Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Journey - Roddy Brooks

The JourneyThe Journey by Roddy Brooks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A wicked witch and an evil wizard are banished from the kingdom, and they're not happy about it and declare war! It's up to Princess Livi and her faithful companion Dillon, a talking dog, to find the knight who can save them all, using all the good, kind forces of nature they can rally up. Deathly battles between evil goblins, dangerous dragons and the kingdom's army ensue - but in the end it's Livi whose destiny has to be fulfilled, and the fate of the royal kingdom lies with her. She must summon all her strength and courage to keep hold of the kingdom!


As a primary school teacher I am always on the look out for books that I can share with my class. When Roddy contacted me via twitter I was more than happy to review this book for him. I took it into school, so apologies that it has taken so long for a review!

This book is a typical fantasy book that kids love, this book has it all from witches and wizards wanting to take over a kingdom to princesses and talking dogs. The talking dog, Dillon was a big hit with the kids, who loved him.

This book is brilliant for primary school aged children, I would suggest from year 3 upwards. Children are really excited about it and even the girls get interested. (Well the girl is a hero!)It has helped spark off imagination, which today is rare in children. From reading this story to them, it has helped them develop a love of reading.

I would recommend this to all children who love a bit of fantasy, and even those reluctant readers. I would love to discover more of Brooks and I am sure the children would too! I do hope this is the beginning of a series.

I would like to thank Roddy for sending this to me to share with my class in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Paper Bliss - Skye Rogers

Paper BlissPaper Bliss by Skye Rogers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In this beautiful book, containing 29 projects, 10 handy templates and 8 bespoke gift papers, along with plenty of great ideas, you can learn how to upcycle your paper waste, find a fun project for the kids this weekend or pursue the dream of selling your own hand-made objects, from jewellery to trinkets to stationery to sculpture. Turn your tax returns into artworks. Create unique paper jewellery. Transform old books into sculptures. Make your own journals and stationery.

 Follow the simple instructions in this beautiful book to make these projects and many more. Or, take your own inspiration from author, Skye Rogers' reflections on her love of paper and her insights into the journey that has taken this love and turned it into a viable business. Whether you are a committed crafter or first-timer, you'll find all the ideas and inspiration you need in this exquisite book. Skye Rogers has been an illustrator for a good part of her adult life. But the long apprenticeship to her career was her childhood passion: she has been drawing on, cutting up, stamping on and pasting bits of paper together since she was very young. 

Not so long ago, Skye Rogers spent a whole summer sitting around her lounge room cutting and pasting and drawing and sewing like a woman possessed! Some of the looks she received were on the 'astonished' side: this wasn't productive, this wasn't what a grown woman should do, this wasn't 'making money'. From her fever of creativity that summer came her burgeoning little business, Skye's The Limit, a unique range of stationery and gifts, each product created with Skye's unique sense of style. As her business grew and expanded, Skye was often asked, 'How did you come up with/do that?' Realising that there are so many people out there wanting a few tips on bringing some ideas together in an easy-to-follow fashion, Skye started collecting projects that she had admired or completed herself over the years and developed them into a beautiful book of 30 paper craft projects to do at home to help and inspire others in their creative journey. 

PAPER BLISS has fantastic paper craft projects for all levels: from those at 'infants school' and only at paper-aeroplane level to more advanced projects for 'paperians' to get their teeth into, to those at paper high school who want to advance their skills with some more complex and elaborate projects. With some easily sourced items: scissors, cutting blade and mat, glue, fancy fasteners, paper punches, needle and thread and some found, pre-loved, new, hand-decorated, plain or recycled paper, there are hours of fun to be had with these projects. Whether it's the simple completion of something that inspires you, a gift for a special friend or spending part of a day with the kids away from more pressing demands, you might be surprised by what you find.



I absolutely love craft books and this is no exception. This is simple stunning, the dust jacket of the book is beautiful and doubles up as patterns for some of the ideas inside the book, which is really clever. Once removed it exposes a wonderful cover to the book.

As I have already mentioned that I love any craft book, I also love any book which has a vintage theme or feel about it and again this book is just that! There is so much detail on every page and its very clear that a lot of time and effort has gone into creating this fabulous book.

Not only does this been have some great ideas in it, it also gives background info, recycling information and a toolkit that explains everything you will need in order to made some of these great crafts.

Now onto some of the great ideas, my favourite, being a book lover has to be the book sculpture. Love the inspiration paragraphs at the beginning of each idea; I feel that I have begun to know Skye Rogers as I am beginning to understand her line of thinking. Each idea is broken down into sections including What you will need, method and an idea. These are easy to follow and can be creating in very short period of time.

At the back of the book, resources are listed along with individual artists and inspiring sites. The only negative I have of this book is that all the supplies listed are based in Australia.

I would recommend this to anyone who loves to recycle, vintage or crafts. This will made a great addition to your bookshelf! A top 5* rating!

I would like to thank the publisher for ending this in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

End of Read-a-thon meme

End of Event Meme:

Which hour was most daunting for you? 

I would have to say when it got to be about midnight here in the UK so hour 11? That's because even after coffee the tiredness set in. 

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

I think the books I choose were too deep, I enjoyed the first one but it was one I really had to concentrate on and seemed to take me forever to read, so something short and light hearted would be good. 

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Nope

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

I loved this years mini challenges! 

How many books did you read?

I am hoping to finish my second

What were the names of the books you read?

The Girl on the Train and The twelve dates of christmas 

Which book did you enjoy most?

I loved A girl on the train 

Which did you enjoy least?

Neither as I like them both

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

N/A 

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I loved the read-a-thon and will be participating next year. I think it helps being in the spring as I found I read more, I think this is because it stays lighter for longer and I feel less tired. 

Next year I may think about hosting a mini challenge, they are such a lot of fun :) 

Weekly Wrap up - Week 22 19/10/14



I cannot believe that October is almost over! This year is seriously whizzing by! This week has been ridiculously stressful at work, three days this week I have been at work for 14 hours! Because of this I have been falling asleep before 9pm most nights and this has left me little time to read. :( 

So yesterday was Dewey's 24 hour read - a -thon and it actually finishes here in the UK at 1pm today, so I may actually have more to add to my reading list! (Lets hope so!) 


This week I have been sent: 
Winners by Danielle Steel
I will Marry George Clooney (by Christmas) by Tracy Bloom

This week I have bought: 
- some for school but I dont think these count as they are educational!


Books I have read this week:
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

All these books I have read I have reviewed, look out for the reviews on The Book Corner soon.

What have you received/bought this week?

How much reading have you managed to get done? Leave me a comment below to connect. 

I hope you all had a great reading week and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Dewey's 24 hour read-a-thon challenges!

Here I will be placing all of my challenges that I take part in. 

The second hour has been hosted by http://figandthistle.com/ 

What I had to do:

Do I prefer tea of coffee? using the hashtag #teamcslewis for tea or #teamtrollope for coffee, include a pic and upload!

Mine is #teamcslewis and the tea I have been drinking is Green! 



Shelfie

All I had to do was take a picture of my bookshelf, as you can see I have piles of books that don't even fit on there!


                                           


Weird Reading Position:

Over at Kristina Horner the mini challenge of the hour was to photograph yourself in a weird reading position. This is me in my wardrobe! My wardrobe is quite new so it still has novelty value ha ha!

                                            


Quotes!

This challenge was created by Breathes Books and I was required to quote from the book I'm currently reading.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 

'I thought how desperately I would love to be able to run home and for Tom to be waiting for me. To have someone waiting for me.'


Book Staging

Book staging has been created by On The Wings Of Books I had to use a prop to add to my book. In needed to relate to the front of it. Here is my picture. I have added a tube map to The Girl on The Train book cover. Hope you like :)


                                         


Name your read-a-thon

Name your read-a-thon is being hosted over at geekybloggersbookblog the rules are simple, take a word from each of the books on your TBR pile for the read-a-thon and create a title for it. Unfortunately you cannot see it very clear here but my title is: 

Tell the girl the boys must date! 


The book which you cannot see the pine for is: The Twelve dates of Christmas. 

                                          




Book Tower Challenge:

This challenge has been created by thesmalltownlookbook The idea is that you create a tower of books, any way you like. I decided to create a Book Well, you can make a wish down it, perhaps you will be taken to a new world in your next book!




So I have finally finished my first book at 20:00 it was:
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins at 316 pages. 

Opening Meme - 24 hour readathon


 1 hour to go!

So there is less than an hour to go before Dewey's 24 hour readathon begins and I can't wait! I set my TBR in the week and looking forward to reading some of these. I am currently in the middle of a book so I am hoping to finish this first. 

Here the the first Meme of the day:

Opening Meme:
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

England - The South East

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
It must have been the mistletoe by Judy Astley 

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I haven't actually got any snacks! I have though just been out for a giant breakfast, so I should be good to go for a while!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I haven't managed to read a lot lately so I am really hoping to make a dent in my TBR pile today!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

This is my second 24 hour readathon, the first I was at my inlaws so felt I couldn't sit and read the whole time. This time I plan to have very little distractions but I want to be able to participate in the mini challenges as much as possible. 


If you are joining in today I would love to hear from you, how you are getting on and what you would like to achieve. 

Good Luck

Friday, 17 October 2014

The Dr Pepper Prophecies - Jennifer Gilby Roberts Audiobook

The Dr Pepper PropheciesThe Dr Pepper Prophecies by Jennifer Gilby Roberts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

25-year-old Mel Parker has a few tiny problems:

* Her job is terrible

* She's been dumped yet again

* Her ex is now her boss

* Her parents think she's a loser compared to her perfect younger sister

* All her efforts to improve her life seem doomed to failure

* There just isn't enough chocolate in the world to make up for the above.

The one good thing in her life has always been her best friend Will, who has seen her through every crisis from lost toys to pregnancy scares. But his girlfriend (who's prettier, better-dressed, more successful and secretly evil) is determined to replace Mel as the woman in his life and how is Mel supposed to compete?

So what do you do when you've pretty much given up on your own life? Help others, of course!

After all, what's the worst that can happen?



I have been talking to Jennifer on twitter for some time and when she was looking for reviewers to review the audio of her book 'The Dr Pepper Prophecies' as I hadn't read the book, I was more than happy to review this for her.

Mel is in her twenties, she has a hob that is going no where, she has a string of failed relationships and she feels she is the outcast of her family. Her best friend Will seems to have it all; perfect life, job and relationship and this is something Mel wants. Mel has hated all the girlfriends he has ever had and the current one is no exception.

I thought the first half of the book was a lot funnier than the second part. Some of the moments were laugh out loud.

There were at times I thought the book was a little slow, this could be down to the narrator though. One thing I did wonder is when this story is meant to be set. Many references in the book come from things from maybe 10 years ago. T.V shows and more emphasis on emails and instant messages rather than texts and up to date shows. This is only an observation and didn't make a difference to the story.

Something that annoyed me about the audio book is the lady who delivers the story. Another observation I had is that she seems to emphasize adverbs used, which when there are many in a few sentences together becomes irritating. If I had read the book, I am not sure I would have noticed this so much; so this for me was down to the narrator. She also didn't seem to always take notice of punctuation as many times I felt it didn't flow well. This also I feel would not have been the case; had I read the text.

Finally any of the online messages sent and received were really annoying, the narrator constantly says NY Alien says.. Confused says... etc to be honest during this part of the audio book I switched off as I'm not even concentrating on what is being said just constantly waiting for the narrator to say it again. This is a little unfair judgement but when you are listening to the audio book this is something that really stands out.

The review rating I have given is a representation of the audio book as this is what I was sent to review. I wouldn't listen to the audio book again, however I would happily read the book for myself.

I would like to thank Jennifer for sending me this in exchange for an honest review.