The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller, Book Review

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The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller, Book Review When you open up The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller, there is a section called The Beginning, and as I was reading, I thought it was a true story, or a dramatization of a true story, but that is not the case. It is a work of fiction published in 1992, which achieved bestselling status, selling over 50 million copies. There are times when I wonder if something is wrong with me because you have these mega bestselling books, but when I read them, my reaction is ambivalent at best. I read The Bridges of … [Read more...]

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, Book Review

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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, Book Review Katherine Paterson was inspired to write Bridge to Terabithia when her son’s close friend was killed by lightning. Published in 1977, Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson is a children’s book about the friendship between Jess Aarons and Leslie Burke. Nine year old Leslie is an only child and 10 year old Jess is one of five children and the middle child. Jess is feeling neglected as the middle child and doing too many chores in the household because his two older sisters are skilled at getting out of performing chores and his two … [Read more...]

Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and Oh, The Places You’ll Go

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Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and Oh, The Places You’ll Go Over the years, I have seen Dr Seuss’ quotes or heard people talk about his books. I usually go quiet because I have never had the pleasure of reading any of his books until I read Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and Oh, The Places You’ll Go over the last two days. I can understand why children like Dr Seuss’ books because the stories are whimsical and colorful with illustrations of animals that are over the top. I would have loved to read Green Eggs and Ham, and The Cat in the Hat as a child. I didn’t enjoy … [Read more...]

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, Book Review

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, Book Review When was the last time you read a children’s book? For me it was a couple of weeks ago, when I read the sequel to Harriet the Spy. I was disappointed because I thought I had bought Harriet the Spy. It's not a great feeling to read the sequel first because you will not understand certain references. Because I have had such a rough month, I decided that I would get caught up on some of the books I should have read as a child. Although I have read all my life, there are many children’s books that I didn’t have access to because they were not … [Read more...]

Women’s History Month: 10 Books by Women You Should Consider Reading

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Women’s History Month: 10 Books by Women You Should Consider Reading March is celebrated as Women's History Month, so I have pulled some books that I read and enjoyed that were written by women from the archives. The books are very different, but each is a work of art. These 10 books you should consider reading. Let me know how many of these 10 books you have read! Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, Book Review:  In Jamaica Inn, after her mother dies, Mary makes the journey to her Aunt Patience and Uncle Joss Merlyn. While on the journey, Mary learns that people don’t think highly of … [Read more...]