Book Review - The Lives of Desperate Girls

Friday, May 26, 2017 / Leave a Comment
The Lives of Desperate Girls by MacKenzie Common
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Lives of Desperate Girls by MacKenzie Common was a fantastic read! The characters were well thought out, easy to identify with, and easy to connect with. The storyline was written in the appropriate pace and kept me well interested throughout.

Some parts of this book might be a bit difficult for some people to digest. This book hits on a lot of heavy subjects like sex, rape, murder, racism, bullying, and suicide. That being said, some of the subject matter opens up to meaningful dialogue.

Written in a first person narrative, the approach of storytelling was somewhat different than others I've read in the same genre. And even though some elements of the story may appear familiar, it is truly special and unique in its own right.

I absolutely enjoyed this read and would recommend it to others who enjoy YA/mystery type books.

I received this book at no cost, courtesy of NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada, for my honest feedback and review.

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Mini & Me - Bookish Stuff

Thursday, May 11, 2017 / Leave a Comment
One thing you must know about Mini & me... we absolutely love books, as if that weren't already apparent! As the momma, I plan on encouraging that love.

Reading has always been a huge part of my life. When I was a little girl, many moons ago, my father read to me each night. He lit a fire in my heart for stories of all genres. I can recall hiding away in my bedroom to get lost in the worlds that Judy Blume created or trying my luck with a series of Choose Your Own Adventure books. Heck, I even read my father's Reader's Digest because even those stories fascinated my 8 year-old mind.

Reading Rainbow was my favorite show on the television and I couldn't wait for the school book fair. The Scholastic order sheets would come out and I would go bananas over all the books I dreamed of owning. Library hour was the best hour. Highlights for Children was a fun distraction. And when I hit my teens, V.C. Andrews was cooler than Vanilla Ice.

I've always loved to read.

When I found out I was pregnant with Mini, I knew that I would want to make reading a huge part of her life as early on as possible. I asked my girlfriends to please, please be sure to make building a baby library a part of my baby shower. I want to expose my little one to as many books as possible, I reminded them. I didn't want to just make a wish list of books, I wanted the books I never heard of - I wanted to discover with my little one.

Needless to say, Mini has a beautiful library of books already. She has several shelves worth of picture books, fairy tales, books for today and books for when she is a little bit older. I've read many and there are many more that I can't wait to explore for the first time with her. So, each night, my husband and I pluck a book from a shelf and read it to her before bedtime. First we read, then we allow her to explore the book herself - just for a few moments so she can take in the illustrations.

Reading time isn't just for bedtime anymore. Though my Mini is still just a wee thing, she loves books more than any child I know. She flips through the thick pages of her board books, her fingers examine the colors, shapes and letters... she's not reading yet but she's finding the story her own way.

You will see we do talk a lot about books! And if there is a book that you think that we might love, please don't keep it to yourself. We'd love to hear about it!!

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Book Review - How to Make Friends with a Ghost

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 / Leave a Comment

How to Make Friends with a Ghost
by Rebecca Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

How to Make Friends with a Ghost by Rebecca Green is by far one of the most surprisingly sweet and most original children's books I have read in a long time. Honestly, I really was not sure what to expect upon receiving this advanced copy, but you can bet I loved every single page and every illustration in all it's detail.
Rebecca Green has put together an enjoyable book for all ages with silly recipes, tips and helpful info on caring for your own ghost. How to Make Friends With a Ghost is quirky, cute, and every bit fun! I know of at least two or three people who will be receiving this treasure once it is published!
...And who knows, maybe I'll be lucky enough to have a ghost of my own one day that I can care for, make mud tarts for and grow old with! One thing is for sure, I'll be well prepared!

I received this book at no cost, courtesy of NetGalley, for my honest feedback and review.

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Book Review - A Bedtime Yarn

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A Bedtime Yarn
by Nicola Winstanley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Bedtime Yarn by Nicola Winstanley is a very charming tale about a little bear named Frankie who has trouble going to sleep. To help him overcome fears of being in the dark alone, his mother gives him a colorful ball of yarn to hold tight while he sleeps and dreams of adventures.

Each colorful ball of yarn Frankie holds marks a different adventure for this little bear. And while each adventure is beautifully illustrated, the special prize is at the end of this very sweet book.

This is a wonderful read for children and for parents, or even grandparents, who enjoy knitting and crocheting for their loved ones.

I received this book at no cost, courtesy of NetGalley, for my honest feedback and review.

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Book Review - Meatless?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 / Leave a Comment
Meatless?: A Fresh Look At What You Eat by Sarah Elton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Meatless? A Fresh Look At What You Eat by Sarah Elton is a fantastic and easy read for any person who is considering vegetarianism, veganism, or plant-based diets.

This book would be great in a public library or available in schools for younger readers who are seeking honest answers to alternative ways of eating. There is no obvious bias from the writer in this book. She simply offers interesting facts and information regarding the food that we eat and why we eat it.

I am impressed by the amount of information available in this book regarding the environmental effects of eating meat and the costs of eating meat.

For readers who do want to remove meat from their diets, there are easy to follow suggestions and recipes available in this book. The glossary and index with source information and further reading titles also make for a handy guy for those who want to really consider a plant-based diet.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a meatless diet. For vegetarian, vegan, or plant-based diet parents, this is a great book to share with your children!

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