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Book Review: Shimmer the Glowworm. Finds Her Glow.



About the Book: Shimmer the glowworm has a low glow and goes on an inspirational journey to find it. She discovers along the way that helping others find their glow is what makes her glow show and the ME TREE she lives in reflected that all along.


  • Hardcover: 54 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Treasures (September 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 099084630X
  • Cost: 19.99 Hardcover






My Review: Shimmer the glowworm lives in a cave, in a Me Tree in Woodland. She will watch as other glowworms show their glow. They dance to the sound of crickets and play games. But Shimmer wouldn’t join them as she had a low glow. So she decided to go on a journey to find her glow.

On her journey, she met Ollie the Owl, and told him about having a low glow and that she was on a journey to find it. Ollie tells her that the answer may be inside of her. Shimmer told Ollie that he was wise and has a lot of wisdom. The Owl sat up straight, fluffed his feathers and said to Shimmer that he does have a lot of ideas and would like to help others. He was happy and notice that Shimmer glow has started to glow. “It is?” asked Shimmer. “It is,” said Ollie. He said goodbye and flew off. As she continues her journey she came across and helped Crayon the Chameleon, Kiki the Kangaroo, Scout the Raccoon, and each time her glow became brighter. She decided to go back to Woodland and see the other glowworms and tell them about her journey. The closer she got the brighter she got and glowed in every color. They were so happy to see her and they followed her back to her tree and she saw that the leaves had words on them that said, wisdom, color, bounce, curiosity, love and lot more words. The Me Tree reflected all the things that she had learned on her journey helping those she met along the way.

I enjoyed reading this book and everyone should have a copy for their young ones. Let them know that they have wisdom, color, bounce, curiosity, love and lot more inside them. This book also encourage children to help others which in turn should make them happy. The illustrations by Natalie Kelly helps tell the story with very strong and bold beautiful colors.


FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.





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February 8, 2016 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Spotlight: The History Major



About the Book: After a vicious fight with her boyfriend followed by a night of heavy partying, college freshman Amanda Greene wakes up in her dorm room to find things are not the same as they were yesterday. She can’t quite put her finger on it. She’s sharing her room with a peculiar stranger. Amanda discovers she’s registered for classes she would never choose with people that are oddly familiar. An ominous shadow is stalking her. Uncomfortable memories are bubbling dangerously close to her fracturing world, propelling her to an inevitable collision between fantasy and reality. Is this the mother of all hangovers or is something bigger happening?


  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1518893791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1518893797
  • Cost: $10.99 @amazon


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January 26, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review: If You Were Me and Lived in Italy.


If You Were Me and Lived in Italy. A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World by Carole P. Roman, illustrated by Kelsea Wierenga


About the Book: Join Carole P. Roman as she visits the Republic of Italy. Learn what it is like to live in Rome, see the famous architecture, celebrate a favorite holiday and discover popular names for both boys and girls. Be fascinated with it’s diverse and rich history and colorful traditions. On the way, you might learn a word or two in Italian!


Pages: 30

Cost: $9.99

Read more of Carole P. Roman’s books


My Review: We are taking a trip to Italy. This book gives readers an inside into the culture of Italy. Known in ancient times as the home of the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire stretched over almost 48 modern day countries.

Do you know that Rome was founded by Emperor Romulus in the year 753 BC? Making it one of the oldest city in Europe.

It was interesting to read that Rome is the only city in the world that has another country inside its borders, the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church which is considered as an independent state, has its capital as the Vatican City.

Learn about their currency the Euro, food and one of the most famous places in Italy, the Coliseum. Is it the largest Amphitheatre in the world built with ancient concrete and stones, and sit 5,000 to 8,000 people. The Coliseum was famous for public events like the Gladiators fights.

With only 30 pages the author did her best to give readers a lot of information including 3 pages of  pronunciation guide. I highly recommend this book for classroom teaching.


FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.



January 25, 2016 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

6th Annual Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop. Ends Jan 28th




6th Annual Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop

January 16th to 28th

Co-hosted by Reviews by Book Hounds

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Prize Pack is 2  books.



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If no response, the prize is forfeited and an alternate winner is chosen.


To win more books please check out the other OVER 50 blogs taking part by clicking on the link below to enter more goodies.


This giveaway close at midnight on January 28th and the winners will be selected at and post January 29th 2015.

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Winner is #31 – rebecca orr

Thanks everyone for visiting my blog and taking part in this Hop.


January 16, 2016 Posted by | Free Giveaways, Giveaway Hops | , , , , | 42 Comments

Author/Book Spotlight: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School.


About the Book: Life was better in the old days. Or was it?

That’s the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn’t cut out for an old-fashioned world.

With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive? Or is going “old school” just too hard for a kid like Greg?

After spending the summer at Film Camp, where Greg watched movies in an air-conditioned theater eight hours a day, he’s back in school faces a full house back home. New additions to the Heffley household include a carefree pig that comes and goes as it pleases, and Grandpa, who causes his own kinds of trouble for everyone. Even worse, Dad is seriously on Greg’s case. When Greg’s lemonade stand with his friend Rowley goes sour, and the Girl Scouts come after him, his only hope is to get away by joining a weeklong trip at Hardscrabble Farms. But once there, a mysterious farmer named Silas Scratch threaten to ruin Greg’s plans for some quite time away from home.

Will Greg find a way to survive? Or is going “old school” just too hard for him?


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  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Book 10)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Cost: $13.95


About the author: Jeff Kinney is an online game developer and designer, and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. Jeff was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons.





About the Publisher: Founded by Harry N. Abrams in 1949, ABRAMS was the first company in the United States to specialize in publishing art and illustrated books. Now a subsidiary of La Martinière Groupe, the company continues to publish critically acclaimed and bestselling works in the areas of art, photography, cooking, craft, interior and garden design, performing arts, fashion, and popular culture; children’s books ranging from young adult fiction to picture books to board books; and gift and stationery lines. For more than sixty years, ABRAMS has remained dedicated to a single objective—the practice of exceptional bookmaking. ABRAMS creates and distributes brilliantly designed visual books with the highest production values in the adult, young adult, and children’s trade markets under the following imprints: Abrams; Stewart, Tabori & Chang; STC Craft; Abrams ComicArts; Abrams Image; Abrams Books for Young Readers; Amulet Books; Abrams Appleseed; and Abrams Noterie. ABRAMS also distributes books for The Vendome Press, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate, Royal Academy of Arts, Booth-Clibborn Editions, Five Continents, SelfMadeHero, and others.

January 13, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Scary School. Zillions of Zombies


Scary School. Zillions of Zombies by Derek the Ghost

About the Book: After defeating the fearsome Ice Dragon, the students of Scary School were in full celebration mode with an awesome parade leading up to the Dance of Destiny. But when a bearodactyl snatches Charles Nukid and flies him to Monster Kingdom, his friends have to figure out a way to rescue him before he’s served as lunch to one of the kingdom’s horrifying creatures. Little do his friends know that he’s actually been taken there to be crowned the next monster king after defeating King Zog in battle. But no sooner is he crowned than he is challenged by Turlock the Troll. While trying to avoid getting crushed by Turlock’s crew, one of them breaks the Zombie Control Lever, which was keeping all the zombies of the world good and not ravenous for brains. Charles’s friends arrive in the nick of time after barely surviving a zombie attack at Scary School. Reunited, they now have to find the one unicorn in existence whose magic is powerful enough to turn all the zombies back to good before every monster and human alike are turned into the mindless brain-eating dead.

  • Age Range: 7 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 6
  • Series: Scary School (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Cost: $9.99


My Review: Wow! The final book in the Scary School series. I am a fan of Derek the Ghost series. It was interesting to read about monsters, ghouls, and other mythical beasts in the past series. In this final book, when Charles Nukid was named the new monster king, little did he know that he would be challenged by Turlock the Troll and that his friends are on their way to save him.

I’m not a big fan of zombie stories. Sorry Derek I find zombies boring. But I highly recommend this book for every young kid not afraid of zombies.

The book is funny and entertaining for younger kids. The illustrations by Revo Yansonon helps to tell the story.


Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.


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  • Age Range: 7 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 6
  • Series: Scary School (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Cost: $9.99


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January 6, 2016 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Author/Kindle Spotlight: The Proving written by Ken Brosky. Kindle Edition



About the Book: It’s been 133 years since the Specters invaded Earth. Like ghosts they haunt the planet, devouring anyone foolish enough to venture outside the last remaining protected cities. For some, venturing out isn’t a choice–it’s a necessary evil to prove yourself to your clan as you come of age.

But when a team of ambitious youth—New Adults—undertake a mission deep in Specter territory, they discover a terrible secret. Everything they’ve learned may be wrong … and Earth is in grave danger.


  • File Size: 3447 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Kindle Press (January 5, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2016


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About the Author: Ken Brosky’s first real adventure occurred when he was but 12 years old. Upon entering the family home one winter afternoon, he found himself surrounded by a cacophony of rubble. There had, over the course of the day, been a burglary. It seemed the intruders had been looking for something of vast importance.

Brosky took an inventory. The only thing missing, curiously, was his Game Boy.

It would be fifteen years before he saw it again. His journey took him around the world, where he met a strange variety of people: a simple-minded djinn, a scarecrow entranced by fire, a power-hungry dictator who enjoyed watching people eat. At each step, Brosky aged a thousand years every day. But he also grew closer to solving the mystery.


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January 5, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thank You 2015!

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Dear Friends/Followers/Readers/Authors,

As we say good bye to 2015, I will like to say a big thank you for showing your support. Thank you for giving your time to read the book reviews and taking part in the giveaways and giving great comments.

Thanks to the authors and publishers for all the books sent in for review/spotlight.

2015 has been a slow year for Mymcbooks Blog. We lost a lot of readers, may be because of the Goodbye post, but gained a few new ones.

This year I received over 100 books and given 127 books as giveaways with the help some of the authors and publishers.

In August, Mymcbooks was still able to giveaway school supplies free to families and one winner won a pair of sneaker.

I would personally like to thank all those who have helped to promote my blog via Facebook, twitter and pinterest.

What a blessed year this has been. The New Year may be a slow year as I plan to reduced the amount of books I review, but will try my best to keep spotlighting good books and do a few giveaways.

Thanks again to those that have supported us through Facebook. I pray you all have a blessed New Year 2016.

2015 in Review –


Be safe and God bless

Ella Johnson

December 31, 2015 Posted by | Mymcbooks | | 3 Comments

2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 18,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

December 31, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Book Spotlight: Hey, Let’s Make a Band!: The Official 5SOS Book



About the Book: This book is pretty much our official story so far. It really does only seem like last week we played our first gig in at the Annandale hotel in Sydney. Since then we’ve been given the opportunity to turn into the people and musicians we wanted to be.

The people who gave us the opportunity were the fans. So this book is like a thank you. We want everyone to know the story of how four western Sydney teenagers picked up their instruments and dreamt of being one of the biggest bands in the world. There’s also some embarrassing photos of us dicking around and some facts that some of us didn’t even know. So we hope you enjoy it!

Love cal, luke, ash and mike x



  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Cost: $21.99



Authors –

5SOS, as they are affectionately referred to by their ever-burgeoning fan base, first met in the schoolyard in a small town in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. Luke (18), Mikey (19), Calum (19), and Ash (20) were brought together by a mutual love of pop-punk and the adrenaline-fueled super rock of turn-of-the-millennium America.

They started posting videos on YouTube and within six months had amassed 50,000 Facebook fans, 100,000 Twitter followers, and more than 5 million YouTube views. The band relocated to London in September 2012 with one eye on world domination.

Fast-forward eighteen months, and, having spent 2013 and 2014 touring the globe, 5SOS released their debut album, which immediately reached #1 on iTunes in 71 countries and topped charts around the world, including the US Billboard chart. With more than 1.5 million albums sold worldwide and total single track sales in the US alone surpassing two million, it’s been a busy year for 5SOS.




December 29, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , | Leave a comment


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