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Appaloosa Summer by Tudor Robins

Meg is devastated when her horse dies of a ruptured artery right under her. She decides to spend the summer on an island working at a B&B. There, she begins training an appaloosa mare and meets an amazing guy, too.

Appaloosa Summer is a sweet story. Sometimes the conversations didn’t sound realistic and there were a handful of editing mistakes. I didn’t enjoy the parts giving the details about training the horse, but I am sure a horse lover would like it. I recommend this book to YA fans and people who love horses.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 134
Pages Read in 2017: 36,590
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (A in OPAL)

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Intrusion by Mary McCluskey

Kat and Scott are grieving the loss of their 17-year-old son. A woman from Kat’s past, Sarah, hires Scott as her lawyer. Sarah is recently widowed and inserts herself back into Kat’s life, helping her through the grief.

The end of Intrusion was a complete shock. Everything I thought was wrong. It was one of those rare books where a couple days after finishing it, I still felt a little disturbed. The story moved very slowly, focusing on character development rather than action. It is quite well written.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 129
Pages Read in 2017: 35,303
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (I in SAPPHIRE)

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Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret by Wanda Coven

Heidi Heckelbeck has always been homeschooled, but now she’s going to public school for the first time in second grade. And it is not a good experience. There’s a mean girl, a play she has to perform in even though she doesn’t want to, and already knowing what they are learning because her mother taught her at home. I think the Heidi Heckelbeck books would have been very useful for my middle son when he went to public school for the first time in second grade and hated every minute of the half year he attended. The end was extremely abrupt and left off on a cliffhanger which my boys and I did not like. I recommend this book to young readers ready for chapter books. Bonus if it’s a young reader transitioning from homeschooling to public school for the first time.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 128 (this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 35,045
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Reason I Chose It: Bedtime Story for the Boys

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Pants on Fire by Clayton Smith

Pants on Fire is a collection of short stories that are most definitely all lies. Some are better than others. Some are funny, some are creepy, some make you think. Overall, I found them to be quite enjoyable, particularly the shorter ones. It’s an odd little book for sure.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 125
Pages Read in 2017: 34,300
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (P in SAPPHIRE)

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Humanity’s Last Chance by DP Fitzsimons

A virus has wiped out most of earth’s population and continues to turn people into cannibals. On an island, 117 children created in test tubes are being raised away from everyone else in the hopes that one day they can fly away and start human colonies on other planets.

Humanity’s Last Chance, the first in The Eden Project, a four-book series, is very fast-paced. It gets a bit gory at the end, but not overly so. I could barely put the book down. It reads fast. It ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger, but in a place that makes perfect sense to end the first book of a series. There were a couple things that just didn’t make sense, such as how any of the doctors working on the island, supposedly far away from all other humans, contracted the virus. I will most likely read the other books, though, at least eventually. I recommend this book to sci-fi and end of the world fans.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 124
Pages Read in 2017: 34,130
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Reason I Chose It: 52 Books Bingo (Science Fiction)

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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Nine-year-old Peter has quite the difficult life all because of his little brother Fudge. Fudge is always getting into Peter’s stuff and messing up his plans. Meanwhile, Peter feels completely forgotten since everyone is always focusing on Fudge.

All the times I read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing when I was a kid, I never really picked up on just how much of a brat Fudge is and just how much his parents’ parenting skills led to his brattiness. My 11-year-old did not like the book at all, mainly because Fudge is, as my son says, a demon child. I still like the book, though. It’s pretty funny. I recommend it for kids right around Peter’s age.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 119
Pages Read in 2017: 32,586
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Reason I Chose It: Bedtime Story for the Boys

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Reel to Real: The Video Store Murders by Joyce Nance

In March 1996, Shane Harrison and Esther Beckley set out to rob a Hollywood Video store in Albuquerque New Mexico. It went terribly wrong and resulted in the deaths of five innocent people. Reel to Real: The Video Store Murders is the story of how it happened and the aftermath. As with many true crime books, the timeline can occasionally be difficult to follow and the number of characters hard to keep straight. It is well-written, however, and attempts to make the timeline as easy to follow as possible. I recommend this book to true crime fans.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 114
Pages Read in 2017: 31,242
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (R in PERIDOT)

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