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The Night Before First Grade

    

Amazon Summary:

It’’s the night before the Big Day—-first grade! Penny is excited to start the year with her best friend right beside her in the same classroom. This humorous take on Clement C. Moore’s classic tale has a perfect twist ending that will surprise readers —as well as the “heroine” of the story— and help all about-to-be first-graders through their own back-to-school jitters.

AJ’s Review:

She’s going to first grade and wants to be with her friend, but they are in different classes. They are sad, but meet new friends, then they are all friends. The new friends are twins, I know twins, but they are a boy and girl. Twins means you are born at the same time.

Mommy says I have to stay I’m going into first grade like the girl. I’m a first grader.

Mommy’s Review:

The book’s writing and premise is based on “The Night Before Christmas” which is cute. Apparently there are a bunch of books The Night Before for each stage in a kid’s life. Too bad adults can’t have books like that…The Night Before I get paid, ….A New Job, …..My Wedding, …..I Gave Birth, …..Everyone Got The Stomach Bug.

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Goodreads Summary: The Matchmaker (Audible Book)

Dabney Kimball Beech, the 48-year-old fifth generation Nantucketer, has had a lifelong gift of matchmaking (52 couples still together to her credit). But when Dabney discovers she is dying of pancreatic cancer, she sets out to find matches for a few people very close to home: her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech; her lover journalist Clendenin Hughes; and her daughter, Agnes, who is engaged to be married to the wrong man.

As time slips away from Dabney, she is determined to find matches for those she loves most – but at what cost to her own relationships? THE MATCHMAKER is the heartbreaking new novel from Elin Hilderbrand about losing and finding love, even as you’re running out of time.

My Review – 3 Stars 

I found the characters Dabeny, Box, and Clan all selfish and self-absorbed. For long they all annoyed me and I wanted to stop reading. I held on because I needed to know what would happen to her daughter, Agnes. They all held onto their lies and and thoughts instead of just speaking the truth. So many times I groaned in frustration because they kept holding back the truth. I couldn’t relate to any of them. The only reason I kept reading was to see if the daughter, Agnes, who is in an abusive relationship would ever get free from CJ.
Then I got closer to the end I am so glad I stayed with it…I realized that Dabney needed to stay on her island, she was the heart and soul of her town, she held it all in for her daughter and her sanity. She always gave of herself to help others. But she was also stupid, living in fear kept her from her biggest happiness.

Highlight for spoilers… (((I still don’t like Box the most, because he fell for CJ’s charm and didn’t realize what he was doing to Agnes. Dabney finally told Box the truth, after she found out she was sick. It took him some time to realize he was just eager to have a wife and deep down inside knew she never would love him the way he loved her. 

Clen was so stupid the first time he left. Was his job and the loss he suffered really worth it leaving behind his perfect match and daughter? Now he’s off again to Singapore? He promises to visit Agnes every August…but that’s just bullshit. He needs to stay on the island, spending time with his daughter, and future grand kids. That part of the ending just annoyed me.)))

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Goodreads Summary: Killer Instinct (CD Library Rental)

Jason Steadman is a thirty-year-old sales executive living in Boston and working for a electronics giant, a competitor to Sony and Panasonic. He’s a witty, charismatic guy who’s well liked at the office, but he lacks the “killer instinct” necessary to move up the corporate ladder. To the chagrin of his ambitious wife, it looks as if his career has hit a ceiling. Jason’s been sidelined.

But all that will change one evening when Jason meets Kurt Semko, a former Special Forces officer just back from Iraq. Looking for a decent pitcher for the company softball team, Jason gets Kurt, who was once drafted by the majors, a job in Corporate Security. Soon, good things start to happen for Jason – and bad things start to happen to Jason’s rivals. His career suddenly takes off. He’s an overnight success
Only too late does Jason discover that his friend Kurt has been secretly paving his path to the top by the most “efficient” – and ruthless – means available. After all, Kurt says, “Business is war, right?”

But when Jason tries to put a stop to it, he finds that his new best friend has become the most dangerous enemy imaginable. And now it’s far more than just his career that lies in the balance.

A riveting tale of ambition, intrigue, and the price of success, Killer Instinct is Joseph Finder at his best.

This is going to be darn good!!!!

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Only One You

    

Before we get to the book review, AJ is excited for the summer reading program. For AJ reading every night, even during the day is not an issue. He loves to read and create his own books. As of today, he has read 10 books, so we have to get to the library to get his prize.

This year the prizes are…

  • 10 books: Summer Reading poster
  • 20 books: Ice cream gift certificate to Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe
  • 30 books: Get your superhero photo taken.
  • 40 books: Cool sunglasses courtesy of the Friends of the %%%%%%% Library.
  • 50 books: Toy Chest gift certificate (toy store in town)

Amazon Summary:

There’s only one you in this great big world. Make it a better place. Adri’s mama and papa share some of the wisdom they have gained through the years with their eager son. Their words, simple and powerful, are meant to comfort and guide him as he goes about exploring the world. This exquisitely illustrated book explodes with color and honest insights. Kranz’s uniquely painted rockfish, set against vibrant blue seas, make an unforgettable and truly special impression. Only One You will inspire parents and children of all ages as they swim through the sea of life.

AJ’s Review:

He is the only kid like me. His parents tell him lots of things because they think they have wisdom. Mommy says wisdom is knowing a lot of things. The mommy and daddy want the boy fish to have fun, make friends, and see lots of art. Art is everywhere, it is, I’m serious. 

Mommy’s Review:

It’s nice to read a book that features an only child, even though it does not focus on being an only…just portrays a family with one child. There are books about new babies, different types of families, and stages in kids’ lives. So if I come across a book about an only child I grab it up and want to celebrate our family. 

This book is inspiring and sweet. It doles out wisdom that all parents want to instill in their children. It does not focus on making lots of money or being powerful. Instead the parents want their child to see the beauty in life, be happy and, make a difference in the world.

This was one of the books we bought using a gift card from his Grandma and Grandpa. we bought a few first grade books, and a bridge activity book to get him ready for first grade. . 

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Goodreads Summary: Precious Thing (library CD rental)

I know her inside out. I know what she’s thinking, I know what she wants. So I can’t give up on her, she knows I never will.

Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last forever.

They met in high school when Rachel was the shy, awkward new girl and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Instantly, they fell under each other’s spell, and nothing would be the same again. Now they are in their late twenties, and Rachel has the television career, the apartment, and the boyfriend, while Clara’s life is spiraling out of control. Despite everything, they remain inextricably bound. Then Rachel’s news editor assigns her to cover a police press conference, and she is shocked when she arrives to learn that the subject is Clara, who has been reported missing. Is it an abduction, a suicide, or something else altogether?

Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you’ve shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it.

In Colette McBeth’s mesmerizing debut, the story of a friendship and a missing person investigation are expertly wound tighter and tighter from the opening lines until the final, stunning conclusion.

My Review – 5 Stars 

WHOA…did not see that coming. I had correctly guessed why there were so close, but never thought it would end the way it did. WOW…had me second guessing myself quite a few times. What a an awesome and twisted ending!!!! 

Highlight for spoilers… (((OMG, so we are given Rachel’s point of view the whole time in a letter to Clara. The whole time we are being made to believe Clara is crazy, trying to steal Rachel’s mom away, and she is getting everyone who picked on Rachel to team up and stalk her.

Well, nope, sorry just tricking you. It’s really Rachel that’s totally fucked up in every way possible. She’s been messing with Clara since they met, she’s been playing everyone around to think she’s innocent and Clara’s crazy. The letter, in all it’s sick and twisted horror, blames it all on Clara and basically asks her to kill herself-which she does. Now you question if Rachel was tormenting her mom and drove her to drink, terrified her aunt, and killed Lucy at summer camp.)))

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Goodreads Summary: The Matchmaker (audible book)

Dabney Kimball Beech, the 48-year-old fifth generation Nantucketer, has had a lifelong gift of matchmaking (52 couples still together to her credit). But when Dabney discovers she is dying of pancreatic cancer, she sets out to find matches for a few people very close to home: her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech; her lover journalist Clendenin Hughes; and her daughter, Agnes, who is engaged to be married to the wrong man.

As time slips away from Dabney, she is determined to find matches for those she loves most – but at what cost to her own relationships? THE MATCHMAKER is the heartbreaking new novel from Elin Hilderbrand about losing and finding love, even as you’re running out of time. 

The beginning draws you in then it just drags…Dabney, her current husband, and her former lover are all self-absorbed and selfish. I would move to another book, but I LOVE hearing from the couples she matched up and NEED to find out what happens to her daughter Agnes and her abusive fiance.

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Loose Tooth


    

Amazon Summary:

A young boy wakes up one morning to find that he has his very first loose tooth. But no matter how much he pushes, pulls, and wiggles it, it just won’t come out!

Lola Schaefer’s energetic text and Sylvie Wickstrom’s exuberant illustrations perfectly capture the excitement and anxiety of a child losing his first tooth in an appealing book about a childhood milestone

o Beginning readers will recognize and respond to the familiar situation of a child with his very first loose tooth.

o Energetic and engaging, Lola M. Schaefer’s very simple story is perfect for the youngest beginning readers.

o Expressive and lively illustrations will delight young children.

AJ’s Review:

I had a loose tooth, but then it fell out. I swallowed it while I was eating lunch at school. Now the tooth fairy is getting a “poop tooth”. Don’t worry, Mommy says she has magic to clean it off and I still get money. The’s boys tooth came out all by itself, just like mine.  

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Don’t mind the face paint and stamps…it was a kindergarten celebration to get ready for first grade.

Mommy’s Review:

An easy to read book with word and sentence repetitions to reinforce decoding of text. The boy has a loose tooth and wants it out, but it won’t come out. His family tries to help, but then it comes out all on its own. Perfect for beginner readers and kids who are just loosing their baby teeth.

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Goodreads Summary: People of the Book (book club book)

In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding – an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair – she begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation.

In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city’s rising anti-Semitism. In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah’s extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed. Hanna’s investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics. Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love.

Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is at once a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity, an ambitious, electrifying work by an acclaimed and beloved author.

My Review – 5 Stars 

WOW! I can’t believe how amazing this book was. The journey of self discovery for Hannah was perfection. The history of the book and who created it was so emotional. I cried so many times from the pure emotion of the book. A MUST READ a thousand times.

No spoilers this time as it’s book club read…and we aren’t discussing it till the end of June. 

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Goodreads Summary: Precious Thing

I know her inside out. I know what she’s thinking, I know what she wants. So I can’t give up on her, she knows I never will.

Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last forever.

They met in high school when Rachel was the shy, awkward new girl and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Instantly, they fell under each other’s spell, and nothing would be the same again. Now they are in their late twenties, and Rachel has the television career, the apartment, and the boyfriend, while Clara’s life is spiraling out of control. Despite everything, they remain inextricably bound. Then Rachel’s news editor assigns her to cover a police press conference, and she is shocked when she arrives to learn that the subject is Clara, who has been reported missing. Is it an abduction, a suicide, or something else altogether?

Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you’ve shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it.

In Colette McBeth’s mesmerizing debut, the story of a friendship and a missing person investigation are expertly wound tighter and tighter from the opening lines until the final, stunning conclusion.

HOLY MOLY!!!! What a book. As the story unwinds, you realize Rachel hurt Clara in some and now Clara is out to destroy her. Each even is worse than the next. How will it end? Who will believe Rachel? What end doe Rachel want? 

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The Runaway Bunny


    

Another classic that AJ now wants to read all the time.

Amazon Summary:

A little bunny keeps running away from his mother in an imaginative and imaginary game of verbal hide-and-seek; children will be profoundly comforted by this lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time.

The Runaway Bunny, first published in 1942 and never out of print, has indeed become a classic. Generations of readers have fallen in love with the gentle magic of its reassuring words and loving pictures.

AJ’s Review:

The bunny wants to runaway and his mommy keeps finding him. She loves him. My mommy loves me. She will always find me. She keeps me safe. 

Mommy’s Review:

Another classic book that teaches kids that their parents will always be there for them. Always find them, always protect them. What a comforting book! Besides that the artwork is amazing…it captures a child’s imagination of what it would look like each time the Mommy Bunny went to find her son. 

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The Replacement Wife | [Tiffany L. Warren]        

Goodreads Summary: The Replacement Wife

Five years after his beloved wife’s death, wealthy Quentin Chambers still hasn’t returned to the church or his music ministry. Even his home is now devoid of music, and without his attention, Quentin’s five children are getting out of control – until his mother stepsin and hires him a live-in nanny. Montana is pretty, compassionate, church-going, and even has a beautiful singing voice. The children take to her right away, and soon enough Quentin finds his heart opening to faith – and love – once more. But not everyone loves Montana….

A “friend” of Quentin’s first wife, Chloe has been scheming to become the next Mrs. Chambers since the funeral. Chloe is convinced she’s just one seduction away from a marriage proposal. Now she’ll do whatever it takes to get rid of Montana – including blackmail, theft – and digging up a troublemaking man from Montana’s past. But Chloe forgets she’s got secrets of her own, and the tables may turn with a twist she never sees coming….

My Review- 5 Stars

This book is different from what I’m used to reading, but what a wonderful, uplifting, spiritual book. Really had me rooting for Quentin to find his faith again and let love back in his heart.  Really had me rooting for Montana to help the family heal and help those lost kids. 

Wanted Chloe gone for good…the no good, dirty, wh*re. Was hoping the whole would find out about her. 

Highlight for spoilers (((((Chloe is a no good, dirty user. I really don’t believe she was upset about not getting married or Quentin not loving her. She really only wanted the money…that’s all she ever wanted. I can’t believe Quentin just let her have that money. I would have given her a few million at most because she lied from the beginning. She was NOT in it for anything but the money. She was eager to send the kids off and not give a damn about anyone but herself. 

I wish we could have had an excerpt from Chloe when she finds out Quentin proposed to Montana. I know I’m mean, but seriously there’s a difference between love and lust.   

So glad his kids are finally getting their dad back in their lives. They were suffering for five years, they needed his guidance and love. 

Estelle knew from the begging what Quentin needed!))))

 

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Goodreads Summary: People of the Book (Our Book Club Book)

In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding – an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair – she begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation.

In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city’s rising anti-Semitism. In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah’s extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed. Hanna’s investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics. Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love.

Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is at once a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity, an ambitious, electrifying work by an acclaimed and beloved author.

Can’t wait to discuss this with the group. Yes, we started a book club in town and this is our first book! I’m so excited. 

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Goodreads Summary: Precious Thing 

Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last forever.

They met in high school when Rachel was the shy, awkward new girl and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Instantly, they fell under each other’s spell, and nothing would be the same again. Now they are in their late twenties, and Rachel has the television career, the apartment, and the boyfriend, while Clara’s life is spiraling out of control. Despite everything, they remain inextricably bound. Then Rachel’s news editor assigns her to cover a police press conference, and she is shocked when she arrives to learn that the subject is Clara, who has been reported missing. Is it an abduction, a suicide, or something else altogether?

Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you’ve shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it.

In Colette McBeth’s mesmerizing debut, the story of a friendship and a missing person investigation are expertly wound tighter and tighter from the opening lines until the final, stunning conclusion.

This is so twisted and insane…I’m loving it. I keep changing my theories about who Clara really is and why she did this. Or is Rachel just losing her mind? LOVING THIS

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day


    

AJ has had this book for some time, I forget when and where he go it. It’s a great book to read every so often.

Amazon Summary:

The perennially popular tale of Alexander’s worst day is a storybook that belongs on every child’s bookshelf.

Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in this hair.
And it got worse…
His best friend deserted him. There was no dessert in his lunch bag. And, on top of all that, there were lima beans for dinner and kissing on TV!

AJ’s Review:

Alexander is having a bad day. His brothers are mean to him. His mommy and daddy yelled at him. He wants to go away where people are nice to him. Sometimes I have bad days and I don’t like them. But Mommy and Daddy still love me. I still love them. 

Mommy’s Review:

A classic book that will always teach kids it’s okay to have a bad day. It’s okay for things to not go the way you want. The next day things might get better.

The one major thing lacking in this book is the mom or dad hugging Alex. There’s no acknowledgement of Alexander having a bad day, but still being loved and cared for. There’s no understanding from his parents that it’s okay to make mistakes and get in trouble, it’s okay be be angry. There’s no reassurance that tomorrow will be a better day. 

AJ actually asked why his mommy didn’t hug him and tell him she loves him to the moon and back. I thought it was a valid question. What do you think about that? 

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Goodreads Summary: Saving Grace

Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree, and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, is Ted’s rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted’s longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. She finds herself in need of help but with no one to turn to…until the perfect new assistant shows up out of the blue.  To the rescue comes Beth, a competent young woman who can handle Ted and has the calm efficiency to weather the storms that threaten to engulf the Chapman household. Soon, though, it’s clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true. This new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity.  With everything at stake and no one to confide in, Grace must find a way to save herself before it is too late.

My Review 3 Stars 

WTF? So Ted can have his rants and treat his wife like sh*t, but when she starts acting like anything but prefect he wants her to see a doctor. I know Beth was tricking him, but seriously Ted? You are an arrogant, ignorant, jerk! 

Grace, being perfect doesn’t keep you safe or happy. Letting your husband treat you like crap behind closed doors doesn’t make you perfect. Perhaps if she had a backbone and stood up to her damn husband then she would have time to do her things and time for herself. 

I had to keep fast forwarding the CD, some parts just dragged and I wanted it to end. While I was hoping for a “Happy Ending” I also wanted it over. While some parts were exciting, there were many parts that dragged. 

Has that ever happened to you? You wanted a book over and kept skipping pages just wishing it would end. 

Highlight for spoilers (((((Grace tries to go to Ted but he’s so under Beth’s spell, it’s pathetic. He let Beth steal all their money. Eventually Beth leaves him to go on to the next victim. He begs Grace to take him back and you think she does….but she finally comes to her sense. Did you really think she wanted you back after you not only treated her like crap but put her through hell? WOOOOHOOOO Take that you f&cktard Ted.

Grace goes back to Patrick and they live a happy life.

Really sad that her own daughter didn’t believe her. But Claire was clearly spoiled and thought her parents lived a perfect life. Glad that she finally came to her senses. 

Beth who is now Liz, moves on to her next victim…sickening. I would be blogging, Facebooking, and Tweeting away about Beth. I would want the world to know her face and what she did. Seriously, so one wants revenge or to make her pay? The mom before Grace, had her kids taken away…she’s going to do the same to this new family. I want to cry as she says to the next mom, “I will be changing your life.”))))

 

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Goodreads Summary: Crazy Love You

Falling in love can feel like a dream…or a living nightmare.

Darkness has a way of creeping up when Ian is with Priss. Even when they were kids, playing in the woods of their small Upstate New York town, he could feel it. Still, Priss was his best friend, his salvation from the bullies who called him “loser” and “fatboy”…and from his family’s deadly secrets.

Now that they’ve both escaped to New York City, Ian no longer inhabits the tortured shell of his childhood. He is a talented and successful graphic novelist, and Priss…Priss is still trouble. The booze, the drugs, the sex—Ian is growing tired of late nights together trying to keep the past at bay. Especially now that he’s met sweet, beautiful Megan, whose love makes him want to change for the better. But Priss doesn’t like change. Change makes her angry. And when Priss is angry, terrible things begin to happen…

Lisa Unger never disappoints with her twisted books and endings…this will be good! I can’t figure out if Priss is real, in his mind, or a ghost…so intriguing. 

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