Become Gruesomely Educated!

How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg Intermediate Non-Fiction 5/5 stars from Mary! This book is way cool! “There are funny crying parts and disgusting stupid parts and hideous cool parts, but it’s pretty much one train wreck after another. And who can tear their eyes away from a…

You Want a Book Review? AS YOU WISH! (Mary)

Guess what! I am in the middle of my second week of school!! For those of you who are out of the loop, I am going to UVU to finish up my bachelors degree in English- Creative Writing. I have also managed to fit getting my certification in Editing and Document Design (whatever that is)…

From this Moment: A Book Review by Mary

From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden My rating:(3.75/5) Romulus White, a declared bachelor,  is a publisher of a scientific magazine. He knows the thing that will take his magazine to the next level is the beautiful lithograph artwork of Stella West. However, Stella West has put her artistic career on hold while she investigates the…

Lily’s Favorite Emotion Books

  Emotional Regulation is something REALLY hard to teach to a child who likes to think of herself as an adult. We’ve found a system that is working for us though. From time to time I will bring home a book from the library, or snag a book from a book sale. Then I’ll just…

Lockwood and Co Series Review

  Lockwood and Co by Johnathan Stroud This is a cheerful series about some orphans that are adopted by a rich woman- who is helping them fulfill their greatest potential, and making their dreams come true. The “screaming staircase” that first book is referring to is the one the young girls like to slide down-…

Non-Fiction from Jessica

Hello all! Long time no posting, huh? Let me tell you, summer was awesome and awesomely hard.  I had friends who were sick, my mental health took a nose dive for awhile, and I had 4+ kids to keep entertained.  I was so busy keeping my nose above water that I was lucky to be…

Book List: Early Intermediate Favorites!

You are wanting to read something more exciting than Dick and Jane to your 5-7 year old, but it seems like every book you pick up is too long, or too scary, or too serious.  Does this sound familiar? Well, I was in that boat not too long ago, and I wish I had bumped…

The Wednesday Wars: Book Review by Mary

From Goodreads: In this Newbery Honor-winning novel, Gary D. Schmidt offers an unforgettable antihero. The Wednesday Wars is a wonderfully witty and compelling story about a teenage boy’s mishaps and adventures over the course of the 1967–68 school year in Long Island, New York Intermediate Fiction/ Newbery Honor 264 Pages; Audio book 7 hrs 27 mins. Published…

Halloween Books for everyone! (Mary)

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey! And you know what that means right? Well, it’s a California Winter. But, before that, it’s a Utah fall! And the best part about a Utah fall is all the holidays! And the best thing about holidays are doing things that get you into the…

Mind blowing plot thoughts!

  I just read this mind blowing advise about plot from this book. It said “Your resolution should tie closely to the story’s beginning. It should refer back to the conflict that was introduced in the story’s opening lines.” WHOA! That means that the conflict that the character will face, will be introduced within the…

Back to the books!

Hey guys. Long time no read huh? This is Mary. You may remember me from those blog posts many many months ago. Good times. Summer is over and school is back in full swing. This means that I actually have time to read again! Wahoo! I have a 1 year old at home still, so…

PRICELESS PICTURE BOOKS!! (Mary’s top 50)

I love it when I get a blog request! Thanks Britnie for the suggestion! This list isn’t meant to be in any ranking order. It’s just a list of books hat my kids and I have loved reading. And as an added bonus, I only put picture books on here that you can check out…