Sunday, July 27, 2014

Book Haul Sunday - July 27th

Book haul time! I got some from the dollar tree and some from the thrift store.


We will start from left to right.

Selena: Coma La Flor by Joe Nick Patoski
I found this at my local thrift store for $2.00
I've always wanted a book about Selena, love her music, and the movie with Jennifer Lopez.

Next is..

Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim
I was very surprised to find this at the Dollar Tree, but I've found tons of First Second graphic novels there.
It's hardcover, has this really cool plastic dust jacket which has the fishes on it.
Also, I saw BookRatMisty haul it on youtube.

Next..

It's book 7 and 12 of the Gossip Girls series.
Nobody Does It Better & I Will Always Love You by Cecily Von Ziegesar (how do you even say that name) I found these two books at the Dollar Tree which I think is a weird series to find.
I really want to collect all the series before reading the first. (I put the stickers on the spine to know which order they go in. There are tons of series with tons of books and you never know which order they go in. I thought this would be easier.)

Next is...

Nights In Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks
I found this at the thrift store for $1.00
I've read a handful of Nicholas Sparks books and even though I don't like to admit it. I love the books and the movies. So now I'm trying to find all of them in the normal (?) sized paperbacks. 

The last two are from Dollar tree

The Widow's Daughter by Nicholas Edlin
I went back to the dollar tree to get a book and of course they had new books. This was there it's a penguin book, it's a random book. I needed it.

Something Wickedly Weird by Chris Mould
This is the book I went back for. To me it's rare dollar tree has firsts in a series and one that has really cute illustrations inside.

So that's it for me. What did you get this week?

~Kellie

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Book Haul Sunday - July 20th

It's time for a book haul! I guess you could say it's a dollar tree book haul. This time I only found graphic novels which I so love.






















I bought these from the Dollar Tree so naturally all of these were one dollar.
I'll start off from right to left.

Number one

Tekkonkinkreet by Taiyo Matsumoto
I actually didn't buy this it's a preview for the graphic novel. I bought Tekkonkinkreet the movie at the Dollar Tree and the preview was inside. So cool.

Next

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
It looks a little young for me but the publisher is Amulet books. And unfortunately their books show up at dollar tree, but I have not read a book by Amulet that I didn't fall in love with. (I also found Me and Earl And the Dying Girl at the dollar tree a few months ago.)

Last one...

The Odyssey retold by Fiona MacDonald
I think a lot of people agree with me when we runaway from a retold classic. I've found a handful of these graphic novel classics. I really enjoy them, each one is illustrated by a different person sometimes it looks cheap. Sometimes the illustrations are kind of cool. They are a quick cheap read.

So that's it for me. What did you get this week?

~Kellie

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Harlem Hellfighters: A Review

The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks

In 1919, the 369th infantry regiment marched home triumphantly from World War I. They had spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture, and winning countless decorations. Though they returned as heroes, this African American unit faced tremendous discrimination, even from their own government. The Harlem Hellfighters, as the Germans called them, fought courageously on—and off—the battlefield to make Europe, and America, safe for democracy.  

Right now I can say I’m really in love with graphic Novels. To me it’s rare to find a graphic novel that has a non fiction sort of feel to it. Usually they are paranormal or contemporary. The Harlem Hellfighters is a historical fiction. The Harlem Hellfighters were real people. Max Brooks is taking his own fictional spin about what happened in WW I.

When I think about Max Brooks all I think is zombies, Mel Brooks, and just silliness. I think the dialogue felt like it came from that time.  The illustrations were perfection, it fitted goriness of how war would have felt. The characters were fun to follow along, and each felt like they were separated like they were their own person.

In this book most of it was these black soldiers trying to get into war. Wanting to fight, wanting to protect people unfortunately who didn’t care. A big part of this book was how heavy racism was in 1917 and so on. These regiments travel to different parts of Europe where racism is definitely not that heavy where they accept them fighting, wanting to be a part of WW I.


In the back of this book it talks about the real Harlem Hellfighters and how some of these men were never given the medals and rights they deserved even after their passing. It’s sad to hear and read all they sacrificed, only to gain little.   


If you're interested in reading this book or anything else Max Brooks has done you can check out his site where you can read a preview of this book. Or anything else he has done. 
http://maxbrooks.com/


~ Kellie


I received this book for free for my review from Blogging For Books. 



Sunday, July 13, 2014

Book Haul Sunday - July 13th

I really want to try this thing where I put up a book haul up every sunday. I wanted to try to do it every month but sometimes I get a lot of books and its hard to keep track of what I got. 

So let's begin.



Okay most of these I got at a thrift store but not the first one on the left.

Number one

The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks 
I got this book from blogging for books so I could review it. Review will be up on Monday.

Okay now the books from the thrift store.

Next one

Dracula: The Un-dead by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt
I got this for $2.00. I sincerely doubt that Dacre Stoker is his real name and that he is anyway related to Bram Stoker. Although I'm a sucker for Dracula type spin offs and such. 

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Another $2.00 book. I got this mainly for the cover. Just look at it. It reminds me of Amelia Anne Dead And Gone. Unfortunately this is YA and it's a series, so of course they changed the covers. Now it looks like a typical YA book.
                                                              Okay it doesn't look that bad but booo!

Okay I got off track now next one!

Skinny by Ibi Kaslik
It was a $1.50. I've seen this book around a lot and I found it in the nonfiction in the thrift store. So it confused me but inside it does say it is Young Adult fiction so whoo! cheaper for me.

And last book is..

Mr. Poppers Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
It was $1.00. I have seen this book my entire life, the cover and it being on lists. I never picked it up, found it for cheap so I thought I'd get it.

So that's all from me this week. What did you get?

~Kellie
                                                               



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Currently Reading - July 10th

                         



Sometimes I find myself reading more then one book, I probably shouldn't. How can someone just read one book, I have so many on my to read shelf. All of them I wish I could just pick up and read. 

Starting from the left.

The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks. (Illustrations by Cannan White)
This is a graphic novel about the 369th Infantry Regiment in WW I. It's brutal but so entertaining. I got this book for review from blogging for books. I'll have my review up sometime next week.


Next is

Beneath The Glitter by Elle & Blair Fowler
This book is just a fictionalized version of Elle and Blairs youtube careers and some how I wanted to read it.
Also it's based in Los Angeles, and since it's summer I some how think they go together. 

Last book 

Frannie In Pieces by Delia Ephron
I picked this up at a couple years ago from a library book sale. The reason why I'm reading that is because I've had it for a while and it's based in the summer season.

(Aaannd Delia Ephron is the sister of Nora Ephron. Delia wrote You've Got Mail and Nora directed it. You've Got Mail is one of my all time favorite movies.)

So that's what I'm reading. What are you reading?

~Kellie