Sunday, October 21, 2018

New Releases on the Horizon #50: October 21, 2018 - October 27, 2018


Hey everyone!  I just started this new thing on my blog called "New Releases on the Horizon!"  It's where I list all the new books being release throughout the year and I choose from 10 books that I have the most interest in checking out and I also will list the dates the books will be released and where you can find them if you are interested.


So, be on the lookout for some new books on the horizon!




Year of the Weeds by Siddhartha Sarma   
Expected Publication: October 22nd, 2018 by Duckbill Books and Publications Pvt Ltd.   
(Contemporary)  



Imagine Us Happy by Jennifer Yu    
Expected Publication:  October 23rd, 2018 by Harlequin Teen  
(Contemporary / Mental Health) 


Watch You Burn by Amanda Searcy  
Expected Publication:  October 23rd, 2018 by Delacorte Press  
(Thriller / Mystery) 


Expected Publication:  October 23rd, 2018 by Live Edge Publishing 
(Fantasy) 






That Night by Amy Giles  
Expected publication: October 23rd, 2018 by HarperTeen   
(Contemporary Romance) 


The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth   
Expected publication:  October 23rd, 2018 by HarperTeen  
(Fantasy) 
 

An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker   
Expected publication:  October 23rd, 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers   
(Historical Romance) 


Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7)  by Sarah J. Maas  

  
Salt for Air by M.C. Frank    
Expected publication:  October 23rd, 2018 
(Fantasy) 

Friday, October 19, 2018

Fairy Tale and Folktale Fridays #33: The Five Chinese Brothers



Hey there!  Welcome to "Fairy Tale and Folktale Fridays," a new feature on my blog where I discuss about some fairy tales and folktales I have read throughout the years.  This feature was inspired by Chrissi Reads' "Fairy Tale Friday" meme and I was so inspired by those posts that I wanted to do a feature that details my love for fairy tales and folktales!




The Five Chinese Brothers





 


Type: Folktale

Country of Origin: China

Main Character Hero or Heroine: Heroes

Recommend?: Yes! 




Summary from the original story:

Once upon a time in China, there lived five brothers, who all look exactly alike and each brother also possess a special ability.  The first brother can swallow up the whole sea with no problem; the second brother has a neck that cannot be cut by swords; the third brother can stretch out his legs to long distances; the fourth brother cannot be burn by fire and the fifth brother can hold his breath for a long time.  One day, the first brother decided to go fishing and he decided to let a young boy go fishing with him.  As soon as they got to the sea, the first brother than started drinking up the sea so that the little boy can get the fish and treasures.  Unfortunately, the first brother was having trouble holding the sea in his mouth and he tried to alert the boy to come back to the shore, but the boy ignored the first brother and the first brother ended up spitting out the sea, drowning the boy.  When the town finds out what happened to the boy, the first brother is accused of murder and he is sentenced to death.  But then, the second brother ended up secretly taking the first brother's place and saves him from being beheaded.  But then the judge continues to try to execute one of the brothers, but each time, the brothers ended up taking each other's places, preventing the other from being executed.  Finally, the judge decided that the brother is innocent of the crime and the five brothers were able to go back home to their mother and live happily ever after.



I honestly really enjoyed this story, although my favorite version of this tale has always been the Rabbit Ears version!  I loved the fact that each Chinese brother is able to possess a different ability that is able to save each of them from being executed, as it reminded me a bit of the companions that accompanies the Fool in "The Fool and the Flying Ship!" As for the controversy surrounding the original book, I can understand why the original book drew so much controversy from some readers, as it seems to show a stereotypical depiction of the Chinese people in this story.  However, I still really enjoyed that story, even though I understand about the issues surrounding the stereotypical artwork.  If you want to check out a less controversial version of this story, check out the Rabbit Ears' version that has artwork by Kurt Vargo and "The Seven Chinese Brothers" by Margaret Mahy.


1. What kind of special abilities do you want to possess?

I definitely would like to possess the ability to fly since it would be pretty handy in getting to work on time!

2. Do you have any siblings?

Yes, I actually have a twin sister and a younger sister!

3. Do you think that the original story had some controversial artwork?

In a way, yes, I do think that the original story had some controversial artwork regarding how they portrayed the Chinese people, but I still enjoyed the story despite that.






The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop; illustrated by Kurt Wiese









The Seven Chinese Brothers by Margaret Mahy; illustrated by Jean and Mou-sien Tseng









The Five Chinese Brothers by Jonathan Rodgers; illustrated by Kurt Vargo











The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship







Rumpelstiltskin

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #109: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas




Hello everyone! "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and the purpose of this event is that we spotlight upcoming releases of books that we are excited for!  This will also tie into Wishful Ending's Can't Wait Wednesday post!







This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:





Title:  Kingdom of Ash
Author:  Sarah J. Maas
Expected Publication Date:  October 23rd, 2018



Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world. . .

Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.

As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series


A continuation in the "Throne of Glass" series?  Sign me up!


So, what upcoming books are you looking forward to?  Please respond below!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Fairy Tale and Folktale Fridays #32: The Little Red Hen



Hey there!  Welcome to "Fairy Tale and Folktale Fridays," a new feature on my blog where I discuss about some fairy tales and folktales I have read throughout the years.  This feature was inspired by Chrissi Reads' "Fairy Tale Friday" meme and I was so inspired by those posts that I wanted to do a feature that details my love for fairy tales and folktales!




The Little Red Hen





 


Type: Fairy Tale / Fable

Country of Origin: Possibly Russian ?

Main Character Hero or Heroine: Heroine

Recommend?: Yes! 




The story starts off with the little red hen finding a grain of wheat and she asks her friends, the dog, the cat and the mouse if they will help her plant the wheat.  The dog, the cat and the mouse all said that they won't help and the little red hen ended up planting the wheat by herself. Afterwards, the little red hen started harvesting the wheat, milling the wheat into flour, and baking the flour into bread, all the while, she was also asking the dog, the cat, and the mouse to help her with these duties and yet, the three animals continue to refuse to help the little red hen.  Finally, the little red hen was able to make a delicious bread out of the wheat and she asks the dog, the cat, and the mouse if they will help her eat the bread.  The dog, the cat and the mouse immediately said yes, but the little red hen told them that they will not eat the bread since they didn't help her make the bread and she ended up eating the bread by herself!




I have always loved this story because I loved the fact that this story helps teach children about the importance of hard work and how you should help out your friends or family members whenever they need help.


1. Should you help out with your family members or friends if they needed help?

Yes, it's definitely important to help out your family members and friends during their time of need, especially if it deals with housework!

2. Do you think that the dog, the cat and the mouse deserved to be punished for not helping out the little red hen?

In a way, yes the deserved to get punished, because it wasn't fair to the little red hen that she had to do all the work by herself when the other animals could have helped her out.






The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone









The Little Red Hen by Golden Books







The Little Red Hen by Jerry Pinkney









The Little Red Hen by Michael Foreman








The Three Billy Goats Gruff







The Five Chinese Brothers