Mar 23, 2017

Early Reader Review: Unicorn Crossing by Dana Simpson

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

Unicorn Crossing (Heavenly Nostrils, #5)Unicorn Crossing by Dana Simpson
Series: Heavenly Nostrils #5
Publisher:  Andrew McMeel Publishing
Publication Date:  March 28, 2017

Format:  Ebook



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Phoebe and Marigold are back for a fifth installment of the award-winning series. Join in on their latest adventures – and experiments – in being themselves!

Time flies in this fifth volume of Dana Simpson's Phoebe and Her Unicorn! Follow the lovable duo as they experience somewhat-spooky Halloween parties, ecstatic snow days, and looming summer reading assignments. Although the journey of growing up can sometimes be difficult, along the way Phoebe and Marigold discover something more enduring than goblin fads, unicorn spa vacations, and even a Spell of Forgetting—their one of a kind friendship.
I really enjoy this series, I have not even read the first few but you can pretty much pick this up at any point and laugh-out-loud at the crazy things this girl and her unicorn do.

Phoebe is a little girl, who as you might have noticed, has a friend unicorn. They are together almost all of the time and their dialogue is witty and off-kilter and wonderful to read. Some of the panels are stand alone ones, while others take a few for longer more in depth tales

What makes this so funny is Marigold is so self-centered but Pheobe doesn't care and is used to her remarks about beauty and the wonderful unicorn world we humans don't get to see. Their friendship is silly, understanding, and full of fun times.   


Mar 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date:  April 4, 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:  
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

Why I Am Waiting:
Another 'geek' titled book :) I am loving this synopsis as well.

Mar 21, 2017

Recent Reads: How to Pack by Hitha Palepu

Source: From Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
How to Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip
How to Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip by Hitha Palepu
Publisher: Clarkson Porter Publishers
Publication Date:  March 7, 2017

Format:  Hardback



Goodreads Synopsis: 
It's time to pack perfect. Every trip, every time. Your journey starts here.
When you travel, the journey is just as important as the destination -- and packing is the first step. In How to Pack, Hitha Palepu, a former consultant who has traveled more than 500,000 cumulative miles around the world, shows that what and how you pack are who you are. Confidence and comfort inspire success upon arrival, whether you're exploring a new city, hoping to nail a job interview, or relaxing on a beach. In How to Pack, you'll learn about:
- Power Pieces vs. Fantasy Pieces: How clothing earns its place in your suitcase
- The Accessory Math Secret: The precise formula for all you need to finish off your outfits
- Folding versus Rolling: What's right for which items
- Globetrotter Gorgeous: Editing your beauty routine while still looking great
- The Packing Timeline: How to avoid "I'm forgetting something" syndrome
- Pack Perfect Lists: Samples and blanks for any kind of trip
This was the perfect little book about packing. It was very straight-forward and included all sorts of lists and diagrams for ease of use. I think that it is a very cool idea to have a book about packing and this came to me right after I went on a trip and so I got to see all the things I did wrong, but it all made sense.

Palepu laid everything out in a very logical manner and although she talks a lot about business travel, I think that a lot of it can be adapted to vacations as well. I think that packing for a professional trip would actually be a lot easier for me than vacation packing but Palpeu seems to get A LOT of use out of everything she packs and that is where I would be lacking. She gives great advice and even informs the reader about suitcases and the best ones for different circumstances.

It was a very helpful read even though I did not need it in my immediate future, I think next time I take a trip I will be referring back for sure. 


Mar 20, 2017

Bloggiesta Spring 2017 - To Do

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Bloggiesta Spring 2017 runs from March 20-26!

So for my list I would like to do the following, as I complete items I will be using strikethrough:
  • Back up the blog
  • Update my "Reviews by Author" Tab
  • Update my TBR spreadsheet - I do this normally but I need to clean it up again A LOT!
  • Clean up my inbox - so fresh, so clean :D
  • Cross post reviews to Goodreads/ Amazon/ Librarything as needed.
  • Participate in a Twitter Party - don't think I am making any, I have an event on Saturday and I had a very crappy day on Thursday so I missed that one :/
    • The deets (#bloggiesta @bloggiesta):
        • Thursday March 23 @ 8pm EST: Focusing on keeping blogging fun! Led by Rachel Noel at Purple Owl Reviews
        • Saturday March 25 @ 7pm EST: Finish Line Chat! What we learned and crossed off our to-do lists! Led by Elle at Words on Simmer
  • Do some mini challenges 
  • Prep some posts - I have prepped one for 3/21, 3/28, making progress on one for 3/31, 
  • Visit as many Bloggiesta blogs as possible (IF NOT ALL) to cheer people on :) Visited every blog up to #21, commented on most but Wordpress was giving me some trouble in the commenting :/ so there were a few without comments

Added Items:
If there are any other things I think of or find on another bloggers list I will add them here :)

Building the Book Pile #136

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

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 
I have been so busy with work and life lately that blogging has fallen a bit, sorry about that. I have been exhausted ans weekends have really been cleaning for the week and then napping. I have been cutting my caffeine - I know, I am nuts, but I needed to be done. So Anyways... this is another late BTBP post, but at least it is here - I need to stop making excuses and get the ball rolling again here on the blog

What do you do when you are in a blogging slump? Any tips would be very much appreciated :) 

  Giveaways  on Cover2CoverBlog!

Coming up on the Blog...

Monday: Building the Book Pile (LATE)
Also Monday: Spring Bloggiesta To Do List - bc I need it so bad right now!
  Tuesday: Recent Reads: How to Pack by Hitha Palepu (Adult)
Waiting on Wednesday
Thursday: Early Reader Review: Unicorn Crossing (Heavenly Nostrils #5) by Dana Simpson (GN)

Books Received this Week

  Pashmina  Get It Together, Delilah!
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani from Netgalley and First Second Books for Review.
Get It Together, Delilah! by Erin Gough from Librarything Early Reviewers Program and Chronicle Books for Review.
Have you missed anything lately?
New Page: 2017 Reading Challenges 

Week of March 12 - March 18

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!

Mar 17, 2017

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway! The Boy Called Bat by Elana Arnold

About the Book
For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter.

But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.

A Boy Called Bat is a book for readers from 6-10 about a young boy who wants to adopt a skunk. What makes this story a little different is that Bat is on the autism spectrum, so reading his character is very different than reading others. Bat is very literal and likes facts, he does not like when things are not the way he prefers them, and he sometimes makes blunders of social interactions. But this story is about him growing and learning more about himself and other people.

The story follows Bat as his mother, a vet, brings home an orphaned skunk kit and tells him that they have to help raise it for a little while. Bat grows very attached to the kit and would like to be its caretaker so throughout the story he is trying to figure out how to be with it all the time and convince his mom to keep it.

This was a very cute story, and at first I didn’t realize that Bat was on the spectrum, sadly I just thought he was being very rude, but as I read it became more clear and I was more understanding of his misunderstandings. It is a very cleaver way to introduce young readers to different diverse main characters and I think that young readers and parents will enjoy the lessons in the book. However, I also think a lot of kids will be asking for pets… I think if they are as determined and resourceful as Bat, they should be given a chance. Overall I very much enjoyed this read.
About the Author
ELANA K. ARNOLD completed her M.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction at the University of California, Davis. She grew up in Southern California, where she was lucky enough to have her own horse--a gorgeous mare named Rainbow--and a family who let her read as many books as she wanted. She lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. She is represented by Rubin Pfeffer of Rubin Pfeffer Content.

Photo Credit Melissa Hockenberger

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Mar 15, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Harley Quinn Vol1: Die Laughing by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner

Harley Quinn, Volume 1: Die Laughing
Harley Quinn Vol1: Die Laughing by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication Date:  March 21, 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:  
Harley Quinn's crazy world on has gotten even more crazier when an unexpected, contagious enemy comes to town! Protecting her neighborhood just got a little harder, good thing they have chainsaws!

Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti continue their mammoth run on this New York Times best-selling title in Harley Quinn, Volume 1: Die Laughing!
Collecting: Harley Quinn 1-6, Rebirth  

Why I Am Waiting:
I love Harley Quinn and I love to go through the Graphic Novels even after reading the comments it is fun to see if they add any extra goodies :)