A Few of My Favorites

The Diary of a Young Girl
Into the Wild
The Daughter's Walk
Finding Grace: A True Story About Losing Your Way In Life...And Finding It Again
Ghost on Black Mountain
The Kitchen House
These Things Hidden
The List
Girl, Interrupted
The Glass Castle
The Giver
Sarah's Key
The Promises She Keeps
The Keepsake
BoneMan's Daughters
Half Broke Horses

~*Trema Renae*~'s favorite books »
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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Book Review: The Best Mistake Ever!(And Other Stories) by Richard Scarry

 The Best Mistake Ever!

And other stories

Richard Scarry

Step 2 book (grades 1-3)
48 pages
The Best Mistake Ever!
A Visit to Mr. Fixit
Best Friends

From the cover
In these three stories about Lowly and Huckle, there are all kinds of silly mistakes-mistakes about food, mistakes about friendship, and even a mistake about a cuckoo clock!

This is my first review on a children's book!
My daughter will be 9 in September, and she is homeschooled. Which means we do A LOT of reading, and we have the freedom to choose which books we read. I want to continue sharing our reviews with you, and have a great way of teaching and understanding from start to finish.
1. choosing a book
2. reading it
3. going over what we've read/possible further research on either topic, or author
4. giving a review and report of book
I think this will be a great way for us to keep Ele accountable with her reading and also share our books with everyone. 
Here's to our first review!
This book was easily split into three stories, all with the same lesson. Mistakes can be silly. We don't need to assume every mistake means something horrible.
Labeled grades 1-3, I found it a great fit for Ele. She is going into "3rd" grade, but does struggle with reading. This book was easy enough for her to have confidence in her reading, yet include challenging words for her to work on.  The illustrations were spaced well to break up the reading parts into "chunks" that were manageable, and easy to stop, when placing a bookmark. These cute little characters definitely gave me a laugh. Lowly was my favorite.
A Visit to Mr. Fixit was my favorite. I loved when the bicycle bell went cuckoo! Mother Cat was my favorite, and I liked her "angry eyes". It was easy for me to read and tell my dad about it. I would give it 5 stars for the whole book.

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Friday, August 12, 2022

My Weekend is Fully Booked

 Do you have a weekend full of reading ahead?

I seem to always plan on getting so much reading done over the weekend, in between all life's other things that fill up the hours. Alas, it always seems the hours are too short to accomplish all the things I'd hoped. Reading, usually, is at the top of my list of things I didn't have or spend enough time doing. 

My current reads that I'm hoping to at least make substantial progress in are,

This one is a Kindle, coming in at 502 pages, I'm on page 93. It's finally picking up pace, and I'm really enjoying it.
Listed on Goodreads as contemporary romance mystery

self-explanatory. Erotica, 3 stories It's those Harlequin series you get by mail club. I actually bought 2 of these at a thrift shop a few years ago, and just set them aside. They are...what you'd expect, short, spicy, cheesy, romance. 
This one has:
Once Upon a Bite
What A Big...You Have!
Sexily Ever After
(vampire, /werewolf edition)

These are the two I'm going to work on this weekend. I may start something new too. LOL
How many books at once is too many?
Asking for a friend.

What are you reading this weekend? Let me know.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Book Review: The Perfect Son by Freida McFadden

 The Perfect Son

Freida McFadden

Quote: "But, I never believed him. Even when he was sobbing in my office, it seemed incredibly fake. I don't think he was sorry at all. Not even a little bit. The only thing I think he was sorry about was that we found her."

Date started: Aug 4, 2022
Finished: August 5, 2022
Kindle/e-book edition, 237 pages
mystery/psychological thriller

From the cover:

"Mrs. Cass, we were hoping your son could answer a few questions about the girl who disappeared last night..."

Erika Cass has a perfect family and a perfect life. Until the evening, two detectives show up at her front door. A high school girl has vanished from Erika's quiet suburban neighborhood. The police suspect the worst--murder. And Erika's teenage son, Liam, was the last person to see the girl alive.
Erika has always sensed something dark and disturbed in her seemingly perfect older child. She wants to believe he's innocent, but as the evidence mounts, she can't deny the truth- Liam may have done the unthinkable.
Now she must ask herself:
How far will she go to protect her son?

My review:

The book begins with the transcript of Erika's interview with the police.
It then goes on to be told from Erika's point of view, and remains that way throughout the book.
The first chapter starts off as a mundane, typical suburban daily routines. Breakfast, chats about their days, school, plans. But, in Erika's mind, there is a lot going on that is not your typical stay-at-home-mom's thoughts.
I do like that this particular story stayed with one narrator, although she wasn't my favorite. 

The story is pretty fast-paced, and flows. There were a few parts that threw me off. They just didn't seem to have good reason to be placed in the story. I kept waiting to see why, but even then, it didn't seem relevant. Maybe too many "fillers" for the book.
The relationship between the Cass family and the school, teachers, friends, neighbors seemed a tad unrealistic due to the nature of their situation. Also, within the household, it seemed they all had separate lives, and secrets.
Do we really even know the people we live with?
Hannah(sister) and Jason(dad) didn't play a huge role in the book until later into the story.
A few times while reading, I would think, "Oh, this is it!" "This is where we figure it out." and then...nope! Wrong!
The Perfect Son definitely holds up to the plot twist factor. I'd say the last 3 chapters, I couldn't read fast enough. After all my failed attempts to figure it out, I just had to keep going.
The ending? *Mind Blown*

I gave this one 4 stars
I'd definitely recommend for anyone looking for a good psychological twist mystery.

This is the first book by Freida McFadden that I've read. I really enjoyed her style and the story. I'll be looking into more of her books

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

Book Review: In My Head by Alicia Rades

 In My Head

Alicia Rades

Quote: "Don't be sorry Mila, if something is wrong with this version of the program, we have to know before we release it to the public." ~ Dad pg.2

Date started/finished: August 3, 2022
Kindle edition/ short story, 98 pages

From the cover:
Sixteen-year-old Mila Brooks doesn't have any friends. Her father's position as chief technology manager at the biggest tech firm in the world has alienated her from her peers. As a beta tester for the latest implant, a computer chip that connects you to The Internet of Things, Mila is sure everyone hates her because of her upgrade. When Mila hears Parker's voice in her head, everything changes.

My Review: This is one of the shortest and fastest books I have read in a long time.
Literally took me less than 2 hours to read it. 
From the synopsis and page 1, I immediately got The Giver, and, The Feed vibes. I know there was another book about the brain implant/chips, but I cannot remember it! Ugh!
In my Head, jumps right into the story, and just keeps going. The storyline is easy and quick to follow.
Mila is a typical teenager, except for her upgrade. She has insecurities, and a crush on the popular guy.
Parker isn't really Parker, but it was pretty easy to figure that one out. Ariel is annoying and carter turns out to be a nice guy.
I wish this had been longer. I think the story and characters could have really developed into a great book. Possibly even a series. I enjoy the futuristic, fantasy storylines. I think it's the "what-if" factors that really grab me into them.
We've experienced so much in the last few years. I don't know how anyone couldn't be wondering.
I'd recommend this to like-minded people.

I'm giving it 3 stars. 
Only because it was cut short, and we needed more backstory. Still a good read.