Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff

Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines It seems that there is this mean streak in people today. They feel entitled to speak down to anyone they feel is not as smart as they! This is shown in the reviews of this book. This is a nice guy telling us about his life in a nice way. When I read … Continue reading Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff

“I chose the day I would die”

Miranda Warning by Heather Day Gilbert My husband’s deep brown eyes glowed as he handed me the cocoa. “Maybe you’ll sleep better tonight, Rosey.” I was tired of the charade between us. I never wanted to smile at his dinner parties again. Never wanted to beg him for the children he wouldn’t give me. I’d never again clean up his clothes, covered in moonshine vomit.I … Continue reading “I chose the day I would die”

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink…

Alyssa is an ordinary girl. Smart. Athletic. She shares the concerns of the average teenage girl. Until one day, everything changes. Her home in Southern California is frequently impacted by drought, so it’s not uncommon to hear people talking about water conservation and concern about what the world’s changing climate will mean for California’s water supply. Continue reading Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink…

Inconceivable!

If you’ve never heard of the The Princess Bride, I don’t know where you’ve been. I, like most, I’m sure, was first introduced to ThePrincess Bride in movie form. In fact, it is one of my favorite movies of all time. I’ve had the unfortunate luck however, that I’ve bought the movie on DVD four times over the course of several years, and each time, … Continue reading Inconceivable!

Resistance is Futile – Or is it?

One of the major themes that you will see me repeat time and time again in this blog is that you should be reading to your children. Today’s book, Titan Base by Eric S. Nylund, is a great read for anyone who enjoys action and adventure, and yes, a little mystery too. Titan Base is book 3 in the 4-book series called The Resisters. The … Continue reading Resistance is Futile – Or is it?

Dinosaurs and Field Guides

Two more books for the Abandoned books list: The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milan Men and women live on Paradise, but dinosaurs predominate. Colossal plant-eaters like Brachiosaurus, terrifying meat-eaters like Allosaurus, and, the most feared of all, Tyrannosaurus rex rule the land. Seeking to centralize real power in his figurehead Fanged Throne, Emperor Felipe of Nuevaropa sets off a chain of wars that may blaze … Continue reading Dinosaurs and Field Guides

Ay! Ye be needin ta be readin with yer kids, ya scallywag!

During a recent trip to the library, I spotted this book on a small table with books marked as “Last Chance!” I assumed that this meant the books on the table were about to be removed from circulation if they weren’t borrowed soon. With its attractive, colorful cover, which is a picture of two children swinging from ropes into or over a blazing fire, I thought, “That looks interesting!” so, I borrowed it, in an attempt to save the poor book from being withdrawn. Continue reading Ay! Ye be needin ta be readin with yer kids, ya scallywag!

Who is Human, Anyway?

Becoming Human by Eliza Green We are being attacked… but why?! The bombs started falling just as the sun was setting into the far off hills. Humans are being systematically wiped from the face of the planet … but why? The day came at last. The day we stepped out into a new Earth. A new world. A world we never thought we could reach. … Continue reading Who is Human, Anyway?

The Clone Wars may be over, but a new war is just beginning

Ahsoka is an excellent read for any Star Wars fan. I didn’t find any objectionable content in the story and would have no problem with my middle-grade and almost-teenager read it. I had a little trouble following where exactly Ahsoka was as she bounced from planet to planet (moon to moon?), but the story contained the usual Star Wars action, which is always fun for us as readers. The story also connects how Ahsoka becomes associated with the Rebel Alliance in its early days. Continue reading The Clone Wars may be over, but a new war is just beginning