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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 – 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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Beauty and the Beast 2017 movie

Out of all the Disney Princess’s I feel most connected to Belle. Why? Easy. She is a reader and finds reading to be enjoyable and not boring. Therefore I’m extremely excited for the movie to come out in 2017.

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As for the casting I have to say that I’m very happy with each actor they placed in each role. At the moment we have only gotten a few teaser trailers –

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Cast –

Emma Watson (Harry Potter, Perks of Being a Wallflower) as Belle

 

Dan Stevens (Downtown Abbey, Night as the Museum) as the Beast

Luke Evans (Fast and Furious, The Hobbit) as Gaston

Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge!, Fargo) as Lumiere

Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings, Mr. Holmes) as Cogsworth

Waiting for photos of Plumette, Mrs. Potts, Cadenza, Le Fou, and so many more. We can only hope that we have given those photos soon!

The movie will appear at theaters on March 17th, 2017!

Now I’m off to get some reading done.

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Book Review: Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs

Title: 26192600Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs

Series: No

Author: Dave Holmes

Published: June 28th, 2016

Links: Amazon * Barnes & Noble

Dates Read:August 14th to 18th, 2016

Rating: 4 stars

Source:
Blogging for Books

 

 

Goodreads Summary:

From former MTV VJ Dave Holmes, the hilarious memoir of a perpetual outsider fumbling towards self-acceptance, with the music of the ’80s, ’90s, and today as his soundtrack

Dave Holmes has spent his life on the periphery, nose pressed hopefully against the glass, wanting just one thing: to get inside. Growing up, he was the artsy son in the sporty family. At his all-boys high school and Catholic college, he was the closeted gay kid surrounded by crush-worthy straight guys. And in his twenties, in the middle of a disastrous career in advertising, he accidentally became an MTV VJ overnight when he finished second, naturally, in the Wanna Be a VJ contest, opening the door to fame, fortune, and celebrity—you know, almost.

In Party of One, Holmes tells the hilariously painful and painfully hilarious tales—in the vein of Rob Sheffield, Andy Cohen, and Paul Feig—of an outsider desperate to get in, of a misfit constantly changing shape, of a music geek who finally learns to accept himself. Structured around a mix of hits and deep cuts from the last four decades—from Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart” and En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind” to LCD Soundsystem’s “Losing My Edge” and Bleachers’ “I Wanna Get Better”—and punctuated with interludes like “So You’ve Had Your Heart Broken in the 1990s: A Playlist” and “Notes on (Jesse) Camp,” this book is for anyone who’s ever felt like a square peg, especially those who have found their place in the world around a band, an album, or a song. It’s a laugh-out-loud funny, deeply nostalgic story about never fitting in, never giving up, and letting good music guide the way.

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Lindsey’s review:

Thank you to Blogging For Books for providing me with a physical copy in exchange for an honest review. By receiving a review copy had not baring in my review.

I received an email stating that Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs was available to read for review. After looking at the cover and reading the summary I decided that this was a book that I would enjoy.

I’m open to reading pretty much anything ( a few genres are not for me) and I don’t judge people for how they live their life. But I was interested in seeing how Dave was going to tell a memoir about his life by using 21 songs. And once I started reading I was pulled in and invested in his life and knowing more about how he grew up.

Now I’m a little young but I had a little time with MTV and the music videos they used to show rather some of the over priced, lame TV shows that they show now. I don’t really remember Dave or the other hosts but I was able to connect with some of the talk of songs and artists he spoke about throughout his book thanks to my mom who introduced my brother and I to while growing up.

I felt that Dave wrote about his life growing up and his time on MTV in a captivating and interesting way that as a reader I really enjoyed.

Overall a great read in my opinion.

MY RATING:
4 stars

Book Review: Snow White: A graphic Novel

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Series: no

Author: Matt Phelan

Published: September 13th, 2016

Links: Amazon * Barnes & Nobel

Dates Read: August 11th, 2016

Rating: 4 stars

Source: Netgalley and Candlewick Press

Goodreads Summary:

The scene: New York City, 1928. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words “Another . . . More Beautiful . . . KILL.” In a moody, cinematic new telling of a beloved fairy tale, extraordinary graphic novelist Matt Phelan captures the essence of classic film noir on the page—and draws a striking distinction between good and evil.

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(photo from Matt Phelan’s video trailer for the novel)

Lindsey’s Review:

I was given a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley and Candlewick Press

Recently I have gotten into reading comics/graphic novels. Therefore I was excited to have a chance to read a graphic novel with a Snow White twist and with the novel being set in New York.

Now what I noticed right away was the fact that there was very little writing. Therefore it was a quick read. But what it lacks in writing it shines in illustrations. The illustrations are stunning and beautiful.

I think that Matt Phelan has created a retelling of the classic Disney tale of Snow White in the style of a graphic novel in a wonderful way. It provides twists and turns with each page. And with a few recasting but I won’t so more because……spoilers.

I could see myself getting this for my niece when she gets a little older. I would love to introduce her to different takes of the Disney movies she loves.

 MY RATING
4 stars

 

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