Friday, October 30, 2015

80+ Zombie Tales to Devour

     For the past couple years, Zombies have been all the craze.  I'm not as interested in them as many others are but I have recently started watching "The Walking Dead" with the Hubby.  Also, I came across the Rot & Ruin series a couple months ago.  It's since been added to my To-Be-Read List.
     With this ongoing love for Zombies, I thought I'd compile a list of potential reads for y'all to check out.  You can find out more information about each series by simply clicking on the "Series Title".  It'll take you to the Goodreads page or the Author's page to learn more.  Enjoy!!



Tuesday, October 27, 2015

10 Bookish & Ghoulish Oddities Found on Etsy

I don't know about you, but I am completely obsessed with Etsy.  All of the clip art that I use for the blog, I purchased from a shop on there.  I have also found some really awesome wall art, tablet cases, & personalized baby blankets through the site.  Shopping handmade is just something that I prefer to do when I can.  Not only do my purchases support people just like you & me, but I can also find some of the most unique things out there.


With that being said, I decided to do a little window shopping for Halloween.  I signed on to Etsy with creepy & scary books in mind.  Then I searched to see what oddities I could find... And let me just say, I was pleasantly surprised.  Here are 10 of the awesomely bookish things I found during my search.  Some of these items feature films that are based off of books.

Feel free to follow me on Etsy so that you can see what things I favorite from time to time!


Dirty Diaries offers hard & soft cover journals like the one pictured above.

Winkle Books offers various beautiful handmade, hand bound journals.

 Poison Apple Soap Bar via Shea Chick Soap Co.




This Ouija Board Necklace (via Web and Rock) reminds me of the book The Diviners


Do you shop Etsy very often? Have you ever?
What is the oddest thing you've ever found? 


Monday, October 26, 2015

Not a Drop to Drink: by Mindy McGinnis - Book Review




Not A Drop To Drink
by Mindy McGinnis

Genre: YA Dystopian
Print Length: 325 pages
Publishers:  Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Age Level: Grade 8 +
Format Read: Hardcover
Received Copy via: Public Library
Connect with the author:
Website  // Twitter // Facebook






Fans of classic frontier survival stories, as well as readers of dystopian literature, will enjoy this futuristic story where water is worth more than gold. New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant says Not a Drop to Drink is a debut "not to be missed." With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl's journey in a frontierlike world not so different from our own.

Teenage Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and most important, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty—or doesn't leave at all. Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. But when strangers appear, the mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won't stop until they get it. . . .

For more in this gritty world, join Lynn on an epic journey to find home in the companion novel, In a Handful of Dust.

Courtesy of Amazon


Let me start off by saying that this was my first EVER dystopian read.  I was unsure what to expect as far as content & if I would even enjoy it.  This being said, I have no other book in this genre to compare this to.  But even if I did, I'm pretty sure that this book would still rank at the top of my list.

Every character in this book has a personality that is solely their own.  I quickly fell in love with Lynn & felt pure admiration for her mother.  Each person that comes into the story serves only makes the plot stronger.  I give major props to Mindy McGinnis for her the way each of her characters is written.

Okay, to help give an idea of how this story truly made me feel- I want to share the tweet I sent out immediately after finishing the book...
That one tweet sums up how I felt throughout this entire book!  I laughed, I cried, & I felt my heart race inside of my chest.  And oh yeah!  Can you say PLOT TWIST!  There is no doubt in my mind- I would definitely recommend this book to my friends.  Matter of fact- I'm totally recommending it to you now!

 {5 Cups of Tea- One of the Best!!}

 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

6 Children's Books About Pit Bulls

     Not only is October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it's also Pit Bull Awareness Month.  Since I'm the proud momma of 2 Pit Bull "breeds" I couldn't let this month pass without sharing some related books.  In this post, you'll find 6 children's books about Pit Bulls.  Let's teach the younger generation how to treat these loving dogs.  Let's do away with the bad stigma surrounding the breed that was once given the task of being nanny dogs.



Peanut The Pitbull (Volume 1) by Thomas Andrew Athanasiou

"See what happens when a smart little pitbull gets adopted by a wonderful family. This great, colorfully illustrated book helps teach young ones about the joy of choosing to adopt a pet, also touching upon the responsibilities of dog ownership, as well as the unfair practice of breed specific discrimination. Ultimately, Peanut The Pitbull shows how rewarding it can be to add a rescued dog to your family. -- Oh yes, did we forget to mention that it also is a great, heart warming story too!" -Courtesy of Amazon.com



Peanut's First Snowy Christmas (Volume 2) by Thomas Andrew Athanasiou

"See what happens when a smart little adopted pitbull named Peanut goes on a winter holiday with his family and saves Christmas with the help of a cute stow away mouse named Bailey."
-Courtesy of Amazon.com


Peanut The Pitbull: The "Little Reader" Edition! by Thomas Andrew Athanasiou

"Our NEW edited "Small Children" version!: See what happens when a smart little pitbull gets adopted by a wonderful family. This great, colorfully illustrated book helps teach the little ones about the joy of choosing to adopt a pet, also touching upon the responsibilities of dog ownership. Ultimately, Peanut The Pitbull shows how rewarding it can be to add a rescued dog to your family. Oh yes, did we forget to mention that it also is a great, heart warming story too! -- A FUN READ along for the young ones!" -Courtesy of Amazon.com 


 
Stubby the Dog Soldier (Animal Heroes) by Blake Hoena (Author), Oliver Hurst (Illustrator),  & Terry Flaherty (Contributor)

"A stray dog named Stubby braves the World War I battlefields alongside Private J. Robert Conroy. See the story unfold as this brave little canine makes a big difference in the lives of many World War I soldiers." -Courtesy of Amazon.com





"Meet Lance, the misunderstood pit bull doing his best to understand the strange new world of people so he can find his forever home. Everything about Lance’s new home is puzzling to him, from the plastic machine that roars and sucks at the floor to the strange contraptions called shoes that people wear on their feet. But Lance is determined to do his best, and is winning friends wherever he goes, until he meets Mrs. Krutch. Follow Lance’s adventures in this heart warming story of a dog and his person as they learn to navigate the challenges of life by leading with their hearts!"
 -Courtesy of Google Play

by James S Martinez (author) & Timothy T. Civick (Illustrator)

"If you love Pit Bulls, you will love this book. It paints Pit bulls in a beautiful light. We are taken along on an eye-opening journey of a pit bull from captivity and abuse, to the finding of it's forever home that it always dreamed of. All of this is done through the dog's eyes in wonderful verse and beautiful illustrations. This book shows how the power of love and patience of volunteers changed a dog’s fate. This book highlights the abuse of pit bulls and questions the negative stereotypes of pit bulls of the media. The Most Incredible Journey: A Pibble’s Path is a must-read for all pit bull lovers. A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF PROCEEDS FROM EVERY SALE IS DONATED BACK TO NON-PROFIT PIT BULL RESCUE GROUPS. Helping Tales Publishers has committed to make reading be a positive impact on the world by helping those in need one story at a time. In order to fulfill this mission, Helping Tales donates a portion of the proceeds from each sale to select charities." -Courtesy of Amazon.com


Friday, October 23, 2015

5 Booktubers that I Love

     I was never really one to sit & watch Youtube for hours.  When the husband would stay up late, watching car videos on loop, I rolled my eyes.  That is, until I stumbled upon my first "booktube" video.


  
  What is "Booktube"? 
     "Booktube" is a fast growing community that can be found on Youtube.  A person who is extremely passionate will set up a camera & film various book-related videos.  These Booktubers share their lives, passions, & opinions with their viewers.  The videos are not always book related but a majority of the time, they are.

     These videos tend to rope a book lover, like myself, in.  It's easy to find yourself still sitting in front of your computer hours later.  Having watched tons of videos & added 50+ books to your TBR (to be read) list on Goodreads.  Haha.  It sounds completely ludicrous but trust me... it happens! 

Some of My Favs   
     A majority of my Youtube subscriptions are Booktubers.  With that being said, I'm not able to list all of my favorites in one post.  Or we'd be here for days.  I will, however, share some of the first personalities that I fell in love with....  Enjoy!

Katytastic (aka Kat O'keeffe) was the first Booktuber that I came across.  It was her videos that pulled me into the exciting world that is 'Booktube'.  She is still a favorite of mine today.  The video below is actually the video that peaked my interest about The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black.  You can find my review for it here.


Abookutopia (aka Sasha) was an extra on the Divergent movie.  She's also a really awesome Booktuber!  Sasha has a unique style about her & her videos.  Her videos never get old & she has so much to offer.  I just noticed that she also has a book blog there she promotes authors, does book reviews, & holds cover reviews. 


Little Book Owl (aka Caz) is a Booktuber from Australia.  She is fantastic to watch.  Not to mention, she has an awesome bookmark collection!  I can almost guarantee that once you watch one of her videos, you'll be quite smitten with her & her videos.  The video below is from one of her book hauls.  It's all the books she got while visiting America & Canada.  


Thoughts on Tomes (aka Samantha) is a Booktuber that I just happened upon by accident.  It was through mention in another video that I learned about her.  And boy am I appreciative.  Samantha is amazing!!  I particularly enjoy the book tags that she participates in & her book chats.  It's a bit more personal than some of the Booktubers out there.  She also has a book blog.


PolandbananasBOOKS (aka Christine Riccio) is something else.  She is a one of many Booktubers but there is no doubt that she is one-of-a-kind!  By far!  Her comedic touch will keep you laughing until you cry.  And her skits... yeah- there. are. no. words.  You'll just have to check her out for yourself!  You can also check out her website.

So tell me- Do you have a favorite Booktuber?  
Had you ever heard of Booktube before today? 


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Pledge Box Set Release Celebration

The Pledge Box Set Release Celebration
October 20th, 2015


ABOUT THE BOOK

THE PLEDGE TRILOGY BOX SET
Author: Kimberly Derting
Release Date: October 20th, 2015
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry


SYNOPSIS:
The complete Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy, is now available in a collectible paperback boxed set.

In The Pledge, seventeen-year-old Charlaina lives in Ludania, a country stratified by a caste system divided by language and ruled by the cruel tyrant Queen Sabara. But Charlie has a secret skill, and as clashes escalate between the totalitarian monarch and the rebel forces, Charlie might be her country’s only chance for freedom. And though Charlie lays claim to the throne in The Essence, the influence of the evil Sabara does not disappear. Faced with the ultimate betrayal, Charlie must turn to an unexpected resource for help—and to an unexpected ally for love. Then when peace negotiations go awry in The Offering, it seems the only option to secure Ludanian freedom is for Charlie to sacrifice herself. But things aren’t always as they seem. Is Charlie walking into a trap?

Full of danger, intrigue, and blood-rushing romance, this gripping trilogy is sure to satisfy and makes an ideal gift.

PURCHASE HERE --> B&N // Amazon


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kimberly is the author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins), THE PLEDGE trilogy (Simon & Schuster), and THE TAKING trilogy (HarperTeen). She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the ideal place to write anything dark or creepy...a gloomy day can set the perfect mood. She lives with her husband and their three beautiful (and often mouthy) children who provide an endless source of inspiration.



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