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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

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Book Review – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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Series: Harry Potter

Author:  J.K. Rowing

Published:  June 26th, 1997

Links: Amazon * Barnes & Noble

Dates Read: July 4 to July 6, 2016

My Rating: 5 stars

Source: owned book

Challenges:

 

 

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Goodreads Summary:

Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. (Dudley, however, has two bedrooms, one to sleep in and one for all his toys and games.) Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed forever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard! The first book in the “Harry Potter” series makes the perfect introduction to the world of Hogwarts.

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“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

My Review:

Another reread and it was still as amazing as the first time I read it.

I hold this series close to my heart. It was there for me at times when my life was not easy and I know that I can always pick up the books and get lost in the wonderful world of Harry Potter and the magic that comes with it.

The plot – what a wonderful and amazing and strong plot. A young boy who has had a horrible childhood is picked up and thrown into a whole new world of battles and magic and spells and potions and moving pictures and so much more.

The descriptions of the land and the school are amazing. Rowling has written the book to allow the readers to have the ability to picture the settings in their head. From the train to Hogwarts school to the different creatures the readers will have a wonderful time picturing them in their head.

I wish I could attend Hogwarts……still waiting for my letter….might be passed the age but still want my letter to Hogwarts!!

The characters – the characters are strong from the start. I love the character development that the characters go through throughout the book.

This is a quick read. It’s addicting and pulls the reader in from the start. From the first line to the last line the readers will enjoy each and every word that the author has written down. The book provides it all. Several twists and turns and moments that are surprising and shocking to the reader.

There is action and mystery and magic and so much more inside the pages of the wonder world of Harry Potter.

MY RATING:
5 stars

Book Review – Ordinary Grace

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Series: None

Author: William Kent Krueger

Published: March 4th, 2014

Links: Amazon * Barnes and Noble

Dates Read:July 2 to 6, 2016

My Rating: 5 stars

Source: Owned book

Challenges:

The dead are never far from us. They’re in our hearts and on our minds and in the end all that separates us from them is a single breath, one final puff of air.”
William Kent Krueger, Ordinary Grace

Goodreads Summary:

From “New York Times “bestselling author William Kent Krueger comes a brilliant new novel about a young man, a small town, and murder in the summer of 1961.New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were at the ready at Halderson’s Drug Store soda counter, and “Hot Stuff “comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a summer in which death assumed many forms.

When tragedy unexpectedly comes to call on his family, which includes his Methodist minister father, his passionate, artistic mother, Juilliard-bound older sister, and wise-beyond-his years kid brother, Frank finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal.

On the surface, “Ordinary Grace” is the story of the murder of a beautiful young woman, a beloved daughter and sister. At heart, it’s the story of what that tragedy does to a boy, his family, and ultimately the fabric of the small town in which he lives. Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, it is a moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.

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My Review:

I discovered this book while shopping on Barnes and Noble and saw that it was $1.99 on sale from the original price. After reading the summary I decided to take the chance and get it. After getting the book and starting it I discovered that this was a great book that pulled me in and was not letting go until I finished the book.

The writing is just beautiful. William Kent Krueger has written a book that just pulls the reader in. For the reader the writing is what creates the story. Helps the reader create visuals in their mind that create the story taking place. And combined with the writing the author created characters that the readers will feel for. Maybe not connect with but forsure feel for.

The setting was given a boast because of the writing but because the author was able to write the descriptions of the book settings readers were able to create those setting pictures in their heads as they read the book.

This book has friendship and family found within the pages but it also includes sadness and loss. But together it creates a wonderful book. And I loved that the author included an epilogue at the end of the book. That always allows the reader to have a little something else.

Overall a great book and one I really enjoyed.

MY RATING
5 stars

Book Review – Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About a Parent’s Expectations

LOVE THAT BOY

Title: Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About a Parent’s Expectations

Series: no

Author: Ron Fournier

Published: April 12th, 2016

Links: Amazon * Barnes & Noble

Dates Read: July 1 to 2, 2016

Rating: 4 stars

Source: own book

Challenges:

“In our lust for academic excellence, we forget the pride and promise of our children’s first day of school. It is not their destiny on that September day to be the smartest or most accomplished children. It is their time to learn. To learn to be their best, not their best impression of what we want them to be. The next parent who Googles “Is my 2-year-old gifted?” should get a curt response: “Your 2-year-old is a gift.”

  • Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About a Parent’s Expectations

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Goodreads Summary:

Tyler and I inch toward the Green Room, in line with blow-dried TV anchors and stuffy columnists. He’s practicing his handshake and hello: “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. President. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. President. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. President.” When the couple in front of us steps forward for their picture, my teenager with sky-blue eyes and a soft heart looks up at me and says, “I hope I don’t let you down, Dad.”

What kind of father raises a son to worry about embarrassing his dad? I want to tell Tyler not to worry, that he’d never let me down. That there’s nothing wrong with being different. That I actually am proud of what makes him special. But we are next in line to meet the president of the United States in a room filled with fellow strives, and all I can think about is the real possibility that Tyler might embarrass himself. Or, God forbid, me.

LOVE THAT BOY is a uniquely personal story about the causes and costs of out sized parental expectations. What we want for our children—popularity, normalcy, achievement, genius—and what they truly need—grit, empathy, character—are explored by National Journal’s Ron Fournier, who weaves his extraordinary journey to acceptance around the latest research on childhood development and stories of other loving-but-struggling parents.

“When a parent takes charge of a child’s academic success and interests outside of school, the kid loses ownership — the sense that life’s ups and downs are in the kid’s own hands, not the Mom’s and Dad’s. The goal is to help your child do the hard things “because I want to,” rather than “because I’ve got to.”

  • Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About a Parent’s Expectations

My Review:

I discovered this book while watching a interview with Ron Fournier on MSNBC. As someone who is working on becoming a special education teacher I tend to be drawn to books that are based on children and adults with disabilities. Therefore after listening to the interview I knew I had to get the book. And I was glad that I did.

Ron tells the story of the journey that his family went through. Three very different children – two girls and one boy but all different. The youngest with Asperger’s. Ron lets readers in on a personal journey from the discovery to working with it and creating a bond with his son. This book provided it all – a little laughter, a little shock, and a little tears (not many, mainly happy tears).

What I enjoyed was the fact that Ron did not change his life. Rather he brought his son into the world he works in and bonded with his son that way. I think Ron has done an amazing job writing a book that opens the eye for those with young children and for those who are about to have children. Because parenting is about accepting your children and being there.

MY RATING:

4 stars

 

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