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Weekly Reading Recap

Welcome back! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you've had a good week. Mine was a little crazy at work but life is good. And I got a lot of reading done last week! I finished Clout: The Art and Science of Influential Web Content by Colleen Jones. It was quite informative. I'll get my review up for that later this week. I also finished Flat Spin by David Freed, a fun mystery novel. You can read my review by clicking on the title. I'm going to start including my son's reading in my weekly updates. He finished the fourth Harry Potter book last night. He liked it but doesn't seem too distraught that he's not allowed to read the rest of the series at this point (maybe in a year when he turns 9). We also watched the third movie. I think it may have been a bit too much for my 5 year old! She said she wasn't scared but I wouldn't recommend it for young kids. The next few movies are PG-13 so we'll be holding off on those for a few years. I didn

Book Review: Flat Spin by David Freed

Cordell Logan is a flight instructor in Rancho Bonita, CA. His money is dwindling as he loses the only student he has. Then his ex-wife calls to tell him about her husband's murder. She wants Logan to tell the police about his secret past with her husband, Arlo Echevarria, the very man who stole his wife from him years ago. He baulks at her request until her rich daddy provides a little more incentive. But the police laugh when he tells them about how he and Echevarria were part of a top-secret military operation, figuring he's making up the story. So Logan gets pulled into figuring out who killed Echevarria himself. Flat Spin by David Freed is a fun mystery from start to finish. I will admit when I first started reading it, I thought the overuse of metaphors and analogies would bother me. But then I got used to Cordell Logan's voice, and I really started to like him. He's not only struggling financially, but being thrust back into his ex-wife's life has broug

Weekly Reading Recap

I hope all of the mothers out there had a wonderful Mother's Day! We had a nice day, and I finally got some time to get my nails done, which is something I only do a few times a year. I also got donuts and coffee from Dunkin' Donuts as my breakfast in bed, which was a very nice way to start the day! I finished reading Darkroom by Joshua Graham, and have a review and giveaway up on my blog still. Click on the title to enter. The giveaway ends tonight! I'm also hosting a Kindle Fire giveaway . That's through Pump Up Your Book and will be up through June 1st. I didn't get a chance to write about my kids' reading this week, so I figured I'd mention it here. My son is currently reading the fourth Harry Potter book . This one has been much slower for him than the others. I think, perhaps, he's about ready for something different. My daughter has been reading lots of early readers. Last night, she read I Spy Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold. We own that one

Book Review and Giveaway: Darkroom by Joshua Graham

When Xandra Carrick returns home from spreading her mother's ashes in Vietnam, she plans to get her life back on track. She also hopes to reconnect with her father, with whom she has had a difficult relationship for many years. But when she goes into her darkroom to develop some of the photos she took recently, she suddenly experiences visions that show much more than what she photographed. Darkroom by Joshua Graham is a thriller that kept me turning the pages late into the night. The first vision Xandra has is of a missing girl floating in a pond she photographed. So she calls the police and tells them to search the pond. When the body is found, she is arrested. Things get worse very quickly as she becomes mixed up in a political conspiracy that dates back to the Vietnam War. Graham's storytelling provided plenty of suspense throughout, and a few twists and turns. I enjoyed the character of Xandra, but felt some of the relationships were a bit too shallow at times. I a

Launching Today: Allergies, and Awesome You

Launching Today: Allergies, and Awesome You Do you have a child with allergies? Can you imagine life allergy free? The AmazingAllergist will show you how! Allergies, and Awesome You: Believe You Can Get There Too! This book, through a life story of an allergic child, will empower you and your children. Allergies, and Awesome You” is a part of the AmazingAllergist’s Awesome Series that empowers allergic children to live and lead great lives, allergy-free. It is a by-product of the author’s extensive medical knowledge, vast experiences as an allergy specialist, and the desire to make a difference, one allergic child at a time. Learn more here - About the Author Atul N. Shah, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI, is a celebrated author of this AmazingAllergist book series, founder of , and the medical director of . He is a board certified allergist who has earned an honor of fellows

Weekly Reading Recap

It's Monday again. Thanks for stopping by. I had a nice, relaxing weekend as my husband and son were camping, so it was just me and M. I got a lot of reading done! I finished reading In My Father's Country , a memoir by Saima Wahab. I really enjoyed it and am giving away a copy. Click on the title to enter. The giveaway ends tonight! I reviewed The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson today. So you can click on the title to read that one. And I reviewed a children's book: E-mergency by Tom Lichtenheld and teen Ezra Fields-May. Finally, I put up my April Month in Review . Currently Reading I'm now reading Darkroom by Joshua Graham ~ just a few more pages left! My review for that tour will be up on Wednesday. I'm also reading Clout: The Art and Science of Influential Web Content by Colleen Jones for work. Up Next After that, I'll be reading Flat Spin by David Freed, and then A Lovely Indecent Departure by Steven Lee Gilbert. What are you

Book Review: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

In 1889, France opened the Exposition Universelle, a world's fair that few thought could be surpassed. At the fair, the Eiffel Tower was revealed. The United States was determined to build something even more amazing. This would culminate in the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. In The Devil in the White City , Erik Larson takes us behind the scenes of the development of this fair. At the same time, he profiles a serial killer, H.H. Holmes, who lured women into his lair just down the road from the fair. It's surprising that the fair ever made it off the ground. The team assembled to develop the fair had a string of issues along the way, mostly political. Everything ran later than expected. Construction on the buildings wasn't even begun until less than two years before the fair was to open ~ and it progressed very slowly. Larson provides a great deal of detail about the process that took place and the people who were involved. Their relationships were particularly inte

Children's Book Review: E-mergency! by Tom Lichtenheld and Ezra Fields-Meyer

It's been a while since I shared a children's book review, but I had to share this one that I picked up at the library this week. It's E-mergency! by Tom Lichtenheld and teen Ezra Fields-May. It's an alphabet book for the older crowd (kindergarten and up is probably good). In the story, all the letters live in a house together. When E falls down the stairs and has to go to the hospital, A takes charge and tells O that he has to take her place. From that point on, all the E's in the book are replaced with O's. The letters travel all over the world to spread the word that no one should be using the letter E. Yet, she doesn't seem to be getting better. That's when I realized I was supposed to be reading the words as if E was still there, because Exclamation Point realizes that the narrator is still using E! My kids actually loved hearing me try to read things like, "E is injurod and can't work, so O must bo usod instoad of E." without th

Month in Review: April 2012

Well, judging by the 90 degree days here, I guess we're just about into summer. Of course, it's still technically more than a month away! I have a feeling it's going to be a long, hot summer here in North Carolina! I'll be hiding inside for a few months, as those of you in the North do in the winter. Maybe that will mean some extra reading time for me! Here's what I did in April. Books Read in April: 4 Drinking from the Fire Hose by Christopher J. Frank and Paul F. Magnone Off the Grid by Mark Young Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson Reviews Written: 5 I wrote reviews for three of the books I read in April. I also wrote reviews for two books I read back in March: Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier and If Walls Could Talk by Lucy Worsley. You can click on the links above to read the reviews. Year-to-Date Totals: Nonfiction: 6 Memoir: 1 Contemporary Fiction: 3 Historical Fiction: 2 Mystery/Thril

Book Review: In My Father's Country by Saima Wahab

Saima Wahab was born in Afghanistan but only lived there until she was six years old. By then, her father had been taken away by the KGB, so she and her family had to leave. They ended up in Pakistan, living with family, until she, her brother Khalid and her sister Najiba, in their teens, were sponsored by their uncles to move to the United States. In My Father's Country is Saima's memoir of her life growing up in Afghanistan and Pakistan, acclimating to life in the U.S. and then later returning to Afghanistan to work as an interpreter in an effort to bridge the gap between the U.S. soldiers and the Afghanistan citizens. I really enjoyed learning more about the Afghan people and the relations between them and the U.S. soldiers who have been in their country for so many years. I was fascinated by Saima's role in Afghanistan, and enjoyed learning about how she came to be the person she is today. When she was born, her father declared, "I promise that my daughter wi