Sunday, February 25, 2018

March Book Photo Sundays Bookstagram Challenge!



Hey everyone!  I just started up this new challenge for anyone who loves going on Instagram to post their book photos!  The goal of this challenge is to showcase your book photos from Instagram every Sunday in March and you are free to link up your book photos on this blog whenever we have our weekly Book Photo Sundays posts!

Basically, with this challenge, there will be two different options to follow whenever you are taking your book photos.  For example, March 4th is the day that you can post up a book photo that has all the books you are planning to read for March.  However, the other option is that you can post up any photo that has nothing to do with what is listed in the challenge.  Or, if you really want to challenge yourself, you can do both options and link them on this blog for the weekly Book Photo Sundays posts!

This challenge board will be available on both this blog and on Instagram and you are free to save this challenge board onto your computer to keep up with the scheduled dates!

I hope to see some lovely photos from everyone!


Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Sunday Post Meme (124)




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!

Hey everyone! I actually had a pretty quiet week, so not much has really happened, which is nice, since I have some time to relax for a change!  Meanwhile, on the Instagram front, I have slowly been improving on my Instagram photos since I've been buying lots of props for my photos and I personally think that my newer book photos are much prettier than they were before!  So, feel free to check out my new book photos HERE.  I am also planning on making a monthly bookstagram challenge on Instagram that would tie into my Book Photo Sundays meme.  I'm still working out the details for this challenge, but once I get everything ready with this challenge, I'll let everyone know about it, both through this blog and through Instagram!





Book Reviews

Miscellaneous



The Friday 56 #12: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness






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Book Photo Sundays Meme!

 

Looking for New Guest Posts! 

 

My TBR List!

 

  

Comic Book Bingo Challenge 2018 Sign Up! 



Cover Spotlight Meme






2018 Caldecott Medal Challenge Sign Up!



 






One Word: RELAXATION.




 

What are your favorite games from the Olympics?



  Check out Paper Fury's post on 15 BOOKWORM QUESTIONS THAT YOU’D BURN DOWN THE SUN TO ASK ME (THIS TITLE ISN’T HYPERBOLIC AT ALL HAHA)


☆ Check out Rabid Reads' post on When You’re the Last One to Know

★ Check out Feed Your Fiction Addiction's post on Great Reasons to Get to Know Your Bookish Friends Better

☆ Check out Elley the Book Otter's post on Instagram/Bookstagram

★ Check out It Starts at Midnight's discussion on Book Culling: The Process




Well, that's the Sunday News for today and I will have more news for the various books I've read in the near future!



Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2018.

Cover Spotlight #3: February 25th, 2018 - March 3rd, 2018



Hey everyone!  I just created a new book meme called "Cover Spotlight" where you get to showcase your favorite book covers!  It can be a book cover from a book you've read years ago, a book cover from a book you just recently read or a book cover from a book that you've never read before, but you still love the cover!  You can also feature multiple book covers instead of one for this meme! This is a weekly meme, which means that the meme starts every Sunday, but you have until the Sunday after that week to post your favorite covers!

To tweet your posts, use this hashtag here:




#coverspotlight








I just read this book last month and I really loved it!  The cover itself is so intense yet beautiful to look at as we actually get to see what Mars looks like!


Book Photo Sundays #67: February 25, 2018



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!





#bookphotosundays






So let's get started!



Here are my two book photos of the week! I have lots of awesome books this week, including the Sun is Also a Star and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!  I so can't wait to check these books out!









Stacking the Shelves #44: February 24, 2018





Stacking The Shelves is a book meme created by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality 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!

Hey everyone! I actually had a pretty quiet week, so not much has really happened, which is nice, since I have some time to relax for a change!  Meanwhile, on the Instagram front, I have slowly been improving on my Instagram photos since I've been buying lots of props for my photos and I personally think that my newer book photos are much prettier than they were before!  So, feel free to check out my new book photos HERE.  I am also planning on making a monthly bookstagram challenge on Instagram that would tie into my Book Photo Sundays meme.  I'm still working out the details for this challenge, but once I get everything ready with this challenge, I'll let everyone know about it, both through this blog and through Instagram!






Book Received:



From Owlcrate:






Friday, February 23, 2018

[BOOK REVIEW] A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness





Title:  A Monster Calls

Author:  Patrick Ness

Artist: Jim Kay

Genre:  Fantasy / Horror / Drama

Year Published: 2011

Number of Pages: 205 pages 

Date Read: 2/23/2018

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 12+ (Some Disturbing Imagery and Language)


“You do not write your life with words...You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.” 

Alright, I had actually been hearing about Patrick Ness’ hit book “A Monster Calls” for many years and I have been trying to read it ever since, but I never had the time to!  Now, I finally got the chance to read this book (especially after the movie has been released) and oh man, you will be both shocked and crying after you get through with this unique gem!

The story starts off with a young boy named Conor O’Malley, who was suffering from an intense nightmare where he was engulfed in darkness and he was holding onto the hands of someone he cares about, except that he accidentally let the person’s hand go and the person ends up falling to their death.  The nightmares started when Conor’s mother ended up getting cancer and she has to go through numerous treatments to treat her cancer.  Unfortunately, the treatments were not working well and the worse Conor’s mother’s condition got, the more Conor pushed away everyone who is trying to help him through this, including his divorced father and his former best friend Lily.  It was then that Conor subconsciously called upon a monster to help him through this ordeal and in order to help out Conor, the monster tells Conor that he will tell three stories and that Conor must tell the fourth story himself.  However, the monster warns Conor that telling the fourth story will not be easy as it will cause lots of pain for Conor.

Will Conor tell the fourth tale and will his mother survive her cancer?

Read this book to find out!

Wow…just wow…How could I wait this long to read this unique gem!?  Patrick Ness has done a spectacular job at writing this book as the narrative is both emotional and intense to read through and I was sitting on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what the monster’s motives are and whether or not Conor’s mother will survive her cancer.  I liked the fact that Patrick Ness wrote this story in dedication to Siobhan Dowd, who had died from cancer herself before she was able to complete this story and I really enjoyed the twists and turns that Patrick Ness spin into this tale as it made the narrative extremely unpredictable at times and that is what has gotten me so interested in this story!  I have also noticed some parallels with this story and Joe Kelly’s fantastic graphic novel “I Kill Giants” where both protagonists have to deal with their parents being ill and how their insecurities about their parents’ conditions take on monstrous forms.  Jim Kay’s artwork is probably what sold this book to me as they were truly frightening to look at and I just loved the way that everything is done in shadows as it gives the story a truly mysterious feel.  I also loved the images of the monster itself as it truly looked like what I expected a yew tree monster to look like and the images where it looms over Conor are truly terrifying!

For anyone who does not like disturbing imagery, there are some images in this book that are truly frightening, especially the images of the monster itself.  Also, there is some language in this book, although it is not that strong, with only a few mutters of the “h” word being said.


Overall, “A Monster Calls” is truly intense yet beautiful tale about accepting the harsh realities of life that every fantasy and horror fan should definitely check out!  Of course, be forewarned about the ending…it will make you cry a thousand times over before you finished this book!


* 2011 Galaxy British Book Awards for Children's Book of the Year
* 2011 Bram Stoker Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Novel
* 2011 The Kitschies for Red Tentacle (Novel)
* 2011 Galaxy National Book Award for Children's Book of the Year
* 2011 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Middle Grade & Children's
* 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Young Adult Literature
* 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal
* 2012 Red House Children's Book Award
* 2012 The Inky Awards Shortlist for Silver Inky
* 2012 Carnegie Medal
* 2012 The Inky Awards Nominee for Silver Inky
* 2012 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for Preis der Jugendjury & Nominierung Kategorie Kinderbuch
* 2012 Prix Elbakin.net for Meilleur roman fantasy traduit Jeunesse
* 2013 Prix Imaginales for Jeunesse
* 2013 Grampian Children's Book Award Nominee
* 2014 Gouden Lijst for vertaald boek
* 2015 Lincoln Award Nominee


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Book Blogger Hop #42: February 23rd - March 1st




Hello everyone! I'm participating in another book meme called the Book Blogger Hop which is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer!  Basically, you just answer weekly questions and then post up your link on the question's page.


This week's question is : 

 This week's question is submitted by  Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books.

Do you read hardcovers with the dust jacket on or off? Why or why not?




I try to read books with the dust jacket off because one time when I did read a book with the dust jacket on, I ended up ruining the dust jacket because I usually carry my books everywhere I go and I guess all that traveling put a lot of strain on the dust jacket.  So, the dust jacket comes off whenever I'm reading a book (unless it's the library bindings, which are tied to the books real tight)!  I also can't stand it whenever the book starts sliding around with the dust jacket on and it just distracts me from actually reading the book.