2021 Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 3 books toward her goal of 245 books.
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Guest Book Review: Lighting the Stars by Gabriele Wills, Review by Linda Lu

Today I’m pleased to bring you a review by a new contributor, Linda Lu. Enjoy!

About the Book
Tucked into the rugged Canadian wilderness of Muskoka’s majestic lake country, Merilee Sutcliffe’s peaceful town seems worlds away from the escalating conflict in Europe. But life is about to change dramatically in the Summer of 1940. As her patriotic friends and relatives leave for battle, her small town is thrust into the war machine. Merilee’s formerly tranquil skies soon roar with aircraft from the Royal Norwegian Air Force, stationed nearby to train young men determined to liberate their country from Nazi occupation. Continue reading Guest Book Review: Lighting the Stars by Gabriele Wills, Review by Linda Lu

Book Review: The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

I am captivated by books about books and words. I myself am a lifelong lover of both, and find that others who feel the same generally craft beautiful tales in homage to our great loves… Pip Williams has crafted one such tale. Continue reading Book Review: The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

Book Review: Through the Door by T.L. Brown

Merciful heavens, but Emily’s life is getting more confusing by the minute!

In this second installment in the Door to Door series, T.L. Brown throws us right into the thick of things from the opening pages. (For my review of book one, Door to Door, click here.) With her characteristic wit and humor, we find ourselves right back in the world of doors and magical objects and people who are definitely not all that they seem… Continue reading Book Review: Through the Door by T.L. Brown

Book Review: Albert Einstein by Inspired Inner Genius

The Inspired Inner Genius folks have done a great job distilling the lives of great men and women into simplified, but not overly simplistic, tales for children that serve as intriguing introductions to their respective subjects. With colorful illustrations and an emphasis on overcoming the types of challenges that children can relate to, the books offer engaging peeks behind the curtain of famous historical figures. There are references to more complex subjects (like the theory of relativity) that are mentioned but not directly addressed, which offers opportunities for interactive teachable moments and further reading. Continue reading Book Review: Albert Einstein by Inspired Inner Genius

Excerpt: The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer

About the Book

With the thrilling pace and historical drama of Pam Jenoff and Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author Kelly Rimmer’s newest novel is an epic WWII saga and love story, based on the real-life efforts of two young people taking extraordinary risks to save their countrymen, as they try to find their way back to each other and the life they once knew. Continue reading Excerpt: The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer