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
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Jenny
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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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26Jul2018

Book #17: Flat Broke With Two Goats

The moral of this book?  Some people just never get their acts together.  Yeah, I kinda hated this author.  Hated is probably too strong of a word.  But she and I will never be friends.  I probably wouldn’t even have wanted to hear her tell her story at a party.  It would have just irritated me. I don’t want to expend a lot of effort on this review because I’ve got another twenty cu

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26Jul2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Non-fiction

Book #16: Norse Mythology

Ah, Neil Gaiman, you’re a genius.  I don’t love all your books, but there are some that blow my mind. The Graveyard Book, Fortunately the Milk, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Coraline, all amazing books I consider worthy of multiple readings.  When I impulse-purchased Norse Mythology while at Portland’s famous bookstore, Powells, I hoped I was in for a treat.  I was, but not wholly wha

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26Jul2018

Book #15: Stories of Beowulf

I know, you’re probably thinking, “She read Beowulf?  WHY??”  Aside from excerpts in college, I’ve never read Beowulf.  I always thought it was interesting, but never read the whole thing.  On impulse, I got a copy of Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall, curious to see what my kids would think of it. Marshall simplifies and cuts through the old English, but sin

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26Jul2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Non-fiction

Book #14: Sky Theater: Essays on Rural Life and Community

I have been to South Dakota once, on route from Kansas, where I grew up, to Washington, where I live now.  We stayed near the Black Hills and saw Mt. Rushmore, but only had a day to spare there.  It wasn’t too different from Nebraska and Kansas, both familiar to me from many long drives across, but the Black Hills were beautiful and unique.  I was glad I went there, but I haven’t spent much

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26Jul2018

Book #13: I’m Just No Good at Rhyming

Oh man, two funny books in a row.  And funny poetry?  It’s like dessert!  What did I do to deserve such a delight? I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups by Chris Harris and illustrated by Lane Smith was pure fun.  It’s mischievous and surprising, like the poem that give it the title.  My kids and I just died reading it out loud.  I

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26Jul2018

Book #12: Funny in Farsi

If I’m ever going to write a memoir, I better get a whole lot funnier.  Not all memoirs should be funny, but I sure do enjoy reading ones that make me laugh so much better.  Now, imagine the book, A Girl Named Zippy, except that Zippy is an Iranian immigrant.  That’s what Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America by Firoozah Dumas reminded of, and it deserves such a lofty

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08Jul2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Non-fiction

Book #11: Parenting from the Inside Out

I’ve got baggage.  We all do, really, and some of it can be attributed to the way we were parented.  Since I have kids in therapy for anxiety and depression, I took our counselor’s recommendation to read Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel J. Siegel and Mary Hartzell, hoping it would help me find more tools to help my kids. The authors drew on their experiences as a child psychiatris

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