25 Days ‘Til Christmas

44023392Yes, this one is a little late, but I just finished this one tonight. Even though I should be reading Gone with the Wind for book club. I was so close to the end though and decided to finish it.

25 Days ‘Til Christmas is by Poppy Alexander and I can’t wait to read another book by her. I do believe it’s her first book. I am following her on Goodreads so when her next book comes out. I will definitely look forward to it. Anyways, onto the book.

We meet Kate, a widowed mother trying to get by. Her husband in the Army left one day and never came back. Christmas has never been the same. Four years later, she has decided this Christmas, she will do whatever she can to help make Christmas actually feel like Christmas. She wants to do all she can to help her son, Jack.

Daniel also had suffered a loss. He is not ready for Christmas. There is one thing he wants to do. Find the Christmas Tree girl. That might just be what he needs for Christmas.

It was nice to read this. It’s been ages since I’ve read anything like this. This surprises me because I watch Hallmark movies all the time and still have a lot of them on DVR that I haven’t watched.  I might even look for another book like this. Not Christmas theme of course. Although, nothing wrong with reading a Christmas book any time of the year. Because I’m sure I’ll read one at some point this year.

I don’t know if I have any favorite characters in this one. I liked the main couple. But, not sure who would I say is my favorite of the two. I guess I like both of them equally?

What I liked about this one was that it wasn’t all candy cane and mistletoe. Both Kate and Daniel had their issues. Kate would do her best to make it a perfect Christmas, but it didn’t always go the way she planned. I liked that. Yes, some romance books are great with all happiness. But, it’s nice to see a book that doesn’t always have happiness from the beginning. Did I cry? No, but it was enough to get me to go awww with different emotions.

I think the only thing I didn’t like, was the ending. In the last few chapters, it felt rushed. I get it. They probably didn’t want the book to be longer, but I would have been okay. I’m not saying 500 pages of the book. But, maybe a little more. Also, there was a plot that was left unanswered. I guess we are to assume the end result of the book was a good result. But, we will never know.

If you like Hallmark, Christmas, and a romance? I would definitely recommend this one.

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.