[1] Book Review by:View Post Sharon Powers.      I grew up in the Sacramento Valley in California. I love driving down the roads smelling the different seasons as they come and go, the rice paddies, the sweet smell of harvest time as the alfalfa is cut, the corn and sunflowers harvested, and the tomatoes shipped off to the cannery. I love the wet earthy smell after a rain and crazy as it seems, I even love the dry, hot valley summer sun. And t...

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[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      As a young woman, my favorite novel was, Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell; I read this book more than thirty times because of my love for the story and, of course, for my love of horses. I was what people called, “horse crazy.” My bedroom had books about horses, Breyer horse statues, horse magazines, horse stickers, and, of course, I watched horse movies whenever I could (Internati...

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This edition of Prey is the downloadable edition from Audible. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      We were on the road headed to my daughter’s house for my grandson’s fun- eral. The radio was- n’t working because all around us were hills. Everyone in the car complained that they were bored… apparently no one had thought to bring along a book to read or a CD that we all could have enjoyed.&nb...

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[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Last year on March 21, 2014, the movie, Divergent, came to the big screen; this year, in just a few short weeks, on March 20, 2015, Veronica Roth’s second book in the Divergent series, Insurgent, becomes a book-to-movie, and will open in theaters.      For fans of the Divergent series, as the date for the opening draws near, the long-awaited movie promises to sati...

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[1]  Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Like many little girls, I loved to read about dragons in stories. As an adult my fascination, admittedly, has dimmed a bit–it happens to all of us as we grow into adulthood and responsibility. However, I found my excitement with dragons rekindled when I read a story about a blue egg delivered to a young boy; the boy bonded with the dragon, Saphira, and he became a dragon rider....

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…. [1]      We could say, “Once Upon a Time.” But, however we say it, Star Wars has become a legendary story, a myth, that has become part of cultures around the world. The Star Wars stories are far from over. As you can see, we have a brand new story to add to the expanding mythos surrounding the Skywalker Clan and the Jedi Knights. The author of this new novel is none...

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[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      It is here, at last. Saint Odd. The Climax of the entire Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz. The long-awaited novel everyone has longed for; on one hand we get to read about Odd, again, but on the other hand, we fear both Oddie’s death, and that the final book won’t tie up all the threads that were woven throughout the series, and that we will hate the ending (for not l...

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The first book of The Mortdecai Trilogy, is Don’t  Point That Thing at Me. Book 2, is After You With The Pistol, and Book 3, Something Nasty in the  Woodshed. The trilogy, The Mortdecai Trilogy, may also be purchased in the paperback format, apt- ly enough, under the title, The Mortdecai Trilogy.[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.    Don’t Point That Thing At Me, by Kyril Bonfiglioli had movie rights purchas...

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This is the movie edition cover of Ron Rash’s novel, The World Made Straight.  [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      It was reported that on, “Jan. 18, 1863, troops from the 64th North Carolina Infantry under the command of Lt. Col. James Keith lined up 13 men and boys, ranging in age from 13 to 60, made them kneel and shot them at point-blank range.” One of the captured was a 13-year-old boy b...

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[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      I came home from grade school so excited because our teacher had read to us today about a woman who had lived during the time of the Civil War. Her name was Elizabeth Blackwell, and she was the very first woman to become a doctor in the United States. What had so enthralled me as a grade school girl was just how much determination she had.       My teacher told us that ...

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The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson
Uncategorized / September 28, 2013

The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson Book Review by Sharon Powers. I don’t always tell you why I’ve selected a particular book to review, but today I want you to know that I’ve selected one of my favorite author’s books for a very good reason. Earlier this month Brandon Sanderson won the Hugo Award for The Emperor’s Soul. My congratulations go out to Brandon Sanderson for the award on this fine ...

The Treasures of Venice by Paola Zoffoli and Dario Cestaro
Uncategorized / September 23, 2013

See book information at bottom of post. The Treasures of Venice by Paola Zoffoli and Dario Cestaro Book Review by Sharon Powers I have a rare chance to review for you, today, a new pop-up book, just released this month (September 10, 2013). I was so excited when I discovered this book was coming out. I preordered it so I could have it just as soon as it was available. I love all manner of books and genres, including pop-up books, lik...

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Part 2 [Monomyth: The Hero’s Journey]
Uncategorized / September 16, 2013

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card; Review, Part 2, by Sharon Powers DEDICATION: This posting is dedicated to all teachers–especially those who teach others how to read, write, and analyze literature; also, those teachers in particular who teach Ender’s Game as part of their curriculum in their classrooms. Just as an aside, my beautiful daughter, an incredible teacher who teaches at Hardin Middle School...

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Part I. [The Series, Writing Techniques, and Questions.]
Uncategorized / September 8, 2013

Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game Review, Part I, by Sharon Powers. DEDICATION: This blog is dedicated to the students at Hardin Middle School in Salinas, California. Ender’s Game is part of the curriculum at Hardin Middle School, and is used to help students learn improved reading skills, writing, and literary analysis. THE SERIES: Ender’s Series, sometimes referred to as Ender’s Saga or Enderverse,&...

Walk Me Home by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Uncategorized / September 2, 2013

Walk Me Home by Catherine Ryan Hyde Review by Sharon Powers. The author of this intriguing book, Catherine Ryan Hyde, is a prodigious writer and is the author of the well-known and widely-acclaimed book, Pay It Forward. Pay it Forward is included in ALA’s 2001 list of Best Books For Young Adults; also, the book was selected to be turned into a major motion picture movie with the same title: Pay It Forward. Additionally, sh...

City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments Series
Uncategorized / August 27, 2013

Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments Review by Sharon Powers. This book is available in the usual formats: hardcover, paperback and on Kindle, and, of course, you can also read this book almost anywhere (computer, phone, tablet, etc.) if you download the free app from Amazon. Also note that the book is less expensive if you buy it for an e-reader or a Kindle device. Who is the audience for this book? It ...

A to Z (Fun) Survey…
Uncategorized / August 25, 2013

A FUN A-Z BOOK SURVEY. This week I have several projects in the works, but in the midst of prepping my next blog, I stumbled across a fun survey I would love to pass along to you. I was reading one of my favorite blogs, My Life in Books by Jennine G. who posted an “A to Z Survey” from blogger Wensend…who, in turn, picked it up from The Perpetual Page-Turner. Jamie explains she created her survey as a typical A-Z sur...

The Green Mile by Stephen King
Uncategorized / August 21, 2013

The Green Mile by Stephen King  Please see the story synopsis below. [1] And what the heck is a green mile, anyway? And whatever is it about a book in the horror genre by a novelist known for writing horror stories that would prompt me to place it on my Top Ten Favorite Books List…especially when horror novels are not usually my cup of tea? Well, first, this book isn’t really horror…I’d say more...

My Top Ten Favorite Books–What are Yours?
Uncategorized / August 19, 2013

UPDATE: 08-31-14:      My one year update to this blog (where you can find my revised list of my top ten favorites) can be found by clicking the link, here. __________________ My very first post. Wow! I never imagined I would ever write a blog. But here I am. I guess I should state the obvious, first. My name is Sharon, and I love books. I read (it seems like) all the time. I’m doing this because want to share so...