Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions/Goals

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. As of January 9th, 2018 and hosted by  The Artsy Reader Girl. So on with this week's theme!

Top Ten Bookish Resolutions/Goals 2018

1. Read 100 books in 2018

2. Submit a manuscript to Swoon Reads in June

3. Review books every month this year

4. Watch at least 10 books to movie adaptations in theaters

5. Read more comic books

6. Finish my fan fiction Descendants 2: Evil Rises by April

7. Get a Scrivner subscription in February

8. Write more Poetry and final manuscripts

9. Make 197 writing submissions in 2018

10. Draft at least ten manuscripts this year

So there are my ten resolutions in the bookish arena for 2018. What do you think? Thanks for stopping by and see you tomorrow.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Book Review: Ivy in Bloom

Poetry is one of my great loves and today I will be reviewing just that. So glad to be reviewing books on my blog again. So on with the first book review of 2018!

Title: Ivy in Bloom: The Poetry of Spring from Great Poets and Writers of the Past

Publication Date: April 1, 2009

Source: NetGalley

Purchase: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Book Depository

Summary from GoodreadsIvy in Bloom captures the weariness of a young girl tired of a long winter. "I stare out the window," she says on the first spread of brown and gray, "looking for birds or flowers / or even warm showers / but I don't see any such thing." But then Spring comes when "March is out of breath snow melting to flowery waters and watery flowers spring rose from its wintry rest." And Ivy's "heart dances with daffodils." As these words also dance across each spread, Ivy's world erupts into a riot of color. 

Ivy in Bloom introduces the poetry of Dickinson, Longfellow, Browning, Wordsworth, Frost and others. Excerpts from their writings, as seen through Ivy's eyes, will open up poetry as a way for children to express their own feelings about the changing of seasons. This book includes longer excerpts and brief bios of each author.

Personally, I enjoyed every page of this short poetry book and reread it more than once. Vanita has written a book combining her own poetry with the greats like Dickinson, Wordsworth, Frost and more. Following this little girl through the changing seasons is a great way for kids to be introduced to poetry. It uses regular things any child can experience and expands upon it with words written lyrically to enhance the senses. As an adult, I enjoyed it immensely as it reminded me of why I love poetry so much. So while made for children it has crossover capabilities with adult poetry lovers.

The illustrations by Kristin Blackwood also help draw children and adults alike into Ivy's world and the poetry that shows how the seasons change along with her reaction. Masterfully down in various colours showing emotions, seasons and so much more. I got this lovely e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

On a whole, this book is a beautiful quick read with lots of readability potential. At the end of Ivy's tale, you are shown what Vanita wrote along with the excerpts and full versions of poetry from the other poets used in this story. For those being introduced to poetry, this can be an excellent treat learning about different poets in a friendly non-text heavy environment. Reading this to children can help expand their vocabulary and interest in writing. Parents and Librarians alike will find great use for this book to read to children. Children get to enjoy reading poetry in a way they can grow to understand. I highly recommend this book and the art is just as amazing.

Rating: 5 Stars

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Pacifica

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event spotlighting upcoming books we're excited about. Formerly hosted by Breaking the Spine until her site went quiet. The meme is still followed today by dedicated bloggers who have a need to share their anticipation of upcoming reads.

Kristen Simmons has written some interesting and thought-provoking works in the past. With characters that hold your attention and plots that keep you turning the page. I am looking forward to this book and think the cover looks quite nice.

Title: Pacifica by Kristen Simmons

Release Date: March 6, 2018

Summary: Marin is cosario royalty, a pirate like her father and his father before him. Sailing the ocean to chase adventure is in her blood. But these days no one cares that the island town her people call home is named after her grandfather. They have a new leader, one who promises an end to their hunger – and one who thinks that girls are meant for the kitchen or the brothel. Marin knows she's meant for more than that, and with the sudden influx of weapons on the island, and rumors of a pending deal with the enemy oil nation in her wake, she knows a big score to gain the council's favor is the only way to save her people, and herself.

Ross lives a life of privilege. As the president's son he wants for nothing, but he longs for a life of adventure. On a dare, he convinces his best friend Adam to sneak out to the Docks, the site of local race riots between the poor Shorlings and the upper class. But when Adam is arrested along with the other Shorlings, and not even the president is willing to find him, Ross finds himself taking matters into his own hands. He journeys back into the Docks, ready to make deals with anyone, even a beautiful pirate, if it means Adam's safe return.

When Marin and Ross meet in dangerous Shoreling territory he sees a way to get his friend back and she sees her ticket home. The ransom a president’s son would command could feed her people for years and restore her family’s legacy. But somewhere in the middle of the ocean, Marin must decide if her heart can handle handing over the only person who has ever seen her as more than a pirate.
2018 is building up to be a great year for readers. What do you think of Pacifica? Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Movie Love: Most and Least Anticipated Movies 2018

Hey guys, Happy 2018. I'm glad to be back and ready to take this blog into the New Year. Today I'll be sharing my top ten list of movies I do and don't want to see in the theaters for 2018. Feel free to name any on your mind for this year as well.

Most Anticipated

1. Avengers Infinity Wars

2. Wreck-It Ralph 2

3. Black Panther

4. Love, Simon

5. Incredibles 2

6. Hotel Transylvania 2

7. Deadpool 2

8. Equalizer 2

9. Ant-man and the Wasp

10. Pacific Rim: Uprising

Least Anticipated

1. Barbie

2. Fifty Shades Freed

3. Teen Titans Go! to the Movies

4. Mama Mia! Here We Go Again

5. Overboard

6. Solo: A Star Wars Story

So what do you think? Are there any movies that intrigue or turn you off this year? Thanks for stopping by. I hope we can agree or agree to disagree. Otherwise....

Take care.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Donations needed and Happy New Year

Update: It's January 1st 2018, so Happy New Year. Will return January 8th with new posts.

Now I don't usually do this but I'm adding this post to requests donations. Due to my illness and unexpected financial mishaps, I have fallen behind on things needing to be paid for. My computer is wonky and needs a better virus and other protections system and my Grammarly payments are almost due. All the while unexpected real-life situations have dipped into my savings making it impossible to pay for either.

 Having these things dealt with will help me as a freelancer to better do my job and create content. If my computer breaks down then I'll have no way of doing my work efficiently and replacing it anytime soon is impossible. If anyone can help me out please do so. I will continue to work hard and save on my own but any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Happy Holidays.

Donation Link

I will return to my regular blogging schedule on January 8th. 

Happy 2018

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I want from Santa and Merry Christmas

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Which will close as of January 9th and new host The Artsy Reader Girl will take over the meme.

Leave it to me to find a new meme to add right at the end of the year. This week's topic is about books I want Santa to get me. Well, I'm pretty much certain I have to get these myself. But in the spirit of Christmas cheer, I'll play along.Here are my top ten books I want this Christmas.

1. Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

2. All the R.L. Stine and Stephen King books I don't have

3. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

4. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

5. These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

6. Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst

7. The End of Oz by Danielle Paige

8. The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

9. The Princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace

10. Love and Misadventure by Lang Leav (also Lullaby and Sea of Strangers)

So there you go. What do you say Santa? Thanks for popping by.

Merry Christmas

Wishing all my regular readers and new visitors a Merry Christmas (and a Happy New Year). If you don't celebrate this holiday then I wish you all the best through December.

Won't be back to blogging until January 3 where I will drop a book and Netflix review. Enjoy the holidays' everybody.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Sightwitch

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event spotlighting upcoming books we're excited about. Formerly hosted by Breaking the Spine until her site went quiet. The meme is still followed today by dedicated bloggers who have a need to share their anticipation of upcoming reads.

Fans have been clamoring in support for the third book in the Witchlands series. I have no doubt that there will be even more rich stories and world building. Sightwitch already boasts an intriguing summary and a fantastic cover. But when Susan announced that the series would be delayed for three weeks moving the release date from January to February, the author and fans rallied to get the word out. All across the web updates and graphics have spread the word. Talk about a dedicated base.

Also I must personally commend the author because after promising my support as well (yup I'm a fan of this series), she donated to content creator and author Lily Meade. Lily had a financial hiccup and was seeking help. I not only donated but went about spreading the word on twitter for more donations or boosts to share her story. Susan was the first to answer and both donated and boost the tweet. Charity begins at home they say and Susan is not only talented but also has a big heart.

Title: Sightwitch by Susan Dennard

Release Date: February 13, 2019

Summary: Before Safi and Iseult battled a Bloodwitch…
Before Merik returned from the dead…
Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight.
Years pass and Ryber’s misfit pain becomes a dull ache, until one day, Sisters who already possess the Sight are summoned into the mountain, never to return. Soon enough, Ryber is the only Sister left. Now, it is up to her to save her Sisters, though she does not have the Sight—and though she does not know what might await her inside the mountain.
On her journey underground, she encounters a young captain named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Together, the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, their road filled with horrors, and what they find at the end of that road will alter the fate of the Witchlands forever.

I have my sights *pun intended* set on this book. How about you?

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions/Goals

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by  The Broke and the Bookish . As of January 9th, 2018 and hosted by   The Artsy Reader Girl . S...