Book Traveling Thursday (#15) Bookish Pets

Hey everyone! Tomorrow’s Friday and I am so ready for the weekend. It’s also time for Book Traveling Thursday! This great meme is hosted by Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog! You definitely need to check them out if you haven’t already 🙂 You can find out new themes, more information and more at the Goodreads group. This week’s theme is:

Everyone needs a companion. Choose your favorite bookish pet.

This week’s theme seemed hard until I thought about it a bit. This week I have decided to do The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. I absolutely love Toto and Dorthy’s relationship.

Original Cover/Cover from my Country (US):

This is most likely the original. I don’t think there is an exact cover for the US.

Favorite Cover(s):

The Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)English

The Wonderful Wizard of OzEnglish

The Wizard of OzEnglish

Der Zauberer von OzGerman

So Cute!

El mago de Oz (Oz, #1)Spanish

Il meraviglioso Mago di OzItalian

My favorite out of these is the German one because it’s so darn adorable!

Least Favorite(s):

El mago de OzSpanish (There are so many Spanish editions!)

The Wonderful Wizard of OzEnglish

ساحر أوزArabic

Der Zauberer von Oz (Oz, #1)German

My least favorite out of these is the English one. It makes absolutely no sense and doesn’t have anything to do with the book.


There are so many different covers of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I had to search a little bit to find some diverse covers but managed to find some.

What are your favorite and least favorite covers? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Book Traveling Thursdays!

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookworm Delights!

Hey everyone! It’s Tuesday and that mean’s it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! This amazing meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You definitely need to check them out if you haven’t already. This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Bookworm Delights

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Bookworm Delights:

  1. Finding a book you’ve been looking for forever! 

Everyone knows this feeling! It’s always exciting to finally hold a book you’ve been searching for 😀

2. The smell of new books. 

Oh my gosh! It’s so satisfying to smell a brand new book. If you’re a bookworm you definitely know this feels.

3. Finding someone who loves books as much as you do!

This is such an amazing thing! WordPress helps me connect with all the amazing book bloggers who share the same feelings as I do about books. I love you guys 🙂

4. Going to a bookstore!

You can finally get a book and not have to worry about fines! They are quite expensive though…

5. Wanting to meet the author of a book 

This feeling every bookworm can’t go without! There are so many authors I need to meet. Sadly, I’ve only met one 😦

6. When the book cover is too beautiful to handle.

This doesn’t need much explanation. Book covers just amaze me sometimes.

7. When your friends and family get you a book you’ve wanted forever!

This is the best thing ever! You get a book you wanted for free! Plus whoever bought it becomes your absolute favorite person in the whole world.

8. When there’s a sequel to a book you loved!

Finding out you can continue raving, fangirling and so much more over the characters is the best feeling ever!

9) Being part of a book fandom

It’s great to be able to express your opinions with people who understand what you’re going through

10) When there’s a plot twist you didn’t see coming 

This can either make you hate the author or start freaking out. If you’re lucky it can be both. Authors seem to like to see the readers suffer.


This was definitely a fun topic! What are your bookworm delights? Did I forget any important ones? Let me know! 

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Top Ten Tuesday!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Book Review: Hour of the Bees

Hey everyone! It’s Monday 😦 Back to school and back to work. At least you guys get a book review! This book is for ages 4-6 but can really be read by anyone. This is such a touching story. I hope you’ll give it a read!

Name: Hour of The Bees

Author: Lindsey Eagar

# of pages: 360

My Rating: 6/5 stars (I loved this book a lot!)

Goodreads Rating:4.3/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.9/5 stars

Amazon Summary:

While her friends are spending their summers having pool parties and sleepovers, twelve-year-old Carolina — Carol — is spending hers in the middle of the New Mexico desert, helping her parents move the grandfather she’s never met into a home for people with dementia. At first, Carol avoids prickly Grandpa Serge. But as the summer wears on and the heat bears down, Carol finds herself drawn to him, fascinated by the crazy stories he tells her about a healing tree, a green-glass lake, and the bees that will bring back the rain and end a hundred years of drought. As the thin line between magic and reality starts to blur, Carol must decide for herself what is possible — and what it means to be true to her roots. Readers who dream that there’s something more out there will be enchanted by this captivating novel of family, renewal, and discovering the wonder of the world.


In my last book review I started including real reviews by real people. The reviews were from Amazon and Goodreads. All the people featured got 1000% copyright for their review/comment. I didn’t get any feedback about it good or bad so I will continue including it. I will of course stop if people start not liking it.

Amazon and Goodreads Real Reader Reviews!

Nicole M. Otting- “This book is one of those stories that reaches out and grabs your attention right from the beginning. This book covers so many potential connections to its readers. Dementia, grandparents, family dynamics, distance, love, and story telling.” 5 star review


Annette Lamb- “While her friends are enjoying the summer, Carolina is visiting her grandfather’s ranch in the desert. In this desolate setting, Carolina gains a new perspective on her family heritage and connections with the land through her grandfather’s stories.

Aimed at middle school youth, librarians will find an audience among children who enjoy realistic fiction along with a touch of magical realism. Fans of Pam Muñoz Ryan and Laura Resau are likely to enjoy the connections to Mexican cultural heritage. Multi-generational themes have been popular this year and this title is an outstanding example.” 5 star review.


Luna- “Carol (or Carolina) and her family are spending the summer cleaning and clearing up her grandfather’s sheep farm (ranch?) so he can be moved into a care home. Her grandfather and father did not part on good terms and there are many things in her family’s past that Carol does not know.

Hour of the Bees is worth sticking with. I personally didn’t really connect with the story until quite a bit into the book. I think it was around the time Carol’s grandfather began telling the first part of his story, the ‘once upon a time, there was a tree’. It’s then that the magic and reality begin to mix and you begin to wonder, just like Carol, if her grandfather is telling you real history or his lost in his dementia.

I particularly liked Carol’s relationship with her grandfather, but also how the dynamics within her family changed as the summer ended and how Carol grew as a character.“


Charlene- “If you like fantasy fiction or have students/kids who do I’d reccomed this book. I am not a big fantasy fiction reader. I was unable to read the complete the book. This is Eagar’s first novel. She tells the story of a young girl, who spends the summer on a hot ranch with her family. The goal is to pack up Grandpa Serge and move him into a home. The ranch is going through a drought and Serge is waiting for the bees to bring the water back and some how Carolena knows that it is true. I had a hard time following chapters written in the present and chapters flashing back to Serge’s life with hs love Rosa in a village where people don’t grow old and they don’t die.”


My Thoughts:

This was such a great book! I admit there were parts where I wasn’t too connected but Grandpa Serge’s amazing story telling made up for it! It was interesting to see what happened to Serge when he slipped away from reality for a bit because of dementia. The book really helped me see how hard it is for the person with dementia and their family. It was definitely unrealistic at times but that just made the story even better. I was honestly crying a bit at the end. So much happens at once that I couldn’t handle the emotion around it. This is an amazing book. What makes it even better is that this is Lindsay Eagar’s first book! She is such an amazing author. I definitely recommend this book!


Phew, that was a long review! Kudos to you if you stuck around till the end. I hope this review made you want to read Hour of the Bees. It will definitely keep you reading till the end.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

RIP Prince!

Hey everyone! I apologize that this is not a book related post. It’s a tribute to a singer that died yesterday.

Name: Prince Rogers Nelson

Born: June 7th, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Age: 57 (died April 21st) in Chanhassen, Minnesota

Facts:

  1. Prince was 5 foot 1.
  2. He was a singer, songwriter and more
  3. Prince got sued by his sister.
  4. He released 39 studio albums
  5. Prince is ranked 27th on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
  6. Prince was a former Toronto resident

Hit Songs:

  • “1999”
  • I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man
  • “7”
  • Little Red Corvette
  • Purple Rain
  • When Doves Cry
  • Cream
  • So many more!

Needless to say, Prince had some interesting song titles!

RIP Prince! You were a great singer that died too soon. The exact cause of his death is unknown. Prince was found unresponsive. The autopsy took place today but no results will be released to the public for weeks. For now, his body will be sent back to his family.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more.

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

Book Traveling Thursday (#14) Favorites

Hey everyone! It’s almost the weekend! That mean’s it’s time for another Book Traveling Thursday! This meme is hosted by Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog! You definitely should check out their blogs and give them a follow! You can find out more information about the meme, see up coming themes and more at the Goodreads group. This week’s theme is:

World Book Day is in a couple of days! Choose one of your all-time favorite books.

Being a devoted bookworm, I have countless favorite books. For this theme I have decided to do Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. It’s a classic by one of my favorite children’s authors!

Book Traveling Thursdays

Original Cover/Cover from My Country (US):

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1)English

This is the book I read. I am not 100% sure what the original one is.


Favorite Cover(s):

La fabbrica di cioccolatoItalian

Sjakie en de chocoladefabriekDutch

Charlie Und Die SchokoladenfabrikGerman

Sjakie en de ChocoladefabriekDutch (Apparently they have different editions)

تشارلي ومصنع الشوكولاته (Charlie Bucket, #1)Arabic

My favorite has to be the one I read. It’s so colorful and cheerful.


 

Least Favorite(s):

چارلی و کارخانه‌ی شکلات‌سازیPersian

 

چارلی و کارخانهء شکلات‌سازیPersian

Çarli'nin Çikolata FabrikasıTurkish

Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryEnglish (Penguin Classics)

La fabbrica di cioccolato (Charlie Bucket, #1)Italian

I have two least favorites on here. The worst is the Penguin Classic. What does a creepy girl have to do with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?!The last is the Italian cover above. It doesn’t have much to do with the book.


That’s a wrap! This week definitely had lots of diversity.

What were your favorite and least favorite covers? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s Book Traveling Thursday!

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂

WWW Wednesday (#16)

Hey everybody! It’s already halfway through the week. Today at school it’s our 2/4 rounds of state testing. Today is also WWW Wednesday. This weekly meme is hosted by the amazing Sam. You definitely need to check out her blog if you haven’t already! To participate all you have to do is answer 3 questions:

What did you recently read?

What are you currently reading?

What are you going to read?

WWW Wednesday


Recently Read:

This was an amazing book! My book review went up for this on Monday. I don’t have a link because this is prewritten. You should definitely give the review a read.

Oh my gosh! This book was brilliant! It has some pretty low reviews on Goodreads. I loved it. I will be doing a review ASAP.

Currently Reading:

At the time of writing this, I haven’t started reading this. No thoughts yet

Going to Read:

8ff00-saving2bwonder


This is a pretty bad WWW. I finished two books so that’s good. Since it’s prewritten, I can’t give thoughts on the book I’m “currently reading” Oh well, I’ll be able to give you thoughts next week!

What did you read this past week? Let me know in the comments or link your own WWW.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s WWW Wednesday!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Top Ten Tuesday: A Laugh Or Smile

Hey everyone! It’s Tuesday and that means Civil War Reenators at school today! It also means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesdays! This amazing meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You definitely need to check out their book blog if you haven’t already. This week’s topic is:

Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh (or at least chuckle)

I honestly smile more than I laugh while reading. Therefore I will manipulate the topic and do  Ten Books That Will Make You Smile. These books have most likely been over-raved so I will just show the picture of the book and the author.

Ten Books That Will Make You Smile:

  1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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2. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

3. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

5. Paper Towns by John Green

6. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

This is a kids series and definitely is for kids. It still made me smile.

7. The IFunny Series by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

8. The Smile Series by Raina Telgemeier (no pun intended)

9. True (…Sort Of) by Katherine Hannigan

10. Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde


That’s a wrap! I hope you will check out any of these awesome books that you haven’t read.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s Top Ten Tuesday!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Book Review: Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez

Hey everyone! It’s time for another book review! This book is for ages 8-12 so definitely closer to teen. Return to Sender has some pretty varied reviews on Goodreads. To change things up a bit, I will paste some reviews onto here. I will of course give the authors of the comment 1000% credit. Let’s jump right in!

Name: Return to Sender.

Author: Julia Alvarez

# of pages: 318

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 3.7/5 stars

Amazon: 4/5 stars


Amazon Summary:

After Tyler’s father is injured in a tractor accident, his family is forced to hire migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure. Tyler isn’t sure what to make of these workers. Are they undocumented? And what about the three daughters, particularly Mari, the oldest, who is proud of her Mexican heritage but also increasingly connected to her American life. Her family lives in constant fear of being discovered by the authorities and sent back to the poverty they left behind in Mexico. Can Tyler and Mari find a way to be friends despite their differences?


Amazon Reviews:

Heather Darby- “I hated this book it spoke in third persons the base stunk and in all this book was not setup well.” 1 star review

Arizona Mom- “This was a pretty good book. I read it with my son. I would have given it 5 stars but I didn’t like how the author told a lot of the story through letters. In other words, a young girl is writing to her mother and you learn about what has been happening through her letters. There are several chapters of that type of writing style in the book.”    4 star review

Sandra Scavazzon- “Return to Sender places a human face on the immigrants who make their way to the United States and to the families who benefit from their labor. Children are children, families are families no matter from what country. This is an important lesson that I wish to teach my grandchildren, since we are an international family. Too often the hardships that immigrant families endure are marginalize and even discarded because we, as Americans, do not pay attention to the human factors.” 5 star review


Goodreads Reviews:

Anne- “This book disappointed me–I would give it 2.5 if I could. Julia Alvarez is a brilliant novelist who should probably stick to writing for adults, because her young adult “tone” comes off as forced, oversimplified, and too young. This is a compelling and timely story bogged down by an awkward format, too many exclamation points, and a style that isn’t true to Alvarez’s lyrical talents.” 3 star review

Anne Marie- “The topic of the book and the way the story is related – through narrative prose and letters, and also through insightful points of view – were really interesting, but ultimately completely overshadowed by how heavy-handed, preachy, and condescending the book is. There is also very little description of any characters or settings – all emphasis is on dialogue and “lesson-teaching.” 1 star review

Sergio Lopez- “It was a really nice story because it’s based on true facts . Many mexicans do come to the U.S. in search of a better life and many times they are treated unfairly” 3 star review.

Let me know what you think of adding reviews written by real people.


My Thoughts:

This was such a great book! It’s most likely aimed at younger audiences since the characters are  11-12. There were so many suspenseful moments. I fell in love with the characters. Many had issues with the letter style of Mari’s POV but I loved it. I definitely recommend reading it. Return to Sender shows the real issues of Mexican immigrants and how just one wrong move can get you deported. This is definitely a must read!


Let me know what you think of adding real reviews to the book reviews!  Are you going to read Return to Sender? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂

 

 

 

 

Book Traveling Thursday (#13)

Hey everyone! It’s time for another Book Traveling Thursday! Just a quick note:

I realized that the numbers for the Book Traveling Thursdays go from #10 to #12. In other words there’s no #11. I found that #11 in my drafts and it had some how not been posted. I apologized for missing a week. If that draft had been posted, this would’ve been #14.

Thank you for understanding

~Disclaimer

Back to the post! Book Traveling Thursdays is hosted by Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. You definitely need to check out their blogs and give them a follow!! To learn more about this meme, go to the Goodreads  group. This week’s theme is:

Everything has an end! Choose your favorite conclusion to a series.

This is super tough!! I’ve already done Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. In honor of Beverly Cleary and her 100th birthday, I will do the conclusion to the Ramona series. It isn’t my favorite conclusion but is pretty good. The book is called Ramona’s World. It is a children’s book.

Book Traveling Thursdays


Original Cover/Cover from my Country:

Ramona's World (Ramona, #8)


Favorite Cover(s):

Most of these covers will be English. There is a pretty small selection of covers.

Ramona's WorldEnglish

Ramona's World (Ramona Quimby (Paperback))English

دنیای رامونا (Ramona, #8)Persian

Ramona's World (Ramona Quimby (Harper Paperback))Movie Edition (English)

Светът на РамонаBulgarian

My favorite is the Persian one because it has that cartoony feel to it.

Least Favorite(s):

Ramona und das neue Baby. ( Ab 8 J.).Unknown Language (Not English!)

My least favorite is the last one because it makes Ramona seem like a toddler. At this point she is in middle school or at least


That’s a wrap! I apologize for the lack of diversity but this was mainly a tribute to Beverly Cleary. What were your favorite and/or least favorite cover? Comment below!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s Book Traveling Thursday!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

WWW Wednesday (#15)

Hey everyone!! We are half way through the week. This week has seemed to stretch on already. I’m definitely ready for the weekend. WWW Wednesday is hosted by the wonderful Sam. You definitely need to check out her blog if you haven’t already!

WWW WednesdayTo participate in this meme all you have to do is answer 3 questions:

What did you recently read?

What are you currently reading?

What are you going to read next?


Recently read:

This was such a good book!! I finished it yesterday after some testing. I was so sad that it ended. Luckily this author has more books that I will definitely check out. This book is 10+ so let me know if you want to see a review!

Currently reading:

As I’m writing this, I haven’t started it yet. It has a 3.2/5 stars on Goodreads. By the reviews it sounds like a parody with too many Twilight references and flawed characters. Who knows, I might report back saying I put it down and started a different book. We will have to see!
Going to Read:


That’s a wrap on another WWW Wednesday. Remember to let me know if you want a review on “Return to Sender!” What did you read this week? Let me know in the comments or link your own WWW.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s!!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀