Saturday, September 26, 2009

Hot Pursuit review

Hot Pursuit (Troubleshooters, #15) Hot Pursuit by Suzanne Brockmann

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I always enjoy the Troubleshooters series and I did this time. Some of my favorite characters returned for this story. The returning characters over and over are a big part of why I enjoy this series so much. The book ended with some characters futures undecided so of course I can't wait for the next book, but in the Author's Note Suzanne said that she will do one more book in the series and then take a break to work on something else. Disappointing, but I know she will do something else that I will find enjoyable.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Alex Cross's Trial and Shadow Kiss

Alex Cross's Trial (Alex Cross, #15) Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow, James Patterson hit a homerun out of the ballpark. This book was amazing. I had to stop, process, and think about what I was reading. The book was about Alex Cross's great uncle, a Washington DC lawyer, and Teddy Roosevelt. The way the race relations were written about really made me examine what I see around me.

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Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3) Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3) by Richelle Mead

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Amazing, I didn't want to stop reading. Rose is going through so many changes that do not make sense. At one point, I had to stop reading because I was so emotionally effected by what I had just read. I can't say what effected me because it is at the end of the story and super super important. I wish I had already ordered the next book so that I could read it now.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Chosen (House of Night)

Chosen (House of Night, #3) Chosen by P.C. Cast

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Zoey is learning that the choices she makes effect others and they may not like that she is hiding those choices from them. Zoey's boyfriend problem is solved, but not in a way that she wanted. Zoey's relationship with her mom escalates. The situations with Aphrodite and Stevie Rae change in ways that no one could ever expect.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Frostbite Review

Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2) Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2) by Richelle Mead

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow, the last couple of chapters were amazing. I was shocked, I cried, and I think the ending was wonderful. Rose goes through a lot of emotions in this book. She knows that she needs to stay away from Dimitri, but has trouble fighting her feelings until he starts a relationship with someone else. Mason enters the scene at this time. But will Mason keep Rose happy? Rose is also in really grumpy moods especially when her mother shows up on the scene. On top of all of that, the Strigoi are working in groups which is unheard of and killing large groups of Moroi that were protected by Damphirs.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day Pipe Dreams Revisited

Now I knew I wouldn't meet all of the goals that I set for myself for this weekend. But I did meet some of them. After I eat at my parents this evening I still have a chance to meet a couple of the small ones. I mostly worked on the large goals and here are the results:

  • I met 50% of the goals for around the house.
  • I met 44% of the goals for school.
I think I did pretty good since I do tend to make my list way beyond what I could ever accomplish in the time period that I have.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Latest Goodreads Update

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
At first I wasn't sure if I would finish this book. But then about 1/4 of the way into the book, I really got into it. At first it was hard to remember the differences between the different type of characters. But the author explained the differences throughout the book. Sometimes while reading this book it seemed as if there was a book previous to this one. I even checked to see if I had mistakenly picked up a second book instead of the first. But as the book went on things were explained that had been referenced as already happened.

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Marked (House of Night, #1) Marked by P.C. Cast

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I am so glad that this is a series. I really want to see what happens with Zoey Redbird. Zoey's grandmother is such a likeable person. It's too bad that her mother couldn't be that kind of person for her.

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Betrayed (House of Night, #2) Betrayed by P.C. Cast

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Zoey is having difficulties with her new responsibilities as the leader of the Dark Daughters. On top of that humans that Zoey knows are ending up dead next to the Academy. Zoey with the help of friends has to figure out what is the cause of all of these deaths and why.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Labor Day Pipe Dreams

I don't know about other teachers. But for me, Labor Day is viewed as a chance to get things done at home and for my classroom that I do not normally have time for. Oh picnics are nice and wonderful, but I dream of whole days getting things done because everyone else has plans and then use Monday as a day to do stuff at home that I enjoy. Now this pipe dream never comes completely into fruition. But I can always hope and dream because that always makes my day better if I keep hope alive.

Here are some example of things I would like to accomplish:
  • I would like to go through Brooke's closet and dresser to pull out all of the clothes that she has completely outgrown which is most of them. She has outgrown clothes that were bought at the beginning of summer. GRRRRR stop growing so fast!!!!! (You are supposed to be my baby not my amazon girl.)
  • Clean Brooke's room so that she has no excuse as to why she can't keep it clean.
  • Go through Melodye's closet and dresser. Give Brooke any clothes that will fit her that Melodye still hasn't worn and has tags on it. Get any skorts that are too short for her out of her room. She thinks if there is still room in the waist they fit. But she is so skinny they never fit in the waist, her butt hangs out instead and no just because there are shorts under there does not make it okay.
  • Organize Mel's room so that there is no reason why she can't keep it clean.
  • Go through my clothes.
  • Transfer all pictures off the cameras (I have to find the little one first). Label and order all of these pictures. Back up the pictures.
  • Cut and file coupons. (I am so behind it is not funny.)
  • Go through organize and label boxes for school. I had help packing last year and all of the boxes didn't get labeled.
Now that was just home stuff. For school, I would like to:
  • Get Tommy to make dividers for my big book rack. The ones I have will not hold up the books.
  • The boxes for school also need to be listed here.
  • Make homework packets.
  • Redo my lesson plan form.
  • Set up my grade book.
  • Update my grade book.
  • Get some decorative things for classroom done.
  • Make some center for next week. (I need to start looking further ahead to see what I need.)
  • Some other stuff in my bag that I can't remember off the top of my head.
Once I get necessary stuff done. I would like to:
  • Scrapbook
  • Read
  • Sew
  • Just enjoy myself
  • Go to Lopez family picnic on Sunday.
  • Watch the first disc of Veronica Mars Season 1.
Of course, I won't get all of this done, but I do like to have those pipe dreams and hope that I can become a super hero and finish all of this. I also would like to start blogging again. I am missing it.

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