Thursday, September 21, 2017

Quest for the Keys

24612666From Goodreads:    Welcome to the enchanted world of LEGO(R) Elves, where building a magical adventure is just the turn of a key away!

When Emily Jones was walking through her grandmother's garden, she never dreamed she would end up in another world. But after crossing through a secret portal, Emily finds herself in Elvendale, the mystical land of the elves... with no way to leave! 

Luckily, she meets the elves of fire, earth, wind, and water. Together they set off on a quest to find four legendary keys that have the power to open the portal to Emily's world. But it will take imagination and courage for them to succeed as they encounter riddles and powerful magic on their way. Can they unlock the mystery and get Emily back home? 

Young readers will be enchanted by this exciting chapter book series based on the newest LEGO(R) Elves toys!

My Thoughts:

-    Gnome loves the Lego Elves sets, and she was pretty excited to read this with me. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was a lot better than I was expecting.

-    I liked the characters. They were fun, and Gnome liked them a lot too. I like how each elf represented a different element.

-    The story was good. It was a fun little adventure.

-    I liked reading about some of the Lego sets we already own. It was fun to see what scene they belonged to and the back story. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Wednesday Wars

556136Goodreads Synopsis:    In this Newbery Honor-winning novel, Gary D. Schmidt offers an unforgettable antihero. The Wednesday Wars is a wonderfully witty and compelling story about a teenage boy’s mishaps and adventures over the course of the 1967–68 school year in Long Island, New York. 

Meet Holling Hoodhood, a seventh-grader at Camillo Junior High, who must spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher, Mrs. Baker, while the rest of the class has religious instruction. Mrs. Baker doesn’t like Holling—he’s sure of it. Why else would she make him read the plays of William Shakespeare outside class? But everyone has bigger things to worry about, like Vietnam. His father wants Holling and his sister to be on their best behavior: the success of his business depends on it. But how can Holling stay out of trouble when he has so much to contend with? A bully demanding cream puffs; angry rats; and a baseball hero signing autographs the very same night Holling has to appear in a play in yellow tights! As fate sneaks up on him again and again, Holling finds Motivation—the Big M—in the most unexpected places and musters up the courage to embrace his destiny, in spite of himself.

My Thoughts:

-    The first time I picked this up, I got about halfway and put it down. I just wasn't in the mood for it. I'm glad I picked it up again.

-    I really enjoyed Holling's story. It was full of warmth and humor. Holling was such an endearing character, and I loved his young innocence. It was fun to see the world through his eyes.

-    Mrs. Baker was an interesting character. I liked her a lot. She had a very sly way of teaching.

-    Great characters and a great story! 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Cool Japan Guide

22892058From Goodreads:    Traveling to Japan has never been so much fun! Visit the land of anime, manga, cosplay, hot springs and sushi!

This full-color graphic novel Japan guidebook is the first of its kind exploring Japanese culture from a cartoonist's perspective. Cool Japan Guide takes you on a fun tour from the high-energy urban streets of Tokyo to the peaceful Zen gardens and Shinto shrines of Kyoto and introduces you to:
-the exciting world of Japanese food--from bento to sushi and everything in between.
-the otaku (geek) culture of Japan, including a manga market in Tokyo where artists display and sell their original artwork.
-the complete Japanese shopping experience, from combini (not your run-of-the-mill convenience stores!) to depato(department stores with everything).
-the world's biggest manga, anime and cosplay festivals.
-lots of other exciting places to go and things to do--like zen gardens, traditional Japanese arts, and a ride on a Japanese bullet train.

Whether you're ready to hop a plane and travel to Japan tomorrow, or interested in Japanese pop culture, this fun and colorful travelogue by noted comic book artist and food blogger Abby Denson, husband Matt, friend Yuuko, and sidekick, Kitty Sweet Tooth, will present Japan in a unique and fascinating way.

My Thoughts:

-    This was a fun and informative book. 

-    I love how the author took the reader with her on a trip to Japan. I enjoyed all her advice and knowledge of the country. She explained everything you need to visit Japan, from travel, to hotels, to food. It was great! I'm sure I'll use this some day, at least I hope I do.

-    I liked the illustrations. They were very cartoony and fun. It was helpful to have pictures of everything the author was talking about.

-    This book made me want to visit Japan even more than I already did. I want to see the manga conventions, shrines, arcades, food vendors, etc. I want to see it all!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: First Year of Blogging

Top Ten Books I Loved During My First Year of Blogging

I've been blogging for 6 years! Wow! Let's look at some of my favorite reads from 2012.

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Monday, September 11, 2017


I was in Jr. High, and before classes began, my friend was telling me that some planes crashed into some buildings. I thought he was joking. Then I got to my first period, and the principal got on the intercom and said our nation had been attacked. I'll never forget the feeling I had at that moment.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Fan Art Friday: Snow White and Prince Charming

Yes, I'm a Oncer. There are so many characters, and I wanted to break it up by only focusing on a couple characters a time. Today I'm highlighting the characters that started it all, Snow White and Prince Charming.

There are several pictures that I really love, and I can't choose a favorite.

How about you? Which is your favorite?

All pictures are linked to the source, please click on them to check out more from the artist.