Wednesday, April 26, 2017

RI Author Feature: Dragonfly Magic by JM Sheridan

Synopsis: "Bound and determined, Brianna and her favorite stuffed animal, a black-and-white cow named Mrs. Moomoo, set off on a search for magic. Follow along with them on their fun and exciting journey. The childhood friends search for magic in all kinds of things, from toys and dolls to blocks and crayons, they keep their spirits high and never give up hope. Does magic exist in the very shoes she wears? Or perhaps within those mouth-watering pancakes she loves to eat so much. Join Brianna and Mrs. Moomoo as they venture outside and are surrounded by the beauty of nature and all the magic it brings to our world. As Brianna and Mrs. Moomoo play in their sandbox, something unexpected happens, and they discover magic in one of Mother Nature's oldest creatures - right in their very own backyard. Magic can come in many forms. Believing in magic opens our hearts to hope and our minds to imagination and wonder. A portion of the net proceeds from this book will go to a national children's charity that works to bring a sparkle of magic into the lives of children who need it most."

My Review: Another book I picked up at a local RI Author Event. This book drew me in with the cute illustrations, and it also came with a plush Mrs. Moomoo. Munchkin loves cows so I thought we would enjoy it. It has a very cute message about finding magic in the ordinary things around us. I did find that this book is clearly geared towards girls and even Munchkin commented that it was a girl book and didn't really want to read it again. It also had a lot of text on the pages that made it difficult for him to sit through reading. It is a cute book and I think it will really appeal to young little girls the most.
My Rating: This is a very cute book that would be perfect for little girls (especially if you gift it along with a little plush cow).  I think maybe my nieces would have enjoyed this more than Munchkin, but it does have a great message behind it.  I give it a rating of Three Paws.
You can learn more about JM Sheridan and her work on her Website.
I picked up my copy of Dragonfly Magic with Mrs. Moomoo at the RI Author Expo, but you can obtain your own copy in print or digital format from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or directly from the Publisher.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

RI Author Feature: Poems from the Mind of a Madman by Don J. Metivier

Synopsis: "Within this book are simple and deeply reflective messages. Every poem carries meaning for the reader to enjoy and philosophize with. Whether you are looking for poetry that delivers simple reading enjoyment or poetry that takes the reader to deeper levels of understanding. This book is for you. From life's little curiosities to major ongoing world conditions, this book will provide the reader with an opportunity to scavenge through brilliantly thought out messages. The Poems from the Mind of a Madman deliver what the reader wants. Prepare yourself for a journey into a world of well-crafted poetry."

My Review: Based on the cover and title of this book I was expecting some very dark poetry and wasn't sure how I would enjoy it. I am glad I gave it a shot anyway because it was much more than what I expected. The selection of the poems ranged from the depressing and dark to the beauty of the seasons and some patriotic poems as well. It was quite a range of not only subject matter but also style of poetry. A unique and varied collection of poems.
My Rating: I was pleasantly surprised that this collection wasn't as dark as I expected and while I didn't find every poem agreeable to my reading preferences, there were a lot that were great.  I give this book a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag.
I was able to meet Don at the RI Author Expo, and he doesn't seem to have a website but I did find his Twitter Page and an interesting Youtube video to get to know him and his work a little better.
You can purchase your own copy of this poetry collection in digital or print format from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or even direct from the Publisher

Monday, April 24, 2017

Spring 2017 Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon - Sign Up

Spring is in the air so it is once again time for Dewey's 4 Hour Readathon!

 I have joined this readathon in some way twice a year for several years now.  As I said earlier today Munchkin's Opening Day for Tball got pushed back to this coming Saturday (the same day as the readathon). We will be at the ball field for 3 hours at least and then the family will be coming back to the house for a BBQ after.  So I will be unofficially signing up.  Instead of participating for 24 hours straight, I will be breaking it up over 3 days. I plan to read for 8 hours a day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Some Goals:
Read for a total of 24 hours over 3 days
Read 15 books total
Read at least 2 Requested Review books
Read at least 1 Graphic Novel
Read 1,200  Pages
TBR Pile
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary (186)
Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary (175)
Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary (176)
Journey to the Lights by Suzanne Francis (224)
Soldier Sister, Fly Home by Nancy Bo Flood (176)
R2 D2 to the Rescue by Ace Landers (64)
Samurai Rising by Pamela S. Turner (236)
Huck: Book 1 - All American by Mark Millar (152) GN
Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2 by David Petersen (144) GN
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin & James Dean (40)
Giggle Giggle Quack by Doreen Cronin (32)
Outside My Window by Melissa Lagonegro (32)
Planet Earth by Leonie Pratt (32)
Otis' Busy Day by Loren Long (32)
Meet Chase the Police-Bot by Lisa Shae (32)
Meet Heatwave the Fire-Bot by Lisa Shae (32)
Team of Heroes by Jennifer Fox (32)
Fyre by Katherine Bogle (122) RR
Book of Bera by Suzie Wilde (320) RR
Jesper Jinx and the Mouse Mayhem by Marko Kitti (152) RR
So there is my crazy TBR list, it looks a lot more intense than it is, most of the books are short children's books in preparation for Children's Book Week coming up in May. Are you participating? What are you reading?

Monday Reading List

Its Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Share what books you have finished in the last week, are currently reading and what might be coming up next!

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Links will take you to my review

Hidden Presences by Jenna O'del
Motocross Summer by Thom Ring
More Than Peaches by Christine Depetrillo
Why Not Call it Cow Juice by Steven Krasner (Bedtime Story)
The Longest Game by Steven Krasner
 Books Finished Last Week:
Reviews will be posted at a later date

The Book Thief
A Court of Mist and Fury
The Sculptor
A Little Book About Safety
Ten Rules of Being a Super Hero
Super Truck
Love and Muddy Puddles
Meet Boulder the Construction-Bot

Currently Reading:

 Books to be Read Soon:

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince


Pages Read/ Time Listened
100:26 Hours Listened (8:41 listened this week)
19,703 Pages Read (2,043 this week)

Books Added to Shelves This Month
Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling
Samurai Rising by Pamela Turner
The Mating by BJ Cunningham & Misty Clark
Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle
Fan the Flames by Katie Ruggle
Keeper by Ellen Jensen Abbott
Love and Muddy Puddles by Cecily Paterson
Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder
Irish Rising by Marie Rose Dufour
The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
Huck: Book 1- All American by Mark Millar
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Books Read From My Shelves
The Book Thief
A Court of Mist and Fury

Interesting Tidbits on the Web:



Boy what a week, it was a busy reading week last week trying to push and get my Tome Topple Readathon finished (and finish a could of books before they were due back to the library).  Munchkin's first Tball game ended up getting cancelled due to weather on Saturday, but honestly it was a little nice to finally have some time as a family with no other people or distractions.  It also gave us some time to finish the garage clean up and me to get the house cleaned up.  Once we got the garage done, Sunday weather was nice enough to work on outside chores, we got our front yard and all of the neighbor's yard raked. We still have to plant the gardens and clean up the backyard next weekend.

Speaking of next weekend, Saturday is Dewey's 24 hour readathon! I was planning on participating but since Munchkin's opening day and first game got moved to this coming Saturday it will be a little difficult.  So I will kind of unofficially participate, instead of shooting for 24 hours straight through I am going to stretch my readathon and shoot for 8 hours a day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I will have a post up later today with my plans and TBR. 

How was your weekend? Did you get outside this weekend? Did you read any great books?  This is my last week of the RI Author Month (sorry for not having more fun interviews and giveaways, I really dropped the ball on that, but have had some really interesting books).

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tome Topple Readathon Wrap Up

I have been participating in the Tome Topple Readathon that was hosted as a Goodreads Group.  It was a 2 week challenge from the 7th of April to the 20th of April, and your goal was to read books over 500 pages. You can see my original sign up post HERE.
 So I had a pretty ambitious TBR pile for the challenge

So here are the books I actually read and finished:
A Court of Mist and Fury - 626 pages
The Sculptor - 496 pages
The Book Thief - 552 pages

and while I am pretty proud of what I did read, I didn't quite get as much read as I had hoped.  There are a few reasons for that, I didn't get started on the readathon until about 5 days in because I had several books to finish first.  Next I really struggled with getting into The Book Thief at the beginning and I finally had to put it down and pick up a different choice instead (thankfully that decision really helped).  I definitely wouldn't hesitate to try this readathon again, though next time I would like to actually read with someone or at least interact with other readathoners.

Did you participate? What book did you read? How was your reading experience?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

RI Author Feature: The Longest Game by Steven Krasner

Synopsis: "A non-fiction account of the longest game in professional baseball history, a 33-inning game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings played in 1981 at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Two of the players in the game became major league superstars: Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken, Jr. How well did they do? Check out the box score at the end of the book."

My Review: I had only heard about this historic event in baseball briefly in the past but being that it took place in RI and the book is written by a RI Author, I thought I should pick it up. I like that it is a non-fiction accounting of the game. It is a little repetitive, giving an overview at the beginning and then going into more detail throughout the book made it a little long for young readers to sit through. It would be great though for those young baseball fans or those going to see a game at McCoy stadium. The pencil illustrations were great and gave a classic feel that matched the book well.
My Rating: This was a little repetitive but it would be fun for those young baseball fans and players.  I also love that while an obscure fact in most of the world, it is non-fiction and an actual event.  We give it a rating of Three Paws.
Note: We are sitting at Munchkin's very first Tball game now, thankfully at this point they limit the number of innings and length of the innings!
You can find out more about Steven Krasner and his other works on his Goodreads Page or Website.
I had picked up my copy of this book at a local event but you can order your own copy in print format from Amazon or see if your local bookshop can order a copy for you.

Friday, April 21, 2017

RI Author Feature: Bedtime Story: Why Not Call it Cow Juice by Steven Krasner

Synopsis: "A fun, whimsical 32-page picture book featuring plays on words for 7-12-year-olds, as well as bedtime reading for younger children.

Dad gets mixed up a lot, to the amusement and frustration of Mom and their three children, Amy, Jeffrey and Emily. You get apple juice from apples, right? So what do you get from cows? Cow juice, right? You have to squeeze the cow, too, don’t you? That’s what Dad thinks, anyway. Ears of corn? Heads of lettuce?

Eventually, Amy and Jeffrey turn the tables on their silly Dad.

Find the cows that are hidden on every double page!"

My Review: This is such a fun book to read, and while kids will be completely entertained by it, adults will find the true humor in it. We had so much fun reading this, I read it with Munchkin and my mom & nieces over Skype and the kids really had fun but mom and I were really entertained. Not only is the story entertaining and sure to get the giggles started but the added element of a hidden cow on each page spread keeps the kids engaged in the story.
My Rating: This is a fun book, it is meant for slightly older children who will maybe understand the different ways of saying things and the humor, but it is still a fun book for younger siblings to find the cows on each page.  We give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag.
You can find out more about Steven Krasner and his other works on his Goodreads Page or Website.
I had picked up my copy of this book at a local event but you can order your own copy in print format from Amazon or see if your local bookshop can order a copy for you.