Monthly Archives: March 2018

Ancient China by Terry Collins

Ancient China lets you choose your own adventure. There are three story paths with 43 choices and 24 endings. It’s a very fun way to learn a little bit about life in ancient China. I recommend it for elementary aged kids learning about China or interested in history.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 30
Pages Read in 2018: 7347
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Ninjas and Samurai by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce

The nonfiction companion to go with Night of the Ninjas, Ninjas and Samurai gives tons of facts to kids who want to know more. It includes chapters on samurai life, weapons, armor and battles, ninja fighting, and what happened to the ninjas and samurai. I highly recommend this book to kids who have read Night of the Ninjas.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 29
Pages Read in 2018: 7235
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

When his family could no longer afford to pay his school fees, Malawian teenager, William Kamkwamba, began checking books out from the library in an effort to stay caught up for when he could once again return to school. One of those books helped him figure out how to build a windmill to produce electricity. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is his story. I enjoyed it a whole lot. It’s amazing what a person can do if they set their mind to it. The story is told is a very engaging way and it reads pretty fast. I highly recommend this book to teens and up.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 28
Pages Read in 2018: 7107
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The Power in Your Fingertips by Pam Horne

I’ve heard of emotional freedom technique, or tapping, before, but I did not know what it was. The Power In Your Fingertips, after explaining what it is, guides you through using the technique on yourself. It includes several scripts (that don’t need to be followed perfectly) for ridding yourself of emotions that are weighing you down. It felt weird at first following her instructions, but they were clear and easy to follow and, best of all, they seemed to work. I recommend this book to anyone interested in EFT/tapping.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 27
Pages Read in 2018: 5015
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Night of the Ninjas by Mary Pope Osborne

The Magic Tree House takes Jack and Annie back hundreds of years to Old Japan where they encounter ninjas, a ninja master, and samurai. As with all Magic Tree House books, Night of the Ninjas uses short sentences and easy words, allowing early elementary kids to have success reading a chapter book. As an added bonus, they teach a little bit of history. I recommend this book (and all Magic Tree House books) to kids who have recently learned to read.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 26
Pages Read in 2018: 4915
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Cut in Darkness by Heather Sunseri

Brooke is staying for a while in Kentucky and is assigned a case linking a motorcycle gang to a rash of overdoses among prostitutes and homeless people as well as a Senator’s daughter. Meanwhile, Declan is pushing her to move in with him and Romeo is always close by insisting he is protecting her (about as well as Dobby protected Harry in Chamber of Secrets).

The second book of the In Darkness series, Cut in Darkness, is just as good as the first. It strikes just the right balance of crime investigation, romance, and excitement. One whole section had my heart in my throat wondering how it was going to end. I highly recommend this book to people who like thrillers with a little romance. It’s not completely necessary to read the first book first, but it will make more sense if you do.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 25
Pages Read in 2018: 4833
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True Stories of Crime from the DA’s Office by Arthur Train

True Stories of Crimes from the DA’s Office is a collection of several stories of cases from the district attorney’s office from the very early 1900s. The writing is rather dull. It tells the stories mostly in a this happened, then this happened, then this happened, just the fact sort of way. I love reading true crime books, but this just didn’t hold my attention very well.

2 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 24
Pages Read in 2018: 4534
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Filed under Reason: Birthstone Bookology, True Crime