Monday, June 27, 2016

Review: Finding Wild

Title Finding Wild'
By Megan Wagner Lloyd
Genre Children's Picture book
Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Two kids set off on an adventure to find wild.

First Sentence
What is wild?

I don't usually review children's books but one of my fellow book clubber's sister wrote this beauty and I couldn't resist reading and reviewing it. I honestly thought it would be all preachy about how kids need to get off the couch and back to playing outside (which they do) but I wasn't in the mood to be preached to. I was completely wrong!

This lovely book follows two children as they investigate the beautiful great outdoors. From forests and meadows to the ocean and mountains. I loved the illustrations and the poetic writing. While some of the words might go over little kid's heads, I still think it's a good books to read to them. It's short and has a lot to look at. And hopefully it will make kids want to get off that couch and go play outside.

Friday, June 24, 2016

30 Days of Books: Days 28-30

Well, I did it! All 30 days! I'm not sure it's gotten me out of my blogging slump, though. Sigh! Oh well. It was fun and at least it got me to blog, right?

Day 28: Favorite title(s)
I picked random books for this one because I'm not sure what my favorite title of a book is. I haven't read A Madness So Discreet yet but I just love the title. And I Woke Up Dead At The Mall??? Come on! I don't even know what it's about but that title is just too great.

  Day 29: A book everyone hated but you liked

I'm sure not everyone hates this book but my book club sure did. I personally loved it! 

Day 30 Your favorite book of all time
I told you when the prompt was Favorite Classic that not only was Frankenstein my favorite classic but my favorite book of all time so you shouldn't be surprised. I just love this book! 

Well, that was fun! I hope you enjoyed my posts! Thanks for hosting, Jenni

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Review: Finding Audrey

Title Finding Audrey
By Sophie Kinsella
Genre YA Contemporary
Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Audrey's life has gotten a bit crazy. A horrible even at school has left her with such severe panic attacks that she can't leave home and has to wear dark glasses so as not to have to make eye contact with anyone. She's in therapy but her crazy family doesn't seem to be helping matters much. Or are they. When Audrey's brother's cut friend starts coming around things might be taking a turn for the better. But life is full of ups and downs and Audrey needs to find herself if she's ever going to survive.

First sentence
OMG, Mum's gone insane.

Another book club book! I'm a head of schedule on this one because it came in at the library and I had to hurry and read it, right? Not that hurrying through it was hard. Once I started I couldn't put it down. This is my first Kinsella book. Her writing is fantastic. So humorous!

While this story dealt with some serious issues the humor littered throughout made it a pleasant read. I adored the crazy, wonderful, fleshed out characters in this book. It was a small cast so you could easily connect to the characters and get to know each of them.

The message in this book was a beautiful lesson. One, I think we all need to learn. I especially liked how Dr Sarah addressed Audrey's problem with doing other people's thinking for them. I do this all the time and the way Dr Sarah worded it was just another great reminder to me to stop worrying about what other people are thinking. It's usually not at all what I think it is, anyway!

While, slightly unbelievable, this book was fun and I liked it. I don't think it took itself too seriously and had a great plot with vibrant characters all mixed into one!

Should you read it?
I'd highly recommend this one!

Monday, June 20, 2016

30 Days of Books: Days 24-27

Sigh! I've fallen behind again! So quick catch up post time!

Day 24: A book that you wish more people would’ve read
How many times do I have to push this books on people?! Please, if you love urban fantasy with unique and awesome characters, READ THIS BOOK!

Day 25: A character who you can relate to the most

Bet you're sick of seeing this cover. Sorry, but I really relate to Cameron.

Day 26: A book that changed your opinion about something

Confession. I used to despise fantasy. I know, shocking, right? I did. Wouldn't touch the stuff. My sister, on the other hand, would only read fantasy. So one day we had a trade off. I would read Harry Potter and she'd read a political mystery. Well, she did read the political mystery but never got hooked on them. I, however, am now a big fantasy nerd!

Day 27: The most surprising plot twist or ending
I'm choosing this book for two reasons. One: The cover would lead you to believe it's a fluffy romance. It's not. It deals with some series issues. Two: The whole time I was reading this book I was expecting (with frustration) a certain ending. It was completely different than I expected and I was relieved and happy!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

30 Days of Books Days 22 & 23

Day 22: Favorite book you own
I bet you're getting sick of seeing this one. I have a lot of favorite books and I'm downright blissful that I own them but this one is signed so....It takes the cake!

Day 23: A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t

Um, Shall I just post a link to my TBR page on Goodreads? I want to read all the books!!! Alright, I'll pick just one.
Or three! I feel rather ashamed that I haven't read this series yet. My expectations are just too high and I'm afraid they'll never live up to it. One day!