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Today I have spent many hours face painting for Summer Reading Kickoff at my local library. I work at the library, so I always look forward to the start of Summer Reading. I think it is great that libraries try to get people of all ages to read for fun. Seeing people (especially children) get excited about reading book is my favorite thing about working at a library.   Adult Poster

Have you ever signed up for Summer Reading at your library. If you have not, why don’t you give it a try? You won’t regret it. It is a fun challenge to do, whether it is with your children, friends, family members, or just by yourself.

Go to your local library and sign up!

If you have already signed up for your local library’s Summer Reading program, then what is your favorite part of Summer Reading?

The pictures in this post are this years theme.

 

2017 Reading Resolutions

Happy New Year!fireworks-2017

Here are my 2017 reading resolutions:

  1. Read a book where the author is from your home state.
  2. Read a book where the main character has the same eye color as you.
  3. Read a classic.
  4. Read a historical fiction.
  5. Read a graphic novel.
  6. Read a book that you read when you were a child.
  7. Read a book with a red cover.
  8. Read a book where the main character is a child.
  9. Read a bestseller.
  10. Read a book set in a different country.
  11. Read a mystery.
  12. Read an award-winning book.
  13. Read a book that has been on the “to read” list for a very long time.
  14. Read a book that your favorite author recommends.
  15. Read a teen book.
  16. Read a book from the inspirational section.
  17. Read a book recommended by a friend or blogger.
  18. Read a non-fiction book that is not in the Dewey 900s.
  19. Read a biography.
  20. Read a youth picture book.
  21. Read a youth fiction book.
  22. Read a youth non-fiction book
  23. Read a play or script.
  24. Read a holiday book.
  25. Read a book where the main character is a boy.
  26. Read a book that has been made into a movie.
  27. Read a book set in a war era.
  28. Read a book published in 2017.
  29. Read a book that has a title that makes you go, “Hmm”.
  30. Read a book that is over 400 pages.
  31. Read a book set in the future.
  32. Read about with a horse in it.
  33. Read a book that has an animal on the cover.
  34. Read a series/trilogy.
  35. Read a book from a genre that you typically do not read.
  36. Read a book that was originally written in a different language.
  37. Read a book you chose because of the cover.
  38. Reread your favorite book.
  39. Read a fantasy
  40. Read a book that was published before you were born.
  41. Read a book that has been banned before.
  42. Read a book that you own but never read.
  43. Read a short story or a novella.
  44. Read an autobiography.
  45. Listen to an entire book on CD.
  46. Read a book that has a title that starts with “W”
  47. Read a poem.
  48. Read a book by an author that you have never read before.
  49. Read a book with a one-word title.
  50. Read a book that takes place during your favorite season.
  51. Read a book that is set in a place that you would like to visit.
  52. Read a book that was published in the year you were born.
  53. Read a book that starts a series.
  54. Read a book that ends a series.
  55. Read a book that has a cover with your favorite color.
  56. Read a library book.
  57. Read a debut novel.
  58. Read a book that is less than 200 pages.
  59. Read a fairy-tale retelling.
  60. Read a book that you think would become a great movie.

Reading Resolution Rules

  1. One book for each goal.
  2. Book has to be read in the year 2017.
  3. Don’t skim–read!

 

I hope you will join me too! Have a wonderful new year!

 

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving ~ Review of Waves of Mercy

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful day.

 

Waves of Mercy

Geesje de Jonge crossed the ocean at age seventeen with her parents and a small group of immigrants from the Netherlands to settle in the Michigan wilderness. Fifty years later, in 1897, she’s asked to write a memoir of her early experiences as the town celebrates its anniversary. Reluctant at first, she soon uncovers memories and emotions hidden all these years, including the story of her one true love.
At the nearby Hotel Ottawa Resort on the shore of Lake Michigan, twenty-three-year-old Anna Nicholson is trying to ease the pain of a broken engagement to a wealthy Chicago banker. But her time of introspection is disturbed after a violent storm aboard a steamship stirs up memories of a childhood nightmare. As more memories and dreams surface, Anna begins to question who she is and whether she wants to return to her wealthy life in Chicago. When she befriends a young seminary student who is working at the hotel for the summer, she finds herself asking him all the questions that have been troubling her.
Neither Geesje nor Anna, who are different in every possible way, can foresee the life-altering surprises awaiting them before the summer ends.

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This was an interesting book. I enjoyed the fact that Lynn Austin placed her characters in Michigan, and to be precise it was Holland, Michigan. To use some real places in the book was fascinating. Geesje’s part of the book is the part I enjoyed the most. The history in Geesji’s story was thought provoking. Austin wrote what it was like to move to a new place and she wrote in great detail about the struggle Geesji went through and exactly what she felt. Anna’s story was good as well but I would have to say it was a little dry. I was very glad when the two characters met at the end of the book. I was just a little disappointed in the ending, I wanted to know what exactly happened to Geesji and Anna but the story left off in a sad/happy moment.

 

Title: Waves of Mercy

Author: Lynn Austin

Author’s Website: http://lynnaustin.org/

I received this book from the Bethany House Division <http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/bethanyhouse&gt; of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

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

Hi Everyone

Wow! I cannot believe it has been almost a month since I have posted a review. I have been extremely busy with my jobs, classes, and homework.

I, at this very moment, do not have a book review to post but I do have a list of books that I am currently reading or that are on a “to read” list. I will be posting a review of each of these books, once I myself have finished reading them. (:

 

I currently am reading Polly and Newton by Jody Hedlund.

 

These books are on my “to read” list.

                A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White

                Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon

                Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin

Have you read any of these books? Tell me what you thought of them. You can leave your comment below.

Have a GREAT weekend!!!

Lincoln’s Spymaster: Allan Pinkerton, America’s First Private Eye

From Samantha Seiple, the award winning author of Ghosts in the Fog, comes the first book for young adults to tell the story of Allan Pinkerton, America’s first private eye.
Lincoln’s Spymaster tells the dangerous and action-packed adventures of Allan Pinkerton, America’s first private eye and Lincoln’s most trusted spymaster.
Pinkerton was just a poor immigrant barrel-maker in Illinois when he stumbled across his first case just miles from his home. His reputation grew and people began approaching Pinkerton with their cases, leading him to open the first-of-its-kind private detective agency. Pinkerton assembled a team of undercover agents, and together they caught train robbers, counterfeiters, and other outlaws. Soon these outlaws, including Jesse James, became their nemeses. Danger didn’t stop the agency! The team even uncovered and stopped an assassination plot against president-elect Abraham Lincoln! Seeing firsthand the value of Pinkerton’s service, Lincoln funded Pinkerton’s spy network, a precursor to the Secret Service. Allan Pinkerton is known as the father of modern day espionage, and this is the first book for young adults to tell his story!

Lincoln's Spymaster

Filled with spies, trains, bank robbers, historical facts and pictures, this book is a good read for all ages. When I was younger, I always assumed that non-fiction books were five inches thick and filled with boring information, but Samantha Seiple proved me wrong. I was able to read this book within a day, and I did not get bored with it. Before I read this book, I had only heard of the Pinkerton Agency, but I did not know how the agency began or who started it. I learned about both of those things and a little more. Seiple has a nice writing style, making her non-fiction book seem more like a story then a text book.

Allan Pinkerton’s story of how he became a detective and started up his own detective agency was an interesting one to read about. I would recommended this book to anyone who likes reading about detectives, outlaws, robberies and exciting adventures. This book was informative and worth reading for the historical aspect.

Title: Lincoln’s Spymaster: Allan Pinkerton, America’s First Private Eye

Author: Samantha Seiple

Author’s Website: http://samanthaseiple.com/

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

Super Excited About…

I just learned that one of my favorite authors Jennifer Nielsen just released an image of her last book in the Mark of the Thief Series. The book’s release date is January 31, 2017. I am really excited about this book!!! This is the cover:

Wrath-of-the-Storm

The other two books in this series are…

         Mark of the Thief

         Rise of the Wolf

For more info on any of Jennifer Nielsen books here is her website:

http://www.jennielsen.com/

Read my review on A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen:

https://itstartswithabook.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/a-night-divided/

I would recommend any of her books!!!