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text 2018-04-09 22:36
Children books, reading apps & Anne Frank
If you know me at all, you'll know I love everything from children's books, even picture books, young adult, adult, horror, romance, fantasy... you name it.
I'm subscribed to Scribd which is a ebook reading service. $8.99 a month and you can read unlimited ebook & audiobooks they have on their website/app. With the sub, you get a free sub to another service, this one called FarFaria, which is a bunch of children stories; original stories just found on this app. Pretty cute stories. You can even have the stories read to you. :)
They have a classics section where they retell some classic or true stories. One was Anne Frank. I read this short story (10 pages or so) and it starts out happy, go lucky, like a typical cute picture book. Um.. okay.
I'm all for them getting kids introduced to Anne Frank and get them interested in her diary, but this story was just very, very, obviously condensed and some unsuspecting kid is going to get a shock on the last page where it does a huge time jump and says "oh, by the way, they died. Only the father survived. Go read Anne's diary. The end."
The app itself is pretty awesome. If you have a kid or are a kid at heart, check it out. If you don't have Scribd, the sub for this is $4.99, I believe. They are not long books, they don't take much brain power to read, but the artwork is really beautiful, and sometimes you just have to shut off your mind and enjoy something simple. It's like meditating, but with picture books. Plus, I will always have these on hand for whenever my niece or nephews are around.
I will be 80 years old and still be young at heart, because I never restricted myself on what I like based on an intended age group.
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review 2017-03-10 21:31
I Work at a Public Library
I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks - Gina Sheridan

Author: Gina Sheridan

Rating: 4.5 stars


Book Blurb: 


Straight from the library--the strange and bizarre, ready to be checked out!

From a patron's missing wetsuit to the scent of crab cakes wafting through the stacks, I Work at a Public Library showcases the oddities that have come across Gina Sheridan's circulation desk. Throughout these pages, she catalogs her encounters with local eccentrics as well as the questions that plague her, such as, "What is the standard length of eyebrow hairs?" Whether she's helping someone scan his face onto an online dating site or explaining why the library doesn't have any dragon autobiographies, Sheridan's bizarre tales prove that she's truly seen it all.

Stacked high with hundreds of strange-but-true stories, I Work at a Public Library celebrates librarians and the unforgettable patrons that roam the stacks every day.


This was a lot of fun. The section on gratitude- showing the way the library has helped people and the ways they've expressed it - was my favorite and made me bump it up a star from my original rating.


Some of these were really funny.  I knocked it half a star because these books always walk a fine line. It can seem like you're mocking or making fun of patrons in a way that might seem a little cruel. There were a couple of instances that were borderline. Uncomfortable, I couldn't give it a 5 star stamp.


But there was plenty to amuse and make me smile otherwise. And I liked how it brought home how helpful the library was and still is in people's lives. The account about the man finalizing his work visa application and begging the librarian for help comes to mind. That part and the touching outcome brought a tear to my eye.


Overall, definitely recommend. 

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review 2017-03-08 20:33
Totally Organized
Totally Organized - Bonnie Runyan McCullough

This was pretty good and an easy read.


It had a few suggestions I want to try and good reminders, such as doing "minimum maintenance" before leaving each morning - just a quick tidy up to keep things in order.

Also, I liked the recommendation on deciding on dinner early, in the morning. I always fail to do that and scramble to figure out what to eat and fail to eat healthy.


The actual planner section was a touch outdated and reminded me a bit of Franklin Covey's method, but the principles were sound.


I always enjoy reading these books as they inspire me to hone my cleaning and organizing skills.

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text 2017-02-14 14:41
Reading progress update: I've read 32% and then DNF'd the mess out of this.
Better Late Than Never - Jenn McKinlay

I'm out people.


I can't stand love triangles. When you include them in your stories you take the maturity level of these grown people, GROWN PEOPLE and bring it down to adolescence. How insecure and needy are you that you need to lead two men on at once? 


But the clincher in this book was when the  MC made a choice and still entertained the other guy's antics. It annoyed me so much I just didn't want to continue with the book anymore, so I bailed. 



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review 2016-10-30 06:38
Disclaimer - Renee Knight (Genre: Mystery)
Disclaimer: A Novel - Renée Knight,HarperAudio,Laura Paton,Michael Pennington





*Read through Scribd Audio*


Catherine's life is turned upside down when she recognises herself in a book that was mysteriously sent to her. The book, 'The Perfect Stranger', chronicles a dark secret from her past, one that she wants to remain hidden.

Stephen is an elderly gentleman who seems to be hell bent on ruining Catherine's life, enacting revenge for a tragedy that happened many years ago. He's responsible for publishing the book but this is only part of his plan and he's going to ensure Catherine pays dearly for her past.

This isn't the usual read I pick up but it was recommended by someone on GR, I'm very thankful for the rec as this was a highly enjoyable thriller that kept me guessing as to what Catherine's secret past really was. There are quite a few red herrings and I certainly didn't see things playing out as they did which made it all the better. No pretty ending here but one that I felt fit the story and was satisfying.

The two narrators did a fantastic job in bringing the characters to life. Catherine is a successful career woman who is happily married to Robert. Her failings seem to be as a mother, a role that she has never felt at ease with. She is an engaging character and it was easy to feel invested in what would happen to her.

The other narrator provided the voice of Stephen, he's out for vengeance over something he thinks Catherine did 20 years ago. At times it's really shocking to hear his hatred for Catherine especially when his plans to ruin her life take on more sinister tones. Whilst his actions are awful I still felt sorry for him, missing his dead wife and letting his grief turn to hatred.

Each audio chapter was alternated between the two characters, this kept the pacing tight and it was all too easy to start the next chapter to get closer to the true details of the incident.

Highly recommended.






Read by candlelight or flashlight: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K Rowling

Magical Realism:

Witches: Witch Island - David Bernstein

Genre: Horror:

Black Cat:

Diverse Authors can be Spooky Fun: Poisoning Eros - Wrath James White

Ghost Stories and Haunted Houses:

Young Adult Horror: Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop

Scary Women (Authors):

Reads with (Booklikes) Friends:

Grave or Graveyard: Graveyard Blues - Reina Salt

Genre: Mystery: Disclaimer - Renee Knight

Free Square: Gilded Needles - Michael McDowell


Creepy Crawlies:

'Fall' into a good book: Falling Angel - William Hjortsberg

Locked Room Mystery:

It was a dark and stormy night: The Rain Dancers - Greg F. Gifune

Set in New England:

Full Moon:

Vampires vs. Werewolves: Written in Red - Anne Bishop


Classic Horror: The Monkey's Paw - W.W. Jacobs


Set on Halloween:


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