The Lovely Bones I knew this was coming out as a movie this winter so I decided to read it.  Don’t know if I will watch the movie.  Kind of ruins it for me because they don’t usually do books justice with movies.  They miss a lot of the depth.  This wasn’t always easy to read, especially if you have kids.  You read it and just hope and pray nothing like this would ever happen, but then the book moves on from the murder and actually is the story of Susie watching her family from heaven and trying to help and be there and her family struggles with her death. 

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

My rating: 4 of 5 stars I was totally caught up in the story of this book and the lives of the family and friends Susie Salmon leaves behind when she is murdered. Also caught up in Susie’s watching and “haunting” of those family and friends and her murderer. It’s interesting to read a story about how a violent death of someone affects the people around them and how they cope, or don’t, and how it changes them all. View all my reviews >>


Halloween 2009

November 1, 2009


Pirate Girl, Batman and Twister Girl

For some reason this Halloween didn’t seem quite as hectic as usual – nice! The Sunday before Halloween we went to Steve & Vick’s house for the annual Halloween Feast of Blood and Guts Casserole (Lasagne), witch’s broomsticks (breadsticks), sea monster salad with purple sea monster goo dressing (ranch with purple food coloring), and some cute spider cupcakes and yumming pumpkin cake. BUT – I forgot my camera! Dang it all! I’ll have to see if Steve got some pics he can send me.

On Friday the kids wore their costumes to school and had the usual parties and stuff. Syd had her 1st Jr. High dance, which she ending up enjoying more than she thought. She was really worried it would be really boring with no one dancing. Friday night was the annual Halloween Carnival at the school. We got there pretty late, but it was actually nice and didn’t seem as crowded then. (Maybe I’ll do that again next year!) The kids had fun playing games and parading around in their costumes.

Saturday morning we carved pumpkins and made roasted pumpkins from the seeds. Saturday afternoon the sun came out and we went to the straw maze. The weather was nice, which was good, since it took us over an hour to get to the end. I must just not be a logical enough thinker to figure out a maze or something. We were watching some people go through in like 10 or 15 minutes, and we finally had to ask some people coming through for the second time how the heck to get out! I couldn’t even go back in there and tell you how we got through. It all looked the same to me! Dill kept getting worried that we were going to be lost forever. We thought about going back to the entrance and just being done since we were getting tired of walking, but I was being stubborn and determined that a smart grown person could figure this out. Ha ha! A little lesson in humility for me I guess :)!

We went to the trunk or treat at the church after that, went to visit with Great Grandma McBride, and then came back to our house with family for some chili cheese baked potatoes. All in all a great day! (Except for the straw maze – hee, hee – next year it’s Dad’s turn to take them!)

Hope everyone else had a Happy Halloween!


Dillan working hard on his pumpkin


Hayley and her scarey pumpkin


Sydnie getting a little help with her pumpkin

The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, #1) The Briar King by Greg Keyes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this fantasy read. It was well written and kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened next to each of the characters. Some new and different things here from most of the fantasy I read which is a nice change of pace. Lots of flipping around to follow the differently characters, but I liked them all well enough that I didn’t mind. I will be ordering the rest of the series to read for sure.

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