Friday, June 15, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Emma

Today I'm showcasing my favorite Jane Austen novel.


I wish I could have found pictures of other characters. There were a lot of Emma. I also wish there had been more scenes from the book. Oh well, I'm happy with what I found.

The last one is my favorite. It is the closest to the characters I picture in my head, and I like the anime style. It is also one of my favorite scenes in the book.

Which one is your favorite?

If you liked a certain artist, feel free to click on the picture and view more of their work.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Star Wars #41 - #45

Star Wars #41From Goodreads:    The Leviathan is heading for the remains of Jedha, prepared to pick the carcass of the once-holy planet clean. But with Luke Skywalker torn between his allegiance to the Rebellion and pursuing the path of a Jedi, who will lead the charge against the Empire?

My Thoughts:

-    The comic translates what Benthic is saying, but do all the characters understand Torgath? No one has mentioned the language barrier, and Benthic never speaks basic.

-    I wish the whole Jedi stuff on Jedha was explained. I don't understand where Luke is and why it is important.

-    Han and Leia in a speeder is awesome!

-    What was Chewie doing? What was his mission? Why aren't they explaining things?

Star Wars #42 The Ashes of Jedha, Part VGoodreads Says Again:    The Leviathan is heading for the remains of Jedha, prepared to pick the carcass of the once-holy planet clean. But with Luke Skywalker torn between his allegiance to the Rebellion and pursuing the path of a Jedi, who will lead the charge against the Empire?

My Thoughts:

-    I'm seriously thinking of switching over to the trade books. They will sit better on my shelves, and I can get larger chunks of story at once. I just don't like the idea of having individual comics and trade books. I like everything to match. Maybe someone out there would trade me. I don't know! Anyone want to buy my comics?

-    The story has turned into A New Hope. They get the plans to the giant weapon they can't hurt and find its weakness.

-    I love that Luke reflects on Jyn and the Rogue One crew, and he connects how he couldn't have destroyed the Death Star without them.

-    There are some great Han moments in this issue.

Star Wars (2015-) #43From Goodreads:    THE ASHES OF JEDHA CONCLUDES! The battle between the Empire and the Rebellion over the Kyber mines of Jedha comes to an explosive conclusion…with help coming from the most unexpected source.

My Thoughts:

-    I haven't read these in a while, so I don't remember what is going on.

-    Everything wrapped up all nice in this issue, and it was good to see Han take command.

-    The artwork is fantastic in this issue. It almost looks like photos.

Star Wars (2015-) #44Goodreads Says:    THE REBELLION NEEDS YOU! The Empire takes from all of us — our freedom, our dignity, our hopes and for some, even our lives. The Rebel Alliance fights to take back our galaxy from the forces of oppression…but we need your help! Be a part of the solution — JOIN THE REBELLION TODAY!

My Thoughts:

-    The cover looks like an old war poster.

-    The synopsis sounds like an old war ad.

-    Hooray! Admiral Ackbar is in this issue. I wish he had larger roles in the comics and books. I want to get to know him better. Maybe this is my chance!

-    Ha! I love when Han "handles" situations.

-    I'm glad they kept the same artist from the last storyline. They should just keep him around permanently.

-    This was a really fun issue. I love seeing Leia be all diplomatic and Han being Han. 

Star Wars (2015-) #45From Goodreads:    THE REBELLION NEEDS YOU! The Empire takes from all of us — our freedom, our dignity, our hopes and for some, even our lives. The Rebel Alliance fights to take back our galaxy from the forces of oppression…but we need your help! Be a part of the solution — JOIN THE REBELLION TODAY!

My Thoughts:

-    What is it with Luke and weird colored milk? Why does he like it so much?

-    OMG!! Hera and Zeb are in this issue! They are part of a crowd, and they don't say anything, but they are there!! 

-    I love the way Leia handled the shape shifter. She is awesome!

-    This was a fun issue. I like that Wedge made an appearance, and other pilots from Red Squadron got to honor the pilots they lost in the Death Star battle.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

Young Fu of the Upper YangtzeGoodreads Synopsis:    When Young Fu arrives with his mother in bustling 1920s Chungking, all he has seen of the world is the rural farming village where he has grown up. He knows nothing of city life. But the city, with its wonders and dangers, fascinates the 13-year-old boy, and he sets out to make the best of what it has to offer him.

First published in 1932, Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze was one of the earliest Newbery Medal winners. Although China has changed since that time, Young Fu's experiences are universal: making friends, making mistakes, and making one's way in the world. 

My Thoughts:

-    I felt like this book would never end. It felt so long.

-    The story was very slow, and there weren't very many exciting moments. 

-    I like that these Newbery Award Winner's are very diverse and have taken me to several different countries.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant PeachFrom Goodreads:    When James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it's as big as a house. When James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit and crawls inside, he meets wonderful new friends--the Old-Green-Grasshopper, the dainty Ladybug, and the Centipede of the multiple boots. After years of feeling like an outsider in his aunts' house, James finally found a place where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach household starts rolling away--and the adventure begins!
Roald Dahl's first and most widely celebrated book for young people continues to thrill readers around the world.

My Thoughts:
-    I was so happy to share this book with my daughter. Her first grade teacher read this to the class, but it was still fun to read together.
-    We both really liked the cast of characters. They were fun.
-    Dahl has such a fun imagination.
-    We listened to the last few chapters on audio, and the narrator was fun to listen to. His voices were great.
-    We are almost done reading all the Roald Dahl books! I'm so proud of how many we've read together.

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

30014132Goodreads Synopsis:    Hawthorn wasn't trying to insert herself into a missing person's investigation. Or maybe she was. But that's only because Lizzie Lovett's disappearance is the one fascinating mystery their sleepy town has ever had. Bad things don't happen to popular girls like Lizzie Lovett, and Hawthorn is convinced she'll turn up at any moment-which means the time for speculation is now.

So Hawthorn comes up with her own theory for Lizzie's disappearance. A theory way too absurd to take first. The more Hawthorn talks, the more she believes. And what better way to collect evidence than to immerse herself in Lizzie's life? Like getting a job at the diner where Lizzie worked and hanging out with Lizzie's boyfriend. After all, it's not as if he killed her-or did he?

Told with a unique voice that is both hilarious and heart-wrenching, Hawthorn's quest for proof may uncover the greatest truth is within herself. 

My Thoughts:

-    This book was WAY different from what I thought it would be. I thought Hawthorn was going to completely immerse herself into Lizzie's old life and find out things about her, but it wasn't like that.

-    I didn't like the characters very much. Hawthorn was so self-absorbed, and she didn't stop to think about how her actions affected others. Enzo was totally using Hawthorn, and that bugged me. I don't understand why he was so willing to hang out with her and do whatever.

-    Hawthorns parents were lame. I would love a story where the parents are a little more involved and actually care about their kid.

-    I want to know more about Lizzie!

-    The whole werewolf theory bugged me. Hawthorn dragged that on for WAY too long.

-    The ending gave me a lot to think about. I liked that Hawthorn saw the error or her ways and grew up a bit at the end.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Ahsoka Tano

I haven't done a FAF in a long time. Have you missed them? I have!

Today I'm featuring Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars.
She has quickly become a favorite of mine. Her story is incredible!
I was happy with some of the art I found, but you would not believe what some people did to a very young teenage body. It is disgusting. Porn is bad, but it is so much worse when a child is involved.

My favorite is the last one. It is the climax of Ahsoka's story. It the moment I was waiting for since the beginning of The Clone Wars. I think the artist did an amazing job. I also love toddler Ahsoka.

Which is your favorite?

Please check out more from these artists by clicking on the picture.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven DwarvesGoodreads Synopsis:    From the New York Times bestselling author of Rump, comes the true story behind another unlikely hero: a grumpy dwarf who gets tangled up in Snow White's feud with the wicked queen.

Ever since he was a dwarfling, Borlen (nicknamed "Grump") has dreamed of visiting The Surface, so when opportunity knocks, he leaves his cavern home behind.

At first, life aboveground is a dream come true. Queen Elfrieda Veronika Ingrid Lenore (E.V.I.L.) is the best friend Grump always wanted, feeding him all the rubies he can eat and allowing him to rule at her side in exchange for magic and information. But as time goes on, Grump starts to suspect that Queen E.V.I.L. may not be as nice as she seems. . . .

When the queen commands him to carry out a horrible task against her stepdaughter Snow White, Grump is in over his head. He's bound by magic to help the queen, but also to protect Snow White. As if that wasn't stressful enough, the queen keeps bugging him for updates through her magic mirror! He'll have to dig deep to find a way out of this pickle, and that's enough to make any dwarf Grumpy indeed.

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

My Thoughts:

-    This was a fun and refreshing new take on a classic fairy tale.

-    I liked Red and Rump better, but this was good. I liked this better than Jack.

-    I liked the Grump was the center of the story, and I liked learning about the dwarfish ways. The author was really clever with the Dwarves' way of life.

-    Snow White was a little annoying, but I think she was supposed to be. 

-    I liked the queen dynamic. I really liked that being the fairest in the land had two meanings, and the queen totally took the wrong one. 

-    I liked that Grump had to figure out where he belonged in his society, and I liked his character growth.

-    There a few slow parts, but overall, this was an entertaining read. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live WellGoodreads Synopsis:    Denmark is often said to be the happiest country in the world. That's down to one thing: hygge.

'Hygge has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things. My personal favourite is cocoa by candlelight...'

You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right.

Who better than Meik Wiking to be your guide to all things hygge? Meik is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the magic of Danish life. In this beautiful, inspiring book he will help you be more hygge: from picking the right lighting and planning a dinner party through to creating an emergency hygge kit and even how to dress.

Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. He is committed to finding out what makes people happy and has concluded that hygge is the magic ingredient that makes Danes the happiest nation in the world.

My Thoughts:

-    This book is full of so many comfy, safe, and wonderfully happy things. I love hygge. I want to hygge all the time.

-    I really enjoyed learning about Denmark. I want to visit there now. I want to visit and learn to hygge from the masters.

-    I liked how the book addressed socializing for introverts. Hygge is the perfect way for introverts to interact with other people without feeling uncomfortable or getting worn out. It was a great section of the book, and it spoke to me.

-    This whole book spoke to me. Hygge appeals to every part of me.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure

The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker AdventureGoodreads Synopsis:    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....

The REBEL ALLIANCE has destroyed the Empire's dreaded DEATH STAR, but the galaxy remains convulsed by civil war, and the Imperial starfleet is hunting the rebels throughout the galaxy.

LUKE SKYWALKER, the pilot who destroyed the Death Star, is now hailed as a hero. But Luke seeks only to support the freedom fighters, serving the Rebellion behind the controls of his X-wing fighter.

Even as he flies alongside the pilots of Red Squadron, Luke feels stirrings in the mystical energy field known as the Force. And this farm boy turned fighter pilot begins to suspect his destiny lies along a different path....

My Thoughts:

-    I don't have a lot to say about this one. 

-    It was good. I liked learning about how Luke learned to use his lightsaber. 

-    It was fun.

-    I liked the C-3P0 was telling the story.

Monday, June 4, 2018


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My Thoughts:

-    I have never been so scared and nervous to see a movie. I thought for sure they were going to ruin my favorite Star Wars character, but I really liked it. Thank the maker!

-    The story was good. I prefer the Han Solo Trilogy books, but this was fine. I didn't have any problems with the story.

-    I liked the cast. Donald Glover was perfect for Lando, he even sounded like Billy Dee Williams. I was okay with the new actor for Han. He is no Harrison Ford, but he did a good job. I felt like he was true to the character, and his mannerisms were very much in line with Han's. Chewy was awesome as usual.

-    I'm curious to see how this fits in with Star Wars Rebels. I'm on Season 3. I'm sure it ties in somehow.