Monday, April 23, 2018

New Releases on the Horizon #44: April 22, 2018 - April 28, 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!

Expected Publication: April 24th, 2018 by Zebra  
(Historical Romance)  

Trouble Never Sleeps (Trouble #3) by Stephanie Tromly  

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young    
Expected Publication:  April 24th, 2018 by Wednesday Books  

Expected Publication:  April 24th, 2018 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers  

Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood) by Becky Albertalli   
Expected Publication:  April 24th, 2018 by HarperCollins / Balzer + Bray  

Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington  
Expected publication: April 24th, 2018 by Tor Teen   
(Contemporary Romance) 

White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig 
Expected publication:  April 24th, 2018 by Feiwel Friends
(LGBT / Mystery) 

Inferno (Talon #5) by Julie Kagawa   
Expected publication:  April 24th, 2018 by Harlequin Teen  

Stay Sweet  by Siobhan Vivian  

Expected publication:  April 24th, 2018 by Wednesday Books   

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Sunday Post Meme (132)

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 book bloggers!

Hey everyone! This has been a slow week for me since nothing really happened.  I just took a nice break from last week's baby shower and I'm just relaxing at home, reading some good books! I hope everyone had a nice and relaxing weekend too!

Book Reviews




Book Photo Sundays Meme!


Looking for New Guest Posts! 


My TBR List!



Comic Book Bingo Challenge 2018 Sign Up! 

Cover Spotlight Meme

2018 Caldecott Medal Challenge Sign Up!


One Word: SLOW.


Do you have slow weeks?


☆ Check out Feed Your Fiction Addiction's post on Expectations About POC Names in Books. Let’s Discuss.

★ Check out We Live and Breathe Books' post on Could You Be More Vague?

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, April 22, 2018.

Book Photo Sundays #75: April 22, 2018

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!

Also, this will be tied into the April Book Photo Sundays Bookstagram Challenge over at Instagram, so please feel free to check it out!

Here are my two book photos of the week! The first photo is of my copy of Geekerella, which I finally bought and I have my female superheroes all around this book! Can't wait to read this book!  The second photo is a little book stack I made that looks dangerous, but it was fun to build!

Cover Spotlight #10: April 22nd, 2018 - April 29th, 2018

Hey everyone!  I just created a new book meme called "Cover Spotlight" where you get to showcase your favorite book covers!  It can be a book cover from a book you've read years ago, a book cover from a book you just recently read or a book cover from a book that you've never read before, but you still love the cover!  You can also feature multiple book covers instead of one for this meme! This is a weekly meme, which means that the meme starts every Sunday, but you have until the Sunday after that week to post your favorite covers!

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Another book from Cassandra Clare that has a beautiful cover!  I just love the storm look of this cover as it makes it so beautiful and intense!  I seriously need to read this series as soon as possible!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

[BOOK REVIEW] Once a Marcia Brown

Title:  Once a Mouse...

Author:  Marcia Brown

Genre:  Children's / India / Animals / Gratitude / Folktale

Year Published: 1961

Year Read:  1997 (Re Read: 2018)

Charles Scribner's Sons

Source:  Purchased

Content Rating:  Ages 5+  (Some Intense Situations)

Revised Review (For Reread):

*Original Rating: 4 stars*
*Rating Now: 5 stars*

Now, I had read Marcia Brown’s retelling of the ancient Indian folktale “Once a Mouse…” many years ago and I had actually written a review for it years ago (some of my thoughts in the original review will be restated in this all new review)!  So, I decided to read this book again after all of these years to see if I still felt the same way I did years ago and surprisingly enough, I found out that I liked this book better the second time around than I did the first time (which is so awesome)!

The story started off with a wise old hermit thinking about big and little, when suddenly, he sees a mouse being chased by a crow and he ends up saving the mouse from the crow.  From then on, the hermit started taking care of the mouse until a cat came into the clearing and was about to eat the mouse until the hermit changed the mouse into an even bigger cat. Afterwards, the mouse kept getting threatened with a bigger animal until the hermit finally transformed the mouse into a tiger and the tiger, who was once a mouse, starts taking advantage of its huge size.

What will the hermit do with the tiger now?

Read this book to find out!

Marcia Brown had done an excellent job with both writing and illustrating this ancient tale from India.  I loved the way that Marcia Brown made this story so dramatic, especially since I was sitting on the edge of my seat trying to see if the mouse will survive in the forest with all of the dangers such as a cat, a dog and a tiger, threatening it.  I also loved the fact that Marcia Brown tackled the importance of being grateful to the people who helped you as it provides a great lesson for children to learn about being thankful to the people who have helped them out of a dangerous or complicated situation.  Marcia Brown’s illustrations are creative and rough-edged as the characters have jagged limbs and the coloring that is the most prevalent in this book are red, black, white and brown which creates a traditional atmosphere to this story.

The only problem I had with this book was that the narrative was a bit of a struggle to get through because the sentences were broken up, meaning that one half of the sentence would be on one page and the other half of the sentence continues onto the next page.  This can be extremely confusing for smaller children who are reading this book and parents might want to help their children read through this book to help their children understand the book much better.

Overall, “Once a Mouse” is a truly wonderful tale about how it is important to show gratitude towards someone who has helped you get out of a sticky situation, or in this case, four sticky situations!  This book will surely become a great classic for children who are interested in Indian culture.  I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the sentence structure might be a bit too difficult for smaller children to read through.

* 1962 Caldecott Medal
* 1966 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award

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