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November 30, 2019

Best Reads of November

We are at the end of another month. Can you believe that there are only 25 days until Christmas? The staff of Girl Who Reads has been busy reading and now are attempting the difficult task of naming their favorite read of the month.

November 29, 2019

Book Buying Guide 2019

by Donna Huber

To my U.S. readers, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. I'm back this year with my top book recommendations for the readers on your holiday list. Of the 108 books I've read so far this year, I have rated 26 of them with 5 stars. I narrowed the list down a dozen that I'm sure will be enjoyed by any reader you are trying to buy for. I also have an Amazon deal offer for you at the end of the post where you get $5 when you purchase $20 in ebooks.

November 28, 2019

Impeccable Petunia Part I & Part 2 by Katie Christine ~ a Series Review

by MK French

Petunia is an extraordinary chicken, not just because of her unusual feather coloring, but because she enjoys creating a garden and doesn't care about the endless gossip that the other chickens engage in to solidify their ranking in the pecking order. The human that takes care of the house is a tearful thing and takes a shine to Petunia. This friendship isolates her from the main chickens further, but also expands her horizons even more. Illustrations help the reader visualize the characters and the intensity of the situations.

November 27, 2019

The Bright Unknown by Elizabeth Byler Younts ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.”

"I'm not sure who I should thank-or blame-for the chance to become an old woman. Though as a young girl, sixty-seven seemed much older than it actually was...I have watched the world grow up around me.  I was old when I was born, so it seems,  Was I ever really young?  I've been around long enough to know that progress is a relative term.  What is progress anyway?  A lot of damage has been done in the name of progress, hasn't it? But then I have to think, where would I be without progress?" (p1)

November 26, 2019

Into the Dark by Karen Rose ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Chapter 1
Diesel Kennedy blew his whistle and gestured for the kids to join him on the sideline. "That's good for today, guys. Come on over."
He smiled at the ten kindergarteners ambling off the field. They were all too cute in their shin guards and little cleats. Only two of the boys had any soccers competence at all. The others missed the ball, fell down, ran into each other, and generally looked like they were doing a Three Stooges routine. But they tried so hard and seemed to be having fun, which was the real win Diesel was looking for when he coached their team. (p. 13) 

November 25, 2019

November Reading & Blogging Wrap Up

by Donna Huber

This has been an up and down kind of month. Work has been busy as we head into the holidays and the end of the semester. I haven't read as many books this month, but I read a few longer books and a couple of nonfiction books (since it is Nonfiction November). A little cat showed up at my house. She is really skittish but she was warming up to me so after several of weeks of seeing her all the time at my house I trapped her, took her to the vet, and then on Friday I started introducing her to my other cats. One of my cats didn't take meeting her well and ran out of the house when I was trying to bring in my dog. My cats are indoors only, and he totally freaked when outside. I couldn't get him back inside. It rained all day on Saturday so I didn't seem him at all. Then Sunday morning I did another sweep around my house and I found him hiding behind an old door that is leaning against the bench seats on my deck. I fed him some meat sticks and he let me pet him and then I picked him up. He was close to the back door and I had locked the rest of the animals in rooms so I had the door open and just had to take a few steps back into the house. I'm overjoyed!

November 24, 2019

Tell Me A Story: A Literary Love Story by Cassandra King Conroy ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

"It's the way of beauty, I thought.  Destruction and devastation are always there, always demanding our attention.  The chaos of life makes us forget that sometimes, if we don't get too distracted by the wreckage, the losses and heartbreaks, we're offered a glimpse of something better, maybe even something we can call divine.  But we'll miss it if we forget that beauty, like joy, is fleeting and never lasts more than a moment. " (loc5893)