Winter Holiday Reading Challenge

I completed the Winter Holiday Reading Challenge hosted by Book in Hand. Here is  the list of books I read. I had challenged myself to read four books, which I did, even though several were kids books. I'm already making up my list for next year's holiday reads, though, books I didn't get around to this time. What Could Be Keeping Santa? by Marilyn Janovitz Merry Christmas, Princess Dinosaur! by Jill Kastner Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo I'm Your Santa (anthology) Guess Who's Coming to Santa's for Dinner? by Tomie dePaola The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg ...
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Musing Monday

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about library books… Do you have a system for borrowing out books from the library? Do you know what you're going to borrow before you get there? How often do you borrow out books? I usually go to the library once a week, on Thursdays after I pick Amber up from school. I usually know what books I'm going to borrow, since I tend to put holds on them on-line and that way they are just waiting behind the counter for me. Amber, however, roams the childrens non-fiction shelves, picking up whatever looks interesting. See how others responded at Just One More Page....
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Booking Through Thursday

Happy New Year, everyone! So … any Reading Resolutions? Say, specific books you plan to read? A plan to read more ____? Anything at all? Name me at least ONE thing you’re looking forward to reading this year! I'm participating in several challenges, so I'm planning on completing them. I'm hoping to read more classics and, of course, to continue reading daily with my daughter. There are too many books I'm looking forward to reading to begin to list them. See other repsonses at Booking Through Thursday....
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The Frandidate

The Frandidate (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist) by Jim Benton Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist, has always had her eye on world domination, but she has to start somewhere...like her class elections! If people voted for her, they were giving her all the control she wanted. But Franny's platform doesn't have the same appeal as her competitors who are offering new playground equipment, so she finds another platform...The Frandidate. Made of DNA samples from a dog, a chameleon and a parrot, along with a scrap of carpet (so she'll know where people stand), Franny creates the perfect candidate who says and does exactly what people want to hear! But soon her suit starts making promises she knows she won't be able to keep and Franny realizes she might have gone too far. The Frandidate will give you everything you want, science, humor and some old fashioned politics! I think I got more of a kick out of this one than Amber did....
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One Bad Apple

One Bad Apple by Sheila Connolly When Meg Corey unexpectedly finds herself out of a job, an apartment, and a relationship, she seizes the opportunity to renovate the Massachusetts colonial house her mother has inherited from distant relations and to sell it quickly for a share of the profits. But Meg gets more than she bargained for when she learns that renovating a two-hundred-year-old house is not easy task and that the gorgeous ffteen-acre apple orchard on the property is in danger of being paved over by developers. And she definitely isn't expecting to run into her ex-boyfriend...floating dead in her new septic tank. The police immediately suspect Meg, whose only ally is the charming local plumber who found the body. determined to clear her name - while fighting her growing attachment to the troublesome house and orchard - Meg begins to investigate the crime and the townspeople only to find there's one bad apple in this bunch... This is the first in...
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The Fran with Four Brains

The Fran with Four Brains (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist #6) by Jim Benton Being a mad scientist in the modern world is very hard work. With so much that needs to be done in such a short period of time, multitasking can get way out of hand. Franny needs some additional help. But for Franny there is only one person in the world she trusts to help her with her experiments -- herself.  So she acquires assistance the mad-scientist way, by building a few real, live, steel-plated Franbots. Another great Franny K. Stein adventure. Amber absolutely loves this series, mostly because it's about a girl who loves science and gross things, just like Amber. Her favorite part of this one was the food ray, one of the Franbot accessories. Amber is almost 9 and this series is a little below her reading level, but that makes it fun. She doesn't have to worry about the actual reading, she can just breeze...
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