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Double Book Release Day!!!

HAPPY BOOK RELEASE DAY! to two wonderful new books:

A Pattern for Pepper by Julie Kraulis and All Things New by Lauren Miller


Thank you again to NetGalley, Tundra Books, and Three Saints Press for providing me with e-ARCs to read and review.

*title/author links lead to my book review of each book*


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A Pattern for Pepper by Julie Kraulis

Publisher: Tundra Books
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Book
Rating: 5/5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

Book Summary (via NetGalley):
Pepper is getting a dress made for a special occasion. It’s the first dress that has ever been made just for her, and she wants it to be perfect. But what pattern is right for her? Pepper is particular, and nothing works at first. Dotted Swiss? Too plain. Houndstooth? Not enough color. Pinstripe? Too glum. As Pepper learns about each fabric, she finds a reason why it’s just not the one. Will Pepper ever be able to find the perfect pattern? 
Julie Kraulis takes readers on a journey through gorgeous patterns and their origins–from the mountains of Switzerland to the green grass of Scotland–in search of Pepper’s ideal pattern. The incredible illustrations make for a dress, a character and a book that are impossible to forget.


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All Things New by Lauren Miller

Publisher: Three Saints Press
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Rating: 5/5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

Book Summary (via NetGalley):
From the author of Parallel and Free to Fall comes a novel about how it feels to be broken and what it means to be real.

Seventeen-year-old Jessa Gray has always felt broken inside, but she’s gotten very good at hiding it. No one at school knows about the panic attacks, the therapy that didn’t help, the meds that haven’t worked. But when a severe accident leaves her with a brain injury and noticeable scars, Jessa’s efforts to convince the world that she’s okay finally crumble—now she looks as shattered as she feels.

Fleeing from her old life in Los Angeles, Jessa moves to Colorado to live with her dad, but her anxiety only gets worse in the wake of the accident.  That is, until she meets Marshall, a boy with a heart defect whose kindness and generous spirit slowly draw Jessa out of her walled-off shell and into the broken, beautiful, real world—a place where souls get hurt just as badly as bodies, and we all need each other to heal.

All Things New is a love story about perception and truth, physical and emotional pain, and the messy, complicated people we are behind the masks we put on for the world.


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Weekend Writing Prompts #3

♦This weekend’s theme is: PICTURE PROMPTS♦

~ write a short scene based off the images below ~

([all images below] royalty free images from pixabay.com)


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Poem: “The House” by Christina @ The Bookshelf Corner [After Jack Spicer]

“The House” by Christina @ The Bookshelf Corner [After Jack Spicer]

Author’s Note: Another poem I wrote as a part of a class exercise while studying poet Jack Spicer’s work.

Royalty Free Image from Pixabay.com

This house is bare,
here the walls are bare,
stripped down and bare.

Secrets exposed to
large intrusive ears
perked to catch a word.

Floors creak and creak
with the weight of an
epiphany-bulb realized too late.

Secrets exposed through holes
by strobe light fury
in white-washed rooms.

Muck-stained windows
trash the floors with
fractured sunlight.

Cram in dark corners
the creaks and muck,
and the lingering fury.

Splash upon these too
bare walls something good
in exchange for kept secrets.

Or let the house fall,
collapse in a relieved faint
and bury those bare secrets.


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Double Award Nominations

Recently, Mischenko @ ReadRantRock&Roll nominated me for two awards – thank you very much! I decided to combine both into one post because of the blog schedule I already have set up. I recommend you checking out her wonderful blog.


The Versatile Blogger Award nomination #2

Mischenko’s responses – https://readrantrockandroll.com/2017/07/17/award-the-versatile-blogger-award/

My previous responses – https://thebookshelfcorner.wordpress.com/2017/01/14/the-versatile-blogger-award-nomination/

The Rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • Nominate at least 15 blogs of your choice.
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself!

7 Facts About Me:

*I’ve done a lot of facts about myself for these awards so some of these may overlap with past posts.

  1. I love animals
  2. Wolves are my spirit animal
  3. Blue is my favorite color
  4. I’ve been blogging for about a year and a half now
  5. I love food
  6. Siberian Huskies are my favorite breed of dog
  7. I hope one day I can go see the Olympics in person

The Sunshine Blogger Award nomination

Mischenko’s responses – https://readrantrockandroll.com/2017/07/22/award-the-sunshine-blogger-award-2/

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How Does It Work:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Mischenko’s Questions:
Is there something you can tell readers about yourself and your blog?
Nothing that I can think of that I’ve already not posted about.

What satisfaction do you get from blogging?
Sharing my passions with others who are passionate about the same things.

How do you bring traffic to your blog?
Tags, concise titles, I try to write engaging and interesting posts.

What’s something that you’d like to improve on this year?
Keep on schedule.

How do you get motivated to blog?
Hmm that’s a tough question.

Do you have any favorite books this year?
I’ve read so many great books this years. Perhaps I’ll make a post about it some time in December.

Are there any songs you’re into right now, or music artists?
Moonlight” by Grace VanderWaal

What do you like to do with your spare time?
Read. Write. Watch gamers and vloggers on YouTube. Watch tv.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully still happy and healthy. And hopefully have a dog(s).

If you could choose ONLY 5 subjects to read on other blogs, what would they be? (Books, music, film, health, etc.)
Books, writing, anime, arts & crafts, cooking.

Do you make money from your blog? If not, do you have plans to try in the future?
Nope and not sure.


I currently don’t have any nominations  for both (and no questions that I can think of for the second). But if you’d like to respond to either of these awards, feel free to and link back so I can read your responses! Have a great day, everyone!

Happy reading! Happy writing!


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Writing Playlist #6: Disney Edition (part one)


Music from Disney movies is fantastic, wondrous, and spellbinding. Not only does a song compliment the movie it’s in so perfectly but it stretches the scene within the imagination into something out of this world. Making up a playlist of Disney songs was a must-do. Since this is a part one – because there are SO many Disney songs that I love – this list will contain my absolute faves from the magical world of Disney:

* in no particular order

 

“Circle of Life” – The Lion King

“Can You Feel The Love Tonight?” – The Lion King

“A Whole New World” – Aladdin

“Part of Your World” – The Little Mermaid

“Reflection” – Mulan

“I’ll Make A Man Out of You” – Mulan

“Beauty and the Beast” – Beauty and the Beast

“Go the Distance” – Hercules

“Two Worlds” – Tarzan

“Son of Man” – Tarzan

“When Will My Life Begin?” – Tangled

“Colors of the Wind” – Pocahontas

“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

“Dig A Little Deeper” – The Princess and the Frog

“Let It Go” – Frozen


Past Playlists:
General
Old-School
Hamilton
Glee
Broadway


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Blog Milestone: My 200th Post! + Book Review Blitz

This is unbelievable as I just celebrated my 100th post back in February of this year! It’s crazy to think that I’ve done another hundred posts within five months.

Thank you, all, for stopping by my blog and reading my posts and all them other good stuff. Please enjoy another short series of book reviews in celebration of this milestone. Title links lead to a Goodreads summary of each book.


Image via Goodreads

Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Touch, book 1 | Published by: Hyperion | (First) Released: December 8, 2008

Young Adult Fantasy

This five-book series is really good. It’s been a long time since I read it but it’s still one of my favorites. The set-up of the first book you may find familiar – curious girl and mysterious bad boy rumored to have committed murder – but there’s more to it than what the summary provides. There’s more to our main character, Camelia, than you or she realize. All I’ll say is, Camelia has a uncanny talent for art. There’s a lot of suspense in each book – all of which builds upon each other – and the tension will have you on the edge of your seat. Not to mention all the covers are simply beautiful.

 


Image via Goodreads | Cover Reprint November 15, 2006 by Scholastic

Magic Steps by Tamora Pierce

The Circle Opens, book 1 | Published by: Scholastic Press | (First) Released: March 1, 2000

Young Adult Fantasy

It would not be a book review blitz without mentioning a book by Tamora Pierce. Magic Steps is the first book of the The Circle Opens quartet which takes places a few years later after the Circle of Magic quartet. Our four main characters – Sandry, Tris, Daja, and Briar – are now (I believe) teenagers and off on their own. This book focuses on Sandry and it’s my favorite of The Circle Opens books. She happens upon a boy, Pasco, performing unusual magic as he routinely dances a ritual to help the fishermen bring in a bountiful catch. Because she is the one who discovered this clearly untrained mage, she must be the one to teach him – as the rules dictate. But soon they must work together to discover who is killing a clan of merchants in Emelan. Sandry has grown and matured so much and is really coming into her own person. Her thread magic develops and strengthens in a cool way in this book. Despite a few gruesome parts, it’s a really enjoyable story.


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Another Chance To Dream by Lynn Kurland

de Piaget, book 1 | Published by: Berkley Publishing | Released: December 1, 1998

Historical Romance, Fiction

Ah, the book that (chronologically) began the wonderful de Piaget series. Rhys de Piaget must earn money, title, and land in order to be with his love, Gwen, who is betrothed to another. Like all of Lynn Kurland’s books, Another Chance To Dream is a very sweet and romantic tale. Rhys and Gwen are such lovely characters and the plot is really good. In publication or chronological order, this book can be seen as an origin story of the de Piaget series but not so far back in time as there’s a book centered on each of Rhys and Gwen’s children when they’re older.

 


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As always, happy reading and happy writing!