Killers of the Flower Moon

I’m always up for learning about history. After reading Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, I am IMG_2164really shocked this was never talked about in school.

I will do my best to not spoil the book, but is it really spoiling it, if it actually happened in real life? I am talking about the Osage tribe, back in the early 1900s. The FBI got involved when members of the tribe had been murdered.

With as many deaths in the tribe, I feel like we should have learned about this. It was also sad to read about these killings. To see it through the eyes of those who saw their loved ones killed to even the descendants having the memories of what happened in the past.

When going into the book, I thought there would be more of Hoover in this. After all, he is one we all learned about in school. If you didn’t learn about him in school, you learned about him in some other way. The book follows Tom White as he tries to find out who is responsible for all the deaths. Tom White is one I never remember learning about.

I felt so bad for Mollie Burkhart. She lost her loved ones because of these killings. She wasn’t the only one, but we got to see more of her sufferings. And compared to others, this hurt her the most. After the tragic events and to go through all this? Knowing what your husband did? How others in the tribe saw you?

You do learn what became of those who were responsible for the deaths. Why am I not surprised they did get away with it in some ways. They should have been punished a lot worse than they were. I know it was the early 1900s. When you think about it though, there are still many who can get away with it and not get the punishment they deserve.

I could go on about this book, but that could make this post a lot longer. If you want to discuss more of it. Please feel free to comment below. Especially, if you have read it.

I’m definitely interested in reading some more from this author. Please check out this book. It’s definitely a topic that should be in the history books.

Killers of the Flower Moon

Dracopedia Legends: An Artist’s Guide to Drawing Dragons of Folklore

First off, thanks to NetGalley for giving me the chance to read this. Also, I have to admit Dracopedia Legends: An Artist's Guide to Drawing Dragons of Folklorewhen I saw the book, I got so excited for a book on dragons. I didn’t even realize it was a drawing book also. So I had to request Dracopedia by William O’Connor.

I would give this book a four out of five stars. Why not, five? Maybe because I’m not an artist. I’m lucky if I can draw stick figures. I did find it interesting though. I don’t think I could ever get to the point where I’m drawing online, but it would be fun to get in the habit of maybe drawing dragons by hand. Maybe, I can find a beginner’s book and work my way up.

What I did get to enjoy were the different legends that were told throughout the book, that went along with drawing the dragons. Which legend was my favorite? I don’t think I could pick just one. I enjoyed reading them all. I’ve always loved dragons, so reading about dragons I never even heard of? It was entertaining.

Even if you don’t draw. I think you would enjoy the book. Rather, you’re a fan of drawing or fantasy. You will enjoy the book. The drawings were so nice to look at. Knowing someone could draw like that, amazes me. I wish I had that talent.

The book comes out tomorrow. Check it out.

Hurricane Season Review

39085216First off, I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

This week I read Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton. This was my first book and I can’t wait to read more by Denton. I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5.

We meet two sisters, Betsy and Jenna. Betsy is the older sister and married to Ty. She wanted children, but unfortunately can’t have any. You have Jenna, the younger sister. She is single with two children. The opportunity comes for Jenna to live a dream. Taking the chance, she asks Betsy for favor. To watch her daughters, Addie and Walsh. Betsy, being the older sister agrees. Even though Ty doesn’t think it’s a good idea. He’s worried about Betsy. After all, they have never been able to have kids and it hit Betsy hard.

Watching the kids, Betsy grows attached to them. Which of course would have to cause problems in her and Ty’s relationship. As this goes on, a hurricane is brewing. I’ll leave the rest for you to check it out.

If you are looking for a book to read, maybe on Spring Break? I would definitely check this out if you are looking for a good book on family and love.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a character I could relate to. I am the baby of the family of sisters. But, I don’t have daughters. Anything close to that, would be Gabby, my dog. I also live in a town, not a farm. Plus, I live where we could get tornadoes, not hurricanes. Either way though, I didn’t want to put the book down.

Books like this are a good escape from my usual genre of books. I love my favorite genres, but every once in awhile. You need a good book to take you away that’s not elves, witches, etc. I would probably consider this one women’s fiction. I’m already debating if I should suggest this for book club next year.

For faults? I couldn’t really find any. I would definitely say, check this one out.

Small Great Things

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult has been on my TBR for awhile. I finally managed to read it thanks to book club. On Goodreads, I gave it a four star. I wish you could do half or quarter stars. I feel like this one should have been more of a 4.25 rating.

This would be my second book by Jodi Picoult. I read My Sister’s Keeper and I remember crying when I picked it up. I wondered if the same thing would happen with this one. I didn’t cry, but it definitely kept my interest.

We have three characters we follow throughout the book. I would say Ruth, is the most important. Why you ask? We follow her life as it changes from good to worse. Ruth is a nurse that helps deliver babies. One day she is confronted with something that changes her life forever. All because of a request by a patient. Due to consequences and not obeying orders, not only she is affected by this. But, so is her son. Ruth was a very in depth character. Picoult I felt, wrote her so well. Reading her point of view makes you think. I’ve never been in that situation. What Ruth is going through, is unfortunately an issue that is going on today. You see it on the news and in person. To be put into Ruth’s head made me think even more. I’ve seen plenty of it on the news and out in public. But, to read the thoughts? I think it helped me look more into the eyes of whats going on. Guarantee, it is a book and I know it’s fiction. But, it does help.

I did like Kennedy, Ruth’s lawyer. But, not much to really say about her. She was like me I guess in a way. Where you think you know stuff, but you don’t always know everything.

Turk, is the third point of view. Could not stand his character. Unfortunately, I see many people like him in reality.  People who only see one way and refuse to open their eyes to the world. If there was one thing I would have liked to see with his character? It was more of an ending. I feel like Picoult wrapped up his character too fast. I know the epilogue takes place six years later and technically, she did the same with Ruth. But, I felt with Turk. We could have had a little more. I don’t want to go further into it because that would spoil it.

I want to say so much more about the book, but this is one you’ll want to read for yourself. It covers an issue that is going on in our world and will make you think. If you have read the book and want to discuss more. Please find me on Facebook on my page. I would love to discuss this. If I get enough people, maybe I can create an event for it.

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe

thumbnailIt’s a little late, but I just finished Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De La Cruz. I really enjoyed this one. At first I wasn’t sure because it started off a little weird, or unusual. I’ve read my share of takes on Pride and Prejudice. Some good and some not so good.

We meet Darcy Fitzwilliam. A woman on a mission. She’s woman, hear her roar. So just by the name, you can tell what role she will play. The version of Elizabeth Bennet? That would be Luke Bennet. I think that’s that what threw me off at first. But, hey. I’m going to stick through it and keep reading.

After a couple chapters it reminded me of a Hallmark movie. In fact, I wouldn’t mind seeing this story on screen.

Darcy comes back to Pemberley, Ohio. It’s been eight years since she’s been back. Despite, her father’s wishes. She moved to New York where she became a success. Coming back to Ohio, she catches up with her best friend Bingley. His love interest? Jim Bennet.

There are Pride and Prejudice plots in the story with more of a modern twist. You have the George Wickham type character, Carl. There is the Collins character. I did find it funny that it was a female version, and the first name was Charlotte.  Instead of sisters for Bennet, there are brothers. Interesting take, which I won’t go into so you don’t get spoiled. Darcy does have her siblings, but that was a little different from the sibling we are used to seeing, aka Georgiana. I don’t want to get into that also due to spoilers.

I gave it four stars. If you are a Hallmark movie fan. You’ll love this. If you are a Jane Austen fan? Maybe, maybe not. It’s hard to say. You have your die hard fans who I could see not caring for it.  Otherwise, I think you should check it out.

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Paris For One

imagesWhen I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, I knew I wanted to read something else by her. I loved Me Before You and couldn’t put it down. I knew I would enjoy something else by Moyes. At least, I hoped so. It has happened before where you read something and can’t wait to read the next one. Only to discover the next book is a disappointment. Well lucky for me I loved Paris for One, even it was a collection of short stories with one novella.

I don’t want to take up your time and go over every single story. So I’ll just focus on the one I enjoyed the most. My favorite story would be the title story, Paris for One. Oh, how I wished the story had been longer. That one had been the novella. I really wanted more of this one. The ending felt rushed, but Moyes probably had to do it that way because it wasn’t the length of a novel. Either way, I was happy with the ending. With Paris for One, you do have your girl meets boy story.  With the other short stories, you’ll have a little romance and people living their everyday lives.

Definitely check it out. You won’t be disappointment. I’m ready to read her next book.

The Rosie Project

18015965So for one of my book clubs this month, we read The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. I gave it five stars on Goodreads. I really liked this one. It reminds me of chick lit. That was nice. It’s been awhile since I read chick lit. Makes me want to read some more.

The book follows Don, who is a professor at a college in Australia. He is working on the Wife Project. He’s looking for the woman he will marry. Along the way, he meets Rosie who has her own mission. She wants to find out who her real father is. With Don’s genetic experience, the two start the Father Project.

I was hooked from the beginning. I did not want to put the book down. I honestly can’t find fault with this one. Don and Rosie were likable.

If you like chick lit, humor, and even science. I think you would like this book.  I could go into more detail, but it’s one of those I’m going to say. Read it. Enjoy it.

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