Friday, August 17, 2018


DogsFrom Goodreads:    Since the wolf first snuck into the caves of our ancestors to take warmth from the fire, dogs have been man’s constant companion. Dogs, multi-award-winning photographer Tim Flach’s stunning follow-up to the critically acclaimed Equus, delves deep into the psyche of this enduring bond with Canis familiaris to present an exquisite study of “man’s best friend.”

From specimens on show at Crufts and Westminster to shelter dogs lovingly rescued by volunteers; from the grace and agility of racing greyhounds to adored domestic companions; from Afghan hounds to Hungarian komondors to Chinese crested, the images featured in Dogs promise to deliver one of the most appealing, popular, and exciting photographic tributes to dogs ever published. 

My Thoughts:

-    I'm a dog lover! My dad and siblings are dog people. I'm making my girls dog lovers too. 

-    Gnome and I enjoyed this book. It had AMAZING photographs of various dogs. We laughed and oohed and aahed. It was fun. The baby even enjoyed the pictures.

-    We also enjoyed learning about the different breeds and dogs in the book. I liked getting the background stories of the dogs being photographed. 

-    I wish my library had more Tim Flach books. This was fun. 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Caddie Woodlawn

Caddie WoodlawnGoodreads Synopsis:    Caddie Woodlawn is a real adventurer. She'd rather hunt than sew and plow than bake, and tries to beat her brother's dares every chance she gets. Caddie is friends with Indians, who scare most of the neighbors -- neighbors who, like her mother and sisters, don't understand her at all.
Caddie is brave, and her story is special because it's based on the life and memories of Carol Ryrie Brink's grandmother, the real Caddie Woodlawn. Her spirit and sense of fun have made this book a classic that readers have taken to their hearts for more than seventy years.

My Thoughts:
-    Hooray for a Newbery book that I enjoyed!! 
-    Caddie is a fun character. I liked her tenacity and selfless kindness. She was down to earth and all around likeable. 
-    The story reminded me of Little House on the Prairie. I would definitely recommend this if your a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan.
-    I really liked the cast of characters. I liked each of them for different reasons. I loved the dogs.
-    I liked how the book addressed the relationship between the settlers and the Native Americans. The settlers were afraid for no reason. I liked that the two groups of people were able to share the same area and not get in each others' way, but I also love that Caddie made friends with Indian John.
-    I know I read this when I was in middle school, but I could only remember a couple things, so I'm glad I was able to read it again. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (Zelda, #5)From Goodreads:    After defeating the evil General Onox in Holodrum, Link returns to Hyrule. One day, Impa, Princess Zelda's attendant, asks Link to accompany her into the forest to find Nayru, the Oracle of Ages. But Veran, the evil Sorceress of Shadows, has possessed Impa in order to deceive Link. Veran then possesses Nayru and travels back to the past to kill one of Link's ancestors so that Link will never be born! Link once again battles across time to save Hyrule - and himself!

My Thoughts:

-    Most of the story is like a bad cartoon, but the ending is decent.

-    Why can't we get a Link that is like Raven? He was SO cool, and he was all dark and mysterious. I want a Link like that.

-    I think these mangas are geared towards kids, and I wish they were more YA or something. Zelda fans range in varying ages, and I wish these appealed to a wider audience. 

Previous Books in the Series:

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Part 1 (Zelda, #1) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Part 2 (Zelda, #2) The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (Zelda, #3)
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (Zelda, #4)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Blogs and Bookish Websites

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

Favorite Book Blogs/Bookish Websites

Alternate Readality
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Not only is Jenny a good friend, but her blog is really fun. Her reviews are very honest, and they often make me laugh. Jenny is also an amazing commentor.

Eastern Sunset Reads
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Ang has a really fun blog. She always has a great review, but she also has fun themed months, and she talks about her paper crafts and things. She helped me find some really cute stationary to write letters with. Her giveaways are the best!

Bout of Books
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Bout of book is a fun event, but their website is also great. Everything is easy to navigate and understand. They do a great job!

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When people tell me they are readers, but they aren't on Goodreads, it makes me question them. I don't know how any reader could survive without Gooodreads.

Provo Library
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I have the best library! I love the staff, events, and everything about it, including the website. I check my library account multiple times a day.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)Goodreads Synopsis:    When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor. 
On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.

My Thoughts:

-    This was a highly addictive-couldn't-put-down-have-to-know-what-happens-next kinda book. 

-    I really enjoyed all the characters, even the evil ones. 

-    Rachel is such a strong person, but she put up with way too much for way too long. I felt so happy and miserable when she finally put her foot down. 

-    Nick is dreamy enough, but I wish I could have gotten to know him better.

-    Nick's family is SO messed up! Whoa! I don't even know where to begin. It made for some fun reading, but his family pissed me off. I hope they crash and burn in the next book. 

-    My heart broke for Astrid and certain other characters. Why can't the nice people be happy and the jerks have their lives fall apart!? It is so unfair. 

-    The story is one crazy wild ride. There is just one dramatic thing after the next, but it sure is entertaining.

-    I would have given this 5 stars, but I'm knocking off a star for some pretty heavy and offensive language. There are also some sexual references, and some are a pretty explicit. I would definitely say this book is rated R. 

-    There are a lot of footnotes. I feel like the author didn't need to explain that much, but a lot of it was helpful. It was kinda weird though, and distracted from the story a little.

-    The story ends nicely enough, but there are a lot of open ended situations and questions, and I'm hoping these are answered in the rest of the series. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Wishbone

I am a dog lover and a voracious reader, so naturally, I adore Wishbone. I watched his show religiously when I was kid. He was on right after school, and I NEVER missed an episode. Over the years, my love for Wishbone has never wavered. He got me interested in classics. 

Now I'm reading my Wishbone books to Gnome, and I'm making my daughters Wishbone fans as well. I even found the episodes on YouTube. My 2yo sings along with the theme song. It is SO cute!

I didn't know if I'd be able to find any fan art for this beloved dog, but I did!! I was so excited!

I love them all, but the last two are my favorite. 

Which is your favorite?

Give these fellow Wishbone fans some love! Each picture is linked to the source, so go check out more of their work.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Bout of Books 23

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I haven't participated in a Bout of Books for a while, so I'm signing up for this one!

Want to participate?

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 20th and runs through Sunday, August 26th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 23 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

This is the same week that school starts, so hopefully I'm not too busy to participate. 
I'm excited!!

The Outcasts

The Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles, #1)Goodreads Synopsis:    From the author of the global phenomenon Ranger's Apprentice!

They are outcasts. Hal, Stig, and the others - they are the boys the others want no part of. Skandians, as any reader of Ranger's Apprentice could tell you, are known for their size and strength. Not these boys. Yet that doesn't mean they don't have skills. And courage - which they will need every ounce of to do battle at sea against the other bands, the Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race. The icy waters make for a treacherous playing field . . . especially when not everyone thinks of it as playing. John Flanagan, author of the international phenomenon Ranger's Apprentice, creates a new cast of characters to populate his world of Skandians and Araluens, a world millions of young readers around the world have come to know and admire. Full of seafaring adventures and epic battles, Book 1 of The Brotherband Chronicles is sure to thrill readers of Ranger's Apprentice while enticing a whole new generation just now discovering the books.

My Thoughts:

-    John Flanagan quickly became one of my favorite authors. His books are so much fun, and I'm excited to start another fantastic series.

-    This brilliant story was full of friendship, courage, strategy, seafaring, and ingenuity. I loved every moment.

-    There were a lot of characters, but I enjoyed getting to know each one of them, and I admire each character for their skills and unique personality. 

-    There was never a dull or wasted moment in this book. Flanagan's story telling is fantastic. 

-    I can't wait to read more!!

-    Seriously! What do they have in the water in Australia?!?! Their authors have super story telling powers. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (Zelda, #4)From Goodreads:    In a small village in Hyrule, there lives a boy called Link who has the mark of the Triforce on his left hand. It is a mark of destiny that leads Link on a fantastic adventure! Transported to the land of Holodrum, Link meets Din, the Oracle of Seasons. When a plot to steal the seasons from Holodrum unfolds, Link must battle the evil General Onox to save Holodrum and his friends from a terrible fate!

My Thoughts:

-    I have never heard of this game. I didn't know it existed, and after reading the manga, I have no desire to play it.

-    The story felt like it came from a bad cartoon adaptation instead of a video game, especially with the weird cast of characters. The artwork looked like a bad american anime.

-    I liked the snarky witch and Ricky the Kangaroo, but it was really different for Link to have these characters as companions, and it was kinda weird.

-    Piyoko was so cute! He was a like a tiny little chocobo.

-    Where was Ganondorf? Isn't he always the bad guy?

-    I liked Zelda a lot. This is probably the cutest Zelda design.

Previous Books in the Series:

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Part 1 (Zelda, #1) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Part 2 (Zelda, #2) The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (Zelda, #3)

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Salty Dog

Salty DogGoodreads Synopsis:    Ahoy! Buried treasure is always a good reason to dig up adventure!There's treasure in Oakdale! To find it, Wishbone, Joe, Samantha and David must enter the condemned Trumbull Barn.

This reminds Wishbone of the high-seas tale Treasure Island, and Wishbone imagines himself as the orphaned Jim Hawkins who follows up a map to excitement-and treasure! Soon Jim finds himself face to face with dangerous pirates and the adventure of a lifetime.

Only a special breed of hero-one with canine courage and a nose for adventure-can tackle all this trouble!

My Thoughts:

-    I love that these books have more content than the TV show, and I love that the stories are true to the original books. They do a good job abridging the story for a younger audience.

-    Wishbone as Jim Hawkins was awesome! I love imagining a cute little dog as the characters. The pictures of Wishbone in the different scenes are really fun too.

-    Gnome and I both enjoyed this one a lot. I liked reading out loud with a pirate accent. It was fun.

-    This made me want to read Treasure Island!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp

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My Thoughts:

-    I really enjoyed this movie. It had everything I liked about the first one, but more.

-    The whole movie is full of action and humor. I was laughing out loud the whole time. The dialogue and situations were SO funny!

-    I love that the Ant-Man movies are ones I feel comfortable for my kids to watch.

-    I like that Goliath finally made an appearance. I was wondering when he would show up. You can't have Ant-Man without Goliath.

-    I liked how simple the plot was. It wasn't over complicated or all fancy. Our heroes had one goal! Thank you!

-    The cast is great! They are all perfect for their roles. I love that Michelle Pfeiffer is part of the Marvel Universe now!

-    I liked how they tied this in with Infinity War in the end. It was really cool, and I'm eager to see what happens. 

-    Where was Hawkeye? I thought he was with Ant-Man during Infinity War.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Most Wanted

Most Wanted (Star Wars)Goodreads Synopsis:    Set before the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story! Han and Qi'ra don't have a lot in common other than not having a lot. They're street kids on the industrial planet Corellia, doing whatever it takes to get by, dreaming of something more. They each jump at a chance to prove themselves in the perilous world of Corellia's criminal underbelly, only to discover they are on the same mission for the same unscrupulous boss. When the job goes disastrously wrong, Han and Qi'ra are on the run--from pirates, a droid crime syndicate, the Empire, and their boss--and will have to learn to trust each other if they are going to survive.

My Thoughts:

-    I enjoyed this a lot. I liked getting to know Qi'ra and this new take on Han. I liked getting to know this new Corellia too.

-    I liked learning how Qi'ra and Han met and started working together. They are a good team. I like that Qi'ra has the strategy and Han has the instincts. 

-    The other characters were fun as well.

-    The story was really fun. It was full of intrigue and social climbing. There were so many decisions that Han and Qi'ra had to make. I liked all the chasing and hiding too.

-    I think this was a good Star Wars story. There are certain expectations for the Star Wars universe, and I think this delivered. 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (Zelda, #3)Goodreads Says:    After sealing Ganondorf in the Sacred Realm, Link returns to the time when he was a boy. Peace has returned to Hyrule, but his old friend Navi is missing. While wandering the forest in search of Navi, he meets Skull Kid, who is wearing Majora's Mask, an artifact said to grant your wishes. The mischievous Skull Kid steals the Ocarina of Time from Link and turns Link into a Deku Nut!

My Thoughts:

-    I've never played Majora's Mask, and I think I'm okay if I pass.

-    This story was really weird, and the characters were weird.

-    The moon was super creepy. 

-    I liked how Link used masks to turn into different races. That would be fun to do in the video game. 

Previous Books in the Series:

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Part 1 (Zelda, #1) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Part 2 (Zelda, #2)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

July Stats

Books Read: 19

Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Part 1 (Zelda, #1) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Part 2 (Zelda, #2)
The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns, #2) The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (Zelda, #3) Salty Dog
Most Wanted (Star Wars) The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (Zelda, #4) The Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles, #1)
Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1) The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (Zelda, #5) Caddie Woodlawn
The Invaders (Brotherband Chronicles, #2) Dogs The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords - Part 1 (Zelda, #6)
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords - Part 2 (Zelda, #7) Kiss of the Spindle (Steampunk Proper Romance #2) The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (Zelda, #8)

Pages Read:    5,316
Shortest Book:    140 pages
Longest Book:    527 pages

1 Star:    0
2 Stars:    1
3 Stars:    6
4 Stars:    8
5 Stars:    4

I read some really great books last month, but I only read one Newbery book. Ugh! I need to devote more time to those.