I love reading, Christian, Biographies, Autobiographies, Cookbooks, Fiction, Historical Fiction, History, Memoir, Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Thriller, Parenting, Marriage, Christian Counseling, Health, Natural and Herbal, Childcare and Teaching, Inspirational as well as Alaskan.

I prefer a printed copy that I can hold in my hands and become old friends with, but will also accept E-books in Kindle, PDF or Nook formats.

I am a Christian and seek to glorify my Lord. As such I will not read any erotic, paranormal, vampire, or such books. I also will stop reading any book that has bad language (Cursing and taking my Lord’s name in vain.), and books with gratuitous sex. This is one reason I have chosen to be associated with the Publishing Companies and the Authors that are on my site because I feel safe recommending them to others.

Audrey Grant

Thursday, July 25, 2013

ANNOUNCING BOOK GIVEAWAY AND GROUP REVIEW!!!

THE REASON BY William Sirls http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51SVxqXiaNL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-67,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg This is a new book and Mr. Sirls is offering FOUR of my readers a free copy of his new book "The Reason"!! But it gets better!! I am going to wait until we choose the 4 winners and then we will all five read the book at the same time. Then I am going to not only post MY review here on my blog, but all four of our winners reviews at the same time!! So if you win the book you get to give your feedback to the Author right back here where you won the book from! You can't beat that!! Now I have never seen this done nor tried it before, nor has the Author but we both are excited to see how it turns out! So we are going to make this simple. Leave your comment below to be entered!!! On August 1st we will put all the names (first & last please) in a hat and have a drawing and anounce here, on William Sirls Facebook Page as well as My Facebook Page the names of the four winners!! At which time you will need to send us your mailing address (we will provide an email so your information remains private)and then your book will be sent to you and we will all start reading!! If anyone who doesn't win, wants to get a copy and read with us that would be great!! Then we will announce the date for posting reviews and see what our mini-club turns up with!! So come one, come all!! Leave a comment and your name below! You do not have to be a member of my page to apply but I would love you to join! The more the merrier! ~~~~~From Amazon: Book Description Publication Date: September 4, 2012 When facing the impossible, will you believe? Storm clouds gather over a small Michigan town. As thunder shakes the sky, the lights inside St. Thomas Church flicker . . . and then go out. All is black until a thick bolt of lightning slices the sky, striking the church’s large wooden cross—leaving it ablaze and splintered in two. When the storm ends—the search for answers begins. James Lindy, the church’s blind minister, wonders how his small congregation can repair the cross and keep their faith in the midst of adversity. And he hears the words “only believe.” Macey Lewis, the town’s brilliant young oncologist, is drawn to Alex, a young boy who’s recently been diagnosed with an aggressive leukemia. She puts her hope in modern medicine—yet is challenged to “only believe.” And Alex’s single mom, who has given everything she can to her boy, is pleading with God to know the reason this is happening . . . to save her son. But she only hears silence and wonders how she can possibly “only believe.” The Reason is a milestone debut novel, opening with a thunderbolt and never letting up as it introduces us to everyday characters who are wrestling with the questions: Where is God when bad things happen? And does God ignore the prayers of the faithful? The answer each character receives will astound readers while offering an unforgettable call to hope, to change, to . . . only believe. “This is a skillfully written first novel with the narrative voice, knack for dialogue, and plot movement of a veteran author.” —Publishers Weekly

The Language of Sparrows

The Language of SparrowsThe Language of Sparrows by Rachel Phifer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was recommended to me and I am so glad I read it. A brilliant teen girl who is hurting over the death of her father meets an OLD man who is hurting from the loss of his wife and for all intents his son.
They are drawn to each other through their pain and love of words, books & languages.

There are a lot of mistakes & misunderstandings (especially by the adults) but a well written book that shows that life is not perfect...but can be happy and enjoyed.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Cook the Part

Cook the Part by Karin EasthamCook the Part by Karin Eastham by Karin Eastham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think this is a wonderful idea in many ways! As a party with friends, As a slow down weekend time with grown siblings to keep caught up on each other's lives. As a family working together making their meal and spending time together, and even as an idea for part of a home economics class. I'm giving the book and the idea behind it 5 stars and it desserves every one!

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100 of the Most Inspiring Movies of ALL Time

100 of The Most Inspiring Movies of All Time100 of The Most Inspiring Movies of All Time by Steven Aitchison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fun and very informative read. I wouldn't suggest it for your kids as it is someone else's pick's and the write the premiss of the movie, Who is in it, when it was made, producer, director, ect. Plus a picture and th rating.
Over all I was quite surprised to find that 24 of my favorites were listed in this book! That bit did startle me. See how many - if any are on your like, or "To Watch" list!

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Hidden Treasure

Hidden TreasureHidden Treasure by Louise De Beer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an enjoyable little book. I wasn't sure I would like it but I found that I did! I went through it very fast and was disappointed when it was over,,,which to me is always a sign of a good read!

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7 Dates

7 Blind Dates7 Blind Dates by Felicia Mires
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a cute little romance novel. No surprises really. Some of the best parts were the fails on the dates. It's not very true to life. I can't see any self respecting woman putting herself through this. And I can't see any decent friend insisting she continue, much less come up with the idea and such bad picks to begin with.
Has some cute moments and a few chuckles.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Seo

How To Do SEO (Off-Page Search Engine Optimization)How To Do SEO by Haneef Alamin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very informative, but a bit hard to follow in some places.

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Season of the Harvest

Season Of The Harvest (Harvest Trilogy, #1)Season Of The Harvest by Michael R. Hicks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was pushing it out of my comfort zone. First, as I have said before I am NOT big on Science Fiction. So the whole transforming shapechanging alien thing was over the top for me. And really could have been left completely out of the story and still made a complete and readable science geeks with lots of money trying to pull a Hitler and wipe out most of the human (Non Pure) race with the bio-genetic seeds and I would have bought the whole premiss of the book.
BUUUT, Shape...shifting...aliens....who are a combo of stinky goo a 10 ft long poison lasso stinger they keep in their chest and a swiss army knife head and arms...Yeah. Not buying it!
To top it off this modified corn is SO POWERFUL...they feed ONE KERNAL to a monkey and in a couple of days it has turned into the start of one of these "aliens", GETS OUT of an underground sealed bomber bunker with over 123 well armed specialists guarding just IT!

The language was like a 1980's movie where they threw words at each other.

AND FINALLY, THEY DROP A NUKE AND IT IS KILLING THEM UNDERGROUND FROM THE FIRE AND HEAT YET THEY ARE ABLE TO GET THE DOORS OPEN, GET OUT WITH SUITS ON, WALK AROUND, LAND HELICOPTORS AND FLY AWAY!?!?!?

NOW THE GOOD PARTS!!

I LIKED THE TWISTS AND TURNS. I LIKE HOW THE CATS WERE LIKE LITTLE SENSORS BY REACTING SO WILDLY TO THE CREATURES. LOVE THE TIDBITS OF PEOPLE'S LIVES THAT WERE WOVEN IN.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Daughters of Alba

Daughters of Alba (Books 1-3)Daughters of Alba by Erin E.M. Hatton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the kind of book you don't come across very often. There were several things that drew me to this story though in a lot of ways it was your typical every thing turns out ok in the end.

There are three sisters who are very close and yet each seems to live in her own world in her own way, mind and personality.

You have the shy, terrified, older sister who just wants to stay home and weave her tapestrey's. She looks at her vibrant sisters and can't even concieve of the idea that someone might find her beautiful and love her!
SO SHE GET REWARDED WITH THE KING FOR A HUSBAND!!!

Then there is the young fiery red head that no one has ever truly controled. So she is spoiled and nags and whines till she gets what she asked for!

And last but not least is the middle dark haired child who is- the most spiritual of the three. The Peace Maker when feaathers are ruffled around her

From there it jumpes them into a very stormy young adulthood as they each come into themselves and figure out who they are as a person.

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Admiral Diana

Admiral Diana: The Clones ask the Originals for helpAdmiral Diana: The Clones ask the Originals for help by Anthony Anchor
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This was so not what I thought it was going to be! Science Fiction is my husband's thing...not mine. But since I started it I figured I might as well give it a go and see if it had any redeeming quualities...

SPOILERS:

Here's the gist. Humans create clones. Humans decide OOPPS! And put clones on spaceship to nowhere.
Book opens ~ Clones are back! They found a planet but there is something wrong and each man can only have 1 chance to have a baby and it has to be with a PERFECT match or it's a no go!
So they are dying off rapidly and sent a ship "HOME" for help.
Earth meantime has decided that they don't do gene testing anymore, It's not natural................................................

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Eleven

Eleven (The Brandon Fisher FBI Series - Book 1)Eleven by Carolyn Arnold
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you like the show Criminal Minds on TV...this is the book for you!! The badies are really bad and the good guys are smart and sweet and tough...a great combination!
This case covers at least two states 20 bodies, more than one killer, local law enforcement, FBI, BAU...And all with a newbie who's dealing with marriage problems in the middle of it all!!
It is pretty graffic, but if you have a stomach of steel, and love a good who dun it...I highly recommend!!

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Desired

Desired: The Untold Story of Samson and Delilah (Lost Loves of the Bible #1)Desired: The Untold Story of Samson and Delilah by Ginger Garrett
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I have been loveing most of the Bible Based Novels where there is so much research going into the time period, area of the world, politics, what a woman's role was in that particular culture and society at that time, ect...
But this one left me somewhat dissapointed on several fronts. First, The story seemed more about Sampson's Mom than about Delilah. Second you are WELL into the book before Delilah even showes up. Third there were some major mistakes when it came to her descriptions of Sampson...
1. When he first comes on the scene he is ENORMOUS!! AND HIDEOUS, Hair touching the ground and a beard to his belly...then he gets closer and she (his first wife to be) sees he has a kind and YOUNG face, around 18 or 20!!!
I have been a school teacher, worked with teens for years, have a brother 18 months older than me, NINE brother-in-laws and an 18 yr old son who's two best friends are close to 25...let me tell you...only in their WILDEST DREAMS could ANY of them have a THICK beard half way down his belly by the time he was 20!!
2. If I have my timing in the book right, After his first marriage was over and he was "chasing or wooing" Delilah, She noticed his hair, and it mentioned it coming to his knees or below his hips, I don't remember the wording but I remember that his hair seemed to have shrank by 2 or 3 feet with no explanation.
In my humble opinion this author bit off a bigger chunk of God's Book than she could ballance and it came off leaving me unsatisfied and feeling unfaithful to God's Word.

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Moby Dick

Moby-DickMoby-Dick by Herman Melville
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Adventure on the high-seas! Kind of...The first time I read this as a teen I was fascinated and at the same time horrified by this book that EVERY ONE called a CLASSIC!!
A few years later my family moved to Alaska. Things are different here in a lot of ways. Then I worked two summers at a fish cannery. THEN I married an Alaskan Fisherman who made his living by the tides and the currents, by the price per pound that season and how many fish they could find and catch before all the other crews got there.
I saw my husband tangled in a net and pulled overboard more than once. I've seen him gaffed while covered in fish slime and watched the bright red fish poisioning climbing his arm toward his heart while they, "Just let us finish this set, then I'll go to the hospital!"

What I'm saying is living the lifestyle (Did I mention my husbands Mom was Alaskan Native?) for 27 years in the Great Land where whales are still a big part of the very life blood of many of the villages and the culture. And respected for giving it's life to save the village...(they don't waste ANY of it!!)
Going back and reading it again gave me a whole new view into the thoughts and feelings and actions of everyone on that boat....Didn't change my mind of the right and wrong....but it helped me understand the WHY.

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"If You're So Smart...." Helps Explain Dyslexia to Children

If You're So Smart, How Come You Can't Spell Mississippi?If You're So Smart, How Come You Can't Spell Mississippi? by Barbara Esham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My Husband and 13yr old daughter are both dyslexic. This book is a delightful way of explaining dyslexia to not just children, but adults who don't understand it also! I have read many, many books on this subject and this is one of the best written.
The only thing is that a dyslexic child will not be able to read this book for themselves which is frustrating to them. In showing how smart the little girl is and how smart the adults with dyslexia are and the great things they grow up to learn and do. There are some huge words used that a child with dyslexia would grow very frustrated with and would not try to read this book on their own. Which would in turn leave them feeling not as smart as the other dyslexics.
I wish this had been explained again at the end instead of just the beginning when her Dad was talking to her. All in all a great begining to this series and as a teacher, Daycare giver and Mother I can't wait to find the rest and try them all out!

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My First Handy Bible

My First Handy BibleMy First Handy Bible by Cecilie Olesen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a great little book for toddlers who love mimicking Mom and Dad by taking their own "Bible" to Church! It has a nice sturdy little handle on the back for easy carrying and a Child friendly latch to keep it closed. I like that the handle is on the spine so the pages hang down even if the clasp were to break off the Bible would still hang in the right position when carried.
I also love the card board pages which will hold up to little fingers learning to sit and turn pages. Perfect child friendly size to fit their little laps and hands. A great teaching aid.
The one thing that lowered this to a 4 star instead of a 5 in my opinion was that, as it tells each story in two or three lines for the toddlers (which is great)it doesn't give a verse to read to them to go along with it. It is called My First Handy "BIBLE" but doesn't have Bible verses in it. I think this would be a very important addition to the book.
I received this book from B&B Media for my personal opinion and honest review. I have been honest and straight forward in my opinions.

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Amazing Mallika

Amazing MallikaAmazing Mallika by Jami Parkison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very Cute!

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The Incredible Boy

The Incredible BoyThe Incredible Boy by Brittany Nicole Sanford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I won this book on good reads. It has beautiful illustrations! The art work is a marvel of color, action and expressions!! As a Childcare giver for many years and a Mother of three, this is a beautiful book.
I didn't give it a five star because she had the boy old enough to tell the story admitt when he was disobeying and got not punishment.
Other than that... Loved it!!
Thank You for the book!

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Snowy White World to Save

Snowy White World to SaveSnowy White World to Save by Stephanie Lisa Tara
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I live in Alaska. In fact I have lived in Alaska for most of my life. I have yet to see evidence of this "global warming" that everyone is so worked up over and now scaring children over. This year we have had one of the snowiest years in history. I find that hard to reconcile with global warming. Two of our last three summers have been cold and rainy to the point that we were barely able to even grow a spindly garden for lack of warmth and sunshine. It was so cold here this year that we had moose walking into our hospitals, sticking their heads in drive thru windows, walking on people's porches and roof's to eat the leaves off the trees.
To me this book is like the three little pigs...a fairy tale, only told as if it were proven fact to make people do what they are told and trained to do. In my humble opinion this is a political book written in the form of a children's book to brainwash the children into doing and believing what they are told to.
I do not want to be offensive but as a proud Alaskan this is the way I feel and I'm sorry I can't give a better review of the book. The writing style is lovely and poetic and the drawing is magnificent artistic work that does Alaska proud but the theme is too far off the charts for me. I am sorry that I couldn't like it.

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Ladybug Blue

Ladybug BlueLadybug Blue by Laura Yirak
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Kids (Baby) book.
I didn't like it. It flows in the words and has cute pictures but it has the ladybug changing colors depending on what she is on like she is camouflaged. Lady bugs don't change colors. This is confusing and lying to the kids.

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Curious George - Curious You

Curious George Curious You: On Your Way!Curious George Curious You: On Your Way! by H.A. Rey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've always had a thing for George! I like his exploring the what, how and why of things! I love that the books teach children to use their minds and imagination. And they teach parents patience when dealing with the messes their children make while learning!
Another goodie if you are a Curious George Collector or just looking for a good book for your little one.

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Teach them to Love Reading Early!!

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." III John 1:4(KJV) 


 An Early Reader... 



 This site will be under some construction. Sorry if this is an inconvience to any of you!! I will try to make it as easy and painless as possible! I just want to add some more pages for different types of books for those with a variety of interests! So please bear with me since this is taking a long time with my health. If you have any ideas or thoughts you think might help please feel free to leave me a message here or send me an email at cabinfeverreading@yahoo.com Thank you!! Child at Heart



Mamaw with 4 of her 9 grand-daughters... 

I have been asked so many times recently "when did you first develop an interest in reading?" and "Who instilled that deep interest in you?" Both of these questions are kind of like asking me if I remember what my first jar of baby food was and who fed it to me! It just was!! As far back as I can remember reading was the NORM at our house. "Go clean your room" (We would end up in trouble because it got too quiet and so Mom knew we were reading instead of cleaning!) "Go play out side! You need fresh air and take TOYS to play with!" So you wrap your baby doll & a book in a blanket and go sit behind a tree and read, if you get caught..."Shh, my baby just went down for her nap!" I really don't know how my Mom got anything done with 4 kids who read as veraciously as we did and her having to proof read new authors to make sure they were O.K. for us to read. I can think of at least 1 library in TN. that we read just about every single book they had that was considered by our parents as approved reading. We didn't care what "Genre" it was....another book, "COOL"!

Now as a Mother I have spent the last 18 years trying to instill the same love, fascination and craving for literature and books into my three Children. So far I have 1 1/2 readers....the youngest is very good at it he is just too much his Father's son and would prefer a controller in his hands over a book!