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Monday, October 23, 2017

Celebrate Books For The Week - 10/23/2017- 10/27/2017

Books For The Week - 10/23/2017- 10/27/2017

It seems like everyday has some new holiday or theme to celebrate so I thought it might be fun to see what kind of interesting books I can find  (new, old, or coming soon) for everyday holidays.  

Monday October 23rd 2017

National Mole Day

Solving Mole Problems by Melanie Fine
Genre: Non-Fiction, Science, Chemistry
What’s It About?: A quick guide teaching what a mole in chemistry is, along with what it weighs
and how many particles are in one.

TV Talk Show Host Day

Title: The Morning Show Murders by Al Roker, and Dick Locthe
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
What Is It About?: Start of a cozy mystery series.  Talk show host Billy Blessing is accused of murder.  He searches for the real killer before he becomes the next victim or ends up in prision.

Title: Stephen Colbert’s Midnight Confessions by Stephen Colbert
Genre: Humor
What Is It About? Based on skit that US talk show host Stephen Colbert does on his nightly talk show.

Tuesday October 24th 2017

National Bologna Day


Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Food and Drink
What Is It About?: A memoir on growing up on a farm and how times have changed.


Title: Melvin Beederman Superhero: The Curse Of The Bologna Sandwich by Greg Trine
Genre: Children, Fantasy, Comic, Superhero
What Is It About?:  Melvin is a superhero saving Los Angeles even though a little clumsy. His only weakness is bologna.

United Nations Day


Title: The Parliament Of Man : The Past, Present and Future by Paul Kennedy
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, Politics
What Is It About? History of how the U.N. came to be and what is now.

Wednesday October 25th 2017

Punk For A Day Day


Genre: Non-Fiction, Music, Biography
What Is It About?: The author, Phil Marcade, time in the punk scene told sometimes humorously..


Genre: Non-Fiction, Music Photography
What Is It About?: Photos from Punk concerts around world.

World Pasta Day

Title: Homemade Pasta Made Simple by Manuela Zangara
Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook
What Is It About?: How to make fresh pasta.

Title: Pasta Wars by Elisa Lorello
Genre: Fiction, Romance
What Is It About?: A successful CEO, Katie Cravens, is on the brink of greatness at work and about to marry. Then everything falls apart.  

Thursday October 26th 2017

National Mincemeat Day

Title: Mincemeat: The Education Of An Italian Chef by Leonardo Lucarelli
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
What Is It About?: Chef Leonardo Lucarelli shares about his life behind the scenes of the Italian restaurant world.

Genre: Non-Fiction, History, World War II
What Is It About?: About a true operation that misled Hitler to divert forces.

Friday October 27th 2017

Frankenstein Friday

Title: The New Annotated Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Genre: Fiction, Classic, Horror
What Is It About?: A scientist creates a monster from dead body parts.

Genre: Fiction, Sci-Fi, Anthology
What Is It About?: A group of science fiction short story from authors Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe and more.

National Tell A Story Day

Genre: Non-Fiction, On Writing, Essays
What Is It About?: Mark Twain’s humor filled essays on what not to do as a writer.

Genre: Children's, Picture Book,
What Is It About?: A book encouraging children to create stories and write.

Navy Day

Title: The U.S. Navy by Jennifer Reed
Genre: Non-Fiction, Juvenile,
What Is It About?: Learn about the U.S. Navy and where they protect and the equipment they use.

Genre: Fiction, Juvenile
What Is It About?:  Marc struggles through middle school as he is bullied.  His Uncle, a navy seal, comes to stay for a while and promises to turn Marc into a Warrior.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Five Fun Facts - Anne Rice

Five Fun Facts

About Author

Anne Rice
Best known for writing Interview With A Vampire.

(photo borrowed )

  1. Her father wrote a story for her and her sister, Alice, to reconnect with them when they were children.
  2. She was born with name Howard and later changed to Anne.
  3. Once turned up for book signing in a coffin.
  4. She was inspired to write Interview With A Vampire because of a movie called Dracula’s Daughter.
  5. In 2006 there was a musical called Lestat based on the vampire chronicles series with music by Elton John and lyrics by Bernie Taupin .

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Shannon's Review - Uni The Unicorn And The Dream Come True by Amy Krouse Rosenthal


Title: Uni The Unicorn And The Dream Come True
Series: Uni The Unicorn
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Genre: Childrens, Picturebook, Fantasy, Unicorns
Publisher: Random House Books For Young Readers
Received: Borrowed
Release Date: August 2017
Pages: 40

Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal Official Websites:





Shannon’s Thoughts:

Adorable sequel to Uni The Unicorn.  Finally fans get the see Uni and the little girl from the first book get together all because they believe in each other.

I was happy to see this continuation of Uni The Unicorn as the first book ended abruptly and without conclusiveness. Getting to see the little blonde hair-girl and Uni together was bittersweet as they saved the dreary skies and magicless unicorn world.

Although the story is sweet it is a little too simple and yearns for more substance by the end. The story has so much potential but not unlike the first book it runs out of steam.

While I still think this is a good book there are just things as an adult that rub me the wrong way but for child I do not think they would be noticed.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Shannon's Review - Uni The Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal


Title: Uni The Unicorn
Series: Uni The Unicorn
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Genre: Children's, Picture Book, Fantasy, Unicorn
Publisher: Random House Books For Young Readers
Received: Borrowed
Release Date: August 2014
Pages: 48

Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal Official Websites:





Shannon’s Thoughts:

Uni the unicorn, is unlike other unicorns.  She believes there are such things as little girls even though the other unicorns laugh at her.  Also far away a little girl believes in unicorns, unlike other children.  

Just the thought of Uni believing in little girls boosts the cuteness level of the book that already has art that brings innocence to the book that little children will love.

Many people have commented on some things that they disliked in other reviews. Two things I agree with is the book ends abruptly and the two main characters don’t meet.  It makes you long for more story.

Uni the unicorn is a sweet story and I can happily say there is sequel that recently came out which I will be reviewing. If you have a little girl who loves unicorns or fantasy, I think it will be fairy tale cherished for long time.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Shannon's Review - The Color Of Rain by Cori McCarthy


Title: The Color Of Rain
Series: N/A
Author: Cori McCarthy
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Young Adult
Publisher: Running Press
Received: From Author For Review
Release Date: May 2013
Pages: 352

Author Cori McCarthy Official Websites:





Shannon’s Thoughts:

Teenager Rain lives in a dark world where many of the people catch an illness that robs them of their memory not unlike alzheimer's.  She has already lost both parents and a brother and she is now about to lose her younger brother, the only family she has left. She does what she has to find a cure and save him even if that means she has to sell herself to do it.

I had never really read a story like this.  I usually stay away from sci-fi but I was pleasantly surprised with The Color Of Rain. The fact that Rain goes to any extreme to save her brother, her friend and sometimes herself was a little shocking to me. The story had a darkness to it.  Just when you thought things might get better it got a little worse.

The Color Of Rain is another ones of those stories that falls in the category wanting more after finished. I wanted a sequel.  It ends well enough but I just wanted to know what else happened. I am also a little surprised it is considered a young adult book.  It does have some heavy adult themes.

I finished the book a few months ago and the story still sticks with me. Which to me means it was a good read.  My mind still wanders to the characters wondering what they are doing.  Or if I would sacrifice myself for my family the way Rain did. The story cuts deep and shocks your core a little but worth a read.