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review 2017-04-30 03:56
What Amanda Wants
More Than Words, Volume 2 - Debbie Macomber,Sharon Sala,Jasmine Cresswell

In continuing with rereading the Blossom Street Series by Debbie Macomber I read the short story "What Amanda Wants" in this book.  This story by Debbie Macomber continues along with the Blossom Street series right after the second book, A Good Yarn. Some of the Characters introduced in A Good Yarn are also in this story.  

 

This book contains 5 short stories about inspiring women.  What Amanda Wants is a story about a teenager who finds out her cancer has come back and this time it is worse than before.  She misses out on a lot of things that teenagers look forward to like dances and graduation.  Her friends drift away because they don't know what to do or say.  This isn't just a sad story though and Lydia that owns the yarn store, A good Yarn, wants to help. Read the story to find out how she makes a difference.  

 

That story is also in the book called Stories of the Heart by Debbie Macomber (Goodreads Author), Brenda Novak (Goodreads Author), Meryl Sawyer 

ISBN 0373837690 (ISBN13: 9780373837694)

 

The other stories are also very good.  I've read them before but this time I'm just reading the first one that is part of the Blossom Street series.  The first time I read this book and then swapped it.  I had to get another copy and this time I'm keeping it. 

 

 

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text 2017-04-30 01:08
What should I get next week?
Quantum Teens Are Go #2 - Magdalene Visaggio,Eryk Donovan,Claudia Aguirre,Zakk Saam
Green Arrow, Volume 1: The Death and Life of Oliver Queen - Benjamin Percy,Otto Schmidt,Juan Ferreyra,Nate Piekos
Deathstroke (2016-) #15 - Christopher Priest,Jeromy Cox,Bill Sienkiewicz,Jason Paz,Carlo Pagulayan
Descender Volume 1: Tin Stars (Descender Tp) - Jeff Lemire,Dustin Nguyen,Dustin Nguyen
Swamp Thing, Vol. 1: Saga of the Swamp Thing - John Totleben,Stephen R. Bissette,Alan Moore

Vote on which of these books I should read.

 

1. Quantum Teens Are Go is a series written by a trans woman, who wrote Kim and Kim.   (Which I love.   Magdalene Visaggio is hardcore about writing queer positive stories, and doing her best to stay away from toxic themes in her works.   Her new series, Quantum Teens Are Go, has at least one queer character, and seems to continue this trend.  I also really love Black Mask, which is a very small press, and I've read some other books from an exclusive box set they did for a comic day last year - or perhaps the year before?  I got it on sale from Newbury.)

 

2. The Life and Death of Oliver Queen, because I really want to read more DC right now.   So should I hit the button and buy this?   It looks like it's pretty heavy on his girl, Black Canary, whom I kinda love, too.   (Or that's what I got from flipping through this volume in a bookstore.)  I'm kinda excited!

 

3. Deathstroke #15 - and one or two issues beyond - because I picked up #14 because it promised Deathstroke was blinded.   (On the cover of that, so I don't consider that a spoiler.)   I really kinda enjoyed that issue.   Should I continue?   It's more Rebirth that I'm loving, so...

 

4. I own quite a bit of Descender, but there are three or four issues I don't have.   Should I buy them, and actually catch up on this series?   Beautifully illustrated, and there's a robot resistance.   (Following, sadly, a robot massacre.   *cryface*)  Still, I'm really loving this despite all the sad, robot death.   

 

5. Let's go old school.   The thing I like best about the new Hellblazer series?   Swamp thing.  I kinda wanna kick it old school - and I'll even break my rule and go a little above ten dollars since I spent less than I thought I would today - and get the Saga of the Swamp Thing volume one.   Alan Moore.   Could get kinda weird.   Does from what I remember hearing about this.   And I'm definitely up for getting to figure out what's up with Abby and The Rot.   

 

Vote on these five.   Whichever you decide?   I'll get next week via Comixology - or Amazon if they have a better price, which I believe they do for 2 and 5 - and binge on Saturday and Sunday.    

 

This is partly because I'm curious if anyone will care what comics I read, and partly because I'm trying to get myself to read more non-Marvel comics to kick my Marvel habit mostly to the curb.   (I did buy some one dollar digital comics because Star-Lord and Gamora a couple days ago.  I will continue to buy super cheap digital comics and graphics.  But other than that, and some series I'm hardcore invested in, I'm dropping most everything else for now.)

 

So, if you want to, vote.   Because otherwise, I might buy and write about some really weird shit.   Also, feel free to add something for the next vote.   I'm already thinking Saga, Lumberjanes, and Spawn in the future, since I just bought the two issues I need to catch up on that.   (Also, there's a nifty 60% off TMNT sale.   One was on sale for four bucks, and I got half off that, so yes.)   After this, I'm going to flood you with reviews.   And I am truly sorry for that.   But I've found the motivation I need to read comics again, as I've been slowly dealing with Secret Empire.

 

And, ugh, desperately wanting to read Secret Empire #4 because Pym-tron, and I kinda love that literal mashup of character.   Ugh.   Ugh, gross, ugh, but I maaaaay check out that issue in print and flip through it, though I refuse to purchase it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-04-28 00:35
A Good Yarn
A Good Yarn - Debbie Macomber

I just finished listening to the audiobook for this today. I'm loving Hoopla digital.  Up until last weekend, I rarely left my house.  I ordered books on amazon.com or from paperbackswap.com.  My books showed up in the mailbox and one of my sons would bring them to me and even open the box for me.  I spend a lot of days in bed in too much pain to move around much.  I send out my used books using paperbackswap's printable postage so I don't have to go to the post office. I just print the wrapper, wrap it up well and stick it in the mailbox.  In the wintertime, my boys take the books out to the mailbox for me.  If you've never heard of paperbackswap, it is a great website for swapping used books.  When someone requests one of my books I wrap it up like I mentioned above, paying media mail postage, and then I get a credit that I can use to request a book I want. I don't have to pay anything other than the credit to request a book.  

 

Anyway, last weekend I was feeling a bit better and wanted to go out for lunch with my husband. He was surprised.  After that, we went to the library and renewed our library cards. I haven't used mine for years. My husband's card was so old he had to get a new card but I just needed to update and get a sticker for mine.  When I got home that day a friend online mentioned Hoopla digital and I downloaded the app.   I've now listened to 2 audiobooks and it was nice to be able to just rest in bed when I wasn't feeling well and just listen.  

 

A Good Yarn

 

 

Linda Emond does a wonderful job reading.  Her voice is easy to understand and easy to listen to.  This is a heartwarming story of Lydia's second year running her knitting shop, A Good Yarn. She decides to have another knitting class, this time teaching how to make socks using two circular needles. When I read this book the first time I also made the sock pattern from the front of the book which has instructions for the 5 needle method also. It is neat when you understand exactly what they are talking about when they are at the knitting class. When they were struggling I understood.

In this story, the characters are all dealing with their own struggles. Elise, a retired school librarian, invested in a new home only to learn the contractor filed for bankruptcy. Now she is wrapped up in a class action suit and she had to move in with her daughter. Bethanne woke up on Valentine's Day to her husband asking for a divorce and now has to find a job so she can help support her 2 teenaged children. Courtney, a young girl whose mother died in a car accident, has to move to Seattle and live with her grandmother for her senior year. She is overweight and is feeling so sad and alone. She misses her family and her friends in Chicago. Lydia and her sister also have their own issues to work through but they are there for each other. Lydia never thought she would be so close to her sister. She also has the 3 ladies from her first knitting class that has become great friends. Together, these women all help to support each other through their difficult times and grow closer in the process.

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review 2017-04-27 23:39
Just starting here and rereading the Blossom Street Series
The Shop on Blossom Street - Debbie Macomber

I just learned about this website today and it is definitely right up my alley.  I read all the time.  I have chronic pain and other health issues so reading is my escape.  I started a regular blog on blogger but I haven't been keeping up with it.  I realized it is because I haven't been into anything but reading lately.  

 

I just learned about Hoopla digital a few days ago and downloaded it.  Since then, I have listened to two audio books.  I found the audio book for the book I just finished reading and listened to it.  I really don't like abridged audio books but I don't mind so much when I've read the books before.  

 

I decided to reread the Blossom Street Series by Debbie Macomber.  I really enjoyed the first several (maybe 6?) books I had and I've read them multiple times.  I got to Hannah's List and just couldn't get interested in that one.  I loved all the others before that one, especially Susannah's Garden.  I recently noticed that there were more books to the series that I missed so I picked them up.  I decided to start back at the beginning and read my way through again or listen to the audio books available through the library.  Now I use Fictfact.com to keep track of my series.  

 

The Shop on Blossom Street

 

I feel a real connection with Lydia in this series.  I haven't had cancer but I identify so much with a lot of what she says.  In the very beginning when she is trying to get her older sister to understand what she is going through she said it was as if her sister thought she had chosen to have cancer.  That is also how I feel about my family or friends sometimes. Either they think I should just deal with it, smile and think about puppies and rainbows and I'll be all better, or they think I'm just being weak and whining too much.  No one really understood or seemed willing to listen.  Lydia's sister Margaret finally comes around though.  First, she had her own cancer scare when a lump was found in her breast. Lydia went with her to the follow-up appointment and everything ended up okay.  Then, Lydia had another cancer scare.  Another tumor had formed and had to be removed. Her sister was with her through that and seemed to grow a heart.  I won't say more about this as I don't want to spoil the story for anyone.  

 

In this book, Lydia decided to open a yarn store as her affirmation of life.  She opened the shop with an apartment upstairs using inheritance money from her grandmother. She decided to have a knitting class to draw people into the store, the first project being a baby blanket.  The pattern for that blanket is in the front of the book and I started it.  Maybe I'll finish it someday.  

 

Three very different women signed up for the class.  Lydia wasn't sure the class was going to go well since 2 of the women kept butting heads.  They grew on each other though and ended up becoming very close friends.  I really like Alix because she reminds me of myself.  She is an individual who likes to be different.  Alix wears black and has purple spiked hair.  She is a bit rough around the edges since she had a rough childhood.  

 

Carol decided to sign up for the class when she saw they were making a baby blanket. She wanted desperately to be a mother but so far hadn't been able to carry a pregnancy to term.  She decided this was a sign from God that she was going to need a baby blanket for her child.  

 

Jacqueline is a high society woman who is used to being catered to. She isn't happy about her son's choice for a wife and now they are expecting a baby.  She was hoping her son would come to his senses, realize his mistake and escape from that sham of a marriage.  A baby complicates things though.  Her husband doesn't understand her problem with their daughter in law and encourages her to take the knitting class to make a blanket for their granddaughter.  

 

These three women, so different but all with the same goal, attend the class determined to master the challenge, even if they can't stand each other.  

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review 2017-04-18 21:34
A Book For All Ages – She’s Like A Rainbow by Eileen Colucci #EileenColucci
She's like a Rainbow - Eileen Colucci

She’s Like A Rainbow by Eileen Colucci is outside my comfort zone, but every now and then I need to shake myself up.

 

I have read so much murder and death, that they all began to run together and I needed a break. This ray of sunshine fit the bill.

She's like a Rainbow

Amazon  /  Goodreads

 

MY REVIEW

 

She’s Like A Rainbow by Eileen Colucci is an original and creative story that illustrates how we are more similar than different, with our own insecurities and problems dogging us. Teens and adults alike can learn a thing or two from Reema.

 

I had been looking for books outside my normal reading and when Eileen offered me a copy, I accepted. The cover was what first drew me in, but when I read the blurb I thought it would be a fun story.

 

The allusion to the legend of the White Buffalo fits Reema’s life. The baby starts out white and changes color when he gets older. Most of us are a collection of nationalities.

 

 Reema is a strong and determined young girl who refuses to give up on what she believes to be the truth. She shows love, patience and persistence as she seeks the answers to her questions.

 

All the childhood angst, plus…

 

The writing is wonderful and touches on many issues, such as being Muslim, and adoption.

 

I would highly recommend this story to people of all ages.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

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