I love this book! I have had a slow cooker for for a couple of years and only used it here and there. I found this book in the library and thought wha...moreI love this book! I have had a slow cooker for for a couple of years and only used it here and there. I found this book in the library and thought what the heck I'll give it a try. OMgoodness. I have made everything from apple butter and whole wheat bread to omelets and stews in my slow cooker and the its so easy! I am getting this book for myself!(less)
I walked into the library the other day and I saw this book in large print. I picked it up and briefly looked over it. Like most trips to the library...moreI walked into the library the other day and I saw this book in large print. I picked it up and briefly looked over it. Like most trips to the library I pick up a stack that looks interesting and then move on to filter through them when I get home. So, I really didn't know what to expect when I started to read. After about fifty pages into the book I realized this was not my type of read. It was dry and more on the end of romantic fantasy and supernatural. Well, a little more explicit then I had anticipated. The book had three explicit intimate encounters. I finished the book though. I have to admit I skipped pages but to tell you the truth I felt like I didn't miss anything. The jest of the book:
Pia a near forty year old single woman decides to take a trip through Europe with a group of singles. She finds more then she bargains for when she accidentally picks up a book meant for someone else. A book mark that glows and turns into a crescent moon reveals the ghosts that surround her. She soon finds herself in the company of two dangerously good looking men. Kristoff and and Alec. After some playful banter???? She finds herself alone with Alec and in the morning he is gone. A dead woman lies in her bathroom with the bookmark around her wrist. She discovers the two men are really vampires. She is forced to marry and becomes the next Zorya.
I laughed through out the book. It was plain and I couldn't tell if it was serious or meant to be humorous. I don't see myself picking up anymore of this authors books. (less)
I am a fan of books related to post apocalyptic story lines. I always have wondered what I would do or if I had the wits about me to stay calm and sur...moreI am a fan of books related to post apocalyptic story lines. I always have wondered what I would do or if I had the wits about me to stay calm and survive. Most books I have read are a matter of survival after the damage has occurred the struggle to maintain humanity, hope and faith. Life as we knew it is written from the prospective of 16yr old Miranda and her journal entries. When life was normal as it could get for a sixteen year old and her biggest concern was if she was ever going to be able to get a date in her lifetime. But when an asteroid has targeted the moon things begin to change and bigger concerns present themselves. First its just a matter of getting used to the moon being so close to the Earth but life is still manageable and goes on. School is still in session, prom will continue, swim meets and college applications are still apart of everyday living in her small town in Pennsylvania. When the moon starts to have a gravity pull on the ocean, tsunamis begin to destroy the countries coastline. Missing people turn into the dead lists. Volcano's start to erupt and leave a blanket of grey across the land and sky. Fresh foods become extinct and a meal of canned green beans and onions is a luxury. I thought this book was pretty simple to read and fast. I just like the gradual progression of the Earth becoming extinct and how Miranda and her family struggled to survive in a dying world. How little things became most important and simple pleasures became luxuries. But most of all family looking out for each other and trying to maintain a normal life while adjusting to a fading world. There is another book by Susan Pfeffer called The dead and the gone that reads of the same asteroid hitting the moon but in a different part of the world. She is also coming out with a sequel to Life as we knew it. (less)
I don't know much about polygamists but I see them about when I take my trips to Utah or even in Baltimore at the Zoo. I can't help but look and wonde...moreI don't know much about polygamists but I see them about when I take my trips to Utah or even in Baltimore at the Zoo. I can't help but look and wonder like most people do. I often asked myself why? Why dress in a most Conservative fashion? Sleeves to their wrists and skirts to their ankles. How can they marry so young? What do they believe? Who is their prophet? And the question does arise within me. How can those women share their husbands? Some of these questions were answered through Kyra. One of the "Chosen Ones" lead by prophet Childs. The book is quick and does not dig too deep but you still grit your teeth at the beliefs of this cult. Kyra lived a life with her family in a compound sheltered from the "demons" of the world. Something stirred within her when the prophet decided to burn all books for a cleansing. She would sometimes wonder outside the gates of the compound until she found the library on wheels driven by an older man named Patrick. She became friends with him and would sneak out to check books out, hide them under her dress and return to the grounds. Kyra even fell in love with a boy, Joshua, who was only a few years older then her. They met in secret, read books and promised themselves to each other. Kyra was one of many children her father had with three wives. All three wives living in separate trailers but on the same lot. She would have her prayer study, practice piano and serviced her family all of which was requested of the prophet. But her simple life was about to end. A special request was given for a visit from the prophet Childs. The family stood dressed in their best clothes and the best meal the family could prepare before them. Then a shock to the family. Prophet Childs addresses the family and shares a revelation that thirteen year old Kyra was to marry her sixty year old Uncle, Hyrum an apostle. Life was never the same for Kyra. She fought. She tried to escape. Her and Joshua beaten until their eyes were swollen shut for adultery. The terror continues. Kyra is now being watched by the "God Squad" (enforcers of discipline). Throughout this book I wanted to jump into the pages and pull this young girl and every young girl out from the confines of this life. But then another view emerges. These girls did not chose this life. They were born and raised into it. It is the only life they know. My heart ached as this story unfolds. A chill ran up my spine and I still ask myself why? Not a why to these women but Why to the freedoms of religion. Please. I do believe in freedom and understand the sacrifices of our great country but I don't believe in kidnapping, the raping of innocence and woman and child being subservient hidden behind the "freedoms" of our Constitution. (less)
What a great book. I really enjoy books that are sharp with detail but not dragged out because of it. The Road was perfect in that way. The world has...moreWhat a great book. I really enjoy books that are sharp with detail but not dragged out because of it. The Road was perfect in that way. The world has been destroyed by fire and ash. The only way for survival is for the man to stay close to his son and travel the road south to stay warm. They rummage through charred homes and farms finding bits of food and sooted water. Danger is all around them. Humanity is gone and people have resorted to being cannibals. "We are the good guys" the boy says. "yes we are" says the man. "okay." "okay." The relationship between the father and son is so Strong. Fetuses and children our a source of food for many. But the father struggles for maintain civility. He does not believe in God. Because if there was a God he would not punish him like this. His faith wasted with the rotting world.
At first I wasn't sure about this book because the entire book was about the man and the boy traveling a road. But it grabbed me. It was so much more. It was about survival. Not just physically staying alive but surviving a damned world with little hope and civility (less)
I started out confused with this book then quickly picked up the easy layout with the dates and times written out for me plainly by the author. I was...moreI started out confused with this book then quickly picked up the easy layout with the dates and times written out for me plainly by the author. I was swept up in the timeless love between Claire and Henry. Henry has a chrome anomaly which makes it possible for him to travel throughout time. He goes back in time to visit Claire, his future wife, starting at the age of six. Building on their friendship and visiting her during better times in the past when the present is more then he can bear. I enjoyed reading about their times together and then things started to slow down for me. I had the large print copy and the around page 400 of 630 pages I started taking my time wondering if this was going to keep rambling on. Sorry for being crude. But it picked up and turned itself around. I cried as Claire and Henry tried to overcome the challenges that were presented before for them in their present lives. Claire having six miscarriages because her children would time travel out of her body to Henry finally meeting his fate. I watched the Curious Case of Benjamen Button and this book reminded me a lot of the movie. It had the same kind of tragic love story. Always apart but forever together. I would recommend this book to a friend but there are several nudity and sexual undertones throughout the book that may make some feel a little uneasy. (less)
I really loved this book. I am not one for graphic and detailed books on violent crimes toward women and children. The harsh reality makes me ill so I...moreI really loved this book. I am not one for graphic and detailed books on violent crimes toward women and children. The harsh reality makes me ill so I try not to read it. BUT, this book was amazing! There is drug use and premarital sex within the story but its not graphic at all. I thought Alice Hoffman did a fantastic job telling a story of three sisters who make a transition from childhood innocence to real adult women. Each sister took a different path on the way to adulthood. The oldest, Elv, a rebel. Defiant and struggling to be free of her past. The middle, Meg,to grown to continue to live a make believe world they created as children and wanting her Independence and finally the youngest, Claire, the peace maker who wanted her and her sisters to stay the way they were forever. I felt very involved in the characters lives and I felt an array of emotion as I read about their lives. I cried, I shook, I held my breath and in the end I wanted to hug my own daughter. I am not a very good writer for reviews but READ this book. You will not regret it!
There are surprises throughout the book that your finger tips will leave imprints on the pages because you just don't want to let go!(less)
Finished! At first I thought this book was predictable like I knew everything that was going to happen from the beginning but it took a turn and I end...moreFinished! At first I thought this book was predictable like I knew everything that was going to happen from the beginning but it took a turn and I ended up reading all four hundred pages in about a day and a half. I really loved the romance side to this story. I think I am becoming a hopeless romantic myself as I get older. It was nice to read something different other then wizards and vampires. It was a first for me to read a story based on time travel, mystery and young love. I loved the story line. A young Italian boy, Dante, wrongly accused of a crime he did not commit in the late 1400's. As a punishment he was sent through a door to be banished from his own time and entering into another time over five hundred years later where he meets Abby, a young girl tired of her predictable life and longing for some excitement and spontaneity. I kept reading through the night as their love started to unfold and the mysteries of time travel unveiled but towards the end it started to fall flat for me. But then then the ending took me for a ride. It was suspenseful, thrilling and romantic to the very end. It was left open for the next book in 2010. The Golden Spiral. AH! please oh please let Dante and Abby get back together and have some crazy out of know where tie to each other.(less)
I recently took on a new book challenge. Six Classics within six months. I watched a movie called Conspiracy Theory with Mel Gibson and there was a re...moreI recently took on a new book challenge. Six Classics within six months. I watched a movie called Conspiracy Theory with Mel Gibson and there was a reference to The Catcher in the Rye many times. I thought I would check it out and start my challenge with this read. I was told by several people that it was a bit of a controversial book and wasn't allowed to be read in some schools. I was home taught my eighth grade year and wasn't able to read this book until now. I can see why there may be some concern with book. It was chalked full of profanity almost to the point I thought I should give up on it. However, I was drawn into the book because of the character building of Houlden. A young adolescent boy who was tossed out of several boy schools for his lack of academic accomplishments. At first I tried to figure out the book as I was reading it waiting for it to have a purpose, but then I realized this book is the type of book where the author draws you in by telling you a story just on character building. I liked the story. It was a quick read of only 214 pages.(less)
Finished!. I was sad when I finished this book. I loved the mystery with just a touch of romance. It was one of those books that as you were reading i...moreFinished!. I was sad when I finished this book. I loved the mystery with just a touch of romance. It was one of those books that as you were reading it drew you in and when you put it down it left you forgetting something. When ever I paused from reading, I was still thinking about Luci and her trials of running an orphanage in China all by herself and only being seventeen. When her luck changed and the mission field came in to relieve her of her duties, Luci was sent to England to be with a family that agreed to donate money to the orphanage and take her in as her their own daughter. Of course there was a down side to all this and Luci was finding herself entangled in a dark mystery of treasure hunting and family feuds extending from generations before she was even born. I really enjoyed this book. I am not one for heavy romance nor mystery but I was pleasantly surprise at how smoothly the author kept me interested. (less)
While in Borders yesterday I walked passed a table with the name Stephanie Meyer written across the top of a book. Of course I had to stop and pick th...moreWhile in Borders yesterday I walked passed a table with the name Stephanie Meyer written across the top of a book. Of course I had to stop and pick the book up. It turns out she has given Wings a wonderful review. Stephanie being one of my favorite authors I had to pick it up and read it. After all, she did recommend the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and it quickly became one of my favorite books of the year. Wings was very sweet and charming making the even the most skeptical person have doubt that faeries do exist. Ah.. It was just simply wonderful to read how Laurel discovered her origin. It was also a love story where she was torn between her human world friendship with David and her love Tamani, her fairy companion in the world of Avalon. What a great book. It was one of the fastest 294 pages I have read in one day. Lets not forget where there are faeries there are bound to be trolls and a little magic. I Thought this book would be perfect for young readers between the ages 10-13 years. (less)
I just did not want this book to end. I loved reading A Wrinkle In Time. Madeleine wrote such an imaginative book of time travels and worlds beyond ou...moreI just did not want this book to end. I loved reading A Wrinkle In Time. Madeleine wrote such an imaginative book of time travels and worlds beyond our comprehension. With characters such as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, Mrs Which and we can not forget IT and the Black Thing, I just wanted to read more! Meg who was thought to be flawed really was not without intelligence. Her very real human traits of anger and impatience would soon prove to be valuable in other worlds. Megs stunning and intelligent mother, Mrs. Murray. Her friend Calvin and her protective little brother Charlie Wallace are forever written in a timeless story of bravery. I really am no writer and can not explain what long lasting impressions this book has left on me. It is definitely one that I can not wait to read to my young daughter when she is ready. A well deserved and honorable book of imagination and creativity. (less)
After reading a long book, its hard for me to jump into another one because I am still attached to the previous book and characters. I like to savour....moreAfter reading a long book, its hard for me to jump into another one because I am still attached to the previous book and characters. I like to savour. So, to keep myself continually reading, I pick up something light and inspiring. Deseret came out with a book called Time Out for Women Live, Love and Learn. Its filled with devotional messages for women by various authors and artists and their positive out look on life. One of my favorite messages is a metaphor written by Virgina Hinckley Pearce. Allowing a time for Change. (less)
If you had less than six months to live, how would you live the rest of your life? The Last Lecturer has you thinking about your loved ones and you ju...moreIf you had less than six months to live, how would you live the rest of your life? The Last Lecturer has you thinking about your loved ones and you just want to hold them a little closer to your heart. Randy Paush, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon, was diagnosed with ten tumors on his liver and was given only three to six months to live. With a wife and three children from the ages of 5yrs- 1yr, Randy wanted to leave something behind. A legacy for his family and for his children to one day know him. As he stated. If he could sing, he would write a song. If he could write, he would write a book. But he was a lecturer and that is was he was inspired to do. To lecture. Giving his last lecture on " Really achieving childhood dreams," Randy does not talk about dying but living! His lecture has become a phenomenon. Giving hope to those suffering from complications of cancer to the families who love them. This book has really touched my heart given my own families experiences with the heartache of cancer and my friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer. I never knew what to say or what to do for those who I love and have lost someone so close. Material things don't matter and sometimes awkward silence is frightening. The last lecture has helped me understand time is all I have and one day there may not be as much as I took for granted left. Live your life to the furthest depth no matter the length of time.(less)