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My Sister’s Books Review #63

Life is Short, So Read this Fast!

By: Ann Ipock

Life is Short, So Read this Fast! is the second of three books written by Ann Ipock. They are a collection of her newspaper articles and other writings. This particular title covers topics from fun women groups, bare necessities and family memories to the battle of the sexes that occur during every daily routine item. Also included are chapters dedicated to food, shopping and growing pains that females experience.

Ann Ipock has written the ideal book for the busy woman. The short chapters are perfect for squeezing in reading during even the most hectic of schedules. Chocked full of Southern flair and quick wit, readers will be kept on their toes as they are taken on a ride through life. Despite the fact that most chapters are humorous, the writer shows a deeper side by sharing her emotions and fears, as well. Overall, this book is a fast, fun read and one that people will savor and cherish for a long time.

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This review was written for Sasee Magazine and My Sister’s Books. To learn more about the Magazine and the Bookstore, please visit their websites by clicking on their names.

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My Sister’s Books Review #62

Magic Tree House Christmas in Camelot by Mary Pope Osbourne (Age Range: 7-9)

The Magic Tree House is a popular series for elementary school aged children. In this Christmas story Annie and Jack have been mysteriously invited to Camelot to Celebrate Christmas. However, when they get there, Camelot is under a dark, miserable spell. It is up to these Annie and Jack to go on a quest to find imagination and bring back joy to the kingdom. This is a fascinating story with easy to read sentences, ideal for kids who are transitioning into chapter books. There are a few black and white pictures to accompany the fast-paced story. This book will surely spark children’s imaginations.

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This review was written for Sasee Magazine and My Sister’s Books. To learn more about the Magazine and the Bookstore, please visit their sites by clicking on their names.

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My Sister’s Books Review #61

Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas by Elise Primavera (Age Range: 4-7)

This is a book from the Auntie Claus series. This is the story about young Christopher Kringle who is starting to doubt Christmas. He deliberately acts bad in order to get on the Bad Boys and Girls list to prove it doesn’t exist. However, his actions get him locked out of Christmas and must go on a journey to learn that he must believe in order to see the family’s secret. The majestic pictures are stunning and will be loved by the children while the adults read. This story is sure to be a favorite for the entire family.

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This review was written for Sasee Magazine and My Sister’s Books. To learn more about the Magazine and Bookstore, please visit their websites by clicking on their names.

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My Sister’s Books Review #60

Llama Llama Jingle Bells by Anna Dewdney  (Age Range: 0-3)

This board book is perfect for the youngest of readers. Llama Llama Jingle Bells was just released and is the latest in the popular series.  A cute, rhythmic story line accompanies adorable pictures of the Llama family celebrating various Christmas traditions. Plus, the thicker pages of the board book are durable enough to withstand the curiosity of babies.

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This review was written for Sasee Magazine and My Sister’s Books.
To learn more about the Magazine and the Bookstore, please visit their websites by clicking on their names.

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My Sister’s Books Review #59

The Puppy that Came for Christmas

By: Megan Rix

 

Megan and Ian Rix have desperately been trying to have a baby. Megan feels as though a baby would finally complete their family.  Throughout the numerous failed attempts, the couple has kept their struggles quiet. Along the way, they find a group called Helper Dogs. This group trains puppies to assist humans with disabilities. Megan and Ian get to experience all the joys and heartache of fostering two little puppies over the course of a year, until they finally get their forever dog.

The Puppy that Came for Christmas is a beautifully written memoir. Megan’s emotions shine through her words as she struggles to conceive. She keeps her story honest by showing the good times as well as the bad, such as medication failures or experiencing jealousy over her brother’s surprise announcement. However, puppy lovers around the world can relate to all the pleasures and sorrows that comes with Emma, Freddy and eventually Traffy. With their first dog, Megan tells readers about each of Emma’s triumphs and the new world of possibilities that opens from being a doggie parent. Then Freddy brings a bit of silliness to help distract from the pain of Emma’s graduation. Readers will laugh, cry and ooh and ahh throughout this inspirational book.

 

Note:This review was written for My Sister’s Books and Sasee Magazine.

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My Sister’s Books Review #58

Meena Mouse’s Perfect Raspberry

By: Trilby Plants

Illustrated by: Deborah Gagnon

1st grade and Younger

 

Meena Mouse has run away from home after eating the raspberry that her Mom was going to use to make a tart. Lost in the forest, Meena runs into the Silver Mouse who helps her find a perfect raspberry, but will Meena be able to find her way home?

Beautifully illustrated, this book pops with vibrant backgrounds. Children everywhere will enjoy the bold, colorful world of Meena Mouse. Written with short, repetitious sentences, this book is a nice choice for parents to read to their kids. As with every good children’s book, there is a moral to be learned from Meena’s adventure.

 

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My Sister’s Books Review #57

My Sister’s Keeper

By: Jodi Picoult

Modern Times, Rhode Island

Family Dynamics

 

Anna knows she was born to save her sister’s life, but after thirteen years she is ready to make her own medical decisions.  Her sister has had almost-terminal cancer for as long as she can remember and her family revolves around the diagnosis. As Anna seeks legal representation, the routine of her family is tossed upside down and her sister’s prognosis hangs in the balance.

From the very first sentence, Jodi Picoult has weaved a powerful tale, centered around every parent’s worst nightmare. With one child sick, this family tries to do everything they can to keep her alive, as most adults can relate too. However, the author’s ability to switch points-of-view between the various characters, illustrates this situation from each heartbreaking side. Readers will appreciate the different fonts that are used to emphasize each character’s personality, as well as the memories that help develop the plot. The commanding, gripping and controversial ending will leave readers debating long-after they have read the book.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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This review was written for My Sister’s Books. To learn more about this bookstore, please visit their website.

Similar Authors:

Elizabeth Berg, Diane Chamberlain, Jacquelyn Mitchard

 

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My Sister’s Books Review #56

A Walk to Remember

By: Nicholas Sparks

1950s, North Carolina

High School

 

Landon Carter was a popular guy with a relaxing year planned for his senior year of high school. Jamie Sullivan was the shy, extra-good daughter of the town’s Baptist minister. Both of their lives were destined to be changed, starting from the very first day of school. As Landon grows to know the real Jamie, his mind and heart are put to the test.

Nicholas Sparks writes a beautiful, coming of age novel, full of innocence and character growth. The author uses foreshadowing as a way to communicate with the reader through Landon’s voice and memories. Readers will laugh and cry as their hearts expand throughout this sweet tale. For fans of the movie, this book will be a bit of a shock as it is a nod to the golden days where young men adhered to a dress code and southern traditions were always upheld.  However, the best part of this book is that it appeals to all ages and times.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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This review was written for My Sister’s Books. To learn more about this bookstore, please visit their website.

Similar Authors:

Nicholas Evans, Richard Paul Evans, Francine Rivers, Kristin Hannah

 

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My Sister’s Books Review #55

Justice Comes After Death

By: Werner Hoppe

Mystery, #1 is trilogy

Modern times

Georgetown, SC/Germany

 

Karl Shoemaker’s world turned upside down several years ago, and ever since he has traveled the country with his Rottweiler. It is their stop in Georgetown County, South Carolina that has Karl hoping he can help the local police. A young woman has been murdered and all the citizens are in complete shock. As Karl tries to help others, he realizes these friendly people might just help him begin to heal.

This book is like a slowly building rollercoaster that has a fast-paced ending. Though the book could use a bit more editing, the storyline will keep readers guessing until the very end. It is packed full of descriptions, southern colloquialisms and traditions. The author does a good job showing how small the world is through his interconnecting plots. Overall readers will be eager to find out what adventures Karl is headed into next.

 

Similar Authors:

Bill Noel, Lynn Hodges, and Steve McMillen

 

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My Sister’s Books Review #54

The Aviator’s Wife

By: Melanie Benjamin

Aviator's Wife

Anne Morrow lived a happy life in the shadows of her political father and her beautiful sister. However, her life turned into a majestic fairytale when she meets Charles Lindbergh, who opens up the whole world to her. Anne lived during a time where women were not their own selves, but carried the identity of being their husbands’ wives. Yet through the encouragement and support of Charles, Anne pushed her limits and accomplished goals she never dreamed were possible. Unfortunately, Anne’s life with the Aviator is not going to be smooth sailing, yet one that is filled with turbulence and heartbreaking events. The Aviator’s Wife tells Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s side of this famous, whirlwind romance.

Written like a romanticized memoir, Melanie Benjamin transports readers straight into the heart and mind of Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The setting flashes from Anne’s present self in 1974, back through time as she remembers significant events in her relationship with her hero, Charles.  Anne’s internal monologue is poetic, with several phrases that will remain in readers’ minds long after they have finished the book. This book brings about some debatable issues when it comes to Charles’ personality and Anne’s acceptance of daily life. Nevertheless, whether or not you like the Lindbergh couple or even remember why you recognize their name, this book is a definite must read.
Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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