Recommends 4 kids

My first one I’d recommend out of the gates is one I haven’t read yet!I read a review for “Cinder-Alia” on the Althea site. The man reviewing it was going to when his 9 yr. old daughter made off with it first to read. Folks ,when a kid recommends a book,don’t doubt it. They pick good,rollicking reads everytime.

So this one is a take on Cinderella. Only the handsome prince is dead and our hero has to do something herself. I’m getting this today.Our 9 yr old?She said it was’a dangerous book’.ooo!Makes every bibliophile fiber in me tingle.

 Also for tweens,teens(&this old broad):

Tailchaser’s Song” a colony of cats;wild ones,are experencing a rash of missing community members. Tailchaser goes in serch of his sweetheart and the other with a bedraggled companion. This is one that hooks you right away.

A Wrinkle in Time”by Madeliene L’Engle.Ifirst read this in my 40s. I loved it.I love everything she wrote,but this is her crowning achievment. Leaves your heart so warm and full.

My own son read “The Maze Runner” series with great relish. This is a kid who prefers video games over books anyday. There arn’t many books to interest boys these days and men’s selections are just as weak. Spy thrillers,political intrigue…yawn. Where are the L’mours?The Grays?My father read just about every western and reading a few myself you could taste the sand in your teeth,they are well written hiding in cheap pulp covers.

For the kids-MO WILLAMS will have you laughing. Check out “Don’t Let the Pidgeon Drive the Bus” or “Don’t Let the Pidgeon Stay Up Late”. They are for both parent and child to read together. Also his book about learning to use the potty is hysterical with marching mice up to all kinds of mischef. Its nice and won’t make you blush.

Chick-A-Boom Boom is fun. We read it,sung it and its just fun.

“The Empty Pot”-about the Emporer of China looking for a successor. He calls all the kids and gives each a seed to grow. Our hero cant get his to grow. Kid had a green thumb but no matter what he tries it wont grow. As the day to show your results approaches he’s worried. Everyone else has such lovely flowers and he doesn’t. His dad tells him that he did his best . It brings a lump in my throat but irs well worth it.To say anymore would be a spoiler.

 Got a traveling family to shop for?In 4th grade the teacher would ,after lunch to calm us kids down,read a chapter out of a book about kids on a wagon train. Now we had just drove across country by car(5kids,2adults,+1dog&1parakeet).I identified with those pioneer kids. Got bit hard by the reading bug and have never recovered…happily.

My point here is don’t discount the classics:Little House books,Robert Louis Stevenson books,The Jungle Book and Riki Tiki Tavi. They all stand the test of time and will have your sons badgering you for a tree house.

I’ve heard people just love”Good Night Moon”It collected dust here. My son would look at details and I thought it was the biggest snore around. Bedtime book-sure. Boring-yup. We loved “Where the Wild Things Are”and “Little Bear books”.Good for bedtime to without wondering what the plot was.

We read snowy books in the heat of summer(Ezra’s Snowy Day,No School) and beachy hot books on winter. There are many good picture books. I could go on(“Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse”!)and on but I must go off.Till next time

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Hungry Souls

I read “Hungry Souls:Supernatural Visits ,Messages,and Warnings from Purgatory”  by Jerald J.M.Van Den Aardweg recently. I’ll admit some reluctance at first. But it turned out to be a very good book about something not discussed enough. Some people had visitors from Purgatory,describing their time there. They feel pain,like fire. Fire burning away any remants of sin before they go on to Heaven. These people;your friends and family as well as mine,long for God. They are unable to pray for themselves. They pray for us. They beg us to pray for them. This is a read that page by page I was smacking my head saying,”I didn’t know that!” And the fact that we can help is exiciting. 

Now I get a new book and will thumb thru it. A sorta ‘How do’ya do’. I buy usedbooks more often than new. They’re just as good. And I have shelves of books waiting to be read. Two recommendations for this week: 

4 minute fit;The Metabolism Accelerator for the Time Crunched,Deskbound,and Stressed Out” by Siphiwe Baleka

A formula for losing weight or keeping weight off by a truck driver. Whats that you say?A truck driver?Have you seen them? Yes.His idea is to get one’s metabolism up with simple ,easy to do exersizes-even at a truck stop.Throw in sensible eating and you got something. I dont like the who-do-voo-do type of diets where you have to hunt high and low for special foods or equipment. Keep it simple. You could start this one today. Even Prime trusts him.

The Pirate Queen, in Search of Grace O’Malley and Other Ledgendary Women of the Sea” by Barbara Sjoholm.  Grace O’Malley shows up so often in Andrew Greely novels I had to find out if she was real or made up. She is real and remarkable. Think pirates,think defending your home turf from invaders(England).She was sharpe. Once met Queen Elizabeth1 and queeny-poo didn’t know it was Grace!She dressed as an old,poor woman. Native Americans call this ‘counting coup’.Where you sneak up to your enemy &touch them. No blood shed but one hecka more ballsy!Grace was that brave.

Ms.Sjoholm goes on in the book to describe other women, names lost to history. These were women who kept the home running while the men were away. They kept the business going too. Every bit as strong as the men,they didn’t shirk hard,heavy work. I came away a bit puffes up. These were my ancestors too. Not pampered nobility but women who seen hard times and rolled up their sleeves. We need more if their examples and less if bimbo stars.

7 Secrets of Confession

I read “The 7Secrets of Confession”looking to brush up. Also various writers alluded to confession as a way of understanding.  According to Vinnie Flynn;the author there is more beyond the ‘grocery list’ of sins. There is healing. Learning to spot our short comings and avoiding them . Maybe its my upbringing but I find myself tight lipped about confession.Sorry.

Don’t miss the cover art by Santa Paula artist Maria Rangel. I’m from the same county so I’m proud of my fellow Venturan!

One more time…

Like dieters I’m going to tackle my book shelves again. I made this blog and promise to myself last year. Then like a magpie I got distracted.

“Oh!Bright ,Shiny object!”  and so I go.

I’m currently reading “Little Sins Mean A Lot”by Elisabeth Scalia. Not preachy but more like a good swift kick in the pants;as my dad use to say. Really Ms. Scalia is humorous&provides clear examples of what shes talking about.Many times I found myself saying ‘me too’.

    I’ve got some good fiction,now to choose which first. The Red Tent is a big pull but so are a few others. Forgotten Garden sounds warm and charming to me.It will be Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Myers. I got that from the author thru Shelf Awareness. Been reading it in bursts. I identify with Maddy,the central charecter.

I’ll finish this and let you know more. Now read them holiday books you got!

In The Kingdom of Fairies;a memoir of a magical summer and a remarkable friendship.  by:Susan Coyne  (St. Martin’s press

Some stories stay with you. This is one. Originally I checked it out of the library. Now I own a copy-its that good. Now I like my fiction with a sprinkle of fantasy but this is a true story.

In the summer of 1963 the Coyne family travels to  a cottage in Lake of the Woods,in Western Ontario. Its the annual family vacation. When Susan was 5 she finds an old ,stone fireplace half hidden in the vegetation. She asks father about it and he tells her it use to be a home for bachlor elves. So our girl Susanbrings small gifts of berries,flower necklaces,& empty acorn shells filled with water.Every morning the gifts are gone. One morning she receives the first of many letters from fairy princess Nootsie-Tah. Seems our fairy princess has been banished for a thousand years from her home of Peru for being proud.They exchange letters all summer.

Susan is also friends with her elderly neighbors,the Mohrs. She helps Mr. Mohr with his garden and he reads to her next to the pot bellied stove. This would be an enduring friendship.

  I’ll leave you ,dear reader to discover the rest of the tale. No spoilers here!Long after I returned the book I still remembered it. Longed to visit its pages again. So I got a copy. It should be up there with the classics. It definately is heart warming.

Top picks in resale book sellers

I usually don’t have the cash to buy books new. Thankfully there are people who read a book then get rid of it at resale book stores.Top of my list is Atlanta Book Company. The orders come so fast I am in awe. Nearly every order has taken only a week from purchase to receiving in my mail.

A very,very close second is Motor City Books. Originally I bought from them with the ideal to help Detroit. I was happily surprized by the speed &efficency of them. Once again quick delivery is just about standard(my opinion).

Others I use are Silver Arch Books-an up and comer. Also Hippo Books if I’m not in a hurry to receive it. They arn’t as lightning fast as the first two but are highly reliable

  If I just have to find some title I’ll go to my  good old stand bys: Better World Books,Alibris,&Abe Books.

These fine folks are why my book shelves are groaning under the weight of the books. I have some fiction.  I read in the areas of Archaeology,Anthropology,Religion&Spirituality,Women’s issues,Poetry,Memoir, Travelogues..

Its going to be a fun ride. And I’ll get these books read.