We had our first backyard party in our new house due to Covid-19. It was not a big party. Our daughter, her husband and their twin daughters and our friends we met in our neighborhood, which consist of Christina and her 8 year old daughter, Maria.
It was a beautiful day in York, Pennsylvania. We spent the day in the backyard watching the girls play.
Maria has been giving the girls toys she has outgrown like the little tyke car and trailer.
Our little backyard haven is where we spend a lot of time. We might be out exploring now but have made the choice to stay safe at home. we have been having a good time there.
I work in the garden. I am so happy it is actually growing. I bought this cool seed sprouter from Amazon. I bought it to sprout alfalfa seeds but it worked great to sprout all the seeds for the garden.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz a novel by Heather Morris is based on the powerful true story of love and survival. Heather Morris is a writer and native of New Zealand, now residing in Australia. In 2003, she was introduced to Lale Sokolov, who entrusted her with the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust. Continue reading “The Tattooist of Auschwitz”
This review is for a book I read on NetGalley. I really enjoy getting new books to read for free.
This is what they said about the book.
Description The highly anticipated sequel to Alan Brennert’s acclaimed book club favorite, and national bestseller, Moloka’i
Alan Brennert’s beloved novel Moloka’i, currently has over 600,000 copies in print. This companion tale tells the story of Ruth, the daughter that Rachel Kalama—quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa—was forced to give up at birth. The book follows young Ruth from her arrival at the Kapi’olani Home for Girls in Honolulu, to her adoption by a Japanese couple who raise her on a strawberry and grape farm in California, her marriage and unjust internment at Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II—and then, after the war, to the life-altering day when she receives a letter from a woman who says she is Ruth’s birth mother, Rachel. Daughter of Moloka’i expands upon Ruth and Rachel’s 22-year relationship, only hinted at in Moloka’i. It’s a richly emotional tale of two women—different in some ways, similar in others—who never expected to meet, much less come to love, one another. And for Ruth it is a story of discovery, the unfolding of a past she knew nothing about. Told in vivid, evocative prose that conjures up the beauty and history of both Hawaiian and Japanese cultures, it’s the powerful and poignant tale that readers of Moloka’i have been awaiting for fifteen years.
This is one of the best historical fiction I have read lately. I really enjoyed this book. As you follow Ruth through her life you see the many hardships she encounters like not being adopted because of being half Japanese and half Hawaiian. You also follow Ruth through the good things that happen to her. Ruth also learned that there are always people who have gone through worse things than she had. This is a lesson I think we could all learn from.
I now have to read the first book Moloka’i. You can get either or both of these books by following the links to Amazon on my page.
Has anyone read these books? If so let me know what you thought.
(Shadowfire Book 1)
by Gaja J. Kos; Boris Kos
Sci Fi & Fantasy , Teens & YA
A monster does not deserve the intimacy of a name
As if waking up in an unfamiliar world isn’t enough of a surprise, Ember gains a new title to her name. Savior.
Hunted by the Crescent Prince and his lethal shadows, she accepts a young Mage’s help to navigate the land of blood magic and its many illusions. But where Ada sees the good in her power, Ember discovers something else.
An icy darkness, designed to take lives, not save them.
The only thing worse than not being able to rely on her senses—or the reality she had once believed to be true—is knowing that she cannot trust her heart. Especially as it seems to draw her to the one person in whose hands she can never fall…
Will Ember escape the thrall of darkness or will she reign in it?
The world has divided into 3 different world’s. In each world there is a different kind magic. The void is eating the worlds and they need to be combined again. Only one person can save them and that is the Savior.
I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next one in the series. I read this on Net Galley. You should check them out if you love to read. You will get to read books that are not released yet.
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park who is a Newbery Medalist for A Single Shard. This book is based on a true story.
The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.
This was a wonderful book that I think is good for children to read. They can see how life is in some countries with luck they will learn to appreciate what they have. The story is about two children who the main thing in their life is survival. You read what they have to do to get water and food to survive. I think it is good for people to see that this still goes on today. It is a must read so you can find out how Salva’s life intersects with Nya’s.
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This is Whoopsie by Andrew Cangelose, Josh Shipley
This is supposed to be a book about all the different things moose can do, like leaping and jumping and being really tall. But maybe Whoopsie isn’t the right moose for the job. You might want to pick a different moose for this book. Maybe instead we can do a book about falling down a lot? Yeah! Whoopsie would be great at that. This hilarious book about a clumsy moose shows that sometimes being a little different can make one great story.
This is an adorable book about a moose that couldn’t do what other moose can do. I think this was about learning yourself. Learning that you don’t have to be like everyone else. You have special things that you can do that may be different from what other moose do. Fall down and just get up again.
I will be buying this book for my twin granddaughter’s. Of course, living in Alaska a moose book is always something to look forward too.
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I enjoyed this book about beating the demon at yet another Shadow Market. It was nice to see a new character, Iron Sister, you don’t hear a lot about them. I hope Sister Emilia is in more, so we can find out if she makes it all the way into the Iron Sister. I liked the surprise she got for Brother Zachariah, Jem, at the end of the book. I am not going to spoil it, so you will have to read it to find out what happened.
Hope you enjoy this book. Let me know if you have read it or plan to read it.
I really enjoyed this book. It is just sucking me in again like her other books have. The books are talking about the Shadow Market. The trouble that goes on connected to it. It takes place any many different places and different time. The older shadow hunters are spoken about quite a bit, but the story is really about the young ones. They are all coming of age and go through a lot of the same things that their elders did at their age. I can’t wait to read the next one.
I enjoyed it. You had to read the Shadowhunter series to know who they were talking about but it sucked my right back in. The whole series came rushing back. I had a hard time putting it down. It was short and made you want more.