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The Wrecker


The WreckerThe Wrecker by Clive Cussler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a great book! I got really sick while reading it but couldn’t stop thinking about it. As soon as I was able I was reading until I finished. All of the details are great and the words painted a moving picture in my mind that kept me riveted till the end. This book is better than the first book, The Chase, and I can’t wait to read the next book!

This is another book built around the railroad system and set in 1907. The Wrecker is sabotaging the railroad, blowing up tunnels, derailing trains, and constantly wreaking havoc with the help of well paid criminals and assassins. Issac Bell, Van Dorn’s Top detective, has to figure out how to stop the wrecker before he strikes again and kills more innocent people.

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Book Review: A Can of Peas


A Can of PeasA Can of Peas by Traci Depree

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. It’s about a young man named Peter whose grandfather just passed away. He has many fond memories of helping his grandfather on the farm in Minnesota and wonders why his father didn’t stay there to take over the farm. He resents his father, who is a musician, for always moving around while he was growing up and for missing his grandfather’s funeral. Peter is between jobs and he and his new wife Mae are staying in her parent’s basement which hasn’t been ideal. Mae’s mom doesn’t think Peter is good enough for her and Mae ends up leaving with their mother-daughter relationship in ruins. Peter’s Grandmother mentioned one day that her husband Roy had always hoped someone in the family would take over the farm and Peter thinks that is what he wants to do. He talks to his wife and his grandmother and they decide on a trial period to see how it goes. Mae finds out very quickly that outsiders have a hard time fitting in with small town folks where everyone knows everyone’s business. Peter loves farming but has a hard time keeping up and is worried about paying back his operating loan. The story continues to tell of some of their trials on the farm.

I really like how the author inserted sections in italics that tell a small story from the past. That allows the reader to get to know the people in the small town and how they relate to one another. You learn a little bit of history right when you need to. The stories are very well written and make you feel for the people in the story. After reading this book you are left wondering what’s next and there are two more books “Dandelions in a jelly jar” and “aprons on a clothesline”.

This isn’t just a book about farming. It’s about being new and trying to fit in where newcomers aren’t welcome. It’s about love…. and family. It’s about coming through difficult times unscathed and knowing you are not alone in the world.

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So that was a great book.  I finished it last night and I’m ready to get started on the next one.   I don’t want to give anything away but that book ended with me in tears!  I am pretty good at not crying during sad parts in books but that one got me!  UGH!  No one could get away with not crying at that….. or……like say, the Notebook (book or movie).   One thing I really liked about this book or more about the author’s style of writing is it is like a collection of small vignettes – small stories that connect.  So you can easily put it down to get something finished and come back to it.  I usually have a hard time putting a book down and just want to KNOW WHAT HAPPENED!!!!!!!  This book is more relaxing and though the story hangs in the back of your mind it isn’t so urgent that you get all the details right away.  I actually don’t want to finish too soon because there are only 3 books and then I always end up missing the characters and wanting the story to continue.  This book is one of those descriptively written books that leaves you with a movie in your head.  It’s like watching a good show on TV… like little house on the prairie where there are different people who interact and you get attached to each one.

In other news, I am working on my mandalas.  I haven’t taken any pictures yet but I’m getting anxious because my prince is coming back home tonight!  I’m waiting on pins and needles for his call that he’s arrived.  Since it is so cold I’m going to just pick him up at the door with a warm car and not bother going inside.  My hands are already hurting from being outside and getting too cold yesterday.  It doesn’t feel like the arthritis this time.  It feels more like the fibromyalgia in my hands… just hurting in random places and not at the joints.  I have been getting sharp pains all over and just want to lay down and stay bundled up.  I wish I didn’t have to go out but at least I don’t have to get out of my car.  I wonder………. if I kiss my prince when he gets here will he turn into a frog?  I hope not.

Edit: I decided to add some pictures of my mandalas.  These are just the practice ones on the templates so they are just pencil on printer paper.  It may be difficult to see the pencil lines but we’ll see.  I should have some color mandalas to show soon.

Oh and a picture of blue looking so cute snuggled up on her queen sized blanket.  She is not going to be happy because her blanket is going into the wash in a minute.  Eventually I’m going to cut this down to fit better on her bed.



Book Review: The Color Purple


The Color PurpleThe Color Purple by Alice Walker
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was certainly a different kind of book. The whole book is written in letters… by the main character Celie who learned what hurt was at a very young age. At first she wrote letter’s to God…. and then later when she felt God forgot about her and she had found out her sister was alive and had been writing to her all along she began writing to her sister Nettie. She found out that the man she was forced to marry that she referred to only as “mr _____” had been hiding her sister’s letters. She found out through reading her sister’s letters that her two babies who had been taken from her were alive and her sister was helping to take care of them. Celie had a very hard life and had never known love until she met Shug Avery. She learned to love and to be loved and then the hurt of losing love….

(I didn’t like the bad language in this book- and there is a lot of it.)

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Book Review: Keeping Faith


Keeping FaithKeeping Faith by Jodi Picoult

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really like Jodi Picoult writing style BUT this book was just too out there for me. Maybe it’s just me, because I like realism and as soon as an alien comes into the picture it’s all over… I usually read through books pretty fast but this book took me almost a month because I couldn’t get into it. It wasn’t so much that it was controversial but that it was just plain weird and unrealistic. I do like the characters she creates and Mariah’s mother was my favorite! But, all through this whole book I kept finding myself wondering WHY, if neither parent had no interest in any religion or FAITH, why did they name their child that?

(There is some bad language in this book)

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Book Review: Selections from Gift From the Sea


Selections from Gift From the Sear

Selections from Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed reading the short stories in this book which are reflections on life and relationships. The author has gone on a vacation from the responsibilities of life to an island where she found quiet solutude on a beach. She finds shells and reflects on each one and how it reminds her of life and relationships in different stages. She talks about the importance of solitude and getting away from the clutter and rush of life.

This is a vintage Hallmark Edition (1955) that I’m parting with to make some room.  I registered it on www.bookcrossing.com and left it on a table at College Coffee House at 4pm Alaska time Today (9/15/11)  So it’s a free book waiting for you to take it.

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