Children’s books are never just for children



I don’t know if my Agnes books will last (yes, they will be a series) , but one can only hope (and work very hard to write a good story!).

What are you favorite children’s books?

Children’s books are never just for children | Books | The Guardian.


Old Tune Tuesday

This isn’t a peppy tune but I like it all the same – “Longer Boats”
It’s a live performance by a very skinny Cat Stevens.

I’m not sure the converted Stevens would sing this song now.


Published in: on March 17, 2015 at 11:26am03  Comments (2)  
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Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

game of tI thought I should read this because it seems like everyone else has. Because it was so long, I decided that listening would be a better plan.

Genre: Fantasy (medieval)

Stats: 835 pages, which translates to 27 CD’s, first published in August 2005 (ok  – so I’m really late for this party)

Blurb: (from Goodreads) Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

What I liked: Overall it was a good story, mostly because of a few key characters: Ned AKA Lord Eddard Stark, his daughter Ariel, his bastard son John, Terrian the dwarf son of a king, the evil Rob and a few others. The sections where these characters  were front and center kept my interest most. I’m sorry to say I didn’t write the narrator’s name down before I had to take it back to the library. I think he did a nice job but his accent made him hard to understand at times.

What I didn’t like: Keeping track of all the names and families and lands and feuds and… was very difficult, especially since I was listening and not reading the names. And I think there were places that definitely could have been edited. Martin would go on about the oddest thing, at times, (all the rooms of the Stark castle that Ned’s son (sorry, forgot his name) would run around in and on top of is one example – it was too confusing in the end to even bother trying to picture what he was saying – making me wonder if later it would be significant, but it wasn’t.

Will I read or listen to the next one? I’m not sure. It sure ended weird or interesting depending on how you look at it (I won’t say how for those who haven’t read it). This book also won a lot of awards, which is interesting to me. I haven’t read a lot of fantasy/sci-fi but  enough to feel that there were too many things that could have been improved upon for this to be high on my list of award-winning fantasy/sci-fi books. Maybe if I watched the HBO series it would help, but then I’d have to get HBO.

Rating: 3.5/4

p.s. Why does Martin have two middle names?

Published in: on March 13, 2015 at 11:26am03  Comments (2)  
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Photo Phriday

A nice wish of spring!

An oriental Dwarf Kingfisher

birdcam italia

birdcam italia

Published in: on March 6, 2015 at 11:26pm03  Comments (3)  
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Suess’s Birthday

tumblr_m8k6lasSYr1r8tiowo1_500Today, in 1904, Theodor Geisel or who most people know as Dr. Suess was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He took the name Suess from his mother, Henreitta Suess.  Geisel died September 24th, 1991

Published in: on March 2, 2015 at 11:26pm03  Comments (2)  
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Old Tune Tuesday – Let It Whip!

I had heard this song but didn’t know the Dazz Band. Enjoy!

Published in: on February 25, 2015 at 11:26am02  Comments (3)  
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The Memory Box by Eva Lesko Natiello

This book was given to me in return for an honest review.

Memory box coverGenre: Thriller Stats: 358 pages, published June 2014

Book Blurb: (Goodreads)In this gripping marriage thriller, a group of privileged suburban moms amuse themselves by Googling everyone in town, digging up dirt to fuel thorny gossip. Caroline Thompson, devoted mother of two, sticks to the moral high ground and attempts to avoid these women. She’s relieved to hear her name appears only three times, citing her philanthropy. Despite being grateful that she has nothing to hide, a delayed pang of insecurity prods Caroline to Google her maiden name—which none of the others know. The hits cascade like a tsunami. Caroline’s terrified by what she reads. An obituary for her sister, JD? That’s absurd. With every click, the revelations grow more alarming. They can’t be right. She’d know. Caroline is hurled into a state of paranoia—upending her blissful family life—desperate to prove these allegations false before someone discovers they’re true.

What I liked: Half the book was very good. The writer did a nice job of setting it up so that you wanted to keep reading. The protagonist, Caroline, is a very interesting character. I won’t say too much about her, because some of that would give away the book, but I’ll say she is somewhat similar to the famous “Gone Girl.”

What I didn’t like: The beginning is very slow and repeats the angst that Caroline is having to the point where I started to get annoyed with her. I don’t like the fact that author doesn’t really explain why Caroline develops the amnesia she has in the beginning of the book. She even has another character (Caroline’s husband) bring up that very point when Caroline writes the real story about her life. Caroline’s (or the author’s) answer is that Caroline’s husband doesn’t allow for “suspension of disbelief,” but that doesn’t really fly. Some people didn’t like the ending. I thought the ending was okay, other than the fact that the family dog suddenly seems to have it out for Caroline in the end. Anyone who really knows dogs, knows the dog would have seen through her from the beginning. And she could have written the dog in that way – it would have been foreshadowing – and the whole thing still would have worked. With a bit more editing, the book would be wonderful all the way through!

Rating: 3.5/5

Published in: on February 20, 2015 at 11:26pm02  Comments (5)  
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Of Mice and Men Trivia

mice and menSeventy-eight years ago yesterday, John Steinbeck published his book “Of Mice and Men.”  Apparently, he would have published it sooner but his dog – Toby – ate part of the manuscript and set him back a couple months.

dog eating paper


Published in: on February 7, 2015 at 11:26pm02  Comments (1)  
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Old Tune Tuesday

We need something to pick up the day! Hope this helps!

The outfits are as fun to watch as the dancers!


Published in: on January 27, 2015 at 11:26pm01  Comments (3)  
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