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Passing It Forward Through Bookmarks

2017 – a whole new year that brings us a new President. I won’t go all politics on here since it’s a book blog which is to bring joy and happy with books that allow us to escape today’s society.

However after this past election cycle which was filled with so much negativity it’s time that society receives something positive because it seems that lately the news is filled with something mocking another, deaths, sicknesses, and so much more negativity.

My mom and I determined that we wanted to pay it forward to those in our community. As a reader I use tons of bookmarks both store bought ones and ones that I make.

We decided that we would make several bookmarks and anonymously pass out bookmarks at our local Starbucks.

We developed a set up where we would make the bookmarks and place them inside a bucket with a sign that reads “free bookmarks, please take one or two”

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The materials that I used for the bookmarks are:

Magazines – with the magazines I flip through each one to find pages that I could use and turn into a bookmark. This might be anything from a colored background to recipes to ads. Anything that can be used I use.

Bookmark shelves -These I buy on Amazon in a package of 200.

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Bookmark Measure – To measure out the right size of the bookmark I use a box ribbon that is the right width and which I measured to the right length.

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We have made over 400 bookmarks – I never counted for a offical total but I know it was somewhere near there.

Since we have started passing the bookmarks out it’s been a joy watching people look through them to find the right one for them.

One young girl could not pick just two therefore I told her that she could take a couple. After I told her it was I who made them she told me “my faith in humanity has been fixed.” Others have told me that having a book mark makes them want to find a book to read.

A free bookmark is something simple but in the end can bring a smile to ones face.

2017 – a new whole year

Happy New Year to all!

2017 is hopefully going to bring a lot of positive aspects. However I plan on focusing on posting new posts as much as possible for the books I read. Along with reviews of movies and TV shows that are based on books which I have read.

My goal for 2017 is 300 books which I have already read  6 of.

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December

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December is almost here! Today is decorating with CHRISTMAS decorations!!! And in my house that is a whole day (sometimes two) event. We go all out.

It’s been some time since I posted a review on here. That’s because my reading time has gone down because of school and work and family issues. But that will change come December. I’m going to make sure I get a lot of reading in.

Also my laptop pretty much crashed. I was told I needed a new one as soon as possible. So I started looking and fell in love with the Dell XPS 15 inch with the touchscreen. So I have been using my mom’s laptop for school work only. My new laptop arrives today!! So I will be able to work on posts and reviews soon.

So expect the following:

  1. past reviews for Read for Review books and a few select favorites
  2. reviews for book box – Owlcrate and one Best Damn Book Box
  3. Lootcrate box review
  4. FanMailBox review (this arrives next week so review after that)

 

Also……I’m going to be posting things beside book reviews. It will all be book related just not all book reviews. Thanks.

Book Review: Living With Jackie Chan

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Series: Jumping Off Swings

Author: Jo Knowles

Published: September 10th, 2013

Links: Amazon * Barnes & Noble

Dates Read: September 27th, 2016 to October 4th, 2016

Rating: 3 stars

Source:
Digital copy

 

“I stand here, looking at it. At my new life. No more people staring at me when I walk down the hall. No more whispers behind my back. No one knows me here. No one knows what happened. What I did. I just have to get through the year, get into college someplace far away, and leave for good.”
Jo Knowles, Living with Jackie Chan

Goodreads Summary:

After fathering a baby, a teenager moves in with his karate-loving uncle and tries to come to terms with his guilt — and find a way to forgive.

This isn’t how Josh expected to spend senior year. He thought he’d be hanging out with his best friends, Dave and Caleb, driving around, partying, just like always. But here he is, miles from home — new school, new life, living with his Jackie-Chan-obsessed uncle, Larry, and trying to forget. But Josh can’t forget. So many things bring back memories of last year and the night that changed everything. Every day the pain, the shame, and the just not knowing are never far from his thoughts. Why is he such a loser? How could he have done what he did? He finds some moments of peace when he practices karate with Stella, the girl upstairs and his one real friend. As they move together through the katas, Josh feels connected in a way he has never felt before. He wonders if they could be more than friends, but Stella’s jealous boyfriend will make sure that doesn’t happen. And maybe it doesn’t matter. If Stella knew the truth, would she still think he was a True Karate Man? Readers first met Josh in Jumping Off Swings which told the story of four high school students and how one pregnancy changed all of their lives. In this companion book, they follow Josh as he tries to come to terms with what happened, and find a way to forgive.

“Saying good-bye to them was like saying good-bye to some people who used to know me when I was a little kid. Like saying good-bye to zombies. Good-bye to a memory. Good-bye to dust. The real good-bye happened a long, long time ago.”
Jo Knowles, Living with Jackie Chan

Lindsey’s review:

This is the second book in Jo Knowles Jumping Off Swings and comes after Living with Jackie Chan.

When I read the first book in the series I found myself not wanting to put it down but it was the opposite with this book. I found myself bored and not caring if I had to put my Ipad down. I was not as invested in the second book as I was in the first book. Now this book is a good book but it really was not what I was looking for in the second book of a series.

I did think it was an interesting way to take the second book and having it be from Josh and the aftermath of what happened in the first book. Found within the book are a few minor new characters that play roles in Josh’s life but for me where not that appealing. But I think that Jo writing this book to see how Josh ended up was great I would have also like a little insight into Ellie and the others to see how they all turned out. Maybe Jo plan on writing those but they would be nice to read.

Overall Jo has taken issues that are important and common in today’s society and she wrote a book that expresses the hardships that kids are forced with when thrown a challenge like the one thrown the kids in this series.

MY RATING:

 3 stars

Book Review – Disney Manga Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas

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Series: none

Author: Jun Asuka

Published: November 22nd, 2016

Links: Amazon * Barnes and Noble

Dates Read: October 3rd, 2016

Rating: 3 stars

Source: Netgalley

 

Goodreads Summary:

Manga publishing pioneer TOKYOPOP brings you a special edition gorgeous hardcover manga based on the classic Halloween masterpiece Disney Tim Burton s Nightmare Before Christmas. A must-have for manga fans, Tim Burton fans, and Halloween fans alike!! Collect this horrifying masterpiece!

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Lindsey’s review:

I was provided a digital copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I wanted to really like this after all Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite Halloween movies.

However I was bored after a few pages.

Also Netgalley only provided readers with about 30 pages of the complete book. Therefore it’s hard for me to provide an honest complete review.

I do like the illustrations which are nice and are similar to the characters in the movie which will be good for the kids who know and love the movie.

Overall I wish I would have had a chance to read the whole book.

 MY RATING
3 stars

Book Review: The Snow Queen

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The Snow Queen

Series: No

Author: Hans Christian Andersen 

Illustrator: Sanna Annukka

Translator: Jean Hersholt

Published: October 4th, 2016

Links: Amazon * Barnes And Noble

Dates Read: October 18th, 2016

Rating: 4 stars

Source:
Blogging For Books

“I can give her no greater power than she has already, said the woman; don’t you see how strong that is? How men and animals are obliged to serve her, and how well she has got through the world, barefooted as she is. She cannot receive any power from me greater than she now has, which consists in her own purity and innocence of heart. If she cannot herself obtain access to the Snow Queen, and remove the glass fragments from little Kay, we can do nothing to help her.”
Hans Christian Andersen, The Snow Queen

 

Goodreads Summary:

Gorgeously packaged with intricate illustrations from Finnish illustrator, Sanna Annukka, this new edition of Hans Christian Andersen’s well-loved fairy tale, The Snow Queen, is the perfect holiday gift for adults and children alike.

Hans Christian Andersen’s magical tale of friendship and adventure is retold through the beautiful and intricate illustrations of Finnish illustrator Sanna Annukka. Cloth-bound in deep blue, with silver foil embellishments, The Snow Queen is elevated from a children’s book to a unique work of art. It is an ideal gift for people of all ages.

“When we get to the end of the story, you will know more than you do now…”
Hans Christian Andersen, The Snow Queen

Lindsey’s review:

Honestly saying this makes me feel odd but for me this was my first time reading The Snow Queen: A Tale in Seven Stories but I had heard of the story but never read it until now.

And I can honestly say that I really enjoyed the book. It’s a short (88 pages) read but for me it was one of those special first time reads that I was enjoyable.

After I finished reading it (in one sitting) I decided to skim the current reviews to see how others liked it. It was interesting to see the different reviews.

As a nanny I have watched Frozen one too many times and I prefer this over Frozen.

I live in California where it tends to be hot and yes we have mountains with snow I really like books that have the snow and cold weather. And seeing how Hans Christian Andersen tackles snow and giving it a life of it’s own is amazing. It’s truly a lovely aspect of the book.

Hidden deep within the pages of the book is a message that is important for all readers to notice. A message of sacrificial love.

The illustrations within the book are gorgeous!! I just loved looking at them before reading the book and while I was reading.

At the end I recommend that everyone take the time to read it at least once. After all its 88 pages. It’s not long at all. I have a feeling that I will be rereading it.

I was provided a physical copy from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. This had no impact on my feeling for the book or my review.

MY RATING:

4 stars

Owlcrate – September – box review

Owl’s September box had the theme of Darkness which was great because              the movie Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children was coming out in September and the box had an item based off the hit book written by Ransom Riggs.

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Like the previous months I LOVED this box. Let’s dive into the box of DARKNESS!!

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Theme – Darkness

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Book: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

With the book we received a letter from the author along with a signed bookplate to place inside the book which was signed by the author.

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Bonus Book: Remade by Matthew Cody

Remade is part of a 15 part ‘serial’ series. Which to me is like a TV show but for booknerds.

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Other Goodies:

Candle: This candle has been created by The Melting Library and was inspired by the Throne of Glass series.

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Canvas Pouch: Inspired by Ransom Riggs’s book Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children Out of Print created a adorable canvas pouch which include a quote from the second book in the series. I used it the night the movie came out as a small purse.

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Bookmark: Thanks to Evie Bookish for creating an adorable bookmark which will be great for when I read Crooked Kingdom.

Bath Fizzers: This was my first experience with a bath bomb. I have seen them online and my mall has a store which allows you to create your own. This bath bomb was made by Da Bomb.

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October Sneak Peek:

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OwlCrate describes October’s box as the following ” the theme of the box is ONCE UPON A DREAM. The box will include a dark and atmospheric novel inspired by Russian folklore. The story is all about the magic that occurs in the middle of the night! We’ll also be filling each box with beautiful goodies inspired by fairy tales, as well as stories that feature dreams. This is a really beautiful box, and the book is perfect to read around Halloween!”

Item Sneak Peek: The box will include an exclusive item (priced at $20) designed by Whosits and Whatsits

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Book Review – Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life

Title: Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life

Series: No29662107

Author: Jeff Wilser

Published:September 20th, 2016

Links:Amazon * Barnes & Noble

Dates Read: October 2nd, 2016 to October 3rd, 2016

Rating: 5 stars

Source: Blogging For Books – physical copy

Goodreads Challenge:
coming soon

Goodreads Summary: 

The life and lessons of the Founding Father who mastered the arts of wit, war, and wealth, longbefore becomingthe subject of Broadway sHamilton: An American Musical

Two centuries after his death, Alexander Hamilton is shining once more under the world s spotlight and we need him now more than ever.
Hamilton was a self-starter. Scrappy. Orphaned as a child, he came to America with nothing but a code of honor and a hunger to work. He then went on to help win the Revolutionary War and ratify the Constitution, create the country s financial system, charm New York s most eligible ladies, and land his face on our $10 bill.The ultimate underdog, he combined a fearless, independent spirit with a much-needed dose of American optimism.
Hamilton died before he could teach us the lessons he learned, but Alexander Hamilton s Guide to Life unlocks his core principles intended for anyone interested in success, romance, money, or dueling. They include:
.Speak with Authority Even If You Have None (Career)
.Seduce with Your Strengths (Romance)
.Find Time for the Quills and the Bills (Money)
.Put the Father in Founding Father (Friends & Family)
.Being Right Trumps Being Popular (Leadership)
For history buffs and pop-culture addicts alike, this mix of biography, humor, and advice offers a fresh take on a nearly forgotten Founding Father, and will spark a revolution in your own life.”

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Lindsey’s review:

Alexander Hamilton
My name is Alexander Hamilton
And there’s a million things I haven’t done
But just you wait, just you wait…

Back in school I remember learning about Hamilton but never really paying attention to his impact on our world and his life. But recently and thanks to the hit musical “Hamilton” myself and so many others have decided to learn more about who Alexander Hamilton really was.

I have not seen the musical but I have listened to the songs and purchased the book that was used to create the play. When I saw this I decided to step away from the musical and have a different look into Alexander Hamilton and his life.

This is a quick and enjoyable book to read. First I was surprised that it was a smaller book in size but it still had a nice length to it.

I have recently gotten into politics and history. I was also into the Kennedy family and their impact on the special education world because I’m working on becoming a special education teacher. However I was not into Hamilton but thanks to books like this I have been able to go back and really look into the impact he had on our society. His influence was huge.

Jeff Wilser has done a great job writing this book. It’s written in a way were it’s like fiction. It’s addicting and I did not want to put it down. Great job.

I was provided a physical copy of the book through blogging for books in exchange for an honest review. That had no impact on my feeling and review of the book.

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MY RATING
5 stars

Welcome October!

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October has arrived – and for me it’s the start of my favorite time  – I love the next few months. From Halloween to Christmas it’s just a wonderful time.

First – October – it’s Halloween and my birthday. And I just love curling up with a good horror book, a nice cup of coffee and getting lost in a world of horror.

Second – November – Thanksgiving – yum yum yum

Third – December – Christmas – yes the presents are great but what I love is the music, the colors, the food, and spending time with my family.

Before we get to November and December it’s Halloween month!!! School got the best of me in September but I’m determined to get back into my normal reading pattern and get through several books this month.

Coming up –

  1. a few reviews
  2. OwlCrate September box review
  3. Best Damn Book Box Review for June and July (once July arrives)
  4. Nerd book box review for the September box

 

 

Owlcrate – August – Box Review

Another month in 2016 has come and gone. But in the month another Owlcrate box has also arrived.

Each month the owners at Owlcrate surprise me and I just love everything they place inside the box! And that was shown with the August month. I just LOVED it all.

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                                                        Theme – Fast Times at YA High

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Book: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Also include was a signed bookplate, a letter from Kasie, and a set of colored pencils with the book title on the box.

Other goodies:

Decomposition Book – This adorable book has made it’s way into my purse to allow me to jot down books to read along with any quotes I hear that I like. This was created by Michael Roger.

Harry Potter items – The box had two adorable Harry Potter items. The first item was button which was created by Taryn Draws 

The second item was a stunning print of the Golden Tri which was designed by the amazing and talented Susanna Draws. I have already checked out her Etsy and been debating on a few prints to buy. All are so adorable.

Monthly Button – Owlcrate has decided on starting a monthly button item. Each month each box will have a button inside. This month’s button is the cute little raptor which is the chapter raptor. This was created by James Maxwell who also creates the monthly postcards. Which are too cute.

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Owlcrate original Necklace – Owlcrate created a necklace for the box which was based off Eleanor and Park. It’s a necklace that I love.

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Adult Coloring Book – Who does not love to just sit down, grab some colored pencils or markers and relax with a little coloring? I know I do. Therefore I love the coloring book that was created by Blue Star Coloring for this months Owlcrate. The details found within the coloring book are amazing and I have already colored one page and working on turning it into a bookmark.

Overall – I really loved this box. I have already put most of the items to use and working on a place for the buttons in my room. Each box just is amazing and a fun experience for a booknerd.

September sneak peek: The theme for September was Darkness with a item designed after Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children. I have already gotten the box and OMG! It’s just another great box. Will post it soon.

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