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Picture Book: “Big Ange and the Violin” by Christina @ The Bookshelf Corner (Text Only)

“Big Ange and the Violin” by Christina @ The Bookshelf Corner © January 30, 2017

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Big Ange loved to play the violin. She would play in the spring, in the summer, in the fall, and in the winter. She would play it if she was happy or sad or lonely or bored. She would play all the time. The sound released as the redwood bow slide up and down across the strings was so enchanting and beautiful. They were the prettiest sounds she had ever heard.

Her family loved to listen to her play the violin. They clapped wildly after each piece and cheered vigorously, “Play on, Big Ange, play on!” And she did. A little of Bach’s “Minuet” here or “Gavotte in G minor” there.

The only place Big Ange would not play her violin was at school.

Everyone at school had a talent. Carly could sing and knew every song on the radio. Terrence could climb to the top of the monkey bars without getting scared. Joanne could do a cartwheel over and over again. Matthew could draw nifty pictures of almost anything. All the kids teased Big Ange because she did not have a cool or special talent. Without some sort of talent she felt like she could not fit in, although she tried her best.

“Is this a talent?” Big Ange asked as she tied her shoes with her eyes closed.

“No way,” said Terrence. “Anyone can do that.”

Then she walked around gingerly on the tips of her toes. “Is this a talent?” Big Ange inquired.

“Not at all,” said Joanne. “That just seems strange.”

Feeling discouraged, Big Ange sulked the rest of the day. At home, she sat in her bedroom and continued to mope while playing John Barry’s “Somewhere In Time” nonstop. Sometimes the composition she chose to play reflected her mood.

Her mother poked her head into the room. “Angie, would you come downstairs, please,” her mother said. “Pop Pop surprised us with a visit. He says he’d like to hear to you play something.”

“Okay, Mom,” Big Ange replied, still feeling a little upset. But when she began to play for Pop Pop and the rest of her family, her mood began to lift.

“Play on, Big Ange, play on!” Pop Pop said.

“Play on, Big Ange, play on!” her little brother, Lenny, repeated.

At recess the next day, Big Ange tried again to find a talent. She did a tuck and roll and came up standing, arms raised proudly in the air. “Is this a talent?” Big Ange wanted to know.

“I’m afraid not,” Carly said. “There’s nothing unique about that at all.”

Then Big Ange chewed some bubble gum and blew a really big bubble. “Is this a talent?” she asked.

“Hardly,” Matthew said, shaking his head. “Getting all messy is not something to be proud of.”

Well Big Ange was certainly at a loss. She had tried everything but nothing seemed to work. Who knew it would be so hard to find a talent?

When they came back inside, Mrs. Cardigan made an announcement. “This Friday we will be having a class talent show,” she said as she passed out flyers. “Everyone will get a chance to perform. Your families and guardians are invited as well!” The room buzzed with excitement while Big Ange sat dejected. She slowly raised her hand. “Yes, Ange?” Mrs. Cardigan asked.

“Um…what if you don’t have a talent?” Her classmates giggled under their breaths.

Mrs. Cardigan gave them a stern look before answering, “Everyone has something they are good at. Something they enjoy doing above all else.” Big Ange was not so sure.

Later that night, she was playing her violin when her mom came to check on her. “How is my Angie doing?” she asked.

Big Ange put her instrument down. She quickly hid the flyer that was on her bedside table under her pillow. “I’m alright,” she responded, quietly. She did not want her mother to know just how troubled and confused she was. But mother’s always know.

Her mom walked over and took the flyer out from under her pillow. “A talent show? And family are invited? How wonderful! Why would you hide this?” her mother questioned.

“Because I don’t have a talent!” Big Ange cried. “Everyone else at school does but I don’t.”

Her mom sat down beside her child and hugged her. “Of course you have a talent, Angie,” she cooed, pointing to the instrument.

“Playing the violin is a talent?” The violin always brought her such joy. But for it to be a talent? Big Ange had never considered that.

“It is,” her mother said. “It’s something you’re good at and something you love to do. You make everyone happy when you play. I think your classmates would be happy to hear you play, too.”

The day of the talent show, Big Ange was very nervous. Even though she practiced her song all week, she worried she would look silly in front of everyone, including her family who were in attendance.

A hush fell over the room as she made her way to the front. She had done this many times before in front of her family but this was different. Well, it was now or never. Big Ange took up position and let her violin sing. The smooth cadence of Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” resonated loud and true. And as the vibrato of the final note played the room erupted into applause. Big Ange could not believe how happy her classmates looked.

“What a talent!” a girl said.

“How cool!” said a boy.

It was such a surreal moment that Big Ange thought she was dreaming.

Then her dad shouted, “Play on, Big Ange, play on!” and the kids chorused, “Play on, Big Ange, play on!” So she played again, this time Shinichi Suzuki’s uplifting “Allegro.”

And that was how Big Ange discovered her talent.



Authors Note: I don’t remember where this idea came from but it seemed like a fun story for a picture book. It was inspired in part by one of my closest friends and my love for the violin. I hope you enjoyed this story even without the pictures. Let me know what you think. Any feedback is welcomed.


Mystery Blogger Award nomination #2

Zuky @ BookBum was so kind to nominate me for the Mystery Blogger Award. Thank you, Zuky! I recommend checking out her lovely blog. And if you’d like to read her responses to the nomination, you can check it out here. The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma.

The Rules:

1. Put the award logo/image in your post.
2. List all the rules.
3. Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
4. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
5. Nominate 10-20 people and notify them
6. Link back to the creator of the award.
7. Ask nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with a weird or funny question.
8. Share the link to your best/favourite post of yours.

Three Things About Me:

  • I love pizza.
  • I enjoying doing community service and volunteering.
  • I’m convinced my dog sneezes directly in my face on purpose because he knows I’ll always love him and can never stay made at him for more than a second. Sometimes it is funny when he does that.

Zuky’s Questions:

What’s your favourite animal?
It’s a tie between monkeys and wolves.

Which of these would you say you have the biggest fear of: heights, spiders, fire or small spaces?
Hmm, that’s a toss up between heights and spiders.

Have you ever met any celebrities? Who are they?
If the costumed characters at a Disney park count as celebrities, then yes I have….But no, I haven’t.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
An author. Or professional athlete (track or basketball), performer on Broadway, an animator, or choreographer.

What’s your favourite joke?
What do you call a magic owl?…………………Hoo-dini. (I heard that from VanossGaming channel on YouTube.)

I Nominate:

Rachel @ Bookish Rachel

Marilag @ Story and Somnomancy

Pooja @ lifesfinewhine

Birdie Bookworm

Kate @ The Loud Library Lady


My Questions for Nominees:

What are you currently reading?

What has been your favorite book read so far of 2017 and why?

What new book(s) are you looking forward to being released later this year (if applicable)?

If your bookshelf could talk, what would it say? (the weird-ish question)

What book series would you like to see turned into a TV series or movie?

Share the link to your best/favourite post of yours. >>> Blog Milestone: 100+ Followers!

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A Flyer For The Blog? Maybe

Happy Friday, everyone!

I was thinking about new design ideas for the blog the other day – perhaps making a flyer of sorts that could represent the blog in some way. The current theme of the blog I really like and don’t plan on changing for a long while. I’m not sure what I’d use what I made for or where on the blog I can put it yet but it could come in handy for the future.

So today I thought I’d share the design I came up with. It’s currently a draft but any feedback/advice on it is much appreciated. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Have a great weekend! And, as always, happy reading and happy writing.

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Mid-Year Review: Favorite Books of 2017 (so far)

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Cover Images: via Goodreads and NetGalley
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Quotes: excerpts from the reviews I wrote about these books (see links below)


Read My Full Reviews Of These Books:

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin (ARC review)

Prophecy Awakened by Tamar Sloan (NetGalley review)

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Pictures by Oliver Jeffers

Zodiac by Romina Russell


Ruler of the Books Tag

Quick Announcement: The Bookshelf Corner is now on Twitter! You can follow me @bookshelfcorner .

Thank you to Lois @ My Midnight Musing for tagging me. Check out her blog to read lots of fun posts. You can also read her responses to this tag here. The Ruler of the Books Tag was created by Ariel Bisset.



Anything and everything by Tamora Pierce, John Flanagan, Maria V. Snyder, Lynn Kurland. Always.

Deckle edged books. I don’t know why but I’ve just never really liked books bound this way. Probably because I can sometimes be obsessed with things being straight and organized.

Oh gosh, that’s a tough one. See my answer to the first question haha.

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. I don’t remember anything about this book besides not liking it (it was an assigned summer reading book) and falling asleep before I even got past the first page (that may or may not have been because of the book).

Gene Mollica. His company does amazingly gorgeous cover art. I would definitely hire them to create book covers for my novels.

Miach of Tor Neroche from Lynn Kurland’s A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms series (books 1-3). He’s kind and funny and lovable 🙂

I’m going to apply this award to books I read so far in 2017. And the prize goes to….Zodiac by Romina Russell! Close runner-ups were Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin, and Prophecy Awakened by Tamar Sloan.

I tag:

Rachel Poli

Pooja @ lifesfinewhine

Amanda @ A Court Of Books And Love

The Captain @ Captain’s Quarters

mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader

anyone else who’d like to do this tag


(note: you are free to do this tag or not, either is fine 🙂 )

Have a great weekend, everyone! And, as always, happy reading and happy writing!

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June Happenings!

Happy June, everyone! We’ve officially reached the halfway mark of 2017. Here’s what’s up for The Bookshelf Corner this month:

The TBR List

I read 9 books last month, 4 from my list, 4 of them arc reviews, and 1 random read. I’m currently reading The Hunters (Brotherband Chronicles, book 3) by John Flanagan and an e-ARC from NetGalley of All Things New by Lauren Miller. Afterwards, I’ll be reading book Slaves of Socorro (Brotherband Chronicles, book 4) by John Flanagan. Then on June 21 (the first day of summer), I’ll be posting my summering reading list of books I want to read from that date to September 1.

The Blog

I recently made a few updates and announcements with the blog but other than that no new upcoming news. I should be posting nearly every day this month.

Novel Updates

YA Idea #1 Status: 9,000+ words; 5 chapters written so far [YA Fantasy]

YA Idea #2 Status: concept written but may partially change; still considering YA but genre is now tbd

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(NEW) YA Idea #3 Status: concept written [YA Science Fiction & Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling]

Book of the Month

I’m recommending My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult for the month of June. This book was such a great read and a fascinating story. It definitely tugs hard at the heart strings. Though I prefer the book to the movie, both are good in their own ways.


As always, happy reading and happy writing!

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Blog Updates & Anncouncements – 5/15/17

I’ve decided to lump together the days off I’d had planned for this month and take a brief hiatus to catch up on/take care of non-blog related things. At the same time, some new and exciting things have recently come up where the blog is concerned that I thought I’d share.

  • Most Important: Tuesday, May 16 until Sunday, May 21 I’ll be on a brief break from blogging. New posts will resume Monday, May 22.

  • Book Reviews can now additionally be searched by Genre.

  • I finished Poison Princess by Kresely Cole (review coming next Monday) and am now reading Ever My Love by Lynn Kurland.

  • I’m going to try to do more posts about (all things) writing. I’ve noticed lately it’s been mostly about books (which I love) and that I haven’t done any writing posts (which I also love) in a long while, so I want to get back to those too.

  • The Review Policy page has been updated.

  • Silly me, I went to the library recently and was “persuaded” – more like compelled – to take out a book that isn’t on my TBR list….I might read it at some point soon. This TBR list will never end – haha, not that I’m complaining 🙂

  • I signed up to be a Professional Reader on NetGalley, which I’m really excited about. I’ve already been approved to read Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin, which is set to be released July 11, 2017. This will be a slow process at first with these particular reviews coming up once in a while or as the publisher dictates. (post coming in June )

  • With summer almost here I should be able to start taking requests for book reviews from authors and publishers soon. (post coming in June/July)

That’s all for today. Have a great week, everyone. See you Monday!

Happy reading and happy writing!