Activity Book Review: Paint By Sticker Kids Halloween

Paint by Sticker Kids by Workman Publishing

Paint by Sticker Kids: Halloween: Create 10 Pictures One Sticker at a Time! Includes Glow-in-the-Dark Stickers
by Workman Publishing

5 out of 5 stars

This activity book has 10 beautiful designs, and hundreds of stickers in little mosaic shapes! It’s so easy to put the stickers into place, and the finished product looks wonderful. It’s very relaxing and helped me to get creative. You really feel a sense of accomplishment when you finish!

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30 Books in 30 Days Readathon Awards

You can print your own awards for the 30 Books in 30 Days Readathon!

  • If you read 30 books, novellas, short stories, comics, or poems, etc… in September, you win the Gold Star award!
  • If you read 20 books in September, you win the Silver Star award.
  • If you read 10 books in September, you win the Bronze Star award.
  • If you read for 30 minutes every day in September, you win the Red Star award!

Reward yourself for your reading achievements, and print out your award with this FREE pdf file of all the 30 Books in 30 Days awards!

Thank you for participating in this readathon! See you next year!

Book Review: The Nasties of Nastgant Swamp

The Nasties of Nastgant Swamp by Laura DiNovis Berry

The Nasties of Nastgant Swamp: A Story of Antyfas
by Laura DiNovis Berry (Goodreads Author)

4 out of 5 stars

In this second story from the world of Antyfas, we follow Cristiano’s little brother, Tino. He is waiting for his brother to come home from visiting Dusbar College. They are planning a belated birthday party, and Tino is very excited for his favorite dessert, peach pie. Just as the guests are arriving, Tino receives a party invitation from a gnome, and decides that he would rather go to a bigger party with the gnomes. But Tino gets more than he bargained for with the gnomes, and it’s up to Cristiano to save his brother!

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Book Review: The Ordinary Princess

The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye

The Ordinary Princess
by M.M. Kaye

5 out of 5 stars

At Princess Amy’s christening, one of the fairies grants her the gift of ordinariness. Compared to her beautiful royal sisters, Amy is plain and ordinary. All her sisters have long blonde hair and perfect complexions. Amy has short mousey brown hair and freckles on her nose. As Amy grows up the royal family is distressed, because no prince wants to marry an ordinary princess with freckles. Princess Amy must take her destiny into her own hands, and prove that you don’t have to be beautiful and perfect to find happiness.

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Classic Book Review: The Portable Kipling

The Portable Kipling by Rudyard Kipling

The Portable Kipling
by Rudyard Kipling, Irving Howe (Editor)

3 out of 5 stars

I do love Rudyard Kipling’s writing, but I found this book difficult to get through. It took me a year to read little by little through all of the short stories and poems and essays, because I didn’t enjoy most of them.

Most of the time the setting of the stories were so entirely foreign to me that I had a hard time understanding what was going on. There are so many references to historical things and cultural ideas in India that are not explained. The author assumes that the reader already knows about these things, and so it is not clear to a modern reader what is happening. Unless you know the entire history of the British occupation of India and every battle and political upset from the 1800s, you will likely be lost.

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Book Review: McTavish on the Move

McTavish on the Move by Meg Rosoff

McTavish on the Move
by Meg Rosoff (Goodreads Author), David Shephard (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars

The Peachey family has to move to a new home. Some of the family members are excited, but Betty is worried about having to go to a new school and make new friends. She will miss her old house and her old friends. Betty is sure that she will hate the new house. But McTavish the dog has a plan to make everything better and help Betty settle into her new surroundings.

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Book Review: Crimson Twill- Witch in the City

Crimson Twill by Kallie George

Crimson Twill: Witch in the City
by Kallie George, Birgitta Sif  (illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars

Crimson is different from other witches. She doesn’t want to wear a pointy hat; she wants a hat with a bow. She doesn’t like black dresses; she wants a dress with pretty polka dots. When Crimson accompanies her mother to the department store, Broomingdale’s, Crimson wants to shop for something unique that will reflect her own style. But she finds much more than she bargained for!

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Graphic Novel Review: Adventures of Snoop

The Adventures of Snoop by SENIOR TASSE

The Adventures of Snoop: The Mountain of Hope

3 out of 5 stars

Snoop, the mountain goat, dreams of going on a quest to find the primordial grass. In this first volume, Snoop remembers a legend of an ancient goat who discovered the primordial grass and made a deal with cavemen to protect his herd.

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Non Fiction Book Review: The Pursuit of God

The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine
by A.W. Tozer

4.5 out of 5 stars

This book dives deep into spiritual truths and how we can strip away foolish lies we tell ourselves and truly pursue God with our whole heart. There are chapters about what real spiritual treasure is worth compared to earthly riches, how Christ has removed the barrier of our sin so that we can approach God, and the “universal Presence” of God and how we can be more aware of His Presence in our lives. I especially loved the chapter about “The Gaze of the Soul” and how faith is simply looking to God and turning our spiritual eyes to Him. There is also a lovely chapter about the meekness of Christ and how we can rest in Him.

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Book Review: The Girl from Montana

The Girl from Montana by Grace Livingston Hill

The Girl from Montana
by Grace Livingston Hill

3.5 stars
After her parents and her brother die, Elizabeth is all alone in their remote cabin. A group of rowdy men threaten her, and Elizabeth flees in the night. She rides her horse across country, worried that the men might pursue her. She encounters a fellow traveler, a man who is lost, and they ride together for a few days. They form a tentative friendship, but are separated once they reach civilization again. Elizabeth travels on her own, searching for her relatives back East, and hoping to find her friend once again.

This is such a sweet and wholesome story! I actually cried a couple of times because Elizabeth is so incredibly brave and good. She suffers terribly, but manages to keep her heart pure. It was really inspirational to read about how she doesn’t let the everyday ugliness of life tear her down or make her bitter.

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