A book involving meditation or trances

Why did I make this prompt? I honestly do not remember. You know what, I’m going to blame whichever of you was reading all the Buddhist books last year, that’s probably what did it. In any case, I’m not entirely sure all of these books contain meditation or trances, but most of them do one way or another, although usually very briefly. Continue reading “A book involving meditation or trances”


A book by a Central or South American author

This one was in both the Ultimate and Formidable challenges, so I thought it would have more books and would have to wait until the end of the year (the average for the combined lists tends to be around 35 books!). But nope, apparently too many of you struggled with this one or all picked the same books. Somehow we didn’t end up with Gabriel García Márquez or Jorge Luis Borges on this one, either. We did get some Caribbean entries (actually part of North America, sorry folks!), and some definite white people, although at least the Ukrainian-Brazilian spent most of her life in Brazil. Continue reading “A book by a Central or South American author”

A book with a watercraft on the cover

As always, I was just angling for some more seafaring books, because tall ships and maritime tales are one of my random little interests. Y’all did not deliver. What’s with all the rowboats and canoes?! This is so unfair! Not even one Two Years Before the Mast or Moby Dick! I’m going to go re-read The Seaman’s Friend just on principle now.
Also apologies, as I got part way through the prompt listing and abruptly ran out of energy. There were multiple things on metaphorical fire this week, I’m behind on absolutely everything. I don’t think I missed any that are too major or not incredibly obvious from the jacket material, but do comment if you spot something that really should be there. Continue reading “A book with a watercraft on the cover”

Review: Hornswoggled! by Josh Crute & Jenn Harney

A blue check pattern on which is written "Book Review" in cheery orange letters, followed by "delightful" in quotes. On the left is the cover of the book Hornswoggled.

by Josh Crute & Jenn Harney
Page Street Kids
Release Date 2021 (eARC – See Disclaimer)

Well this was adorable and delightful. I love the notion of teaching kids obscure and difficult words, and the cleverness of tying them to animals they may or may not be connected to. I’ve used visual mnemonics heavily in my own language learning, a result of learning both Japanese and Mandarin, and I think the art might serve that purpose here as well. The art is charming, and attentive readers might spot the “villain” from the beginning, or on a second reading.

That’s it, that’s the entire review!

Jacket Summary: Deer wakes up to find one of his antlers is missing?and there’s a tennis racket in its place? One by one his friends also uncover that their important items from glasses to lucky boots have been swapped with silly, useless replacements like donuts and swim flippers. They’ve been hornswoggled! (Hornswoggled means tricked.) It’s pure poppycock! (Poppycock means nonsense.)

Once they gather together to find out what happened, will they find the true thief or be outfoxed? Laugh along with a hilarious cast of animal characters searching for the mysterious trickster in this humorous whodunit bursting with exciting, wacky words that kids will love.

The standard disclaimer applies – I received an advanced review copy of this book for free during the US Book Show.

Page Street Kids is an imprint of Page Street Publishing Co, which is a subsidiary of Macmillan Publishers, wholly owned subsidiary of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, which is in turn held exclusively by Stefan von Holtzbrinck and his niece Christiane Schoeller.

A book with a pig on the cover

All of you took this quite literally and mostly adorably with children’s books. No one got clever and chose a book with a cop on the cover and I’m almost disappointed. On the other hand, zero copaganda here; almost entirely wholesome reading mixed with a few classics, so I call that a win. Was I thinking of cops when I wrote this prompt? No, actually, I just thought it while prepping this post. Why is this the first post of the year? It had some of the fewest entries and the least new reading for me, that’s all.
Incidentally, for some of these books there are multiple publishers, so I just picked whoever seems to have published it most recently. Continue reading “A book with a pig on the cover”