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review 2019-09-01 03:41
Review: Dawn: Diary One by Ann M. Martin
Dawn: Diary One - Ann M. Martin

Title: Dawn: Diary One
Author: Ann M. Martin
Series: California Diaries, 1
Format: ebook
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: Can Dawn find a life in California to match the one she left behind in Connecticut—or has too much changed between her friends?
At Vista, eighth graders are required to write personal journals about their experiences. Meet thirteen-year-old Dawn Schafer, the crunchy and health conscious member of the Baby-Sitters Club, who has returned to California to live with her father, stepmother, and brother. Dawn is thrilled to be reunited with her old friends Sunny, Maggie, and Jill.
It’s not always easy to keep the group together, though—things are changing fast since they moved the eighth-grade classes into the high school. With new social demands and decisions to make, Dawn sees just how much her old friends have changed since she moved away. Or is she the one who is different now? It’s time for this independent girl to let go of the life she had across the country and figure out just where she belongs now.


Favourite character: Ducky
Least favourite character: Sunny


Mini-review: This series follows Dawn Schafer, formerly of the Baby-Sitters Club, as she moves back to California. So this takes place while Abby's with the BSC. It's a bit more mature, with parties and drinking and guys checking out the girls boobs, along with a censored swear word or two.

So Dawn could now careless about babysitting and doesn't miss Mary Anne or Kristy or any other members of the BSC. So every fan of the BSC is getting defensive and it made me struggle a lot with Dawn.


Fan Cast:

Dawn Schafer - Addy Miller

Sunny Winslow - Samantha Bailey

Maggie Blum - Morgan Lily

Jill Henderson - Brianna Daguano

Ducky McCrae - Zachary Gordon

Amalia Vargas - Isabela Moner

Mandy Richards - Bella Thorne

Jack Schafer - Max Martini

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review 2019-07-24 01:31
The Clue in the Diary, Nancy Drew #7
The Clue in the Diary - Russell H. Tandy,Margaret Maron,Mildred Benson,Carolyn Keene

Returning home from a carnival with George and Bess, Nancy only has time to briefly admire a house they pass before it bursts into flames. The girls are the first people on the scene, but the heat of the fire is so intense there's no question of getting inside to discover if there are people trapped inside.


Going around to the back of the house Nancy spots a man fleeing into the woods and finds a diary. From the crowd that gathers around the building Nancy learns that the property belongs to wealthy owners who are out of town, and there is little sympathy for the couple.


In the crush of cars leaving, Nancy meets a helpful young man named Ned Nickerson who is directing traffic away from the fire. It's bizarre to see Nancy, so indifferent to boys before, go head over heels so quickly over Ned. He's briefly a suspect, but not for long, even though some of his behavior is a little suspicious.This must have been the result of editorial interference as this is still the work of the original ghostwriter - though Mildred Wirt Benson would take a hiatus from the series for a few volumes after this.


The writing is still more vivid then the revised versions I remember from when I was a kid, but my complaint is still the reliance on coincidence. I'd like to see Nancy do a little more sleuthing, please. I actually liked the doting attention on Honey Swenson, the daughter of the main suspect in the arson case and who COINCIDENTALLY Nancy and co. ran into at the carnival before the fire started. It's that pushy, do-gooding side of Nancy that makes her a little more human.


The revised version of the book, done in 1962, has most of the same plot elements. I don't remember, and the internet isn't helping, but I can't believe Nancy's speeding away from the cops was left in the revised version, either. Othereise, Nancy doesn't swoon for Ned in the beginning of their friendship and there was dance subtracted and a mail fraud plot added in - which is really weird because mail fraud is the heart of the plot of the next book - 'Nancy's Mysterious Letter'.


Nancy Drew


Next: 'Nancy's Mysterious Letter'


Previous: 'The Secret of Red Gate Farm'

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text 2019-07-22 07:10
Audiobook Blitz - Diary Of A Bad Boy

Diary Of A Bad Boy on Audio!!


Release Date: July 22nd


Genre: Contemporary Romance





Diary Of A Bad Boy is now available on AUDIO!


Meghan Quinn is so excited to bring you Diary Of A Bad Boy narrated by John Hartley and Lauren Ezzo!! This sassy and sweet romance about an Irish rebel who falls in love with the wrong girl will leave you with a happy heart and a smile on your face. Full of witty banter and swoony moments, it's the perfect romantic comedy to listen to!





Dear Diary,


I might have gotten myself into a wee bit of trouble - and I'm not talking about the "court mandated community service", or "therapy sessions from bashing a bloke in the head" kind of trouble.


I wish it were that simple.


Nope. I'm talking about the "falling in love with one of my client's daughters", kind of trouble...The kind of problem I can't talk my way out of when the truth gets out.


How I ended up with her phone is a long story - and when she called to get it back, I took things a bit too far. One innocent exchange wound up leading to so much more.


Fun, new, and totally immune to my charm, Sutton is different. And I had no idea she was the daughter of Foster Green.


Blame it on the dark colored stout running through my veins, pushing me toward one bad decision after another. Pushing me toward her even though I know right from wrong; even though she's my client's daughter.


Dating her might be the best or worst decision I've ever made. Only time, whiskey, and one more roll around the mattress with her will tell.








Grab your copy here: https://amzn.to/2JQaTRZ




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text 2019-07-17 00:51
PM’s Favorite/Essential History Reading List (1 of 2)
Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo - Jeff Long
Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets - John Woolf,Nick Baker,Stephen Fry
The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer - Skip Hollandsworth
The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer - Kate Summerscale
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl - Timothy Egan
Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde - Jeff Guinn
The Diary of a Young Girl - B.M. Mooyaart,Eleanor Roosevelt,Anne Frank

My submission for Chris's crowdsourced nonfiction history reading list. I don’t read a lot of history, but I do read a lot of historical crime, biographies, and memoirs. I’m assuming that the bio/memoirs will be a different list. I hope so, because I’m looking forward to the recommendations. Anyway, here’s my list, arranged by timeframe/historical period, and divided into two posts.


Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo (Texas History)

A more comprehensive, and honest, look at the Texas war for independence from Mexico than found in the Texas Dept of Ed approved textbooks. My review here.


Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets (Victorian Period)

Not sure if this fits in a serious history reading list as this audiobook is more in the style of a podcast series, but it is underpinned by the work of actual historians. And it’s narrated/hosted by Stephen Fry!


The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer (Texas History, Victorian Period)

A must for Texas History buffs, because it delves deeply into Austin/Central Texas regional history and examines the process (and limits) of 19th century forensics, law enforcement, and justice. Bonus discussion of Jack the Ripper, as some have theorized that the crimes could have the same perpetrator. My review here


The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer (Victorian Period)

I learned a great deal about Victorian London and Victorian attitudes toward mental health treatment.


The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl (The Great Depression)

From the political and economic drivers to the environmental and land-management fiascos that caused the Dust Bowl, and even looking forward to a possible future recurrence, this book tells the story of the Dust Bowl. Emphasis on the stories of the people who stayed, rather than the “Okies” who left.


Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde (The Great Depression)

They were most definitely not Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. More than just the story of the famous couple and their crimes, the author explores the socioeconomic drivers behind the life of crime and the public and law enforcement response to it, as well as some local tidbits of history about the city of Dallas and the Texas penal system.  


Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl (World War II)

The original account, as edited by her father prior to publication.

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text 2019-07-05 10:38
What are some stress management tips for pregnant women?

For a mom-to-be, it is normal to be stressed about the changes happening in their life & body. If they are stressed once in a while, it may not cause any harm to their baby. But if they are stressed day in & day out, it’s better to visit your doctor for help. Extreme stress can increase the chances of premature birth as well as low birth weight. Reducing stress during pregnancy can help you enjoy this period which can be done by following the tips mentioned below:


• Tip 1: Laughter Laughter is a great way to reduce stress during pregnancy as well as normally.



• Tip 2: Visitors Invite your family & friends to visit you during pregnancy. They will help to provide you with support, socializing, chatting and laughter.


• Tip 3: Walking It is the best exercise to be done during pregnancy. Consult with your doctor about taking walks. Try a brisk walk in the morning or before work which will make you feel more energetic & less stressed.


• Tip 4: Pregnancy Diary It is fun & helpful to keep a pregnancy diary which helps to relieve your stress. Also, you can show it to your child when they grow older.


• Tip 5: Drink water during pregnancy, your body remains dehydrated from sickness & loss of appetite. Drinking plenty of water not only makes your body hydrated & healthy but also stress-free as your body is plenty of fluids.


• Tip 6: Naps during pregnancy, your body needs extra energy as the baby is growing inside your body followed by a number of changes. It is advised to take a nap of 30 minutes to an hour during the middle of the day to reduce stress.


• Tip 7: Foot Soaks during pregnancy, your feet may swell or sore due to extra weight. It feels wonderful to soak your feet in warm water for 30 minutes in a comfortable position. It is one of the best tips for stress reduction.

Source: healtheoz.com/blog-articles
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