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review 2018-01-13 23:50
4.7/5 STARS - GRADE=A (Upgraded to 5/5)
Out of the Easy - Ruta Sepetys

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

Out of the Easy is my 555th read on Goodreads, so in honor of that, I upped my 4.7-star rating to a full 5 stars…because my 555th read needs a 5-star rating. 

 

Ruta Sepetys writes such vivid, compelling characters that just reel you in.  Josie is no exception, nor are any of the other characters, even the skeevy ones.  Along with Lauren Fortgang's narration, the time period and the atmosphere is captured perfectly in Out of the Easy.

 

 

 

 

 

~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.3/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ No

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Book Cover~ It's Doable…this one is better than the one with the yellow shirt.

Narration~ Very Good by Lauren Fortgang

Setting~ New Orleans 1950

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2017-12-20 19:55
Canadian classic storybook with lovely art
Baseball Bats for Christmas - Michael Kusugak

Disclaimer: review based off of NetGalley proof

 

I have a feeling I must have read this as a kid; seems to be a rerelease of a book from the '90s. Definitely has that nostalgic feel either way. There's a strong storytelling tone to it, and it's more storybook length than picture book. I'd recommend for early readers, elementary schoolers, or as a read-aloud to toddlers. Lovely, painterly art supports the story of a remote Canadian-Inuit community sometime last century. Fits in with other historical fiction efforts that convey a sense of a simpler time, making your own fun, community and family. The snowy landscape and Christmas references could make it a good holiday gift for children, and I could see it being a teaching tool as well for discussions of Canada's past, the experience of remote communities and First Nations.

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text 2017-11-25 16:33
Recipes, Recipes, Recipes, Diet and Gluten Free
Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss : 30 Delicious Detox, Cleanse and Green Smoothie Diet Book - Troy Adashun
Just Dessert Recipes: The Cookbook For Easy Weekday After Dinner Treats To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth - Alisha Abbott,Aston Publisher,Amelia Cooke
Crock Pot: 500 Crock Pot Recipes Cookbook - Emily Addyson
Tasty Chocolate Dessert Recipes: Scrumptious Homemade Chocolate Desserts - Nora Aguro
School Lunches: 21 Delicious Gluten Free Recipes - Carrie Adair
Easy Gluten Free Bread Recipes Cookbook: So Good Your Family Will Never Know The Difference - Mary Aden

Let me start by saying that School Lunches was an interesting assortment of "lunches" but not something I would have sent to school with my kids (when they were in Public School), because they were just not practical. The other thing with this book is that while they would be good for homeschooling lunches, this book is listed as not available (or at least the copy I got for free is not available). 

 

The other books were quite interesting and I marked quite a few for making with my kids for meals and desserts and for gifting. 

 

I read these all in one sitting, because my asthma started up strong (lots of drugs) and to top it off I got a sinus and ear infection (more drugs). I am just super tired and the birthday curse hit again. The birthday curse is when we celebrate 5 birthday in 3 days (2 on 22nd, my daughter and a cousin's daughter, my bil, my birthday and another cousin's daughter). 

 

I do recommend the books. I thoroughly enjoyed the smoothie book and think I will try making a few of those. 

 

Enjoy

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review 2017-11-14 15:59
The Zombunny: an illustrated easy reader chapter book - Dan Alatorre

Wish You Were Mine by Tara Sivec
Book starts out with a letter from Aiden to Everett... he needs Everett to go to Cameron and help her out.
This is a story of a camp that was once a cotton plantation in the Civil War, 40 acres of land near Charleston, SC. The camp is now a safe haven for kids who are going through problems due to their parents who are/have served in the military and some ddn't return home or came back damaged.
The three kids: Cameron, Aiden and Everett all attended the camp during the summer months as her relatives ran the camp back then. It's now her project but after Aiden has left it's on her shoulders and this year the person in charge of doling out money has new requirements.
Everett has his own past that led him overseas to help others in need to return after the letter and drank himself til his brother stepped in and got him in rehab.
She needs help and hopes he will come to her aide. It's all for a good cause...
Story is told with alternating chapters between them and at times it goes back in time and other times it's the present. Took me a while to get the hang of that although I've read many books in this same format.
What I like about this book is the location, the planned activities for the kids, help the counselors can give the children and parents alike and how those involved all come together to make it happen, hopefully for more years down the road.
The stories are hard to hear about, struggles they endure, heartaches and death. Some truths you just don't even hear about til it comes out at the end.
Adult sexual scenes. Wow surprise ending, didn't see it coming.
Received this review copy from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via Net Galley and this is my honest review.

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review 2017-10-25 14:49
Knit Bears
Easy Knitted Bears: Knitting patterns for bears and outfits - Fiona Goble

My sister-in-law requested that I make a bear in boxer shorts with boxing gloves for a Christmas gift for a friend of hers. So I am constantly on the lookout for bear patterns and clothing options. It was a cute book. Patterns seemed simple, but I prefer crochet toys over knit toys. 

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