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Week in Review

Good morning. I'm here after just one week. It's amazing! I hope you had a nice week. I had a good one. It was nice to have a week where our schedule was normal. Busy, but normal. Then we had an absolutely beautiful weekend. It was 80 degrees and sunny both days. We spent Saturday afternoon doing a local farm tour. We got to visit three farms. Then on Sunday, it was mostly a lazy day at home, with the kids playing with their friends and my husband and I alternating between getting things done and relaxing.

And now we're back to Monday...

Blog Posts and Reviews 
Last week, my blog was pretty active.
Review: The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last by Meryl Ain, Arthur M. Fischman, and Stewart AinGuest Review: The Author Training Manual by Nina Amir (This review was written by a friend)Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon (yes I did it again):Starting lineFinish lineReading
Even though I did the read-a-thon, I only managed to read one book last week: The Metaxy Project by …

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon Wrap-up

Here I am with my recap of Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon.

I'm glad I went to sleep at 1:30am instead of staying up even later. I woke around 8:30 with a splitting headache but I took some Motrin and Sudafed and went back to sleep until 10:00!! It has gotten better, so that's good. I'm not sure if it was due to staying up so late or more due to the pollen I encountered while out on the farm tour with my family all afternoon. In any event, I think staying up the extra hour to finish my book would have made it worse!
Which hour was most daunting for you?
I would say whatever hour started at 12:30am Eastern time! LOL! I'm not sure which one that was but I didn't quite make it to the end!

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Nothing specific, but I was reading a good mystery and that definitely held my interest. I think for me, it would have to be a mystery or thriller.
Do you have any suggestions for how to im…

Dewey's 24 Hour Raed-a-Thon Update

I'm tired! I've been reading for four hours straight and realized I'm not going to finish The Metaxy Project by Layton Green tonight. I got through most of it. I read 192 pages today. I think that's all I have in me! I only have 42 pages left, but that will take me until about 2:30! Good night.

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon

I actually started reading around 8:30 this morning, and have read off and on since. But I've also gone to the farmer's market, planted some lettuce plants and done some research into the farms we're going to visit on the local farm tour this afternoon. I'm pretty sure the farm tour coincided with the readathon last year too.

Anyway, I like to do the Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon even though I never read the whole time. I'll read a lot tonight, I promise!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

North Carolina

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I don't expect I'll get a lot of books read, but I am looking forward to finishing The Metaxy Project by Layton Green, which I had started earlier in the week and have been reading today.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

The fresh hummus I bought at the farmer's market this morning!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I'm a mom of two kids, …

Guest Book Review: The Author Training Manual by Nina Amir

Today, I'm excited to welcome a dear friend and aspiring writer, Kelly Gropp, founder/blogger/editor of Chubs Lived Here lifestyle blog. Kelly is here to review The Author Training Manual by Nina Amir.

About the reviewer: Kelly has nearly done it all yet is still plugging away at her bucket list with style! Kelly is a former operating room secretary, medical biller, one-hour photo technician, photographer, grocery store clerk, factory worker, waitress, Avon lady, bridal consultant, realtor, and entrepreneur. She is your neighbor, your co-worker, and your best friend. Her career as a legal secretary at one of the country’s top international law firms doesn’t keep her from reading and writing for enjoyment, decorating and redecorating, rescuing and advocating for pit bull type dogs, and sharing all the miscellany mishmash we call life. Oh, she is a cancer survivor too! You’ll get a giggle, shed a tear, and knowingly nod as you mm-hmm in agreement when you follow Kelly’s journey at Ch…

Book Review: The Living Memories Project by Meryl Ain, Arthur M. Fischman, and Stewart Ain

When a loved one dies, keeping their memory alive is important to their survivors. But how do you keep someone's memory alive? How can you help others see how wonderful your mother, friend, uncle, or other loved one was and how much they meant to you and to others?

The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last by Meryl Ain, Arthur M. Fischman, and Stewart Ain offers many ideas through the stories of a wide range of individuals who have found ways to keep their own loved ones' memories alive. From scholarships to holiday traditions, poetry to quilts, people who have lost loved ones share the ways they keep their memories and legacies alive. Each chapter is written by a different person, most of whom are not authors. They share stories about their loved ones and the ways that they keep their memories alive. As with any book written by several authors, The Living Memories Project has some chapters that are excellent and some that aren't quite up to par from a writing perspe…

Three Weeks in Review

I can't believe I haven't participated in this meme all month! I was tempted to just wait and put up my month in review post next week! April has been a whirlwind for us but it's almost over. And things seem to be settling down. I have done quite a lot of reading, and some reviews as well. So here's a recap of that.

Blog Posts and Reviews 
I started the month with my March Month in Review post. Then I wrote four reviews:
North of Boston by Elisabeth EloThe Do's and Don'ts by Hayley RoseThe Girls of Atomic City by Denise KiernanThe Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy
Reading
Since I last wrote, I've read several books: North of Boston, The Girls of Atomic City, The Living Memories Project by Meryl Ain, Arthur M. Fischman, and Stewart Ain, and Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.

I can't decide what to read next! I'm considering Insurgent by Veronica Roth or Defending Jacob by William Landay. I may spend some time writing reviews …

Book Review: The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy

The League of Princes is back for one last hurrah! This time they are outlaws, accused of the murder of Briar Rose. Yes, she is dead. At least that's what the bards' songs say. And it's not just the princes who are on the run; the princesses are with them too. Well, all except Briar Rose, of course. And while trying to clear their names, the princes uncover an evil plot to take over the thirteen kingdoms!

The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy takes us on another crazy adventure with the bumbling princes and the women they love. Most of the characters from the first two books in the series have a role in this final story, and new ones are introduced, including a group of pirates. If you read the first two books in the series, you'll absolutely want to read this conclusion.

As with the rest of the series, there's much humor and silliness from start to finish, but a clear focus on the relationships between all of the main characters. Friendships…

Book Review: The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

One of the interesting stories of World War II is about the change in the role of women here in the U.S. We often hear about more women joining the workforce in the early 1940's to fill in for all of the men who were off fighting the war. We hear about "Rosie the Riveter" as a symbol of the women who took on new positions in factories. But we don't hear much about the thousands of women who actually helped bring about the end of the war.

The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan is the story of those women, particularly the women who left everything they knew to move to a town that didn't really exist to do a job they didn't really understand to somehow help their fathers, brothers and friends come home. Thousands of women (and men) were recruited to work in a newly developed area of the Tennessee mountains. No one knew anything beyond their own job, though. They were sworn to secrecy. People didn't ask "What do you do?" when they met someone n…

Book Review: The Do's and Don'ts by Hayley Rose

Teaching kids about good manners is tough, especially young kids who have very little interest in learning what they should and should not do. But The Do's and Don'ts by Hayley Rose is an adorable book of lessons on how to practice good manners that will surely capture their attention.

The colorful, fun illustrations by Mark Sean Wilson make a dull topic much more engaging. And the choice of lessons is great, speaking from the perspective of a mother! The book covers everything from saying "Thank you" and "Excuse Me" to lessons on hygiene, sportsmanship and letting people get off the elevator before boarding. Rose even addresses some important safety lessons.

The Do's and Don'ts is a great book to share with young kids ~ and perhaps older kids as well since most could use a reminder of some of these rules!

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This review was written based on a copy of The Do's and Don'ts that I received from Pump …

Book Review: North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo

Pirio Kasparov offers to help her friend Ned with his new lobster boat. But the boat is rammed by a freighter and her friend is killed. Pirio, however, survives in the icy water of New England. At first, she figures it's an accident and the ship at fault will be charged. But that's not how it works out.

North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo is a suspenseful mystery, but it's so much more. The novel digs deeper into several different topics, including alcoholism, environmental issues, the perfume industry and even survival in extreme conditions. The characters and relationships are at the forefront of this story. Pirio spends much of her time consumed with helping her friend Thomasina, and her son, Noah. Noah is the son of Thomasina and Ned, and Pirio has a strong connection with him as his Godmother. I really enjoyed the relationship between the two and the struggles they both faced dealing with Thomasina's alcholism.

To add some complexity to the character, Pirio is involv…

Month in Review: March

Here's a recap of my reading and reviewing for March. This is pretty simple, but I figure if I keep my monthly recaps simple, I'll actually publish them!!

BOOKS READ IN MARCH: 4
REVIEWS WRITTEN IN MARCH: 5

Divergent by Veronica Roth - reviewedWoods Runner by Gary Paulsen - reviewed Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai - reviewedI Am Strong! I Am Smart! by Fay A. Klingler - read and reviewedZora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon - read and reviewedGreetings from Nowhere by Barbara O'Connor - read The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy - readYEAR-TO-DATE TOTALS:

Total Books Read: 15
Total Reviews: 13


Historical Fiction: 2
Middle-Grade Fiction: 10
Young Adult: 1
Contemporary Fiction: 1
Mystery/Thriller: 0
Nonfiction:0
Memoir: 1

For review: 4
For book club: 2
For me: 9