Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday Post - 201 & Stacking the Shelves - 143

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ It's a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Ok so my summary on last week's Sunday Post wasn't entirely accurate. I'd prepped it on Friday and didn't have a chance to update it before it went live. BUT my sweet Husband and family threw me a surprise birthday party for my 30th birthday on Saturday. Not only was the event a surprise, but several of the guests really surprised me as well--my nanny, a few friends from work, and even my aunt and uncle that I don't get to see very much any more. So yeah. Baby Girl turned 8 months on Monday. Tuesday was my actual birthday. Wednesday, I brought my nephew over to the house to pressure wash the concrete around our pool. We also had to get our pool pump replaced. And then Saturday my family came back over. This time we were celebrating my brother's birthday (which was this past Sunday) and Father's Day with my dad. So there's been a lot going on over the last week. And of course, since it was my birthday week, I actually have books to feature in my stacking the shelves section below.

THIS PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell (4 Stars)
Tuesday: Top Ten Reads January - June 2016
Wednesday: Waiting on Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
Saturday: 2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge - June Wrap Up

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Defending Taylor (Hundred Oaks, # 7) by Miranda Kenneally
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday

Don’t forget to sign up for the 2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15, 2016 to sign up. Each month there will be a giveaway for those participating with an end of the year giveaway too! Click on the picture below or the link above to find out more!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

How to Teach Your Baby to Swim

By: Douglas Doman

Published: June 18th 2006 by Square One Publishers

120 pages

Genre: Non-fiction, Self-Help, Parenting

Source: Personal Library

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Goodreads description--Teaching an infant or toddler to swim is not only a matter of safety, but also a great way to stimulate physical coordination, concentration, and intelligence all the while making your child happier, healthier, and more self-confident. Based on the revolutionary learning principles developed at The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, "How To Teach Your Baby To Swim "pairs 160 photographs with detailed instructions for teaching your child to dive, float, and swim."

Racing Savannah (Hundred Oaks, # 4)

By: Miranda Kenneally

Published: December 3rd 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire

304 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Sports

Source: Borrowed from the Library

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Goodreads description--They’re from two different worlds.

He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.

With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack…

The Last Star (The 5th Wave, # 3)

By: Rick Yancey

Published: May 24th 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

338 pages

Genre: Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult, Science Fiction

Source: Personal Library

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Goodreads description--We’re here, then we’re gone, and that was true before they came. That’s always been true. The Others didn’t invent death; they just perfected it. Gave death a face to put back in our face, because they knew that was the only way to crush us. It won’t end on any continent or ocean, no mountain or plain, jungle or desert. It will end where it began, where it had been from the beginning, on the battlefield of the last beating human heart.

Master storyteller Rick Yancey invokes triumph, loss, and unrelenting action as the fate of the planet is decided in the conclusion to this epic series.

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, # 4)

By: Maggie Stiefvater

Published: April 26th 2016 by Scholastic Press

400 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Magic, Supernatural

Source: Personal Kindle Library

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Goodreads description--The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

In a starred review for Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Kirkus Reviews declared: "Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close."

The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, # 1)

By: Richelle Mead

Published: April 5th 2016 by Razorbill

416 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Source: Personal Kindle Library

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Goodreads description--A dazzling new fantasy series set in a mix of Elizabethan and frontier worlds that’s dripping with romance from Richelle Mead, #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy.

Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands. . . .

That's it for my shelves and recaps of my past and upcoming week. What did you add to your shelves this week? Any bookish news you want to talk about? Let me know!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge - June Wrap Up

Time for our sixth Monthly Wrap Up for the 2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the May Wrap Up, I have finished 2 series enders this month: The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, # 3) by Marie Rutkoski and Return to Paradise (Leaving Paradise, # 2) by Simone Elkeles. Holly hasn't finished any series enders this month.

Which series enders did you finish? Link the up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the June giveaway runs from June 25rd - July 25rd. On July 25rd we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Waiting on Scrappy Little Nobody

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Scrappy Little Nobody

By: Anna Kendrick

Expected Publication: November 15th 2016 by Touchstone

288 pages

Genre: Non-fiction, Autobiography, Humor

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Goodreads description--A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

“I’m excited to publish my first book, and because I get uncomfortable when people have high expectations, I'd like to use this opportunity to showcase my ineptitude, pettiness, and the frequency with which I embarrass myself. And while many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well-educated and accomplished comedy writers, I'm very, very funny on Twitter, according to Buzzfeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea. Quick question: are run-on sentences still frowned upon? Wait, is ending a sentence with a preposition still frowned upon? I mean, upon frowned? Dammit!” —Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick’s autobiographical collection of essays amusingly recounts memorable moments throughout her life, from her middle class upbringing in New England to the blockbuster movies that have made her one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses today. Expanding upon the witty and ironic dispatches for which she is known, Anna Kendrick’s essays offer her one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture.

This isn't my normal type of read, but I really like what I know of Anna Kendrick and so I thought this might be a fun read. What are you waiting on this week? Let me know!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Top Ten Reads January - June 2016

Top 10 Tuesday is a post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week's topic is Top Ten Reads January - June 2016.

  1. Morning Star (Red Rising Trilogy, # 3) by Pierce Brown
  2. He Will Be My Ruin by KA Tucker
  3. Their Fractured Light (Starbound, # 3) by Aime Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (review coming soon)
  4. The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, # 1) by Marie Rutkoski (review coming soon)
  5. The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, # 2) by Marie Rutkoski (review coming soon)
  6. The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, # 3) by Marie Rutkoski (review coming soon)
  7. Leaving Paradise (Leaving Paradise, # 1) by Simone Elkeles (review coming soon)
  8. Return to Paradise (Leaving Paradise, # 2) by Simone Elkeles (review coming soon)
  9. Too Late by Colleen Hoover
  10. Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, # 2) by Katie McGarry

Monday, June 20, 2016

The 5 Love Languages of Children - Review

The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively

By: Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell

Published: May 1st 2016 by Northfield Publishing (first published May 28th 1995)

224 pages

Genre: Nonfiction, Parenting, Christian, Self-Help

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--More than 1 million sold! You know you love your child. But how can you show it so they really feel loved? The #1 New York Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages® has helped millions of couples learn the secret to building a love that lasts. Now discover how to speak your child’s love language and make them feel loved in a way they understand. Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Ross Campbell help you:

Discover your child’s love language
Understand the link between successful learning and the love languages
See how the love languages can help you discipline more effectively
Build a foundation of unconditional love for your child

Plus: Find dozens of tips for practical ways to speak your child’s love language. Discover your child's primary language, then speak it, and you will be on your way to a stronger relationship and seeing your child flourish.

For a free online study guide, visit 5lovelanguages.com

My parents introduced me to The Five Love Languages when I was still a teenager. It was instantly intrigued by the idea of five different ways that people show and receive love. So when the opportunity came up to read The Five Love Languages of Children I was excited to pick it up since I've become a mother. The idea of loving my child in the best ways possible was easily something that I wanted to learn more about.

It has been at least ten years since I read The Five Love Languages; however, I didn't find The Five Love Languages of Children to be too terribly different. The love languages (Words of Affirmation, Physical Touch, Quality Time, Acts of Service, and Gifts) are the same. From what I could tell, the examples surrounded the love languages were obviously geared toward parents and children. Also, there were sections devoted to parenting philosophy and the nature of children whereas the original book focused more on the spouse and romantic love relationships. But overall, I feel like you could probably get away with reading one of these books and applying the concepts to both sets of relationships (or any relationship really).

That being said, I still really enjoyed The Five Love Languages of Children and I read it quite quickly given the amount of time I have to read these days. Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell had plenty of good and wise things to say about raising children and I highlighted up a storm.

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

-Speaking your child's primary love language does not mean he or she will not rebel later. It does mean your child will know you love him, and that can bring him security and hope...

-Unconditional love is a full love that accepts and affirms a child for who he is, not for what he does.

-Your children will sense how you feel about them by how you behave toward them.

-Affection and love mean expressing appreciation for the very being of a child, for those characteristics and abilities that are part of the total package of the person. In contrast, we express praise for what the child does, either in achievements or behavior or conscious attitudes.

-...much childhood misbehavior is an attempt to get more time with Mom or Dad.

-Don't let your demonstration of love to a child be controlled by whether the child is pleasing you at the moment.

-Your children need to see in you the traits you want them to develop.

-Discipline comes from a Greek word that means "to train." Discipline involves the long and vigilant task of guiding a child from infancy to adulthood. The goal is that the child would reach a level of maturity that will allow him one day to function as a responsible adult in society.

-Love looks out for the interest of another; so does discipline.

-Practice unconditional love; then discipline.

-Raising children always requires more time than you expected.

Personally, I really enjoyed the section dedicated to discipline. The authors address that discipline and punishment aren't synonymous. While I without a doubt knew that both of my parents loved me I definitely grew up in a household where punishment was the main form of discipline. It wasn't always about training me in the direction that I needed to go so much as punishing me for the not going the direction I should. Or it felt that way at the time. Anyway, I won't go into all of that here, but I enjoyed the authors spending time on this subject and really enforcing that a child should be loved and feel loved unconditionally no matter how unappealing their behavior might be.

The Five Love Languages of Children gets 4 Stars from me. It's an information packed book with easy concepts to implement into your daily life in hopes that your children will feel more loved. I do think that this is a book that you might continually need to come back to and re-read for a refresher every once and a while. Have you read The Five Love Languages of Children? What did you think? Let me know!