Thursday, 11 January 2018

Nayu's News # Life is a bit chaotic

Felt like you'd all appreciate an upbeat creative picture!
Lately I've mostly been gaming (especially on Pokemon!!!! Got my first pokemon eggs, have started an orchard, got 1 gym badge and progressing towards the next in Pokemon Y) rather than reading due to my body hating the weather. I'd hoped to have set up a few blog posts this week for the following days, but that didn't happen as my body is on strike. I'm having my mega strong meds again tonight, so will be in Lala land until late next week. I promise to have posts up after that! 
Love Bulbasaur, Pikachu, Charmander and Squirtle! Got the 1st two in my Pokemon games!
I'm not telling!
A secret project I've mentioned previously is still happening, I still can't reveal anything until it's ready (hopefully mid February), but it is taking up my time and energy at the moment. I'll let you know when it is ready! 
Keep smiling!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Weather in 30 Seconds by Dr Jen Green, Tom Woolley (Non-fiction, Children's, 9/10E)

October 2015, Ivy Press, 96 pages, Paperback, Review copy 

Summary from Ivy Press
 This book takes readers on a whirlwind tour of our planets weather and climate. 30 key topics explore and explain the how and why of our global weather and its effects, from atmospheric influences, the seasons, and climate zones to extreme events, forecasting, and global warming. Each topic is presented in a neat 30-second soundbite, supported by a 3-second flash summary and a full-page colourful artwork. Fun active missions support the topics and encourage kids to find out more.

Nayu's thoughts 
I love learning about weather because it's a fascinating subject as seen in this book which is a little unique. I love how it presents facts in both 30 seconds and 3 seconds to readers, although actual times will vary on the reading speed. The main point is the facts are concise and can explain the gist of various weather types and issues. On one page is the bulk of the text, laid out the same with a 3 second summary and 30 second paragraphs, followed by illustrations adding extra facts. This made it easier to read because I knew what the layout would be for every page. The experiments to understand a lot of the weather issues sounded exciting! I haven't tried any yet.

I'm positive that I never learnt what a biome is at school, making this an invaluable reference for readers of all ages. The one thing which for me made the book just less than perfect is the fact that the contrasting colours used for illustrations were quite dark and dull-a low contrast makes it harder to read if you have even mild visual difficulties (I do), which reduced my enjoyment a little because I had to spend a bit more time on the illustrations than the black on white text pages. Apart from that this is a fantastic resource for anyone seeking knowedge about the world we live in. I'll leave you with images from the book about my favourite weather topic: clouds and snow! 

Please excuse the picture quality - I like the different types of clouds!
Who doesn't like a pretty snowflake?

Suggested read 

Friday, 5 January 2018

Over on Nayu's Crochet Dreams #38

Holo from Spice and Wolf anime is full of mischief - there is a catch to the post link!
Head over to Nayu's Crochet Dreams to find out what I'm busy with over the next couple of days! (Generic link because I can't yet get a link for a post that's not out until the future)

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Poop by A J Cosmo (Children's, 9 years +, 8/10E)

September 2016, Thought Bubble Publishing, 122 pages, Ebook, Review copy 

Book summary
Cosmo. Liam Anderson-Jones is a fourth-grader who's a transferee to a new school. Elmwood is not in as good a neighborhood as his last school, but his mom is insistent that their relocation is just a temporary thing. Liam is not so sure about that. What he is sure about is that food and he just doesn't get along -- and in the worst, most embarrassing ways. His stomach gives him no warning when it's about to erupt, and he's destroyed untold bathrooms. On his first day at Elmwood, his stomach went crazy while he was introducing himself to Mr. Almond's class. He tried to hold it off as long as possible but soon ended up dashing madly to the nearest bathroom. Liam didn't realize until he heard a girl's devastatingly loud shriek that it was the girls' bathroom, and her exclamation about the pungency of his bowel movements made for laughs throughout the school. One girl in class, Madeleine, seemed to be befriending him, though he didn't really understand why, and Mr. Almond also appeared to be somewhat approachable. But life for Liam is anything but easy, and he just can't figure out the why of it.

Nayu's thoughts
A few of you may have accidentally seen an empty post with this title on 31st December - I'd hoped to have written the review by then, the post was a space filler until the review was written. So here it is! I'm quite sure you're curious about the story - the story partially didn't get full marks is because I think with a different title even more people would be inclined to read it: I admit before I knew the synopsis if it hadn't been a review request I probably wouldn't have glanced at it because of the title. Also there was a part at the end involving his family which was a bit too idealistic and removed me a little from being caught up in the story.
That thought aside this was a brilliant read, exploring just how bathroom issues can impact someone, especially if they are at school. Almost everyone has an incident once in their life relating to needing the loo, making this a book for everyone. I felt sorry for Liam because he got teased for his issues, but thankfully he was able to make a friend who wasn't Poop who still wanted to get to know him and from time to time stood up for him. Stress does funny things to people, and can play havoc with our bodies, as Liam discovers. 

Liam has a few major issues in his life, aside from an unidentifiable health issue, and Poop appears during the journey to finding out the truth and learning how to cope with life (on top of starting a new school with an embarrassing incident). Poop is an unwanted character, but one Liam really needs in his life despite not wanting Poop around. There were moments where I wished Liam could be a bit braver, and I cheered for him at the end when he discovered his true friend. I liked how much Liam's mother worked hard to find the cause of the issue, not stopping until it got resolved, even though that journey was far from pleasant for the both of them.

Find out more on A J's website.

Suggested read
If you like books where characters deal with some big life issues then check out the Young Adult read Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella (Young Adult, 10/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

Nayu's News #238 Gaming heaven & Other things

What's awaiting us in 2018?

This post has been a little too long since the last which was about my wonderful almost new PS4 in late October. Oopsie. Life has been it's usual self. A few of you may have noticed a recent post which went up accidentally: It was blank with a title including Poop which is the name of a book I'm reviewing soon. These days I tend to put filler posts in Blogger, so I know what I need to review next. I'd expected to be able to finish the post before it posted, but that didn't quite happen. That explains the sort of April fool weird post on 31st December! 
Got you! Heehee ^u^

This is one of my favourite Miku outfits!
I've mostly been gaming lately, as I've needed lots of rest due to the weather (& mega meds that put me out of action for a week). I'm not the kind of blogger to post what, if any, resolutions I've made this year, or talk about upcoming posts because I don't make a list of topics to talk about in a year. I simply chat about what I want to chat about! Gaming will continue to be a big feature for me, I've many exciting games that I'm enjoying, including Hatsune Miku Project Diva Future Tone so you can expect more gaming posts. When I'm up for it I'll be working on my crochet projects, so you can expect posts about those. 
Because I can here is a not entirely happy (maybe just woken up?) Miku with a cute bunny!
As usual the place I updated almost daily is Twitter, I'm @Nayuleska so please do say hi if you're on there. I tweet a lot about gaming (not a surprise), my cat (also not a surprise)
"Yes, human?"
and other stuff too. I'm looking forward to seeing what 2018 has in store for me! Thank you for all your support, it's much appreciated and your comments here/on Twitter/in emails keeps me motivated to keep on posting as and when my not so brilliant body lets me!
Here's to a relaxing 2018!

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Happy 2018!

The artist wasn't clear but this is a super cute image of sisters Ruby and Dia from Love Live! Sunshine! anime (which I'm slowly catching up on) Love the kimonos!
While not the 1st day of the year this is the first post of the year, so I hope everyone has an awesome 2018! I don't do reflections on the past year online, what I've read/gamed/played etc. I'd love to but with limited energy resources I have to be selective in what I do post about, and I prefer to look forward rather than back. 
Hello Kitty says it best!

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Over On Nayu's Crochet Dreams #37

I've been a bit busy, find out what's happening on Nayu's Crochet Dreams! For the next week all posts are redirected there as that's all I've had time to schedule up. Please look my craft blog on 26th, 28th, and 30th December - I ran out of time to do individual posts linking you there (and I can't put links for not yet posted posts in pre-scheduled posts - that makes sense, honest!)

Reviews will return in the new year!