Thursday, February 21, 2019

Book review: The Magic Misfits - The Second Story by Neil Patrick Harris

My kids and I read this book together - as we did the first in this wonderful series - and really enjoyed it! Neil Patrick Harris does a fantastic job weaving together a tale of family, friendship and identity mixed with lots of magic.

This book centers around Leila Vernon. She struggles with acceptance due to having been left on the doorstep of an orphanage as a baby. She has two wonderful father's whom she loves immensely. She has a group of friends who share her love of magic but she still wonders about who left her behind.

This story made my kids and I laugh, feel a little frustrated along with Leila, cheer the success of the Magic Misfits and learn as Leila did about her past. We love the magic element of the book, as well.

We highly recommend this series - whether you're reading it with someone or on your own!
 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Currently reading: Connections in Death by J.D. Robb

In this gritty and gripping new novel in the #1 New York Timesbestselling series, Eve Dallas fights to save the innocent—and serve justice to the guilty—on the streets of New York.

Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads—and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering—whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support.

Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together, and he’s thrilled to hear about his sister’s new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy. Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, she finds Lyle dead with a syringe in his lap, and Eve’s investigation confirms that this wasn’t just another OD. After all his work to get clean, Lyle’s been pumped full of poison—and a neighbor with a peephole reports seeing a scruffy, pink-haired girl fleeing the scene.

Now Eve and Roarke must venture into the gang territory where Lyle used to run, and the ugly underground world of tattoo parlors and strip joints where everyone has taken a wrong turn somewhere. They both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they’re concerned, whoever gave the order on Lyle Pickering’s murder has run out of chances.


This is the 48th book in the In Death series by Robb! I am over halfway through the book and it is great so far! 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Teaser Tuesday: The Library Book by Susan Orlean (2)


Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from The Library Book by Susan Orlean:

All the things that are wrong in the world seem conquered by a library's simple unspoken promise: Here I am, please tell me your story; here is my story, please listen. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Teaser Tuesday: The Library Book by Susan Orlean


Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from The Library Book by Susan Orlean:

It was as if, in this urgent moment, the people of Los Angeles formed a living library. They created, for that short time, a system to protect and pass along shared knowledge, to save what we know for each other, which is what libraries do every day. 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018

Always Grateful

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I LOVE this quote! However, I feel it is important to be grateful every day of the year rather than only the thirty days of November. My children and I keep gratitude logs. We take the time to write something that we are grateful for each day. I am always grateful for my husband, my children, good health and happiness. Then we look at our day and pick something additional that we are grateful for from that day - like the fact taht we went to tap dancing class or saw a gorgeous sunset or a pretty flower bed while out walking. 

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all who will be celebrating today! I am ever so thankful for the gift of my family - immediate and extended - and true friends. Life can be hard sometimes and it is the love and understanding and compassion of support of said family and friends that sees me through. I am most thankful for my husband and our children who bring me joy, love and happiness every single day - even when times are tough. What are you grateful for?

Have a happy day!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Teaser Tuesday: Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce


Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce:

He had the expression on his face that I had been watching for months. It was a funny mixture of looking grave and not being able to get on with it. If the war lasted for twenty years, I wasn't sure I would ever get used to that.