Archive for February, 2011

Fern Valley by Aileen Stewart

Fern ValleyFern Valley by Aileen Stewart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I won this book at http://goodreads.com as part of their first reads giveaways. Fern Valley is a collection of short stories, all the stories are about the characters/animals that live in Fern Valley. For some reason when I heard children’s book I imagined something with a lot of pictures and rhymes. What I received was a pleasant surprise, the book has actual stories with wonderfully written characters, who use their imaginations and are very polite.

The stories are simple and wholesome. Situations arise that most kids will be able to relate to and understand. There are also a smattering of morals to be learned throughout the book.

There is a Christian undercurrent throughout. With grandmothers who sing hymns while preparing dinner, families saying grace before eating and children saying prayers before bed.

Overall I think that Fern Valley was well done and would be a wonderful addition to any child’s bookshelf.

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Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A few weeks ago I was on the website http://www.care2.com.  I left a comment on an article about procrastinating and I won a copy of Eat That Frog! The title of the book comes from something Mark Twain once said about if the first thing you do everyday is eat a frog chances are that will be the worst thing to happen to you all day. The frog represents your biggest, most important task of the day.

Eat That Frog will help you learn how to identify and prioritize you tasks. It also gives you methods to get organized and to get into the habit of eating your frog so you can get more done in less time.

As someone who tends to procrastinate, it’s usually June or July before I get around to making my New Years resolution. I was happy when this book arrived in the mail. Reading this book was a frog that I devoured in just a few days. Most of the ideas and techniques are common sense and I’m sure will be very useful. I think that anyone who follows the advice in this book will definitely improve at getting more done in less time and find themselves procrastinating less.

Will I use what I’ve learned from this book? I sure will, one of these days.
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300 Nights by Kriss Perras Running Water

300 Nights300 Nights by Kriss Perras Running Waters
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This gets a solid 3 stars. This was another Goodreads First Reads give away book. For me a book is like a meal they can be a feast, square meal, fast food, a snack or that unrecognizable stuff in the fridge that needs thrown away. 300 Nights was somewhere between a snack and fast food (both can be very enjoyable). The writing was good and very descriptive. At 241 pages with 4 parts and 78 “Chapters” (lots of white) this makes for a quick read (that is after I actually sat down and started to read it). The action was fast paced and pretty much nonstop. The plot was intriguing and the characters interesting with the above grounders, the people that lived underground (mostly scientist and computer experts) and life on the grid and let’s not forget the apocalypse.

The only thing that could have made this book better would have been more. More about how society developed the way it did and more details about the characters past. The author Kriss Perras Running Water gave enough information to let the reader get the gist of everything but I just felt that there was enough to the plot and the characters that this could have made an excellent 600+ page feast.

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