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Hurray for the Weekend

Hey Everyone,

It is finally the weekend  and it the first weekend in a while that I have not had to work on a Saturday. WeekendSo guess what I am doing? I am going to read and read and read. Well, I was just in my dream world. I am actually going to work around the house (houses, since we are building one right now, we have two houses to clean up), hang out with a few of my siblings and parents, do some homework for classes, and if I have a little time, then I will read.

 

What am I reading? I am reading a bunch of books right now. I am reading Deadly Proof  by Rachel Dylan, Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh, Royal Wedding Series by Rachel Hauck, and The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen. I have a bunch more books lying around if I get tired of those books.

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If you have missed the past few days. I have added 7 more books to my Reading Resolution. I have 27 more books to go. I am almost done!

 

Have a Great Weekend!

 

By the way, Haley over at Cover to Cover and Everything in Between is hosting Caroline Leech and doing a giveaway for Wait for Me, Leech’s debut novel. If you are interested, check it out here: Interview with Caroline Leech ~ Plus a Giveaway. It ends in 24 hours.

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Waterfall

Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Bentarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives with their parents, famed Etruscan scholars, among the romantic hills. In Book One of the River of Time series, Gabi and Lia are stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, boring, and dusty archeological site … until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces. And thus, she comes to be rescued by the knight-prince Marcello Falassi, who takes her back to his father’s castle—a castle Gabi has seen in ruins in another life. Suddenly Gabi’s summer in Italy is much, much more interesting. But what do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?

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What would you do if you jumped back in time? Would you make it your goal to get back into the time you came from, would you explore a while, or would you fall in love with a knight in shining armor who is a couple centuries older then yourself. Lisa T Bergren picked the last option for her character.

Gabi is a typical teenager who wants a normal life, instead she gets a chance to jump back into the time of knights in shining armor. Remember one thing, when there are knights in shining armor there is always trouble, such as traitors, battles, and destruction. Since she jumped back a few centuries, she is no longer a typical female. She is a twentieth century female, who is willing to fight her own battles and is not afraid to wield a sword. (Just remember that this is fiction and girls with swords are allowed, unlike the real world where girls with swords are burned at the stake, such as Joan of Ark.)

I am more like her sister Lia, in the sense that she wanted to get back into her time period. But like every story drama prevails, Gabi wants to stay and fight a battle that had already been fought and then throws reality out the door and falls in love with the leader of the knights in shining armor.

At this point in my review you probably are wondering, did she like this book or did she dislike this book. I actually did not mind this book. This book is filled with adventure and kept me reading till the end. Lisa T. Bergren did an excellent job writing her characters. All of them were well developed and intriguing.

Just to let you know, if you interested in reading this book, it does leave off on a cliff hanger and you most definitely will want the next book.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes a romance and adventure.

 

Title: Waterfall

Author and her website: Lisa T. Bergren

Want more about this series, Cover to Cover and Everything in Between, a fellow book blogger and a very cool person, reviewed the whole series here.

 

Reading Resolution 46: Read a book that has a title that starts with “W”

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

The Two Princesses of Bamarre

A kingdom beset by monsters…
A disease that weakens and destroys…
An epic poem and a hero of long ago…
A story of danger and desperation.

The two princesses of Bamarre couldn’t be more different. Princess Addie is fearful and shy. Her deepest wish is for safety. Princess Meryl is bold and brave. Her deepest wish is to save the kingdom of Bamarre. They are sisters, and they mean the world to each other. Then disaster strikes, and Addie–terrified and unprepared–sets out on a perilous quest. In her path are the monsters of Bamarre: ogres, specters, gryphons, and dragons. Addie must battle them, but time is running out, and the sisters’ lives—and Bamarre’s fate—hang in the balance. Gail Carson Levine left her mark on fantasy with her well-loved 1998 Newbery Honor book Ella Enchanted. Now she has created another shimmering and tapestried landscape of fantasy and fairies. Bamarre and the journeys of its two princesses will burn themselves into the minds of readers, and all will relish this moving saga about two sisters groping their way toward heroism.

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Do you have a book that you have been meaning to read for a very long time? Well, I have plenty. This book was one of them but not anymore.

My older sister recommended this book years ago (before I was in middle school) and I have finally had the chance to pull it off of my book shelf. I have read many of Gail Carson Levine books, such as Ella Enchanted, The Wish, Fairest, and Ever (I have probably read all of her books beside her newest ones), but not this one. Which is why I have no clue why I over looked this one. Guess what? I loved the book. Who wouldn’t like a book filled to the top with dragons, plague, a warrior princess, and a shy princess? The story was fun, exciting, and adventurous. Levine is an excellent author.

It is funny that a book can sit on your book shelf for so long and be forgotten about. I have been packing up all of my books because we will be moving and I have noticed a few more books that I have not read yet. Do you have a book or two that have been on your “to read” list for a long time?

So, back to the book. I would definitely recommend The Two Princess of Bamarre.

 

Title: The Two Princess of Bamarre

Author and her website: Gail Carson Levine

Reading Resolution 13: Read a book that has been on the “to read” list for a very long time.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

Taking Aim

An acclaimed bow hunter who defies the stereotype that hunting is a man’s game, Eva Shockey is a TV and social media phenomenon at the forefront of a new wave of women and girls who are passionate about outdoor sports.
Eva Shockey grew up expecting to be a dancer like her glamorous mother. But something about spending family vacations RV-ing across North America and going on hunts with her dad sparked in her an enduring passion for a different way of life.
In Taking Aim, Eva tells a very personal story of choosing the less-traveled path to a rewarding life in outdoor pursuits like hunting and fishing. For her, as her millions of fans can attest, that has meant hunting as a way of harvesting food, caring deeply about conservation, sustainability and healthy eating, and getting closer to God in nature.
In this riveting memoir for the adventurer in all of us, Eva takes readers along as she hunts caribou on the rugged Aleutian Islands, tracks a 1,500-pound bull moose across the unforgiving Yukon, and meets many other challenges of a life in the wild.
Along the way we learn that hunting is about so much more than pulling a trigger. “My story is about discovering your dream,” writes Eva. “It’s about following your passion, mastering your skills, taking aim no matter who thinks you’re crazy…and then letting the arrow fly. If you’ve done all you can, I can tell you that you’re almost certain to hit your mark.”
Whether you’re a lifelong hunter or a city dweller who has never set foot in the wilderness, Eva’s story delivers an empowering message about rejecting stereotypes and expectations, believing in yourself, and finding the courage to pursue what you care about most.

Taking Aim

To be honest, I was not impressed with this book. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is really cool that she is a hunter, but the story was rather boring. Also, from what I could get out of this book, Eva Shockey wrote this book with the attitude that she is the only female hunter out there.

And before, I go on about this book, I am going to clarify something. I am not anti-hunting. Shockey was born into a family of hunters and when she wanted to hunt, she was taught to hunt. This story was actually this over and over: if she wanted something she got what she wanted. That was rather boring to read. I want to read a biography about someone who made a difference in this world, while having to work for it. If you have any recommendations, please let me know.

Her story has good intent, with the ideas of believing in yourself, pursuing what you want, and not caring what others think of you. But for me, this book did not have me thinking about those ideas after reading the book.

Maybe if you are an avid hunter, you might like this book, but I personally don’t recommend this book.

Title: Taking Aim

Author and her website: Eva Shockey

Co-Author: A. J. Gregory

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Reading Resolution 44: Read an autobiography.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

At Your Request

After her father lost the family’s fortune, Wilhelmina was cast out of the fashionable set and banished to the wallflower section. Taking a position as a social secretary to help support her family, she’s mostly come to terms with her new status. But when her old friend Edgar returns to New York society for the first time since she rejected his marriage proposal, she’s newly ashamed at how far she’s fallen–and how hastily she dismissed him years ago. Her strategy is to avoid a face-to-face encounter at all costs, but he seems to have other plans. Will Edgar take advantage of their now reversed positions and make her regret her refusal, or is there still hope for a friendship between them–or something more?
At Your Request is an e-only novella that gives an exciting introduction to Jen Turano’s new Gilded Age historical romance series, Apart From the Crowd! Includes an extended excerpt of the first full-length novel in the series, Behind the Scenes.

At your Request

So, I reviewed Behind the Scenes a while back and just now I have finally been able to read this novella. Actually, it was seeing that the next book in this series is about to come out that reminded me that I had this book on my Kindle. I had to read it before I read the next book which is Out of the Ordinary.

This review is going to be short since this book only took me a few hours to read. It was a cute, quick read, which I found very enjoyable. I almost wish Jen Turano would have made this novella into a full length book. This story is the start to Turano’s series Apart from the Crowd. I read it after I read Behind the Scenes but it should be read first.

Over all, it is a humorous, enjoyable story which had me laughing out loud while flipping the pages as fast as I could read them. I recommend this novella and hope you all will enjoy it as much as I did.

 

Title: At your Request

Author and her website: Jen Turano

Reading Resolution 43: Read a short story or a novella.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

Since you read this review, pop over here to read my review of Turano’s first book in the series, Behind the Scenes.

Robin Hood And The Golden Arrow

Robert San Souci retells the classic and humorous tale of Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow. Acclaimed author Robert San Souci and Caldecott Honor illustrator and Coretta Scott King Award winner E. B. Lewis retell the classic legend of Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow. Robin Hood and his loyal band create a plan to outsmart the Sheriff of Nottingham by attending an archery contest in disguise. In the end, it is Robin Hood and his friends who have the last laugh. Kids of all ages will cheer for this classic tale based on the traditional story of Robin Hood.

Robin Hood

Do you need an adventure story to read with young children? Well, stop right here. This book is just what you need. Filled with great illustrations and an exciting story this book is sure to delight young children.

So, why did I just read this book? Well, my sisters and I were talking about our favorite books when we were little and Robert San Souci’s Brave Margaret came up more than once. So, I went and looked for more of San Souci’s books, and this book came up as one he had written. So, I brought home a huge stack of picture books by some of my favorite authors and illustrators. This book is a new favorite of mine and it is added to a list of children’s books I recommend. Before you think, well, she is weird because she reads children’s books, listen to what C. S. Lewis had to say about that. “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” Even adults can read children’s books.

This book is a Great children’s book!

 

Title: Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow

Author: Robert San Souci

Illustrator: E. B Lewis

Reading Resolution 20: Read a youth picture book.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

Hidden Figures

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA at the leading edge of the feminist and civil rights movement, whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space—a powerful, revelatory contribution that is as essential to our understanding of race, discrimination, and achievement in modern America as Between the World and Me and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The basis for the smash Academy Award-nominated film starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner. Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory. Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens. Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.

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Hidden Figures is an excellent example of a well written book. I actually listened to the book and would recommend that, because the reader did a very nice job. I did not know if I wanted to read this book since I had already watched the movie. The movie was really good and I highly recommend it. Also I did not want to read a book that bashed all “white” people as racists and anti-black because that it not true. But after reading this quote in the Margot Lee Shetterly’s prologue to her book: ” What I wanted was for them to have the grand, sweeping narrative that they deserved, the kind of American history that belongs to the Wright Brothers and the astronauts, to Alexander Hamilton and Martin Luther King Jr. Not told as a separate history, but as a part of the story we all know. Not at the margins, but at the very center, the protagonists of the drama. And not just because they are black, or because they are women, but because they are part of the American epic,”
I wanted to keep reading this book.

America’s past cannot be forgotten but it is the past and it cannot be dwelt upon. Once I read that the author was not going to play that card, I pushed forward into her interesting book. The book does not only talk about one woman but many “hidden figures.”

I originally tried to read the book but when I could not find time to read, I went to my library’s e-audio book collection and rented it. It was a lot easier for me to listen to the book because there was a lot of history and scientific terms and facts.

So, why read this book? Well because it is interesting, well written, and it gave credit to the “hidden figures” behind the space race, no matter the color of their skin color. They were Americans and they played their part. Katherine Goble Johnson, one of the more famous hidden figures, became a celebrity after word got out about her part in the John Glenn flight and she simply replied “Well, I’m just doing my job.”

Shetterly wrote in her epilogue: “By recognizing the full complement of extraordinary ordinary women who have contributed to the success of NASA, we can change our understanding of their abilities from the exception to the rule. Their goal wasn’t to stand out because of their differences; it was to fit in because of their talent. Like the men they worked for, and the men they sent hurtling off into the atmosphere, they were just doing their jobs. I think Katherine would appreciate that.”

This book is worth reading (or listening to) and I highly recommend it.

 

Title: The Hidden Figures

Author and Website: Margot Lee Shetterly

Reading Resolution 12: Read an award-winning book.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.