Saturday, February 4, 2017

Graphic Novel Review of Princeless Book 1: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley and Mia Goodwin

Read for: Graphic Novel Challenge
Synopsis: "Chosen to be honored as an Amelia Bloomer Project title, through the ALA. Adrienne Ashe never wanted to be a princess. She hates fancy dinners, is uncomfortable in lavish dresses, and has never wanted to wait on someone else to save her. However, on the night of her 16th-birthday, her parents, the King and Queen, locked her away in a tower guarded by a dragon to await the rescue of some handsome prince. Now Adrienne has decided to take matters into her own hands! Come join the Eisner-nominated team of Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin for a tale of swashbuckling in the face of sexism. Princeless is the action/adventure for the girl who's tired of waiting to be rescued and ready to save herself!"

My Review: This was a graphic novel I picked up on a whim and so glad that I did. It was a fun book that puts a different twist on the classic fairy tales of princesses locked in towers with dragons to guard them. Adrienne is a fun and spunky princess that readers can really get behind and young girls can look up to as well. This is a graphic novel that is appropriate for all ages and will be enjoyed by all too. Adrienne gathers a unique cast of characters to help her in her quest to save herself and others like her. This is definitely a series I will be looking to continue.
My Rating: For picking this one up on a whim, I really enjoyed it and can't wait to read more. And for those of you on the sudden push for diverse books, pick this one up.  I give it a rating of Four Paws!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Bedtime Story: What To Do With a Box by Jane Yolen

Read for: Children's Book Challenge
Synopsis: "If you give a child a box, who can tell what will happen next? It may become a library or a boat. It could set the scene for a fairy tale or a wild expedition. The most wonderful thing is its seemingly endless capacity for magical adventure, a feature imaginatively captured in cardboardesque art by Chris Sheban and rhythmically celebrated in this poetic tribute by renowned children's author Jane Yolen."

My Review: I was so excited to get this book for Munchkin, I loved playing with boxes when I was a kid but he doesn't seem to have quite the imagination. This book is great about ideas of where a cardboard box can take you. The illustrations were cute but I wasn't a fan of the style, like you were a part of the box, so everything had a brownish hue and was kind of fuzzy. Munchkin enjoyed the book but it wasn't one he has asked for again.
My Rating: I was so excited for this book but I was a little disappointed, I was hoping for a lot more out of it. We give it a rating of Two Paws and a Stump Wag.
Good Night! Sweet Dreams!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Pen to Paper: International Correspondence Writing Month

Hello all my mail loving friends! As some of you have been following me for years might know, February is usually letter writing month.  Well it is yet again February but the month of letters has grown in popularity and it is now known as International Correspondence Writing Month! There is a great website set up and you should go check it out!
So those of you who may be new around here may be going what? Let me explain.  The plan and goal for the month is to send out a hand written note or letter or postcard each day throughout the month of February.  Who doesn't enjoy receiving something other than bills or junk mail in their mail box? Why not take some time to send your thoughts to someone you love, or maybe find a new friend (the website has a spot where you can find people to write if you don't have anyone).
So get out your pens, pencils, paper, envelopes and stamps and start sending written correspondence!  I will be participating throughout the month and will be updating here each week and also on my instagram @EasternSunset9
I would love to hear from you too, let me know if you are participating and how it is going for you.  Also if you are looking for someone to write you can send a letter to me.
Angela S.
PO Box 616
West Warwick RI 02893
Ready? Set! Go write & send!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorites Other than Books

Top 5 Wednesday is a group on Goodreads hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tome on Youtube.
So again, I have really been enjoying the Top 5 Wednesday subjects, while I may not post every week but I will be participating a little more frequently.  This week's subject is our current favorites that are not books. I have a lot of favorites but here are my top 5 that aren't books.
1. My "M" for Mom cup.  Munchkin picked this out for me for Christmas and even used his own money to buy it. Such a precious gift and I love using it.

2. I haven't had much time to paint my nails lately but I have been loving press on nails. I usually use the Broadway Impress nails, but I also love ordering hand painted nails from Etsy.  The nice thing is that they last for about 5 days (possibly longer if you aren't as rough on them as I am) and the adhesive doesn't damage your nails.
3.  I have recently been taking my card making a little more seriously and instead of investing in a bunch of new products this last month, I decided to try taking a card making class from Online Card Classes, I am in the middle of the Kick Start program that is helping me to organize my ideas and supplies for more streamline working and completing of cards.
4. My current favorite tea is from The Republic of Tea, it is a limited edition mom tea. It is a red tea with strawberry and vanilla flavors. It has such a light and sweet flavor, I just wish it had caffeine!
5. My last favorite thing is I love watching Munchkin write letters and words, it totally fascinates me that he can switch hands in the middle and keep going with no problems!
So what are your top five current favorites that aren't books?


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January Monthly Wrap Up and February TBR

So I last year I only did quarterly updates and I kind of missed my monthly updates, so decided to bring them back this year.  January seemed like it went by just a little too quickly this year, I wasn't quite able to finish my trilogy but I will have it done this week. I read a total of 31 books for the month, I didn't intend to read so many books but with the rush of new books I couldn't help myself. 
So here are the books I read this month along with the challenges.
Children's Book Challenge
Early Reader Challenge
Graphic Novel Challenge
Audio Book Challenge:
Trilogy Challenge:
1.  Snow Like Ashes Trilogy: Book 1, Book .1, Book 2, Book 2.5,
2. Winner's Curse Trilogy:
Requested Reviews:
2. Running on Empty (direct)
3. Edge of the Blade (netgalley)
4. Like a Closed Fist (direct)
Books Added to Shelves
I am trying to read each book I receive (purchase, subscription box, download) within a month so as not to add more to my TBR shelves I will add links as I read them:
3. Viking Warrior Rising
4. Winners Kiss
TBR Shelf Books
While I am not officially participating in any TBR challenge, I still like to keep track of the books I have read off my TBR shelf.
10. Calen the Emerald
RI Authors
1. Calen the Emerald
So that wraps up January, and looking forward into February, I think I will have more reading time (if I can get and stay healthy). I have another pretty ambitious TBR for the month but I think some of these books will be faster reads than last months books. I also really need to get going on books for the RI Author Month coming up in April!
The Winner's Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
Vienna Nocturne by Vivien Shotwell
So Much More by Kim Holden
Viking Warrior Rising by Asa Maria Bradley
Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge
Songlines by Carolyn Denman
Guilded Cage by Vic James
Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carrey
Ashes by Steven Manchester
Hidden Deep by Amy Patrick
The Trail by Ray K. Anderson
Hidden Presences by Jenna O'del
Then of course some Children's books and Early Readers
What did you read in January? What was your favorite book? What books are you most looking forward to reading in February?

Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday Reading List

Its Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Share what books you have finished in the last week, are currently reading and what might be coming up next!

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Links will take you to my review

Like a Closed Fist by E.H. Nolan
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
Moose and Mouse by Mary Packard (Early Reader)
I Love My New Toy by Mo Willems (Bedtime Story)
 Books Finished Last Week:
Reviews will be posted at a later date

Flames Like Vines
Breath of Fire
I Will Always Write Back
Princeless Bk 1
Driving Force

Currently Reading:

Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch - Audio - 26%
Calen the Emerald by Rich Feitelberg - Print - on page 73 of 290

 Books to be Read Soon:


Pages Read/ Time Listened
23:54 Hours Listened (None listened this week)
4,819 Pages Read (1,002 this week)

Books Added to Shelves This Month
Be Like a Bird by Monika Schroder
Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Viking Warrior Rising by Asa Maria Bradley
Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

Books Read From My Shelves
I Will Always Write Back

Interesting Tidbits on the Web:



So I thought that I had beat that cold last week but I guess it was just the eye of the storm. I was completely knocked out this last weekend. I pretty much slept non stop from Friday until today (and honestly I could sleep so much more).  With that said I still managed to get quite a bit of reading done this week. I also started getting caught up on some pen pal letters too.  I can't believe that January is already nearly over! I will have my monthly wrap up posted tomorrow and a list of the TBR books for February too. 

Hope you have a happy reading week!