What I Actually Read In The Month of September

At the start of the month, I wrote a post saying what books I wanted to read/review last month. Let’s see how I did!

I read completely different books than to what I said I would read; let me tell you that.

 

I didn’t read as much as I’d wanted to, and as you can see, it is VERY much different to my to-read list on my September Reads post! XD My older sister could read 13 books in 1 or 2 days!

Next month, I’m going to try and…

  • Read 15 books
  • Review at least 5 books, including my ARC’s
  • Read 2 classics
20171005_133559.jpg
I think I’ve read about five of all the thousands of old books we have
  • Read The Green Ember
  • Ask for at least 3 books to review
  • Get a paperback book #desperation

Let’s see how I do at the end of the month! 😉

Do you have any books you are planning to read/review this month? Have you read any of the books I read?

Happy reading!

cropped-my-homeschool-notebook-11.jpg

Advertisements

Author Interview with Lydia Howe {Where Dandelions Grow Blog Tour}

Hello everyone! Two days ago, I posted a review of WDG by Lydia Howe. As part of her book launch, I’m doing an author interview with her about WDG.

My questions are in bold, her answers are in normal font, and if I reply, it’ll be in italics. Enjoy!


What/who inspired you to write Where Dandelions Grow?

It was a warm May afternoon in 2012, and I was sitting out under a canopy at my cousin Alexa’s High School graduation party. Another cousin, Aubrey, was playing her cello in a string quartet, and boom, the beginning of Where Dandelions Grow was born. 

Wow cool! It’s interesting to know that WDG is kinda based of your real life! 🙂

What is your favourite quote from the book?

“Dandelions have always been, to me, a symbol of my hopes and dreams. They’re resilient – some of the earliest flowers in spring, some of the latest in the autumn. They endure being crushed underfoot, only to rise again and share their beauty with others.”

That’s my favorite one as well! Along with this one:

image2.png

Who is your favourite character from the book?

Mrs. Reed is for sure one of them, but I also like seeing the relationship between Katie and Darren – two of Mrs. Reed’s twenty-something grandkids. Darren isn’t in the book much, but his appearances amuse me. Everyone needs someone like them in their life. 

I love Mrs. Reed! I would love to have her in my life.

How many times have you read Where Dandelions Grow?

Goodness! I should probably keep track of these things, but I don’t generally think about it in time. This book didn’t take quite as much editing as some of my other books have, so probably less than a dozen times. 

How long did it take you to write this book?

The writing process of this book was pretty fast – only forty days. And then came the editing process which was quite a bit longer. After that though, I ended up shelving the book for several years due to a few slight issues. So, I actually wrote the book over five years ago. 

Interesting!

What is a technique you use when developing your characters that you’d like to share with us?

The characters are by no means echoes of my cousins, but each one of the four cousins share some characteristics between me, my sister, and our two cousins who we grew up with. Therefore, it was a lot easier than normal to come up with unique individuals. 

My biggest writing technique for character development is to brainstorm and develop characters in my head as I go about my daily chores. That way I get to the point where I know them really well before I even start writing their story. 

Thanks for sharing that!

Thank you for your questions, Zielle! I had fun answering them. 🙂 

You’re welcome. Thank you for doing the interview with me, and best of luck with your book! 🙂


Don’t forget to review the book and enter the giveaway! Three remaining days to enter.

cropped-my-homeschool-notebook-11.jpg

My September Currently Reading and To Read

Hi everyone! Happy September! Wow. It’s already more than halfway through 2017. 2018 is just around the corner! And Spring is here! 😀 Our ornamental pear trees look like popcorn trees at the moment. XD

Let’s get on to do what I’m here for, shall we?

September’s Currently Reading

Review coming in October. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review coming sometime in October. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review coming September 28 2017. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. See my COVER REVEAL and the GIVEAWAY!

All of these books are really good so far!

My September To-Read’s

I feel like that’s a lot of books plus my currently reading, so I might not finish all of these. 🙂

Have you read any of these books? Do you want to read these books? Have you read Dreamlander? If not, you need to right now. It’s currently FREE on Amazon Kindle!! So grab a copy! 😀

cropped-my-homeschool-notebook-11.jpg

Where Dandelions Grow by Aidyl Ewoh {COVER REVEAL!}

Hi fellow book lovers!

I am pleased to announce that Lydia Howe (aka Aidyl Ewoh) has released her final cover for her book; Where Dandelions grow, which I will be reviewing in her blog tour. Congratulations, Lydia!! There is also a giveaway at the end of this post, so read on to find out about it!

Where Dandelions Grow v1.21.jpg

 

Untitled-26.jpg

Cousins are forever, or at least they’re supposed to be. 

What happens when your world falls apart and your dreams are mocked by those closest to you? 

Destiny’s idyllic childhood full of laughter and cousins abruptly ended when her mom uprooted the family to move them across the country with strict instructions to never talk about Swallow Ridge again. Eleven years later Destiny moves back to her hometown, determined to find her cousins… and answers. 

Plagued by generations of bitterness and manipulation, Destiny hides her life-long goal – unwilling to let anyone else trample her fragile dreams. But living in the cozy town full of dandelions teaches Destiny there’s more to life than what she’s been taught. 

Is it possible Swallow Ridge not only holds the answers Destiny so intensely searches for, but also the hope?


GIVEAWAY: CLICK HERE!

 

So comment down below and help me celebrate with Lydia. Look out for an author interview with Lydia and a review of her book. Also, check out her blog HERE!

Where Dandelions Grow is being released as an e-book on September 26th. Pre-Order your copy today for just $0.99! Find the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Where-Dandelions-Grow-Lydia-Howe-ebook/dp/B0753JSDBS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1503660423&sr=1-1&keywords=Where+Dandelions+Grow


cropped-my-homeschool-notebook-11.jpg

Dusk {The Turglar Trilogy} by Aidyl Ewoh {UPDATED}

Title: Dusk

Series (if applicable): The Turglar Trilogy

Author: Aidyl Ewoh

Setting: Turglar (fiction land)

Genre: Christian Fiction

Content: 0/5. None whatsoever.

Age-range: I would recommend this for youth, although older people may enjoy it as well.

Overall rating: 3.5/5

Source: Amazon Kindle

When Turglar was taken over by mean and controlling Andor, the royal family was destroyed. Rumor has it though, that baby princess Shalom survived. Now, two decades later, the truth has been confirmed and it’s young Natalya’s mission to find and tell the news to her grandfather, a legend in his own right, known to all as Beniel the goat-keeper.
If they find the princess, who has been sold as a slave, will she give Turglar the hope it needs? Or will she take after the harsh and demanding ways of the people who now govern the land by force? Is there any hope of her becoming a Follower? Or will Turglar sink lower and lower into the pit that is being dug for it?

 

I liked this book, yet I didn’t love it. The author is a very talented writer, but I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I thought I would.

Characters 4/5

I really liked Erick’s character, and Grandfather’s and David’s. They were developed really well, especially Grandfather! 🙂

Plot 3/5

The plot needed some help with not going of track. In all honesty, when I read the blurb I expected to be reading an adventure book. If it weren’t for all the stops and cuts in it I think it would be a good adventure book. But there are two more books, so there is more room for that.

I liked the Bible stories and christian themes, but I felt there was way too much talk of it. I like it when christian themes are included in books, but there was too much in this book for me, and honestly, it dragged on a lot.  There a few passages that were unnecessary, and to be honest, it was quite boring. Don’t get me wrong, I did like the christian values; it was encouraging and inspiring to read. I just wish there was less of it at the beginning.

Natalya’s quest is to find the Princess and bring her home. I think there was too much switching between characters, most of which were a useless addition to the plot. But, as I said before, there are two more books to this trilogy, so I will be looking forward to when Natalya and her Grandfather Beniel finds Shalom. 🙂

Writing 4/5

Aidyl is a talented writer, but there were also some confusing parts such as at the beginning, and in some dialogues, I wasn’t sure who was talking. There were a couple of other annoying things like too many adverbs, but that’s not such a big deal; it’s just me. 😉

The formatting on the Kindle version I read this book from jumped all over the place sometimes as well.

Despite all that I just said, I enjoyed reading some parts of this book. I felt so happy when Natalya finally found Beniel.

Other notes:

I am writing this review as I read the book, and I was a little disappointed when I found that the book did not have any breath taking adventure as I thought would take place due to the blurb. I think the book had good values, however, there were a few scenes that were unrealistic.

Overall, I was pretty disappointed at the outcome, but I enjoyed reading some parts, and I would recommend it to people who enjoy christian fiction. And I think this was a sweet book and it was quite inspiring as well, and it’s about putting your trust in God, and believing that He will always be there for you.

About The Author

(taken from https://lydiahowe.com)

Lydia Howe (aka Aidyl Ewoh) is a twenty-something adventurous author who is partial to hiking in the mountains of Asia and South America, building life-size models of dinosaurs, taking road trips across Europe, visiting friends in Africa, growing up in a barn and everything in-between. She was trained as a John Maxwell coach and her passions include self-development and Christian apologetics. One of her life-long dreams was realized when her first book, “Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl”, was published by Answers in Genesis in 2013. Find her online at her BlogFacebookTwitter, Goodreads, and Google+

 


All thoughts and opinions are mine.

cropped-my-homeschool-notebook-11.jpg

Your thoughts on this review? Your thoughts on this book?