Monday, July 24, 2017

IMWAYR + BookTube-A-Thon + August Giveaway Reveal

The weekly post where I recap all the KidLit books I’ve been reading. Occasionally, I’ll also review some adult fiction books as well.

Be sure to check out Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers to see what other kidlit readers are reading. Because, you know, we can never have too many books in our TBR pile.

Before we get into the books that I have read, I want to take a second and mention BookTube-A-Thon. It's a great not-so-little event where people around the world collectively read books this week. There's challenges and all sorts of fun. To learn more, check out this YouTube video

I announced that I was participating last week, and you can see my ambitious TBR for this week right here. Yeah. It's a bit crazy. But totally doable, right?

Also, I'd like to announce August's Book Giveaway! On August 14th, I'll be giving away a signed copy of Rodzilla by Rob Sanders! Read below for my review of this amazing picture book.

Picture Books

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  Rodzilla written by Rob Sanders illustrated by Dan Santat

We read this one as a whole family and loved it. Maybe it's because we have an almost toddler in the house, but we just rolled while reading this one. Sander's eye-witness news perspective made for a fresh take on the terror that is toddler-hood. And Santat's illustrations are fantastic as well. Lots of bathroom humor, which always seems to be a hit in our house. You'll definitely want to check this one out.

 Pig the Winner by Aaron Blabey

We love pugs in our family. And the cover of this book so so darn cute. The rhyme is playful and the illustrations are comical. Both my daughter and I had the same reaction to the end though: "Wait. Is that all?" The climax and falling action happen quickly and I wished there would have been maybe one more stanza. 

 The Monsters' Monster by Patrick McDonnell

My daughter has another book by Patrick McDonnell, so she specifically asked if we could read some more of his books. We loved this one. I especially enjoy McDonnell's selective color palate. If you've read by blog, you know that I'm also a fan of most anything with monsters. The Monsters' Monster has a great twist, which actually plays homage to the original Frankenstein's monster. 

Chapter Books

  Princess in Black written by Shannon and Dean Hale illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Funny and clever, I would recommend this to anyone looking for a princess book with a princess with some gumption. My 7yo daughter loved it and wants to continue with the series. My favorite part of the book was when the Princess in Black was fighting a monster and there were big batman-like zingers like "twinkle twinkle little SMASH!" and  "Princess POW!" 

 Goosebumps: Welcome to Dead House by R.L. Stine

This month marks 25 years since Goosebumps hit the shelves. I happened to be 7 at the time so it was absolutely magical when I discovered this beloved series. I think Goosebumps were integral in shaping my own love of horror and comedy. I had never actually read Welcome to Dead House so I decided to pick it up to celebrate.

This one was legitimately creepy. My 7yo self would be been thoroughly scared and entertained. Heck, my 32yo self was creeped out and entertained. I used to own a ton of these books, but I don't know what happened to all of them. I have a goal to slowly acquire as many of them as I possibly can. Have any lying around that you don't want anymore? Send them my way!

Young Adult

 This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I picked this book up after reading some favorable remarks on a horror blog. So I actually thought that it would be creepier than it actually was, but it was still great. A few chapters in, I thought I had the whole plot figured out, but Schwab surprised me and didn't take the conventional line that I anticipated. The writing was solid, the characters were developed, and the story was interesting. The sequel, Our Dark Duet  just came out last month, and I plan on working it into my TBR.

 The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: 8th Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
I audiobooked this one and it was enjoyable. The story started out stronger than it ended though. I know that there is a whole series, but I don't know if I'll pick up the others. I will say that it was well written, the plot was just a little weak. I didn't realize it, but I actually picked up another audiobook (The Cemetery Boys) by Heather Brewer the last time I was at the library. It is narrated by the wonderful Kirby Heyborne, so I'm pretty stoked about that.

Weekly TBR

BookTube-A-Thon starts today and I have a lofty goal to read 15 books. Instead of listing them all here, you can click on this link to see my post with the breakdown. I hope you have a wonderful, book-filled week!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

BookTube-A-Thon 2017 TBR

This past week, I discovered this awesome thing called BookTube-A-Thon. Here's a quick video about what it is specifically:

Basically it is a week-long reading marathon where everyone tries to read as much as possible. There are daily challenges and reading challenges and it just seems like it will be so much fun.

I decided that I wanted to do a KidLit spin on the challenge, so all of my books come from the various children's and YA categories. In the spirit of the event, here is my very ambitious reading goal for the coming week.

Here are the 2017 Reading Challenges:
  1. Read a book with a person on the cover. (Earthling)
  2. Read a hyped book. (The Wonderful Things You Will Be)
  3. Finish a book in one day. (Eerie Elementary)
  4. Read about a character that is very different from you. (Miss Popularity)
  5. Finish a book completely outdoors. (Nightlights)
  6. Read a book you bought because of the cover. (Tom Swift)
  7. Read seven books. (If I manage to finish, I'll have read 15 books!)

Young Adult Books: 

Middle Grade Books:

 Chapter Books:

Graphic Novels:

Picture Books:

Friday, July 21, 2017

It's Poetry Friday!

It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. And be sure to check out Katie over at The Logonauts to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness.

I live on the gulf coast of Florida. And it's summertime. So that means thunderstorms most every day. When we moved away from Florida for a few years, I found that the storms were what I missed the most.

 Big billowy dark clouds roll in and are gone just as fast. And the thunder literally shakes the walls and windows. I happened to be sitting out under my awning the other afternoon reading a book when a huge clap sounded overhead. I felt the book ripple in my hands it was so loud. And I loved it.

**While writing this poem, I learned something new (another perk of writing). Wispy cirrus clouds are also called Mare's Tails because they resemble a horse's tail. And these types of clouds paired with patchy cirrocumulus clouds can mean that rain in on the way (source). I thought that it made for a cool image.**

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading 7/17/17

The weekly post where I recap all the KidLit books I’ve been reading. Occasionally, I’ll also review some non-KidLit books as well.

Be sure to check out Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers to see what other kidlit readers are reading. Because, you know, we can never have too many books in our TBR pile.

Picture Books

Miss Nelson is Missing! by James Marshall

Does this book ever get old? I've read it a few times with my daughter over the years, but this is the first time that she's put two and two together and realized who Miss Swamp really is. That made this time around even better. 

Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex

Another great book. I am a huge fan of parody and monsters, so this book is just perfect. My daughter and I decided to count all the creepy crawlies this time and that was extra fun. The illustrations really are great. 

Trollbella Throws a Party written by Chris Colfer Illustrated by Brandon Dorman

I haven't read any of the Land of Stories books, but this picture book was just ok. I love Brandon Dorman. The story was pretty cookie cutter, but it's worth thumbing through if you get the chance.

 Ada Lovelace: Poet of Science written by Diane Stanley Illustrated by Jessie Harland

I really enjoyed this one. Because I have a 7yo daughter, I jump at any chance I can to read engaging nonfiction books about strong females. This one didn't disappoint. When we opened it up and the illustrations showed Ada as a young girl with blonde hair and blue eyes she said "I'm going to pretend to be her." And I love it as we're reading when my daughter asks "Did this happen in real life?" She is into coding right now, so it was great to read about Ada Lovelace's life. I would recommend this to anyone with young children. 

Young Adult

The Siren by Kiera Cass
I listened to the audiobook of this one. Excellent, excellent premise, but it falters on the execution. I think it's mostly because straight up girl-pining-over-boy plots aren't my cup of tea. If you're into that kind of thing, you'll love this one. With that said, the premise itself--sirens being servants of the sea to feed and nourish her so she can in return nourish the planet--kept me interested enough to easily see this one to the end.


Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

This one has been on my TBR pile since before the book was even released. Gaiman retells many of the Norse stories is such rich manner. I love how the gods aren't perfect and many times are scrambling to fix their mistakes (usually caused by Loki--who is NOT Thor's brother, but Odin's! Curse your Marvel). I also like all the origin pieces, like how Thor got his hammer, and why Odin is so wise. I'll never remember half the names though, let alone how to pronounce them! 

Currently Reading

Monday, July 17, 2017

Board Book Review - Animal Noises by Thomas Flintham

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At a glance:


  • Vibrant colors
  • Actually fun to make the animal noises
  • Cute, simple drawings


  • It's the nature of the book type, but I wish it were longer

Since we have a new baby in the house, the board books have, once again, been making an appearance.  Sometimes, I feel like board books can get repetitive. Yes, I know that that is the point—repetition for the baby.  But I can only read so many “this is a square and this is a triangle” books before I want to pull my eyes out. Every once in a while though, I’ll run into one that is refreshing in its repetition.

Recently, I stumbled onto Thomas Flintham’s Animal Noises. Can you guess what it’s about? Yep. Barn yard animals and the noises they make. But the text is written in such a way that it is actually fun to make all the noises—my 8 month old seems to enjoy the sounds. But what really makes this book shine are the vibrant colors. The colors are super eye catching and brilliant. They just make me happy. The illustrations themselves are really cute too. I think most parents and babies will get a lot of mileage out of this book.

Have you read this one? Tell me what you think in the comments.

IMWAYR + BookTube-A-Thon + August Giveaway Reveal

The weekly post where I recap all the KidLit books I’ve been reading. Occasionally, I’ll also review some adult fiction books as well. ...