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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.

POISON DART FROGS by Leanne Annett

Poison Dart Frogs! Kids Book About Frogs: Fun Animal Picture Book For Kids With Interesting Facts & Wildlife Photos (God's Amazing Creation Series) - Leanne Annett

Interesting book that gives basic information about Poison Dart Frogs.  They are found mainly in Central and South America.  The brighter the color the more poisonous they are but they are small.  Their poison was used by natives on their arrow tips.  Poison Dart Frogs are protective of their young.  They also are different in captivity than in the wild.  Some are very aggressive.  They live in different environments.  No two are much the same.  Worth the read.  I like learning new stuff.


The Gift of the Ladybug - Carole Amber

Mr. and Mrs. Horse want a colt. Finally a baby comes but it is a ladybug. They have no idea how to care for a ladybug so they go to the doctor who explains the difference between horses and ladybugs. The horses are sad but their little ladybug tells them it is okay. When they realize he is right, they enjoy life with him.


This is adorable. The drawings are perfect for the story. I liked the horses and how they took care to learn about the ladybug. They shed tears when they realized what they expected was not what they got but then they saw the bright side and turned their tears to smiles and living.


At the end of the book is the story that was the inspiration for this book. It is beautiful and is shown through the story.


Just Pardon My French (Hetta Coffey Series, Book 8) - Jinx Schwartz

Hetta, Jan, and Rhonda are in Paris when they are "pressed" into service to help create a diversion. Once they realize they are being left out of the circle as to why they are needed, they start their own investigation. They manage to figure out most of what is being kept from them. Then they manage to solve the case.


I have never read any of this series. I will have to rectify that omission. I was able to follow the story line, but I missed the inside jokes. Hetta and Jan are a hoot. I laughed so much when they started their snark. I liked what they used to get the information they needed. The secondary characters were good. I wish Jenks would have stayed longer with Hetta instead of jetting in and out. I figured out the mystery also, but like Hetta, there was one part I did not see coming. I would not get on Hetta's bad side. I enjoyed this very much and plan on reading more of Hetta and Company.


Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor - Lisa Kleypas

Mark gets custody of his niece, Holly, upon the death of her mother. Holly has quit talking. When they go into Maggie's toy store, Maggie shows Holly a fairy house, and tells Holly she does not know the fairy's name but when she does she'll paint in above the house's door, and a conch shell which she tells Holly she can hear the ocean. Mark is attracted to Maggie but he has a girlfriend, so he is not free to date Maggie. Their attraction is great and grows after sharing a ferry ride to the mainland. What will they do? What will happen with Holly?


I enjoyed this story. I liked how Maggie connected to both Mark and Holly. I liked how Holly knew Maggie was safe and she could be herself. I loved that Mark had principles and would not date Maggie while he had a girlfriend. I did not like the girlfriend, Shelby. She came across as shallow as did Mark in regards to their relationship. I am glad I got my HEA. I will have to track down the other books in this series.


How a Mouse Saved the Royal Cat - Kurt Zimmerman, Michelle Zimmerman

Cashew, a royal cat, is afraid of mice. The king decided there were too many mice and decided to have a contest between all the royal cats. The one who captured the most mice would be able to stay at the castle while the rest would have to go. The mice heard about it and were worried. What could they do? Is Cashew on his way out as a royal cat?


I loved this story. It was so cute. Cashew is adorable. I liked Herman, a mouse. I liked how they communicated though there was a language barrier. They came up with a solution and worked towards it. This is perfect for your 3-8 year old.

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Moby Dick - Herman Melville,  Charles Child Walcutt (Editor)

Captain Ahab seeks revenge on Moby-Dick who bit off his one leg


This was not as bad as I expected it to be. I liked parts of it. I was bored with other parts. I also read the commentary that was included after the story was over. My edition is 670 pages.


Moby-Dick is three books in one. The first book is the story of the Pequod, its crew, Captain Ahab, and the search for the Whale. I liked this part the best. I liked Ismael and Queequeg are quite a pair.  Most of the humor come through them.


The second book is the information on whaling. That was mostly interesting.


The last part is the philosophy that Melville put in the book. Some of it was interesting (chapter 42--The Whiteness of the Whale) but most of it went over my head so was boring.


The commentary at the back of the book was mostly boring. I did like modern day criticism of D. H. Lawrence (from 1964). It goes with chapter 42 and is extremely timely for now.

I was glad I read it, but I doubt I will reread it.

JACK IN THE GREEN by Diane Capri

Jack in the Green (The Hunt for Jack Reacher Series Book 5) - Diane Capri

Gaspar and Otto, FBI agents, are sent to Tampa hunting for Jack Reacher. They are to interview a former officer Thomas Weston about the murders of his first wife and three children and Reacher's investigation of it. Hoping to get a lead on Reacher, they instead become involved in murder.


I have to admit I have not yet read the Jack Reacher series but it is on my TBR pile. I have not read the first two books in this series but I was able to follow along very easily. I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read. I liked Gaspar and Otto. I liked how they were able to get some people to talk. I also liked the history of Reacher being told through others' eyes. I look forward to reading both series.

STRIP SEARCH by Morticia Knight

Strip Search - Morticia Knight

Dakota strips at a dance club where the owner, Yuri, wants him to move into doing porn films. Dakota has dreams of being an aerialist in one of the shows on the Strip so he declines. He also has a 13-year-old brother who has run away from home and of whom he wants to get custody. He is attacked by Yuri on the street and it is called in as an attack by some bystanders. That is when he meets Reed, a cop who begins to help him with his brother and Yuri. Will Reed's assistance help Dakota? Will Dakota be free of Yuri?


I enjoyed this story. I liked Dakota. He was over the top but he was sincere. I liked Reed's steady presence. Dakota needed that. Reed is working out his sexuality when Dakota comes into his life but the attraction between them is real and hot. Both discover things about themselves as well as each other. Other relationships are also looked at through the book. I loved that Dakota's brother pressed him to answer questions as did Reed's daughter. It made them feel as though they were a family working together to be successful.


I look forward to more in this series.


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Barbara Robinson

1/1/2022 Just finished my annual rereading of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.  Still funny but this year it brought a tear to my eye as I realized how much the Herdmans changed.  As the narrator's mother said that there was good deep down in the Herdmans, I saw that she was right.  They changed.  When it was all over, they would not take back their ham nor take the candy canes and little Bibles but all Imogene wanted was a picture of Mary.  The Herdmans made the Nativity story realistic--refugees from another land, poor, alone, no place to go.  Kings who are tired from their journey.  It was a new way to see this story.  And it is always worth rereading every Christmas.

101 CHRISTMAS JOKES FOR KIDS by Michelle Zimmerman

101 Christmas Jokes For Kids - Michelle Zimmerman

Cute jokes about Christmas that kids will enjoy telling.  I laughed at them.  I had never heard most of them.  Illustrations are also cute.  Fun will be had by all.


The Gentleman Mentor - Kendall Ryan

Brielle wants to get lessons on how to seduce and land Kirby. She answers a dating app for a mentor to teach her. When they meet they are attracted to each other. The mentor, Hale, is especially attracted and has to keep reminding himself he is only there to teach her. Will the reminders work? Will their lessons devolve into more?


I enjoyed this story. I hated that they could not openly communicate because of the terms of their contract. Had they been able to communicate more freely of their pasts and what was currently occurring, they would not have had so many misunderstandings. Had they been more open about their feelings for each other not so many tears would have been shed (at least about their feelings of love.) I liked how Hale handled the misunderstandings of his past and life. I found that the chemistry between the two was off the charts. They were very much in tune with each other. It was great.


I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

BUBBLES DAY by Ally Nathaniel

Bubbles Day - Ally Nathaniel, Anahit Aleqsanyan Bubbles gets to do her favorite thing--blow bubbles. The illustrations are wonderful and colorful. The story is perfect for your 3-5 year old who is learning to read. My only complaint is that there was more information about the author than there was story. Bubbles deserves more space.

DRAGON'S BREATH by Michael Gordon

Dragon's Breath - Michael Gordon

Joe, the dragon, does not like to brush his teeth so each night he does not. His breath is so bad his becomes the smelliest in the family. George, his boy, decides to set up a contest to get Joe to brush his teeth. Will it work?


This is the cutest story about good oral hygiene without being preachy. The illustrations are fabulous. The tale is told through rhyme. I enjoyed this book so much. I love Joe! Perfect for your 2-6 year olds who are learning to read.

BEEWITCHED by Julia Dweck

Beewitched - Julia Dweck

Cute story of Beetrice who loves bees so much she becomes one. She learns what is like to be a bee and needs rescued. But who will rescue her?


I enjoyed this story. It is bright and colorful. It is fun. It is imaginative. I learned what it takes to be a bee. I loved how anything to do with b was emphasized.


My only complaint is the dialogue is written in red which on a Kindle is hard to read especially if you are older.


I look forward to reading more of this author.


Birds for Beginners: Birds of North America in Pictures - Pippa Cloverdale

Book of birds with characteristics and photos of the birds. I learned about some birds I had never heard about. I liked learning which birds were state birds as well as what were native species and which had been introduced to North America.


There were a few typos. I wish some of the photos would have been bigger. While seeing some of the birds in flight, I would have liked to see them at rest to get a better idea of what they looked like.


This is good for learning about the most common birds in North America and your back yard regardless of your age.


Billy and the Monster Who Ate All the Easter Eggs - David Chuka

Imaginative story of Billy and his Monster friend who love to celebrate holidays but love Easter most of all because of all the chocolate, their favorite thing. But chocolate at grandma's tempts them too much and they learn the value of moderation.


I chuckled as Billy and the Monster make a mess of the Easter chocolate. I shook my head as Billy decided he could get up early to clean the mess (like he is any different from the rest of us--ain't gonna happen!) An adorable story for your 3-5 year old.