The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts
I love facts. My favourite show is QI. I watch fact videos on youtube obsessively. So when I saw the Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animals Facts by Maja Safstrom, I had to get it and review it.
First Impression – The cover is amazing. It’s so pretty! The artwork inside is just as great. I was super excited just to hold it in my hands.
While Reading – I really enjoy the facts and the images that go with them. I just wish there were more facts! But the book does do a good job at adding some facts I didn’t even know, which was really nice. It turns out a lot of animals can’t walk backwards. Which makes me feel a bit better because I can’t do it well. The art is really pretty. I really want to share the artwork with people, but at the very least, I can share the book with them and suggest it to them.
I think this book is a great bathroom/side table book and a book for kids (probably earlier being five? I don’t know, I don’t have kids, but I feel like five year old’s would laugh at some of these facts and enjoy them). I think that anyone of any age can enjoy this book and the art in it. It’s an adorable and quick read if you enjoy random and silly facts about animals. I do recommend it for people who enjoy such things and those who don’t, seeing as it’s so short.
rating : 4 stars
Thanks to some interest in part one of this series, I decided to do another. This time, I picked A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (if you haven’t read it, go read it. Seriously. Do yourself a favor. I will accept thank you cards). I always loved the U.S. cover for this, and then I saw the U.K. version and loved that as well. So really, it wasn’t a hard choice as to what book was gonna be next in this series. Sadly, there isn’t many of them (YET), but honestly, I like all the ones I’ve seen so far. I can’t wait to see what other versions come later on.
English Audio Book
Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers by Hazel Newlevant and Sarah Winifred Searle
— AN ARC REVIEW —
I am and have been a girl gamer at heart. It’s not something I talk about too much, but a big part of who I am is gaming and the fact that those games made me fall in love with stories. Having a chance to read this collection of comics meant a lot. I got to relive a lot of my own experiences and the friends I made in the process. Each comic had it’s own unique style and story from other female gamers that warmed the heart or left you sad. No one was left out, this collection even including transwomen, that aren’t always included in female stories (like they should be). I really enjoyed the stories, though the formatting didn’t always fit kindle and other comics slowed my computer down so much that my adobe reader crashed twice. Hopefully they’ll fix it for digital readers because it is worth a read for any female gamer who had faced the whole ‘fake gamer girls’ who were left out or called names by men, those who wished they fit the games that they loved, those who despite it all loved and thrived with games, those who relied on these games as an escape from the world, these are our stories and their told for the most part really well (there a few stories that didn’t always make sense, but not all the writers are native English speakers, so mistakes happen. But their stories deserve to be heard too).
Rating : 4.5 stars (I’m sure when the formatting is done for the finished copy this would be bumped to 5 stars)
On my old blog, I started doing a this vs. that kind of book covers, in which I personally felt were better than the popular U.S. covers (or current book covers). Instead, I wanted to change it up. It’s rare, but some books get all the best book covers and I wanted to share some of those here. Because I want to share some of my favourite books who win with so many great covers world wide.
With the upcoming read-a-long on booklr for Uprooted by Naomi Novik, people have been posting their copies. And I’ve found that I’m in love with every single one. Which isn’t something I often do.
Alt. English Cover
So which is my favourite? Honestly, I love them all. I’ll PROBABLY tell you once I HAVE read it which one I feel represents the story best, but as of right now, I love them all in their own way. Though, I’m not a huge fan of the alt. cover, but even so, there’s something about it that’s interesting and I’d probably consider picking it up at the bookstore to at least read the back. Because yeah, I’m a sucker for pretty book covers.