Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hi, friends! Today’s post is something rarely special.

I came across this amazing literary gift shop that highlights some exemplary items that not only fits snugly into everyday life, but stoutly promotes books and reading, as well. LITERARY BOOK GIFTS sells high quality products I’m sure every bookworm would like to have. I should know, right?

And hey, there’s a huge discount for you. 😉 *wink 

Discounts available for TPW readers. Hurry!
About the Gift Shop:

I started the small web-based gift shop Literary Book Gifts as a way to turn some of my favorite classic novels into vintage designed tote bags and tees. The store is quite new, less than a year old. I do all the design work in-house to make sure each and every piece captures the story, characters, or feeling of the novel.

I was inspired to start this business because I believe that amazing novels, like the ones in the collection deserve to have a place in today's society. This way we can discuss them and ultimately pass our favorite books onto new readers.

Each tote bag comes in three different sizes. These are not your standard cotton canvas totes, they are made of high quality polyester with black cotton handles. The entire outer fabric of each tote bag is in a different color. So the Black Beauty Tote Bag has a khaki color as the background, while the Moby Dick Tote Bag is in a dark navy. This way you can choose not only the design but the background color, this really helps to customize the design and color that is best for your personal style.

All the designs that come on totes also come on tees for men and women. Take your pick of designs. There is a wide range from Frankenstein to Pride and Prejudice. There is a wide variety of sizes and colors for each and every design. - Melissa, LBG

THEPAGEWALKER20 is an exclusive promo code that can be used at checkout. It is good for 20% off anything, and it does not expire! 

Thanks, Melissa.

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Wednesday Spotlight | LITERARY BOOK GIFTS

Sunday, September 30, 2018

What if your family’s fate could be traced back to one indelible summer?
October 2, 2018
The book club agreed to read historical fiction for the month of September. I decided to read just a couple of books, but, then, this copy came to me fortuitously. I received an email from the publisher, advising me to follow a link. I asked myself, “Do I really need to read another war story, after getting off from the American Civil War?”

I’m glad I did. I don’t regret following that link.

This is a World War II story, revealing the lives of the Delasalle family and those who have crossed their paths before and after the D-Day Landing at the port city of Caen, in France’s Normandy region. It showed many ways war takes its toll and how death can leave irreversible effects, tearing families apart. Remaining family members revisit memories; retell events, desperately trying to chase the ripples of their tragedy down the next generations. Guilt of being alive, while many have perished, followed them. They acutely cling to every life tangible to keep them afloat.

NEWS OF OUR LOVED ONES is handsomely imagined, with engaging characters and stirring events. Ms. DeWitt managed to bring together a story from individual narratives, creating a mosaic of love, death, estrangement, resilience, and remembrance.

This striking book is perfect for historical fiction lovers.

Book Details:
Publication: October 2, 2018, HarperCollins
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: ★★★★

*Thank you HarperCollins for this Flash Giveaway.

Book Review | NEWS OF OUR LOVED ONES by Abigail DeWitt

Friday, September 14, 2018

Grania Davis died last April 28 of 2017. I know that seems a gloomy way of starting a blog, but today is a gloomy day here in our small spot in the globe. It's been cloudy all day and the temperature dropped to 2°C. Gloomy days make me want to reach out to my comfort books, but they are still buried inside boxes (Which box? I am not entirely sure.) in the basement. Anyways, DR. GRASS by Grania Davis is one of those cheer-me-up books for me.

Dr. Ernest Spiegelglass, MD, is a family-practice resident at Carmel Hospital in San Francisco. His friends call him Doc Sparrowgrass. He is a hippie to the core and rides his skateboard to work everyday. Unlike any other doctor, Dr. Grass treats his patients in a very unique manner and not the usual “by-the-book” procedure. He believes that heart-to-heart is the best way to go. But sometimes his unconventional ways fish him troubles.

Dr. Grass is one of the first books I got since high school days.  His weed-induced fantasies are odd, bordering shameless. The texts are very illustrative and explicit. I’ve reread it many times and it's always good to know that it can still make me laugh (like bwahahaha out loud).

It is a sad thing that Ms. Davis is no longer with us and nobody ever bothered reprinting copies since 1978, but if you do find one, consider yourself lucky. Dr. Grass can cure your gloomy day… for sure!”

Book Details:
Book Title:  Dr. Grass
Author:  Grania Davis
ISBN: 0-380-01872-1
Published: March 1978, Avon Books
Genre: Ficton
Review Rating: ★★★★

DR. GRASS by Grania Davis

Monday, September 3, 2018

If you love drawing, designing costumes, and thinking outside the box, well this is the artbook for you! This artbook is designed as a visual narrative to showcase Gladzy's thought process whenever she designs original fantasy armored costumes. If you like standing out from a crowded comic convention, then this might help give you motivation with exploring your own creativity.

Cosplay gathers people together -from comic book collectors, anime lovers, and manga readers to gamers and sci-fi aficionados. I’ve seen some events, so believe me when I say that they really do come in flocks.

Most cosplayers put loads of effort dressing up and some even took it to the next level, personalizing their favorite costumes, to make it their very own. They literally spend hours designing and perfecting their costumes - meticulously paying attention to every detail and spending thousands of dollars to finish them.

Cosplay takes a huge chunk of commitment, too, that’s why it’s really awesome finding artists who would gladly share their designs, techniques, and visions to turn costume dreams to full reality. 

Finding a copy of COSPLAY ARTBOOK (Vol. 1 Fantasy Armor Concept Art) by Gladzy Kei is a treasure trove. It is a grand source of ideas and inspiration for people who needs direction on how to start their own envisioned cosplay costumes.

The book includes ideas on how to research for visual references, initial rough sketches, coloring processes and variation, and fabrication. Each page comes in full vivid color to encourage readers… it’s like buying her designed posters!

Get your copies here.

Book details:
Author: Gladzy Kei
Publication: January 23, 2018
Genre: Arts & Photography Books
Rating: ★★★★★

Gladzy Kei graduated with a Bachelor’s degree on Design, majored in Illustration, from Alberta College of Art and Design.

If asked, she’d say Cosplay is her passion. Meanwhile, Gladzy Kei had gathered a huge fan base for her art. Her designs are recognized around the world and had won some really remarkable awards. She was recently invited as one of the jury’s panel at the European Cosplay Gathering Season 8, held in Paris, France.

Gladzy Kei is currently working on the COSPLAY ARTBOOK (Vol. 2 Creatures & Dragons).

Book Review | COSPLAY ARTBOOK VOL. 1 Fantasy Armor Concept Art by Gladzy Kei

Saturday, August 18, 2018

09 Oct 2018
Charlesbridge Teen
This 2nd book in the Select series offers more than the first book. If you’ve read my review for Select, you know what I mean.

Julia went her separate way the night her family disappeared, while keeping her boyfriend John’s abilities from out of her family’s radar, and dodging the FBI, who believes Julia can lead them to Novak.

Aside from the tension between them, Julia and John decided to go their separate ways for John’s safety and health. She and Angus reunited to hunt down her birth mother in California. Along the way, she learned some new details about herself, their race, and, how may be, they are not the only race evolving.

For all YA fans out there, all the trending YA elements are still present in this installment. But I’m happier that Ms. Weisenberg pursued the "Chachapuris perspective" more now. Also, all the major characters are back. I’m sorry that Julia and John’s relationship was not romanticized more, as expected by most YA readers. Although, I really don’t think that’s what the author is really gunning for this series. So, we all should hang tight and see how these all fuses together.

Book detail:
Title:  Select Few
Author:  Marit Weisenberg
Publication:  October 9, 2018 by Charlesbridge Teen
Genre:  YA Fiction
Rating:  ★★★

*Thanks to Charlesbridge and Netgalley for the galley in exchange for this unbiased review.

Book Review | SELECT FEW by Marit Weisenberg

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

About the book:

Samantha is dreading her return home. Throughout her life, she had a rocky relationship with her mother – and now her mother is all she has left.

Through a nostalgic look back, Samantha recognizes the presence of God in an ordinary life.  She learns more about herself as a wife and mother who has had her share of sorrow and blessings.

As her faith increases, she is able to see her mother through new eyes, leading to reconciliation … and is reminded of that every time she sees Heaven Shining Through.

About the author:

Joe Siccardi has been an editorial writer, editor and publisher for 52 years and posts a blog at As he states, "I'm the ordinary Joe walking along this journey called life and sharing it with you!" He is the proud father of five children, 18 grandchildren, two great-granddaughters and another great-grandchild expected in August. He currently lives in Dover-Foxcroft, after life experiences in Paterson, Totowa, Ogdensburg and Newton, NJ; Belvidere, IL;  Toledo, OH;  Washington, DC; Laurel, MD; and Seneca Falls and Willard (Romulus), NY.

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Wednesday Spotlight | Heaven Shining Through by Joe Siccardi

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

About the Book:

Kristian Anders, a dirt-poor farmer, lives in a land where evil forces take the form of men. The sins of his past weigh heavily on his mind. When a stranger directs him to take a new path, Kristian begins the journey of a lifetime towards a distant King who is rumored to solve all problems. But then a ruthless soldier is dispatched by the ruler of the dark land to capture or kill Kristian. Everything leads to one final fight, where Kristian must defeat the demons of his past or die.

Get your copies here.

About the Author:

Peter Wisan is a language collector, adventurer, screenwriter, and film director. He is a Captain in the United States Marine Corps Individual Ready Reserve. His greatest literary influences are C.S. Lewis, Ray Bradbury, and O. Henry.

Read more here.

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Wednesday Spotlight | Kristian's War by Peter Wisan

Monday, April 2, 2018

Hilda is FED-UP with being a cow. Spending all day doing not much but moo. There has to be something more she can do. 

So she decides to be a sheep...
... then a pig
... and even a chicken.

Is the grass any greener on the other side?

Join Hilda, the fed-up cow, on her voyage of self-discovery in this daft but timeless story, written in rhyme.

This is a wonderful read. Parents and kids will have a great time reading this rhymed-story aloud together. The illustrations, by Maria Todoric, are lively and captivating, they can definitely stimulate every kid’s imagination.

Following Hilda’s exploits toward self-discovery was indeed fun. Through this engaging storyline and illustrations, the themes of identity and contentment were expounded superbly that is very consumable for small children. It is really important to let children know that while it's fun to explore, it is most vital to be proud of who they are, first and foremost.

I absolutely believe that THE FED-UP COW is an ideal read for the whole family. I highly recommend it.

Book details:
Title:  The Fed-up Cow
Author:  Peta Lemon
Illustrator:  Maria Todoric
Publication: January 30th 2018 by Quirky Picture Press
Genre: Children's Books
Rating: ★★★★★

*Review copy was provided by the author in exchange for this unbiased review.

Book Review | THE FED-UP COW by Peta Lemon