Book Review: “The five people you meet in heaven”, by Mitch Albom.

“The five people you meet in heaven”, by Mitch Albom, is a book about an 83 year old man, who is an owner and operator of an amusement park. He passed away trying to save a little girl falling from one of his rides, and woke up in the afterlife.

In his earthly life he took over ownership of the park, when his Dad passed. He feels like his life is meaningless, and stagnate. Stuck in the day-to-day routine of going to work. He beloved wife passed away years ago of brain cancer, and a he is a injured war veteran. Since his wife passed away, he felt like life was meaningless. He thinks his life had no impact but in the afterlife he learned that it surely did.

This book encompasses meaning in life, and how everything we do impacts the life’s of others, even the little things.  How certain people die, instead of us. The real reason why people have hurt us, and their true stories. I recommend it if you feel stuck, and are looking the meaning in your life. This book greatly explains how we all have purpose in our life. It is very interesting, because he was in the war, stationed in the Philippines.  I recommend it. It was a great read.


How reading to your child is beneficial, and prepares them for adult life.

When my kids were little, I would go to the library and check out many books and read to them. I loved having the library as a free resource. I loved reading to my little children. It made us close, and we learned at the same time. It create a strong bond between us, and they still remember it.

It paid off as well. My first born is 92nd percentile in reading in her school district and 83rd in her state test. She is excelling in school. I am so proud.

You can even start reading to your child in the womb, at 30 weeks, and your infant will still reap benefits. This teaches your little one to begin to recognize speech patterns and start to develop language skills.

Here are the list of benefits of reading to your child age 0 to 12 years of age.

  • Reading to your infant teaches your baby phonics, and sparks language development. It also teaches them social skills and emotional awareness. It teaches baby about communication, how to listen, and begins their vocab awareness.
  • Toddlers: Jump starts their speech, and language development. It teaches them about the world around them. The first three years of child development are the most important. Reading to your toddler is very beneficial for their development. It may help them learn to communicate better, and have less tantrums!
  • Preschoolers: Reading to these little ones, expands their vocabulary, speech, teaches them to concentrate, and teaches them about the world around them. They feel close and secure to their caregiver who is reading to them. This intimacy helps them grow smarter. Reading to your preschooler sets a foundation for a positive attitude towards reading as they grow. When you read to your child, they will want to try to start reading on their own! This helps them get ready for school.
  • Reading to your school aged child. They will no doubt be taught these skills in school, but you can make it fun. This is beneficial for them. Reading helps them learn critical skills for making decisions, including coping mechanisms. They will need these skills in life later on! It helps them learn to concentrate, which is great for ADHD. My daughter was diagnosed with ADHD, but now she is excelling. Reading out loud to your child builds writing skills, and vocab skills. It teaches about emotions and creates a sense of empathy in your child. It helps your child better express their self verbally, which goes far in the real world when they are employed. It can spark new interests, and hobbies. It can help your child decide what to study in College, and be when they grow up. It helps your child learn right from wrong, because it builds thinking skills. Reading to your child builds lifelong readers.  Reading to your child is very beneficial. It gives your child a head start in life, and teaches them skills that benefit them in their adult life, such as making decisions and coping! Research proves reading to your child has long term benefits. Newport Cottages Cody collectionPregnancy_BeautyLillebabybaby girls clothes setsShop the Rachel Zoe Party Collection at Janie and Jack

Book Review: “Where The Crawdads Sing”.

“Where The Crawdads Sing”, by Delia Owens  topped the The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2019 for 27  weeks. Many people have told me it was the “best book they’ve ever read”. I agree that it was one of the best books that I have ever read. I give it 5 stars, and I recommend reading it 100%.

It is about a little girl named “Kya”. She lived in a shack in the swamp of North Carolina, with her parents and siblings. Her Mom was a victim of domestic violence, so she walked out on her kids, and left them alone with her Dad. Soon her brothers and sisters walked out of the home as well. She was along with her Dad, who barely fed her and he was an alcoholic. Her Mom sends her a letter, and she gives it to her Dad, and this angers him. He leaves her as well.

Here she was, only about 7 years old, and she was along in the swamp living in a shack, with no means of survival. She does survive, and doesn’t pass away until she is 64.

How did this little girl survive on her own? No Mom or Dad to nurture, and feed her?  She sold mussels from the swamp to survive and she lived off of grits. How did she just live off of grits and selling mussels?

She is very lonely, and has only nature to nurture her. The birds are her friends. She has crow friend and she feeds the seagulls. She has no one to keep her company except the insect chirping, and the birds.  This book will bring you close to nature. She becomes a naturalist.

This book addresses the human condition of loneliness, and the nurturing relationships that we need from people.

She has one friend named “Tate”, who was her brothers friend that comes and visits her. Later on he educates. He teaches her to read, and some arithmetic. She has only been to school one day in her life where she was an outcast, dirty and without shoes.

She does something good with her life, and becomes famous, what is that? Read and find out. 😉

She also has two lovers, which was very awkward for her because she didn’t have a family. How can she have two lovers when she is abandonment and lives in a swamp isolated from society?

She is an outcast to society and called “swamp trash”. How could society let this little girl live alone to fend for herself? Later on the book, she is not an outcast to society. Find out how.

One of her lovers is murdered. Who did it, and is she accused? If she is accused did she end up in jail or with the death penalty.

This book is very intriguing. I could not put this book down, and it will defiantly catch your interest. Everyone needs to read it, you can learn a lot.

I recommend this good read to everyone, and this book is amazing. You can remember and learn a lot from this book, about the human condition, nature, and how people act prodigiously. This book took place in the 60’s and 70’s.




How reading benefits your child. (The power of reading).

  • Promotes brain growth and development.
  • Kids who read well, preform better in other subjects, not just literacy.
  • Helps your child learn to be more empathetic. They better understand the emotions of others.
  • Children who read well preform well on tests, including non-verbal tests.
  • Develops vocabulary.
  • Improves memory.
  • Promotes analytic skills and thinking critically.
  • Reading promotes creativity, and children who read have a  stronger imagination.
  • Develops stronger focus, and improves concentration.
  • Children who read are intelligent.
  • Helps your child become a better writer.
  • It is inspiring, and creates motivation.

Children who read also can relax as well, and reap all these benefits listed about.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss. 

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Book Review “The Bean Trees” by Barbara Kingsolver

I just finished the book “The Bean Trees” by Barbara Kingsolver.

This book is touching, and adventurous. I highly recommend it.

It is about a young lady growing up in slow paced, behind the times, in rural Kentucky. This book took places in late 70’s to early 80’s, but when Marietta was in Kentucky is sounded like 40’s and 50’s.

Marietta Greer is a strong willed teenager in high school, who was determined to not get pregnant while in school, like many of her classmates.

She got a job in the local hospital by her teacher. She was in a sense made for more than what rural Kentucky has for her, and she was above the times for Kentucky.

When she graduated she got a car, and took off. She decided to go as far west as her car would take her. She changed her name to Taylor Greer.

Her car broke down in Oklahoma in Cherokee land. She was also quarter Cherokee. She went into a bar to get something to eat and some coffee because she was exhausted from driving. There was a older lady with a blanket on her in the car. The older lady followed Taylor out to the bar and when Taylor got into her car, the older lady sat in her passengers seat and revealed that she has a three year old child under her blanket. The older lady told Taylor to take the child, because it was her dead sisters child.

She didn’t know what to do with this little girl. She was petrified, she didn’t know what to do with this little girl.

She stayed in a hotel, and worked to earn her stay, she has an agreement with the two lady’s that owned the hotel. She gave the three year old “Turtle” is what she named her, a bath and realized that she sexually abuse.

Taylor got her car fixed and drove off. She ended up in Tucson, Arizona. She met a lady who had an alignment shop. She was a very nice, welcoming older lady. She fed Turtle and very good with kids.

Turtle didn’t speak and just stared off into the distance, she was traumatized but later on she would come out of her shell and start talking and being social.

She finds a room mate Lou Ann. Lou Ann’s husband has just left her with an infant son. Lou Ann is always from Kentucky. They get a long very well.

Taylor gets a job at the tire store, where she first broke down. She meets Esperanza and Estevan whom are in America to escape the Central America’s government whom took their daughter away from them, who Turtle resembles.

Taylor had a run in with the social worker, and she was going to get Turtle taken away from her so she, being the strong will that she is, drove to Cherokee Nation with Turtle, Esperanza and Estevan. She was going to get adoption papers and take Esperanza and Estevan to a safe house at a church for immigrants.

So they drive to Oklahoma, and they take a one day vacation. Then they go to the notary, to get adoption papers. This wasn’t easy to do, she was nervous, and the odds of her getting custody of Turtle.

Taylor, being intelligent and witty comes up with a plan. She told Esperanza and Estevan to dress poorly to pretend that Turtle was their child, and that they cannot care for her and were too poor to feed her. They play it off very well and she gets her custody papers!!!!

This was very suspenseful, full of adventure and touching.

Turtle was obsessed with plants and gardening. Her first word was beans. Bean trees is another word for a Wisteria plant, and symbolized that it can grow regardless of what it has been through.




Benefits of reading for Adults.

  • Alzheimer’s prevention- Using your brain prevents Alzheimer’s. The brain can deteriorate if not used actively. The term use it or lose it applies here. You brain is a muscle and need to work out.
  • Increases vocabulary and comprehension. Which in turn can increase your self esteem and confidence. Also help you be a better public speaker. You can better communicate in life, which is a great life skill to have.
  • Have more interesting conversations.
  • It prevents memory loss, according to studies.
  • It is relaxing. Calms your busy mind, and redirects your mind to another place.
  • Helps you be more empathetic. Also you can “read” people better.
  • Keeps your mind focused, and alert. Hence, helps you focus better. Increases mental stimulation, which prevents Alzheimer’s as mentioned before.
  • Prevents depression. You can escape reality and go to another reality.
  • Can help you sleep at night. It is better to read before bed, than it is to look at a blue screen. The computer screen keeps your mind awake at night.
  • Increase in knowledge. No one can take knowledge from you. You can apply your knowledge in real life. You never know when it will help you.
  • Helps you have a more critical mind, and make better decisions. Helps you be more analytical and think better.
  • Helps you write better! Yay for us bloggers!
  • It is free entertainment, if you go to the library.

December is read a new book month.

Yay for literacy. I am going to read: Where The Crawdads Sing

One of my residents that I take care of at work said this is “the best book she has ever read in her whole life”, and she is in her 90’s, so that is saying something!