Monday, January 11, 2021

Celebrate Every Day With Books - Human Trafficking Awareness 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. Most days have more than one holiday!


TODAY 

IS 

MONDAY JANUARY 11TH 2020


HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS DAY!


“National Human Trafficking Awareness Day raises awareness about human trafficking and sexual slavery around the world and has the goal of ending slavery, giving people back their rights, and making the world a safer place for everyone to live. On June 22, 2007, the United States Senate designated January 11 as National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness, in an effort to raise awareness of and opposition to human trafficking. The Senate designated the day with the passing of a resolution but the House of Representatives never passed it, so it never became law..” (from checkiday.com)




So that you know, I have not read most of these. 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: Across The Deep by Lisa McGuinness

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Action/Adventure

What It Is About?: “Raised in Thailand and brought to the United States against her will, quiet and intelligent Suda is hiding from a sex trafficking ring and the man she believed was on her side. Claire, admired as bright and beautiful in high school, now hides her striking looks and wears her sharp wit as a protective shield. Determined to show Suda and Claire a path that allows for a life of their own, Simone, the safe house operator, offers them a haven and a healing path to the future.” ( From Goodreads.com)

Available To Buy: Anywhere Books Are Sold

Available To Swap: 0 Available on PBS




Title: Not For Sale by David Batstone

Genre: Non-Fiction, History, Social Issues

What It Is About?: “Today, the human trafficking trade generates $31 billion annually and enslaves 27 million people around the globe, half of which are children under the age of 18. In this book, David Batstone profiles the new generation of abolitionists who are leading the struggle to end this appalling epidemic.” (from Goodreads.com)

Available To Buy: Anywhere books are sold.

Available To Swap: 3 Available on PBS







Friday, January 8, 2021

Five Fun Facts - John Grisham




Five Fun Facts

About

John Grisham


Author of The Firm, A Time To Kill, and Pelican Brief


(photo borrowed from Goodreads.com)


1. After Law School he traveled to Brazil as a missionary spreading the word of God. 

2. Growing up he wanted to be a baseball player.

3. Grew up on a cotton farm.


4. Hangs out with the fellow author, Stephen King. 


5. He has five little league baseball diamonds on the grounds of his Virginia estate for local kids.


Thursday, January 7, 2021

Shannon's Review - A Family Dinner by Cory Q. Tan






Title: A Family Dinner
Series: Not at the moment
Author: Cory Q. Tan
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Cory Q. Tan
Genre: Children’s, Fiction, Picturebook,
Publisher: The Luminous Cat
Received: Bought
Release Date: August 2019
Pages: 39
Rating:




Author Cory Q. Tan’s Official Websites:

NO PHOTO FOUND


Website:
https://coryqtan.com/

Blog:
https://coryqtan.com/blog-2/

Facebook:
None found

Twitter:
None found

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/coryqtan/?hl=en



Shannon’s Thoughts:

A wife asks her husband to go to the store for carrots to make dinner. Insisting she can not make dinner without said carrots her husband reluctantly heads out for what should be an easy task. He soon finds that getting these carrots are more trouble than what they are worth. The first store is closed and the second is out of carrots. He continues on and as he does the story becomes more and more insane.

I was surprised by the turn this took into fantasy. I was not expecting talking worms or rabbits. It reminded me of an old fairy I read as a child. Especially the part with the giant fish.

While I like the unexpected, I think the book went a little too far into fairy tale land for me. I kept thinking maybe the dad hit his head or fell asleep and he will wake up...but that did not happen. All the weird things that happen just really happen.

The artwork is awesome. The story is like the old fairy tales. I like fairy tales, especially when I know they are going to be a fairy tale. I am curious about other children’s books by Cory Q. Tan and may read more of his work later. I think young kids will like the fantasy of the story.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Shannon's Review - Confessions Of Super Mom by Melanie Lynne Hauser






Title: Confessions Of Supermom
Series: Confessions Of Supermom #1
Author: Melanie Lynne Hauser
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Unknown
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Superheroes
Publisher: Berkley Books
Received: Bought
Release Date: August 2006
Pages: 314
Rating:





Author Melanie Lynne Hauser(aka Melanie Benjamin) Official Websites:


(borrowed from Goodreads.com)

Website:
https://melaniebenjamin.com/

Blog:
None found

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Melanie-Benjamin-Author-208671032480607/#

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/MelanieBen

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



Shannon’s Thoughts:

After a cleaning accident single mother of two teenagers becomes infused with superpowers...very unique superpowers. Her powers seem to stem from her core being which is being a mother. With her abilities, she learns about a scam that is directed to hurt children and make an evil corporation money.

Confessions of supermom is a very uniquely written book. It is a quick and fun read. As I was reading it I could see it as a movie. In fact, I pictured Drew Barrymore as Supermom, Birdie. She’s cute, she’s strong and loveable.

Some of Birdie’s story is a little cheesy...but I like cheese. The more cheese the better for me.

I think this series deserves more reads. Many of you may not know that historical fiction author Melanie Benjamin is the same author who wrote this supermom series. The similarities are that she writes people and stories that are so real and hard to believe that she is writing fiction. The sequel to this is sitting on my shelf waiting to be read.



Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Shannon's Review : X-Men Legacy - Collision by Mike Carey






Title: X-men Legacy: Collision
Series: X-men Legacy
Author: Mike Carey
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Clay Mann
Genre: Graphic Novel, Comic, Fantasy, Fiction,
Publisher: Marvel
Received: Bought
Release Date: April 2011
Pages: 168
Rating:





Author Mike Carey’s Official Websites:




Website:
https://www.mikecarey.net/

Blog:
http://mikeandpeter.com/

Facebook:
None found

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/michaelcarey

Instagram:
None found



Shannon’s Thoughts:

A small group of students from Xavier’s Academy travels with fellow student and friend Indra to his family home. Two X-men/teachers Magneto and Rogue chaperone the students. Dangerous magnetic storms have been destroying the town and putting people in hospital including Indra’s brother, who is now in a coma. The group soon finds, Luisa, an interesting girl with the power of controlling light. As Indra tries to respect his father’s wishes, as well as save his friends and the city his family lives in, he must fight for all who are endangered.

I use to read X-men in the 90’s so I am catching up with the stories. Rogue was always a favorite of mine and it looks as if she has much better control of her powers than she uses to.

The bad guys who go by “The Children Of The Vault” seemed much stronger than any characters I have ever seen in the X-men universe. I was annoyed and intrigued by them. I wanted to know why are they so powerful.

If you have not read a lot of the recent comics this graphic novel does put some info in the back about the characters that are new to you (or me). I found it interesting and helpful. I will continue to read comics and graphic novels. They are so creative and the art is always cool to look at.




Monday, January 4, 2021

Happy New Year 2021 And Tom Thumb Day!!!



HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021!



I hope the first days of the new year has been good and I hope it continues to be good throughout many years.


2020 did not leave anyone unscathed. I lost two family members this year my dad and his sister. My aunt passed from complications from Covid and my dad made it through Covid but I think it weakened his body which was already weak. He passed a week and a half before Christmas…

I have so many boxes of my parents’ stuff to look through and a lot is getting put on eBay. My dad liked to collect memorabilia. So my start of 2021 kinda feels like I am going through a treasure hunt.


As for reading… well I have already finished two books that I started in 2020 but still, it is progress. I in fact have quite a few books that I have finished but I have not written reviews for yet. I still don’t want to stop doing this blog so we will see how this year goes.







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 

JANUARY 4TH 2021


TOM THUMB DAY


“Charles Sherwood Stratton, who would become known as General Tom Thumb, was born on today's date in 1838, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Although he was born a normal size, by the age of six months he had stopped growing, possibly because of a pituitary gland issue, such as Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD). At the time, he was 25 inches long and weighed 15 pounds. It wasn't until age 9 that he started growing again—albeit at a slow pace—and he was just two feet, eight inches tall when he reached the age of 18. He kept growing throughout his life and eventually reached three feet, four inches in height, and a weight of 70 pounds.


Stratton was just four years old when he met circus impresario P.T. Barnum, who was a distant relative. Barnum became the boy's manager, and taught him how to sing, dance, mime, and make impersonations. Stratton became one of the "wonders" at Barnum's American Museum in New York City, where he arrived on December 8, 1842. Barnum paid Stratton's father three dollars a week to let his boy be there, and Stratton and his mother lived in an apartment in the museum.” (taken 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: The Remarkable Courtship Of General Tom Thumb by Nicholas Rinaldi

Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction,

What It Is About?: “...this novel weaves together a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at life during the Civil War and a moving tale of one misfit's odyssey to find his place in the world. Discovered at age four by P.T. Barnum, Tom Thumb soon finds himself traveling internationally, sitting on the laps of the queens of Europe, and entertaining the masses. He meets Czar Nicholas and the King of Saxony and is invited to the Tuilleries by Louis Philippe. After marrying Lavinia Warren, Tom and his wife are hosted at the White House by President Lincoln. With the country at war, Tom and Lavinia set out on their honeymoon tour and witness firsthand the fracture between the states, the heroism of young soldiers, and the unbreakable spirit of the American people...” ( From Goodreads.com)

Available To Buy: Anywhere Books Are Sold

Available To Swap: 0 Available on PBS





Title: The Autobiography Of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction,

What It Is About?: “...She was only two-foot eight-inches tall, but her legend reaches out to us more than a century later. As a child, Mercy Lavinia "Vinnie" Bump was encouraged to live a life hidden away from the public. Instead, she reached out to the immortal impresario P. T. Barnum, married the tiny superstar General Tom Thumb in the wedding of the century, and transformed into the world's most unexpected celebrity…”(from Goodreads.com)

Available To Buy: Anywhere Books Are Sold

Available To Swap: 1 Available on PBS








Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Shannon's Review - Dress Up Day by Tina Marie Kaht





Title: Dress Up Day
Series: Not at this time
Author: Tina Marie Kaht
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Hatice Bayramoglu
Genre: Fiction, Children, Picturebook, Imagination
Publisher: Createspace
Received: Bought
Release Date: May 2014
Pages: 40
Rating:



Author Tina Marie Kaht’s Official Websites:


Website:
Not found

Blog:
Not found

Facebook:
Not found

Twitter:
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Instagram:
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Shannon’s Thoughts:

Young children dress in different outfits and pretend that they are who they are dressed as.

The idea and the art is cute. The writing is sweet and short. It is a very simple book and easy for kids to relate to.

Some of the writing rhymes and sometimes it does not but it tries to. Some sections are kinda clunky.

I think little kids ages 3 to 8 will absolutely enjoy this. It would be nice to read to kids and encourage them to learn about different jobs and maybe show them what each worker does.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Everyday Books - Personal Space 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 

NOVEMBER 30TH 2020


PERSONAL SPACE DAY


“The unofficial holiday.” (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: Oh No, Bobo! By Donna David

Genre: Fiction, Children, Picturebook, Animals

What It Is About?: “Bobo the Orangutan on his quest to find the perfect pillow and ensure a good night’s sleep.” ( From Goodreads.com)

Available To Buy: Anywhere Books Are Sold

Available To Swap: 0 Available on PBS





Title: Finding Time by Paula Peisner Coxe

Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help

What It Is About?: “Learn to successfully manage time and outside demands to find the time to enjoy life more.”(from Goodreads.com)

Available To Buy Anywhere Books Are Sold

Available To Swap: 2 Available on PBS







Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Shannon's Review - Crown Of Coral And Pearl by Mara Rutherford





Title: Crown Of Coral And Pearl
Series: Crown Of Coral And Pearl #1
Author: Mara Rutherford
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Unknown
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult,
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Received: Free For Honest Review
Release Date: August 2019
Pages: 432
Rating:




Author Mara Rutherford’s Official Websites:


(borrowed from Goodreads.com)


Website:
https://www.mararutherford.com/

Blog:
None Found

Facebook:
None Found

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/mararaewrites

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



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Identical twin sisters Zadie and Nor live in the ocean village of Varenia. The Royal family of Ilara marries only the beautiful women of Varenia. The twins are known to be the most beautiful. After one sister Nor has an accident as a child that puts Zadie in the lead to marry. As she grows Zadie finds love in her own village but is still promised to at prince of Ilara. She will do anything to stay with her love even if it destroys her beauty and the protection of her village by not marrying a prince. Only her sister, Nor, can help keep the peace but only in secret.

I found the background story of the characters interesting. The ocean village being part of the kingdom of a royal family wanting only beautiful women to marry. The story does get a little deeper than the surface. I loved Nor who is so strong and daring.

I actually read this a year ago and some of it is still with me and some is not. I feel I need a refresher on what happened in the end. And even though I do not remember the end I remember the good feelings I got from reading it. You know that comforting feeling you get when reading about characters you like.

I am eagerly awaiting the second book. I think that anyone who reads Young Adult fantasy romance books will love this book.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Shannon's Review - Doctor Kangaroo by Gerald Hawksley




Title: Doctor Kangaroo
Series: Unknown
Author: Gerald Hawksley
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Gerald Hawksley
Genre: Children, Picturebook, Fantasy, Animals,
Publisher: Self Published
Received: Bought
Release Date: March 2016
Pages: 29
Rating:



Author’s Gerald Hawksley’s Websites:


(borrowed from goodreads.com)

Website:
None Found

Blog:
None Found

Facebook:
None Found

Twitter:
None Found

Instagram:



Shannon’s Thoughts:


Various animals get sick and call Dr. Kangaroo to heal them.

Full of cute rhymes and animals with strange maladies. The Kangaroo doctor heals all and even himself in the end. The book ends with some jokes, and the author/illustrator's version of monkeys jumping on a bed.

While the rhymes sweetly match the art, some of the ailments are a little strange. The doctor heals all the illnesses the same. This makes the story pretty silly but I suppose it is supposed to be.

A short and simple. Is a fun read for kids and I think will leave them smiling.



Thursday, November 12, 2020

Shannon's Review - Wolverine And The X-men: Alpha & Omega by Brian Wood





Title: Wolverine And The X-men: Alpha & Omega
Series: Wolverine And The X-men #1.5
Authors: Brian Wood
Illustrators/Book Cover Designer: Mark Brooks, and Roland Boschi
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Comics, Marvel
Publisher: Marvel
Received: Bought
Release Date: July 2012
Pages: 112
Rating:



Author Brian Wood Official Websites:


(borrowed from Goodreads.com)

Website:
https://www.brianwood.com/

Blog:
None found

Facebook:
None Found

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/brianwood

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/brianwood.writer/



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Mutant teenager Quentin Quire aka Kid Omega does not mesh well with his fellow student at the Jean Grey School. He thinks he is better than most at the school including teachers. Quentin creates a world in his mind and traps Wolverine and Armor.

I have not read an X-men comic in quite a while. I mean the school was named after Charles Xavier, not Jean Grey when I last read about my favorite mutants. I love being introduced to new mutants and being shown their powers. Armor and Kid Omega are new to me. The story was interesting it really made not like Quentin but it also made me want to know his backstory and I wonder why he seemed to be such a prick.

The fact that Wolverine’s consciousness was in two places was a little confusing. They do explain it and it gives the story more action but I feel like Wolverine probably gotten to Quentin quicker and killed him.

This was not my favorite story but I grew up with X-men comics and the movies. I love them both. I will definitely read more X-men comics and graphic novels.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Shannon's Review - O'Shaughnessey: The Faerie Circle by Jeremy McGuire





Title: O’Shaughnessey: The Faerie Circle
Series: O’Shaughnessey Series #2
Author: Jeremy McGuire
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Jeremy McGuire
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Fantasy, Irish Folklore, Fairies
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Received: Free For Honest Review
Release Date: December 2009
Pages: 326
Rating:



Author Jeremy McGuire’s Official Websites:


(no image found)


Website:
defunct

Blog:
none found

Facebook:
none found

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/secellus

Instagram:
none found



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Bobby Mahoney, now an adult and father of two. He no longer remembers his childhood escapades with leprechaun O’Shaughnessey. Bobby now living in America but is writing a book about Irish myths and magical beings. He travels back to Ireland with his daughter Maggie. They stay with the storyteller, Moria McCarthy. As Bobby collects his stories from other townspeople young Maggie learns about fairy folk and magic even though she has yet to believe in them. Bobby searching for truth to the mystical world ends up in a predicament and needs O’Shaughnessey and Maggie to save him.

This book is the second book in a series. I did not read the first book, O’Shaughnessey: A Boy And His Leprechaun, and I do not feel like I needed to. I enjoyed it and did not feel lost or that I was missing anything. I really did like these characters especially Maggie and the storyteller Moria. They had the most depth and I was enjoying how much they bonded.

The story did really have a mixture of America and Irish feel to it. I notice with the other books that take place in Ireland always feel so mysterious and magical along with really drawing you into it. I did not feel the draw so much with this book maybe because there was the fact Bobby and Maggie were from America. And in America, it is a place that magic and myth are different or do not exist.

I would like to read the first book. Although I am not sure how much I will like it because I really did like Maggie and Moira. The first one is about Maggie’s father Bobby and O’Shaughnessey. Could be a fun little romp though. I do feel like there should be more reviews and I am surprised how little there are for this series.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Shannon's Review - The Day Lady Lost Her Spots by Lily Lexington





Title: The Day Lady Lost Her Spots
Series: Not at the moment
Author: Lily Lexington
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Lily Lexington
Genre: Fiction, Childrens, Picturebook, Self-Care, Bathing
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Received: Free For Honest Review
Release Date: August 2012
Pages: 30
Rating:



Author Lily Lexington’s Official Websites:



(borrowed from twitter.com)


Website:
None found

Blog:
None found

Facebook:
None found

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/LilyLexAuthor

Instagram:
None Found



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Young Lady the ladybug wakes up one day to find her spots are missing. Instead of taking a bath, she runs out to find her spots with her best friend.

This is a cute story. I think it will encourage kids who don’t like baths to want to take them.

There were some sentences that seemed awkward but does end up working out in the end.

It is a cute story with characters that have the promise of being a series. They are very likable characters. I mean who doesn’t like ladybugs?