Shabby Sunday: A Kindle of Kittens by Rumer Godden & Lynne Byrnes #ChildrensBooks #VintageBooks #ShabbySunday #Kittens

Shabby Sunday

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I have a bunch of old vintage books and seem to keep acquiring more. One of my plans when  starting this blog was to do a post every now and then sharing one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share.

This meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ is for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to participate as anyone can join. Feel free to use my meme image if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me in this post so that I can see the book you’re sharing.


Last time I shared:

Hans in Luck by Paul Galdone

Today’s Shabby Share:

A Kindle of Kittens by Rumer Godden 

Illustrated by Lynne Byrnes

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A Kindle of Kittens by Rumer Godden is a book I had to do some searching for. We were reading through an old book that had a recommended reading list of vintage children’s books in it, and this one sounded perfect for my 6-year-old.  We’re an animal loving family and cherish books like this. We fell in love with the cover right away.
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Book Review: The End by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #13) #BookReview #TheEnd #ChildrensBooks #Fiction

The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events #13)

By Lemony Snicket

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My review:

The End is the final installment of A Series of Unfortunate Events. I’ve read and reviewed each book, and I have to admit this was my least favorite of all. If you plan to read this series, it may be best for you to skip my book review.

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Book Review: Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) by L.J. Shen #BookReview #Romance #Fiction

Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1)

by L.J. Shen

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My thoughts:

5-stars to the angstiest romance I think I’ve ever read!

One word sums up the majority of the relationships in this book: dysfunctional. The two main characters in this book went to high school together and have a strong history of conflict. Both are fairly complex too. Vicious, the main male character, is a huge bully; he’s flat-out crude, not caring for a single second who he hurts or what people think about him. Although he’s nearly impossible to tolerate through much of the book, he has a past, and there were hints throughout that he was capable of change. There’s just something about him though; it’s intoxicating. Continue reading “Book Review: Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) by L.J. Shen #BookReview #Romance #Fiction”

Book Review: The Story That Cannot Be Told by J. Kasper Kramer #BookReview #TheStoryThatCannotBeTold #MiddleGrade #HistoricalFiction

The Story That Cannot Be Told

by J. Kasper Kramer

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My Review:

Ileana loves to collect stories, and she has a very large number to share. The issue is that stories can be dangerous where she lives. Her uncle has experienced this first hand as he’s been missing since the publication of one of his stories. Now, when the family’s safety is put at risk in Bucharest, they send Ileana away to live with her grandparents for a time. Here Ileana discovers that there’s so much she never knew.

The setting is Communist Romania in the late 1980s. It’s such a difficult time with food rationing, unrest and low living standards in general. I have to admit that I didn’t know much about this time period in Romania, nor did my kids. The book is both educational and entertaining— woven with folklore in between what’s happening in real time. We never lost interest and my kids were literally buried in their books. It’s beautifully crafted with wonderful characters and storytelling.

Personally, I enjoyed the story very much and decided on a 4-star rating, whereas the kids were a solid 5-stars —no questions asked. Some of the content was a little more complex, but it didn’t faze them. We looked forward to reading it daily. We read physical hardcovers and also enjoyed the audio along with the book.

The Story That Cannot Be Told is tense at times and also full of emotion, but funny too. It has also inspired me and my children to read more historical fiction. I recommend it for middle-graders, adults with an interest, and anyone who loves a good story.

4.5 stars

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