November 28, 2015

My Black Friday Shopping: Signed Copies

So when you're a book nerd your Black Friday shopping tends to look a little different.  

Barnes & Noble had signed copies of various books that went up for sale on Friday morning.  
One of which was The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.  
This has been an all time favorite of mine since I saw the movie, read the book and memorized the poem when I was 13.  
As a teacher I've taught it up to 4 times a year for 18 years! 
I HAD to get a copy!

So my son agreed to come along (may have had something to do with the Bill Nye signed book), and we set out.  At 6:15 a.m.

Here we are in line :) 

And this is what we came home with.
These are presents.  Pete the Cat is for my son.  He LOVES him.
The Mitten is for my mom.  She loves Jan Brett!

For my daughter - She loves both of these authors.

For my son (the one who came along)

And his Bill Nye  (he has the book at his dad's so I don't have a picture of the cover)

And of course - for me!
You do not understand how excited I am about this! And it say STAY GOLD!  Stay gold!!! I adore this book so much!!!

I hope your shopping as as successful!!!!!

November 23, 2015

Judy Moody and Stink: The Wishbone Wish +GIVEAWAY

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and many of you may be getting hungry for the turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes.  

But are you hungry for a fun read too??

Today I'm sharing with you Judy Moody and Stink: The Wishbone Wish and a giveaway for four Judy Moody and Stink books!

First about this book
By: Megan McDonald and Illustrated by Peter H. Reynalds

On your mark, get set, Gobblers-a-Go-Go! Judy swears she’ll win the race for a Thanksgiving turkey (though Stink has his doubts) in this full-color Moody adventure.

The town’s annual Turkey Trot race and festival is coming up, and Judy and Stink are training to win. Judy has decided that she is going to take home the big prize: a fat, juicy turkey. They can taste it already: the moist turkey, the hot gravy, the savory stuffing, the cranberry sauce! Beep! Beep! Beep!That’s the sound of Stink’s Rapidfire Ultra XE611M25 stopwatch going off as Judy and Stink hop, crawl, and climb toward race day. But what if they don’t win a mouthwatering bird? What then? Flying turkey gizzards! Will the Moody family end up starving on T-day, like ye pilgrims of olde, or will Grandma Lou cook up a tasty Franksgiving solution?

But it's more than that to this book!
With so many young people now getting involved in raising money for local food pantries and other charitable initiatives, Judy and Stink’s story about getting ready, set, gobblers-a-go-go for their local Thanksgiving Turkey Trot is a great way to keep spreading the word about the importance of supporting these ventures, and will hopefully encourage kids and parents to think about how they can get involved in helping local communities in the holiday season and beyond.

So not only is this a cute book, but it has a good message as well!  Having read the book I can attest to the fact that it does have a nice message, but the nice part is that it doesn't clobber you over the head with it! I think younger kids would find the book fun and get at kick, as always, out of Judy.  I loved how the family came together at the end when things didn't happen as they thought it would.  It as a sweet positive way to handle it! But beyond just that fun stuff (I mean really there was a girl dressed as a corncob!), I do think they'd get a bit of an understanding of Thanksgiving and giving and that's nice.  I even learned a bit by reading it about how Thanksgiving became a holiday! You can't ask more of a book for this age group - to be both fun and creating some learning as well!

Here's some praise for the book:
The latest installment in the Judy Moody and Stink series has the trademark humor and grade-school sensibility that its fans enjoy, as well as a surprise at the end when Grandma Lou saves the day. Reynolds’ lively and colorful digital illustrations appear throughout. This beginning chapter book, studded with historical facts, trivia, and wordplay related to Thanksgiving will amuse, and maybe even inform, young readers.

And if you want to have some more fun this Thanksgiving check out the activity kit Candlewick press put together.  You can find it HERE.  

Now for that giveaway!
You can win 4 full-color Judy Moody books!
*Prize provided by Candlewick Press

About Judy Moody
There are more than 25.8 million Judy Moody and Stink books in print worldwide. They have been translated into 26 languages worldwide, including Basque, Slovene and Icelandic. For more information about the books please visit 

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November 18, 2015

WoW: Save Me Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer

This post is inspired by a meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.

Today I'm Waiting On:

Save Me Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer
Release Date: March 8th, 2016

I'm not a child of the 90's (80s!!), but this one caught my attention.  I love the premise of it.

Nico Cavan has been adrift since her mother vanished when she was four—maternal abandonment isn’t exactly something you can just get over. Staying invisible at school is how she copes—that and listening to alt music and summoning spirits on the Ouija board with her best friend and coconspirator in sarcasm, Obe. But when a chance discovery opens a window onto her mom’s wild past, it sparks an idea in her brain that takes hold and won’t let go. 

On a ferry departing Seattle, Nico encounters a slight blond guy with piercing blue eyes wearing a hooded jacket. Something in her heart tells her that this feeling she has might actually be the truth, so she follows him to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. When she is stranded there by a winter storm, fear and darkness collide, and the only one who can save Nico might just be herself.

November 17, 2015

Release Day Celebration: Mystique +GIVEAWAY

I'm super excited to be sharing MYSTIQUE by Shari Arnold with you on it's release day! 
Celebrate with us by checking out the book about the town where people go to die…and be sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a signed copy of your very own + a $15.00 Amazon Gift Card!

About The Book
MYSTIQUE Author: Shari Arnold
Release Date: Novemeber 17th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Only Bauer Grant can pull off gorgeous while dead. But staying dead is another thing entirely. When he wakes up at his own funeral, the town of Mystique calls it a miracle, until it happens again. Something is bringing the residents of Mystique back to life, but what? Presley Caine finds herself caught up in the mystery when Bauer asks her to visit him. Presley can’t figure out why the most popular guy in school is so drawn to her. And when Bauer is kidnapped soon after, she looks to Bauer’s brooding best friend Sam, whose dad works for the powerful Mystique military base, for answers. In her quest to discover the truth, Presley’s relationship with Sam deepens, her feelings for Bauer are tested, and it becomes clear that her own mysterious past is somehow connected to these strange events. But is she strong enough to handle the truth when it is finally revealed?

Twitter: @ShariLArnold
About The Author
Shari Arnold grew up in California and Utah but now resides in Connecticut, with her husband and two kids, where she finds it difficult to trust a beach without waves. She writes Young Adult fiction because it's her favorite. And occasionally she takes photographs.
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November 16, 2015

Book Shelfie Hop! Come see my bookshelves! #theshelfiehop

My Friends are Fiction and Bookiemoji created this fun hop just to allow us all to show off our shelves! 

Sadly my shelves are a mess AND they aren't very big.  
When I was teaching all my books went to school and I had many, many bookshelves.  I had a classroom library of around 1500 books!

Sadly that isn't the case anymore.  Now I just have a small space/bookshelf of books that are filling rapidly. 
Right now my husband and I are in contact with a guy to build us bookshelves in our living room.  
That will make me very happy!

So here is mine

This is the top of my shelves.  It's got a few fun book stuff - mostly stuff from some of the book subscription boxes that I'm getting.  

If you want to check out some more shelves, click on some blog listed!

November 13, 2015

In the Spotlight - The Disney Book: A Celebration of the World of Disney

Title: The Disney Book: A Celebration of the World of Disney

I was very excited to open my mail and find this book! My daughter was even more excited! 

This is a great book that looks at the history of Disney from the start until now.  

It's full of pictures, illustrations and facts about different movies, cartoons and the world of Disney.

Something that was very cool was that it came with a film strip for the movie Brave!

Here are some pictures from the inside:

The portion with the film strip.

One of the inside pages about the animated movies.

One of the inside pages about the live action movies.

This is a really cool book that will for sure please any Disney fan in your family!