Thursday, October 18, 2018

Robinhound Crusoe

Robinhound CrusoeGoodreads Synopsis:    Oakdale is shut down during a blackout, and Joe's big chance to get noticed by the eighth-grade basketball coach will be left in the dark--unless he and Wishbone can somehow hightail it across town to the game in time! Their adventure reminds Wishbone of Daniel Defoe's great tale "Robinson Crusoe." Wishbone imagines himself as Crusoe, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, tossed into a deset isle without food, shelter, or friends. He soon finds himself battling nature, wild cats, and hungry cannibals. It will take every ounce of brains and courage this canine castaway has to beat the odds and save the day!

My Thoughts:

-    I haven't read Robinson Crusoe, but Wishbone is SO good at getting readers excited about a story, and now I want to read the original. It probably isn't as fun as Wishbone makes it sound, but I still want to read it.

-    I didn't know that Robinson Crusoe was on that island for SO long! Whoa! I would go crazy and pray for a quick death. Gnome really liked how Robinson survived for so many years on the island. It is pretty impressive on how he finds food and makes things. 

-    I liked Joe's part of the story. Even though he was scared and worried, and he was trying to get to an important basketball game, he stopped to help a little girl, and he was concerned for his mom. He also didn't want to let his teammates down. Joe is a good guy!

-    I don't think they made this story into a Wishbone episode. I haven't been able to find one. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


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Did you miss me?

Lots of things happened over my 10 day social media break. That hardest app/website to stay away from was Instagram. I kept having moments that I wanted to post! I didn't miss Twitter, so I don't know if I'll use it much anymore. I'll still keep my account, since my friends and I communicate via Twitter, but I'm okay not scrolling around and checking it for updates.

I missed blogging! I'm already behind on book reviews, but now I'm EXTRA behind. It is okay though.

Did I get to read and cross stitch more? Yes and no, I read a little more, but I did not touch my cross stitch. Sad huh? I do have a cleaner house though, so that is a plus!

The biggest thing I took away from the last 10 days is time management. Without social media to distract me, I was able to use my time better, and I got more done in the day. The other thing I realized is how much Instagram helps me stay connected to people. I say Instagram in particular because I learn about what my friends and family are doing on a daily/weekly bases, and it is nice to kinda stay in touch that way. It is like socializing without actually socializing.

So yes, there are good and bad things to social media, and I'm grateful for what I've learned. I'm hoping to keep the good and not spend time on the bad.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Break from Social Media

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I'm taking a 10 day break from social media!

General Conference was this weekend, and President Nelson asked that we take a 10 day fast from social media. I am excited to participate, and I hope this gives me more opportunities to read, cross stitch, and spend time with my family.

I'm starting tomorrow, so wish me luck!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Bell's Star

Bell's Star (Horse Diaries, #2)Goodreads Synopsis:    Vermont, 1850s

Bell’s Star is a brown Morgan colt with a white star and two white stockings. He was bred for hard work, yet he longs to run free with his human friend, Katie, on his back. But when Star helps rescue a runaway slave girl, his ideas about freedom may change forever. Here is Star’s story . . . in his own words. 

With exciting and knowledgeable text and lovely black-and-white art throughout—both by real horse owners—Horse Diaries are the perfect fit for all lovers of horses and history!

My Thoughts:

-    I thought Elska was super cute, but this book was just as cute with an element of danger. I loved it!

-    These are some very well written intermediate books. I'm so glad Gnome and I found these.

-    Katie and Star are so brave, and they just want to do what is right, no matter the cost. 

-    The message of this book is something we all need.

-    Gnome loved that the girl and horse were trying to help another person. I'm really proud of her for understanding and sympathizing with this story. 

Previous Horse Diaries Book:

Elska (Horse Diaries, #1)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Little Women

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My Thoughts:

-    I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. It was alright. 

-    Finally! This gave me a Professor Bhaer I can get behind. I've never been okay with Jo and Laurie not being together, especially since Bhaer never lives up to how awesome Laurie is, but I was okay with Bhaer, and I was actually rooting for him and Jo.

-    I liked the cast. I thought everyone was perfect for their role.

-    I liked the modern day setting. It was fun.

-    I wanted to smack Jo at times, but she learns. . .mostly.

-    Why does Amy have to be so annoying in every adaptation?

-    Yes, I shed tears for Beth. I don't know how anyone couldn't. Her character just tugs at the heart.

-    The timeline was kinda weird. It flashed forward and back. I don't know if I liked it or not. I kinda did, but I also didn't. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I'd Love to Meet

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

Authors I'd Love to Meet
I've met a lot of authors, but there are lots I'd still love to meet!

John Flanagan

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Raymond E. Feist
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Kristin Cashore
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Rick Riordan
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Liane Moriarty
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Lisa Mantchev
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Amy E. Reichert
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Patricia C. Wrede
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Gene Luen Yang
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Raina Telgemeier
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Neil Gaiman
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Monday, October 1, 2018

September Stats

Books Read:  11

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #1) Aftermath (Star Wars: Aftermath, #1) Bell's Star (Horse Diaries, #2)
Robinhound Crusoe Thimble Summer Koda (Horse Diaries, #3)
Polly and the Pirates, Volume 1 (Polly & the Pirates, #1) Scorpion Mountain (Brotherband Chronicles, #5) Polly and the Pirates, Volume 2: Mystery of the Dragonfish (Polly & the Pirates, #2)
Maestoso Petra (Horse Diaries, #4) Invisible Inkling

Pages Read:  2,324
Shortest Book:  137
Longest Book:  480

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

Since I reached my Goodreads goal, my reading has slowed down a lot. I also feel like most of my reading is for Gnome. I've been really busy with my music lately, and I would love to read more in October. I haven't picked up a Newbery book for a while. I'm getting tired of them, and I think I just needed a break.

Thursday, September 27, 2018


Aftermath (Star Wars: Aftermath, #1)From Goodreads   As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance—now a fledgling New Republic—presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy’s scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy’s strength is unfolding. Out on a lone reconnaissance mission, pilot Wedge Antilles watches Imperial Star Destroyers gather like birds of prey circling for a kill, but he’s taken captive before he can report back to the New Republic leaders.

Meanwhile, on the planet’s surface, former rebel fighter Norra Wexley has returned to her native world—war weary, ready to reunite with her estranged son, and eager to build a new life in some distant place. But when Norra intercepts Wedge Antilles’s urgent distress call, she realizes her time as a freedom fighter is not yet over. What she doesn’t know is just how close the enemy is—or how decisive and dangerous her new mission will be.

Determined to preserve the Empire’s power, the surviving Imperial elite are converging on Akiva for a top-secret emergency summit—to consolidate their forces and rally for a counterstrike. But they haven’t reckoned on Norra and her newfound allies—her technical-genius son, a Zabrak bounty hunter, and a reprobate Imperial defector—who are prepared to do whatever they must to end the Empire’s oppressive reign once and for all.

My Thoughts:

-    I enjoyed learning about what happened in different parts of the galaxy after the emperor was killed. There aren't very many stories that deal with recovering from a huge rebellion.

-    I loved revisiting old characters like Wedge, and the main three. I hope there is more Han, Luke, and Leia in the next book. I really wish that they had been the main focus of the book. There is a lot of story missing between Return of the Jedi and Force Awakens.

-    I like the new characters, but I'm still trying to figure them out. There are so many struggles and issues for different people for different reasons.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #1)Goodreads Synopsis:    There are six things very wrong with my life:

1. I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years.

2. It is on my nose

3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.

4. In fourteen days the summer hols will be over and then it will be back to Stalag 14 and Oberfuhrer Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic teachers.

5. I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.

6. I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.
In this wildly funny journal of a year in the life of Georgia Nicolson, British author Louise Rennison has perfectly captured the soaring joys and bottomless angst of being a teenager. In the spirit of Bridget Jones's Diary, this fresh, irreverent, and simply hilarious book will leave you laughing out loud. As Georgia would say, it's "Fabbity fab fab!"
My Thoughts:
-    I had high hopes for this book. I was hoping it would be hilarious and a quick fun read. It was quick, but not fun. It was like Princess Diaries all over again, but worse.
-    I did laugh at first, but Georgia quickly became VERY annoying. She was really dumb, painfully dumb. She was also really whiny and superficial. I just couldn't take it.
-    The rest of the characters weren't any better.
-    I take back the quick remark. I wanted to finish the book, so I drudged through the last half. Ugh!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Authors

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

Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven't Read

The Silmarillion (Middle-Earth Universe) The Rope Trick
Night Study (Soulfinders, #2; Study, #5) The Tournament at Gorlan (RangerĂ¢€™s Apprentice: The Early Years, #1)
Renegades (Renegades, #1) Mark of the Thief (Mark of the Thief, #1)
Nicholas Nickleby  Sense and Sensibility
Daughter of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy, #1) The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)