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MARGARET AND THE MOON | GUEST BLOG POST @PICTUREBOOKS4LEARNING

This week we are featuring Jen from Picture Books 4 Learning. Her blog is mainly about children books and here is one of her blog posts that she wanted to share with all of us:

 

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Back of Book: Margaret Hamilton loved numbers as a young girl. She knew how many miles it was to the moon (and how many back). She loved studying algebra and geometry and calculus and using math to solve problems in the outside world. Soon math led her to MIT and then to helping NASA put a man on the moon! She handwrote code that would allow the spacecraft’s computer to solve any problems it might encounter.

My Review:

I am overjoyed and the about of picture books that are being published with the theme of strong women. I think it is so important to show young girls how affective they can be on the world. Margaret and the Moon is a perfect balance of fun and information. I had no idea that the person who helped Neil Armstrong land on the moon was a woman. The text focuses on how inquisitive Margret was. The story not only focuses on her great accomplishments but how she got there. The illustrations are fun and creative. The authors note in the back adds a perfect touch. As a teacher, I loved that there was an additional list of reading that children can look up. This is also a perfect beginning to any STEM Project involving the moon. I am excited to add this book to my list of must haves for my classroom.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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A COURT OF THRONES AND ROSES NOVELLA BY SARAH J MAAS | ALISON

Did you guys see the news?! A Court of Thrones and Roses Novella by Sarah J. Maas is coming! Don’t get too excited it won’t be released until 2018, but it does say number one so I think it’s safe to say we will have more!

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Synopsis:
Months after the explosive events in A Court of Wings and Ruin, Feyre, Rhys and their companions are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated – scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.
I am so excited for this! I’m a huge ACOTAR series fan! Be sure to mark your calendars for May 1, 2018. and add to your Goodreads 
 
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HAMILTON BOOK TAG | ANA PAULA

Hamilton Book Tag

If you ask any of my friends what I love the most, they most probably will answer Hamilton. Yes, before books, mainly because it’s all I’ve talk about for a year.
This tag was originally created by BookTuber Maureen Keavy, so because of my love for both books and Hamilton, I’ve decided to do the tag myself. Sooo, let’s go…
The Room Where It Happens: a fictional world you would like to live in

“I wanna be in the room where it happens”

This is probably the answer most of us readers will give: Harry Potter. Ever since I started reading the series when I was around 11, I was so fascinated and got so immersed into the world, that I actually waited for my Hogwarts letter for years. And who says it’s never going to arrive?!

The Schuyler Sisters: a female character you consider is underrated

“And when I meet Thomas Jefferson I’m ‘a compel him to include women in the sequel Work!”

After thinking about lots of characters, I finally decided someone who needs more recognition is Samirah from the Magnus Chase series. What I admire about Rick (the author) is how diverse and REAL his characters are. She is the first Muslim character I read about, and what I loved about her was how awesome and badass she is and how the fact she is a Muslim doesn’t interfere with how she is perceived.

My Shot: a character who, no matter what, goes after what they want

“Hey yo, I’m just like my country I’m young, scrappy and hungry, And I’m not throwing away my shot!”

I had to choose one of the A Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones) girls. I was between Arya Stark and Daenerys, but in the end, I believe the Mother of Dragons deserves this one. Even after all she has been through, she still fights for what she believes in, and I’m sure she’ll eventually get it.

Stay Alive: a character you wish were still alive

“Laurens, do not throw away your shot”

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**HARRY POTTER AND THE BOOK THIEF SPOILERS AHEAD**

You’re warned, stop reading if you haven’t finished them both!

The two characters I miss the most are Fred Weasley and Rudy Steiner. Rudy’s death has been the one I’ve felt the saddest about. Gosh, it’s the only book that has almost made me tear up. That little boy was a ray of sunshine, and I will always miss him. Burn: most devastating end of a relationship in a book

“I hope that you burn”

There are too many devastating relationship endings in books, however, The Girl on the Train is the worst I’ve read about. Although it had happened time before the events of the story start, we still can see how everything that happened deeply scarred Rachel, the main character.

You’ll Be Back: sassiest villain

“I will kill your friends and family to remind you of my love”

One of my best friends and I learned the term “sassy” from Sebastian Morgenstern, the villain from The Mortal Instruments. No matter what he did, or how evil he became, I still low-key liked this character because how sassy he was. We need more villains like him.

The Reynolds Pamphlet: a book with a twist you didn’t see coming

“You could never be satisfied God, I hope you’re satisfied”

The plot twist that has impacted be the most has been the one in The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Those who’ve read it know EXACTLY what I’m talking about, and you know how intense it was. After it happened, I didn’t put the book down until I finished it!

Non-stop: a series you marathoned all the way through

“How to account for his rise to the top? Man, the man is non-stop!”

There are SO MANY, I can’t choose only one. However, the most recent one has been the
Magnus Chase series. My cousin lent me both the first and second book, and I finished both within a week! If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it.

Satisfied: favourite book with multiple points of view

“I will never be satisfied”

The throne for this category will definitely go for A Game of Thrones. It’s a book with so many twists, stories, and mysteries which, in the end, all connect and form a greater picture that you can never see coming. I’m currently trying to finish the 3 rd book, so I’ll let you know how that goes.

Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?: a book that will go down in history

“Oh, I can’t wait to see you again It’s only a matter of time.”

No doubt: the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. This, besides being an amazing series,
having lovable characters and an unforgettable world, completely shaped a generation. It won’t be weird if someday I find out some of my friends’ children are named as Harry Potter characters…

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ANTICIPATED FALL RELEASES | LAUREN

FALL 2017 ANTICIPATED READS!

My Top 5

 

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

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Maggie has been on my list of must-read author’s ever since I read The Raven Boys! I’m so excited for this release on October 10th and can’t wait to see what twists Maggie has made with this book. The book takes place in Bicho Raro, Colorado, but besides that the plot is vague, so excited!!

 

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

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Normally, any Sarah J. Maas book would be first on my list, but personally I’m not a huge Chaol fan so it’s bumped to number two **inserts nervous emoji**. Tower of Dawn is the sixth installment in the Throne of Glass series. This book is during the time period Empire of Storms took place in, but all in Chaol Westfall’s point of view, and his journey. That’s all I know about the book and all I want to know! This comes out September 5th!

 

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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I loved the movie Wonder Woman that came out this past year so much, and I love Leigh Bardugo’s writing with her Grisha books. I can’t say I’m not super excited about this book because I am!! The plot follows Diana and Alia with all their awesomeness and is released August 29th!

 

Whichwood (Furthermore #2) by Tahereh Mafi

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I read Furthermore this past year and though it was adorable. This is the second book in the Furthermore series and I’m so excited! This sequel is following a new main character named Laylee and I’m pretty sure it hints at seeing characters from the first book **raises eyebrows in a knowing way**. This book is set to be released November 14th.

 

 

They Both Die At the End by Adam Silvera

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Besides the title, I really enjoy this author’s writing style. One of my favorite YA contemporary’s is History is All You Left Me, another book by Adam, and it was amazing. So now They Both Die At the End is in my top five most anticipated fall reads! This book follows the characters Mateo and Rufus when a Death-Cast (don’t ask me what that is) tells them they’re going to die that same day. They basically attempt to live a life-time in a single day. This is set to be released September 5th.

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BOOKSTAGRAM SHOUTOUT | TANUSHKA

Hello and welcome back to Nocturnal Book Club Blog.

Ever since I joined the bookstagram community I’ve seen beautiful accounts, from simple to full of props. Recently I hosted my very first shoutout session, and I want to say thank you to those who participated. So today, in no particular order, I want to give an extra shoutout to three of them.

Naja | @blissfullifeproject

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Her photos are beautiful, I really love her feed, plus she’s a really awesome person. She also has her own bookmark etsy shop and they are gorgeous.

Follow her blog here.

Her Twitter @blissfullifep
Her Tumblr blissfullifeproject
Etsy shop: BLP Design

You can follow her bookstagram by clicking on the username besides her name.

Georgia & Morgan | @pocketfull_ofpages

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Their pictures are so pretty and I love the different props they use. Plus, nature!
Follow their blog here.

Follow their Twitter @pocket_pages
You can follow their bookstagram by clicking in the username

Lucrezia | @borntodiefangirl

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Another stunning account. I love the simplicity of it and how gorgeous everything looks.

You can follow her bookstagram by clicking on her username

 

That is all for today. You can follow my social media down below.

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WRITERS BLOCK | GUEST BLOG POST @QUIXOTICBIBLIO 

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For all of you out there who write, you must have faced this, regardless of you accepting it or not. Writer’s Block a.k.a. MIND BLOCK. The big question mark.

Some features of this type of block is:

  • Incidental Forgetting
  • Unlearning
  • Motivated Forgetting
  • Associative Blocking

Don’t you get provoked and angered when you get nothing down on the paper in front of you? I personally feel like wrecking my whole room. From blank thoughts to virginal vocabulary, I can’t even…

You will remember the time when you couldn’t even write down a paragraph in an hour. YES, I am not kidding. For days and days, I’ve being researching on possible treatments or tricks to overcome this blood-boiling annoying mind block. You’d be knowing how problematic it is if you write reviews.

SO, here are the tricks!

  1. READ BOOKS! Try reading some pages of a book (preferably where there are loads of imageries) I have personally tried this out, and it really works. You’ll be acing through your writings like a wild horse!
  2. For all of you who can actually solve or like fiddling with rubix cubes, keep going! Rubix cubes are proved to have wonderful effects on the brain.

Voila!

I hope I have eased some of your anxieties about your next writer’s block! 🙂

Writing is the painting of the voice!

— Voltaire

Happy writing!

 

Yours bookworm,

Rajeshwari ❤ (Copyrighted)

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KISSING MAX HOLDEN BY KATY UPPERMAN REVIEW | ALISON

Teenage angst at its finest

Jillian and Max went from best friends to almost nothing. Life for them was heading in different paths, not to mention Max’s not so nice girlfriend Becky in the picture. It seems as though Jillian and Max have been drifting apart, until a kiss changes it all.

I felt as if poor Jillian just could not catch a break, with her family life slowly falling apart and her hot and cold relationship with Max. Things just seem so bleak for her.

I was rooting for her and Max from the get go and at times I was getting frustrated with the both of them. One minute it was him I wanted to shake some sense into and the next minute it was Jillian I wanted to shake.

All in all I felt this was a cute teenage love story, about best friends becoming more.

4 stars!
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Synopsis:
Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea…

After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn’t himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn’t know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn’t let him kiss her. But she can’t resist, and when they’re caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it’ll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.

With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?

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INTERVIEW WITH PAOLO GAMBI | NAJA

Hello and welcome (back) to Nocturnal Book Club blog!

Today I would like to share with you an interview I did with Italian author Paolo Gambi. He has written over 20 books and sold over 100.000 copies! He writes about spirituality, psychology, personal development and religion.

 

Which authors do you look up to?

I dare say that our literary era is a time of „remix“. For the first time in history we find ourselves under a continuous storm of informations, that our brain cannot process consciously. When we think we have found the most original idea for a story or for a book, we have probably just bumped onto a story we have read or heard and kept into the deepest of our unconscious. So it is often difficult to say which author inspires us if we don’t explore our unconscious. But if you want an easier answer, I would certainly say Giovannino Guareschi. An Italian author who sold some 20 million copies, was candidated to the Nobel prize, and invented the extraordinary world of Don Camillo and Peppone.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I was probably 5 or 6 years old. I remember I wrote a spin off of a Joe Denver’s Lonely Wolf when I was 11. But the first book I published goes to 2001, in my journalistic period. Nothing literary, just a collection of artistic pictures commented. A sort of a „ante litteram“ Instagram. I just did the captions.

What genre are your books? Have you considered writing in another genre?

I don’t believe much in „genres“. I think each author should find his way to express, and that becomes his own genre. My problem is that my genre is a bit too eclectic for market logics. I have published about 20 non-fictional books. Most are about personal development, religion, psychology, spirituality. One, co-authored with a popular Italian singer, is about ’70 music. Another one is about Freemasonry. Another one is an historical book. In the last few years I have been conquered by fiction. Psychological thriller, and now also romance… What genre am I writing?

What draws you to this genre?

If you mean fiction, I think it is a better way to express the same contents I wrote in non-fiction. When I wrote non-fictional books I felt like an artisan. Now, writing fictional books, I dare say I feel more like an artist. Now, for example, I prefer to show love dinamics writing a romance rather than writing a self-help book. Or I prefer to show personal development dynamics through my psychological thriller than through another self-help book. But please if I write another self-help book forgive me.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I learned to write my first word on the sand when I was 5 years old.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

I have started writing so early in my life that to answer this question I probably need a session of regressive hypnosis.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

From life. I think a writer must live, try, taste many different lives to find inspiration for his books. That is why it is so easy to go crazy.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

Translating it into English. I have fun writing. I have pain translating. And as you probably noticed English is not my mother tongue, so pain is doubled.

Do you ever get writer’s Block?

I wish! I have the opposite problem. While I am writing a book I usually find 100 ideas to write 100 more books, and I don’t know how to manage all these ideas…

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I think 23. My favourite is the one I have not written yet.

Where is your favorite place to write?

On a island, under the shadow of some threes, watching the sea. Or in the Alps, dominated by the mountains.

What do you love most about the writing process?

The feeling I have when I chase an idea you feel in your mind. Let me say it is something like chasing the woman you fell in love with.

What is the biggest surprise that you experienced after becoming a writer?

Some people who wrote to me: „you changed my life“. It is still so surprizing…

Where can we find you online?

On my website, www.paologambi.com on Instagram, paologambi, on Facebook. Even on tinder. Actually, if I owe you money you know how to reach me.

Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

A lot of things. But I’ll spare you.

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Until next time,

N.

 

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THE LOVE INTEREST REVIEW | LAUREN

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This book had moments that were great and moments that were not so great. I really loved how the love triangle flipped and the two boys fell for each other, that doesn’t normally happen. Caden and Dylan’s relationship was adorable; I got really sad for a second when I though Dyl was actually straight. Speaking of Dyl, he honestly reminded my of a four year old for a majority of the book, it seemed extremely unreal; but I guess he was exaggerating his personality to get Caden to fall for him? There were some super cheesy moments that made my cringe, like at the end where the Love Interests cheer the protagonists for saving the day. I’m glad Caden and Dylan got their happy ending, but we only got a brief glimpse into what Juliet’s life was like, and absolutely nothing about how Nat was handling Trevor’s death. While reading this I was reminded of Carry On by Rainbow Rowell and The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout (I had a huge urge to reread these while reading this book) and recommend The Love Interest to lovers of these books and vice versa.

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