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review 2017-05-30 14:39
Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave
Hello, Sunshine: A Novel - Laura Dave

A special thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Sunshine Mackenzie seems to have it all and is truly living the perfect life.  She has a successful YouTube cooking show, a series of cookbooks that would rival any lifestyle celebrity's, a devoted husband, and millions of followers.  With a name like Sunshine, she radiates kindness; in actual fact, she is hiding who she really is.  After a few tweets, Sunshine experiences a catastrophic fall from grace.  She is left to pick up the pieces and reconnect with who she really is.

I really liked this foray into the effects of social media on one's life, and the pitfalls it can have on your social standing.  Without giving a preachy commentary about how toxic social media can be, a lighthearted chick-lit novel is just the remedy one needs to remind themselves that everyone's life is not as picture-perfect as Instagram and Pinterest would lead one to believe.

My only criticism is with the actual characters themselves.  Although Dave pens them as complex, there aren't any redeeming qualities, and the likability factor just wasn't there for me.  For a novel that was about the superficiality of social media, I expected more.    
The pace was on point, I was drawn in with her effortless writing style but was left unsatisfied by the ending.  That being said, I would definitely pick up another book by Laura Dave.

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text 2017-04-23 19:01
Happy World Book Day!

Today is #WorldBookDay!  

 

 

 

 

There is also a WORLD BOOK NIGHT.  

 

WBN logo 2017

 

Learn more here: http://www.worldbookday.com/2017/04/23796/

 

or here: https://twitter.com/WorldBookDayUK

 

 

 

I celebrate by reading and having a #SexySunday.  

 

Today, I am reading Shopping For A CEO's Wife by Julia Kent.

If you would like to know more about this funny and sexy series, click here!!

 

 

 

 

What are you reading this fine day?

 

Join the reading discussion below.  

Tell me what you're currently reading or what your favorite book of all time is.  

 

(If you can actually do that!)

 

 

 

 

Happy Reading!!

 

 

 

 

 

(Hello Kitty, is trademark and copyright (c) to Sanrio.  All rights reserved. © 2017 SANRIO CO., LTD. All Sanrio characters that appear on this website are protected by copyright to Sanrio, Co., Ltd.  No copyright infringement is intended or implied.)

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-03-12 04:43
When
Goodbye Paradise - Sarina Bowen

Joshua & Caleb grew up together in a bit of a cult commune.  Feelings are not allowed.  Especially for a best friend who has never looked at you.

 

Caleb has many surprises in store for Joshua, if only they can get away safely.  There is danger everywhere.  Can the get to help in time?

 

Heartwarming and gentle, while being full of surprises!  I was rooting for the leads to get together from the get go.  It is hard not to when this author makes them so lovable.  I wonder what the next book in this Hello Goodbye series will hold?  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-02-22 16:53
Germs! Germs! Germs!
Germs! Germs! Germs! (Hello Reader! Level 3 Science) - Bobbi Katz,Steve Björkman

This book educates children about germs. I would use this book with older grades such as third, fourth, and fifth graders but the Lexile level of this book is 170L. Before, during, and after reading, I would complete a KWL chart about germs with students on the board. As a hook to the lesson, I would get each student to put lotion on their hands (that has glitter in it) and give them three minutes to walk around putting the glitter on the board, knobs, or desks. This would serve as a visual for germs. After reading the book, I would host a whole-group discussion on all of the ways germs get in your body and ways to keep them out. Then we could play a game. To set up for the game, the teacher would need to use painter's tape to make a big circle on the floor or use chalk to make one on the sidewalk. The circle would need to be big enough for each student to jump inside. The students will pretend to be the germs in the story as it is read aloud. The students will begin by standing on the line that creates the circle. As the teacher reads the story aloud, the students will jump in the circle if the germ gets inside the body and will jump out of the circle if the germ is prevented from getting in the body. After playing the game, students could write about how they will prevent the spread of germs in our classroom. This lesson would be good to do during the beginning of the school year or around flu season.

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text 2017-01-01 07:21
Happy New Year!

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(Hello Kitty is a registered trademark/logo to Sanrio.  No copyright infringement intended or implied.)

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