The Rise of Magicks

The Rise of Magicks Book Cover

This is the third book in the trilogy the Chronicles of the One. If you liked Stephen King's book The Stand, then you will enjoy reading this trilogy by Nora Roberts. It is good versus evil like in The Stand, however, one woman named Fallon is the chosen one who continues to build her army so she can fight the black dragon and the darkness that is evil. The evil was re-woken in Scotland in her first book, entitled Year One. Masses were wiped off the face of the earth except some of the people who had magical means and who had the light within them. It was a time of rebuilding life despite the constant raids by the evil ones. If you like fantasy, it's one of her best reads.

Better than Before

Better than Before Book Cover

I love this book so much I bought it for myself. Gretchen challenges habits. How to keep them, how to start them, and why it can be so easy to fall out of an important habit. She uses her own story to connect the reader to who they are. The first two chapters gave me so much insight into myself and what systems work well for me. As I said, I bought this book so that I could continue to reference it and write notes within its pages. If you are looking into being the best You in any way, check out "Better than Before". Gretchen supports you along the way. My family has also started reading and listening to the audiobook on my recommendation. Enjoy!

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century Book Cover

This book is fascinating! It tells the story of the heist of priceless specimens from the British Natural History Museum by a young man obsessed with collecting beautiful - and rare - feathers. The Feather Thief is as much about the history of science as it is a heist book, and wholeheartedly recommend to anyone interested in either topic!

Imaginary Friend [sound recording CD]

Imaginary Friend [sound recording CD] Book Cover

What a treat to find an author who can write as long as Stephen King and effectively pull you into the plot and the various characters. In some ways, it reminded me of IT but this story stands on its own with its unique main character (Christopher, age 7). Normally I struggle with CD narrators but this narrator was able to change her voice without distracting from the story. The storyline takes some unexpected turns that made me want to jump back into my car to finish listening! A very engaging and unique horror story.

Xena, Warrior Princess. DVD

Xena, Warrior Princess. DVD Book Cover

Xena is an empowering fantasy series filled with strong female characters. It’s full of adventure, humor, and action. You will meet Xena, a fierce warrior princess, as she seeks to redeem herself from her dark past by helping those who cry out for a hero. By her side is her companion Gabrielle and together they fight for the greater good by battling Greek Gods, warlords, and evil forces in the ancient world. Xena is a great example that the courage to love, forgive, and stand up for others will change the world.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray Book Cover

This late-1800’s classic novel, considered shocking when it was published, was used as evidence in a trial against the author to condemn him for indecency. It tells the tale of a young man whose handsomely-painted portrait displays the ravages of time and corruption, while he stays young and fine in physical form.

The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of An American Dynasty

The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of An American Dynasty Book Cover

The First Ladies of the United States' Presidents fascinate me. What do these women do day to day? What is their life in the White House like? How does it feel to be the wife of arguably the most powerful person on the planet? These and so many other questions are addressed in this retelling of Mrs. Bush's life. Barbara Bush devoted her life to supporting her husband's ambitions. As George H.W. Bush gained political clout, she was frequently criticized by women with more modern viewpoints about the role of a wife. Mrs. Bush was hurt by these criticisms. Her contributions to literacy in the US are substantial including the development of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Her legacy lives on in her literacy projects as well as the continuing political ambitions of members of the Bush family.

Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone Book Cover

The Grisha Verse created by Leigh makes me wish I had power over an element. The story is centered around Alina as she discovers something incredibly unique about herself and incredibly important to the future of everyone. This is book one in the trilogy. Alina is rushed into a lifestyle completely different from her past. Separated from her only friend Mal, Alina must navigate a new world among many people who most likely want her death more than her success. As her powers grow a long history begins to come full circle by the end of book three. Each book had me rooting for Alina as she grows herself, her powers, as a saint, and in love. I recommend all three books for sure!

The Alchemyst : The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

The Alchemyst : The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Book Cover

This is a separate adventure regarding Nicholas Flamel. No Harry Potter connection. Michael Scott (no Office Connection) writes a wonderful story that draws connections between all time periods myths, and legends into our modern world. Twin teens gain knowledge of a world where alchemy, magic, sorcery, and necromancers exist. By accident or prophecy? This is book one in a series and it sets the scene brilliantly for the next books. I recommend the entire series. I thoroughly enjoyed moving through the story from all of the perspectives of the characters, especially the twins as they learn more about themselves, this hidden world and past legends.

High Five

High Five Book Cover

This is a super fun and interactive book to read to your young book lovers!