Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Shannon's Review - Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert





Title: Dune Messiah
Series: Dune Chronicles #2
Author: Frank Herbert
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Unknown
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Classic
Publisher: Berkley
Received: Bought
Release Date: March 1980
Pages: 279
Rating:





Author Frank Herbert’s Official Websites:



(taken from goodreads.com.)

Website:
https://www.dunenovels.com/

Blog:
None

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Shannon’s Thoughts:

This second book in the Dune Chronicles returns with Paul Atreides as now emperor. The stress of ruling and knowing what is to come has taken its toll on Paul. He is not alone in being able to see the future Paul’s sister Alia helps Paul rule as she is the head of the Bene Gesserit. Even though Paul and Alia are the center characters we see that the choices they make may not be the best or lead them to a future they wish for.

This is my first time reading through this series and I am really enjoying it. The series is unlike any family saga I have read. All the characters have layers. Neither of them is just good or bad. Like every real individual, the decisions we make have consequences. Paul and Alia are different because they do know what is ahead just not when.

With the upcoming movie, I have been picturing the cast as certain characters...like Duncan Idaho played by Jason Momoa. I don’t if this is a good thing or bad. Only time will tell I suppose. Knowing about the movie coming out is urging me to read the series quicker. I will be starting the next book Children of Dune soon.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Shannon's Review - The Looney Balloonies Have Fun At A Birthday Party by Lilly Sky






Title: The Looney Balloonies Have Fun At A Birthday Party
Series: Not at the moment
Author: Lily Sky
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: I. Cenizal
Genre: Fiction, Children's, Picturebook, Birthday
Publisher: Amazon Direct Publishing
Received: Bought
Release Date: June 2013
Pages: 33
Rating:



Author Lily Sky Official Websites:
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Shannon’s Thoughts:


Benny the Balloon has a birthday party for himself. He invites all his colorful balloon friends.

The cover page makes the book looks like a good time you don’t want to miss. The story is not bad it is pretty simple probably better for younger children.

I think the title is a little misleading. They are balloons but they are not really looney unless you count the way they are drawn which is like an upsidedown balloon. This bugs me a little.

The story is cute as is the art. This will probably be liked by toddlers learning colors.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Shannon's Review - Plains Indian Mythology by Alice Marriott And Carol K. Rachlin





Title: Plains Indian Mythology
Series: Not Known
Author: Alice Marriott and Carol K. Rachlin
Illustrator/Book Cover Design:
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, Mythology
Publisher: Plume
Received: Bought
Release Date: October 1977
Pages: 192
Rating:



Author Alice Merriott and Carol K. Rachlin Official Websites:


(Both authors have passed away and there are no website)



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Plains Indian Mythology is a book of stories some passed down orally. The stories are grouped in 4 sections; The creation of the world, tales that teach ways of behavior, stories on Europeans visiting North America, and yarns from the current day.

I thoroughly love reading about mythology from different colonies and histories of how the world was created. It is interesting how so many different countries and races can have similar but yet different stories. This also happens with the many opposed plains Indians.

The newer tales were not as intriguing as the creation of mythologies. They did not seem like a story it just like someone babbling.

I continue to read lore of different colonies and the magic and folklore because it has made me realize how alike all humans are. Plus mythology is fun.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Shannon's Review - Aftermath by Sandy Goldsworthy





Title: Aftermath
Series: The Afterworld Saga #1
Author: Sandy Goldsworthy
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Marya Heiman
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Received: Bought
Release Date: December 2014
Pages: 380
Rating:



Author Sandy Goldsworthy Official Websites:





Website:
https://www.sandygoldsworthy.com/

Blog:
https://www.sandygoldsworthy.com/blog

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/authorsandygoldsworthy

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/sgoldsworthy

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/sandygoldsworthy/



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Emma has recently lost her father. Her mother has also been dead for a short time. She leaves to live with an aunt and attend a new school. There is something familiar about her new friends especially a handsome boy named Ben. Ben has a secret… he does know Emma but not in this life. He has loved her in a previous life. Ben is an immortal and he has lived many lives, a few with Emma or Elizabeth as she was known. Ben remembers his past lives because he is an agent for the afterworld. Emma does not because she is a sleeping agent. All Ben wants is to have his family together but he has a job to do that might put Emma in danger.

I am a sucker for soulmate stories and books with short chapters. I also like that the chapters went back and forth between Emma And Ben. The writing is quick-paced and has much suspense.

I am not sure I like the idea of how the agents communicated with each other and how easily they gained info on regular people by just a handshake or touch. It was creepy but maybe it was supposed to be.

I am curious about the rest of the books in the series. I have so much to read I don’t know if I will get to more in this series but I think I will like them if I do. I would recommend these to anyone who enjoys romantic fantasy books.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Shannon's Review - Piranesi by Susanna Clarke





Title: Piranesi
Series: Not At The Moment
Author: Susanna Clarke
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Unknown
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Received: Free For Honest Review
Release Date: August 2020
Pages: 272
Rating:



Author Susanna Clarke’s Official Websites:




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Shannon’s Thoughts:

Piranesi’s home is not a normal home. It is hallways of labyrinths, statues, and oceans. He has a journal to keep track of the tide in some hallways and rejoices in the art of others. He is not alone either there is “The Other” who is looking for a way out or back to his home. Soon Piranesi learns that “The Other” is hiding things including Piranesi memories.

I had not read Susanna Clarke’s first book, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell but it was a favorite of my husband. I requested it as the description was intriguing. I have to say I loved it from the beginning. The way Piranesi viewed the world and the living things in it just kept drawing me in.

I am not sure how I feel about the ending. It could have gone so many ways and I still had questions that were not answered. I hope that maybe we will see the characters again.

I would recommend this highly to anyone who likes fantasy or mythology.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Shannon's Review - Mario And The Hole In The Sky by Elizabeth Rusch







Title: Mario And The Hole In The Sky
Series: Not At The Moment
Author: Elizabeth Rusch
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Teresa Martinez
Genre: Non-Fiction, Children, Biography, History, Science,
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
Received: Free For Honest Review
Release Date: November 2019
Pages: 40
Rating:




Author Elizabeth Rusch’s Official Websites:





Website:
https://www.elizabethrusch.com/

Blog:
None Found

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/authorelizabethrusch/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/elizabethrusch

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/lizrusch/



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Mario And The Hole In The Sky are about scientist Mario Molina's discovery of the ozone layer deteriorating. The Ozone layer is very important to all humans on this earth we would not be here without it. Mario has spent a lifetime on how to heal the ozone before it is too late. This book tells his story.

I was surprised that I had not heard of Mr. Molina. As I grew up I heard plenty about how we as the world found out the ozone had a hole in it. We were told to not use certain products, and to carpool so there would be fewer fumes. I never really wondered who was the first person to figure this out.

After the story, there is an epilogue that describes what Mr. Molina is doing now and the awards he has won. The epilogue is interesting but it is written differently than the biography that was just read.

I think this is an excellent book for children to read who may have to do research for a report on scientists or on the science of the earth. It is very informative and a good start. It a joy to learn new things and a bonus when it is an illustrated kids' book.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Everyday Books - True Love Forever Day



Celebrate Every Day With Books 

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!


TODAY 

IS 


SUNDAY AUGUST 16TH 2020


TRUE LOVE FOREVER DAY


“When love is true love, it lasts forever, and no time or distance can snuff it out. On True Love Forever Day, those who have that feeling of love show it to and share it with each other. It doesn't matter if they are thousands of miles away from each other or haven't seen each other for decades—today they let their love shine..” (see more from checkiday.com)

So you know, I have not read most of these, but the ones I pick seem the most interesting and would like to read. You can probably find tons more books for each holiday, but I am only going to pick two books for one holiday a day. 

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?





Title: Tiny Love Stories by Daniel Jones

Genre: Non-Fiction, Family Relationships, Love & Romance

What It Is About?: “...From the loss of a parent and the end of a marriage to hopeful first dates and self-love, stories of all kinds of relationships fill the pages of this beautifully illustrated book.”( From Goodreads.com)

Available To Buy: December 22, 2020

Available To Swap: 0 Available on PBS





Title: Reading From The Heart by Suzanne Juhasz

Genre: Non-Fiction, Writing

What It Is About?:
“In a profound, touching book, Juhasz traces her life through her reading--from her girlhood infatuation with Little Women to her adult experiences with such authors as Gloria Naylor and Isabel Miller--and shows how her choices helped her understand her desires for selfhood and true love.” (from Goodreads.com)

Available To Buy: Anywhere Books Are Sold

Available To Swap: 1 Available on PBS







Saturday, August 15, 2020

Shannon's Review - Life After Genius by M. Ann Jacoby





Title: Life After Genius
Series: Not At The Moment
Author: M. Ann Jacoby
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Unknown
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Received: Free For Honest Review
Release Date: October 2008
Pages: 400
Rating:




Author M. Ann Jacoby Official Websites:




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Shannon’s Thoughts:



Theodore “Mead” is smart. So smart he has been pushed through school younger than most. His mother overbearing and his father keeps to his funeral business. The only family member that treats him normal is his cousin Percy. Mead starts college away from all his family. Just as he is about to graduate Mead breaks from the pressure of everything, his school, his future, friendships, and mysterious past.

I am not usually into dramatic contemporary books but I did like this one. In some ways, I related to Mead’s breakdown. He is learning who his without others telling him who they want him to be. I like the back and forth through time. It kept me interested in the story and made the mystery all the more mysterious.

The ending was not horrible but not great either. It was an ending I did not see coming. A lot of the book I could not predict and that usually makes for a good book.

I thought for the first book from an author the book was well written and kept my attention. I am curious about her next book if there is one.

Everyday Books - World Honey Bee Day



Celebrate Every Day With Books 

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!


TODAY 

IS

SATURDAY AUGUST 15TH 2020


WORLD HONEY BEE DAY 


“World Honey Bee Day, also known as National Honey Bee Awareness Day and National Honey Bee Day, is being observed today! It was observed on the fourth Saturday in August 2009. It has been observed the third Saturday in August since 2010.” (from checkiday.com)



So that you know, I have not read most of these but the ones I pick seem the most interesting and would like to read. You can probably find tons more books for each holiday but I am only going to pick two books for one holiday a day. 


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?





Title: H Is For Honey Bee by Robbyn Smith Frankenhuyzen

Genre: Non-Fiction, Juvenile, Picturebook, Science, Insects

What It Is About?: “Though small in size at approximately 5/8 of an inch (15 mm), Apis mellifera, otherwise known as the honey bee, is one of the most important insects on the planet. Due to their status as super pollinators, it is estimated that a third of the food we eat each day can be attributed to bee activity.” ( From Goodreads.com)

Available To Buy: Anywhere Books Are Sold

Available To Swap: 0 Available on PBS





Title: The Amazing Honey Bee by Susan Ring

Genre: Non-Fiction, Early Reader, Science, Insects

What It Is About?: “Those little buzzing insects that visit your garden are gifts from Nature. Once you learn how important they are, you'll be happy to see them year after year!” (from Goodreads.com)

Available To Buy: Anywhere Books Are Sold

Available To Swap: 1 Available on PBS







Friday, August 14, 2020

Shannon's Review - Celestina The Astronaut Ballerina by Donald Jacobsen





Title: Celestina The Astronaut Ballerina
Series: Big Ideas For Little Dreamers #2
Author: Donald Jacobsen
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Graham Evans
Genre: Fiction, Childrens, Picturebook, Space
Publisher: Three Sunshines
Received: Bought
Release Date: November 2019
Pages: 48
Rating:





Author Donald Jacobsen’s Official Websites:




Website:
https://donaldjacobsen.com/

Blog:
https://donaldjacobsen.com/blog/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/donaldjacobsenbooks/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/donaldmjacobsen

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/donaldjacobsen_author/





Shannon’s Thoughts:

Celestina has dreams of becoming an astronaut and to walk on the moon. Her family, on the other hand, think she has set the bar too high and tries to convince her to be more grounded. So Celestina takes ballet. Her teacher encourages her to follow her dreams of going to space.

I find it unique that Celestina’s family and friends were the ones that discouraged Celestina to do what she dreams. I also enjoyed that the reader gets to see Celestina grown up by the end.

The art is cute and I enjoyed the story. I am curious to see other books in Big Ideas For Little Dreamers series.

I loved the many representations of multicultural characters in the book and the fact that the main character is a girl is wonderful as well. Celestina Astronaut Ballerina is an inspiring book for kids who dream big and learn to work hard to get where they want to be.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Holiday Everyday With Books - WORLD RANGER DAY - JULY 31ST 2020




Celebrate Every Day With Books 

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!


TODAY 

IS 

FRIDAY JULY 31ST 2020


WORLD RANGER DAY


“World Ranger Day is being observed today! It has been observed annually on July 31st since 2007.

” (from checkiday.com)


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

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?





Title: Ranger Rick: I Wish I Was A Sea Turtle by Jennifer Bove
Genre: Non-Fiction, Early Reader,
What It Is About?: “Ranger Rick explorers can learn all about sea turtles in this reader full of fascinating facts, vivid wildlife photographs, a Wild Words glossary, and a hands-on activity.” ( From Goodreads.com)
Available To Buy: Anywhere Books Are Sold
Available To Swap: 0 Available on PBS





Title: Park Ranger Guide To Wildlife by Arthur P. Miller Jr.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Travel, Reference
What It Is About?: “Expert advice from the rangers on how to observe and study a variety of habitats, plants, birds, and mammals without disturbing the eco-system.” (from Goodreads.com)
Available To Buy: Anywhere Books Are Sold
Available To Swap: 1 Available on PBS







Thursday, July 30, 2020

Shannon's Review - If You Were Me And Lived In... Norway by Carole P. Roman







Title: If You Were Me And Lived In… Norway
Series: If You Were Me And Lived In…(#4)
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Carole P. Roman
Genre: Non-Fiction, Childrens, Picturebook, Countries,
Publisher: Carole P. Roman
Received: From Publisher For Honest Review
Release Date: September 2013
Pages: 32
Rating:




Author Carole P. Roman’s Official Websites:





Website:
http://www.caroleproman.com/

Blog:
http://caroleproman.blogspot.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/caroleproman

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/caroleproman/



Shannon’s Thoughts:


Here is the 4th book in the If You Were Me And Lived In series. This edition is about Norway, a country in Northern Europe.

Even though these are for children I am surprised by how much I did not know. I did not know like Alaska in the USA that Norway has days where the Sun never sets. Even learning Norweigan words is fun. I like that there is not so much information that it overwhelms me.

I think some of the books in this series could have sequels because I am sure that there is so much more information on each country it can not fill a 32-page picturebook.

I have more from this series to read and review. I hope to do them soon and I hope this series continues.

Holiday Everyday With Books - JULY 30TH 2020 - DAY OF FRIENDSHIP



Celebrate Every Day With Books 

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!


TODAY 

IS 

THURSDAY JULY 30TH 2020


DAY OF FRIENDSHIP


“Friendship is important in all cultures of the world. When friendship can be fostered between two people from different groups or countries, it can build a foundation to create understanding and peace between their countries in the future. With this belief in mind, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed July 30 each year to be the International Day of Friendship.” (from checkiday.com)

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

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?





Title: Moon’s First Friends by Susanna Leonard Hill

Genre: Fiction, Childrens, Picturebook, Space

What It Is About?: “From high up in the sky, the Moon has spent her whole life watching Earth and hoping for someone to visit. Dinosaurs roam, pyramids are built, and boats are made, but still, no one comes. Will friends ever come to visit her?” ( From Goodreads.com)

Available To Buy: Anywhere Books Are Sold

Available To Swap: 0 Available on PBS





Title: The Friendship Test by Elizabeth Noble

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary

What It Is About?:
“One late wine- and gossip-fueled night, four friends on a lark create a fateful test of friendship -- one that challenges the very principles and boundaries of their alliance. To pass it means to never, at any cost, betray one another. Twenty years later, they must face that ultimate test.” (from Goodreads.com)

Available To Buy: Where Books Are Sold

Available To Swap: 23 Available on PBS