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Grimms' Fairy Tales

Grimms' Fairy Tales - Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm

The audio book that I downloaded from Libox is a free download. It got a 62 Chapters or you can call them stories by the Grimm Brothers. It fairy tales and what the originals stories ending really are. 

Did you always think that the Disney version was the real one and did not know that they did not really end up Happy ever after. Well I did until I read a book that was called Grimm Woods by D. Melhoff. 

It made go looking for the original stories of my favorite fairy tales. Grimm Woods did not tell all the fairy tales ending it was story of itself but it did act out some of the fairy tales. It also is an adult or new adult book. Please be caution to that fact. 

This one is not as graphic in the audio book. This is not to bad. It help understand some of the fairy tales. The ending are different then though of Disney's. I know why that is, it is because they remade them to fit better for young children. 

You will get some of your classic fairy tales in this audio book. It enjoyed it. Though I say it will take some time to listen to. It a 10 hours and 32 mins long audio book. I would suggest listening this is pieces or couple of hours a day.


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Book Tour: Storm Proof

StormProof: Weathering Life’s Tough Times - Carol McLeod

Storm Proof was something completely different then what I was expecting to read. I thinking it was going to be about a storm that you were going to proof. This is not a bad way to think that when I read the title it caught me to pick it up.


As I was reading the book that what I got the impression. This book was boring for me to read. I did finish it. The reason for that is because it was on a book tour with me. I just could not get into reading it. I really could have just left it on my kindle. Thats how boring it was for me to read.


Their was nothing wrong with it in any way. Author did good in writing it. It just was not a my taste of book. I felt like I was reading the bible or God Words, that is not me. If you are into reading the great book be my guess. No offense to the author.


I thinking I would be reading a bit more about the author experience with Depression or her Cancer battle and how she manage them though this book. Then I might have seen using the scriptures of the bible or god's words. This is my opinion on that.


Those that enjoy reading about God words or the bible, this book might be for you.


My January 2019 Wrap Up

January is here is gone. The Coldest month of the year. This is the first time that it really cold in the temps as it below freezing on the last day of January along with the 30th being really cold. This made school close on the 30th and I am not sure for today.

It be worth reading books today if you wanted to or have the time. Yesterday was also a good day as well. For me I was able to read 8 books in total for the month of January.


Books Read in January:

  1. The Christmas Story of Light by Ora Smith
  2. Woman of Courage: Collector's Edition by Wanda E. Brunstetter
  3. A House for a Mouse by Rebecca Westberg
  4. Colorfull by Doreen Williamson
  5. Eye of the Eagle by Sharon Buchbinder
  6. A Hunting of Hillwood Farm by Kathryn Knight
  7. The Forgiving Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter
  8. A Song for Bellafortuna by Vincent B. Chip LoCoco

My books really fall in different genres for this past month. They are in 3 different media categories I believe as well. They will be shown bellow.


Books by Genre:

  1. Christian Fiction - 2 Books
  2. Historical Fiction - 2 Books
  3. Romance - 2 Books
  4. Children - 2 Books


Books by Media Categories:

  1. E-Book - 3 Books
  2. Hardcover - 1 Book
  3. Paperback - 4 Books
I have read a total of 1,530 Pages for the month of January, This is seem like a good amount for just one month. The total for 2019 is 1, 530 Pages.


Books by Pages Total:

  1. The Christmas Story of Light - 32 Pages
  2. Woman of Courage: Collector's Edition - 384 Pages
  3. A House for a Mouse - 24 Pages
  4. Colorfull - 32 Pages
  5. Eye of the Eagle - 280 Pages
  6. A Hunting of Hillwood Farm - 174 Pages
  7. The Forgiving Jar - 320 Pages
  8. A Song for Bellafortuna - 284 Pages


Total Pages by Month:

  1.  January - 1,530 Pages


Total books by Month:

  1. January - 8 Books
Do you want to read these books or get them for yourself.
 Here is everything that been posted for the year. Some things have been will be posted later then when I read the book or reviewed it. Most cases this is when a book is on tour with me. The Book review may be posted later or a month or so done the line. I will gladly mark these when I read the book so you know.

Review: The Forgiving Jar

The Forgiving Jar - Wanda E. Brunstetter

The Forgiving Jar is about Sarah. You learn a bit about Sarah in the first book called The Hope Jar? Wanda does a really well job writing Sarah story along with Michelle's. If you are not a fan of Wanda Brunstetter you will be once you have read on of her books.

The first book is about Michelle Taylor story. This book is about the English granddaughter's story of the Lapps. How would you feel if someone impersonated you? Well this is how it start in the second book with Sarah coming to stay with her grandparents. When you see the woman you pretended to be you and why she is allowed to stay there? Sarah feel really upset about it.

Will Sarah learn to forgive? We know she finds the Prayer Jars or at least one? She doe not know who wrote them or who they belong to? Michelle happens to find Sarah with one of the Jars and tell her she knew about The Prayer Jars and that there is one in the barn as well. 

We also get Brad who come back to visit during his Christmas break. He does not know the real Sarah. He thinks the one he meet was Sarah but doe not know it Michelle Taylor. Michelle has to tell him the truth and ask for forgiveness?

Wanda seem continue Michelle's story along with adding Sarah's story. Though this is mostly Sarah story we get to see Michelle live blossom and she how they interact. Will Michelle get to see her brothers Jack and Ernie Taylor? Will Sarah learn to forgive? Will Michelle and Ezekiel get married?

Review: A Song for Bellafortuna

A Song for Bellafortuna: An Inspirational Italian Historical Fiction Novel - Vincent B. Chip LoCoco

A Song for Bellafortuna is a decent story. Though I am not sure exactly what the plot of it really is? I got the feeling that it was more about the village of Bellafortuna and it people. Though it was a told though a person or persons of Sanguinetti's family.


Is seem to be more about the Giuseppe's life and his family did and trying to make it right for a fight for freedom for his village and it villagers. I did not get this until about Carlo Vasino's death and a really good friend of Giuseppe's dies who name is Baggio.


I really could not get why the book was called what it was it was about. It more about the village of Bellafortuna. The author writing is what makes me want to rate it low. Though we do get lots of history about Italy and it surrounding city with history about Bellafortuna, Sicily.


The chapters leading up to finally getting where we get to the action and why they seem to get this one favorite and greatest tenor in the world named Caruso is the most interesting part and where I could not put the book down. Before that I really could put the book down and really did not want to complete it. Though the story of love, and friendship is though out the book.


The history and scene of views is talked about and created is really can be captured this this book. This is the only thing that keeps me reading the then the action of if they villagers get that freedom?



Review: The Haunting of Hillwood Farm

The Haunting of Hillwood Farm - Kathryn Knight

There seems to be a haunting at the Hillwood farm, but maybe there are two hauntings? No one knows why there a mean one or violent ghost? Alice is be attacked but also be helped by her husband Henry? It gets so bad that Callie is called in to help?

Luke seem to no want to believe that there are ghosts? You will be surprised as the event continue to happen when Luke and Callie are together and when they are apart? One is trying to get warn and one is about danger?

We get everything the author wants in a story. We get hauntings and the paranormal effect and along with it we get a romance that blooms. Whether this is the author intent or not, does not matter as it seem to just happen.

The plot is done well. I loved it. It one that got my attention as I was reading. I wanted to know who the ghosts were. Especially the one that was haunting the Turners and Callie? This is answered at the end. The reason for two ghost and who was who is revealed. One was protecting and the was hurtful? We find out why it happen as well. If you are into hauntings or ghosts or even paranormal aspect in the book this one is good.


Review: Eye of The Eagle

Eye of the Eagle - Sharon Buchbinder

Well when you first open this book, you think oh another romance like every other one that happens in the office. The author put us in for a what would be typical but it nothing like a typical romance book. I really do like that this not all romance. There is action involved and even some power in followed.

You seem to get not only spiritual powers and some Native American culture but you get a story or plot full of government talents and bring in someone new and really cute looking. Then there a budding romance before they leave the office.

This got all kinds of powers involved. The hero and Heroine become a team. What you do if someone could eagle shifter? He looks human and act all human? What does a little ugly man doing? We seem to have it all. 

It starts out with a child missing and no other then Bert's family member. He does not want his boss to come. She intents on want to go with him. She determine to help. Things start to happen as soon as they get here at the hotel. She has secrets as well has Bret Blackfeather? What are Phoebes and her mother secrets? Seems not all now about his secret other then family possibly.

The characters are created and developed quite well. I love that we learn more each character though out the story. We do not get all them until the end of the book. We got not only the bad guys but also the good guys in full development.

Is Bert family in danger and why? Seem the US Senator daughter get caught up with someone from Bert past and with an enemy of the US. The Monster as Phoebe calls him see to be into human tracking and other crimes.

Review: Colorfull

ColorFull - Ying-Hwa Hu, Cornelius Van Wright, Dorena Williamson

This story as a meanful teaching for children. I got the meaning of the story or the moral of the story as you read. This is a great story for children of all ages. Parents should pick this one out and help teach our children what it mean to be different.

The author does a wonderful job of this though pictures and story itself. She show how god created a world that is colorfull. Would you want your child to be colorblind? God made us to see colorfull and world colorfull so we should teach our children that being different skin color like chocolate it okay and that even siblings may look the same but different. This a book teach children and others that colors are beautiful. If everything was the same color our world would be dark or not special.

Look at your world differently and teach our children and child to be kind and say there a reason god made each and everything with colors. He want as to see Colorfull.


Review: A House for a Mouse

A House for a Mouse - Rebecca Westberg

The story of the two mice is a sweet one. Though it really does not really have much of a story to it. The story is how to get a house for a mouse. I like it but it not much of a story. The author does a wonderful job with the pictures in telling the story to a point.

The pictures could be down a bit more. There is not much of adventure to this story. The development of the characters is not there much. This need some work. This is best for children under the age of 7. Children that can read will be able to read it. It good for young children a bit for the picures for children under 5.

The author would have told the story as how the owner of the home came about and then found the mice or mouse and had a bit more of an adventure to how it ends. I say this book would have gotten a better rating. It an okay book to me. Maybe to you it will be better for you. You decide if you want it for your children or not. Like I said it an okay book. Great for children.


Book Review: Woman of Courage: Collector's Edition

Woman of Courage: Collector's Edition Continues the Story of Little Fawn - Wanda E. Brunstetter

I did not know that Wanda wrote historical fiction as well as Amish fiction. I do enjoy the story. I got the book woman of courage Collection edition. We get the full story of Woman of Courage along with Woman of Hope which is Little Fawn story.

We meet up with Amanda Person and we go along for her journey. That I really what this book is mostly about. We get a little bit more of Little Fawn's story in the story of Woman of Hope. Wanda does a wonderful job with her writing that she does take you back in time.

Go along with Amanda as she travels you go along as she goes though some of trails and learns about where she is going. Will she find love? Will she be able to spread God word to the Indians? To find out and to read Little Fawns story you should pick up this book.


Review: A Christmas Story of Light

A Christmas Story of Light - Ora Smith

A Christmas Story of Light is really a new way to look at the story of Jesus. Though it tell you the meaning of the authors point about the Light. In a way we are all born of light. Jesus is our savor and that we would follow him if we do good and be kind.

The pictures are done wonderful. It keep me wanting to read the the story. I was more into the pictures. For me that is. Young readers could read this a bit but they need help. It picture can tell you the story by going page by page.

My 2018 Yearly Wrap up


Can you believe it the 2018 year is almost over? It is over at the stroke of Midnight. So let's see what I did for the whole 2018 year. Did I do better with the gender gap with more female vs Male? Did I do more of my favorite or did Mix it up this year. You can take a look at my graphs for this year. Along with my monthly wrap-ups. I will be using those wrap up for some stats for some graphs.


I was able to completely read 50 books this year. My goal was 30 books. That is 20 books over my goal. The Total of Pages read for the year 12,138 Pages, 10 Hours and 32 Mins.


Books Read in 2018: Book Title (In Order of being read)


  1. One Christmas In Winter
  2. Searching for Gertrude 
  3. Too Rich To Be a Bride 
  4. The Englisher 
  5. Hidden 
  6. Patrick Turns his Play into Pay 
  7. Megan's Munchkins 
  8. Last Stop in Brooklyn 
  9. What the Bishop Saw 
  10. I love a Book 
  11. The Voice Behind the Small Attic Door 
  12. Lone Wolf Lawman 
  13. Ice 
  14. The Celebration 
  15. The Study of Silence 
  16. The Bishop Knows 
  17. The Weaver's Daughter 
  18. Starting From Scratch 
  19. The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels Vol 1 
  20. Storm Front 
  21. The Dan Diaries 
  22. The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels Vol 2 
  23. Genteel Secrets 
  24. Curse of Ancients 
  25. Angel on Assignment 
  26. The Accidental Guardian 
  27. Whispers at Seaside 
  28. The Silent Songbird 
  29. The Inn at Ocean Edge 
  30. The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels Vol 4 
  31. The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels Vol 3 
  32. The Hawaiian Discovery 
  33. A Widow's Hope 
  34. The Hope Jar 
  35. Sharks: A 400 Million Year Journey 
  36. The Small Chandelier 
  37. Death Logs Out 
  38. The Christmas Gate 2 
  39. Bonjour! Let's Learn French 
  40. Ours For a Season 
  41. Grimms Fairy Tales 
  42. Good Night Baby Animals 
  43. Murder by Perfection 
  44. Storm Taken 
  45. Amish Celebrations 
  46. The Christmas Prayer 
  47. A Perfect Square 
  48. The Shape - Shifter's Wife 
  49. Marine 
  50. Amish Christmas Memories

 My shortest book for the year which is "Angel by Assignment" by Wanda Carter Roush and my longest book for this year is "Grimm's Fairy Tales" by Brother Grimm which by the way is an audiobook. My average Length by Goodreads is 228 Pages.


My most Popular book this year is "Grimm's Fairy Tales" by Brother Grimm with 28K people want to read. My least popular book "Sharks: A 400 Million Year Journey" by Ted Rechlin.



My List of authors for this year. There a lot of them. Let see a total of them below. Then I will tell you who was my favorite author this year. I will be able to tell you my Female vs Male Author in pie form.

Books Read in 2018: By Author



  1. Kevin D. Haggerty
  2. Mona Hodgson
  3. Bell Renshaw
  4. Beverly Lewis
  5. Lawrence H. Levy
  6. Shani Muhammad & Patrick Muhammad
  7. Vannetta Chapman
  8. Joe Rhatigan
  9. Mary Lynn Plaisance
  10. Delores Fossen
  11. Lauren Carr
  12. Malia Zaidi
  13. Wanda E. Brunstetter
  14. Sarah E. Ladd
  15. Kate Lloyd
  16. Tony Penn
  17. Susan May Warren
  18. D.D. Marx
  19. S. R. Mallery
  20. Hawk MacKinney
  21. Wanda Carter Roush
  22. Colleen Coble
  23. Mary Connealy
  24. Melanie Dickerson
  25. Addison Cole
  26. Ted Rechlin
  27. EJ Simon
  28. T.A. Cline
  29. Kim Vogel Sawyer
  30. Judy Martialay
  31. Grimm Brothers
  32. Karen B. Winnick
  33. Lauren Carr
  34. William Michael Davidson
  35. Beth Wiseman
  36. Carolyn Radmanovich
  37. Mark J.G. Fahey

My Top 5 Authors were for 2018.

  1. Vannetta Chapman (6 Books)
  2. Wanda Brunstter (4 Books)
  3. Tony Penn (4 Books)
  4. Lauren Carr (2 Books)
  5. Mary Lynn Plaisance (2 Books)

As you can see that is my list of authors by amount I read. You see my Top 5 Authors for this year. I read 50 books and have 37 Total authors. I have read few books by a couple of authors. I like that by far. You can see what my favorite authors were this year.


For my Genre of book i enjoyed this year seem to be "Christian Fiction" 16 books (32%). This seem about fair given that Vannetta Chapman is my top author with a total of 6 Books read. The next one is "Children" with 8 books (16%), and then "Historical Fiction" with 6 (12%).

Those are my favorite to read by the way of fiction. Not in that order per say. I enjoy Amish or Amish Fiction which falls in the Christian fiction section. Historical Fiction is the next best for me. I enjoy reading about history anyway but in the fiction sort a way. This chart is pretty good a getting that correct.


The authors gender for me is up in the air. I believe I read more female authors then male authors. Though i can not say for certain as I am still working on getting my other reading Charts finished to find out for sure. I did do this years though a pie chart to see what my percentage is more Female or Male? My key to this is using Female (F), Male (M), Combined (M/F).


I will show you what LibraryThing did for me though there pie chart on Author Gender. Now there is all of my books that are in my library on there and what it is set my not really be right. But I am willing to show you want that is.  What you see by there's Male, Female, NA and Not set. I have not clue if it all of my books that are list in my library on there or if it this year 2018. Now if there is all of my books that are listed on there then you can see I am reading more female vs Male. If this can not be right for the year 2018 as my Author Gender chart show you the Percentage and Labels I use for Male and Female for this year. My chart shows 2% for F/M - Combined, 26% for M - Male, 72% for F - Female which if for 2018. LibraryThing is saying 19.66% Male and 80.34% Female.


Almost but not quite there is my Series vs Standalone? How many books do you think you can read that are not series or just standalone. I know I read more series books then I do standalone books. I know i read more series then standalone. But how many of each for this year? I have not clue. How many did i start and not finish or got a book that put me to starting a new series. Well lets find out, By looking at the pie chart. Well it looks like I have 32 Books in series and 18 Books that are considered Standalone. Series out wins Standalone this year.


I wondered how many of my books came in what format? Were they E-books or Paperback or audio-book or another format. Well thanks me keeping track and LibraryThing for helping figure out the numbers to correct my spreadsheet for making the right format for each of my books for this year in 2018.

For This year of 2018, I have seem to have read more Paperbacks. I had a total of 4 different formats this year. E-Book, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio-Book. My E-books came next after Paperback. Which you can tell by the pie chart.


Now for my reviews for this year. I have read 50 books. Most of the reviews are up for this year. I will show you my first review for 2018 that got posted on Goodreads. That is "One Christmas in Winter" by Bell Renshaw. I got this book as an ARC and being on her street team. I enjoyed it.


My favorite book that really enjoyed reading and it was out of my Book Tour books was "Storm Taken". It was one of my better reads. do not get me wrong when I say that this is one of my favorites reads. It was on one of my top reads for 2018. If would suggest you read my review of "Storm Taken". Death Logs Out is second, Marine come third to that.


My Top 5 Favorite Reviews: 2018 Year


  1. Storm Taken (Science Fiction, Book Tour)
  2. Death Logs Out (Mystery, Book Tour)
  3. Storm Front (Christian)
  4. The Voice Behind the Small Attic Door ( Mystery, Drama)
  5. Sharks: A 400 Million Year Journey



There is only one that will be posted next year in 2019. That review is "Marine" by Mark JG Fahey. This book is on book tour here in 2019. That book was my last review posted on Goodreads for 2018. If you want to see the full review or get a copy of it though my blog please wait for the blog post to go live here in 2019. There is a giveaway for this book i believe.



Here is my full list of blog post for the year of 2018. I hope you enjoy. Let Bring in 2019 with a blast. Happy New Year all. I hope You get more Book to enjoy in 2019.


Want to read my Monthly Wrap up for 2018? Well just look below.

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What are you doing to Bring in 2019? Getting your blog ready for 2019? 2019 Goals?


Want to see it better: 2018 Yearly Wrap up


Review: The Perfect Square by Vannetta Chapman

A Perfect Square - Vannetta Chapman

A perfect Square is about a group of friends. That group of friends seems to bring Mysteries to an English friend that become an owner of Daisy Quilt Shop. When a dead girl is found and an Amish young man is the center of it.

Callie and her friend Deborah need to find out who killed her or what happened to her. Who is Ruben Fisher covering for? Why will he not clear his name? There seem to be more going on than anything when and Old elderly man shows up at Daisy Quilt Shop, claiming to find his long-lost daughter? Will, it seems that this long lost daughter is really a clue to the dead young girl they find in a pond?

Vannetta Chapman does a wonderful job of giving the readers something to hang on to. Will God grace help and mend. There seems to be a family that thinks that their daughter is running and living in the English world? What happens when the parents find out the truth about their daughter? What about the young man that on the run? What happens on Palm Sunday in 1965 with the Tornadoes?


Review: Amish Christmas Memories by Vannetta Chapman

Amish Christmas Memories - Vannetta Chapman

A young man seems to be watching a young woman walking down his street or lane. When she is wabbling or weaving across the road and then falls. He springs into action. What happens to her. She has no coat on or hat?

How did she get to where she is? Caleb is worried about her once she falls into the snow. When she wakes up does not know how she got where is? All she remembers is Caleb holding her to him. He does take her to his parent home. They welcome her and try and help her. Who is she? The only thing that she has that tell anything about her is that of a book. Her name is in the book. Well her first name.

Things are hard for her and she want to remember? It will take some time, in the meantime, she gets to know Caleb and his family. As they get to know her. Will Caleb learn change is good as well as bad? Rachel seems to want to get Caleb to understand her. Will they find love together? It seems that Rachel really wants her memories back. Will she get them for Christmas?

Vannetta Chapman does a sweet and wonderfully good job of pulling you along for the journey. She takes your heart for a ride. Will they receive what they need and will god provide where they are to belong. Vannetta seems to be able to bring new illnesses through the eyes of Amish. This book about love but also learning to deal with amnesia. We can sometimes forget that our brains and Amish family deal with the same kind of injuries as everyone else. Will Caleb and Rachel both get what they need?


Review: The Shape-Shifter's Wife

The Shape-Shifter's Wife - Carolyn Radmanovich, Leslie Ann Clark, Mary Higgins Clark

Every wonder if you could travel back in time? But it feels so real that do you not know. A young woman some how travel back to the California gold rush Era. Once she does, she does not know why or the reason. She seem to take her time to adjust to the time period.

She meets a young man. She finds out that she need help a family get out of the family curse. To do this they need her. She learns about Indians culture and traditions. In the process she starts to fall in love with this young man.

She deals with this while her sister is still away. When she returns to her era, she does not know if she really was with a man named Reynard. She meets an Indian medicine man and go on a trip with her soul and life. 

Will she end up going back to her husband? How did she travel back to her world and still be pregnant with a child? What Shape-Shifter animal does she become? What ever happens to Joseph? Will she fulfill the reason of the family curse?

This is a great book for those that enjoy history. If you are into historical fiction or California gold rush this is the book for you. Are you into time travel. This one is filled with it. The author does a beautifully good job with telling the story though Angelica's and her sister.


Book Tour: Marine by Mark JG Fahey with Giveaway

Marine - Mark J.G. Fahey

Marine takes place about three years after Neb is on Halley's Casino. This book takes you on an adventure of it own. It also talks about Neb parents home planet and more about his parents. I gives you lesson about history or at least a bit about Neb's history or his parents for that mother. There seems to be something going on that makes Neb go after a star chart.

What is this star chart and why does everyone want it. There seems to be a dragon that guarding it and only one person who is to receive it. Mark put you in the story and you go for a ride. It adventures and filled with action.

Who are friends and who are foes? What is an Air-heart? What an Ice dragon? Whatever happen to here home? What or who is a water moon? It all started on Halley's Casino when Neb see two guest acting strange. I believe Mark doe a wonderful job with this story. I can not wait to pick up the next book. 


Currently reading

Amish Values for Your Family: What We Can Learn from the Simple Life
Suzanne Woods Fisher
Twelve Days
Teresa Hill
Charles Towne Belles Trilogy
MaryLu Tyndall, M.L. Tyndall
Progress: 963/960 pages