Monday, February 8, 2016

All About Middle Grade Review: The Real Princess Diaries

The Real Princess Diaries by Grace Norwich, August 25, 2015. 96 pages. Published by Scholastic. Source: ARC from publisher.
This inside look at real-life princesses will explore the true and often inspiring stories behind happily ever after.

A deep dive into the royal world of a princess! Featuring princesses from around the world and all of time. The Real Princess Diaries explores everything it means to be royal. Each spread includes portraits of the princesses, in-depth bios, crowning achievements, and family trees. Learn which princesses have official royal duties, and which ones simply reign. Plus bonus sidebars about ladies in waiting, the crowned jewels, royal outfits, and princes, this will be the definitive royal guide. Full-color photos, with a modern layout make this a must read for princess fans everywhere. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

On My Mind (6) January Wrap-Up and Thoughts

While I'm not one for doing end of month wrap-up posts, I thought "why not" just try it once. Who knows, I might like might like. *let's try something different, yes*

I am 90% sure that I will not be able to repeat the number of books devoured this month again this year. Though, I am happy to say that so far 2016 is off to a wonderful start when it comes to books. I have enjoyed every book I read; sure over half were rereads and off my non-review TBR. But after last year, that's exactly how I needed to start the year.

Now, you'll notice that I did not sign up for any reading challenges nor did I accept the GR reading goal challenge. The reason being is that this year, unlike year's before, I want to focus on quality not quantity with what I'm going to read and spend my time on- book-wise that is.I just really want a fresh bookish start this year. And to do that, I knew that I would need to step back from not only book challenges but also cutback on blog tours, as well.

What I Read- January 2016
  • 50 Things You Should Know about the First World War [GR | Review]
  • Noodles & Albie [GR | Review]
  • The Real Princess Diaries [GR | Review]
  • Jason and the Argonauts [GR | Review]
  • Baltimore Catechism III [GR]
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone *audio* [GR]
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe [GR]
  • Oedipus the King [GR | Review]
  • Oedipus at Colonus [GR | Review]
  • Antigone [GR | Review]
  • Chief Truths of the Faith [GR]
  • Mass and the Sacraments [GR]
  • See How They Run [GR | Review]
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets *audio* [GR]
  • Catholic Morality [GR]
  • Ouran High School Host Club, vol 1 [GR]
  • Introduction to the Bible [GR]
  • Beyond the Door [GR | Review]
  • Ouran High School Host Club, vol 2 [GR]
  • Ouran High School Host Club, vol 3 [GR]
With the exception of the first three books, I have been getting deep into books about faith and returning to my love of classic books. For January, I really just went with whatever caught my attention because I wanted to start the year off on a good foot with reading.

My personal favorites, that were not rereads, from January were-

  • Oedipus the King
  • Oedipus at Colonus
  • Antigone
  • See How They Run
  • Jason and the Argonauts

January also saw the close of my first round of  #OTSPSecretSister. I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun I had participating in the project. I was somewhat nervous going in, but everyone (and I mean everyone) was just so nice and welcoming that it ended up being one of the best things of last year.
  I feel very fortunate to have meet so many wonderful people through the six months it went on. So much so, that I even signed up for the next round because saying goodbye to the whole project was just something I did not want to do. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wish List Wednesday:The Telling Stone

The Telling Stone (Time Out of Time, 2) by Maureen Doyle McQuerry, May 12, 2015. Published by Amulet Books.
The race of the free Scots shall flourish, if this prediction is not false: wherever the Stone of Destiny is found, they shall prevail by the right of Heaven.

Following the malicious attack by Balor the One-Eyed, Timothy James returns home to tend to his ill mother. Jessica, feeling lost and alone, is left at the Traveler’s Market to try to rescue Sarah, Timothy’s sister, who’s imprisoned there. Meanwhile, Balor has concocted a plot to use Jessica as bait to draw Timothy into the battle between Light and Dark…

The children must embark on a quest to seek the Four Treasures of the Market—including the all-important Telling Stone. Armed with an ancient map that contains a secret code, they travel to Scotland, where the stone is rumored to be hidden. In their quest, they are both helped and hindered by characters from the pages of myth and folklore. Balor will stop at nothing to prevent them from completing their quest, and it will require courage, cunning, and cooperation for them to survive. Each discovers unexpected strengths when it seems all hope has been lost.
Why: After reading Beyond the Door last week, I am in dire need of The Telling Stone. There was just so much left hanging in the balance at the end of the first one that I need more. I really enjoyed everything about book one and cannot wait to get my hands on the second installment to see where the story will go next!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Beyond the Door

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, February 1, 2016

All About Middle Grade Review: Beyond the Door

Beyond the Door (Time Out of Time, 1) by Maureen Doyle McQuerry, March 1, 2014. 384 pages. Published by Amulet Books. Source: author.
With his love of learning and the game of Scrabble, Timothy James feels like the only person who understands him is his older sister, Sarah, and he’s fairly certain nothing interesting will ever happen to him. But one night, while his parents and sister are away, the door opens, and mythical creatures appear in his own living room! Soon, a mystery of unparalleled proportions begins to unfold, revealing an age-old battle of Light against Dark, and Timothy must embark on a quest to prevent the Dark from controlling the future and changing the past. But he can’t complete the quest alone. Timothy has to team up with his sister and the school bully, Jessica, to face an ancient evil, and in the process, this unlikely trio discover they are each more than meets the eye.
First Sentence:
Stooped and shuffling, the man slipped soundlessly through the shadows of night.
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