Dracopedia Legends: An Artist’s Guide to Drawing Dragons of Folklore

First off, thanks to NetGalley for giving me the chance to read this. Also, I have to admit Dracopedia Legends: An Artist's Guide to Drawing Dragons of Folklorewhen I saw the book, I got so excited for a book on dragons. I didn’t even realize it was a drawing book also. So I had to request Dracopedia by William O’Connor.

I would give this book a four out of five stars. Why not, five? Maybe because I’m not an artist. I’m lucky if I can draw stick figures. I did find it interesting though. I don’t think I could ever get to the point where I’m drawing online, but it would be fun to get in the habit of maybe drawing dragons by hand. Maybe, I can find a beginner’s book and work my way up.

What I did get to enjoy were the different legends that were told throughout the book, that went along with drawing the dragons. Which legend was my favorite? I don’t think I could pick just one. I enjoyed reading them all. I’ve always loved dragons, so reading about dragons I never even heard of? It was entertaining.

Even if you don’t draw. I think you would enjoy the book. Rather, you’re a fan of drawing or fantasy. You will enjoy the book. The drawings were so nice to look at. Knowing someone could draw like that, amazes me. I wish I had that talent.

The book comes out tomorrow. Check it out.

Hot Topic/Barnes & Noble Haul

You know I can’t refuse a good sale, especially when it comes to Hot Topic or Barnes and Noble.

First up, is Barnes and Noble. It happens to be next to the movie theater, which I just happened to be at. So, of course I had to stop by.
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I’ve had this one on my list for awhile and when I saw it on the bargain shelf, I knew it was time to buy it. It is young adult. It’s based off real events of Alexander the Great. Sadly, that’s all I remember. Sad, isn’t it? I bought the book, you would think I would remember more about it. Can I just say that I love the fact Barnes and Noble has more bargain books that are young adult. I wish there was a bigger selection though. This book and another were two new ones. Where the rest had been on the bargain shelf for awhile.

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Next up, is Caroline. I’ve also had this one on my list. I’m excited to read this one. Laura Ingalls Wilder was one of the first authors I remember. Plus, I was a fan of the show as a kid. I can’t wait to read this from Caroline’s point of view.  I want to say it takes place before the beginning of the first book in the series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

I had been good and haven’t been on Hot Topic’s website in awhile.  One day I just happened to find myself online. I usually will wait for the sales.

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Loved Ashoka in The Clone Wars, and was happy to see her on Star Wars Rebels. I have other thoughts on her character, but you’ll have to wait for that. I have a Rebels post planned with spoilers. Anyways, when I found out about this. I had to get it. You are never too old for these. Right now, she is hanging out with my Rainbow Brite.

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I can always use another pair of sweatpants and why not get some that show the school I was sorted into. Haven’t had a chance to wear the pants yet, but looking forward to it.

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Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney cartoon. When I came across this bag, I had to get it. I used it for church today. It fits my book and notebook. Love it!

Small Great Things

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult has been on my TBR for awhile. I finally managed to read it thanks to book club. On Goodreads, I gave it a four star. I wish you could do half or quarter stars. I feel like this one should have been more of a 4.25 rating.

This would be my second book by Jodi Picoult. I read My Sister’s Keeper and I remember crying when I picked it up. I wondered if the same thing would happen with this one. I didn’t cry, but it definitely kept my interest.

We have three characters we follow throughout the book. I would say Ruth, is the most important. Why you ask? We follow her life as it changes from good to worse. Ruth is a nurse that helps deliver babies. One day she is confronted with something that changes her life forever. All because of a request by a patient. Due to consequences and not obeying orders, not only she is affected by this. But, so is her son. Ruth was a very in depth character. Picoult I felt, wrote her so well. Reading her point of view makes you think. I’ve never been in that situation. What Ruth is going through, is unfortunately an issue that is going on today. You see it on the news and in person. To be put into Ruth’s head made me think even more. I’ve seen plenty of it on the news and out in public. But, to read the thoughts? I think it helped me look more into the eyes of whats going on. Guarantee, it is a book and I know it’s fiction. But, it does help.

I did like Kennedy, Ruth’s lawyer. But, not much to really say about her. She was like me I guess in a way. Where you think you know stuff, but you don’t always know everything.

Turk, is the third point of view. Could not stand his character. Unfortunately, I see many people like him in reality.  People who only see one way and refuse to open their eyes to the world. If there was one thing I would have liked to see with his character? It was more of an ending. I feel like Picoult wrapped up his character too fast. I know the epilogue takes place six years later and technically, she did the same with Ruth. But, I felt with Turk. We could have had a little more. I don’t want to go further into it because that would spoil it.

I want to say so much more about the book, but this is one you’ll want to read for yourself. It covers an issue that is going on in our world and will make you think. If you have read the book and want to discuss more. Please find me on Facebook on my page. I would love to discuss this. If I get enough people, maybe I can create an event for it.

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe

thumbnailIt’s a little late, but I just finished Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De La Cruz. I really enjoyed this one. At first I wasn’t sure because it started off a little weird, or unusual. I’ve read my share of takes on Pride and Prejudice. Some good and some not so good.

We meet Darcy Fitzwilliam. A woman on a mission. She’s woman, hear her roar. So just by the name, you can tell what role she will play. The version of Elizabeth Bennet? That would be Luke Bennet. I think that’s that what threw me off at first. But, hey. I’m going to stick through it and keep reading.

After a couple chapters it reminded me of a Hallmark movie. In fact, I wouldn’t mind seeing this story on screen.

Darcy comes back to Pemberley, Ohio. It’s been eight years since she’s been back. Despite, her father’s wishes. She moved to New York where she became a success. Coming back to Ohio, she catches up with her best friend Bingley. His love interest? Jim Bennet.

There are Pride and Prejudice plots in the story with more of a modern twist. You have the George Wickham type character, Carl. There is the Collins character. I did find it funny that it was a female version, and the first name was Charlotte.  Instead of sisters for Bennet, there are brothers. Interesting take, which I won’t go into so you don’t get spoiled. Darcy does have her siblings, but that was a little different from the sibling we are used to seeing, aka Georgiana. I don’t want to get into that also due to spoilers.

I gave it four stars. If you are a Hallmark movie fan. You’ll love this. If you are a Jane Austen fan? Maybe, maybe not. It’s hard to say. You have your die hard fans who I could see not caring for it.  Otherwise, I think you should check it out.

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Library Haul ~ 8/19/17

I might have gone a little crazy today. I’ve been a fan of the Star Wars movies for years and I mean years. But, I feel like I haven’t been a true fan lately because I have so many books to catch up on. So anything Star Wars I can get my hands on? I’m all for it. Even the junior books. Hey, I managed to get one of them done already.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get Logan. I’ve been up in the air about that. Not sure why. I didn’t have interest in it when it was in the theaters. After some deep thought and my arm starting to hurt from the books. I decided to go for it.

Before I Fall, I also thought about. I usually read the book first before I see the movie. So depending on my schedule. I might try to read it this week. Or, I’ll just have to watch the movie first.

Star Wars Galactic Maps by LucasFilm

The Force Awakens by Chuck Wendig/Luke Rosss

Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide by Adam Bray

Rebel in the Ranks by Jason Fry

The Rebellion Begins by Michael Kogge

Edge of the Galaxy by Jason Fry

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe by Chris Taylor

Soul of the World by David Mealing

Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty

The Jane Austen’s Writers Group by Rebecca Smith

Yu-Gi-Oh! by Shin Yoshida

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Before I Fall

Book Haul – Giveaway Wins

It’s usually once in a blue moon I win a giveaway from Book Riot or Goodreads. What are the chances I won twice on Book Riot around the same time? Well, I guess there is a first for everything.

Sister, Sister by Sue Fortin

Atomic Blonde by Anthony Johnston/Sam Hart

Looking forward to reading both. Hopefully, I will have reviews up soon.  Unfortunately, it’s been so long. You’ll have to forgive me but I can’t remember too much about the books.

 

Here We Go Again…..

35232272So, I’m attempting War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy again. I tried it back in January. It was to be my challenging book for 2017. One of the books I always wanted to read, but got scared of. Why, did it scare me? Not sure if it was the amount of pages or the small print. Or, just the fact it’s classic literature. I’ve read plenty of books that large before. Even the classics.

I hope to do updates as I read it. Plus, it’s a big book. If I’m lucky, I’ll remember everything I read when I finish it.

I think I had issues the first time because of life, stress, etc. Plus, I think it was the translation I had purchased. I purchased a new translation, so we shall see what I think of the new version.

I did get the Audible version back in January, but I think when I started to listen to it; my mind was on other things. That is a book you don’t want to zone out of. I might try it again to help get through the book quicker.

The only issue with the Audible and the book? Both are different translations. I noticed the chapters are a little off, so this could get interesting.

So wish me luck. I’m about to do at least a half hour of it tonight before I dig a hole in my book for book club.