Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox

Being diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s changed Michael J. Fox’s life, and not all bad. In fact, he thinks of himself as lucky because in many ways, by pushing him to turn his life around, his diagnosis saved his life. Lucky Man is mostly the story of his Parkinson’s diagnosis and coming to terms with it. He is very honest about his partying, issues in his marriage, and his anger over his body betraying him. It’s an excellent read for any Michael J. Fox fan.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 85
Pages Read in 2017: 23,661
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (L in PEARL)

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Beowulf: A New Telling by Robert Nye

Beowulf: A New Telling covers most of the saga of Beowulf using easy to understand language. The story is interesting and well-written. I highly recommend it to middle grade age kids studying the middle ages.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 84
Pages Read in 2017: 23,379
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Cameron & Fritz for Next Year

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Summer Baby by Beth Labonte

Summer and Graham are finally having a baby! Her parents live nearby and his parents are up from Florida and typical hilarity ensues.

The Summer books are all lots of fun and Summer Baby is no exception. It reads fast and is an excellent mind vacation. I highly recommend reading it!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 83
Pages Read in 2017: 23,265
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Reason I Chose It: I like the Summer series

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Stories of Beowulf Told to Children by H.E. Marshall

The saga of Beowulf is pretty amazing and Stories of Beowulf Told to Children tells some of the stories in a way that young children can read and understand while still preserving the spirit of the original. This is a great book for anyone studying the middle ages.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 82 (this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 23,153
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Adrian for Next School Year

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The Jewel Thief by Andrea Pearson

Carter and Ridge are no longer friends, but they both still remember the spell to bring people back even though they’ve given the book back to Aldo. In The Jewel Thief, the second book in the Ranch City Academy series, Ridge brings back a jewel thief and Carter has to figure out how to stop him. My 8- and 10-year-old boys really enjoyed the book. It’s very short and simple and a quick read even for an elementary schooler reading to themselves.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 82 (this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 23,080
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Reason I Chose It: Figured the Boys Would Like It

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Bezza’s Book of Enchantments by Andrea Pearson

Carter and Ridge discover a spell to temporarily bring back people from the dead. The person can only stay for enough time to complete a specific task and cannot do anything other than what they were brought back to do. In Bezza’s Book of Enchantments , the first book, they bring back Nikolaus Kraft to help them with an oral report. I figured my 8- and 10-year-old boys would like it and I was totally right. They got really excited when they recognized two of the characters (from the Kilenya series). The story is very short and simple. It’s absolutely perfect for reading to kids or to give to an elementary schooler to read.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 82 (this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 23,045
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Reason I Chose It: Figured the Boys Would Like It

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The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit

When their father is taken away, three children and their mother must move and are left very poor. The children make friends with the railway near their house and many people associated with it including an old gentleman who rides the train.

The Railway Children is a sweet book with a lovely ending. It is very, very, very dated which I suppose makes it a bit quaint, but also makes it a bit annoying to read. Regularly, the author as narrator inserts their random thoughts into the story which is a bit jarring and pulls you out of the story. The children have interesting adventures, but nothing in how they are told is especially engaging. It’s a decent enough book to read for adults and children alike.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 82
Pages Read in 2017: 22,989
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Adrian for Next School Year

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