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review 2017-09-21 16:28
Alycat and the Monday Blues by Alysson Foti Bourque
Alycat and the Monday Blues - Alysson Foti Bourque

Ok I have to just say I am a 40 something woman and I loved this adorable book. This is one book I really enjoyed not only reading to the kids but I personally enjoyed it. Not just the story either. The illustrations are are top notch. They are so colorful, bright, and eye catching. The pictures themselves pretty much tell the story without the words. The story itself is great. Not only is is a sweet story but it also teaches a lesson. I really like reading stories to the kids that have meaning more then just a cutesy story. 


The story is about Alycat. Alycat wakes up on a Monday morning and just can't get it together. She just wants to go back to bed. Lord knows I have a lot of Mondays as I am sure we all do. Mom tells her she must go to school an that she must work out her problems. 


One of her biggest worries for the day is the talent show is coming up the next day and she has no clue what her talent will be. Still worrying and thinking about what she would do for the show she ran across Spotty. Spotty was practicing his saxophone for the show, he played wonderfully but wanted some lyrics to go with his music. Together they decide Spotty would play the sax and Alycat would sing. Both friends get very excited and now can't wait for tomorrow.


Alysson Foti Bourque has done a wonderful job with this story and Chiara Civati has done a wonderful job with the illustrations. This book would make a great bedtime story or even a great story when your child is having a bad day. 

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quote 2017-09-20 06:36
If I´d known how the week was going to turn out I would have sent it back first thing Monday and asked for a refund.
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text 2017-08-22 14:07
It's... Not Really... Monday! But What Are You Reading Anyway? | 8/22/2017



It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself.  It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile!  So welcome in everyone.  This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey.  Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.  And here we are!


'Cause it's actually Tuesday, but that's because I didn't get around to writing this post until late, then forgot to schedule it to post.  And I don't have anything else to post right now...

I'm in a semi-slump right now, having a book I'm not really getting into, as well as being distracted by a multiple number of things.  My parents are watching a television series that is actually quite interesting and I've been joining them at random times.  Then there's Halloween Bingo, which I'll admit, is causing me to spend more time looking for books rather than reading them.

I'm so excited to start playing that I can't concentrate very well!

But anyway...



What I Read Last Week


It looks like I read a lot of things, but to be fair, I started Bare Essentials the week previous and had already finished half before last week.  And aside from The Trouble with Mistletoe and In Too Deep, the rest were short stories/novellas.

Still, accomplishment feels good!



What I'm Currently Reading


Colder Than Ice is proving a little hard for me to get into, though to be fair, I've only gotten a chapter and a half in.  But I'm not feeling it anyway, so I'm considering putting it on hold or something.  I should be finishing the other two books pretty soon.



What I'm Planning to Read Next


Three novellas for COYER, one book from the library that I just want to get read.  Pretty straight forward.



Other Plans On the Blog


The next week or so, I'll probably end up spending more time making plans for Halloween Bingo.  I'm going to determine what kind of updates posts I want to write, and how I will update my tracking/summary page, and also how I will handle my reading schedule.

But that's pretty much it, as I don't have any other plans.



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/08/its-not-really-monday-but-what-are-you.html
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? | 8/7/2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself.  It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile!  So welcome in everyone.  This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey.  Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.  And here we are!

I sometimes fall off the grid of blogging for a few days at a time.  Whether for real life business or just because I'm not feeling up to blogging... or maybe I just don't have anything to blog at the moment.

This time around, it really was just a combination of things:

I didn't feel like blogging anything, but I also didn't really have anything to blog.  I probably would have had something to blog, but I had made a decision to commit a combined series review for the last three Steele Street books I just finished reading.  So no book updates or reviews were scheduled for posting.

Not even for the one audio book I also finished, Mystique by Amanda Quick... mainly because I wasn't in a reviewing mood and couldn't really think of much to say about Mystique except that it had it's flaws and I got frustrated with some of it, but it was enjoyable overall.  How do you even create a formal, or even informal, review for that?  (Although to be fair, every time I say that I can't think of what to say, I sit down and start typing, and the next thing I know, I've got at least three paragraphs.)

Anyway, I'm still sort of nursing a Book Game Hangover with the ending of Booklikes-opoly.  And even while COYER is still in play, I hadn't really felt like writing anything since those last few posts on July 31st.  My monthly wrap ups are usually pre-drafted, so they don't really count.

So here I am, hijacking a book meme for the purpose of updating anyone who cares about what's been going on... which really has been a whole lot of nothing, but working and reading and sleeping, and generally just lazing around when I'm not working or reading or sleeping.

I probably won't continue this meme on a weekly basis, but there's no doubting that it's a nice way to make an update on the blogosphere!  The 'It's Monday!' meme might make another appearance if I ever seem to be on a blogging slump.



What I Read Last Week


I'm including all the books I had read starting last Monday to this Sunday.  Technically, I started reading Cold Memory prior to last week, but I spent a good portion of my time finishing it over that weekend and didn't quite finish until last Monday.

And as I'd stated, I just recently finished the last three Steele Street books, an audio book that was quite intriguing (Amanda Quick, after all), and a short story I squeezed in last minute on the 31st.

Cold Memory and Dream a Little Dream (in the A Christmas to Remember anthology) are the only two books I've posted a review for so far.



What I'm Currently Reading


I have a thing about having at least one audio book, one physical book, and one e-book going simultaneously.  It guarantees me options no matter where I am.  Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt is an audio book I decided on as a last minute whim after finishing Mystique.  Thicker Than Water by Maggie Shayne has been on my TBR and a specific planned read for August since last week.  I still need an e-book, which brings me to what I plan to read next...



What I'm Planning to Read Next


I've had Once in a Lifetime sitting on my Kindle as a borrowed library e-book for about a week now, and it's probably past time to get it read.  I'd been holding off on it for a while because my main goal was to get the last three Steele Street books finished first.

If I manage to do so, I will be starting the next Mordecai Young book, pending my completion of Thicker Than Water.  Since my average is usually about three books a week, I don't expect that I'll be able to start the third (and last) Mordecai Young book this week, but if I do, it'll be a bonus.



Other Plans On the Blog


I haven't done a whole lot of planning for my blog in a long time--Booklikes-opoly was a very "blog as you go" type of reading game, and pretty much all my book selections were unplanned and a lot of blog updates and book reviews weren't exactly scheduled.

Nonetheless, I'm going to try to give my blog more of a structure once again, although the only real post I have planned is my review for the Steele Street series.  And then, depending on when I finish Thicker Than Water, or Once in a Lifetime, I may have a review out for one or both books this week... maybe not.

Once again, the truth is, I'm really using this weekly bookish meme as a reason to post an update.  If I had thought of it ahead of time, I would have done a Sunday Post yesterday.  But I didn't, so we get this "It's Monday!" post instead.  Which really works the same way, right?



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/08/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-872017.html
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review 2017-07-07 12:00
Mister Monday by Garth Nix
Mister Monday - Garth Nix

This book is very different from what I usually read and there's kind of a backstory to why I ended up reading it. I was at the library with my boyfriend and I really wanted him to read The Raven Boys because it's my fave, so I agreed to read a book that he picked out for me. Yeah, our reading tastes are not the same. It's not that I didn't want to like this book, it just isn't for me. Even when I was younger, I probably wouldn't have picked up the book because I was even more of a cover snob and the main character was a boy (ew boys - middle school me probably).


Anyway, onto my actual review. This book wasn't necessarily bad, it just isn't something that I usually enjoy. While I have read some really good middle grade books, the majority of them don't appeal to me because I find it more difficult to connect to the characters. Arthur isn't an unlikable character, but I couldn't really connect to him. His sole motivation seemed to be curing people of this virus and while that's not a bad motivation there wasn't really any insight into who he was as a person, other than he's a decent human being that doesn't want people to die. 

The plot of this book was kind of confusing. I'm not really sure why the Will needed to do what it does because the real world seemed fine. The weird world that Arthur goes to doesn't seem to be in the greatest of shape, but there wasn't really anything outright wrong with it, I think. The book also kind of just throws you into the world without much help, except for the info dumping that occurs sporadically, but always during or right before it's most convenient. The rules of the world don't seem to be clear and seem to allow for pretty much anything to happen, especially if it'll move the plot along. 

The side characters all seemed to have ridiculous names that I found distracting. At one point, Arthur says that one of his siblings was named Eminor and is a musician, but he changed his name and I just found that so ridiculous. What kind of a name is that, at least go with Melody if you're trying to go with a music name. The side characters were all just kind of weird and honestly not really important for the most part, except for maybe Suzy. Suzy gets a lot more page time than most of the other characters, aside from Arthur, and she would have been a great character if her dialogue wasn't so bad. She's supposed to be from the time of the bubonic plague, but sometimes she talks like she's from the 1900s or like she's from the south. It didn't really make much sense. 

The story was definitely creative and I could see many middle grade readers really enjoying this book, but it wasn't my cup of tea. I don't really plan on continuing this series, mainly because there's seven books, unless they get a lot better.

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