Happy Mother’s Day!

To all the beautiful and strong women out there…Happy Mother’s Day! We appreciate all that you do for us. You are always so kind and loving, and know exactly what to say. To my own mom…once again, thank you for all that you do. I love you so much! 💕 Have a great rest of your day, everyone, with the women who make your life special! Be on the lookout for a new read coming your way on May 15th! Cheerio!

About Books and Reading

Hey guys! Can you believe April is almost over? Crazy to think about right? I just wanted to post a little something about books to pick up your day and mine.

Books are an escape, something we can go to in times of need. Whenever I sit down to read, I’m able to take a deep breath and truly breathe. I love stories that make me cry, laugh, gasp, scream and love all at the same time. So I encourage you: for May, make a goal for yourself just to sit down and read once a day. Doesn’t matter what, for how long, or anything like that, just sit down and read. A lot of terrible stuff is going on in the world right now (if you look at the news, it’s super easy to get depressed) so I encourage you to escape in a book. Forget about all your problems and forget about the world for 10 minutes. I can promise you that you will so much more relaxed (unless you read a Stephen King book 😝) and it will really pick your day up.

Remember these words of wisdom for this week and face whatever comes your way with a book. Now, I will leave y’all with a poem I absolutely love. I will talk to everyone soon (because is almost May 1st!!) and have a great rest of your week!

-your fellow book lover

I Opened a Book

by Julia Donaldson

I opened a book and in I strode,

now no one can find me.

I left my chair, my house, my road,

my town and my world behind me.

I’m wearing the cloak, I’ve slipped on the ring

I’ve swallowed the magic potion.

I fought with a dragon, dined with a king,

and dived in a bottomless ocean.

I opened a book and made some friends,

I’ve shared their tears and laughter.

And followed the road with its bumps and bends

to the happily ever after.

I finished my book and out I came

the cloak can no longer hide me.

My chair and my house are just the same,

but I have a book inside me.

Happy reading!!! ❤️📚

April Reads: Outwalkers

Outwalkers by Fiona Shaw

Summary

“They’re coming for you, Jacob Riley.” Jacob is a teenager who has been in the orphanage for six months. His parents passed away in a car crash, and Jacob was forced into the home, leaving his beloved dog Jet behind. He has three parts to his escape plan: get out of the orphanage, reunite with his dog and get to Scotland. The only problem is, the government has tagged everyone so that they know exactly where you are, always. And, since there is a huge wall keeping everyone in, getting into Scotland is not exactly easy. Desperate to escape, Jacob reunites with Jet and soon finds the Outwalkers: a local gang of kids who are trying to get to Scotland, same as Jake. They live by four simple rules: no technology, be outside, be hidden and the most important one: obedience to the gang. Jake joins the Outwalkers and feels like he is part of a family again. But will that last? Read the book to find more.

My Review

Let me just start off by saying this: I absolutely loved this book. Definitely one of my top reads for 2019. The prominent theme of loyalty in this book was beautiful. I loved the way that Jet, the dog, and Jake, his boy, were always incomplete without each other near. I also loved that the author, Ms. Fiona Shaw, had a unique way of showing dialogue. Definitely check this book out to see how she does it and to read the book.

Recommended Reading Age

I would recommend this book for 13 and up. It was on the longer side, being 424 pages, but don’t let this scare you! Read it at your own pace. Also, there were some references and actions with drugs, but other than that, it’s a pretty clean read.

The Outwalker gang was trying to get to Scotland to claim their freedom.
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Conclusion

Outwalkers was a fasted-paced, action-packed and beautiful story about what it means to be a family. No matter where you come from, what you have done, or who you are, there will always be someone who accepts you as you are and loves you for that. It also shows us how beautiful it is to walk back from grief together. I challenge you to read this book and connect it to your own life. You definitely won’t regret it. As usual, the two links are below to purchase this book on Amazon and to check out the lovely author of the this book, Ms. Fiona Shaw. Happy reading everyone and don’t forget to check out the other April read!

-your fellow book lover

Hannah’s Grade: 9.5 stars out of 10

Purchase this book on Amazon here.

Learn more about Fiona Shaw here.

There is truly something magical about reading a good book.
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April Reads: The Supervillain and Me

The Supervillain and Me by Danielle Banas

Summary

How would you feel if your brother was the most famous superhero on the planet? Abby Hamilton knows what it’s like to deal with this in the book The Supervillain and Me. Not only is her brother Red Comet, teenage heartthrob who takes down bad guys, her dad is also a local celebrity. He is the caring and interested mayor who is just as big of a celebrity as her brother. Ever since her mother died, Abby has felt increasingly alone. Between her two famous family members, no one really has time for her until one day the new supervillain in town, Iron Phantom, saves her from an attempted mugging. Abby knows that she should not meddle in this business, especially if he is a villain, but her curiosity gets the better of her. As she gets to know the person behind the mask, Abby is left wondering how the supposed bad guys can actually be good. As the two team up to take down a new threat, Abby is faced with a decision: either be framed as a wanted criminal, or stand on the sidelines as her city falls apart. Read the book to find out more about these action-packed adventures.

The cover of The Supervillain and Me

My Review

A hero has truly arrived! This book was such a light-hearted and fun read. Though the middle was a little slow, this took me little to no time to read because of the overall action packed narrative. Abby was going through a lot in her life and all it took was the town’s newest supervillain to help her through it. This was definitely a book that I will have no problem reading over and over again.

Recommended Reading Age

I would recommend this book for 13 and up. Though it was a fun read and a unique story, there was profanity in it. I, however, usually just skip over these words and keep reading right on through. I recommend you do the same thing if you are nervous about reading this book because of the inappropriate language.

The Iron Phantom’s identity is a mysterious secret that Abby has a hard time figuring out in The Supervillain and Me.
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Conclusion

The Supervillain and Me was a great story that had me guessing until the very end. Though it did have profanity, I loved the story and characters that the author created. I challenge you to read this book this month if you are looking for a book that won’t let you down, no matter how many times you read it. The two usual links are down below: one to purchase this book on Amazon and one to learn more about this author and her books. Great reads this month guys! Have a great April and I will see you in May! Cheerio!

-your fellow book lover

Hannah’s Grade: 9 starts out of 10

Link to this book on Amazon here.

Link to learn more about Danielle Banas here.

Have a great rest of your April everyone!
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Update: new features and new posts

Well howdy everyone! So sorry I haven’t posted: life has just been crazy. My birthday was 10 days ago and everything has just been a whirlwind. However: there is some important pieces of news. Lets jump right in!

First off: my newest feature! If you haven’t noticed, yesterday and today I have been busy updating my blog. A new thing I have added to each of my book posts is something called Hannah’s Grade. This unique grading system is something I have created. I take two main factors and average them out into my grade. The first factor I use is originality. Did the author go to their creative limits to come up with this book or is it a knockoff of some other story? The second feature is was it entertaining? Was I intrigued the whole book or did it have a slow start or a bad ending? After I think through these two questions, I average them out and I get my final grade. Be sure to look at the bottom of my page where you can see Hannah’s Grade. IMPORTANT NOTE: I AM NOT GRADING THESE BOOKS AGAINST ONE ANOTHER. Many of these books I write about are different in their own way and I could not possibly compare them.

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Second: new links! At the bottom of my posts, there is now two links: one to buy the book on Amazon, and the second one is to learn more about the author, their books or their cause. Be sure to check them out; they are really cool!

Third: new name! I was told by a fellow reader that my blog name didn’t represent what I was talking about in my blog. First off, thank you so much for your feedback. It was really helpful and hopefully beneficial. Second, I noticed that they were right! Forgotten on the Bookshelf could be taken so many different directions. Because of this, I have decided to change my name! My blog is now called Unnoticed on the Bookshelf. I think it sounds even better. Also in this category, I have a new site address: unnoticedbooks.blog . Same blog, new name.

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And finally, fourth: new schedule! If your life is as busy as mine is, you will note that you don’t have a ton of time. However: I love doing this blog, so I am going to continue doing it, just posting less frequently. On the 1st of every month, I will post about 2 new books. This way, you will have a book to read for every two weeks. On March 1st, I will begin this cycle. New reads coming then!

Thank you so much for being patient and understanding with me. Right now is a very busy time, as I’m sure it is for you too, but I promise: you shall not be without something to read for long! Stay tune for 2 new reads you will LOVE! Please share and comment about my blog! I love constructive criticism. It really helps, no matter what it is. Thank you so much and Happy Reading!!

-your fellow book lover

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