Friday, November 17, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #35: November 18, 2017

Stacking The Shelves is a book meme created by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality and it is about sharing books that you are adding to your shelves, whether it's physical or virtual.  This means including books that you bought from the store or online, books you borrowed from friends or from the library, books you've reviewed, gifts and ebooks!

Hey everyone! Thanksgiving is almost here and it's time to get out the turkey and the rest of the meal!  Hopefully, I'll be able to watch the Macy's Day Parade this year and see what kind of parade floats and musical performances they got this year!  Meanwhile, this is the first time I have been to the library for awhile since most of the libraries in my area were undergoing renovations.  So, I finally managed to find a library that was already finished with renovations and I got myself some awesome books to read for the weekend! 

Books Borrowed from the Library: 

Recommend Me This! Saturdays #10: November 18, 2017

Hello everyone! I just started another new book meme called "Recommend Me This!  Saturdays!"  There are just so many books out there that needs to be read and what's a great way to get those books the love they need by recommending them to fellow book lovers?  The goal of this book meme is to recommend various books that you think that other book bloggers would love and see if they read the books that you recommended!  


1.  Come up with one kind of genre that you enjoy(examples, romance, horror, comic books, picture books, science fiction, fantasy) and suggest 3 booksthat fits that genre that you would recommend to other bloggers.  Each week, you can suggest a different genre and a different set of books to bring more variety to your recommendations.  However, you can suggest the same genre that you had chosen the first time as many times as you want, as long as you recommend 3 books that fits that genre to other bloggers.  Also, if I posted a specific genre in my post, you don't necessarily have to do the same genre as me, unless you want to.  Just list a genre that you have enjoyed and you feel that other bloggers should look more into!

2.  If you want to share your posts, then you can use the #recommendmethissaturday hashtag on twitter to share it with other bloggers!

3.  You don't necessarily have to explain what the book is all about, unless you really want to. You can just post up the book cover or you can post up the book cover and have a brief description of the book or just link the book to its Goodreads or Amazon page.

So, the genre I wanted to explore this week is:


Here are the 3 books that I would recommend to other book readers!

The Friday 56 #11: The Martian by Andy Weir

Hey everyone! I'm participating in another book meme called the Friday 56, which is hosted by Freda's Voice! Here are a couple of rules for this meme:

*Grab a book, any book and find a creative way to showcase your 56. It can be a photo of the book and the 56 in comments or whatever you come up with.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your 
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. 

"The million dollar question is, where the hell did the oxygen come from?  The whole plan was to limit oxygen and keep an explosion from happening. And it was working for quite a while before blowing up.

I think I have my answer. And it comes down to me brain-farting.  Remember when I decided not to wear a space suit?  That decision almost killed me."

pg. 56 

[BOOK REVIEW] Encore for Eleanor by Bill Peet

Title:  Encore for Eleanor

Author:  Bill Peet

Genre:  Animals / Children's / Circus / Artist

Year Published: 1981

Year Read:  2010

Houghton Mifflin Company

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 4+  (Nothing Objectionable)

“Encore for Eleanor” is a cute story by Bill about an old elephant named Eleanor who was once a great circus performer, but was moved to the zoo when she got too old to play her part.  It was then at the zoo that Eleanor learns a new special ability that might jumpstart her career again.  “Encore for Eleanor” is a great book for children who want to discover new talents for themselves and realize that everyone is special in their own way.

Eleanor the elephant was once a great circus star who would stand on stilts and impressed the audience to no end.  One day however, since Eleanor has been performing in the circus for forty years, Eleanor’s knees were weak and suddenly, she fell off the stilts and landed on the floor with a hard crash!  Eleanor began to worry that her boss, Colonel T.J. Tinglehoffer was going to send her away because of her ruining her act by falling off the stilts.  Sure enough, Colonel Tinglehoffer did send Eleanor away to the zoo and Eleanor bade a tearful goodbye to her friends at the circus. 
Even though Eleanor had plenty to eat and good home to stay in, she still missed the circus life and was miserable because she felt like she could not do anything extraordinary like she used to do in the circus.  One day, however Eleanor awoke to find a teenage girl trying to draw a rhinoceros on her canvas.  Of course, when the rhinoceros moved and girl could not draw the rhinoceros, the girl became angry and threw her charcoal to the ground.  Eleanor was so interested in what the girl was doing, that she wanted to learn how to draw also.  So, when the girl went off to see some ducks in the pond, Eleanor slyly picked up the charcoal and she decided to draw one of the clowns from the circus.  However, Eleanor was soon discovered drawing the picture by the teenage girl and the teenage girl was so impressed by the drawing that she decided to show the picture to everyone.  Everyone was impressed except for Mr. McJunkens, who did not believe that Eleanor drew the clown.  Eleanor was so mad that she grabbed the charcoal and… 

What does Eleanor draw and will she able to convince Mr. McJunkens that she can really draw? 

Read the rest of the book to find out! 

Bill Peet’s story of an old elephant who wants to be special again is extremely cute and brilliant for children to read.  The scene that stood out the most for me was the scene where Eleanor learns how to draw after she witnesses the teenage girl drawing the rhinoceros.  That scene was so amazing because you would have never imagined an elephant drawing such a great picture and drew the picture in a matter of seconds.  Bill Peet’s illustrations are beautiful and detailed, especially of the image of Eleanor herself as she looks beautiful in her circus outfit and yet, she maintains wise appearance throughout the story telling the audience that she has indeed aged after performing in the circus for forty years.

“Encore for Eleanor” is a great book about the importance of trying out new activities in life to keep your life going and will surely encourage many children to follow what they believe in and do many new things in their lives.  I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.

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Book Blogger Hop #37: November 17th - November 23rd

Hello everyone! I'm participating in another book meme called the Book Blogger Hop which is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer!  Basically, you just answer weekly questions and then post up your link on the question's page.

This week's question is : 

 This week's question is submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte!

If you had an author-only Thanksgiving party, who would you invite?

I would definitely invite Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Stan Lee, Lisa Kleypas and Karen Marie Moning!  I would invite Stephen King because I want to know how his nightmares became an inspiration for some of his works, since I tend to write down the dreams I have myself and I might tell him some of these dreams and ask him if they would make great novels!  Neil Gaiman would be great to have in discussing about how he is able to be so creative with his work and I might ask him what's his favorite book that he wrote.  Stan Lee is a legend among comic book readers and I would love to one day meet him and ask him about what it was like writing comic books at the time.  Lisa Kleypas and Karen Marie Moning would be great to talk to as I love reading romance novels and I wanted to ask both of them how they came up with the heroes and heroines of their stories and how they would plot out the romantic scenes between the characters.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #65: Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

Hello everyone! "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and the purpose of this event is that we spotlight upcoming releases of books that we are excited for!  This will also tie into Wishful Ending's Can't Wait Wednesday post!

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Title:  Iron Gold
Author:  Pierce Brown
Expected Publication Date:  January 16th, 2018

They call him father, liberator, warlord, Reaper. But he feels a boy as he falls toward the pale blue planet, his armor red, his army vast, his heart heavy. It is the tenth year of war and the thirty-second of his life.

A decade ago, Darrow was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the chains of the Society. But the Rising has shattered everything: Instead of peace and freedom, it has brought endless war. Now he must risk everything he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save himself?

And throughout the worlds, other destinies entwine with Darrow’s to change his fate forever: 

A young Red girl flees tragedy in her refugee camp and achieves for herself a new life she could never have imagined.

An ex-soldier broken by grief is forced to steal the most valuable thing in the galaxy—or pay with his life.

And Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile to the sovereign, wanders the stars with his mentor, Cassius, haunted by the loss of the world that Darrow transformed, and dreaming of what will rise from its ashes.

Red Rising was the story of the end of one universe, and Iron Goldis the story of the creation of a new one. Witness the beginning of a stunning new saga of tragedy and triumph from masterly New York Times bestselling author Pierce Brown.

I've read the first two books in the "Red Rising" series and I've been enjoying them a lot!  So, I definitely can't wait to check out the fourth book in the "Red Rising" series!

So, what upcoming books are you looking forward to?  Please respond below!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Guest Post: The Role of Reading Today by Melisa Marzett (@_customwriting)

Everything undergoes change over time. Even the things that remain, are changing, in accordance with the new realities. Attention to the book and reading books in a world filled with media and daily vanity, is undeservedly reduced in comparison with the past. This article, in addition to listing the factors that affect the development of the culture of reading, is devoted to ways to change the existing approach to the problem of reading books. It is a mistake to believe that with the development of satellite audio and video media, radio, television, and Internet communication networks, people have no interest in reading the book and getting knowledge from it. The book is an ancient cultural attribute that has remained with man for many centuries. At first it was used to record events, scientific knowledge, and religious texts, then with the development of book printing and the birth of fiction, the book became a part of leisure.

How much is it required to read?

Everything is individual here: you can not find a single recipe for everyone. Someone reads one book a year, someone - a day. The most important thing here is not to swallow one book after another, but to properly "digest" the contents. After all, the principle that quality is more important than quantity is also applicable for reading. It's not speed that matters, but what you took out of what you have just read. The number of collected books is not an indicator of intelligence or status, or may even show a lack of one's own taste.

However, there were those who still tried to find an average response to the question posed above. Sociologists conducted a survey, the purpose of which was to find out how many books respondents read in a month or year, and also in order to find out the main purposes of reading. The results are as follows:

52% of respondents read books at least once a month.

When asked about how many books you read in a year, 7 out of 64 people, did not read a single one, 6 read 1 book, 14 mastered 2-3 books, 9 people got acquainted with 4-5 books. 10 readers read from 6 to 10 books, 5 respondents started 11-20 books, more than 20 books were read by 9 respondents. Four could not give a clear answer.

The sense of need for a book and learning to read

The lack of time, the huge amount of entertainment and the high cost of the books are the reasons people explain the loss of interest in reading books. However, if we consider all these three reasons in detail, we will understand that they are not an obstacle for those who like to read books. First, it is worth noting that every day most of the time of each person is wasted. The book can perfectly fill this void. Secondly, unlike many modern hobbies that only take time, reading books has a lot of advantages. In the end, reading in the library can significantly reduce the cost of access to books. So, it can be argued that these reasons are just excuses, which raise the question: why do not we read books ?!

If we go back a bit and leave these reasons aside, we will understand that the most important reason for people's loss of interest in reading a book is that they don’t have a feeling of need for it. In the idea of ​​people, a book is usually associated with something abstract and they do not feel any need for it and are not familiar with the pleasure of reading a book. Reading a book, showing different social and personal motivations of an individual, can have the following consequences for a person's life:

1. Reading expands awareness of existing problems and instills skills in their resolution;

2. Reading gives self-confidence and allows you to get rid of feelings of inferiority and limitations;

3. Reading strengthens beliefs and attitudes, shapes the mindset and readiness to accept something new and participate in the discussion and exchange of opinions;

4. Reading allows you to get acquainted with the masterpieces of literature.

Reading something interesting and exciting frees the person from stress and soothes. The book and interest in it are not what is inherited from the parents. This is the means of acquiring knowledge, which greatly simplifies learning at a young age. Therefore, it is necessary to bring up correct behavior and culture, and interest in reading will appear. If the reading of the book is taught correctly, the person will remove all the obstacles that prevent reading from his path.

Propaganda and development of reading books

The development of culture through the preparation of an appropriate environment and conditions is one of the effective ways to increase interest in reading. A good example in this regard is the policy pursued by some publishers and the Ministry of Culture of the Islamic Republic of Iran over the last few years, which consists of issuing pocket books of various subjects. This approach largely helps to solve the problem of loss of interest in reading. The small size of the book makes it easier to carry and allows you to take with you. Thus, the book always appears with us and perfectly fills the time, which is wasted.

Placing such books in buses and publishing books for reading in the metro also facilitates the return of the practice of reading books into the ordinary life of people. At the seminar "The development of reading books and their implications for the book market" of the book exhibition in Seoul, Ms. Patrick Jur of the Union of American Publishers described ways to develop reading books in her country. "One way to develop reading books in America is to attract famous personalities who are portrayed on advertising posters for reading the book.” At the same meeting, correspondent Kim Ki Chul from the newspaper Chu San Daily reported on cooperation with the Korean Union of Publishers to convert living rooms to libraries. In this project, families declare through the newspapers their desire to turn their living rooms into a library and then the Korean alliance of publishers provides interesting books, and the newspaper "Chu San" - the necessary furniture for the library.

Use of new tools and technologies

As already noted, the main essence of constancy in time is the change and attraction of new technologies. It is absolutely true that the appearance of new media narrowed the book sector, but it is them that should be used to expand interest in reading books. Book marketing specialists in these virtual spaces can, with the help of effective marketing technologies, advertise and sell each book separately. The presence of a large number of companies that join the social media by means of the latest technology, appropriate socio-cultural conditions, day by day, proves the fact that by merging with these groups you can engage in advertising and sales.

Reading is self-improvement

Reading is what makes us richer in spiritual and moral aspects, and those who use this knowledge in practice also in the financial. This is something that does not require a lot of expenses, but at the same time it gives a tremendous return. This is what helps us to be ourselves and not be like everyone else: the book cultivates an individuality in us.

Lack of time, severe fatigue, other worries are just excuses for oneself, unwillingness to develop and become better. We must try to read more!

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