Saturday, July 14, 2018

Book Review: The Lighthearted Quest

This book was first published in 1956, with this in mind, the world was a different place with varied views on things.
Julia Probyn's cousin has not communicated with any of his family for a while, now Julia needs to find him. He was last seen in Morocco, so she sets of in this direction, relying on her journalism career to be a good cover. Not looking for any danger she was not prepared for the secrets which enveloped this disappearance.
I enjoyed this book immensely, the humor and adventure that the author included played off each other just right. I was also thrilled with the opportunity to "visit" many of the exotic areas this book took me on.
Exciting and humorous, this book was an excellent choice.
I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
This book may be found at Amazon HERE!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Book Review: She was the Quiet One

Rose and Bel Enright are twin sisters who are going to an elite boarding school in New Hampshire. These twins are very different and the school brings out the competitive spirit in them. In this school the students seem to have no rules that they feel they nee to listen to which can only lead to bad ends.
Sarah Donovan's husband is a teacher who wants to go places and wants the very best for their family. Sarah is now starting to see a side of her husband that she never saw before. Then there is a murder, but the question is who is responsible and who will speak the truth.
This book kept pulling me back. I have to say it was a little dark for me, which generally is not my preference. However, I needed to find the answers to the questions that kept popping up. It is very well written and the characters are interesting, it just was not my cup of tea.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Book Review: Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel by [Sullivan, Matthew]I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This book had many factors in its favor before I even opened the cover. First of all, it has books and a bookstore in it and it is a murder mystery.
Lydia Smith does not like the spotlight. A clerk at The Bright Ideas bookstore, she knows many of the patrons like she does her books. The regulars are called BookFrogs. They spend each day losing themselves in this warm surrounding.
Lydia discovers the body of Joey Molina, a BookFrog, and her life is suddenly changed. He left her all of his goods, including his books which are damaged in ways that she cannot understand. Going through his things have brought to light her past.
I loved this book. As I was reading it I could see myself inside this bookstore, enjoying every minute of it. As a mystery, I felt myself being pulled in, in a good way, wanting to bring all the thread of the story together. Each character was complex and well written. A very good book. 
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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Book Review: The Nearness of You

The Nearness of You by [Garlock, Dorothy]I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Set in 1952, The Nearness of You is a post-war novel.Lily Denton longs to go to New York City, however, her father is protective of his girl and would like her nearby. She works in the library day-by-day. It seems her routine will never change. then The Fall Festival comes along with the tourists it brings and adventure.
Boone Tatum is a photographer who seems to attract trouble. He meets Lily and his life changes. He wants to stay here and not go wandering anymore.
Lily now has to make some decisions about a new life.
Dorothy Garlock writes romance novels that can place the reader right in the middle of the story. I like how she can make a love story grow naturally without a lot of silliness.
I truly enjoyed this book.

Book Review: A Personal Scrapbook: My Little Prince

I was given this book by Dover Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
This is a charming keepsake book for parents to keep track of some of the milestones their "Little Prince" achieves. This is a hardcover book with precious illustrations throughout. There is even envelopes and places to keep those little treasures that come along the way. 
In the beginning of the book they also tell you how to download special content such as birth announcements, packing list, recipes and fairy tales.
The memories begin before the baby is born with thoughts by the parents about different events. They have a place to place newspaper clippings, a family tree, what and how baby eats, some of the things h e loves and doesn't like, physical traits and so, so much more. This will become a book that mom, dad and baby will look at throughout the "Little Prince's" life.
I highly recommend it. 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Craft Book Review: Dumpling Cats

I was given this book by Dover Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
This book is perfect for those who crochet, whether they are beginners or have become an expert. Dumpling Cats is filled with 25 different crochet cats. Looking at the cover tells you why they are called "dumpling," they are shaped just like them. They each have their own names and personality. There is Cheeks who loves lunchtime, or anytime that he can get food, Roly who like to be outside, on his back.
Each pattern includes clearly written instructions and pictures that help to illustrate any sections that may need clarification.
This book is just wonderful. In fact, it will be a giveaway on my Naturally, Kim's Knitting podcast group on Ravelry. If interested, just join the group and follow the thread.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Review: Educator's Quick Reference Guide to Grit in the Classroom

I became very excited when I received this booklet, Educator's Quick Reference Guide to Grit in the Classroom. As a former classroom teacher, but a lifelong educator, I feel this is material that teachers should refer to at the beginning of every term plus periodically in between.
"Grit=passion+sustained perseverance"
This booklet talks about how to cultivate passion and build perseverance. It gives strategies on how to introduce grit to students and how to set goals using SMART as a guide. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound.It also talks about developing grit and using effort to pursue excellence.
I do with that I had this booklet when I was in the classroom as a reminder of the kind of educator I wanted to be. I feel this is a needed reference to have in every classroom.
I was given this booklet by Library Thing in exchange for my honest review.