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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Shannon's Review - If You Were Me And Lived In The Ancient Mali Empire by Carole P. Roman

Title: If You Were Me And Lived In… The Ancient Mali Empire
Series: If You Were Me And Lived In
Author: Carole P. Roman
Genre: Non-Fiction, Children, History, Africa
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Received: From author for an honest review
Release Date: December 2016
Pages: 78

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Shannon’s Thoughts:

Another installment to Carole P. Roman’s If You Were Me And Lived In...This time we are introduced to the ancient Mali Empire.  These books are fun to look at and even parents/adults learn so much.

I had actually never heard of the Mali people nor that Mali means hippo.  This empire had big trade routes and was known for them. They named their children names you often see in the Christian bible although they were Islamic and Muslims.

I am never sure the age that this series should be read.  It is meant for kids but I learn so much as an adult as well.  I just wish the content of what learn would stay in my head but that is a whole other issue.

I look forward to reading the rest of the series. Can not really go wrong with learning things.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Celebrate Every Day With Books 4/16/2018 - 4/22/2018

Celebrate Every Day With Books 4/16/2018 - 4/22/2018

It seems like every day 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 everyday holidays. 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?


National Stress Awareness Day

Title: Be Mindful & Stress Less by Gina Biegel
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self Help, Inspiration
What It Is About?:  If you make these mindfulness and self-care practices part of your routine, you’ll discover little life-hacks to get through even the toughest days.
Available: IN STORES NOW

Title: Write More, Publish More, Stress Less! By Danielle D. Stevens
Genre: Reference, Writing, Education
What It Is About?: In this book, Dr. Dannelle D. Stevens offers five key principles that will bolster your knowledge of academic writing, enable you to develop a manageable, sustainable and even enjoyable writing practice, and, in the process, effectively increase your publication output and promote your academic career.
Available: IN STORES NOW


Bat Appreciation Day

Title: Bats At The Ballgame by Brian Lies
Genre: Fiction, Childrens, Picture Book, Animals
What It Is About?:  Get set to be transported to the right-side-up and upside-down world of bats at play, as imagined and illustrated by best-selling author-illustrator Brian Lies.
Available: IN STORES NOW

Title: The Secret Life Of Bats by Merlin Tuttle
Genre: Non-Fiction, Science, Nature, Animals
What It Is About?: Few people realize how sophisticated and intelligent bats are. Tuttle shares research showing that frog-eating bats can identify prey by their calls, that vampire bats have a social order similar to that of primates, and that bats have remarkable memories.
Available: IN STORES NOW


Newspaper Columnists Day

Title: Deadline Artists by John Avlon
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, Modern, 20th Century
What It Is About?:  Deadline Artists celebrates the relevance of the newspaper column through the simple power of excellent writing. It is an inspiration for a new generation of writers— whether their medium is print or digital—looking to learn from the best of their predecessors.
Available: IN STORES NOW

Title: Mary McGrory by John Norris
Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography, Memoir
What It Is About?:  A wildly entertaining biography of the trailblazing Washington columnist and the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for commentary
Available: IN STORES NOW


National Garlic Day

Title: Growing Great Garlic by Ron L. Engeland
Genre: Non-Fiction, Gardening, Organic
What It Is About?: Growing Great Garlic is the definitive grower's guide written by a small scale farmer who makes his living growing over 200 strains of garlic.
Available: IN STORES NOW

Title: 101 Amazing Uses For Garlic by Susan Branson
Genre: Non-Fiction, Health & Fitness, Diet & Nutrition
What It Is About?: It turns out that garlic does more than keep away vampires! Garlic is a natural anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic agent. With benefits ranging from slowing collagen depletion and battling cancer cells to preventing hair loss and providing relief for a cold, garlic is a must-have for your kitchen and your everyday life.
Available: MAY 1ST 2018


Look Alike Day

Title: Look-Alikes Around The World by Joan Steiner
Genre: Children, Picture Book
What It Is About?: Take an eye-opening trip around the world! Using everyday objects in ingenious ways, artist Joan Steiner has created three-dimensional scenes of more than 40 famous landmarks and familiar vacation locales,
Available: IN STORES NOW

Title: Nina Nina And The Copycat Ballerina by Jane O’Connor
Genre: Fiction, Children's, Beginning Reader
What It Is About?: There is a new Nina in Nina’s dance class. The new Nina is nice. But there is a problem. She is a copycat! What is the original Nina going to do?


Husband Appreciation Day

Title: What Makes A Man Feel Loved by Bob Barnes
Genre: Non-Fiction, Religion, Christian Life, Love & Marriage
What It Is About?: With practical insight and wisdom, Bob Barnes, bestselling author and beloved husband of Emilie Barnes, sheds light on a man's strengths, needs, worries, and hopes to help you discover
Available: IN STORES NOW

Genre: Non-Fiction, Religion, Christian Life, Women Issues
What It Is About?: With each short, doable plan, you'll not only bless your husband—you'll bless the relationship God created when He brought the two of you together.
Available: IN STORES NOW


Earth Day

Title: Our Beautiful Earth by Giancarlo Macri
Genre: Non-Fiction, Juvenile, Science, Environment
What It Is About?:  This thoroughly engaging book changes dynamically with each turn of the page and invites readers to pore over the incredible, detailed illustrations of all the creatures of the planet peacefully cohabitating in balance--until humans take control.
Available: IN STORES NOW

Title: You Can Save The Earth by Andrew Flach
Genre: Non-Fiction, Nature, Environment
What It Is About?: In its long-awaited revised edition, You Can Save the Earth, Revised Edition provides even more reasons and ways to pay attention to our planet by being stewards to sustainability.
Available: MAY 1ST 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Shannon's Review - The Girls In The Picture by Melanie Benjamin

Title: The Girls In The Picture
Series: N/A
Author: Melanie Benjamin
Genre: Fiction, Historical
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Received: From Publisher For Review
Release Date: January 2018
Pages: 448

Author Melanie Benjamin Official Websites:




Shannon’s Thoughts:

The Girls In The Picture is Melanie Benjamin’s 5th historical fiction novel. We are introduced to the friendship of Actress Mary Pickford and the screenwriter Frances Marion.  They both have helped grow the Hollywood film industry to what it is now.

There is something about the way author Melanie Benjamin writes.  She captures conversations and scenes, then mixes them with true history.  When combining those things it is hard to believe that the exact conversations and/or character traits she described may not be exactly true. Mrs. Benjamin historical fiction books are hard to believe that they are part fiction.  I fall into every scene believing pretty much everything because it is so realistic.

I had a hard time writing this review.  I finished this book a while ago but did not want to write the review because it kind of marks it as a goodbye to the book. Now it is the long wait for the next book by Melanie Benjamin.  It makes me sad to have to wait. I just adore the people she has introduced me to. The only thing that helps me (at least after this book) is to watch some of Mary Pickford’s and Frances Marion movies. I would read more books about them as well but my TBR pile is insane at moment.

The Girls In The Picture has also come out at the perfect moment especially because of the rise of female empowerment at the moment. Mary and Frances helped create major roles for women in Hollywood.  They ignited the fire that women are still trying to live up to and keep that fire lit.