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Wifey by Judy Blume

Sandy is a bored 32-year-old housewife. Her children are at camp for the summer and her husband is just terribly predictable. A man from her past encourages her to make life a little more exciting, but dangerous.

If Wifey is at all accurate in depicting housewives of the 1970s, that is very unfortunate. The book is pretty much entirely about masturbation and sexual affairs. I suspect it’s one of the books that contributed a lot to Judy Blume’s (not always positive) reputation as an author. While the book does draw you into the story (possibly due to the train wreck value, possibly due to the talent of the author), it’s not a book I would really recommend reading.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 143
Pages Read in 2017: 38,919
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Reason I Chose It: Randomly Chosen from To Read Folder

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Rent a Husband by Sally Mason

New divorcee Darcy needs a date for the ball. Her next door neighbor and GBFF pays an acquaintance, Forrest, to go with her. When people start talking saying that he must be hired, Forrest declares his love to Darcy and proposes to her right in front of the whole town.

Rent A Husband was a total mind vacation quick read. The story was funny, though it did go on a bit too long and all the near misses and incorrect assumptions just became ridiculous. It is in need of an editor. There are many incorrect words and punctuation issues throughout. If you want something that doesn’t take much brain power and errors don’t bother you, this book is great!

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 123
Pages Read in 2017: 33,892
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (R in SAPPHIRE)

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Kula Keiki Ali’i by Rosemary I. Patterson

Part historical fiction, part science fiction, Kula Keiki Ali’i tells the story of the Hawaiian children sent to be taught and “civilized” by Calvinist missionaries. In between historical scenes, a story in the present plays out. The story is good, but it is in bad need of an editor. The speech patterns of the children sound like today, not over 100 years ago. For the historical content, I highly recommend this book. For the writing, it’s just not very good.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 117
Pages Read in 2017: 32,044
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Cameron for Next School Year

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Young Marian’s Adventures in Sherwood Forest by Stephen Mooser

Marian and Robin are best friends living in the shadow of the evil Sherriff of Nottingham. When a trick they play on the Sherriff backfires terribly and Marian’s father is arrested, they must find a way to prevent him from being hanged.

Marian is supposed to be an amazing role model in this book, but mostly I just found her to be annoying. It is very far off the Robin Hood stories. My 9- and 10-year-old boys said they liked the story okay. Young Marian’s Adventures in Sherwood Forest isn’t a total waste of time to read, but it’s not a must-read either.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 93
Pages Read in 2017: 26,308
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Reason I Chose It: Bedtime Story for the Boys

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Horrible Histories: Vicious Vikings by Terry Deary

Horrible Histories: Vicious Vikings is a fun to read history of Vikings aimed at kids. It is light on facts and heavy on entertainment, but gets the basic information across. The Kindle version is a bit annoying since it just looks almost like scans of the pages of the book. Some of the writing is underneath pictures making it hard to read and the quizzes are difficult because you have to go back and forth between the pages to see the answers. It’s good enough for a kid interested in Vikings, but I’d recommend getting the paper version rather than buying it for the Kindle.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 91(this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 25,493
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Fritz for Next School Year

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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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Don’t Make Me Come Up There! by Kristen Welch

Don’t Make Me Come Up There! is a collection of 52 very, very short stories/devotionals for busy moms. Each ends with a (at least somewhat) related scripture and prayer. Written by popular mommy blogger Kristen Welch of We Are THAT Family, most of the stories are cute and relatable. The first couple dozen are much better than the rest. They got a little repetitive and sometimes the religious lesson was a bit of a stretch. It was good enough, but probably not worth paying full price for.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 61
Pages Read in 2017: 17,962
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (D in EMERALD)

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