READING UPDATE: July 4th, 2022

This was finished yesterday.

A wonderful gift book whether you have a business or not. The principles work in business and in life.

From the author of The Lilac Girls, Martha all Kelly, Lost Roses.

STAND BY SOON FOR A REVIEW HERE ON PWR.

Reading this daily.

This author is always a favorite and never fails to deliver.

Still reading the daily selections and still enjoying them. I have learned so much from this book.

I have started two other books, but will not feature them at this time. One is non-fiction, the other memoir.

There are several books I WANT to start, just not enough time.

One I intend to look into soon is this one, written by an author I always admire,

HAS ANYONE READ THIS BOOK? HOW IS IT?

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT PARIS IN JULY AT READERBUZZ!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz is doing Paris in July. Enjoy!



THAT’S A WRAP…

JULY IS COMING…

AND SO IS…

PARIS IN JULY

Always a fun month to check in with Readerbuzz

My blogging friend and “sister,” Deb Nance toasts Paris with recipes, reviews, and raves during the month of July. I intend to follow her posts closely all month and suggest you do the same. The rewards will be pleasant and inspiring. Check out Readerbuzz during the month of July. What I am looking forward to most is more pictures of her recent trip to Paris this past April.

All you have to do is google Readerbuzz and you’ll find Deb Nance.

NEVER HAVE I EVER by Joshilyn Jackson: A Review

Rarely do I read books described as “thrillers.” Either they don’t deliver or the thrill part is so good that it makes me anxious. Never Have I Ever falls into the latter category. This 2019 novel kept me on the edge of my chair and turning pages late into the night.

An excellent, suspenseful read

The story begins with a book club meeting (definitely a plus), and a strange woman who comes to the door wanting to join the group. This new-to-the-neighborhood woman, Roux, is as exotic as her name, especially to the mundane every-day housewives and mothers gathered at Amy’s house for book club. Time magazine calls this a novel with “dramatic reveals about [each] woman’s complex histories.” As the story progresses we meet up with blackmail. family secrets, relationships, second marriages, and step parenting issues.

It is a story of two women, both complex, compelling characters. Amy, the protagonist, the “good guy,” or is she? and Roux, the antagonist, the “bad guy, is she ever! plot against each other as they play out a dangerous game started that fateful night at the book club meeting.

Who knew what lurked in Roux’s past? Who knew the dark secret Amy was hiding? The women of the book club, although secondary characters are well-developed and integral to the progression of the twists and turns of the plot. And the ending–oh the ending –is both exciting and satisfactory.

This is a thriller I highly recommend. It was a “darned good read.”

SATURDAY MORNINGS FOR KIDS

Just as Saturday morning TV programming was reserved for kids during the 50s and 60s, PWR reserves Saturday Mornings for kids’ books.

Today’s selection is a book I ordered for my niece’s husband (and his daughter age 4) to read together. They are both huge Star Wars fans.

I have seen Jeffrey Brown’s cartoons before, but this one is priceless!

Imagine Darth Vader, in full regalia, seated at an outer space bar with a four-year-old Luke Skywalker in his Jedi clothes, admonishing Luke, “Don’t make bubbles”, as little Luke blows instead of sips his beverage. Throughout the book, Darth Vader protects and corrects his son in a fatherly way until by the end of the book, when Little Luke hugs Darth’s leg and says, “I love you, Dad,” we are inclined to feel that perhaps good ole Darth “ain’t so bad after all.” At the end, Vader’s Little Princess is mentioned as another Brown book, one which is a MUST for my father-daughter duo.

I know, I know I promised myself I’d order no books until I whittled down my TBR shelves, but this one was TOO GOOD TO PASS UP!
Mondays are good days for me. I don’t dread another week; I look forward to a new beginning.

I have already been reading books about writing (in all of its forms) in preparation for the fall semester. One which I particularly enjoyed was by one of my favorite novelists and essayists, Anna Quindlen . In 2022 she published this book about writing, advising her readers to “pick up a pen and find yourself.”

A collection of essays about writing, NOT a writing handbook.

Quindlen presents this book as one which demonstrates “how anyone can write and why everyone should (italics mine)” write. This book is aimed specifically at those of us who don’t consider ourselves writers. She explores connections made through writing and addresses recording our daily lives for a great many reasons. Quindlen, like Flannery O’Conner feels, “I have to write to discover what I am doing.” (O’Conner). The author offers personal freedom through writing. The book is not a handbook, but an argument as to why we should write.

I highly recommend this book for writers and students alike.

LITERACY IS…

Literacy and Me

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Literacy has been my passion since I taught 4-year-olds in my neighborhood what I learned each day in first grade as we played school after I came home from my lessons for the day. Some of the mothers made their kids come down to my house to a makeshift “school” in my garage because they came home knowing their letters and numbers. In those days, we had no free kindergarten; only the “rich” kids went to kindergarten, which was often a private affair at a retired teacher’s home. Because I was a “late birthday,” November 21st, I ended up being seven two months after first grade started. I was the smallest in the class with the loudest voice and the bossiest manner. Because it was wartime (Korean War), our elementary school was crowded with Navy “brats” in our town which housed both a Navy Base and an Amphibious…

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This early magazine’s title is the “borrowed” title of my post tonight, THE SATURDAY REVIEW.

Tonight (6/18) I want to review a book I read a couple of weeks ago, but never wrote a review on.

Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowell is a fast read and an enjoyable twentyish-appealing novel. It even kept this 77 year old’s interest.

At the risk of labeling my self “old,” I must confess I had always heard the term “fan fiction,” but never knew what it meant until I read this novel. Several of my students have mentioned various semesters that they wrote fan fiction in their teens, but later branched out and wrote stories, poems, and “pieces” of their own. Cath,(twin to Wren) the protagonist of this YA novel, is the ultimate Simon Snow fan and writes alternate stories to Snow’s author, sometimes even before the next book is published. She has a huge following, but she keeps her identity a secret from her followers.

The twins are ready to start college, and Cath is bemused by Wren’s decision to room with another girl rather than with her twin sister. As they begin their freshman year, apart for the first time, the girls begin separate lives and separate interests and friends.

The novel includes the themes of a parent who left, roommate relationships, romantic complexities, betrayal, and the true meaning and kinds of friendships.

I heard about this book in a magazine review and ordered it online from a bookseller. It turned out to be a “darned good read.”

ANNOUNCING!

COMING IN JULY!

My long-time friend and fellow Alvinite (Alvin, TX) Deb Nance was the one who encouraged me to blog in the first place. Her blog Readerbuzz is a constant delight to me and a way to keep updated on what this busy lady is up to. Right now, she is looking for fossils and sapphires in another county with her gemologist husband. She and Tamara of Thyme for Tea are featuring Paris in July again this year. If you are enchanted by the idea of Paris, France (We do have a Paris, Texas, LOL), join her blog and enjoy many pictures and posts from her April trip to Paris as well as reviews of books about Paris and Paris recipes.

HOP ON OVER TO HER BLOG http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com and take a sneak peek, then tune in for real on July 1st. I sure plan to!

Thanks Evin for the sign off!

SATURDAY MORNINGS FOR KIDS

THANKS CARLA FOR THE LOVELY MEME!

Just as Saturday mornings on TV during the 50s and 60s, PWR reserves Saturday mornings for kids. This is my recommendation for kids for 6/18/22:

I found this book at my local library when I was looking for a book with a compound word in its title for a challenge. It turned out I had a title with a compound word on my TBR shelf (Mt TBR Challenge), so I used that one for the challenge (What’s in a Name challenge), killing two birds with one book.

I did read this book though, and decided to use it for a Saturday Mornings for Kids review since it was too good not to share. Basically, it was written and illustrated (LOVED the illustrations!) to teach the concept of compound words.

THIS PAGE SAYS, “SOMETIMES WHEN WE’RE READING, WE MIGHT SEE A BIG, LONG WORD.” THEN ON THE NEXT PAGE…”THEN FIND IT’S MADE OF SMALLER ONES AS IN THIS ONE: ‘BLUEBIRD’. “

MANY COMPOUND WORDS ARE INCLUDED IN THE TEXT, SOME OF THEM NOT AS FAMILIAR AS THE FIRST ONES THAT COME TO MIND.

SEE WHAT I MEAN ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATIONS–MARVELOUS!

HAPPY READING KIDS!

Rae