08Aug2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Fantasy, Fiction

Book #27: Oathbringer

If you haven’t read The Way of Kings or Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson, then nothing in this blog post will make any sense.  So go and read the review I did for The Way of Kings and then decide if you’d like to commit to three 1,000 page books.  I think you should, but you know, epic fantasy might not be your thing. Instead of going through a synopsis of a book that is the third i

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08Aug2018

Book #26: Sabriel

Oh goody.  This is one of my favorite books, and the first in one of my favorite series of all time.  I suggested it for my book club and it didn’t even bother me that it wasn’t universally loved.  I don’t care.  It’s still awesome. Garth Nix is an amazing writer and Sabriel isn’t even the best book in his Old Kingdom series.  It’s a good hook to keep going, but I love the othe

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08Aug2018

Book #25: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham is very familiar to me as this was my third time reading it.  I needed to read it for an online class I was taking and decided for this time around, I’d read it aloud to my 11- and 8-year-old kids.  I wondered what they would think, considering the advanced vocabulary about navigation, math and sailing, but they didn’t mind.  They loved it.  That

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08Aug2018

Book #24: The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids

I love books of lists, particularly books that are about books and include lists.  It’s a very specific obsession and I’m always on the prowl for them.  My favorites are Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt (and her companion books, Honey for a Teen’s Heart and Honey for a Woman’s Heart), The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease, Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin, and now

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30Jul2018
Author
Jenny
Category
Fiction

Book #23: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is slightly off.  You ever meet someone that doesn’t seem to have very skilled social graces?  This is Eleanor.  She’s literal, abrasive, married to her routine, and comes off as having Asperger’s Syndrome or maybe she’s on the autism spectrum.  She’s also scarred, physically and emotionally, as we come to read her story.  Her routine and life are disrupted by a co-

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30Jul2018

Book #22: World War II: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today

This book pulls no punches.  Richard Maybury is the author of multiple books that force me to examine what I’ve always understood about history, politics and economics, but this was the first.  World War II: There Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today is a study of WWII from an economic standpoint and what he draws from his research and those of other historian/economists shocked me.

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30Jul2018

Book #21: Holding Fast

After finishing Isaiah for Airheads, I was ready for another supplement to scripture study. I saw this one on Goodreads and it peaked my interest.  I love Amazon’s used book selection and I’m certain it’s enabling my book buying addiction, but Holding Fast by Robert Millet was worth it.  In fact, I might buy copies to give away as well. Geared specifically toward LDS readers, the subtit

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29Jul2018

Book #20: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

I’ll admit that my only knowledge of this book was based on the Disney movie, The Secret of NIMH, and I hardly remember anything from that.  Only that it was like a horror movie done Disney-style.  Out of curiosity, I checked the description of reviews of the movie on www.commonsensemedia.org, and though it follows the same plot, it’s not the same as what I read aloud to my 11-year-old and 8

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28Jul2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Fiction, Mystery

Book #19: And Then There Were None

Some of my children are obsessed with Agatha Christie.  They’ve read every single copy our local library has to offer and are now on the prowl for copies at used bookstores for the personal library.  They have their favorite detectives (Poirot or Miss Marple) and favorite plot lines.  They swear by the originality of each book, the twists and turns that always surprise and the pure fun it is

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28Jul2018

Book #18: Isaiah for Airheads

I’ve never read a John Bytheway book before, but his book Isaiah for Airheads, caught my eye while I was in Deseret Book in Portland.  I always thought his books were geared toward teens but after reading the blurb on the back, I knew this book was just right for me. Reading Isaiah is either a beautiful poetic experience or a massive stumbling block for me.  I’ve had times where reading f

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