Sunday, October 8, 2023

Sunday Post - 10/08/23

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.

Tuesday was my dad's birthday. He got a wonderful *sarcasm* birthday present of COVID on his trip to Colorado and Utah with my mom. She also now has it. Tuesday was also library day for my crew. Man, my boys are wild in the library. I did check out a book on library manners, but we haven't read it yet. We need to make sure we do read it one more time before going next time. We went to the park right after the library and met up with a friend. The city was decorating for Halloween around the walking trail so that was fun to get to see some of their decorating. We also did grocery pick up. Thursday we had to run back to the store to get a gift for a birthday party that we went to on Saturday. The kids played outside in the sprinkler and even dipped into the pool. They didn't stay long. We had a cold front move in Friday night so the temperature has dropped to the low 70s for a few days. It'll be back up in the 80s by the end of this week, but all of that to say we really are nearing an end to any water activities until late spring of next year. It's sad, but I also look forward to being outside more without having to get wet in order to not melt. Friday was the last day in our first quarter of homeschooling. I took notes on all of our accomplishments and activities so far this year. I can easily fall into the negativity trap so I want to highlight the pros and all the things to keep us motivated to move forward. This second quarter should be interesting with an upcoming vacation planned as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas. My kiddos birthdays are fastly approaching, and I am way under prepared this year so far. Only two weeks until my daughter's birthday. I got several goodies this week. I am branching out to try and read more middle grade books in hopes that I might have some recommendations to my kids as they become better and better readers. Do you have any middle grade or must read recommendations for me to look into for my kids?


Monday: All Things Halloween Review of The War of Two Queens (Blood and Ash, # 4) by Jennifer L Armentrout (4 Stars)
Thursday: All Things Halloween Review of Matilda by Roald Dahl (4 Stars)


Monday: All Things Halloween Review of Spice Road (The Spice Road Triloy, # 1) by Maiya Ibrahim
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday?
Friday: Homeschool Friday - Mini Reviews

My annual "All Things Halloween" event is starting. This is my month-long event where I feature reviews from Halloween-y genres (fantasy, paranormal, supernatural, sci-fi, horror, mystery, thriller, and suspense). Over the last few years I've had mostly fantasy books as I just haven't been in the mood for much horror, but still...these are books that can get you in the mood for Halloween.

Don’t forget to link up for the 2023 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2023 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!


How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon, # 1)

By: Cressida Cowell

Publication: March 13, 2003

214 pages

Genre: Middle Grade, Young Adult, Fantasy, Dragon

Source: Personal Kindle Library (was on sale)

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Goodreads description--Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, the quiet and thoughtful son of the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans, tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan by catching and training a dragon. Can Hiccup do it without being torn limb from limb?

Join his adventures and misadventures as he finds a new way to train dragons--and becomes a hero. This action-packed, hilarious, and perfectly illustrated novel is a modern classic beloved by millions across the globe.

The Wild Robot (The Wild Robot, # 1)

By: Peter Brown

Expected Publication: April 5, 2016

279 pages

Genre: Children's Fiction, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Source: Personal Kindle Library (was on sale)

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Goodreads description--Can a robot survive in the wilderness?

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is all alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is--but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a violent storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island's unwelcoming animal inhabitants.

As Roz slowly befriends the animals, the island starts to feel like home--until, one day, the robot's mysterious past comes back to haunt her.

From bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown comes a heartwarming and action-packed novel about what happens when nature and technology collide.

Greenglass House (Greenglass House, # 1)

By: Kate Milford; Jaime Zollars (Illustrator)

Expected Publication: August 26, 2014 by Clarion Books

384 pages

Genre: Adult, Contemporary

Source: Personal Kindle Library (was on sale)

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Goodreads description--It’s wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler’s inn is always quiet during this season, and twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again. And again. Soon Milo’s home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house. As objects go missing and tempers flare, Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, must decipher clues and untangle the web of deepening mysteries to discover the truth about Greenglass House—and themselves.

Honey for a Child's Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life

By: Gladys M. Hunt with Mark Hunt

Expected Publication: January 1, 1969

272 pages

Genre: Nonfiction, Parenting, Christian, Education

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Goodreads description--A modern classic with over 250,000 copies sold, Honey for a Child's Heart is a compelling, essential guide for parents who want to find the best books for their children ages 0-12. This updated and expanded edition includes a new preface, an updated list of recommended reads for each age group, and audiobook suggestions.

A good book is a gateway into a wider world of wonder, beauty, delight, and adventure. But children don't stumble onto the best books by themselves. They need a parent's help. Author Gladys Hunt, along with her son, Mark, discusses everything from how to choose good books for your children to encouraging them to be avid readers.

Illustrated with drawings from dozens of children's favorites, Honey for a Child's Heart Updated and Expanded includes completely updated book lists geared to your child's age and filled with nearly one thousand longtime favorites, classics, wonderful new books, and audiobooks that will enrich your child's life. It will also show you how to:

Understand the importance of being a read-aloud family, enjoying books together by reading aloud
Give your children a large view of the world, of truth, and of goodness
Encourage each child's imagination and good use of language
Find the best books for your children

Thousands of parents have used this guide to furnish their children's inner spirit with the wonder and delight of good reading. Updated and expanded to keep pace with the ever-changing world of children's literature, it is sure to enrich the cultural and spiritual life of your home.

Trial of the Sun Queen (Artefacts of Ouranos, # 1)

By: Nisha J. Tuli

Publication: November 15, 2022

400 pages

Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Fae

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Goodreads description--Ten women. A deadly contest. Only one can win the Sun King's heart.

Lor has endured twelve long years of torment under the Aurora King’s rule. Her only desire is to escape and pay him back for every moment of misery she's endured.

When a surprise release finds her in the hands of the rival Sun King, Lor is thrust into the spotlight as she competes against nine other Tributes for the role of queen. If she wins his heart, she'll earn her freedom and finally get her revenge.

But Lor doesn't belong in the Sun Queen Trials. Not only does she not understand why she was freed, she isn’t a citizen of the Sun King’s court. The other Tributes resent her presence and will stop at nothing to ensure Lor is removed from the competition, permanently.

Now Lor must win, because if she loses, she dies. Or worse, she'll be returned to the evil—and now vengeful—Aurora King.

Rule of the Aurora King (Artefacts of Ouranos, # 2)

By: Nisha J. Tuli

Expected Publication: March 19, 2023 by NJT Author

272 pages

Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Fae

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Goodreads description--“ I am not his conquest. I am not his to claim. I am my own castle.” Freed from the golden clutches of the Sun King, Lor now finds herself in the hands of Nadir, the Aurora Prince. Convinced she’s hiding something, he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make her talk. But Lor knows the value of secrets—she’s been keeping them her entire life—and she’s not letting hers go without a fight. When Lor and Nadir team up to search for a lost item that holds the key to her past and her future, she isn’t sure if she can trust him. All she knows is she won’t fall for his promises and make the same mistakes again. Lor also hasn’t forgotten her vow to destroy the Aurora King. As Atlas hunts her across Ouranos, Lor plots to bring down the Imperial Fae who took everything. But she soon realizes that the future of the continent is about so much more than just her shattered legacy. The Rule of the Aurora King is the second book in the Artefacts of Ouranos series and combines romance, intrigue, action, and adventure. If you love enemies to lovers, fated mates, and fake dating, don’t miss this exciting next installment!

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!

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