Book Blogger Memory Challenge

I saw this challenge at Bookworm Book Club and was intrigued.  I have the world’s worst memory but it sounds fun so I want to try!

Rules – You must answer these questions without looking anything up on the internet and without looking at your bookshelves!!

Because the point of this challenge is to test your memory I am going to list just the questions first so you can participate, if you want, without seeing my answers first

  1. Name a book written by an author called Michael.
  2. Name a book with a dragon on the cover.
  3. Name a book about a character called George.
  4. Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith.
  5. Name a book set in Australia.
  6. Name a book with the name of a month in the title.
  7. Name a book with a knife on the cover.
  8. Name a book with the word ‘one’ in the title.
  9. Name a book with a eponymous title.
  10. Name a book turned into a movie.

I tried not to look at JR’s answers before I answered the questions myself but I accidentally saw Jurassic Park and Eragon so I am not going to use those because that is cheating and not using my memory!

1. Name a book written by an author called Michael.

The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids

By Michael Chung? (Update: Its by Michael McClung, but I was close and I got the Michael part right!)


2. Name a book with a dragon on the cover.

A Dance with Dragons

I’m going to say its safe to assume at least one version of this cover has Dragons on it.


3. Name a book about a character called George.

George and the Giant Peach

Also there is the George the monkey one with the guy in the yellow hat! I can’t remember the title of that book though. (Update: Its James and the Giant Peach not George, so I got this one wrong 😦 and the other book is called Curious George.  I got the character name right but couldn’t think of the book’s name)


4. Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith.

I’m so bad with names in general and rarely pay attention to author names.  My last name is Smith so you would think I would be able to think of someone! (Update: The only book I’ve read by a Smith is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.)


5. Name a book set in Australia.

Tomorrow, The War Begins

I think that is what it is called? (Update: Its called Tomorrow, When the War Began, I was close!)


6. Name a book with the name of a month in the title.

Ides of March

I am guessing that there is a book with this title! I know The Ides of March is when Julius Caesar was stabbed so it would make sense someone wrote a book with that title? (Update: There are lots of books called The Ides of March but only one that I saw just titled Ides of March but all I needed was one! I win! haha I’m very proud of my guess!)


7. Name a book with a knife on the cover.

Bitter Blue

I think that is the one with a knife on the cover? One of the books in the series has a knife! (Update: Bitterblue is one word and it doesn’t have a knife on the cover.  The first book in the series, Graceling, does have a knife on the cover but that wasn’t the book I was thinking of.  I was thinking of the Defy series, but even in that series I was thinking of the wrong book. I was picturing Endure‘s cover which has swords not knives.



8. Name a book with the word ‘one’ in the title.

The One

Its part of The Selection Series

The One

9. Name a book with a eponymous title.

Harry Potter

Easy peasy lemon squeezy (Though I had to look up what eponymous meant)


10. Name a book turned into a movie.

Harry Potter, I am Number Four, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Ready Player One, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Grinch Stole Christmas …

I could go on forever!



I did better than I thought I would! There was only one I couldn’t answer and two I sort of got wrong and one I got really wrong! Did you play along? How did you do?

If you make your own post out of this please tag me so I can see your answers!!!


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

by J.K. Rowling

Narrated by: Jim Dale



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I usually try to keep my reviews spoiler free, but practically everyone and their mother has read Harry Potter, so I am not going to bother.  If by some miracle you haven’t read the books, seen the movies, or had someone spoil the ending then I would suggest skipping my review!

You’ve been warned!

I have read the Harry Potter books a million times, but I have never listened to the Audiobooks.  Every time a new book or movie came out I re-read the series so this means I have read the 1st book at least 15 times.

But in all the times I have read it I never really picked up on the fact that everything that happens comes back into play later.  I know in books everything happens for a reason but I have never noticed it so obviously before.  I don’t know if J.K. Rowling is better at this than most or if I was just oblivious before but its amazing how everything is connected.  And not just in each individual books but in the entire series.

Here is one of the more obvious chain of events


So if Dobby hadn’t blocked the barrier then the boys would have been eaten by the spiders.  Or if they had managed to escape the spiders without the car, they would have had their memories wiped and been unable to save Ginny.

This may not seem special or profound within a single book but J.K. Rowling keeps this up throughout all 7 books!!!

Another example is the sorting hat.  It tries to put Harry into Slytherin but he doesn’t want to be put there. This comes back into play a lot in the second book when Harry starts to doubt himself and which house he is in.  But it gets resolved when Harry pulls the sword out of the sorting hat.  And I know the sword comes into play in later books!

There is a good chance that you are thinking “Duh Brittany, we all knew this already, this is how books work” but give me a break! I don’t know why, but I have never noticed it like this before and its wonderful and I can’t stop thinking about it!!

Anyway! I love all the Harry Potter books, including the Chamber of Secrets! Jim Dale does a amazing job narrating! And if you haven’t read the Harry Potter series then you need to! I don’t care if you saw all the movies.  It doesn’t count and the books are better!


Mini Reviews (Part 3) – Children’s Books

I am sooooo far behind on book reviews! Of the last 30 books I read, I only wrote 13 reviews.  That means I have 17 books I need to write reviews for. (Whose stupid idea was it to keep a list of all the books I need to review?!?)

In order to get caught up I am going to do a bunch of mini reviews, and then try to stay on top of reviews in the future!  Of the 17 books I need to review, 7 of them are kids books so this post is going to be just the kids books!  I will do the “adult” books in a separate post.

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by Stephan Lomp



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I had a friend that asked for books instead of cards for her baby-shower.  I know a story about a Papa isn’t perfect for a baby shower, but I had already gotten her some dino clothes and a stuffed dino and I needed to find a book that matched! This is the only dino book I could find at Barnes and Noble.


This book was adorable! I LOVED the artwork!  The dinos are in brilliant colors and the background is all dark grays and black.  This makes the dinos really pop! Plus they are ridiculously adorable!!  The story was cute as well.  I would recommend it to anyone who has a little girl or boy who loves cute dinos and bright colors.

Nobody Likes a Cockblock

by R. Swanson



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Not gonna lie, I didn’t like this book.  Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with dirty or inappropriate books masquerading as children’s books.  I love those types of books! I just didn’t like this one.  I didn’t think the rhyming was that great and I didn’t really care for the illustrations.  I do want to mention, however, that I read this at a baby shower and the 10 or so other adults who read it all loved it, so I guess I am the odd one out.

Not Quite Narwhal

by Jessie Sima



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I found this book on Brenda’s Blog: Friendly Fairy Tales.  I was super intrigued because – Narwhals!!  Go check out her review! Its short, sweet, and way more insightful than mine!


This book has the cutest story and adorable illustrations! Its got Narwhals and Unicorns!! What more could you want?!?!

All Fall Down

by Mary Brigid Barrett



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My niece just turned 1 year old last month and my sister asked specifically for board books.  My niece is at that age where she wants to grab the books and turn the pages and usually puts them in her mouth.  She has started ruining all her books so she is the perfect right age for board books.


This book is pretty simple and cute.  The story flows nicely and the artwork is decent.  Its a great board book for a 1 year old but its nothing special.

The Hat

by Jan Brett



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This is one of the books I remember from my childhood.  My mom really liked Jan Brett so I think we owned most of her picture books.  The version I read recently was the board book version.  I know sometimes that board books are shortened versions of the originals, but I couldn’t tell if this one was shortened are not.  The story felt complete.

As always Jan Brett has great illustrations and cute stories! This is a great story about trends and how silly they can be.

Goodnight Owl

by Marina Martin


Goodnight Owl

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My niece collects owls, so when I saw this I had to get it! For her first birthday I got her an owl beanie, an owl stuffed animal and a bunch of books.  (I got her other stuff too but I gave it to my sister before my niece’s party and don’t have pictures of it)


This book is super simple but also really really cute! I love the artwork and the story flowed really nicely! It is perfect for lulling you little one to sleep!! It also came with a CD that I think has lullabies on it, but I didn’t listen to it, and I doubt my sister has either.

Old MacDonald

by Rosemary Wells



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Rosemary Wells is sort of a staple in childhood art.  This book is pretty much exactly what you would predict.  Its one verse of Old MacDonald accompanied by Wells signature artwork.  At the end, it lists a bunch of other animals you could sing the song about, but I would have liked it if the book had a couple verses instead of just one.

Of all these books, Not Quite Narwhal was my favorite! But I also really liked Papasaurus and Goodnight Owl.  Do you have a little one you like to read to, or buy books for?  My niece is the one I have and I buy her way more books than necessary! (I also just spoil her in general so its not just books!)

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?  Do you have a favorite children’s book? Let me know in the comments!

Friday Face-Off: Ghost or Specter

This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but kept up by Lynn’s Book Blog.

“There’s more of gravy than of grave about you.”

This weeks theme: A cover featuring a ghost or specter.

My Choice: The Boggart


Aladdin Paperbacks 2005 | Aladdin Paperbacks 1995 | Scholastic Inc 1993

Margaret K. McElderry Books 2004 | Kindle | Puffin Books 1994

Margaret K. McElderry Books 2018 | Puffin 2018 | Ravensburger Buchverlag 1996

I don’t do scary books so I haven’t read very many books with ghosts on the cover.  In this book the Boggart is described as “an invisible, mischievous spirit” so I think it counts as a ghost/specter?

Least Favorites:

The Kindle Version is just boring and the other one is completely random with the fish and seal.


The first cover is the one I read waaay back when! (probably in middle school but possibly in elementary school?) The second is the prettiest cover and I like the colors.  The third cover captures that it is still a children’ts book but shill looks kind of haunting.



Which is your favorite? Do you agree with my choice? Let me know in the comments!!

The Sunshine Blogger Award #6 and #7


I was nominated by Leslie @ Books are the New Black and Dani @ Book Geeks Uncompromised!  Both these ladies have lovely, amazing blogs!! You should go check them out! Thanks for nominating me!!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog
  2. Answer the questions
  3. Nominate 11 blogs with 11 questions
  4. List the rules as well as display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post

Dani’s Questions:

1) Do you collect book-ish items?

Sort of?  I own a lot of bookish items and I collect Funko Pops but I don’t specifically collect book-ish items.

2) Where is your favorite place to read?

I have a giant bean bag (its like half the size of a full size bed) in my “nerdy room” (the whole purpose of the room is to hold all my nerdy stuff and books!)


3) Are there any songs that you associate with a particular story or characters?

The Fighter by Keith Urban makes me think of Saga for some reason.  I have never strongly associated a song with a book other than this one.  Its weird, but every time I hear it I just feel like it should be in Saga.

4) Is there a book/series that you used to love but as years have gone by found that you don’t enjoy it anymore?


5) Same question but in reverse! Are there any books that you used to hate but now find that you really enjoy?

I can’t think of any.  I don’t usually give books second chances.

6) Do you review books that you didn’t enjoy? Why or why not?

Yes, because I put the energy into reading it and I want to share my opinions.  Tho I worry when my onions influence people not to read a book because just cuz I don’t like it doesn’t mean they won’t either.

7) What is a trope (any genre) that you absolutely love to read about?

Enemies to Lovers!

8) What do you look for in a book villain?

I’ve never been a huge fan of villains.  I never really understood why people love them.  I guess I look for actually bad villains with no gray area to mess with my feelings.

9) What book are you most looking forward to its release?

I had been waiting FOREVER for Heroine’s Journey! It is out now but I am re-reading the rest of the series before I read the newest book!

10) Do you read self-published books? If so, who is your favorite self-pub author?

I don’t read a ton of self-published books, but I don’t have anything against them.  My favorite self-published author is probably Christopher Paolini but idk if he counts because he has now been picked up by a bunch of publishers.  I also really like by Michael McClung.

11) What made you start blogging?

I was reading a review on goodreads and the person had a link to their blog and I thought that was really cool so I impulsively decided to create a blog!

Leslie’s Questions:

1) Most anticipated book coming out?

I had been waiting FOREVER for Heroine’s Journey! It is out now but I am re-reading the rest of the series before I read the newest book!


2) Your favorite book of the year, so far?

The Fire’s Stone!

3) Last book that made you ugly cry?

Sky in the Deep


4) Name two books that you would/do recommend to everyone?

Pride and Prejudice and Uprooted

5) Show me a picture of your bookshelf!


This pic is 8 months old, my shelf is a disaster right now haha.

6) Three words to describe what books mean to you.

Escape, Comfort, Adventure

7) Your favorite book friendship?

Darcy and Bingly

8) Have you discovered a new author that you loved, this year?

Yes! Lots! V.E. Schwab, Adrienne Young, Elle Katharine White, Michael McClung, Jay Kristoff, Tricia Levenseller, and Ashley Poston

9) Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Dog-ears.  I know its bad but I don’t mind beat up books and I always loose bookmarks and they have a nasty habit of falling out of my books and losing my place!

10) Do you prefer one POV or multiple POV’s?

I don’t really care as long as its a good story!

11) Buy books, borrow or both?

I should save money and borrow books but I love buying books!

My Questions:

  1. Show me a picture of your bookshelf!
  2. Name two books that you would/do recommend to everyone?
  3. Are there any songs that you associate with a particular story or characters?
  4. Where is your favorite place to read?
  5. Do your friends/family know that you have a blog?
  6. How do you decide which book to read next?
  7. Do you have a favorite word? If so, what is it?
  8. Is there one particular blog post that you’re really proud of?
  9. Do you have any tattoos? If so, what?
  10. What book gave you the worst book hangover?
  11. What are three things you always carry with yourself?

My Nominations:

  1. Author Tia Lee
  2. Books and Ravens
  3. Beware of the Reader
  4. Ivy’s Well Used Library Card
  5. Of All the Books in All the Libraries

As always, don’t feel obligated to participate if you don’t want to! But if you do, please link back to this post so I can see your answers!!

Thanks again to Leslie and Dani for the nominations!


A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic

by V.E. Schwab


A Darker Shade final for Irene

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I buddy read this with Leslie from Books are the New Black! This was my first time ever buddy reading with a fellow blogger! It was a lot of fun and cool to hear her thoughts as we went! We are going to buddy read A Gathering of Shadows together too!

This book is awesome! The main characters Lila and Kell are amazing!  Lila is a bad-ass go-getter who yearns for adventure.  She is all fire and passion.  She can be a bit impulsive and foolish, but she is strong and clever.  She is the type who always gets in trouble, but can also take care of herself.  Kell, on the other-hand, is more steady and thinks things through.  He is loyal and caring.  He is a bit serious but I think that is just because of the events that transpire in the book.  He seems like he would be a little bit more carefree normally.

The setting is really cool and unique.  Its three different Londons that exist in the same place.  Only people with special abilities can travel between them.  Kell is one of only two people remaining that have the special ability.  They call the different Londons Red London, White London, and Gray London.  One of my favorite lines of the book is when Lila calls them “Dull London, Kell London, and Creepy London” I don’t know why but I thought it was really funny.

This was a fast paced exciting book! It has a unique world with awesome characters.  I would recommend it to anyone who like reading about adventures with magic.  I can’t wait to get started on the next book!

First Impression Friday – A Darker Shade of Magic, Heroine Worship, and Harry Potter

First Impression Friday is a meme created by J.W. Martin where you spotlight a book you have recently started and share your initial impressions.

I love this meme.  Its my second favorite meme!  Yet I am awful at it 😦 Most of my 1st impression posts were written when I was half way through the book.  My timing is all off and I never remember to write the post ahead of time when I am actually just starting the book.

So don’t judge me for my progress so far in the books! It still counts ish!

A Darker Shade of Magic

by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade final for Irene

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I am on page 242 of 413 which is 59% of the way through the book. (Don’t judge me! We talked about this already!)

My first first impression is that I absolutely hate this cover! Until just now I thought it was an upside down, weird looking wizard in a red robe.  The white was his beard and he had a weird horned head.  This makes no sense with the book so I was looking closer and trying to figure out what it was when I realized that it is an aerial view of a person jumping across the two cities. The white is the hair on the top of his head and the horn things are actually his legs.  His coattails are billowing out behind him.  Did anyone else see that wrong?

As for the book itself I am loving it! I am buddy reading with Leslie from Books are the New Black.  Its my first time buddy reading with another blogger and its fun! She is loving the book too!

Heroine Worship

by Sarah Kuhn


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I am on Page 102 of 375 which is 27% of the way through the book.  This may seem like a better book for First Impression Friday but I have read it before so it doesn’t really count.

I don’t like this book, but am re-reading it because it is part of a series.  Heroine Complex (the first book in the series) is one of my favorite books! The 3rd book in the series, Heroine’s Journey, was just released 2 days ago and I wanted to re-read the first books before starting the 3rd.

But I am struggling.  I didn’t like the 2nd book and I think its worse the second time around because I know that I don’t like it and am not excited for what is coming next.

But I am still super excited about Heroine’s Journey so I am going to power through it!

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone

by J.K. Rowling

Narrated by Jim Dale

Harry Potter.jpg

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I have listened to 4 hrs and 40 minutes of  the 8 hours and 34 minute long Audiobook (54%) Again I am more than half way and I have read this before, but I have never listened to the Audiobook before so this is going to be my first impression of the Audiobook.

I listened to The Night Circus narrated by Jim Dale and I loved his narration.  Because The Night Circus and Harry Potter are so different it took me a little while to get used to the fact that it was the same voice reading them which kept making me feel like they should have been in the same universe.  Once I got over that I am loving his narration of Harry Potter!

The only thing I don’t like is his voice for McGonagall.  It sounds almost Scottish at times? It bugs me a little, but isn’t completely awful.

What new books are you reading right now? How are you liking them? Have you read either of these two books? How did you like them? (Please no spoilers!!!)