Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Book Review - How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson

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Living in a country where we have access to clean water, electricity, and indoor plumbing, we sometimes take simple luxuries for granted. Most people take for granted small luxuries that weren't available to the masses a few years ago. Innovation doesn't start overnight, most people notice a problem and utilize discoveries to create new solutions. This book highlights six innovations that helped make the modern world as we know it today. The book is organized into six topics - glass, cold, sound, clean, time, light.


I found the book to be interesting and informative. It was easy to read and understand. I like how the book connected ice blocks to movie theaters and modern conveniences such as fridges.  I found the book to be enjoyable and perfect for all ages. The book reminded me of my history textbooks but, this was definitely more fun to read.


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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Book Review - An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

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Jessica Farris is living paycheck to paycheck. However, when she comes across a lucrative offer to do a psychology study with Dr. Shields, Jessica assume it would be an easy payday. As Jessica becomes more involved with the study, the questions become more invasive and intense. She starts to wonder if Dr. Shields knows what she is hiding. Jessica fears her sense of reality when she realizes that is in one of Dr. Shields' manipulative experiment.

The novel reads like an intense cat and mouse game which leaves readers wondering who is the actual prey. The book has a few plot twists but, many of them were predictable. The novel leaves readers with questions about how much can you really trust those you know. Along with how far will someone go to get what they want.

This is the second novel from the authors who wrote "The Wife Between Us". After reading their first books, I had such high hopes for this book. While the book was a good and thrilling read, I prefer their first novel.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Book Review - Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker Incognito by Shelley Johannes + Giveaway

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Beatrice Zinker is excited that Operation Upside is in full effect. However, when she hopes to brighten her strict teacher's mood, she lands herself in hot water. Mrs. Tamarack is suspicious of Beatrice is behind the giving her the award of being the strictest teacher. The team has to pause their operation to avoid being caught. Beatrice has a hard time lying low when she sees her friend, Wes needs to be cheered up.  However, no good deal goes unpunished and the certificate ends up in the wrong hands which, might threaten their entire operation.

The second book in the series, can be read as a standalone novel. I found the book to be fun and zany to read. I like the central message of the book is showing kindness and appreciation. While the book was fun to read, I found the drawings and Beatrice borderline annoying. However, as I am an adult, she might be entertaining to the target audience.




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About the Book:
Title: BEATRICE ZINKER UPSIDE DOWN THINKER INCOGNITO
Author: Shelley Johannes 
Pub. Date: September 18, 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 224
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In book two of the Beatrice Zinker series, Operation Upside is finally in full swing! But when Beatrice's over-enthusiasm lands Mrs. Tamarack with a Strictest Certificate, the team has to scale back a bit.

Lying low is not exactly Beatrice's strong suit, especially when she sees someone who desperately needs to be recognized. But when the certificate meant for him falls into the wrong hands, Beatrice and Lenny have to find a way to widen their circle once again to save Operation Upside, and themselves, from trouble.




About Shelley:
Before becoming an author-illustrator, Shelley began her creative career with ten years in architecture—where she fell in love with felt-tip pens, tracing paper, and the greatness of black turtlenecks. She currently lives in Metro Detroit, Michigan with her husband and two sons.

Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker is the first book she's written. She looks forward to more upside down adventures with Beatrice.



Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win a finished copy of BEATRICE ZINKER UPSIDE DOWN THINKER INCOGNITO, US Only.


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Tour Schedule:
 
Week Two:
10/8/2018- RhythmicbooktrovertReview
10/9/2018- Christen Krumm- Review
10/10/2018- For the Love of KidLitSpotlight
10/11/2018- BookHounds YAReview
10/12/2018- Two Points of Interest- Review


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Book Spotlight - A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti + Giveaway

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About The Book:

Title: A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD

Author: Deb Caletti

Pub. Date: September 18, 2018

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Formats: Hatdcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 368

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When everything has been taken from you, what else is there to do but run?


So that’s what Annabelle does—she runs from Seattle to Washington, DC, through mountain passes and suburban landscapes, from long lonely roads to college towns. She’s not ready to think about the why yet, just the how—muscles burning, heart pumping, feet pounding the earth. But no matter how hard she tries, she can’t outrun the tragedy from the past year, or the person—The Taker—that haunts her.


Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and two friends (her self-appointed publicity team), Annabelle becomes a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to the trauma from her past. Her cross-country run gains media attention and she is cheered on as she crosses state borders, and is even thrown a block party and given gifts. The support would be nice, if Annabelle could escape the guilt and the shame from what happened back home. They say it isn’t her fault, but she can’t feel the truth of that.


Through welcome and unwelcome distractions, she just keeps running, to the destination that awaits her. There, she’ll finally face what lies behind her—the miles and love and loss…and what is to come.





About Deb:

Deb Caletti is an award-winning author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books for young adults include The Nature of Jade, Stay, The Last Forever, Essential Maps for the Lost, and Honey, Baby Sweetheart, winner of the Washington State Book award, the PNBA Best Book Award, and a finalist for the California Young Reader Medal and the PEN USA Award. Her books for adults include He’s Gone, The Secrets She Keeps, and her most recent release, What’s Become of Her.



Deb grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, and now lives with her family in Seattle.




Giveaway Details:

3 Winners will receive a A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD, US Only.





Tour Schedule:




Week Four:

10/8/2018- The Reading Corner for AllReview

10/9/2018- stainedspinesReview

10/10/2018- Jessica's Reading RoomExcerpt

10/11/2018- Two points of interestReview

10/12/2018- The Crafty Book NerdReview

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