Friday, September 16, 2016

Books read Sept 16

This book starts out with Stacy, a vet who volunteers to ride the airport perimeter on the weekends. None of the other volunteers are free that day so she heads out by herself on her horse.
She finds a scene, a man, motorcycle down, a lab and a clearing where a drone is sitting. Alex is the FBI agent who is investigating the scene and he continually asks her the same questions over and over and that riles her as she has other things to do that day at her animal hospital.
They finally get a break when she realizes his accent and what locale he's from and he recognizes hers.
Story also follows Whitt and his dad. Whitt works for Stacy and she holds onto his money for college so he won't give it to his drunk father. Stacy wants to adopt Whitt as he's only 12 and bring him up better than his parents. She also tries to teach him about God but he's too hurt to understand...
Also follows Alex and the leads he gets with the investigations. God is present in all the characters but some to a lesser degree, some to a stronger degree.
More threats to her life and more mysteries arise...
Interesting read as I learned new things: airport ranger and bio terrorism. Love all the charity and volunteer community work involved throughout the book by many.
So many twists to this tale as the story goes on. Like this new series and hope to read more.
I received this book from The Book Club Network (  in exchange for my honest review.

Precious gifts by Danielle Steel
Have enjoyed this author's writings. This story is about a man who dies but it's the treasures he leaves his wife and three daughters that allow them to pursue their dreams.
Paul Parker married a French art dealers daughter, .
The daughters: Vinny-a social worker in NY, Juliet Bakery owner in NY and Joy the youngest wants to be an actor in CA.
His son from a previous marriage has tried to fit in. His ex wife is also left a gift.....after the reading of the will all of their lives will change...
She is now on a quest to find out the validity of the painting and to consider her choices. Story follows the mother and the children-3 girls and one boy as they are adults now and also a surprise person...
Felt like I've been on a sight seeing tour with the characters as there is a lot of travel involved to places I'll probably never get to visit.
Liked the differences between the two men that she's able to meet with as she explores her options...
Love how strong she is and how she loves to give things to others.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

 Oh My God, It's Halloween
Children's colorful book about Halloween. Words ore difficult for me to see on the background.
Guessing game at the end of the book. A little girl imagines how her Halloween will go this year...

The Snow Walker by Farley Mowat
Stories of survival of those who live upper northern tundra.
Such a strong bred of people in that they are able to adapt to the surroundings they are raised in.
Loved hearing of the fifth element and how the people used it everyday.
Snow mansions, I can just imagine a village, all connecting houses, so cool!
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

September 2016 Book Fun Magazine
Have enjoyed other months of this magazine and look up to it as to what books I want to read next.
It lists not only a summary of the book but other fun things that make it appealing to want to read the book.
Being a member of The Book Club Network has the benefit of getting books for free when you agree to read and post your reviews online. It's all free so be sure to check out their site.
This months issue I really enjoyed indepth interview of the authors and other fun things they divulge.
Numerous ways to contact the authors, websites, social media, etc. also enjoy the authors other works at the ends of the articles.
Things that make me want to read the book: sometimes it's the pictures, sometimes a summary and sometimes an excerpt of the book, added feature bonus items included are all parts of how I select a book to read and this magazine has all that in one place.
Few insistence on my side due to eye problems with the pictures that have words on top of them.
Discovered a few more books I want to sign up for to read, Thanks
I received this book from Amazon via The Book Club Network (  in exchange for my honest review.

Red Sox Rhymes: verses and curses
Am a long time sox fan and thought this would be a fun book to listen to.
Love the summer beards!!  Red flops song, too funny! 
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Acadia National Park : Eye of the Whale
The Parker family is now on their way to Acadia in Maine. We have visited and loved it.
Have read their other books and have totally enjoyed them.
So many notable trails to discover-I recall a few places as they are being described.
Loved learning new areas of the park and the school of fresh sea life-some which I've never heard of.
Love ending how the whole book is summarized so you don't miss a stop. The whale is adoptable!
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Wishes for Christmas by Fern Michaels
Have enjoyed other works by this author.  Combination of the sisterhood and godmother series.
Three Christmases
Starts out with the women gathering at Halloween time and they break the rules-talking business with eating.
The money from Maggie's husbands insurance upon his death she wants to give away to others so they can hear the angels sing. She wants to right a wrong from years gone by.
Loved hearing of past holidays and ornaments made.  Love how they get clues to help find the schoolteacher that had been attacked when Maggie was 10.
Loved hearing of what wishes were and how others can make it all happen...
Naughty or Nice
Concentrates on the Christmas holiday and the Hopes for Heroes parlor will open to the public.
A Golden Tree
Nancy is hiring a new male assistant and it's the busy time of the year... She has no time for dating...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Mediterranean Diet: A 14-Day Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan
We use this type of meal plan everyday now since my husband's heart attack. Looking for new ways to make things is always a challenge.
Starts out with what the diet is all about then moves onto daily meals for two weeks.
Next section concentrates on the recipes. Each has a servings, calories and ingredient list, and how to prepare the dish. There are no pictures and no nutritional information.
There are lots of choices.  Books ends with a clickable link that takes you to Amazon for  more of the same recipes-for money.

Cooking Made Simple
Starts out with quick tips of things to add to enhance flavors. Also a list of planning ahead and then right into things you will need to have on hand.
List of food terms to understand. Section on salads and it's not always green.
Recipe starts out the ingredient list and how to make it. No servings and no nutritional information and no pictures.
A lot of tips along the way that are useful.

Building a Portrait
Have read other books in the series and know I will learn a few more new things about photography.
Bonus book of taking sunset pictures is clickable. Photos throughout the book showing what the author wants you to concentrate on. Some of the information is repetitive from other works by the author.
Good refresher course though.  Different aspects of a photo are discussed.  Talks about how to fix problem areas on the subject.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

I wish I could live "in the sea'
This sounds and looks like a great book for kids who have not experienced the sea.
Rhyming very brilliant color children's story about life in the sea and all the creatures you might come across.
Things to do on the beach also are listed.  Other books in the series "I wish I lived' are highlighted at the end.

My T-Rex Gets a Bath
This book sounded so silly I just wanted to read it because I know it will have me laughing.
Children's rhyming colorful story of what happens after the toys have been picked up and it's time for the boys bath...with his T-Rex.
They decide on a game to play while getting scrubbed clean.
Some of the pages are very dark with dark lettering it's difficult to see.
Cute story and a free gift.

35 easy Weeknight Dinners
Each recipe has a list of ingredients and directions. Has serving suggestion but not how many servings it will yield. No nutritional  information and no pictures.
Variations on chicken dishes.  Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Homemade Candles by Emily Thomas
I remember watching my mother make seashell candles by burying them in the sand of a mold. She had many tall column type ones.
Starts out with the basics of candle making and the equipment you will need.
I recall also unpeeling crayons labels to use as coloring for her candles.
And we'd go in the backyard to pick gallons of bayberries to melt down for scents. Very detailed instructions along with a few pictures.
Very useful information for the types described.

The Roll-Away Pumpkin
Children's colorful book about autumn things. Words scroll up and down as the pages turn with fun things the family does during fall weather.
The come across a lot of different people as the pumpkin rolls down the street.

The daughters  by  Celt_ Adrienne
Story follows one of the daughters, Greta and her musical career in Chicago and over in Poland where the family originated from.
The sisters all seem to have a curse placed on their daughters from birth.
Like how the story goes back in time to when the curse originated.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Perfect Pirogi Recipes
Have loved eating these and have discovered the company has other flavors available.
Starts out with what pirogi are and their history, summary of how to make them yourself, how to cut stuff and seal them, and different methods of how to cook them.
Then it has chapters on how to do each of the above in more detail. There is no nutritional information and no pictures.
Very detailed directions on how to make them suing various methods.
Love the idea of not only cheese, potato but also fruit fillings and toppings. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Herb Gardening The Beginner's Guide
Have several large gardens during the summer and use a lot of different spices and herbs so thought I'd learn a bit more about how to make one.
Everything is included, what to plant-the most popular, where in the garden,
Lots of things to consider, room, light, drainage, soil, etc.
Free gift online also works by the author are at the end.

 Grandma's Meat Pies
Starts out with a lot of information about making the meat pie. Chapters on how to make different types of pies with different ingredients.
Recipes have ingredient list, how to make them and how to cook them. No nutritional information and no pictures. Different types of pies: chicken, meats, lamb, etc.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end. Also a clickable free gift.

Mug Cakes
Fun and easy way to make gifts for your friends and family.
Microwave a cake in a mug with ingredients you have on hand.
No pictures and no nutritional information. Carrot cake and raisins would be my selection.
Lots of flavors to choose from and with price of dollar store mug it's a perfect gift.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

On high steel, the education of an ironworker by  Cherry_ Mike
Listened to this on audio tape. Always like to learn about other careers and how they do their jobs.
Hand signals help them do their jobs, a language only they understand.
Interesting day at work and the secrets depending on what floor you are working on. So fascinating.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Bluebonnet at Dinosaur Valley State Park by -Casad_ Mary Brooke
I listened to this book on tape but it states it's a colorful children's book.
Thought this might be about a local state park in CT that we've traveled to.
Bluebonnet is an armadillo and they travel to the state park and he finds Spike-the last known dinosaur. She follows the tracks left.
She discovers many other creatures...
Lots of Texas history is divulged and the author makes it easy for children to understand.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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