I thought the idea of this book was interesting. But I just didn’t love the story. And that made it hard for me to like the book. Basically a little g...moreI thought the idea of this book was interesting. But I just didn’t love the story. And that made it hard for me to like the book. Basically a little girl gets a dog even though her dad doesn’t want the dog. But then the dad ends up walking the dog every day. And he talks to the dog. The dog forms quite a bond with Daddy. The girl grows up and cares little for the dog (or her family). The mother gets frustrated and wants a divorce. Soon Daddy and the dog are alone. Daddy lost his job and apartment and he has a heart condition. Daddy decides to go south toward where in Japan he was from. Eventually he dies. When his body is discovered a year and a half later they see that the dog that they found with him only died 3 months before. Meaning that the dog stuck around even though Daddy was dead. Then there are some other bits telling a little about the social worker who was assigned to try to figure out who “Daddy” was.
So, I don’t like the “another dead dog” type of story. Especially when at the very begining it tells that Daddy and the dog are dead and they were found together (with the interesting item about how the dog was alive for so long after Daddy had died. I also didn’t like that all the extra text in the illustrations weren’t translated from the Japanese (I assume it was Japanese). Even though I assume that the words above the illustrations were the translations of the text, I still wish I didn’t have to move my eyes away from the illustration to understand the translation. Another reason that I didn’t love the story is that I didn’t really care for any of the characters other than the dog. But then at the end of the book the other dog seemed just like the main dog. Meaning that the only character I really liked wasn’t all that “different” from any other dog shown. Therefore, even though I could see the interest and the talent shown in this book, it just wasn’t for me.(less)
Marion is alone. Her mother, father, and brother died and she is left without a way to care for herself. So, she decides to fake a letter of reference...moreMarion is alone. Her mother, father, and brother died and she is left without a way to care for herself. So, she decides to fake a letter of reference and become the governess Mary Wood. She is surprised when she finds out that her new charge is only four years old. But, Miss Caroline Jonquil of the Meadows is in need of stability and love, so Mary vows to help. Of course Caroline’s father is as handsome and he is hardened by the loss of Caroline’s mother…and Marion has her work cut out for her. But with a cheerful outlook, a dose of storytelling, and a few “drops of gold” Marion hopes to help this sad household realize just how magical happiness can be.
So, I think Sarah M. Eden is becoming one of my favorite romance authors. I like the regency feel in all of her stories. And even though they are as predictable as the next romance, I still get caught up in how the tale will twist itself into a happy ending. I did like Seeking Persephone and Kiss of a Stranger better, but this one was read through twice before I even bothered to write the review. Which is saying something about the story as well as my romantic ideals! Ha! (less)
This is a biography of one of the founders of the United States. It goes into detail about who John Adams was and what his role in the making of a nat...moreThis is a biography of one of the founders of the United States. It goes into detail about who John Adams was and what his role in the making of a nation. It doesn’t hide his faults and his temperament. But neither does it hide his love for Abigail and his ultimate determination to preserve the rights and liberties of the American people.
I enjoyed this audio book. The text was informative without being dry and dull. In fact, I looked forward to learning about the historical events that surrounded John Adams’ life. And I especially looked forward to hearing what Abigail Adams had to say in her letters. The fact that there were so many details given from letters or journals or other primary sources was pleasing. I appreciated the idea that I actually was listening to what John Adams or those around him actually thought or said. And after listening to this book I seriously feel like I have learned so much about someone I thought I knew about from my studies in high school and college history classes. But really, if all the history texts were written by David McCullough, I just might have to go back and take an extra history class or two at my alma matter. Good thing I can just check out more McCullough books from my library…
And let’s not forget that this was an audio book. Edward Herrmann did a fantastic job of reading the text and getting me excited about listening to law cases or the overwhelming responsibilities that came with becoming the second president of the United States. And I enjoyed how in between the various chapters some information was read by a female voice. That helped me as a listener to understand why the focus of the story would skip a few years (those years being described in the text read by the female voice). When the music came on at the end of the book (signalling that my time with the book was almost over…just before it gives the “the end” and credit bits) I seriously thought about starting the last disc over again so I wouldn’t be finished with it just yet. But…such is the instinct with a good audio. Lovely.(less)
Marianne Daventry is bored while staying in Bath with her grandmother and aunt. So when her twin sister invites her to come visit some friends in the...moreMarianne Daventry is bored while staying in Bath with her grandmother and aunt. So when her twin sister invites her to come visit some friends in the country (and help her snag the the heir of Edenbrooke for a husband), Marianne jumps at the chance to escape to the countryside that she loves. But what awaits isn’t just her sister that she hasn’t seen for a year or so…Marianne loves the paradise of Edenbrooke. She loves the gardens, Meg (the horse she gets to ride), as well as the company of the family. She likes it so much that she has resorted to twirling…as long as nobody is around to look.
But when her feelings start to get in the way of what she knows her sister wants…can Marianne figure out what to do? Throw in a dash of highway robbery, a mysterious stranger, and buckets full of Marianne’s personality and you will get one satisfying romance. I happened to listen to this book on cd…and I just might have to check out the book from my library. There are some parts I would just like to read again. Lovely.(less)
This was my 23rd book for the YALSA's Best Books Reading Challenge. This was one of the Alex Awards...which is a book published for adults that young...moreThis was my 23rd book for the YALSA's Best Books Reading Challenge. This was one of the Alex Awards...which is a book published for adults that young adults would enjoy reading.
This was a tough one for me to get through. And I fell asleep reading it multiple times. This could in part be due to the fact that I had just gotten home from vacation. But also because I just couldn't get into this book.
It starts off when the 14-year-old narrator and her friend are babysitting some kids who set the house on fire. After the firefighters leave and the girls have to explain what happened to the biker parents, the father burns his son's hand to punish him. Then it jumps to the family life of the girls. Covering everything from trying to save a few kittens to trying to survive themselves in 9th grade.
I liked bits and pieces of the story. But the fact that the story was made up of bits and pieces itself just meant that I kept losing the battle between reading and sleeping. The story has fragments of events and then jumps to another. And the chapters are long with many bits of stories put together. Sometimes I couldn't even tell how everything fit together until I sat back and thought it over. Sometimes I would stop at a break and come back to reading and think that I must have skipped ahead a few pages because it was a completely different part of the book. But no, I had just moved on to the next little episode of her life.
Like I said, this was interesting. Just not my favorite. I can see how since it is a 14-year-old trying to figure out who she is as she is growing up that it will relate to many teen readers. But it feels like an adult looking back on the teen years and the jumbled mess that being an adolecent is. Others will probably like it more than I did.(less)
So the only reason I haven't given this five stars is that I didn't actually make anything. The instructions look fine...I think I understand what the...moreSo the only reason I haven't given this five stars is that I didn't actually make anything. The instructions look fine...I think I understand what they are saying. But this looks like many of these creations are a lot of work to make. Much more so than I had time to play with this weekend. And I wish there were more pictures. However, if I ever wanted bakery quality desserts...this would be one of the books I would check out first. And for that fact (and the beautiful pie pops) I would totally give this 4 stars without even trying a recipe. They look rather yummy (especially the lemon blueberry one at the end).(less)
I liked this one. It was a good ending to the series. Although that also meant there were a lot of bits of old stories and characters that make an app...moreI liked this one. It was a good ending to the series. Although that also meant there were a lot of bits of old stories and characters that make an appearance in this novel (for only the one chapter). And there was a bit of retelling the backstory. But other than that it was a nice little end to a fun series.(less)
This was book 8 for the YALSA Best Books challenge. And yet again it has taken me awhile to write what I thought about it. I think this book has so mu...moreThis was book 8 for the YALSA Best Books challenge. And yet again it has taken me awhile to write what I thought about it. I think this book has so much information and so many ideas, it just takes time to thoroughly think through everything and digest it all.
So this is a book about media and how it influences (thus the name of the book) the world. It starts from the very basic history about how people learned "news" clear back in the day when ancient civilizations "wrote" things down. Then it goes through various bits of history up until now with information, facts, quotes, and whatnot that shaped or impacted the media that we have now. And since it is a graphic novel, it goes without saying that there are a lot of pictures to assist in conveying the ideas.
I liked it. I enjoyed it being a non-fiction graphic novel. I liked seeing all the ways that information and rights were connected. The illustrations were great. I especially loved seeing the Brooke Gladstone character in all the historical scenes. It made me smile. The thing about this book is that there was so much to digest, I think I will have to read it again in order to wrap my head around it all. If anyone needs proof that graphic novels aren't for sissy readers, they should be introduced to this book.(less)