The Liebster Award!


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Hey everyone! I was nominated for a Liebster Award by Maca from Books are My Lovers!  Thank you so much for the nomination!  😀

The Liebster Award is a chain award that was created by bloggers, and is a tradition to make new friends in the blogging community.

The rules –

  1. Thank and link the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions given by the nominator.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers and link them.
  4. Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer.
  5. Notify all nominees via social media/blogs.

Here are the questions made by Maca!

1. What is the book that you are currently reading right now?

I am currently reading “The Assassin’s Blade” by Sarah J. Maas and it’s pretty good so far!

2. Do you like movie adaptations of books? What adaptation lived up to your expectations and would recommend?

There are some movie adaptations of books I like, but I normally don’t watch too many of them since I sometimes think that they can’t get up on the same level as the book.  Two movie adaptations that I liked that were based off of books were “Shrek” and “Coraline” and I would highly recommend these movies to anyone!

3. In your opinion what book has the best cover ever?

Hmmmm…that’s a tough question, but the cover I guess I liked the best so far is the cover of “The Assassin’s Blade!”

4. What is your favorite/s book genre?

My favorite book genres are children’s books, romance (especially Historical Romance), comic books and horror.

5. What is the book that you’ve read the most number of times?

I’ve read “The Fool and the Flying Ship” by Eric Metaxas over 20 times now since I really loved that book!

6. In case of calamity (fire,flood etc) and you only have a chance to save a few books that you can carry in your arms. What are those books?

Some books I would try to save are my Harry Potter series, The Fool and the Flying Ship, Klutz by Henrik Drescher and Joss Whedon’s run on “Astonishing X-Men.”

7. What do you enjoy doing aside from reading?

I enjoy exercising and traveling across the country.

8. What do you prefer, physical copy or ebook? Why?

I prefer physical copies because whenever I’m writing a review, I would always have a book by me in its physical format while with ebooks, it would be hard for me to review a book if I have to look on the computer all the time to figure what happened in the books.  Also, with physical books I can show off my book collection a lot easier.

9. If you are given a chance who is the author you would want to be close friends with?

I would like to be close friends with Neil Gaiman since I think his books are highly creative and it would nice to be friends with an author who has so much creativity as I do!

10. What is your favorite part of the year?

This one’s tricky since I have two parts of the year that I really enjoy!  I like Summer because that’s the time of the year where I travel a lot and I like Winter because Christmas is my favorite holiday!

11. What is the first book you would instantly recommend to someone you just met? Like me?

I would recommend the Harry Potter series since that was the first series that really got me into reading books in series in general.

Here are my Questions:

1. What was the first book series you have read?

2. What movie adaptation of a book did you enjoyed and what movie adaptation of a book did you hated?

3. What underrated book would you recommend for anyone to read?

4. What are your pet peeves about books?

5. Do you read comic books or children’s books?

6. Who is your favorite literary hero and heroine?

7. What book character would you like to meet in real life?

8. What’s the scariest book you had ever read?

9. Do you have a page for other blogs you stalk?

10. Do you use Instagram to show pictures of your book collection?

11. Are there any good books you would like to recommend to anyone?

11 Bloggers I’ve Nominated:

1. Brewing Up Books

2. Evil Queen and the Flying Monkeys Reads

3. Check My Books

4. The Rainbow Bookshelf

5. Treasured Tales for Young Adults

6. Reading to the Stars and Back

7. Disappear into Reading

8. Words in a teacup

9. A Bibliophile’s Style

10. A Bookie and Foodie

11. Dat Little Blog

The Sunday Post Meme (11)


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Hey everybody! I am participating in a book meme called the Sunday Post which is being hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer! The goal of this meme is to share news you have on various books and things you’ve read or received and also talk about what is coming up for your blog! Book hauls can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books and you can share these finds with other book bloggers!

Well, it’s the second week of March and this had to be the day where we had to “Spring Ahead” in daylight savings time (Spring Forward for some people).  Seriously, this tends to annoy me whenever we have to change timelines every time the seasons change because I have to remember to change the clocks around the house just to make sure that I get the right time.  But, at least it’s the start of a new Spring season! 

What Happened Last Week

Puss in Boots by Eric Metaxas Review

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Peachboy by Eric Metaxas Review

Peachboy (1991)

Finn McCoul by Brian Gleeson Review

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Totally Random

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Well, that’s the Sunday News for today and I will have more news for the various books I’ve read in the near future!

Posted on Sunday, March 8, 2015

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Finn McCoul by Brian Gleeson


Finn McCoul Book Cover

Blog 2 Info

Genre: Ireland / Giants / Folktale / Humor / Family

Year Published: 1991

Year Read: 2009

Publisher: Rabbit Ears Books

Series: We All Have Tales

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“Finn McCoul” is an Irish folktale from the creative company Rabbit Ears Productions and is about how Finn McCoul must face his nemesis Cuculin and only his wife, Una, knows how to handle the giant brute. “Finn McCoul” is a great tale about true cunning that many children will enjoy for many years.

Blog 3 Summary

When Finn McCoul was born, he was no bigger than a fire-breathing dragon, which was too small for a giant. King Coul, Finn’s father, was so displeased at the size of his son that he throws Finn over the castle wall and into the water. Luckily, King Coul’s mother sees Finn in the water and she saves him from drowning and she decides to raise the boy herself in the woods. Many years later, Finn grows up into a man and he decided to leave his grandmother to become a great hero. Eventually, Finn finds a giant woman named Una who was extremely beautiful and they got married and lived on top of a mountain in a castle.

However, the reason why Finn made his home on top of the mountain was because it was the only way to avoid Cuculin. Cuculin was a fearsome giant who once flatten a thunderbolt into a pancake and he would always show it to his foes to remind them of the beating they are about to receive from him. Cuculin tried to find Finn McCoul, but Finn would always run away from him before battle. One day, Finn was helping his friends build the causeway from Ireland to Scotland when he started gnawing on his thumb. Whenever Finn starts gnawing on his thumb, he immediately sees the future and he found out that Cuculin was coming after him and he decided to go straight home to Una. When Finn got home, he told Una about Cuculin and she tells Finn that she needs time to think about how to deal with Cuculin.

What is Una’s plan and can Finn defeat Cuculin?

Watch the rest of this video to find out!

Blog 4 Pros

Catherine O’Hara does a splendid job narrating this story especially as she uses an Irish accent so effectively to narrate this heroic Irish tale. Boys of the Lough’s music is beautiful and truly captures the true spirit of Irish music as the tunes are cheerful and old fashioned. Peter deSeve’s illustrations are beautiful and hilarious at the same time, especially during the scenes of Cuculin lifting up Finn’s house to make the wind move away from the house as he was instructed by Una to do so.

Blog 6 Overall

“Finn McCoul” is a wonderful tale from Ireland about how it is wise to be cunning whenever a bully threatens you and it will be an instant classic for children who love comedy and folktales. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since there are some Irish names that might be too hard for smaller children to pronounce such as “Cuculin” and “Una.”

5 stars

Also reviewed at: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

Peachboy by Eric Metaxas


Peachboy (1991)Blog 2 Info

Genre: Japan / Monsters / Fantasy / Folktale

Year Published: 1991

Year Read: 2008

Publisher: Rabbit Ears Books

Series: We All Have Tales

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“Peachboy” is one of the classics from Rabbit Ears’ “We All Have Tales” series and is probably the most dramatic and heartwarming story out of the whole series since “East of the Sun West of the Moon.” With Sigourney Weaver’s tender narration, along with Ryuichi Sakamoto’s mesmerizing music and Jeffrey Smith’s beautiful illustrations, “Peachboy” is an instant classic that cannot be beat!

Blog 4 Pros

Sigourney Weaver’s narration is so tender and soothing that she helps reinforce the intensity of this story, especially during the scenes of the emotional loss for the parents who lost their children to the ogres. Ryuichi Sakamoto’s music brilliantly captures the Japanese influence of the story making this story dramatic. Jeffrey Smith’s illustrations are beautiful as they brilliantly capture the essence of the Japanese characters. The image that probably stood out the most would be the image of Momotaro himself as he has a small and distinguished looking mustache and wears a traditional green Japanese outfit with a red belt that makes him look more heroic.

Blog 5 Cons

Parents should know that the scene with the ogres might be a little scary to younger children. The ogres are drawn so realistically that smaller children will definitely be frightened and what will frighten children even more is the fact that these ogres had kidnapped many of the village’s children when they were young. This part of the story might scare young children as they will probably think that the ogres will kidnapped them at the middle of the night and parents should explain to their children that this is merely a fairy tale and that most of the creatures in this book (except the dog, pheasant and ape) are imaginary.

Blog 6 Overall

“Peachboy” is a fantastic tale from Japan about the true power of friendship and courage and children will easily watch this video over and over again. I would recommend this video to children ages five and up since the scenes with the ogres might be too scary for smaller children.

5 stars

Also reviewed at: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

Puss in Boots by Eric Metaxas


 

Puss in Boots Book Cover

Blog 2 Info

Genre:  France / Fairy Tale / Animals
Year Published: 1991
Year Read:  2009

Publisher:   Rabbit Ears Books

Series: We All Have Tales

Blog 1 Introduction logo“Puss in Boots” is another classic story from Rabbit Ears Productions about how a clever feline tries to make his master a prince in order to save his own life.  With Tracey Ullman’s hilarious narration, Jean Luc Ponty’s elegant music and Pierre Le-Tan’s beautiful illustrations, “Puss in Boots” will be an instant treat for children both young and old.

Blog 4 Pros

Tracey Ullman’s narration is hilarious and creative at the same time as she narrates this story with such energy.  Tracey Ullman effectively uses both a proper tone and a French accent to narrate this story as she narrates the story in a proper tone and she uses a French accent when she is voicing the characters.  One of my most favorite scenes in this video was when Puss in Boots was pretending to be dead and a rabbit approaches him and says:

“Oh!  Looks like that there kitty is dead!  I guess I’ll just help myself to some of that there lettuce he’s got in his bag.  Uh-huh! Yep!”

Jean Luc Ponty’s music is extremely elegant and modern at the same time as he uses an electronic keyboard to capture the modern day feel to the story while at the same time, he brings an elegant sound to the score to emphasize the fairy tale element feel to the story.  Pierre Le-Tan’s illustrations are beautiful as the images are extremely colorful and the characters in the story also look a bit hilarious since their heads are all the same oval shape, even Puss in Boots has the same shaped head as the human characters do.

Blog 5 ConsParents should know that the narration in this story might be a bit too hard to follow, especially when Tracey Ullman uses a French accent in voicing the characters and she tends to jumble her words a bit when she is speaking in a French accent.  Also, there is some advanced vocabulary in this video that younger children might not understand very well and parents should try to go over the words with their child so that way they would not be very confuse with the words.

Blog 6 Overall“Puss in Boots” is a hilarious and wonderful classic from Rabbit Ears that will have children rolling around laughing for a long time.  I would recommend this book to children ages six and up since there is some vocabulary that smaller children might have a hard time understanding and because the narration might be a bit too hard to understand since Tracey Ullman is barely understandable when she is speaking in a French accent

5 stars

Also reviewed at: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

The Sunday Post Meme (10)


SundayPost

Hey everybody! I am participating in a book meme called the Sunday Post which is being hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer! The goal of this meme is to share news you have on various books and things you’ve read or received and also talk about what is coming up for your blog! Book hauls can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books and you can share these finds with other book bloggers!

Alright, it’s the beginning of March and that means more new books to explore!  I was out with a head cold last week and it caused me to not catch up with my reading, but now that I’m getting better, I’m actually getting back to reading more books than ever before!

What Happened Last Week

Off-Topic Discussions #8: What are some bookish problems you faced?

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Story Discussions #6: Koi and the Kola Nuts (1991)

Koi and the Kola Nuts (1991)

Blogosphere Fun

Well, that’s the Sunday News for today and I will have more news for the various books I’ve read in the near future!

Posted on Sunday, March 1, 2015

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