Brenna M's Book Blog

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.

Crazy Times, But I Am Still Reading.

I am in the middle of 3 books-one I am stalled on (The History of Bees), the other 2 are slowly getting read. I, also, have a giveaway book coming, as well as a "Secret Santa" book exchange book. Ugh, will I ever get through the ever growing TBR list?

 

Christmas baking, shopping, working, decorating, and more-talk about the Christmas Rush. Everything will get done. Eventually.

 

I will get the books read, reviewed, and posted. In the meantime, I hope those who celebrated Chanukah had a beautiful holiday, and Christmas, Boxing Day (or St. Stephen's Day), and New Years is wonderful for all.

 

OK, I am Back!

I was having some issues posting for a while. Facebook connections, UGH, kept saying Booklikes doesn't have a secure connection. So I changed the way i sign in. Of course, everything is telling me that Booklikes is not secure.

 

Has anyone had an issue with this? I hope not. I do have some more updating to do. Especially for the library challenge (i think on booklikes and goodreads?) and the Woman's bingo card.

 

Hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season.

THE LIBRARY ON The EDGE OF THE WORLD by Felicity Hayes McCoy

The Library at the Edge of the World - Felicity Hayes-McCoy
 

 

 THE LIBRARY ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

 Felicity Hayes-McCoy

paperback, 368 pages

Published November 14th 2017 by Harper Perennial
ISBN:  0062663720 (ISBN13: 9780062663726)

 

 

 

 

 

Things start a quiet confusion while Hannah tries to figure out her life after divorce and moving back to her small, rural hometown. Then chaos when she starts renovations on her house and the community finds out they are losing governmental support for the library and seniors.
I am a library lover to begin with. Set that in Ireland, I am in heaven. This was a fun read. Some of the crotchety characters and the description of the landscape were great. Hayes-McCoy usually writes non-fiction about the Dingle Peninsula where this book is set, so she knows the area well. Her words bring out the beauty of the area wonderfully. Hannah's character was a little too stubborn for me, at first. But as I continued with the story, I soon realized why.

 

The Birchbark House - Louise Erdrich

THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE

Louise Erdrich

Hardcover, 224 pages

Published May 13th 2002 by Perfection Learning (first published 1999)
ISBN:  0756911869 (ISBN13: 9780756911867)

 

 

This is my first Louise Erdrich book. A middle grade chapter book that is well written. Erdrich includes a mini glossary at the end with Ojibawa pronunciation and meaning. I enjoyed having the Ojibawa language being used, rather than just English. The use of the language made the culture come through more when Erdrich describes landscape, ceremonies, and her characters became more complete. There is a section on small pox which may be a little bit harder for a middle grade reader, but Erdrich deals well with the main character's reaction and how the adults around her deal with the experience. I would definite recommend this, especially for parents who are trying to expand their kids' reading into diversity and different cultures.

HAT by Renee Paule, illustrated by GR Hewitt

Hat - Renée Paule, G R Hewitt

HAT

written by Renee Paule 

illustrated by G R Hewitt

Paperback, 36 pages

Published May 2018 by RPG Publishing

099350986X (ISBN13: 9780993509865)

 

The colors that G R Hewitt used in the illustrations is great. A lot of colors, more muted rather than overly stimulating bright.

Paule describes each hat with shorter and longer words, which makes it a wonderful book to help young readers to learn some "big" vocabulary words, without making it feel like work. I really enjoyed the book, and the little comprehension test that she includes at the end.

 

 

***This book was won in a Booklikes giveaway held by the auther, in exchange for a fair review. ***

Reading progress update: I've read 92 out of 352 pages.

The History of Bees - Maja Lunde

I'm putting this one on hold, actually, it's been on hold. I am having difficulty connecting to any of the characters and story lines. (All story lines are at a different time periods). I really thought I would like this book.

The story line follows bees, from farmers who built beehives and depended on bees, to people who hand pollinated flowers and more to ensure they bloomed and produced food since bees were extinct. I'm big on gardening, so i do love my bees and other pollinators flying around my yard. So I don't think it's the story itself. It is translated, but it seems to be a decent translation. But, the going back and forth between time frames and characters seems to be bothering me. Each section is short, but there's like 5 time frames the author is switching to and from. Kind of difficult to get to know the characters and follow each story line.

 

 

THE LIBRARY AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD by Felicity Hayes-McCoy

The Library at the Edge of the World - Felicity Hayes-McCoy

THE LIBRARY AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

Felicity Hayes-McCoy

Paperback, 368 pages

Published November 14th 2017 by Harper Perennial

ISBN:  0062663720 (ISBN13: 9780062663726)

also available kindle and audiobook.

 

 

Things start a quiet confusion while Hannah tries to figure out her life after divorce and moving back to her small, rural hometown. Then chaos when she starts renovations on her house and the community finds out they are losing governmental support for the library and seniors.
I am a library lover to begin with. Set that in Ireland, I am in heaven. This was a fun read. Some of the crotchety characters and the description of the landscape were great. Hayes-McCoy usually writes non-fiction about the Dingle Peninsula where this book is set, so she knows the area well. Her words bring out the beauty of the area wonderfully. Hannah's character was a little too stubborn for me, at first. But as I continued with the story, I soon realized why.

 

 

STATE OF SORROW (SORROW #1) by Melinda Salisbury

State of Sorrow (Sorrow, #1) - Melinda Salisbury
STATE OF SORROW (SORROW #1)
Melinda Salisbury
Hardcover, Fairyloot Exclusive Edition, 452 pages
Published March 1st 2018 by Scholastic Children's Books
also in paperback and Kindle
 
I received this book from a "book club" a friend of mine started on FB. Kind of like a chain letter, but not "scam". It was kind of simple; you post about sharing your favorite book with those interested. The rules are whoever responds, gets 2 addresses. The first one is the person before you and your address. The responders send their favorite book to the first address, then who ever responds and reposts sends to your address then adds their name as the 2nd address. (i hope this makes sense). The idea is the more people who respond, the more books are sent.
 
State of Sorrow is the book I recieved. This has been a book that I was interested in but I've had so many on my TBR pile, I held back on this one. Once received, though, I found i really liked it. I'm not big on dystopia, but there are a few I've read and enjoyed.
 State of Sorrow one of those that I am enjoying.

REVIEWERS NEEDED FOR MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN'S BOOK DAY

 

This is for those who love kids books (from board books to YA books) and love to see characters from all over as well as places that are diverse as well. The co-founders, Mia Wenjen and Valarie Budayr, are looking for reviewers. And they would love the reviewers list to be worldwide if possible. Link is below along with link to cohosts for this year's book day on 25 January 2019.

 

 

Both Mia and Valarie have been promoting Multicultural Children's Book Day

1. to raise awareness of those books that already celebrate diversity in children's literature

2. to promote getting more diversity (characters from minority groups, special needs, far away places) in books to get more kids reading earlier and longer, and

3. to promote getting these books into the hands of Teachers and Librarians to share with their kids,

4. to promote resources for classrooms and libraries to help with lesson plans around diversity.

 

https://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/mcbd2019-diverse-childrens-book-reviewers-we-need-you/

https://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/about/co-hosts/

Mia Wenjen, co founder https://www.pragmaticmom.com/2017/01/today-multicultural-childrens-book-day/51p0vg2r6rl/

Valarie Budayr, co founder https://www.facebook.com/valarie.budayr

Source: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/mcbd2019-diverse-childrens-book-reviewers-we-need-you
Beyond Lilla - Tracy Fontaine

BEYOND LILA

TRACY FONTAINE

Paperback, 324 pages
Published July 22nd 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN:  1491073381 (ISBN13: 9781491073384)

 

  I really enjoyed this book. Tracy Fontaine is a local author for me. And the setting she uses is real and in my hometown.
What happens after we die? Well, Lila finds out and meets a lot of people along the way.
This YA book is Tracy Fontaine's debut novel and was published through Createaspace. there are a few typos where a word was in sentence twice, but only 2 times. Noticeable but not annoying in my opinion. I found the book fun, and loved the characters throughout the book.

 

THE SLAVE PLAYERS By Megan Allen

The Slave Players - Megan Allen

THE SLAVE PLAYERS

Megan Allen

Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 1st 2017 by Burn House Publishing
ISBN 
9780999054 (ISBN13: 9780999054819)

 

What would happen if roles were reversed for white Americans and black Americans in history? Megan Allen takes on this thought and places it in modern day Alabama. While the town's sheriff tries to cover up what really happens to 12 black girls on a bus trip to a camp, the medical examiner sees something different. He and his daughter take it all the way up to the governor, then the President. And chaos starts when the truth comes out in the press. The daughter of the medical examiner I didn't like. She was well written, like all the main characters. I felt she came off as a little bratty. Allen's writing moved along quickly, holding my attention, and making me think. This may be a book that some will either like it or hate it. Will what happened in the book become a reality at some point? I don't know. But the writing does bring out questions, some reality in how the different cultures think (both good and bad), and is very thought provoking.


***I won this paperback copy through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for a fair review.***

The Lion and the Lamb - Charles Causey
 

THE LION AND THE LAMB

Charles Causey

paperback, 288 pages

Published November 17th 2016 by WestBow Press

ISBN: 1512761095 (ISBN13: 9781512761092)

also available in Hardcover and Kindle

 

 

 

I had read Corrie Ten Boom's a while ago, so seeing her story side by side one of Hitler's top aides, was an interesting choice. Causey writes this as a novel, but his research on the historical detail is amazing. He alternates chapters between Ten Boom and Albert Speer. Both deal with betrayal, both starting off as innocent or naive. Who is the lamb? Who is the lion? Something for each reader to discern on their own. It took me a while to read this novel. Not because I didn't like it. I did like it. The subject matter, and seeing part of WWll Germany from Speer's side, was difficult at times.

****This book was received from the author, Charles Causey, through a Goodreads giveaway. ****

 

technical issues

I've got a lot to post and some posts I want to respond to but I have been having some issues. I've got to put some updates on the laptop, but that will be the last thing to try. Comments haven't been posting to others' posts. notifications are not clearing after reading them. i'm not always able to see all the posts in my newsfeed. It seems the one thing I can do is a post here. I did notify booklikes, but the response is clear cache and cookies. Anyone else having problems?

RIP PHILIP ROTH

Sad day for Philip Roth's family, friends and fans. May he rest in peace.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2018/05/23/us/philip-roth-dies/index.html

RIP TOM WOLFE

Tom Wolfe, Best-Selling Author And Genre-Breaking Journalist, Dies At 88 (NPR news)-Bonfire of the Vanities Author https://www.npr.org/2018/05/15/471414238/tom-wolfe-best-selling-author-and-genre-breaking-journalist-dies-at-87?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180515
Source: http://www.npr.org/2018/05/15/471414238/tom-wolfe-best-selling-author-and-genre-breaking-journalist-dies-at-87?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180515

HEY FELLOW BLOGGERS OUTSIDE OF THE USA! PLEASE READ!

 

please pass this on to others who may be interested outside of Booklikes too.

 

 

The Multicultural Children's Book Day team is looking for help for the January 25, 2019 book day. Specifically from people outside of the USA.

 

WE'RE GOING GLOBAL! NON-USA DIVERSE BOOK REVIEWERS, AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS NEEDED.

 

https://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/were-going-global-non-usa-diverse-book-reviewers-authors-and-publishers-needed/

Source: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/were-going-global-non-usa-diverse-book-reviewers-authors-and-publishers-needed

Currently reading

The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
Progress: 92/352pages
State of Sorrow (Sorrow, #1) by Melinda Salisbury
Progress: 142/452pages

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