantasy
What It Is About?: Have you ever wished a wish? Do you remember what you wished for? Wait, don’t tell me, because then your wish might not come true. My made a wish once. They threw a coin down a well, but it never came true. At least not until my totally true imaginary friend Posey came along with a special wishing-well spell. And guess what? It wasn’t only their wish that came true. Almost everyone in town had cast wishes down that well. Sounds great, right? Well, maybe not. Let’s just say be careful what you wish for because with Posey around, it might just come true.
Available: IN STORES NOW

Title: Secondhand Wishes by Anna Staniszewski
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Fantasy
What It Is About?: Lexi has to keep the universe in balance. If she does enough good things, like being on time, then the bad things, like her little brother needing more surgery, won't happen. It doesn't always work, but she has to keep trying. Just in case. On an extra bad day, Lexi finds a bag of four wishing stones in the antique shop in town and wishes that her BFF Cassa and the new girl would stop talking to each other. That night, Cassa calls Lexi, crying over the end of her friendship with Marina. The wishes work!
Available: JANUARY 9TH 2019


SUNDAY JUNE 17TH 2018

Father’s Day

Title: Being A Dad Is Weird by Ben Falcone
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Biography
What It Is About?: A funny and intimate look at fatherhood from the actor and writer/director of The Boss and Tammy that combines stories about his own larger-than-life dad and how his experiences raising two daughters with his wife, Melissa McCarthy, who also penned the Foreword, are shaped by his own childhood.
Available: IN STORES NOW

Title: Daddies Do by Lezlie Evans (illustrated by Elisa Ferro)
Genre:  Fiction, Picture Book, Children’s
What It Is About?: From a tiny mouse to a lion cub, adorable animal children explain why daddies are the BEST!
Available: IN STORES NOW

Monday, June 4, 2018

Celebrate Every Day With Books 6/4/2018 - 6/10/2018

Celebrate Every Day With Books 6/4/2018 - 6/10/2018

It seems like everyday has some new theme to celebrate so I thought it might be fun to see what kind of interesting books I can find  (new, old, or coming soon) for an everyday holiday. In fact, most days have more than one holiday!

Just so you know I have not read most of these but the ones I pick seem the most interesting.  You can probably find tons more books for each holiday but I am only going to pick two books for every holiday.

Let me know what you think.  Do any of them seem interesting to you? Is there another book you think would be a better choice?



MONDAY JUNE 4TH 2018

International Cheese Day

Title: Wine+Cheese by Barbara Ray
Genre: Non-Fiction, Cooking, Wine, Cheese
What It Is About?: Drinking the right wine with the right cheese is an incomparable sensual experience. This handbook to the phenomenology of wine and cheese pairing will give you practical matches for 340 kinds of cheese and 150 wines—offering valuable information on flavor profiles and theories for why some pairings work others don’t.
Available: NOVEMBER 1ST 2018



Title: The Great Cheese Robbery by Chris Mould
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Adventure, Pirates
What It Is About?: When a band of mice kidnaps Jones, the ship’s cat, and ransoms him for cheese, the Pocket Pirates spring into action. But to get the cheese, they must venture to the freezing cold place where it’s always winter…the place called Fridge. Can the Pocket Pirates survive their perilous journey and get their ship’s cat back?
Available: JUNE 12TH 2018


TUESDAY JUNE 5TH 2018

World Environment Day

Title: The Going Green Handbook by Alice Mary Alvrez
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help, Green Lifestyle
What It Is About?:  Inspired living for the environment: Make your footprint planet-positive. With the gentle guidance of eco-expert, Alice Mary Alvrez, you can start with baby steps and progress to living the green good life!
Available: JULY 15TH 2018


Genre: Non-Fiction, Juvenile, Science, Nature, Environment
What It Is About?: Every day, we hear arguments about environmental issues in the media. This book gives readers the tools to make sense of and evaluate some of these arguments.
Available: SEPTEMBER 25TH 2018


WEDNESDAY JUNE 6TH 2018

D Day

Title: D-Day by Deborah Hopkinson
Genre: Non-Fiction, Juvenile, History, Military, World War II
What It Is About?: The WWII invasion known as D-Day was the largest military endeavor in history. By June 6, 1944, Hitler and his allies had a strong grip on the European continent, where Nazi Germany was engaged in the mass extermination of the Jewish people. The goal of D-Day was the total defeat of Hitler's regime and the defense of free democracies everywhere.
Available: AUGUST 28TH 2018


Genre: Non-Fiction, Military, World War II
What It Is About?: A ground-breaking gripping account of the first 24 hours of the D-Day invasion told by a symphony of incredible accounts of unknown and unheralded members of the Allied – and Axis – forces by one of the world’s most lively historians.
Available: JANUARY 8TH 2019


THURSDAY JUNE 7TH 2018


Daniel Boone Day

Title: Daniel Boone’s Own Story And The Adventures Of Daniel Boone by Daniel Boone and Francis Lister Hawkes
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, United States
What It Is About?: This two-part tale of the legendary frontiersman's life begins with a brief profile by Boone himself, covering his exploits in the Kentucky wilderness from 1769 to 1784. The second part chronicles Boone's life from cradle to grave, with exciting accounts of his capture and adoption by Shawnee Indians and his service as a militiaman during the Revolutionary War.
Available: IN STORES NOW

Title: A Picture Book Of Daniel Boone by David A. Adler
Genre: Non-Fiction, Children's, Picture Book, History
What It Is About?: Daniel Boone was born an adventurer. Before the United States had freed itself from Britain's rule, Boone was blazing trails westward across America
Available: IN STORES NOW


FRIDAY JUNE 8TH 2018


National Marriage Day


Title: Katharina And Martin Luther by Michelle DeRusha
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, Religion
What It Is About?: Their revolutionary marriage was arguably one of the most scandalous and intriguing in history. Yet five centuries later, we still know little about Martin and Katharina Luther's life as husband and wife. Until now.
Available: IN STORES NOW


Title: The Marriage Challenge by Art Rainer
Genre: Non-Fiction, Marriage, Finance
What It Is About?: In The Marriage Challenge: A Finance Guide for Married Couples, financial expert, and author of The Money Challenge Art Rainer takes you on a journey to a financially healthy marriage.
Available: IN STORES NOW



SATURDAY JUNE 9TH 2018


International Young Eagle Day

Genre: Non-Fiction, Juvenile, Science, Animal, Birds
What It Is About?: A narrative diary text combined with the up-to-date scientific knowledge to provide an entertaining and informative account of the daily lives of these creatures. My name is Eagle and this is my very own diary.
Available: IN STORES NOW


Title: One Eagle Soaring by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd
Genre: Fiction, Children, Board Book, Numbers, Animal, Birds
What It Is About?: One Eagle Soaring, a “first numbers” book, explores counting and numbers with the help of West Coast animals—from a single eagle aloft, to a pair of swimming whales, as well as leaping frogs, honey-hungry bears and a group of ten dozing marmots.
Available: AUGUST 4TH 2018



SUNDAY JUNE 10TH 2018


Herbs And Spices Day

Title: Spices And Herbs: Lore & Cookery by Elizabeth S. Hayes
Genre: Non-Fiction, Gardening, Herbs & Spices
What It Is About?: This introductory guide to the romance of spices and herbs offers historical, geographical, literary, and culinary details. More than 85 familiar and exotic plants are illustrated and examined for legendary lore and current use.
Available: IN STORES NOW


Title: The Magic Teaspoon by Victoria Zak
Genre: Non-Fiction, Health, Healing, Holistic
What It Is About?: More than 100 recipes for health-boosting meals and snacks—listing the healing virtues each herb brings to your table
“The All Naturals” herb chart revealing the best herbs to choose for specific health issues
Available: IN STORES NOW