May 15

Book Review – The Outcast

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The Outcast by Jolina Petersheim

The Outcast by Jolina PetersheimRachel Stoltzfus never imagined she’d be the talk of her Old Order Mennonite community until whispers stir the moment her belly swells with new life. Unmarried and refusing to repent by naming the partner in her sin, Rachel feels the wrath of the religious sect as she is shunned by those she loves most and eventually forced to leave – driven out by her twin sister’s husband, the bishop.
But secrets run deep in this cloistered community, and the bishop is hiding some of his own, threatening his conscience and his very soul. When the life of Rachel’s baby is at stake, choices must be made that will bring the darkness to light, forever changing the lives of those who call Copper Creek home. Read the rest of this entry »

May 15

Book Review – Defending Jacob

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Defending Jacob by William Landay

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney for two decades. He is respected. Admired in the courtroom. Happy at home with the loves of his life, his wife, Laurie, and teenage son, Jacob.
Then Andy’s quiet suburb is stunned by a shocking crime: a young boy stabbed to death in a leafy park. And an even greater shock: The accused is Andy’s own son—shy, awkward, mysterious Jacob.
Andy believes in Jacob’s innocence. Any parent would. But the pressure mounts. Damning evidence. Doubt. A faltering marriage. The neighbors’ contempt. A murder trial that threatens to obliterate Andy’s family.
It is the ultimate test for any parent: How far would you go to protect your child? It is a test of devotion. A test of how well a parent can know a child. For Andy Barber, a man with an iron will and a dark secret, it is a test of guilt and innocence in the deepest sense.
How far would you go? Read the rest of this entry »

May 15

Book Review – Feed

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Feed (The Newsflesh Trilogy) by Mira Grant

Feed by Mila GrantThe year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives – the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will get out, even if it kills them. Read the rest of this entry »

May 15

2014 Reading Challenge Wrap-Up – April Reads

The end of a school semester is always a little crazy but this semester seemed even more so with a recorded presentation, a website, a paper, a board game, a full website proposal, a program, and a comprehensive programming final all coming due in a relatively short period of time. A professor from a previous semester described how she tried to spread the assignments out evenly over the semester as to not overload students and then she realized that every professor did this and students end up overwhelmed three or four times over. Is it any wonder I love my marketing professor who doesn’t believe in out of class assignments other than reading and who every semester decides to cancel the final exam and do an in class project instead.

I did manage to read a little in April though, Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 23


Lost power in half of the house a couple days ago. That included power to the refrigerator. I immediately put in a call to the property management firm, who, as usual, didn’t answer. They’re not very good at listening to messages or returning calls either. In fact, they still haven’t got back to me. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

2014 Reading Challenge Wrap-Up – March 2014

This was a pretty mixed month for reading with a total of 6 books finished in the month of March. Of more specific challenges dystopia and where tied with 4 books fitting and I even knocked another category off the eclectic challenge. I’m on track to finish everything this year except the where challenge. Need to diversify the settings of my reading choices if I have any hope of finishing that one. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

Book Review – Divergent

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by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica RothIn Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her. Read the rest of this entry »

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