Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Sunday Post Meme (96)




Hey everybody! I am participating in a book meme called the Sunday Post which is being hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer!The goal of this meme is to share news you have  on various books and things you’ve read or received and also talk about what is coming up for your blog! Book hauls can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books and you can share these finds with other book bloggers!

Hello everyone!  This week has actually been pretty good!  For one thing, I'm not sick this time, so that's a great way to end the week! Another thing is I'm finally catching up on my ARCs so I'm hoping to get most of my ARC reads out of the way soon!  And finally, I had done some spring cleaning on Saturday and I have to say that the house is looking pretty good!  I hope everyone has a nice weekend!




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Posted on Sunday, July 23, 2017.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Book Photo Sundays #39: July 23, 2017



Hello everyone! Welcome to "Book Photo Sundays" where you get the chance to showcase photos of your books, bookshelves and book conventions you have gone to!  The goal of this book meme is to basically just post up a photo of the various books you have read or your book hauls on your blog and link back here so that way everyone can check out your wonderful book photos!  You can get your book photos through your Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Iphone or any other account where you can get your photos!



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So let's get started!



Here's my newly arranged bookshelf!









A Ferret Named Phil by William Reimer









Genre:  Australia / Bullying / Animals / Trickery / Friendship

Year Published: 2015

Year Read:  2017

Publisher: 
Liberty Road Publishing



I would like to thank the author William Reimer for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


For years, bullying has been a major concern in many schools and there would be discussions about how children can handle being bullied in school in a nonviolent way.  Well, when the author William Reimer gave me a copy of his children’s book called “A Ferret Named Phil” which deals with bullying, of course I was extremely interested in checking this book out since I wanted to read more books that dealt with bullying and how the characters deal with it and this book was definitely a pleasant surprise for me!


One day, a ferret named Phil wanted to take his friend Jane out for a picnic by the lake.  Unfortunately, there was a scary hawk named Hugo who was always bullying Phil and the hawk suddenly decided to show up at Phil and Jane’s picnic to bully Phil once more.  Phil tried to stand up to Hugo, but Hugo ended up knocking Phil and Jane’s picnic into the lake and kidnaps Jane to teach Phil a lesson.

Can Phil save Jane from Hugo?

Read this book to find out!


Wow! William Reimer did a fantastic job at writing this book as it details the ugliness of bullying and how one must defend themselves against bullying.  I loved the way that William Reimer made this book both intense and uplifting as I was interested in seeing how Phil would stand up to Hugo, while also being shocked at the extremes that Hugo is willing to go with his bullying which includes kidnapping Jane just to teach Phil a lesson.  I also loved the fact that Phil never uses violence to stand up to Hugo as he relies on his wit to deal with Hugo, which sends a positive message about how violence never solves a bullying problem and that you should use your wits to deal with bullying.  James Moore’s artwork is truly gorgeous to look at as all the animal characters look realistic and I loved the watercolor illustrations as they give the artwork a luscious and beautiful feel.  Probably my favorite artwork in this book are the illustrations of both Phil and Hugo themselves as Phil looks like an adorable ferret with a green scarf around his neck, which makes him look unique; while Hugo is terrifying to look at as he towers over both Phil and Jane and has red eyes which makes him look menacing.


Parents should know that there are some intense scenes in this book, especially regarding the bullying that Phil and Jane went through.  Probably the scene that would scare some children the most would be the scene where Hugo kidnaps Jane as they might worry about whether or not Jane is going to make it through this ordeal.  Parents might want to discuss with their children about bullying and how it has negative consequences on people and how they should handle it.


Overall, “A Ferret Named Phil” is a fantastic book about dealing with bullying and learning to stand up for yourself when being bullied.  I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the intense scenes would scare some smaller children.



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Stacking the Shelves #22: July 22, 2017


Stacking The Shelves is a book meme created by Tynga's Reviews and it is about sharing books that you are adding to your shelves, whether it's physical or virtual.  This means including books that you bought from the store or online, books you borrowed from friends or from the library, books you've reviewed, gifts and ebooks!

Hello everyone! I hope everyone is having a good weekend so far!  I had a pretty good week, which was way better than last week since I was sick last week and our computers were acting up.  Also, I've spent the whole day doing some spring cleaning and I'm actually happy that I've accomplished so much in one day!  I'm hoping to keep the house clean for a long time after this!





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Thursday, July 20, 2017

☀Daily Book Chat #12: ☀ 20 Books that I Want to Read as Soon as Possible Part 2!



 Hello everyone! Welcome to my  ☀Daily Book Chat☀ where I do some SERIOUS discussions that fellow book fans will get a kick out of and relate their thoughts about the subject to other book fans!


Today's discussion question is"20 Books that I Want to Read as Soon as Possible....PART 2!"



Well, here I am, once again (see what I did there).





As I promised my fellow book lovers, I am making a second part to the 20 books I want to read as soon as possible, because let's face it, there's just way too many AWESTACULAR books that I want to read as soon as I can get my little hands on them and I've discovered EVEN more new gems since the last time I've done this list!  So, here we go again!


*Side Note:  These are mainly young adult and adult books because I will automatically pick up a picture book and graphic novel no matter what.  Young adult and adult novels however, are a totally different ball game.*




















Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #48: First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy




Hello everyone! "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and the purpose of this event is that we spotlight upcoming releases of books that we are excited for!  This will also tie into Wishful Ending's Can't Wait Wednesday post!





This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:









Title:  First We Were IV
Author:  Alexandra Sirowy
Expected Publication Date:  July 25th, 2017




It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories.
A secret society – for the four of us.
The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other.
We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that.
Nothing could break the four of us apart – I thought.
But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets. History.
We wanted revenge.
We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren’t supposed to.
Our invention ratcheted out of control.
What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion.
 


Even though the synopsis is a bit vague, I would love to see what this secret society is all about and what kind of vengeance they are going to bring!


So, what upcoming books are you looking forward to?  Please respond below!