Friday, November 27, 2015

Feature and Follow Friday #23: Happy Thanksgiving!!!




The Feature and Follow Friday Meme isHOSTED by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read and basically what this meme is all about is that you get to new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogging Community by following eachBLOGGER!  All you have to do is leave your name and your blog name on the post on the main Feature and Follow Friday Meme page and then create your own post on Feature and Follow Friday and link back to the main page and then you visit as many blogs as you want and you tell the other bloggers "hi!" in their comments (on the post that has the Feature and Follow Friday Image). You follow that blogger and they follow you back!  Just make sure to follow back if that blogger follows you back!

Well, hello fellow bloggers! Thanksgiving has come and gone and I must say that I had a lovely Thanksgiving!  Me and my family had cheesecake, turkey, stuffing, sweet potato pie, green beans and macaroni and cheese to eat up and it was delicious!  I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving and spend some time with your family!


Question of the Week: Black Friday Eve! You have $100 (or pounds or whatever your currency is) to spend on books. What are you going to buy? - Suggested by Alison Can Read


Oh man, there's so many books that I want to buy if I have $100, but the books and DVDs I would probably buy with $100 are the Rabbit Ears series on DVD, Saga Volumes 3 and 5 by Brian K. Vaughan, X-Men: Days of Future Past by Chris Claremont, The Martian by Andy Weir, Cress by Marissa Meyer and Game of Thrones Series by George R.R. Martin.

 

 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!



Happy Thanksgiving everyone and I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving meal and spending time with the family!

 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

[BOOK REVIEW] Garfield Goes to His Happy Place by Jim Davis







Title:  Garfield Goes to His Happy Place



Author:  Jim Davis



Genre:  Humor / Animals / Relationships



Year Published:  2014



Year Read: 11/21/2015



Series:  Garfield #58



Publisher: Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks



Source:  Library



Content Rating:  Ages 7+ (Some Rude Behavior)




Introduction:



READ, READ, READ!  All I have been doing lately was reading a bunch of “Garfield” comics written by Jim Davis and why not?  I just love the fat orange fur ball and I have stumbled upon a recent set of collections of “Garfield” comics called “Garfield Goes to his Happy Place,” which is the fifty-eighth book in the “Garfield” comic collection series!

What is this story about?

Well, Jon has finally gotten himself a girlfriend in Liz the veterinarian and they seem to be extremely happy with each other…well, unless they have to deal with Garfield’s nonstop sarcastic and bizarre behavior regarding food and relationships!  This collection features comic strips that detail not only Jon’s newfound relationship with Liz, but how Garfield deals with his new relationship with Liz!

What I loved about this story:

Jim Davis’ writing: As always (and I mean always), Jim Davis’ writing is as sharp and witty as ever as we get to see Jon’s new life with his girlfriend Liz and how they are dealing with Garfield’s bizarre and sarcastic behavior.  I loved the fact that Jon finally gets a girlfriend in Liz and it was cute that Liz still loves Jon no matter how weird Jon can get or how even weirder Garfield can get.  It was great seeing another character added to the main cast of Jon, Garfield and Odie as it brings a fresh new take on the “Garfield” comics and a bit more depth in the stories since we actually see Jon developing as a character as his relationship with Liz progresses.  The humor is as usual witty and I loved the fact that Jim Davis still kept the sarcastic humor of the “Garfield” comics intact, even if there are a couple of changes in the status quo of the series, such as Jon’s relationship with Liz.

Jim Davis’ artwork:  Jim Davis’ artwork is as usual hilarious to look at as all the characters have cartoony large eyes and bizarre body shapes that fit nicely with the witty humor of this comic series.  I also loved the image of Liz herself as she is drawn with the same cartoony eyes as the other characters, but her appearance seems to carry a more mature air as she is like the sanest character in the entire comic series.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, “Garfield Goes to his Happy Place” is a fantastic read for anyone who is a huge fan of the “Garfield” comics and I would definitely recommend this title to anyone who is looking for a good “Garfield” read!
 



Friday, November 20, 2015

Feature and Follow Friday #22: Getting Closer to the Holidays!






The Feature and Follow Friday Meme isHOSTED by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read and basically what this meme is all about is that you get to new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogging Community by following eachBLOGGER!  All you have to do is leave your name and your blog name on the post on the main Feature and Follow Friday Meme page and then create your own post on Feature and Follow Friday and link back to the main page and then you visit as many blogs as you want and you tell the other bloggers "hi!" in their comments (on the post that has the Feature and Follow Friday Image). You follow that blogger and they follow you back!  Just make sure to follow back if that blogger follows you back!

Hey everyone! I'm back once again and it's getting closer to the Thanksgiving holidays!  I can't wait to start cooking our Thanksgiving meal (since I always baked the cheesecake and I also usually clean and bake the turkey)!  I hope everyone has a nice Thanksgiving holiday next week!



Question of the Week: If you could teleport into ANY story, which would you chose? - Suggested by Life Is Reading

 

I definitely would love to get into the world of Harry Potter!  I mean, how cool would it be to possess magical powers that would help you out in any situation and get into various adventures where you fight death eaters and evil wizards?








[BOOK REVIEW] Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas







Title:  Brown-Eyed Girl

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Year Published: 2015


Number of Pages: 291 pages


Date Read: 11/19/2015


Series: Travises #4


Publisher: St. Martin's Press


Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 18+ (Sex Scenes)






 FINALLY!  The fourth book in Lisa Kleypas’ “Travises” series has finally arrived and I got the chance to read this book in its glory!  “Brown –Eyed Girl” is the latest book by Lisa Kleypas and it continues the adventures of the Travis brothers (and their sister Haven) as they find true love in the most unlikely places! This time, Joe Travis is going to get all the loving in this latest installment of the “Travis” series!




Avery Crosslin is a wedding planner who is well known around Texas as she continues to attain rich and powerful clients for her growing wedding business.  But one day, when she attends a lavish wedding she planned herself, she meets up with Joe Travis, the youngest brother in the wealthy Travis family and from then on, Avery’s life has changed forever!  Unfortunately, since Avery had her heart broken in the past, she refuses to let Joe get anywhere near her heart, but Joe Travis is one man who always gets what he wants and he definitely aims to make Avery his!



Wow! It has been years since I last read Lisa Kleypas’ popular “Travis” series and after I heard that Lisa Kleypas was making the fourth book in the series, of course I was excited as heck to check this book out!  Lisa Kleypas has once again created a truly heartwarming and witty romance novel about the importance of true love and how true love can cure your own insecurities about yourself.  I loved the way that Lisa Kleypas wrote the relationships between the characters as I actually felt warm inside whenever we see moments between the Travis family and how they try to stay together through hard times, especially during the scene where Haven goes into labor and we see the Travis family band together to be there for Haven during her time of need. But let us talk about the best part of this book and that was the relationship between Joe Travis and Avery Crosslin!  I loved the way that Lisa Kleypas made Joe and Avery’s relationship come naturally as Avery had trouble being in a committed relationship due to being rejected years ago and it made it believable to me to have Avery slowly build up her relationship with Joe rather than rush into the relationship without dealing with her inner demons first.  I really loved the way that Lisa Kleypas wrote both Joe and Avery as Avery is shown to be an independent wedding planner who is trying to decide what it means to fall in love again, while establishing an extremely heartwarming relationship with her half-sister Sofia which I loved reading about throughout the whole book.  Now, Joe Travis was one hero that I just fell in love with immediately as he is shown to be extremely patient with Avery’s situation and I loved the way that he supported Avery throughout the book, even dealing with her insecure nature towards love.  I also really enjoyed the subplot involving Sofia and Steven, the two co-workers who work with Avery, as I found their relationship with each other to be extremely heartwarming and hilarious and I would love to read more on their relationship if Lisa Kleypas decided to write a spinoff series for the “Travis” family series!



The reason why I gave this book a four star rating was because I felt that we did not get to know much about Joe Travis in this book since we rarely see things from his perspective in the story.  As much as I like the fact that Avery gets a lot of focus in this story, I would have liked it better if we actually get to see things from Joe’s perspective and see more of his relationship with his family members, which we also did not get to see that much, which was pretty disappointing since I loved the Travis family as a whole.



Overall, even though “Brown-Eyed Girl” was not the best story in the “Travis” series (that honor would have to go to “Blue-Eyed Devil”) it is still a truly great book about the importance of true love and I definitely cannot wait to check out more books from Lisa Kleypas in the near future (especially if we get more books with the Travis family once again)!




[BOOK REVIEW] Morris's Disappearing Bag by Rosemary Wells





Title:  Morris's Disappearing Bag

Author:  Rosemary Wells

Genre:  Magic / Family / Christmas / Humor

Year Published:1975

Year Read:  1993

Publisher:   Puffin Books

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 4+ (Nothing Objectionable)



I have read many books by Rosemary Wells ever since I was a child and this book is no exception! “Morris’s Disappearing Bag” is a children’s book by Rosemary Wells that is about a young bunny named Morris who had received a teddy bear that none of his siblings wanted to play with, but later on finds a mysterious package under the tree. “Morris’s Disappearing Bag” is a really cute book that children everywhere will definitely love!




Oh my goodness! This book has always been an adorable treat for me for many years! Rosemary Wells had done an excellent job at both illustrating and writing this cute story about sharing and what I really loved about Rosemary Wells’ writing is that it is cute and creative, especially during the part where Morris receives a gift that no other child could ever receive! I also enjoyed the theme of this story as it portrays the importance of sharing and I thought that it was really cute about the way that Morris shared his gift with his siblings after he receives the special gift. Rosemary Wells’ illustrations are extremely cute, especially of the images of Morris himself as being the youngest rabbit in the family, he is drawn with Christmas styled overalls that have hollies all over it and I loved the way that the rabbits all have round bodies and short little ears that really make them look extremely cute!



Probably the only con in this book is that Morris’s siblings seem to snub Morris because of his gift, even though Morris is too young to play with their toys. However, I think this situation is redeemed towards the end, but it would be great to see Morris’s siblings try to make an attempt at sharing with Morris so that way Morris would not feel left out.



Overall, “Morris’s Disappearing Bag” is a truly cute and great book for kids who love Christmas books and learning about how to share with siblings. I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.

  • 1976 Irma Black Award