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review 2018-11-28 02:55
HAT by Renee Paule, illustrated by GR Hewitt
Hat - Renée Paule,G R Hewitt

HAT

written by Renee Paule 

illustrated by G R Hewitt

Paperback, 36 pages

Published May 2018 by RPG Publishing

099350986X (ISBN13: 9780993509865)

 

The colors that G R Hewitt used in the illustrations is great. A lot of colors, more muted rather than overly stimulating bright.

Paule describes each hat with shorter and longer words, which makes it a wonderful book to help young readers to learn some "big" vocabulary words, without making it feel like work. I really enjoyed the book, and the little comprehension test that she includes at the end.

 

 

***This book was won in a Booklikes giveaway held by the auther, in exchange for a fair review. ***

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text 2018-11-24 22:30
Festive Cats!

I've been pulling out the Christmas decorations, and as cats are wont to do, two of my four have found places to hang out, right in the thick of things!

 

 

Jonesy wants to make sure that he gets a stocking full of cat toys, and Brie has found a cozy spot on an old Christmas quilt that doubles as a tree skirt, right under the living room Christmas tree!

 

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text 2018-11-24 16:30
Moonlight Snow's 2018 Bookish Advent Tracking Post

 

I will be tracking my bookish advent season here! I'm still in the process of organizing things, but I think I've got things dialed in at this point, and I can focus more on the tasks/reading

 

 

RUNNING TOTAL: 21

 

Planning update:

 

With U.S. Thanksgiving on Thursday, I should have a bit of extra time to read and post. Like MBD, I plan on a bit of a flood of catching up on tasks - including some for my as yet uncompleted holidays: Diwali & International Day of Tolerance.

 

I've also got some books on my agenda: I picked up one of Cara Black's Aimee LeDuc books on my last trip to Wallace Books, which will fulfill the reading component of International Day of Tolerance (set in Paris), and I have the second Jane Harper mystery - Force of Nature - checked out of the library, which will fulfill the reading component of Melbourne Cup (set in Australia). I'm also considering between a few non-fiction possibilities for the reading element of Diwali.

 

Door 10: Bon Om Touk

 

Task 1:  Make a paper boat and post a picture of it.   Instructions, if needed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiAWx8odStA

 

Task 2: If you’ve ever attended a procession or an event involving festively decked out boats, post a picture and tell us about it.

 

Task 3: Bon Om Touk celebrates the end of the rainy season. Tell us: What’s your favorite type of rainy day book – and do you have a favorite drink or snack to go with your rainy day reading? Photos welcome!

 

Task 4: Which are your 3 favorite books where a key character is “moonlighting”?

 

Post for Tasks 2, 3, & 4 is here.

 

Book: Read a book that takes place at sea or on a river OR with water on the cover OR where the plot involves a festival or the moon plays a pivotal role in the plot.

 

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text 2018-11-24 16:29
Door 10: Bon Om Touk

 

Task 2: If you’ve ever attended a procession or an event involving festively decked out boats, post a picture and tell us about it.

 

Like many river cities, Portland has an annual Christmas boat parade. I've only managed to get down to the river to see it a couple of times - the last time was when my kids were very young and my husband and I took them to dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory, which has an amazing river view. It was a lot of fun, and was very festive! People really deck out their boats for the holidays:

 

 

 

I don't have any pictures from the occasion, so I had to make do with this photo from google images.

 

 

Task 3: Bon Om Touk celebrates the end of the rainy season. Tell us: What’s your favorite type of rainy day book – and do you have a favorite drink or snack to go with your rainy day reading? Photos welcome!

 

Well, I live in Oregon, so pretty much every book is a rainy day book! In all seriousness, though, there's nothing like a mystery - especially of the Golden Age variety - for a rainy day. There's something so comfortable about curling up on the sofa with a quilt, a cup of coffee/tea or glass of wine, and whiling the rainy day reading (or re-reading) one of Dame Agatha's mystery.

 

Pictures of my favorite cozy reading spot:

 

 

 

Task 4: Which are your 3 favorite books where a key character is “moonlighting”?

 

Cozy mysteries lend themselves very well to this category, because most of them have main characters who moonlight as amateur sleuths:

 

1. Anything with Miss Marple, who is a fluffy old lady moonlighting as a detective;

2. The Brother Cadfael mysteries, with a monk who moonlights solving mysteries;

3. Discount Armageddon & Midnight Blue Light Special, where the cryptozoologist cum monster slayer Verity Price moonlights as a ballroom dancer.

 

Book: Read a book that takes place at sea or on a river OR with water on the cover OR where the plot involves a festival or the moon plays a pivotal role in the plot.

 

I think I will reread Death on the Nile for this one!

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text 2018-11-23 18:54
Door 9: Thanksgiving

Task 1: List the 3 books you’ve read this year you’re most “thankful” for (your favs) or the one book you’ve ever read that changed your life for the better.

 

There are a few books that I've read that changed my life for the better. Three of those books are:

 

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Annie Dillard  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis Devil in Winter - Lisa Kleypas 

 

There are many more than just three, but I'm picking these for the following reasons:

 

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek was a book I read during law school, at a time when I was very much grappling with those deep things with which one mostly grapples when young. I fell in love with Annie Dillard's words, and her seeking. I've reread it many times over the years, and I always come away with something new.

 

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe was the first fantasy book that I can remember reading, and it spawned in me a love of books, and specifically of fantasy, that has stood me in good stead throughout my entire life.

 

Devil in Winter is a bit of an odd choice, I know. But it cured me of a pretty bad case of book snobbery a few years back, and was just a really fun introduction back into the joys of the romance genre, especially historical romance.

 

Task 3: Name a book you’ve read this year that you thought was full of “stuffing”.

Pirate King - Laurie R. King 

 

I finally managed to finish The Pirate King, which is the weakest entry in Laurie King's Mary Russell series by far. It was definitely full of stuffing, as the series can easily be enjoyed even with just skipping this one, which I do recommend.

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