Library Reads: January 2019

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Library Reads is a monthly wrap-up of what my toddler pulls out of the library shelves to read before bed. Sometimes we get to read them all, sometimes we don’t.

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What we read this month:

  • The Best Thing About A Puppy (Judy Hindley) – A picture book which showcases the highs and lows of having a puppy.
  • Fun Dog, Sun Dog (Deborah Heiligman) – In Fun Dog, Sun Dog, we get to meet Tinka who is a golden retriever, and the boy who loves her. We follow them as they spend the day at the beach and do all kinds of fun things.
  • Pom Pom Panda Gets The Grumps (Sophy Henn) – This is T’s favourite out of the bunch. Pom Pom Panda wakes up on the wrong side of the bed one morning, and the day easily went from bad to worse.
  • A Song For Jamela (Niki Daly) – When Jamela lands a job at her Aunt’s salon for the day, she can’t believe her eyes when Miss Bambi Chaka Chaka walks in to get her hair done. When a fly threatens the job, it’s up to Jamela to save the day.

 

What we didn’t read:

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The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

Thank you Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley for my copy.

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Title: The Psychology of Time Travel
Author: Kate Mascarenhas
Published / Release Date: Feb 12, 2019
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆

The Psychology of Time Travel opens in 1967 with four women—Margaret, Grace, Lucille and Barbara—who we’ll learn would be the pioneers of time travel. They are first shown tinkering with machines and calculations; checking the vitals of small animals before and after they’ve gone through their time machine to ensure they’re ok.

Before showing their invention to the public, the pioneers decided to test it themselves. This ended with Barbara having a breakdown, and therefore exiling her to prevent further humiliation to the pioneers and their work.

Fifty years later, we follow Odette through a museum; following an odour to its basement which door is bolted from the inside. At the sight of a pool of blood on the floor, Odette pushed the door open and found a dead body with multiple gunshot wounds.

Who is the victim? Who is the killer? And how did the killer (if there was one) managed to escape when the only way out was bolted shut from the inside?

Mascarenhas’ novel is deeply rooted in the idea of Time travel. We are presented with a list of terminologies with their meanings. We are given light to what could possibly happen to a time traveler’s mental state, and the steps or tests to be desensitized to death and/or the idea of it. Also, in this novel, time travel is widely known. It’s something normal. The Conclave is a whole different “company” which has their own set of laws, and is outside the jurisdiction of the government. Family members of those who work at the Conclave are aware they would eventually be interacting with the future versions of them.

I was having a good time trying to figure out who the deceased was. I had notes even if there wasn’t much to go on. I am aware that with mystery novels there is always the big reveal. It can range from who did it, who died, the reason why they died. Here’s the thing: how the person died was pretty cool. However, finding out who the dead person was was a bit anticlimactic.

The Psychology of Time Travel also allowed us to be time travellers ourselves by giving us chapters bouncing between the past and present. There is an issue within the story relating to the mental state of time travellers after they’ve travelled through different time periods. It is believed that at some point too much time travel can mess with a person’s mind that they would mix up which fact belongs in the correct year. Having to get a glimpse of that by reading through this is a nice touch.

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Library Reads: December 2018

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Library Reads is a monthly wrap-up of what my toddler pulls out of the library shelves to read before bed. Sometimes we get to read them all, sometimes we don’t.

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We only borrowed a few books last December because we want to make to sure we also get to read all of our Christmas books at home.

What we read this month:

  • Toot and Puddle: Puddle’s ABC (Holly Hobbie) – Puddle’s ABC is a picture book geared towards teaching kids their alphabets. Every letter is assigned a phrase, and each phrase begins with a certain letter of the alphabet.
  • Caring For Your Lion (Tammi Sauer; Troy Cummings) – Caring for Your Lion is a fun picture book detailing the steps of how you can effectively take care of your lion. From play time, giving him treats when he’s been good, to bedtime. It even illustrates what you should do in the events you or someone else gets swallowed by your pet lion. T loved this so much we read it almost every night.
  • Rocket Writes A Story (Tad Hills) – Rocket loves words which he collects throughout the day. One day, he decided to write a story for a new friend he found up on a tree. We didn’t know this was a sequel until I had to look up the link on Goodreads. However, the story itself was able to hold itself up so I don’t think we would need to go through the library to find the first book.
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Library Reads: November 2018

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Library Reads is a monthly wrap-up of what my toddler pulls out of the library shelves to read before bed. Sometimes we get to read them all, sometimes we don’t.

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What we read this month:

  • Noni The Pony Goes To The Beach (Alison Lester) – This is about Noni the pony’s wonderful day at the beach with his friends.
  • Green Wilma (Tedd Arnold) – This is a pretty funny book. Her parents’ doesn’t know what to do with her when she woke up green, and her teachers are appalled when she starts eating bugs in class.
  • Inside My Imagination (Marta Arteaga) – A little girl’s first person narrative on what goes on inside her imagination. I think this is the book which led me to invent the game where I read the story to her while she try and make pictures in her head.
  • Boy Soup (Loris Lesynski) – T loved this book so much! We read it almost every night. Boy Soup is about a giant who caught a cold and the only prescription is a bowl of boy soup. This picture book illustrates the extent of what the giant had to go through, and how these kids escaped somewhat unscathed.

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2019 Reading Goals

Hello everyone! Happy New Year! I hope the new year is treating you all well. A you can tell by the title, this post will be about my reading goals for this year.

Last year, my goal was to simply read. There were no numbers or any challenges attached to it. Although I did cap my Goodreads Reading challenge to 30 just to see how much I can read in the past year. It was easy to find time to read because I would always have that window of when I’d nurse my newborn. What posed as a challenge was figuring out what to read next. I discovered Netgalley which opened a whole new world to me of requesting ARCs; and I would always lose myself into the bookstagram world and I would always come out with more books added to my list, and more books added to my shelves and e-reader.

This year my reading goals are simple: to read better and to read what I already have. I’ve decided to participate in a  few reading challenges to help me reach these goals.

The first one is The Unread Shelf Project 2019 hosted by Whitney. Before 2018 ended, I took the time to sit and write down all the unread books on my shelf which I actually want to read regardless of how long they’ve been on my shelf. The main thing I noticed is the number of classics I own. I blame the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. Haha!

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The other two are reading challenges I want to participate in to read better because there is no way I can read 50 books in addition to my physical books. The priority is to reach out for what I already have whether that be a physical or digital read.

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Now all that’s left for me to do is carve out my reading time, and maybe put myself in a buying/borrowing/requesting ban… Maybe.

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