RSS

#IMWAYR- August 28, 2016

This week, I posted:

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my reviews for:

Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating Christopher Pike’s Spooksville series, as part of my Reading Challenge!

We had our Summer Graphic Novel Book Club for Kids at work. We discussed Cathy Camper’s Lowriders in Space. One of the fun answers the girls gave were to my question of what would they do if they won a “carload of cash” like the character in the story. One started of by saying they would open up a cat hotel. And the other two girls ended up building on that so they actually had a pretty amusing business idea.

Last month’s title was Mark Fearing’s Earthling which you can read about here. Our first graphic novel was Gene Luen Yang’s Secret Coders. I don’t think I wrote about that but two of the girls there had perfect attendance at all three of our book club meetings. With this one, we also solved some puzzles which was fun.

Also, this week, I went to the Oregon Historical Society Museum. There was an exhibit a customer told me about after I sold their family a couple of graphic novels. Comic City, USA features the history of comics with an Oregon focus from political cartoons to digital graphic novels. I was super impressed by the many interactive elements in the exhibits- from videos to drawing stations to multimedia activities. I think it helps create a better and lasting effect between the people and the pieces.

Other exhibits I enjoyed checking out were Democracy’s Blueprints: The Documents that Built America and Baseball’s Magna Carta: Setting the Rules of America’s Game.

The NosyhoodThe Nosyhood by Tim Lahan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This tall book starts off quite silly and ends bizarrely. I wish the title and the cover wasn’t so spoilery.

View all my reviews

Quit Calling Me a Monster!Quit Calling Me a Monster! by Jory John

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fans of I Will Chomp You! will delight in this picture book full of sly humor and lively illustrations. Would make for a fun read-aloud.

View all my reviews

Snail and Worm: Three Stories About Two FriendsSnail and Worm: Three Stories About Two Friends by Tina Kugler

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve heard good things about this book but for some reason only just read it. I quite enjoyed it. There’s an oddball quality to it that I think people would love. I can’t wait for the next one.

View all my reviews

Choose Your DaysChoose Your Days by Paula Wallace

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A regular customer bought a copy of this book and since she usually had an eye for the unusual or not-as-popular, I decided to read this picture book as well. A sweet story about living one’s life to the fullest but I would say adults would appreciate this more than kids.

View all my reviews

Can One Balloon Make an Elephant Fly?Can One Balloon Make an Elephant Fly? by Dan Richards

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the illustrations more the story in this one. I was worried the mom was going to ignore the kid throughout the whole book. A cute whimsical read.

View all my reviews

Don't Cross the Line!Don’t Cross the Line! by Bernardo Carvalho

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was originally averse to reading this book because I didn’t like the illustrations. But once it made a list of unusual books, I gave it a try and actually enjoyed it. I flipped back to the beginning multiple times to follow the different characters’ stories within the larger story.

View all my reviews

Paulie Pastrami Achieves World PeacePaulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace by James Proimos

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was browsing the library discard store before my volunteer shift and discovered this book about kindness. I love it for its message. The story and character and twist were clever and endearing! This would be a great fun read-aloud in classrooms.

View all my reviews

The Uncorker of Ocean BottlesThe Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book deserves all the pre-pub positive buzz it received. Absolutely beautiful in both written and visual storytelling and style. Reminiscent of the Stead’s A Sick Day for Amos McGee, it truly is a tender tale of kindness (and appreciating the good works of others) one should experience. Caldecott contender.

View all my reviews

Pod vs. Pod (Squish, #8)Pod vs. Pod by Jennifer L. Holm

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Squish is back with triple the trouble as he deals with his friend’s mysterious behavior. While I like the books, I feel the series should end soon.

View all my reviews

Hilda and the TrollHilda and the Troll by Luke Pearson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Hilda has been quite popular at our store and I wanted to see why. Unfortunately, the story here is sorely lacking. The current edition is the original “Hildafolk” story plus some bonus features. The only reason I didn’t give up on the series after this one was because the art was beautiful, very comforting color pallet.

View all my reviews

Hilda and the Midnight GiantHilda and the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this second installment, the character and the series both benefitted with a longer storyline. Hilda is quite the adventurer, full of spunk. I can see why people like her. I love the bonus content- this one referencing the different types of giants.

View all my reviews

The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good BookThe Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book by Wendy Welch

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve been curious about how other bookstores/booksellers run their lives so this was a nice find in the library. Bonus points that it was a recent memoir and the bookstore seems to still be going strong. Even though I work at a primarily new inventory bookstore, I still had a few relatable moments after reading about some of the customers. Definitely the strong point was getting a feel of the people in town. There was a rather powerful story shared about a Westerns-loving customer. And I enjoyed the Bookstores Road Trip. I would have preferred the book to be a little shorter but it was an enjoyable read nonetheless.

View all my reviews

Review Notes
I’ve decided not to post reviews for books I didn’t particular care for (unless I feel strongly against it.) If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Plus as an aspiring published writer myself, I know how much work one puts into a story so I naturally have great respect towards writers and illustrators and everyone else responsible for that creation.

***= Recommended
****= Highly Recommended
*****= Favorite

You can view all the books I’ve read at my Goodreads page.

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

Please like The Chronicles Of A Children's Book Writer Facebook page!

Please like The Chronicles Of A Children’s Book Writer Facebook page!

If you’re on Twitter, don’t forget to use the hashtag #IMWAYR when sharing your link!

Have a great reading week!

 

#CelebrateLU- August 26, 2016/ Spooksville Reading Challenge

Thanks to Ruth Ayers of Discover. Play. Build. for creating this meme!

Thanks to Ruth Ayers of Discover. Play. Build. for creating this meme!

This week I’m celebrating Christopher Pike’s Spooksville series.

Christopher Pike is one of my favorite authors, definitely the one who inspired me to become a writer. He was super big in the 80’s and 90’s when Young Adult horror seemed to be at its peak. While he was compared to Stephen King, he never seemed to be able to step out of R.L. Stine’s shadow which is a shame. (No disrespect to R.L. Stine since I was hooked on his books too!)

I was glad a few years ago, there seemed to be a resurgence in YA allowing both Pike and Stine to put out new books in their popular series- The Last Vampire (Thirst) and Goosebumps, respectively. With Pike, they also made a short-lived series based on his Spooksville books- which you can stream on Netflix. They also republished the books which I started to collect again. Unfortunately, with the show’s cancellation, they stopped midway through.

Spooksville was probably Pike’s answer to Stine’s Goosebumps- early chapter books for kids who like to get scared. I liked Spooksville more because it managed to seem more sophisticated and had a loose continuity. Whether battling aliens, dragons, or any other supernatural monsters you can think of, the stories seemed destined to be part of a larger plot which the original series run failed to address. The final book- #24 for those keeping track- ended abruptly. I wish there was a supersized #25 to actually tie the loose ends together. I’m sure it would have been an all-out interstellar war!

It was fun to revisit Spooksville for my Reading Challenge. I would recommend these books for fans of Goosebumps. It’ll be a great series (both the books and the show) to tell kids about as Halloween approaches!

What are you celebrating this week?

 

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge #NFPB2016 #134/ March Reading Challenge

nfpb2016

March (trilogy)
by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell

I’d been meaning to read March for awhile now but wanted to wait until all the books were out.

I hadn’t really heard of John Lewis but boy did he earn my respect when he launched the recent sit-in for gun control. I loved that this form of nonviolent protest wasn’t new to him as we learn from this thrilling trilogy.

Book One focused on his childhood where he would preach to chickens which would lead to his interest in talking and living the social gospel. It was a time when dreams of the future seemed bright- segregation in schools deemed unconstitutional- but reality shone a harsh and brutal light on how life still was. It compelled him to make a difference by fighting (through nonviolence) against injustice (through sit-ins at diners where African Americans weren’t being served if they sat in the counters, for example) despite being abused and thrown in jail, his life (and the others lives) in constant danger.

Book Two focused on his increasing activism from being a Freedom Rider to being part of the “Big Six.” There were lots of harrowing incidents recalled here: KKK and police brutality and bombings just to name a few. And when it seemed darkest, light also began to shine through. In this case, the spotlight focused on March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. This installment also included the original draft of Lewis’s own speech.

Book Three focused on some of the darkest moments in the Civil Rights movement as the battle for “One Man, One Vote” escalates into sickening acts of evil and violence stemming from fear and hatred. But it also served as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit to defy the odds and stand strong against oppression, to march on despite the obstacles because freedom and everything it entails is not just for a select few but for all.

March is such an important set of books to read since, despite all the progress that have been made, there’s still a lot of work to be done. And we must be aware that our actions have consequences. A vote for an unfit presidential candidate will set us back. An immature non-vote or a symbolic let’s-stick-it-to-The-Man vote can lead to equally disastrous results. I hope reading John Lewis’s graphic novel memoir trilogy will be enlightening. Let it inspire a whole new audience that their voices matter.

 

#IMWAYR- August 21, 2016

This week, I posted:

-Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday- Read my reviews for:

-Celebrate This Week- This week, I’m celebrating Educator Night and my current favorite Young Adult series!

Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New OrleansMarvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans by Phil Bildner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I’d been hearing a lot about this modern folk tale picture book. An inspiring book about doing good and not giving up.
View all my reviews

Dory Dory Black SheepDory Dory Black Sheep by Abby Hanlon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
After a rather weak sophomore showing in this series, Dory is back- better than before! Her quirks and misadventures will surely make her stand along other literary greats like Ramona Quimby!
View all my reviews

Sprout Street Neighbors: Five StoriesSprout Street Neighbors: Five Stories by Anna Alter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Absolutely charming new series about five friends who live in the same building. Readers will find themselves relating to at least one of the characters- or a combination of them. These stories celebrate differences and friendship and working together in a super sweet way.
View all my reviews

Armstrong: A Mouse on the MoonArmstrong: A Mouse on the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This longer picture book is full of lavish illustrations about an inventive mouse who dreams of going to space to prove to other mice that the moon isn’t made of cheese! And like its predecessor- Lindbergh, this offers a cute wink and nudge to the human counterparts!
View all my reviews

The Artist and MeThe Artist and Me by Shane Peacock
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was definitely an interesting picture book and topic matter. It tackles bullying (and not your typical in-school kids-against-kids bullying either) and the creative misunderstood life of Van Gogh.
View all my reviews

My Favorite Pets: by Gus W. for Ms. Smolinski's ClassMy Favorite Pets: by Gus W. for Ms. Smolinski’s Class by Jeanne Birdsall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Charming silly story about a sheep-obsessed boy. Readers will be delighted with all the trouble Gus can get into!
View all my reviews

Goodbye Summer, Hello AutumnGoodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Absolutely beautiful picture book about the transition of one season to another. Maybe it’s the heat wave we’ve been experiencing but I just welcomed the cool colors of fall. A sweet story perfect for an outdoor read-aloud or an indoor cuddling book.
View all my reviews

Giraffes Ruin EverythingGiraffes Ruin Everything by Heidi Schulz
Cute picture book about how giraffes aren’t really that good to have around. Heidi Schulz was at our store a year or so ago for a book club and she had mentioned this story inspired by a real run-in she had with a giraffe so it’s cool to get to read this! The illustrations are great!
View all my reviews

Hocus Pocus, It's Fall!Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall! by Anne Sibley O’Brien
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Lift the flaps reveal spring surprises in this vibrantly illustrated book. I like it even more than Abracadabra, It’s Spring! but then again fall is my favorite season.
View all my reviews

Hand in HandHand in Hand by Rosemary Wells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Fans of Read to Your Bunny will cherish this special picture book about the important role parents have in a child’s life. I’m very excited Rosemary Wells is coming to our store in September!
View all my reviews

The Bear Who Wasn't ThereThe Bear Who Wasn’t There by LeUyen Pham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I can’t wait to start sharing this picture book which breaks down the wall between reader and writer. Such a fun book that I’m sure readers will enjoy each and every inch.
View all my reviews

Review Notes
I’ve decided not to post reviews for books I didn’t particular care for (unless I feel strongly against it.) If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Plus as an aspiring published writer myself, I know how much work one puts into a story so I naturally have great respect towards writers and illustrators and everyone else responsible for that creation.

***= Recommended
****= Highly Recommended
*****= Favorite

You can view all the books I’ve read at my Goodreads page.

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

Please like The Chronicles Of A Children's Book Writer Facebook page!

Please like The Chronicles Of A Children’s Book Writer Facebook page!

If you’re on Twitter, don’t forget to use the hashtag #IMWAYR when sharing your link!

Have a great reading week!

 

#CelebrateLU- August 19, 2016

Thanks to Ruth Ayers of Discover. Play. Build. for creating this meme!

Thanks to Ruth Ayers of Discover. Play. Build. for creating this meme!

This week I’m celebrating things I celebrated this time last year.

First up, we had our annual Educator Night where we recommended some new titles for K-8 school teachers and librarians. We’re always thrilled to help them discover books which they can use in their lessons or that will get kids to enjoy reading. I still get nervous speaking in front of a crowd but they couldn’t be nicer.

en

Here are the books I talked about:

BookedBooked by Kwame Alexander

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This year has completely surprised me in terms of what books I’ve ended up liking. You may or may not know how I absolutely didn’t like The Crossover but I was hooked on Booked! I kept wanting to talk about it with someone.

Maybe I knew what to expect with a novel told in verse. But I think the characters were definitely more likable and relatable. And the “corny like Fritos” factor was still there but it worked with Booked.

I would have enjoyed a list of all the books mentioned in this book. And props to Kwame Alexander for being such a literacy advocate!

View all my reviews

Sprout Street Neighbors: Five StoriesSprout Street Neighbors: Five Stories by Anna Alter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Absolutely charming new series about five friends who live in the same building. Readers will find themselves relating to at least one of the characters- or a combination of them. These stories celebrate differences and friendship and working together in a super sweet way.

View all my reviews

Duck, Duck, Porcupine!Duck, Duck, Porcupine! by Salina Yoon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Delightful trio of new friends young readers will enjoy getting to know in these three stories. It’ll be hard to pick out a favorite character.

View all my reviews

The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson ElementaryThe Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A novel in verse told from 18 different characters. Luckily there was a class picture of sorts in the front flap of the book to help keep track of who’s who. We follow these students as they learn their school is about to be torn down. Throughout the school year, we learn about their reactions to this news (not everyone’s sad about it), their personal struggles in school as they navigate changing friendships and figuring out who they are and who they want to be, and the differences in their home lives. Also included is a glossary, descriptions of all the different kinds of poems used, and even prompts!

View all my reviews

School's First Day of SchoolSchool’s First Day of School by Adam Rex

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s not only kids who get first-day jitters as we see in School’s First Day of School.

This charming picture book introduces a newly built school wondering how the students will like him! He worries they don’t like him. He’s a little bit mean to one of them. He’s embarrassed when his fire alarm goes off. But as the day progresses, he’s excited to learn new things and meet new friends.

Paired with Christian Robinson’s vibrant and playful illustrations, Adam Rex has created a story perfect for any classroom read-aloud.

View all my reviews

Sprout Street Neighbors: Five StoriesSprout Street Neighbors: Five Stories by Anna Alter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Absolutely charming new series about five friends who live in the same building. Readers will find themselves relating to at least one of the characters- or a combination of them. These stories celebrate differences and friendship and working together in a super sweet way.

View all my reviews

The StorytellerThe Storyteller by Evan Turk

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This gorgeous picture book features stories within stories. In a dry desert town, a boy in search of a drink meets an old man who begins a tale that satisfies another thirst he didn’t know he had. What neither of them knows is that a terrible djinn in the guise of a storm is coming and it’ll take a cunning solution to keep the town safe.

View all my reviews

And, I also celebrated my current favorite Young Adult series- William Ritter’s Jackaby. Here are the books so far with Ghostly Echoes coming out August 23rd so be sure to check them out!

Jackaby (Jackaby, #1)Jackaby by William Ritter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There will be a new YA book coming out in September that I think will be a big hit-
Jackaby
by William Ritter. Fans of Sherlock Holmes (especially the Benedict Cumberbatch portrayal) will enjoy this first in a series debut that mixes mystery with more than a splash of the supernatural. A runaway suddenly finds herself far away from home and working for an eccentric detective. Ghosts, banshees, and blood-thirsty monsters are just some of the things that they must deal with. Likable (and familiar feeling) characters, clever dialogue, and plenty of action make this a must-read for fall!

View all my reviews

The Map (Jackaby, #1.5)The Map by William Ritter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Even though it’s Abigail Rook’s birthday, readers are the ones who get a gift with this novella featuring our intrepid adventure, her boss- the supernaturally gifted Jackaby, a treasure map, goblins, and vegetables. A smart move for fans of this smart, spooky series until the next installment comes out!

View all my reviews

Beastly Bones (Jackaby, #2)Beastly Bones by William Ritter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Quick Twitter Review: Finished Beastly Bones by @Willothewords! Jackaby is my current fave #yalit series. Smart supernatural fun. Read it!

And so the problem is BB doesn’t come out til Sept so I have to wait even longer for the next book! Such is a reader’s life!

New characters and dinosaur bones are thrown into this mix in the sequel to Jackaby. Not to mention: shape-shifting cats running loose in the city and a mysterious monster killing inhabitants in a small village.

But something even more sinister is brewing closer to our main characters than they could imagine…

Relationships are deepened. The dialogue remains sharp. The stakes are higher.

View all my reviews

Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby, #3)Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series just keeps getting better!

We dig deeper into the histories of characters we’ve come to know revealing surprising secrets. We learn of dark forces ready to make their ultimate moves to get what they want. Our heroes undertake unique ways to fight back but things will never be the same which makes me wish the fourth and final book is out already!

I love this series for its cleverness, sophistication, and its ability to speak on certain topics you wouldn’t expect in a supernatural mystery.

View all my reviews

What are you celebrating this week?

 

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge #NFPB2016 #133

nfpb2016

Mr. Matisse and His CutoutsMr. Matisse and His Cutouts by Annemarie van Haeringen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
An inspiring read about not letting one’s poor health get in the way of doing what you love- and in this case presenting a new way to see the world.

Other picture books about Matisse: Henri’s Scissors by Jeanette Winter and The Iridescence of Birds by Patricia MacLachlan.
View all my reviews

WonderfallWonderfall by Michael Hall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m a fan of Michael Hall’s books. They’re always so creative and this one is no exception. As the title indicates, there’s going to be plenty of wordplay. Celebrating the seasons- particularly fall- from a tree’s point of view, readers are treated to short poems and great visuals. Perfect for read-alouds.

I’m also marking this as a nonfiction picture book as well because the back matter includes some information about the animals featured as well as a life of a tree.
View all my reviews

Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, a Life in NatureAntsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, a Life in Nature by Cindy Jenson-Elliot
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I knew of him and his photographs so it was fascinating to read about the man behind the lens. From a young boy who couldn’t keep still, he grew up capturing moments in nature that were full of life despite them being photographs. I loved that his parents (particularly his father) were very understanding and encouraging of him even taking him out of school and then giving him a camera as a present during an outdoor vacation. The mixed media collage style reminded me of Duncan Tonatiuh’s and I loved the incorporation of his photographs. It made me realize how capturing nature and sharing them with others is a great way to get people to fall in love with the world and maybe get them to take care of it.

Publishes September 6th.
View all my reviews

 

#IMWAYR- August 14, 2016

This week, I posted:

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my reviews for:

Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating my Core Goals and Kindness.

coregoals

Let's Read!Let’s Read! by Shanda Laramee-Jones
This board book celebrates the importance of reading at a very young age. Great to have in doctor’s offices or daycares or WIC centers.
View all my reviews

Little Bot and SparrowLittle Bot and Sparrow by Jake Parker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Cute illustrations. I wouldn’t mind if this were the first in a series.
View all my reviews

It's Never Too LateIt’s Never Too Late by Dallas Clayton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I almost didn’t read this (although I’ve read most of his other books) because of all the claims that he’s the “new Dr. Seuss.” I strongly believe that title goes to Mo Willems.

I do agree this book is like another Dr. Seuss book but for a more mature audience. It’s cute.
View all my reviews

LucyLucy by Randy Cecil
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This reminds me of a cross between Kate DiCamillo and Brian Selznick. A sweet story about a dog, a girl, and her father who has a surprising talent. I loved that it was divided into four acts and I found myself flipping back to see how each scene built up from the previous.
View all my reviews

The Raven: A Pop-up BookThe Raven: A Pop-up Book by Edgar Allan Poe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Christopher Wormell’s paper engineering makes it definitely worth it to get this book. Lift the flaps reveals the text of the poem. I’m so glad I picked this up because I was considering reading Poe’s completes tales and poems as a reading challenge. While I think I enjoyed the writing when I was younger, I think I’ll pass on it as an adult.
View all my reviews

Mischief SeasonMischief Season by John Bemelmans Marciano
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I wish I liked this more because it was giving me a Pinocchio feel (the book version) and I enjoyed the illustrations but I didn’t like the characters. This would be good for a study in folk tales and fairy tales.
View all my reviews

Ellie's Log: Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree FellEllie’s Log: Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell by Judith L. Li
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Nature lovers will enjoy this book because it’s about a girl who decides to explore the forest where she lives after a snow storm. With the help of her family and new friend, they become nature detectives and uncover a lot of interesting flora and fauna facts. Includes tips on keeping one’s own nature log.
View all my reviews

LeafLeaf by Daishu Ma
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This would have been interesting to read without reading the summary because I wonder if I would have gotten it without being given the details of this wordless picture book/graphic novel. Beautiful illustrations though.
View all my reviews

Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a DifferenceSustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference by Sarah van Gelder
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I bought this in a Friends of the Library book sale. It was a quick read (considering they’re magazine articles consolidated into a book) on a subject that I’ve been fascinated with. This is a good book to have for instant inspirations.
View all my reviews

Seven Brief Lessons on PhysicsSeven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I admit this book fascinated me because it looked like an important book in a slim volume. It offers a quick overview of a few lessons on physics and trying to create a coherent thread throughout. Even a person like me who’s not scientifically minded will enjoy this. The sentence that stood out to me was “Genius hesitates.”
View all my reviews

mustreadin2016challenge

The ABC Murders (Hercule Poirot, #13)The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
[Off the Shelf Reading Challenge]
[Agatha Christie Reading Challenge]

Poirot and Hastings have teamed up again to catch a serial killer working his way through the alphabet! I’ve reread this one multiple times.
View all my reviews

Murder in Mesopotamia (Hercule Poirot, #14)Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
[Off the Shelf Reading Challenge]
[Agatha Christie Reading Challenge]

I’m definitely behind on these particular reading challenges but luckily I am easily hooked on Agatha Christie novels.
View all my reviews

Review Notes
I’ve decided not to post reviews for books I didn’t particular care for (unless I feel strongly against it.) If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Plus as an aspiring published writer myself, I know how much work one puts into a story so I naturally have great respect towards writers and illustrators and everyone else responsible for that creation.

***= Recommended
****= Highly Recommended
*****= Favorite

You can view all the books I’ve read at my Goodreads page.

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

Please like The Chronicles Of A Children's Book Writer Facebook page!

Please like The Chronicles Of A Children’s Book Writer Facebook page!

If you’re on Twitter, don’t forget to use the hashtag #IMWAYR when sharing your link!

Have a great reading week!

 
 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 542 other followers