Birds, Birds Everywhere

I am so happy to see that they made some of  David Allen Sibley drawings into postcards. I have gotten a few of Sibley’s books and I always loved the drawings. So these ‘Sibley Birds of Land, Sea, and Sky’ 50 Postcards by David Allen Sibley do not disappoint at all.

All I can say is that these are some amazing postcards. Some birds I know and see from time to time in my backyard, while others of course not so much. I must admit I was expecting to see a robin, cardinal or even a bluejay in the postcard mix but still there are such lovely drawings that’s ok.

Some of the drawings are ever so life like. There is one of an owl where truth be told I could not tell if it was a drawing or a photo.

I love the details. One where the duck is looking right at you or the other of a duck flying out of the water.

Comes in a wonderful keepsake box with tabs dividing them by type (sea birds vs songbirds ec)

Printed on very good paper. So you could send these in the mail if you wanted to (but why would you). Keep them in the box of hang them up on the wall.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

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Now This is What I call a Gardening Book

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Oh Martha now this is what I call a gardening book. Just what I need. Wow. And yes I could not want to receive ‘Martha’s Flowers: A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and Enjoying’ by Martha Stewart and Kevin Sharkey.

Its nice and large. The cover pops the second you hold it in your hand. The photo’s are amazing.

Yes there are so many gardening books to choose from but what I enjoy about this one is that she talks about flowers that one will find in ones own garden like poppy, hydrangea’s, sunflowers, lilac’s, roses ec. So its not some exotic plant that does not work in your zone.

Good instructs on how to plant them, when to plant/maintain them ec. On top of that this book also gives you tips on how to arrange the flowers when you cut them.

So yes I was already looking forward to spring but again after this book I can’t wait to get more plants.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

Color over this one

‘The Chalk Man’ by C. J. Tudor is suppose to be about a mystery and suspense. A Thriller. It was none of those. Its a book that bounce’s between the events of 2016 and 1986.

Looking back on it this feels like an over hyped story. I have read better fan fiction.

I could not get into the characters and really didn’t like any of them. There is no real character development of any kind. And you’d be surprised with such wInning names such as Fat Gav, Hoppo, Metal Mickey and Nicky.

The prologue sets it all up all nicely but then it kind of falls apart. I found it to be very boring and despite it being a short book I had a hard time trying to finish this story. I kept reading parts of it and then putting it down again before picking it back up weeks later. Hence the very late review.

Its not thrilling. Its not a page turner. Its more of a read it and forget it book.

As if someone threw water onto the chalk drawing. Its not my kind of book.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

The Crown

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I had heard that there was a TV show all about Queen. Now I have to admit I have not seen the show yet but when I had the opportunity to read the book I thought why not. So this book is called “The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1: Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill, and the Making of a Young Queen (1947-1955)” by Robert Lacey and really the title tells you all you need to know.

As I said before its a companion book to the Netflix series so I can take a wild guess and say that there will be a few more books coming out as the series moves ahead.

I did enjoy the photo’s tremendously. It was a mixture of actual photo’s and photo’s used for the tv show.

I felt the book gave a good perception of what happened and then it was compare to what the tv series showed. So I felt that was well done. And no you do not have to see the show to enjoy this book.

All in all a very interesting book, now I just have to watch the series.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

I judged the cover

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I have to admit I love the cover of this book.

‘Noelle: A Novel’ by Greg Kincaid from my understanding is the 3rd book in this book series and the authors 4th book. Now can it be read as a stand alone. Sure it can BUT I have to say I feel like it might have helped me connected with the characters a little more if I had read the build up of this family. And maybe seen their past struggles in the pervious books.

Noelle focuses on the McCray family from Kansas. Its a Christmas story about Mrs Claus. Throw in some family drama and dogs and a lot of other families and more dogs. It does end on a happy note. Which I’m sure will lead to another book.

So its good. Easy read but it does make you want to hug your furry friend in the end.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

‘Look’ this book up

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I expected  ‘What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky- by Kelsey Oseid’  to be a short little book with a few nods to the things we try and see in the stars at night. Or that this was aimed at very younger readers. Boy was I wrong. Imagine my surprised when this book came. Wow. Turns out to be a wonderful book that covers so many things about our night sky.

The cover, I just love the cover. You get a good overview of space, not just the constellations, the moon and sun, the north star, aurora’s, the planets as well as deep space ec. It also talks about Total eclipses (totality) which we had just had a chance to experience a few months ago. So really this book gives a great over view with just enjoy information to not overwhelm you.. As well as a nod to what might of might not be out there.

he art, the art is wonderful.

Now some people have said that this book doesn’t specify where to look for the constellations but in this day and age where the sky is always changing I am glad this was not included. Plus there are some amazing sky viewing apps out there.

In fact there is a great site that tells you when the international space station flies by: http://spaceweather.com/flybys/

So grab some blankets and look up.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

Charm of Goldfinches what a title

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This is just such an adorable and charming book. I love it. I mean just look at the title: ‘A Charm of Goldfinches and Other Wild Gatherings Quirky Collective Nouns of the Animal Kingdom’ by Matt Sewell.

The illustrations are all land, air or water animals and they are just wonderful. Great detail and they really do pop.

The book has a few UK references which is not surprising.

The text is just enough information. In some you find some very cute moments such as a crocodile dundee nod, or the story about sharks. The joke about squirrels or rats…I will not spoil it all.

Its a small book yet charming and puts a smile on your face. You’ll flip through it a number of times. Once to really look at the illustrations, and then to read the text. And when its over you wish that there were some postcards to hang up. Charming just charming.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

Not Earth Shattering

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At 5:36 p.m. on March 27, 1964 which was Good Friday, a magnitude 9.2. earthquake – the second most powerful in world history – struck the young state of Alaska. That is the book I wanted to read ‘The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet’ by Henry Fountain COULD have been such a good book but it will sadly never live up to what it could have been.

This book seemed to focus more on the people who were investigating the quake then the actual quake and survives. Unless the person who was researching the quake happened to be in Alaska at that time I want to know/picture/feel what it was like to be in a magnitude 9.2. earthquake.

The book also kind of time jumps which did not bother me so much but what drove me nuts is that I also found this book went into far more scientific research and detail then what I really wanted to read about.

You see this book could have turned out like ‘The Tunnels’ by Greg Mitchell or ‘Dead Wake’ by Erik Larson (side note comparing this book to ‘Dead Wake’ is an insult). Those two other books were page turners this one was not.  ‘The Tunnels’ and ‘Dead Wake’ were able to balance science/history and historic accounts that ‘The Great Quake’ seems to miss entirely and focus more on science.

Another flaw in this book is the author lists far to many names , so many you can’t keep them apart or remember who is who. For example lets say “Jim was looking back at Kelly, Mary while holding Sue…” instead of saying “Jim would never see two of his children ever again”. But I don’t need to read about Smokey or Tom, Jim, Tiny…ec

The sad part is you have to force your way past so many pages and when you finally make it to chapter 9 (yes I am not joking well over 100 pages into the book) do we finally get to the day of the earthquake and what if felt like.

Yes the book has some photo’s but I really wish they would have had more, or even some better comparisons. For a book so heavily focused on science there were not a lot of photo’s.

So what could have tuned into an amazing read was more like a science book you kind of skim.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

Moving on up…

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Finally a refreshing book to read. If you are looking for a charming and funny book with a full dash of Indian culture then pick up ‘The Windfall’ by Diksha Basu.

The idea is simple. What happens when you come into a lot of money? Do things stay the same or do you ditch the old for the new? In the case of the Jha family its the story of them moving on up to a new neighborhood. A true “keeping up with the Jones” Indian style which I love.

I have fortunately had the opportunity to travel to India so I can picture it well.

But in the end the meals, the family drama could happen to anyone, anywhere in the world. Pick up this book. You learn about a culture you might not know a lot about and discover a great new author and book in the process.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

Run Woman Run

I really don’t know what to say about ‘Woman No. 17’. I’m truly at a loss of how to review this book…maybe first have a drink or three??? Here’s my take on this book…it was a waste of good paper…! I’ve read better fan fiction…! I was expecting something else…! I mean the one good thing is I am willing to give any book a try but in the end I did not like this book at all. It was not for me.

‘Woman No. 17’ by Edan Lepucki is a book that I found myself putting down a lot just because it did not hold my interest. It took me longer to read then most books, its not a book I will ever read again nor do I think I will pick up a book the the same author. You start off with Lady and S (and no that’s not a typo) and already I’m wondering if I picked up a book I’m not going to enjoy. Sadly it turns out that just as I had guessed I did not enjoy this book.

I think my main issue with ‘Woman No. 17’ is the very unlikeable characters, the extremely unlikeable characters.

I mean it starts off kind of odd…I have no other way to describe it. But it turns very boring and well you don’t like or even connect or want to connect with any of these characters. And then S and Seth… you  know what just skip it.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”