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The ShipThe Ship by Antonia Honeywell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Great idea for a story. Irritating main character.

I was lucky to get this book free from NetGalley. Thank you! It was well worth the read.

London is now part of a dystopian world and survival seems near impossible for this family, even though it is a well to do family. Must really suck for those with less.

But the spoiled daughter of these particular parents has no clue what is happening in the real world outside her house. They have tried to spare their child the worst of it. That seems a big mistake as this poor girl just doesn’t know how to live once she isn’t in her sheltered life.

Father, in hopes of saving many people, has obtained a ship. Eventually, the small family must join the rest of the people he has attempted to save.

The process of the story before the ship is interesting. But gets quite exciting when they move aboard. I don’t want to put in any spoilers so I won’t tell you any more of the plot. But I would assume one could call this a coming of age for this main character–I hope so. I didn’t see enough growth in her by the end of the book to make me want to read anymore. She moans, complains and mourns the whole book. Yet her father and everyone onboard try their best to help her.

Maybe it is because I am not the target audience for this book, but I do love a good dystopia, and those elements are there. Maybe resolve is coming as this was only book one. I might want to read the next. Not sure if I want to put up with the brat anymore.

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Life First (Life First #1)Life First by R.J. Crayton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Finally, a book that kept me interested! I don’t know if any of you noticed what I book slump I’ve been in. If you read the blurb: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2…, you can see that it contains subject matter that makes us all worry about what extremes could bring about, and how on the other extreme of not allowing for fear of the extremes is also life threatening. (In my attempt to not give spoilers I am creating very bad sentences!) It is something in our current news that keeps everyone upset no matter which side of the fence you stand.

Here the young main character, Kelsey Reed, doesn’t want to give up her kidney. It is the law that you must, in this dystopia, if someone needs your kidney, heck, you have two! you give it up. Otherwise, you are breaking the law and must go to prison and eventually give up all your donatable parts.

We follow this young woman as she learns more about herself and tries to escape her fate.

It is a quick moving story with deep morals to look at. I was so into it that as soon as I got paid I bought the next two books! I can’t wait to continue the series!

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Lichgates (The Grimoire Saga, #1)Lichgates by S.M. Boyce

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When a young distraught young woman finds herself in another dimension her life is forever changed. As long as she becomes what this new reality wants from her.

It was an interesting read but the minute it became like epic fantasy I became bored with it and nearly stopped reading. For those who love those ancient stories, this will be quite pleasing. But I only liked it when the modern woman who has now lost her parents finds herself back and forth in time. I thought it interesting to watch a modern woman adjust to old ways but when the story veers off to the inhabitant of that world, YAWN! Thank goodness it went back to the main character it became more interesting again.

Maybe others will like it better.

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Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don’t know. I guess it kept me interested. But I thought I had the boxed set (I didn’t) on the borrowed library Overdrive version and so I kept trying to find the library Kindle versions to read along. I did end up with the first and the third but by that time I was already used to listening while loom-knitting so as not to be doing something to distract from the story. And I was shocked that the recording ended at the end of book one. It wasn’t a cliff-hanger, but kind of had that feel. But I didn’t care enough to pursue the next books.

By the time I had nearly finished book one I was ready to send the book back to the library. It wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t holding my attention enough to stay with it through a whole series.

I know a lot of people loved this book. I still want to see the movie/television version, but I just didn’t like it all that much. Please try it and see if you like it.

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Betsy-Tacy Treasury (P.S.)Betsy-Tacy Treasury by Maud Hart Lovelace

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Picture me at age 9-12. I was probably the same height as I am now, maybe even an inch taller, as I was the tallest 6th grader at 5’6″. (And I have shrunk and inch.) I can’t remember how old I was when the librarian took me to the Besty-Tacy corner of the library. She was used to me coming in every couple weeks and checking out the limit of 10 books. No, I didn’t read every book. But in that haul, I was guaranteed to find a few treasures. But the Betsy-Tacy became my favorites. I read every single one. I do remember being disappointed that the trio grew up and, yawn, got married. But that didn’t stop me from re-reading my favorites–the ones where the three girls were my age at the time.

Now as an adult, I was a little afraid to read these books. How could the mature (there are those who doubt that–even I doubt that) me enjoy these books as much as I did as a girl? But I did! The difference besides being older, is I have now lived in places that have lots of cold and snow rather than Sunny Southern California I can relate even more to what the children had to deal with. Not only that, now I could understand the adults in the books. I saw how what seemed impossible then, in the story, now seems more like serendipity. And I have had experience with that.

Whether Betsy and Tacy had anything to do with it with their sales of sand, my brother and I used to go door to door to sell rocks. People bought them because well, my brother used his cute right up on these ventures!

What I loved about this treasury was getting to read the four books without stop. Then at the end of the last book, there is a treasury about the author and how Maud Hart Lovelace used many of her own life experiences for Betsy, Tacy, and Tib adventures. There are many photos of the author and her friends that made this book even better.

And speaking of pictures, I always knew I loved the illustrator, Lois Lenski. I was so happy to see her pictures in the picture books I read to my own children. There was a biography of Lois at the end of this book, too! Everything just tied right in for my own life and loves!

Best of all were the forwards to each of the books. One that resonated with me most was that of Judy Blume! I’m glad I am not alone in having such wonderful memories of these books and the memories of my younger years that fit just right.

I think I will try to check more of these out from our e-reader library.

Oh! Just a note. As I started the first book I was disappointed not to have text-to-speech or any audio to help me out. I was able to use Natural Reader to get me through. The rest of the books in the treasury did have text-to-speech making my life a lot easier.

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Catalyst (Tales of the Barque Cats, #1)Catalyst by Anne McCaffrey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While perusing my local library system’s site of ebooks and audios I saw the second book in this series by one of my favorite authors, Anne McCaffrey. Well, I hate starting in the middle of a series so I bought the first one and the Audible version to go with it.

If you love cats and space travel adventures, this is the book for you. I thought it was going to be too much fluff, a childish book, a book about kitty cats. I was wrong. This gave a new perspective about cats and space travel.

I just happen to have a polydactyl black cat and I have wondered if, with the right training, all those toes could be used like our hands. Could she be a Barque cat? Could she fly a space ship? My husband and I spend our retired days trying to read our cats’ and new dog’s minds. Sometimes we think we know them pretty well. We provide the words to the bubbles over their heads. Just imagine if instead of watching the mice for entertainment if they could kill the space alien?

Anyway, this was fun and I didn’t stop between the two books and got right into book two. I have to admit to wishing there was more! R.I.P. Anne McCaffrey. I miss you!

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Bone Dry: An Action-Packed Medical Technothriller (The Gina Mazzio Series Book 1)Bone Dry: An Action-Packed Medical Technothriller by Bette Golden Lamb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My mother wanted me to be a nurse. I think she also wanted me to be a famous pianist. All I can claim is bad back and short fingers. From the time I was a teen, I could see I couldn’t be on my feet for very long. How I managed to cosmetologist for a year and a half, I don’t know. But mom had some things right. I love knowing how to read music because I love singing. And I do like the life in the hospital. I was a candy striper for a little while, and I saw that I like taking care of the patients. I like the drama of the hospital, and I love the miracle of science that is ever present in the hospital. Hence my addiction with things like Gray’s Anatomy and other medical shows. I even like the gruesome ER live dramas. If so when I saw this book on the freebies I thought I’d probably enjoy it. And I was right.

Warning: maybe not the best read for someone who’s dealt with cancer. I’d hate to think that the things that happened in this book could easily happen. But I suppose it’s possible.

This was an action-packed technothriller. Not so much a mystery. You know from the first page who is the problem. You just hope that the main character can figure it out and live through it. And yes, the main character is a nurse. I did like the character development in this book. And just a bit of a warning: this book may make you forget that there are other things to do in your house besides read.

Though I was able to pick this book up for free it is now $2.99 as are the other books in the series. As soon as I can afford it. I think I may try to read the rest of the series. I think it’s worth it.

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Secrets of Professional Organizers Volume 1: Experts Talk about Chronic Disorganization & HoardingSecrets of Professional Organizers Volume 1: Experts Talk about Chronic Disorganization & Hoarding by Donna Smallin Kuper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It seems a long time since I finished a book. Moving, boxes and boxes and boxes. I feel I may never get finished with this move. But the mess I left behind, I never want to see again. After a couple years of the fibro getting me down and keeping me in bed the place was a mess. I have to admit it was a mess. But I was in bed. When you’re in bed you don’t feel like cracking the whip on anybody else. And they don’t see it like you do, they don’t see the mess, they don’t care, or they think I’ll get up and do it even though I’m hurting. And my brain wasn’t working. I did what I could do, and I read a lot. In those worlds my life wasn’t messy, I had adventures.

Thank goodness for summer. I finally felt good. I had a chance to go on road trips. I got to go swimming and I felt good! And in all of that I found hope again. And possibly, I found some answers for my health. Because whatever I’m doing now must be working. Even though I’ve walked 3 miles every few days and have muscle aches, I still didn’t get a flare. Is it the magnesium? Is it the extra B vitamins? Is it the extra calcium and D vitamins? Is it the elevation here in Christmas Valley or the barometric pressure or the lack of humidity? Is it the combination of all of it plus a new life in my own adventure? I don’t know. But while I feel good, I want to organize and get my life together.

So I’ve been collecting books about housekeeping, organization, and decluttering, those kinds of books. But I dreaded reading them. You see, long before fibro, I knew I had ADD/ADHD. Organizing is a problem for people like me. There are shiny chickens everywhere. Cleaning out the closet may find me putting together a new hobby or finding something new to research. That’s me when well. Add pain and exhaustion to that and nothing will get done. And here is where the book I just read comes in.

This was not so much how to book though there is a little of that in there. This book feels like I got to meet a whole lot of organizers, who were also counselors. Each of the counselors has her own way of dealing with people and has a specialty of types of people that they deal with. Many organizers deal with people who have money. These people can afford to have all the shelves put in and closet arrangers that they need in their houses to get organized. When you’re poor, you can’t afford that. When you’re poor, you need to organize even more, but you don’t have the money to hire an organizer or have the money to hire a housekeeper. One of the women interviewed talks about taking this whole subject on. I hope they can find help for all of us who are in that position.

Another person interviewed takes on the issues that a person with ADD/ADHD must contend with. And yet another takes on the issues that senior people have. Like me. When you had problems in your life, health problems or psychological problems that set you back when there’s no one to help you, the problems just get worse. Your place becomes a health hazard, accidents are going to happen when you can’t walk through the place with plenty of room. And it was a relief to see that these people in this book are looking at these issues and seeing them as true challenges.

Sometimes you feel somebody out there does care. This book helped me feel that. It helped me to see how to read the rest of the organization books that I’ve picked up. To realize that these are tips and tricks that work for some but not for everyone, but to collect what works for me. And to realize I’m not alone.

This book was free when I got it. Now it is $3.99 I think. Still I think it’s worth it. It’s a good starting book. I’d like to read the rest of the series. This was only volume 1.

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How To Declutter And Simplify Your Life: Essential Tips On Getting Organized And Living In A Stress Free HomeHow To Declutter And Simplify Your Life: Essential Tips On Getting Organized And Living In A Stress Free Home by Kathy Stanton
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Since I rarely buy books that cost more than $.99, and usually find interesting if not ingenious reads, I guess I expected a lot more from a book that cost $2.99. Instead, I was deeply disappointed.

Not only did I NOT find ways to help me with clutter removal, I learned that many geniuses have been ‘messy’. How does that encourage me to declutter? And I learned what I already knew, that is, if you have deep depression or other mental problems (social anxiety, etc.) or are in pain (fibromyalgia anyone?) that the chances of having a clean domicile are next to impossible. Wow! I paid nearly three dollars for that knowledge? Oh, and the only hope is to ask for help. Yeah, did she forget that if you are on disability you don’t have the money to hire help?

So I stay with the only hope she gave me: Einstein and others were messy.

I bought this book because I picked up other books in Kathy Stanton’s series and wanted to start with the first one. Maybe I will learn more in the other books.

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Odds and Ends (Margot and Odds Cozy Mystery Book 1)Odds and Ends by Audrey Claire
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It made me sad that I didn’t like this story more. After all it has a female main character who is not a teenager, is, in fact, a senior citizen. They can have adventures, too, you know! But I’m afraid I could never relate to the main character. She seems so helpless and often foolish. And the other characters were equally less than real.

I did like the cat.

Maybe you will like it more. Could be I am distracted by the move and all. Maybe I’ll try it again after my life settles down.

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