Book: The House in the Cerulean Sea

45047384._UY1422_SS1422_The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. I really enjoyed reading this book. A case worker, named Linus works for the department in Charge of Magical Youth.  He is assigned a highly classified assignment to observe and make recommendation for Marsyas Island Orphanage.  An orphanage where six children reside along with their care taker.  Each different in their own way, but they are look at as a threat.  

An amazing story about family, not judging those who look different and setting aside your own bias view.

 

Book: The Boy who Followed his Father into Auschwitz

The Boy who Followed His Father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield. A great book to read. Make you feel like why couldn’t society do more to help the Jews and do more to stop these atrocity from happening. I couldn’t help think that this might be one of those book that teachers will have students reading and doing analysis between this book and Anne Frank. Living in the same world and having different experiences. Diving into the human sprit and the will to survive. Well I don’t want to give to much away, but if you looking for a book to read, this one will not disappointment.

 

Book: A Man Called Ove

It been awhile since I last posted about a book I read. The libraries here are still closed to the public due to covid19. You can still do curb side pick up, but it doesn’t feel the same. So I went to Barns and noble and brought the the book A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. A Man Called Ove is about living. That life doesn’t stop when you loose your love one. You got to keep on living, evening though your dealing with your grief. Reading Ove, I though of the movie Gran Trio with Clint Eastwood. I don’t why, but that pop in my head awhile reading the book.

Book: Cradle to Grave

Will Reese wife Lydia receive a letter from a dear friend, Mouse.  She and Will learn that Mouse is in trouble with the law for kidnapping Whitney 5 children. Mouse believe the Whitney is unfit to care for them.  With the harsh winter and ice condition, Will and Lydia make the trip to New York to do what they can to help their friend.  In the process they discover that Mouse was probably right that children would be better care for by Mouse.  The situation becomes serious with Will and Lydia are notified that Whitney is murder and Mouse is the main suspect.  Knowing their friend wouldn’t commit murder, Will begin to investigate to clear mouse name and find the murderer.

2nd Book of 2017: Devil’s Cold Dish

My 2nd book of the New Year is Devil’s Cold Dish by Eleanor Kuhns.  This is the second26114399 book that I’ve read by Eleanor.  The other book is Death in Salem which you should read before reading this one.  I will tell you her book has me glued to continue reading.  In Devil’s Cold Dish Will Rees and his wife have return home from Salem.  Rees sister has been visiting, trying to convince him and his wife to alone her husband, her children and herself to say with them. Rees and Lydia refuse to allow them to say, but willing to help her so her children don’t starve.  Rees learns that there a murder in town and is asked to assist, but later ask to withdraw from the case because of a conflict he had with the murder victim.  Rumors being to surface the Rees’s wife Lydia is a witch and is physically attack.  She is also accused of a 2nd murder that happen in town.  Rees angry and eagered to solve this case and stop these rumors about his wife. Unable to leave his house and his family because fear for their safety. Can he solve this case with the majority of the Dugard town against him?

Book #3 Collector of Secrets

1940610338I finished my 3rd book for 2016,Collectors of Secrets by Richard Goodfellow.  An American, Max Travers working aboard in Japan teaching english and in love with a beautiful Japanese girl.  His boss, Yoko a manipulative woman who withhold Max’s passport that he need to return home.  Max decided to breaking into his boss office to retrieve his passport, but walks into a burglary taking place. Max escape this burglary, but accidentally take an old diary which Yoko father has had in his possession for several years.  Max unaware of the importance of the diary is now being hunted by the Yakuza who will do whatever is necessary to get that diary, even kill. Max is now on the run not only from police, but the Yakuza and a secret American who works for a highly position officials and will kill to get their hands on the diary. It is now life and death and in order to survive, Max must solve the diary’s secret.

Book #2: The Dead Assassin

510jVt407BLI’ve been slacking off in reading lately and some of the books I’ve been reading, have not kept my attention to keep on reading them.  Today, I finally finished my second book, The Dead Assassin by Vaughn Entwistle. I will be honest, I’ve never read any of Sherlock Homes books or Frankstein books, but when reading this book that what I felt I was reading. If you were to take both of those books and put them together that will basically give you an idea of what to expect in reading The Dead Assassin. Of courses there more, but wouldn’t want to spoil the fun and enjoyment of reading this book.

Conan Doyle a famous writer is summoned to assist in a horrible crime scene involving a highly government official.  Calling on his friend Oscar Wilde to assist him in solving this crime, both are caught in the middle of something that is much bigger and stranger then just your ordinary crime scene. Conan and Wilde discovery that there a plot to assassin other highly government officials, but learn that the killer is someone or something the disobeys the laws of nature. Their knowledge of this information put their family and their friend lives in danger.

Book #6: The Nakeds

This is my 6th book that I’ve read, and am trying to figure out how to write a post for the books I finish reading.  Should it be a short summary and if I like it or didn’t. Maybe just the big issues/topics I see in the book.

The Nakeds by Lisa Glatt an interesting book if you are one curious about TheNakedsLargehuman sexuality, body image, family, and nudity.  I say interesting because in college I took several courses that dealt with sexuality such as Latina sexuality and human sexuality. There was always an interesting conversations during class. These are classes that you could easily get a “A” in if you did all the readings and the assignments.

Body image, being ashamed, nudity, sexuality, these are all tied together throughout the book. A little girl who is ashamed of her injured leg that is wrap in a cast because of a drunk driver hitting her. She uncomfortable within her own body because one leg doesn’t look like the other.  Uncomfortable being nude with other nude people after her mom and step-father introduce her to a nude camp.

Am sure some of us can relate to the little girl in some way where we are uncomfortable with our body or a certain part. There are some of us who don’t come from a family that doesn’t mind being nude in front of each other because of several reasons.  One reason is that the nude body is a sexual object.  Just like the issue with breast feed in public, it a normal natural thing, but people sexualize the female breast.

Just some of other interesting things that book covers is keeping secrets.  Secrets that you don’t want people to know about you or about your family. In the book you will look into the world of the individual who was driving drunk and hits the little girl.  Never stopping to checking to see if she was alright or call for help.  Just leave her on the street to die and struggling living with that.

 

 

 

Book #4 Duet in Beirut

Book #4, Duet in Beirut by Mishka Ben-David.  When I saw this book I beirutthought it would be filled with action, James Bond type of book. It really didn’t live to my expectation.  Duet in Beirut is about two Mossad agents, Ronen and Gadi.  Mossad is Isreal’s CIA, gathering intelligence and executing secret missions around the world.

Why didn’t it live to my expectation? Well I thought it would be more action, a little romantic situations, but the book really started off slow for me.  It does pick up in excitement which is why I just didn’t stop and put the book down.

Just a quick summary of the book, one of Mossad agents goes rogue after a mission that goes bad and gets blamed for it.  After being let go from Mossad, he take matter in his own hand to assassinate a Hezbollah leader. His friend, Gadi go after him without the approve of the Mossad to stop Ronen from carry out this assassination and causing harm to himself and to his country.  Gadi is able find Ronen and stop him from carry his assassination, only to learn he planet a bomb on the car of the Hezbollah leader.  Thinking he diffuse the bomb, he learn that the bomb isn’t diffuse and has been set to go off at an unknown time. All of this is going on awhile the Mossad is deciding on what action to take and to send in a team to stop Ronen.

Keeping a Routine

If there one thing that I have observe my dogs do every day, is keeping a routine. They have a routine, they wake up early in the morning because they hear my niece arrive as her parents go to work. A hour later one of them is my room trying to wake me and get me out of bed. Usually because they want something: either dogs treat, their water bowl is empty or just don’t have any dog food in their bowl. From there it going outside for a few minutes then back in and right back to sleep. Of course this changes if my parents lock them outside. About noon or 1pm they know it time for lunch. It just amazing that they might not know the concept of time, but they know that it time to be feed. After eating it just walking around the house, making sure the other two dogs bowl are clean and then back to sleep. By 6pm they are back in my room waiting for me because it time to go outside. From there they just follow me and the two big dogs are just play and chasing each other around the yard. When I come back inside they usually head to their dog bowl that is filled with dog food. Each dog wait their turn and by 10pm it usually light out for them. Each taking a spot on the couch or floor to sleep. One of them on my bed watching me reading, or drawing.
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