Ethan Pritcher, Body Switcher by Douglas E. Richards

Ethan Pritcher, Body Switcher (Douglas E. Richards, Paragon Press, 2012) is a new take on the body-switching story line, with good guys and bad guys thrown in. In this story, Ethan has no control over who he will switch with and doesn't know for how long he will be in the other body, and it all started out with a chemistry set and ketchup experiment mishap. I liked it - it had a fast paced story line and the dialog between the characters was great. Some of the funniest parts come from the author's choice of the movie star's name, which Ethan can't spell.

My 4th grade daughter who is an avid reader herself, thoroughly enjoyed this book and devoured it in one sitting. Her review is below. The end of the book eludes to a possible sequel, or even a series with the character Ethan, and I'm hoping there is one soon. This appeals to both boys and girls.

Review from a 4th Grade Reader

I liked this book. Ethan Pritcher Body Switcher is about a boy named Ethan that changes bodies with a famous star, Roland Hossenfeffer, and gets into trouble with his bodyguard. Who the bad guys really are was a fun twist. I recommend this book to readers who like action books, and also funny books, because this was both. I hope this is a series because I would like to read more adventures from Ethan.

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Disclosure: This book was a Member Giveaway via LibraryThing.com. Any opinions are my own.

    Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

    It's been a long time since a book moved me and this one for some reason did. I read it in a day. Lots of parts I liked, lots of parts I didn't. But the good totally outweighed the bad. While it's a college-aged love story, it is written for adults. There's not so much sex as there is violence and violent behavior, and severe underage binge drinking.

    I've edited this review to say I've read this book more than once now, and while I have more sympathy toward Travis than Abby, all the characters I found likable and believable in the story. For those that are tired of watching the guy finally telling the girl how he feels in the last chapter, in this book Travis knows what he wants and it takes the whole book for Abby to figure out what she wants.

    For those who are sensitive toward violence, the main characters are familiar and comfortable with street and underground fighting, so expect blood and fights throughout the story. This story is pretty raw, but so unlike other fluff romance books. The characters have real feelings and react sometimes in the wrong ways. But I found it to be a page turner.

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    Disclosure: This book was purchased by me for the Kindle, and any opinions are my own.

      Feature and Follow 3

      This Feature & Follow is hosted by two hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs.

      How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools — keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them “hi” in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

      The Hosts and Featured Bloggers are listed below. If you comment on this question below, let me know you followed, I'll follow you back.

      Have fun!

      This Feature and Follow Question:

      Q: Summer Break is upon us! What would be the perfect vacation spot for you to catch up on your reading & relax?

      A: I have never been to Scotland, but if I could make a wish to go anywhere in the world to catch up on my reading, I would probably pick somewhere there. There are a few gorgeous places I found that I pinned to one of my boards on Pinterest: Beautiful Places I'd Like to Visit. Below is one of them. I mean, who wouldn't want to snuggle up with a good mystery here?  (In case you're wondering, it's Eilean Donan Castle.) I live near beaches so something green and cloudy just has romance and books written all over it.





      Where would be the perfect spot for you to get away from it all and read, read, read?
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      Ec-o-nom-ics by Kersten L. Kelly


      A quick synopsis of ec-o-nom-ics:
      Author Kersten L. Kelly dives deep into how pop culture, history, and social trends are linked through economic theory. She divulges opinionated explanations on current topics by incorporating economics into the equations.

      The book is applicable and enjoyable for anyone that has ever purchased gas, idolized a professional athlete, or owes money on a student loan. It is a compilation of timely examples that show readers just how heavily economics influences their daily live. It will give readers a new perspective on how simple, normal activities have a much greater impact that what meets the eye.
      Normally, I don't include an overview from a press release like that in my reviews, but this book deals with economics and just by the title may turn off readers simply for its theme: economics. But this was an enjoyable read and I learned new economic theories such as "The Prisoner's Dilemma" and "The Lipstick Theory." The reason behind her choice in the chapter highlighting "The Theory of Inequity Aversion" and how all economists look to be better off was funny.

      Kelly applies real world examples (read: 'situations the average person deals with') to economics. Take any story on a cable news network, and there are bound to be economic experts spinning their theories of why the world turns as it does. Kelly puts all that talk into perspective and makes you think about, and question, their theories. The author states in the epilogue that she believes in a gray area of what the experts say. I tend to agree as nothing ever is really solely black and white, or right or wrong.

      I appreciated her efforts to explain economics using examples easily digestible: price of gas, student loans and higher education, working salaries, professional sports, housing prices, fast food, prescription drugs, coupons. Kelly took a very dry subject and actually created a fast paced read with her writing. The combination of history and current pop culture intertwined with economic theory makes the book an easy nonfiction read.

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      Disclosure: This book was given to me by the author. Any opinions are my own.

      Showcase 500 Rings


      I love Lark Crafts 500 Series - not only because of the sheer number of styles in each new book, but the amazing differences in designs from the different artists. The Showcase 500 Rings (Bruce Metcalf, Juror; ISBN 9781454702887) is no different, and will give any designer ideas for new ways to use different materials. It will also give jewelry aficionados new ideas for shopping.

      Read the full review of Showcase 500 Rings.

      A Bounty of Bead and Wire Earrings by Nathalie Mornu

      If ideas for bead and wire earrings are lacking, and there is a stash of beads at your disposal, then Nathalie Mornu's A Bounty of Bead and Wire Earrings (Lark Jewelry & Beading, 2011) will make a great opening to many design ideas. If the author's name sounds familiar, it is. Mornu is an editor for Lark Jewelry and Beading and co-author of Chains, Chains, Chains (Joanna Gollberg). Other books authored by Mornu include A is for Apron and Leather Jewelry.

      Read the full review of this great jewelry book.

      Etsy Treasury: For the Love of Reading

      If you've never been to etsy.com, it's a place for crafters, makers, and collectors. And a new treasury - or collection of related or unrelated items from stores other than your own - is right up my alley. Here are some etsy Treasuries related to the art of reading.

      For the Love of Reading, Cozy Up and Read

      Curling Up with a Good Book

      Roll Up! Roll Up! Read All About It!

      Bookworm...

      Enjoy,

      Renee.

      Ain't No Bum by Dennis McCreight


      From my collection of historical and out of print cookbooks, I know the Depression Era was a difficult time: homemakers had mandatory food rationing which yielded both unique recipes and creative cooking. The imagery from the Era is stark and colorless and few fiction stories delve into that time period because it was such a difficult time.

      Ain't No Bum (Dennis C. McCreight, 2012, ISBN 9781466478008) is one of the few that treats the time period with thoughtful reflection through the eyes of a young man, Milt McCoy. The tale begins with a nervous wife, Violet, and her young boy welcoming home the husband and father gone for four years fighting in World War II. Milt endures life long misery from his father and he tries until the end to prove to his father he is worthy of being called a man.

      The difficult times of economic losses, a world war, and people seemingly setting him back at every step should turn Milt into someone bitter and hopeless. It instead changes him into a steady provider and faithful husband. Those around Milt are influenced by his courage and determination, and it is through others' words that eventually seals his relationship with his father, although time never really ends all wounds.

      McCreight turns an otherwise dismal story of a man's lifelong struggles into one of true change, and with the main character going from light to dark to the shock of realization he was turning into someone he despised. With a little help from his wife he turns it all around again. Violet seemed real, and while supporting her husband through thick and thin, from somewhat happy times to a true family medical crisis, her fears and doubts showed through which was pivotal in the story, and actually helps to make it believable.

      The story shows every little thing we do starts a chain reaction in others, and sometimes it is through a stranger's words that ends up changing the mind of someone close to us.

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      • Ain't No Bum; by Dennis C. McCreight
      • ISBN13: 9781466478008
      • Paperback, 388 pages; Kindle version available

      Disclosure: This book was purchased by the author for the Kindle. Any opinions are the author's own.

      The Founders' Key by Larry P. Arnn

      The Constitution of the United States of America and The Declaration of Independence are amazing documents. Within those pages are what has guided this nation for over two hundred years. But what were the original intentions of the creators of the documents and are those documents still relevant in modern times? The Founders' Key (Larry Arnn, Thomas Nelson, 2012, ISBN 9781595554727) takes a stable at that.

      The Founders' Key is broken down into two parts. The first deals with Arnn's analysis of how some twist the original meaning of the documents and that while there may be room for adaption in modern times, their core meanings and instruction does not change. For those that would like a refresher course of these important documents, the second part Arnn lists The Declaration of Independence; The Constitution of the United States of America; Federalist No. 10, No. 39, No. 48, No. 49, and No. 51; and "Property" by James Madison.

      Considering these documents are the core of what makes up America, a home refresher course like this was actually a fun read.

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      Disclosure: This book was given to the author by the publisher. Any opinions are the author's own.

        When Work and Family Collide by Andy Stanley

        Andy Stanley shows how to deal with all the different demands most families face in his book When Work and Family Collide (Multnomah Books, 2011, ISBN 9781601423795).  Stanley gives examples of real life people who have work demands and who 'cheat' at home - where demands from work and career take precedence over family obligations or family goals.

        Establishing a home and family are not easy when a career is at stake. His guide for establishing a plan for more home time includes making a firm decision to make family a priority, and then doing something about it. The Discussion Questions at the end of the book include a 4 week study plan for group meetings or those individuals who want to tackle the book bit by bit. All in all, a good book for setting home priorities and dealing with work.

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        Disclosure: This book was given to the author by the publisher. Any opinions are the author's own.

        Bringing Up Girls by Dr. James Dobson


        Bringing Up Girls was written by Dr. James Dobson, the author of Bringing Up Boys. I understand that he promotes a Christian lifestyle but I had hoped this book would have more practical advice. It instead focuses on what the author believes is right and wrong. On the back cover it doesn't even talk about conservatism yet the entire book is based on it. Someone unfamiliar with Dr. Dobson would probably be disappointed; someone familiar with his teachings would probably enjoy it. Unfortunately, contrary to Dr. Dobson's view not all 'liberal' parents, or for that matter any parent who isn't in what he considers traditional households, practice immorality.

        Having said that, there are several interviews throughout with different people getting their perspectives and his interview with Karen Santorum was an enjoyable read. I actually learned more of her background here than all the stumps she did on the campaign trail this election. He also dedicates a few chapters to the importance of fathers in daughters' lives, something that should be talked about more.

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        Disclosure: This book was provided to the author by the publisher. Any opinions are the author's own.

          Get Caught Reading Month! Children's Book Week!

          May is a great time to read books or be seen at the library or a favorite bookstore. May is Get Caught Reading Month and May 7 to May 13 is Children's Book Week.

          Children's Book Week

          Children's Book Week began in 1919 with the vision that children's books and literacy in general changes lives, and has now grown to include many different children's book events across the country nationally and locally. For more information on Children's Book Week, including how to donate, visit Book Week Online.

          Get Caught Reading Month

          Get Caught Reading is a month-long nationwide event to show how fun it is to be reading, and it encourages literacy along the way. It began in 1999 by the AAR, Association of American Publishers. On the Get Caught Reading website, you can download and purchase posters of celebrities reading. All posters are free; you just pay shipping and handling. For more information on the Get Caught Reading event, including ways for you to join in and how to subscribe to their newsletter, visit Get Caught Reading.

          No matter which you celebrate, it's a great time to encourage everyone in the house to pick up a book. How will you be celebrating? :)

          Images credited to BookWeekOnline.com and GetCaughtReading.org.