Friday, August 23, 2019

Arrg-ust Bedtime Story: Give Me Back My Bones! by Kim Norman & Illustrated by Bob Kolar

Read for: Children's Book Challenge

Synopsis: "A silly pirate skeleton seeks to put its bones back together in this rhyming romp beneath the waves.

Cast a spyglass 'round here
while breakers curl and pound here.
There's treasure to be found here -- 
I feel it in my bones!

A stormy night at sea has uncovered some long-buried secrets and surprises. Is that the mast of a shipwreck? A faded pirate hat? And what's that hiding in the sand? A mandible and a clavicle, phalanges and femurs, a tibia and a fibula -- could there be a set of bones scattered across the ocean floor? And who might they belong to? A jaunty rhyme takes readers on an underwater scavenger hunt as a comical skeleton tries to put itself back together piece by piece. Make no bones about it: this rollicking read-aloud will have young ones learning anatomy without even realizing it."

My Review: One final pirate Children's book for this year's Arrg-ust and this had to be it! This was a fun little picture book, with silly rhymes all about bones as the old pirate pulls his bones back together for another sea faring adventure. I loved this illustration style, it really lightened what could have been a scary book for some readers and make it quirky and fun.

My Rating: This was such a fun book, a bookish take on the song "leg bone connects to the knee bone" (I can't remember the name of that song).  I also loved that it wasn't overly spooky and didn't give Munchkin nightmares! I give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag!

Good Night! Sweet Dreams!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Arrg-ust Review of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Read for: Beat the Backlist & Classics Challenge

Synopsis: "A mysterious seaman hides at a country inn; cut-throats raid a sleepy English village; suddenly, young Jim Hawkins becomes the owner of a map leading to a lost tropical island and a fortune in stolen gold. Three adventures--Jim, Squire Trelawney, and Dr. Livesey--set out to find the treasure. — But they trust the one they should most fear, Long John Silver. Charming, brave ruthless, murderous, Silver fills the squire's ship with pirates. And on the desolate, fever-infested island, the quest for gold becomes a deadly war of hide and seek. Desperate defenders against merciless killers battling over a cursed treasure won with blood, buried with blood, sought with blood. Incredible wealth that Jim and his friends can only claim..."

My Review: Believe it or not I never read this one before but I have been wanting to, especially since I have this beautiful copy sitting on my shelves. I don't really have time lately to sit down and read the print copy so I downloaded the audio book. I am thinking that maybe other than Frankenstein, Classics just aren't for me anymore. It was a bit tedious to get through and there were a lot of characters to keep straight, and new didn't really get to know many of them that well either. I did find it great that Jim wasn't just magically perfect at everything he tried, he was bumbling his way through the adventure. And it was quite the adventure full of danger, double-crossing, swashbuckling and black powder pistols. Maybe if I was a young teen boy looking for this type of adventure I would have been more into it but that is not who I am (and lets be honest, kids now would be bored with the slower writing style of a classic like this).

My Rating: I am glad I decided to pick up a different narration of this book otherwise I never would have finished it.  I did enjoy it but it definitely wasn't a favorite and I probably won't be reading it again.  I give it a rating of Two Paws.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Arrg-ust Review Puppy Pirates: Stowaway! by Erin Soderberg

Read for: Borrowed Books

Synopsis: "Ahoy, mateys! Set sail for fun and adventure on a pirate ship full of puppies!
Wally is a pup with a nose for adventure. So when he stumbles onto a ragtag group of puppies who sail the seven seas, he knows he has to join the fun! But if pirates are supposed to be gruff and tough, this furry little guy isn’t exactly first-mate material.  Does he have what it takes to become a full-fledged puppy pirate?

Two perennial kid favorites—dogs and pirates—combine in this new chapter-book series perfect for fans of the Rainbow Magic series and all things piratey!"

My Review: While looking for pirate books, I came across this one and thought it would be a great book to read with Munchkin. This was a cute and fun book, perfect for boys or girls who are just starting to read chapter books. There are some illustrations, and really quirky characters. Kids get to learn along with Wally what adventure is like and how to make new friends. Munchkin loved this story and especially the funny bits, there are plenty of those to get you laughing out loud.

My Rating: Munchkin and I enjoyed this cute little pirate adventure full of fluffy characters.  It was a fun pirate book to share that wasn't too scary for Munchkin.  We give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag!  We have also already picked up the next book X Marks the Spot!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Monday Reading List

It is Monday again, and time to update with what I read last week, what I am currently reading and what to look forward to next week.

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

Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen
Ladies Guide to Petticoats and Pirates by Mackenzi Lee
Pirasaurs! by Josh Funk (Bedtime Story)
Compass South by Hope Larson (Graphic Novel)

 Books Finished Last Week:
Reviews will be posted at a later date

Bride Test
Compass South
Don't Let the Beasties Escape this Book
Red Dove, Listen to the Wind
X Marks the Spot

Currently Reading:
Realm by Alexandrea Weis - Ebook - 11%
The Storyteller by Traci Chee - Multiple Formats - 43%

Pages Read/ Time Listened
393:01 Hours Listened (None listened this week)
22,863 Pages Read (1,272 this week)

Books Added to Shelves Recently: TBR
The Snow Gypsy
Lost Boy
Year One
Girl Who Drank the Moon
King of Scars
Dactyl Hill Squad
The Darkdeep
Lord of the Fading Lands
Shadow of Doubt
Gates of Stone
A Conspiracy of Truths
Vortex Visions
Through the White Wood
Descendant of the Crane
Holy Sister
Dark Harmony
The Sea Queen
The Mountain of Kept Memory
Misfits of Avalon Vol. 1
Misfits of Avalon Vol. 2
The Sea King
Ride Hard
Ride Rough
Ride Wild
Force of Attraction
Primal Force
Rival Forces
A Rogue by Any Other Name
A Scot in the Dark
The Day of the Duchess
The Pirate Bride
Man Made Boy
This Monstrous Thing
Dear Santa
An Endless Christmas
Christmas Magic
Falling Softly
Christmas Town
The Christmas Star
Gris Grimly's Frankenstein
The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter
We Hunt the Flame
Dreaming the Bear
A New Hope
The Monsters We Deserve
Strange Star
Ghostly Tales from the Lost Summer of 1816
The Bride Test
Storm and Fury
Queen of Ruin
Kingdom of Exiles
The Thankful Unicorn
Star Wars: Pirate Price
Clue by Clue
Honeybees and Frenemies


While I got a lot of reading done last week, I didn't get as much done as I had hoped or planned.  With that said, I hope to make up for it this week with the Bout of Books Readathon! I will only have the weekdays to read because we have our big summer party this weekend and the first of the Fantasy Football drafts. I can't believe August is almost over! Munchkin is almost 7, he starts 2nd Grade in 2 weeks and our hectic time of year is in full swing!

Are you joining Bout of Books? What book will be the first you pick up?

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Bout of Books #26 Sign Up and Updates

Time again for my favorite readathon! I love how Bout of Books stretches throughout the whole week and allows for me to work it around my schedule.

Here is the information you need in case you want to sign up too!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 26 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


So this post is going to be my base for the week, I will continue to come back and update it each day with my progress (as I already have a lot of posts planned for this week and don't want things too jumbled up).  I will also be updating on Instagram @EasternSunset9

Time Devoted to Reading
I would like to read between 3-4 hours each day and read about 200 pages each day.


My Goals
Read a total of 1,200 pages
Read at least 3 hours each day
Read a total of 4 books
Read/Finish 1-2 Requested Review Books

Books to Read
Girl the Sea Gave Back -  336 pages
The Truth About Cowboys - 352 pages
Save the Sea - 300 Pages
Pirates Price - 225 pages
Clue by Clue - 144 pages

Other Possible Books
Viper - 400 pages
Kingdom of Exiles - 438 pages
Treasure Island - 259 pages
Misfits of Avalon Vol. 1 - 176 pages
Holy Sister - 353 pages
Red Thorn Vol. 1 - 112 pages


Number of Pages I've Read Today: 204
Total Number of Pages: 204
Time Spent Reading Today: 2.75 hours
Total Number of Books I've Read: 3 (Storyteller, To Build a Fire, Give Me Back My Bones)
Books Completed: 2 (To Build a Fire, Give Me Back My Bones)
Thoughts: Not a great start to my week and I ended up altering my TBR slightly because I didn't get quite as much reading done over the weekend as I would have liked. Oh well, I will continue at it.

Number of Pages I've Read Today: 276
Total Number of Pages: 480
Time Spent Reading Today: 3.5 hours
Total Number of Books I've Read: 5 (Read today: Storyteller, BookCharmer & Lando's Luck)
Books Completed: 2 (To Build a Fire, Give Me Back My Bones)
Thoughts: Did a little better reading today but having trouble focusing on books, first off Munchkin is at work with me all week because camp is over and school doesn't start for 2 more weeks; and second, the air conditioner at the office is broken and it is so hard to concentrate when it is so hot and stuffy.  With that said, I am enjoying a couple of the books but really, really struggling with Book Charmer, I may have to consider DNFing it.

Number of Pages I've Read Today: 323
Total Number of Pages: 803
Time Spent Reading Today: 4.5 Hours
Total Number of Books I've Read: 6 (Read today: Storyteller & Treasure Island)
Books Completed: 3 (To Build a Fire, Give Me Back My Bones, Treasure Island)
Thoughts: I did decide to DNF Book Charmer and moved on to a fresh book. I re-started and finished Treasure Island. I was about to give up on that one as well because I wasn't into reading print and the Audible dramatization was just awful, but I decided to return the audible one and pick a new narrator and that was perfect! Now I really need to get going on Save the Sea, Lando's Luck and finish Storyteller!

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