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Book Review: The Ultimate History of The ’80s Teen Movie

I was not a teen until the late ’90s and I’m also not a huge movie watcher, but with Fandom Running Club starting a “Cult Classic” medal series, well maybe I should see what the 80s had to offer so I can try and guess on some of the clues to come. (The first one is “Dont You 4K About Me” – The Breakfast Club – which is an 80s movie I have seen!)

The book starts in… 1978? With talk about John Travolta.  It compares some of the story lines from the 80s with how they would not fly in a movie today.  The book is quite long and touches on a TON of movies… most of which of course I had never seen (but have heard of, at least!)  And a lot of details on them.  It is a history, after all.

I was hoping for a check list of sorts of all the movies in the back of the book so I could see what I had seen and what I haven’t, but let’s be honest, my number would probably be able to be counted on one hand.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated. This book is being released March 19, 2019 by Diversion Books.

About the Book

A trip back to the era of troubled teens and awesome soundtracks; of Reagan, rap, and Ridgemont High; of MTV, VHS, and “Axel F”; of outsiders, lost boys, and dead poets; of Bill and Ted, Brooke Shields, and the Brat Pack; of three Porky’s flicks, two Coreys, and one summer when “Baby” refused to be put in a corner.

The Ultimate History of the ’80s Teen Movie goes behind the scenes of a genre where cult hits mingled with studio blockbusters, where giants like Spielberg and Coppola rubbed shoulders with baby-faced first-timers, and where future superstars Sean, Demi, and Tom all got their big break. Music, comedy, and politics all play a part in the surprisingly complex history of the ’80s teen movie. And while the films might have been aimed primarily at adolescents, the best tackle universal issues and remain relevant to all ages.

From a late ’70s Hollywood influx to an early ’90s indie scene that gave youth cinema a timely reboot, film expert James King highlights the personal struggles, the social changes, and the boardroom shake-ups that produced an iconic time in movie history.

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Book Review: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a collection of poetry from Mr Rogers. There are a lot included and a lot of great illustrations to go with it – starting with the famous “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” which was the opening song to his show.  I think my favorite in the book was “I’m Glad I’m the Way I Am” – the first verse “I’m glad I’m the way I am, I’m glad I’m me. I’, glad I’m the way That I’m supposed to be” resonates with me. The rest of it too, but mostly that first part.  There are a lot of different topics covered in each of the poems/songs as well.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated. This book will be released March 19, 2019 from Quirk Books.

About the Book

For the first time ever, 75 beloved songs from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and The Children’s Corner are collected in this charmingly illustrated treasury, sure to be cherished by generations of children as well as the millions of adults who grew up with Mister Rogers.

It’s you I like.
It’s not the things you wear,
It’s not the way you do your hair—
But it’s you I like.

From funny to sweet, silly to sincere, the lyrics of Mister Rogers explore such universal topics as feelings, new siblings, everyday life, imagination, and more. Through these songs—as well as endearing puppets and honest conversations—Mister Rogers instilled in his young viewers the values of kindness, self-awareness, and self-esteem. But most of all, he taught children that they are loved, just as they are. Perfect for bedtime, sing-along, or quiet time alone, this beautiful book of meaningful poetry is for every child—including the child inside of every one of us.

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Book Review: Love You Head To Toe

Love You Head To Toe is an adorable book about babies and comparing things they do to animals.  Everything rhymes and the illustrations are made of paper piecing which you know I am alll about.  Some of the animals featured are sea stars, turtles, kangaroos, hedgehogs.  Each animal is illustrated as well as an illustration of an ADORABLE baby in a similar pose to the animals.  A ton of work must have gone into these illustrations alone!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review.  This book will be published March 15 from Owlkids Books.

About the Book

Pairing creative rhyming similes with cut-paper collage art, Love You Head to Toe is an adorable book that compares newborn babies to baby animals on every page. Bright, playful illustrations show a different baby and a different species of animal, both engaged in similar behavior: babies stretch their limbs like sea stars, splash in the water like ducklings, toddle around like bear cubs, and fill their chubby cheeks like chipmunks.

Action verbs on each page give the book energy and movement and reflect the varied activities of a baby’s day, with key elements like mealtime, bath time, and bedtime in chronological order. Babies and caregivers of a wide range of ethnicities are represented in this heartwarming read-aloud designed to show little ones how much they are cherished and loved.

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Book Review: Baby Animals with Their Families

Baby Animals with their Families is a picture book that shows baby animals, with, you guessed it, their families.  Some cuties included are chimps, lions, polar bears, and a ton of other adorable babies.  A bunch of adorable photos and some interesting facts about families and what they are called and how they survive out in the wild.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated. This book will be released on March 15 from Owlkids books.

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Book Review: Super Structures

Super Structures is all about some of the great structures in the world and their history.  Building structures can go all the way back to the pyramids.  In addition to talking a bit about the structures, there is also instructions on how to build your own using different pieces. In addition to pyramids you can also learn about and build pillars and posts, arches, domes, and my personal favorite, bridges.  It features some of my favorite bridges – Golden Gate in San Francisco and Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia.  It then goes into towers and sky scrapers, big wheels, and finally wind turbines.  I kind of wish I had the actual model kit so I could try to build some of these structures instead of just the e-book where I can only read about them.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated. This book was released October 16, 2018 from Quarto Publishing Group.

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Book Review: The Sea Book

The Sea Book helps you learn all about, what else? The sea! It shows what the bottom of the sea looks like and tells us why the sea is important and then goes into what lives in the sea. Of course there are plenty of fish in the sea – and it tells about some of the things that fish can do and some of the traits that fish in the sea have.  It also talks about other mammals and animals in the sea, and even the life cycle of a sea turtle.  The end of the book talks about some man made problems with the sea and how you can help. This book is pretty short, but is jam-packed with a TON of great information about the sea and some beautiful illustrations as well!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated. This book was published February 5th from DK Children.

About the Book

Featuring fascinating fishy facts accompanied by bright, bold, and beautiful illustrations, this book takes children on a journey through the sea and all its zones.

The Sea Book explores a wealth of incredible marine animals and their habitats, from up on the ice, down to colorful coral reefs, underwater forests, and right down to the deepest darkest depths where the weird and wonderful lurk.

Following on from The Bee Book, Charlotte Milner continues to highlight to children important ecological issues faced by our planet, this time with a focus on marine life and the damaging effects humans are having on our seas. Children will discover what they can do to help, and there are tips on how to live plastic-free. Children will even get to craft their own recycled shopping bag!

This charming celebration of the sea shows children just how extraordinary our oceans are, and is a reminder that it is up to us to keep it that way.

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Book Review: Storytime: Not-So-Brave Penguin

Not-So-Brave penguin is about Percy and Posy.  Percy is brave and not scared of anything. Posy is scared of just about everything (kind of like me!) When Percy goes out to play and doesn’t come back, Posy gets worried.  Everyone assures her that he is fine and that she just worries too much (also kind of like me!) but she decides to be brave and jump into the sea and try and find Percy.  She finds Percy who is surprised that she made it to him – and Posy starts to get scared because of the dark. But Percy shows her that the sky was actually not scary, but BEAUTIFUL instead. Percy thanks Posy and tells her that she was brave!! She didn’t know she was brave!

At the end of the book is some discussion and comprehension topics based on the topics in the book and being brave and being scared. I thought this was a really cute story.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated. This book was published November 13, 2018 on Quarto Publishing.

About the Book

Posy the penguin is scared of many things – snowstorms, loud noises, the dark – but when her adventurous friend Percy is missing, Posy plucks up the courage to overcome her fears and goes on an excursion to find him. After an intrepid journey, Posy finds an injured Percy in a dark cave. She rescues him and brings him home, realising in the end just how brave she can really be. This heartwarming story about friendship, being brave and overcoming fears when it really matters is sure to become a bedtime favourite.

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Book Review: The Little Book of Bad Moods

The Little Book of Bad Moods is a workbook that lets you work through your bad moods.  Some chapters include – “Blame Others”, “How to make any day a bad day” (I am excelling at this lately) and “Life Sucks Online”.  Blame Others includes activities like – “How do you spot an idiot…” in traffic, at work, online, etc.  Oh, can I have some fun with this 😉  Unlike the book I read the other day about having a gratitude journal – this book has an ingratitude journal where you list what bothered you each day of the week. (Sadly, I’d have a much easier time filling this out than the other way around.) But maybe once I go through and get all the negativity out of my system I’ll start feeling better? Or maybe I’m just destined to be in a bad mood forever… but at least I’ll have a record of who made me that way in this book.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated. This book was published February 12 from Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books.

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Book Review: Let’s Talk About Sext

When I saw the title “Let’s Talk About Sext” I figured it was going to be a book where the main characters predominately communicated via sexts.  Except, that could not have been further from the plot of this book. In fact, I think they sent about 4 texts (debatable if they were even sexts, really) to each other in the entirety of the book.  Anyway… once I got over that – I had to get over the names of the characters.  I feel like everyone has to give their characters these unique names with unique spellings and half the time it makes it a lot harder for me to really connect with the characters because I can’t pick someone else with that name to think about as that character.  While the male was Brody, which was normal enough, the female was Phebe.  I assumed it was an alternate spelling of Phoebe. I kept reading it as plebe and I wasn’t even sure what that word meant but I knew it wasn’t a name.

The book alternates from her POV to his – she is a big successful rich business woman, he dropped everything to take over his uncle’s bar and is barely making ends meet.  The two seem to have chemistry from the moment they meet and end up entering into some weird FWB set up that was just stupid from the get go.  But I guess without it the book would be pretty short.  The romance parts were great, the rest kind of fell flat.  Not the worst I’ve read but not the best either.  And would it kill them to actually add the images of the emojis into the book instead of just the text descriptions of them? lol

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated. This book is being released February 19, 2019 from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept.

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Book Review: You Goal, Girl

You Goal, Girl is a goal setting work book to help you plan out and achieve your goals. The book explains that goals are the steps you take to make your dreams a reality. Your goals should be S.M.A.R.T – that is, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound.  This is something that I struggle with – but I am trying to make things that are more measurable – that way it is easier to track your progress and know what you need to do to continue to get there and achieve it.

At the end of Chapter 1 you are encouraged to “Brain Dump”, that is write down all the goals you have whether they be specific or not – throughout the rest of the chapters in the book you prioritize sort them into categories, figure out what you need to do in order to achieve them, create a gratitude log, track your progress, create a focus for what needs to be done each month and each week of the month, re-evaluate everything when you are at the half-way point to your goals, and reflecting on the goal once you make it to the end.

I think right now my goals are in the “brain dump” portion of this book. I know what I want to do (scrapbook all the things!) but need to break them down more so that it is less overwhelming so I don’t just look at a pile of things to scrap and decide to nap instead because I don’t know where to begin.  I’ve also started making monthly to do lists with things broken down in different areas of my life and I try to get all (or most) done by the end of each month.  This has led to me budgeting my time out a bit better and actually accomplishing things rather than realizing I have some free time and then just not knowing where to begin.  I think if I use the work pages in this book along with some of the changes I have been trying to make for myself, I will find that by the end of the year I am achieving many more of my goals than I had been in the past.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated. This book was released on December 11, 2018 from Quarto Publishing Group – Rock Point.

About the Book


There’s no better feeling than when you complete a task and get to check it off your to-do list, right? This goal-setting workbook combines that feeling of productivity with the motivation you need to actually get stuff done. You Goal, Girl is a personal tool kit for making your goals a reality. With this guided workbook, you will design your own goals and break them down into small, actionable steps. Because it’s not enough to simply write down your goals and call it a day, prompts, tips, and worksheets help to determine and then track your goal’s progress every step of the way, in addition to providing plenty of space to capture doodles, notes, and brainstorms. Included in this action-oriented workbook are:

• Habit-tracking and reflection pages to measure progress
• Gratitude logs to stay positive
• Daily and weekly prompts to help you self-assess

You Goal, Girl is designed to help plan, track, and achieve your most important goals— because you absolutely deserve the life you want, you just have to put in the work!

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