Aug 23, 2017

Early Reader Review: A Loud Winter's Nap by Katy Hudson

Source: From Netgalley and Capstone in Exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

A Loud Winter's NapA Loud Winter's Nap by Katy Hudson
Publisher:  Capstone Young Readers
Publication Date:  September 1, 2017

Format:  Ebook



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Every year Tortoise sleeps through winter. He assumes he isn't missing much. However, his friends are determined to prove otherwise! Will Tortoise sleep through another winter, or will his friends convince him to stay awake and experience the frosty fun of winter? Best-selling author Katy Hudson's charming picture book will convince even the biggest winter grouche that winter can be magical if you have friends by your side. 
This is going to be a wonderful book for the winter time! Parents and kids will enjoy the adorable illustrations and fun winter activities depicted in the scenes. But the grumpy Tortoise is what wins this book. Tortoise just wants to hibernate and he just doesn't like winter, but everyone is having so much fun around him in the snow and cold and he doesn't understand why. 

The book is about trying new things and also all the fun things winter can hold I think that this is really a whimsical read and if you are looking for fun things for kids in the colder months to read or to read to them this is a great addition.

Aug 20, 2017

Building the Book Pile #157

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

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

August is not going well with reading guys... I haven't really read much of anything, a few graphic novels but really I am having trouble focusing on reading. The weekends have been busy and I haven't had much time to relax so I am hoping that on Monday I will be able to do nothing and really get myself to read. It is the 20 and I haven't completed anything on my August TBR :( slacking at its finest.

My mom was in town for a little while, she drove up on Friday and is leaving some time today. I am super excited about this visit, even though beforehand is a bit stressful - cleaning up my house for visitors is never fun and pets always make it messy.

How was your week?

I can't wait until FALL....Hats are going in this week! Maybe even this afternoon, keep an eye out they look awesome!


  Giveaways  on Cover2CoverBlog!

Coming up on the Blog

#TheReadingQuest Continues (It isn't going great so far- but I am working on it)
Early Reader Review: Loud Winters Nap by Katy Hudson (Youth)
More but I am not sure what yet.

Books Received this Week 

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story  Scion of the Fox (The Realms of Ancient, #1)

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo - from Blogging for Books for review (Review is linked below)
Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko - For Blog Tour/ Review

Have you missed anything lately?

Week of August 13  - August 19
#TheReadingQuest BEGINS!
Recent Reads: The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (GN)

Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything, post and I will happily stop by and say hello!
Happy Reading!

Aug 18, 2017

Recent Reads: The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

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

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical StoryThe Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date:  June 27, 2017

Format:  Paperback



Goodreads Synopsis: 
From the #1 New York Times best-selling author and lifestyle/cleaning guru Marie Kondo, this graphic novelization brings Kondo's life-changing tidying method to life with the fun, quirky story of a woman who transforms her home, work, and love life using Kondo's advice and inspiration.

Marie Kondo presents the fictional story of Chiaki, a young woman in Tokyo who struggles with a cluttered apartment, messy love life, and lack of direction. After receiving a complaint from her attractive next-door neighbor about the sad state of her balcony, Chiaki gets Kondo to take her on as a client. Through a series of entertaining and insightful lessons, Kondo helps Chiaki get her home--and life--in order. This insightful, illustrated case study is perfect for people looking for a fun introduction to the KonMari Method of tidying up, as well as tried-and-true fans of Marie Kondo eager for a new way to think about what sparks joy. Featuring illustrations by award-winning manga artist Yuko Uramoto, this book also makes a great read for manga and graphic novel lovers of all ages.
I tried to read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up when it came out. I borrowed it from the library, but by the time I was able to pick it up it was due back for a hold for the next person, so I only ever got through the clothing section. I saw this version online and thought 'oh what a fun way to present this technique' and I was right.  In this version the technique is addressed through a story about Chiaki, a young woman that had too much clutter in her life. Marie Kondo comes in and gives her tips on how to tidy and as they progress the reader learns about tidying up and the various sections of the technique overall.

I found the Graphic Novel adaptation to be easy to read, it still has all the information you need and pictures are a wonderful teaching tool. I think that this version makes it easy for people to read and see what they need to do and it might even be more relatable for a younger audience and can be used for dorm packing and then moving into new apartments afterward. 

I really enjoyed reading this in this way and I will be sharing the techniques with others as well as trying to implement some - I could definitely use a clothing overhaul but the tidying of books isn't gonna happen at least not yet. I think this concept is great and now that I have learned it I can decide when the right time is to really use it.


Aug 16, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Warcross by Marie Lu

Warcross (Warcross, #1)
Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date:  September 12, 2017

Why I Am Waiting:
This book has SO much hype! But I am really hoping it lives up to it and I think that that synopsis sounds amazing :)

Aug 14, 2017

Blog Blast: Excerpt & Giveaway! Ban This Book by Alan Gratz

About the Book

An inspiring tale of a fourth-grader who fights back when her favorite book is banned from the school library--by starting her own illegal locker library!

It all started the day Amy Anne Ollinger tried to check out her favorite book in the whole world, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, from the school library. That's when Mrs. Jones, the librarian, told her the bad news: her favorite book was banned! All because a classmate's mom thought the book wasn't appropriate for kids to read.

Amy Anne decides to fight back by starting a secret banned books library out of her locker. Soon, she finds herself on the front line of an unexpected battle over book banning, censorship, and who has the right to decide what she and her fellow students can read.

Reminiscent of the classic novel Frindle by Andrew Clements for its inspiring message, Ban This Book is a love letter to the written word and its power to give kids a voice.

Praise for BAN THIS BOOK
“Readers, librarians, and all those books that have drawn a challenge have a brand new hero in Amy Anne Ollinger. She's a true champion and testament to how doing a good thing is the first step in finding your own courage."―Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor winning author of The Underneath

"Ban This Book is absolutely brilliant and belongs on the shelves of every library in the multiverse."―Lauren Myracle, author of the best-selling Internet Girls series, the most challenged books of 2009 and 2011

"A stout defense of the right to read." ―Kirkus Reviews

“Gratz delivers a book lover’s book that speaks volumes about kids’ power to effect change at a grassroots level." ―Publisher’s Weekly

The Mystery of the Missing Book
It all started the day my favorite book went missing from the library.
I didn’t know it was missing. Not yet. In my mind, it was still sitting there all alone on the shelf like a kid in the cafeteria waiting for her one and only friend to come and find her. Waiting for me to find her. All I wanted to do was run to the library and check out my favorite book before homeroom, but Rebecca, my one and only real-life friend, was still talking about trademarking our names.
“Have you ever thought about registering” Rebecca asked me.
“No, Rebecca, I have never thought about registering I am nine years old. Why in the world would I bother to register a Web site with my name on it when my parents won’t even let me use Facebook yet?”
That’s what I thought about saying. What I said instead was, “No.”
“You should,” Rebecca told me. “You’ve got a unique name, but even so, somebody could register it, and then what would you do? is already gone! I’m ten years old, and already my future intellectual property is being snapped up! Jay Z and BeyoncĂ© trademarked their baby’s name less than a month after she was born. You’d think my parents would have known enough to do the same.”
Rebecca’s parents were both lawyers, and she wanted to be one too when she grew up. I couldn’t imagine a more boring job.
Instead I said, “Yeah.”
I was still itching to get to the library and check out my favorite book. I opened my locker to stuff my backpack inside and gave my mailbox a quick look. Nobody knows how it got started, but everybody at Shelbourne Elementary has these cardboard boxes taped to the inside door of their lockers, just below the little vents they put on there in case you get stuffed in your locker by a bully. If you want to leave a note for somebody you just slip the piece of paper in the slot and it falls right into the little cardboard box. It’s such a tradition that Mr. Crutchfield, the custodian, just leaves the boxes in the lockers from year to year.
As usual, my mailbox was empty. Which I’d expected. My one and only friend doesn’t believe in writing notes. “Never leave a paper trail,” Rebecca says. More advice from her lawyer parents.
“Did you hear about Morgan Freeman, the actor?” Rebecca asked. “Somebody who wasn’t named Morgan Freeman registered his name at, and he had to sue them to get it back! Now that’s an interesting case—”
“I can’t imagine anything less interesting, Rebecca! I don’t care anything about trademarks or registering domain names. I have to go check out my favorite book before somebody else does!”
That’s what I wanted to tell her. Instead I held up a handful of books like a shield and said, “I have to return these books to the library before class!” and backed away before she could tell me more about the court case. “I’ll see you in homeroom!” I called.
Normally I would already have my favorite book checked out and in my backpack, but our librarian, Mrs. Jones, has a rule that you can only renew a book two times in a row, and then it has to sit on the shelf for five whole school days before you can check it out again. She says it’s to make sure other people get a chance to read it, but I think she made that rule up just to make me read other books, which I would have done anyway.
I dumped last night’s books in the book return and waved good morning to Mrs. Jones on the way to the fiction shelves.
“Amy Anne,” Mrs. Jones called. “Honey, wait—”
“Just let me grab my book,” I called back. I turned into the H–N shelves and hurried to where I knew my favorite book would be waiting for me.
Only it wasn’t there.
I looked again. It still wasn’t there. I looked behind the books, in case it had gotten pushed back and was hidden behind the others like they sometimes do, but no. It really wasn’t there. But my favorite book was always on the shelf. Could somebody else really have checked it out?
I was about to go and ask Mrs. Jones when she turned down the row. Mrs. Jones is a big white lady with short brown hair and rhinestone granny glasses that hang around her neck on a chain when she isn’t reading. Today she was wearing a red dress with white polka dots. Polka dots are her thing.
“Where’s my book?” I asked her.
“That’s what I was trying to tell you, honey,” Mrs. Jones said. “I knew you’d come in for it first thing.”
“It’s been five days,” I told her. “I marked it down on my calendar. I get to check it out again after five days. You said so. Did somebody—did somebody else check it out?”
“No, Amy Anne. I had to take it off the shelf.”
I frowned. Take it off the shelf? What did she mean, take it off the shelf?
Mrs. Jones sighed and wrung her hands. She looked like she was about to tell me my dogs had died. “Because some parents got together and said they didn’t think it was appropriate for elementary school, and the school board agreed with them.”
“Wasn’t appropriate? What does that mean?”
“It means I can’t check it out to you, honey, or to anybody else. Not until I talk to the school board and get this nonsense overturned.
“It means, Amy Anne, that your favorite book was banned from the school library.”

Copyright © 2017 by Alan Grantz
Reader’s guide copyright © 2017 by Tor Books
About the Author

Alan Gratz‘s first novel, Samurai Shortstop, was named one of the ALA’s 2007
Photo Credit: Wes Stitt
Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults. His second novel, Something Rotten, was a 2008 ALA Quick Pick for Young Adult Readers, and was followed by a sequel, Something Wicked, in October 2008. His first middle grade novel, The Brooklyn Nine, was one of the ALA’s Top Ten Sports Books for Youth and Top Ten Historical Books for Youth, and his middle grade Holocaust novel Prisoner B-3087 was one of YALSA’s 2014 Best Fiction for Young Readers and has won seven state awards. His latest novels are the YA thriller Code of Honor, a YALSA 2016 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and The Monster War, the third book in his middle grade steampunk League of Seven trilogy.

Alan’s short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, online at, and in the anthologies Half-Minute Horrors and Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction, which benefitted victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

As the first Artist in Residence at the American School in Japan in 2010, Alan spent six weeks teaching historical fiction-writing to middle school students in Tokyo, and he was the Thurber House Children’s Writer in Residence in 2011, living and writing in James Thurber’s attic for a month while working with young writers from all around the Columbus, Ohio area.

In addition to writing plays, magazine articles, and a few episodes of A&E’s City Confidential, Alan has taught catapult-building to middle-schoolers, written more than 6,000 radio commercials, sold other people’s books, lectured at a Czech university, and traveled the galaxy as a space ranger. (One of these, it should be pointed out, is not true.)
Alan was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, home of the 1982 World’s Fair. After a carefree but humid childhood, Alan attended the University of Tennessee, where he earned a College Scholars degree with a specialization in creative writing, and, later, a Master’s degree in English education. He now lives with his wife Wendi and his daughter Jo in the high country of Western North Carolina, where he enjoys playing games, eating pizza, and, perhaps not too surprisingly, reading books.

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Aug 13, 2017

Building the Book Pile #156

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

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Another week gone... it is starting to feel a little cooler here and there were three yellow leaves in my yard the other day.... FALL IS COMING!!!!! So excited... sorry to those of you that love summer... it is not my jam.

This week was pretty chill, we drove home on Monday from MD and then Tuesday we did chores and errands then worked the rest of the week - nothing too exciting, but we had a crab feast while on vacation and it was so good, we also had a great time seeing and spending time with family. 

Here are some random cute pictures.

Yesterday... I spent more time painting the dining room, the 1st coat on everything is done and all the wainscoting is up it looks SO GOOD, I'm excited.

How was your week?

I can't wait until FALL....Andy and I have been making all sorts of hats for the shop for colder months... going to put them up very soon.


  Giveaways  on Cover2CoverBlog!

Coming up on the Blog

#TheReadingQuest BEGINS!
Blog Blast: Excerpt and Giveaway! Ban this Book by Alan Gratz (MG)
Waiting on Wednesday
Recent Reads: The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (GN)

Books Received this Week 

Ban This Book Giant Pumpkin Suite

Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hall from Librarything Early Reviewers Program and Candlewick Press for review

Have you missed anything lately?

Week of August 6  - August 12
Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything, post and I will happily stop by and say hello!
Happy Reading!

Aug 10, 2017

#TheReadingQuest Sign Up, TBR and Progress

I was reading blogs today and came across this adorable reading quest/ game and I am swooning over it and SO excited to be signing up to play. 

It is called #TheReadingQuest and you pick a character and follow a path to read/earn experience points from August 13-Sept 10.

Sign ups close on the 13th so get over there and sign up! 

Reading Quest Board

I have chosen the Mage path, First Down: 
"MAGE: As wielders of spells and witchcraft, these players will conjure and summon their way through the First Down path on the quest. Their tomes contain magic and whispers of alternate lands."

 There are also Side Quests:
"Along with the separate Character Class quest levels (Purple Squares), the centre of the Quest Board is a conglomeration of Side Quests (Blue Squares)! Complete these challenges to earn extra points and bonus experience for your character."
Here is my Character Card, art compliments of CW of Read, Think, Ponder. Isn't this so cute! I am loving this SO much!

Mage Path:
  • A Book Set in a Different World:  
    • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (or)
    • Shadow Study by Maria Snyder
  • A Book Based on Mythology: 
    • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
  • A Book that Contains Magic: 
    • Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (or)
    • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Side Quests (may change/ TBD):
  • Potions:
  • Multiplayer:
  • Grind:  
    • The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (557 pages)
  • Time Warp:
  • Open World: 
  • Expansion:
  • Mini-Game:
  • Animal Companion:

Week 1

Mage Path Completed Quests
  • A Book with a One Word Title: 
    • Click'd by Tamara Ireland Stone (EBOOK 208 pages)= 10 EXP and 20 HP
Side Quests Completed

  • Respawn:
    • Previously DNFed "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo
    • Opted to read "The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo as replacement (MANGA 192 pgs) = 5 EXP & 9 HP
Week 2
(image to come)
Mage Path Completed Quests
  • The First Book of a Series:   
    • Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer Armentrout(EBOOK 299 pages)= 10 EXP and 30 HP

Aug 9, 2017

Early Reader Review: Harley's Little Black Book by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

Source: From Netgalley and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Harley's Little Black BookHarley's Little Black Book by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
Series: Volume 1
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication Date:  August 8, 2017

Format:  Ebook



Goodreads Synopsis: 
It's the sensational debut of a massive team-up series in which Harley meets (and almost certainly annoys) the greatest heroes and villains of the DC Universe! Harley is pairing up with the greatest heroes of all time, featuring adventures with Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and more! But can she keep up with superheroes of this caliber?
Celebrated Harley co-writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti take on this monumental series, spinning off of the best-selling HARLEY QUINN series. Collects HARLEY'S LITTLE BLACK BOOK #1-6.

I missed the first few issues of this series in comic form so I figured I would just wait for the graphic novel to come out and the New 52 was slowly getting more eh in my opinion. I still read them but they weren't my favorite. This volume collects issues 1-6 of the little black book series and they are all one-offs so I could have jumped in wherever but I didn't realize that.

The series is like diary entries by Harley, many are in flashback format and they all can be read in any order. They each feature a different guest appearance - like Wonder Woman and the Green Lantern, and they are don't but a variety of artists.

I think my favorite issue in the bunch was the Green Lantern one, Harley is her evil self again, not trying to save anything, and the lantern rings are a very cool addition for a Harley Quinn comic. The one I liked the least was the last one and the story wasn't bad, but I sadly did not enjoy the artist on that issue.

Many of these issues had a lot of sexual innuendo  and some had it right out there, so these are definitely adult comics/ graphic novels. I felt like there was actually more sex themes than violence - it was not what I expected, but don't get me wrong there was still a lot of violence as well. 

I am happy to have read the series to this point, I think if you enjoyed the New 52 Harley series and enjoy guests popping in, these are issues for you.