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text 2018-03-17 10:21
Happy St Patrick's Day!


It's supposed to be cold and rainy all day today, so I'm probably going to spend most of my day snuggled up in my bed with books.


Upcomign weeks I have some fun things going on, finally getting to go to the African Americans History Museum and going to a Cherry Blossom special event at Artechouse, take a look: https://artechouse.com/?exhibition=sakura-yume-cherry-blossom-dream


I'm going to a morning session by myself, but two of my best friends are doing an evening session in April with me. Fingers crossed I can talk someone into the dining experience, that one is $85 per person though.


Happy reading!

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text 2018-03-16 18:45
Reading progress update: I've read 80%.
Boy's Life - Robert R. McCammon

Okay, this book is going on the shelf right next to IT. Right next to all the books that have so much magic wrapped up into them that it doesn't even feel like that the author is trying. I've sobbed, I've giggled, and I'm just so in love with every single thing about this story. What a life. What a story.


I was telling my friend last night, over dinner, that my favorite part about IT is the message that adults forget their childhoods all too easily. That life makes us new people, and those new people forget the magic that they experienced. This book has that same gorgeous message, and I'm taking it to heart.

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text 2018-03-16 16:23
VBT, GUEST POST & #GIVEAWAY - Blooming Into Life by Kristie Booker
Blooming Into Life - Kristie Booker

Growing up on a farm in Brockville, Illinois, did not prepare Colleen O’Brien Adler to be the wife of a wealthy entertainment lawyer living in Chicago. It certainly didn’t prepare her to be Dinah Adler’s daughter-in-law. The stay-at-home mother of two has more than she’s ever wanted—a personal stylist, a prestigious country club membership, a multimillion-dollar home—but she finds herself not only struggling with depression and body image but also failing as a parent and fearing for her marriage. Her life is about to change when an invitation to a wellness meeting arrives in her inbox. With some coaxing from personal coach Kory Stone, she commits to a new beginning. But will she be able to overcome the things that are holding her back?


Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/03/vbt-guest-post-giveaway-blooming-into.html
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review 2018-03-16 01:03
The War that Saved my Life
The War that Saved My Life - Kimberly Brubaker Bradley


In the end it was the combination of the two, the end of my little war against Jamie, and the start of the big war, Hitler's war, that set me free.

- Chapter 1


She was not a nice person, but she cleaned up the floor. She was not a nice person, but she bandaged my foot in a white piece of cloth, and gave us two of her own shirts to wear. Miss Smith was not a nice person, but the bed she put us in was soft and clean, with smooth thin blankets and warm thicker ones.

- Chapter 7


Huh, I thought. Imagine dressing up tables. Imagine wasting cloth to dress up tables.

- Chapeter 18


I wanted Mam to be like Susan. I didn't really trust Susan not to be like Mam.

- Chapter 26


Ada was born with a club foot, and because of this, her mom doesn't let her leave the house. But that isn't the worst of it. Ada's mom (Mam) punishes her by putting her in a kitchen cabinet -- sometimes overnight. Mam calls Ada rubbish and tells her no one wants her with her ugly foot. Ada "escapes" this abuse by going somewhere else in her head. 


When Ada finds out her younger brother Jamie is to be evacuated with the other kids from his school, she is determined to go with them. The journey takes them to a small village where families have agreed to take in the evacuated children. Ada and Jamie end up living with Susan Smith, an old, grumpy spinster who doesn't really want them.


Ada is a heart-wrenching character. She has been taking care of her brother all his life, but no one takes care of her. She has suffered unimaginable abuse from the woman who should love her the most. She doesn't know how to accept love and kindness, and she doesn't even think she deserves it. Her mother has told her that her foot is messed up because Ada did something wrong.


Susan has her own issues. She recently lost her best friend and suffers from severe depression. Having Ada and Jamie around gives her something else to think about and an important responsibility - a reason to get up every day and engage with others.


Wow. This book is powerful. It is set in England during World War II. I loved watching Ada's development and bonding with Susan and others in the village. Despite everything Ada has been through (or maybe because of it), she is stubborn and courageous. She is also slow to trust and filled with self-doubt. The last chapter had me in tears.


I recommend this book to kids in grades 4-8 and their adults. I think it will touch their hearts in a major way.

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text 2018-03-15 23:31
Kill Your Darlings - Red Team Round 6 guess
The War that Saved My Life - Kimberly Brubaker Bradley



Using this book because it is historical fiction. (review to follow)

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