Monday, March 22, 2021

Celebrate Everyday With Books - World Day Of Water






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

MARCH 22ND 2020


WORLD DAY OF WATER


“World Water Day is an international observance that brings attention to the importance of freshwater and advocates for sustainable management of freshwater resources. It is a day for people to learn more about water issues and to take action to address them...” (from checkiday.com)




Just 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 Secret Intelligence Of Water by Veda Austin

Genre: Non-Fiction, Body, Mind & Spirit, Gaia & Earth Energies

What It Is About?: “The Secret Intelligence of Water takes a quantum leap from the springboard of Masaru Emoto's microscopic work with ice crystals. Through macroscopic photography, and a groundbreaking new technique, researcher Veda Austin, allows us to view water as an intelligent force, with the power to respond to human consciousness in ways never before thought possible...” ( From Goodreads.com)

Available To Buy: Anywhere Books Are Sold

Available To Swap: 0 Available on PBS





Title: Wine To Water by Doc Hendley

Genre:
Non-fiction, Biography, Africa

What It Is About?: “...At just twenty-five years old, Doc was inexperienced, untrained, and in constant danger—but he stepped up to save lives. Alternatively begging international organizations for funding and dodging trigger-happy Janjaweed, Doc began drilling and repairing wells, bringing drinking water to those who desperately needed it. Wine to Water is his story about braving tribal warfare in far-flung regions of the world and an inspirational tale of how one ordinary person can make a difference.” (from Goodreads.com)

Available To Buy: Anywhere books are sold.

Available To Swap: 1 Available on PBS








Thursday, March 18, 2021

Shannon's Review - To Fetch A Thief by Spencer Quinn






Title: To Fetch A Thief
Series: Chet And Bernie Mystery #3
Author: Spencer Quinn (aka Peter Abrahams)
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Anna Dorfman
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Publisher: Atria Books
Received: Free for an honest review.
Release Date: September 2010
Pages: 307
Rating:



Author Spencer Quinn’s (aka Peter Abrahams) Official Websites:




Website:
https://www.peterabrahams.com/

Blog:
http://www.chetthedog.com/

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

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/chetthedog

Instagram:
None found



Shannon’s Thoughts:

This is the third installment to the Chet and Bernie mystery series. Chet, the dog is the best at narrating their stories. Bernie and Chet are working on a case for a circus. A missing performer and his elephant are missing. The leads do not come easy and they are traveling farther than they would like to crack the case.

Even though this is the third book in the series, it is the first one I have read. I did not feel lost and felt very connected to the characters. I love the way Chet’s voice is described and how he takes in information. Since he is a dog he gets distracted sometimes but not most of the time because he is a good dog.

I wish I had more of the books to read but I will have to remedy it another day. The end of the story did not come together as cleanly as I hoped. It seemed like things had gotten so out of hand (or paw) the author wasn’t sure how to get it back to a resolvable ending. Things got too lucky in the final chapters.

I will definitely be reading another Chet and Bernie mystery. I could see these characters as a tv series or movies. Worth the read and I am happy reading out of order if I read more.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Shannon's Review - The Night Before St. Patrick's Day by Natasha Wing






Title: The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day
Series: The Night Before Series
Author: Natasha Wing
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Amy Wummer
Genre: Fiction, Childrens, Picturebook, Holiday, St. Patrick’s Day,
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Received: Bought
Release Date: January 2009
Pages: 32
Rating:




Author Natasha Wing’s Official Websites:





Website:
http://natashawing.com/

Blog:
http://natashawing.com/blog

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

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/natashawing

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



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Two siblings are excited to catch a leprechaun on the following day, which is St. Patrick’s Day. They create treats and lay traps to catch the little Irish fae and get his pot of gold.

I like the ideas the children come up with decorating and setting up traps. For me growing up St. Patrick’s Day was mostly a day for everyone to wear green and say they are Irish.

I am not sure how I feel about the way the story is told. It takes more than part of the title from The Night Before Christmas story. Part of me dislikes it for using it as a gimmick and the other part of me wishes I thought of it first. Sometimes the writing does not fit. In fact, when I was reading it sometimes I thought of different words that just seemed better to end sentences with than what was used.

I would read another from Natasha Wings Night Before Series as I said I like the ideas. I do think kids would like this one and is a fun way to introduce St. Patrick’s Day.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Shannon's Review - Cable Vol. 2 : Waiting For The End Of The World by Duane Swierczynski






Title: Cable Vol. 2 - Waiting For The End Of The World
Series: Cable Vol. 2
Author: Duane Swierczynski
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Michel Lacombe
Genre: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Marvel
Publisher: Marvel
Received: Bought
Release Date: May 2009
Pages: 176
Rating:




Author Duane Swierczynski’s Official Websites:



Website:
http://secretdead.blogspot.com/

Blog:
http://secretdead.blogspot.com/

Facebook:


Twitter:
https://twitter.com/swierczy

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



Shannon’s Thoughts:


Cyclops is second-guessing his choice to let his son Cable take a baby girl mutant to keep her safe. He jumps forward in time as he is being chased by Bishop who also thinks that saving the world means killing the baby girl.

I have not read the volume before this and only know a little about the character Cable.

I was still able to enjoy the story and felt very involved. I have always enjoyed the X-men stories and this was no different. The art is great and the story moves quickly.

The only problem I have is that good graphic novels, like this, end too soon. I really want to know what happens next. My second problem is they are expensive so I may not find out for while.

If you like Marvel superheroes and the Xmen stories this is has a great storyline and keeps you hooked. I hope the movies bring Cable because he is interesting and all the time jumping you never know what will happen.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Celebrate Everyday With Books - True Confessions 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

MARCH 15TH 2021


TRUE CONFESSIONS DAY






Just 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: Physician, Care For Thyself by Jessica Wei M.D.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Medical, GYN
What It Is About?: “Jessica Wei, M.D. is a former OB/GYN and functional medicine practitioner who shares the powerful journey of leaving her conventional medical practice...” ( From Goodreads.com)
Available To Buy: Anywhere Books Are Sold
Available To Swap: 0 Available on PBS





Title: Whose Kids Are These Anyway? By Ken Swarner
Genre: Non-Fiction, Parenthood, Humor
What It Is About?:’...a lighthearted look at the funny side of fatherhood that will have parents nodding in agreement and laughing out loud…” (from Goodreads.com)
Available To Buy: Anywhere Books Are Sold
Available To Swap: 2 Available on PBS






Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Shannon's Review - Gustav Gloom And The People Taker by Adam-Troy Castro





Title: Gustav Gloom And The People Taker
Series: Gustav Gloom #1
Author: Adam-Troy Castro
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Kristen Margiotta
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Received: Bought
Release Date: August 2012
Pages: 232
Rating:




Author Adam-Troy Castro’s Official Websites:


(borrowed from Goodreads.com)

Website:
https://www.adamtroycastro.com/

Blog:
https://www.adamtroycastro.com/

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

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/adamtroycastro

Instagram:
None found



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Gustav Gloom is a strange and unusual boy. He lives at the darkest and creepiest house on the block. No one knows much about him or his house until the What family moves in across the street. Fernie What follows her cat onto the grounds of Gustav Gloom’s house and gets trapped in the house by the dark creatures and weird rooms that inhabit the Gloom household.

The cover and inside art is very eye-catching and are what intrigued me.

There are so many usual and imaginative characters and the rules that they seem to follow. I found an issue with those rules because Gustav would first tell the rules of a creature or room and then those rules always seem to get broken. It just did not make sense as to why there were rules in the first place.

My inner child was attracted to this series because of the art and theme. The actual story missed the mark for me. I don’t know if I will continue with the series.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Celebrate Everyday With Books - Be Humble 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

MONDAY FEBRUARY 22ND 2021


BE HUMBLE DAY


“Today is not for bragging or boasting about one's accomplishments or achievements. Rather, it is a day to practice humility. It is not a day to talk about oneself, but a day to listen to others, appreciate their accomplishments, and learn from them. It is a day for acknowledging one's imperfections and faults and understanding that improvements can be made. In short, it is a day to be humble..” (from checkiday.com)




Just 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: Rock Art! by Denise Scicluna

Genre: Non-Fiction, Crafts, Art

What It Is About?: “Rock painting is one of the oldest forms of artistic expression known to man. The varied surfaces, shapes, and sizes of rocks also make them perfect for crafts. From brooches to bookends, paperweights to place cards, miniature owls to patterned pebbles, you can create just about anything with the right rock and a bit of imagination..” ( From Goodreads.com)

Available To Buy: Anywhere Books Are Sold

Available To Swap: 0 Available on PBS





Title: Humble & Kind by Tim McGraw

Genre: Non-Fiction, Music

What It Is About?: “Humble and Kind is the keepsake hardcover volume that combines the emotional power of Tim McGraw's uplifting #1 single and video "Humble and Kind" to elegant line illustrations in a gift book for all seasons. Inspired by McGraw's own life experience as his eldest child embarked on her college career, every parent and graduate can relate to Humble and Kind; with tender clarity, the words reinforce lessons for mindful, compassionate living…”(from Goodreads.com)

Available To Buy: Anywhere books are sold

Available To Swap: 2 Available on PBS







Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Shannon's Review - Firenze's Light by Jessica Collaco







Title: Firenze’s Light
Series: not at the moment
Author: Jessica Collaco
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Angela Li
Genre: Fiction, Children’s, Picture book,
Publisher: Shine Your Light Books
Received:
Release Date: June 2014
Pages: 28
Rating:



Author Jessica Collaco’s Official Websites:



(borrowed from goodreads.com)

Website:
https://www.shineyourlightbooks.com/

Blog:
None

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

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/FirenzesLight

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



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Firenze is a firefly that does not like her light. Her mother tells her it is what makes her special but she disagrees. She tries hard to hide her light even though others discourage it.

Even as an adult reading stories about what makes a person, animal, or insect special hits a note for me. As a human, I think we all want what we don’t have. Firenze has a light she would rather not have because she sees it (at first) as a negative. We always want what we can not have and then realize that we want what we did have.

I think it is a good story but kinda peters out in the end. Strong message but the realization at the end of the book is just unrememberable.

The art is beautiful and cute. It really helps tell the story. I would recommend this for kids ages 4 and up. I would absolutely read more from this author.




Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Shannon's Review - Children Of Dune by Frank Herbert





Title: Children Of Dune
Series: Dune Chronicles #3
Author: Frank Herbert
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Vincent DiFate
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Classic
Publisher: J.P. Putnam’s Sons
Received: Bought
Release Date: January 1976
Pages: 444
Rating:



Author Frank Herbert’s Official Websites:


(taken from goodreads.com.)


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

Blog:
None

Facebook:
None

Twitter:
None

Instagram:
None




Shannon’s Thoughts:

In this third installment of the chronicles, we jump 9 years after Dune Messiah. Paul and Chani Atreides twins, Leto and Ghanima, are infused with knowledge of the past and future because of the actions of their parents. There Aunt Alia is temporary on the throne until the twins come of age, but Alia’s mental stability is declining. She leading towards darkness. The twins follow their fate and Leto becomes something unthinkable and wondrous.

I am a fan of family sagas and so far the Dune Chronicles are fast becoming one of my favorites. Normally the fact the book being science fiction would get 1 thumb down but this series has been different. With the sci-fi twists, I never would have guessed what would happen. It helps that I keep picturing the actors that will be in the new movie. Hard not to like Duncan Idaho character when he’s being played by Jason Momoa in your head. Compared to the first and second books I found this one moved quicker. I felt there is more action

The political side of the stories I do not completely follow. Sometimes it is a little over my head. Herbert does not get into too much detail when he describes things. He is not Stephen King, meaning he does not over-describe situations. Sometimes I wish he would add a little more when it comes to people talking and a little more straightforward with their thoughts.

I am very curious as to what is to come in the next couple of books. I plan to read them all...even the newer ones I think.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Celebrate Everyday With Books - Presidents' 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

MONDAY FEBRUARY 15TH 2021


PRESIDENTS’ DAY

“Presidents' Day is officially known as Washington's Birthday and is a holiday to honor the first president, George Washington, who was born on February 22, 1732. It is a federal holiday, as well as a state holiday in many states. In 1800, the year after Washington's death, the day became an unofficial day of remembrance.” (from checkiday.com)




Just 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: Abraham Lincoln’s Humor by John Grafton
Genre: Biography, Essays, History, U.S. Presidents
What It Is About?: “Today we think of Abraham Lincoln as America's greatest President. He's celebrated for his leadership and his numerous moving speeches, and for helping the nation through the dark time of the Civil War and out of slavery. Not as widely known as Lincoln's talent for humor and storytelling, and this collection shares many of his jokes and parables.
Lincoln used homespun whimsy effectively as a traveling lawyer and later as a tool that helped him negotiate policy, gain influence, and teach subtle moral lessons...” ( From Goodreads.com)
Available To Buy: Anywhere Books Are Sold
Available To Swap: 0 Available on PBS





Title: The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
What It Is About?: “...Set over the course of three days, The President Is Missing sheds a stunning light upon the inner workings and vulnerabilities of our nation. Filled with information that only a former Commander-in-Chief could know, this is the most authentic, terrifying novel to come along in many years.” (from Goodreads.com)
Available To Buy: Anywhere books are sold
Available To Swap: 4 Available on PBS







Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Shannon's Review's - Everybody Loves Valentines by Sally Huss






Title: Everybody Loves Valentines
Series: Not at the moment
Author: Sally Huss
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Sally Huss
Genre: Fiction, Children, Picturebook, Holiday, Valentine’s Day,
Publisher: Huss Publishing
Received: Bought
Release Date: February 2015
Pages: 29
Rating:




Author Sally Huss’s Official Websites:



(borrowed from Goodreads.com)


Website:
https://www.sallyhuss.com/

Blog:
https://www.sallyhuss.com/sallys-blog

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/sally.huss.5

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/sallyhuss

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



Shannon’s Thoughts:

When making Valentines this kid will not leave anyone out because everybody loves Valentines.

Illustrations are sweet and the message is a good one. The kid making valentines for his family and friends brings a little smile to a little one's face.


The message does get lost because the flow and rhyming scheme are off. Especially once the author is spelling out Valentines' with a little too much sugary sweetness.


The young ones might get a kick if it is their first Valentines' but others may get lost. I would read another by this author. There was a short excerpt from one other book and the writing seemed to flow better. This is still a cute book though.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Shannon's Review - Love, Tink by Elle Strauss







Title: Love, Tink (Complete Series)
Series: Tink series 1 - 6
Author: Elle Strauss aka Lee Strauss
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: unknown
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairies, Magic
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Received: Free for an honest review
Release Date: October 2013
Pages: 314
Rating:



Author Lee Strauss’ Official Websites:




(borrowed from Goodreads.com)


Website:
https://www.leestraussbooks.com/

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

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

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/LeeStraussBooks

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/lee.strauss/



Shannon’s Thoughts:


Author Lee Strauss takes some well know characters from J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan but gives it a twist. This version is the complete 6 books of the Love, Tink series. Mainly written from Tinkerbell’s point of view and sometimes Peter’s. We learn of Tink’s feelings for Peter and how he came to be in Neverland. Peter has lost the enjoyment he first found being in Neverland and now he wants to go home. Tink helps him by breaking some fairy rules and eventually follows Peter to his world.


The first two books take place in Neverland. So there were the traditional pirates who are the bad guys, along with Peter and the lost boys getting in hijinks, and Tink helping the lost boys while pretending to help Captain Hook as well. Those first chapters are okay. I really enjoyed it when Tink and Jangles follow Peter to New York. It felt like a whole new story, not just retelling. There was magic in the writing that made it feel somewhat original. I liked the idea of how Peter got into and out of Neverland.


I was torn about how Wendy was introduced and her personality. She was pretty dislikable but had reason to be. I think if I were in her shoes I might have been bitchy to certain people too. If the whole story had been written with not as Neverland and its characters I think I would have enjoyed it a little more. There are so many retelling of Peter Pan and his adventures I would rather see new characters.


I still liked the books and would love to read more by the author.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Celebrate Everyday With Books - Epilepsy 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

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2021


EPILEPSY DAY


“International Epilepsy Day is being observed today! It has been observed the second Monday in February since 2015..” (from checkiday.com)




Just 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: Gotham Girl Interrupted by Alisa Kennedy Jones
Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography, Memoir
What It Is About?: “...A smart stand-up comedy about the power of falling down, Gotham Girl Interrupted is loaded with brash truths and laugh-out-loud moments about the epileptic age and culture in which we all live. It's also a dispatch from the frontlines of neurodiversity. Above all, it's about the battle for becoming who you are supposed to be and finding your tribe--no matter how much flopping around on the ground and wetting yourself you have to do to get there...” ( From Goodreads.com)
Available To Buy: Anywhere Books Are Sold
Available To Swap: 0 Available on PBS





Title: Tinkers by Paul Harding
Genre: Fiction, Literature, Contemporary
What It Is About?: “An old man lies dying. As time collapses into memory, he travels deep into his past where he is reunited with his father and relives the wonder and pain of his impoverished New England youth. At once heartbreaking and life-affirming, Tinkers is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature.” (from Goodreads.com)
Available To Buy: Anywhere books are sold
Available To Swap: 17 Available on PBS