Great Philosophy

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."-Dr. Seuss

Friday, March 24, 2017

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them by J K Rowling

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

I am a huge, huge, HUGE fan of J K Rowling, but to me, this was a waste of money on a book. While I am sure the story for the movie will be wonderful, as all of her stuff is, I read this book and really don't know the story. It is a screenplay, and the stage directions are important, I guess, but I wish she had written this as a story.
I will have to watch the movie and enjoy that more.

A book involving a mythical creature - PopSugar Reading Challenge 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Deep by Nick Cutter

The Deep     Lucas has received a distress call from his brother Clayton, who had been living eight miles down in the ocean trying to find a cure for a disease that is devastating mankind called "The Gets". With this disease, people start by forgetting small things then forget how to chew, breathe, etc.
Lucas and Clayton have not been that close, but Lucas feels compelled to go down, as this is his brother and it is very strange that his brother would reach out to him with such a strong call.
Things happen almost immediately down in The Trieste. There was just too much going on too soon and over and over again. I thought it was a jumbled mess of occasions and incidents and could have been written better.

Book by an author who uses a pseudonym - PopSugar Reading Challenge 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Almost March

I hope that everyone is doing OK. Hope those of you on the east coast got an opportunity to get out into the nice weather that we had last weekend. It makes me itchy to start growing those veggies for the garden this summer, but it is still too early for that.
Lost my husband four years ago yesterday and was feeling that all day. Time makes it a little easier, but it never really goes away.
Hope you all have a great week and hopefully I will have a review in short order.

Monday, February 20, 2017

What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman

I hope that everyone is good! Finally another review.

What She Left Behind

Isabelle is a young woman in today's era. She had been living with her grandmother after her mother was put into prison after killing her husband, Izzy's father. Izzy's grandmother has passed away and Izzy is put into a foster home.
Izzy's foster mother is involved in a project to find some history about an insane asylum in the town that has closed. They are going to go through the luggage of some of the patient's and try to learn more about those people.
Izzy comes upon a suitcase that is full of beautiful and moneyed items and comes across a journal written by a young woman who was incarcerated in the 1930's.

Clara is the woman of the 1930's whose diary Izzy has discovered. Clara was from wealthy parents and her parents had her incarcerated after she refused to marry the man they wished her to marry. She was in love with someone else and her parents thought that by sending her to the insane asylum, they would teach her a lesson.

The book alternates between the stories of the two women. There is much heartache in both young ladies's lives. Both live through some strong downfalls.

The premise of the book was really good. I just felt that there was so much distress that it was a little hard to keep reading. Had to read until the end to find out it anything good became for either lady.

A Book Set In Two Different Time Periods (PopSugar Reading Challenge 2017)

Monday, February 13, 2017

Another Monday!

Just checking in and hoping that everyone is doing well. Hope you are reading a good book and enjoying the escape of that. Let me know what you are reading and what you may be watching that has caught your interest. Have a wonderful week and let's talk!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Earnhardt Nation: The Full-Throttle Saga of Nascar's First Family by Jay Busbee

Earnhardt Nation: The Full-Throttle Saga of NASCAR's First FamilyHope everyone is well. Please let's talk if you would like.

This was a very good read about the legacy of the Earnhardt name. From Ralph, to Dale Sr., to Dale Jr., to Kerry, to Kelley, to Taylor Nicole. Racing is definitely in this bloodline.

I have been a fan of NASCAR for about 30 years, so I  had the opportunity to see Dale Sr. drive. While some loved and some hated his style, credit goes to the man who could definitely manipulate a race car. And his death was a shocker to all. At least he died doing what he loved most.

It is sad that there seems to be disconnect between some of the family members, but that happens with most families. There is definitely racing in this family.

A book with a title that is a character's name (PopSugar Reading Challenge 2017)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Groovin': Horse, Hopes & Slippery Slopes by Rich Israel

Hope everyone is well. This book was forwarded to me by for review. Worth the read.

Groovin’: Horses, Hopes, and Slippery Slopes (Hippie Adventurer, #1)

This is probably one the best titled books I have read in a while. Full of episodes in Rich Israel's life when he was younger and so much fun to read.

While I am a generation behind this era, I am certainly old enough to remember the anxieties about the Vietnam War, the LSD thing going on and the Hippy movement.

Rich writes well and you are rooting for him and enjoying his antics. A good share (the second half) of the book is about his horse-riding trip through New Mexico, Colorado, etc. Comes from a very different time and makes life sound so much easier.

Well written and I am definitely looking forward to the sequel this fall.

A Novel Set During Wartime (PopSugar 2017 Challenge)