The Thomas Berryman Number
Paperback, 272 pages
I grew up in Western New York, with a huge Italian, German, and Irish influence in my family life. Frederick Douglas, Susan B. Anthony, the Haudenosaunee, and the Erie Canal are a big part of the history in my area. This is, I believe, is one reason I like reading about history and historical fiction.
I garden, cook, and preserve some of the food I grow. I, also, enjoy traveling. A book or two are always with me when I travel. And there is always one in my car, at my desk, and anywhere I may have a chance to read. Primarily I read fiction--young adult, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers. I do enjoy a good memoir, biographies, and cookbooks. If someone recommends something, I will always check it out.
The Thomas Berryman Number
Paperback, 272 pages
Ok, this book, Serafina and the Black Cloak, has been on my TBR list for a while now.
I have a niece and nephew who love to read so I tend to read a lot middle grade and YA books to see what they are interested in or maybe to help them find something new. And now that I belong to the local YMCA which has a before and after school program as well as a preschool, I seem to run into their Scholastic book fairs. I find it very difficult to not buy something. How can I resist? A good book and helping a school type program....And I am finding that there are many really good middle grade and YA Authors who I definitely enjoy reading.
My 11 year old nephew is an avid reader. 2 Christmases ago, I bought him a book called Fantasy Football by Mike Lupica. He loves his sports as well. He's on his 4 book by him and has read several by Tim Green as well. All sports related, so it's a great tie in for both his "loves." Today, he brought the 4th Mike Lupica book that he was so excited to show me. He got it at school from the Scholastic book fair.
It's so much fun seeing him get excited about reading an actual paper book rather than his electronics!
SINS OF THE FATHERS
ISBN: 0060819766 (ISBN13: 9780060819767)
This was a read that I really enjoyed. Part genealogy, part mystery, Dr. Flo finds what she thinks is her great grandfather's grave. She soon gets to know the family that owns the land, and a few other characters. Patricia Sprinkle's writing of her characters as well as her description of the small town keeps the flow going well with a few surprises for the characters interwoven into the story. I found myself becoming fond of several of the characters. Those I did not like were characters that were not meant to be liked. Sprinkle's description of the land surrounding the grave made me appreciate the importance of what land meant to people in the 18oos and early 1900s. Her writing gave personality to the area
Inspector Morse author, Colin Dexter passes away. May he rest in peace.
THE MIRACLES OF SAN FICO
ISBN: 078625243X (ISBN13: 9780786252435
(slightly delayed review, so I kept it short and sweet)
This was an enjoyable read. Set in a small town in Italy, Leo comes back to take care of his deceased father's affair, only to find very little has changed. He and a friend go back to a way to make a quick buck. I did enjoy the characters. The author does well in giving the little country Catholic Church and the town a personality of their own.
THE MYSTICS OF MILE END
Paperback; 320 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 13, 2015)
It took a while to "get into" this book. Set in Montreal, Canada in a Jewish neighborhood, the story follows a widowed father with his 2 children as the each deal with what being Jewish means to them.
Even with my slow start, I found myself liking the characters more and more. Sigal Samuel's writing style flows well as she tells first the son's story, then the father, and finally bringing everything and everyone together in the daughter's section. Even the neighbors and friends are developed well. A lot of questions, some answers, and an intimate look at each of the major characters as they look for the meaning in their lives.
THE CHOSEN, 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
I have liked everything that I have read so far of Chaim Potok. The Chosen was the first I read, and I definitely enjoyed it again. What made this even better than reading it the first time was all the back material, photos, new forward, and more that was included in this 50th anniversary collection. Some of this back info was written by Potok himself. As a Christian reading this, I found it interesting to read about the Jewish faith. I find that Potok, while using the characters' faith as a part of the story, still allows the coming of age story, the friendship of and the struggles of each as individuals to be the main subjects of the story line. His main characters are well drawn and complex. I would definitely recommend this book.
****I received this book from Simon and Schuster through Goodreads' First Reads Giveaway.****
I really enjoyed this book despite some of the difficult to hear subjects represented in the book. Everhart writes from Dixie Dupree's point of view and does a great job of giving the characters personality. The story line kept me coming back to check in on Dixie while she dealt with some pretty serious stuff for an 11 year old. I would definitely recommend this, with the disclaimer of be ready for some serious subject matter. This is not a bad thing, as the subjects need to be talked about (I'm
THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Kensington
1496705513 (ISBN13: 9781496705518)
I usually enjoy Julian Fellowes' writing. And he does well in Belgravia developing the story line and characters. This story follows mainly the upper class and the "new money" upper class. What I read I liked, but I found myself skipping ahead and reading parts just to quickly get through it. I don't feel it was the author's writing style or the story. I think I was not into reading about the subject because of reading so much on similar subjects.
|I found myself looking forward to picking up this book after putting it down. Balsom does well going between past and present throughout the story. He developed Lena's and Karolina's characters well, and I wanted to be there to help Lena fulfill her promise to Karolina. Balson did not shy away from describing the Ghetto, concentration camps, the risks of being in the underground resistance, and the impact of keeping those events secret from family members. A definite must read recommendation.|
I remember many of my friends loving Watership Downs. May Mr. Adams rest in peace.
I LOVE my local library. I'm in a small town with 2 libraries close by. The closest lost $75000 two years ago and that's a shame. I'm there every two weeks, and know each librarian and other staff by name. So this challenge seems to have been meant for me!
Portrait of Margaret Tate, Mistress of Montpelier, a Plantation: Widow and Relic of William Theophilus Powell
Carolyn E. Hood-Kourdache
ISBN: 069274892X (ISBN 13 9780692748923)
|While I found this to be more of a textbook read, I did enjoy it. A great amount of research went into this and shows a side of history that needs to be told. A woman considered a "Chocktaw mixed-blood"and someone who freed black slaves is an important part of American history (escpecially for Floridians) that needs to be told and included in the school books. Technically written for adults, the format could easily be read and understood by high school grades. A wonderful bibliography/source lis While I found this to be more of a textbook read, I did enjoy it. A great amount of research went into this and shows a side of history that needs to be told. A woman considered a "Chocktaw mixed-blood"and someone who freed black slaves is an important part of American history (escpecially for Floridians) that needs to be told and included in the school books. Technically written for adults, the format could easily be read and understood by high school grades. A wonderful bibliography/source list is included.
****This book was received from author through a Booklikes giveaway. ****
I just wanted to put this out there for anyone interested-Chronicle Books wants to donate 30,000 books to Firstbook.org, which helps to put books into the hands of children living in low income households. They will donate 1 book for every pledge to give a book this holiday season. Chronicle Books is accepting pledges at givebooks.com. Since we are all
booklovers here, I thought this would be a good share.
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