What I’ve Been Reading: Woods Runner


I just finished up the book Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen.  I’ve long been a Gary Paulsen fan.  It all started when reading to my children when they were little.  Some of our favorites are Hatchet, The River, Brian’s Winter, The Rifle, Soldier’s Heart, but our favorites by far where the Tucket books, Tucket’s Travels: Francis Tucket’s Adventures in the West, 1847-1849.

The Tucket series I’ve read twice.  Once I read them to our kids and another time I read them to the childcare kids.  Everyone has LOVED them.  How can you not when a boy gets stolen by the Indians and saved by a one armed mountain man?  If you have younger elementary kiddos in your life they are a must read.

Anyway..back to my book I just finished….Woods Runner.  I was hoping that Gary Paulsen wouldn’t let me down and of course, he didn’t.

Gary Paulsen is children’s literature writer..one of the best in my opinion. [Read more...]

What I’m Reading: Glory Be


I just finished up listening to the audio book Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood.

I often read young adult fiction and typically enjoy it.  This book I would actually classify as children’s fiction.  It was a really good listen and I very much enjoyed the book.  I do have to say that in the past couple months I had read a book that was very similar…segregation, closing the public pool, northern “agitators” coming to the south….The two books very similar that I checked to make sure I hadn’t already read the book, but the two books were different…both were good.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, [Read more...]

What I’m Reading: The Pecan Man


I just finished up listening to the audio book The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck.  Time and time again this audio book has come up as a suggested book for me.  Sometimes I like suggestions and sometimes I don’t as I feel they are sometimes just a gimmick to get me to buy something.  Well the book finally came up on Hoopla as an available book. I decided it was time to check it out.

I was a bit surprised when I went to download the book and it was only over 6 hours.  Most audio books are at least 11 hours long and often 13.  Six is a big difference.  I hoped that didn’t make it come to an end too quickly.  I’m happy to say it didn’t.  The book was great.  I really loved it.  If you read the synopisis from Amazon below you’ll see that the book is described as “To Kill a Mockingbird meets The Help”.  Personally I think that’s an awesome description.  Being I loved both of those books, in fact they are at the top of my all time favorites, you can see I’d like this book.

I had trouble putting my phone down as I wanted to keep listening.

If you haven’t read a book for awhile and want to get back in the swing of things or if you’re on vacation, this would be a quick read or listen.  I recommend going out and getting a copy.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, “The Pecan Man is a work of Southern fiction whose first chapter was the First Place winner of the 2006 CNW/FFWA Florida State Writing Competition in the Unpublished Novel category. In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When the police chief’s son is found stabbed to death near his camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man. In narrating her story, Ora discovers more truth about herself than she could ever have imagined. This novel has been described as To Kill a Mockingbird meets The Help.”

Amazon readers say 4.4 stars.  I’ll up it a bit and 4.8.  I really liked it.

What I’m Reading: Orphan #8


I just finished up the book Orphan 8: A Novel by Kim Van Alkemade.  I’ll be honest..I was attacked to the book by it’s cover.  I know, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”.

Then I read the review…”In this stunning new historical novel inspired by true events, Kim van Alkemade tells the fascinating story of a woman who must choose between revenge and mercy when she encounters the doctor who subjected her to dangerous medical experiments in a New York City Jewish orphanage years before.

In 1919, Rachel Rabinowitz is a vivacious four-year-old living with her family in a crowded tenement on New York City’s Lower Eastside. When tragedy strikes, Rachel is separated from her brother Sam and sent to a Jewish orphanage where Dr. Mildred Solomon is conducting medical research. Subjected to X-ray treatments that leave her disfigured, Rachel suffers years of cruel harassment from the other orphans. But when she turns fifteen, she runs away to Colorado hoping to find the brother she lost and discovers a family she never knew she had.

Though Rachel believes she’s shut out her painful childhood memories, years later she is confronted with her dark past when she becomes a nurse at Manhattan’s Old Hebrews Home and her patient is none other than the elderly, cancer-stricken Dr. Solomon. Rachel becomes obsessed with making Dr. Solomon acknowledge, and pay for, her wrongdoing. But each passing hour Rachel spends with the old doctor reveal to Rachel the complexities of her own nature. She realizes that a person’s fate—to be one who inflicts harm or one who heals—is not always set in stone.

Lush in historical detail, rich in atmosphere and based on true events, Orphan #8 is a powerful, affecting novel of the unexpected choices we are compelled to make that can shape our destinies.

The book cover looked good…the description sounded good….So did the cover and the description equal a good book? [Read more...]