Stealing South:A Story of the Underground Railroad

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Stealing South: A Story of the Underground RailroadStealing South: A Story of the Underground Railroad by Katherine Ayres

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very good book. Geared toward young adults, it is a tale of a young man full of convictions, whose made it a point to assist slaves in reaching freedom.

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2016 Book Challenge

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Each year I sign up to do a book challenge on a Livejournal Community I’m a member of, as well as on Goodreads. The LiveJournal Community is called 50 Book Challenge. Last year I doubled my read on that challenge as I signed up to read 100 books in 2015.

This year I have signed up to do 200 books by the end of the year. Was going to add all of my books that I’ve already read this year to my blog, but realize that would be a lot of posts on a single day. So instead, I’m going to post the list of books I’ve already read with my thoughts included on each, and then I will start posting each new book/review as I read them.

200 Book Challenge in 2016 on Goodreads
Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline by Ellis Nassour. New Read.Gave in depth background on Patsy Cline’s life, her rise to fame, and personal relationships. Friends, fellow celebrities, and family members share their memories of the late star.
Reign: The Prophecy by Lily Blake. New Read. I really enjoyed this book. Love the show and getting a chance to read more about the adventures of King Francis, Queen Mary, Bash, Kenna, and the other Reign characters.
Reign: Hysteria by Lily Blake. New Read. Another book I enjoyed.Loved reading about the continuing adventures of King Francis, Queen Mary, Bash, Kenna, Lola, and the other Reign characters I love from the CW show.
Malice by Lisa Jackson. New Read. Another thriller filled with lots of twists and turns. Det. Rick Bentz is seeing things…his supposedly dead ex-wife, and receiving anonymous photos, and mysterious phone calls from someone claiming to be Jennifer. He flies back to Los Angeles to investigate, and find out once and for all who is messing with him.
Most Likely to Die by Lisa Jackson, Beverly Barton, and Wendi Corsi Staub. New Read. This book had me hooked from start to finish. It had all the usual elements of a good thriller, but with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing all the way through it.
Dark Storm by Christine Feehan. New Read. This is Dax and Riley’s story. This was another wonderful addition to the Dark/Carpathian series. I love that the author writes such strong female characters…such strong male characters too. I enjoyed seeing Gary Jansen and Jubal Sanders as secondary characters.
Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. New Read. New Author. New Series. I am in love with this series. I had seen the movie, and liked it, but decided I wanted to read the books too. I’m glad I did.
Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Another intriguing and entertaining addition to this new series. I’m really enjoying reading it, and am hoping that it turns out that Jace and Clary really aren’t siblings so they can be a couple.
When Darkness Comes by Alexandra Ivy. New Read. New author. New Series. A little slow at first getting into it, but once there, I found myself enjoying what I was reading. And I definitely like Dante….
The Celts: Life, Myth, and Art by Juliette Wood. New Read. Fascinating and informative read that gives you the history of the Celts, their social structure, religious beliefs, and their skill has warriors. Their are wonderful illustrations and photography throughout that shows readers how masterful the Celts were not only at being warriors, but as artists and scholars as well.
Mortal Instruments: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. New Read. I can’t get enough of this series. In this third book in the series, Clary, Jace, Luke, Simon, and the Lightwoods travel to the ancestral home of all Shadowhunters. Clary, in the hopes of finding a warlock who is suppose to have the key to bringing her mom out of her coma-like state, the others are there on official Shadowhunter business. Things go awry, as Valentine proceeds with his plans to take over the world, and everyone as to fight for their lives, among other things. Jocelyn is revived and shares an earth shattering revelation with her daughter that changes Clary and Jace’s lives forever.
The Book of Kells:An Illustrated Introduction to the Manuscript in Trinity College, Dublin by Bernard Meehan. New read. This was a fascinating book to read. The Book of Kells is an amazing book of manuscripts created in Ireland. It is a masterpiece of medieval art that beautifully depicts the Four Gospels in full-page of illustrations of Christ, the Virgin, the Child, and Evangelists.
Shaun Cassidy Scrapbook by Connie Berman. New Read. I’ve been a fan of Shaun’s ever since I first saw him on ‘The Hardy Boys”. I collected his records, books, had his posters on my walls as a teenager. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and learning things about him I never knew way back when.
14. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Wow…another action and angst packed book in this series. I am absolutely hooked on it and am definitely a Jace/Clary girl.
The City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Another action packed addition to the Mortal Instruments series. The stakes are even higher as Clary, Alex, Simon, Isabelle, and the others do everything they can to find Jace and rescue him from Sebastian’s evil clutches. From start to finish, I was hooked on every word, waiting breathlessly until Clary and Jace were finally back together again.
The Celts: Prehistory to Present Day by John Davies. New read. This was a thoroughly fascinating read from cover to cover. In depth details of how the Celts first came into being, how their culture was formed, along with their beliefs, battle strategies, etc.
When you Dare by Lori Foster. New Read. This is the first book I’ve read from Lori Foster, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. Lots of action and enticing bits to keep me hooked as I read it from start to finish.
Harry Potter and the Bible: The Menace Behind the Magick by Richard Abanes.New Read. This has been an interesting book to read. While the author does make some valid points about there being a lot of occultism written within the Harry Potter book series, I think that he takes a far too serious attitude about it. JK Rowling’s Harry Potter world is geared toward encouraging readers to expand their imaginations and wonder what it would be like to be able to have magical powers, go to Hogwart’s, fly on brooms, etc, and not geared toward enticing innocent children into delving into witchcraft at all.
Thy Brother’s Blood by Larry Ward. New Read. This was a sweet story of two brothers fighting on different sides during the Civil War, and how it affected them both when it ended. Both were changed irreversibly by all that they had been through, but when reunited, they were grateful to just be brothers again, instead of enemies.
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Sigh. Hated to come to the last book in this wonderful series. I fell in love with the characters, especially Clary and Jace, from the moment I picked up City of Bones. It’s been an action and angst packed series from start to finish, and will forever remain one of my favorites of all time.
Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Simon wants to become a Shadowhunter, so he enrolls in the Shadowhunter Academy. Except for a brief bit at the beginning of the story, and a little at the end, Clary, Jace, Alec, Magnus, and Isabelle aren’t in it.
Men of Danger by Lora Leigh, Red Garnier, Alexis Grant, and Lorie O’Clare. New read. These collection of four stories were very good. They were a little too short for my liking, but otherwise I found them very entertaining. “Hannah’s Luck” and “Reckless” were my favorites out of the stories..
The Lost Herondale by Cassandra Clare. New read. Another interesting tale involving Simon Lewis as he deals with learning to become a Shadowhunter. Cameo appearances by both Isabelle and Clary made the story even better.
Nothing But Shadows by Cassandra Clare. New Reader. Simon is attending the new Shadowhunter Academy and finding it difficult to find common ground with the other pupils.
Dolly’s Hero Shares Mighty Mountain Voices by Dorothy Jo Owens Parton, Javetta Saunders, and Jerry Horner. New read. Dolly Parton’s favorite aunt shares wonderful stories about the singer and many other of her family members in this heartwarming, spiritual enriching book.
Gray Wolf by Zona Crabtree. New Read. This was a very good tale about a young Indian boy’s passage from boy into man and the adventures he has along the way.
Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz. New read. I found it interesting to follow the author’s path as he relived his passion for the Civil War, by joining some reenactors, touring historical Civil War Battlefields, etc. Some of the things he witnesses first hand along the way, are very surprising, horrifying, and even a little dangerous.
The Evil We Love by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Another Shadowhunter Academy story. Simon is finding it difficult being at the Academy…When Isabelle appears with her father, things get a bit more interesting as he starts to remember a little bit about how he used to feel about her. I enjoyed reading as it also gives the reader more back story on Valentine, Jocelyn, Luke, and the others who formed the ‘Circle’.
The Runaway Racehorse by Ron Roy. New Read. It was cute.
From the Mist by Kiki Thorpe. New Read. It was entertaining.
Twister on Tuesday by Mary Pope Osborne. New Read. I liked that this book was not only entertaining, but educational too.
The Zoo Crew by Carolyn Keene. New read. It was interesting to read a story about Nancy Drew and her best friends Bess Marvin and George Fayne at such a young age.
A Collection for Kate by Barbara DeRubertis. New Read. It was a cute read.
Just Lost by Gina Meyer. New Read. A book that teaches kids what to do when they are lost.
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Paraish. New Read. This was a cute book.
Clifford the Small Puppy by Norman Bridwell. New Read. I just love Clifford. A book that explains how he went from being a small puppy to being bigger than most houses.
Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs. New Read. Another Temperance Brennan book. Very intense. Lots of action, along with some surprises I didn’t forsee.
Pale Kings and Princes by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Simon’s back at Shadowhunter Academy after a summer break. A visit from Isabelle Lightwood lightens the somber mood of his classes, and brings the two of them closer than they’ve been since his memories were magically stripped away the year before.
Bitter Rongue by Cassandra Clare. New Read. Simon and the rest of his class at Shadowhunter Academy are given a mission to complete, but when things go awry, Simon finds himself in a cage in Faerie. Mark Blackburn, along with Isabelle Lightwood, comes to his rescue. His meeting with the disowned Shadowhunter, turned member of the Wild Hunt, makes Simon thankful that although he hasn’t fully regained all the memories that were stripped from him, that he has people that not only love him, but remember him as well.
Running Scared by Lisa Jackson. New Read. Jackson is a star at writing complex, intriguing, and thoroughly entertaining plots that keep her readers hooked from start to finish.
Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader by Cassandra Clare(various other writers). New Read.I thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection of essays. I loved reading the imaginative and interesting insights of the various authors had about the characters, plots, etc of the Mortal Instruments.
Independence Day by Stephen Molstad. New Read. It was interesting reading this novelization of the hit movie by the same name. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare. New Read. This book is an informative, as it is entertaining. Gives readers the inner works of what being a Shadowhunter is all about, from their history to their training to Downworlders, etc. Everything a lover of the Mortal Instruments books/movie/show would expect to find in it…and much, much more.
Into the Darkness by V.C. Andrews. New Read.It has been years since I’ve read anything by this author. Her books just didn’t have the same draw for me as they did when she was still alive. This book was good, but it wasn’t as edgy or intense as I remember the Flowers in the Attic series being.
Janie’s Freedom: African Americans in Aftermath of Civil War by Callie Smith Grant. New Read. I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and the characters likable. It is about a young girl named Janie, who along with four other children, flee from the plantation where they were once slaves, and travel to Chicago to find work as free people. Along the way, they meet and are helped by some kind Quaker people who show them that they need not be fearful of all white people.
Jennie’s War:The Home Front in World War 2 by Bonnie Hinman. New Read. This was another enjoyable read. Likeable characters written against the backdrop of World War 2.
Maria Takes A Stand by NormaJean Lutz. New Read. This is a very good series for young girls/women to read. Each book has values to be learned for readers. The plot of this story was about a young girl named Maria who believes she can be or do anything a boy can do, and is encouraged along the way to participate in the Woman’s Suffrage Movement.
Rachel and the Riot:The Labor Movement Divides a Family. New Read. Another entertaining story which teaches valuable lessons about acceptance of others, how to make compromises, etc.
Maggie’s Dare by NormaJean Lutz. New Read. Another good read. Young Maggie realizes that your station in life isn’t what really matters, but how you treat others does. This series really is written well and is a good one for young girls to read as it teaches them about kindness, compassion, God, that they are capable of doing anything they set their minds too, etc.

Dark Storm by Christine Feehan

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Dark Storm (Dark, #23)Dark Storm by Christine Feehan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is Dax and Riley’s story. This was another wonderful addition to the Dark/Carpathian series. I love that the author writes such strong female characters…such strong male characters too. I enjoyed seeing Gary Jansen and Jubal Sanders as secondary characters.

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Most Likely to Die by Lisa Jackson, Etc .

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Most Likely to DieMost Likely to Die by Lisa Jackson

This book had me hooked from start to finish. It had all the usual elements of a good thriller, but with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing all the way through it.

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Malice by Lisa Jackson

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Malice (New Orleans, #6)Malice by Lisa Jackson

Another thriller filled with lots of twists and turns. Det. Rick Bentz is seeing things…his supposedly dead ex-wife, and receiving anonymous photos, and mysterious phone calls from someone claiming to be Jennifer. He flies back to Los Angeles to investigate, and find out once and for all who is messing with him.

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Reign: Hysteria by Lily Blake

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Hysteria (Reign, #2)Hysteria by Lily Blake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another book I enjoyed.Loved reading about the continuing adventures of King Francis, Queen Mary, Bash, Kenna, Lola, and the other Reign characters I love from the CW show.

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Reign: The Prophecy By Lily Blake

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The Prophecy (Reign, #1)The Prophecy by Lily Blake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. Love the show and getting a chance to read more about the adventures of King Francis, Queen Mary, Bash, Kenna, and the other Reign characters.

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