When All Balls Drop - The Upside of Losing Everything Cover Selected

Back from over a month in New Zealand and Australia, I couldn’t wait to get home to share the news.Drum roll please…...more

Music Monday! Afternoons & Coffeespoons

'Times when the day is like a play by SartreWhen it seems a book burning's in perfect order'... Brilliant lyrics to a great song by The Crash Test Dummies. Click here to listen to the song. A song based on a poem by T.S....more

It's more than words.

With the much anticipated movie based on the best selling book #Divergent from author, Veronica Roth, book fans and moviegoers alike are sure to be delighted.Any reader knows the movie is never quite the same as the book. From stories such as Harry Potter to the Hunger Games the film adaptation can often disappoint.  For those of us that have followed the story of Tris Prior and Tobias Eaton we are on the edge of our seats awaiting the this thriller. We wonder if the movie will live up to our expectations. ...more

A Review Of 'The Interestings' By Meg Wolitzer

I recently read "The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer.  Be forewarned that I wasn't immediately drawn in; it took a while before the story grabbed me, but once I found the rhythm of her writing, I became engrossed with the characters, who are well defined and quite, as the title suggests, interesting....more

"Thank My Lucky Scars" -- Getting Rid of A Little Lessness

Ever heard of Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita?...more

4 Zings for 'The Circle' by David Eggers

"You know how you finish a bag of chips and you hate yourself?  You know you've done nothing good for yourself.  That's the same feeling, and you know it is, after some digital binge.  You feel wasted and hollow and diminished."-- Dave Eggers, The Circle...more
sonirox  Oh wow, since you knew his family, his first book will be very interesting for you as ...more

Top 5 Books To Read As A Homeschooling Mom

http://platypusdirective.blogspot.com/2014/01/top-5-books-to-read-as-hom...Chances are if you are a homeschooling mom, you have an entire library devoted to the science of homeschooling.Unschooling? Classical Homeschooling?  Homeschooling through a Charter?  With a curriculum?  What'cha got?So, these are a few books that I LOVE:1) The ESV Study Bible ...more


  S.J. Blenman, is the author of  THE FACE WITHIN.  Thank you, Ms. Blenman, for taking time away from your book in progress to answer a few questions for your readers and, especially, for fans of your first novel, THE FACE WITHIN.   ...more

Only 10 Books?

So I guess there's this meme on facebook - I've seen a couple of its incarnations and I'm not sure if I'm supposed to list 10 "favorite" books or 10 books that have had some sort of impact on my life or what.I guess it means I'll just make up my own rules, which is better anyway.Also? How do you narrow it down to just 10? Hundreds of books have impacted my life, for better or worse, so I guess I'll just list the first 10 that occur to me - in no particular order. ...more
hieronymus It's such a great story...even if you could just get them to watch the movie, Charly, ...more