Saturday, October 31, 2015

Books read Oct 31

Children's Books: THE WITCH'S BIG NIGHT (Very Funny, Rhyming Bedtime Story/Picture Book for Beginner Readers About Halloween and Kindness, Ages 2-8)
Colorful children's book about Halloween. Along the same lines as the night before Christmas, this one is also a rhyming book about the Halloween celebrations.
The witch is the one expected tonight, with treats for all. Everybody is frightened of the witch passing out tricks or treats. One is able to trick the witch into doing good things...
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Animal Family Portraits
Colorful children's book showing groups of animals and what the pair creates.
Silly combinations.  A pitbull and a Opposum - chihuahua puppy

Webster's Bedtime (Webster Technology Books)
Children's colorful book about Webster. He doesn't like to go to bed, but stays up all hours of the night to play with technology toys.
The toys do want him to go to sleep because they are very tried. The toys explain that they must be powered down and Webster can help them with that.
Problem is other noises are soon heard, SO silly and I laughed so hard at this.  Other works along the line of Webster are highlighted at the end.

Grandparents' Day
Colorful children's book about a girl who has her grandmother at her house. They don't get to see each other often so the girl treasures every minute she gets to spend with her.
Starting out with breakfast the girl is late waking up as the grandmother has the meal made. The girl realizes she is not being called by her name but her mothers. She also goes to
help the grandfather with his socks and shoes. She recalls the grip her grandfather had on her arm as they walked to get the mail, now he grips onto her arm for support to get the mail.
Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.

Pumpkin Recipes the ultimate guide
This book is broken up by categories: bread and breakfast, desserts, pasta and salads, savory and soup dishes.
Each recipe comes with prep time, cook time, servings and ingredients and how to put the dish together and bake.
There are no pictures and no nutritional information. Some of the recipes appear to be healthy as far as ingredients go, and you should be able to substitute by using liquid eggs also.

 The last hurrah    by Edwin O'Connor
 Newspaper worker watching the polls and attending meetings that the politicians are speaking at as they run for mayor.
Others around town show up when the candidates are speaking about the town issues.  After the heart attack the mans son comes to find out what happened and how others saw things occuring.

101 Puzzle Quizzes (Interactive Puzzlebook for E-readers)
Interesting puzzles you can view through your pc or tablet. Lots of math and shapes and they give you the item and when you guess the answer it will take you to the page and tell you if you are correct or not.
Some are very difficult.

Daddy by Danielle Steel
This book is about George, Oliver and Benjamin, 3 generations of one family, are all learning to cope with their struggles in life.
Their spouses: one is dying, another is heading off to college and one is expecting a baby.
Moments of joy and some tragedies as the twists and turns in this book leave you wondering what will happen next to each of them.
Lots of travel and much more loving.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Coming Up For Air by Patti Callahan Henry
Story starts out with Elle and she's very busy even with her daughter now in college, her husband busy at work and golfing with her dad.
Her mother keeps her busy with committees, etc til the day she just dies. Story goes back in time where we learn of her mother's younger years.
Another story that comes to light is that of the artists in the family and names given to each of the only girl child of each generation.
She finds it hard once she discovers her mother's journals and she strives to  find out the truth. She had left her true love to marry another and Elle is at a loss as to who it is.
She travels with her friend Sadie back to the summer house to find more clues and answers. Like where all the artistry talk is about, gardens and flowers also.
I received this book from a contest I won.

No Greater Love by Danielle Steel
Edwina Winfield has survived the Titanic sinking, taking her parents and fiance and leaving her with brothers and sisters to raise.
Story follows her as they land in NYC and make their way to San Francisco, take over her father's newspaper business. Problem is brother in law has told those in SF to sell the house, they'd be moving to London to live with them.
At 20 she put her life on hold to raise all the kids....story tells of each of the other 5 that she raises and their problems along the way...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Basic Book Binding
Wanted to read this as I like everything about printing. Worked in the field in my younger days but just the printed word.
Would have loved to see how the book binding is done, maybe at the village they will run a series.
Starts out with the tools of the trade and explains step by step instructions on how to bind a book by hand.
Lots of suggestions and tips along the way. VERY detailed.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The best Christmas by Lee  Kingman
Erky is not sure why he's so happy with Christmas coming.
Cold winds and cold air with sky dark with one star. Reminds him of the star on his tree, he hopes for the best one ever.
Baking, decorations throughout the house but he knows something is wrong when he enters the house. Stone barge is late and Matty is not there.
Love the idea of mittens on Christmas morning with dime in each and candy cane. Mother says it's too much trouble to get a tree, especially with Matty not home.
She tells them what Christmas is all about and starts up her knitting, she's got the spirit again.
Matty always brought bigger gifts home...maybe he can make the bigger gifts for the kids this year....
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Robert B. Parker's The Devil Wins  by Cameron
Love this series that is set in Paradise, MA near the coast. Jesse Stone has just started a new investigation when they find a recent dead man.
Problem is the clearing the debris around the first murder leads to two girls who were killed over 20 years ago. The ring one wears tells them who they are.
Female relationships are interrupted with calls from ex wife...other cases are investigated that also lead to the current one...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Murder in merino, a Seaside Knitters mystery by Sally Goldenbaum 
Have read the others in this series and have enjoyed them. Sea Harbor, MA and it's autumn.
Julia Aimsley has come to town, a writer and she meets Ben, who hosts the weekly Friday feast with townsfolk along with his wife Cass.
Others in town are trying to plan their 40th wedding anniversary party but they just want quick drink and appetizer one night.
Lots of things going on with the others in town.  One gets murdered and those at the yarn store start questioning others and bringing clues to those investigating to try to figure out who killed the man.
Love how this one takes us back 20 years and there are some around that can answer those hard questions.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Fine Things by Danielle Steel
Bernie starts out as a jock in high school, goes to college, avoids the draft and ends up in a clothing store-the owner loves his ideas.
Years later and relationships later we find him living on the west coast running another store. He first sees the little girl and falls in love with her, then meets the mother and they start a relationship, get married months later
and move to NY where she finds out she is pregnant. As the story goes on we find out Liz back story and her ex husband.
He still travels to Milan and other countries for the fashion designs for the store.  The ex reurfaces and Liz ends up with cancer...
Life spirals out of control when the twists and turns stop. So much heart break.  They move on and things take a turn, like how book got its name.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The forgotten helper, a Christmas story by Lorrie Moore
One elf is left behind at a bad girls house. He must make her be good or Santa won't stop by to pick him up next year.
The elf is grouchy and didn't help watch the reindeer. For the year he comes up with a plan where others help him make her happy again.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 The trouble with Christmas by Debbie Mason
Real estate agent Madison is sent to Christmas,  CO  to get rid of the negotiations for the remake of the town, thus making the bosses son lose the deal.
Sheriff McBride wants to get the town back on track as he also doesn't want the town turned into a million people visiting each year, making local places close to make way for big box stores.
Lots of drama as the townsfolk want the big picture to come to life...Gage rubs Madison and wrong way and vice versa as they are thrown together often.
They want her to stay for a week to understand their town and her boss agrees.    Lots of twists and turns....
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 Bringing home the bad boy by Jessica Lemmon
Tattoo artist Evan and his son return to their hometown. He's lost his wife, been 4 years and he hopes to heal.
His wifes BFF welcomes them home...Aunt Charlie. Story goes back in time to when Ray had died and how hard things were for Evan to hold it together.
Story follows him as he's thinking of her and her body when he's hanging out with the bad boys. Also follows her and her girlfriends as they talk about him and other bad boys of town.
Lots of hot steamy sexual scenes. Few characters, easy to keep track of. Love their choice of careers and learning about how they do their jobs.
Circumstances draw them apart and bring them together til a health emergency... Recipes included.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews
Love this authors other works and know this will be a great one also.
Interior designer Keeley Murdock finds her groom to be with her maid of honor and she throws a hissy fit and calls off the wedding.
Will Mahoney needs a decorator for his new mansion. He also owns the mill where they manufacturer woman's bras.
The ex's family runs the bank and they are making the clients stop dealing with the Murdocks.
Keeley and her aunt take the job of redoing the mansion, bring it back to what it once was, The owner is putting it all together for a woman he saw on TV, that he wants to make his wife and have her move to his town.
She confronts the wife to be to find out her colors, interests, etc.  Interesting facts about bra making.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Fixer Upper by mary Kay Andrews
Have read many of the authors works and have enjoyed the books.
This book starts out with her losing her job and her boss being investigated by the FBI. Dempsey relies on her father and he's agreed to fund her at a recent relatives passing and he's learned he owns the house, south of Atlanta.
She travels there and assumes she  will be fixing up the place and flipping it til her next job comes through. The house has a relative who's a squatter but it's is very disrepair shape.
The townsfolk know all about her and her life, and family. Reporters track her down at her new location about her troubles with the law. The local lawyer will be handling her case. She's only a lobbyist, not a lawyer.
Her lawyer has her come up with a timeline to help figure things out-this is when we learn all about the trip she had scheduled for a client, using her credit card. The feds want her to wear a wire, meet her old boss and have him speak as to what happened, to clear her name.
Book also follows Keeley and others trying to find out what happened to her mother...
Lots of action as she finally agrees to wear the wire and meet him... Book comes with recipes of food they make during the book.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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