October 2019 Wrap-up #Books #BookReviews #Music #ReadingChallenge #October

Is it really November already? I love the holidays, but I can’t believe there are only two months left for 2019! We’ve been enjoying the colors of fall and had an excellent Halloween despite the snow.

 

October was a very good month. I managed to post more than I have since June of last year! It started out with my very first wrap-up ever for September which included some birthday gifts I received.

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Mini Book Review: Educated by Tara Westover #Book Review #Educated #Audible

Educated

By Tara Westover

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This book captivated me! I listened to it on Audible and don’t have a very detailed review for it, but I highly recommend this one.

Tara grew up with her family of survivalists in the mountains of Idaho without a formal education, connection to society, or doctors. Her parents didn’t want the children in public schools and chose to remain hidden from the ‘evil’ government. They kept busy preparing for the end of days.

Educated is an incredible story and it’s written very well. It was emotional and hard to read at times, but I found myself truly enthralled from beginning to end. This book actually reminded me of The Glass Castle in some ways, but this was even more extreme.

The biggest takeaway for me is that Tara, even with all the backwardness of her upbringing and the abuse she endured, develops a love for learning and moves on to get a PhD from Cambridge. It’s thought-provoking.

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Book Review: A Cowboy’s Lady by Debbie Macomber #BookReview #Romance #Fiction

A Cowboy’s Lady

By Debbie Macomber

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My thoughts:

Taylor has just moved from Seattle to Montana after taking a teaching position at an elementary school. She’s feeling a little unsure about the relocation, but everyone seems to be happy with her being there; for instance, everyone around town is talking about her (specifically how beautiful she is). Once Russ, a local rancher hears about this, he just has to meet her. When the two take one look at each other it’s love at first sight, but the problem is that they butt heads on everything under the sun.

I happened to be online looking up cowboy romances after seeing an intriguing review for a different book, and this book popped up. Of course the rating on this book is 4/5 stars, and she’s a favorite author, so I was sold. Cowboys, Montana, romance–it’s exactly the sort of read I was looking for. Usually Debbie Macomber books are favorites, but this one wasn’t what I expected.

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This Week’s Children’s Book Reviews: Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home – The Addams Family – I Hate My Cats (A Love Story) – The Big Book of Beasts – Karl, Get Out of the Garden! – Winter Shadow #ChildrensBooks #BookReviews

Hey, guys! I haven’t posted children’s books for so long, but after chatting about it yesterday with a fellow blogger, I realized how much I’ve missed doing these. Hopefully you can find some books here for your children to enjoy. 🙂


Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home

By Guojing

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Stormy is a must-read for any dog lover. We picked this up because we read the author’s other book The Only Child which quickly became one of our favorites.

This wordless picture book has the most captivating illustrations. You can expect the same colorful, eye-catching artwork from the cover throughout the entire book. The story is about a little dog who appears to be lost and homeless. He’s very fearful and unsure of human contact. A girl who runs into him at a park takes interest and tries to coax him with a ball, but to no avail. After a few days of persistence, the little dog finally follows her home and a rainstorm develops. What will happen to this poor little dog? Will the girl ever see him again?

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This book is beautifully illustrated and kept our interest from front to back. It never ceases to amaze me how an author can craft a story with no words–one so powerful that has such an emotional effect on people. The kids and I had a lot of emotion reading it and after discussing it, we ended up reading it multiple times again. This book deals with trust, fear, loneliness, love, perseverance, and kindness. It may be recommended for ages 3-7, but it’s truly a book for all dog lovers of any age.

We enjoy wordless picture books and this is definitely one we’ll keep. Highly recommend! We’ll always be on the lookout for more books by Guojing.

  • Age Range: 3 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (September 17, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1524771767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1524771768

The Addams Family: An Original Picture Book: Includes Lyrics to the Iconic Song!

By Vic Mizzy, Lissy Marlin (illustrations)
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This book is basically The Addams Family theme song along with some really cool illustrations. There aren’t many lyrics at all, so this is largely a picturebook. All my kids enjoyed it, and I appreciated the nostalgia because I grew up watching the show. This is really helpful to teach kids the song. If they’ve never heard it though, the audio would be best to go along with it.

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