Book Reviews, Family, Foster Parenting

I wish I were DEAD!!!!!!!

I mean, not me personally. It's just I'm reading Varney the Vampire.  And this wish for death seems to be a reasonable reaction to the crazy stuff happening to these dudes.  Varney the Vampire is a Victorian "penny dreadful." Yes, I bought it because of the title and the realization that it was an old school trash… Continue reading I wish I were DEAD!!!!!!!

Book Reviews


You know what I like about these reviews I've been doing?  Learning about the kooks whose crazy brains put out these books.  I mean, look at these people: I really feel like I should dreadlock my hair or something.  Speaking of kooks.  There's James Malcom Rymer.  He wrote "Penny Dreadfuls" including the epic Varney the Vampire.  Before… Continue reading Writers…

Book Reviews, Foster Parenting, Writing

Review: Tom Sawyer Detective (with references to other books thrown in)

  So first of all.  Meh on this one.  For me this is a solid 3 stars.  I liked it well enough, but if it were a stand alone rather than the 4th book, I'd *probably* not read the sequel. The thing I've been noticing lately is that many a book has a HUGE character.… Continue reading Review: Tom Sawyer Detective (with references to other books thrown in)

Book Reviews, Foster Parenting

Review: Huck Finn

So, after being tired of Huck Finn, I got sucked back in.  This book makes me laugh out loud.   I'm not going to re-hash the plot.  Essentially--I like it.  Loved it even.  I recommend it.  But there were a few points where I thought...mmmmm, this part should be shorter.  Especially the parts with "the… Continue reading Review: Huck Finn

Family, Foster Parenting, These Lying Eyes


I'm going to start by saying that I know this is stupid to say.  But truthfully, I'm kinda getting bored with Huck's adventures. I think it's partially that I'm just really tired right now.  Plus if there were ever a novel about foster parenting this is it.  And I'm kind of emotionally exhausted, so maybe… Continue reading Sacrilege…


The Scarlet Pimpernel Review–yes already. I inhaled this book.

So, you know from yesterday I was enjoying it.  And so I did.  There were but two moments where I had to pull a WTHeck? POINT ONE--- Marguerite St. Just is now Lady Blakeney.  She's described as incredibly intelligent and also incredibly beautiful. Even at the wedding of another at the end of the book, she is described at… Continue reading The Scarlet Pimpernel Review–yes already. I inhaled this book.

These Lying Eyes

Tom Sawyer Review! Editor update!

Have you ever read a book that seemed to delve right into your childhood self?  Man, Tom Sawyer does that for me.  Especially the pieces where the kids get in trouble and imagine dying for the revenge of their death on their parents. I used to do that.  What a little brat I was.  My brothers… Continue reading Tom Sawyer Review! Editor update!


I was going to read The Last Chronicle of Barset next…

Except, it won't play through my audible reader, so I'm reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer instead. Sigh. In The Small House at Allington, Trollope didn't resolve one of his stories, and I want to find out what happens!!! Plus it's got characters in this next one I've been wanting to return to.  That stiff… Continue reading I was going to read The Last Chronicle of Barset next…


Framley Parsonage! I finished it.

Except wait.  I finished that a while ago. I kept forgetting I was actually reading The Small House at Allington.   Does that mean the Small House is boring? Not really.  I enjoyed it.  About equally with Framley Parsonage.  I guess I'd say that Small House is lovely.  There were several times when I laughed out loud.  Trollope's… Continue reading Framley Parsonage! I finished it.