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Review; Charcoal Boys by Roger Mello

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Several months ago I was fortunate enough to receieve an ARC of the picture book Charcoal Boys by Roger Mello through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
From Hans Christian Andersen Award and Batchelder Honor Medal-winning author Roger Mello, a poetic and sensitive portrait of child labor in Brazil's charcoal mines.

Beautifully illustrated by Roger Mello with sophisticated, highly textural paper cut outs, Charcoal Boys follows a young boy working in Brazil's charcoal mines. The boy's strength and resilience shine through the darkness in this moving condemnation of child labor.

My Thoughts on the Book Charcoal Boys is a sad tale with some beautiful illustrations. I think this book could work great as a starting point in regards of the topic of child labour.

Review; The Backyard Fire Cookbook: Cooking with Live Fire, Coals, and More by Linda Ly

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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of The Backyard Fire Cookbook: Cooking with Live Fire, Coals, and More by Linda Ly through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
Ditch the boring gas grill and light your fire with this comprehensive guide from the author of The New Camp Cookbook. The Backyard Fire Cookbook offers techniques and recipes to master cooking with live fire and coals, including smoking, planking, cast iron, foil packs, and more.

You might have distinct memories of your parents lighting the coals in your backyard, or of some of your favorite meals being cooked by campfire. Whatever your experience, it's undeniable that when cooking starts with a live fire, the results are worth remembering.

In The Backyard Fire Cookbook, author Linda Ly will teach you how to master the flames, as well as a variety of other techniques—all possible in your own backyard. For the adventu…

Review; Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds: 12 Miniature Structures You Can Build to Enhance Your Yard or Neighborhood by Philip Schmidt

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the book Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds: 12 Miniature Structures You Can Build to Enhance Your Yard or Neighborhood by Philip Schmidt through Netgalley. I've now read the book and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads Expand the sharing movement to your community with Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds —your complete source for building tiny sharing structures, including plans for 12 different structures, step-by-step photography and instructions, inspirational examples, and maintenance.

Around the world, a community movement is underway featuring quaint landscape structures mounted on posts in front yards and other green spaces. Some are built for personal use, as miniature sheds for gardeners or as decorative accent pieces. More commonly, though, they are evidence of the growing trend toward neighborhood organization and community outreach.

This movement has been popularized by Wisconsin-based Lit…

Book Blitz; Don't Blame the Reckless by Maddyson Wilson

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Book Tag Saturday; Pride Flag Book Tag

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I came across the Pride Flag Book Tag over at The Book Dutchesses (originally created by Common Spence) and I decided to play along.
1. Red (Life) – A book with a spirited protagonist totally proud of who they are. Someone who gives you LIFE! Amal from Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah is a bit kick-ass when she decides to wear the hijab full time instead of part time and defends herself and her decision.
2. Orange (Healing) – A book that made you, as the reader, find a deeper meaning or catharsis in your own life. One book worth mentioning would be This Is About You: Amazing, Weird, Beautiful You by Mary England.
3. Yellow (Sunshine) – A book that fills you with so much joy it could brighten even your darkest day. A book that certainly gives me joy is Chocolat by Joanne Harris.
4. Green (Nature) – A book that is set out of this world — a reality different to our own. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.
5. Blue (Peace) – A book where one of the characters finds peace…

Book Blogger Hop; What Do You Like/Dislike About Self-Published Books?

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It's Friday and time for yet another Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "What do you like/dislike about self-published books?".
Book Blogger Hop One of the things I enjoy about self-published books are the variety of stories and in general hidden gems. What I do dislike, is that sometimes books can seem more like (rough) first drafts, having some plot holes, poor grammar/spelling and so on and in general perhaps needing an editor to look through the book. Althrough I like self-published books, please do the proper work beforehand so you don't look stupid afterwards.

Review; Beau and Bett by Kathryn Berla

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A while ago I recieved an ARC of the YA novel Beau and Bett by Kathryn Berla through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
After Beau LeFrancois's mother wrecks Bett Diaz’s luxury SUV, his family faces an impossibly large bill—with no car insurance to help pay it. To pay off the debt, Beau spends his weekends working at the Diaz Ranch.

Beau’s prepared to work, but he’s definitely not prepared for the infamous temper of Bett Diaz, also known as "The Beast" at school. As Beau learns the secrets behind Bett’s tough exterior, he finds himself falling for her . . . until he catches Bett in a lie.

A contemporary twist on a classic fairy tale, Beau and Bett is a timely story of family, friendship, and the power of speaking out and standing up for yourself.

My Thoughts on the Book This was a fun read and I loved the gender reversal on the Beauty and the Beast. I loved Beau as a character and his family, but I felt th…