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review 2018-08-08 12:23
Knit Your Own Zoo
Knit Your Own Zoo: Easy-To-Follow Patterns for 24 Animals - Sally Muir,Joanna Osborne

My daughter found this book in the "new" books section of the library and brought it to me. I looked at the patterns and they were very detailed, but I think I like the looks of crochet animals much better than those of the knit patterned animals. 

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text 2018-07-13 11:45


Everyone dreams of creating huge wealth. Some prefer business while other tries to work things out with their job. But there is this one sector that has the capability to turn a poor person rich and a rich person poor overnight and that is the online commodity market. A vast number of people all over the world try their luck in the online commodity market so as to make some profits and become rich. Well, it indeed is a fast-track method to make money but not every time.


People who are in the industry know a lot about it and hence work accordingly. If you too are interested in investing in the online commodity market then you might be in the right direction. However, there are a few things or rules of investing that you should know before jumping into it and losing everything that you have.


So, what are these things?


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Source: www.gillbroking.com/blog/what-are-the-must-follow-rules-of-investing-in-stock-market
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review 2018-05-06 07:12
Follow The Leader
Follow The Leader (A DS Allie Shenton Novel) - Mel Sherratt

A string of seemingly random murders shocks a little English town. Fridge Letters connect the victims. They also went to the same school, but that was over 25 years ago. Sure, that can not be the solution?

Follow the Leader is the second DS Allie Shenton book, but was my introduction to the series. I felt I could easily join in on this point, and had no problem following the different police officers around. The killer is known from the start but this doesn't mean there is no interesting chase. The pace was rather quick right from the start with a high body count. It was an easy and entertaining read but I missed something that made it stand out among all small-English-town-detectives. I mean, looking at all the books, it is terribly unsafe to go anywhere near small English towns since the murder rates are astonishing.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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text 2018-04-13 13:26
#36 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Brenna M's Book Blog

Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! Meet Brenna and her amazing book recommendations! 


Follow Brenna M's Book Blog: http://brennam.booklikes.com/



What are you reading right now? How do you like it?


City of Hope by Kate Kerrigan. So far, I am enjoying this. It’s set in 1930’s in Ireland. Historical fiction always interests me., but I’m just starting off so we’ll see. The character is a strong female character who just loses her husband, and goes back to New York City rather than stay in small town Ireland.


The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright. I’m just a chapter or 2 into this one as well, but I am liking this one a little better. Add a little mystery to the historical fiction, and my interest is peaked. A woman purchases an old house sight unseen and wants to renovate. And the mystery starts as she arrives to find it delapitated and with a lot of old folklore stories about it. 


The House on Foster Hill - Jaime Jo WrightCity of Hope - Kate Kerrigan



Which book made you a book lover?


The Cay by Theodore Taylor.  I was 9 years old and saw the movie with James Earl Jones and just had to read the book. Ever since then, my love for books and libraries started. I loved disappearing into the Caribbean in the Cay and that idea of disappearing into a book is just as strong. The thought of visiting a different US state or a different country sometimes makes me feel like I have actually been there. All of this just by browsing a shelf or two at the local library.


The Cay - Theodore Taylor 



How did your book blogging adventure start? What do you enjoy the most about it?


About 5 years ago, I saw something posted about a book giveaway. It was on Goodreads and I signed up for that one and a few others. I actually won 2 of them almost right away. I did not feel comfortable about not at least rating it. So for any book I have received either in a giveaway or offered from author, I rated it and wrote a  review. Some time later, every book I read was reviewed. One of the things I was and still am not fond of on the one site, though, is there is not a lot of interaction between myself and the friends list I had. And that meant fewer reviews that I read, and fewer recommendations from friends. I found Booklikes and started to share my reviews and a few quotes. I found it a lot more interactive when it came to having a strong feeling about a book and wanting to talk about it. I’ve met a lot of great people, and my “friends list”/followers list is a little more international as well.




You mention that you have Italian, German and irish roots in your family. Does it reflect your reading preferences?


It does reflect a lot more than I realized at first. My grade school was not very diverse but did encourage a lot of reading. The books that I tended to lean to and pick out myself always were in a different culture (i.e. a book set in the south or in England, or with the main character being from a foreign country).



Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?


The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach. I loved this book and cannot wait to read more of Mr. Stambach. This was his debut novel, set in an orphanage for “gravely ill” children because Ivan was born with physical disabilities. Mr. Stambach has used humor, heartach, love and hope beautifully in this book with a not so “perfect” main character. I couldn’t help but love Ivan by the end of the book.


Tobit and the Hoodoo Man by E.S. Kraay  is another one I really enjoyed. This is a combination of historical fiction set during the Civil War and mystical realism. 3 dimensional characters through the book, good story telling, definitely I found it well written and I didn’t want to put it down. 


Tin Lily by Joann Swanson. Another debut author. I found this book short, yet captivating. This is a young adult novel, and the topic is a tough one from the first chapter when Lily witnesses her mom’s murder.


The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko - Scott StambachTobit and the Hoodoo Man: A Mystical Tale from the Civil War South - E.S. KraayTin Lily - Joann Swanson



How do you find new books to read?


My more fun way to do this is, time willing, to walk up and down a few of the aisles of the library. The closet one has a library staff pick area, a seasonal area or a topic specific area (i.e. photograpy, gardening, politics, whatever), and even a teen pick on the endcaps of the aisles. Always fun going through those aisles. Used book sales are of interest to me, too. I love browing the books and seeing what pages have been earmarked or if the person put their name in it to see where it came from.



Are you an adventurous reader picking up new genres or are you loyal to your favorite book genres?


I am gradually getting better at being adventurous, but young adult and historical fiction still tend to be the go to genres.


Reviewed Shelf



How much time do you spend reading daily?


Unfortunately it’s not always daily. I try to get at least a half an hour in every day, if not more.



What are you three favorite book covers?


I’m not sure if I really have a favorite cover. I do check them out, sometimes the first impression with the title helps me to decide. But I usually don’t spend too much time on them. (sorry, front cover artists).



You write: My local library is one of my favorite hangouts. How often do you visit your library?


I try at least twice a week. If i take too long in getting back, the staff start asking where I’ve been!



Why reading is important to you?


It’s my down time, relax time. A way for me to get out of the stress related run on sentences runnig through my head after a long day at work. A perfect stay-cation kind of moment.



How do you choose your next book to read?


See # 6. For the official next book, I tend to read series books in order and close to gether. If not part of a series, it doesn’t always make sense how i pick them. Sometimes, it’s a combination of the cover, title, and blurb sounding interesting (sometimes this does disappoint, though). Other times it’s an author or subject i want to get back to reading.



A paper book or an e-book?


Paper book definitely. It’s a way for me to chill out away from electronics.



Three titles for a sunny spring day?


The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg 

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt 

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote 


The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion - Fannie FlaggTuck Everlasting - Natalie BabbittBreakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories - Truman Capote



Favorite quote?


It seemed clear that wars were not made by generations and their special stupidities, but that wars were made instead by something ignorant in the human heart”
― John Knowles, A Separate Peace


If you could pair a book with a drink, what would you prepare to sip while reading?


Steaming hot green tea



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