Mom has been really busy and I’ve been really busy, but I want to tell you about something. That something is……… MARDENS SURPLUS AND SALVAGE BARGAIN HUNTERS PARADISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mardens is the best store in Maine- no the USA- no no! Earth!! That place is great! Here’s a few things I’ve bought there;
SALINA YOONS FABRIC!!!!! (SHE HAD MADE IT YEARS AGO!!!)
Cozy pink knit hat with flannel faux fur on the inside ( if the hat wasn’t lost in my bedroom, I’d be wearing it right now)
MY PET PENGUIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!🐧 🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🥌🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧(find the hockey puck)
Annoying lil brother got a Fur Real puppy for, like, 15$! (Still won’t beat my 7$ Fur Real dragon!)
When you visit Maine go to Mardens first!
The deal is that they get stuff from
Stores going out of business
Broken boxes with the toy perfectly fine!
I could talk a whole day about MARDENS SURPLUS AND SALVAGE BARGAIN HUNTERS PARADISE if you wanna know more type in what above in THIS
This post is dedicated to books I didn’t like.
Like Enginerds by Jarrett Lerner… I tried it twice but didn’t like it. But that doesn’t mean I’m not excited about #2 ( partially because the should start behaving because there’s a girl.) i have also recommended Enginerds to soo many people and they all have loved it. (PS Jarrett already knows about this and he still likes me 😘)
The point is even if I don’t love a book, I won’t ignore it. I will try to find the person who will love it.
I know it is okay to not like a book. All books are not for all kids. We each need to find our book. There may be books I LOVE that you don’t and vice versa. Guess what we can still be friends!
It is also important that we let kids know it is okay to not like or love a book. It should be more important to help them find THEIR book. This is why I think all books should be considered. It is why you see big publishing houses, little ones and self published on my blog. If I didn’t keep that variety I would miss out on so many good books!
So, breadcrumbs are books who lead me to other books. Breadcrumbing is when like one author tells me about one book, then that author tells me about another and so on and so on. An example of breadcrumbing is like Salina Yoon told me about Marcie Colleen. Kara Lareau told me about Debbie Florence. Without breadcrumbing I wouldn’t have Jarrett Learner and without Jarrett, oh, life would miserable and 90% of the books I read would not be anywhere near to finding me.
Breadcrumbing has really led me to a bunch of books and authors and librarians and publishing house, and that’s why you see such s wide variety of books on my blog. I know what your thinking why does she call it Breadcrumbing?? Well I don’t know the answer to that because I don’t remember but I know that it’s like Hansel and Gretel following breadcrumbs.
So readers, follow the breadcrumbs!
This post is about how I got into fairy tales.
So I never really liked fairytales because most had a helpless, screaming, crying, shouting for a big strong man, Princess! Can you believe it? Girls, we are better than that! My favorite princess is a good one, Merida, cause she doesn’t need anyone, anything (except her bow and arrows) to save her mom who turned into a bear because a cake Merida brung to her ( its not entirely her fault).
Okay back to the other stuff, so I started liking fairytales this year when OwlCrate delivered Grump by Liesl Shurtliff in my trusty Box ‘O Books. Grump is about Grumpy!!! He’s my favorite dwarf from the seven dwarves. It’s about how he explored the upworld and became friends with the evil queen and then starts to hate her and helping Snow White. That led me to Rump, and Red, then Liesl Shurtliff led me to Bridget Hodder who wrote Rat Prince.
This is kinda an example of not giving up, I mean, I read a genre I wasn’t sure I’d like but I still read it.
I am not someone who likes to be scared. I really, really dislike Coraline so I haven’t been too interested in spooky books. This year that changed.
This year, I got an OwlCrate that was spooky book themed. The book I got was NightBook, a book about a boy who gets kidnapped by a witch and has to make and read spooky stories. I got really into it and the spooky stories were great! That made me want to read more spooky stories and led me to Lilac Skully 👻🎃👻🎃👻
But I’m still not watching Coraline! Person plus buttons equal something I’ll never like nor even watch
I’m a little burnt out on book reviews, so this week I’m going to talk about how 5 different ways books have changed the way I read. Today I want the share cool way I get a new surprise book every month.
once a month a box like this arrives at my door. I never know what’s in it. Sometimes it has, a book, an eraser, a pen, a stationary pad, a whistle and other cool things related to the box theme. Sometimes it has two books or candy.
This is OwlCrate Jr. I started getting these in April and they are now one of my highlights of the month. I haven’t loved all the books but this exposes me to new books and authors. It has been a fun way to expand my reading world. For me it even turned me into a spooky book reader (more on that later this week).
One of the cool things is each book comes with a letter from the author and a signed bookplate! You get hint of the next month’s book theme but not the actual book. I have yet to guess the book! I have gotten books that were on my to read list like Aru Shah, which was exciting! I have even met one of the authors in person because it turns out he lives near me. (PS I loved the book)
For a kid reader like me, these would be a fun present. If you are a teacher or librarian, it could be a fun way to find new books.
I am so happy my parents are renewing my subscription for Christmas (yep I already know a present but best part is I get to unwrap it all year long)
I don’t use affiliate links or other codes like that in my review. I am sharing my referral code as they like to track referrals. I don’t get anything from it so no pressure.
This has been a great year here at Bridget and the Books! Thank you to my readers for being part of it!
First a review of the numbers:
- 9,651 views of my blog
- 4,891 visitors to my blog
- 231 posts (mostly book reviews)
- 611 likes on posts
- 76 comments on blog (but we also chat on twitter, facebook and instagram)
- The most popular post was my interview of Dylan Tuet followed by my review of Cleopatra in Space 4
Some highlights of the year were:
My 2018 goals will be:
- Meet Mike Maihack (don’t know how yet, but working on it) and Aimee Bissonette (planned for March)
- Read Cleopatra in Space 5 and Nick Tapalansky‘s next book
- Make a dent on reading my book shelf aka READ MORE!
- Bring back the Librarian interviews (know anyone interested? drop me a note)
- Create an interview series about awesome kids doing extraordinary things! Let me know about a kid you think should be featured!
I am closing 2017 on a happy note and excited about what 2018 brings! Have a wonderful New Year and see you next year!