Leigha's Little Library

I am a new booktuber and book reviewer. I mostly post reviews over on Goodreads, but I thought I would try to keep my blog more up to date as well! My youtube channel hasn't got off the ground much yet as I am lacking space, equipment and time, but I hope I can use this blog and Goodreads to get better at writing reviews, even if I only have a few words to say about a book.

 

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I am open to receiving books (physical or ebook) for read and review, but I work best on a more lax deadline, so don't ask me if you have a deadline of less than a week..etc!

Contact me here: shiny_mae1984@yahoo.com if you want to send me something to review.

Slow reading day and my newest YouTube video!

Photo: Gulf Shores, Alabama [While we were on vacation Aug 2017]

 

 

Today wasn't much of a reading day. I read a few more paragraphs of Secrets For The Mad by Dodie Clark, but I'm just not feeling it today.

 

I have several books I need/want to read and review that I got for free from Netgally, but I am going to take a step back. If I start treating my hobby as a chore or a job (though how awesome would it be to get paid) then reading will stop being fun!

 

I also have several books that I own that I want to read in the next upcoming months. I'll be doing a TBR video later hopefully. :)

 

Here is my newest YouTube video. It is my August wrap up! It is a little long. I'm not the best with editing and I have mediocre equipment.

 

August Reading Wrap Up

 

What hobbies do you do besides reading?

 

I like writing, though I've not done much recently, playing video games, cuddling with my 3 cats, and 1 hamster (though I don't "cuddle" her per say haha), and doing fun things with friends & family.

 

Hera

Phoebe & Apollo

Mogget

 

 

Dodie Clark & Her New Book! (Youtuber books...)

 

Confession: I'm a bit of a Dodie fangirl. I enjoy her YouTube videos and her music. I'm kind of shocked I was approved to read this book, as I am a little "nobody" in the blogger/reviewer world, but it has happened, I'm reading it and liking it so far.

 

I kind of really like her. She's quirky and has a good singing voice. Her videos usually have meaning other than getting views for money, at least I think so. I don't watch every one of her videos. In fact, I do not watch every video of any person I follow on YouTube. I just feel like she is genuine. She talks about her mental health openly, isn't afraid to be herself, in fact a lot of her videos is sans makeup, even with acne/acne scars and I find that so refreshing. I think we should not be so focused on how we look. So we get pimples? So we gain weight? We're all human and these things happen! Dodie can be a role model to other people with similar experiences, though watch her with caution, as there have been viewers that mentioned watching people talk about anxiety, depression...etc can be triggering for them, because sometimes she is known to get in a dark place with her Instagram and Snap Chat stories.

 

In this video, Dodie wonders if there is a such thing as oversharing when it comes to depression...etc

Am I oversharing?

 

In this video she follows up and apologizes.

Follow Up

 

 

 

 

I'm not big on YouTuber books, but got really excited for Dodie's book. Maybe she will change my mind about these sort of books and I will give more a chance. Though I am not sure I follow too many people who have published.

 

There is Connie Glynn "Noodlerella's" fiction novel, which I am curious about. Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn. The name and plot sound quite cliche and I can swear I have read something exactly like it before, like on Wattpad, so that is bugging me! But I do want to give it a try, as I enjoy Connie's YouTube channels as well.

 

 

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The only YouTube book I have tried to read is:

Gabbie is from "The Gabbie Show" and I've only watched a couple of her videos.

And this book wasn't for me, sadly.

 

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Disclaimer: I received "Secrets For The Mad" by Dodie Clark from Netgally in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the chance to read this! Review will come closer to publication date, which is in November.

Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna

 

My review today is on a book of poetry written by Gabbie Hanna. She is most known for her YouTube channel The Gabbie Show.

 

However, I am disappointed to say that her book was not my cup of tea.

I got this through Netgally in exchange for a review. I had to stop after about half the poems. I will admit, I do not know much about poetry. I feel bad putting a low rating on something that is the author's feelings, but personally I felt it was badly written and just odd. It seemed childish, which I guess fits the theme of the book and title.

 

The poems are personal to Gabbie and I feel like they will resonate with some people; just not me.

I don't know much about her, but she genuinely seems like a nice person. She is trying to be funny in the book, even with her more depressing poems and it didn't work for me. However, I do think she can be funny. I've seen some of her videos randomly while going on a YouTube binge, as a person is want to do when it is late at night and they can't sleep.

Who Feels Mad, Dear Dragon? by Margaret Hillert, Jack Pullan (Artwork)

 

This is a picture book meant for young children who are starting to learn how to read, or it is simple enough to be read to toddlers. The pictures are bright and vibrant. It is about a little boy who seems to be in a bad mood over every little thing, throwing tantrums, but his parents always respond to him in a calm manner, instead of yelling and punishing. I think this is good because if they just yelled back at him, the child would learn to solve things by yelling, instead of solving things nicely and calmly. By the end, the boy is in a happier mood.

I think this book could be good for children and parents/caregivers.

Disclaimer: I received this from Netgally in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the chance to read this!

Children Books I've Read Recently

Recently I decided to go on a binge of reading children stories. I was just in a nostalgic mood and ended up reading some books I never got around to reading when I was younger, and some that are newer published.

 

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator) 

#1 (4 stars)

I was browsing through the kid section of the overdrive library, because I was in the mood for some children/middle grade (possibly nostalgic stuff from my past) and I saw the cover for this book. I thought it looked cute, so I checked it out. I liked it. I think it was silly and fun, and of course cute. I'm in my 30s, but I like to believe I still have a firm grasp on my inner child. I can still relate to younger characters. In the case of these two, I can relate to their imagination and how they get along with family; especially annoying a sibling.

 

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The Adventures of Captain Underpants Dav Pilkey

#1 (5 stars)

I think this book is fun, silly, weird, but I can see why it is a hit or miss with some people. I enjoyed the artwork.

 

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Scream Street by Tommy Donbavand

Fang of the Vampire #1 (5 stars)

 

I thought this series looked interesting and it turned out pretty fun and cute.

Blood of the Witch #2 (4 stars)

I'm on the fence if I liked this one better than the first one or not. It was quite silly, but not in a bad way, and the author is obviously going with his own vampire lore of how vampires are made

and cured.

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At least they don't sparkle. ha ha

A fun, quick paced read.

 

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The Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator)

 

Dinosaurs Before Dark #1 (4 stars)

I never read this series as a kid. It is just one of the ones I over looked and never thought about. But I thought this was cute and fun, especially for the age group it is intended for. The only reason adult me would give it a lower rating is because I would love more details and I believe even as a child reading this, more details couldn't hurt!

The Knight at Dawn #2 (3 Stars)

The only reason I give the volumes after #1 a 3 star instead of a 4 star is because of the repetitiveness. The summery of past books within the new story would be really helpful for a person who hasn't read the series in a long time. I will give this series that! So I understand why it happens, but it takes something from me as an adult reader.

However the books are cute and fun. I can relate to them, even as an adult, because I love books and would love to be in their shoes, to see all the worlds in the books, and who wouldn't want a magic tree house?

Mummies In The Morning #3 (3 Stars)

Now that I have finished the 3rd book in the series, I am starting to wonder... is the magic tree house really there, or are the children making up everything in their heads? Either way, I really like it!

Pirates Past Noon #4 (3 Stars)

So now we know who "M" is. I still wonder if the children are making up everything in their minds. Imagination is a powerful thing! Either way, this series is really fun. Sure, it's simple and short for adult readers, but that is completely fine by me! It is nice to sit down with some books without all the young adult drama. Also, I feel like these "children" books and other nostalgia type books are really good when you are in a reading slump.

 

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

#1 (4 stars)

I think I would have rated this higher if the kid hadn't been such a brat. I know kids can be bratty, but he seemed way over the top! I would even say he has a meanness to him and doesn't care what the coincidences of his actions are. I felt sorry for his so called best friend.

I do like diary format in books. I might read more in the series. I hope he grows as a character as the series goes on.

It by Stephen King

I have no coherent thoughts after finishing this book, or if I do, they are all jumbled up in my head. I am going to have the biggest book hangover. That ending, though!

4 only because Stephen King does have this odd way of writing certain things, and there was one scene I wasn't personally comfortable with.

Overall, his writing style is enjoyable. The story was so much more than the miniseries, which I saw first.

 

 

Not relating to the book content at all, but I can't decide which cover I like the most!

Wish by Joseph Monninger

I would like to point out that I got this book on a whim because it cost .79 cents used. I am so glad I got it.

 

This book was fast paced. I did like it, though the mother annoyed me. I get why she is that way, but still!

They are on vacation for their son's wish (similar to the make a wish foundation for cancer patients. He has cystic fibrosis) and the mother is flirting around and leaving them alone to go on dates. That just seemed unusual and cruel to the kids.

I know she is craving attention from men, but the book made it sound like she was always doing things like that. A vacation should be family time, but that is my personal opinion. Making friends are fine and dandy, but don't go off leaving your kids alone all night, leaving them to wonder where they heck you are and if you're coming back.

I can understand why the kids did what they did; the mom had every right to be worried..etc, but to me it seemed like they were copying something she often did. They had no idea when she would be back and a limited time to do things. I probably would have left, too and had a mini adventure.

I do think the sister should have put her foot down about letting her brother surf. I know it was a once in a lifetime thing for him, but he really could have died. I might have let my heart win too and let him surf as well, but if I am ever faced with a similar situation, I hope I am thinking rationally. However, I can understand the brothers feelings of wanting something so bad, but your body not able to do or enjoy it.

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There are some moments that made me tear up. I love when books can give me strong emotional feelings and this one delivered.

Sabriel, Lirael & Abhorsen by Garth Nix

This seriously was and still is my favorite young adult fantasy trilogy! I have read it several times. I loved everything about this series, however, I wish each book was a trilogy that focused on the main character, like I would have loved more stories from Sabriel and Lirael. Companion novels are hit and miss, because you really get attached to characters and the next book is new characters!

So it should have been Sabriel 1-3 and then Lirael 1-3 (Abhorsen would have been part of the Lirael trilogy.) Heck Garth could have gave us a series based on each character. Let's say 7 books each? Is that good for everybody? Needless to say, I am a huge Garth Nix fan and love all the books I've read from him so far. It goes without saying that this trilogy gets a huge 5 star rating.

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

 

I never wrote a proper review for this book, but I loved it. Does that make me a twisted person? I don't normally read books like this, but I loved the manga and movie and when I found out the novel came first, I just had to read it! I am so glad I did. I was intimidated by the size, but flew through the novel in a couple days.

Did I Read It? Looking Back on Past Book Hauls! (Part 2)

5/8/2015

 

Books by V.C Andrews (Ghost Written by Andrew Neiderman)

1. Eye of the Storm (No)

2. The End of The Rainbow (No)

3. Ruby  (No)

 

4. Beaches by Iris Rainer-Dart (No)

5. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville (No)

 

Books by Sophie Kinsella:

6. Confessions of a Shopaholic (No)

7. Can You Keep A Secret  (No)

 

 

Books by Richelle Mead:

8. Vampire Academy (Yes)

9. Bloodlines (No)

 

10. The Complete Sherlock Holmes (No)

 

 

 

5/10/2015

11. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay (Yes)

 

 

Books by Tess Gerritsen:

12. Vanish (No)

13. The Sinner (No)

 

14. Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown (No)

 

15. You Will Never Nanny In This Town Again by Suzanne Hansen (No)

 

 

5/15/2015

 

 

 

16. Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo (Yes)

17. Magnolia by Kristi Cook (No)

 

 

Books by Caroline B. Cooney:

18. The Face on the Milk Carton (Yes)

19. Whatever Happened to Janie (No)

20. The Voice on the Radio (No)

21. What Janie Found (No)

22. Janie Face to Face (No)

 

23. Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier (No)

24. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake (No)

25. Wish by Joseph Monninger (Yes)

26. Zoe Letting Go by Nora Price (No)

27. This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl (Yes)

 

 

28. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Yes)

 

 

29. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (No)

 

30 - 37 Harry Potter UK Edition Box Set. (I've read the series many times, but only reread the first 2 since buying the new set.)

 

 

5/22/2015

 

 

Books by Lois Duncan:

38. Daughters of Eve (No)

39. They Never Came Home (No)

 

40. If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern (No)

 

41. The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien (I have read it many times, but I don't think I have read it again since buying it.)

 

 

 I'm pretty sure I have a problem as most readers do. Used book stores are a curse and a blessing.

Did I Read It? Looking Back on Past Book Hauls! (Part 1)

This is part 1, because I did many book hauls on here, more than I thought!

 

I made a book haul post a couple years ago. I'm only going to list the books that were personally meant for me. Some were my husbands. I was curious if I read the books since I bought them! Let's see!

6/1/2015

 

Books by Sarah J. Mass:

1. The Assassin's Blade (Yes)

2. Throne of Glass (Yes)

3. Crown of Midnight (No)

4. Court of Thorns and Roses (No)

 

Between 5/29 and 5/31 /2015

 

 

by Tonya Hurley

5. Ghostgirl #2: Homecoming  (No)

 

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6. The Watcher's Guide Vol 1 by Christopher Golden & Nancy Holder

7. The Monster Book by Christopher Golden, Stephen R Bissette & Thomas E. Sniegoski

(No to both, but these are more for my Buffy/Angel book collection)

 

Books by Cecelia Ahern:

8. Thanks for the Memories (No)

9. Rosie Dunne (Yes)

10. The Book of Tomorrow (No)

 

Books by Tess Gerristen:

11. The Surgeon (Yes)

12. The Apprentice (No)

13. The Keepsake (No)

14. The Mephisto Club (No)

15. Bloodstream (No)

16. Girl Missing (No)

 

17. Haunted by Jeff Mariotte (NO, but this is for my Angel book collection)

 

Books by Caroline B. Cooney:

18. Hush Little Baby (No)

19. The Stranger (No)
20. Fatality
(No)
21. The Fire
(No)

22. Wanted (NO)

23. The Return of the Vampire (No)

 

But in my defense, these are for my nostalgic collection, I have read them as a teen.

 

Books by Diana Hoh:

24. Win, Lose or Die (No)

25. Kidnapped (No)

 

Also in my defense, these are for my nostalgic collection.

 

Books by R. L. Stine:

26. Lights Out (No)

27. Missing (No)

28. Broken Hearts (No)

29. The Cataluna Chronicles: The Dark Secret (No)
30. The Surprise Party
(No)

31. The New Boy (No)

32. The Dare (No)

33. First Date (No)

34. The Prom Queen (No)

 

Also in my defense, these are for my nostalgic collection.

 

35. Resolved: You're Dead by Nicholas Adams (No)

36. Gallows Hill by Lois Duncan (No)

 

Books by Christopher Pike:

37. Remember Me by Christopher Pike (No)

38. Bury Me Deep (No)

39. Whispers of Death (No)

40. The Starlight Crystal (No)

41. The Midnight Club (No)

42. Monster (No)

43. The Visitor (No)

44. Scavenger Hunt (No)

45. Die Softly (No)

 

Also in my defense, these are for my nostalgic collection.

 

What have I learned? I learned that I buy a bunch of books for the purpose of collecting, rather than reading right away! 


Out of all the ones listed here, I read 4 of them. You do the math!

In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz, Dirk Zimmer (Artwork) & Ghosts! Ghostly Tales From Folklore by Alvin Schwartz, Victoria Chess (Artwork)

Both books get 5 stars

 

In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz, Dirk Zimmer (Artwork)

This is a "I can read" book, but I feel like books should not have an age limit. This is cute and I believe kids and adults of all ages could enjoy it. I love the artwork by Dirk Zimmer.

"Have you seen the ghost of John? Long white Bones and flesh on g-o-n-e? Ooooooooh! Wouldn't it be chilly with no skin o-n?

 

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Ghosts! Ghostly Tales From Folklore by Alvin Schwartz, Victoria Chess (Artwork)

 

 

This is also an "I can read" book, but who cares! I found it really cute and can see it being a little spooky for some children. It also has interesting artwork by Victoria Chess. There is a story in this about a ribbon that I can remember vividly from first reading it in my childhood. I could have swore that story was in the "Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark" book, but nope! I really loved 98% of these stories.

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Books by Alvin Schwartz, Stephen Gammell (Artwork), Brett Helquist (Updated Artwork)

I love these stories. I much prefer the original artwork by Stephen Gammell. It is nostalgic, plus I feel like the artwork and stories belong together. The stories are not the same without the original art. That being said, there is nothing wrong with the updated art by Brett Helquist; it isn't bad, just I have no idea why they would even change the art in the first place.

 

If I were to run across Brett Helquist's artwork somewhere else and they were not tied to this books and my childhood nostalgia, I would really like them quite a lot. I am interested in his work and would read other books he does the artwork for. In fact, I love the art in A Series of Unfortunate Events.

 

Original Covers & Art

 

 

Updated Covers & Art

 

Comparison of their art style: Stephen verses Brett

As you can see, both are very good, but people who grew up with the original might agree with me in saying Stephen's is much more frightening and belongs with the text.

 

 

 

 

Tyrannosaurus Ralph by Nate Evans & Vince Evans (Artwork)

This comic book is so silly, but I can't deny how fun it is. It is quick paced and action packed. It's just all around weird and not realistic at all, but that hardly matters. I think kids and adults of all ages could like it. I wonder where the series will go from here. I love the characters we have met so far.

 



I enjoyed the artwork.

Disclaimer: I received this from Netgally in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the chance to read this!

The Password Is Wishpers by Jack Chaucer & Jeanine Henning (Artwork)

This is an easy and quick paced book. I feel like it can be enjoyed by all ages, but is most important for grade school students who might not understand the horrors of a shut down. It would be confusing and scary for an adult, let alone a child! I never had to experience anything like this as a kid; it is sad that it is now common for schools to have these drills.

 



Using your imagination and cherishing your childhood seems to be some of the main themes of this book. I adored how they used their imagination to do all sorts of cool things, while there was a lock down drill.

One of my wishes for this book and the reason this did not have a 5 star rating, is I wish that there was more description instead of telling. Part of me can understand why this does not happen, because perhaps the author wants the child/person reading to use their own imagination. That is a nice thought, but I still like when books have showing over telling.

I know this is meant for children, and it is supposed to be quick and simple, but as an adult, I really wish I knew what caused the lock down, but I suppose I can use my imagination there as well.

The artwork by Jeanine Henning was cute. I wish there were more artwork in this book! I love the colors they went with.

Disclaimer: I received this from Netgally in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the chance to read this!

Honey Moon Dog Daze by Sofi Benitez

A fun, cute book. It is fast paced and has a unique writing style. I found the names of the Moon characters to be a little silly, but in a good way. I have to wonder if the author knew about the Harvest Moon game franchise when they named a character that. Also the three dogs named Manny, Moe and Jack made me laugh out loud. Did the author see a Pep Boys commercial and get inspired or was the names a 100% coincidence? Funny, none the less.

 



I like how Honey is inspired to start a dog walking service after recusing Stormy. Honey seems to be a likeable character and I did enjoy how she got along with her family. I liked the hints that her Turtle backpack might be magical, or is it her imagination? I love the friendship between the three main girls and also how it ended with a possible 4th friend.

One thing that I wish would be different is more description. There seemed to be a lot of telling instead of showing, which could make some of the story a little lackluster. However, I will admit there were several times where I find myself smiling. There is something going for it, and I hope the author continues to write stories for children and adults alike.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book.

Disclaimer: I received this from Netgally in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the chance to read this!

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Secrets for the Mad
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