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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: 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 – Tarzan of the Apes

Title: tarzan.jpgTarzan of the Apes

Series: Tarzan

Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Published: October 1912

Links: Amazon * Barnes And Noble

Dates Read: July 3 to 8, 2016

My Rating: 4 stars

Source: owned book

Challenge:

“I am Tarzan of the Apes. I want you. I am yours. You are mine. We live here together always in my house. I will bring you the best of fruits, the tenderest deer, the finest meats that roam the jungle. I will hunt for you. I am the greatest of the jungle fighters. I will fight for you. I am the mightiest of the jungle fighters. You are Jane Porter, I saw it in your letter. When you see this you will know that it is for you and that Tarzan of the Apes loves you.”


Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes

Goodreads Summary:

In 1888 Lord and Lady Clayton sail from England but to West Africa and perish on a remote island. When their infant son is adopted by fanged, great anthropoid apes, he is Tarzan of the Apes. His intelligence and caring mother raise him to be king. Self-educated by his parents’ library, Tarzan rescues genteel Jane Porter from the perils of his jungle.

“For myself, I always assume that a lion is ferocious, and so I am never caught off my guard.”
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes

My Review:

I wanted to read this before seeing the new movie and I also wanted to read it because I have not actually read the book before.

When going into the book I never knew that it was first published in 1912 and was part of a large series! However that fact that there were so many in the series made me happy. Just more to read if I enjoy the book. And I did enjoy the book now to just work on reading the rest in the series.

From the first page to the last page I was pulled in. I did find a few parts to be a little boring but overall the book was great.

I have to say that my one experience with Tarzan really is the Disney Movie. As a kid I LOVED that movie and would watch it over and over. I loved the story and the music. However with Edgar’s story there is no sweet little Disney movie hidden within the pages and words. In fact its the opposite of a sweet Disney movie. It had a gruesome story line that has a strong sense of beauty and wonder in it.

Knowing that the movie was coming out had me picturing the actors while I read. Which was not bad since Alexander plays Tarzan.

MY RATING
4 stars

 

Book Review — Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks

Title: genesis-bookDoctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks

Series: Doctor Who Library Series

Author: Terrance Dicks

Published: 1976

Links: Amazon * Barnes and Noble

Dates Read: July 7 to 8, 2016

My Rating: 4 stars

Source: owned book

Challenges:

Exterminate, Exterminate!

  • Terrance Dicks, Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks

Goodreads Summary:

The Time Lords have a mission for the Doctor. Together with Sarah and Harry, he finds himself stranded on the war-torn planet Skaro where the conflict between the Thals and the Kaleds has been raging for a thousand years. Chemical and biological weapons have started a cycle of mutation among the planet’s inhabitants that cannot be stopped. But Kaled scientist Davros has perfected a life support system and travel machine for the creature he knows his race will ultimately evolve into – the Dalek.

The Doctor must stop the creation of the Daleks, or perhaps affect their development so they evolve into less aggressive creatures. But with Davros’s plans to destroy the Thals and to wipe out any dissenters among his own ranks in progress, is the Doctor already too late?

This novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 8 March–12 April 1975.

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My Review:

Classic Doctor Who! And for a new Whovian (started watching with the 9th doctor) I’m always excited to find a book that has the classic doctors.

This novel is based on the show that broadcasted from March 8th to April 12th 1975. The Doctor would be the fourth doctor who was played by Tom Baker. His companions are Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan.

This is a quick read – just under 200 pages at 176. However I did not want to just sit down and read it. I wanted to enjoy enjoy it. So I made it last.

I found this little beauty at Barnes and Noble hidden behind some of the newer Who books and I jumped like a little girl.

This story tells the retelling of the TV show with vivid details that allow the reader to visual the book. Along with it being around the 4th doctor, Sarah, and Harry readers are able to picture the actors for each of those roles.

This provides readers with a little more history on those Daleks. Not only a backstory but readers get to see the start of the Daleks and see what lead to who the Daleks are.

Overall this is a great Doctor who novel for all Doctor Who fans.

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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