Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Intimidating TBR Tag

I found the Intimidating TBR Tag over at Dreaming of Happy Endings. If you want to participate too then I tag you! Leave your link in the comments so I can come see your answers.

1. A book on your TBR that you haven't been able to finish?

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron - it's one I keep picking up from time to time that I will one day finish.

2. A book you haven't had the time for?

George Lucas: A Life by Brian Jay Jones - I was so excited when this came out, but just haven't been able to pick it up yet. I bet my hubby reads it before I get to it.

3. A book you haven't read because it's a sequel?

Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter - I traded for this one, but then realized I didn't own the first book yet and only just bought the ebook version of the first book the other day.

4. A book you haven't read because it's brand new?

The Gypsy Moth Summer by Julia Fierro (it releases June 6, 2017)

5. A book by an author you previously read and didn't like?

I honestly can't think of one. 

6. A book you just haven't been in the mood for?

Wild by Chery Strayed = it was so hyped up, then the movie came out and now I'm just not sure I want to read it. Maybe I'll just watch the movie?

7. A book you haven't read because it's humungous?

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - it's a really long book at over 1000 pages so I find it  daunting. And it was my mother's favourite - for some reason I keep putting it off.

8. A book you bought because of the cover?

The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle - it looked magical to me.

9. The book on your TBR you find the most intimidating?     

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee - I think I'm worried about not liking this one since I loved To Kill A Mockingbird so much.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Spell Your Name...

I saw a few fun tags on Instagram the other day and thought I'd do a post about them and then post them to my own Instagram account too. They are both about spelling your name - one with character names and one with book titles. It seemed pretty fun to do. If you want to play along, feel free to leave a link in the comments so I can check out your post!

#SpellYourNameInFictionalCharacters (no idea who started it)
C - Cather Avery [Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell]
H - Hermione Granger [Harry Potter series by JK Rowling]
R - Rishi [Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova]
Y -Yelena Zaltana [Poison Study by Maria V Snyder]
S - Simon Snow [Carry On by Rainbow Rowell]
T - Temperance Brennan [Temperance Brennan series by  Kathy Reichs]
A - Ashley Keller [Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan]
L - Luna Lovegood [Harry Potter series by JK Rowling]
posted to my Instagram account a few days ago
#SpellYourNameInBookTitles (again not sure who started this tag)
C - Carrie Pilby by Caren Lissner
R - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
S - Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
T - Ten Tiny Breaths by KA Tucker
A - After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
L - Lost & Found by Brooke Davis

What characters and books would you pick to spell your name with?

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Spencer Loves Baby Wombats & Playing I Spy With Fairy Tale Characters

I realized that this post was written in December, but never posted for some reason, so the pictures of Spencer are from when she was about six months old. 

When we visit my sister's family, we always love to play with their toys and read their books as they are different from what we have at home. In the months of November and December, Spencer and I were there daily to watch her cousins. We read a lot of books, but here are two of Spencer's favourites!

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
This sweet little classic board book has the most beautiful illustrations that I remember reading when I was younger. The cute little fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters are so fun to find in each picture, it's like playing I Spy with your little one. I think we'll be adding this one to her wishlist so we can read it again and again.

Sometimes I Like To Curl Up In A Ball by Vicki Churchill & Charles Fuge
This story features a cute little wombat doing his favourite things from making funny faves to curling up in a ball. Your little one can play along and copy the little wombat. I loved the illustrations and was pointing out all of the adorable little Australian animals and birds to my little one. It's a fun read as the rhyming story is almost lyrical.

As you can see from the pictures, Spencer loves checking out the illustrations and enjoys the rhythmic narrations that she falls asleep shortly after.

Keep an eye out for more book reviews from Spencer and I. We'll be writing up a bunch more based on the books we get from the library.

Have you read either of these books? Do you have any recommendations for Spencer and I?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

HPMOTW: Wizarding World Book Club - JUNE!

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This was supposed to be last week's Harry Potter Moment of the Week post as it was a FREEBIE week, but I lost track of time. So here it is this week as I don't participate weekly with this meme anyway.

I'm sure all of my Harry Potter friends know about this already, but for those who had not heard the news - there is a new book club coming to POTTERMORE!

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter coming into our lives for the first time, Pottermore, Bloomsbury and Schoolastic are launching the Wizarding Word Book Club! It's coming in June and it's a free place to discuss the series in detail.

Starting in June there will be monthly discussions based on the each book via their new Twitter account @WWBookClub.

I've already started my reread by listening to the audiobooks for the first time. I'm borrowing them from the library and am loving hearing the voice of Jim Dale while he narrates each character in the books. I'm currently listening to the Prisoner of Azkaban. I started this before I knew there would be a Book Club, but I'm super excited because they will be having themes each month and releasing new articles on Pottermore. 

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It sounds like a lot of fun, so you should all check it out! And if you've never checked out Pottermore before, you need to - go get sorted! I'm a Hufflepuff!

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