Book Review: The Curse of Greg

https://www.amazon.com/Curse-Greg-Epic-Failures-Book-ebook/dp/B07HLQPLBD/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1561818712&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=7165c64031416e5281d5b2eecac45bde&language=en_US Sigh, Evanston. Blah. I pre-ordered this book on the strength of Book One and how much of Chicago the author got right all the while also producing a solid Middle Grade title for kids who have already read all of Riordan. The story itself was entertaining, but we had hoped for a truly Chicago … Continue reading Book Review: The Curse of Greg

The Legend of Greg: An Epic Series of Failures

https://www.amazon.com/Legend-Greg-Epic-Failures-Book-ebook/dp/B075PVYPQR/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=legend+of+greg&qid=1559523709&s=gateway&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=c5fbfb0bd5d0d8f7e0eba4e5143da30e&language=en_US Greg is a regular (sort of introverted) Chicago kid. He has one friend, he loves his Dad, he loves food, all is pretty okay in his world. I know the city pretty well and this story is spot on geographically correct- in fact, I could even venture to guess which schools may have inspired … Continue reading The Legend of Greg: An Epic Series of Failures

Book Review: Chicago Union Station (Railroads Past and Present)

https://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Union-Station-Railroads-Present-ebook/dp/B07BRK4QX8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1560698837&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=a3da92ecc3024871aabe56a0eb92b447&language=en_US If you've ever wondered about the architecture style of Union Station this book is for you. I linked to the Kindle version, but I checked out the hardcover from the library and the pictures are beautiful. It's probably a book you'll want to flip through unless you've got a Kindle Fire. The author lays … Continue reading Book Review: Chicago Union Station (Railroads Past and Present)

Book Review- H.H. Holmes: The True History Of The White City Devil

https://www.amazon.com/H-Holmes-History-White-Devil-ebook/dp/B07DQS9C1N/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=H.H.+Holmes:+The+True+History+Of+The+White+City+Devil&qid=1559779499&s=gateway&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=51e2d0b851d5563b56b329552ed34919&language=en_US Whew. At 10% in my Kindle said I had 7 and a half hours left of reading- and I'm a fast reader. It was just about correct. This is a long book. I liked it, but it took me forever to get through. That said, here's the thing, you won't find better or more … Continue reading Book Review- H.H. Holmes: The True History Of The White City Devil

The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street

*Bringing this back for all those parents looking for Summer reading ideas* https://www.amazon.com/Peculiar-Incident-Shady-Street-ebook/dp/B071D423XM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=peculiar+incident+on+shady+street&qid=1559501982&s=gateway&sr=8-1&linkCode=sl1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=cdef461253ed8bfccf863ffc58895079&language=en_US Before getting to the review of this book, I have to mention how much I enjoyed the geographically correct Chicago setting. So many books get it wrong, and when I realized that this one was not going to do that to me, … Continue reading The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street

Book Review-American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley – His Battle for Chicago and the Nation

https://www.amazon.com/American-Pharaoh-Richard-Battle-Chicago-ebook/dp/B000QCQ9WU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=American+Pharaoh:+Mayor+Richard+J.+Daley+-+His+Battle+for+Chicago+and+the+Nation&qid=1559521658&s=gateway&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=b69b22959a0b6e59e883e4f27f843093&language=en_US An old Chicago adage holds that “the Jews own it, the Irish run it, and the blacks live in it.” Adam Cohen and Elizabeth Taylor If you've ever wondered how Chicago got where it is today, this is the book for you. An almost essential read to understand how the Daley's got and kept … Continue reading Book Review-American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley – His Battle for Chicago and the Nation

Book Review-An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago

https://www.amazon.com/American-Summer-Love-Death-Chicago-ebook/dp/B07DMZMYQN/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=An+American+Summer:+Love+and+Death+in+Chicago&qid=1559501602&s=gateway&sr=8-1&linkCode=sl1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=f2d627147d67ce08795e4664b6e8c035&language=en_US My takeaway after reading the true stories in this book include the fact that there is nothing any one person can do about the ongoing violence in Chicago. No mayor or police chief can fix this mess. We all know that summer is the worst season. The warmer the weather, the higher the gunshot … Continue reading Book Review-An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago

Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles (Ronan Boyle #1)

https://www.amazon.com/Ronan-Boyle-Bridge-Riddles-ebook/dp/B07G9C1Y1C/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=Ronan+Boyle+and+the+Bridge+of+Riddles+(Ronan+Boyle+#1)&qid=1559504890&s=digital-text&sr=1-1-catcorr&linkCode=sl1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=5af4f213405a16ca1d70c82c6fd3ff9d&language=en_US This book is my brand, my spirit animal, my current fave among 2019 releases. It pushes all the buttons on what I look for in a read aloud. Plus, it is a perfect read aloud for this St. Patrick's Day week! Ronan Boyle, a smallish kid, lives in Ireland. His parents are in prison … Continue reading Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles (Ronan Boyle #1)

Book Review-Capsized!: The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster

https://www.amazon.com/Capsized-Forgotten-Story-Eastland-Disaster-ebook/dp/B075TJ66RQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=Capsized!:+The+Forgotten+Story+of+the+SS+Eastland+Disaster&qid=1559524841&s=digital-text&sr=1-1-catcorr&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=364b8f6b5ddbe7edb59a8b1de5c352f1&language=en_US I love Chicago and anything to do with the history of the city and its people are of immediate interest to me. When I toss around podcast ideas one of them is always a history of events that took place in the city. So, when I saw this E-ARC was available I jumped at … Continue reading Book Review-Capsized!: The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster

A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919

https://www.amazon.com/Few-Red-Drops-Chicago-Race-ebook/dp/B073XBTX4F/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=a+few+red+drops&qid=1559524944&s=digital-text&sr=1-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=a8936e5b9b1b6787c060286642db5822&language=en_US As a lifelong Chicagoan, I'm surprised that I had never learned of this time in the cities history. In all honesty, we haven't come too far in race relations, and I think this book paints a picture of how things were and help kids try and change the way things are today.  Chicago was … Continue reading A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919