Morgana’s mother arranges a marriage for her with a drover from a couple villages over in part to keep her away from the suspicious locals and partly because the mother is dying. Morgana, mute, is not entirely certain what to make of her gentle husband Cai, nor is he certain what he got himself into. Unbeknownst to them, there is a black witch in town who covets their keep. Morgana must come into her full witchly powers to save her home and husband.
Brene Brown’s latest work debunks the myth that showing vulnerability is weakness, rather it takes courage to be vulnerable. At the end she provides guideposts to living wholeheartedly.
Brene Brown has a couple of fabulous talks on TED. I recomend starting with this one http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html its been viewed over 10 million times! I think she is profound.
Some of her quotes:
Want to be happy? Stop trying to be perfect.
You either walk inside your story and own it, or you stand outside, your story & hustle for your worthiness.
Then there’s a Teddy Roosevelt quote that she likes.
It is not the critic who counts; not the one who points out how the strong person stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the one who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if zhe fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
I so loved EL Konigsburg’s previous award-winning book I read “The View from Saturday”, that I had to read more of her work. Here the protagonist’s best friend, Branwel, is accused of injuring his half-sister and is struck dumb. Connor is the only one who figures out how to communicate with Branwel and gets to the bottom of this mystery. The emphasis is on relationships. Another very enjoyable read!
This is a story of attempting to forge meaningful connections within one’s family and beyond.
The atmosphere reminded me of that found in the title “A Certain Slant of Light”, though Sadness is far more realistic and grounded (yes it contains a small amount of magical realism).
What a delightful book! I’m so glad our challenge this month was award winners for Teens & Children’s. I’ve read a bunch of well written charming titles.
I’d read one review of “The View from Saturday” where the reviewer said she read this book every year, and I’d read “From the Mixed Up Files…” by Konigsburg previously, and liked it, but didn’t find it stellar. Well this book was a surprise. Four children in the sixth grade each struggle with different changes in their lives (divorce, new country, etc). They come together to form the Team named the Souls to compete in Academic trivia competitions across the state of New York. Initially, it appears to be the story of these 4 children, but gradually you realize it is also the story of their teacher, Mrs. Olinksy who has returned to teaching again after a car accident that left her a paraplegic in a wheel-chair. I’d like to reread this title and read it with my husband. If you like Louis Sachar, you should give this title a try!
Much different, lighter, from her The tale of Despereaux, which I found to be a little dark. Its the story of Opal, a preacher’s daughter, who’s mom left when she was 3. Opal and her dad have just moved to a new town, and through her dog “Winn Dixie” Opal is able to make friends with all sorts of people. The best “scene” was when her dog, started chasing a mouse through the church. A short feel-good novel.
Fast paced, enjoyed the concept of the 12 camp cabins each one for a different member of the Greek pantheon. I would like to see the camp. It was really obvious which god’s son he was, but enjoyable to watch him and his mates discover his heritage. I really liked the book, until somewhere right towards the end, after Percy battles Ares, somehow things didn’t really fit. I thought for sure I’d want to start right in on the next book in the series, but after I finished I changed my mind. Maybe it was the author’s attempt at bridging to the next book, that was weak.
This book takes you room by room and shows you how to add shelves, storage and the like to various rooms to keep them organized.
Like many books of this nature, they still don’t solve my problems with having enough place to put things away. The book had colorful pictures showing examples of the ideas. The examples looked very nice, and very expensive. The rooms displayed seemed to have a lot of space to start off with. Ordesky so often suggested building custom made storage, well of course, she profits from building these high end organizing units. She devotes a couple pages to safes, and storing your valuables. Interesting, but nothing earthshattering.
Not too many books out there on Locker Hooking. One of the instructors at Camp Shannondale in Southern Missouri teaches this craft, and I’ve been intrigued. I really love the modern look achieved with brighter colors, and fancy fabric, like recycled sari silk.
This book contained both excellent instructions for beginners, as well as “patterns” for cool projects. I’ve seen a lot of the photos/projects in her book on the Pinterest website.
I really empathized with Caddie, when her Mom punished her harshly, but Not her brothers, because “she was a girl and should have known better”. However, her father punishes the boys.
I liked the fact that when Caddie starts doing more domestic activities, that her brothers follow her, because they’re pals.
The author tells more and shows less, leading to a quaint, less accessible read. The story got better as it progressed.
Booklist: Starred Review!
This was a fun read! Unlike most romances where the relationship between the two protagonists is plagued by misunderstandings, and self-doubt. It is also an unusual romance novel in that the woman propositions the man. Martha, just widowed, needs to conceive an heir, within the next month, or the country estate falls to her rapist brother-in-law. Martha is a practical do-gooder. The rake that she hires to “give” her an heir, Theo, was exiled from London to the country by his father, for being a lay-about, money spender.
Both of them learn to be better people, Theo learns to take an interest in his estate, and start caring for people. Martha learns to let her hair down a bit, and get to know her neighbors as real human beings, Not charity cases.
There is humor and awkward sex. 3 out of 4 hot chilli peppers, as far as spiciness goes.
This book was recommended to me, by experts at the Reader’s Advisory Workshop I attended.
A delightful tale – Kit travels to Puritan New England from Barbedos, after her grandfather dies. She must learn to adjust to new strict norms, but befriends an older Quaker woman (believed to be a witch) who lives out by Blackbird Pond.
I wish the book had more of an epilogue, I’m tempted to write one myself.
Harper Kane Olympic Swimmer gets caught up shady government operations, when her microbiologist brother Bobby is killed after he develops a serum that gives people psi-onic powers. Now the government that funded these experiments wants her dead, and they send in their best op Rome Lucian. Unfortunately, for the government, Rome realizes something is fishy, and decides to aid Harper.
The protagonist Tara Martin disappeared 20 years ago. When she returns she claims she spent 6 months in Faery. Her family and boyfriend have been devastated by her disappearance and respond in various ways to her tale. I’m Not sure this really belongs in SciFi, since the focus is more on the internal psychological world than the magical aspects.
So I liked a lot of the book, but unlike many other reviewers could see the ending from a mile away (well not the epilogue part). Perhaps, it reminded me of the book “Giants of the Frost” by Kim Wilkins.
Rosalind, Bianca, and Cordelia, named for Shakespearean characters by their father a Shakespearean professor, each struggles with their individual weaknesses and limitations. The adult sisters find themselves at home together for a summer, helping their mother with breast cancer. Rosalind, the oldest, has always been the solid responsible one, never venturing far from home. Bianca, the middle child, always outshone by her sisters, carved a niche for herself within fashion and looks. Unfortunately, her expensive habits caught up with her in New York, and she has returned home after her employers discovered Bianca’s embezzling of the company. Cordelia, the youngest, never expected to be responsible, has followed the gypsy life, couch-surfing, until she gets pregnant, and also returns home.
The story is told from an interesting perspective, from the omniscient we of the sisters, sometimes its from all three sisters, sometimes its from 2 sisters perspectives.
I also liked the way stories from the past were interwoven, with the current issues. If you like Anne Tyler, you’d probably like this book
In the conclusion, the third book in this 2nd trilogy of the Nine Kingdoms, Sarah and Ruith battle their way past an astounding number of evil-doers. Sarah always retains this mousy-ness about her. Ruith thinks she’s oh so courageous, but she’s always hesitant, but insistent. I wonder if the author knew what she was going to do with all the various characters, some of the key players were introduced for the very first time in the second book of the trilogy. I much preferred the charismatic Morgan woman-warrior. Well I hope the 2nd book the the 3rd trilogy is as good as the 1st title in the 3rd trilogy, whenever it comes out.
An entertaining satire of Armageddon. Like many soldiers/players, despite being on opposing team, after being stationed in the same area for millennia, demon Crowley & angel Aziraphale have developed a working relationship, finding that in some ways, that they have more in common with their counterpart in the field, than the higher-ups on their team. Both Crowley & Aziraphale have changed, more through their association with humans, than the influence of each other. Then Crowley is handed the baby AntiChrist. Demon Crowley realizes he doesn’t want the world to end, that he has enjoyed his time on this plane. Aziraphale grapples with the paradox of the AntiChrist, needing the AntiChrist’s presence in order to bring about the Grand Plan Armageddon, even though it means the destruction of the earth. Azirafale has also enjoyed his time on the earth, and dreads the boredom of heaven.
Then the AntiChrist goes missing having been mistakenly switched at birth.
Initially I wasn’t sure I was up for a dystopian narrative, however, Gaiman & Pratchett do a good job, razzing both sides. This was a delightful tale, with biting humor. I bet Gaiman & Pratchett really enjoyed writing this book.