IMWAYR – August 29, 2016

ItsMondayGraphicThis sure has been a busy week.  New semester started last week and then we’ve been away hanging out with family starting on Friday.  Needless to say, not much time for just leisure reading!

We did a library trip with the niece and nephew.  My niece and I got a chance to read together.  She read quite a bit of this one all by herself.  BOM! Went the Bear, by Nicki Greenberg, is about a bear and his drum.  But, once he starts playing music, all the other animals join in with their music.  Cute, fun, silly.  Great read for learning about onomatopoeia! 

In the meantime, I did have a chance to hit up the bookstore while we’ve been in the big city.  My TBR got bigger and my wallet got smaller.  Oh well, that’s the life of a reader!


What did you read this week?  What is your favorite thing to read with kids in your family?  Let’s talk below…..

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Beyond the Books: August 25, 2016

So I said in my last post that I wanted to get back into blogging.  Today I hunted down a few memes.  I thought I’d try this meme hosted by Beyond the Books.

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She posts a prompt/question every week (mostly non-book related), and it gives an opportunity to blog.  So, here we go…..!


If you could have any elective cosmetic surgery, would you? What would you do?

I’m not a huge fan of cosmetic surgery.  It seems that any elective surgeries would have more risks than benefits.

If I were going to have an elective surgery, it would most likely be to correct something that a previous surgery caused.

So, if I needed a mastectomy, I might get reconstruction.  Or, if I needed stomach surgery that caused me to lose my belly button (don’t laugh, it happens), I might see if I could get a new belly button.

Otherwise, no cosmetic surgeries for me.


So, what do you think?  Answer today’s question?  Talk about my answer? Have another meme I should try?  Let’s talk below….

IMWAYR – August 22, 2016

ItsMondayGraphicWelcome back to the “Oz and Other Lands” weekly  It’s Monday post!

Life has sort of gotten in the way, yet again, but I am re-vowing to be more regular in my blog posting.  That means I will be posting regularly here on Oz and Other Lands about what I am reading every Monday!

I will also work to post at least one other post per week.  Do you have any regular posting memes you think I should participate in?  Please mention them in the comments!

Meanwhile, here is what I finished reading this week…


I spent some time with Rebecca Musser’s The Witness Wore Red:  The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice.  Becky was a normal girl growing up in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) where they continued to practice polygamy.  Becky was wed to Rulon Jeffs – the leader of their church.  This memoir tells of her time before being sealed to Rulon, the time she spent as his 19th wife, his death and the takeover of the church by his son Warren Jeffs, Becky’s ultimate escape from the church and community, and her involvement in the the investigation and prosecution of men accused of practicing polygamy and marrying under age girls.

This was a really good book.  However, there are parts that could be triggering for people (frank talk of abuse, for instance).  However, I found her memoir to be intriguing and honest.  A good “adult” nonfiction book for me.

 

 

I then jumped back into sequel mode and read Where She Went, by Gayle Forman.  This sequel to If I Stay was just as intense and intriguing.  It follows Adam through a crazy night of insomnia where he reconnects with Mia.  Mia works to tell Adam what has occurred in the last three YEARS since she went to Julliard and never looked back.  She also uncovers his secret pain at this loss of relationship.

Engaging, heart breaking from page 1.  This book is a MUST if you read the first one.  If you haven’t – read them both.  Just do it.  It is that good.

Finally, I went to a book that has been buzzed about a bunch by the good folks at Book Riot.  After Anna, by Alex Lake, follows Julia, her soon to be ex-husband Brian, and his mother Edna, after her 5 year old daughter Anna is abducted from school.  BUT, one week later, Anna returns home.  Then the real drama starts.

This is told in alternating view points of the abductor and Julia.  I couldn’t believe that this would be a book that I couldn’t put down, but it truly was.  The twists, turns, and genuine crazy in this book kept me up way to late for a couple of nights.  Total crazy fest, but oh, so good!


So, there you have it:  the books I have buried myself in during my free time.  Got another for me to add to my ever growing TBR?  Mention it below!

Have an idea for a bookish blogging meme for me to try?  Mention it below!  As always, you can tweet me or find me on GoodReads using the icons in the side bar.

Happy Reading!

IMWAYR – August 1, 2016

ItsMondayGraphicThis week I read two tragedies for my Shakespeare class.  I also finished reading a hilarious memoir by Jenny Lawson.


This week we focused on the tragedies in my Shakespeare class.  We read Othello and Macbeth.  I had never read either one before.  I actually loved both plays.

Othello was interesting because of the influence the other characters had on him.  He gave in to the influence of Iago and doubted Desdemona!

In Macbeth, we had a lot of interesting discussion about who was at fault for the death of Duncan.  The debate has centered blame on either Macbeth himself, Lady Macbeth, and fate (aka the witches).  Such a great discussion.

As for my personal reading, I finished Jenny Lawson’s Furiously Happy.  With a moderate amount of language, Lawson approaches life as someone who suffers from a multitude of mental and physical illnesses.  What I loved the most was her honest approach to the struggles she faces and the humor she finds in these situations!


Well, what did you read this week?  What do I need to add to my TBR?