Thursday, June 30, 2016

Challenges, Challenges! (Book Challenge by Erin 5.0 Preliminary List)

It's no secret that I love a good book challenge.  Ok, ok...  I admit, that's probably an understatement.  I confess - I am a book challenge junkie.  But, I'm definitely not alone in this affliction and I consider myself in rather good company with other book lovers across the country and the globe.  Anyhoo... Book Challenge by Erin 5.0 begins tomorrow.  Erin organizes it through Facebook, but you can read more about on her blog.  Even though it starts tomorrow, you can join anytime if you are interested.

Here are the ten categories and my first round selections: 

Freebie (5 pts) - Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler

A Book Whose Title Starts with the Letter R (10 pts) - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

A Book with a Five Word Title (10 pts) - Home to Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani

A Book with a Mostly Blue Cover (15 pts)- The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris

A Book that Features Twins (20 pts) - Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A Book from Popsugar's 100 Books to Read Before They're Movies List (20 pts) - Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

A Book Set in a Country I Want to Visit (25 pts) - China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan (set in China)

A Historical Fiction Book (30 pts) - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

A Music Related Book (30pts) - Dancing with Myself by Billy Idol

A Book Published 100+ Years Ago (35 pts) - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

I'm most eager to listen to Ready Player One, for I've heard great things about it and many people have said that is an ideal book for any fan of the 1980s - which I totally am!  The book I'm looking forward to the least is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  I haven't had much luck with Mark Twain in the past, for I really did not enjoy The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  Let's hope that ol' Huckleberry Finn is better.

Are you participating in Erin's challenge?  If so, are you ready?  As always, thank you for stopping by!

West Virginia, my beloved home state, was hit by devastating floods last week. Many homes, businesses, schools, churches, and entire communities were completely inundated with rapidly rising water. Many structures, from homes to roads, were completely washed away by the flash flooding. West Virginians are strong, resilient people who rise up in the face of adversity. But, even the strongest folks could use some prayers from time to time. I ask that you remember the flood victims who have lost their homes, their livelihoods, their belongings, and especially those who have lost loved ones.  I sincerely thank you.

If you are interested, fellow West Virginia native and country music star Brad Paisley, has established a GoFundMe account in which the donations will be distributed for flood relief through his charity, The Brad Paisley Foundation.  For more information, you can read about it in this article on The Tennessean website, on Brad Paisley's Facebook page, and/or on the GoFundMe page he launched on Wednesday June 29, 2016.  #wvrising (photo via)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Mosaics, by Request - Wordless Wednesday (Vol. 6)

About a week ago, I had a request from a fellow blogger to share some of the mosaics I've made.  (Ahem!  E Man, this is for you!)

Linking up with Wordless Wednesday

As always, thanks for stopping by!

West Virginia, my beloved home state, was hit by devastating floods last week. Many homes, businesses, schools, and churches were completely inundated with rapidly rising water. Many of homes were completely washed away by flash floods. West Virginians are strong, resilient people who rise up in the face of adversity. But, even the strongest folks could use some prayers from time to time. I ask that you remember the flood victims who have lost their homes, their livelihoods, their belongings, and especially those who have lost loved ones. Thank you.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Happy One Year Blogiversary to Me!

One year ago today, I published my very first blog entry, a sad, little post titled Well Read...What Does That Mean?  To date, that entry has received a whopping total of three views. 

Three, as tres, for you Spanish speaking folks.

Three, as in one more than two and one less than four.  

LOL!  Truth be told, I'm pretty sure two of those views were from me, checking to make sure the post did what it was supposed to do once I clicked "Publish." Little did I know the adventure I would embark upon after clicking that orange button in the upper right corner of Blogger.

And here I am...365 days, 1 Twitter account, countless hours of typing and editing, and 209 posts later!  Happy Blogiversary to me!  

As I started preparing this post, I thought about how I came to embark upon this blogging journey.  I started blogging because having a blog made participating in book challenges easier.  Early on, the majority of my entries were single book reviews.  Over time, I started participating in various linkups as well as publishing content on matters that weighed heavily on my mind and stuff I just felt compelled to write.  As an introvert, I spend a lot of time in my head and this blog gives me a place to let those thoughts out and allow them to run amuck!  It has evolved into a unique little space, part book blog, part travel blog, part life blog. Regardless of what I write about, this space has become a valuable and creative outlet for me.  Thank you for joining me on this adventure.

So, today on the monumental occasion, I've created some blog superlatives, you know, like those you might see in a high school yearbook. 

MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED (aka "Post with the most views to date"):
Stripes - Hugh's Photo Challenge (Week 9)
- Seriously, I have no idea how this post featuring one picture and 123 words (including the link up information) generated so many views.  I have submitted 15 more picture posts in Hugh's weekly photo challenge since this one and none of them have even come close to generating the number of views this one did.  Go figure...

THE ONE THAT FAILED TO GET OUT OF THE GATE (aka "Post the fewest views to date"):  
- Whomp, whomp...

TEACHER'S PET (aka "Post that is my personal favorite"):
M is for Mind's Eye
- This is a very personal piece and a piece that required me to really step out of my comfort zone.

TEACHER'S PEST (aka "Post that I like the least"):
Q is for Qi
- What can I say?  I was trying to compose a blog entry about something, anything, that started with the letter Q.  I was desperate...

AGED TO PERFECTION (aka "Post that took the longest to compose"):
O is for One Hour
- I worked on this post on and off for several months and in the days leading up to it going live, I spent many hours listening to the songs that were "in the running" and whittling down my final selections.

BIGGEST SURPRISES (aka "Posts that turned out to far better than I would've ever imagined"):
Stripes - Hugh's Photo Challenge (Week 9) 
- It still baffles my mind...

H is for Hallelujah
- As I mentioned in my Blogging A to Z Reflection post, this blog entry was truly a last minute idea and I composed it in under 30 minutes.  To date, it is the fourth most viewed post on my blog.

BIGGEST FLOPS (aka "Posts 
that I expected to do better than it did in terms of comments/views"):
Current Events in One Sentence (Aug. 30 - Sept. 15) 

Happy Back to the Future Day!
- Yeah, I had bigger expectations for both of these posts, but maybe the timing just wasn't right.  Who knows?


MANY thanks to some fellow bloggers who have welcomed me into their blogging community:  Erin, Kristen, LindsaySteph, Mackenzie, and E Man... just to name a few.  I enjoy our interactions and look forward to many more in the future.

And MANY, MANY thanks to you, the readers, whether you are new or returning. Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting.  I do appreciate it!

Linking up with:

West Virginia, my beloved home state, was hit by devastating floods last week. Many homes, businesses, schools, and churches were completely inundated with rapidly rising water. Many of homes were completely washed away by flash floods. West Virginians are strong, resilient people who rise up in the face of adversity. But, even the strongest folks could use some prayers from time to time. I ask that you remember the flood victims who have lost their homes, their livelihoods, their belongings, and especially those who have lost loved ones. Thank you.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

If We Were Having Coffee... (Vol. 2 - When Someone You Know Becomes Someone You Knew)

...we'd once again be at my parents' house in my little hometown in southern West Virginia.  This morning, however, I doubt we'd sit outside because of the weather.  We've had a lot of bad storms and heavy rain the past couple of days, several counties to the east and north have even experienced flooding of "historic proportions," and the humidity is high.  My mom would tell you that it's "muggy." We could sit outside if you wanted, but it wouldn't be nearly as pleasant as it was last week when you dropped by to visit.

Once again, I'd drink a Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper and I'd offer you a cup of my mom's coffee.  Not in the mood for coffee?  No problem.  Would you care for some orange juice?  Milk?  How about a soda or some lemonade or perhaps a Yoo-Hoo?  Yes, there are Yoo-Hoos out in the garage refrigerator.  My stepdad absolutely loves them.

You'd tell me that you're surprised that I'm still here in West Virginia, for you thought my initial plan was to only stay a week.  I'd say that you were right, but my plans changed earlier this week with the sudden passing of Gemma's mother.

You'd ask who Gemma was and I'd tell you that she was my childhood best friend.  You'd look puzzled, for you've never heard me mention Gemma before. I'd let out a soft, barely audible sigh and say, "Gemma and I are no longer friends; acquaintances with history is a better term that describes us now."  I'd go on to explain how our families have been friends for many, many years, long before Gemma and I were even born.  I'd then tell you that I decided to extend my stay so I can attend the wake this evening and pay my respects to not only her, but to the family whom I spent a lot of time with when I was younger.

You and I would sit there in companionable silence for awhile as I gathered my thoughts.  I'd then tell you a little bit about Gemma, about how she and I met when we were nine years old and, if I'm remembering correctly, we didn't really care for each other at first.  I'd tell you that I really don't know why, for that was over thirty years ago; I just know that we were not fast friends.  The following year, however, everything changed.  Gemma and I found ourselves in the same fifth grade homeroom and apparently the close proximity day in and day out was all it took for us become the best of friends.  For many years later, throughout junior high, we were virtually inseparable. Most of our classes were together, we played on the same sports teams, and we spent countless Friday nights and Saturday mornings together sleeping over at each other's houses.  Gemma always hosted the best sleepovers.  We had so much fun playing boardgames, watching music videos, and talking about boys...

My friendship with Gemma transitioned from being best friends to being good friends shortly after we started high school.  She grew really close to another classmate of ours, a classmate whom she had more in common with, and I found myself doing the same with another classmate.  Gemma and I remained very good friends, however; we just weren't as close as we'd once been.

After we graduated high school, our lives took us in completely different directions as we attended different colleges and relocated to different states for work.  Despite this, Gemma and I continued to stay connected to some degree well into adulthood.  It was a truly unique friendship because no matter how much time passed between our visits or our phone conversations, we could always pick up where we left off with ease.

An awkward silence would then fall between us.  You'd sip your drink, not knowing if I would continue.  I'd know what you were thinking.  I'd know that you picked up on what I said earlier about Gemma and I no longer being friends.  I'd sense your unspoken question.  I know you're too polite to just come out and ask and that is something I deeply appreciate, by the way.  "Gemma and I severed ties about a year ago and we haven't been in communication since." You'd immediately apologize, sensing the sensitivity of the topic and I'd tell you it's ok.  "It is what it is," I'd say. "You know that old saying about people entering our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime? Well, apparently that's true and the season of our friendship has now passed." I'd pause and then say, "Although our friendship was sometimes complicated, complicated beyond belief, complicated more than I can ever describe, I'm very grateful for the time we had."

I would then share something that I really haven't told anyone - I'm nervous about seeing her this evening.

You see, when Gemma and I went our separate ways, it was during a very complicated, messy situation, a situation that I still have many unanswered questions about.  But, I have accepted the fact that the situation is one of those mysterious things in life that I'm simply not meant to understand.  I've also accepted that our friendship came to an end.   Being the realist I am, I know that people change. Marriages end everyday because the individuals involved "grew apart" or "outgrew the relationship."  I know the same holds true for friendships. Just because we were friends once doesn't mean that we were supposed to be friends forever.  It's just weird and sad to some degree when someone you know becomes someone you knew, especially if you were close with that person for many years.

I don't know what this evening holds and I'm nervous because I don't know what to expect.  I don't like not knowing what to expect.  I hold no hard feelings towards Gemma.  I truly look back on our collective history with much appreciation and sincere fondness.  But, I cannot guarantee that she feels the same; she may harbor some ill feelings towards me and I don't know how well I'll be received.

I'd tell you that my wish is that she will accept my sincere condolences and know how truly sorry I am for the passing of her mother.  Her mother was kind and always made me feel very welcome in their home.  Above all, I hope that she knows much I value the memory of the friendship we used to share and that I wish her much happiness in this life.  


As always, thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend.  

Linking up with Diana @ Part Time Monster 

#PrayForWestVirginia #wvflooding

Friday, June 24, 2016

After - Hugh's Weekly Photo Challenge (Week 30)

The theme for this week's challenge is "after."  In my job, I spend a lot of time teaching kids various concepts such as location (in front of, beside, under, above) and sequence (first, then, next).  One thing I have learned through my years on the job is that it is difficult to teach the concept of before without also teaching the concept of after.  

Before the rains...

After the rains...

Sigh.  My mom's flowers were pretty while they lasted...  As always, thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

Interested in my previous photo submissions? Click below.
OpenVintage - Distance - Music - Sweet - Calm Behind - Under - Wrong Position - Love - Games - Rust - Faces - Stripes

Linking up with Hugh's Views and News

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Visitor - Wordless Wednesday (Vol. 5)

Yeah, yeah...  I know it's Wordless Wednesday and all, but I'm still going to use some words for this post.

Yesterday, I had a visitor join me periodically throughout the afternoon as sat out on my parents' deck and replied to blog comments.  Can you spot my guest?

Need a hint or a closer view?

If you do, keep scrolling...

I'm not sure if it was Chip or Dale or perhaps one of the Chipettes...

Have a wonderful Wednesday wherever you may be and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week (Vol. 24)

1.  My husband and I finally got the entire deck, spindles and all, pressure washed.  I wish it could stay this clean all the time...

2.  Watching the Tony Awards.  It's a shame that I don't live closer to NYC because I'd really like to see Hamilton with its original cast.  Oh, well...  At least Hamilton will be in Chicago this fall and winter; Chicago is much more doable for me.

3.  Reading (well, listening to) Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen.  Hiaasen's noir-humor isn't for everyone and I admit that I can't take it in great quantity, but I do so enjoy a good Hiaasen book from time to time.

4.  Speaking up pups, I've thoroughly enjoyed some summer deck time with this four legged gal.

5.  A quick drive-by of my alma mater, Marshall University, during my trip in to West Virginia.  I have so many fond memories of my time there.

6.  Listening to my grandpa tell stories of his childhood and listening to him crack himself up!

7.  Kitchen conversations with my mom.

8.  Riding ATVs in mountains with my uncle.  Check out this amazing view:

9.  A day trip to Hawk's Nest State Park (WV) with my mom and aunt.  

10.  This version of AC/DC's Thunderstruck:

11)  BONUS!  Providing the inspiration and being "featured" in a fellow blogger's post

So, what do you think of this version of Thunderstruck?  What's something that made you happy recently?

Hoping this finds you doing well and gearing up for a great week!  As always, thank you for stopping by!

Linking up with:

Monday, June 20, 2016

Open - Hugh's Weekly Photo Challenge (Week 29)

The prompt for this week's photo challenge is OPEN.

I think this picture of my dog is fairly self explanatory.  LOL!

Happy Monday to you!  And Happy 153rd Birthday to my beloved home state of West Virginia!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Interested in my previous photo submissions? Click below.

Linking up with Hugh's Views and News

Friday, June 17, 2016

If We Were Having Coffee...

If we were having coffee, you'd be drinking  coffee that my mother brewed this morning, coffee that my stepfather says is the best in the world.  According to Si, "No one's coffee is as good as Peggy's..." and that is a direct quote.  

You'd ask me if my stepfather is right and I'd shrug my shoulders and tell you that I don't have a clue, for I've never tried my mother's coffee.  You'd then be amazed to learn that I'm one of the few people in the United States that doesn't like coffee or even tea for that matter.  I prefer to start my day getting caffeinated with a glass of Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper on ice.  

If we were having coffee, let me rephrase that -  if we were visiting as you drank coffee and I drank my soda, we'd be sitting out on my parent's covered deck, gazing out at the lush, green trees and the not-so-distant mountain tops to the south.  Birds would happily chirp, filling the mountains with the sounds of life, and more than likely there would be a gentle breeze.  You are fortunate - June is typically an excellent month to be in West Virginia. 

At some point, you'd comment about the colorful coffee cup you're drinking from and you'd raise it above your head to see if the maker or brand was stamped on the bottom.  I'd then tell you that it was Fiesta.  Chances are that you've heard of Fiesta, for it's sold in many large department stores throughout the country.  I'd then say, "You know, Fiesta is made in West Virginia, up in the northern panhandle.  Mom and I are thinking of making a trip up there one day to the factory."

My mother's wind chimes would sway softly in the breeze, producing a soothing melody.  I absolutely love the sound of those wind chimes. It is one of my favorite sounds of all time.  I'd close my eyes and slowly inhale as if trying to breathe it in.  

I'd tell you stories of my childhood here in West Virginia, of how my two neighbors and I played in the woods all day and the only expectation we had was that we were to be home by dinner.  You'd ask if we wore  watches in order to keep track of time. I'd let out a soft chuckle, grin, and say, "No..."  I would see the combination of curiosity and confusion on your face and tell you that we just simply knew, we were mountain kids after all, and we just knew based on the position of the sun, the length of the shadows in the forest, and the level of hunger developing in our stomachs if it was time to head home or not.  Nature was our time piece.

I'd point to the spot where the best grape vine once hung.  That mangled, thick, twisted vine provided so much fun and excitement as we swung on it summer after summer until it finally gave way with the ever increasing weight of our growing bodies.  Swinging on grape vines was never the same after that, I'd say. Looking back, I'm not sure if it was because we lost our favorite grape vine or because we were growing up and swinging on grape vines was slowly loosing its appeal as other interests, such as music videos and members of the opposite sex, took root in our brains.  

I'd show you the spot on the road, for it's visible from where we'd be sitting, where snow refused to stick.  That stubborn 20 foot segment of asphalt interrupted our long, continuous, three quarters of a mile sledding slope in winter.  The boy who lived closest to the spot would sneak out after dark and spray the pavement with his waterhose, creating enough black ice so we didn't have to attempt a detour around it.  I see your wide eyes and know what you're thinking.  "Yes, we used to sled on the road," I'd say, "because there weren't many people who lived up here back then.  When it snowed, we stayed home. There was very little traffic."  But, I would then admit, especially after recalling several of the close calls my neighbors and I experienced, that it's probably a miracle that any of us made it to high school without suffering serious bodily harm.  We sure had some good times, though. 

I'd tell you how much I love it here, how I consider this little piece of Appalachia my sanctuary, and how much I miss the mountains that are visible as far as the eye can see.

You'd ask why I moved from a place that I obviously love and hold so dearly.  I'd tell you that I did so for economic opportunities.  When I graduated college, there were very few available jobs in my field in southern West Virginia, so I went where I found work.  You'd wonder if I'd ever regretted moving away, but you're too polite to ask.  Anticipating your unspoken question, for you're not the first to wonder, I'd tell you, no, that I don't regret leaving.  I just wish I didn't miss it so much.

I'd go on to say that the longing has become  easier to deal with over the years. But, truth be told, despite being easier to cope with, the feelings of missing this beautiful, sacred place have never truly gone away.  And, as long as I was being completely open with you, I'd tell you that every time I come in for a visit, I get a little misty-eyed as I back out of the driveway of my childhood home and make my way down the mountain to leave.  No visit is ever long enough and no visit ever fully satisfies my soul.

After a few minutes of silence, I'd then tell you that I'm only two days into my weeklong visit so you need not worry about me tearing up on you today.  And with that, I'd take a sip of my soda and swivel my chair so that I could better take in the glorious view. 

"It's a great day to be in the mountains," I'd say, "an absolutely great day."


Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my very first "If We Were Having Coffee" post.

Linking up with Diana @ Part Time Monster 



Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Recently Read - Vol. 8 (May '16)

It's the second Tuesday of the month.  Need I say more?  LOL!

In case you're new to my blog, on the second Tuesday of every month I link up with Jana and Steph for their monthly Show Us Your Books linkup and share my thoughts/reviews on books I read during the previous month.  

I was all over the place, reading wise, in May.  I read some YA, a book geared towards middle schoolers, a travel-ish memoir, a celebrity memoir, and a historical romance.  Without further ado...


Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Format: Audiobook
May 11-13
Rain Reign is the story of Rose, a young girl diagnosed with high functioning autism, and the relationship she has with her dog, Rain.  The story is told from Rose's point of view and through her telling her story, the reader witnesses first hand many of Rose's "quirks," such as her affinity for homonyms and prime numbers and her rigid views on people who do not follow the rules.  Both hilarious and heartbreaking, Rain Reign a compelling story that moves fast and satisfies.  This book is geared toward middle school readers, but can be enjoyed by older readers as well.
My rating: ★★★★

Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Format: Audiobook
May 14-17
A classmate of mine from high school piqued  my interest in this book sometime last year when she wrote, "Holy crap!  What in the hell did I just read!?!?  I need book 2 NOW!" on Goodreads.  I remember wondering what in the world Never Never contained in terms of a plot that could elicit such a response.  Although Never Never is more of a novella, it packs a lot of punch in its 4 hours and 23 minutes (150 paperback print pages).  Despite it being geared towards a younger crowd, I was hooked after the second or third chapter, trying desperately to piece together the craziness and random clues only to be left hanging at the end.  (Hallelujah the sequel is already out, otherwise I'd be highly perturbed having to wait.)  
My rating: ★★★★★

Never Never Part 2 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Format: Audiobook
May 17
This is another novella and it is shorter than the first (2 hours 39 minutes).  Part 2 picks up exactly where the first part left off.  I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did the first.  I'm not sure why, it may be because the plot got a bit weird.
My rating: ★★★★

Format: Audiobook
May 20-27
Just as I said during my review of this book's predecessor, The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie, I don't read romance very often.  However, every once in a while I do get a hankering for a story involving a man in a kilt and Mac Mackenzie, the Mackenzie brother featured in this book, wears a kilt quite often.  The second book in the series, Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage is an easy read with interesting characters, satisfying romantic situations, and an interesting plot.  I recommend this book if historical romance is your thing; if you have a crush on Jamie Fraser from Outlander, but do not wish to invest that much time in a book; or, if you are like me, and just like to read a romance from time to time involving a handsome, kilt wearing Scot.
My rating: ★★★★


Format:  Audiobook
May 4-11
Wild is the memoir of Cheryl Strayed, a female who hiked 1000+ miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone back in the 1990s.  In her memoir, Strayed chronicles her experience of hiking the PCT and the events in her life that prompted her to tackle to such an endeavor.  

I've had this audiobook in my Audible library for over a year.  I intended to listen to the audiobook before seeing the movie that stars Reese Witherspoon, but that didn't happen.  Knowing a lot of Cheryl's story (from the movie) may be a reason why I only gave the book 3 stars.  Although I enjoyed it, I wasn't captivated by it.  Despite enjoying the tale of her journey and admiring her candidness in sharing the life events that prompted her to hike the PCT alone, the book lacked the "kick" I was expecting.  

If you like memoirs of this nature, then I would recommend it.  I strongly recommend avoiding seeing the movie until after you have read the book, though, because seeing the movie first may dilute your reading experience as it did mine. 
My rating: ★★★

I Must Say by Martin Short
Format: Audiobook
May 18-29
If I was more of a fan of Martin Short's, then I might have liked this book more.  It's not that I dislike Martin Short, but rather that I was only marginally familiar with his work before listening to this audiobook.  Prior to listening to this audiobook, I knew he was in Innerspace, Father of the Bride, and one of the Santa Clause movies.  

Martin Short narrates, which was a plus.  He peppers portions of his most well known sketches throughout the book.  Thing is, I wasn't familiar with the sketches, having no knowledge base of his work from SCTV or SNL, so I didn't really "get" them.  This is probably a book that is better suited for long time or devoted fans.  The most interesting parts of the book where about Short's childhood in Canada and the section in the book in which he honestly stated that his career was a vast collection of "almosts," which I found particularly poignant and real.  

Despite Martin's pleasant voice, I spread this book out over the course of twelve days.  I discovered early on that I just couldn't handle listening for long periods of time and found myself tuning out after a while.  
My rating: ★★

Never Never Part 3 by Colleen Hoover
Format: Kindle
May 30-31
The third and final installment of this story, Part 3 was even shorter than both of its predecessors.  In this part, everything was finally resolved, even if the results were weird and unbelievable.  If you read these books, it's best to approach them from the standpoint that they are fiction and therefore anything is possible, even the unrealistic.  This collection of Never Never books is not my favorite work by this author.  the first one was fierce and then the overall story lost its momentum by the third installment.
My rating: ★★★

Have you read any of these?  What are your thoughts?  As always, thanks for stopping by!

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