Sheila's Books Read

Sheila's bookshelf: read

What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel
Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head

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2015 Reading Challenges

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Sheila has read 1 book toward her goal of 75 books.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Books to Movies Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Books to Movies
Giveaway Hop! This hop features
books that have been made into
movies or TV shows.
Once again this hop is being hosted by
Mary at BookHounds and Kathy at I Am a Reader.

On this Giveaway Hop, some blogs will be giving
away the book, some the movies and 
some may be doing both! 

On my blog, I'm giving one lucky person a chance to win
one of these books or movies shown below.
Thanks so much for coming to my blog and
entering the giveaway! 

The Princess Diaries
Movie: 2-Disc Set

The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants
Book One
The Movie: Double Feature

Narnia: The movie


 Make sure you visit the other blogs
to see what they are giving away!
Thanks to all of you that follow
my blog!
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Book Blast and $100 Giveaway for The Proving by Ken Brosky

Proving Ken
The Proving by Ken Brosky  
It's been 100 years since the Specters invaded Earth. Like ghosts they haunt the planet, devouring any human being foolish enough to venture outside of the last remaining protected cities. For some humans, venturing out isn't a choice--it's an opportunity to prove yourself to your clan. But when a coterie of New Adults undertaking a mission deep in Specter territory discover a terrible secret, they quickly find that everything they've learned may be wrong ... and Earth is in grave danger.

Excerpt from: "The Proving"
Suddenly, the area all around her began to glow, as if some hidden light behind her was slowly coming to life. Thin pine and tupelo trunks were painted in a fiery red light, bright enough that each tree cast a threatening shadow. The creature was near. She ran left, thinking about her family and blinking away stinging hot tears. She hoped to see them again. She hoped to tell her husband and her daughter how much she loved them both. Her body, numb, expected death at any moment but she refused to give in. Ahead, she could see an end to the forest. And something else …
A fence! An old fence whose links were being pulled earthward by heavy vines with thick stalks and fat, crescent-shaped leaves. And beyond the fence: a dim pool of white light illuminated a squat building at the far edge of a barren lot. The building must be an emergency supply depot, no doubt running solely on stored energy from the solar panels attached to the roof, slanted up at the sky. The depot would contain emergency equipment and maybe some kind of weapon. It would have a communication system, too.
She could jump the fence. She could take one step on the constrained chain links and reach the top and hop over. She could reach the building. She could survive. She’d carried a child in her womb for nine months, seven days and an additional fifteen excruciating hours of labor. Her back had endured. Her legs had endured. This pain she felt in her shins now? It was nothing. It was an annoyance.
She could do this. She could send a warning ...
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Book Blast Giveaway
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Friday, October 2, 2015

Westly: A Spider's Tale by Bryan Beus-Blog Tour Review {Also, Reviews from a 2nd Grade Class}


Product Details

  • Title: Westly: A Spider's Tale
  • Author: Bryan Beau
  • Genre: Fantasy for ages 8+
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing (September 29, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1629720682
  • FTC, FYI: I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

 Book Description:  

He  didn’t look like anyone else.

He didn’t act like anyone else.

But Westly was destined to be extraordinary.

This is tale of a caterpillar named Westly who is destined to be a Monarch butterfly and the next king of the butterfly kingdom. But sometimes things don't turn out the way we plan. When Westly emerges from his cocoon he is nothing like he expected. He's a spider! And he must navigate the social hierarchy with butterflies at the top and insects at the bottom and Westly somewhere in-between. Adopted by the "dirt eaters," Westly is determined to make a difference. He is determined to belong, to be loved, and most importantly, to become who he was born to be.

My Review:
I was very excited to read Westly: A Spider's Tale to my 2nd grade class. I have to say, they were enchanted from the first chapter. They really loved the characters and they also liked the different voices I used as I read the novel to them. This book is perfect for the age group I teach, 7-8 year olds. They couldn't wait each day until after lunch when it was time for Read-Aloud. They all groaned when I ended a chapter and put the book away to do something else. They learned the main message from the book, {which impressed me} without me telling them.

I decided to have my class help me write this review. When we finished the book, I had them write down what they liked the most about Westly. Who better to see how kids liked the book than hear from kids themselves? So here is what they had to say, at least those who turned their paper in...{There may be some spoilers here :) and the spelling has been corrected in order for you to read their comments. ;) }

Beckett: "My favorite character was the raven. I liked the book because Westly became a hero and saved all the insects."

Cole: "My favorite characters were Westly, Zug Zug and the Raven."

Ava:  "I like when Westly turns into a spider. My favorite characters is Zug Zug the fly."

Gretta: "My favorite part was when Wesley was in the menagerie and he almost died, but it was super, duper sad...I would think every body would like Westly. It is awesome; my favorite book! 

Ty: "Westly learned being different was fine."

Serg: "I learned that at the end Westly became King of the menagerie."

Aryianna:  "I learned it doesn't matter if someone is different. I just love Westly. It's a good book!"

Brooklyn: "I liked the part where Westly's dad hugs him. I want to share it with my friends."

Evan: "I liked that we don't have to be sad if we are different. I like the book because it is exciting!"

Brody: "I liked the story because of the should buy it and Westly."

Lillian: "I loved when Westly stuck up for his friends, even the raven. I recommend 2nd grade and up will like this book."

Jaslene: "I like Westly and Zug Zug. They live in the menagerie. I recommend it."

Edison: "I love Westly and the Raven KIng and learned that different is good. The story was very funny...a good book for all ages."

Will: "I learned that you should never give up."  

Charlie: "Westly was a very good spider. I like how he got the key from the worms."

Dyson: "My favorite characters were Westly, Zug Zug, the worms, the raven and the dragonfly."

Owen W. "I liked the pictures. It is a good story. You should read it."

Jordan: "The raven was scary and they all looked awesome. I liked it!"

 So there you have it! It's a great book, with a good message for kids, and very entertaining.  So from my 2nd grade class, they recommend this book to other kids. 

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Meet Author Bryan Beus:

Bryan Beus – which rhymes with Zeus – is the winner of the Kirchoff/Wohlberg Award from The New York Society of Illustrators. He works full time as an illustrator for magazines, book covers, film and game conceptual art, and more. When not writing and drawing, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Amanda, mindful meditation, drinking root beer floats, and eating far too many Sour Patch Watermelons. Westly is his debut novel.

What did you think of my student's reviews?  Please leave a comment about how you think they did? 

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Beeswax Shop and Longbourn Farm

My niece, Alli Windley Kelley has always been a pretty impressive person. Now as an adult she is blowing me away with what she is accomplishing in her life. She is married and has a little boy who will be one-years-old soon. She studied animal science for her bachelors degree and animal nutrition for her master's degree.Wanting to be a stay at home mom, she came up with a some ideas/company so she could work from home raising her son and living on her farm.I wanted to introduce you to both of them and hope you will go check them out.

  • Welcome to The Beeswax Shop! They make quality, handmade beeswax based products.All of the beeswax is local from Cache Valley.
  •  How The Beeswax Shop Started: Alli said...
    "My father keeps bees and makes some of my favorite lotions and salves with beeswax from his hives. They were always my go-to for my dry, cracked hands and lips. When I had my baby, my friend Misha gave me some beeswax-based diaper rash cream. It was a miracle worker! I asked Misha for her recipe and along with that, we decided to become business partners in this venture.

    We wanted to extend our favorite beeswax-based products to everyone and decided to open up a shop. All our products are made with local beeswax, hopefully one day it can be made with our own! All of our products are handmade by us. After all, everyone knows there is nothing better than homegrown and handmade. We are careful and clean when we make our products, both of us have extensive experience working in laboratories and we apply those skills and cautions when making our products.

    If there is a product you are interested in, let us know and we will do our best to get it in the shop!"
  • Products:
    ***Hand Salve: 
    This healing hand salve is sure to soothe and moisturize any skin type. From a daily moisturizer to healing dry and cracked skin, this salve does the trick. Lavendar scented or unscented option.

    2 oz

    Ingredients: Coconut oil, beeswax, avocado oil, almond oil, grape seed oil, vitamin E oil, scented essential oils (only in scented versions)
    ***Diaper Rash Cream:
    Keep diaper rash away with our healing and soothing baby diaper rash cream. Works quickly and effectively. A little bit goes a long way so this jar will last!

    4 oz.

    Recommended shelf life is 3 months from the time of your order. If care is taken not to apply to baby's bottom and then stick fingers back in the jar, shelf life can be extended. Do not use past 6 months.

    Ingredients: Shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, bentonite clay, baby powder essential oil

    To read a review of these products go to this blog:

  • Website:
    Longbourn Farm:

    Alli's website Longbourn Farm is aimed at providing useful information to people interested in starting a hobby farm or raising livestock animals. Here is what she has to say about it:

     "Longbourn Farm is our little piece of farmland. We believe that the best things in life are homegrown and handmade - and we are always making something. Come along with us for all of our adventures as we rehab our old property and give tips and tricks for proper but easy animal care and feeding. You'll learn something, we promise!"

    You will find information about Animal Husbandry, growing food, recipes and many other things about life on a farm and living on homemade products. Alli is a wonderful cook and baker. You will want to check out her recipes. I promise you won't be disappointed.

     Homemade Meatballs

     Oatmeal Cookies
    Meet Alli Kelley:
We are the Kelley’s. Just a little family with a little farm living a blessed little life. I am Alli and write the blog – I don’t think Andy will ever write anything but he will occasionally pose for a photo and is always my right hand man when it comes to projects. He is seriously the best. We have the cutest little boy Abe and he is teaching us a lot about being parents. Who knew you could love someone so much?! We also have a whole bunch of animals that keep us on our toes. We love homemade meals, homegrown food, and believe that life is what you make it – happiness is also homemade.

I studied animal science for my bachelors degree and animal nutrition for my master’s degree so I am very passionate about all things animal! I started this blog to document our life and progress with our little run-down farm and to also help others trying to do the same thing. If you have questions about animal husbandry or specific animal nutrition questions, send me an email here. I also know a few things about feeds and pasture management if you need help with that. I would love to hear from you!

***Let me know what you think about her products in the comments below. If you have any questions you can also leave them here and Alli will be able to answer them. Have you ever wanted to live on a farm? What animals would you want to raise? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks for reading! ****

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Played for a Fool by Stephanie Black-Blog Tour Review and Giveaway

Product Details

  • Title: Played for a fool
  • Author: Stephanie Black
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications Inc.; Pap/Com edition (September 5, 2015)
  • Genre: Mystery/Suspense
  • ISBN-10: 1680476505
  • FTC, FYI: I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.  
Book Description:
Three years ago, the small town of Britteridge was rocked by the senseless murder of Gail Ludlum. Now the people most affected by the tragedy have returned to the place where it all began, and the scene is set for the perfect revenge . . .
Megan O’Connor’s life was shattered when she was unwittingly drawn into a kidnapping plot that ultimately led to the murder of an innocent woman. Though the road to redemption has been long, she’s finally found happiness with her recent engagement to a wonderful man, a pillar of the community. But amid the chaos of wedding planning, the return of Gail Ludlum’s son to Britteridge sets in motion a disturbing sequence of events. Soon Megan finds herself the victim of a series of cruel deceptions that indicate one thing: her past mistakes have not been forgiven or forgotten. As the mischief escalates to dangerous levels, it becomes clear that someone is determined to avenge Gail’s death. And he won’t rest until he’s taken a life for a life.

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My Review: 
Just like every other mystery/suspense book I've read by this author, I should realize I can't just pick up the book, read for awhile and walk away. No, I make this mistake every time. I pick up the book read, then read some more, realize it's midnight and I have to teach the next day, but I still can't put the book down, and keep reading until I pass out. It was pure torture to work all day and have to wait until I came home to finish the book. 

Played for a Fool is one of those books where you know exactly who is behind all of the crazy things happening to the main character, but you just don't know how or when the next thing is going to happen. You worry and panic for main character Megan O' Connor whose life is finally settling down after tragedies that had happened three years before. Just when Megan thinks maybe she can have a normal life with her twin sister in jail for murder and kidnapping, the past has come back to start wrecking havoc in her life by making it look like Megan is as bad as her sister. It's really frustrating when even Megan's finance Trevor starts thinking that Megan is behind the strange things happening; after all it was his kid sister that was kidnapped by Megan's sister and almost killed and Megan was duped into helping with the kidnapping. There is a lot of action and much deception in this novel. Just when you think things are starting to settle down, guess what? It's time for more crazy action that will keep you strapped to this novel. As I said earlier, be prepared to set aside a day to read this book, because it's very hard to put down. The interesting characters and the schemes going on all around, will keep this book in your hands and your mind whirling, way after you have read the last page. Another winner for author Stephanie Black!

Meet the Author: Stephanie Black

STEPHANIE BLACK has loved books since she was old enough to grab the pages, and has enjoyed creating make-believe adventures since she and her sisters were inventing long Barbie games filled with intrigue and danger or running around pretending to be detectives. She is a three-time Whitney Award winner for Best Mystery/Suspense, most recently for Cold as Ice (2010). Stephanie was born in Utah and has lived in various places, including Arizona, Massachusetts, New York, and Limerick, Ireland. She currently lives in northern California and enjoys spending time with her husband Brian and their five children. She is a fan of chocolate, cheesecake, and her husband’s homemade bread.

 Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $25 gift card and a copy of Played for a Fool!!
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Friday, September 25, 2015

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop!
This Giveaway Hop is being hosted by Mary at BookHounds and Kathy at I Am a Reader.
Thanks ladies for all that you do!

What is Banned Books Week? 
 Banned Books Week, is an annual celebration of the freedom to read since 1982, and is observed the last week of September. Each year, librarians, booksellers, teachers and countless others take this opportunity to highlight the importance of intellectual freedom and remind us not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

 I have a list of Banned Books that you will be able to choose from
if you are the winner here at my blog. These books are some of my favorite controversial books that have been banned before.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret. . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen doesn't want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her.

Then Hannah's voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes-- and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death.

All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his small town. . .

. . .and what he discovers changes his life forever.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee Harper
 Your choice of any Harry Potter book: One of the most banned books of all time! 
If my GFC followers get to 2000, I will choose a 2nd winner too. That's only 34 new followers to my blog! So send your friends my way to boost me up to 2000! Then I can choose two winners instead of one.
Rafflecopter entry form is down below. Make sure to visit the other blogs participating in the hop!

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Mysteries of Cove: Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage -- Blog Tour Review

Product Description:
Title:Mysteries of Cove: Fires of Invention
Author: J. Scott Savage
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Publish date: Sept. 29, 2015
ISBN13: 9781629720920
Hardcover: 370 pages
FTC, FYI: I was given a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Book Description:

Trenton Colman is a creative thirteen-year-old boy with a knack for all things mechanical. But his talents are viewed with suspicion in Cove, a steam-powered city built inside a mountain. In Cove, creativity is a crime and “invention” is a curse word.

Kallista Babbage is a repair technician and daughter of the notorious Leo Babbage, whose father died in an explosion—an event the leaders of Cove point to as an example of the danger of creativity.
Working together, Trenton and Kallista learn that Leo Babbage was developing a secret project before he perished. Following clues he left behind, they begin to assemble a strange machine that is unlike anything they’ve ever seen before. They soon discover that what they are building may threaten every truth their city is founded on—and quite possibly their very lives.
My Review
When I first heard J. Scott Savage telling me and my kids about a new book he was writing, we were all excited. The words Steampunk and Dragons stuck in my mind, but the thought that being creative was considered a crime was the thing that blew me away. In this society found in Fires of Invention, the first Mysteries of Cove book, all inventing has been outlawed and considered bad and staying within the norms was the safe and right thing to do. As a teacher I felt stifled by this idea. I love when my students are creative and come up with wild ideas. This is why I immediately fell in love with main character Trenton Colman. He doesn't fit in with the "average" kids at Cove because he has many ideas running through his head and he can't leave them alone. He knows he shouldn't consider building anything, and when he does this is where the fun starts. Along the way he meets a fellow inventor, Kallista Babbage, and their friendship starts off quite rocky with some kicks and punches. I laughed at the tension felt by these early teens and how they eventually get together to do something very important. I will be giving away no spoilers here because it is too much fun finding out what happens on your own!
J.Scott Savage is such a wonderful story teller that this story came to life so easily in my mind. I know that this book's main audience is the Middle school/teen crowd, but honestly, as an adult I loved it! This book won't let you down, because it hooks you at the beginning and has a wonderful end that made me laugh and cry. It has a fabulous starting point for book two. I recommend this book for solo readers, teachers to read to their class, and for parents to read with their kids. You know you are always in for a great entertaining read when J. Scott Savage is the author. Well Done!!

 Here is the author J. Scott Savage with my kids,the day we first heard about this new book coming soon that combined Steampunk and Dragons!

How did J.Scott Savage come up with this awesome idea? Here is what he had to say about that:
Author Note:

"Like many of my books, the inspiration for my new series Fires of Invention came from the collision of two ideas. The first time the story occurred to me was while I was watching the musical Wicked with my wife. The moment I walked into the theater and saw the huge mechanical dragon above the stage, I thought, Wow! I have to write a story about that! A few weeks later, I was talking with my nephew, who is probably the most creative kid I know, but whose inventiveness often gets him into trouble, and I thought, What if a kid who had the talents of my nephew lived in a world where creativity was against the law? What if the kids were building . . . a steam-powered dragon? Bam! I had my story.

Powered by great feedback from my agent, Michael Bourret, my good friend and author James Dashner, my publisher, Chris Schoebinger, and the song “Warriors” by Imagine Dragons, I wrote the entire first draft of the first volume in the series, Mysteries of Cove in four weeks. This book is unlike anything I have ever written. There are elements of City of Ember, Dragon Riders, and Hugo in it all mashed up together in a world I fell in love with from the moment I started writing.

I think what’s most exciting to me about this book is that it’s about giving yourself the freedom to imagine. To take chances. Too often we limit ourselves by only trying things we’re confident we can succeed at when what we need to do is give ourselves permission to fail. Often it is when we attempt things with no idea of how we can possibly pull them off that we achieve our greatest successes."
 Add this book to your goodreads list!

 Meet the Author: J. Scott Savage

Author Bio:

J. Scott Savage is the author of the Farworld middle grade fantasy series and the Case File 13 middle grade monster series. He has been writing and publishing books for over ten years. He has visited over 400 elementary schools, dozens of writers conferences, and taught many writing classes. He has four children and lives with his wife Jennifer and their Border Collie, Pepper, in a windy valley of the Rocky Mountains.

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