Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Celebrate Every Day With Books 9/30/2019 - 10/6/2019

Celebrate Every Day With Books 9/30/2019 - 10/6/2019

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 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?

Podcast Day

Title: So You Want To Start A Podcast by Kristen Meinzer
Genre: Non-Fiction, Computers, Podcasting
What It Is About?: “...So You Want to Start a Podcast covers everything from hosting and guest booking to editing and marketing...” (from
Available: NOW

Title: Limetown by Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie w/ Cote Smith
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
What It Is About?: “...From the creators of the #1 podcast Limetown, an explosive prequel about a teenager who learns of a mysterious research facility where over three hundred people have disappeared—including her uncle—with clues that become the key to discovering the secrets of this strange town…”
Available: NOW!


Music Day

Title: Impossible Music by Sean Williams
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult
What It Is About?: “Music is Simon’s life—which is why he is devastated when a stroke destroys his hearing. He resists attempts to help him adjust to his new state, refusing to be consoled, refusing to learn sign-language, refusing to have anything to do with Deaf culture. Refusing, that is, until he meets G, a tough-as-nails girl dealing with her own newly-experienced deafness.”(from
Available: NOW!

Title: Music Is Power by Brad Schreiber
Genre: Non-Fiction, Music History, Criticism
What It Is About?: “Music Is Power tells fascinating stories about the origins and the impact of dozens of world-changing songs while revealing political context and the personal challenges of legendary artists from Bob Dylan to Bob Marley.” (from
Available: NOVEMBER 21ST 2019!


Balloons Around The World Day

Title: The Big Book Of Balloon Art by Gerry Giovinco
Genre: Non-Fiction, Craft & Hobbies, Toymaking
What It Is About?: “The easiest-to-follow and most comprehensive balloon-sculpting treasury available, this amazing book is packed with over 100 unique designs.” (from
Available: NOW!

Title: The Spy With The Red Balloon by Katherine Locke
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical
What It Is About?: “Siblings Ilse and Wolf hide a deep secret in their blood: with it, they can work magic. And the government just found out. Blackmailed into service during World War II, Ilse lends her magic to America’s newest weapon, the atom bomb, while Wolf goes behind enemy lines to sabotage Germany’s nuclear program…” (from
Available: OCTOBER 2019!


Look At The Leaves Day

Title: Summer Green To Autumn Gold by Mia Posada
Genre: Non-Fiction, Juvenile, Science, Leaves, Trees
What It Is About?: “This nonfiction picture book, written and illustrated by Mia Posada, beautifully explains why leaves change color in fall. It highlights both the eye-catching colors of the season and the science behind the colors. Back matter offers additional scientific details for curious readers as well as suggested further reading and links to hands-on activities.” (from
Available: NOW!

Title: Reading The Leaves by Sandra Mariah Wright & Leanne Marrama
Genre: Non-Fiction, Mind/Body & Spirit, Divination
What It Is About?: “Reading the Leaves shows you how to:
- brew a cup of tea for divination purposes
- interpret more than 200 time-tested symbols that are most likely to show up, such as hearts and anchors, and what their size, location, and relationship to other shapes mean
- set an intention
- create a regular tea ritual
- keep a tea leaf reading journal
- do a reading for family and friends
- make their favorite tea time recipes
- respond when a "bad" symbol shows up”(from
Available: MAY 19TH 2020!


World Smile Day

Title: Smile Because It Happened by Carole Young & Stacey Reynolds
Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography, Memoir
What It Is About?: “In 1995, as a young wife newly separated by many miles from her family in the Midwest, Stacey Reynolds began corresponding with her mother, Carole Young, by e-mail. These e-mails, along with letters, continued until 2012 and provide a very personal, often humorous, glimpse into the life of a self-described “mother of three beautiful children, wife, daughter, interior designer, crazy gardener, lifelong learner, martial artist and artist with a paintbrush.” (From
Available: NOW!

Title: The Smile Of The Absent Cat by Grant Morrison and Illustrated by Gerhard
Genre: Non-Fiction, Graphic Novel, Biography, Memoir
What It Is About?: “The story is about Louis Wain, an Edwardian artist known for being the first to do "cat cartoons." As he died penniless and insane, a state that Morrison assumes all creators strive for, the graphic novel focuses on what happens to the world Wain made ("Catland") without its creator and how it will reflect the real events in his life. The main character is a detective who recently returned from the first World War.” (From
Available: OCTOBER 8TH 2019!

World Teachers’ Day

Title: Teachers by Bored Teachers
Genre: Humor, Teachers
What It Is About?: “This hilarious romp through the weeds of the people that educate our children is the perfect gift for that special someone who manages (tries to manage) 30+ children 5 days a week.” (from
Available: NOW!

Title: The Ultimate Teacher Appreciation Gift Book by Annie Brock
Genre: Non-Fiction, Juvenile, Teachers
What It Is About?: “Give every amazing teacher a gift they’ll treasure forever with a book filled with fun prompts that kids can fill out, personalize, and color to say thank you for a wonderful school year.” (from
Available: APRIL 7TH 2020!

Garlic Lovers Day

Title: Garlic by Jenny Linford and Photography by Clare Winfield
Genre: Non-Fiction, Cooking
What It Is About?: “A celebration of garlic from festivals to folklore plus a stunning collection of more than 65 delicious recipes from around the world.” (from
Available: NOW!

Title: The Garlic Papers by Stanley Crawford
Genre: Non-Fiction, Gardening, Essay
What It Is About?: “Readers who care about preserving local businesses will appreciate this new book by writer and garlic farm owner Stanley Crawford. In the fall of 2014, Crawford questioned US tariff exemptions for the country’s largest importer of Chinese garlic. This set off a massive legal battle, pitting his small New Mexico farm against the importer and its international law firms. In this compelling account of his David-and-Goliath battle, now in its fifth year, Crawford describes his personal and farming life under a cloud of lawsuits and administrative skirmishes. The unusual case was of such interest that it became the subject of a Netflix documentary, “Garlic Breath,” in the six-part series Rotten, released in 2018.” (from
OCTOBER 19TH 2019!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Shannon's Review - The Fever King by Victoria Lee

Title: The Fever King
Series: Feverwake #1
Author: Victoria Lee
Cover Artist: Davia Curtis
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Magic, LGBT
Publisher: Skyscape
Received: From Publicist For Review
Release Date: March 2019
Pages: 375

Author Victoria Lee’s Official Websites:







Shannon’s Thoughts:
Set in futuristic world magic is real. Not all have it and it is only found after fevers rage through areas killing most. Those that are left are called witchlings. Each witchlings main power is different but other powers can be learned. Our main character Noam has lived some hardships as a refuge and things do not get much easier for him after a fever breaks out killing his father. The fever leaves him with powers that make him very wanted by political leaders. As he learns how powerful he really is he also finds an attraction to a fellow witchling name Dara.

Characters are enjoyable to get to know even the ones that may not be on the side of good. I particularly liked the fact that there was no way to be sure who was in the right and who was wrong. There were no black and white sides and you learn this as the main character, Noam, also realizes it. Even Noam’s relationship with Dara is in the grey area.

One thing bothered me about the name of the new countries that North America broke into like the name Carolinia. I don’t know why this bothered me. It just felt the name for people were pretty great but the names for the places in the future world were just so so.

The author Victoria Lee has mentioned some characters will be in the next book and I look forward to finding out what happens next. I hope Noam expands his magic knowledge and get more powers. I found the lore of magic in the world very interesting.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Shannon's Review - Little Mouse's Painting by Diane Wolkenstein

Title: Little Mouse’s Paining
Series: None
Author: Diane Wolkstein
Illustrator: Diane Wolkstein
Genre: Fiction, Children’s, Picture Book, Animals, Art
Publisher: HarperCollins
Received: Bought
Release Date: April 1992
Pages: ??

Author Diane Wolkstein Official Websites:

(November 11, 1942 – January 31, 2013)

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Shannon’s Thoughts:

Little Mouse is an artist and loves to paint. Three of Mouse’s friends visit and each friend sees something different from the painting Mouse has painted. Each friend sees themselves in the painting although Mouse did not paint the picture with them in mind. The painting becomes special for all four of them for different reasons.

This book has two things that caught my eyes. One it a kid's book which I love. Two it’s got the mouse is an artist and I am an artist. The art for this book is so detailed and story so sweet. I love how each character saw something different in painting.

I have seen some reviews that people did not like there were so many words for a picture book and I will say when I pick it up a glance through I felt the same. Although once I read it, that did not matter. It reads easily and with art so detailed the story should mirror that.

Toddlers will enjoy the book but those starting schools might connect with it more. A beautiful work of art in many ways.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Celebrate Every Day With Books 9/16/2019 - 9/22/2019

Celebrate Every Day With Books 9/16/2019 - 9/22/2019

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 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?


Trail Of Tears Commemoration Day

Title: Trail of Tears by Lynn Peppas
Genre: Non-Fiction, Juvenile, History, Native Americans
What It Is About?: “...This gripping title examines the events leading up to the removal of the Cherokee from their native lands, the suffering endured on the Trail of Tears, and the struggles they faced once reaching their new land in present-day Oklahoma…” (from description)
Available: NOW!

Title: Mary And The Trail Of Tears by Andrea L. Rogers and illustrations by Matt Forsyth
Genre: Historical Fiction, Juvenile,
What It Is About?: “...Twelve-year-old Mary and her Cherokee family are forced out of their home in Georgia by U.S. soldiers in May 1838…” (description from
Available: JANUARY 2020


Get Ready Day

Title: Living With No Regrets: Get Ready For Your Future By Getting Over Your Past by Greg Fritz
Genre: Non-Fiction, Spirituality, Christian,
What It Is About?: “ Greg Fritz shares simple yet profound truths from God’s Word that will set you free and give you a new lease on life…” (description from
Available: NOW!

Title: Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle: How Animals Get Ready For Winter by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Claudine Gevry
Genre: Non-Fiction, Children's, Picture Books, Animals,
What It Is About?: “...This rhyming nonfiction picture book by Laura Purdie Salas tells you all about how animals survive chilly weather.” (description from
Available: NOW!


Respect Day

Title: A Respectable Woman by Easterine Kire
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
What It Is About?: “...For returning soldiers and others dealing with the aftermath of World War II, alcohol provides some relief and a way of dealing with new realities. The Church, a major presence, joins the battle against alcoholism with its support of the Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition Act. This mandate, however, only leads to bootlegging and the more insidious problem of domestic violence…” (description from
Available: NOVEMBER 2019!

Title: Champion Gran: Kara Learns About Respect by Deborah Chancellor and illustrated by Elif Balta Parks
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Social Themes, Values
What It Is About?: “This story explores the issue of respect - if we don't respect other people we miss the chance to learn from them and enjoy their friendship…” (description from
Available: DECEMBER 2019!


Talk Like A Pirate Day

Title: The Pirate Tree by Brigita Orel and illustrations by Jennie Poh
Genre: Fiction, Children's, Picture Book, Adventure, Pirates
What It Is About?: “The gnarled tree on the hill sometimes turns into a pirate ship…”(description from
Available: NOW!

Title: A Pirate’s Life For She by Laura Sook Duncombe
Genre: Non-Fiction, Young Adult, Biography, Women
What It Is About?: “...A Pirate's Life for She tells the story of 16 women who through the ages who sailed alongside—and sometimes in command of—their male counterparts. These women came from all walks of life but had one thing in common: a desire for freedom…” (description from
Available: OCTOBER 2019!


Punch Day

Title: Punch: The Delights And Dangers Of The Flowing Bowl by David Wondrich
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, Food and Drink, Cocktails
What It Is About?: “...Replete with historical anecdotes, expert observations, notes on technique and ingredients, and of course world-class recipes, Punch will take readers on a celebratory journey into the punch bowl …”(description from
Available: NOW!

Title: Don’t Drink The Punch by P.J. Night (Creepover Series #11)
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Horror
What It Is About?: An obsessive crush puts partygoers in danger in this frighteningly fun addition to the You’re Invited to a Creepover series.” (description from
Available: DECEMBER 2019!


Red Panda Day

Title: Red Panda & Moon Bear by Jarod Rosello
Genre: Fiction, Children’s, Picture Book, Superheros
What It Is About?: “Two Latinx kids battle supernatural threats to their working-class neighborhood with the power of science, magic, and a pair of very special hoodies.” (description from
Available: NOW!

Title: Red Pandas by Martha London
Genre: Non-Fiction, Juvenile, Science, Animals
What It Is About?: “This title introduces readers to red pandas, covering their habitat, their physical characteristics, and threats to the species. This title features informative sidebars, detailed infographics, vivid photos, and a glossary.” (description from
Available: NOW!


Day Of Radiant Peace

Title: Peace Is Possible by Prem Rawat
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self Help, Motivational
What It Is About?: “Peace is Possible draws together age-old stories which, as they have been passed down over generations, inspired and transformed the lives of millions. From the power of adaptability to the importance of trust, to the sticking-place of courage, these are the messages that will change the world. For good.” (Description from
Available: NOW!

Title: The Peace Dragon by Linda Ragsdale and illustrated by Marco Furlotti
Genre: Fiction, Children’s, Picture Book, Fantasy, Dragons
What It Is About?: “Sometimes things aren't always what they seem... sometimes they are better. When a young explorer comes upon a dragon he quickly learns he shouldn't jump to conclusions. This is no ordinary dragon. This is a Peace Dragon and she is spreading a message of peace the whole world should hear.” (Description from
Available: NOVEMBER 2019!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Celebrate Every Day With Books 9/9/2019 - 9/15/2019

I wanted to post this Monday but things got busy.

Celebrate Every Day With Books 9/9/2019 - 9/15/2019

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 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?


Teddy Bear Day

Title: Teddy Bears: A History And Collector’s Guide by Lorraine Hitchings
Genre: Non-Fiction, Hobbies, Collectables
What It Is About?: Learn how the Teddy Bear came to be and how he has survived through the years. He has become a favorite to children and adult making him a dear collectible.
Available: NOW!

Title: Teddy Bear Of The Year by Vikki VanSickle and Illustrated by Sydney Hanson
Genre: Fiction, Children, Picture Book,
What It Is About?: Teddy bear, Ollie, attends the annual Teddy Bear Picnic. He finds himself feeling less important compared to other bears. He soon finds out his more special then he knows because of the little girl who loves him.
Available: JANUARY 2020


Sew Be It Day

Title: Sew In Love by Debby Lee, Jacquelyn McMurray, Darlene Panzera, and Kimberley Woodhouse
Genre: Fiction, Christian, Romance
What It Is About?: 4 different romance stories that are connected by the theme which is sewing.
Available: DECEMBER 2019!

Title: Sew Witchy: Tools, Techniques & Projects For Sewing Magick by Raechel Henderson
Genre: Non-Fiction, Hobbies, Sewing, New Age, Spirituality,
What It Is About?: Turn sewing projects and more into magical rituals.
Available: DECEMBER 2019!


Libraries Remember Day

Title: For The Love Of Books: Designing And Curating A Home Library by Thatcher Wine & Elizabeth Lane
Genre: Non-Fiction, Hobbie, Decorating, History, Home Improvement
What It Is About?: Learn the history of books and personal libraries. With thoughts on how to create your own spacious home library.
Available: NOW!

Title: Candida Hofer: Libraries introduction by Umberto Eco
Genre: Non-Fiction, Art, Photography, Artist, Libraries
What It Is About?: Photos that were taken by Candida Hofer of libraries around the world.
Available: NOW!


Day Of Encouragement

Title: You Can Encourage Others: Tease Or Inspire You Choose The Ending by Connie Calwell Miller and illustrated by Victoria Assanelli
Genre: Non-Fiction, Juvenile, Social Topics, Emotions,
What It Is About?: Part of a series called Making Good Choices. You choose what happens and learning consequences to what you choose to do.
Available: NOW!

Title: Insbearations: Warm and Wise Words Of Encouragement by Ron Winnegrad
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self Help, Motivational
What It Is About?: Amusing and cute illustrations to help readers through those hard days.
Available: OCTOBER 2019!


Chocolate Day

Title: Mindfulness For Chocolate Lovers by Diane R. Gehart
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self Help, Mediations
What It Is About?: Learn to live life the fullest, spiritually and tastefully. Maximizing your joy and palate.
Available: NOW!

Title: The Secret Life Of Chocolate by Marcos Patchett
Genre: Non-Fiction, Medical, Alternative Medicine
What It Is About?: Learn the health benefits of real chocolate, not the sweet kind that that chocolate starts as.
Available: JANUARY 2020!


First Aid Day

Title: The Little Book Of Angel Healing: First Aid From The Heavenly Realms by Kimberly Marooney
Genre: Spirituality, New Age, Angels, Spirit Guides
What It Is About?: “...Explains how to tap into the healing power of angels and how angel power can help overcome specific ailments and expand consciousness…” (from Goodreads)
Available: NOW!

Title: First Aid For Broken Hearts by Alan D. Wolfelt PH.D.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self Help,
What It Is About?: A guide to help those who are heartbroken or feel the loss of someone.
Available: OCTOBER 2019!


Dot Day

Title: Dot Drawing: A Fusion Of Stippling And Ornament by Spider.Money
Genre: Non-Fiction, Art, Art Technique, Drawing
What It Is About?: “... create pictures consisting of patterns of dots that are shaded in intensity and placement to give lifelike shape, form, and depth…” (from
Available: SEPTEMBER 28 2019!

Title: Sticker Van Gogh: Dot Art by Yoni Alter
Genre: Activity Book, Art,
What It Is About?: “..., this book contains thousands of colored round stickers and a poster “canvas” of colored outlines - readers simply need to match the stickers to the outlines found on the poster to recreate the painting…” (from
Available: OCTOBER 2019!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

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

Title: If You Were Me And Lived In...Turkey
Series: If You Were Me And Lived In...
Author: Carole P. Roman
Genre: Non-Fiction, Children, Picture Book, History, Turkey
Publisher: CreateSpace
Received: From author for review
Release Date: November 2013
Pages: 28

Author Carole P. Roman’s Official Websites:






Shannon’s Thoughts:

Another addition to If You Were Me And Lived In series. This time we learn about living in the country Turkey. The reader is introduced to what common boys and girls' names are. We learn Turkish names of common items like money, mom and dad. The lite children's picture book is full of facts and cute illustrations.

I do enjoy these series of books because it is like a beginner's class on countries I don’t know much about. I don’t have my own children but my inner child tells me she would have liked these books as well.

My only reservation is I feel that there could be more to learn but I think that is the adult in me. Maybe the amount of information is just right for a child.

I think this series will be really helpful for kids once they reach age fo social studies classes and have reports to do.