Monday, March 31, 2014

Book Club- March 2014

The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls

This was a fascinating story about what it was like growing up in a less then ideal home. Her father was an alcoholic and they had very little money. Her parents moved constantly and rarely had steady incomes. They left their kids to their own devices much of the time and I was shocked by some of the things that went on and a little surprised that nobody ever stepped in to help these kids. They had such a tough life, digging through trash at times to find something to eat. The really sad thing was that her parents chose to live that way. Luckily for the kids they were all very intelligent and eventually made it out of that situation and were able to create successful lives for themselves, far different from they way they were raised. I definitely felt like this book was an eye opening look at a portion of our population that I don't always think about. It was a great read and I would highly recommend giving this book a read.

April's Book:

The Ocean at The End of The Lane
by Neil Gaiman

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Library Books

We brought home a couple really cute books from the Library last week:

The Pout-Pout Fish
by Deborah Diesen

This is an adorable book about a fish who thinks he was made to be gloomy. His friends try to change his mind but it takes a kind act from a new fish to change his outlook. I loved the story and the pictures! Really, really cute.

Memoirs of a Hamster
by Devin Scillian

This was a funny tale about a Hamster, who takes advice from a cat. Never trust a cat! This was also very cute with fun pictures. Plus it seemed just so typical of hamster behavior, who are notorious for escaping from their cages.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Book Blogger Hop: March 14-20th

Wow, Life got a little busy so it has been a few weeks since I did this. Here is hoping I find time to do this fun hop more frequently from here on out!

Book Blogger Hop
 Question: What is the most creative thing you have ever done with a book?

Answer: I can't say I've ever done anything very creative with any of my books. Of course I'm not a very crafty person so I don't do a lot of creating around here. ;)

I have seen a few cute ideas on pinterest but I've never tried any. I think it would be fun to take some old book spines and make a container for a shelf. Might be kind of fun to have a hidden compartment on your bookshelf.

I guess the most creative thing I ever did was make my own book covers for my school books. We were required to cover all our text books in High School. I would use Brown paper bag and decorate them with drawings or stickers or what ever I was into at the time.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Gathering Blue

Gathering Blue
by Lois Lowry

This is the companion book to The Giver. It takes place in a completely different setting then The Giver the only real connecting to it is a passing reference to a boy who matches the main character from that book.

I still really enjoyed this book. It was also a quick and fascinating read. I liked the different characters and soon found myself caring for them and their futures. I did get frustrated at the main character a little bit because she kept trusting the one person I thought she shouldn't. I couldn't understand why she couldn't see the connection to him and all the bad things that happened. Of course, she grew up in a society where deaths were not surprising or something they dwelled on much so I guess it makes sense that she didn't question it.

This story also ended pretty abruptly and I am hoping that the next book continues her story because I am really curious about what she does next.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Heaven is Here

Heaven Is Here
by Stephanie Nielson

So much for my statement a few days ago that I rarely read Non-fiction... this makes 2 non-fiction books I've completed within a week of each other.

I had heard of Stephanie Nielson and have several friends who followed her blog but had never read it. I knew that she had been in a horrific accident and that she had inspired others through her experience, but that was basically all I knew.

In this book she tells about her life before the accident and then tells how her life changed the year following the plane crash. She was burned over 80 percent of her body and was in a coma for months afterwards.

I am so thankful my friend gave me this book to read. I was really touched by her story. What I appreciated the most was how honest she was about how difficult the journey was.  She didn't get better overnight and much of her experience included more pain and suffering then I could ever imagine going through.

I found the part when she told about her experiences while she was in a coma and the visits from her deceased grandmother especially comforting. What a blessing to know that there are loved ones on the other side who are watching over us.

I thought this was a heartbreaking, yet beautiful story.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Library time

We had a great time at the Library today. They did an extra special story time in honor of Dr. Suess' Birthday. It was really fun. I am constantly impressed by how much the Children's Librarians go above and beyond to make reading fun for all ages.

Here are a couple books my boys thought were really funny this week.

Jake Goes Peanuts
by Michael Wright

This is a funny tale about a boy who refuses to eat anything by Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches so his parents start making all his meals with Peanut butter. He soon discovers that peanut butter all the time, isn't as great as he imagined.

Down at the Dino Wash Deluxe
by Tim Myers

In this story a young boy, who washes dinosaurs, becomes nervous when he hears T-Rex is in town. This was a really cute story and it made the boys laugh. Especially when they found out that T-rex was afraid of getting soap in his eyes and wore googles to protect them. This is definitely being added to my list of great Dinosaur books.