Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Herding Cats

35924705Goodreads Synopsis:    Adjusting to life as a world-famous cartoonist isn't easy. Terrifying deadlines, piles of junk-food wrappers under a glowing computer screen, and an ever-growing horde of pets....umm, never mind--it's pretty much the same.

With characteristic wit and charm, Sarah Andersen's third collection of comics and illustrated personal essays offers a survival guide for frantic modern life: from the importance of avoiding morning people, to Internet troll defense 101, to the not-so-life-changing futility of tidying up. But when all else fails and the world around you is collapsing, make a hot chocolate, count the days until Halloween, and snuggle up next to your furry beacon of hope.

My Thoughts:

-    I have a big fan of Sarah's Scribbles. I love how relatable and hilarious her comics are.

-    I kept trying to show my husband specific pages saying, "This is me!" Since I did this with the previous two books as well, he just looked at me and said, "Every page is you." I couldn't help it. Each page is so funny and just like me that I can't help but share.

-    I love that Sarah takes everyday insecurities and other things and makes them funny. I think they are so funny because they are so true. 

-    The illustrations add to the humor. The facial expressions crack me up!

-    If you haven't read any of Sarah's books, you really need to!

Previous Sarah's Scribbles book

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Golden Sun

Golden Sun (Horse Diaries, #5)From Goodreads:    For anyone who has ever dreamed of hearing a horse’s story...

Oregon, 1790
Golden Sun is a chestnut snowflake Appaloosa. In summer, he treks through the mountains with his rider, a Nez Perce boy named Little Turtle, as he gathers healing plants. But when Little Turtle’s best friend falls ill, Golden Sun discovers his true calling. Here is Golden Sun’s his own words.

With moving and knowledgeable text and lovely black and white art throughout—by a mother-daughter team of horse experts—this is the perfect fit for all lovers of horses and history!

My Thoughts:

-    I use the words cute and heartwarming for each of these books, but I don't think I can say it enough. Cute and heartwarming are the perfect words for the stories!

-    I love the relationship between Golden Sun and Little Turtle. I love that they didn't need words to communicate. They just knew what the other one was thinking and feeling. I love that we can have that kind of deep relationship with animals.

-    I really enjoyed the story and the characters, and Gnome loved it just as much.

Previous Horse Diaries Book:

Elska (Horse Diaries, #1) Bell's Star (Horse Diaries, #2) Koda (Horse Diaries, #3)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Life Debt

Life Debt (Star Wars: Aftermath, #2)Goodreads Synopsis:    Set between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the never-before-told story that began with Star Wars: Aftermath continues in this thrilling novel, the second book of Chuck Wendig s New York Times bestselling trilogy.

"It is a dark time for the Empire. . . ."

The Emperor is dead, and the remnants of his former Empire are in retreat. As the New Republic fights to restore a lasting peace to the galaxy, some dare to imagine new beginnings and new destinies. For Han Solo, that means settling his last outstanding debt, by helping Chewbacca liberate the Wookiee's homeworld of Kashyyyk.

Meanwhile, Norra Wexley and her band of Imperial hunters pursue Grand Admiral Rae Sloane and the Empire's remaining leadership across the galaxy. Even as more and more officers are brought to justice, Sloane continues to elude the New Republic, and Norra fears Sloane may be searching for a means to save the crumbling Empire from oblivion. But the hunt for Sloane is cut short when Norra receives an urgent request from Princess Leia Organa. The attempt to liberate Kashyyyk has carried Han Solo, Chewbacca, and a band of smugglers into an ambush resulting in Chewie's capture and Han's disappearance.

Breaking away from their official mission and racing toward the Millennium Falcon's last known location, Norra and her crew prepare for any challenge that stands between them and their missing comrades. But they can't anticipate the true depth of the danger that awaits them or the ruthlessness of the enemy drawing them into his crosshairs.

My Thoughts:

-    Ask and ye shall receive! I wanted more Han and Leia, and I got a lot more! Hooray! Now if I could just get some Luke in there. Where is he anyway?

-    I loved seeing Han and Leia's relationship. They understand each other's needs as individuals and as a couple.

-    This story was action packed. There was never a dull moment. 

-    I love seeing how the new republic had to struggle after destroying the second death star. Starting a new government is not easy, especially when there is still a big empire presence. 

-    The ending!! Wow! I can't wait to see what happens on Jakku!

Previous Aftermath Book:

Aftermath (Star Wars: Aftermath, #1)

The Holy Temple

The Holy TempleGoodreads Synopsis:    This is a comprehensive book about the LDS temple. It examines in appropriate detail the doctrines and practices which surround that holy building, and particularly their implications for the individual Church member.

Part one offers the Lord's invitation: "Come to the temple." It sets forth the requirements for attendance- basically, preparation through worthiness- and the attitude and behavior appropriate for those attending that holy place on the first and all subsequent occasions. Part two deals in brief fashion with the ancient temples then turns to the central human figure in the work of the temple- Elijah the Prophet, who anciently held the keys relative to the sealing power of the priesthood. Malachi's prophecy and the human tradition about Elijah's return in the latter days are impressively set forth.

Elijah's return and all that it means for the happiness and salvation of mankind are the themes of parts three and four. Following early Restoration scenes, here is the Kirtland Temple built at great personal sacrifice. Dedicated, it fulfills a major purpose in the glorious visions of April 3, 1836, the Savior himself introducing three heavenly beings who then convey priesthood keys. One of these is Elijah. Thereafter the revelations progressively develop the doctrine of temple work for both the living and the dead; under divine direction temple ceremonies are introduced and participants eagerly flock to the Nauvoo Temple; through President Wilford Woodruff the supporting work of lineage linking is clarified by revelation; and the spirit of Elijah is manifest both in and out of the Church as genealogical research and temple work blossom, temples multiply, and those beyond the veil assist those involved in the work here.

The endowment with its sacred covenants and its elevating symbolic instruction, the sealing ordinance, and the other temple ceremonies are discussed sensitively and authoritatively.

My Thoughts:

-    President Packer was always the teacher, and this book shows exactly that! 

-    I was hoping for some spiritual messages and more insight and uplifting things about temples, but this was more of a comprehensive text book of why we have temples, and why we do what we do in the temple.

-    The books covers a lot of history and things. It was a really slow and arduous read.

-    I liked all the information, but I hoping for something a little different. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Invisible Inkling

Invisible InklingFrom Goodreads   The thing about Hank's new friend Inkling is, he's invisible.

No, not imaginary. Inkling is an invisible bandapat, a creature native only to the Peruvian Woods of Mystery. (Or maybe it is the Ukrainian glaciers. Inkling hardly ever gets his stories straight.)

Now Inkling has found his way to Brooklyn and into Hank's laundry basket on his quest for squash—bandapats' favorite food. But Hank has bigger problems than helping Inkling fend off maniac doggies and search for yummy pumpkins: Bruno Gillicut is a lunch-stealing dirtbug caveperson and he's got to be stopped. And who better to help stand up to a bully than an invisible friend?

My Thoughts:

-    My daughter was assigned this book for her school's book club. It only took her a couple days to read it, and she said it was cute and funny. I didn't want to feel left out, so I decided to read it too.

-    Gnome was right. The story was cute and funny. I laughed at several things about the story and the characters.

-    I want a bandapat friend! He was SO cute!

-    I like that Inkling didn't solve all of Hank's problems for him. I liked that Inkling gave him confidence and advice, and Hank gained confidence and learned how to take care of his own problems. 

-    I wish I could go to book club with Gnome, so I could hear what all the kids thought of the book.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books

Created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in Jan 2018

Backlist Books I Want to Read

I think every reader has plenty of these on their TBR.

Nicholas Nickleby  The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
The Story of Mankind (Updated)  (Liveright Classics) The Blue Castle
Ballet Shoes (Shoes, #1) Odd Thomas (Odd Thomas, #1)
Three Wishes Patient Zero (Joe Ledger, #1)
I Am Not a Serial Killer (John Cleaver, #1) Cycle of Hatred (World of WarCraft, #1)

Monday, November 5, 2018

October Stats

Books Read:  11

125553 The Holy Temple Golden Sun (Horse Diaries, #5)
Life Debt (Star Wars: Aftermath, #2) The Orphan Keeper Herding Cats (Sarah's Scribbles, #3)
The Book of Mormon Made Easier Part 2: Mosiah Through Alma The Ghostfaces (Brotherband Chronicles, #6) Yatimah (Horse Diaries, #6)
Elliot and the Goblin War (Underworld Chronicles #1) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Pages Read:  3,036
Shortest Book:  108
Longest Book:  448

1 Star:  0
2 Stars:  0
3 Stars:  3
4 Stars:  6
5 Stars:  2

I didn't read any Newbery books in October, but I'm going to start reading those again.

Friday, November 2, 2018

How Do You Take a Bath?

38398162From Goodreads:    

How do YOU take a bath? 
Does your mama comb your fur?
Do you shake off all your dirt?
Do you splash and flap and quack?
Do the birdies peck your back?

Follow elephants, pigs, monkeys, hippos, and more in this charming rhyming picture book from veteran author Kate McMullan. How does a pig take a bath? It sinks in the mud! What about a chicken? It thrashes about in dust! And a cat? Why, it licks itself clean, of course! Sydney Hanson's adorable illustrations toggle neatly between animals in nature grooming themselves and humorous depictions of children attempting the animals' bathing tactics. By the end of the book, the child finally makes his way to the bathtub, no mud baths or lick baths about it!

I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts:

-    This book was adorable!

-    The illustrations were SO cute! My girls and I were going "Awwwwww!" on every page. We almost couldn't handle the cuteness.

-    The rhymes were fun, and the way the children tried to imitate the way different animals bathe made us all laugh. 

-    I really appreciate the diversity. My girls noticed that one of the girls looked like them. My 2 yo even thought it was her sister.

-    This is a book we won't get tired of reading over and over. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Maestoso Petra

7819076Goodreads Says:    Maestoso Petra is a world-famous Lipizzaner stallion. He has spent years in the Spanish Riding School, training to perform the complex airs above the ground that only Lipizzaner can accomplish. But when World War II breaks out in Europe, he learns to think less about performing and more about survival. Here is Maestoso Petra’s story . . . in his own words.

My Thoughts:

-    This was alright, but it wasn't as cute as the other books in the series.

-    The heartwarming relationship with the horse and the humans wasn't there. 

-    The story was a bit dry.

-    I enjoyed learning more about these show horses though.

Previous Horse Diaries Book:

Elska (Horse Diaries, #1) Bell's Star (Horse Diaries, #2) Koda (Horse Diaries, #3)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween!

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It is here! Tonight is the night! Wahoo!
I hope everyone has a funtastic Halloween!

I wanted to share some of our Halloween traditions.

Hubby takes Gnome out trick or treating, and this will be the 2 yo's first year going with them! I stay home and hand out candy. I enjoy seeing the costumes and all the neighbor kids/parents.

After they collect a bucket full of candy, we eat pizza and watch a movie. We like to the jack-o-lantern pizza from Papa Murphy's. We usually get one of these and another with more toppings.
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We have friends, and my brother over for a movie. We try to pick Halloween type movies. Last year we watched Hocus Pocus. This year we are thinking Willow or Neverending Story. We are trying to find something Gnome hasn't seen and will watch. Halloween and all the spooky stuff is her biggest fear, so she refused to watch Hocus Pocus with us last year. *sigh* It is getting incrementally better. She is going trick-or-treating, which is pretty big.

Anyway, we try to have a fun, but also relaxing, Halloween evening.
What are your traditions?