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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.

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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 – The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep

Title: 9780735842687.jpgThe Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep

Series: no

Author: Caroline Nastro

Published: October 1st, 2016

Links: Amazon * Barnes & Noble

Dates Read: August 3rd, 2016

Source: Netgalley

 

 

Goodreads Summary:

There s no place like home when it s time for bed. When Bear can t sleep, he goes on an adventure and discovers the wonders of New York City a parade, Central Park, hot dogs, and more! But when he finally gets tired and looks for a place to rest . . . he learns why it s called the city that never sleeps. What s a bear to do? Caroline Nastro s gentle adventure and Vanya Nastanlieva s engaging illustrations are sure to comfort and delight!”

 

Lindsey’s Review:

I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley and North South Books inc in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s one of those books were I found myself smiling throughout the whole story.

The story is about a small cub who found himself unable to sleep in winter while his family took their winter nap. Therefore the young cub did what all young children do and that was went on an adventure. The young cub traveled to the city and did a little exploring on his own.

Overall the plot was easy to follow and even the youngest listener (at bedtime maybe) will be able to follow along with the story.

The illustrations are beautiful and simple at the same time.

I really liked this book and either when I’m a teacher or a parent I most likely will invest in this book. Children will enjoy it and I believe adults will too. After all I’m an adult…..but a kid at heart.

 MY RATING
5 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.

LitCube July Book Box Review

I received my July LitCube book box and I have to say I have mixed opinions on it. For one it’s on the pricier side with it being $34.95 per month plus tax and shipping. And after the July box I felt that I did not get the full money forth inside the cube. I also felt that several of the items within the cube I won’t be using.

LitCube fills their cube with something wearable, something to be eaten, a book, and other bookish related items.

Like OwlCrate and The Best Damn Book Box LitCube provides a information sheet that explains what is inside the cube. However something that I really liked from the other two book boxes is that they  create their info card to have a connecting with their monthly theme.

July’s Theme was An Awfully Big Adventure

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Found within the cube:

  • The Neverland Wars written by Audrey Greathouse – this also included a signed bookplate for inside the book.
  • Faith, Trust, and pixie dust adjustable copper Ring
  • Megpies all natural tart
  • Peter Pan tote bag
  • Tinker Bell inspired key chain
  • 4×6 Hand-designed Peter Pan Card
  • Purple sunglasses

Like I said before several of the items I won’t be using. They will go to my niece. Items such as the ring and sunglasses. I will use the bag as a library bag to carry books to and from. The Megpie was a mess and I had to throw that away. I have the keychain hanging in my bookcase and I will be reading the book.

August

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This will be my last cube from them which I know my niece will like since she loves mermaids. They (the owners) have said that this box will include two books. With the main book being a brand new paperback release and the bonus book is an older book. I’m hoping that the books are books that I don’t already own and that the box is better than the Peter Pan one. ** fingers crossed **

 

Owlcrate July Book Box

So I received my first Owlcrate box in July and just loved it ALL!!! From the book to the contents inside the book.

July’s theme was Good Vs Evil and I received the good box!!!!

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Found within the books:

  • Luna Pop from Funko
  • Millennium Falcon Necklace from Vector Engraving
  • Alice Magnetic Bookmark created by JanesTinyThings
  • A beautiful sticker with a quote from the book Illuminae created by Alexi Lampley
  • This Savage Song written by Victoria Aveyard 
  • A letter from the author of the book and a signed bookplate
  • A coloring book based off YA book covers
  • a bookmark for an upcoming new release
  • a sneak peek at the August box and what might be inside

 

I found everything inside this box to be amazing. I loved my Luna Pop and she joined my one and only Pop – Belle right away. I’m not a fan of Star Wars but I love the cute necklace within this box. The Alice Magnetic is joining my growing collection of magentic bookmarks (thanks to these boxes) on a string in my bookcase to showcase all of them. The sticker is too cute, I don’t want to use it so I’m figuring out what to do with it. I loved the added touch of the author note. As for the coloring book — LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! and the bookmark was cute and allows some more coloring. And the sneak peek just made me wish the next box would be here now.

August –

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Fast Times at YA High – This will have a high school love story by a contemporary author. Along with items based on some favorite high school sweethearts and items based off Hogwarts (everyone’s dream school).

OwlCrate likes to give out two sneak peeks leading up to the release of the box. For the first peek they have collaborated with artist Susanne draws  who created a brand new piece of art just for the box!! Looking forward to the second sneak peek.

Book Review – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Title: harry book 1aHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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

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  1. 26 YEARS OLD
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