June 26, 2022

Book Review: Let's Talk Going to the Zoo

Book Title:
Let's Talk Going to the Zoo
Author: Lisa Jacovsky
Genres: Children, NonFiction, Autism, Special Needs, Bullying, Fiction, Educate, Animals
Series: Let's Talk #2
Publisher: Let's Talk
Publisher Date: April 15, 2021 (30 Pages, Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780578246888

Harper and Emma are two best friends who first met at the pool in the summer. Emma has Autism which affects her speech, but she does not let it slow her down. She has a different way to communicate. Harper learned about Autism and how to communicate with her new best friend. Now the girls are getting ready to go to the zoo for the first time. What animals do you think they will see?


While enjoying the animals Emma becomes excited and flaps her hands, making noises. A group of children come over and begin to point and stare. What do you think Harper does when she sees this group being not nice to her friend? Come find out when you read the next book in the Lets Talk! Series.

Discliamer: I received a free copy of this book though the author for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Are you looking for a good friendship and a book that educates about someone with autism or special needs? Well, Let's Talk! Going to the Zoo is a good one with that in mind. Those that have autism are not that much more different on the outside than any other adult or child. They act differently. They may even think differently.

The girls start together and draw their favorite animals. They both have not gone to the zoo. They would like to go. One day their daddies decide to take them. What kind of adventure will Emma and Harper have when they go to the zoo.

This book teaches about bullying or at least try to educate about pointing and staring, instead of Harper fighting with them or saying much.; As she gets more upset about Emma getting picked on at the zoo while looking at some monkeys. What Emma did when she was excited brought a bit of attention to her. How will Harper defend her friend? Will it work? Harper seems to decide to help educate the children that are bullying or picking on Emma cause she is acting differently.

Harper is confused when a group of children starts pointing and laughing at Emma while she is being excited. How will Harper stop the bullying? When the daddies jump in by making silly poses and acting like monkeys. Will this help Harper and the other children get along? There seems to be fun, and being silly can help educate children or a child about bullying, and acting different is okay.

Children will learn a valuable lesson and still have fun reading this book. Children will enjoy the pictures that stand done throughout this book. Children will learn that bullying is not okay but learning to understand and educate is an excellent way to start. This book and Let's Talk! A Story about Autism and Friendship is terrific to have on your child's bookshelves or even your own if you have grandchildren. Teaching children to learn to understand and to educate is an excellent way to realize that being different or acting differently.

 
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June 13, 2022

Book Review: HomeRun! My First Baseball Game

Book Title:
Homerun! My First Baseball Game
Author: Tanner Ryan
Publisher: Little Genius Books
Publisher Date: September 28, 2021 (24 Pages, Board Books)
Genres: Children, Sports, Baseball, Animals, Toddlers
ISBN: 9781953344250
Take kids out to their very first ballgame in this adorable storybook for our youngest fans!
It’s the clean-up hitter
This charming, illustrated sports book for toddlers features the game of the year: the Cows vs. the Bears! Each spread introduces baseball terms, gear, players, and umps within the context of the story of a nine-inning game between all-animal teams. Read along as the Cow shortstop leaps for an inning-ending catch, a Bear runner slides home . . . “Safe!” . . . all culminating in a bottom-of-the-ninth showdown that is the epitome of a never-to-be-forgotten baseball classic!
Declaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Little Genius Books and was under no obligation to write a positive or negative review of this book. It my honest review.
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Are you looking for a good sports book for your newest little one? Well, HomeRun! My First Baseball Game is good to have along with the others in the small sports set. This one is a funny game of baseball for young children and toddlers.

This lovely board book will teach them about baseball and baseball term words. It is adorable and will be enjoyable for children.; It a game between Cows and Bears? Who will win in the ninth inning?

Want to take your youngest fans of baseball to a game? Well, this book can do that without leaving your home—what a time for me to be reading this book. However, the baseball season starts in April, which is Spring. This sports season is still going on, as I write. I thought this book was quite an adorable read. I love the back and forth of the story—it is like being at a real ball game.

Children will learn about baseball and enjoy the rhyming as your read. Parents can help young readers learn to read and learn about a sport. The book is a fast and quick read. Who will win the game of the year? Young fans will enjoy the story, and the pictures stand done well. Baseball is a good family event as well. If you are a baseball fan, you might have a little fan of your own and HomeRun! My First Baseball Game is terrific to have your child or children's bookshelf. They can learn a little about the game through this lovely book.

Anyone can enjoy a book about baseball. It is a good summer sports event to go to and have family fun. You do not need to worry about your toddler holding and to play with this book. It is a board book and sturdy for them.
 
 
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June 10, 2022

Audiobook Tour: Shadow of Murder By Lauren Carr W/Giveaway

Book Title:
Shadow of Murder
Author: Lauren Carr
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Publish Date: 05-5-2022 ( 17 hrs and 25 mins, Audiobook)
Series: A Mac Faraday Mystery (Book #14)
Narrated by: Mike Alger
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Paranormal, Crime / Detective,
Disclaimer: I received this audiobook from the publisher and it is on tour here at Nighttime Reading Center though this book tour +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours and this is my honesty review

You can't move to the next chapter of your life without tying up loose ends in the previous.
True crime blogger Erica Hart starts a new chapter in her life with a bang when a dark shadow darts into the mountain road to send her SUV off a cliff and to the bottom of Deep Creek Lake. Spencer’s newest addition to the police force Dusty O’Meara assumes it was a bear. Erica is not so sure.
Soon afterwards, contractors discover Konnor Langston’s body at the bottom of an abandoned swimming pool at the new summer home of Mac Faraday’s son.
With Police Chief David O’Callaghan away on paternity leave, Deputy Chief Dusty O’Meara must lead the investigation in his first murder case since moving to Spencer. Not only does Dusty have to work under the shadow of the legendary Mac Faraday but he also has to match wits with Erica, who is determined to find justice for Konnor, her childhood friend.
Mac isn’t so difficult. Even Gnarly, the town’s canine mayor, is manageable if his authority is well-respected and he is kept entertained.
Erica Hart, Dusty finds, is more of a challenge. It wouldn’t be so difficult if she wasn’t so irresistible.
Are you looking for some fun cold cases to solve? Maybe even a bit of mystery to solve with a twist. Lauren Carr's latest book "Shadow of Murder" does just that. We get a prologue full of mystery and murder. You will be wondering how a gunman kills an entire family. Is it real, or is it not. You will have to read or listen to find out for yourself.

This book had me going and wondering who would kill a whole family, including a law officer. There are a few main characters. We meet two of them right at the beginning of the story. Erica and Dusty.

I love the fact that mysteries are going on throughout the book. I enjoy that Erica and her friends seem to need to help the new local deputy chief. David gets some time with his wife and newborn. I recall David meeting a woman and a little boy I thought was introduced to him as his son?

Mac is pulled into a Chao once he returns from Europe with Archie. His son Tristain brings to life the disappearance of a missing person, a woman named Konnor Langston. Why did she disappear? It goes on from there. There are many mysteries and curses and stories of witches as the book goes on. I wonder who killed Erica's parents and why? Who taking advance of Larry? Why were Erica Hart's parents killed, and will Erica get justice for her childhood friend Konnor?

If you are looking for a good versus evil? This book has it. Once a dark shadow tries to harm Erica. Dusty seems to fall for a bird guiding him to help Erica. Will Erica and Dusty get together? There may be some romance for more than just two folks in the book. How will Dusty's father-law decide to find some love as well? There seems to be the talk of angels and demons? They're a bit supernatural in this book; that is a nice change to the story.
Prize:$50 PayPal Gift Card courtesy of Lauren Carr, author of SHADOW OF MURDER (ends July 1)

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries. The twelfth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series, Candidate for Murder will be released June 2016.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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June 8, 2022

Book Review: The Amish Greenhouse Mysteries (3 in 1 Book) Collection

Book Title:
The Amish Greenhouse Mysteries
Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter
Genres: Amish, Amish Fiction, Mystery, Christian Fiction
Series: Amish Greenhouse Mystery (Collection)
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
Publisher Date: June 1 , 2022 (952 Pages, Paperback)
Where Is the Hope in Grief?
A terrible accident leaves three women as the sole providers of the family they have left. Their only income must come from the greenhouse in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, but someone seems to be trying to force them out of business in their darkest hour of grief and despair. Can hope be restored in three novels from bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter?
 
The Crow’s Call
When her father, brother, and brother-in-law are killed in a traffic accident, Amy King leaves a job she loves and halts a promising courtship with Jared to help run the family greenhouse. Can things get any worse for a young Amish woman who has already made several sacrifices?
 
The Mockingbird’s Song
Widow with two children, Sylvia feels her mother is being too over-protective and meddlesome when she meets Dennis Weaver while birdwatching. When the budding romance is squelched and troubling events start happening again at the family-run greenhouse, Sylvia must confront her reoccurring anxieties.
 
The Robin’s Greeting
Suddenly widowed with the weight of her family and business on her shoulders, Belinda King struggles to remain strong and at peace. When the pressures mysteriously increase, will she crumble, or can she turn to one of two new suitors?
Declaimer: I received a free Copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. My opinions of this book are my own.
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This book is all three books in one. It will tell the stories of the King's family and Mystery of the Greenhouse in one book instead of three separate books.

The Crows Call is a good story. I enjoyed it. The storyline is about the Kings. Suppose you remember Michelle from the Prayer Jars series. Well, we meet up with Michelle and Ezekiel once again. You will be surprised when you do.

I am glad to see them once again. We get to know a bit more about their storyline. However, this takes place mainly around the King's greenhouse and the King's family. Something tragic happens, and those remaining have to deal with it. They seem to deal with it in different ways.

Though this seems to be mostly Amy King and Jared's story? How will Amy deal with the tragic events that hit her and her family? Wanda appears to show how everyone deals with grief in their way. However, we see each family member cope in different ways.

Henry seems to be the one that struggles the most. How will he deal with it? Everyone seems to tell him what to do. There seem to be a silver lining to his way. He seems to attach to a crow and when to train it. Will he be able to?

The Mockingbird's Song continues on the story of what happens with Sylvia and Amy and Henry and their mother. We start with them getting close to the time the tragedy happens. It seems like things focus on Sylvia and her grief.

We also met a new person named Denis Weaver. Could there be a connection between Dennis and Sylvia? Sylvia first meets Dennis while out with her brother Henry, birdwatching. This book takes time to get into the beginning. It starts slow, but it gets better once you are into the book.

We see Virginia and her husband's personality through these books. It's funny to see this along with how they see the Amish. Amish seem not bothered by their neighbors. We know how each member is still dealing with the loss of their family members.

Amy and Jerrod seem to be getting ready for their wedding. What happens when things start to pick up, and the vandalism begins again. Who is vandalizing the greenhouse? Why is it happening? Seem to be a mystery still. However, we may have some answers.

More twists and turns as you turn the pages. However, this book is rated 4.5 by me as it is still good. This one focuses on family and birdwatching and learning more about birds. Will Sylvia find her happiness with birdwatching or someone or both? How will Belinda cope with her grief and other things?

The Robin's Greeting is another beautiful story. It continues the King Family's story and how they get past the loss of their three loved ones. This book focuses on Belinda and her two suitors. But there seems to be more to the mystery of who is vandalizing the greenhouse.

There are quite some events that happen for Belinda's two grown daughters. Henry still seems to be grieving the loss of their father and older brother, and brother-in-law Toby. But will he find some happiness in this life?

Michelle and her husband seem to spend time with his family. Will Michelle find her mother? There seem to be complete surprises at every turn. Virginia seems pretty upset with her neighbors that live across the street. Will the Martin's ever warm up to the Kings or the Amish?

Virginia seems lonely and upset to be still living in the Amish country. Is there a reason for the Martins to have gotten the house next door and closed the greenhouse? Who could be the one that is vandalizing the greenhouse and making Henry go looking for the person responsible for all the attacks on the King's greenhouse? Oh, how this ends and surprises at the end.

Suppose you want to find out how Michelle becomes Belinda King's daughter-in-law. How she became Amish, you should read "The Prayer Jars" series. Its first book is called "The Hope Jar." I have reviewed each one of these books.

Wanda does it again with this book. This series is just as good as "The Prayer Jars." I enjoyed each one of these books in this series, "Amish Greenhouse Mystery." Will they solve the mystery that is going on at their greenhouse? What up with Maude coming to the greenhouse and up to the King's place? I enjoyed the titles of each of these books as well.
 
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May 20, 2022

Audiobook Tour: A Wedding and A Killing / Giveaway

Book Title: A Wedding and A Killing
Author: Lauren Carr
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Publish Date: 07-14-17 ( 8 hrs and 50 mins, Audiobook)
Series: A Mac Faraday Mystery (Book #8)
Narrated by: C.J. McAllister
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction,
Disclaimer: I received this audiobook from the publisher and it is on tour here at Nighttime Reading Center though this book tour +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours and this is my honesty review

When Mac Faraday decides to do something, there's no stopping him ... even murder Not wanting to wait until their big day to start their life of wedded bliss, Mac Faraday and his lady love, Archie Monday, decide to elope to the little church where his ancestors had all married-along the tranquil shore of Deep Creek Lake. However, before they can say, "I do," the sanctuary erupts into chaos when Gnarly finds a dead body in the church office. As they dive into the investigation, Mac and his team discover more questions than answers. What kind of person walks into a church and shoots a man for no apparent reason? Who would want to kill the quiet, mild-mannered church volunteer? How do you solve the murder of a man who has no enemies in the world? And then, there is the all-important question, how long do Mac Faraday and his lady love have to wait to get married? SPECIAL BONUS FEATURE: THE GNARLY REHABILITATION PROGRAM (A Gnarly Mystery Short): Dognappers Bert and Ernie learn the hard way that crime does not pay when they snatch Gnarly.
If you are looking for a book that will spice up the beginning of your book or story. Well, “A Wedding and a Killing” is a good one that does just that. Mac and his lady decide to get married in the Spencer Church.

It starts once Gnarly jumps out of the car, runs, and barks at the door, which everyone invited to the wedding for Mac and Archie. They realize that Gnarly will not stop barking to get their attention.

Gnarly seems to be trying to get their attention. When no one is paying attention, He will not leave that door. Once someone goes to the door and opens it, Gnarly finds a dead body. It gets chaotic and brings everyone from the church’s sanctuary as Mac and Archie seem in an argument over Gnarly being there. It seems to bring action when they find a murder occurred.

Who would kill a man with no enemies? Who volunteers for the church. When Gnarly finds a dead body, it brings Mac to team up with David and dives into the investigation. But how long will it take? How long will Mac have to wait to get married to Archie? We seem to get more murders and twists and turns. What happens when Ruth and her daughter get brought in. Will Ruth be framed for murder and her husband? Who killed Jason Fairbanks. We seem to have two cases that interlope, and Mac wants to help and defend Ruth.

Once you start reading Lauren Carr’s books, you will want more of them. You can read any of her books in any order and as a standalone. You will want to read more by finding one of her books or audiobooks. Great for any mystery fan, murder mystery, or even thriller fan.
Prize:$50 PayPal Gift Card courtesy of Lauren Carr, author of SHADOW OF MURDER (ends July 1)

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries. The twelfth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series, Candidate for Murder will be released June 2016.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with Lauren: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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May 19, 2022

Monthly Wrap up: April 2022

April was quite busy for me on every weekend. I hope your Easter was well and enjoyed the time reading there favorite books. I love bring in each year differently. First time I read a total of 4 books in a month. Mostly are book tours and review books. My April weekends was packed with my mom craft shows and family get together that i only got four books read.

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Books Read in April:
  1. The Lady Who Cried Murder by Lauren Carr (Book Tour/ Audiobook Tour - Live Now)
  2. A Wedding and A Killing by Lauren Carr (Book Tour/ Audiobook Tour - Live on 5/20/22)
  3. Goodness Gracious Golly Gee: I Forgot My Christmas Tree! by Carol,Cori Burcham
  4. Ava and Aaron's Easter Story by Roger Carlson
My books really fell in 2 different genres for this month. They are in 3 different media categories I believe as well. They will be shown below.

Books by Genre:
  1. Children - 2 Book
  2. Mystery - 2 Book
Books by Media Categories:
  1. Paperback - 1 Books
  2. E-book - 1 Book
  3. Audiobook - 2 Book
I have read a total of 78 Pages, 15.74 Hours of Listening for the month of April. I am finally back to reading around what I think I can for a month.  The total for 2022 is 846 Pages and 21.39 Hours of Listening.

Books by Pages Total:
  1. The Lady Who Cried Murder - 07:24 Hours and Mins
  2. A Wedding and A Killing - 08:50 Hours and Mins
  3. Goodness Gracious Golly Gee: I Forgot My Christmas Tree! - 38 Pages
  4. Ava and Aaron's Easter Story - 40 Pages
Total Pages by Month:
  1. January - 124 Pages
  2. February - 548 Pages
  3. March - 768 Pages / 5.25 hours
  4. April - 78 Pages / 15.74 hours

Total books by Month:

  1. January - 4 Books
  2. February - 5 Books
  3. March - 3 Books
  4. April - 4 Books 
   
Favorite Book of the Month:
When Mac Faraday decides to do something, there's no stopping him ... even murder Not wanting to wait until their big day to start their life of wedded bliss, Mac Faraday and his lady love, Archie Monday, decide to elope to the little church where his ancestors had all married-along the tranquil shore of Deep Creek Lake. However, before they can say, "I do," the sanctuary erupts into chaos when Gnarly finds a dead body in the church office. As they dive into the investigation, Mac and his team discover more questions than answers. What kind of person walks into a church and shoots a man for no apparent reason? Who would want to kill the quiet, mild-mannered church volunteer? How do you solve the murder of a man who has no enemies in the world? And then, there is the all-important question, how long do Mac Faraday and his lady love have to wait to get married?
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My Wrap Ups for the Year:

  1. January
  2. February
  3. March
What are your Reading this April?

 
 
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May 8, 2022

Book Review: Ava and Aaron's Easter Story

Book Title:
Ava and Aaron's Easter Story in Rhyme
Author: Roger Carlson
Genres: Children, Holidays, Easter, Rhyming
Series: Mariana Books Rhyming #9
Publisher: Mariana Publishing
Publisher Date: April 2, 2021 (40 Pages, Paperback)
ISBN: 9781645100638
Ava and Aaron are back for their third adventure in the Mariana books rhyming series. They wake up one Easter morning excited at the adventure they have planned that day. They join their friends at the local park and, "on your mark, get set, go!" Will they use the clues to find the hidden Easter eggs before the other contestants?
Discliamer: I bought this copy to complete the series and for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Another sweet Easter story I found. This one is about Ava and Aaron Easter. The Easter story is something I haven't seen in a children's book yet. Children will learn some teachable moments and learn about teamwork. There is rhyming throughout the book, and this is book nine in the series. Suppose you remember Ava and Aaron's, Christmas Story. Well, this is the third book about them. Only this one is about their Easter.

Will Ava and Aaron learn to take turns and help find each other out to find all five Easter eggs for their team? Children will love reading and learning to read as well. Throughout the book, there is strong teamwork, with Aaron and Ava working to solve the clues.

There may be some fun and enjoyable idea for parents to come up with for the Easter hunt or another way to celebrate Easter with the children and learn about teamwork. What Easter ideas or fun things can your child or children come up to do with others and learn about teamwork?

Children can learn to read with this rhyming story. What adventure did Ava and Aaron go on? Will they win their contest? I hope they enjoy and see that having fun is better than winning. This book does focus on teamwork and solving the clues. Can your child or children solve the clue to find the hidden Easter eggs?
 
 
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May 3, 2022

Book Haul #22: April 2022

 I did read a bit of books.  This month I only received 6 books in the mail. I have been reading some books and an audio-book was completed for this month so be on the look out for them. I hope all stay safe and healthy. Here are some amazing books that all arrived this month. I want to say Thank you to all of the authors and publishers and new one for all these lovely books that arrived this past month. They are on my TBR List to read. Some are New releases for this year.

Here are the books I received from two different publishers.Thank you to some authors as well. Thank you to those Book Tours as well. Most are review books. I want to say Thank you all. I bought a few of these books.


  • Khahari Discovers the Meaning of Autism by Evan J. Roberts
  • Khahari Discovers the Brilliance of Janae by Janice Pernell
  • Mr, Sunnyside: Imagination by Colin Gregory
  • The Moonlight Child by Karen McQuestion
  • The Amish Twins Next Door by Vannetta Chapman
  • The Good Egg by Pete Oswald, Jory John
All are on my radar to read. I hope to read these books in next few months. This is my book haul for this month.What are you reading this or received this past month? 
 
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