I was perusing the Barnes and Noble app on my phone when I came across a book with a shiny white cover of a flower and a girl in the center. It caught my attention and I looked at the overview of the novel. I discovered it was part of a series and purchased immediately the debut novel and its companion: The Jewel and The White Rose.
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 20, 2015]
Today is Aug. 20. Historical events for today include:
• the American Civil War ended in 1866,
• NASA launched Voyager 2 into space in 1977,
• in 1988, a ceasefire was agreed upon after almost eight years of fighting in the Iran-Iraq War,
• in 1992, American singer Demi Lovato was born,
• Hollywood starlet Kim Kardashian and NBA player Kris Humphries married in 2011,
• it’s World Mosquito Day,
• and it’s my parents’ 32nd anniversary.
Sometimes you come across that one book that kind of blows your mind and makes you think, what if? Well, Amy Ewing’s debut novel The Jewel did that to me.
A long time ago, like probably ten years or so, I got the novel Looking for Alaska from Barnes and Noble or somewhere. The candle on the cover had caught my eye. I read it and instantly loved the entire premise of that book.
Since then, I hadn’t read anything else written by American author John Green until I decided to pick up the book Paper Towns, mostly thanks to the movie that was coming out (I usually don’t like watching movies before reading the books).
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 6, 2015]
There has been a lot of uproar about Cecil the Lion, a mascot of Zimbabwe, Africa, and his death by an American dentist. I saw so many posts on social media and news stories by Time and BBC that I couldn’t read anything else online for a couple days.
For those who hadn’t heard much about this, Cecil the Lion was lured from his animal reserve within a national park in Zimbabwe by a team of hunters who tied a dead animal to the top of their truck. The American dentist shot Cecil with a bow and tracked him for 40 hours before shooting him with a rifle, beheaded and skinned the animal and left the rest for the scavengers.
After finishing The Son of Neptune, the second novel to the second series about Greek gods written by Rick Riordan, I must say I’m losing my steam a little bit.
First, the story was super fun. I am enjoying meeting new characters and seeing them grow, since in the Percy Jackson novels we only saw Percy Jackson’s point of view. In this novel we were introduced to Hazel Levesque and Frank Zhang, who become close with Percy as they go on a quest to Alaska to prevent a giant from gaining power and destroying the world.
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, July 30, 2015]
The sun baked my skin and scents of wood chips, tilled Iowa earth and cow manure wafted on the warm breeze. I stood with my arms resting on a large metal gate at the south end of the Union County Fair show arena talking to several men about the beef show.
I have always been from the Midwest, but I had never found county fairs very interesting until I moved to Creston.
So, clearly, I couldn’t stay away. I finished American author Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series not long ago, and attempted to read something in a different genre to give my mind a break from young adult.
Obviously, that didn’t happen.
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, July 17, 2015]
The sound of nails hammered into wooden planks echoed through a maintenance shed, and voices rang as men yelled to each other for building materials.
I was one of more than 10 participants to attend a trench excavation and rescue class at Southwestern Community College, and enjoyed learning among Creston, Afton and Osceola firefighters.
I’ve read every single novel by author Tana French, ever since she came out with her debut In the Woods back in 2007.
Then, I heard French came out with her fifth mystery novel called The Secret Place, and I knew I just had to have it. So, I waited until it came out in paperback and pre-ordered it, so that once it reached my house I immediately dove in.