While Laura Ingalls grows up in a little house on the western prairie, Almanzo Wilder is living on a big farm in New York State. Here Almanzo and his brother and sisters help with the summer planting and fall harvest. In winter there is wood to be chopped and great slabs of ice to be cut from the river and stored. Time for fun comes when the jolly tin peddler visits, or best of all, when the fair comes to town.
This is Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of how her husband Almanzo grew up as a farmer boy far from the little house where Laura lived.
Additional notes: This is the third book in the Little House on the Prairie series, according to goodreads.com. You can read my review of the first book here and the second book here. There are nine books in this series and all have been released.
My thoughts: It took me awhile to get into this book, but I have to say this book and the ideas presented completely resonate with me. I love how Almanzo's father rationalizes things for his children to understand. I try to live my life as simply as possible to take a bit of the "old days" with me in the here and now, but I would have loved to have lived during this time period.
Since the Bradley method was first introduced in 1970, a growing number of expectant parents have opted for natural childbirth, knowing that it's safer than medicated or surgical delivery. But where can parents-to-be go for information on how to have a successful Bradley birth? This book provides all the answers, offering sound advice on how to prepare physically for labor and what to expect during each of its stages.
My thoughts: Despite the near-pornographic pictures, this book is amazing. Jason and I both learned so much from reading this book. If you're looking to give birth naturally and want to feel empowered, this book is definitely for you. But don't say I didn't warn you about the pictures!
Starting from the first night of his debut world tour, Justin invites you to follow him on his rollercoaster ride to superstardom--as he visits the far corners of the globe, makes his very own movie, records his new album, wins numerous awards, and pens a bestselling book, to name just some of his amazing accomplishments over the past few years.
My thoughts: Let me just first start by saying I'm a Belieber and I don't care who knows it. Ha! I actually am not a crazed fan, but there is something about a young person having a dream and working to make it come true that really resonates with me. It's encouraging and uplifting. If you have a JB fan in your life, this book is clean, easy to read and full of photos.
Additional notes: This is the latest release of the Garfield comic strips. You can search "Garfield" on this blog to see reviews of all the other Garfield books.
My thoughts: I can't help it - I'm crazy for Garfield! If you like comics, you will definitely enjoy reading Garfield books. Jason and I literally laugh out loud when we read these books.
Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since Great-Grandma Rose literally dreamed up her first fabulous recipe. But now it looks as if they're about to lose Sweet Dreams to the bank—and that would be a disaster, not only for the family but for the town of Icicle Falls, Washington. Can Samantha, the oldest daughter and new head of the company, come up with a way to save it?After Samantha does some brainstorming with her mother and sisters, inspiration strikes. They'll have a chocolate festival! Time's running out, but the Sterling women are determined and the town's behind them, so everything's bound to go smoothly
Or not. Events seem to be conspiring against Samantha, and her mother's attempts to help aren't helping. To make matters worse, the fate of her company is in the hands of her archenemy, Blake Preston, the bank manager with the football-hero good looks. It's enough to drive her to chocolate. But Blake's also enough to convince her that (believe it or not) there's something even better than chocolate.
Additional notes: This is the first book in the Life in Icicle Falls series. A second book with a Christmas theme, Merry Ex-Mas, has already been released.
My thoughts: This book had romance, suspense and small-town charm: what's not to love? I'm a huge fan of this author. She writes such lovable characters and stories. I can't wait to read Merry Ex-Mas!