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Mary's Books

I have loved to read since I was little. I would borrow many books from the library and still borrow to this day, but I also purchase books (mostly for my kids) and freebies on Kindle. I read as much as I can daily. Sometimes I read several books at one time. I don't have a preference of paper book over an ebook, I just love to read. Keeping lists of what I have read is a good way for me to remember. 

Currently reading

Aunt Dimity: Vampire Hunter
Nancy Atherton
Antiques Fate (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery)
Barbara Allan
Parrots Prove Deadly: A Pru Marlowe Mystery
Clea Simon
Playing with Fire
J.J. Cook
Run Silent, Run Deep
Edward L. Beach
A Wrench in the Works (Fixer-upper Mystery)
Kate Carlisle
Churchill's Secret Agent: A Novel Based on a True Story
Linda Ciampoli, Max Ciampoli
Crowned and Moldering
Kate Carlisle

Wake Up America

Wake Up America: The Nine Virtues That Made Our Nation Great--and Why We Need Them More Than Ever - Eric Bolling

This book again looks at the past and the future. This author's work is well researched, citing facts about what Americans know about our past and things that I know that I learned in high school and grade school (yep, I am old). It cites facts about the different people he brings up (like or hate the information is known). He goes back to why our Founders put things into the Constitution (to protect everyone's freedoms - I have been told to take down things that people don't like, but when someone posts what I don't like I don't even think about demanding that). After reading this book, I used some of his facts to see what my kids remember from past discussions about the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address and the Bill of Rights. Some of these things they did remember and remember well. Other things we had to go over a little more. I did enjoy this book and it was interesting. 

Naked Once More

Naked Once More - Elizabeth Peters, Barbara Mertz

#4 Jacqueline Kirby


She makes a bet with friends that she could write a romance novel that would sell as well, if not better than others on the market. She was correct and wrote two. When word comes out that the heirs of Kathleen Darcy are looking for someone to write her sequel she throws her name in and wins the chance to write the 2nd book. When she goes to Darcy's hometown to research and try to do a very good job of writing the 2nd book, things begin to happen to her that had happened to Kathleen. When a young woman who survived a car accident, running the local bookstore is found murdered, Jake works harder to find the truth of who committed the murder and if Kathleen is really dead. 


I do enjoy Elizabeth Peters's books. This one had my children and I laughing out loud as we listened while I drove them to their events and meetings. The feelings that I have about romance novels were so well expressed and my children were agreeing along the way as well. Such a fun story. 

Children of the Storm

Children of the Storm - Elizabeth Peters

#15 Amelia Peabody


Ramses, Nefertet, David and Lia are all grown up, married and with children of their own. When the families are together in Cairo for Christmas and to work the Princess tomb that is shared with Cyrus and his step-son, Bertie. They start having trouble almost immediately. Starting with a man who is thought to have injured a young man named Justin. Ramses jumps to the teen's rescue. As things go along the whole family seems to be attacked or brought harm. When Emerson and Nefertet are kidnapped the family figures out the truth and goes to the rescue. (Theme of these books is always someone captured, kidnapped and the family mobilizing for rescue). Who is stealing the Princess jewels and how they are going to do it is part of the trouble that the family encounters.

I do enjoy these stories and find moments that I learn something of the culture (the author is famous for her own study of Egypt). I learn something of the mythology and the practices of anthropologists prior to the more modern methods.

Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers

Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers - Chris Grabenstein

I had obtained this book from Audible Originals and I know and like the author. I have read a few of his books and thought this would be just as fun as other books. Riley Mack and his friends work to help other children being bullied by the sheriff's son. His father is away on military business and he is only able to talk with his father when he is not working. Because of this, he has had some issues when it first happened. His mother works at the local bank and her boss steals from her drawer every chance he gets so that he can go and gamble away the money. He calls it his retirement plan. On top of all this, someone has stolen the puppy that his one friend's family had just acquired. When they start their own investigation the find things that are shocking in their small town. 


I feel that this book might be the beginning of another kid's series by Chris Grabenstein. 

The Crucible

The Crucible - Arthur Miller, Christopher Bigsby

I had read this play when I was in high school before seeing the play. I read it again in college because it was an assignment. I read it just this year as I had been thinking about assigning it to my students. The version that I read recently had a forward that said that this was a way for the playwright to protest the FBI search for Communists in the 1950's. The ruining of lives and the forcing of those accused to point out others who they were with. As I listened and read this play, I could see how this could play out again today. Well worth the read. 

Peter Pan

Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie, Michael Hague

What is there to say about Peter Pan. I remember watching the movie by Walt Disney and the play version and writing down the words to the songs. I had wanted to read the book, but then I grew up and I didn't have time. Then I wanted to read it to my girls, but there just never seemed time, there were so many books to read and books that they wanted to hear over and over again. I finally found the time to read/listen to Peter Pan. (I go back and forth between reading and listening since I am constantly driving someone somewhere.) The story took me back in time to watching the movie and the play. 

You Can Thank Me Later: A Novella

by Kelly Harms

Audible Original


OMG the feels! The story starts at Thanksgiving with Sophie, a professional chef with her own restaurant, making the meal, the oldest brother Pete, and his wife are having their first child and the middle brother, Charlie and his wife have just received the worst news, her cancer is back and she won't survive this round. The news shakes them to the ground and Sophie is asked to help her brother navigate the loss of his wife and Sophie's best friend. It follows them for the next several years through the loss of Annette to healing enough to move on. I wept and I laughed and I cried some more. I want to make time to listen to this book without stopping to get out of the car and run errands. 


If you have an Audible account look for this original and get it! 

The Magna Carta

The Magna Carta - Les Barons, Barons,  Les

I have had this on my TBR list for a while as I had always read that it was something used for writing the Constitution. It was an interesting read and look at how society viewed women, children and poor vs. wealthy. 

The Writing Prompts Workbook Grade 7-8

The Writing Prompts Workbook, Grades 7-8: Story Starters for Journals, Assignments and More - Bryan Cohen

Fun prompts to encourage writing.

The Essay Writing Rulebook

The Essay Writing Rulebook: Write Good Essays And Improve Your Grades - Jay Hill

Another book that I bought to help my students become better at writing. I did like this book as it gave some very good information.

120 Basic Writing Topics

120 Basic Writing Topics - LIKE Test Prep

This was another book that I had bought for use with my students. I did like this book and will be using it this spring to get them writing more.

Poetry Writing

Poetry Writing: Poetry Writing Mastery, Proven, Easy To Learn Techniques And Exercises To Write Your Own Unique And Inspirational Poetry ! -poetry writing, poetry writing course - - S. Evans

I bought this book for use with my students, but I don't think it would encourage them as much as I had hoped. 

SAT Prep FlexBook

SAT Prep FlexBook (Questions with Answer Explanations) - CK-12 Foundation

I got this book when I found it for free as I felt that it was going to be necessary for my girls when they got to the age for testing for college. It has a lot of good information and does a good job of explaining why the answer should be chosen.

Grandpa, When Do We Say Me, Myself, or I?

Grandpa, When Do We Say Me, Myself, or I?: Let's Stamp Out Grammar Demons! - John Choisser

I got this book as it looked like it was a fun way to learn Grammar and I was right. I will be having the students read this for the spring. 

The Science Teacher's Activity-A-Day

The Science Teacher's Activity-A-Day, Grades 5-10: Over 180 Reproducible Pages of Quick, Fun Projects that Illustrate Basic Concepts (JB-Ed: 5 Minute FUNdamentals) - Pam Walker, Elaine Wood

This is another book that I got for use with my students and I went through it and am excited about using several of the experiments with my girls. 

The Writing Teacher's Activity-A-Day

The Writing Teacher's Activity-a-Day: 180 Reproducible Prompts and Quick-Writes for the Secondary Classroom - Mary Ellen Ledbetter

The book has 180 activities to use with students to encourage them to write and improve their writing. I liked the book and will be using it with my students.