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text 2018-01-15 14:46
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Enemy of My Enemy - Tal Bauer

“And when will the president listen to the people saying ‘Enough is enough. We don’t want this kind of person leading us?’)”


This book was published in October 2016. I doubt this quote would have ‘felt’ the same way back then as it does now!

Of course, some of us would be thrilled if America really had a president like Jack Spiers..

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review 2018-01-15 06:19
Rethinking School by Susan Wise Bauer
Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child's Education - Susan Wise Bauer

From the blurb"


"Our K–12 school system is an artificial product of market forces. It isn’t a good fit for all—or even most—students. It prioritizes a single way of understanding the world over all others, pushes children into a rigid set of grades with little regard for individual maturity, and slaps “disability” labels over differences in learning style.

Caught in this system, far too many young learners end up discouraged, disconnected, and unhappy. And when they struggle, school pressures parents, with overwhelming force, into “fixing” their children rather than questioning the system.

With boldness, experience, and humor, Susan Wise Bauer turns conventional wisdom on its head: When a serious problem arises at school, the fault is more likely to lie with the school, or the educational system itself, than with the child.

In five illuminating sections, Bauer teaches parents how to flex the K–12 system, rather than the child. She closely analyzes the traditional school structure, gives trenchant criticisms of its weaknesses, and offers a wealth of advice for parents of children whose difficulties may stem from struggling with learning differences, maturity differences, toxic classroom environments, and even from giftedness (not as much of a “gift” as you might think!).

As the author of the classic book on home-schooling, The Well-Trained Mind, Bauer knows how children learn and how schools work. Her advice here is comprehensive and anecdotal, including material drawn from experience with her own four children and more than twenty years of educational consulting and university teaching.

Rethinking School is a guide to one aspect of sane, humane parenting: negotiating the twelve-grade school system in a way that nurtures and protects your child’s mind, emotions, and spirit.


This book provides a well-written, interesting and informative assessment of the American school system, how children do not necessarily fit into this system, how parents can help their children better deal with the school system, or by "flexing" the existing system to better accommodate their children.  This book offers a great deal of practical advice in a situation where homeschooling is not an option and where the child does not fit into the school system.  I recommend this book to every parent that has a child still stuck in the current education system.


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text 2018-01-10 10:45
Reading progress update: I've read 64%.
Enemies of the State - Tal Bauer

Love had been ripped from his life. Let vengeance take its place.


This book is ‘edge-of-the-seat’ stuff. I do not have time to be at work right now!

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review 2017-11-29 15:25
BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Crowned (Beholder #4) by Christina Bauer
Crowned - Christina Bauer
Crowned is the fourth book in the Beholder series, and it does need to be read in order to get the full enjoyment from the storylines.
Elea and Rowan are true mates, and have shared their magick, creating hybrid magick. When the Casters throw the 'greatest celebration ever', Elea is chosen to speak with two trickster gods. They agree to help her end the tyranny of the Sire and the Lady, but at a cost. Elea doesn't realise the true cost of their help until it is too late.
This is a fast-paced book, with action on more fronts than Elea would like. Not only does she have to fight to find the Sword of Theodora, she learns more about her history, which is a shock in itself. Also, something has happened to Rowan, so she is fighting for their bond too. However, old friends that she thought gone for good show up, and help her along the way. And Jicho is also there, helping however he can.
Well written, this book has smooth pacing, and a storyline that will keep you turning the pages.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/11/blog-tour-review-giveaway-crowned.html
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review 2017-11-22 00:00
Crowned - Christina Bauer Viktor is still after Elea and wants her dead and everyone she loves. Elea is a very strong girl and will do everything in her power to prevent this from happening. Viktor must be stopped at all cost.

Elea has a little talk with these trickster gods who has promised to help her find a way to stop Viktor but can they be trusted? They tell Elea that she needs to find this sword to stop Viktor with. But before they will help Elea they make a deal with her. Elea is a very smart girl and listens very closely to this deal that the tricksters are trying to get her to make but they are not called tricksters for nothing. If she doesn’t listen closely to what the gods are saying it could cost something very close and dear to her heart.

Elea goes on a little trip with her soul mate Rowan’s little brother Jicho, a nine year seer to find this sword so she can save all the people she loves and cares about. Elea and Jicho meet a lot of different people on this trip of theirs. Some good and some not so good. Elea has a few battles that she must face on her journey to finding this sword the Sword of Theodora. The Sword of Theodora is the only thing that can help Elea save not only her own life but the life of the people she loves.

Crowned is the fourth and final book in the Beholder series and I am sad to see it ending. I have come to love the characters in the Beholder series. I have loved following along with them on their journeys and all the battles they have faced.

Come join Elea on this magical journey to saving the ones she loves. Join her from the start with Cursed then on to Concealed and after that is Cherished and for her last journey there is Crowned. Let Elea take you on the most amazing magical journey of a lifetime.
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