Thursday, December 2, 2021

Starfish

Title:  Starfish

Author:  Lisa Fipps

Publisher:  Penguin Young Readers

Date Published:  March 9, 2021

Genre:  Contemporary, Middle Grade, Books In Verse

Rating:  ★★★★★




My Thoughts: 

-    Starfish is getting a lot of buzz this year, and it deserves all the praise. It is such an important message about bullying and body image. I think everyone should read this, and it should be in all the schools. 

-    Ellie is bigger than most of the kids in her school, so she is teased and bullied relentlessly. What is even worse, is her mother is also fat shaming her relentlessly. Ellie doesn't care about her weight, she just wants to be loved and accepted for who she is. She has let her weight define her, but she is so much more.

-    I loved Ellie's journey. She was able to overcome her outside influences and negative inner voice. It was such a beautiful journey to self-love.

-    I love books in verse. I know they aren't for everyone, but I think books in verse are so poignant and beautiful. 

-    I think this book could teach a lot of people to be kinder to others and ourselves. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

November Recap

Books Read:  8






Pages Read:  2,541

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

I had another good reading month. I read the same about of books as the previous month, but my page number is higher for November, so that is cool. I didn't read as much as I would have liked. I'm sure all of you can relate. Cheers to a new month! Happy reading!

Goal Progress:

Goodreads Challenge - I am 6 books behind schedule. Yikes! I hope I can make it to my goal. I only have one more month. Christmas books are quick reads right? If not, I have a backup plan on how to catch up. (103/120)

Newbery Winners - I did not finish one in November, but I started one. The goal is progressing a little slower now because Gnome wants to read the Newbery books with me, so we are trying to fit them in with the other series we are reading. (30/99)


If you'd like to see my thoughts on the books I read in November, the covers are linked, except for the last two. I haven't posted my thoughts for those yet.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday

     

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

Bookish Memories

This is another tough one. I decided to highlight books from my childhood that have impacted my life. Because as Meg Ryan so eloquently said in You've Got Mail, "When you read a book as a child, it becomes part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does."










I'm going rogue for this last eleventh "bookish thing" on the list.

Huge shout out to Wishbone. I gained a love for classics and reading from this dog! I was a devoted viewer as a kid. I never missed an episode. I wish he was still around, and I wish he was streaming somewhere for me and my kids to watch.

Monday, November 29, 2021

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Title:
  The Prince and the Dressmaker

Author:  Jen Wang

Date Published:  February 13, 2018

Genre:  Graphic Novel, YA

Rating:  ★★★







My Thoughts:

-    While browsing the graphic novel section of the library, I noticed this little gem. It looked fun, so I took it home.

-    Frances is a seamstress, and she creates a very bold dress for someone important, and it catches the attention of the prince. The prince hires Frances as his personal tailor, but in secret she creates beautiful and edgy dresses for Sebastian to wear when no one is looking. Sebastian creates an alter ego, and his style becomes the talk of the town. 

-    I loved the messages of the story. For Sebastian it was all about being true to yourself and not hiding what makes you happy. For Frances it was about not giving up your own dreams for someone else's dreams, no matter what. 

-    I really liked the art style, and I loved all the dresses that Frances designed. This story was perfect for the graphic novel style.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Thank You!

 
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This is my favorite holiday. I strongly believe in the power of gratitude and the way it can change our lives. I love all the Thanksgiving foods. I love the National Dog Show, and I even enjoy the parade. It is going to be a good day!

A Small Grateful List:

-    I'm grateful to my friends who still read my blog even after my long long hiatus. Thank you for sticking around and noticing that I'm back.

-    Thank you for your comments. I read and reply to each one.

-    Thank you for your blogs. I love reading them. I love finding new books read. Thank you!

-    Thank you for visiting my little blog! It makes me happy that people are reading all my thoughts that I send out into the void.

-    I'm so grateful for books! They are always there to comfort, entertain, and escape into. Thanks for all the adventures.

-    I'm grateful for the internet for allowing bookish people to connect and find each other. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving day! I appreciate you! You are amazing and beautiful! 

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

I Am the Messenger

Title:
  I Am the Messenger

Author:  Markus Zusak

Date Published:  January 10, 2002

Genre:  Contemporary, New Adult

Rating:  ★★★








My Thoughts:

-    This was a re-read for me, but I only remembered a couple of things, so it was almost like reading it for the first time.

-    Ed Kennedy lives a pathetic and mediocre life. He lied about his age to become a cab driver, and he doesn't particularly like his job. He is in love with his best friend, but she doesn't want to be with him. His family gives him grief, and his friends are kind of jerks, but they grow on ya. Throughout the story Ed receives a series of playing cards with random info written on them. Ed has to find the person the card is directing him towards, figure out what they need, and help them. Some of them are easy, and some of them are scary hard. 

-    I love how much is packed into this one story. I love that the story helps readers realize that everyone has story. Everyone has struggles and stories to tell. It made me stop and think about all the people I pass throughout my day. What are their stories? I also love that Ed changes and becomes a better person because he is helping others. 

-    I love the Doorman. Ed's dog reminds me of my dog, and he is one of the most endearing pets I've ever come across in a book. 

-    The author breaks the 4th wall a couple of times. It is so random and weird, and I don't even know how to feel about it. 

-    Sometimes Ed comes across as a creeper. I get that he has to observe these people to help them, but sometimes he comes across as a creeper, especially when he keeps ogling all the girls. 

-    The book can be crude at times, but I think it is supposed to be crude on purpose. There is a point to it all, so I'm not sure if I like it or not. 

-    The ending! THE ENDING! WHAT!?

-    The writing is beautiful, and each word is so purposeful. Zusak is such a unique and lovely writer. There will never be another author like him. 


Content Warning:  Sexual Abuse, Violence, Language, Grief, Sexual Content

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday

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

Characters I'd Love An Update On

Fun prompt! I want an update on ALL the characters. Ha!

Fisk - I would love to know more about Fisk and his guild. I would love a book just about Fisk.

Jane - I have always been curious about what happened to Jane. I would also love a book from Jane's perspective. 

Citra and Rowan - I am dying for an update! I feel like there needs to be more books in this series!

Taran - I'm sure Taran and the gang are all doing well, but I would love to know. 

Everyone - I want an update on all the characters in this book. Are they happy? Do they get together now and then?

Claire and Gabe - I'm sure they are happy, but I'd like to hear their catching up conversations, and I wouldn't mind spending more time with them and Jonas. Son is the last book in The Giver series. I'd recommend reading them all. SO GOOD!

Peeta and Katniss - Did Katniss really tell her kids about the Hunger Games? Did Katniss and Gale ever see each other again? Have they reconciled? I'd love an update.

Everyone - I'd love an update on everyone in this book. Where are they? How are they doing? Have they learned and grown from their past?

Christy - I need more than an update on Christy. I need a whole sequel. 

Ed - Does Ed have more ambition? Does he do more with his life? Does he marry Audrey? Does Ritchie make a better life for himself? Does Marv get a happy ending? Does Ed keep in touch with everyone he helped? I could use a lot of updates on this one.

Friday, November 19, 2021

Siege and Storm

Title:  Siege and Storm

Author:  Leigh Bardugo

Series:  The Grisha Trilogy #2

Date Published:  June 4, 2013

Genre:  YA, Fantasy

Rating:  ★★☆





My Thoughts:

-    I have mixed feelings about this book. I don't really care for the characters. Mal and Alina are driving me nuts. Their moodiness and everything is just too much. I liked Sturmhund, but I'm not sure if he can be trusted, and I don't like that Alina has a third love interest. Ugh!

-    I felt like this book was a little slow. It was hard to just sit and read it, but I am invested in the story, so I pushed through.

-    I love the world that the author has created. I love the conflict, the magic, the culture. She did an amazing job. I just wish I loved the characters as much. 

-    The ending to this book has quite a cliffhanger. Wowza! I hope the next book and the ending to the trilogy is satisfying. 

-    Here is a nice little trailer for your enjoyment:

First Book in the Series
(Click on the cover to see my thoughts on the book.)

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years


Title:
  Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years

Author:  Julie Andrews (Emma Walton Hamilton)

Date Published:  October 15, 2019

Genre:  Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir

Rating:  ★★★☆
My Thoughts:

-    The introduction of the book is a recap on Julie Andrew's first memoir, Home. I appreciated the recap. The information was vital to fully understand Julie's Hollywood years. 

-    I was expecting the book to be more about stories from her various films, and while there are a few stories, the book mainly focuses on Julie's personal life. She led a very busy and fulfilling home life with children, husbands, constantly moving, constantly traveling, work, etc. I'm impressed she was able to balance it all. 

-    I learned a lot about Julie Andrews through this book. My favorite thing that I learned is that Julie has a wicked sense of humor. Despite her very clean image, she can be a bit naughty. It made her even more endearing than she already was. 

-    I fully enjoyed the first half of the book, then it dragged a little for me. I felt like her life kept repeating itself for a while. It picked up again towards the end. 

-    Overall, I really enjoyed getting to know this lovely lady. Now I want to go watch a bunch of movies she is in that I haven't seen yet. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday

   

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

Books to Read If You Love/Loved X

This is an interesting prompt. My first gut reaction was fantasy or dragons. I also thought about fairytale retellings, but I decided to showcase my favorite fandom! Here are my top ten recommendations if you love STAR WARS!

 









If you can't tell, I devour everything Star Wars: movies, books, comics, TV series, etc. I cannot get enough! It is my second religion. I wish the books would get as much love as the movies because they are amazing! I love the canon and legend books. Good stuff!

If you'd like to know more about these books, the covers are linked to my 
thoughts on each one.