#100rewatch Nov 30-Jan 21!

Sunday, November 29, 2015
Hi everyone! Today I am super excited to announce that Amber from Books of Amber, Angie from Lady Knight Reads, and I are hosting a rewatch of The 100 before the premiere of Season 3! Squeeeeee!!!!

Haven't watched The 100 yet?

WHY NOT??? Just kidding, but seriously, here's a perfect chance for you to start getting obsessed with one of the best shows on TV, while chatting with a whole bunch of other people who are obsessed with the show! (We ask that people who have watched the show before keep their spoilers to a minimum when it comes to episodes that we haven't watched yet during the rewatch. But if you're new to the show, please realize that there may be some spoilers. It's not easy to keep the fangirling down...)

Seasons 1 and 2 are both on U.S. Netflix, and I tried to find some other places where they might be streaming online, but I was unable to find any. But that doesn't mean they aren't out there! And both seasons are also on DVD!

So how does this rewatch work?

The rewatch starts tomorrow, November 30, and goes right up until January 21, the date of the Season 3 premiere. Each week we'll be watching a certain number of episodes, and we invite you to join us! You can watch each week's episodes at your own pace, but each week one of us will also host a livewatch of one of our favorite episodes, where all of you can join in and live tweet with us! Then at the end of each week, whoever hosted the livewatch will be posting a discussion of that week's episodes on her blog, and we encourage you to share your thoughts in the comments. We will also have 2-3 giveaways, so stay tuned for those!!

Here is our schedule for the rewatch:

So the episodes listed under "Episodes" on the schedule above will be the episodes for the rewatch for that week. And the episode listed under "Livewatch Info" will be the official livewatch episode for the week. (We might also individually livetweet other episodes as we watch them, but the episodes listed on the schedule are the official episodes we'll be livewatching and inviting others to join in.)

The first livewatch (episode 1x02), hosted by Amber (@BooksofAmber), will be this Wednesday, December 2, at 9 pm GMT/4 pm EST. Our dates and times for the other livewatches have not yet been set, because of our busy schedules. But we will tweet out the date and time for our livewatches sometime near the beginning of each week, so that way you will have a bit of advanced notice. The three of us all live in different time zones (Amber's in GMT, Angie's in CST, and I'm in PST) so there should be a variety of times for the livewatches! So keep an eye on #100rewatch on Twitter, follow the three of us (@BooksofAmber, @disquietus, and @OverstuffedBook), and make sure to use that hashtag yourself if you're joining in! And feel free to share the graphics above and below!

We're all very excited for this event and we really hope you'll join us! It should be lots of fun!

Blind Reads Review: The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis

Friday, November 27, 2015
Title: The Map to Everywhere
Author: Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis
Series: The Map to Everywhere #1
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 423
Format/Source: ARC/From Publisher via BEA 
Age Group/Genre: Middle Grade/Fantasy
Wherever you need to go--the Map to Everywhere can take you there.

To Master Thief Fin, an orphan from the murky pirate world of the Khaznot Quay, the Map is the key to finding his mother. To suburban schoolgirl Marrill, it's her only way home after getting stranded on the Pirate Stream, the magical waterway that connects every world in creation. With the help of a bumbling wizard and his crew, they must scour the many worlds of the Pirate Stream to gather the pieces of the Map to Everywhere--but they aren't the only ones looking. A sinister figure is hot on their tail, and if they can't beat his ghostly ship to find the Map, it could mean the destruction of everything they hold dear!

In New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis's first installment of a fantastical new series, adventure, magic, and hilarity collide in the treacherous skies and dangerous waters of the Pirate Stream. Heart-pounding escapades and a colorful cast of characters will have readers setting sail through this wholly original and unforgettable tale. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

**I read this book as a part of my Blind Reads feature.  Go here to see my post from before I read the book, where I list the (very few) things I knew going in and my theories on what the book would entail.**

My Favorite Blind Read Yet...

Okay, you guys, I just have to start this review off by saying I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you like Middle Grade books, you need to read it. If you have kids who like Middle Grade books, they need to read it. It is just that fantastic. But before I get into my actual review, let's go over the Blind Reads aspect, shall we?

Were Any of My Theories Correct?

Some were, some weren't. Back in my Blind Reads pre-post for The Map to Everywhere, I guessed that it was about pirates. I was definitely correct on that one. I also guessed that there were talking animals. Now, there were definitely sentient, intelligent animals, like the rats with glasses on the cover, but the rats never actually spoke. There were some talking trees, however. And my last theory was that the book was about a brother and sister who find a map to everywhere. The characters weren't brother and sister (THAT WE KNOW OF) but they did spend the entire book looking for the "Bintheyr Map to Everywhere." So, basically, I did an okay job at guessing, but most of my guesses were pretty obvious.

Back to My Regularly Scheduled Review...

So, back to the gushing. I LOVED THIS BOOK, you guys! It has probably one of my all-time favorite villains now. It's this guy called The Oracle and he reminds me of a mixture between No-Face from Spirited Away and the creatures in the Doctor Who episode called "The Girl in the Fireplace." Let me show you:




Creepy, right? Anyway, The Oracle is definitely one of my new favorite villains. In fact, I think I have to give Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis 1,000,000,000 of my Bonus Points for the character of The Oracle. I also just loved so much more of this book. Fin, who is forgettable, is just a very cool character. And I really loved the Naysayer, although I think I wrongly pictured Bing Bong from Inside Out as the Naysayer... He's definitely not a sweet character like Bing Bong, but he's still a cool character.

Love ya, Bing Bong (via GIPHY)

I also loved some of the locations in The Map to Everywhere, like the Gibbering Grove (with all the talking trees) and the Khaznot Quay. And I also just loved the overall theme of the story: Friendship. Marrill and Fin are such fierce friends and I totally ship their friendship.

I really don't know what else to say about this book except that YOU SHOULD ALL GO READ IT NOW. I can't wait to read the sequel, City of Thirst, which came out last month. And I'll definitely have to read my other Carrie Ryan books soon!

Oh, and in case you didn't know, I give The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis: 
5 HUGE stars. It is definitely one of my favorite reads of the year!
Find it:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ LB Kids

Disclaimer:  I received this ARC from the publisher, via Book Expo America, in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way for this review.

Waiting on Wednesday (60): Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week:
by Alexandra Bracken
Release Date:  January 5, 2016
Published by Disney Hyperion
passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

Um, YEAH. So that sounds FABULOUS. And that cover! GORGEOUS! I can't wait for this one!

What book are you waiting on?  Let me know, or leave a link to your WoW post in the comments, and I'll try to stop by your blog! 

Stacking the Shelves (75)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme, hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews, where bloggers can share the books and bookish items that we've bought, borrowed, or received each week.

This StS is for the past two weeks.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff 
Harry Potter Coloring Book by Warner Brothers
Winter by Marissa Meyer

For Review
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes (Thanks so much, Simon & Schuster!)

I am so excited about all these books this week! I started Winter yesterday and have colored a few pages from the Harry Potter Coloring Book, and I can't wait to read Illuminae and Year of Yes! I'll be reading both very soon!

What did you guys get this week?  Let me know, or leave a link to your StS post (or IMM or any other alternative) in the comments and I'll try to stop by your blog!

Kiddo's Corner Reviews: Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Kiddo's Corner Reviews is my new feature here at The Overstuffed Bookcase, where my 6-year-old son reviews children's books!

Want to know more about Kiddo's Corner Reviews? Go here to find out more!

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
By: Dr. Seuss
Published by: Random House
Published: 1970
Where we got it: Purchased it from a store long ago
Moo moo! Hoo hoo! Cock-a-doodle-doo! Oh, the wonderful sounds Mr. Brown can do. Now see if you can do them too! This fabulous book is ideal for teaching young children all about noises! (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

First Thoughts...

The kiddo picks out the book, and we read it together. He makes sure that I know that he will read one page, and I will read the next, but he will make all the noises.

Me: So what is this book about?

Kiddo: Um, it's about Mr. Brown making noises. Animal noises.

Me: But it's not just animal noises, right?

Kiddo: No, he makes door noises and clock noises and lightning noises and butterfly noises. And last but not least, he makes fish noises.

Me: Fish noises? He does?

Kiddo: No, actually he doesn't.

The kiddo then goes on to tell me to write down a whole bunch of words from the book, and he spells them out for me. I have no idea why he makes me write them down.

A Bit More Detail...

Me: Let's get back to the story. What was your favorite part?

Kiddo: Um, my favorite part is when he makes the lightning noise.

Me: Why is that your favorite part?

Kiddo: Because I like lightning, and I'm not scared when it's lightning outside. And I'm not scared of anything.

Me: You're not scared of anything?

Kiddo: Nope.

Me: What's your least favorite part?

Kiddo: The "buzz buzz" part because I don't really like bees.

Final Thoughts...

Kiddo: And for my stars (that's what he calls it when he gives it a star rating) I would give it a 99.

Me: 99? Out of what? 100?

Kiddo: Yeah. 99 out of 100. What does "out of 100" mean?

Me: It means, like, you can only go up to 100.

Kiddo: Oh, okay.

Me: Anything else? You like saying the noise parts, right?

Kiddo: Yeah, I do. I do, indeed.

The Verdict...

The copy that we have of Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? is a board book meant for babies. And while I think there might be some books that are more suited to the kiddo's age group and reading level, I think some of these books are still good for him to practice his reading with.

The kiddo gave the book 99/100 stars, and for the both of us, I'm going to give it:
4 stars. Dr. Seuss books are fun for kids of any age, and although this is geared more towards kids younger than my son, he still has fun reading the book and saying all the fun sounds.
Find it:  Goodreads │ Amazon  Random House Kids

Disclaimer: We purchased this book ourselves. We were in no way compensated for this review.
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