The Conference of the Birds Review by Ransom Riggs

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I have waited on this one for a while. It was satisfying to finally get it. It was great to be back in this world.

Jacob Portman has just saved the peculiar world but his troubles are not over. When he goes on a mission to save Noor, an uncontacted peculiar, his life gets even more complicated. We follow the peculiar children into the frontier of American Peculiars to keep a prophecy from coming to pass.

This series is fun. It is a great mix of fantasy with time travel thrown in. In the past books, the pictures were included to enhance the story. This time there were fewer pictures and they were scattered out. They didn’t feel as connected to the story.

The introduction of Noor changed the entire plot line. It introduced a prophecy into the story that I did not expect. I really liked Noor as a character though. I like the route the books are taking, but this novel felt like it was a building block for the next book. It moved the story along but did include some action. I am interested to see where the story goes next.

My Rating: 4/5

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My Favorite Quotes

Happy Birthday, Doctor Seuss! As I am sure most of you know today is Read Across America Day. I loved this day as a kid. A day to celebrate books. I carried that love into adulthood and that is why this blog was born. To celebrate today I am going to share a few of my favorite book quotes.

“For how can one know color in perpetual green, and what good is warmth without cold to give it sweetness?” -John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley in Search of America

“East of the sun. West of the moon.” -Katherine Arden, The Bear in the Nightingale

“Because, in another place, I would not be the same person. I am my roots. My vegetables. My leaves and herbs. I know when they bloom, year after year. I know when they die and when they come back to life. For what I have down and nurtured all my life I shall remain to reap.” -Tim Westover, The Winter Sisters

“She was a creature of smoke and stars.”-Katherine Arden, The Girl in the Tower

“Not every flower belongs in every garden.” -Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House

And lastly, a quote from the great Dr. Seuss.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”


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My Favorite Snacks to Eat While I Read

A good book is not complete without a good snack. There are so many good options out there. My personal favorite combination right now is peppermint tea, tortilla chips, and Ghirardelli peppermint bark. Today I thought I would share some of my favorite snack recipes that don’t take long so you can get back to your book.

Puppy Chow

  • 9 Cups of Corn Chex
  • 1/2 Cup of Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Cup of butter
  • 1 Cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1 1/2 Cups of powdered sugar

Melt chocolate chips, butter, peanut butter on low until smooth. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Coat Chex in this mixture. Move mixture into a large Ziploc bag and add powdered sugar. Shake until coated. At this point I am supposed to say let the mixture cool and dry on a piece of wax paper. However, I eat it as soon as its mixed up. I have no self control. This stuff is addictive.

Another favorite of mine is ranch popcorn. It is super simple. Pop a bag of popcorn like normal. As soon is it is finished sprinkle a half a packet of ranch dressing mix and shake to combine.

Those are a few of my favorite snacks. Tell me in the comments what some of your favorites are!

My Bookmark Collection

I have always been a reader. However, I have not always been a bookmark lover. I would just use pieces of paper, receipts, etc to mark my page. Then I was introduced to magnetic bookmarks. I was gifted a set for Christmas by my sister-in-law and I love them. They are worn out so they are not longer in my collection. I need to purchase more magnetic ones. I love looking t other people’s bookmark collections so I thought I would share mine at the current time. Unfortunately, my cat has killed a few of my bookmarks these are the ones that have survived.

From left to right:

The first two are wooden bookmarks I received in The Bookish Box advent calendar. I love them but I don’t use them. I want to keep them forever.

The next white one is from a Litsy friend in a bookmark swap.

One of my favorites is next. I purchased it at a local Anime convention. The artist is Jiiri and you can find her @jiiriart on Instagram.

Lastly, the next one came from Book Depository and I thought it was adorable.

From Left to Right:

My husband knows me so well. He hung the first two from our Christmas tree like ornaments. So Christmas morning when we opened gifts they were there. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books so that one is a classic. The second one describes my favorite things.

Next is one I received from a Halloween Litsy swap. I use it year round. It is adorable.

The last three are also from Litsy Swaps. As you can tell I really love the swaps. I have several more from Litsy that are tucked away in storage right now. I will share those when I unpack them.

I hope you enjoy. In the comments let me know if you have any bookmark favorites.

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The Summer of Guinevere by John Madormo

The Summer of Guinevere

Since this is marketed as romance I was not sure that I would enjoy it. Being set in the past is the only thing that hooked me into reading this.When I jumped into it I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I devoured it in one day.

The Summer of Guinevere follows Paulie Passero in the last weeks of summer before his Junior year. When his father finds out that his mother, who disowned him twenty years earlier, is dying they set out on a road trip. Paulie doesn’t understand why he has to go. The prospect of driving from Chicago to the small town his father grew up in is the only thing that interests him. At first, Paulie is bored by small town life until he meets Guinevere Thompson. He wants to get to know her despite the warning that her father and brothers are dangerous. Paulie gets wrapped up in her life and wants to help her escape her abusive father.

This is a great coming of age story. Paulie gains confidence in himself through events of the story. He learns to speak to girls and handle tough situations through Guinevere. Another important character is Uncle Buddy. He helps Paulie gain interest in reading and current events. He motivates him to do his best in school. I think Buddy played more of an important role than Guinevere. He helped Paulie learn to stand on his own two feet. I will say I did not like Paulie’s father. He was less than helpful with the Guinevere situation and he didn’t really encourage Paulie in anyway.

The romance was cute and I enjoyed it, but this is a hard hitting story. It is raw and brutal. However, it does show you can grow and change your situation. I highly recommend checking this one out!

*Disclaimer- I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest review.


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