Throwback Thursday – August 31st – My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by Renee @ It’s Book Talk. This meme is an awesome way to share favorites that were published over a year ago or even books that you’re finally reading after much time has passed. I have plenty of those to share! If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, and you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. Please link back to her@It’s Book Talk.

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-This week’s Pick-

My Sister’s Keeper

by Jodi Picoult

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Leave it to Jodi Picoult to captivate me from cover to cover. I read this in 2005 and remember that I couldn’t put it down until the final shocking end.

Sara’s daughter Kate is sick. She has leukemia and Sara will do whatever it takes to keep her alive. When Anna is born, she quickly becomes her sister Kate’s savior, but as time goes on, Anna wants a life of her own.

“If you have a sister and she dies, do you stop saying you have one? Or are you always a sister, even when the other half of the equation is gone?…I didn’t come to see her because it would make me feel better. I came because without her, it’s hard to remember who I am.” 

A life is at stake and family relationships spin out of control when Anna files a lawsuit against her parents to be removed from the situation. Who is it that’s right when not one of them is sure of their own decisions on this controversial matter?

I couldn’t put the book down. The book is written with multiple character viewpoints and the story unfolds quickly. Picoult has the capability of twisting a story so far that you can never figure out what’s ahead or how it’ll end.  I love the way she writes and she’s one of my favorite authors. This is just one of my favorite books by her.

My rating for this book is 5*****

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Blurb: Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate — a life and a role that she has never challenged… until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister—and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.

A provocative novel that raises some important ethical issues, My Sister’s Keeper is the story of one family’s struggle for survival at all human costs and a stunning parable for all time.

You can find the book on Amazon and Goodreads

  • Series: Picoult, Jodi (Large Print)
  • Hardcover: 712 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Large Print edition (May 18, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743486196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743486194

Here’s the movie trailer below. I thought the movie was good, but enjoyed the book much more…

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Meet the Reader Series with David – proud Gleeman in Branwen’s adventuring party & Hiatus

I’m taking a hiatus from Breakfast and a Book because I’m catching up on reading and won’t be able to add a new book this week. I should be back next week.

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I’m always looking for friends on Goodreads that have similar tastes. I like learning about new books and discussing them with others, so I decided to experiment with a new idea and thought it would be neat to find readers that I’m friends with on Goodreads and share them with you. Maybe they might be someone you’d like to add too. As I find readers with an interest, I’ll introduce them.

Meet the Reader Series

Today’s Featured Reader:

David – proud Gleeman in Branwen’s adventuring party

Q: Did you enjoy reading as a child? If so, what were some of your favorite books?

A: I did!  I actually started reading at a very young age.  My parents used to have audio cassettes of me reading “Sam & The Firefly” out loud when I was only two and a half years old.  During my grammar school years, I mostly read mysteries, it probably was influenced by my love of Scooby Doo cartoons at that time! I used to read series like “The Hardy Boys“, “Encyclopedia Brown“, and “The Three Investigators“.  Then when I was around 12 years old, I read Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None”, which was unlike anything I had ever read before, and I realized how magical books could really be!

Q: What are some of your favorite books this year or last?

A: Well, the last couple of years, I’ve been taking part in a buddy read of the entire “Wheel of Time” series with one of my best friends.  That’s over 12,000 pages, it might be the most epic buddy read in history!  This series has such vast world building and is populated with compelling characters who truly grow as the series goes on, it’s been an enthralling read.  I also read “To Kill a Mockingbird” last year for the very first time… such a powerful book, I have no idea why I waited so long to read it!

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Q: What are your favorite book genres?

A: My first love is the fantasy genre, both high fantasy and urban fantasy.  There are so many new worlds and imaginative adventures to find there.  I also like science fiction, although truth be told, I don’t have a very sciencey brain, so sometimes I can get a little lost if the author gets really intricate with the scientific elements… this tends to happen to me a lot in the cyberpunk and steampunk sub genres.  Still, the stories themselves are often so good I still enjoy the stories even if I get confused at times.  I’m also a big fan of mysteries and graphic novels as well.

Q: What are some of your favorite authors?

A: Well, I’ve always credited Agatha Christie for igniting my love of reading, so I will becollage-2017-08-30-1.png eternally grateful to her for that!  One of my favorite authors right now is Brandon Sanderson, who I think has crafted some of the most amazing stories I have ever read.  Other authors whose work has really stayed with me are J.K. Rowling, N.K. Jemisin, Robert Jordan, Jim Butcher, Gail Simone, Eve Forward, and Brian K. Vaughan. Also, one author I have to give a special mention to is R.A. Salvatore.  Not only do I love his action-packed fantasy novels (especially with his ability to describe sword fights in such a fluid way), but he indirectly introduced me to my friend Branwen, the same person I’m currently doing the “Wheel of Time” buddy read with!  I was reading Salvatore’s “Sojourn” novel when Branwen started posting on my GoodReads status updates about the book, and through our appreciation of the same author, she and I began a wonderful friendship that continues to this day!

You can check out Branwen’s Goodreads Profile HERE. 

Q: How many books are on your TBR shelf?

A: Oooh… like many people, I don’t think I’ll ever manage to read every book on my TBR shelf!  I think right now there are over 700 books on it! Exposure to more books is both a blessing and a curse of GoodReads.  On the one hand, it introduces me to so many books out there that sound like something I’d love to read.  However, the operative phrase there is “so many”!  Thanks to Goodreads, I now know about all these books I want to read, but I’ll never have time to read them all unless I live to be at least 900 years old!

Q: What’s an emotional book, or one you won’t forget that you’ve read this year or last?

A: The first book that sprang to mind when you asked this is “All The Light We Cannot See”.  It was such a heart-wrenching story about how war tears people apart on all sides.  I was especially moved by Werner’s role in the book.  Watching him start out as such a sweet and innocent child and being slowly indoctrinated into the Hitler youth movement was equal parts tragic and horrifying.  Plus, there are all the hardships that Marie-Laure suffered while trying to elude the Nazis. Not gonna lie, while reading it, my eyes did water up several times!

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Q: Is there a book you really didn’t enjoy this year or last?

A: One book I just couldn’t get into was a paranormal mystery called “Dark Side of Sunset Pointe“. It sounded great on paper, a freelance photographer who saw ghosts and was plagued by premonitions, trying to use his link with the supernatural to help solve a murder. Unfortunately, I found the characters bland and some of the attempts at writing in a noir style just felt too forced to me. Still, the book has several four-star and five-star reviews on Goodreads, so just because it wasn’t for me doesn’t mean it’s not for everyone.

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Q: What are you reading now?

A: I’m up to Book #7 in the Wheel of Time buddy read, which is “A Crown of Swords”.  It’s fairly well known that the pacing of the Wheel of Time novels slow down in the middle of the series, and that’s certainly true of this book.  Still, I’m fully invested in the characters and they’re still interesting to read about, even when they’re not doing a whole lot but traveling and arguing. I’m also currently reading a gothic vampire novel named “Corcitura” by Melika Dannese Lux.  Reading it, I’m constantly blown away by Melika’s ability to weave such a complex tale and to even inject so much humor into a horror novel.  Melika is one of the few authors whose writing can make you laugh, gasp, and cry all within the same page!

Q: They say to never judge a book by its cover, but just how important is the book cover to you?

A: In all honesty, not very.  When I’m in a bookstore, I’m much more interested in the description on the back than the picture on the cover. While a great cover can certainly help catch the eye, there are plenty of books I’ve enjoyed that had lame covers but brilliant plot summaries.  “Storm Front” by Jim Butcher and “Mind Games” by Carolyn Crane are two books that immediately come to mind that I was so glad I bought and read even though their covers did nothing for me.

Q: Do you have a blog? Have you ever thought about starting one?

A: I don’t have a blog myself.  I would love to start one someday, but much like reading all 700 books on my TBR shelf, this is another thing that there just aren’t enough hours in the day for me to be able to do right now.

Q: Have you written anything? If not, have you ever thought about writing your own book?

A: I actually am working on a book right now!  I had an idea for a while about an urbanpexels-photo-210661.jpeg fantasy series featuring a group of social workers called “The Good Spirits” who specialize with paranormal beings and help them to thrive in a world where many people fear them. For the last couple of years, things have been so crazy in my personal life, I didn’t have the time or energy to pursue it, but I recently became more determined to get back into my writing.  The first book is called “When Only Ghosts Remain” and is about a cult of ruthless monster hunters called “The Night Suns” who are trying to unleash an army of malevolent spirits on the world in order to convince everyone how dangerous these paranormal creatures supposedly are and why their own organization is supposedly necessary. The Good Spirits have to stop the Night Suns’ plot and protect both humanity and the paranormal beings from being harmed by the angry ghosts. I’ll be posting chapters on Wattpad as I complete them.

Q: Which do you enjoy more, e-books or physical books? How about audio books?

A: This is a tough one!  I actually resisted e-books for years, but after finally getting a Kindle, I have to admit that e-books are so convenient as far as storage space and being 51QEbDDolEL._SX425_able to highlight certain passages.  Still, there’s just something about flipping through the pages of a physical book that E-readers just can’t replace.  If I had to pick only one format or the other, I think I would have to go with physical books. I don’t do audio books myself, I’d rather read books in my own voice.

Q: Where do the majority of your books come from? (Library, bookstore)

A: These days, the majority of my books come from Amazon.  That ultra convenient “one-click” buying option has cost me hundreds of dollars over the years!  I do love browsing through the shelves of a bookstore, but unfortunately there just aren’t as many of them left these days.  There used to be a Borders bookstore about 10 minutes away from me which was one of my favorite places to shop, but once Borders closed, the nearest bookstore is a lot further away now. So even most of my physical books come from online stores these days.

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Should YA Books Have Parental Ratings?

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Here lately I’ve come across a few YA books that contained some content I thought might be inappropriate for young readers. With an eleven year old advanced reader, I’m reading more YA to be sure that the books are appropriate beforehand. YA can be directed at ages twelve on up to twenty-five which we all know is a broad range. Many of these books don’t come with an age rating at all and online research is needed, or the book must be screened beforehand.

Our library has become so strict with what children are able to check out. If they attempt to checkout an R-rated movie and they are under the age of eighteen, the computer will alert the library clerk and the movie will be put back on the shelf. However, they can check out any book they want. If a teen wants to buy a mature video game at Wal-Mart, the parent has to to buy it because they won’t allow him to.

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The problem with books is that many parents don’t have time to read and screen books before their kids read them. I’m sure plenty of parents don’t even like to read or just don’t feel the need to. Reading isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Now, I’ve read YA books that are perfect for my eleven year old and others that I’d never want her to read before she’s upper high school level. How wonderful it would be to open a book and read a short rating that stated: Strong use of language, sexual situations, suicide, incest. Then, you’d know right away whether a book is appropriate. Would that be too much of a spoiler? Maybe…

Earlier this year I read All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. I made the mistake of recommending the book to a few friends on GR. Needless to say, I lost a few friends over it and all because of the content. They told me that they never would’ve read the book had they known that a thirteen year old was having a sexual relationship with a young adult. They felt that the author was promoting this behavior and that it was child abuse. I didn’t feel that way, but it was at that moment that I realized people are sensitive to different things. What was I thinking when I recommended that book? I mean, it’s just a book, right? My thoughts were on the fact that Wavy,  at thirteen, was not like most other thirteen year olds, and that somehow that made the relationship okay. Others would say no, without a doubt, its wrong. It’s true that teens all have different maturity levels and can’t be pigeonholed, like in Wavy’s case. So saying that a book is for ages thirteen and up might not work for everyone.

I’ve also noticed that there are people who won’t read a book if it involves rape. Some people have triggers, and I’m talking about adult readers here. How would they feel about their kids reading books involving sexual situations, promiscuity, drug use, and sexual abuse when they don’t even like reading them?

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I’m getting off the YA topic here, but we as parents raise our children differently and I was thinking that ratings on YA books might be helpful to many. I personally would just like to see a short warning that stated the content where applicable, at least with YA. Like watching a movie trailer, the rating is exposed before the movie is even released. I’m not in any way claiming that the book’s content should be changed or stating that the content is bad, only that maybe it would be beneficial to have a short statement if the book contains controversial content for young readers.

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Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation – Book Review

Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation

by: Brett Fletcher Lauer (Author)Lynn Melnick (Author)Carolyn Forché (Introduction)

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I picked this up from my local library a while back after there was some controversy with a few parents over the book being considered YA due to the content. They felt that it was inappropriate and came in complaining about the book after their kids brought it home. At the age of 11, my oldest daughter is starting to read some YA and I thought I’d like to check this one out to see what the fuss was all about and if it’s something she could read. Plus, I love poetry.

The book is a compilation of about one hundred poems from different authors on various topics including racism, drug use, sexual orientation, sexual abuse, common problems that teens experience with friends and family, and others. It does contain some profanity. It’s a good mix of poems and I loved some and didn’t like others. A few of my favorites are:

“Richer Than Anyone in Heaven,”

“Boyishly”

“High-School Picture Re-Take Day”

“That’s Everything Inevitable”

“Sonnet”

“Second Summer”

“The Wait for Cake”

My absolute favorite was:
“Concerning the Land to the South of Our Neighbors to the North.”

I enjoyed the book, but I’m not sure about this being used in classrooms and feel that it might be best for upper high school due to some of the content. YA can mean different ages from twelve all the way up to twenty-five and I noticed that School Library Journal lists this as tenth grade and up, but I don’t think it’s appropriate for all tenth graders. Some of these poems are intense and a few can be offensive. It’s books like these that make me wish (even more) that there was a rating system in place for books just like movies, then parents and teachers could decide right away whether a book is or isn’t appropriate for their readers. I’m no expert, but in my opinion, even as an adult you really have to go into this book with an open mind.

I was pleasantly surprised to find the afterward which contains information about the poets and some short Q&A’s for each. What I didn’t like was that the questions asked were about favorite foods. artists, and mottos. I would’ve liked to learn why they wrote the poem that was featured in the book and what inspired them to write these poems in the first place.

My rating on this is 3.5***

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (March 10, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670014796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670014798

Blurb: One hundred poems. One hundred voices. One hundred different points of view.

Here is a cross-section of American poetry as it is right now—full of grit and love, sparkling with humor, searing the heart, smashing through boundaries on every page. Please Excuse This Poem features one hundred acclaimed younger poets from truly diverse backgrounds and points of view, whose work has appeared everywhere from The New Yorker to Twitter, tackling a startling range of subjects in a startling range of poetic forms. Dealing with the aftermath of war; unpacking the meaning of “the rape joke”; sharing the tender moments at the start of a love affair: these poems tell the world as they see it.

Editors Brett Fletcher Lauer and Lynn Melnick have crafted a book that is a must-read for those wanting to know the future of poetry. With an introduction from award-winning poet, editor, and translator Carolyn Forché, Please Excuse This Poem has the power to change the way you look at the world. It is The Best American Nonrequired Reading—in poetry form.

Find it on Amazon and Goodreads


 

Here you can see the authors introduce the book and also hear some of the poems.

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About the Authors:

Brett Fletcher Lauer

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Brett Fletcher Lauer is the deputy director of the Poetry Society of America and the poetry editor of A Public Space, and the author of memoir Fake Missed Connections: Divorce, Online Dating, and Other Failures, and the poetry collection A Hotel In Belgium. In addition to co-editing several anthologies, including Please Excuse this Poem: 100 News Poets for the Next Generation and Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets, he is the poetry co-chair for the Brooklyn Book Festival. – Goodreads

Find Brett Fletcher Lauer on:

Goodreads | Website | Amazon


Lynn Melnick

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Lynn Melnick is the author of the poetry collections Landscape with Sex and Violence (forthcoming, 2017) and If I Should Say I Have Hope (2012), both with YesYes Books, and the co-editor of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation (Viking, 2015). Her poetry has appeared in APR, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and elsewhere, and she has written essays and book reviews for Boston Review, LA Review of Books, and Poetry Daily, among others. A 2017-2018 fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, she also teaches poetry at the 92Y and serves on the Executive Board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Born in Indianapolis, she grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in Brooklyn. – Goodreads

Find Lynn Melnick on:

Goodreads | Website | Amazon

 

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Music Monday: Frankie Smith “Double Dutch Bus”

Music Monday

This meme was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday! I’d like to thank Drew for creating this meme because it’s unique and I love it.

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This week’s song pick is…

Double Dutch Bus

By Frankie Smith

When this song comes on,  I have to move. I love it.

When I was younger and had a nightlife, I would go out with my friends on the weekends. This song would come on and we would get together in a group and do the “Double Dutch Bus.” I’m not spectacular at dancing, but this one is fairly easy, and in my opinion, looks so impressive with a bunch of people.

Here’s a lovely group of people doing the “Double Dutch Bus” Dance below…

The lady in grey on the left really has it down!

Good times…


This song comes from the album “Children of Tomorrow”

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Lyrics:

Gimme a “ho” if you got your funky bus fare

Ho! ho! ho!

There’s a double dutch bus coming down the street
Moving pretty fast
So kinda shuffle your feet
Get on the bus and pay your fare
And tell the driver that you’re
Going to a Double Dutch Affair
Fe fi fo fum
Well I’ll be darn here it comes
The Double Dutch Bus is on the street
You’d better get off the curb
Move your feet

Bus fare trans-pass
That’s the way my money lasts
Ain’t got no car to get around
When I go to work I’ve gotta go downtown
Now I’ve missed my train
That’s a darn shame
When I’m running late no sleep’s to blame
If you’ve gotta wife you know I’m right
Gotta special man well I can understand
Uptown, downtown everybody’s getting down
Say uptown, say downtown

Well I missed my bus I know I’m late
I gotta do something I know I hate
I’m gonna walk to work fifteen blocks
I already got a hole in my socks
Go ahead and laugh that’s okay
‘Cause what I really wanna say
I got bad feet my corns hurt
To top it off I’m late for work
Let me tell you what I say
When I’m dealin’ wit a funky sidewalk
Let me show you how I walk
When I gotta do my funky walk
Let me tell you what I say
When I’m dealing wit a funky sidewalk

I say shhhhhhhhhhh-sugarrrrr

Hizzey, gizzirls! y’izzall hizzave t’ mizzove izzout the wizzay sizzo the gizzuys can plizzay bizzasketbizzal

Izzsay whizzat? nizzo yizzou izzain’t

Y’izzall bizzetter mizzove!

Izzsay whizzat? willze illzain’t millzovin’

Shillzu-gillza! milzza nilzza bilzzaby!

Willze illzare plizzayin’ dizzouble dizzutch! dizzouble dizzutch! dizzouble dizzutch!

Willze illzare plizzayin’ dizzouble dizzutch! dizzouble dizzutch! dizzouble dizzutch!

Millze gillzot sillzomebillzody plillzays dillzouble dillzzutch

Whozzo?

My gizzirl!

Brillzing her izzin!

Izzo kizzay!

Izzall rizzight

Izzo kizzay!

Izzall rizzight! nizzow wilzee wilzill zillzee

Bip, bomp, bam alakazam
But only if you’re grooving
With the Double Dutch Man
Put on your skates don’t forget your rope
‘Cause I know I’m gonna see you
At my Double Dutch Show
Rebecca, Lolita, Veshawn and Dawn
Every time you do the Double Dutch you really turn it on
Bilzarbra, Milzary, Bilzetty, Kilzam
Tilzommy, Tilzerrance, Bilzobby that’s my man
Come on get on my Double Dutch Bus
(The Double Dutch Bus)

Let me hear you say do that
(Do that)
Let me hear you say do that again
(Do that again)
Let me hear you say do the
Do the do
Let me hear you say do the do the do
Do the do the do
Do the do the do do do do do do
Do the do the do do do do do do

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Shabby Sunday: Walking Through Fire by Laurel Lee

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Shabby Sunday Meme

I have a lot of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every week or so that shared one of my cherished vintage books. Then, I thought that maybe there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a weekly meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? Please feel free to participate. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.


Today’s shabby share is:

Walking Through Fire

by: Laurel Lee

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I’m one of those people who believe that everything happens for a reason and this book is just one example. It fell into my hands at our local library book sale after someone had donated it. I have a thing for vintage books as it is, but there was something special about this one. Little did I know, this would be a book that would help me in the near future with my own health struggles.

The book is a hospital journal written by Laurel Lee, a woman who’s just become stricken with Hodgkin’s while pregnant with her third child. This book is her journey with cancer and everything else in between, including her everyday life with marriage and children. Laurel deals with typical life while being faced with multiple challenges alongside a scary situation that threatens her life and the life of her unborn child. She outlines her experiences in this book.

Why is this book a favorite? What I loved most about it was that it’s a journal–a true account that Laurel was willing to share with others regarding her personal trials and tribulations. Her courage shines through and was an inspiration to me before I experienced something similar. Sometimes our health can get in the way of how we want to live our lives. Often we take our health for granted and I think this book does an excellent job of bringing this to our attention, but at the same time, it’s also a celebration of life.

The cover was designed by Laurel and has many little drawings in the text by the author as well. Like me, this book will be forty years old this September and was published in 1977. It’s roughly one hundred and eighteen pages and a quick read. Mine is the first edition hardcover with a dust jacket.

This remains on my shelf permanently. Even though I found it hard to read at times, it’s one of my favorites and gets a 5-star rating from me. I would recommend it to anyone.

When thou walkest through the fire,
thou shall not be burned,
neither shall the flame be kindled upon thee – Isaiah 43:2

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Award: Unique Blogger Award 2 & 3

I was nominated by two lovely ladies, Roda@growingself and Darquedreamer@darquedreamerreads for The Unique Blogger Award last week. I hope that you’ll check out both of these blogs if you haven’t already.

Roda’s blog is very inspirational and has beautiful photography, recipes, life lessons, gardening, many posts that help guide us on our journey, and so much more. If you haven’t had the pleasure, please check out her blog today.

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Darque Dreamer is a wonderful gal that has a very unique and beautiful blog. You can really get stuck on her bookish photos, for real! She also has many book reviews and Saturday Chaturdays. I was just reading about her upcoming buddy read this morning with another sister blogger. Very cool! Please go check her out if you haven’t yet.

DarqueDreamer@DarqueDreamerReads


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The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions.

 


 

Darque Dreamer’s Questions:

1. What is one thing you feel is unique about your blog, or a unique idea you plan to implement later?

I enjoy doing my Lesson’s from Grandpa posts and I feel like those are fairly unique. These are lessons that I learned from my grandfather, some that I need to remind myself about often. I feel that these might help others as well.

2. Name a unique music artist. 

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So I’m going with Young The Giant because they are definitely unique. They have a crunchy and electronic sound and at the same time, I can hear undertones of other bands like Cold War Kids, The Lumineers, and even Coldplay. It’s quite amazing.

And if the world don’t break
I’ll be shakin’ it
‘Cause I’m a young man after all
And when the seasons change
Will you stand by me?
‘Cause I’m a young man built to fall

 

3. Tell me about a unique book you have read, or movie you have watched, and why was it unique?

Definitely, have to go with the movie Interstellar starring  Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Michael Caine. It’s definitely mind bending and unlike any other movie I’ve seen! If you haven’t watched it, try it out. You’ll be surprised…

Summary: In Earth’s future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth’s population to a new home via a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind’s new home.


Roda’s Questions:

1. What would you describe as your perfect moment?

My perfect moment was the day I received my test results that showed that a serious autoimmune disease I had developed was in remission and possibly gone forever. All because I took my health seriously and did what I needed to survive. At that moment I realized that everything I’d gone through was worth it and I just needed to trust myself. At one point, my future was uncertain and I didn’t know if I’d be here to raise my kids or not. None of us are guaranteed time, but we can be in control of our health. I feel that I took control and learned how to truly heal my body which was an educational experience in itself.

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2. Describe the person you aim to be in five sentences or less.

I want to be the best mom & wife I can be, caring and compassionate to others, while being fun and positive to be around.

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3. What is the one thing you love most about YOU!?

I love that I’m “finally” strong-minded and have become much more self-confident. It took me like FOREVER to get this way and it’s a work in progress, but I feel good in knowing that I believe in myself.

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Award: One Lovely Blog Award

 

I was recently nominated by Jo-Ann@InspirationPie.com for the One Lovely Blog Award. I especially enjoy reading Jo-Ann’s Daily Walk posts and all of her tags and awards! Please check out her blog if you haven’t done so already. Thanks for nominating me, Jo-Ann! You’re such a sweet person and I’m glad to know you!

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RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself
  3. Nominate 15 bloggers and inform them of the nomination

Seven Facts about me:

1. I love to bake!

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2. I’m obsessed with growing pumpkins-

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Including giant ones!

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3. I love drinking plants.

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4. I love growing my own food.

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5. My favorite color is purple!

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6. I enjoy canning.

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7. I LOVE Halloween and decorating is a must!

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TAG: This-Is-My-Truth-Now

I was tagged by Claire@bookscoffeeandrepeat for the This-Is-My-Truth-Now Tag. I’m really late getting to this one and I apologize for that. Check out Claire’s blog for book reviews, memes, and Creepy Fridays!

  Please check out Claire’s original post for this tag and read her answers to the challenge questions by clicking HERE

This tag was created by Jay@thisismytruthnow.com

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The Rules

  1. Create your own new post and call it “Tag: This-Is-My-Truth-Now” and be sure to include in your tags the words — without quotes — “ThisIsMyTruthNow Tag”
  2. Include these rules when you copy/paste to your own post.
  3. Be sure to thank the person that tagged you and include their responses at the bottom of your post, so someone can get to know them too. Tell everyone something interesting about the person who tagged you.
  4. Include a link to my original post mentioning this blog so we can see how many people choose to play along. Link to cut/paste is:  ThisIsMyTruthNow
  5. Choose 12 bloggers to tag and include a link to their latest post, so others can check them out and meet new people.
  6. Answer all 12 questions in The Challenge Questions section, but replace the 12th question with your own new one around telling the truth or revealing something interesting about yourself — you can leave the existing if you can’t think of something.
  7. Be sure to copy/paste the “Truth or Dare” section at the end of this post. It’s important to the challenge — so you better carefully read it!
  8. If you’ve haven’t been tagged, but you want to play along, you can totally jump on in and post responses to the tag on your blog.

TRUTH:

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Answer the challenge questions as truthful as possible!

QUESTION 1You’re on your way to a birthday dinner that your friends have thrown for you. When you arrive, your favorite author is having dinner by himself or herself and asks you to sit with them, before you even see your friends or they see you. You have two choices: (1) You can sit with the author but can’t tell your friends that you’ve abandoned them for three hours, or (2) Meet your friends and lose the only chance you’ll ever have to talk with the author. Pick one or the other — no exceptions or communication to your friends to tell them about the author — and explain why.

QUESTION 2You’ve got an opportunity to spend a few hours alone “in your bedroom” with a character from any book you’ve previously read. The character tells you that (s)he would like to lock the door and spend some alone time with you. What book and character is it, and do you decide to enter the room and lock the door, or tell them you aren’t interested?

QUESTION 3: If you could turn any male character from one of your favorite books into a female character (or change a female into a male) in the book or book series, which one and why?

QUESTION 4What blogger currently on your follower’s list (meaning they follow you too) do you admire the most and why?

QUESTION 5If you could change any one decision your favorite book character made, what would it be and why?

QUESTION 6If you could pick 1 character from a book and 1 character from a TV show you watch (that is NOT based on a book) to be in a relationship together, who would you choose, and why?

QUESTION 7It’s your last day on Earth. As you are about to cross that final finish line, a mysterious shadow appears, giving you a choice: (1) You can go move forward to whatever comes next for you [based on your own spiritual or religious beliefs], or (2) you can become a character in a book series and exist permanently doing whatever that author chooses to do with you in the book. Which do you choose, and if it’s option 2, reveal the book and author.

QUESTION 8If you could steal a pet from someone in any book you’ve read, but had to replace it with a friend’s pet (meaning they wouldn’t ever see their pet again), would you do it?  If so, explain the who and why.

QUESTION 9If you could turn someone from your real life into a character from a book, who from your life, who in the book and why?

QUESTION 10Post a picture of the cover of a book you read in 2000 and the book you are currently reading now. (Note: if you weren’t alive in 2000, pick the first book you ever read and tell everyone what year it was from).

QUESTION 11Your favorite character (under 18) needs a place to stay for 3 months and asks you if (s)he could stay in your spare room (yes, you have one for the sake of this question). Who is it and what is the reason (s)he needs to stay with you?

QUESTION 12What are qualities that a favorite character of yours has that you wish you had as well? What character, what qualities and why? Pick a book you’ve read this year (you can change this question when added to your blog, but please let me know your answer to this question in the comments below)

–OR–

DARE:

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If you choose not to accept the tag, you have to follow through on whatever dare the person who tags you chooses.

My dare was to write a Haiku poem about a book I hated.

I chose the dare. It takes a lot for me to hate a book and I don’t even like using the word, but one book stands out and I nearly hated it- It’s titled, The Happiest Mommy You Know. I’m not an author and don’t like book bashing, but I simply didn’t like this book. I understood her point, but it got out of hand in my opinion. I won’t get into that now. If you’re interested, you can see my review for it HERE.

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Here’s my poem…

 My children come first.
Really ♡ my yoga pants-
Happy family…

 

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Tag: Guilty Reader Book Tag

I learned about this tag from Rachel@paceamorelibri and couldn’t wait to do it. I really like the questions here. If you haven’t checked out Rachel’s blog yet, please do. She has many book reviews, awards, and wrap-ups to read.

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1. Have You Ever Regifted A Book That You’ve Been Given?

I haven’t technically regifted a book, but one time I did secretly and carefully read a book that I bought for someone else before I gave it to them. Yikes! I couldn’t resist! It was a Nicholas Spark’s book.

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2. Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?

No. If I haven’t read a book, I’ll say I haven’t. When I DNF a book (rare), I normally tell people that I tried it but didn’t finish it.

3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

I sort of have to admit to doing this. In elementary school, I had a teacher that brought in her copy of Bittersweet, a book of stories and poems. She thought that it was wonderful that I had an interest in writing poetry and she asked me to check out the book. I never gave it back and I still have it to this day. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to give it back, but mainly that she ended up leaving that year for some unexpected reason and I just never had the chance to give it back to her. I never saw her again. I still think about her sometimes.

Here it is:

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4. Have you ever read a series out of order?

Not that I can remember. I’ve come real close though! Although I did read LOTR before The Hobbit which is backward I suppose since The Hobbit is the prequel. I’m reading The Hobbit with my youngest son now.

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5. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

I think it’s possible. My mom reads and she often hears me talking about books and reads them after I do. Sometimes I get emotional and rant a little. I think for a few books, I may have mildly spoiled it for her.

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6. Have you ever doggy eared a book?

No way. It’s a pet peeve! I would never do that. When I get books from the library and people have dog eared the pages, it drives me crazy. I’m weird about it.

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7. Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?

I have to stick with Rachel’s answer on this! No?  Why would I do that? Lol.

8. Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?

Nope. I don’t know why someone would do that unless they’re really embarrassed to read something. I will say that when I read the Fifty Shades Trilogy, I wasn’t really comfortable telling people about it and didn’t shout it from the rooftops. It really isn’t my genre and I guess because I hadn’t read many books like it and it seemed weird explaining it to people due to the content, I just didn’t mention it.

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9. Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?

Yeah, I have skimmed pages before, but never an entire chapter. This is something that I don’t like doing and I only do it if I’m super disgusted with a book.

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10. Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?

No. I have no problem being honest about my opinions. Even with books I don’t like, I’m not much of a book basher.

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Cover Reveal: The Bride of Glass (Glass Vault #2) by Candace Robinson

Today is the cover reveal for The Bride of Glass by Candace Robinson. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The cover is designed by Jenny Zemanek @ Seedlings Design Studio.

The Bride of Glass

The Bride of Glass (Glass Vault #2)
By Candace Robinson
Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Horror
Age category: upper Young Adult
Release Date: September 1, 2017

Blurb:
Perrie Madeline is trapped in Vale’s clutches as the Bride. Can Perrie find a way to escape her mental prison?

Maisie Jaser is on a rescue mission to retrieve her cousin and best friend, Perrie. Together, she hopes to bring down Vale and rid the world of the destruction he has caused.

Will Vale prevail?

The Bride of Glass is a mixture of humor, romance, violence, darkness, and hope.


You can find The Bride of Glass on Goodreads

You can pre-order The Bride of Glass here on Amazon

First book in the series:
Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault
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Some see it… Some don’t…

You can see my review for Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault and my Q&A with Candace Robinson HERE


 

You can buy your copy of Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault here on Amazon.

Candace Robinson

About the Author:
Candace Robinson is just your average hemiplegic migraine sufferer. Her days are spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books. She live just outside of Houston, Texas, where it feels like the hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather. No, seriously, one day it’s 30 degrees and the next it’s 70 degrees! She resides with her husband and daughter.

 

You can find and contact Candace here:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Instagram


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Throwback Thursday – August 24th 2017 – Twilight

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by Renee @ It’s Book Talk. This meme is an awesome way to share favorites that were published over a year ago or even books that you’re finally reading after much time has passed. I have plenty of those to share! If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, and you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. Please link back to her@It’s Book Talk.

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-This week’s Pick-

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

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I could read this book over and over again. After seeing mixed reviews on it and reading that many people complained about the writing and characters,  I bypassed it for awhile, but I had to read it. I’m a long time Anne Rice fan and LOVE vampire stories.

I fell in love with this book from the first chapter…

“In the Olympic Peninsula of northwest Washington State, a small town named Forks exists under a near-constant cover of clouds. It rains on this inconsequential town more than any other place in the United States of America. It was from this town and its gloomy, omnipresent shade that my mother escaped with me when I was only a few months old. It was in this town that I’d been compelled to spend a month every summer until I was fourteen. That was the year I finally put my foot down; these past three summers, my dad, Charlie, vacationed with me in California for two weeks instead.”

Bella is moving to Forks, Washington, to live with her dad. Forks is a small town and dreary for the most part. Bella doesn’t have a great relationship with her dad as she was raised by her mom, plus she’s the new girl in town and doesn’t know anyone. Bella’s new life is fairly boring until the Cullen family comes into the picture.

“I stared because their faces, so different, so similar, were all devastatingly, inhumanly beautiful. They were faces you never expected to see except perhaps on the airbrushed pages of a fashion magazine. Or painted by an old master as the face of an angel. It was hard to decide who was the most beautiful – maybe the perfect blond girl, or the bronze-haired boy.”

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Bella is fascinated by the Cullens and ends up with an assigned seat next to Edward in Biology class. Edward acts strangely…

“I peeked up at him one more time, and regretted it. He was glaring down at me again, his black eyes full of revulsion. As I flinched away from him, shrinking against my chair, the phrase if looks could kill suddenly ran through my mind.”

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It’s so mysterious. Why is Edward acting so strangely around her? Bella is fascinated by him and as the story moves forward, there’s no telling the upcoming circumstances Bella will be dealing with.

This may not be the beautiful prose that many people are looking for, but the plot and characters were enough to captivate me. I loved everything about it and flew through it. I couldn’t wait to read the next book.

My rating on this book is 5*****


 

Blurb: About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.

  • Series: The Twilight Saga, Book 1 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316015849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316015844

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Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Blueberry Pancakes – The lost Boys Vol. 1 – The White Raven

Happy Wednesday! I have a delicious breakfast recipe for you all today and a few new books to share. I woke up this morning and had a taste for blueberry pancakes!

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So the original recipe is titled “Fluffy Pancakes” and it’s from Allrecipes.com. I’m making this recipe exactly how it’s listed below, except I’m tripling the recipe ingredients to cook for the eight people in my house. The original recipe you see below serves four.

Fluffy Pancakes:

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • cooking spray

Directions

  1. Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to “sour”.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into “soured” milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.

Sausage:

I’m using this all natural sausage I picked up from Costco. It’s made by Jones Dairy Farm. We’ve been buying this sausage for years and it’s the only link I like to buy because it’s nitrate and msg free. I’m not big on eating meat, but my family is, and I like to pay attention to the ingredients I’m feeding them as well. The ingredients are pork, water, salt, and spices. There are no antibiotics or hormones and it’s pork raised on a vegetarian diet. This company makes chicken and turkey sausage too, which is equally delicious. You can click the link above to visit their website.

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This sausage is brown and serve. I just add it to my preheated cast iron pan.

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Cook them on medium heat until they’re browned and cooked through.

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For the pancakes…

I like to make my pancake batter right in my Vitamix because there’s less mess, it’s easy to mix, and it’s simple to pour out the batter.

First, I add the milk and vinegar and let it sit for a few minutes to sour up.

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After 2 or 3 minutes, it’s ready. I added in the eggs and melted butter.

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Turn it on low and start adding all your dry ingredients.

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Turn it up to medium or so to get a nice thick batter. You don’t need to mix it much.

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Grease and heat your pan over medium heat. Pour the batter evenly, roughly 1/4 cup at a time into the pan. Immediately add the blueberries.

 

You can even use chocolate chips, nuts, or other fruits.

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Cook lightly on each side until cooked through.

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I served ours with butter, syrup, and sausage.

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This Week’s Children’s Books – Winter Candle – This House, once – Behind the Legend: Bigfoot – Nutik, the Wolf Pup – We Forgot Brock!

I have five new children’s books to share with you this week!

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Winter Candle

by Jeron FrameStacey Schuett (Illustrations)

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Blurb: When each family at the diverse Juniper Court apartment complex needs something to light up the dark of winter, the stumpy, lumpy candle provides a glow brighter than the fanciest taper, revealing the true spirit of each holiday it illuminates.

  • Age Range: 4 – 11 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 6
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Creston Books (November 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939547105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939547101

My Review

Multiple residents at the Juniper Court Apartment complex are celebrating their family traditions during the holidays. As each family begins their celebration, they realize they are missing an important component- a candle. As the candle is passed from family to family, children will learn about Havdalah, Saint Lucia Day, and Kwanzaa.

We enjoyed the vivid and detailed illustrations. The authors note at the end explains these traditions and what each holiday means as well as why they are celebrated. It’s an interesting and educational book for elementary readers. 4****

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This House, once

by Deborah Freedman

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Blurb: Deborah Freedman’s masterful new picture book is at once an introduction to the pieces of a house, a cozy story to share and explore, and a dreamy meditation on the magic of our homes and our world.

Before there was this house,
there were stones,
and mud,
and a colossal oak tree—
three hugs around
and as high as the blue.

What was your home, once?

This poetically simple, thought-provoking, and gorgeously illustrated book invites readers to think about where things come from and what nature provides.

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 28, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481442848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481442848

My Review

This beautifully illustrated book is a powerful and poetic story about a house that was, at one point, only stones and bricks. Children will discover that every piece of the house came from the earth. It’s a thought-provoking and beautiful story.

We especially enjoyed the illustrations including all the little animals pictured all around in nature. This is a very simple read and I appreciated the note to readers at the end which provokes discussion. 4****

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Watch Emily Arrow sing the song “This House, once” in this video:

 

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Nutik, the Wolf Pup

by Jean Craighead GeorgeTed Rand (Illustrations

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Blurb: In an Eskimo village at the top of the world lived a little boy whose name was Amaroq. Named for the great wolf leader who saved the life of his big sister, Julie, Amaroq loved wolves as much as his big sister did.

One day Julie brings home a sickly wolf pup named Nutik for Amaroq to feed and tend. “Don’t fall in love with Nutik,” Julie warns, “or your heart will break when the wolves come to take their pup home.” Amaroq feeds and cares for Nutik, and soon the fuzzy little pup is romping and playing and following Amaroq everywhere. Amaroq and Nutik become best friends, but soon it’s time for Nutik to rejoin his wolf family. Will Amaroq be strong like the great wolf leader he was named after and be able to let Nutik go?

In this adventure-first told in Julie’s Wolf Pack, the sequel to the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves Jean Craighead George brings the Arctic world of Julie and her family to a picturebook audience.

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Library Binding: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (January 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060281650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060281656

My Review

A boy named Amaroq is introduced to a wolf pup named Nutik after his sister finds the sick pup and brings him home for care. Amaroq is responsible for caring for Nutik and his sister tells him from the start not to get attached because he’ll be leaving to return to his old pack once he’s stronger. Amaroq can’t help himself and Nutik becomes his best friend. Follow along in the story to see if Amaroq can remain brave when the time comes for Nutik to move on.

This book is part of our curriculum this week as we’re learning about wolves in the wild. The illustrations felt so authentic to us and it’s no wonder after reading that the illustrator, Ted Rand, traveled to Alaska to observe the arctic tundra first hand. It’s visually stunning and the story is powerful and emotional at the same time. 5*****

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Here’s a program that we are watching below on BBC.


 

We Forgot Brock!

by Carter Goodrich

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BlurbThe importance of imaginary friends is very real in this picture book adventure from the author of Say Hello to Zorro! and lead character designer for Despicable MeFinding Nemo, and Monsters, Inc.

Phillip and Brock are best friends. Everyone can see Phillip, but only Phillip can see Brock.

A night at the Big Fair is all fun and games until Phillip gets sleepy, heads home, and forgets Brock!

Brock misses Phillip. And Phillip misses Brock. Will they reunite? With the help of another pair of pals, they just might. Because even imaginary friends get lost sometimes. Finding them is part of the adventure.

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 25, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442480904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442480902

My Review

A little boy named Phillip enjoys spending time with his imaginary friend named Brock. They play together, eat together, and pretty much do everything together. The strange thing is that nobody else can see Brock, so when they visit the fair, Brock accidentally gets left behind. Follow along in the story to see if Phillip will find Broch and if his parents might make an amazing discovery themselves.

The imaginary friends are drawn which gives them a different look from the other realistic characters. This is a really fun book but also scary and emotional. It’s the worst nightmare for Phillip, but we enjoyed the story and conclusion. 4****

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Music Monday: Chris Cornell “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart”

Music Monday

This meme was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday! I’d like to thank Drew for creating this meme because it’s unique and I love it.

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This week’s song pick is…

Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart

by Chris Cornell

I chose this song for today because it’s been on my mind a lot lately and comes from one of my most favorite albums of all time “Higher Truth” which was released in 2015.

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The song is great and lyrics too, but the controversy now is the music video. It’s since been removed from YouTube after Chris Cornell’s death due to the content.

In the video which takes place in the old west, Chris Cornell and Eric Roberts play prison mates soon to be executed. Right before Chris Cornell is to be hanged, a lady in watching distracts the hangman and the assistant sabotages the noose so that it’ll break when they hang him. She saves his life and he is forced into marriage with her. Afterwards, another prisoner is to be hanged, and the story starts all over again. Chris isn’t the only one to escape death, but what is the meaning of it?

An interesting fact is that the blonde boy in the video is Chris Cornell’s 10-year-old son.


Lyrics

Every time I stare into the sun
Trying to find a reason to go on
All I ever get is burned and blind
Until the sky bleeds the pouring rain

When you came along the time was right
Pulled me like an apple red and ripe
Wasn’t very long you took a bite
And did me wrong, and it serves me right

And I nearly forgot my broken heart
It’s taking me miles away,
From the memory of how we broke apart
Here we go round again, again

Every little key unlocks the door
Every little secret has a lie
Tryna take a picture of the sun
And it won’t help you to see the light

Every little word upon your lips
Makes a little cut where blood pours out
Every little drop of blood a kiss that I won’t miss
Not for anything

And I nearly forgot my broken heart
It’s taking me miles away,
From the memory of how we broke apart
Here we go round again
Every single feeling tells me this is leading to a heart
In broken little pieces and you know I need this
Like a hole in the head

Every single feeling tells me this is leading to a heart
In broken little pieces and you know I need this
Like a hole in the head

And I nearly forgot my broken heart
It’s taking me miles away,
From the memory of how we broke apart
Here we go round again

And I nearly forgot my broken heart
It’s taking me miles away,
From the memory of how we broke apart
Here we go round again

Here we go round again
Here we go round again
Here we go round again

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Meet the Reader Series with David Huff

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I’m always looking for friends on Goodreads that have similar tastes. I like learning about new books and discussing them with others, so I decided to experiment with a new idea and thought it would be neat to find readers that I’m friends with on Goodreads and share them with you. Maybe they might be someone you’d like to add too. As I find readers with an interest, I’ll introduce them.

Meet the Reader Series

Today’s Featured Reader: David Huff

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(Links provided for all books and authors)

Q: Did you enjoy reading as a child? If so, what were some of your favorite books?

A: I absolutely loved reading as a child. I was an adopted only child, and was reading at quite a young age. The most enormous influence on my reading was my paternal grandmother. I had cousins that lived near the water in another part of the county; when we went to see them, I didn’t particularly enjoy it, mostly because I didn’t learn to swim until I was older. But along the dirt road that led to their house, my grandmother lived in a little square house, a few hundred yards before theirs. She had floor to ceiling bookshelves, which were full, and most every time my parents visited the cousins, they would drop me off at her house and then pick me up at the end of the day. It was paradise! She gave me my first book: Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (a natural choice for a young grandson). I still have that book, and it still contains some notes, in my 7-year-old handwriting, on the inside cover.

Some other favorites I recall from my childhood: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, The Red Badge of Courage, Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, Aesop’s Fables, Old Yeller, The Call of The Wild, White Fang, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. I’m sure there were lots more!

Q: What are some of your favorite books this year or last?

A: That’s a tough list to narrow down … A few 2016-2017 favorites would be Pride and Prejudice, The Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire (definitely a monster bucket list project), Words on the Move, David Copperfield, Paradise Lost, and The Cardinal Turns The Corner.

Q: What are your favorite book genres?

A: History, Biography, Theology, Classic Novels, Poetry, Motivational and Current Events (which would include Politics Economics, Law and Social Issues). I also enjoy books on Music, and a variety of the Great Courses (on Audible). 

Q: What are some of your favorite authors?

A: David McCullough, Russell Kirk, Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo, Jane Austen, C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton, John Steinbeck, Peggy Noonan, Ray Bradbury, and Shakespeare, among1cd98ba3ea152109d37e00cb2bbf234c--reading-lists-reading-books others. I should also add one of my sons, Matthew Huff, a great book lover and teacher of literature. He is the author of The Cardinal Turns the Corner (#2 above), a collection of poems, and can be found on Goodreads and at his blog, edenbabel.com

Q: How many books are on your TBR shelf?

A: On the official Goodreads shelf, there are presently five. If I allow that list to get too long, it overwhelms me! On my mental list for the next several years, I’m not sure I could count them all!

Q: What’s an emotional book, or one you won’t forget that you’ve read this year or last?

A: I think probably the most emotional book, to me (and not just this year or last, but all time), is also my very favorite novel, Les Miserables. I remember reaching the part where Valjean and little Cosette were carrying the bucket back through the woods together; that was one of many places where I literally had to put the book down and recover for a while. Such an incredibly complex, wonderful and great story.

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In the past couple of years, some books I definitely won’t forget (all of which were emotional, in some way) were David Copperfield, Pride and Prejudice, and The Underground Railroad (a very emotional and powerful book).

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Q: Is there a book you really didn’t enjoy this year or last?

A: We probably all try, to one extent or other, to not invest time in books we think we may not enjoy – though there may be some bold adventurers out there who will take a shot in the dark on an unfamiliar book. I’ve done that myself . A couple that come to mind in this category, over this year and last, were Who Rules The World, by Noam Chomsky,

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and Lectures on the Philosophy of History, by Hegel.

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Chomsky is a very prolific author, whose intellect and career accomplishments I greatly respect; but my views and his are so radically different that it was tough for me to truly enjoy the book. As for Hegel, I think I just need more brain cells! The latter parts of the book were manageable – sort of – but the Introduction (for which the book is most well known) was pretty much impenetrable in places. For me, anyway!

Q: What are you reading now?

A: I’m currently reading, with a Goodreads Group, The City of God, by Augustine.

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We have a leisurely timetable on that one, for which I’m grateful. With my son Matt (mentioned earlier), I’m reading Dante’s Inferno. Just, wow.

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On Audible, I’m listening to a Great Courses writing course, on Analysis and Critique, taught by Dorsey Armstrong.

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Finally, on Kindle, a fascinating book entitled C. S. Lewis and the Art of Writing: What the Essayist, Poet, Novelist, Literary Critic, Memoirist, Theologian Teaches Us about the Life and Craft of Writing. 

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The last book being a candidate for the world’s longest subtitle!

Q: How important is the book cover to you?

A: Not particularly important, usually, in choosing to read a certain book. In part, because I read more on Kindle and Audible than actual books. That said, I appreciate a well done and interesting cover for the aesthetic value.

Q: Do you have a blog? Have you ever thought about starting one?

A: I don’t have a blog presently, but I have definite plans to start one in the next few months!

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See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt – Book Review

I’m working on getting caught up with my NetGalley books and this one has been sitting on my shelf for months. I finally started reading it a few weeks ago. You can read my book review below.

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

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“Eerie and compelling, Sarah Schmidt breathes such life into the terrible, twisted tale of Lizzie Borden and her family, she makes it impossible to look away.” —Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water

Blurb: In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.

On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone’s killed Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell—of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence.

As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now? Shifting among the perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed through a high-wire feat of storytelling.

  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press (August 1, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802126596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802126597

My Review:

I was so excited to start this book because I love retellings and honestly didn’t know the whole story behind the accusations of Lizzie Bordon murdering her parents with an ax in 1892. I decided to get online and read about the true story so that I would have an idea about what really went down that August morning in 1892.

The book starts with an introduction to that morning the ax murdering took place in Fall River, Massachusetts. Lizzie’s father Andrew and her stepmother Abby were both found axed to death and the only person in sight when someone finally arrives to help is Lizzie. Everyone wants to know who the perpetrator is. Who could commit such horrible acts of crime and why would they want to hurt these people?

tenor.gifFor me, the first half of the book was not intriguing at all. I felt like the characters were flat and boring and the narrative was confusing at times, mainly because of Lizzie’s thoughts with the jumping back and forth between reality and what was going on in her head. I wasn’t enjoying the writing style at all. Then, when I got to the last half of the book, I became very interested in who the real killer was here. It could be Lizzie, but she’s not reliable and her thoughts are all over the place. Is she being honest? What about Uncle John and Benjamin? There are clues and accusations along the way, but the reader is left to wonder until the very end what actually happened.

Overall, The author has spun her own version of the tale and it’s spellbinding at times. I’m happy that I stuck with it and didn’t give up. Some people say that the book is gruesome, but I didn’t think it was too gory on the details. I really appreciated the timeline the author provided in the back of the book. If you’d like more true information on the events that took place, you might want to watch “Histories Mysteries: The Strange Case of Lizzie Bordon.” This is truly a compelling mystery.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book for review.

My rating on this is 3.5 stars

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Shabby Sunday: The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain

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Shabby Sunday Meme

I have a lot of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every week or so that shared one of my cherished vintage books. Then, I thought that maybe there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a weekly meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some vintage books you’d like to share? Please feel free to participate. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.

Today’s shabby share is:

The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain

by Mark TwainCharles Neider (Editor, Introduction by)

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Growing up in my grandparents home, we had books from wall to wall. My grandfather was a teacher and loved the written word. We had plenty of books to keep us busy. One of the only books that I have left in my collection that belonged to my grandfather is The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain. I can still remember him reading it when I was just a young child. Something I love about Mark Twain’s writing is the memorable characters.

To me, this is a must-have for any Mark Twain fan. Mine is the 1957 edition hardcover. A few of my favorites are- A Dying Man’s Confession, A Day at Niagara, A Ghost Story, A Dog’s Tale, and Luck. I love that I can now share this with my kids as well.

Definitely a keeper!

My rating for this one is 5*****

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Lessons from Grandpa #4

 

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Me & Grandpa – November 1980

As a child, growing up with my grandparents wasn’t always easy. My grandmother was very strict and old school, while my grandfather was equally strict and expected my brother and I to respect our elders. We knew the boundaries and sometimes we would get in serious trouble for just saying little things that really weren’t all that bad compared to some of the things our peers were saying. Simply making a joke would often get us in serious trouble. Any time at all that one of us said something that my grandfather didn’t approve of he would say,

 

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

I can still remember sitting at the dinner table one day with my grandfather while he opened up a can of sardines to eat. Those sardines smelled so bad and being young and naive, I didn’t think before I spoke about how gross I thought they were. It was explained to me that it’s wrong to even say anything negative about what someone else was eating. It was drilled into our heads every single day. We were never allowed to make fun of people or say anything negative about others. We also learned to be kind to others at a young age and we weren’t even allowed to use the word hate.

imagesHere lately, the internet, news, and radio have been nothing but nasty. Social media has been completely covered with negative ads, tweets, rants, and news containing everything from racism, people bashing the President of the U.S., nuclear issues with North Korea and countless negative information that I don’t want to see or read. With our young generation spending so much time online, I fear that they are witnessing too much hate and internalizing it. I worry that it’s going to get worse. Here lately I’ve been wondering, when did it get this bad?

Then, a few days ago, I had to call in to request a repair for our garage door which was recently struck by lightning. The man that came out was African American and is just an overall nice guy. I remembered him because he’s been here before and he’s just so kind and positive. As I stood out in my garage chatting, we got to talking about our kids starting school, summer flying by, and how he got lost trying to find my house. We laughed and carried on as my little ones were running around and my two older children were standing there listening to our conversation. As he explained what he repaired and got ready to leave, I offered him some freshly baked pumpkin bread to take with him. Then we got to talking about different breads and dieting. It was fun, but it was at that moment that I realized my kids were learning a lesson. It doesn’t matter what color our skin is or how different we are, we are all human and we are all unique in our own ways. At that moment, they were witnessing a positive social connection and they were witnessing this from an adult they love and respect. As we waved at the repair man leaving, my youngest son said, “He’s such a nice man.” I agreed and explained that it pays to be kind and makes you feel great inside. We went about our day.5260c1c8ae8f68017692a4b7a09a323c

This event got me thinking about how powerful we are as parents and how we are in control of our children’s minds. We have the power to mold them and lead them in the right direction. We can teach our kids while they’re young about caring for others and help them to understand that people have different colors, shapes, sizes, and cultures and that’s okay. Children learn ethical values from us, just like I learned from a young age from my grandfather. If we outlaw trash talking and teach our kids how to be considerate, we can help fight the hate. If people could just think before they talk and refrain from using words that hurt, so many problems could be fixed.

Here’s a beautiful song by Tim McGraw titled “Humble and Kind.” It says so much.

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Award: Growing Self Blogger Award

A few weeks ago I was nominated by the one and only Jay@thisismytruthnow for the Growing Self Blogger Award. I’d never seen this award and was very touched after reading about its meaning. I’d like to thank Jay for the nomination as his words mean so much to me. I’d also like to thank Roda@growingself for creating such a meaningful award to share with this wonderful blogging community.

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What is the Growing Self Blogger Award? 

“The Growing Self Blogger Award has been created to acknowledge and celebrate amazing individuals, in the blogging community, who are persevering through life’s challenges not only to GROW as individuals,  but to reach out and help others GROW as well.” ~Roda

How Does It Work:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank the individual that nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Describe the award and mention the creator: Roda @ Growingself.blog
  • Nominate up to 5 blogs.  Remember, the purpose of this award is to specifically celebrate those individuals that make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Give 1 reason why you nominated each individual.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

 

I would like to nominate the following blogger:

Stephanie @ StephaniesNovelFiction

Your gifts to me…

Stephanie, you are most definitely a favorite sister blogger and friend and you have inspired me in more ways than you can imagine. Like me, you strive day in and day out to meet your goals and you are always willing to share your thoughts with me, plus you take the time to support so many other bloggers as well. Your reviews are amazing and inspire me to write better and to strive for literary excellence. I feel extremely lucky to know you and look forward to chatting with you every day! I want to say thank you for being there and supporting me along the way. ❤

Noriko @ DiaryofaBookFiend

Your gifts to me…

Noriko, your posts are so inspiring to me and you make me want to be a better reader and reviewer on everything that I read! You’re a sweet friend and make me feel great about the posts that I share and I’m always so excited to see what you have going on in your life too. I appreciate you sharing your culture with the world and can’t wait to see your posts every day. Your reviews, tags, and awards are always so detailed and interesting and I love the kind comments that you leave for others as well. Thanks for always being there and for all your wonderful thoughts and interest in what I’m doing as well as others! I appreciate you and I’m so very glad that we connected. ❤

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Throwback Thursday – Our Guys – August 17th

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by Renee @ It’s Book Talk. This meme is an awesome way to share favorites that were published over a year ago or even books that you’re finally reading after much time has passed. I have plenty of those to share! If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, and you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. Please link back to her@It’s Book Talk.

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-This week’s Pick-

Our Guys: The Glen Ridge Rape and the Secret Life of the Perfect Suburb

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I had to read this book for a college sociology class and I had zero expectations in enjoying the book given the content of it. It’s true that it’s difficult to read at times, but the writing pulled me in and I had to know what was going to happen to the group of people responsible.

What’s no surprise to me, even after reading this years ago, is that this behavior is still relevant today. There are people willing to overlook their child’s behavior and they’ll do whatever it takes to protect them. In this case, it was an entire community.

They did make this into a lifetime movie which can be seen on YouTube, but the book is way better. The book also contains real pictures of the people involved.

I would recommend not even reading the blurb on this one. Just jump in and read it…My rating on this one is 5*****

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Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – The Cottingley Secret – Toasted Coconut Mocha Smoothie

I have a new book and recipe to share this week!

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When I was a teenager, I worked at Orange Julius and always loved their Mocha smoothie. It was always so creamy and delicious. Coffee and chocolate are two of my favorite things and this is what inspired me to make this smoothie. If you enjoy ice coffee, you’ll love this!

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/4 cup coffee

1/4 cup toasted coconut

1 TB honey or sweetener of your choice

1 TB cocoa powder

Dash of vanilla extract

1 cup of ice (Frozen banana is an option!)

Directions:

The first thing you need to do is have some coffee, cold and ready. I usually make the coffee and either freeze it in ice cube trays or chill it in the fridge. Today I’m using chilled coffee.

You can use canned coconut milk, but I like to just make my own with shredded coconut. You can see how I do this on a previous post by clicking here.

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Toast your coconut in a pan on the stove. Be careful, because it burns easily. Use low to medium heat until it’s just browned.

Add in the ingredients to the blender in the order listed above, saving a little of the coconut for garnish. Blend until smooth.

This smoothie is actually on the thinner side, but so delicious! I’ve seen variations that add ice cream which make it more like a shake which is even more delicious. You can mess with the ingredients to suit your taste. You could even add in some protein powder or other supplements.

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The Girl In The Tower (The Bear and the Nightingale #2) Book Review

I read The Bear and the Nightingale earlier this year and fell in love with the story within the first few paragraphs, so when I heard that there were two more books coming out, I watched and waited patiently for the release of the second book. Sure enough, I found The Girl In The Tower on Netgalley and was approved for it. You can see my review of the book below.

The Girl In The Tower by Katherine Arden

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Blurb: The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop. – Goodreads

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (December 5, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1101885963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1101885963

My Review

Brave Vasya, older and wild as ever, is faced with a choice to either marry or live in a convent as a nun. Neither choice seems applicable to her and she would rather die riding in the frozen wintry forest than be stuck living a life that doesn’t fit her. She’s been deemed a witch and questions still loom regarding her father’s death. Vasya needs to discover who she is and as she embarks on a journey alone with her horse Solovey against Morozko’s wishes, she takes risks, experiences danger with violent bandits, witnesses burned and destroyed villages, meets the Grand Prince, and even reunites with family. Only time will tell if she’s made the right decisions and the commitment may be more than she can bear.

This second installment has more action and adventure, the addition of new characters, and clues that offer insight to some of the events in the first book. It’s just as enchanting and a little darker than the first. I enjoyed the characters and relationships, especially Vasya’s relationship with Morozko and her horse Solovey. When I first began reading, I felt as though I was right back in the first book again and had to remember a few of the characters. It doesn’t take long to pick up and as Vasya’s traveling begins, there’s no telling what will happen next and the book is far from predictable.

The Girl In The Tower is written in the same enchanting prose as The Bear and the Nightingale and I did enjoy it, but it didn’t captivate me as much as the first. As this book closed with an unexpected ending, I’m even more excited for the third. 4 ****

I’d like to thank Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this book to read and review.

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Music Monday: Band of Horses “The Funeral”

I just saw this meme over at Claire’s blog BrizzleLassBooks.com and was instantly hooked. This meme was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and share it on Monday. Please check out both of these blogs if you haven’t already.

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I’ve had this song on my mind for some time. I started listening to the lyrics on Pandora and instantly it reminded me of my dad. Those of you that follow my “Lessons from Grandpa” posts might have heard about my dad’s story. Well, in a nutshell, I don’t know where he is any more or whether or not he’s alive. He’s been an alcoholic his whole life and never really had much use for me, my brother, or his grandkids. My brother and I just live our lives and it’s like we are in some sort of waiting and wondering if we will ever hear from him again. We’ve also had conversations with each other on whether or not someone will notify us if and when he dies. It’s an eerie thought that crosses my mind often, but I know that he will never stop drinking and has tried to take his life more than once.

This song reminds me of him because of the lyrics and the music video. In the video, you see people drinking, specifically a man. He then gets into a car and drives. I guess you just have to watch it and read the lyrics to get an idea where I’m coming from.

After doing research, I learned that the song meaning is written from a totally different idea, but it resonated with me.

Band of Horses “The Funeral”

 

Lyrics

I’m coming up only to hold you under
And coming up only to show you’re wrong
And to know you is hard; we wonder…
To know you all wrong; we warn.

 Ooooooooh Oooooooooh
Ooooooooh Oooooooooh

Really too late to call,
So we wait for morning
To wake you is all we got
To know me as hardly golden
Is to know me all wrong, they warn.


At every occasion I’ll be ready for the funeral 
At every occasion, once more, it’s called the funeral 
At every occasion, oh, I’m ready for the funeral 
Every occasion, oh, one billion day funeral


I’m coming up only to show you’re down for
And coming up only to show you’re wrong.

To the outside, the dead leaves lay on the lawn
For they don’t have trees to hang upon.

 Ooooooooh Oooooooooh
Ooooooooh Oooooooooh


At every occasion I’ll be ready for the funeral
At every occasion, once more, it’s called the funeral
At every occasion, oh, I’m ready for the funeral
Every occasion, oh, one billion day funeral

 

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Nerd Alert: Reading is Good For Your Health

Another wonderful post from ourbetterhealth.org. Great to know that something we love doing is very healthy for our brain and body!

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Clients who seek solace by pouring their hearts out in Alison Kerr Courtney’s office don’t get rewarded with a Xanax or Prozac prescription. Instead, they walk away with a reading list.

The founder of  BiblioRemedy isn’t a licensed therapist, nor is she currently an English teacher, although she did work as one for 10 years in France, and has spent years shelving books at the library and in bookstores.

Courtney is a kind of book whisperer.

For as long as she can remember she’s had a knack for matching people with books that fit with their intellectual interests. But some clients want more when they make an appointment with her at her office in Lexington, Kentucky.

What they seek is a kind of bibliotherapy. It’s a growing trend where people tell empathetic listeners like Courtney their goals or problems. Courtney then suggests books that can help them clarify their…

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Pup Treats: Homemade Chicken Liver Brownies For Your Pups!

Hello friends! I’m excited to share this wonderful homemade dog treat recipe with you today! I’ve been making this one for years and my dogs always love them. They’re super easy to make and all natural!

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in the store buying dog treats and the treats that I want to buy include ingredients I don’t want to feed my dog. Not only that, they are expensive. This recipe is a great alternative to buying store treats and it’s quite versatile. They’re cheap to make and you can switch up the ingredients if you’d like by using beef liver or even peanut butter.

Homemade Chicken Liver Brownies

Ingredients:

  • Roughly 5 cups of oat flour
  • 1 Container of Chicken Livers – about 2 1/2 cups
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • Roughly 1/4 cup cheese (Parmesan or Mozzarella, whatever you have on hand)
  • 2 TB Olive Oil

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