Friday Face-Off: Icicles or Snow

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

“In winter with warm tears I’ll melt the snow.”

This weeks theme: A cover featuring icicles or snow.

My Choice: Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Covers:

Little, Brown & Company 1992 | Little, Brown & Company 1988 | Unknown |  Little, Brown Books 1988
Little, Brown Books 2011 | Arthur 2016 | Dell 1978 | Little, Brown and Company 1938
Perfection Learning 1992 | Intrínseca 2011 | Unknown 2011 | Bur extra 2011
Die Zeit 2006 | Dwie Siostry 2009 | Uitgeverij P. Vink 1948 | Hachette 2011

I remember reading this book with my mom when I was little.  I loved it and it was one of my favorite books.  I was excited when they turned it into a movie but then I nver saw it because I don’t like Jim Carey.

Least Favorites:

Favorites:

The second cover is the one that I owned.

Winner:

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

Beware of the Book Exchange Pyramid Scheme!

Have you seen this post, or one similar?

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Sounds great doesn’t it? When you comment “in” you will be sent instructions along the line of:

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It sounds great doesn’t it? What a simple way to get 25 books! Worst case, you send a single book and only get 1 or 2 books back, right?

WRONG!

This is a pyramid scheme and it is illegal in the United States.  Not only do you run the risk of not getting books you run the risk of getting into legal trouble.

Here are some articles with more information so you don’t have to take my word for it:

I don’t know how “dangerous” it actually is to participate in these.  I doubt the US government is going to crack down on book pyramid schemes, I’m sure they have bigger fish to fry.  But, for me at least, its not worth it to participate.  Plus it probably wouldn’t work anyway.

So before you choose to participate just make sure you gather all the facts.  I am sure different countries have different policies, but it is illegal in the United States.  Just remember:

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

 

 

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

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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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Papasaurus

by Stephan Lomp

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Papa

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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.

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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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Block

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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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Narwhal

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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!

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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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AllFallDown

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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.

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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

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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)

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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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MacDonald

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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

Covers:

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.

Favorites:

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.

Winner:

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

A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic

by V.E. Schwab

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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!

Spinning Silver

Spinning Silver

by Naomi Novik

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik is one of my favorite books so I was beyond excited to get an ARC of Spinning Silver.  If you want to read all about me getting to meet Naomi and receiving a signed ARC then check out my review of Uprooted. Or you can check out my Denver Comic Con – Part 1 – Books post.

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Anyway, like I said, I was beyond hyped to get Spinning Silver.  Maybe I went in with too high of expectations? Maybe its just not the type of book I enjoy? But for whatever reason, I didn’t love Spinning Silver.  I didn’t even particularly like the first half of the book.  It was only 3 stars because I liked the end.

The beginning of the book was boring.  It was slow and fairly uneventful.  I didn’t even get super attached to any of the characters right away, which is unusual for me.  I can usually find someone I really like.  I struggled through a good portion of the book.  I was bored and kept almost falling asleep.

The only reason I pushed through and wanted to finish it is because I loved Uprooted so much! It also helped that a lot of people commented on my First Impression Friday – Spinning Silver post encouraging me to keep reading and letting me know it gets better.

It took me a while to get up the drive to actually finish the book, but I was glad I did.  I really liked the ending.  It was clever and smart and unexpected.  It was not enough to bring the rating above 3 stars but it was enough for me to enjoy the book and not regret reading it.

One last thing I want to mention is that the Point of View (POV) changes were a little weird.  There were 5 or 6 different POVs but you started out with just two and then more were added as the story progressed.  But they changed randomly in the middle of chapters without warning.  There was always a paragraph break but no other indicator.  Sometimes it would take me a little while to notice the change, and then I would have to go back and re-read the part with the right character in my mind.  It was weird and a little annoying at times.  I don’t mind POV changes in general, but I would have liked notice when there was changes.

Overall I thought Spinning Silver was just ok.  I think it was a mix of me being too excited and just not being my type of book.  I probably wouldn’t recommend it to most people unless you like dark fairy tales then maybe you would like this one?  I don’t want to dissuade anyone from reading it, but just know it starts out slow, but it does get better!