Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Pluff Mud Murders





REVIEW
At first, I did not find any of the characters likable and was going to have to force myself to continue reading...then the main characters switched. A story where things are not as they seem but the clues are all there. I could picture all of the outdoor settings and the mansion easily. We follow the amnesia-stricken Riley, and others, as they are pitted up against pure greed, pure evil and potentially becoming the next victim.
---A tale that is easy to picture as a movie or mini-series.

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AUTHOR BIO:
Ann Carpenter is the author of three novels, Pluff Mud Murders, Circle of Player and The Mystical Doll House. She is the founder of Kidz by Dezign and lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and granddaughter.
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-----An accurate description of Pluff Mud...interesting.


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Eats named after Pluff Mud :-)
---Pluff Mud Brownies
---Pluff Mud Porter Pop(Holy City Pluff Mud Porter is a beer brewed in Charleston.)
---Pluff Mud Cold Salad. You can also have it warm. I am not a fan of feta but will try this salad.
-----Salty Pluff Mud Pie. This one gets mixed reviews.
--------Of course, you can also buy a Pluff Mud Pie mix. A chocolate meringue pie...that sounds intriguing.

Coasters partially made from Pluff Mud.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Travel the World in Books

Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge
So, this is one of those challenges where one is free to set there own goals. Doing the challenge for 5 years is even mentioned in the description! We homeschool and are on a very tight budget. Traveling long distances has been financially impossible for us the last three years. My mother traveled through her books....all 16,000-plus that she had read most of during her lifetime. She pared down the books to her favorite 5,000 or so and I inherited most of them which I am constantly reading and cataloging for my children's legacy...my mother could not travel like she would have liked either and I look at them as her "somewhere over the rainbow." I pass down the amazing(appropriate) parts of the world that I see painted in words....recipes, tours of faraway places, etc. So anyway, even if the challenge is not here then...I am looking at this as a 15 year homeschooling and reading project. :-)




My first stop is Israel (and, to a lesser extent, Egypt). Imagining the great open spaces. Oh the difficult choices that Solomon made during his lifetime.
"Words are easy; only actions tell who really loves."
This book was number 11, 807 in my mother's collection. :-)
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Lila inherits her grandfather's home in the small town of Auburn, Nebraska. I didn't approve of who the villian was at first until why started being revealed. I would have liked to see more development of The Obituary Society meetings themselves...but maybe that will come in further books in the series.
-----I have always lived in towns where most fireworks are forbidden for ordinary citizens to purchase. I learned that Nebraska has a mix of fireworks-prohibited and fireworks-friendly cities. Mayhaps it would be fun to visit one of these towns on the 4th someday. :-)
I read a Kindle Edition.
FINISHED

I had never seen how some of the at-home stuff is done.




The next book I am reading takes place mainly in Memphis (but also in what is definitely a fictional county and Jefferson, Mississippi which is, from what I can tell, fictional). Faulkner is a bit challenging to me because I never know what is coming...whether he is going to tell the story from many different point of views that are hard to decipher or what. This seems to be a simple and humorous tale of some young people who take a car.
Published in 1962. It was a bestseller and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1963.
I have a first printing but it does not have a cover.
This was number 11, 270 in my mother's book collection.
New vocab I have learned thus far:
---A footlog is a simple footbridge consisting often of a single log hewn flat on one side
---Hostler
---Reiver...reive means to rob or plunder.
---Snaffle

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge
MAY 2016


Clean Sweep ARC Challenhe



A memoir of a woman who is defiantly Christian in Romania during Nicole Ceausecu's Communist regime. The author, Virginia Prodan, is an international human rights attorney who was exiled from Romania.
FINISHED

CURRENTLY READING:
The youngest daughter of a prominent radical politician, Sarah Curran comes of age in an era of rebellion and revolution, buffeted by tragedy and scandal. She has long known Robert Emmet, but not until she is caught up in the fevered calls for Irish independence does she fall in love with the budding revolutionary leader.
Her father forbids their union, but a child raised in a climate of insurrection veers towards her own small rebellion. Determined to win her father's acclaim, she strives to raise his fortunes through marriage to Ireland's future ruler, certain that the uprising cannot fail---even as Emmet's plans fall apart with deadly consequences.
FINISHED

MY PLANNED READING SO FAR:
.....Cartoonist James Silvani combines easy-to-follow art exercises with the latest, greatest dino-facts to help you create fun and cool dinosaur doodles all by yourself. With lessons on old favorites like T-rex and stegosaurus, as well as lesser-known (but still awesome) creatures like the massive argentinosaurus.....








When fifteen-year-old Maribel Rivera sustains a terrible injury, the Riveras leave behind a comfortable life in Mexico and risk everything to come to the United States so that Maribel can have the care she needs. Once they arrive, it’s not long before Maribel attracts the attention of Mayor Toro, the son of one of their new neighbors, who sees a kindred spirit in this beautiful, damaged outsider. Their love story sets in motion events that will have profound repercussions for everyone involved. Here Henríquez seamlessly interweaves the story of these star-crossed lovers, and of the Rivera and Toro families, with the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America. The Book of Unknown Americans is a stunning novel of hopes and dreams, guilt and love—a book that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American.

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