Thursday, June 27, 2013

Mermaid Challenge Review, Week 7 + Follow Friday

Welcome to Week 7 of the Mermaid Lit Summer Reading Challenge! Below is my review for this week. If you have one of your own, feel free to link up with us and be sure to visit the others to see what they thought of their reads for this week! You may join the challenge anytime you like. See rules HERE. (Follow Friday below!)

For the challenge this week, I read The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler.

I chose this one this week, at least in part, because I knew I was going to have a busy week and this was a quick, light read.

It's actually the kind of book I usually don't enjoy because it's very juvenile. The stakes aren't high, the problems aren't adult, etc. But, that said, for a middle-grade book, I actually did enjoy it. I found it to be funny and a very touching story.

Emily is twelve-years old and never knew her father. Her mother is deathly afraid of the water and they live on a houseboat that doesn't have a bathtub, so Emily has never been fully submerged in water. Finally she talks her mother into letting her take swimming lessons. To her horror, when she gets into the pool, her legs stick together and become a fin! Learning about her mer-heritage may be not only the key to who her father was, but who she may become.

As I said, the book was pretty good, even if it was in an after-school-special kind of way. I would recommend it to anyone who likes mermaids, middle-grade, family-centered mysteries, or just wants a light, fun beach read. 

Follow Friday

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

What is your preferred reading format? Hardcover, eBooks, paperback etc?

I don't think I have a preferred format. I've always loved books, but reading in e-book format is super convenient, and because e-readers have lighting behind them, it's more easily done in the dark than with regular books. So, I do a mixture of both print books and e-books. I definitely am not a fan of hard-covers, though. They are more difficult to keep open while reading and more difficult to cart around. So I guess my answer is that I read a mix of e-reads and paperbacks, unless it's a library book or something. :D (Sorry. Total spaz over here. :D)

So, which format do YOU prefer?


  1. I would be lost without my Nook. I would never turn down a book in any other format, but I really enjoy the ease of an e-reader.

    1. It would be helpful if I left you my link wouldn't it? Here it is: My FF

      Happy Friday Liesel! Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

  2. The ebooks are SOOO much better in the dark. I don't miss he book light that usually just want bright enough, or kept falling off and driving me nuts LOL! Happy Friday! Old follower.

    Meredith’s Musings

  3. My answer was similar to yours. I like both paperback and eBooks. It really depends on where I am reading as to which format I will choose.

    Happy Friday :)

    My FF @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  4. Hopping through. Yes, it's so nice to be able to read in the dark with ereaders. Better than leaving on a lamp when DH is trying to sleep.
    My Hop

  5. You're like the first person I've come across who doesn't like hardcovers! I guess there are a lot of cons too hardcovers, but the reason why I love them so much is because they look pretty on my bookshelf!
    My FF

  6. New reader! :) I love your blog.

  7. I prefer the real book only because it was how I was raised!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  8. New bloglovin follower. I'm a spaz too, I read more than 1 format, especially whichever gets to the library first. Here's my FF post for this week-hope you'll follow back.

  9. I feel the same way about some MG..I like the stakes to be higher as well!

  10. New follower via bloglovin :)

    Tina @

  11. I agree, ebooks are convenient. Especially when going on a trip. Since you like ebooks feel free to join the giveaway Old follwer.

  12. Hi Liesel,
    I'm adding you on bloglovin, I always seem to miss G+ updates....
    eReaders have been winning for me due to the multitude of books I can carry...

    Mei @ Diary of a Fair Weather Diver

  13. I'm lost without my Kindle. Followed via Bloglovin.

    Kimberly @ Once Upon a YA Book

  14. Preferred format is eBook. Once I'd purchased my first iPad, I was a total convert.

  15. I prefer hardcovers because I get so annoyed when a paperback comes in the mail dented. Even the smallest dent bothers me so much and I love how hardcovers are harder to damage. Old follower :)
    -Scott Reads It!

  16. I love book in general old follower her!
    my ff

  17. I love the mermaid challenge idea! I teach fourth grade and a couple of my girls read the Emily Windsnap book this past year. They loved it.
    I'm a eBook lover myself.