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Monday Mania#19: Favorite Childrens Books

Everyone has books they loved growing up.  Below is a list of some of my favorite children’s books.  This list is far from complete, so if you feel that a book should be added to this list please add your book’s name and author in the comment section below.

Adult readers remember that reading out loud with a child, even if they already know how to read, is a great way to encourage them to read on their own AND is a great bonding experience.

  1. The Mare On The Hill by Thomas Locker
  2. Where The Wild Things Are story and pictures by Maurice Sendak
  3. The Story of Barbar by D E Burnhoff
  4. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown art by Clement Hurd
  5. Everything by Dr. Seuss
  6. I Just Forgot by Mercer Mayer
  7. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  8. Berenstain Bears series created by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  9. Curios George by H.A. Rey
  10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  11. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  12. Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  13. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  14. Corduroy by Don Freeman
  15. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie story by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond
  16. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
  17. Love You Forever written by Robert, illustrated by Sheila McGraw
  18. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
  19. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  20. The Little Prince by Antone De Saint-Exupery
  21. Harold and The Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  22. I’ll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm
  23. Charlotte’s Webb by E.B. White
  24. The Giver by Lois Lowery
  25. A Girl of The Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter
  26. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  27. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Bety Smith
  28. Island of Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  29. Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene
  30. Hardy Boys series by Franklin W Dixon

Happy Reading!!!!


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The Nope Tag

Thank you to @WordsWithLara for tagging me for this tag.  The Nope Book Tag was created by A Booktube Book.

1. NOPE. Ending:a book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy.

Kingdom of Ash and Soot by C. S. Johnson.  The book ends with the main character unconscious.  This ending didn’t make me read book two, it enraged me too much.

2. NOPE.  Protagonist:a main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

3. NOPE. Pairing:a “ship” you don’t support.

I don’t like fiction books that romantasize abusive relationships.  Books that do this allow society to continue to rationalize away this behavior. When, in reality, abuse shouldn’t be tolerated no matter how minor it may seem.

4. NOPE. Plot twist:a twist you didn’t see coming and liked.

The ending of The Diary by Julia Derek.

5. NOPE. Genre: a genre you will never read.

I am willing to read all genres of books, but I don’t like to discuss political or religious books with most people because of the issues that can arise.

6. NOPE. Book format: book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition

Audio books.  I have tried listening to them but my hands get fidgety causing me to lose focus on the book.

7. NOPE. Trope: a trope that makes you go Nope.

I not fond of books that romanticize Stockholm syndrome by having a woman get kidnapped for sexual pleasure.

8. NOPE. Recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.  I know this book is a classic but I don’t like Salinger’s writing style, so I don’t see the point.

9. NOPE. Cliché: a cliché or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

I hate when authors end with “and they lived happily ever after”.  Come on there are other ways of conveying a positive ending.

10. NOPE. Love interest: the love interest that’s not worthy of being one.

In my opinion most love interests aren’t worthy no matter how incredible they are.

11. NOPE. Book: a book that shouldn’t have existed and made you say NOPE.

I can’t answer this question.  Yes there are quit a few books I don’t like, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t exist.  Just because I didn’t like a book doesn’t mean others wont like it.

12. NOPE. Villain: a villain you would hate to cross.

Hannibal Lector.  He scares me because a cannibal with a high IQ and a degree in psychology is someone who could actually exist in the real world.

13. NOPE. Death: a character death that still haunts you. 

Dobby from the Harry Potter universe

14. NOPE. Author: an author you had a bad experience reading before and have decided to quit.

E. Thomas Joseph.  I tried to read Winter Eternal: The River That Flows Two Ways but after two weeks I had only gotten 33% through the book and decide to stop.


Happy Reading!!!


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Books I Should Have Read Already, But Haven’t

Everyone has those books that they say they are going to read by they continually put them off for some reason or another.

Here is my list of books that I have been putting of.  I have marked which ones I own but still haven’t read.

  1. The Color of Water by James McBride
  2. Beloved by Toni Morrison (own)
  3. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  4. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  5. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (own)
  6. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  7. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  8. Misery by Stephen King (own)
  9. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  10. Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi
  11. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  12. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  13. Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  14. 1984 by George Orwell
  15. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  16. One Flew over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  17. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (own)
  18. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  19. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  20. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (own)
  21. The Lord of The Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
  22. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  23. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  24. The Last of The Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  25. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (own)
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Review: The Mare On The Hill

  • Title: The Mare On The Hill
  • Author: Thomas Locker
  • First Edition (Hardback)
  • Publisher: Dial Books 1995
  • Genre(s): horses – Juvenile fiction, children’s stories

A grandfather brings home a fearful mare to breed, hoping that his grandsons can teach her to trust people again.

*All opinions are my own

* No spoilers.

I found my childhood copy of The Mare On The Hill in a box my mom gave me a few days ago.  I remembered loving it as a child so I put it aside to read as soon as possible.

As soon  I opened it to the first page, memories of my sisters and me lying on my bed while our parents read it to us at night after night came flooding back to me.  Once I finished the book I understood why my parents where willing to read this book to us over and over again, night after night.

To start with, the story was wonderful. It was well thought out, but also written in a way that children of many ages could understand and enjoy.

The art work portrayed in this book (also done by Thomas Locker) was incredible.  Every page had an image best described as paintings, anything less would be an insult to the amount of work and time put into them.

The moral of learning trust and patients was clear as an adult and something kids are capable of understanding.  I would encourage parents, grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and teachers to read this book to the kids in their life.  Not only will this book teach the kids about trust and patient, but it will help you remember the value of animals in your life.

I had a great time with this book and the family memories it brought back.  Does anyone else have other childhood favorites they would recommend?  Let me know in the comments so I can check them out.

Happy Reading!!!


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My Pottermore Sortings

I am a huge Harry Potter fan so, when I saw a post about Pottermore sorting on The Little Contemporary Corner I just had to write a similar post.  I’m not sure who wrote the original post, but thank you to whoever you are.  Pottermore is a website created by J.K. Rowling relating to Harry Potter and his world.

The moment I started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone I was hooked.  I read the first book in one sitting.  For full disclosure I did not start reading the series until  <a href=”http://Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire“>Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was released.  But, I did read all four books in less than a week.  I had some serious withdrawals waiting for book five to come out.

Since early on I have identified as a Ravenclaw.  Not wanting to be sorted into another house stopped me from going to this section, temporarily.  When I finally did go I was happy to be placed into Ravenclaw.


My wand would be made of Cyprus wood with a dragon heartstring core.  It would be 12 3/4 inches long with unyielding flexibility.  The cypress wood was the most surprising trait to me because it often finds its soul mate among the brave and self-sacrificing, which are not the best words to describe me.  But, all  the wands traits (wood, core, length and flexibility), the owner’s life experiences and style of magic all combine to make a wand unique from all others.

My patronis would be a Grey Squirrel.  This shocked me at first, not sure why it shocked my but it did.  Once I did a little digging into Grey Squirrels I became prouder of my patronis.

Learning my Ilvermorny house was the most fun.  For those of you who don’t know Ilvermorny is the wizardry school in America, located in Massachusetts.  It was founded in 1627 (that’s 637 years after Hogwarts).  At Ilvermorny there are four houses, each one named after a founder’s favorite magical creature.  I was placed in house Pukwudgie.


A Pukwudgie is a short, grey faced, large eared creature native to America.  They are distantly related to the European Goblin and possess magical powers of their own.  They are fiercely independent and hunt with deadly poisoness arrows.  They are not fond of humans (whether magical or muggle) and enjoy playing tricks on them.

Well those are my Pottermore sorting details.  I would love to know where all of you were sorted, so please share in the comments.  If you haven’t visited Pottermore yet, click here to learn your sorting.

Happy reading,