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Every heart a doorway

Posted: June 7, 2017 in Books
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Every heart a doorway ~ Seanan McGuire

rating: 2.5 (did not like)   goodreads rating: 3.8

description: Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.
No matter the cost

What I thought: I thought the idea of it was very interesting but where the story went with it I did not really enjoy. I found it to be too dark for my taste. The mystery solved just felt flat to me. The crude adult talk did not seem nessecary. I don’t know I just did not enjoy it so below is someone who did love it.

What another thought:

Adult – bio- non fiction

Born a Crime ~ Trevor Noah

rating: 5    goodreads rating: 4.5


What I thought: I thought it was fantastic!! I love Trevor Noah’s comedy and wit. I found his story extremely interesting and dramatic. I feel his story like all of ours is part of the whole world’s story of how we interact and deal with each other and struggle to hold on through struggles and see victory in our lives. I think many can learn a lot from what he shares with other whether about his life or the observations he tends to share in his stand up. He had a rough road and he often got himself in a little trouble (which bugged me when he would say it did not bother him lol).  I enjoyed learning his story.

My favorite passage: My favorite part was his relationship with his mom. she was a strong women for sure. I had to laugh at the conversation jabs they would have on views and religion. She did what she truly felt she needed to do and in a way i felt his book was a tribute to her more so then just his story. Gives his mom applause for working so hard and holding onto faith.


Sarah Addison Allen – fiction/relationships


Rating: ♣♣♣♣ (really liked it) simple but comfortable

Description: Eby Pim has lost her husband and for the last year herself. She wakes up with a new drive to be there for her daughter who she decides to take to the summer resort of her youth. What she finds there is exactly what she needs in the perfect place, perfect time and the best people she could have imagined.

What I thought: I have followed and read each book by this author but, I was a little put off by the description of this one and was not sure i would enjoy it. I decided to give it a try anyway. I am SO glad i did. For me it was the perfect summer reading book. It brought back all those feelings of summer and vacationing and the loves of country girls like me. As i read about the lake, cabins, and barbeque’s by night I was taken back to my youth as well. I could smell the summer and the food. I could hear the music and the people. I could feel that feeling of being somewhere away from home but feeling like you were really home. It made me want to visit the place. With a little bit of magic thrown it in it was touching, fun, and I could relate to it.

A favorite passage in the book: “She remembered her grandmere (grandma) once holding out her spotted, papery fingers and telling Lisette that old hands made the best food. Old hands can hold memories of good things, she had said.”

I loved that passage because it is so true! When we think of someone we loved who has aged whether it is a friend, mother, or grandmother we do not concentrate on what they are on the outside but on their spirit and who they were to us and the love they showed. Everything seems better to us when it is made or done by someone we really care about and the more wise they are the more they tend to know. I thought of my grandmother and my mom in this passage.

Where you can find it: amazon, ebay, library

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Dean Merrill – christian non-fiction

Rating: ♣♣♣♣ (really liked)

Description:his book addresses what Christians are doing that makes them look bad and turns away those who are far from God. It gives us a guide and suggestions on how to avoid bad behaviors that are not Christ like. The shines light on how we can better represent the Lord in our daily walk and with other Christians and avoid arguments and division between Christians.

What I thought: I felt this book did a great job in shining light on how christian’s can hurt their own image and represting Christ in how they are behaving. I loved the examples and instruction on how we as christian’s can better come together and represent ourselves better. I like how this book promotes peace and understanding between believers and non believers alike.

A favorite passage in the book: One of the parts of the book that stood out to me was how christian”s treat each other and how they really show do that.

Another part was the author expanding on the scripture: Luke 14:12-14 in which he talks about how Jesus dinner a very nice dinner tells people to continue to have dinner’s but not to invite friends, or family but instead to invite strangers–the poor, lame, blind. How many of us are brave enough to reach out and do that for people who are not close to us? This is really stepping out of our comfort zone like Christ so many times ask us to do.

Where you can find it: amazon, some churches, library, ebay


Anna Shepard

Rating: ♣♣♣♣♣ (loved it)

Description: Shows you how step by step to quickly clean your home with simple techniques and ingredients.

What I thought: I was very impressed at how this book shows you simply and visually how to clean without all the complicated talk and techniques. I love the photos and steps and the little tips along the way. It also does not go into all kinds of cleaners but, keeps it very simple and pretty natural. I think this is a great book for people needing the basics of house to clean their first home.

A favorite passage in the book: I felt all parts of the book were useful but, for myself personally I liked the part that teaches how to quickly clean your oven. (something I do not do much of)

Where you can find it:

amazon, library, and more.


Posted: July 17, 2013 in Books
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download (1)Gretchen McNeil – Young Adult horror

Rating: ♣♣♣ (3) liked it


It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie are looking forward to two days of boys, booze, and fun-filled luxury. But what starts out as fun turns twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. And things only get worse from there.

With a storm raging outside, the teens are cut off from the outside world . . . so when a mysterious killer begins picking them off one by one, there’s no escape. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on one another, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

What I thought:

I started the book thinking this is going to be very predictable but, maybe fun like the scary teen movies where the same theme plays over and over. I did predict some of it but, I also was pulled in guessing who I thought the killer was and the personalities. I thought it was good that it addressed female stalking and bullying also. I did have some concerns that this is a young adult book and has so much violence and not a lot of emotion in the violence. I guess that is everywhere for young people today though. I found it interesting and I was pulled in and read it in one night.

A favorite passage in the book:

One of the exciting parts for me is when they in fear run to the neighbors house and are surprised by what they find there. (I will leave it a mystery for those who have not read it).

Where you can find it:

amazon, bookstores, ebay, library

The End of Your Life Book Club

Will Schwalbe – 2012

Rating: ♣♣♣ (3) liked.

Description: The author and his mother share their love of books by creating their own book club. This reading together helps them share their hopes and concerns with each other while his mother is dying of cancer.

What I thought:

I loved the elements of their relationships and the experience told of a child dealing with the fact of a dying parent. I could relate because my father had also died of cancer. I liked to hear what they thought of books they read together it made me want to read and write more often but, I did not like the author telling so much about what the books were about because it kind of ruined the idea of reading some of those books myself. I like that the book was celebrating her life and attitudes. Towards the end I wanted to hear more about them and family then the books they read or work they did.

A favorite passage in the book:

” We all owe everyone for everything that happens in our lives. But it’s not owing like a debt to one person – it’s really that we owe everyone for everything. Our whole lives can change in an instant – so each person who keeps that from happening, no matter how small a role they play, is also responsible for all of it. Just by giving friendship and love, you keep the people around you form giving up – and each expression of friendship or love may be the one that makes all the difference.” –a letter by the authors mom in the book.

Where you can find the book:

amazon, ebay, bookstores, library