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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.

SHE TOUCHED THE WORLD: LAURA BRIDGMAN, DEAF-BLIND PIONEER by Sally Hobart Alexander and Robert Alexander

She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer - Sally Hobart Alexander, Robert   Alexander, Robert Alexander
  Laura Bridgman lost her sight and hearing at the age of 2. She was curious and frustrated lost in herself. Dr. Samuel Howe heard of her and came to see if he could help her. He took her back to the Perkins Institute where he taught her to read and write. He taught her fingerspelling and reading by raised letters. She became the teacher of Anne Sullivan who came to the Perkins Institute before she went on to become Helen Keller's teacher.

I got immersed in this story. I learned a lot. I never knew
Laura Bridgman lost her sight and hearing at the age of 2. She was curious and frustrated lost in herself. Dr. Samuel Howe heard of her and came to see if he could help her. He took her back to the Perkins Institute where he taught her to read and write. He taught her fingerspelling and reading by raised letters. She became the teacher of Anne Sullivan who came to the Perkins Institute before she went on to become Helen Keller's teacher.

The end of the book tells of the advances made from Laura's time in the mid-1800's to today. This is a fascinating read that pulled me in from the first page. It will remain on my keeper shelf.

CAPS FOR SALE by Esphyr Slobonkina

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business - Esphyr Slobodkina
  The peddler carries his caps on his head. When he wakes up from a nap his caps are missing. He looks up and sees a tree full of monkeys wearing his caps. He cannot figure out how to get the caps back and he get frustrated.

This is a classic tale. I liked how the peddler showed his frustration and the monkeys followed suit. It teaches children about imitation. It also got the peddler back his caps. It is a fun, easy read.

ANATOLE by Eve Titus

Anatole - Eve Titus, Paul Galdone
  Anatole is a mouse who goes into the human world at night to find food for his family. One night he overhears what humans think about mice and decides he will help instead of being a freeloader. He goes to the cheese factory and rates their cheeses, leaving notes on how to improve them. The cheese factory increases its sales. Anatole remains anonymous.

I enjoyed this story. It is fun. I like Anatole's solution and his comments on the cheese. I think the Disney movie, Ratatouille, is somewhat based on this book. The kids will enjoy it


CURIOUS GEORGE CECILY G AND 9 MONKEYS CL - H. A. Rey,  Louise Borden (Afterword),  Louise W Borden (Afterword)
  Cecily Giraffe is alone and George and his family are homeless. They meet and play. Cecily has an idea that George and his family can live with her.

It's a cute story full of whimsy . This is the first story where Curious George appears before he goes off on his own. It's a good story to teach children about pretend and working together to help each other.

At the end of the book is a short biography of the author and his wife. I enjoyed that more. It helps children to learn more of the world and the past.

SIZE MATTERS by Alison Bliss

Size Matters (A Perfect Fit) - Alison Bliss
  One of the funniest romances I have read in a while. Leah owns a bakery and is overweight. Her mother is always telling her what to do to lose the weight. She meets Sam in a bar and he is a jerk to her but when he goes to apologize to her he is enlisted to help her get the wedding cake to her ex-boyfriend's wedding where he proclaims them engaged. Now they have to look for a way out of the engagement because Leah's mother was there during the proclamation.

I loved Leah and Sam. If only they could have read each other's thoughts instead of thinking they knew what the other was thinking it would have spared them both so much heartache. We also would have lost a lot of the humor. Leah's family is a hoot! I especially enjoyed Sam's jerking her brother's chain.

This was just a fun read. I hope the others that follow will be as much fun.

IRON RODS by Brenna Zinn

Iron Rods - Brenna Zinn

Bennett is hoping to shut down his dad's strip club when he comes home to work with him. Lyle has other ideas and agrees with Bennett hiring Tatum to reinvigorate the club. Bennett has other ideas on what to do with Tatum and none have to do with the club.

I loved these characters. Bennett and Tatum are opposites. Lyle is funny. The other secondary characters are fun especially Heather, Tatum's roommate and accident-prone friend. I enjoyed the story. It was fun but showed what happens behind the scenes of a strip club.

I could feel the tension between Bennett and Tatum and the struggles going on between them and inside them. I liked that each one had the chance to let the reader know what was happening to them. I got mad at Bennett as Tatum did and, though I could understand his reasons, I still wanted to smack him upside of the head at times.

I look forward to the next story.


Mercy & Mayhem: A Mercy Mares Cozy Mystery - Ava Mallory
  First of the Mercy Mares Cozy Mystery. This sets up the characters and Mercy's profession. It was fun and lighthearted. I enjoyed the mystery although I did not solve it. Being that Mercy is a traveling nurse I'm not sure how some of the characters will be able to remain in the series. I liked Mercy but I loved Nubbin' and Betty. I want to read more of this series to see who stays and who goes.

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
  I loved it. I liked the characters. I enjoyed trying to figure out who was telling the story. The story captivated me. There were heroes and villains. How people survived the occupation amazes me. Each does what they can to survive and fight. I don't want to say much because I don't want to ruin the story but this is a keeper.


Books for Children of the World: The Story of Jella Lepman - Sydelle Pearl, Danlyn Iantorno
  After WWII Jella Lepman returns to Germany to help determine what the children need. She learns they want books. This is the story of how she gets books into the hands of the children.

I enjoyed this book. I found it interesting how she found funding to start a library. I also liked that she took the initiative to get books printed that she could give to the children. The book was Ferdinand the Bull, which was a favorite of mine from childhood.

I recommend this book for 7-10 year olds.


Kingdom Under Glass: A Tale of Obsession, Adventure, and One Man's Quest to Preserve the World's Great Animals - Jay Kirk

The story of Carl Akeley as he improves the world of taxidermy and goes to Africa to preserve the big game animals that are being hunted out of existence.  He also developed a camera to take live action film of the animals as they move.  His was an interesting world.  The details are fascinating as Mr. Kirk tells Carl's story.  I even read the notes.  His documentation of his sources is good.  I want to read some of them, if they are still available.  I loved Micki, stubborn as she could be, but that is what gave her the strength and courage to do what she did for Carl.  I did not like his second wife as well.  Carl had a lot of stamina and perseverance as he went for the animals he wanted in his dioramas surviving a leopard and elephant attack.  He should die much earlier than he did.  He was involved with famous people from that era--Theodore Roosevelt and George Eastman of Kodak.  Interesting story.  Reads like a novel.


Thor Vol. 1: The Goddess of Thunder - Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, Jorge Molina

Seems like Thor has become unworthy to wield the hammer. A new Thor claims the hammer and is female. No one knows anything about her. She's not sure why the hammer has claimed her and she's off to fight the bad guys.

This is not a genre I read much. I felt like I dropped into the middle of the story although this is the first volume of Thor: The Goddess of Thunder. I know nothing of her past nor Asgard. It was confusing. This is not a stand alone. Read the early books for better understanding of what is happening. Without the understanding I was lost as to why Thor: The God of Thunder lost his worthiness. The ending is a cliffhanger.

The story is well told. The illustrations enhance the story. If you are into Thor you will enjoy it. It isn't my type of story so I'm not sure if I will finish the series or not.

LENDING A PAW by Laurie Cass

Lending a Paw - Laurie Cass
  Minnie is the assistant director of the library and the bookmobile lady. Eddie is her cat who stows away on the bookmobile. While out on their first day in the bookmobile, Eddie leads Minnie to a dead body. It is the man who provided the money for the bookmobile. His relationships from the past with those in town come to light and everyone is a suspect.

I liked Minnie and Eddie. The cast of characters were interesting and relatable. The questions Minnie asks are good ones but I could not figure out how she figured out the murderer. Nor could I figure out the cops. They were clichéd. Even with the explanation at the end I had trouble following the train of thought that brought her there. I figured there were others who were guilty. Well, it's good I'm not a detective.

While I didn't discover the murderer and could not see Minnie's train of thought, I would like to read more of the series because the characters were so comfortable. I'd like to see where some of the characters go, especially Eddie.

A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman

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A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman
  I loved this book. Ove says what so many of us think but he has a heart of gold beneath his gruff exterior.

This is an excellent character study. When the neighbors start coming around Ove, he is not pleased but they grow on him. Actually, he cannot get rid of them no matter what he does. He wants to join his wife but there is always someone he needs to straighten out and teach so he cannot join her just yet. He's a plain spoken man but so lovable. You learn of him through flashbacks with his wife and neighbors who moved in at the same time he did. Then you see his actions with his current neighbors.

The story reminds me of the movie, Steel Magnolias. One minute you are laughing then something happens to make you cry then Ove says or does something and you are laughing again. Ove is not a man you can walk away from. They don't make them like him anymore.


Converging Parallels (Commissario Trotti #1) - Timothy Williams
  Set in 1978 Italy with the Moro kidnapping as the backdrop, Commissaro Trotti has a kidnapping and murder in his own city that he must solve. I do not know how he made the connections because I never would have but he manages to solve them.

This book sets up Trotti's life and world. It pulls in the politics of Italy and the police. He's an interesting man, very low keyed. He gets angry but it's when he should. I hope to read more in this series to see how his world expands or contracts based on what his fellow characters are telling him.

A VIRTUOUS WOMAN by Kate Gibbons

A Virtuous Woman - Kaye Gibbons
  Excellent book where the story is told from both points of view. Ruby's story is of her past. Jack's is both present and past. Sometimes you get the story from both points. Other times, it is only one view. I got into the story and could not put it down. I felt the pain of both Ruby and Jack. I cried I was so into their lives. It was hard to let go. Well done! A keeper.

BUNNY AND THE BEAR by Eve Langlais

Bunny and the Bear - Eve Langlais
  Miranda is an agent for FUC and is assigned to protect bear shifter Chase from being kidnapped. She's a bunny shifter and no takes her seriously until she shifts then look out.

This is the first in the Furry United Coalition. The world building is good. The characters are wonderful. I enjoyed the alternating points-of-view. The humor is contagious. I laughed so much when picturing Miranda and Chase. I love humor. They are an unlikely couple but so much fun.

I look forward to reading the rest of the series