Thursday, November 28, 2019

Warm Thanksgiving Wishes!

May your Thanksgiving be filled with family, friends, food, and floods of good books!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Review: Roar Like a Dandelion by Ruth Krauss

Title: Roar Like a Dandelion
Author: Ruth Krauss
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publish Date: October 1, 2019
Source: PR

What's the Story?:

From "From Ruth Krauss, the children’s book author of The Carrot Seed and A Hole Is to Dig, comes this never-before-published ABC book of one-liners—brought to life by artist Sergio Ruzzier.

Dance with a leaf.

Jump like a raindrop.

Sit in the sun and shine."

My Two Cents: 

"Roar Like a Dandelion" is an off the beaten path alphabet book with adorable drawings. With my four year old girls being in Pre-K, the alphabet and letters are big news in our household. My girls are learning to write and it is both cute and amazing at the same time. With the alphabet getting so much play at the A Bookish Affair household, we go through alphabet books at an alarming rate. Many of them seem the same so I'm appreciative of alphabet books that have something going for them like this one. This one has really funny things for each letter. Some of them are noises (like roaring like a dandelion however they roar) and others paint really lovely pictures in our heads. Because this is not your standard alphabet fare, it allowed me to ask my girls a lot of questions about what they think of certain things in the book and also acting them out. 

This was a really fun book and it's one that my girls ask for again and again! I also really love the art in the book - all of the little critters are so cute!


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Reading Challenge Update!

As a reminder, I am aiming to read a book from or set in each country the Department of State recognizes, which is 195 countries!
This was another really good month! There are so many places that don't seem to have much literature that has been translated into English. Rather than move towards a lot of non-fiction, I have started to read poetry from some of the countries that it has been more difficult to find books for! I don't read much poetry so this has been a great exercise to broaden my horizons!
I read books from this many countries in October:
You can check out my progress on my map or see a list of where and what I'm reading here.

I have read 104 books for this challenge so far.

Take a look at my list! What else should I be reading?

Monday, November 4, 2019

HFVBT Review: The Highlander's Christmas Bride by Vanessa Kelly

Title: The Highlander's Christmas Bride
Author: Vanessa Kelly
Format: ARC
Publisher: Kensington/ Zebra
Publish Date: October 29, 2019
Source: HFVBT

The Highlander's Christmas Bride (Clan Kendrick, #2) 

What's the Story?:

From "Being thrown over by the man she expected to marry was humiliating enough. Now that Donella Haddon, grandniece of the Earl of Riddick, has also proven a failure as a nun, she has no choice but to return to her family's estate. The brawny Highlander sent to escort her is brash, handsome, and the only thing standing between Donella and a gang of would-be kidnappers. But the scandal in her past can't be so easily outrun...

Wealthy widower Logan Kendrick was expecting to meet a plain, pious spinster—not a gorgeous, sharp-tongued lass who can hold her own in any ambush. Though she's known as the Flower of Clan Graham, Donella is no shrinking violet. In fact, she might be the perfect woman to bring happiness back to his lonely little son's life, just in time for Christmas.  But first he must protect her from ugly gossip and a mysterious threat—and convince her that their wild, unexpected desire is heaven sent."

My Two Cents:

"The Highlander's Christmas Bride" is a tasty holiday confection about Donella, a woman who finds herself back home after failing to become a nun like she originally planned. She is being protected by Logan Kendrick, a man who is not expecting to have to protect someone like Donella. She is not a weak, fainting lady. Logan quickly realizes that the unexpected is just what he needs.

We still have just under two months until Christmas and with the weather starting to feel chilly, I've been looking for books like this one to warm me up. Romance just feels really good to read as a bit of an escape when the holiday rush starts. When I saw Vanessa Kelly's name on this book, I knew that I would be in good hands!

This is the second book in the Clan Kendrick series but it is very much a standalone book and you don't need to have read the previous books. This book has a lot of the hallmarks of Vanessa Kelly's other books such as the great romance between our main characters, Logan and Donella. I loved seeing how these characters grew throughout the book and how their relationship changed throughout the book. This was certainly a festive way to welcome the season!

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