Tuesday, January 10, 2017

When You're Feeling Sick

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I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

From Goodreads:    This laugh-out-loud picture book from Coy Bowles, guitarist for the Grammy Award winning Zac Brown Band, will have sick kids feeling better in no time!

Sneezing? Coughing? Taking a sick day? Don t worry, you ll be feeling better soon thanks to this hilarious picture book from Coy Bowles, guitarist of the Grammy Award winning Zac Brown Band. Full of encouraging and super-silly rhyming advice on how to face sick days with courage and a positive attitude, When You re Feeling Sick is just what the doctor ordered! Comes with a sheet of stickers to bring a smile to every sick kid s face."

My Thoughts:

-    The book I received wasn't bound or anything. The pages were loose. It was awkward to hold.

-    I didn't know anything about this book before reading it, and it wasn't at all what I was expecting. It was trying to be silly, but I didn't find it funny or fun.

-    Some of the book rhymes and some doesn't. It was really inconsistent, and some of the rhymes were a bit of a stretch.

-    I think this was a cute idea for a children's book, but it was executed very poorly. 

-    The illustrations were really good.

Gnome's Thoughts:

-    I didn't like it.

-    I don't get it

-    I was bored.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

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It's 2017!!

My Goals

My Goodreads Challenge goal is set to 125 books. It is lower than last year because I have a few cross stitching projects I'd like to tackle, and I can't do both at the same time.

These are the books on my night stand. They are the books I own but haven't read. By the end of the year, this pile will be gone!

I hope you have a fabulous year! Happy reading!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Goals

It has been an eventful year, although the blog probably doesn't reflect that.

My reading has been up and down. For the last few months, my cross stitching has taken over my reading time. I also had a little reading slump after Squeaker was born.

Despite the set backs, I actually met my Goodreads goal of reading 150 books!! Woo!

I also met my goal for reading and reviewing 52 graphic novels. I actually finished the year with 56!

As for my goal of reading the big stack of books on my night stand, I still have a stack of books on my night stand. It has gotten a little smaller, but it is still there.

Overall, I think I've had a pretty great year in books!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Twits

17242187From Goodreads:    How do you outwit a Twit? Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything -- except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don't just want out, they want revenge.

My Thoughts:

-    I remember liking this book and thinking it was funny. During this re-read with my daughter, I thought it was just alright. It had funny moments, but it was a bit silly and childish for me. I think I'm getting old. 

-    Mr. and Mrs. Twit are terrible people. They deserved a worse fate than what they got. I don't know how they can stand each other. The pranks they pulled on each other were pretty funny, and I wish the whole book had been about that.

-    The birds and the monkeys were fun, but when the story switched over to be about them, that is when the book got too young for me. 

-    Gnome liked the book, she laughed and was excited to read it every night. It was a quick read with lots of pictures, and she liked all the pictures.

-    I can't imagine a Roald Dahl book without Quentin Blake's illustrations. He always brings the characters and whimsy to life.

Gnome's Thoughts:

-    It was silly and funny.

-    Mr. and Mrs. Twit were mean.

-    There were lots of funny parts.

-    I liked the whole book.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Perfect Scoundrels

13580928Goodreads Synopsis:    Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the son of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it's that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting-or stealing-whatever they want. No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale's family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother's billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there's no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won't let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother's will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company's fortune. Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she's willing to save her boyfriend's company if it means losing the boy.

My Thoughts:

-    I love Kat and Hale's relationship. It is complex and full of tension. 

-    I love that these stories are about family, and the family business is theft! So great! It is so great to read about a family that is so loyal. Each member of the family watches out for each other and is always willing to step in and help.

-    I really enjoyed meeting other members of Kat's family.

-    I was binge watching White Collar while reading this, and it is a perfect companion for this novel. 

-    I wish I had some of Kat's skills.

-    This is a really fun series, and I'm excited that Ally is writing another one! 

Previous books in the Heist Society series:
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Danny the Champion of the World

Goodreads Synopsis:    Danny’s life seems perfect: his home is a gypsy caravan, he’s the youngest car mechanic around, and his best friend is his dad, who never runs out of wonderful stories to tell. And when Danny discovers his father’s secret, he’s off on the adventure of a lifetime. Here’s Roald Dahl’s famous story about a 9-year-old boy, his dad, and a daring and hilarious pheasant-snatching expedition. Just as important, it’s the story of the love between a boy and his father who, in Danny’s own words, is “the most marvelous and exciting father a boy ever had.”

My Thoughts:

-    This story had all the charm and characteristics of a Roald Dahl book, but it was long. It felt long. Gnome enjoyed it though.

-    I really liked that Danny's dad told him stories about The BFG. It was fun.

-    The pheasant hunting was fun, but it took a while to get to it. 

-    I enjoyed the book alright, but there were a few slow parts, and I got bored at times.

-    I liked all the characters. 

Gnome's Thoughts:

-    It had a good ending.

-    There were funny parts.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016



Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake -- and her own. 

Raina Telgemeier has masterfully created a moving and insightful story about the power of family and friendship, and how it gives us the courage to do what we never thought possible.

My Thoughts:

-    This was another really fun book from Raina Telgemeier. I enjoyed it a lot.

-    I learned a few things about The Day of the Dead. It was really interesting. I liked learning more about the holiday and culture.

-    I really liked the characters. I think a lot of kids could relate to Catrina. 

-    The illustrations were great. I loved the expressions on the character's faces. They crack me up. 

-    I highly recommend this to anyone who loved Smile and Sisters, and any graphic novel fan. This would be a fun one to read with kids too. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


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My Thoughts:

-    I had low expectations for this movie, and I was really surprised by how much I liked it. Yes, I play World of Warcraft. Yes, this movie was made for fans. As a Gnome Death Knight, I approved of this movie, and I'm excited for the next one. 

-    The CG was great! I loved the orcs and the environments. They were perfect. I got really excited seeing Azeroth come to life. Stormwind was perfect! Seeing Ironforge made me SO happy! The movie was very fun eye candy.

-    Personally, I wish they would have made the Lich King story into a movie, but the orcs coming to Azeroth was fine. I enjoyed the story, and I liked seeing all the characters. I especially loved baby Thrall.

-    They did a really good job with the movie. I didn't think they could pull it off, but they did. I will be in line at the theater to see the next one. 

Monday, October 31, 2016

My Dream Crate

Subscription boxes are pretty popular. I've never signed up for one, but I've always been curious about them, and it is something I'd like to experience some day.

One subscription service in particular, Loot Crate, is on the look out for what people would do if they were able to design their own Dream Crate. A few top notch crate ideas will be highlighted, and one crate might even be turned into a reality.

Since I have been reading and watching Sherlock Holmes this month, I'm going to create a Sherlock themed Dream Crate!

Sherlock and John Busts
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These come with the Sherlock Limited Edition Gift Set. I don't need the disc set, but I'd love to have the busts! Can you imagine these on a bookshelf or a mantle!? It would be SO awesome!

Key Necklace
This Sherlock Holmes 221 B Key Necklace can be found on Etsy. 
I would wear this every day!

BBC Sherlock 221B Door Wooden Ornament
Christmas is just around the corner, and what Sherlock fan wouldn't want this Sherlock Door Ornament hanging on their tree?

Sherlock Coloring Book
I would spend hours in this coloring book adventure.

Messenger Bag
This I Am Sherlocked Messenger Bag has been on my Amazon wish list for a while. I don't use a purse, but I'd proudly carry this around.

Funko Pop
What subscription box would be complete without a Funko? I already own John and Sherlock, so I'd want Moriarty or Mycroft in my box. Surprise me!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Fan Art Friday: Heist Society

I didn't find very much, but I found enough to showcase.

The last three are obviously by the same artist, but I liked them all, so I included them all. I wish I could have found more characters and scenes. My favorite is the one that says Stealing Art and Stealing Hearts. I like the word art and the depiction of Kat.

Which is your favorite?

The pictures are linked to the source, so you may click on them and go check out more from these artists.