2019 Book Binge

I didn't want to endeavor to curate a Top Ten or a Best of the year post. That leaves too many great books out. So, this isn't that. I do believe there is value in sharing the books that I especially enjoyed this year. As of today I read 318 books in 2019. That number … Continue reading 2019 Book Binge

Book Review: Such a Fun Age

Shop your local indie bookstore This fantastic debut novel blew me away. If, as an adult reader, you wished for a book akin to something like what Jason Reynolds or Angie Thomas writes for teens- this is it. This is the book you suggest for your book club in 2020 or hand to your neighbor. … Continue reading Book Review: Such a Fun Age

Book Review: Disney’s Land

https://www.amazon.com/Disneys-Land-Invention-Amusement-Changed-ebook/dp/B07R4PNP1H/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1575341792&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=8349e3d56249bff97f75dcca5c6f6aa5&language=en_US Shop your local indie bookstore Disney's Land tells the complete story of Disneyland from concept to the present day. This novel is one of the best histories of Disneyland that I've read (and there are quite a few out there.) The tone of the book is so friendly and readable that you feel as … Continue reading Book Review: Disney’s Land

ARC Review: When We Were Vikings

https://www.amazon.com/When-Vikings-Andrew-David-MacDonald-ebook/dp/B07THQLGBT/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1565564409&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=0126262d5199a05a65ef828c0ef1c4cf&language=en_US  "there are people around the poker table of life whose hands aren’t perfect and they see what they have and fold right away. They don’t even bother playing." This is a story about Gert and Zelda, brother and sister orphaned at a young age, shifted to a not so great Uncle Richard, and how … Continue reading ARC Review: When We Were Vikings

Book Review: The Story That Cannot Be Told

If you've got a kid that loves folk and fairy tales, this is a story for them. If they like historical fiction, this is also for them. The alternating chapters between the story of Ileana in Romania circa 1989, and the stories that Ileana adapts as Romanian folktales to disguise their exact origins are amazing.Living … Continue reading Book Review: The Story That Cannot Be Told

Book Review: The Strangers (Greystone Secrets, #1)

https://www.amazon.com/Greystone-Secrets-Margaret-Peterson-Haddix-ebook/dp/B0796SYK4F/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1575947604&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=04d77cd0d522aeb99b251b750f572b9f&language=en_US Shop your local indie bookstore Are you looking for a Middle-Grade mystery series? I wasn't really- until I found this one. Now, I'm hooked and reading an advanced copy of the sequel. If you've read any of the many novels by this author, you'll be expecting a twisty, turny plot, and you will not … Continue reading Book Review: The Strangers (Greystone Secrets, #1)

Book Review: The Day It Finally Happens

https://www.amazon.com/Day-Finally-Happens-Humans-Phenomena-ebook/dp/B07P5JB67K/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1575837048&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=2b88dcf52ce6d10667519976ce56eafc&language=en_US Shop your local indie bookstore So, I strolled into my library intent of dropping off and then picking up my holds. Just minding my own business. When my eye strayed up to the Nonfiction Quick Pick Shelf. I pride myself on keeping current with new release books, especially in this subject matter: Tin Foil … Continue reading Book Review: The Day It Finally Happens

Book Review: We Hunt the Flame

https://www.amazon.com/We-Hunt-Flame-Sands-Arawiya-ebook/dp/B07G11QCXY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=we+hunt+the+flame&qid=1575822626&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=ecceaafd1dd25a61d9501ab38e39b009&language=en_US Shop your local indie bookstore “Maybe the tiny lions were merely ornaments, a display of pride for the victory over a man who defied men, only to be slain by women.”― Hafsah Faizal, We Hunt the Flame Ah, where to begin? This novel is on the nominee list for the YA Speculative Fiction Cybils Awards, and … Continue reading Book Review: We Hunt the Flame

Book Review: How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids

https://www.amazon.com/How-Stop-Losing-Your-Kids-ebook/dp/B07QJ4969N/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1569268571&sr=8-3&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=585c679322395d3d68cd021a87fa1a9d&language=en_US Shop your local indie bookstore Where was this book when I had four kids under the age of ten? Practical and not preachy, this is the kind of book you can read in spurts with no problem. It's also not so long that you'll never begin in at all. But do read it from … Continue reading Book Review: How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids

Book Review: Deep State

https://www.amazon.com/Deep-State-Thriller-Chris-Hauty-ebook/dp/B07RPP4NN9/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1575304999&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=b3d411b4e71a4159139355cfaa242e4d&language=en_US Shop your local indie bookstore Hayley Chill is the female action hero I didn't know I needed. What a fast read. I mean the political intrigue kept me up way past my bedtime and then just when things were wrapping up at the end there is another big unforeseen twist. So fun to read … Continue reading Book Review: Deep State