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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.


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.

BEARS by Kay de Silva

Bears: Amazing Pictures & Fun Facts on Animals in Nature (Our Amazing World Series) - de Silva,  Kay

Bears are interesting.  I learned a lot reading this children's book, like Australia has no bears.  I also learned about bears I never knew existed.  I liked the photographs accompanying the prose.  I enjoyed a small description of their eating habits and where each bear can be found.  A good educational read for your 4-8 year old.

BEARDED by Jeremy Billups

Bearded - Jeremy Billups

What a wonderful book! Bear has a long beard and as he travels throughout the world he finds other animals with beards.


This is so much fun. I liked that each illustration shows the visited animal and place as well as something from that country. The drawings are fantastic! The story is cute as can be. I loved it (and I don't like beards.) It is perfect for your 2-5 year old.


A Madness of Sunshine - Nalini Singh

Anahera returns to her home town of Golden Cove after the death of her husband. She comes back full of rage and bitterness but hides it well. When Miriama, a local girl, goes missing the town looks for her. Anahera becomes close to the cop in the town, Will. The two are attracted to each other but because of their pasts they try to deny the attraction. Both are broken but with Miriama missing other pasts come up in the town including the town's past. Anahera gives information to Will and together they try to piece the town's pasts, residents' pasts, and current events to find Miriama.


I enjoyed this story. There is a lot of pain in the town as well as both Will and Anahera's life. I was glad that Anahera was able to fit back into Golden Cove although she knew she could not stay. I liked that she was able to befriend Jemima, the wife of a childhood friend. The friendship caused both to be able to say things that others would not have understood since they had not gone through them. Both needed a friend.


I appreciated that Will was flawed. He had his own baggage and was able to handle Anahera's anger and rage and understand it. Golden Cove had its secrets but also gave up the secrets.


I have to admit I did not anticipate the ending, was actually surprised by part of it. A good story that kept me interested and not wanting to put it down.


104 Funny Thanksgiving Knock Knock Jokes 4 kids (Joke Book for Kids) (Series 2 ) - Ryan  Williams

Silly knock knock jokes that the kids will get a kick out of.  There are duplicates and proofreading could have been better.  Included are bonus knock knock jokes from his other three knock knock jokes.  My favorites were 58 and 75.  I chuckled at those ones.