Leigha's Little Library

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Mermaid May! Some mermaid related books I want to read for a themed reading month. (Also some extra books for book clubs.)

Who read these books? Or at least the first book? Meg by Steve Alten.

 

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To someone who is unaware of the source for this movie, it might come across as cheesy or a Jaws copycat, because I mean, it is based on a killer shark. I'm sure the author was inspired by Jaws, or maybe not, who knows. It's not a complete copy and the story is its own. We're all inspired by things.

 

Heck, the movie and books might be cheesy! Who cares? There is nothing wrong with a good cheesy book or movie. In fact, I really love old cheesy books and movies I used to consume from the 80s, 90s & early 00s. (I will even read current published books others might consider cheesy if I'm in that sort of mood.)

 

When I read Meg, I had no idea it was part of a series. There might have only been the one book when I read it. This was back in 2000, give or take a year. Meg was published in 1997. So I was around 14-17 when I read it. All I remember is that I liked the book and that it is about a shark.

 

The author went back and updated the first book, adding content and taking away content so that the story would flow better with the prologue and the rest of the series. I think new facts might have come to light, so he changed things in his books.

 

You know what this means, right? I have to go back and reread the updated version of Meg and the rest of the series before the movie comes out! (At the very least read the first couple books.)

 

The movie has been in the works since 1997, and hopefully the release date of August 10th 2018 sticks.

Children books, reading apps & Anne Frank

If you know me at all, you'll know I love everything from children's books, even picture books, young adult, adult, horror, romance, fantasy... you name it.
 
I'm subscribed to Scribd which is a ebook reading service. $8.99 a month and you can read unlimited ebook & audiobooks they have on their website/app. With the sub, you get a free sub to another service, this one called FarFaria, which is a bunch of children stories; original stories just found on this app. Pretty cute stories. You can even have the stories read to you. :)
 
 
 
They have a classics section where they retell some classic or true stories. One was Anne Frank. I read this short story (10 pages or so) and it starts out happy, go lucky, like a typical cute picture book. Um.. okay.
 
 
I'm all for them getting kids introduced to Anne Frank and get them interested in her diary, but this story was just very, very, obviously condensed and some unsuspecting kid is going to get a shock on the last page where it does a huge time jump and says "oh, by the way, they died. Only the father survived. Go read Anne's diary. The end."
 
The app itself is pretty awesome. If you have a kid or are a kid at heart, check it out. If you don't have Scribd, the sub for this is $4.99, I believe. They are not long books, they don't take much brain power to read, but the artwork is really beautiful, and sometimes you just have to shut off your mind and enjoy something simple. It's like meditating, but with picture books. Plus, I will always have these on hand for whenever my niece or nephews are around.
 
I will be 80 years old and still be young at heart, because I never restricted myself on what I like based on an intended age group.

My April TBR

I have a few book club books for April, plus some library books. Here are a list of books I want to read during April.

 

Deadly Divas Book Club is reading The Secret Mother

 

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The Name of the Book club is reading Assassin's Apprentice

 

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Peter Likes Books is doing a group readalong for VC Andrews starting with My Sweet Audrina

 

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and then Heaven.

 

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 Library books:

The Tale of Despereaux: The Graphic Novel

 

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Speak: The Graphic Novel

 

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Josie and the Pussycats Vol. 1

 

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Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power!

 

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Of course I suck at keeping up with TBRs, but here is hoping I can read these books in April! I probably will read a bunch of others as well, depending on mood!!

 

What books will you be reading in April?

Judy Moody #1 by Megan McDonald, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)

Why yes, I am an adult who reads children books.

 

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I will be 80 and still reading picture books. It doesn't matter that books like this are targeted toward preteens or teenagers. I think it is sad if we get to a point in our life where we say "Well I'm XX now, can no longer enjoy that thing I used to enjoy..." It's fine if we naturally outgrow things of course, but don't force yourself to do so if you don't want to.

Judy Moody is a series I could have read when I was around the "right" age, not a preteen, but a teenager. I never read it because of pressure of trying to read things for my age or things that were above my reading level.

I was Judy's age once. It is fun to read about her silly adventures and put myself in her shoes. I never want to get to the point where I can't relate to younger (or older) characters.

Judy and her family are great. Kids of all ages, and kids at heart should get to know them.

*I read this twice. Once from the library and once provided by Netgally*

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/930612.Judy_Moody

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

I was given a cute picture book to read and here a short review to go with it.

 

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I am so glad that I love to read books targeted for all ages. I loved this little book. It was really cute.

 

This is a great picture books for kids, even adults. It tells you to keep trying and never give up, no matter what. This book is told in a simple way to get the point across to young readers. However, people of all ages can get something from this story.

It has a good message. It is okay to take a break when you are trying to do something, but don't stop fully. Practice does make better, if not exactly perfect.

I also really enjoyed the artwork.

 

*Provided by Netgally*

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Trigger warning: Rape

 

This is the third time I've read this book.

 

 

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I know I read it first when I was a teenager. I read it again when I was in my late 20s. Even though I knew the story was important, I did not care for it either time. I did not like the format, it did not flow with me. I felt bad that I didn't like the book, and I don't really know why. I feel mood and life experiences can really play a part in how you feel about something.

I decided I wanted to give it a second chance, well a third chance. I am glad that I did. I don't know why I couldn't like the book the first two times, but I could really relate to the main character this time around. Her anxiety, how she felt about having to be silent, like nobody would care or understand. I know how that feels, though for different reasons. I feel like I've grown as a person and I am better able to put myself in her shoes.

 

I also want to point out that the format did not bother me at all this time. In fact, I really liked the writing style and the way it was made to look like a diary. I'm not sure why I didn't like it before, because I've loved diary books for ages.

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Original rating was 2 stars:

(Original review)


You know, I just did not like this book. I think it was the format of the book that put me off. However, I think this story is important and needs to be told/read.

 

(I really wish I wrote proper reviews back in the days. I still have trouble with them, but at least I think I'm trying harder.)

This was over all a fun read, though at times felt a little slow.

 

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In my opinion, it felt like it was missing a lot of details and actions. I could not get a clear picture of the surroundings or characters. However the descriptions of the bones and dinosaurs was handled really well.

I liked the main character. She was spunky, spoke up for herself and knew what she wanted to be and didn't let stuffy scientist guys stop her.

This is a fictional take on what if a little girl discovered some of the most known dinosaurs. The story was cute, there was segments that told the true facts of the dinosaurs she discovered, which I found really neat.

Any dino loving kid sound read this and hopefully it turns into a series of kids doing great things.

But, let's forget about age; anyone who enjoys middle grade may like this book. It is well written and if you like diary format, that is a plus. I also want to point out that I loved the artwork by Sarah Horne.

 

*Provided by Netgally*

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38495405.The_Long_Lost_Secret_Diary_of_the_World_s_Worst_Dinosaur_Hunter

Social media is weird... I don't have to have a reason [3/19/18]

Social media is just weird sometimes. I'm not sure it is the most healthy... in fact, it probably isn't healthy at all for some people.
 
 
 
*Random person, I've never met or seen or talked to anywhere*
 
No, I don't want to be your friend (I don't have to have a reason!)
 
No, I'm not being rude (Again, I don't have to have a reason!)
 
Yes, I know I'm a big girl, and all your "sweet" and not so sweet words of why I'm your type of person are not a compliment, no matter what you think they are. They are out of line, random, unwanted, and just disgusting. Anyone who does this, please stop! We don't actually like it.
 
A true compliment is one thing, but please stop the fetish ones. I am not your fetish. I'm not your fatty fetish, I'm not your mental health fetish, I'm not your anything fetish. You're not entitled to me, not entitled to say these thing and you shouldn't be offended when I ignore you or block you, or when I tell you point blank to stop saying stuff. No, I shouldn't feel flattered... honestly? You really think that? I won't fall for it because of low self esteem/self worth or whatever you think.
 
This does happen more than you think and not just on Facebook. This is why I've stopped looking for penpals.
 
*Random stranger who might mean well*
 
You came out of nowhere. I don't know you and I'm sure you are a kind person.
I appreciate your concern. I know I talk about mental health and social anxiety and you want me to know I'm not alone...thank you. I wish you realized that your constant messages, every single day makes me feel more social anxiety, and you keep messaging if I don't answer the first time... There are times I don't answer my bestest friends for days, even months... You mean well, but I don't know you. I can't tell you to stop, either, because that makes me feel worse. (You might even be a kid, I can't tell by your photos.)
 
*Person/stranger who are not so random*
 
Yes, I will be your friend if we've talked and got to know each other before adding each other.
 
Yes, I would love to follow/subscribe back if you are not just a person who follows/subscribes and ditches once I do the same. (People on blogs and subscribing platforms like YouTube.)
 
*For everybody*
 
Do not talk to me if I am reading a book (this includes on my Kindle or phone!) or if I have headphones on. These are clear signs that I want to be left alone/need space/need me time. Wait until I put the book down, or at the very least when you see me finish a chapter (If you're hovering over my shoulder that close.)
 
Retail workers... I'm good. Please don't talk to me as soon as I walk in. I know it is your job... I know it won't stop. I just wish businesses were more friendly to people with sensory issues. This goes double for retail workers who jump in your face regardless if you are blasting music into your ears via big noise canceling headphones. Um... stop.
 
Thanks for asking, but that is personal. I'm allowed to not have to explain every little thing. I'm allowed to say "it's personal" if you ask me something I don't want to answer.
 
I don't want to go to your event (I don't have to have a reason)
 
If I want to go to your event, I'm allowed to leave early, or sit in a corner and be quiet, or play with my sensory tools (I don't have to have a reason)
 
I don't want to hug you right now (I don't have to have a reason)
 
I don't want to talk to you right now (I don't have to have a reason)
 
I'm unfriending you on Facebook/wherever (I don't have to have a reason, and we can still be friends in real life, but perhaps you only post things that cause me harm, like a bunch of animal cruelty posts, or your views are different from mine and you constantly post stuff I don't like to read/see 24/7...etc. But again, I don't have to have a reason, and I don't have to tell you why if I don't want to.)
 
We have to part ways as friends, in real life or on social media. This rarely happens with people I really know well, just saying. Some people just end up being toxic, no matter how much you might care for them or love them. If you are finding they make you feel worse... you are allowed to part ways. You can tell them why if you want or if they ask you, you can tell them, but you don't have to if you don't want to. Though talking could fix a problem you're having with them, but sometimes it won't help.

Kindle Haul & Reptiles, oh my... [3/16/18] [Snake Photo in Post]

It has been a few days since I've posted what I am thankful for. I never said I was the most consistent person... I'm still finding small things I am thankful for, but of course my executive dysfunction has to show it's ugly head and make me forget to write about it. I say "forget" but that is just the word most people understand. It is not truyly the right word at all.

 

Tax check came in. Don't pretend you're a long lost relative... it wasn't that big! However, my husband and I ended up getting a new addition to the family. A ball python snake. We have named it Sobek, which is an Egyptian reptile God of the Nile. (Crocodile God, but still, we felt a reptile God was fitting!) Unsure of gender, but right  now going under the assumption that it is male. Age is estimated to be around 1 year.

 

This is our first time owning any reptile. We've only ever had furry or feathery animals. So now we stand at 3 cats, 1 hamster, 1 snake. We've been told reptiles are additive. I love animals. I think it can be said that they are all addictive. If we had endless money and space, we'd have many more. But these animals are family, not a collection.

 

 

On to my collective Kindle book haul. I got a kindle for Christmas and have started to buy more kindle books when they are on sale or under $5. I won't mention any books that were free, only books that I paid actual money for. I have a lot of free public domain classic books & free self published books. I'm too lazy to post these in any particular order, so this is how they are ordered in my kindle (For the most part.)

 

This post alone will prove I have a very varied reading taste. I love all kinds of books, no matter the age they are marketed to and I love must genres. Books I've already read will be in italics.

 

Purple Hibiscus

The Princess Diaries (#1)
Stillhouse Lake (#1)

 

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The Selection (#1)

Of Fire and Stars (#1)
Angelfall (#1)
 

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[I heard The Selection series is hit and miss, but I have this problem where I can't pass up books if they are like 90% off... also some say this is like a guilty, quick pleasure read. Of Fire and Stars has a lesbian romance. I'm pointing this out because representation matters.]

 

 

 

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The Goose Girl (#1)

Seraphina (#1)
Assassin's Apprentice (#1)
 
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Wool Omnibus Edition (#1)

 
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Illuminae & Gemina (#1 & #2)
Secrets of a Summer Night (#1)
 
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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (#1)
The Lies of Locke Lamora (#1)
 
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[I haven't read Gentleman's Guide yet, but people say there is a bi character, and possibly gay character, with a male/male romance. Book 2 is rumored to have Asexual representation.]

 

 
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Sandry's Book, Tris's Book, Daja's Book, Briar's Book (#1-4)
First Test, Page (#1 & #2)

 

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[I want to read all of Tamora Pierce's books and read them in order of publication starting with the Emelan world, so I'm slowly collecting them, starting with The Circle of Magic quartet (Pictured above)

 

First Test & Page are from her Tortall world, but I went ahead and bought them because they were on sale.]

 

Between Shades of Gray & Salt to the Sea

Lock In (#1)
 
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Poison Study (#1)
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (#1)
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Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (#1)
 
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The Collected Works
 
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[I've read A Little Princess & The Secret Garden so far]
 
 
 + Possibly more because I'm still browsing the kindle section on Amazon! hahaha
 
 
 

Friendship...[3/13/18]

Today I am thankful for friendship and the love of a true friend.
 
There is so much I could say, but I don't want to get too personal on this one. I could get pretty mushy. We don't talk that often, and that is okay. I have my reasons. You have yours. We understand that. We've come a long way and have had our ups and downs, we are 100% truly best friends. I am thankful and I love you.
 
A true friend can go years without talking and start back up as if no time has passed.
 
Meow... >^.^<

It's okay to cry [3/12/18]

I am just so weepy recently.

 

Everything gets to me. I am thankful today that I am able to be emotional. It just proves that I am human and no matter what I go through, I am still alive. So in saying that, I am also thankful I am alive. In my darkest moment, I think I don't want to be alive, but I know that is my demon depression talking.

Interesting Quote [Currently Reading]

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

“One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts—just mere thoughts—are as powerful as electric batteries—as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison. To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. If you let it stay there after it has got in you may never get over it as long as you live."

 

― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden. Published 1911.

 

This quote stood out to me as I am reading this book. It is very true, but if you have depression, how does one stop the sad and bad thoughts? It is something to think about.

Self Care...[3/11/18]

Today I am thankful for self care.
 
The act of washing my face, taking care of my skin, getting more sleep, drinking more water. I do not purposely neglect these things, but they do often get forgotten due to executive dysfunction, depression...etc.
 
I've been trying to get a routine going of taking care of my skin every day. It seems like such a simple thing and one people probably just take for granted as it is probably already part of their normal routine. For now I'm using lotion for my body, and proper facial wash, some witch hazel and moisturizer for my face. I haven't done it every day, but I'm trying. Some is better than none.
 
Self care can be a lot of things. Taking an extra long bath or shower, using a bath bomb, going for a walk, meditating, listening to music, enjoying your hobbies. If it makes you happy and/or betters your day, your life... it's probably a form of self care!!
 
Remember to do some self care every day.
 
What are you thankful for today?

Meow [3/10/2018]

It is 11:30pm, almost the day is over and I haven't thought of a thing to be thankful for (Other than the obvious things!) because my sleep schedule is messed up again and I slept most of the day.

 

However, even though it was messed up, I slept good. I am thankful for the cute kitty eye mask that I have. It helped block out the light and also added pressure to my head, helping sooth any pain there.

 

Mental Health & Thankfulness [3/9/18]

TW: I talk about suicide and mental health.
 
I'm thankful for a lot of things, and of course the obvious things you would think of, family, friends, that I am even alive...etc. But it is hard to remember some things when you are going through mental health stuff, and I am going through it every day.
 
 
Some days are worse, some days are better. It is a life long battle. Chronic pain also contributes. So every day I am trying to think of something I am thankful for that day, even if it is the smallest, sometimes (in your opinion maybe) weirdest thing!
 
I am thankful that today I was able to buy (Yes, it is a material thing) an audiobook from Audible. The daily deal was a book I liked a lot and the price was %80 off (If I did the math right). Books are my happy place a lot of the time. I do have this most annoying thing that my mental health does and it contributes to me not being able to focus or read, but when I can read, it really makes me feel happy. It is an escapism.
 
I'm not going to stop talking about mental health. I'm not seeking attention or pity. Mental health needs to be normalized and we should not penalize someone who goes through it. It is a serious health condition that does, and can result in death.
 
Suicide is often a side effect of someone suffering with mental health conditions. It is horrible and sad, but it is the ugly truth. Suicide is not weakness, nor someone being selfish. True, In some cases there are people who do it who might not have mental health problems, but I think if you get so far gone that you kill yourself, there is some form of mental health disorder at play, maybe not. We can't know for sure. You should not judge that person; you are not in their shoes.
 
In some cases, I believe people who are suicide victims probably never had the support they needed, nobody to talk to, or nobody took them seriously. People will tell children they are just in a phase or trying to get attention. They grow into an adult who probably has a worse time, because they never got help as a kid. A traumatic event can cause mental health problems in any stage of life.
 
If someone suddenly seems to have depression, doesn't mean they are making it up. Even doctors will tell someone they are fine, nothing is wrong. Not all doctors know everything. Nobody knows everything.
 
Mental health is a illness. There isn't a cure. There are ways of managing/coping, but no cure. We need to be able to talk about it. It is never good to bottle things inside. Despite how much I post awareness or talk about it in person, I bottle so much more inside which ends up in an explosion. We need to express more.
 
Stop saying we're selfish and attention seeking for talking about our health problems. Would you yell at someone with cancer for updating you on their condition? I just don't get why mental health has this stigma. This goes for other invisible illnesses as well.
 
I'm strong. I'm valid. I'm beautiful. I'm worth it. Mental health, you tell me I am not these things every day, but I am.
 
What are you thankful for today?