Thursday, July 9, 2015

Books read July 9

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
1874 Wessex
I had seen this movie in the late 60's with my grandparents. Had no idea what it was about but it's a classic. I also ordered the paperback a few months ago and haven't gtten to it. But now I have it on audio so I hope I enjoy it.
Quite a different type of book subject from what I'm used to reading. Love all the descriptive details, makes me feel as if I am there.
Sexual scenes.  Basheba Everdeen  entices 3 men in her village.
A farmer Gabriel Oak falls in love with her but she is not in love with him.  Liked hearing of the sheep and their routines and when Gabriel realizes something is amiss.
Love hearing of the bartering to get a shepherd's hook. He finds her in a nearby town where she's become a farm owner via her uncle. She's so head strong.
Soldier Frank Troy needs to have the marriage bands announced....
Landowner William Baldwill-it's rumored he was jilted at the alter and that's effected him in later years...
Baldwill wants to marry her but again she's not in love with him. Love the chat about molting and shearing of the wool from the sheep.
Like legacy of pocket watch!
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Bad Boys by Margie Palatini
children's audio b book about a few wolves who try to hang out with the sheep.
They have avoided the cops so far. The perfect hideout.   They try to become Little Bo Beep who's gone lost. The sheep allow them to roam with them.
They don't sound the same bleeps as the other sheep. They also have bigger's sheep shearing days!
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Island Magic by Lori Pace
Sounds like a good read and I do live on an island and enjoy hearing how others live.
Vanessa goes to the island where there is a house she's inherited.  The SC house needs care, as does the donkey. She seeks out the vet who she takes up with.
Enjoy hearing of the location as it's a new one to me. Like that she takes up the fight for growth on the island.  Small town gas station/convenience store owner Luke Johnson talks to her of her aunt and good memories.
Vet Taylor Bowdin takes time to help her care for the donkey, fix her roof and take her around the island introducing her to others. She is there to hopefully get a job as she is also financially helping her mother and sister who's in college.
She's in the advertising field and finds she can help the islanders from growth that will be detrimental to the island.
She becomes friends with Grace and knows she can help her and her boys while she works in Atlanta. She had hoped Taylor would ask her to stay there, with him...He finds out about her new job and jumps to conclusions and Grace sets him set...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Naked ! by Michael Ian Black
Children's audio book comes with a bonus page. Silly story of why he likes to be without clothes when he finds something else he likes better.
Goes through different pages of doing things while he's naked.  Til he discovers he is cold...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Pickle Patch Bathtub
Children's audio book about  how the children have grown so much they no longer fit in the farm tub.  Their dad is saving for a new tractor. Mom says no they need money for other things.
Kids go through Sears catalog and find a new tub for $9.25. They figure if they save all their money they'd have enough to buy it. They can also enter contests.
One contest is to grow pickles. Like poem for growing pickles, never heard that one! Month by month we are updated on the progress. Will they ever have enough money for the new tub. Story of why this book was written is included.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille
Love the authors other works and this is a continuation of John Corey's new career. He is paired with Tess Farraday as they tail the Russian diplomats onto Hampton Shores, NY.
Love how the tells his stories and how he infiltrates them as waiters at a party in the mansion. He notes so many clues as he finds some leave on the yacht.
Story also follows the Russians who are being followed.  Such explicit details as they carry out their mission. Every thing has been thought about and the plan is in action.
Love all the technical terms and new words and how it all goes, not planned as they wanted it to go. Among the mayhem with the threat of nuclear war blowing up NYC on sept 12, there is also marital problems that will probably continue in the next book.
Like meaning  of the title all the action and adventure.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Age defying Diet outsmart your metabolism to lose weight... by Carolyn Apovian
Starts out with discussion of metabolism and hormones and how they can work together to help you gain weight. By changing diet you can lose weight.
Plan starts out with smoothies, detoxing and having not only a good healthy vegetable fruit diet but have enough energy to exercise.
Interesting information about medicine and hormones vs men and women. Strengthen training I was most interested in and there are a variety of them available.
Recipes for smoothies and soups are included.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The quilt maker's gift 
Audio children's book about a woman who was a quilter. She made the prettiest ones of all.
Blue came from the ocean, white from snow, green/purple from flowers, other colors from sunsets.
Magic in her fingers....others say the quilts came from angels when they fell off their shoulders...
she also brought them to the homeless and she'd start a new one the next day.  King is greedy not only having his birthday 2x a year but he wants everybody's gifts.
He wants to smile, he looks for a special item...she gives him a selection and choices....
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Bored No More, a children's book about creativity
Children's book with drawings. The brother and sister have played with all their toys, blocks and have read all their books. they are BORED.
Mother asks the brother to take out the trash and he can't get there fast enough-it's something to do. He notices the recycling bin and asks to remove a few items from it.
He hurries upstairs where he gets his sister interested and with their imagination they are able to create something that will keep them busy for months and never be bored again.
Also love how they work together. More works by the author and bonus pages to print are included at the end.

Smart Macros: 52 Superfoods That Will Change Your Life
Very factual book about the food we eat and how it helps our body and what parts and how. Love that I can just click on a particular food to find out about it.
Knew about many of these but not all of them. Can't wait to try them also. Each food has a beautiful photo along with quick facts that include origin, season, and what traits/vitamins it will give you. also the nutritional information on each so you can see for yourself the fat, calories, protein, etc for each item.
Gonna keep this book around as a good reference book.

Elizabeth's Constellation Quilt by Olivia Fu
Wanted to read this children's book because it's about quilts and I will be starting one myself next week and always looking for new ideas. Also has just started to actually see stars in the sky as I'm blind but have had a few operations recently.
Each quilt does tell a story and this one holds more meaning. Starts out with the family, a father is a sailor and the parents try to teach the daughter about navigating by the stars.
She can't seem to get a handle on it til her mother makes her a quilt out of the constellations. Then the images come clear to her. Problem is her father was sending her postcards from his various locations
for work til they stopped one day. She hires a captain and she searches via the route her father took from the star configurations in hopes of finding his last destination...
Loved the story and the brilliant colors.  A few pages were hard to read because the colors blended into the pictures or background color. Super story!
I received this book from Library Thing in exchange for my honest review.

My Secret Language
Colorful Children's story about Ruthy and how she gets bored and cries. Her parents take her to the amusement park and she loves it, but...
she wanted the heart balloon, NOW and got angry when they didn't get it for her and she cries.   Even her tears and pillow and dog want her to stop.
One morning her mother takes care of the problem....they try things her way til she realizes....
love the ending when they all realize it's ok to have tears..
Free gift from the author and other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

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