Wednesday, 31 January 2018

#1 - Readings of the month - JAN 2018

I am sorry for being away for this couple of days but I had some family responsibilities to attend. Now, back to business!

Summary of January

Every month I will make a summary of my readings of the month, starting this month.

January 2018

Total books read:

Genres (the books can have more than one genre):
- Fantasy - 1
- Young adult - 1
- Biography - 1
- Classics - 1
- Philosophy - 1
- Politics - 1
- Historical Fiction - 1
- WW II - 1
- Humor - 1
- Christmas - 1
- Poetry - 1
- Travel - 1
- Mystery - 1
- Fiction - 2
- Feminism - 2
- Romance - 2
- Psychology - 2
- Short stories - 3
- Comics - 4
- non-fiction - 5
- Children - 13

Kind of book:
Paperback books: 2
E-books: 33
Audiobooks - 1

Authors:
Authors for the first time: 31
Authors that I've read before - 3

Sex: (if I read more than one book I only count once):
Male authors: 11
Female authors: 22

Nationalities (can have a double nationality or if I read more than one book I only count once):
- English - 11
-Australian - 1
- Indian - 1
- Chinese - 1
- American - 15
- New Zealand - 1
- Morocco - 1
- Unknown - 4

Total pages: 
4684

Ratings:
1. Harry Potter: The Prequel, J. K. Rowling, 1/5
2. One man's meat..., Jeffrey Archer, 4/5
3. Helpless: a True Story, Rosie Lewis, 5/5
4. A Long Way Home, Saroo Brierley and Larry Buttrose, 4/5
5. The art of the war, Sun Tzu, 5/5
6. The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf, 4/5
7. The Holiday Swap, Zara Stoneley 4/5
8. My first book of bedtime stories, Tig Thomas 5/5
9. The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris 5/5
10. Charlie the Caterpillar, Andy Gutman 4/5 (ARC)
11. Breaking up is hard to do... but you could've done better, Hillary Campbel 3/5 (ARC)
12. That's not my puppy… its coat is too hairy, Fiona Watt; Rachel Wells 5/5
13. Herding Cats - A Sarah's Scribbles Collection, Sarah Andersen 4/5
14. Knees: The mixed up world of a boy with dyslexia,  Vanita Oelschlager 3/5 (ARC)
15. Harvey's Hideout, Russell Hoban 5/5 (ARC)
16. Discover London (Discover Reading), Juliana O'Neill 1/5 (ARC)
17. Striking The Balance (Pico Bogue, #4), Dominique Roques 3/5 (ARC)
18. Lies We Tell Our Kids, Steve Hoover 4/5 (ARC)
19. Postcards from a War, Vanita Oelschlager 4/5 (ARC)
20. Piney the Goat Nanny: A true story of a little pig with a big heart, Leanne Lauricella 4/5 (ARC)
21. On the dog walk!, David J. Robertson, 5/5 (ARC)
22. Miss Winter's Demise and Other Crimes Against Poetry, Paul Minton, 4/5 (ARC)
23. ABC for Me: ABC Mindful Me: ABCs for a happy, healthy mind & body, Walter Foster Jr. Creative Teams, 4/5 (ARC)
24. Seed School: Growing Up Amazing,  Joan Holub 4/5 (ARC)
25. Davy's Summer Vacation,  Brigitte Weninger, 5/5 (ARC)
26. Discover London: Level 3 Reader,  Juliana O'Neill, 3/5 (ARC)
27. Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge, 2/5
28. 101 Games to Play Before You Grow Up: Exciting and fun games to play anywhere, Walter Foster Jr. Creative Team, 4/5 (ARC)
29. The View from Rainshadow Bay (Lavender Tides #1), Colleen Coble, 3/5 (ARC)
30. The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World,  Tara Cousineau, DNF, (ARC)
31. Weddings Away: The New Destination Wedding and Getaway Wedding Celebrations Guide,  Sharon Naylor, 3/5, (ARC)
32. Little Concepts: ABC French: Take a fun journey through the alphabet and learn some French!,  Daniel Roode, 4/5, (ARC)
33. Megabat,  Anna Humphrey, 4/5, (ARC)
34. The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Hogwarts Library), J.K. Rowling, 5/5
35. The Wedding Caper,  Laura Briggs, 3/5
36. 12 Ways to Experience More with Your Husband: More Trust. More Passion. More Communication. ,  Cindi McMenamin, 3/5 (ARC)

My favourites were:
  • Helpless: a True Story, Rosie Lewis, 5/5
  • The art of the war, Sun Tzu, 5/5
  • My first book of bedtime stories, Tig Thomas 5/5
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris 5/5
  • That's not my puppy… its coat is too hairy, Fiona Watt; Rachel Wells 5/5
  • Harvey's Hideout, Russell Hoban 5/5 (ARC)
  • On the dog walk!, David J. Robertson, 5/5 (ARC)
  • Davy's Summer Vacation,  Brigitte Weninger, 5/5 (ARC)
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Hogwarts Library), J.K. Rowling, 5/5

Bookshelf:
- I bought 2 paperback books and 2 ebooks.
- I downloaded 21 ebooks
- ARC - 22

Money in Piggybank:
- Monthly: £36
- Total: £36

After writing this post I realised that I have some reviews to write. It was impossible so far due to personal responsibilities... During this week I will do it for sure!

So here they are the reviews that I need to write (lot's of work for me for the next days! 19 Books!!):

  • That's not my puppy… its coat is too hairy, Fiona Watt; Rachel Wells
  • Discover London (Discover Reading), Juliana O'Neill
  • Striking The Balance (Pico Bogue, #4), Dominique Roques
  • Lies We Tell Our Kids, Steve Hoover
  • Postcards from a War, Vanita Oelschlager
  • Piney the Goat Nanny: A true story of a little pig with a big heart, Leanne Lauricella
  • Seed School: Growing Up Amazing,  Joan Holub
  • Davy's Summer Vacation,  Brigitte Weninger
  • Discover London: Level 3 Reader,  Juliana O'Neill
  • Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • 101 Games to Play Before You Grow Up: Exciting and fun games to play anywhere, Walter Foster Jr. Creative Team
  • The View from Rainshadow Bay (Lavender Tides #1), Colleen Coble
  • The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World,  Tara Cousineau, DNF
  • Weddings Away: The New Destination Wedding and Getaway Wedding Celebrations Guide,  Sharon Naylor
  • Little Concepts: ABC French: Take a fun journey through the alphabet and learn some French!,  Daniel Roode
  • Megabat,  Anna Humphrey
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Hogwarts Library), J.K. Rowling
  • The Wedding Caper,  Laura Briggs
  • 12 Ways to Experience More with Your Husband: More Trust. More Passion. More Communication. ,  Cindi McMenamin
Happy readings guys!!!

The Book Worm

Monday, 29 January 2018

Friday, 26 January 2018

ARC #9 - Harvey's Hideout by Russel Hoban

 Harvey's Hideout
By Russel Hoban



Published: 4th February 2018
Genre: Children
Edition: Ebook
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 39
My rating: 5/5 
Goodreads rating: 4.2/5
Read: 2018

This book shows how a simple story can work so well.
The story is beautifully written and with lovely drawings.
A brother and a sister fighting each other... trying to show they were fine with their friends and with loads of activities and not needing each other... at the end...realised what was the most important in life....!
Emotional and touching.
Read it to my boys (son and hubby) and they loved it.
Also, brilliant drawings...

What did I not like the book?
Loved every page, but maybe the parents could be more active.

And what did I like?
The emotion in it.

Price 
Amazon: £11.52
For now just found in Amazon. After the book release you will be able to find in more places.

In Conclusion 
You can spend a very good family time with this book. Cannot stop reading it!



Family reading... or how it helps me to bound and get closer to my hubby and Little book worm

Family reading... 
or how it helps me to bound and get closer to my hubby and Little bookworm


I want to share with you something personal. Although this blog is mainly for book reviews, once in a while I like to bring some different issues to debate.
What do you feel about family reading time?
Personally, I just love it.
Have to confess. My boy is super young, three and a half months but the time we spend while reading is just unbelievable.
I wanted to get him used to have two storytimes a day. Once before the naptime the other just before going to sleep. I know... getting him used to this will make me have to do it for a very long time... but I am not concerned. Reading is good in so many areas. Helps develop speech and language, helps develop the brain and the ability of thinking by himself, develops creativity and above all is an amazing way for us to cuddle and bounding.

Other strategies include:

a) Reading next to him while he plays at his gym;

b) Always have books around him;

c) Going to bookshops frequently (he loves to explore while is in the carrier)

d) I make different sounds while reading (including calm voice at night to make him fall asleep);

e) we do it as a family time;




What can I say?
I feel so close to my family during this time.

And as a secret extra that he doesn't understand... I give his piggy bank one pound every time we finish a book at home. His book, mine or the daddy bookworm...

In this world where it's easier to watch tv and keep your kids quiet with a tablet or anything else related to technology I just want to influence my kid to love the books...

This money I will put in his account once a year... What a great way of saving money!

And you? Do you read to your kids? 



The Book Worm

Thursday, 25 January 2018

ARC #8 - Miss Winter's Demise and other crimes against Poetry by Paul Minton

 Miss Winter's Demise and other crimes against Poetry
By Paul Minton




Published: 28th January 2018
Genre: Children, poetry
Edition: Ebook
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 112
My rating: 4/5 
Goodreads rating: 4/5
Read: 2018

This is a very interesting poetry book. Since children almost always tend not to read and avoid poetry at any cost, this is a good book to introduce them to it. 
There are various poems with different subjects that children will enjoy. Some are funny, some are scary, but at the end, they all are written with good quality.
The drawings that sometimes accompany the poems are fun and makes the book lighter for children.

What did I not like the book?
Maybe it is a long book for children.
Once in a while, the subjects change very suddenly. It is not fun like that.

And what did I like?
Simple poetry for children.

Price 
Amazon: £6.99
For now just found on Amazon. After the book release, you will be able to find in more places.

In Conclusion 
This is a very nice poetry book for children. Totally recommend.
ARC from 2018.



Wednesday, 24 January 2018

ARC #7 - ABC for me: ABC Mindful me: ABC's for a happy, healthy mind and body by Walter Foster Jr. Creative team

ABC for me: ABC Mindful me: ABC's for a happy, healthy mind and body
By Walter Foster Jr. Creative team 




Published: 1st may 2018
Genre: Children
Edition: Ebook
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 36
My rating: 4/5 
Goodreads rating: 4.25/5
Read: 2018

If you have a toddler this is the perfect book to teach mindfulness and the ABC at the same time.
Simple and with a kind message. Teach empathy, mindfulness and how to be a better human and at the same time teach the ABC.
I had a good time with this little book.

What did I not like the book?
So short!

And what did I like?
The emotion and message attached to it.

Price 
Amazon: £10.99
For now just found on Amazon. After the book release, you will be able to find in more places.

In Conclusion 
If you want to teach kindness and the ABC all at once... try this book!
ARC from 2018.



#17 - The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz
By Heather Morris



Published: 11th January 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction, WWII
Edition: Ebook
Source: Bought
Pages: 288
My rating: 5/5 
Goodreads rating: 4.45/5
Read: 2018

The Plot 
This book is based on real people and real events in one of the most horrible times of world's history.
Imagine a man, imagine a girl, both confined in a concentration camp due to their faith. He knows her due to his job there: the tattooist of the camp. He is the one who marks the numbers that identify the people in there. Not name. Number.
She is shy. She is scare. She doesn't trust anyone.
And all of a sudden... Love starts to emerge. How unlikely is that?
At the same time the book describes the environment of fear, bribery, violence that these people leave.
Until one day.... when the war is over and they are separated again. 
Will their love get them together again? Will love win?
I will not spoil it and I will let you find out reading it.

Where the action takes place 
Different places in the WW II but mainly in Auschwitz.

How is it written
With lots of description based on the testimony of the real tattooist.

Waterstones: £12.99
Foyles: £12.99
WH Smith£12.99
Kobo: £3.66

In Conclusion 
Personally, I am fascinated with WWII. All aspects of it. So, when I heard about this book I knew this was one that I would buy. At the moment I prefer reading as an ebook (also due to the budget) but will be for sure one of the books to buy in hardback.
The story is lovely and one that you would never expect to happen: love in a concentration camp. How unlikely. Even more, because this is a true story. 
The author did a lot of research with the couple in the book. She wanted to tell their story to the world and they wanted to tell it. 
Never give up or lose hope. One life safe is better than none. 
And also... how can someone do that to people? Scarier... this really happened! Let's not forget. Let's not repeat. 
Very intense and emotional!

Fully recommend. One of my favourites so far.




Tuesday, 23 January 2018

ARC #6 - Knees by Vanita Oeslchlager

Knees
By Vanita Oeslchlager




Published: 1st may 2012
Genre: Children
Edition: Ebook
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 128
My rating: 3/5 
Goodreads rating: 3.94/5
Read: 2018

This book focuses on showing the kids and the community about what dyslexia is all about... in a simple way. Anyone at any age can understand this problem with the story and cartoons.
On the other hand, it shows that anyone can have a normal life, despite the difference.
Recommend for schools, parents and everyone who wants to know about this subject.

What did I not like the book?
Nothing negative that I can say about it.

And what did I like?
The fact that is so informative in an informal way.

Price 
Amazon: £7.35, Kindle: Free

In Conclusion 
A simple way of showing a complex problem.
Recommend for schools, parents and everyone who wants to know about this subject.
ARC from 2012.



#16 - My first book of bedtime stories by Tig Thomas

My first book of bedtime stories
By Tig Thomas



Published: 1st august 2016
Genre: Children
Edition: Paperbook 
Source: Bought
Pages: 512
My rating: 5/5 
Goodreads rating: 5/5
Read: 2018

The Plot 
This is a book of several children stories. It is divided in four parts: Once upon a time, strange and silly, animal antics and tricks and teases. They are short sotires, come of them I knew, some don't and it is beautifully written. Also it is accompained with beautiful drawings.

Where the action takes place 
Lots of different places of our imagination.

How is it written
Simple and beautiful language.

Likes 
The drawings, the stories.

Dislikes 
Nothing to say.

Amazon: from £1.35
Waterstones: £14.99
Foyles: £14.99
WH Smith: Out of stock!

In Conclusion 
This is quite an interesting activity to do with lil book worm. Although he is only three months old he is already really focus when we look at him and start telling stories. Last night I had this amazing experience seeing him smilling with the stories and at the same time falling asleep. I am reading as much as I can to him. It helps bounding and develop some things like attention and language. This book turned out to be an amazing tool. And I must say I bought it in WHSmith a few months ago for just £5!!!!




Monday, 22 January 2018

ARC #5 - The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble

The View from Rainshadow
By Colleen Coble



Published: 23rd January 2018
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Edition: Ebook
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 336
My rating: 3/5 
Goodreads rating: 4.08/5
Read: 2018


The past has a way of rising up and stepping into view when we least expect it.
This story starts with the death of Jack, Shauna's husband. An apparent accidental death that makes her living in a depressed mood. She has to take care of everything in her life by herself and they also had a son. Alone, depressed and with her heart closed to the world, the story starts with an explosion. ANd why was that important? Because someone close to her died. Following that death, a few more happened and no one can find out who is the murderer.
The story keeps going and we learn about her past and how her mother died and her siblings disappeared. Since that day, her father became alcoholic, a sad, desperate man.
Is everything connected? Maybe yes, maybe not. And if so, how?
At the same time, a love story emerges...
The story is the first of a new series of the author. Personally, this was my debut with this author.
I will not say that I loved the story. But at the same time, I did not hate it. I think it was ok.
The plot has the ingredients. Mystery, crime and love. Also, friendship and family.
When I started reading I was not straight away with the feeling that I cannot stop. But I gave it a chance and eventually I really wanted to know if what I was thinking was the truth.
However, I think the plot could be a bit more consistent and not so predictable. At the end, I had that feeling that something was missing to it.
Also, the characters should be a bit more strongly built. At the end, whoever falls in love were predictable, whoever dies, also and even the villains.
I will not say that I did not enjoy the reading. I did. But I am pretty sure It could be even better!
One last thing, I know that the book cover is related to something important to the story and also with the name of the series "Lavender tides". However, a mystery book, if I was at the bookshop to find a crime book to buy.... it would not be appealing to me.

Price 
Amazon: £8.99, kindle £6.99
Kobo: £6.99, Audiobook £22.79
Waterstones: £8.99
Foyles: £8.99
WHSmith: £6.99



#15 - The Holiday Swap by Zara Stoneley

The Holiday Swap
By Zara Stoneley



Published: 22 September 2016
Genre: Holiday, Christmas, romance
Edition: Ebook 
Source: Bought
Pages: 392
My rating: 4/5 
Goodreads rating: 3.86/5
Read: 2018
"Love does seem to be all around this christmas - and in the places Flo and Daisy least expect to find it, but where will they be in the new year?" 
By Goodreads 

The Plot 
Imagine three old friends. One (Flo) lives in Barcelona and goes on a Holiday with her boyfriend thinking he is going to propose. The second one (Daisy) is with her boyfriend and he proposes... and she doesn't know what to answer. The third, Anna, manages a short escape for the three. 
This is only the beginning.
When the three friends get together there is an idea of Flo and Daisy to swap lives for a couple of weeks. Flo goes to Daisy's house and Daisy goes to Flo's place. 
And then the action begins. Full of descriptions of amazing places, new friendships and, who knows... love.
A not so Christmas story...
A journey of self-discovery and adventures. 

Where the action takes place 
Flo's place is Barcelona and Daisy's place is a small place Tipermere, Cheshire.

How is it written
Really good descriptions that make us want to go to the English Countryside or Barcelona!
Romantic views as well.

Likes 
The descriptions.
The fact that doesn't focus on Christmas per si but on the relationships.

Dislikes 
The fact that Anna's character is not that important. She barely appears.

Price 
Amazon: £7.99; Kindle: £2.99
Waterstones: £7.99
Foyles: £7.99
WH Smith: £5.59
Kobo: £2.99

In Conclusion 
A very nice book to read. Flirty, easy going, charming and with amazing descriptions. This book made me want to get a flight and travel to Barcelona or a train to go to the English Countryside. 
On the other hand, the history itself it is quite real and people can relate to that to a certain extent.
I think that this book would really make a very nice, light and funny romantic comedy movie. It has everything: drama, romance, funny and clumsy bits!
Totally recommend. 




Sunday, 21 January 2018

ARC #4 - Herding Cats by Sarah Anderson

 Herding Cats
By Sarah Anderson



Published: 27th March 2018
Genre: Comics
Edition: Ebook
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 116
My rating: 4/5 
Goodreads rating: 5/5
Read: 2018


Go make stuff!
First ARC of 2018 that is not published yet. 
This is another book from Sarah's Scribbles series. It is comics for adults. And we can relate to them so easily. 
They are funny and easy going to read. Seeing it available as ARC I thought that I really wanted to have it. And I was not disappointed.
The author makes jokes with daily stuff in a clever way. It is so lovely to read and just get away of our daily problems...
The second part of the book she focus on the creation process... which is very important. She sends the message that we should never give up on our dreams... on our hope... something that in our society is so easy to happen. People do not encourage others to persue their happiness... People do not like someone else's success...

What did I not like the book?
Could have a few more comics! I would spend ours reading them.

And what did I like?
The message and of course the drawings.

Price 
Amazon: £9.99
For now just found in Amazon. After the book release you will be able to find in more places.

In Conclusion 
This is a very pleasant book to read. Totally recommend if you want to have a good time!




#14 The art of war

The Art of the war
By Sun Tzu





Published: 2500 years ago
Genre: Nonfiction, classics, politics, philosophy, politics
Edition: Audiobook
Source: Free download
Pages: 273
My rating: 5/5 
Goodreads rating: 3.96/5
Read: 2018
"The supreme art of the war is to subdue the enemy without fighting."

The Plot 
This book was written 2500 years ago by a chinese militar.
This book is really actual. The reader can recognise strategies that can still be adopted by the great leaders. 
Although is written in millitary language, if we think of it as a metaphor, we can relate with our daily lives.
I could show several quotes but it is really interesting reading it.

Where the action takes place 
China.

How is it written
The translation is good and simple. Military language.

Likes 
The metaphor.
The audiobook.
Easy to read.
Dislikes 
Nothing to report.

Price 
Amazon: £2.00; Kindle: Free
WH Smith: £7
Kobo: £1.99; audiobook £10.51
Web: Free audiobook and ebook.

In Conclusion 
This is a classic of literature that everybody should read. It is good in the military camp or as a metaphor for business.
It is also the kind of book easy to read.