Dec 12, 2017

Recent Reads: When Santa Was a Baby by Linda Bailey

Source: From Librarything Early Reviewers Program and Tundra Books for review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

When Santa Was a BabyWhen Santa Was a Baby by Linda Bailey
Publisher: Tundra Books
Publication Date:  October 3, 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, Board Book

Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Santa's parents think their little one is absolutely wonderful, even though he has a booming voice instead of a baby's gurgle, loves to stand in front of the refrigerator, gives his birthday presents away, trains his hamsters to pull a matchbox sleigh ... and has an unusual interest in chimneys. The adorably funny portrait of an oddball kid who fulfills his destiny - and two very proud parents. 
Review: 
So... I LOVE holiday books... I think that they are all magical and get you in the spirit and this one is the most epic so far. This adorable children's book is about Santa as a baby. He likes red, he wants to re-gift things and he wants to share with the world and it is so cute. This beautiful and creative book brought a tear of joy to my eye (for real - my husband laughed at me). 

Not only was the story wonderful but the illustrations were perfect for it, the vibrant reds and greens and the cherub-esq baby, it was stunning. This has been my favorite holiday book so far this year, I loved everything about it. I normally re-gift these to kids I know but this one might stay in my collection...we will see... it is the season of giving after all...

Dec 11, 2017

Happy Holidays from Cover2CoverBlog


Happy December and Happy Holidays! 
However you will be celebrating, I would like to say Happy Holidays!!!
 Have a beautiful month!
 
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No fun photo of Rolo and I this year :/, here is a Santa instead... 
 

Dec 10, 2017

Building the Book Pile #263

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

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Another week closer to the end of the year... this is going scary fast. I am almost done my shopping, which feel so nice and this year we have everything wrapped and ready to go so early. I am loving my tree with ALL the gifts under it. We shopped for a lot more people this year and I am full of Christmas cheer! 😜🎄🎁

It was a busy week though and weekend. My introvert self is really needing some reading time in a bathtub. Wednesday I prepped for the Craft Fair and Thursday all day was the Fair. Friday I had to bring the Rolo-dog to the vet (we have been battling an ulcer in his eye), it is finally healed!! We decorated the office yesterday too, spray snow is so much fun - if you haven't played with it, I HIGHLY recommend it.  and today while you are reading this, I am at a friends baby shower... ([heavy breathing]... too much activity for me 😓)

How was your week? Anything fun going on? Share with me in the comments!
 

  Giveaways  on Cover2CoverBlog!
There are a few going on from Me and the Blog :)
1.    http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/2017/11/cover2coverblog-holiday-giveaway.html
2. http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/2017/11/discussion-and-giveaway-getting-rid-of.html

Coming up on the Blog

Happy Holidays from Cover2CoverBlog
Recent Reads: When Santa was a Baby by Linda Bailey (Youth) Recent Reads: In Real Life by Cory Doctorow (Graphic Novel)
Blog Tour w/ Review: Bianca the Brave Frail and Delicate Princess by Meg Dendler (MG) 
Recent Reads: The Lighthouse Santa by Sara Hoagland Hunter (Youth)

No Books Received this Week

Nada, and that is good because I didn't need anymore either :/

Have you missed anything lately?

Week of December 3 -December 9

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!

Dec 8, 2017

Recent Reads: Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin

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

Christmas at Mistletoe CoveChristmas at Mistletoe Cover by Holly Martin
Series: Hope Island #3
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date:  September 22, 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:  Ebook
Rating:


 




 Goodreads Synopsis: 
Growing up on Hope Island, Eden Lancaster always believed that if you wished hard enough for something, dreams really could come true. But Eden’s greatest wish is also her biggest secret: she has been completely in love with her childhood friend, the charming and attractive Dougie Harrison, for as long as she can remember. And he has no idea.

When Dougie leaves his successful life in New York to return home to Hope Island for good, Eden can’t escape her feelings. Her heart is full of hope that her romantic dreams are finally, at long last, going to come true…

This Christmas could change everything. But can a lifelong friendship really turn into the perfect romance? And will Eden get the happily ever after she’s always wished for?
Review: 
Last year a read a book from Holly Martin for a Holiday readathon and I saw this one and was so excited to grab it for this years readathon. I probably should put Ms. Martin on an auto-buy list. I have read two holiday books from her and loved both of them so much. 

This happens to be the third book in a series and I grabbed it without knowing that, all was fine though, this story while it kind of spoils the outcomes of the other books, follows a different couple on Hope Island. The book is so whimsical and I love books set to the holiday magic that is Christmas and all its glory. 

In this book we follow two points of view, Eden and Dougie, they have been best friends forever and both want more but are too scared to acknowledge it. Their friendship is playful and full of sexual tension. It was a fun read and I loved the romantic aspects of it. I am not always a huge fan of romance but this one was perfect - just enough heat and love and magic all rolled into an adorable book.

Dec 7, 2017

Recent Reads: Baseball Bats for Christmas by Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak

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

Baseball Bats for Christmas
Baseball Bats for Christmas by Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak
Publisher:  Annick Press
Publication Date:  September 12, 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:  Ebook
Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Never having seen trees, the children in Repulse Bay decide that the funny things delivered to them one year for Christmas must actually be for making baseball bats.
Review: 
Baseball Bats for Christmas is a cultural, holiday book about children in the Arctic Circle getting trees delivered to them around Christmas. This gorgeously illustrated book tells the reader about the life these children lead in this environment and how wonderful it was to get trees and then use them to make baseball bats to play. 

I loved the cultural aspects of this book, it was interesting to learn about living in such an extreme climate and how they celebrate Christmas without the availability of shops nearby. The illustrations that accompanied the text were a perfect fit for the feel of the book, they are bright and show the location well as a mix of cool colors.

As a learning tool and as a holiday book, this was a wonderful one. It embraces the essence of giving and gifting things that are dear to you and was very informational about the culture as well.

Dec 6, 2017

Recent Reads: Hubble Bubble The Wacky Winter Wonderland by Tracey Corderoy

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

Hubble Bubble: The Wacky Winter Wonderland (Hubble Bubble Series)
Hubble Bubble: The Wacky Winter Wonderland by Tracey Corderoy

Series: Hubble Bubble
Publisher:  Nosy Crow
Publication Date:  October 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: Ebook
Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Three more stories of magical mayhem from Tracey Corderoy and Joe Berger. Find out what happens when a naughty toddler waves Granny's wand in a posh shop. Can Granny build a raft that doesn't sink? And enjoy a visit to Winter Wonderland with some surprises in store...
Review:
I had not heard of this series before seeing this book on Netgalley and I am glad that I found it. The Hubble Bubble series follows a grandmother and her granddaughter on typical outings made not-so-typical by Granny's magic. Granny liked to spell things whenever she can making things more fun for kids but sometimes the spells aren't quite right. 

The synopsis above is a bit off. In The Wacky Winter Wonderland installment, you get three stories. One about the wonderland, another about a pet competition, and a third about a trip to the museum. All the stories were adorable and fun. They were easy to read and I was surprised that there were multiple stories (sometimes a good cover just calls to me). I loved Granny using her magic to make everything more fun for her granddaughter even if it might get her into trouble.

I think this series would be a lot of fun for younger readers. The stories are simple and shorter with illustrations to show all the fun. I thought that the Winter Wonderland story was the most fun out of them all, which is perfect this time of year.

Dec 5, 2017

Recent Reads: Washington DC Monsters by Rebecca Moeller

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

Washington D.C. Monsters: A Search-And-Find BookWashington DC Monsters: A Search and Find Book by Rebecca Moeller
Series: City Monsters
Publisher: Chouette Publishing, City Monsters
Publication Date:  August 24, 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: Ebook

Rating:
 


 


Goodreads Synopsis: 
Do you know Washington D.C.? The nation's capital attracts people from all over the world--even little monsters! Did you know that? Monsters are masters of camouflage who can easily hide in plain sight. They get lost among the Cherry Blossoms at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, go undercover at the International Spy Museum and even stow away at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum! Have fun spotting them all as you explore some of The District's most iconic landmarks and sights.
Review: 
This book is wonderful! It is set in Washington DC and takes kids on a journey around to some of the famous places to visit while also being a search and find book ! The illustrations are bright and pleasing to the eye and also very detailed to show the landmarks and places being visited. Each spread has a goal for how many monsters to find and some are pretty tricky... these monsters are great at disguises. 

The book is a great way to be educational and learn about a new city but also fun to have as an activity book. I think parents and young children will adore this one in their collection. And there are other cities available too! I chose to read this one because I am from the DC area and wanted to see what it showcased. I think it did a wonderful job!

Dec 4, 2017

Early Reader Review: The Very Very Very Long Dog by Julia Patton

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

The Very Very Very Long DogThe Very Very Very Long Dog by Julia Patton
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publication Date:  December 5, 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:  Ebook
Rating:
 


 


Goodreads Synopsis: 
Bartelby is a very long and lovable dachshund who lives in a bookstore. He has a lovely set of friends who take him for walks through the city, but he has no idea that his bumbling backside leaves a trail of destruction and accidents behind him. Embarrassed that he has no control over his back end, Bartelby vows to never leave the cozy bookstore again. Can his friends help him find a way to help himself?

This beautifully illustrated picture book features silly fun along with an important message: that we love our friends not in spite of their flaws, but because of them.
Review: 
I saw the cover and title of this book and it just seemed like something I needed to read. I am a doggie lover and find books about them endearing and this book is just that, endearing. The story is about Bartelby the dog, who is very long, and his butt causes problems when he goes on walks. So the story follows him on walks to see what happens and the destruction is a lot a fun to see in the illustrations. The pages are detailed and humorous and the dog is so cute as he realizes that he is the problem. I think all pet lovers and young readers will enjoy the book and its illustrations. While there isn't a lot of story or problem solving it is still a charming book. I found it delightful!

 

Dec 3, 2017

Building the Book Pile #262

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

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Busy busy, the holidays are officially upon us... the shopping has started and people are crazy everywhere. Other than that, things are pretty normal and the blog is on track for the month which makes me happy. Out of the norm for the past few weeks - my doggie Rolo hurt his eye and now has to wear a cone until it heals and he is very unhappy with me. (Sorry if this whole post is wonky, I am listening to a podcast while working and it is distracting but good.)

How was your week? Are you ready for the holidays? and if so what do you celebrate? 
 

  Giveaways  on Cover2CoverBlog!
There are a few going on from Me and the Blog :)
1.    http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/2017/11/cover2coverblog-holiday-giveaway.html
2. http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/2017/11/discussion-and-giveaway-getting-rid-of.html

Coming up on the Blog

Early Reader Review: The Very Very Very Long Dog by Julia Patton (Youth)
Recent Reads: Washington DC Monsters by Rebecca Moeller (Youth)
Recent Reads: Hubble Bubble The Wacky Winter Wonderland by Tracey Corderoy (MG)
Recent Reads: Baseball Bats for Christmas by Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak (Youth)
Recent Reads: Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin (Adult)

Books Received this Week    


     Santa's Countdown to Christmas: 24 Days of Stories The Mutts Spring Diaries Unicorn of Many Hats (Heavenly Nostrils, 7) 36601810 The Golden Glow  A Windy Spring Day: God Gives Us Friends When We're Afraid  A Tangled Web


Santa's Countdown to Christmas by Kim Thompson from Netgalley and CrackBook! Books for review
The Mutts Spring Diaries by Patrick McDonnell from Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for review
Fox and Racoon by Lesley-Anne Green from Netgalley and Tundra Books for review
Unicorn of Many Hats by Dana Simpson from Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for review
The Golden Glow by Benjamin Flouw from Netgalley and Tundra Books for review
A Windy Spring Day by Wendy Dunham from Netgalley Harvest House Publishers for review 
A Tangled Web by ML Sparrow for review from the author

From the Library:
Deathnote #2 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
Cursed Pirate Girl by Jeremy Bastian

 

Have you missed anything lately?

Week of  November 26 -December 2

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!

Dec 1, 2017

December 2017: TBR Pile



THE BOOKS
Yay Holiday time, but with that the reading time goes into a bit of a slump because of travel and gatherings and shopping and cooking... wow I have a lot to do :/


   Glow   Women Who Dared: 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, and Rebels Bianca: The Brave Frail and Delicate Princess  Otherworld (Otherworld, #1)
  

    
What do you want to read this month?
Have you read any of these yet? 
If so, let me know what you thought! 

Nov 30, 2017

Monthly Re-Cap: November 2017



Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people!

The month of November was a whirlwind. I got more tattooing done, it's not finished yet but have only one more sitting to finish my wings (Photos to come).  I participated in the HoHoHo Readathon and read six out of seven books I had listed for my TBR pile. There was Thanksgiving in there too and loads of work stuff going on at the term wrapped up and my faculty were traveling.

The biggest thing though was that I participated in NaNoWriMo... I have been saying/ typing for a long time that I am a reader not a writer and I still feel very strongly about that but this year in October I decided I wanted to go all out and try this writing thing. I talked with the husband and we talked about plots and stories and I outlined and planned and then November 1st... I started writing. 

I got that first little badge about updating a word count on the NaNoWriMo site and lost it - it says "Also, no bigs, you've started a freaking novel!" I started a draft and got 30K words done. I didn't outline enough to reach the full "win" goal but it was still a victory for me. I have a (horrible) first draft and I will play with it and see what happens but I was happy for myself. I kept it all a secret from a lot of people though - I didn't want to fall on my face and have everyone see. But I'm proud of what I did and thought I would share. I will be posting a Vlog update on the YouTube Channel ...real soon ... jk NOW.

How was your month? What did you read?
 

~~Books I Read in November~~
Deadman's Tome Monsters Exist Fliers: 20 Small Posters with Big Thoughts Hubble Bubble: The Wacky Winter Wonderland (Hubble Bubble Series) Baseball Bats for Christmas One Christmas Bear When Santa Was a Baby Christmas at Mistletoe Cove In Real Life The Lighthouse Santa  Lizzy the Lioness  Lies We Tell Our Kids The Girl Who Saved Christmas  A Windy Spring Day by Wendy Dunham

How did I do on my November TBR + HoHoHo Readathon TBR?
  • Not good on the November TBR, I didn't get to them too much going on: 0/2 
  • But I did pretty good on my Readathon list, and finished it after the Readathon: 7/7


~~Links to Some Reviews~~

One Christmas Bear by Anne Vittur Kennedy (Youth) - 5 stars
Fliers by Nathaniel Russel (Adult) - 4 stars
The Deadman's Tome: Monsters Exist by Various (Adult) - 4 stars
Lizzy the Lioness by Lisa Bevere (Youth) - 4 stars 
 

~~Reviews Up This Month From Previous Re-Caps~~
Nick the Knight, Dragon Slayer by Aron Dijkstra (Youth) -5 starsThe Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heulser Hall (MG) -4 stars
The Death of Death by K.N. Parker (YA)- 4 stars
The Painting by Charis Cotter (MG/YA) - 4 stars

Once Upon a Tree by Dawn Jarocki and Soren Kisiel (Youth) - 5 stars
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung (GN, Adult) - 5 stars
Breaking Up is Hard to Do...But You Could've Done Better by Hillary Campbell (GN, Adult) - 3 stars
Northstars Volume 1 by Jim and Haigen Shelley (GN) - 4 stars
Queso! by Lisa Fain (Cookbook) - 5 stars



Reviews still on their way to you:

Coming in December...
The Very Very Very Long Dog by Julia Patten (Youth)  
Washington DC Monsters by Rebecca Moeller (Youth) 
Hubble Bubble The Wacky Winter Wonderland by Tracey Corderoy (MG)
Baseball Bats for  Christmas by






Coming in 2018 ...
Crafty Cat and the Great Butterfly Battle (Crafty Cat #3) by Charise Mericle Harper (MG, GN) 

My Bed by Anita Bijsterbosch (Youth)
Fish-Boy by Vanita Oelschlager (Youth) 
Lies We Tell Our Kids by Brett Wagner (Adult, GN) 
A Windy Spring Day by Wendy Dunham (Youth, MG)