Thursday, April 23, 2015

Books read Apr 23

Children's Books: ONE HUNDRED EGGS FOR HENRIETTA (Fun, Adorable Bedtime Story/Picture Book About Easter, Being Helpful, and Working Together, for Beginner Readers, With 35 Illustrations, Ages 2-8)
Time for Easter and Henrietta tries to get the chickens to lay more eggs as everyone in town will come to search for the Easter eggs. Colorful children's book.
She gets other animals around the farm to help by laying eggs also... others will color the eggs and other animals will hide the eggs.
Like the part where on Easter once you find an egg you can help another find one as well. 
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Books for Kids: Peewee the Playful Puppy: Bedtime Stories For Kids Ages 3-8 (Kids Books - Bedtime Stories For Kids - Children's Books - Free Stories) (Fun Time Series for Beginning Readers)
 Free ebook gift is linkable in the book. This story follows Peewee the puppy who is waiting in the garage in a box. He is to be Lizzie's 7th birthday surprise. Fun activities along the way also ask you questions.
Another day she is outside with Peewee and he gets away from her as he spots a squirrel. The squirrel is frightened thinking the puppy wants to eat him....
Another story is about making gingerbread cookies-what a disaster! First time in the snow is a good one also.
And Peewee meets tiger the family cat.  Other puzzles at the end and cat and dog jokes as well. 

Pigtastic (Accept people for who they are!)
Other works by the author are highlighted at the beginning. This is about a pig that understands there are  a lot of
things he has no control over and to do the best you can with what you have. Lots of links for other author's works that are free certain days.

Brain Teasers: 50+ Puzzles for kids (Ages 4-8): Summer Reading
Lots of puzzles that are very eye catching. Brilliant colors for kids to enjoy. Great children's book to keep them busy for hours.

LOL! 101 Clean Jokes
Silly funny hokes for all ages. Not particular theme just a bunch of them that will bring a smile and a chuckle if not out loud laughter.

 Ants In My Pants: Rhyming Bedtime Stories - Rhyming Picture Book (Funny Rhyming Books for Children)
Colorful children's book about Lisa Marie and how she plays with other friends. They like hide and seek and she needs to hides herself so she is not found.
Rhyming story, brilliant colors. The game is going well til she hides on an ant pile. Her mother comes to the rescue.

Eggtastic (Easter fun!)
Children's colorful book about helping making Easter happen. The little bunny explains some things you must know as the Easter Bunny to get the holiday going.
Examples of how to paint the eggs, the magic involved and the day itself. Fun read.
Other works by the author are highlighted.

Between Now and Never by Laura Johnston
Enjoyed this read for many reasons: lots of mysteries, bit of romance and family life.
Starts out with Cody, whose father is in the FBI, his mom is a caterer, and a sister. They lost his brother Jimmy and we get to hear about him during the novel.
The book is also about Julianne. Her brother Vic is into drugs and his mother has gone to prison because of it. Her father dabbles in art, junk that he tries to sell as collages.
With alternating chapters we find out about a drug deal gone bad when Cody has gone with Vic one night. That night leads him to get hit by a car, during a dust storm and he doesn't recall ever meeting Julianna.
We get to follow their separate lifes and a combined one as she tutors him. He follows his career into basketball and she follows her into a beauty pageant-for her mother.
Over time the clues come back to Cody as to what happened the night he got hit. With help from other he remembers more and that leads to her helping him and she didn't even realize it. Other excerpt from the author's next book is included.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review

The Cast Iron Cookbook: 30 Delicious, Quick & Easy Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Cast Iron Skillet Recipes For the busy you
Introduction on why you should be cooking with cast iron pans. Recipes sound really good, but there are no pictures.
The nutritional information is provided in grams and sodium is not listed. Serving size is also included.
Cornbread recipes will be one we do try. Other dishes for lunch and dinner are provided as well as desserts.  Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.

A Holiday Yarn
This seaside harbor book again follows th knitters that meet once a week. It is the fall and the summer visitors have left the area
and snow is in the air.  An old man has passed away, he run the magazine and his whole family is into the publishing field, millionaires. Pam is one that should be in charge but not on the same level as others.
She wants to run a B&B with the old house. Love talk of the charity work the knitters do for local places. The knitters find something amiss at the old house and find hand written letters in the snow. They also have seen lights and shadows in the guest house next door.
The find the body that is still holding a gun. They work together to find out clues that will lead them to the killer. They find so much more.
The local need this year was to the historic building.  More mysteries come to light before they can solve the murder mystery.  Excerpt from the next book is included.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device). 

All Right Here by Carre Armstrong Gardner
This book is about a husband and wife, Ivy and Nick, who after months of trying find she is not able to conceive. He doesn't want to adopt but they are on many waiting lists.
His parents want them to have children as their other kids have grandchildren for them to spoil. Ivy feels slighted among them and the sisters never allow her to become one of them.
Ivy works in a bookstore and one day the children next door are still outside when she returns home from work. She takes the colored children in and tend to their needs. The mother is nowhere to be found. Things tend to be a bit difficult, white raising black children but they do put a lot of effort forward.
Child protective services helps them get guardianship and to track down the mother. Nick's not too keen on the kids staying there for an extended length of time but adjusts.
The story also follows not only Ivys's twin sister Laura who is having an affair with her boss, and she's an alcoholic and uses drugs; but her other sisters and their families.
It's easy to keep track of who is who with all the family events. Lots of quotes from not only the Bible but poets. They all tend to pray before eating and call on God for other help along the way as emergencies arise.
Enjoyed the read.
I received this book from a contest I entered from Tynsdale House Publishers.

Leaving Time by Jodi Piccoult
Story of a teen who recalls things that happened when she was an infant, Jenna. Her mother had left them, Alice. Alternating chapters from each over the years.
Jenna recalls many facts about elephants, which Alice also studied about. Different voices for the characters. Jenna decides she has to hire a physic to track down her mother and a PI.
She does a lot of research about them and her moms journals note the interactions her mom had with the elephants over the years.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device). 

Wraps, easy recipes for handheld meals by Mary Corporin
We like wraps as they are a healthier choice for us. 50 recipes.
Breakfast lunch dinner and dessert recipes. Listening to this book on tape I am not able to view the pictures.
Trail mix one sounds interesting: book starts out with alpha listing of recipes by letter. Then onto selecting the right ingredients.
Then into the recipes themselves, very descriptive. No nutritional information.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
This novel is about two females who meet while in the 6th grade. Caitlin and Victoria. Vic had never been near the ocean and Cat had asked her to spend the summer with her family.
She is thrown into the life of leisure, everything at your fingertips, the elite. Such a shock as she grew up in the lower class section of town.
Books starts in the present and goes back in time and forward and is broken up into sections.
Catilain's dad marries Abby and she runs the household now. Girls have been introduced to many things growing up, nude beach, lesbian, etc.
Steamy sex scenes as they are introduced to nudity and sex and drugs as teens.  We learn more of each of their families.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Wedding Shawl by Sally Goldenbaugh
Knitting a nice lace shawl, the knitters are going to make this for the bride. Problem is one is found dead. The knitters group take it upon themselves to solve this one.
They find clues and question many others til they find out the truth.  Problem is another murder has occurred, the wedding coordinator. Also the new gardener seems to be familiar to the older women.
The knitters also belong to the book club and they are given a cold case in their town and run with what may have happened.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

My Folks Depression Days
Always find it interesting to hear of how others survived when the stock market crashed.
This surrounds a family in Kansas, farmers and the crops are not producing as much as they have in the past.
Hand me downs are a thing that is common, not only do folks help one another, they help others.
Love egg skin bandages LOL  Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without. Cloth sacks, a thing of the past most useful.
Loved hearing about the CCC, WPA, etc worked and think they may be the solution today. Get people to work and strengthen our infrastructure.
Love stories from all over the US during the hard times. Ah chilviaries! Think I would have done well during this time growing up.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Bazoli
Audio book about a seed. A crocodile imagines what happens when he does swallow the watermelon seed.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar by George Shannon
Audio book about a cookie, how it's made and what goes into it. We just reach in the cookie jar.
How many hands put the cookie in? Talks of all the tasks needed, even for the ingredient.
Includes a recipe for sugar cookies and how to change up the recipe.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Effortless Healing by Joseph Mercola
Natural remedies for weight management.  Using food as medicine.
Learned about inflammation and how to get rid of it. All starts out with the principle of drinking the right kind of water and how to obtain it. Even chill it for better outcome.
Many methods to learn about your body and how to make it last.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Norma Bonnsteels Christmas Past by Sharon McCrumb
Book follows a few people. In the town the Honeycutt house has sold to summer people but they stayed on for Christmas, problem is there might be a ghost in the house. Nora informs the new residents how the previous owners had decorated the house for the holidays and the big event they'd hold for the whole community.
Also follows the sheriff and how they must track down an old man to arrest him.... it's Christmas.
Also love the setting of this East TN, Smokey Mountain setting.  Love the treasures that are found, hand made precious.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Shhhhh! Everybody's Sleeping
Audio book for children, rhyming words, about how different people from different professions go to sleep at night.
Love all the different careers that are talked about in this book and the characteristics of their life styles.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Hello, Mama Wallaroo
Audio book about a walleroo, all facts, where it lives, cares for the young, what it eats.
Similar to the kangaroo, with big ears and feet and only 3 feet tall.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Mitford Snowmen: A Christmas Story  by Jan Karon
Mitford, the perfect Christmas place. First annual Christmas snow building contest, first ever, with recipe.
Have read many if not all of the series and glad I located this one. Such a nice community, where everybody helps one another. not too much drama, solutions.
In the middle of town business the snow has started and others have said there is a contest and there are prizes: a shovel, donuts, etc as the time goes on more prizes are added.
The mayor is the judge and she has prizes for all and the winners are able to view the lit lampposts when they light up for the night.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Pinkalicious by Elizabeth and Victoria Conn
Audio book. Little girl is obsessed with the color pink. Rainy and too wet to go outside so they make pink cupcakes.
She has her mom add more pink coloring. They also frost them with pink frosting.
I lost track after 6 how many she ate and she wants more. Dad says she's had enough. Problem is when she woke up she had turned pink...
A bath didn't take the pink out of her hair or skin.  The doctor might have the solution....but she doesn't quite do what he says.... and her brother does not either...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Diggy Dan, a room cleaning adventure by Daniel Kamish
Audio book about Dan who takes on different characters as he cleans out the mess in his room.
Love the different roles he takes on with the items he founds along the way.
 I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Lemon Recipes: Delicious, Natural, & Healthy Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Like lemons a lot and wanted to see what recipes this book offers. Starts out with what lemons are and their health benefits, how to cook with them and other useful information.
Each recipe comes with a color photo and list of ingredients, very detailed instructions and no nutritional information.
Categories are Breakfast,  lunch,  and dinner.
I can tell from the lack of butter in some of the recipes that these are very healthy.
Roasted potatoes and lemon/cran scones  would be my favorite to try.

Red, White and Blue 
Wanted to read this book with the intent to learn new things. Wyoming is one place we've yet to visit but the subject matter also interested me.
Kinda hard to separate the older generation from the present. Starts out with an explosion in Wyoming and a group claim they did it. A reporter, Jewish from NYC has traveled there to find out the answers.
The group had targeted Jews and she wants to find out why. She does contact them to write the story that will be picked up by many other newspapers for publicity.
There is an agency that is also investigating but there is another explosion and again the group claim they did it.
Listening to this via audio tape made it very confusing for me with all the alternating chapters between the two that are finding clues and at some points not working together to solve the mystery.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

We're Very Good Friends, My Grandma and I (We're Very Good Friends--Family Series Book 1)
Wanted to read this book because I am a grandmother and hope I am a good one. Colorful fun children's book about what a little boy does with his grandmother.
The things I had in common with this book are very many. Walking, doing puzzles, reading are among the favorite ones.
Love that this series has many other relative's books: mom, dad, grandfather, teacher, etc.

Love Baby Animals - Fun Children's Picture Book with Amazing Photos of Baby Animals (Animal Books for Children 1)  by David Chuka
Other works by the author are highlighted.
This colorful children's book is about animals, baby in size.  starts out with the birth of his sibling.
Then onto animals babies.  Guessing game as to what the baby animals name is.  Also facts about birth weight or other fact.

Daisy Chain by Grace McDermott
Couldn't quite get a handle on this one. It's about fairies and the life they lead
til they attend the daisy marriage. That part I liked, so carefree and no rules to follow.
Lots of use of 'f' word which I don't believe need to be in books, lots of abuse and violence if you read between the lines.
Think if I had read the series from book 1 it might've made more sense to me.
I received this book from Library Thing in exchange for my honest review.

The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge 
The making of the Brooklyn Bridge. Interesting story of how this all came about, who was involved and in what capacity.
Liked this book a lot for all that was involved in it and learning of the builders other works.

I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Kids First Cookbook: delicious nutritious treats to make yourself by Am. Cancer Society
This audio tape is amazing. so many different ideas to try to get the child that doesn't have much to choose from, to eat.
drinks, meals and snacks and activities. Not only recipes-not all are real nutritious, but fun activities also.
Tips and other suggestions are included.  Calories and fat grams are included for each recipe.
Love substitutions for butters and what temperature to bake things at so recipe won't fail.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Once and Always by Julia Harper
Blizzard coming, Cooplake, MN and she's gotten pulled over again. Mesa, feels she's been entrapped but she was speeding and had been the other 3 times.
She had spent one night having sex with Sam West.... she ends up at her uncles, the next day Sam shows up and she ends up at his house-her uncles has no electric nor heat.
She gets him to open up about his war days.... she tells him the info about the mob and doesn't tell him she knows of the pink diamonds but she has those still...
Some of the suitcases have the diamond, at least one has a bomb....
Hot steamy sex scenes as they renew their relationship with one another.
Good mystery read mixed in with other aspects that make a book a good one.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Max Makes A Million
Max the dog, a dreamer and he sells his book and he makes money. Enough to go on a trip to Paris.
His dream is to sell his book of poems and to live in Paris. Anybody can achieve what they set their mind to do.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Dig Those Dinosaurs
Audio book that tells of when a scientist digs at a site.  Tools they use: toilet paper, toothbrush and shovels.
Lots of repetitious words but I can't tell what they are doing on the pages.
Fossils including bones and dropping are located at the NY museum.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Birds by Kevin Henkes
Colors, shapes and sounds of the many birds the little girl finds they share something in common.
Starts out with the birds singing, and all different colors.  Shapes are different also.
She wonders what the clouds would look like if they used feathers for clouds in the sky.
As this is an audio book they also describe what they see.  Like how it ends.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Children's Books: CHILDREN OF THE WORLD (Fun, Zany, Rhyming Bedtime Story/Picture Book for Beginner Readers About Multicultural Children and Numbers, Ages 2-8
Children's Book: If I met a lion (funny bedtime story collection)
Dump Cake: Gourmet 25 Outrageously Delicious Dump Cake Recipes
What Do Monsters Eat?: A Rhyming Children's Picture Book

Lola Goes To Work by Marsha Goldman
This audio book is about Lola, a therapy dog who has to go to school so she can learn how to take care of others.
Obey rules, even though she was very small but she wanted to be a special dog.
Talks of who she is able to visit while she is working, comforting them.
Explanation of what therapy dogs do is included.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Guitar Notes by  Mary Amato
Was interested in reading this as I am a very beginner player of the guitar. His mom takes his guitar away for the beginning of school til he can get out of his room where he plays only the guitar all day. she wants him to make friends.
At the same time we get to follow Lila and how she is preparing for the first day of school.
Funny how Tripp takes his moms most important things away in hopes he will get his guitar back...
Lila shares the practice room. She plays the cello on odd days. Tripp plays his guitar on even numbered days.
She starts leaving him messages urging him to write songs....he writes back and they carry on this tradition every time they use the room.
Lots of drama as only teens can achieve. Love that his mom signs him up for tutoring during lunch-she has no idea he's practicing guitar at that time and he in turn signs her up for a committee.
Laughed out loud : freeze the account!  They dare and encourage each other to produce new works with their instruments.  Then a catastrophe occurs when her father finds out about their playing at a gig...songs with chords and lyrics are included.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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