Grand Prize Winners
Grace P. |
Summer on Blossom St. by Debbie Macomber
Another in the series on Blossom St. A group of friends who have come together with knitting and life experiences to come to know each other. This one ties around "A good yarn" Aknit, Alix, Jordon, and Bryan and their stories. It all comes together with love and patience.
The Dog Who Rescues Cats: The True Story of Ginny by Philip Gonzalez and Leonore Fleischer
Ginny is a dog who is very close to her owner, book author Philip Gonzalez. She enjoys going places with Philip and his wife and co-author Leonore Fleischer. Ginny always seems to find cats and kittens in need of the help of her and her owners. She found on kitten buried in a pile of glass. Once the kitten received veterinary care, they helped it find a home. Some of the other cats have become members of Ginny's family. Ginny's owners lover her a lot and are very devoted to her. I really enjoyed this book!
Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin
Caroline Fletcher lived in Richmond, Virginia and was raised by slaves she loved and felt were part of her family. These were views not shared by any others in the South. She believed people should not own other people. When the South was fighting for "States' Rights" she was fighting her own fight for slaves to be free. It cost her the love of those dear to her, but she never gave up. In the end the slaves gained their freedom and the man she loved came to respect her views.
Explore the LMC - Astronomy Feb 2018 by Don Goldman and Joseph Drudis
I was a little disappointed by this article. It was mostly technical jargon that I really don't understand. The photos were breathtaking and I did learn a little. Journeys always start with that first step.
Week Six Winners
The Husband Tree #2 by Mary Connealy
Belle Tanner bury husband #3 under the husband tree, (with husband #1 & #2). Wade is living with Red and Cassie, who is pregnant with Red baby #2. Wade has changed into a Christian man, calm and no longer drinking. Belle has more cattle then she thought for the cattle drive. Belle hires Silas to help with the cattle drive. Silas kisses Belle before the cattle drive he keeps thinking about marrying Belle taking care of her and her girls. Belle is fighting the urge to kiss Silas. Wade rescues Glowing Sun, a Flathead Indian that was kidnapped by 2 white guys. Silas and Belle fall into love, but afraid to tell each other. Wade meets up with 3 guys on his way to help Belle on the cattle drive. He sends the 3 guys on to Belle and goes to return Glowing Sun to his people. Roy and Lindsay meet, falling into love and get married. When Belle and Silas get close to home they realize that they love each other. Silas talked to all the girls and got the ok to marry their mom. Silas and Belle get married as soon as they got home from the cattle drive. All Belle girls have Silas last name, and they have a baby boy named Tanner.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
When his beloved grandfather leaves Jake clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place know as Miss Peregrine's school for peculiar children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers and their terrifying enemies. Ultimately, Jake discounts that only his own special peculiarity can save his new friends.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Fairy-tale style epic where young man enters the land of Fairie to recover a fallen star. Lots of side adventures involving witches, kings, true love, etc.
Dark Light by Randy Wayne White
Good book. Lots of suspense. Where does he find such evil characters?
Week Five Winners
Roseburg 1959 by George Byron Wright
This novel is set against the background of the explosion and tire that actually occurred in Roseburg, OR, in 1959. Ross Bagby, an accountant, finds himself somewhat disgruntled over his passive role in the lumber family into which he has married. The blast injures the director of their family Foundation and exposes his infidelity. Toss is appointed interim director and discovers that the scandal goes deeper. Family members and others challenge his findings, but with the help of Jill, a waitress, he investigates the discrepencies in the Foundation accounts until he becomes aware of several men's sexual exploitation of young women. He confronts the men tactfully and wins self-esteem and his wife's respect.
Gerald C. |
Origin by Dan Brown
After the second page of Origin, I was hooked. I seldom read during the day but had a hard time putting this one down. The author incorporates all of today's technologies, and some that aren't here yet but probably will be. The story is about a Harvard professor whose student of 20 years ago has, during the time, made major predictions that have turned out to happen. He has invited his old prof to a gathering for a new, far-reaching prediction that will change the world, but then he's killed as he's about to make it public. The professor then works to find the killer and his prediction before someone else does.
Don't Look Back by Karin Fossim
When the body of Annie Holland is discovered, Sejer and Skarre have to investigate. While peeling back the layers of Annie's life, they discover that not long before her death, Annie's whole personality had changed. Thinking that the change is somehow connected with her death, they must find the reason.
Spellbent by Lucy A. Snyder
Young talent Jessica is learning magic with her tutor/boyfriend Cooper. A spell to bring rain explodes and takes Cooper to hell. Jessica must fight a political foe and go after Casper herself. She discovers that her foe is actually Cooper's half-brother. She rescues her man.
Week Four Winners
Love in the Time of Dragons by Kate MacAlister
Tully Sullivan finds her true love from a previous life is a dragon and she is not really married to the father of her son.
The Book of Genesis - The Bible by Moses
God created the heavens and the earth and people. This book tells about Noah and the flood, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and it tells the story I love about Joseph.
Home and Garden Magazine
Lots of ideas!! How to grow vegetables and how to grow everything in a small garden. How to decorate home with new pillows!!
Thin Blade by David A. Wells
While Alexander is hunting with his brother and sister, his brother is killed with an arrow to his chest. He runs home with his brother's body. His parents send out their man-at-arms, Anatoly, to find and bring him back to them for justice. And then, much to the shock of everyone in the world, there is this spell that passes over them. This means the Prince Phane evil incarnation has returned to walk the Isles. The Rebalmage did all that he could to prepare the future for the return of Phane. There is a burning on Alexander's neck when he removes his hand the Brand of the House of Reishi is burned into his neck marking Alexander as his adversary and changing Alexander's life forever. That same night, their house is attacked and Alexander, Abigail (his sister), Lucky (their tutor and alchemist), and Anatoly, the family man-at-arms run for their lives to Glen Merillion, a place created by the Rebalmage to protect Chapion. While on the way, they meet Jack, a Bard. He joins their band of people then the Rangers come to their rescue. Where Alexander meets the love of his life Isoble. They make it to the safety of Glen Merillion only to leave again to head to New Rautha to take over the throne and to Black Rock Keep to get the Thin Blade, the first piece to stop Phane.
Week Three Winners
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I understand this is a listing as "teen" book, however, the language was way too derogatory and over-slanged. The purpose and realism were incredibly correct. The youth and police are enemies when in America. In fact it is dangerous being a minority in the USA. When will the stereotyping and racism end? We don't know... Must have hope for a brighter future for our youth.
Stepping on Roses 7 by Rinko Neda
Sumi keeps getting sick because of the white nameless flower. Nozomo tries to take advantage of Sumi. The maid saved her just in time for Soichiro sees her come out of Nozomo's house, gets mad, and tries to force himself on her but he stops.
Where is the Baby's Valentine by Karen Katz
Baby looks throughout the house for her valentine and finds it in her room.
I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong
Though I knew about how our guts are missing good bacteria, I didn't know in how many ways we are killing them. I learned a lot about our digestive system and chemicals' effects.
Week Two Winners
T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton
Private investigator Kinsey Milhouse finds her elderly neighbor involved with a sociopath. Elder abuse, identity theft and other prior crimes are discovered.
Glimpses of Eternity by Dr. Raymond Moody
Written in 2010, Dr. Moody gathers reports of different shared-death experiences. Reports given are compared for similarities and this will be another realm of science spirituality.
Defiant Daughters by Marcy Heidish
This is a collection of stories of women martyrs for the Christian faith. These heroines led quiet revolts of love against the Gates of Hell and they are reaping their reward in the presence of God now.
The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham
This book is told from the perspectives of the 2 main characters, Meghan and Agatha. Both women are pregnant, but have very different lifestyles. Their lives most likely would have never intertwines if it had not been Agatha's desire to befriend Meghan. As their story overlaps, it becomes exciting and full of surprises.
Week One Winners
Two From the Heart by James Patterson
Damian Crane is hired by Tyler Bron founder of Bron Aerospace to write his life. He finds himself in a small town in the middle of nowhere. He helps the town and the school stay open and finds the love of his life.
Yes! Journalism for People Building a Better World - #84 Winter 2018 by Robert Jensen and Christina Hillstrom
Two articles particularly impressed me. 1. Culture Shift - a powerful woman's search for a deeper sense of home. Basically details the definition of the filling experience of home how it has created 30 years ago. A place with a sense of safety, decency where people are good to each other leaving the modern life of frenzy behind. 2. The Trump Effect - Why thousands of women are now running for public office. Clarion call to be the change you want to see in the world.
Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber
A girl who had a hard upbringing and ends up in prison turns her life around with the help of a widowed pastor. They fall in love and she gets herself friends and a new life and changes how people think about her and how she feels about herself, too.
Submerged by Dani Pettrey
Past romance and danger in Alaska with lots of action as the heroine, Bailey, fights an attraction to Cole who is helping police with 2 divers being killed.