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review 2017-07-25 04:43
Owly is just so adorable!
Owly, Vol. 3: Flying Lessons - Andy Runton



In Flying Lessons, Owly learns about acceptance and overcoming fears when he tries to make a new friend. Along with his friend, Wormy, Owly finds a strange new creature. When they try to find it in a book, they realize the creature is a flying squirrel and that its main predator is the owl. Owly is still determined to befriend the flying squirrel and Wormy tries to help.


The artwork is in black & white which allows the focus to be mainly on the character’s faces as they express complex emotions. Younger readers can appreciate the simple pictures and story, and older kids and adults will get the deeper meaning. The wordless stories leave room for children to come up with their own interpretations.


I loved this story, so cute, and so touching. This is a great graphic novel series, that should be part of every elementary school library.

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text 2017-06-21 19:34
Top Read and Sold this week on Amazon.com (or: In my lifetime will the Harry Potter books ever not be chart toppers?)
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Camino Island: A Novel - John Grisham
Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel - Mark Sullivan
Come Sundown - Nora Roberts
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life - Mark Manson
I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons - Kevin Hart,Neil Strauss
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate - Al Franken
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis - J.D. Vance

I'm just noticing https://www.amazon.com/charts showing the current week's most read and most sold books.  I put the top five most read fiction and nonfiction at top of this post, visit the link for all of them. 


Anyone know what these colored triangles mean?  UPDATE — thanks to Grimlock's comment on another post — triangles refer to movement up/down on the chart.





Source: www.amazon.com/charts
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review 2017-06-18 15:47
Life Lessons from Catsass - Claude Comba... Life Lessons from Catsass - Claude Combacau

First of all, I love the cat's name. It matches his personality perfectly.

Usually, this kind of book just makes me chuckle, but this one made me laugh out loud numerous times.

I loved how it poked fun at all the popular fads of the moment (like adult coulouring and activity books), but it does it in such a comical way that it entices you to, after you stop laughing, get your pencils out and try to solve that damned maze. (well, it enticed me, and I'm not so easily swayed when it comes to these fads...)


The humour was witty and just the right amount of snarky.

Only remark; I don't think the 'April fools' joke on p 102-103 translated to English, as there is no real equivalent for 'poisson d'avril'. But I thought it was really funny anyways, transported me right back to my childhood.


I received an ARC for this book through Netgalley, this has had no influence on my opinion.

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review 2017-06-16 00:44
Is it better to know for sure or to live with hope?
Swimming Lessons - Claire Fuller

How could I not enjoy a book that is set in a house with books piled up against all the walls, on the sofa and spread over all flat surfaces? But the interesting thing about all these books is that they have been collected, not for the book itself, but for the "marginalia", the writings and doodles that previous owners have added, or maybe a letter or other insert, left by a past reader.

OK, I admit, I hate books to be written in or pages turned down, yet this idea of "marginalia" does appeal to me.


So, when Ingrid decides to write her story in letters to her husband, it is totally in keeping that she will hide these letters inside various books around the house, always appropriately chosen for the theme of the given letter. Will he ever find them, or even realise that they are there?

She tells of her meeting with her college professor, their courtship and eventual marriage; how she felt and what she discovered over the years. In the end she leaves/disappears, her two daughters and Gil, her husband are left questioning her fate. Is it better to know or to live with hope?


The characterisations are excellent, we really get to know Ingrid, the two sisters, Flora and Nan, their father, his friend Jonathan and Flora's boyfriend, Richard - although we don't necessarily like them all. There's a lot going on behind the scenes, and it's the gradual reveal that is the essence of this book.


Gil is now old but still lives in the isolated beach house of Flora and Nan's childhood. When the story begins he is sure he has glimpsed his missing wife through a window and he sets out after her, falling and injuring himself. When he is hospitalised it brings the girls back to their childhood home to care for him. Did he see his wife that day?

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review 2017-06-13 15:20
I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons
I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons - Kevin Hart,Neil Strauss
I Picked Up This Book Because: Kevin Hart wrote it. You dog on right I’m going to read it.

This book depicts the beginnings of Kevin Hart. From short kid with zero free time, thanks to his mom’s determination to keep him off the streets, to the superstar funny man we all know and love today. It wasn’t an easy trip and his success didn’t happen overnight but it is so inspiring. Kevin has a drive and determination that so few people have. His ability to shrug off the negative, the rejections, the setbacks have surely served him well.

The book covers his personal life also. From growing up with a semi estranged dad who was on drugs to his mother’s protectiveness to his relationship with his ex-wife and the beginnings of his relationship with his current wife. I love the way he speaks of his children and how he wants them to know that they have because of his hustle and they will need to develop their own once they are adults.

I feel like this book is perfect for anyone who is ready to chase their dream. Who needs motivation and encouragement to keep going even with the plan is not working as you thought it would.

The Random Thoughts:

I would have loved to listen to this in audiobook form. If Kevin narrates it's going to be amazingly funny.

The Score Card:


4 Stars
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