Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Picture Book Review: Be A Star, Wonder Woman! by Michael Dahl

Be A Star, Wonder Woman!
by Michael Dahl
(DC Superhero Bedtime Series)
illustrated by Omar Lozano
published on August 1, 2017
by Picture Window Books


Synopsis:
As a new day dawns, a young girl faces the ultimate challenge: school! Follow along as she demonstrates her greatest superpower (sharing), overcomes her worst fear (the playground), and conquers her archenemy (the spelling test). With courage, kindness, and other heroic traits of DC Comics' Wonder Woman, she'll turn a difficult school day into an amazing adventure! Along with Omar Lozano's bright, bold illustrations, bestselling author Michael Dahl (Bedtime for Batman and Good Morning, Superman) delivers an imaginative read-aloud for your littlest super heroes. 

Our Thoughts: 
This is a fun and empowering picture book full of bright and colorful illustrations and a wonderful message to all aspiring little heroes! If you're a fan of DC Comics or Wonder Woman, this is a must for your children's shelves. It shows that being a hero is not just for those who fight monsters and save the day. Heroes face the world head on and brave their own fears, spread kindness, and help others. 


The physical copy of this book is gorgeous and has awesome end pages. I love the back and forth between the classic Wonder Woman and the adorable little girl dressed up like her. I love how big, bold, and colorful each and every page is. It made for an immersing and entertaining read. 

My toddler loved this book. She enjoys superheroes so when I first showed her this book and asked her what she thought about it, she said, "She's a superhero! She saves the day!" She was fascinated that a little girl braving her way through a jungle gym and helping others to get along could be a superhero, too. 

Be sure to check out Michael Dahl's other books as well! 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

2018 Beat the Backlist Challenge


Beat the Backlist is a year-long reading challenge hosted by NovelKnight.

You can learn more and sign up HERE. 

I failed this challenge pretty bad last year. I got distracted by a lot of shiny new covers and forgot all about my backlist books. I can't promise that won't happen again, but for now I'm motivated enough to tackle a few books on my shelves.
The fact that this is such a laid back, go-at-your-own-pace, kind of challenge makes it all the easier to stick to. Hopefully. 

My reading goals are not very extensive this year so I'm going to keep my goal simple at 20-25 backlist books since I do still plan on reading newer books. 

I have a yearly TBR list over on Goodreads and on ListChallenges but here are a few backlist books that I own and hope to get to this year. I definitely can't list or share them all right now but maybe I'll make a separate listchallenge for my backlist book choices for the year. 


January
1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
2. The Borrowers by Mary Norton (Currently Reading)
3. 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Read It First: Book to Movie Adaptations (2018+)


New year, new adaptations!
I love keeping up with these because I do prefer to read the book first and this really helps me stay up to date on what is coming out in the future so I can squeeze it onto my TBR.

I did not keep up with my goals last year but I'm hoping I can fit in at least 10 adaptations this year.

Do you read the book before watching the movie adaptation? Know of any upcoming adaptations that aren't on this list? Let me know in the comments!
2018

JANUARY


The Death Cure
(The Maze Runner #3)
by James Dashner
(READ)
releases: January 26, 2018


Ophelia
by Lisa M. Klein
(NEED TO READ)
releases: January 2018

FEBRUARY


[Peter Rabbit]
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
by Beatrix Potter
(READ)
releases: February 9, 2018


Every Day
by David Levithan
(NEED TO READ)
releases: February 23, 2018

MARCH


Red Sparrow
by Jason Matthews (ex-CIA)
(NEED TO READ)
releases: March 2, 2018
starring Jennifer Lawrence


A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
(READ)
releases: March 9, 2018


[Love, Simon]
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
(NEED TO READ)
releases: March 16, 2018
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)


Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
(READ)
release date: March 30, 2018

MAY


Where'd You Go, Bernadette?
by Maria Semple
(NEED TO READ)
releases: May 11, 2018

SEPTEMBER


The Darkest Minds
by Alexandra Bracken
(NEED TO READ)
releases: September 14, 2018
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)


The House With A Clock In Its Walls
by John Bellairs
(NEED TO READ)
releases: September 21, 2018

OCTOBER


The Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling
(READ)
releases: October 19, 2018
Yes, another one.


The Girl In The Spider's Web
by Stieg Larsson & David Lagercrantz
(NEED TO READ)
releases: October 19, 2018

NOVEMBER


How the Grinch Stole Christmas
by Dr. Seuss
(READ)
releases: November 9, 2017


[Part 2]
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
by J.K. Rowling
(READ)
releases: November 16, 2018

DECEMBER


Crooked House
by Agatha Christie
(NEED TO READ)
releases: December 2018

2018 TV SERIES

Good Omens
by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
(READ)
releases: 2018 TBA
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)

2018 TBA 


The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho
(NEED TO READ)
releases: 2018 TBA


The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath
(NEED TO READ)
releases: TBA 2018 


[Guernsey]
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
(NEED TO READ)
releases: TBA 2018 


[Ashes in the Snow]
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
(NEED TO READ)
releases: 2018 TBA


[The Postcard Killings]
The Postcard Killers
by James Patterson & Liza Marklund
(NEED TO READ)
releases: TBA 2018


Break My Heart 1,000 Times
by Daniel Waters
(NEED TO READ)
releases: TBA 2018
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)


[Anubis]
The Anubis Tapestry: Between Twilights
by Bruce Zeck
(NEED TO READ)
releases: March 28, 2018
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)

2019


The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah
(NEED TO READ)
releases: January 25, 2019


[Chaos Walking]
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
(NEED TO READ)
releases: March 1, 2019


Pet Sematary
by Stephen King
(NEED TO READ)
releases: April 19, 2019


The Rosie Project 
by Graeme Simsion
(NEED TO READ)
releases: May 10, 2019


Artemis Fowl
by Eoin Colfer
(NEED TO READ)
releases: August 9, 2019


The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt
(NEED TO READ)
releases: October 11, 2019


Wicked
by Gregory Maguire
(NEED TO READ)
releases: December 20, 2019


The Call of the Wild
by Jack London
(READ)
releases: December 25, 2019

2020


Nimona
by Noelle Stevenson
(NEED TO READ)
releases: 2020

OPTIONED/TO BE ANOUNCED
I will update these as more information becomes available.


The Invisible Man
by H.G. Wells
(NEED TO READ)
releases: TBA 2018
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)
starring Johnny Depp

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(NEED TO READ)
starring Amandla Stenberg

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
(READ)



An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
(NEED TO READ)

The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
(The Chronicles of Narnia #4)
(READ)

We Have Always Lived in the Castle
by Shirley Jackson
(NEED TO READ)


Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwarts
(READ)

Foundation by Isaac Asimov
(NEED TO READ)
I'm not sure if this will be a movie or a television series.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
(NEED to REREAD)
In development
TV show 


The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
(READ)
in development
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)
Starring Maisie Williams

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
(NEED TO READ)

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
(READ) in development
Johnny Depp cast as the father


The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
TV Series

All the Bright Places by Jennifer  Niven
(NEED TO READ)
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)
starring Elle Fanning

Monster
by Walter Dean Meyers
(READ)

The Wheel of Time
by Robert Jordan
(NEED TO READ)
(Goodreads) (imdb) (movieinsider)

I will be adding to and editing this list throughout the rest of the year so if you know of any other upcoming adaptations, let me know in the comments and I'll add it!