Friday, December 7, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Stan Lee

Today I'm featuring one of my heroes. Stan Lee's influence on the world is incredible. His creations are inspirational and awesome. His love for his fans was felt world wide. I'll miss you Smilin' Stan! Thank you!

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There are a lot of tributes and pictures out there, and I wish I could include them all.
















The last one is my favorite!

Which is your favorite?

All the pictures are linked to the source. Please go check out more artwork from these Stan Lee fans.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Stay Out of the Basement

Stay Out of the BasementFrom Goodreads   Dr. Brewer is doing a little plant-testing in his basement. Nothing to worry about. Harmless, really. But Margaret and Casey Brewer are worried about their father. Especially when they...meet...some of the plants he is growing down there. Then they notice that their father is developing plantlike tendencies. In fact, he is becoming distinctly weedy-and seedy. 

Is it just part of their father's "harmless" experiment? Or has the basement turned into another little shop of horrors?








My Thoughts:

-    I was so happy when Gnome said she would read another Goosebumps book with me.

-    After the first couple of chapters, Gnome said she didn't want to read this, it was too scary. I encouraged her to continue, and she is glad she stuck with it. She enjoyed it in the end, and it wasn't too scary after all.

-    Gnome and I both enjoyed this one. It was a fun mystery. Gnome was able to predict a few things. It was fun to see her put pieces together and guess what was going to happen.

-    I love that these books are helping Gnome face her fears. Reading is amazing!


Previous Goosebumps Book:

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Hip-Hop Lollipop

Hip-Hop LollipopGoodreads Says:    In this lyrical read-aloud filled with rhythm and rhyme and illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner Brian Pinkney, follow a little girl as she dances her way to bedtime. 

Mama says, "Lollipop, stop! Stop!
Jumping snapping nonstop."
Arms and shoulders pop 'n' lock.
Lollie's dancing hip-hop.

Watch as Lollipop grooves her way through her bedtime routine, brushing her teeth to the beat and shimmying into pjs. She sways along with her sister, her parents, and even some enthusiastic pets until, finally, Lollie closes her eyes and dances through her dreams. Susan Montanari and Caldecott Honor winner Brian Pinkney offer a playful bedtime read-aloud that perfectly captures the joy of music, movement, and family.

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

My Thoughts:

-    The watercolor illustrations are delightful, and the text is often colored or situated so that it becomes part of the picture. It is really cool!

-    I must not be hip-hop enough to read this out loud. I struggled with the rhythm of the phrases at times.

-    The book is cute and fun, but there really isn't a story. The little girl hip hops her way through the bedtime routine. 

-    Gnome and I didn't care for the book too much. It was cute, but it wasn't one we'd want to read over and over again. Squishy didn't even want to sit through the book.

-    I think a lot of kids would enjoy this fun book, but it wasn't for us.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Risky Chance

Risky Chance (Horse Diaries, #7)From Goodreads   For all lovers of horses and history, it's the next book in the popular Horse Diaries series. Born in California at the start of the Great Depression, Risky Chance is a gray thoroughbred who was born to race. Life at the track and being spoiled by his jockey's young daughter, Marie, is all Chance could ask for. He loves nothing more than running fast and winning. But after an accident, Chance discovers a side of horse racing that has little to do with glory.

Like Black Beauty, this moving novel is told in first person from the horse's own point of view and includes an appendix full of photos and facts about thoroughbreds, horse racing, and the Great Depression.



My Thoughts:

-    Yes, I'm still reading these! Gnome is ahead of me by about 4 books. I don't know if I'm going to make it. 

-    This was another cute cute story full of heart! I liked it a lot. 

-    I wish every racehorse had happy ending like Chance's. I wish every owner was kind and took good care of their animals. I'm grateful for all the ones who do!


Previous Horse Diaries Book:

Elska (Horse Diaries, #1) Bell's Star (Horse Diaries, #2) Koda (Horse Diaries, #3)
7819076 Golden Sun (Horse Diaries, #5) Yatimah (Horse Diaries, #6)

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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My Thoughts:

-    I wouldn't call myself a Potterhead, but I'm a fan. I enjoy the wizarding  world.

-    I didn't have any problems with the movie. It was fun.

-    The story was great, and I was entertained the whole time. 

-    I loved the cast! Everyone was perfect for their role. I especially love Jude Law as Dumbledore! Thank you to whoever made that cast call! I can't wait to see more Dumbledore in the next films.

-    The ending gives ya a lot to think about! 

-    I love all the fantastic beasts. Niffler and the baby nifflers are my favorite! I got a big kick out of the giant cat too. 

-    I wanted to share my favorite posts about the movie:

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Richard E. Grant, Eugenio Derbez, Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Misty Copeland, and Jayden Fowora-Knight in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)


My Thoughts:

-    This movie was okay, and everything about it was just okay.

-    The story was alright. It wasn't anything special, but it was okay.

-    The cast was good, but Keira bugged.

-    Visually, the movie is stunning, and that is mostly what it has going for it. 

-    There were clowns! Clowns that come apart! The scenes with them lasted WAY too long. 

-    It is a good family flick, but I think the kids will enjoy it more than adults. I don't care if I see it again.

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter Reads

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

Cozy/Wintry Reads

I can only think of a few. Hopefully more will come to me as I browse Goodreads.

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow
The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice, #3) A Christmas Carol, The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth
The Book Thief Little Women
A Little Princess Resistance
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe The Gift of the Magi

Monday, December 3, 2018

Resistance

ResistanceGooodreads Synopsis:    Chaya Lindner is a teenager living in Nazi-occupied Poland. Simply being Jewish places her in danger of being killed or sent to the camps. After her little sister is taken away, her younger brother disappears, and her parents all but give up hope, Chaya is determined to make a difference. Using forged papers and her fair features, Chaya becomes a courier and travels between the Jewish ghettos of Poland, smuggling food, papers, and even people. 

Soon Chaya joins a resistance cell that runs raids on the Nazis' supplies. But after a mission goes terribly wrong, Chaya's network shatters. She is alone and unsure of where to go, until Esther, a member of her cell, finds her and delivers a message that chills Chaya to her core, and sends her on a journey toward an even larger uprising in the works -- in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Though the Jewish resistance never had much of a chance against the Nazis, they were determined to save as many lives as possible, and to live -- or die -- with honor.

My Thoughts:

-    I am a big Jennifer Nielsen fan! Her books never fail to deliver memorable and incredible stories. Resistance definitely delivered!

-    Chaya's journey was incredible. I love that she and others chose to stand up and fight against unimaginable horrors. I can't fathom the kind of courage she would have had to do what she did.

-    What really blows me away is that this is based on true events, and I love how respectful and honest Nielsen is in her story telling. 

-    I had the privilege of attending the launch party, and Nielsen gave a compelling presentation. I knew I had to read this book, and it was everything she said it was going to be. 

-    One thing I love about Nielsen's books is the writing. I don't feel like I'm reading. The story just flows, and I get really immersed.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Peel Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyGoodreads Synopsis:    January 1946: Writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.













My Thoughts:

-    This was a charming and intoxicating story told through letters and telegrams. I loved it!

-    I had to get used to the letters format. There were times I just wanted to experience the story and not get a second hand account of what happened, but in the end I enjoyed the letters.

-    I liked that this portrayed the aftermath of WWII. It was hard for people to pick up the pieces and put their lives back together. For some, the war never really ended, and I really appreciated how the book portrayed that.

-    I loved the characters. Each one was a unique gem, and I grew to love all of them.

-    I liked that this had a little bit of mystery, a little bit of romance, and a lot of soul searching. 

-    I feel like I'm the last blogger to read this book. It had so much buzz, and I kept putting it off. Everyone was right! It lived up to the hype. 

Saturday, December 1, 2018

November Stats

Books Read:  11

Resistance Risky Chance (Horse Diaries, #7) Stay Out of the Basement
Book of Mormon Made Easier, Part 3 Empire's End (Star Wars: Aftermath, #3) Black Cloud (Horse Diaries, #8)
A Monster Calls Ivy and Bean: No News Is Good News (Ivy and Bean, #8) Tennessee Rose (Horse Diaries, #9)
The Caldera (Brotherband Chronicles #7) Darcy (Horse Diaries, #10)

Pages Read:  2,771
Shortest Book:  122
Longest Book:  432

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

I feel like most of my reading is for Gnome. I enjoy reading with her and discussing books with her, but I'd like to read for me more. My reading has really slowed down, but I'm hoping to get my mojo back in December.