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text 2018-03-11 00:58
Still Reading
1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up - Julia Eccleshare

So, I stopped posting reviews here after #70 last year. I did manage to read 100 books in 2017, but getting them reviewed, let alone posting the reviews in two places, proved to be too much for me. I knew that "something would have to give" when I became a mom in July, but it's still hard to actually make those choices and decide what to let go.


I am not letting go of this blog, but I will no longer cross-post all my Goodreads reviews here. You can still read them on my Goodreads page, of course.


Although I am writing less about books these days, I am still pursuing various book-ish projects. They include --


  • The 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge - Just for fun; I am not going to be crushed if I don't manage to complete it.
  • The Into the Forest Reading Challenge - Into the Forest is a Goodreads group I belong to for fairy tale/mythology enthusiasts. They do a 12-item challenge every year within the genre that is fun to keep me reading widely within one of my favorite book categories.
  • 1001 Books to You Must Read Before You Grow Up - I am working my way through the recommended books in this tome with my son. Right now we are just focusing on the age 0-3 chapter. I am really surprised by how many of these books are NOT in my public library! My plan is to buy my son a big box of any of the books we weren't able to find in the library at the end of the chapter. In the meantime, I've also begun scouring used booksales to help fill in the gap.
  • The cookbook project - In an attempt to actually USE more of my cookbooks, feed my family well, and save money on eating out, I've been marking recipes I want to try since I was pregnant. I rate every recipe I try, and eventually hope to pare down my cookbook collection by getting rid of the books with only a handful of intriguing recipes after I have tried them.


I am also working on a "book adjacent" project, which is listening to all 150 albums on NPR's women's music canon. The reason I consider this to be a book-adjacent project is because a) I am getting most of these albums from my local library and b) I am listening to a lot more music these days because my son is more content on drives with music than audiobooks. I am sad to have fewer audiobooks in this season of my life, but I am excited to start exploring music again, and to, you know, have a baby.

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review 2017-07-28 00:00
Helping Daisy Grow
Helping Daisy Grow - Layla Ford,Dominika... Helping Daisy Grow - Layla Ford,Dominika Gemra *I received a copy from the publisher for review. This review is my honest opinion.*

I really enjoyed this one! While not the emotional ride some children's books are, it was still exciting and fun to read, and towards the end even held me in a bit of suspense!

First off I really like the cover, and after reading it, can say it's very fitting to the story without giving anything away. I enjoyed the artwork throughout an they tell the story almost as well as the words, and they work together nicely! The back cover and the blurb are also well done, and describe the situation in a simple yet intriguing way, making readers want to know more.

The story and writing were well done. Easy to read, understand, and follow. The pictures tell the same story as the words, so it's easy for children to follow along, and even read for themselves. The characters are interesting and work well together.

Overall I enjoyed reading this and recommend it to parents and teachers of young children.
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review 2017-07-25 00:00
Pray and Grow Rich (Unabridged)
Pray and Grow Rich (Unabridged) - Cather... Pray and Grow Rich (Unabridged) - Catherine Ponder Well written and interesting. Don't let the word prayer and the Biblical references decisive you. It's about affirmations, meditation and law off attraction and many other new age/ spiritual concepts. The only problem with this book is that the author is a minister so she twisted the names of these concepts in a way that they sound religious, like prayer of affirmation instead of affirmation and so on. Therefor readers who follow other ideologies or have other believes might , rightfully, feel that they are not her selected audience. Still this problem can be easily solved by ignoring the religious stuff, and thinking of God as source energy or the universe or all that is.
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review 2017-06-10 16:11
Review: You Will Grow into Them by Malcolm Devlin
You Will Grow into Them - Malcolm Devlin


I would like to thank Unsung Stories for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this book.


The world is a far stranger place than we give it credit for. There, in the things we think familiar, safe, are certain aspects. Our fears and desires given form. Moments that defy explanation. Shadows in our home.

In Malcolm Devlin’s debut collection, change is the only constant. Across ten stories he tackles the unease of transformation, growth and change in a world where horror seeps from the everyday. Childhood anxieties manifest as debased and degraded doppelgängers, fungal blooms are harvested from the backs of dancers and London lycanthropes become the new social pariahs. The demons we carry inside us are very real indeed, but You Will Grow Into Them.



'You Will Grow into Them' is a solid selection of short stories. The stories are varied and different and have a dark unsettling undercurrent. The author's writing style is engaging and draws the reader in, he manages to give the reader just enough information to get the story across while at the same time leaving room for the reader's imagination. This allows the reader to fill in the gaps and to embrace the strangeness and fantastical and let their imagination run with it.


While I didn't find them to be scary, I did enjoy the strangeness and unsettling feel of them. They made me think, had me reading between the lines and contemplating the effect and affect, and the reasoning behind what was taking place. I can't say I was a fan of every story in the collection, some stood out more than others. My two favourites in the collection were 'Her First Harvest' and 'We All Need Somewhere to Hide'.


As a whole, I would say that 'You Will Grow into Them' is a 4 star read. I did, however, rate each story individually as I read through the collection and you can find those ratings below:


1 - Passion Play - 3 stars.


2 - Two Brothers - 3 stars.


3 - Breadcrumbs - 4 stars.


4 - Her First Harvest - 4.5 stars.


5 - We All Need Somewhere to Hide - 5 stars.


6 - Dogsbody - 3.5 stars.


7 - Songs Like They Used to Play - 2 stars.


8 - The Last Meal He Ate Before She Killed Him - 2 stars.


9 - The Bridge - 3 stars.


10 The End of Hope Street - 4 stars.




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