This Plus That: Life’s Little Equations by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

I found This Plus That: Life’s Little Equations at our town library. As a leafed though it, I thought that my daughters would like it, so I brought it home. We have another book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal called Cookies: Bite Size Life Lessons, and the girls have enjoyed that one. This Plus That was illustrated by Jen Corace.

The story is composed of a series of equations. The book combines English with math in ways that are quite clever: Continue reading


Talking Pictures: Images and Messages Rescued from the Past by Ransom Riggs

I first heard about Talking Pictures: Images and Messages Rescued from the Past when I read a review of it on the now-defunct epinions.com. I enjoyed the review, and since I was familiar with Talking Picture’s author Ransom Riggs, I wanted to read the book for myself.

Ransom Riggs is best known for his young adult novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and its sequel Hollow City. The inspiration for Miss Peregrine’s Home was a series of old photographs that showed children doing fantastic things, like appearing to levitate. He crafted a wonderful story about these peculiar children and the lives that they led. Continue reading


The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson

I am a big fan of young adult books. I always make sure to cruise through the YA section at my town library. I also make requests through the library for even more books. They are delivered right to my town library- it’s just like Amazon, except it’s free! Three cheers for our libraries!

I found The Explosionist at my town library. I was drawn to the book because of the title and the picture on the cover. I find the most wonderful books in the most superficial ways. This young adult novel was written by Jenny Davidson.

The Explosionist takes place in Scotland in 1937, but this is a very different Scotland. The backstory is established fairly quickly: in this world, The British were defeated at Waterloo in 1815. This was the beginning of the end of the British Empire, and England was absorbed into part of the European conglomerate. Scotland remained independent, with Hadrian’s Wall as a dividing line. Scotland is part of a modern-day Hanseatic League, and society is both familiar and completely foreign. Continue reading


Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang

My oldest daughter is almost seven and she is an advanced reader, but up until recently, she has been particular about what she read. She preferred graphic novels, and I was happy to oblige: graphic novels are cool! Fortunately, our town library has a large selection of graphic novels for children. They also have an equally large selection of graphic novels for teens/young adults. Most of the content in the young adult section is not appropriate for a seven year old. That’s too bad for my daughter, but there’s a veritable treasure trove out there for me to read.

Boxers and Saints is a two-volume collection written and illustrated by Gene Luen Yang. Both books take place during the tumultuous time in Chinese history known as the Boxer Rebellion. Continue reading


Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

I just finished reading Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy. This is a middle reader chapter book written by Karen Foxlee. My oldest daughter actually read this book a couple of weeks ago for her homework reading log, but I had other books on my list, and I didn’t get around to reading it until now. I’m so glad that I did.

Ophelia is a shy girl who wears glasses and carries a puffer. She is not very boisterous, and she does not consider herself to be very brave. Ophelia has come to a snowy foreign city with her father and sister so that her father can assemble a special display of swords in a museum full of curious collections. The entire family is still processing the loss of Ophelia’s mother, which occurred three months before the events of the book. Continue reading


Game of Thrones Season 4: Two Swords

I’ve been waiting for Season 4 of Game of Thrones since the Season 3 finale last year. This is one of my most favorite shows. I had trouble getting into it at first because I couldn’t keep track of all the characters, but I caught a Season 1 marathon when I was sick, and everything came together. Since then, I’ve seen the first three seasons of the show, and I’ve read the first four books. I’ve started listening to the fifth book on audiobook. Season 4 of the television show is supposed to cover the second half of the third book in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. Continue reading


What’s Color Got To Do With It? by Jeanette Chasworth

When I started my blog, my intention was to share my thoughts about the books that I found at the library or picked up as Daily Kindle Deals at Amazon. So, I was pleasantly surprised when the Jeanette Chasworth, author of What’s Color Got To Do With It?, contacted me and asked me if I would like a copy of her book to review here on the blog. It is worth noting that Jeanette’s husband is my second cousin, and that I was provided with a copy of her book. Neither of these have any bearing on my review; my opinion is mine alone.

As the title suggests, this book focuses on the importance of color in the world of interior design. The first part of the book is devoted to instruction, as Chasworth shares the various types of color schemes.

The next part of the book is devoted to discussing each of the major colors, and how they make people feel. Chasworth provides recommendations for which rooms would benefit from a particular color, and which colors would be detrimental in certain areas of the house. For example, red is not good for rooms that are intended for relaxation, and turquoise can inspire creativity.

After discussing color placement, Chasworth provides an exercise that determines the reader’s color, and whether s/he is a “spring”, “summer”, “autumn”, or “winter”. Once that has been assessed, Chasworth shares recommendations for color scheme. I took the test, and discovered that I am a spring. Chasworth says, “You will gravitate toward colors that are light, bright, and clear…your room should feel light, airy, and uplifting.” Chasworth even provides tips for accommodating more than one season in the home.

The final part of the book is devoted to advice about the home: tips and tricks, making rooms look bigger, and different types of paint. Chasworth includes “worksheets” that allow the reader to brainstorm each room of the house. What do you want to achieve in regards to the living room, the dining room, etc. Each of those pages includes advice and insight for things that generally work/don’t work in each room.

I will admit that I was a little nervous when I began reading this book. Home design is not one of my passions nor is it a strength. I did enjoy picking out the various design elements when we bought our new construction townhouse, but that was almost ten years ago. We went with beige carpets, and the paint on the walls is still the flat eggshell paint that the house came with. It has just never been a good time to concentrate on design. At first, we were both commuting at least an hour each way. And then, I was at home with a baby, and then later, a toddler and two babies. Now that my “babies” are headed off to kindergarten, I am wondering if this is finally a good time to think about painting, and truly making our house our very own by painting the walls, and adding decorative elements. The more time I spent reading What’s Color Got To Do With It?, the more I realized that this book could not have come to me at a better time. I found myself extremely inspired by what I read, and now I have a lot of ideas for what I want to do with my house.

I would absolutely recommend What’s Color Got To Do With It? to anyone looking to update their home. The book was a quick read, and Chasworth has an engaging and friendly style. I appreciated the insight that she had to offer, and I learned so much more about color schemes! If you are like me, and don’t have any idea what to do with your home, and how to use color to get the most out of each room, then this book will be so helpful! The book is available for Kindle, and you can find it here:
What’s Color Got To Do With It? Paint color ideas that Create Balance and Harmony in Your Home.