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Forgiving my daughters killer

Forgiving My Daughter's Killer: A True Story of Loss, Faith, and Unexpected Grace - Kate Grosmaire, Nancy French

This book is the journey of forgiveness the Grosmaire's travelled after their daughter was shot by her boyfriend.  I believe in forgiveness.  It is not always easy.  It often takes me a while to get over myself and take the journey.  But, would I be able to experience such a tragedy and forgive.  I cannot say it would be an easy thing.  Actually, probably impossible.

They fought the system which enabled Connor (the boy) to receive a shorter sentencing.  They told him they loved him, right from the start.  They took forgiveness as their way of coping.  Amazing story.  In this book they get to tell Ann's story.  She was a lovely girl with a loving family.  She had a father that loved her and fought for her ever after her death.  All this is told in these pages.  This book, seems to me, to be part of the healing and forgiving journey.  It is a story that needs to be told and read.  There are too many of these stories in the headlines of the papers, and the Grosmaire's are taking a stand to make things a little more right.

The lost tools of learning

The Lost Tools of Learning - Dorothy L. Sayers

I came across this book and thought it would be an interesting little read. Nothing like picking up an old essay from time to time and analysing how things are in comparison to today's ideas.

What did I think? I am impressed. Maybe it is time to re-analyse some of the avenues of today's education system. There is a lot to be said for the reading statistics. When I look at the books that were gifted to elderly friend as a child... the reading was extremely hard in comparison to the books my children are reading today, at an even older age than she. There has to be some thing said about the education she was given in comparison to the systems today. Or do we just not have the time for reading in a world where socialisation abounds and technology is at our fingers.

Well worth reading and thinking about.

Leave this song behind

Leave This Song Behind: Teen Poetry at Its Best - John Meyer, Stephanie Meyer, Adam Halwitz, Cindy Spertner

Within these pages lie the work of today's teens.  The future poems, that will be considered for study.  Which ones will we analysing in future days, as I have Emily Dickenson and Robert Frost, in the past few years. 

The writing of this poetry is different from the past.  It took me by surprise; this great lover of poetry.  I struggled to see the alliteration, rhyme and metaphors.  But there is beauty in the words of these teens.  They are new and fresh.  Why should poetry be the same as yesterday, when there is still art in the words.  Isn't poetry meant to get us thinking?  Well, this book did.  I give credit to the uprising teens that are able to put words to paper.  The art behind each poem needs credit of its own.  There are worlds in these poems, that of today's teens.   A world that is different, and so also, the art is different.  Poetry is the art of language. 
So as I put aside all the literature studies which I have encountered in the past few years, I can take this book and see the future of great writing.  Every generation should be heard.  This is just the start of giving teens their place in the next round of poetic voice.  We should watch these young people, who knows who the next Dickenson or Frost will be. 

"Those who don't read good books

have no advantage over

those who can't read"

Mark Twain

I stumbled over this quote by Mark Twain today.  It got quite a good conversation going in our house.  How true it is even today!  I have heard many a child, and parent comment on another's reading ability, yet they don't pick up a book themselves.  What advantage does the one with the ability have over the one that can't when they don't use their skill?
What are you reading at the moment?

Compulsory reading

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

I was read this at primary school.  Now I read it aloud to the next generation.  I will let you know what they think.

Forgiving My Daughter's Killer: A True Story of Loss, Faith, and Unexpected Grace - Kate Grosmaire, Nancy French

Just started reading this last night.  I was made to turn out the light!



I added mine to the list. Now I am reblogging to keep the list going. It will make for interesting reading.

Booklikes Round Robin

Reblogged from BrokenTune :

Thanks to Book Cupidity for coming up with fun meme. I'm copying the original instructions below:





Let's list favorite old (or older) movies. the list can be long or short, with a narrative or no, anything goes. The perimeters is that it has to have been made prior to 1980, I sort of arbitrarily picked this number, and sort of didn't -- for the young whippersnappers, Star Wars is the equivalent to some of our black and white favs. Plus, I think cinema in the 80's had a different feel.


So, tell me some of your favorites! Maybe we will discover new great flicks and new friends. Let's tag the post so that we can search it over the weekend - "Fav old movies'. I will also use the tag 'BL Round Robin"



OK, task accepted. This is my list:





Arsenic and Old Lace



The Philadelphia Story



I could go on listing Cary Grant movies, but you got the idea already.



Lawrence of Arabia




Witness for the Prosecution



My Man Godfrey




Oh, man, I'm sure I could continue this list for quite some time....


What are some of your treasured films?

Booktuber of the month

Each month I highlight a booktuber I enjoy or have found interesting for the month.  Skip on over to my blog and see March's choice.


Happy Reading

Miracles on Maple Hill

Miracles on Maple Hill - Virginia Eggertsen Sorensen

Hi Everyone,

In some ways, this book reminded me of 'The Little House on the Prairie', but it had its merits beyond such books.  Marly and Joe were given brilliant characterisations as they fought and grizzled just as children do today.  We all laughed along the way as the characters sounded like one sibling or another in our house.  Marly and Joe both had strengths of character that we were able to talk about and character references around.  I also enjoyed the fact that the adults were not conceived as perfect either.  The father had his issues obtained from the war; mother tried to keep things together for the family; the hermit was far from clean, yet the family learnt to look past this to his character and needs, and Mr Chris, who was the strength of the book has a heart attack. 

As the book goes from climax to climax, the characters developed bonds that strengthened a community.  Miracle after miracle connects each season to the lives of the families.  We had a discussion on the climax and decided there were three.  Having more than one climax kept interest in a story that would have easily become predictable. 

The biggest strength of this book was the imagery.  Every season had its beauty, and the author showed this with words that impressed us all as I read aloud.  There were several parts of the book that I had to repeat because the wording was rich in detail.  Perhaps this is because the book was classic first published in 1956.  Whether it is due to the period of its publishing or not the author was brilliant in her 'showing' of the Maple Hill's beauty. 

Overall this book is beautiful.  The characters, wording and vocabulary, and the story are all gentle and beautiful. 

If you want to use this book as a study resource for classrooms you can get study notes from Centre For Lit at  There is a small charge, but they are well worth the value.



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The Minaturist

The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton

Hi everyone


I have finally got my post up for The Miiniaturist you can read it over at or easier yet click this bloglink.


I enjoyed this book.  It is different than what I expected.  It had characters that I enjoyed and some that just, plan annoyed me.  Who else enjoyed this book?


Happy reading

One More Day - Kelly Simmons

Good morning everyone,


I have started reading this book and so far it is looking good.  I am off to have breakfast and a coffee with another chapter.


Happy reading


Life of Fred

Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra - Stanley F. Schmidt

Hi everyone


Here is something different for you.  Attack algebra questions with 'Life of Fred'.  After getting asked too many times "why do I need to do algebra I wont ever use it anyway?"  I went on the hunt for help.  I came across this series and the kids have responded really well.  Take a look at my review over at my blog over at or just click this link.


Happy reading

The ship of sight and the hand of shadow

The Ship of Sight and The Hand of Shadow (The Natnat Adventures Book 2) - Brydie Walker Bain

Hi everyone


I have finished assignments for the year and now get to read more.   Here is my review for The ship of sight and the hand of shadow. Hope you enjoy it.


Happy reading


My BookTuber of the month

Hi everyone,


I like to highlight a BookTuber each month on my blog.  This month I have chosen Riley Marie.  Bounce on over to Read, Learn and Shine (Just click this link) and take a look for yourself.  If your a BookTuber then leave me a comment so I can take a look, I am always interested in looking at what else is out there in the bookish world.


Happy reading.

Hello from the Gillespies

Hello From the Gillespies - Monica McInerney

Hi Everyone


Want a book for the holidays?  They are only 6 weeks away.  I cant wait.  They may be still a month away but it comes around so quickly and by then it is normally summer here.  Got to be worth being excited about.  Anyway... Here is a good holiday read.  Skip on over to my blog (click this link) and check out my review.

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

Hi everyone


I click the link for my latest review of The Girl on the Train.  I almost put this one down at the start.  I am so glad I kept reading.  I was talking to a friend who said the same thing.  It reads as a diary, but it is more than one persons entry.  Once you get your head around this concept the book develops really well.  So if you pick this one up.... keep reading.


I have just spotted that this is one of the daily deals with a fantastic discount over at Amazon.  Today... 6 November.  Consider getting a copy, Christmas is coming and it will be a good holiday read. 


Happy reading.

Currently reading

Cornelia Funke
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Robert C. O'Brien
The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien
Forgiving My Daughter's Killer: A True Story of Loss, Faith, and Unexpected Grace
Kate Grosmaire, Nancy French