Saturday, March 30, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #72: March 30, 2019

Stacking The Shelves is a book meme created by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality and it is about sharing books that you are adding to your shelves, whether it's physical or virtual.  This means including books that you bought from the store or online, books you borrowed from friends or from the library, books you've reviewed, gifts and ebooks!

Hey everyone! I can't believe that March has passed by!  Well, it was a pretty great month for me! Anyway, I went by Target this past week and I was so amazed by how many books they have!  I always sawed photos of Target's book section on Instagram, but I never would have thought that Target would have this many books!  Okay, it's official! I'm going to Target to get my books!  Check out Target's book selection down below!  Also, I had just finished watching "The Incredibles 2" and it was amazing!  The movie was so much fun and Jack Jack was the highlight of the film! He is just so adorable!!!

Check out my Instagram photos for more!

Books Bought:

From Amazon:

Books Received:

Won in Giveaway:

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #126: The Sound of Drowning by Katherine Fleet

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:  The Sound of Drowning
Author:  Katherine Fleet
Expected Publication Date:  April 9th, 2019

Meredith Hall has a secret. Every night she takes the ferry to meet Ben, her best friend and first love. Though their relationship must remain a secret, they’ve been given a second chance, and Mer's determined to make it work. She lost Ben once before and discovered the awful reality: she doesn't know how to be happy without him…

Until Wyatt washes ashore―a brash new guy with a Texas twang and a personality bigger than his home state. He makes her feel reckless, excited, and alive in ways that cut through her perpetual gloom. The deeper they delve into each other’s pasts, the more Wyatt’s charms become impossible to ignore.

But a storm is brewing in the Outer Banks. When it hits, Mer finds her heart tearing in half and her carefully constructed reality slipping back into the surf. As she discovers that even the most deeply buried secrets have a way of surfacing, she’ll have to learn that nothing is forever―especially second chances.
Yes!  Another contemporary romance! I haven't read any romance books for awhile!  Also, what kind of secrets does Mer have?

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

Friday, March 22, 2019

Fairy Tale and Folktale Fridays #36: The Three Little Pigs

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. 

The Three Little Pigs


Type: Fairy Tale

Country of Origin: Europe and America

Main Character Hero or Heroine: Heroine or Hero, depending on the version.

Recommend?: Yes! 

Once upon a time, there were three pigs who had moved out of their mother's house to out into the world and they each ended up building their own houses.  The first little pig built his house out of straw and latter on, a wolf came up to the first little pig's house and said:

"Little pig, little pig, let me come in."
"No, no, not by the hair of my chinny chin chin."
"Then I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in!"

So the wolf blew down the house and ate up the first little pig.  Then, the second little pig built his house out of sticks and the wolf came to the second little pig's house and also blew it down and ate up the second little pig.  Then the third little pig built his house out of bricks and when the wolf came to  the third little pig's house, he tried to blow the house down, but he couldn't. So, the wolf decided to think of ways to get the third little pig out of the safety of his house and eat him and he came up with various plans such as asking him to pick some apples with him and go to the fair with him.  The third little pig will have to play the wolf at his own game if he is to survive the wolf's clutches.

This has always been one of my all time favorite fairy tales growing up and also one of the most gruesome (right next to "Little Red Riding Hood).  I was always fascinated by the idea of the big bad wolf being able to blow the houses down since it was quite interesting to me when I was little.  I will admit that I cringed a bit during the scenes where the wolf ate the first two pigs and I often wondered if the third little pig even know that his brothers were eaten by the wolf. I would have been upset if something terrible happened to my sisters.

1. Were you scared when the wolf ate the first two pigs?

I had a feeling of dread when the wolf ate the pigs, although I was never outright scared of those scenes, unless I came across some retellings of the story that showed the wolf eating the pigs onscreen.

2. What do you think the moral of this story was?

I think that the moral of this story is that hard work really pays off at the end.  You could say that the first two little pigs building their houses out of straw and sticks was a sign of them not working much harder to protect themselves against the wolf.  This is actually more obvious in the Disney version where the first two pigs did nothing but play around, while the third little pig was a hard worker. 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

[BOOK REVIEW] Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish

Title:  Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia

Author:  Herman Parish

Artist: Lynn Sweat

Genre:  Children's / Humor / Cars / Birthday

Year Published: 1995

Year Read:  2019

Avon Camelot 

Series: Amelia Bedelia #13

Source:  Purchased

Content Rating:  Ages 4+  (Nothing Objectionable)

Buy on:  Amazon  //  Book Depository 

I have been reading the “Amelia Bedelia” books ever since I was little and I used to read this series at my school library.  I had actually forgot that I had owned one of the “Amelia Bedelia” books ever since I was little and it was a little book called “Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia,” which was written by Peggy Parish’s nephew, Herman Parish along with artwork by Lynn Sweat.  This book was such a treat to read through!

It was Amelia Bedelia’s birthday and Mr. and Mrs. Rogers decided to give Amelia Bedelia the day off to celebrate.  It was then that Amelia Bedelia told them that she will go and visit her cousin Alcolu and Mr. Rogers said that he will come with Amelia Bedelia to see her cousin.  Unfortunately, Amelia Bedelia has not driven a car in a while and whenever Mr. Rogers tried to give Amelia Bedelia directions to take on the road, Amelia Bedelia would either get everything mixed up or would take certain phrases seriously, such as when Mr. Rogers asks Amelia Bedelia to look for a fork in the road, Amelia Bedelia thought that Mr. Rogers meant to find silverware in the road.

Will Amelia Bedelia and Mr. Rogers be able to make it to the birthday party?

Read this book to find out!

Wow!  I never would have thought that Herman Parish would be able to bring out the same type of humor that was present in Peggy Parish’s “Amelia Bedelia” books! Herman Parish did a fantastic job at writing this book as we get to see more adventures from Amelia Bedelia and the Rogers and the adventures here are just as hilarious as ever! When it came to the “Amelia Bedelia” books, I was always laughing out loud at Amelia Bedelia constantly getting things mixed up or not quite understanding what other people are saying. So, when I came across a “Amelia Bedelia” book where Amelia Bedelia is learning how to drive, I just had to see how this situation will turn out with Amelia Bedelia at the helm!  Lynn Sweat’s artwork is truly cute to look at as I loved the clothing style of Amelia Bedelia herself as she is always dressed in a black dress with a white apron that shows off her status as the Rogers’ maid.

Overall, “Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia” is a treat to behold, especially if you are a huge fan of the “Amelia Bedelia” series!  I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #125: Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

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:  Once and Future
Author:  Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
Expected Publication Date:  March 26th, 2019

I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.

Now I’m done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

No pressure.

Oooh! A King Arthur retelling!  I never heard of a King Arthur retelling!  This sounds really interesting!

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