Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Sunday Post Meme (75)




Hey everybody! I am participating in a book meme called the Sunday Post which is being hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer!The goal of this meme is to share news you have  on various books and things you’ve read or received and also talk about what is coming up for your blog! Book hauls can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books and you can share these finds with other bookbloggers!

Hello everyone!  Another slow week for me in terms of nothing really happening and we didn't really do much on Valentine's Day, but this week was pretty peaceful and I've managed to finish 2 books this week, which was a first for me!  I hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day!



Book Reviews




 
Miscellaneous







March Take Control Of Your TBR Pile Challenge Sign Up!












Blog Tour + Book Blitz: Obsidian Sky by Amy Braun













  

Book Photo Sundays Meme!

 

Looking for New Guest Posts! 

 

My TBR List!

 

  

Comic Book Bingo Challenge 2017 Sign Up! 



 






One Word: NOTHING!

 



 Check out Happy Indulgence's topic on "TOP 15 OTPS OF ALL TIME!"

 

☆ Check out Feed Your Addiction's discussion on "Am I the Only One Without an OTP?"

  

 Check out Nick and Nereyda's Infinite Book List's top on "4 YA BOOKS YOU SHOULD PRE-ORDER ASAP!"





Well, that's the Sunday News for today and I will have more news for the various books I've read in the near future!
 
 
 
Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2017.

Book Photo Sundays #19: February 19, 2017



Hello everyone! Welcome to "Book Photo Sundays" where you get the chance to showcase photos of your books, bookshelves and book conventions you have gone to!  The goal of this book meme is to basically just post up a photo of the various books you have read or your book hauls on your blog and link back here so that way everyone can check out your wonderful book photos!  You can get your book photos through your Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Iphone or any other account where you can get your photos!

So let's get started!



  
Here's my book of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn!




Lilly's Big Day by Kevin Henkes







Genre:  School / Weddings / Manners / Animals / Aspirations 

Year Published: 2006

Year Read:  2017

Publisher:   Greenwillow Books

Series: Mouse Books #9





Now, it has been a long time since I had read a book from Kevin Henkes’ famous “Mouse” series since I had so many other children’s books to get through over the years.  Many of the books from the “Mouse” series had an everlasting place in my childhood nostalgia as I used to read these books when I was little and I was surprised that there was a newer book from Kevin Henkes’ “Mouse” series called “Lilly’s Big Day” which seems to be a conclusion of a sort to Lilly’s story!



Mr. Slinger, Lilly’s teacher, is about to get married to Ms. Shotwell, the school nurse and he excitedly tells the class about this big news.  Lilly is excited about this news as well as she believes that Mr. Slinger will ask her to be the flower girl at his wedding. However, when Lilly told her parents about the big news, her parents tried to explain to Lilly that just because Mr. Slinger is having a wedding, does not mean that Lilly will automatically become a flower girl in Mr. Slinger’s wedding. But Lilly still believed that she will become the flower girl in Mr. Slinger’s wedding and when Mr. Slinger finally told Lilly that she will not be the flower girl at his wedding and that his niece Ginger will be the flower girl, Lilly was upset by this.  But Mr. Slinger assured Lilly that she can be Ginger’s assistant and help her get through the wedding.

Will Lilly help Ginger get through the wedding and will she still be the center stage of the wedding?

Read this book to find out!



Wow!  You know it has been so long since I had read a “Mouse” book from Kevin Henkes and I have not heard anything about Lilly and her adventures for many years now.  So, imagine my pure delight when I finally sat down and picked up a “Mouse” book that featured Lilly again and I was able to read more of her adventures in this cute and amazing book!   I loved the way that Kevin Henkes made this book seem like a finale to Lilly’s story (although, this might or might not be the final book featuring Lilly since I am not sure if Kevin Henkes is still writing books featuring Lilly) as we get to see Mr. Slinger finally getting married and seeing most of the characters featured in other “Mouse” books such as Chester, Julius and Victor make their appearances in this book.   I also enjoyed the scenes of Lilly imagining herself as the flower girl, even though Mr. Slinger had not said anything about Lilly being a flower girl as it shows that Lilly is in her own little world which was entertaining to watch.  It also shows how some children in real life would occasionally get their expectations for an event a bit too high and not think things completely through once they start imagining themselves in situations that they normally would not be able to participate in.  I also like the fact that Kevin Henkes actually progressed the characters much further in their lives in this book as we get to see Mr. Slinger get married and we see Lilly slightly maturing as a character, despite her need to be a flower girl.  Kevin Henkes’ artwork is as always adorable to look at as the mice characters look so cute and I loved the fact that we get to see these mice characters performing human activities such as planning weddings in a humanized way!  I especially love the appearance of Ginger herself as she is possibly the cutest character in the story with her pink dress and her small smile that shows up on each page!



Overall, “Lilly’s Big Day” is a truly fantastic book in Kevin Henkes’ famous “Mouse” series and I hope to read more from Kevin Henkes “Mouse” series in the near future!  I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book, unless parents think that Lilly’s bratty behavior might be a bit troublesome for smaller children.



* 2007 Charlotte Zolotow Award Nominee for Highly Commended Title
* 2007 Wisconsin Library Association Outstanding Book Award







March Take Control Of Your TBR Pile Challenge Sign Up!





Hello everyone! I'm participating in another readathon called March Take Control of your TBR Pile Challenge which is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer!  Please feel free to take part in this challenge!


~*Rules*~

  • Link-up! This is open to everyone. If you do not have a blog then link your Goodreads account. It is a good idea to friend me if your shelves are private.

  • Create a Goals/Updates/Results post (can be combined) It can also be a shelf on Goodreads. Be sure to friend me, so I can see it. Friend me: Kimberly

  • Begins midnight March 1st, 2017 and ends March 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm.

  • Read/listen to books from your TBR pile.

  • ALL books/audios must have been published before March 1,  2017. I don’t care where you got them, so old ARCS count too.

  • Post a review to Goodreads, or your blog then link it to the Rafflecopter for an entry. ( these can be mini review)

  • You can combine events, challenges etc.

  • No novellas for this one peeps. Page count must be over 100 pages to qualify.

  • The rafflecopter will only allow you to enter up to two books daily, so update as soon as you finish a book.

  • Use hashtag #TakeControlTBR

  • Twitter Party March 15th @ 7 pm (CST) The Ides of March. Come chat about books you have read and win prizes.

  • 24-hour TBR read-a-thon Saturday, March 18th (sign-up will post in February) Grab your snacks, snuggle up and read until you drop! Instagram challenges and more.

  • Earn extra entries for participating in the Twitter Party and 24-hour TBR read-a-thon

  • Rafflecopter will close on April 2, 2017 at midnight and a winner will be chosen within 72 hours. Open internationally as long as Book Depositor ships to you. Prize: New 2016 release valued at up to 20 US dollars. I will do pre-orders as well. (may request eBook copy from Amazon or B&N)



Thursday, February 16, 2017

Blog Tour + Cover Reveal: A Dance with Angels by KC Cullen

Check out the cover reveal for debut author KC Cullen's A Dance With Angels. Organized by Itching for Books.



Release date: February 28th 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Since she was a little girl, Kyra Byrne sacrificed everything for her dream to be a prima ballerina, braving broken toes and scheming rivals. Now the dream is finally within reach: she’s a soloist at a prestigious Boston company, her tumultuous past safely behind her.

But all that is put at risk when the company brings in a new choreographer, the smoldering Damien Delacroix with the sexy accent, rebellious tattoos, rippling abs, and scandalous reputation, a man who’s ruined as many careers as he’s built up. And the moment he walks into the studio, Damien only has eyes for Kyra.

Against the wishes of everyone from Kyra’s boss to the drama-queen prima, he casts Kyra as the lead in his new ballet. This could be the break she needed so badly—or it could be her ruin when her past begins to resurface in unpredictable ways. As Damien and Kyra’s chemistry sizzles on and off the stage, she realizes she’s in too deep. Kyra never dreamed of risking everything she worked so hard for, everything she painstakingly built—all for a man. But with the premiere looming and with the other dancers gunning for her downfall, she could lose more than her heart. 



About the Author
YA author by day, KC Cullen writes romance and romantic suspense by night. Her debut, TO DANCE WITH ANGELS, will be released on February 28, 2017. She lives in northern Ontario with her husband, two teenagers, and hyperactive Dalmatian.









Wednesday, February 15, 2017

One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey






Genre:  Family / Childhood / Growing Up / Travel

Year Published: 1952

Year Read:  2010

Publisher: 
The Viking Press





“One Morning in Maine” is a Caldecott Honor Book from the great mind of Robert McCloskey and it is about how a young girl named Sal learns about the wonders of growing up after she loses her first baby tooth.  “One Morning in Maine” is a truly inspiring story about growing up that many children will easily love.



Robert McCloskey has done an excellent job at both illustrating and writing this book.  Robert McCloskey’s illustrations are much more beautiful in this book than in his other books as the characters look so realistic and Sal’s expressions as she realizes that she has a loose tooth are extremely realistic as she expresses shock and pure excitement, like any child who has a loose tooth and they are sometimes scared because they are worried about the pain if their baby tooth comes loose and the pure excitement they exhibit as they see their baby tooth come out.  Robert McCloskey’s illustrations are also in black and white, giving this story an old fashioned feeling while also making this book more effective in displaying the characters’ emotions, as the characters expressions are realistic.  Robert McCloskey makes this story extremely cute and inspiring a the same time as Sal tries to figure out the meaning of growing up after she looses her tooth and many children will easily relate to Sal’s emotions about her loose tooth as many children have often lose their baby teeth and they usually have feelings of fear and excitement as they fear that they will feel pain when their baby teeth will fall out and feel excitement as they experienced the joys of growing up.



Parents should know that this book might be a tad bit too long for smaller children to handle as the book is about sixty-pages long and parents might want to read the first thirty pages one night and then the next thirty pages the next night so that children would not be easily bored by this book.



“One Morning in Maine” is a fantastic book about the wonders of growing up and will be an instant classic for many children who also experience the wonders of a loose baby tooth.  I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since smaller children might become bored with the length of this book.


* 1953 Caldecott Honor







Waiting on Wednesday #28: Hunted by Meagan Spooner




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

 
 

 
 
 

Title:  Hunted
Author:  Meagan Spooner
Expected Publication Date:  March 14th, 2017 

 


 

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them. 

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. 

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?
Yay! Another fairy tale retelling that I got to check out! I've kept seeing this one pop up on many book fans' list and I just had to add it to my shelf!



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