Saturday, April 27, 2019

[GUEST POST] Why Do We Need Books? by Melisa Marzett (@findwritingserv)

There is an opinion that the vast majority of women read books, but this is not the case. Men are far from being an exception. They also read, besides there is specialized literature for them. These are now from sob love stories with experience and challenge. These are works in which a reader can feel courage, strength, and wisdom.

Why does a person need books?

Although books are now less favorite, unlike electronic analogs, they have many advantages. Firstly, they contain the centuries-old experience and knowledge accumulated by other people as well as various ideas, strategies, and techniques that can be useful in life at any time. For example, a heroic deed, or about a guy who made fun and unexpected gift for his lady-love. Often there are books where many economic secrets are described. And it is not at all necessary that this knowledge will be useful to you shortly, but after reading the book once, you will keep understanding for many years.

Books contribute to the formation of the worldview, and the correct texts, which are time-tested and have become classics, allow not only to deepen but also to expand their view of the world. With their help, you can develop thinking and learn to reason. All this knowledge is sure to be useful to you at any stage of your life, starting from relationships with people around you and ending with work.

Why books are needed for men - psychological benefits

With the book, you can create your perfect image. After all, each of us had a favorite hero as a child, whom we wanted to be like, and the chosen picture can primarily affect the person. After reading the book, you can find answers to all your questions, and it does not matter what this question is connected with. The book will tell you how to act in a given situation and how to avoid mistakes.

From the above, we can draw the following conclusion. The answer to the question: why does a person need books is evident. According to psychologists, the book motivates a person to become better and people who regularly read fiction, often achieve success. Besides, reading helps to overcome depression and apathy.

About the author

Melisa Marzett is a professional freelance writer who has been a journalist and currently working for Find Writing . She is also interested in fashion design, photography, handmade (knitting), outdoor activities, yoga, and meditation. Gemini is her star sign, which makes her nature sufficiently diverse. Along with outside activities, she enjoys a lovely, pleasant evening at home with a cup of her favorite green tea and a good book to read.

Friday, April 26, 2019

[BOOK REVIEW] Another Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone

Title:  Another Monster at the End of this Book

Author:  Jon Stone

Artist: Michael Smollin

Genre:  Children's / Humor / Monsters

Year Published: 1996

Year Read:  2019

Golden Books Publishing Company, Inc.

Series: The Monster at the End of this Book #2

Source:  Purchased

Content Rating:  Ages 4+  (Nothing Objectionable)

Buy on:  Amazon  //  Book Depository 

I remembered watching “Sesame Street” a lot when I was a child and I used to collect a few books that featured the Sesame Street gang.  One of the books that I got was “Another Monster at the End of this Book” by Jon Stone, along with artwork by Michael Smollin.  This book is the sequel to “The Monster at the End of this Book” and it’s such a hilarious and cute story!

The book starts off with Grover and Elmo discovering about the monster at the end of the book and Elmo wanted to see the monster. But Grover didn’t want to see the monster at the end of the book and he spent most of the book trying prevent both him and Elmo from seeing the monster at the end of the book.

Wow!  I never would have expected to enjoy this book as much as I did!  Even though I grew up watching “Sesame Street” when I was little, I didn’t really collect that many books that were based off of “Sesame Street.”  But I found this book to be so adorable and hilarious that I just could not help but fall in love with this book!  Jon Stone did a fantastic job at writing both Grover and Elmo as they are both extremely faithful to their characters from the TV series.  I loved the fact that Grover is being shown as the cautious one as he does not want to see the monster at the end of the book (although kind of justified since he had the same problem in the first book). Meanwhile, Elmo is shown as being the one who is excited at the idea of seeing the monster at the end of the book.  I also loved the relationship between Grover and Elmo as Grover acts like an older brother who is trying to protect Elmo from the monster at the end of the book, while Elmo is the younger sibling who is very curious about the world around him.  Michael Smollin’s artwork is completely faithful to the characters of the “Sesame Street” TV series as Grover and Elmo look faithful to their designs from “Sesame Street.”  I also loved the way that Michael Smollin drew the humorous moments in this book such as showing Grover trying to block the pages by either putting up building blocks or gluing the pages together to prevent the reader from turning the pages.

Overall, “Another Monster at the End of this Book” is a fantastic sequel to “The Monster at the End of this Book” and if you are a huge fan of “Sesame Street,” then you will definitely enjoy this book!  I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.

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Fairy Tale and Folktale Fridays #37: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

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. 

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears


Type: Folktale

Country of Origin: Africa

Main Character Hero or Heroine: Heroine and Hero

Recommend?: Yes! 

The story starts off with a mosquito telling an iguana a lie and the iguana was so annoyed by this lie that he ended up putting sticks in his ears in order to not hear the mosquito anymore.  As the iguana walked off, a python came by and told the iguana good morning.  But, since the iguana had sticks in his ears, he couldn't hear what the python was saying and this ended up scaring the python.  The python than slithered into a rabbit hole, frightening a rabbit, who then ran out of its hole to find a safe place to hide from the python.  The crow then saw the rabbit running for its life and it ended up making a warning call in the forest.  The monkey heard this warning call and started jumping in the trees.  But then, the monkey accidentally landed on a branch that fell on one of the baby owls and killed it.  When the mother owl found out that one of her babies died, she was so sad that she refused to wake up the sun until she finds out who killed her baby.  It was then that all the animals in the forest came together to form a council and decide who is responsible for causing so much trouble in the forest. 

I have always loved this tale!  It was probably one of the best cause and effect type of stories I have ever read and it was interesting seeing how fast fear can spread in a community.  The story was also good at teaching children about how misunderstandings between people can cause problems if not handled carefully and I enjoyed seeing the effects that the mosquitoes' actions had on the other animals.  However, I was sad that the baby owl was killed in all this commotion.

1. Were you upset when the baby owl was killed?

Yes, I was very upset when the baby owl died since I usually have problems with books that deal with the death of a child.

2. Was there a way that the animals could have handled this situation better?

I think that if the python had just taken the sticks out of the iguana's ears in the first place, then this whole situation wouldn't have happened.  Or if the animals had actually stopped to think about what the actual problem was, they could have avoided killing someone by accident.  Also, the mosquito shouldn't have told any lies the way he did.

Can you read a series in a Month? Challenge!

Hello everyone! I'm participating in a reading challenge that is being hosted by Because Reading! 

The Rules:

  1. Pick 1 series. Yes, just 1. Announce which series you’ve picked on your sign up post and link it back here.
  2. Read EVERY book in the series. You don’t have to read novellas or short stories, just the core books.
  3. Read them all between 12am (your time) May 1st and 11:59pm (your time) May 31th. They MUST be marked (on Goodreads) as started and finished in the month of May to count.
  4. Enjoy bragging to everyone about how you’re all caught up on whatever series you read (AKA – have fun)! Use the hashtag #SeriesinaMonth

The series that I will read for this month is:

Daughter of the Pirate King Series!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #130: Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali

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:  Love from A to Z
Author:  S.K. Ali
Expected Publication Date:  April 30th, 2019

marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together.

An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are.

But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry.

When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break.

Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her.

Then her path crosses with Adam’s.

Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam’s stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister.

Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father.

Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals.

Until a marvel and an oddity occurs…

Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

Oddity: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

A book that deals with racism, prejudice, illness and romance all into one book? Count me in!

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

Sunday, April 21, 2019

The Sunday Post Meme (169)

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!   I've been on a book buying ban for awhile now, so I tried to tell myself to not buy anymore books for awhile until I get my bills straighten out.  Fortunately though, I was able to find some books for a cheap price over at Ollie's and I'm so glad that I was able to do so!  And HAPPY EASTER DAY EVERYONE!!!  I'm not sure what me and my family are planning to do for Easter, but I'm hoping that we either have a nice dinner or watch Easter movies all day!  I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter!

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* I'm really enjoying this show!  I always loved watching supernatural crime dramas and this one is surprisingly good!  I can't wait to watch the rest of the series!


* Wow! I'm really finding a lot of awesome anime these days!  I just stumbled upon this anime series and I really loved it! I do wonder if they are ever going to make a season 2 for this show because it ended on a huge cliffhanger that's really upsetting me!


What are you planning for Easter?

  Check out Greg's Book Haven's post on Bookcover Spotlight #202

☆ Check out Feed Your Fiction's Addiction's post on I’m Addicted to Exclamation Points!! Let’s Discuss.

★ Check out Erica Robyn's review on SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK

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 21, 2019.