Month: July 2018

It’s Our Second ‘Blog-iversary’! We are TWO!

Today is a very big deal for Jessica’s Reading Room: We are TWO years old today!  It’s hard to believe that when I started this that I would still be doing it and having fun!  ALL my free time is dedicated to this: BUT as long as I enjoy it, that is what matters!  It’s all about the book love!!!! I started my blog for me first and it though may not be a blog with a huge following (which I am fine with ) I still do have people looking at what I do and this is great! It’s crazy to think that people actually read about what I have to say!

Kim has been a great co-reviewer and she has brought her own style to the site.  She does her monthly video summaries and occasionally other video reviews.  I like how we both read different genres, so we can cover a wider variety of books for you guys.  The “double reviews” can be great as you get usually two different opinions/viewpoints on the book read.

Here are the social media we are on:

Jessica’s Reading Room:
Twitter @JessReadingRoom

Facebook: It is a companion to this site and Kim and I use it as a way to get to know us more personally. If you have not given us a ‘like’ you should!

**Twitter is run by Jessica; Both Jessica and Kim post on the Facebook page. Jessica ends her posts with JPJ and Kim ends hers with KSF (When we remember… Sometimes we forget, we aren’t perfect!)

Jessica:
Instagram @jessica42980

Google+
Goodreads

Kim:
Instagram @booknerd_gymrat
Goodreads

**I want to give a special shout out to D. Harris of Partner of Ice. He redesigned the header for Jessica’s Reading Room. Everyone has seemed to love it!  Here are his links:
Facebook
Store site to purchase his work


Over the course of this month, Jessica’s Reading Room Facebook page has been doing some giveaways.  But today we have the big ones: We will be having 2 giveaways!  One for the US folks, the other for just the international folks!!

What can you win?????

US Giveaway:

A used Kindle Fire WITH a case!  Specs will be mentioned below.

This is a former demo model that my husband had. He used it for a while, but not anymore and we thought we would pass on to someone else!

Here are the specs on the Kindle Fire  (There is no manual as it was used when my husband got it):

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6
8GB Tablet with WiFi
Quad-Core Processor up to 1.5 GHz
1280×800 high definition LCD Screen
6″ HD display

**Comes with leather case, SlimPort to HDMI cable for connecting to a TV (watch Amazon Prime video and play games on your TV!), USB cable, and charger.

You guys are in for some more goodies:

-An adult coloring book (from a Pagehabit box)
-A blue rider press tote bag
-A Pride and Prejudice headband (from an Owlcrate box)
-A small coffee, pumpkin,and chocolate candle (from an Owlcrate box). To me all I can smell is coffee,and I am not a coffee fan…
-A Mary Kay Andrews High Tide Club wine sippy cup
**Possibly more if I can fit anything else in the box!**


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The giveaway runs from today through 7/23 at midnight Eastern!

Ok International Folks: It’s your turn!

Your giveaway is simple, yet sweet! (You will love it if you are a bookworm, which you should be if you follow this site!)

You can enter to win up to $20 in books from the Book Depository! **Book Depository MUST deliver to your country for you to be eligible.  If you are not sure if they deliver to your country, check here.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway runs from today through 7/23 at midnight Eastern!


Thank so much to everyone who has supported Kim and I  through  this journey. Whether you have been here from the beginning or are just joining in on the fun!   Let’s hope we keep Jessica’s Reading Room going for many more years to come! Enter the giveaway and Good Luck !!

Now it is time to celebrate and have some cake:

 

 

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain

Author: John Boyne
Published:
October 1, 2015
224 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

When Pierrot becomes an orphan, he must leave his home in Paris for a new life with his Aunt Beatrix, a servant in a wealthy household at the top of the German mountains. But this is no ordinary time, for it is 1935 and the Second World War is fast approaching; and this is no ordinary house, for this is the Berghof, the home of Adolf Hitler.

Quickly, Pierrot is taken under Hitler’s wing, and is thrown into an increasingly dangerous new world: a world of terror, secrets and betrayal, from which he may never be able to escape.

Kim’s Review:

I enjoyed reading this book … but there’s something about it that’s keeping me from saying that I loved it. Pierrot starts out as a kid you have hope for, but then as he grows, he turns into a monster! He even had good influences growing up from the ladies who ran the orphanage. But then, under the influence of Hitler, that sweet little boy dies and a hardened Nazi emerges. I will admit that it’s a very realistic view of how Hitler was able to convince an entire nation to follow him. It just has an air of sugar coating about it.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was filled with emotion and condemnation and horror. This book almost seemed to excuse the evil actions of Pierrot in order to save some likeableness for him. Although he struggles with regrets, to me, it didn’t seem sincere. He simply wants to make himself feel better and bring some stability to his life. A guilty conscience is a good start, but this book is almost the equivalent of patting a criminal on the head saying, “oh don’t be so hard on yourself!” I wanted to like this so badly and I just didn’t.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction. But I wouldn’t recommend this to teens, the message is a little too murky and I wouldn’t want to cause any confusion.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

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The One and Only Ivan

Author: Katherine Applegate
Published: January 17, 2012
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: June 15-20, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.

Jessica’s Review:

I listened to the audiobook version of The One and Only Ivan: It gives the fictional story of a real gorilla, Ivan, who lived for 27 years in a shopping mall until he was moved to Zoo Atlanta in 1994 where he lived the rest of his life. Ivan passed away  on August 20, 2012.

The One and Only Ivan is written for children, but adults could enjoy it as well. Ivan and the other animals did not have a happy life and Applegate made Ivan’s story feel all the more personal through this novel.  There are tough issues addressed in the novel (the death of an animal) and the protestors.  The tough issues are handled well for children to understand and adults to feel something as well. 

I encourage you to learn about the real Ivan and his story before reading this fictional version.  The book ends with a timeline of Ivan’s history. 

The narrator did a very good job keeping my interest.  He did great with Ivan’s voice with Ivan having been a silverback.

The One and Only Ivan is recommended.

Zoo Atlanta’s site about Ivan is here.
Ivan’s obituary is here.
Here is a video of Ivan: https://youtu.be/FF1oWHL-lSs

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

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