Feb 19, 2018

Recent Reads: Ten Little Night Stars by Deb Gruelle

Source: From Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Ten Little Night StarsTen Little Night Stars by Deb Gruelle
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date:  January 23, 2018



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Board Book

Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
One!

One little night star,

Twinkling in deep blue.

I run inside to take my bath,

Then there are…

Two!

Ten Little Night Stars is a sweet bedtime counting book perfect for the youngest readers. One by one the stars come out in the night sky as cute and cuddly animals go through their bedtime routines. This board book will encourage children to turn the page with interactive and engaging rhyme, and will take them through bath time, story time, and sleep. Written by Deb Gruelle, great-great-grand-niece of Johnny Gruelle, the creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy, Ten Little Night Stars is the perfect bedtime story for parents and children alike.
Review: 
Ten Little Night Stars is a counting and bedtime board book for younger children.  The stars appear as you turn the pages and the story is a little rhyme to go along with the counting. The pictures are of little animals and their parents getting ready for bedtime. This book has so many useful functions  - it is a counting book, it is short enough to read for bedtime, and it is also a good list of things to do before bed. As a Zondervan book, it does talk about the stars in heaven and prayers for bed, to those might not be for all families, but it was a very cute book.

Feb 18, 2018

Building the Book Pile #272

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Another busy week... but less fun than last week. On Tuesday I had to have some fillings done (I have a love of sugar ... maybe too much). On Wednesday I had an eye appointment - they didn't really change, I am still pretty blind but I like rocking my glasses so that works for me. And then Friday I wasn't feeling well at all, some stomach bug thing that sucked. 

This weekend we were supposed to be away but I was not feeling it and my friend was sick too so we cancelled and hung out at home. The hubs got more tattooing done to get ready for a tattoo show next month and I read a bit and got some reviews done. 

Then we woke up this morning to 3 more inches of snow! 😳🙄  This week is supposed to be warmer though and rainy... we shall see how that goes.
 
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Recent Reads: Ten Little Night Stars by Deb Gruelle (Youth)
Recent Reads: Ancient Astronauts by Vincent Pompeii (GN, Adult)
Waiting on Wednesday
Recent Reads: Harley Quinn #34 and #35 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (Comic)
Recent Reads: Banished (The Storymakers #3) by Betsy Schow (YA) 
 
Coming soonish... no clue when:
Recent Reads: Otherworld by Jason Segel (YA) - I am enjoying this book, but need to find the time to sit with it and finish it. I have a review started but I have a few chapters left!

Books Received this Week

Ten Little Night Stars  The Hidden Loch The Super Life of Ben Braver

Ten Little Night Stars by Deb Gruelle from Zondervan and BookLook Bloggers in exchange for review.
The Hidden Loch by Marliane Maddux White from Penny-Farthing Productions
in exchange for review.
The Super Life of Ben Braver by Marcus Emerson from Macmillan for a Blog Tour review.

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Feb 15, 2018

Recent Reads: Harley Quinn #32-33 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner


Harley Quinn (2016-) #32
Harley Quinn: Vote Harley Finale - Off The Leash

Series: Harley Quinn #32
Publisher:  DC Comics
Publication Date:  November 15, 2017



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Comic
Source: Bought/Own


Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
"Vote Harley" conclusion! One of the people Harley loves most in this world is dead, and the Mayor is to blame! Revenge won't make Harley feel better...but that doesn't mean she won't take it!
Review: 
This installment got dark. At the end of the last issue Harley is thrown back into her psychic self, no more city loving lady, but vengeful hater of the mayor and she is going to do something terrible. I did not expect this darkness from the new Rebirth series but it was needed and completely understandable. Harley is heartbroken and the Mayor will pay. This was a great ending to the Vote Harley story line.



Harley Quinn (2016-) #33
Harley Quinn: Aftermath Part 1 - The Mourning After

Series: Harley Quinn #33
Publisher:  DC Comics
Publication Date:  December 20, 2017



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Comic
Source: Bought/Own


Rating:


 




 Goodreads Synopsis: 
“AFTERMATH”! In the wake of the election, Harley’s life has changed forever...so what do her friends in Coney Island have to say about it? And speaking of those friends...this issue also begins a new “Secret Origins” backup feature! Learn the unspoken histories behind Harley’s rapidly expanding cast of characters, starting with the lovesick merc with a mallet, Red Tool—whose past might actually be our future!
Review: 
In this issue, Harley is trying to deal with the death of a loved one and she might be going through all of the stages of grief. Luckily, she knows what to expect. Harley is trying to move on, with the help of her roller derby buddies and then a road trip offer from Tony. This was pretty much a transition, filler issues. Harley is sad and dealing and people around her are trying to help. There weren't any big plot twists or developments, but it was a good issue.

Feb 14, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Pacifica by Kristen Simmons

Pacifica
Pacifica by Kristen Simmons
Publisher: Tor TEEN
Publication Date: March 6, 2018



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17608898-the-killing-jar?from_search=true&search_version=service
Synopsis:  


Why I Am Waiting:
I have been seeing this book pop up everywhere and the synopsis really catches me....a possible love story and the pirates... I really enjoy pirates.
 

Feb 13, 2018

Early Reader Review: Lies We Tell Our Kids by Brett Wagner

Source: From Netgalley and Animal Media Group LLC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Lies We Tell Our Kids by Brett Wagner
Lies We Tell Our Kids
Publisher:  Animal Media Group LLC
Publication Date:  February 20, 2018


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format:  Ebook
Rating:
 


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
From acclaimed artist Brett Wagner comes a book about the tall tales that parents tell their kids in the hopes of getting them to do something—eat, sleep, apologize to their sibling, or learn to do something the right way. Fun, heartfelt, and a little bit weird, Lies We Tell Our Kids exposes the not-so-great generational parenting tactic of lying to your child for the greater good!

Brett Wagner is a Pittsburgh-based illustrator and filmmaker with a penchant for puns and visual anomalies. A generalist by trade, he works mostly in commercial video production, while his short narrative film All Raccoons Are Bandits has been screened internationally. When not on set, he spends most of his time with a box full of Copic markers drawing colorful creatures for himself and others.
 
Review: 
This was an interesting take on the lies that parents tell kids. I was once a kid, and I have a lot of siblings but a majority of these lies were really weird, somewhat scary and I had never heard at all. There were a handful that I recognized but most were very left-field for me.

Each lie comes with text and then a drawing of the lie. The drawings were awesome and very fun, but the lies were so strange. Who tells their kids that spiders eat people? Wouldn't that have the opposite effect of what you are trying to do?... maybe I just need a kid to understand a few of these. They might be satirical too and I just missed that - it is possible.

The illustrations gave this book an extra star for me, otherwise I was not too impressed.



 

Feb 12, 2018

Recent Reads: Harley Quinn #30-31 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner


Harley Quinn (2016-) #30
Harley Quinn: Vote Harley Part III - Pollsters and Paramours

Series: Harley Quinn #30
Publisher:  DC Comics
Publication Date:  October 18, 2017



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Comic
Source: Bought/Own


Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
"VOTE HARLEY" part three! Harley's making some pretty unsavory alliances to keep her mayoral campaign humming...including drafting some of the worst villains from her Gotham City days! How will her New York friends react to that? Can they hold their noses and vote for someone who accepts campaign contributions from the Penguin?
Review: 
In this installment Harley is trying to won back the people after her episode at the debate. How is she going to do this, more greenery of  course. I really like Harley's 'for the people' attitude and think she has good intentions, it is sad that they always get blown out of proportion. The end of this issue was a huge shock and cliffhanger.







Harley Quinn (2016-) #31Harley Quinn: Vote Harley Part IV - Exitragedy
Series: Harley Quinn #31
Publisher:  DC Comics
Publication Date:  November 1, 2017



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Comic
Source: Bought/Own


Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis:
“VOTE HARLEY” part 4! It’s all come down to this: Harley and her adversary, Mayor DePerto, have trotted out every dirty trick in the book...and now it’s up to the people to decide who will lead New York City into the next decade! No matter who wins, let’s be honest with each other: it might be time to consider moving to L.A.!
Review: 
This may be the end of Haley's run for mayor but she is far from done fighting. The mayor has crossed too many lines for her to let it go, so she is on a mission to find him. The endings of these last few issues have been crazy, and this one was no exception. I was surprised and so sad for Harley.

Feb 11, 2018

Building the Book Pile #271

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

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Busy busy busy this week. I was hoping to actually do some blogging but I had no time to get things finished, so sorry about that. I will work on things today and get them ready for this week though. 

Yesterday, the hubs and I went to a showshoe festival. We had never tried it, it was fun but SO PAINFUL, I am so out of shape. While there we also got to go on a dogsled ride. Which was AWESOME. I also stood on a frozen lake for the first time. It was weird but people were out there will bob-houses (fishing shacks) and trucks so I think I was safe.

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Coming up on the Blog


Recent Reads: Harley Quinn #30 and #31 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (Comic)
Early Reader Review: The Lies We Tell Our Kids by Steve Hoover (GN)
Recent Reads: Harley Quinn #32 and #33 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (Comic)
Recent Reads: Otherworld by Jason Segel (YA)

Books Received this Week

   The Key to Every Thing

The Key to Everything by Pat Schmatz from LibrarythingEarly Reviewers program and Candlewick Press.

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Feb 9, 2018

Recent Reads: Audrey's Magic Nine by Michelle Wright

Source: From the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Audrey's Magic Nine
Audrey's Magic Nine by Michelle Wright

Series: Book One
Publisher:  Penny-Farthing Productions
Publication Date:  January 12, 2018



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format:  Hardback

Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
The story follows a young orphan named Audrey who goes on a quest to help her newly discovered friends unravel an enchanted mystery. Armed with a pencil, sketchbook, and some surprisingly unexceptional magical help, Audrey and company will embark on many whimsical adventures and escapades to reach a mysterious realm beyond her artistic imagination.
Review: 
Audrey's Magic Nine (Book one) follows a little girl name Audrey. She is in the foster care system when we first meet her. She is a young girl who expresses herself through her sketchbooks and drawings and she is really good. We follow her as she is adopted but still has fears, and she hears some weird noises in her new home. The different is now she has the help of a magical puppet, something that was hers when she was dropped off in the care of the group home. The puppet asks for her help locating his friends to help her defeat the monsters she has been hearing.  

In the first book, we meet the main character, Audrey, a shy girl who is learning to adapt into her new life. The reader is shown her life from her point of view but also some snippets of her adoptive parents views and how they see her. We learn about the puppets and how they got to be that way and then we meet the first three puppets.

I really liked that Audrey's drawings are showcased throughout the graphic novel, they add another element of fantasy to the already fantastical story line. The puppets are a creative way to incorporate magical creatures as well. I really liked that this book, even though it is for a middle grade audience had to many layers to it. I enjoyed it quite a bit as an adult reader and am looking forward to more in this series.

Feb 6, 2018

Recent Reads: Live. Love. Bark

Live. Love. Bark
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication Date:  August 1, 2017


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Hardback
Source: Won in a giveaway.


Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Live. Love. Bark. provides a fun spin on happiness quotes by incorporating our beloved pet companions. Quotes and inspiration, interspersed with fun and playful pups, will resonate with happy and nostalgic dog owners or those who could use a boost of cheer. Meant to inspire the dog lover in everyone, this collection is just as lovable as man's best friends.
Review: 
Live. Love. Bark. by Sourcebooks is a gift book with images of animals and inspirational quotes. It is a wonderful pick-me-up and I think dog lovers will especially enjoy it. Having a down day? This book is perfect for you. It compiles adorable images of puppies playing and the uplifting words you might be needing. It is also great just as a coffee-table book and people in your home will definitely pick it up and flip through it. Look at that cover - how could you not?

Feb 5, 2018

Building the Book PIle #270

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

All the snow is coming this week. Sunday afternoon through night it snowed and we are supposed to get 6-10 more inches on Wednesday. I am happy about the snow because we signed up to snowshoe on Saturday but I am over it being cold and can't wait for spring and gardening and preparing plants for the garden.

Reading was slow-going this past week but I am hoping to get more done this week.

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Coming up on the Blog

Recent Reads: Live. Love. Bark. (Gift Book)
Recent Reads: Audrey's Magic Nine by Michelle Wright and Courtney Huddleston (MG, GN)
Recent Reads: Harley Quinn #30 and #31 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (Comic) - couldn't seem to get this done :/, coming next week.


Books Received this Week

Audrey's Magic Nine   

Audrey's Magic Nine by Michelle Wright and Courtney Huddleston from Penny-Farthing Productions for review.

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