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review 2017-09-21 05:35
Spiders in Space
Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky

I bought the book based on the blurb thinking I had an idea of what the story was about. Well...I wasn't entirely wrong but had I known it was partly about a race of giant, intelligent spiders I probably wouldn't have picked it up because a) I really can't stand the beasts and b) it would have sounded too ridiculous for my taste. However, I started to read it and once I realised what was going on I somehow wanted to find it silly but I couldn't, I got entirely drawn in. The civilisation building was amazing - I'm always in awe of someone who can imagine something like that. It did drag a little in places but I think that was just because I wanted to find out what was going to happen. When it came to the show-down I couldn't decide who I wanted to win. It felt like a mixture of Doctor Who's Planet of the Spiders mixed with The Face of Evil episodes (yes, I am a Doctor Who fan) add some Rama to it and finish it all off with Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora and still it had a flavour all of its own. Fantastic!

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text 2017-09-21 01:00
What Do You Know about Wildfires?
Jaw-Dropping Geography: Fun Learning Fac... Jaw-Dropping Geography: Fun Learning Facts About Wicked Wildfires: Illustrated Fun Learning For Kids (Volume 1) - Jess Roche

I know that wildfires are currently raging in Montana and that people are evacuating. I know that there are times where I can be outside and smell the smoke from that wildfire (the meteorologists even said that it has to do with how the winds are blowing from Montana to us). I know that they can be nature started or man started. This book was full of good information that I was not aware of. Since my daughters had been asking questions about the wildfires, this is now an assigned reading for them. 

 

Yep, I read things before assigning, it allows me to ask them questions after they say they read it. I got this book for free, but it is inexpensive. 

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review 2017-09-21 00:46
Geography
Jaw-Dropping Geography: Fun Learning Facts About Rambunctious Ruins: Illustrated Fun Learning For Kids - Jess Roche

I did enjoy this book more than the others. My one complaint was that the book was put together in an unusual fashion and that I wished that the sites had been grouped by area or time frame. It seemed to jump from one location (Europe, to Asia, to South America, etc). The photos again were beautiful and the author did include some good information that might prompt a student to want to know more. 

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review 2017-09-21 00:01
Breakfast, the Best and First Meal of the Day
50 Quick and Easy Recipes For Breakfast - Including Pancake Recipes, Waffle Recipes and Crepes Recipes (Breakfast Ideas - The Breakfast Recipes Cookbook Collection 2) - Pamela Kazmierczak

Recently, I saw a thing about breakfasts around the world, titled, "US Really Does Eat Dessert for Breakfast." When I read the article all the way through, I thought that this is definitely true. I want to try and give my kids better. I know that having something more substantial (and less sugary) is better and helps them get through the day. So anytime I get a chance, I look at the recipe books I have been accumulating and marking recipes that I know that my family would eat (picky eaters) and enjoy. There were quite a few recipes that I have marked for making for my family. It is worth the money asked. 

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text 2017-09-20 23:53
Reading progress update: Study Habits
Harry Potter's Book of Virtues: Volume 1, The Virtue of Work - Casey Robin,Connie Neal

I am loving this book! It talks about work habits and the virtue of work. About 10% in they have Hermione's Study habits! Great things for anyone in school or just studying in general. 

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