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text 2017-09-19 12:42
More for the Education Shelf
5th Grade Geography: Seas and Oceans of the World: Fifth Grade Books Marine Life and Oceanography for Kids (Children's Oceanography Books) - Baby Professor
4th Grade US History: The Civil War Years: Fourth Grade Book US Civil War Period (Children's American Revolution History) - Baby Professor
4th Grade Geography: North and South Poles: Fourth Grade Books Polar Regions for Kids (Children's Explore Polar Regions Books) - Baby Professor

I realize that these state that they are for 4th and 5th grades, but I felt that they might have some information that would be good for what we are studying, but these were too young. I felt that they would have been good for kindergarten or 1st graders over 4th or 5th graders. 

 

The pictures in the books were very well done and the wording was definitely for teaching, but was definitely too young for the grades mentioned. 

 

 

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review 2017-08-22 17:33
The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading - Anne Gisleson

Anne Gisleson's memoirs dealing with her father's death and her twin sister's suicides 18 months apart is quite a heavy read. Her husband had his own losses he was grieving through as he lost his partner and mother to his son very early in their marriage to cancer. Combine that with suffering through Hurricane Katrina and life's daily offerings, there is a LOT of pain in here.

Together with their friends (who had many pains, as well), Ann and her husband, Brad, start a book club, the ECRG in which they really delve deeply into the meaning of these books. I can attest that I did add several of those books to my TBR pile.

A book dealing with loss, comfort and healing. Not your basic summer beach read at all.

Thanks to Little, Brown and Company and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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text 2017-06-27 16:07
Currently on loan from the public library!
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life - Ed Yong
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story - Douglas Preston
Often I Am Happy - Jens Christian Gr√łndahl
Down Among the Sticks and Bones - Seanan McGuire
The Essex Serpent - Sarah Perry
The Great Hunt - Robert Jordan
How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease - Michael Greger,Gene Stone

Somehow, I have ended up with a stack of very large books, plus I'm reading to a deadline.  All of them have holds on them. 

 

This may become like fishing--catch & release.  I'll see how much I can read over the Canada Day long weekend.

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review 2017-03-01 00:30
Sabriel
Sabriel - Garth Nix

 

 

 

 

 

My younger son reads a lot of SF & Fantasy.  Ever since he polished off the Ranger’s Apprentice series in 3rd grade, we’ve had multiple librarians recommend Sabriel by Garth Nix as something he might like.  But despite multiple exposures, he’s never been interested and it never quite made it to the top of my reading priority list. 

 

This month, the Goodreads SciFi and Fantasy Book Club selected Sabriel as one of their group reads.  I decided to try to be more social about my reading in 2017, so finally took the time to read Sabriel.

 

Like many of the others reading along, I think I would have loved Sabriel if I had first read it as a tween or young teen.  I liked the world/magic system, but as an adult found the writing just adequate with a few too many Deus Ex Machina Moments.  I wish the audiobook had been available, because I think it would have enjoyed it even more as an audiobook.

 

Lirael - Garth Nix  Abhorsen - Garth Nix  

 

The edition I got from the library was an omnibus with Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen. And while I typically find my enjoyment diminishes if I read multiple books in the same series sequentially (or too many books in exactly the same genre in a row), I was hooked enough that I decided to just continue on once I finished Sabriel. I would definitely recommend making sure you have access to Abhorsen (the 3rd in the trilogy) before starting Lirael because the two almost seem to be parts of the same whole separated by a cliff-hanger and arbitrary volume length constraints. The continuously escalating action keeps the pages turning, the Disreputable Dog is charming, but the writing is still choppier than I prefer. 

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text 2017-02-12 02:58
Reading progress update: I've read 59 out of 368 pages.
Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night (The Grantchester Mysteries) - James Runcie

I just watched the second series a few weeks ago, and now I'm wanting to watch it all over again!

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