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April 2017 Book Pick Ups

For Kindle:
The Deliberate Reader

Atomic Underworld: Part One: Outcast
Why I got it: I’m on the Authors email list, and he offered it for free, plus I seem to be on a huge steampunk kick right now.

Excalibur Rising: Book One of an Arthurian Saga
Why I got it: Again I’m on the authors email list, and it was free, and it’s Arthurian which is pretty much an instaread for me.

The Golden Spider (The Elemental Web Chronicles Book 1)
Why I got it: I had read a preview of book two, The Silver Skull, and so I borrow this from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. However the books graphic sex was really a let down and I won’t be reading the full version of the second book.

Crimes Against a Book Club
Why I got it: My Kindle First selection for April. It sounds like a good summer read.

Thunder (Stone Braide Chronicles Book #1)
Why I got it: This one was either from BookBub or another email list, but it looks like a interesting post-apocalyptic story.

Kids Books:

T-Rex And Other Prehistoric Creatures (Discovery 3D Reader) & Favorite Pets (Discovery 3D Reader)
Why I got it: Hollar had it on sale for a dollar. These books are so much fun, we already had one on reptiles, so getting these others helps complete the set. Plus they have stickers, 3D stickers!

Other:

100 Classic Books – Nintendo DS
Why I got it: We go to Cowlitz Gamers for kids every year and I found this there for only $5. I doubt I’ll really ever get into read any of these books, but it’s kinda fun to have.

Martian-American War & Alice Roosevelt and the Tunguska Menace
Why I got it: I also picked up these Steampunk booklets at the Cowlitz show. Last year I got a Steampunk coloring book from the same artist. Both are alternative-history stories with lots of art included. At around 25 pages they aren’t quite a book, and not quite a comic either.

December 2016 Book Pick-Ups

December 2016 Pick-UpsThe Deliberate Reader

Christmas is always a great time for new books. Most of the year I get books through Kindle deals, and thrift stores. But December is a time where I can count on getting a few new physical books. The last couple of years this means coloring books too. Although, it’s a big fad now and every publisher is trying to get one out for all their IP’s, I never gave up on coloring and have enjoyed it as a hobby since I was a child.

For Kindle:

The Destroyer
Why I got it: I’m on the author’s email list and he said the book was being offered for free so I thought I would check it out. Sounds like it has a lot of graphic sex in it though, and I may decide to abandon it, because that’s not really something I like in books.

The Missing
Why I got it: My Kindle First selection for the month. Which I now regret because most of the reviews are bad, and a mystery without a likable lead is not my cup of tea.

Ocean’s Justice: The Little Mermaid Retold
Why I got it: The Little Mermaid retold sounds awesome, and it was free.

Ocean’s Trial
Why I got it: The follow-up to Ocean’s Justice, it was also free. I found out about both through the author’s newsletter.

eARCs:

Mirain
Why I got it: This sentence “The princess drags her unwilling guards to investigate the reports of monsters in the far off corners of the realm.” That and it’s from Ravenswood Publishing and I have really enjoyed the experience of being part of their reviewer team.

Queen of Chaos
Why I got it: The 3rd book in the Forth Element Series. I read books 1 and 2 earlier in the year (read my review), and was offered the third as an ARC. I can’t wait to finish this exciting series.

ARC:

A Morning with Grandpa
Why I got it: I won it in the November batch of Early Reviewers books from LibraryThing.com. It’s a children’s book from a publisher that specializes in multicultural books for children. I haven’t had a chance to look it over, but it sounds interesting.

Book Fair:

I bought several of these book as gifts.
I bought several of these book as gifts.

A Bad Kitty Christmas
Why I got it: We love Bad Kitty, maybe a little too much. But well the book fair was right before Christmas, so we had to get it. Right?

Avatar The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow Part One
Why I got it: We also love Avatar, and I enjoy a graphic novel from time to time. But seriously if you haven’t watched Avatar the Last Airbender you are missing out.

 

Coloring Books:

Serenity Adult Coloring Book
Why I got it: A gift from my sister. 🙂 Was the only Firefly themed gift I got this year, despite having the card game and Yatzee on my wishlist.

Dot-to-Dot for Grown-Ups
Why I got it: A gift from my mother-in-law. While Dot-to-Dots aren’t really my thing this was it pretty interesting.

Misc:

Thou Spleeny Swag-Bellied Miscreant: Create Your Own Shakespearean Insults
Just a couple of the Shakespearean Insults.

Heart and Brain: An Awkward Yeti Collection
Why I got it: I love Heart and Brain, and my husband knows what I love, so he got it for me as a Christmas Present.

Thou Spleeny Swag-Bellied Miscreant: Create Your Own Shakespearean Insults
Why I got it: Actually this was a present for my husband, but he’s doesn’t really enjoy Shakespeare the way I do.

The Wise Man’s Fear
Why I got it: Because I needed it… I have been waiting to read this book for an eternity, and finally just decided to buy it for myself.

2017 Inspire Daily Desktop Calendar
Why I got it: My MIL gave it to us for Christmas.

Review: The Last Treasure of Ancient England

The Last Treasure of Ancient England by MJ Colewood
Pages: 412
Date Finished: Dec 8, 2016

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  • I received this book free from the author

Synopsis:

It is 1066 and in the aftermath of the Battle of Hastings the lifeless corpse of King Harold has been looted. The disappearance of a particular item enrages Duke William, and only one of his knights knows its whereabouts. In his remaining years this knight has to make a decision: will he ever share his secret, or take the greatest enigma in English history to the grave? Centuries later, when Chester Bentley arrives at his new Devonshire boarding school, he is unprepared for the mystery it conceals. The discovery of an age-old riddle lures him and his new friends into a quest to uncover the secrets safeguarded by the stately manor house. Hidden somewhere in the county is an extraordinary treasure and the school holds the puzzling key to its surprising location. But something is lurking in the dark, shadowing them each time they venture out from their dormitory at night, and a ghostly legend puts fear into the bravest of pupils. In their last year at the remote school time is running out; so can they succeed where others have failed, and even died, in a chilling hunt to reveal the last treasure of ancient England?

Review:

You’ve probably heard a book claim to be the next so-and-so. You know the next Narnia, or new Lord of the Rings, or next Nancy Drew. Well I often dismiss those claims. Especially since I’ve been let down so many times because the comparision didn’t live up. However, I will dare to make a comparission here… This Chester Bentley Mystery is the closest I’ve come to reading something that captures, as an adult, the feelings I had when reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys as a child.

There is a real sense of wonder, mystery and discovery as you read this book. I felt like I was going on the adventure with Bentely, Montague, Iona, Zara and Q. The pace is much slower than a traditional mystery, yet there is a palpable sense of urgency building through out the book.

The book has three separate story lines that all take part in different times. I was really impressed with the one following the Norman invasion of 1066. I have read multiple books about this time period and never had a Norman character that was as compelling as Richard. Usually the Normans are all cast as bad guys with a serious case of blood lust, and there are those characters too, but Richard is not like them. It was nice to see a character that was three dimensional, and thoughtful.

The only problem I had with the book is what I call the “Harry Potter Effect,” where the book basically praises and reward children for breaking the rules. In fact, if they didn’t repeatedly break the rules the mystery would never have been solved. Add to that, the fact that some of the adults are bumbling and clueless and others are out to get the children, and you have a bad mix. This is just one of my pet peeves. I want to see books set a better example and for writers to find more creative ways to move the plot ahead.

Bottom Line:

A really good book that mixes a historical fiction of the Norman invasion with a mystery at a boarding school. The mystery had plenty of surprises (in fact I had not guessed which “particular item” it was that disappeared,) the characters were warm and likable, and the pace well thought out. I hope to read more of Bentley’s adventures in the future.

Purchase:
Amazon

October – November 2016 Book Pick-Ups

Oct/ Nov Book Pick Ups
The Deliberate ReaderWhat a crazy couple of months… Beside our move out to the farm being ongoing, my grandfather passed away on October 21st.

It was also a banner time for picking up books; from the Sci-fi and Fantasy Giveaway Party, to my birthday, to some thrift store finds, to discovering a site for free books. In fact, the book picks ups will continue when little bug’s school book fair begins on Monday, but I’m going to leave those books for the next pick up blog.

For Kindle:

Venom and Vanilla
Why I got it: It was my Kindle First selection in October. Normally I don’t like urban fantasy, but this one was tongue in cheek enough and mixed in Greek mythology so I went for it.
Everything, Everything
Why I got it: Pretty much every single book blogger I follow has raved about this book, so when it went on sale for $1.99 I picked it up.
Bitterwood (Dragon Age series Book 1)
Why I got it: BookBub, it’s dangerous… I try not to look over every email they send, but well I just can’t bring myself to unsubscribe. Also this book is about a world where human’s are enslaved to dragons, sounds right up my fantasy alley.
A Pirate’s Charm (Lore Book 1)
Why I got it: Ravenswood Publishers is having a holiday sale and all their e-books are $.99. Since they’ve been so good to me I decided to return the favor and buy a book from them. #TreatYourShelf.
So Wide the Sky (The Women’s West, Book 1)
Why I got it: I found out about Instafreebie when I did the Sci-fi and Fantasy party, and found a few other gems through it.
The Call of Agon (The Children of Telm, Book 1)
Why I got it: The cover got me, and the description is about dead gods, and their offspring with mortal women and seems full of mythological themes. #Instafreebie
The Forgotten Wizard
Why I got it: Another #Instafreebie that sounds like a good fantasy adventure story.

eARCs:

The Breedling and the City in the Garden See my review
Why I got it: It sounded like a good fantasy story, ended up being more historical fiction with a sprinkle of fantasy, but I enjoyed it.
The Last Treasure of Ancient England – Review coming Dec 7th
Why I got it: The author contacted me through my blog’s comment feature and asked me to review their novel. This is the first time anyone’s done that!

Sci-fi and Fantasy Party:

Why I got them: I participated in the genreCRAVE Science Fiction and Fantasy $1200 Giveaway. One of the ways to enter the giveaway was to sign up for a bunch of author’s email lists. As thank-you’s many of the authors sent out free copies of their books.

Immurement: The Undergrounders Series Book One
Feral – Many Lives Book 1
Rose Boy
Coal: Book of the Everleaf Series
Courtlight Series Boxed Set (Books 1, 2 & 3)
Gates of Heaven

Coloring Books:

A finished coloring page.
A finished page from Everything Beautiful.

Life in a Medieval Castle and Village Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book)
Why I got it: It was a birthday present from my husband.
Everything Beautiful: A Coloring Book for Reflection and Inspiration
Why I got it: It was a birthday present from my mother-in-law.
The Chronicles of Narnia Official Coloring Book
Why I got it: It was a birthday present from my mom… see any trend here. 😀

Misc:

The Puppet MastersThe door into summerDouble Star6 x H: Six Shocking Penetrations into the Unknown – Robert A Heinlein
Why I got it: $.99 Early Heinlien books. A pretty good thrift store haul.
Wee Sing Nursery Rhymes & Lullabies
Why I got it: Every Wee Sing book I find at a thrift store becomes mine. Multiple copies are okay, because then when you have a sing-a-long each person can have a copy. At least that’s my personal fantasy.
A Fairy Tale (Disney Fairies, Step Into Reading)
Why I got it: We have read the Great Fairy Race about 200 times, so another Step Into Reading book about the Pixie Hollow fairies sounds about right.
A Tale of Two Sisters (Disney Frozen) (Step into Reading)
Why I got it: Who has a six year old girl that doesn’t love Frozen? Since we have one at our house and this book was $.50 at the thrift store it made sense to buy it.
The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle)
Why I got it: It’s been on my wishlist forever, so I used some of my birthday cash to purchase it.

That’s it! What have you picked up recently?

Review: Rags and Ruins

by Bob Dixon
Pages: 292
Date Finished: Sept 9, 2016

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Synopsis:

Rags leads an idyllic life for a goblin child—he spends his days playing in the landfill with his gargoyle friend Ladin, going fishing with his father Hargo in the river, and developing his love of music. His parents love him intensely, and his mother Calin is fiercely protective of him. How could he ask for anything more as he lives an enchanted life on the reservation on the outskirts of the “civilized” world, surrounded by mystical creatures and magic? Little does Rags realize that he is not a goblin but instead a human who was abandoned shortly after his birth and left in the landfill to be raised by the goblins as a way to fulfill an ancient prophecy of good and evil, twin brothers separated at birth and reunited in the thirteenth year of their life, one to unleash an ancient evil, the other the only hope to stop it from happening. A powerful tale of magic, music, and danger, Rags and Ruins is sure to thrill readers of all ages with its mix of adventure, intrigue, and humor—and if it doesn’t, they’ll have to answer to a furious goblin mother.

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Review:

Rags and Ruins is a fantasy story that takes so much of what we think we know about fantasy tropes and turns them on their heads, in the best way possible.

Hargo, is a good-hearted, hard working goblin. Calin is a loving, protective mother goblin. Ladin is a fun loving, adventurous gargoyle. With the Man in the House to keep watch on him and the landfill where they and other “creatures of darkness” live. Rags is really lucky to have them all in his life. A boy never had it so good from so many “bad characters.”

The main story line is about a prophecy that Rags and a twin brother are destined to fulfill one day. Of course, as happens with most fantasy stories there is a magical council working behind the scenes to make sure that the “child of darkness” has as little training as possible and that the “child of light” as much as possible. Their plan is to stack the odds so that come the day of fulfillment evil will be easily overcome. But they are wrong… wrong about Rags, wrong about his brother, wrong about the true meaning of darkness and light, and wrong about themselves. (Telling you this is not a spoiler, you’ll see this coming from a mile away.)

Luckily Hargo and Calin have seen the truth of things and Rags’ love of music is no accident.

This isn’t rooting for the bad guys the way some dark fantasy and urban books have you rooting for the vampire with a soul, or the brooding bad guy. Rags and Ruins has a deep message about stereotypes but brings it out with a light touch.

Bob Dixon can weave a tale. Rags and Ruins is a masterpiece, a must read for fantasy fans.

Bottom Line:

I loved it! From the first page to the last, I thought this book was adorable and the characters truly likable. It’s hard for me to imagine that in 2016 I will like another book more than I liked Rags and Ruins. I think I have found my book of the year.

Purchase:
Amazon

September 2016 Book Pick-Ups

Dutch Barbie and Scottish Barbie seem to be settled into their new home.

Dutch Barbie and Scottish Barbie seem to be settled into their new home.

The Deliberate ReaderHmmmm… what a month September has been. We’ve been moving out to my grandparents farm, so that we can be around to help them out more. You certainly become aware of how many books you have when you move.

For Kindle:

Blood on the Tracks (Sydney Rose Parnell Series Book 1)
Why I got it: The Kindle First selection for the month.

Inherited Danger (The Dawning of Power trilogy Book 2) and Dragon Ore (The Dawning of Power trilogy Book 3)
Why I got it: September 7th was buy a book day. (See my list of Book’ish Holidays to remember.) I really liked the first book in this series and the other two were only .99 cents each, so I bought them to finish the series and celebrate Buy A Book day.

From the Library:

Bibiloburro
Why I got it: It’s a fantastic true story about a man who brings books to villages in the hills of Columbia, it’s a library on the back of a donkey (burro.) As soon as I heard about this book I had to see if the library had a copy. They didn’t, so I used their online for to suggest it.

Unnaturally Delicious
Why I got it: It sounded interesting. I picked it up because it is written by an Oklahoma State professor and they have a really great agriculture (ag) research department. I was hoping this book would have some good information in it about ag innovations and the way ag innovators have kept science ahead of the need to feed the world. However, I just couldn’t get into it and returned it to the library after reading only 1 chapter. 🙁

Amazon:

Bad Kitty Does Not Like Video Games
Why I got it: I pre-ordered this latest Bad Kitty title because it combines 3 things our family loves- Bad Kitty, Videos Games, and Reading. And I’ve read at least a dozen times sine we received it.

Audible:

The HobbitThe Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and Prince Caspian
Why I got it: I was told that a good way to get into audio books is to listen to your favorites. So I used some audible credits to get three titles that I have been favorites of mine. So we’ll see if I can get into audio books via this route.

Misc:

Entrusted – Bible Study Book
Why I got it: Our church is participating in the Mid-Valley Women of Christ valley wide bible Study. Since it’s a short 6-week study I decided to give it a try.

Children of Eve
“God Isn’t Done With Me Yet…”
Your Money Matters
The Life of Jesus
Mighty Prevailing Prayer
Why I got them: These were my grandfathers, and a couple of them have hand written note by him in them. Plus there were some compelling titles about the runaway epidemic of the 1980’s.

Naawun bukupaali (The Hanga New Testament)
Why I got it: The 200th version of the New Testament that Wycliffe Bible Translators. Although I can’t read it, it feels like owning a little piece of history.

July/Aug 2016 Book Pick-ups

July/Aug Pick-UpsThe Deliberate ReaderSo July was busy, with a trip to New Mexico for a music department reunion, but it pale in comparison to August which was plain crazy. We had some family stuff that came up and took about 90% of my time and energy. That situation is still unfolding, so if I don’t blog as often as I had previously it’s because we are still working out a changing family situation. Buuuut on the up side I did end up with a lot of great kids books in the last couple of month.

For Kindle:

Rage
Why I got it: The Kindle First book for July. The picking haven’t really been up my alley for a while, but I guess if I need a mystery I have one more waiting on my Kindle.

Black Rain
Why I got it: The Kindle First book for August. August was frankly a blur and I don’t remember why I picked this.

ARC:

Space Dictionary for Kids: The Everything Guide for Kids Who Love Space
Why I got it: An Early Reviewer Book from LibraryThingMy husband likes watching astronomy videos on YouTube and is always trying to get Little Bug interested in space. While dinosaurs and ocean life are still her favorites she has been more interested in planets lately, and this dictionary looked very cool.

Prince Noah and the School Pirates
Why I got it: An Early Reviewer Book from LibraryThingI got this book to add to the summer reading for little Bug. It’s a little long for her, but it’s possible that now that she’s a 1st-Grader her tolerance for longer books will probably get better. (And it’s not really the length so much as it is the amount of words on each page vs. the action/interest of the pictures on the page.)

eArc:

Elemental Secrets
Why I got it: I’m doing a Book Tour with Xpresso Book Tours on Oct 20th for Elemental Secrets.

The Midnight Sea(The Fourth Element, #1)
Blood of the Prophet (The Fourth Element #2)
Why I got it: I’m doing a Book Tour with Xpresso Book Tours on Sept 21st for the two Forth Elements books. **Review SPOILER: I LOVED THEM!

Misc:

Flutterby Fly
Why I got it: Thrift store Serendepity book will be a yes every time. I love the Stephen Cosgrove, Robin James combination. These books are brilliant!

Hotel Deep: Light Verse from Dark Water
Why I got it: The author/illustrator of this book was at the Oregon State Fair. The Little Bug likes everything ocean themed so I picked this one up for her. (Signed Copy)

Sixteen Cows
Why I got it: The author/illustrator above also illustrated this book, a very cute cowboy/cowgirl story in light rhyme. (Signed Copy)

Curious George Around Town (6 Volume Set)
Why I got it: This set was deeply discounted for Amazon Prime day, It ended up being a little over $1/book. We love Curious George and didn’t have any of the books in this set so WIN!

Apples Grow on a Tree (How Fruits and Vegetables Grow)
Why I got it: Amazon’s big Prime day sale include 20% off of one book. This series is absolutely excellent and I’ve been trying to collect all of the books, but since they are a little expensive I used the sale as an excuse to get one. If you have kids and want to teach them how their food grows get this series!

#ReadABookDay and other Book’ish Holidays to remember

readittodaySeptember 6th is National Read A Book Day. It’s hard to keep up with all the different book’ish holiday’s. I did not know about this one, but luckily I have some author friends who posted about it on Facebook. Since there are so many day to celebrate books and reading I thought I’d create a list for all of us bloggers to reference.

Book’ish Holidays

1st Sat in February – Take Your Child to the Library Day

March 2ndRead Across America (Dr. Seuss Day)

1st Thursday in MarchWorld Book Day

March 25th – National Tolkien Reading Day

April – National Poetry Month

April 2nd – International Children’s Book Day

April 9-15th, 2017 – National Library Week

April 12thD.E.A.R Day (Drop Everything And Read/ Beverly Cleary’s Brithday)

May 1-7th, 2017Children’s Book Week

May 21st – National Readathon Day

May 25th – Towel Day

July 30th – Paperback Book Day

September Library Card Sign-up Month

September 6th – Read A Book Day

September 7th – Buy A Book Day

September 22nd – Hobbit Day

September 24 – 30th, 2017 – Banned Books Week

October 8 – 18th, 2017 – Teen Read Week

 

Oh and what am I reading on #readabookday? Rags and Ruin by Bob Dixon which I received from the great people at Ravenswood Publishing as an eARC.

If you love books and are on Pinterest check out my #WorldBookDay board:

Do you know of any Book’ish days that need to be added to my list? Leave a comment below.

Just One More Chapter . . .

After a recent reading binge brought on by “The Infidel Stain,” and the fact that my husband told me I could not finish the book in one night, I figured I’d make a list of some of my favorite, “one more chapter” items from Etsy and Pinterest. After all it’s one of my favorite phrases (up there with just one more turn while playing Civ V.)

A stamp:

Just One More Chapter Stamp

A necklace:

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A tank:

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A pillow:

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A comic:

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Are you on Pinterest? Check me out @Rosenectur. Below is my Book Accessories Board, leave a comment with a link to your bookish board.

 

June 2016 Book Pick-Ups

June Book Pick-Ups

The Deliberate ReaderSo many books… June has been a crazy month for book pick-ups. From A christianbook.com sale, to a ton of Kindle pick-ups, to my father-in-laws estate, we were just getting books right and left this month.

For Kindle:

Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure: A Christian Historical and Inspirational Romance of World War Two
Why I got it: I don’t actually remember getting this book, but since it’s in my Amazon history… I’m guessing free from BookBub?

Journey’s End (Gilded Promises)
Why I got it: This month Kindle First choice. I haven’t really been into the Kindle First choices the last few months. I use to be, if not excited, at least mildly interested, but not these last few months.

Blood of Requiem (Song of Dragons Book 1)
Why I got it: Someone suggested this author to me, and this is the first book in his dragon series. So got to begin at the very beginning, right?

Firefly Island
Why I got it: Same author as above, but not the same series. A stand alone fantasy book that sounded really good.

The Dragon Chronicles
Why I got it: A free collection of fantasy novels about dragons.

Galactic Empires: Eight Novels of Deep Space Adventure
Why I got it: Another free collection, this time of sci-fi stories.

LEGENDS: Fifteen Tales of Sword and Sorcery
Why I got it: And yet another free collection, do you see a trend here?

Spirit Legacy
Why I got it: This was free from BookBub and sounded really good. Again a book where dreams play an important role, plus it’s a coming of age story, two wins for me.

Call of the Herald
Why I got it: I’ve got to stop opening up BookBub emails. My TBR list is already overflowing, but I can’t seem to resist a free fantasy story, especially if its a coming of age one. And when the description says, “Catrin unknowingly triggers powerful, ancient, magic and fulfills a prophecy that says she will destroy entire nations.” Well that sealed it now I really want to read it.

ARC:

Called to Community
Why I got it: It was actually the tagline that made me request this book, “The Life Jesus Wants for His People.” This is something that has been on my mind, so I’m interested to see what the authors, it’s a collection of essays, have to say about it.

eArc:

Rags and Ruins
Why I got it: I recently joined the early reviewer team at Ravenswood Publishing and they ASKED me what I’d like to review next! What an awesome opportunity! I choose Rags and Ruins because it seems to be a fun twist on an old story. A fantasy story where the main character seems to be a human child raised as a goblin. Look for a review coming soon.

Coloring Book:

Creative Haven Peacock Designs Coloring Book
Why I got it: My husband is a great guy and when we saw this at the mall, he suggested we buy it. Because he knows how much I enjoy both coloring and peacocks. 🙂

Estate:

Classic Young Adult Titles

As with the pick-up from my grandparents there are too many books to list here, so I’ll just give you a few highlights. (Plus all of the classic young adult books pictured above.)

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West
Why I got it: My husband picked this one out, but we are both interesting in Lewis and Clark (it’s an Oregon thing.)

The Pathfinder: Or, The Inland Sea 1914
Why I got it: A 1914 adventure books for boys. This one has obviously seen some use. And I believe this is the sequel to the Last of the Mohicans.

All Dressed Down and Nowhere to Go
Why I got it: One word: Dilbert.

How to Calculate Quickly: Full Course in Speed Arithmetic
Why I got it: My husband is the one who bought this for his dad. They both shared a lot of mathematics.

Cosmos
Why I got it: Carl Sagan’s classic is one we didn’t have yet.

Mysteries of the ancient world
Why I got it: A Nat Geo book that looks pretty interesting.

IMG_634575 Scrambles In Oregon: The Best Non-technical ascents
Why I got it: My father-in-law will most be remembered for his love of hiking.

Super Bowl XI Program Guide
Why I got it: My father-in-law went to this super bowl. And although we were in hope that his ticket would be inside(it wasn’t) it’s still a neat piece of family history.

Taekwondo Tigers Series:

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Why I got it: Little Bug has been taking Taekwondo class since last July. Recently our school has launch a new program for the Tigers class (4 to 6 year olds.) This new program includes a cast of characters for the different belt ranks. And each character has their own book. Score for bookworms! (Note: We are still waiting on the last book Baron to come in.)

Kindergarten Readers:

Kinder Readers

Schools out for the summer! And guess what the newly minted 1st Grader came home with? A stack of books from school. They were getting rid of some of the old practice and phonics readers (most are 8-10 pages long) and like a good little bookworm little bug brought home a stack including: old Five Little Ducks, Whose Baby?, Dune Bug, Look, Mom, No Words! , In a Dark, Dark Wood, White Rabbit’s Color Book…

Christianbook.com Sale

Forbidden (The Books of Mortals)
Why I got it: I’ve heard good things about this Christian dystopian series and the prices was ridiculously low.

Emma of Aurora: The Complete Change and Cherish Trilogy: A Clearing in the Wild, A Tendering in the Storm, A Mending at the Edge
Why I got it: I thought this would be a series that my mom, my grandmother and I could share and enjoy. However the book is HUGE! So big I can’t imagine my 90 year-old grandmother holding it to read. Even looking at it I am imaging getting carpel tunnel from trying to read the thing. But I enjoy Jane Kirkpatrick, and the book was only $1.99 so it’s waiting for me on the TBR shelf.

Landon Snow and the Shadows of Malus Quidam, Landon Snow & The Island Of Arcanum, Landon Snow & The Volucer Dragon, Landon Snow & The Auctor’s Kingdom
Why I got it: They were .99 cents each and I am always on the look out for the next Cooper Kids adventure series to share with my nephew.

The Bernstein Bears God Bless Our Country
Why I got it: For Little Bug because, #1 she has discovered the Bernstein Bears books this year and loves them, and #2 because we have been talking about the 4th of July and what it means.

The Bernstein Bears’ Harvest Festival
Why I got it: Again I got it for Little Bug because she has totally fallen in love with the Bear of Bear Country this year.

Curious George Time for School
Why I got it: This book is really cool, the has a fold out practice clock that you use as you read the book. Makes teaching time extra fun and it’s practical.

Misc:

Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don’t)
Why I got it: Staples had this book in the back of the store and marked down to $1.97 because the paper cover was torn.

Before You Go: A Daily Devotional
Why I got it: I am working on writing a e- booklet for my client Forever Changed International and their missions trips. (Ok so it’s been on my to-do list for 6 months, but I still plan to get to it sometime.) My business partner, Bradley suggested this book to help me get the creative juice flowing.

The Ghost Bride
Why I got it: We’ve recently re-opened the Carnegie Library for Saturday hours, so to help promote our newly expanded hours the Library Foundation had a booth at the nearby Farmers Market where they gave away old ARCs from the Library. This was the one I picked.