Thursday, August 16, 2018

Ten-Step Drawing: Animals - DNF Review

Ten-Step Drawing: Animals

By: Walter Foster Creative Team

Publication: August 7th 2018 by Walter Foster Publishing

128 pages

Genre: Non-fiction, Arts, Crafts

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Featuring illustrated tutorials for drawing 75 different animals, Ten-Step Drawing: Animals breaks down each subject into 10 simple steps; moreover, all you need is a pen or pencil and a piece of paper!

Handy prompts help artists by encouraging artistic individuality, as well as helpful tips for drawing other subjects not featured in the book. Ten-Step Drawing: Animals is sure to encourage even the most reluctant amateur artist to break out a pen and paper and doodle to their heart’s content!

Ok so my first mistake was assuming that "ten steps" = ten lines. I kind of feel like this book is cheating a bit because each of these steps often includes a lot more than one line or shape. Each step might have multiple pieces to it, and for me that kind of defeated the purpose.

I don't know why I thought this would be easy...maybe because the description made it seem so. And even the steps themselves seem easy. But you can't just say "draw a flat ovalish shape" and have the results come out looking like the illustrations in this book. Well perhaps someone out there could, but me...not so much.

Another thing I've always struggled with in drawing is perfectionism. Art is much more subjective and unless I'm copying or tracing an image, it will never look like what I see in the illustration or picture. And what's in my head never translates to paper.

Aside from that, I knew from the very first animal that this book was going to be too advanced for my skill level. Let's take a look at the first animal in the book.

I'm not quite sure what I expected, but it wasn't this. Sadly, Ten-Step Drawing: Animals was quickly DNF'd. Have you tried Ten-Step Drawing: Animals? What did you think? Let me know!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Can't Wait for Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss

By: Kasie West

Expected Publication: February 5th 2019 by HarperTeen

384 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--Lacey Barnes has dreamt of being in a movie for as long as she can remember. However, while her dream did include working alongside the hottest actor in Hollywood, it didn’t involve having to finish up her senior year of high school at the same time she was getting her big break. Although that is nothing compared to Donavan, the straight-laced student her father hires to tutor her, who is a full-on nightmare.

As Lacey struggles to juggle her burgeoning career, some on-set sabotage, and an off-screen romance with the unlikeliest of leading men, she quickly learns that sometimes the best stories happen when you go off script.

What are you guys waiting on this week? Let me know!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Top Ten Somewhere Only We Know Commentors

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week's topic is Top Ten Favorite Book Blogs/Websites.

Honestly, I've done this topic before (in 2012, in 2014, and every EOY Book Survey since 2012). In truth, since becoming a mother in 2015, I just do not have the time that I wish I did to visit everyone like I'd like. So instead of featuring book blogs that I enjoy reading and have likely mentioned before, this time I wanted to focus on those bloggers and readers of my blog who comment regularly. I know I'm not the best at responding quickly, but I see you. I appreciate you. And you are...(please don't attack me if I forget someone...I am limited to 10 people)...

  1. AJ @ Read All the Things
  2. Sherry @ Fundinmental
  3. Laura @ FUOnlyKnew
  4. Mary @ Stacking My Book Shelves
  5. Barb @ Booker T's Farm
  6. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
  7. Eve @ Functioning Insanity
  8. Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession
  9. Jo @ Book Lover's Blog
  10. Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

I have many others that I know comment regularly. If you don't see yourself mentioned here, again, please don't think that I don't appreciate you. I do. Those who are mentioned here, thank you so so much for commenting regularly like you do. It brightens my day with each comment that I receive. And I feel in some small way that we're friends. Spread the love? Who comments on your blog frequently? Let me know!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Ruins - Review

Ruins (Partials, # 3)

By: Dan Wells

Expected Publication: March 11th 2014 by Balzer + Bray

352 pages

Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian

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Goodreads description--Kira, Samm, and Marcus fight to prevent a final war between Partials and humans in the gripping final installment of the blockbuster Partials Sequence.

Our time is almost up.

As the clock ticks closer and closer to the final Partial expiration date, humans and Partials stand on the brink of war. Caught in the middle, thousands of miles apart, are Samm and Kira: Samm, who is trapped on the far side of the continent beyond the vast toxic wasteland of the American Midwest; and Kira, now in the hands of Dr. Morgan, who is hell-bent on saving what's left of the Partials, even if she has to destroy Kira to do it.

The only hope lies in the hands of the scattered people of both races who seek a way to prevent the rapidly escalating conflict. But in their midst appears a mysterious figure, neither human nor Partial, with solemn warnings of the new apocalypse-one that none of them may be able to avert.

The last book in the Partials Sequence is a thrill ride of epic proportions, as the last remnants of life on our planet fight to determine its final fate.

I started Ruins 4!!!! years ago. I read 10% and put it down. I'd finished Fragments over a year before that. The more time that went by between finishing Fragments and starting Ruins the harder it was to pick back up. The series is heavy on details, but my favorite part (the relationships) aren't driving the story.

That leads me to my first point about Ruins...Samm and Kira are separated for the majority of the book. As a matter of fact, I felt like there were really too many narrators because of the separation between all of the major characters.

Speaking of the characters, I had a harder time keeping up with all of the characters in Ruins. Considering there really aren't a large number of new characters in this book that haven't been in the prior books I'd say this is probably my own fault for letting nearly 5 years go by since finishing book 2. And the number of narrators was a bit distracting even though they all served a purpose. Marcus wasn't quite as funny in Ruins to me as he has been in the prior books.

I think this series likely has some "hidden" commentary on racism (or more how things should be) and how we all need each other no matter our background. But I'll save that for the reader to get out of it what they will. Even though this normally really bugs me, the commentary wasn't obnoxious so I didn't feel as if the author was trying so hard to preach at me or push an agenda which can often happen.

Truthfully I'm disappointed in myself for not doing a better job on this review. I feel like this book and the series ending deserved better from me as far as my attention goes. I truly blame myself for letting so much time go by between books. Unfortunately this definitely affected my overall feelings and enjoyment of Ruins.

I'm not 100% sure how I feel about this quote. I'll share it with you while I ponder on it a little longer:

-You don’t apologize for this, Samm. It’s love, and love doesn’t weigh its options and pick the best one—love just wants things, and it doesn’t know why, and it doesn’t matter why, because love is the only explanation love needs."

Ruins gets 3.5 Stars. I feel like it deserves better but the length of time between books caused me to forget too much of the prior story and thus lessened my experience of the story. That isn't Ruins fault, but it also doesn't change how I enjoyed the book. I was overall happy with the ending of the series, and I'm glad to finally be able to mark this series as complete. Have you read Ruins? What did you think? Let me know!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sunday Post - 8/12/18

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.

Well guys, Little Girl went to "school" this week. She was so excited. She walked right in without looking back. She's only going Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-12. Thursday morning she woke up with a little cough. I just thought it was a tickle in her throat. But even when I picked her up she was still coughing. It definitely turned into a cold. One day! I mean seriously one day around a group of other kids and she gets sick. I mean I expected this to happen, but not on the first day. Friday morning she asked if she was going to school and I told her that she doesn't go on Fridays, but even if she did she'd have to stay home since she's sick. Fingers crossed that Baby Boy and Dad and I stay well. No new books this week.


Monday: Review of Let Me List the Ways by Sarah White (4 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Mirage by Somaiya Daud
Thursday: DNF Review of The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X R Pan


Monday: Review of Ruins (Partials, # 3) by Dan Wells
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday
Thursday: DNF Review of Ten-Step Drawing: Animals by Walter Foster Creative Team

Don’t forget to link up for the 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2018 to sing 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!

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!