Sunday, November 28, 2010

Mailbox Monday

New books have come in for review. I have books to share! This month, the Mailbox Monday Blog Tour is hosted by Julie @ Knitting and Sundries. Go visit and see what books others have received this week. 

I am getting a little more time to read so it is now time to start reviewing again. My review of Royce Buckingham's The Dead Boys was the first. Go check it out here.
The next will be these two coming later this month. There will be giveaways, too! Check them out and be sure to come back to read review and enter the giveaways.

Dark Moon of Avalon: A Novel of Trystan & Isolde (Twilight of Avalon Trilogy)
Dark Moon of Avalon by Anna Elliot 

Review and giveaway scheduled for Dec 8th.

The Christmas Journey
The Christmas Journey by Donna VanLiere

Review and giveaway scheduled for Dec 15th.

Mailbox Monday will be hosted by Lady Q @ Let Them Read Books for the month of December.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Book Review-The Dead Boys by Royce Buckingham

The Dead Boys
The Dead Boys by Royce Buckingham

Teddy, with his mom, move to a new house in a new town when she gets a new job at the nuclear plant. Mom is anxious for Teddy to make new friends but he finds that it isn't going to be easy especially when the boys he does meet are in strange situations and then they disappear. It turns out the boys are somehow related to the sinister sycamore tree in the neighboring yard that seems to be trying to get him..

The mysterious boys, the creepy tree and Teddy's adventures kept me entertained and wanting to read more. Interesting and scary plot will keep young kids reading as well. And moms, it isn't too scary but if you have an easily frightened child check it out first. This book is meant for middle grade kids. Good book to get boys reading.

This book was passed on to my 11 year old nephew and I look forward to hearing what he thinks about it.  He loves all things scary. I think he will enjoy it.


Source: publisher


Monday, November 15, 2010

Christmas Shopping for a Reluctant Reader

I can't believe how fast Christmas is creeping up on us. Not many more shopping days left especially for me who has a hard time getting out with my fussy little girl. I am thinking books purchased online is the way to go. 

My 9 year old niece has already put in her request for Meg Cabot's Allie Finkle books. I have read the first in the series and know these are the perfect books for her. I have never had a problem with getting books for her. She loves reading and I have had a lot of fun introducing her to the books I loved growing up.

Now my 11 year old nephew is completely different. He reads but not for fun like his sister, aunts and grandma. The books I get him have to be just right for him to read. Nothing too challenging or too long. There has to be lots of action and preferably scary. He loves the Goosebumps books.

So, my question for all of you: Do you have any recommendations for books a reluctant 11 yr old reader will enjoy?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Green Books Campaign 2010

Green BabyI received a copy of  Green Baby by Susannah Marriot for  Eco-Libris' Green Books Campaign. I chose this book since I wanted to be as green as possible when it came to taking care of my new little girl. There were a few things I had already decided before reading the book, such as organic bedding and mattress for the crib and breast feeding, but there is so much more I could be doing.

This very nice looking book, put out by DK Publishing, has a lot more really great green ideas that I will be looking into. Ideas on laundering, diapering and feeding once little one is eating solids. I am really thinking about making my own baby food.

This book is really nice to look at, its design is very modern and brightly colored. Text is different sizes, there are beautiful photographs, pages are different colors. On top of that, "this book was made with care". The paper was sourced from responsibly managed forests, their printer generates their own electricity, they used vegetable inks, no dust jacket means less paper and energy. I would say their company is doing all they can to reduce their carbon footprint and put out a "cleaner greener book". 


Monday, November 8, 2010

Mailbox Monday: Box full of Vampires

Emma is actually napping in her crib right now! Woohoo. I am sure it won't be for very long, so it is time for some quick typing.
Today is Monday, which means it is time for Mailbox Monday. I haven't posted in awhile so we are now on to a new Blog Host for November. This month you will find Mailbox Monday at Knitting and Sundries hosted by Julie. 
Awhile back my sister sent me all her Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris. My sisters and I are all big fans of True Blood and my younger sister is as much a reader as I am. We are big on sharing our books. Older sister, not so much. :)
So in the box were:

Dead Until Dark
Living Dead in Dallas
Club Dead
Dead to the World
Dead as a Doornail
Definitely Dead
All Together Dead

I had already read Dead Until Dark, just finished Living Dead in Dallas and have just started Club Dead. It is nice to finally have a little more time to read. It helps that I have figured out that paperbacks are easy to read one handed while feeding Emma. Now I need to figure out how to knit one-handed. Haha.

Happy Monday!