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Sheila's Reads

I love to read. I am very eclectic in my reading but I especially enjoy erotica and erotic romance. I also like movies, live theater and concerts, hockey, and counted cross-stitch.


Abigail and Her Pet Zombie - Marie F Crow

Abigail does not have the usual pets a little girl would have. She has a pet zombie. He gets lonely with her at school all day so he follows her one day. He has a good time at school but he's not allowed back so a new plan has to be made. Can it be made? Will it work?


This is absolutely adorable! I loved it. The illustrations are wonderful. I could help but fall in love with the zombie. I have got to read the rest of the series.


All My Friends Are Spiders - All about Spiders For Kids: Do Spiders Bite? What is Spiders Web? - Spiders Pictures and Spiders Facts (Kids Learning: Amazing Animals Books for Kids 4-8) - Alice Cussler

A book about the different kinds of spiders and what the do for humans.  I liked how there was a story to follow as I learned about the different types of spiders.  I learned a lot about them.  I never knew there were so many different types.  Each has their own look as well as their own living conditions.  I always thought they all spun webs like you see in corners of rooms but they don't.  I liked that photographs were shown.  This is perfect for your 4-8 year old as well as adults.

THE ADVENTURES OF PIGALLITO by Ronald and Olga Darling

The Adventures of Pigallito - Ron Darling, Olga Darling

Pigallito is a little pig living on a farm who has lots of adventures on the farm. No matter what he does he finds fun and adventure. He helps when he can. One day he sees a rainbow and walks on it to the fair. What adventure will he find there?


I found this story adorable. Pigallito has a personality that draws others to him. He is adventurous and helpful around the farm. He always has a smile and brings a smile. The illustrations are fantastic. Perfect for your 2-6 year old. Lots of things going on.


ABCs Animals from Africa (Animals of the World) - Lysanne Olson

Really nice book on African animals--one for each letter of the alphabet.  I learned a whole lot.  Some of the animals I had never heard of.  I also did not know so many were native only to Madagascar.  I liked learning one or two facts about each animal.  This is good for your 2-6 year old.  Very interesting without being overwhelming.

ABC ALPHABET FUN by Colin Dickson


Animals are used to each ABC's.  I liked that the animals were not the usual ones but from the jungles and oceans and different continents also.  The illustrations are colorful and bright.  I also liked how the letter being taught highlights the same letter in the prose on the page through all the words.  Perfect for 2-5 year olds.


25 Extinct Animals... since the birth of mankind! Animal Facts, Photos and Video Links. (25 Amazing Animals Series) - IP Factly, IC Wildlife

Tells of animals that have gone extinct since mankind has been on earth from Neanderthal man and sabertooth cats to 20th century animals such as the golden toad and three species of tigers.


I found this fascinating. Some of the animals I had not heard much about before reading of them here. Each of the 25 animals in the book had their information about size, habitat, and food before a short explanation of their lives and what led to their extinction. Most extinctions occurred because of man destroying and taking over their habitat or hunting them.


These were interesting animals that through human behavior became extinct. We cannot get them back. What a waste and a shame!


If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient China: The Han Dynasty - Carole P. Roman

Very interesting book about the Han Dynasty in Ancient China. I learned so much. This touches on living arrangements, names, careers, food, leisure activities, ancestors, religion, school, and famous people.


It is simple for children to understand what life was like for the poor and the nobles. It explained the religions found in Ancient China. I liked how each subject was looked at and explained with softly colored illustrations showing what was explained. There was a lot of information which I found interesting and educational. This reminded me of books I read as a child from a series called "Let's Find Out About..."


Well written and informative. It is worth reading.

Colby the Camel: The Tussle in the Castle of No-Bustle by Junia Wonders

Colby the Camel: The Tussle in the Castle of No-Bustle - Junia Wonders, Divin Meir

The pirates have taken over the Castle of No-Bustle and imprisoned the king and queen. They are forcing the princess to marry one of the pirates. Their parrot goes out to find help but no one will help and he is so tired that he lands in a well where Colby the Camel finds him. Once the situation is explained to Colby, he journeys to the Castle and gathers compatriots along the way. They fight the pirates but who will win? Will Colby save the day?


This was so cute! It was a fun story. The rhyming was fun to listen to. The illustrations are bright and colorful. I could not wait to find out what happened. There's action and adventure galore here. Perfect for your 2-6 year old.


The Little Blue Digger - A Colorful Construction Site Story for 2-5 Year Olds - Harriet Tuppen, Branislav Gapic

Little Blue Digger wants to help his friends as they prepare a construction site but they tell him he is too little. One day there is an accident and Little Blue Digger shows them what he can do.


I enjoyed this story. I liked how there was so much to see in the illustrations. There is something to discover each time you read this book with your child. I liked the human face put to the diggers and construction vehicles. Your child can learn what the vehicles look like as well as what they do. A fun book for 2-5 year olds.


There's A Baby in my mommy's belly - Grammy's Gang

Hammie does not believe his mom is pregnant. He sees her body undergoing changes but he still does not believe until he feels the baby move and then other things happen before the baby comes.


This was done so well. I liked the rhyming of the story and its effect on Hammie. His fears come out. He is there when they have to go to the hospital. His meeting the baby is nice. The illustrations are good especially some of Hammie's dreams and thoughts about mom's changing body.


Perfect for 4-8 year olds whose moms are expecting.

DIRTY FACE LIAM by Flo Barnett

Dirty Face Liam (Grammy's Gang, #2) - Flo Barnett, Derek Bacon

Liam likes his dirty face. He won't give it up. Now Mom wants to know if he wants chocolate frosting. He feels it's a trick to clean his face. Is it?


I enjoyed this. There is some rhyming along with prose. It was fun to see Liam getting dirty. I remember those times. I like his thought process on the chocolate frosting. Exactly like a kid--what's more important--chocolate frosting or dirt? This is good for 4-8 year olds. Lots of fun!


Too Close for Comfort - Adriana Kraft

Jen and Brett's relationship intensifies with Sarah. Donna and Ryan break it off with Jen and Brett. Jen feels somewhat guilty but not enough to give up Sarah and their summer plans. Brett questions her but does not push her. Sarah feels ready to move into meeting others so Jen sets up a play date with Alice and Carl who then share a story with Jen and Brett. Who knows where it leads?


I liked this installment. The relationship with the three of them really heats up. I appreciate when Alice and Carl try to smooth things over with Donna and Ryan but Donna is just too hurt. I also like Alice's questioning of Jen, not in a hurtful way but in a caring and compassionate way. They are all still hot!


Now that Jen is questioning as is Sarah, we'll have to see what Donna and Ryan do. Looking forward to seeing what happens.

COMPLEXITIES by Adriana Kraft

Complexities [Swinging Games] - Adriana Kraft

Jen and Brett's neighbors and best friends, Ryan and Donna, find out they are swinging. Donna feels hurt and betrayed as she accuses Jen of not telling her everything. Ryan seems interested in swinging. The next few days have them all processing what happened that night before Donna comes over and asks about how Jen got into swinging and how it works. Ryan asks Brett about the same things after their golf game. Jen and Donna have a session but both Jen and Brett declare they do it only as a couple with all people involved agreeing. The four have a play date together to see if they are compatible. Seems they are but Donna may gum up the works with her attitude.


I liked how problems with swinging come out. There's questions about stress on a long-time friendship and how to go on with the friendship if the swinging does not work. There is also the problem of possessiveness. Jen and Brett have to decide what boundaries they will set. Donna and Ryan have to decide if they will look for their own play partners. Then decisions have to be made on mixing with partners. I liked Jen's answers to Brett's questions about Donna and others. I hope they are able to work out the future because they were fun to share my reading time with Jen and Brett also.

A TEMPTING TASTE by Adriana Kraft

A Tempting Taste - Adriana Kraft

Jen and Brett have expended their potential partners. They meet an older couple, Carl and Alice, who ask if they would like to meet friends of theirs, Ned and Elizabeth. Jen and Brett meet and play with both couples. They also are talking online with Dan and his wife. They discover new things about themselves as well as their new playmates.


I enjoyed this book. I liked how Jen and Brett are branching out. They've had a young couple with young children so dates have a way of being cancelled because of family emergencies. They have had an interracial couple. Now they are with older couples and looking at another couple who seem around their ages. I liked that this book showed older couples and how they do not lose their desire for playing and loving. I also liked how it is shown how they find ways to please themselves and others that may not be conventional but it works for them and their play partners. I appreciated that Jen and Brett took a chance with both couples. Looks like they have new friends.

A WOMAN FOR ZACHARY by Adriana Kraft

A Woman For Zachary [Meghan's Playhouse Book 2] - Adriana Kraft

Meghan has gone to New York to try her skills on the Broadway stage. Taken by her bank customer, Zachary, he introduces her to Josie to train and improve her acting. Josie has had feelings for Zachary but he does not feel the same way. While Zachary is out of town on business, Josie and Meghan seduce each other. When Zach returns he has to decide whether to accept their twosome or walk away. He's not ready to walk away so he joins them. Meg, of course, has plans for Josie and Zach. Will those plans be fulfilled? Will she stay or go?


I enjoyed this tale. I loved Josie. She was older as was Zach but she was not ready to let her dream of Zach go yet. She shows him things that Meg does not yet know. Zach is intrigued. Meg is imaginative but she is ready to move on with someone she met at the park. After Meg returns from Cat and Kurt's wedding Josie knows Meg has made up her mind. Zachary has also and it is foreign to him. I liked that Zach chose how he did.


I look forward to Meg's next adventure and wish Josie and Zachary well.

SEDUCING CAT by Adriana Kraft

Seducing Cat (Meghan's Playhouse Book 1) - Adriana Kraft

Meg has been setting the stage to seduce her landlady, Cat, and lets her lover Kurt know that her plans include him. He flat out states NO. Will Meg seduce Cat? Will Cat be willing to be seduced by Meg? Will Kurt fall in with her plans?


I enjoyed this story. Meg is determined and she always get her way. Cat is hesitant as she spies on Meg nude sunbathing on the deck. Meg keeps up the teasing until one weekend she enters Cat's bedroom and starts her seduce. These ladies are hot! While they work on a play together at the community theater they are able to keep control of themselves. Then opening night happens and Meg, Cat, and Kurt go back to Cat's for a private party. Meg seduces them both and Cat and Kurt are unable to stop themselves. The three of them are hot, hot, hot! I liked all three of them probably Cat most of all. Meg was a minx while Kurt turned out to be able to overcome his prejudice of the professor, Cat.


I look forward to the next book in the series.