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Monday, June 18, 2018

Celebrate Every Day With Books 6/18/2018 - 6/24/2018

Celebrate Every Day With Books 6/18/2018 - 6/24/2018


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 18TH 2018


Autistic Pride Day


Title: Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism by Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD
Genre: Non-Fiction, Medical, Public Health
What It Is About?:  In Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism, Hotez draws on his experiences as a pediatrician, vaccine scientist, and father of an autistic child. Outlining the arguments on both sides of the debate, he examines the science that refutes the concerns of the anti-vaccine movement, debunks current conspiracy theories alleging a cover-up by the CDC, and critiques the scientific community's failure to effectively communicate the facts about vaccines and autism to the general public, all while sharing his very personal story of raising a now-adult daughter with autism.
Available: OCTOBER 21ST 2018


Title: Dogs & Autism by Annie Bowes, DVM
Genre: Non-Fiction, Familly Relationship, Autism Disorder
What It Is About?: Author Annie grew up having dogs throughout her life that helped her with her Autism. Her love of animals, especially dogs, helped her find her passion in life to help animals, therefore, became a veterinarian.
Available: MARCH 8TH 2019

TUESDAY JUNE 19TH 2018


National Pets In Film Day


Title: Cinematic Canines by Adrienne L. McLean
Genre: Non-Fiction, Performing Art, Film, History
What It Is About?: The representation and visualization of dogs in cinema, and of other animals, has influenced our understanding of what dogs “should” do and be, for us and with us. Adrienne L. McLean expertly shepherds these original essays into a coherent look at “real” dogs in live-action narrative films, from the stars and featured players to the character and supporting actors to those pooches that assumed bit parts or performed as extras.
Available: IN STORES NOW!

Title: Hollywood Hoofbeats by Petrine Day Mitchum and Audrey Pavia
Genre: Non-Fiction, Performing Arts, History
What It Is About?: The horses that captured the moviegoers' hearts are the common denominator in Hollywood Hoofbeats. As author Petrine Day Mitchum writes, "the movies as we know them would be vastly different without horses. There would be no Westerns-no cowboy named John Wayne-no Gone with the Wind, no Ben Hur, no Dances with Wolves…" no War Horse, no True Grit, no Avatar!
Available: IN STORES NOW


WEDNESDAY JUNE 20TH 2018


World Productivity Day


Title: Make The Most Of Your Weekday by Mary A. Camuto
Genre: Non-Fiction, Business, Time Management
What It Is About?: No matter your level, situation, or dilemma, Mary shows you how to regroup, reframe, and bounce back.Make the Most of Your Workday begins with six common scenarios.
Available:  IN STORES NOW!

Title: Bored And Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self Help, Creativity
What It Is About?: Manoush includes practical steps you can take to ease the nonstop busyness and enhance your ability to dream, wonder, and gain clarity in your work and life. The outcome is mind-blowing.
Available: IN STORES NOW!

THURSDAY JUNE 21ST 2018

First Day Of Summer


Title: The Longest Day by Wendy Pfeffer (illustrated by Linda Bleck)
Genre: Non-Fiction, Juvenile, Science, Seasons, Weather
What It Is About?: With lyrical prose and vibrant illustrations, The Longest Day takes us on a journey through the history and science behind the summer solstice, with a focus on summer celebrations from various cultures around the world.
Available: IN STORES NOW

Title: The Song Of Our Land by Adrian D. Robbe
Genre: Fiction, Medieval,
What It Is About?: A simple, swift-paced, smooth-flowing picture storybook that combines the craft of storytelling with engaging, impressionist illustrations. “The Song of Our Land” is based upon a fictional medieval tale that will be appreciated by new adults and older adult audiences. Beautifully-illustrated and thoughtfully-written, this inspiring storybook has 43 pages of striking, specifically-sequenced pictures with an accompanying story narrative.
Available: ONLY AS E-BOOK

FRIDAY JUNE 22ND 2018

National Chocolate Eclair Day

Title: Chocolate Eclair by Heviz’s
Genre: Non-Fiction, Cooking, Desserts
What It Is About?: Recipes for many different chocolate eclairs
Available: ONLY IN E-BOOK

Title: The Chocolate Eclair Mystery by Jenifer J. Paffett
Genre: Fiction, Short Story, Mystery
What It Is About?: When a gardener working at the local country estate gets arrested for the poisoning of owner, Lady Nigella Fleetham, Pippa Welbury feels nothing but sympathy for the family who seem to be very popular and held in high regard.
However, after listening in on a chance conversation, she begins to suspect that all is not well up at the manor. Of course, it goes without saying that Pippa’s natural thirst for conspiracies emerges once again, and the more she investigates, the more she believes that the wrong person has been charged for the murder.
Available: ONLY AS E-BOOK


SATURDAY JUNE 23RD 2018

Pink Flamingo Day


Title: Polly Peacock And The Pink Flamingos by Emilie Bair (Illustrated by Trent Barfield)
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Animals
What It Is About?: Polly Peacock & The Pink Flamingos Polly Peacock is a little different, and faces bullying from a pink flamingo flock. The Pink Flamingos learn to accept Polly as she learns to accept herself. Polly Peacock & The Pink Flamingos tells a story of overcoming differences and learning to love one another as we are.
Available:IN STORES NOW

Title: Mya The Pink Flamingo by Slade McGregor
Genre: Fiction, Children, Picturebook, Birds
What It Is About?: This a story about how flamingos became pink. Mya the flamingo was born pink out of love instead of brown like all other flamingos.
Available:  IN STORES NOW


SUNDAY JUNE 24TH 2018

International Fairy Day


Title: Fairy Spell by Marc Tyler Nobleman (Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler)
Genre: Non-Fiction, Juvenile, Picturebook, Fairies
What It Is About?: The true story of British cousins who fooled the world for more than 60 years with a remarkable hoax, photographs of “real” fairies.
Available: IN STORES NOW

Title: Fairies by Richard Sugg
Genre:  Non-Fiction, Superstition
What It Is About?: Don’t be fooled by Tinkerbell and her pixie dust—the real fairies were dangerous. In the late seventeenth century, they could still scare people to death. Little wonder, as they were thought to be descended from the Fallen Angels, and to have the power to destroy the world itself.
Available: IN STORES NOW



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