Friday, October 17, 2014

Quotable Quotes

Quotable Quotes

I have wanted to start a segment like this for a long time! I think reading is so important, and I love all things reading, including quotes about reading and the importance of it. I found this quote in a book that I will review next week, and I loved it. Actually, that book has many quotes and lots of information that I will be using later on. I will start with this quote though, because I loved it!

"To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life."
~W. Somerset Maugham
(Taken from page 19 of The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller) 

How many times have you turned to a book to escape? I know I have! I love that reading helps calm my anxieties and allows me to go back to reality with a fresh perspective, more patience, and a clear head. Is there a book that you turn to over and over when times get tough, or will any book help?

Happy Reading!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Alchemist

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


"Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts."

Where have I been? I haven't ever heard of this book before until my book group decided to read it this month. This is a powerful book. It is full of symbolism, adventure, treasure, love, kings, crystal, long journeys, sand, wars, sheep, stolen money, gold, greed, wisdom, and alchemy. What is alchemy, you ask? Well, I'll admit--I had to look up alchemy in the dictionary. Alchemy is: 1. a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life 2. a power or process of transforming something common into something special (Webster's Dictionary). I love the last definition. This book is about a journey of a shepherd boy. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll leave it at that. I love Paulo Coelho's writing style. It is simple, yet so profound. There are hidden messages everywhere in this book. There is a lot of imagery and symbolism. It is written well. It flows well, is understandable, and the characters are well developed. Some of them are a bit mysterious, but that adds another layer to this story that I loved. The life lessons this book teaches are important and meaningful. (Following your dreams, listening to your heart, working hard, positive attitude about where life takes you, making the best of every situation, etc.) I think everyone can learn something about living life to the fullest by reading this book. It's a short book, but is not a fast read. It takes time to really read and digest this book. I love books that have me thinking about them days after I finish, and this book is one of them. I also think that reading it at different times in your life will provide different feelings, lessons learned, and items of importance. If you've read it before, read it again and let me know if you took something different away from it the second time. I bet you will.  I enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it.

Rating: PG (There isn't any profanity or "intimacy" in this book. There is some minor violence with a desert war, but it's minimal.)

Recommendation: 13 and up (7th grade-ish) It is clean, so it would be appropriate for someone younger, but it is quite deep, and I'm not sure anyone younger would understand it or be able to walk away from it having learned anything.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Katrin's Chronicles: The Canon of Jacquelene Dyanne Vol. 1

Katrin's Chronicles: The Canon of Jacquelene Dyanne Vol. 1


"'If you don't write your own history, somebody else will make it up for you.' And so, after enduring three years of mystery-solving adventures, 13 year-old Katrin DuBois decided it was time to write her autobiography. Who else could set the record straight about the outrageous rumors about her family? It all began when Katrin was in 6th grade. Her elder sister, 8th grader Jacquelene Dyanne, began exhibiting extraordinary, even paranormal, detecting abilities. Katrin's Chronicles take place long before laptops, the Internet, cell phones, and text messaging--Chicago, 1968, Although the time was technologically simple, the tangle of human relationships was as complex as ever. I'm sure you can relate:
     If you relate to the idea that life is filled with mystery.....
     If you recognize that everyone has talents waiting to be mastered.....Or,
     If you understand that awakening to your hidden power is not always easy, but is the only way to         truly live...
Then I welcome you to the Canon of Jacquelene Dyanne, Vol. 1, as chronicled by Katrin the Youngest.     ~V.C. Woods"

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book when I received it. Unfortunately, the cover is a bit of a turn-off, but I decided not to judge it by it's cover, and I started to read. The characters are realistic and mostly believable. They are fairly well developed, especially Katrin and Jacquelene Dyanne. I think their parents and grandmother could have been developed a bit more, but they were ok. Katrin seems to act a bit old for her age, but each child is different, and it did take place in 1968, so maybe children acted older then? Katrin has a good voice for a narrator, and she uses a lot of good vocabulary words and descriptions. She even uses a few Latin phrases. J. Dyanne is an interesting character. You can tell that she has a talent but doesn't want to use it because she hates the attention that comes with it. What is her talent, you ask? Well, she is very good at deciphering clues (she's kind of like a young-girl Sherlock Holmes) and noticing details, and she puts them together quicker than most people do. Her talent even stretches into the paranormal when she is able to see and talk to ghosts. She thinks she is alone in her talent until she learns that some of the people around her have the same talent. Some of those people have hidden their talent, and some still use it frequently. J. Dyanne and Katrin are surprised when they learn these secrets. It's a clever idea and story, and I liked it. I like that it is different. Thank goodness there are no vampires or werewolves! 

I liked when J. Dyanne showed Katrin how she was able to solve the mystery by noticing the clues and putting them together into a solution. There is a time when her talent goes a little farther, though, and it gets into tarot cards, Wisdom cards, voodoo, and physic readings.  I didn't like that part as much, and wish they had left it at her just being a good sleuth. Some parents may be uncomfortable with their children reading about that. I did like the book. I'm not sure if my 13 and 11 year-old boys will like it, but girls of that age should. The language and vocabulary words used are at a much higher level than most middle-grade book are, which is great. 

Rating: PG+ (It's clean--no profanity, violence, or "intimacy," but the subject matter is geared more toward an older middle-grader. They do use Wisdom Cards to do readings, and that may make some parents uncomfortable.)

Recommendation: 5th grade-6th grade and up.

Disclosure: I did receive a free book in exchange for my honest review.

**I have to apologize to Ms. Woods!!! I was supposed to review this book on Aug. 24th. What's today? Oh, only October 15th. Yep, I'm just a little late!! I'm so sorry! Somehow this book fell threw the cracks. I try really hard, but sometimes I can't keep everything straight!**

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Janitors: Strike of the Sweepers (Book #4)

Janitors: Strike of the Sweepers (Book #4) by Tyler Whitesides

"The stakes have never been higher, and you've never seen squeegees do this before! It is a wild and slightly unsanitary ride as Spencer, Daisy, and the Rebel Janitors find themselves chased by Mr. Clean's new and terrifying half-breed Toxites--the Sweepers. Time is short. With the fabled Manualis Custodem in hand, Spencer must figure out how to summon the Founding Witches if they ever hope to mop up and save education."

What a fun (and slightly disgusting) book! I have enjoyed this series, as have my boys (13 and 11), and this one does not disappoint! Beware: there's a lot of garbage, a porta-potty, a germ-filled bowling ball, lots of toilet paper, and maybe even a little magical dust. I love the new glopified inventions in this book; I think I need to stock up on squeegees and Windex! The characters, as always, are great. They can be a little cheesy at times, but they are also brave, witty, intelligent, creative, and well developed. I do not think I'll be able to buy anything labeled "Mr. Clean" again. Sorry to the real Mr. Clean, but the Mr. Clean in this book is not a good guy, to say the least. He definitely makes a fantastic villain. There are some new characters, some of the same, and we get to see the return of a few characters, which is always fun. The story is written well. There may have been a few stretches, but it's fantasy, right? Anything can happen! I love that when you're reading it there's never a question in your mind as to whether or not that could really this world, it does happen and it's believable. That is the sign of a great author. Mr. Whitesides' writing is creative and fun, with just enough humor, wit, and action to keep the reader engaged throughout the entire book. Brandon Dorman's illustrations are, as always, amazing. There were a few twists and surprises in this book Just wow. I never saw them coming! My boys are going to LOVE this book! It is a great middle-grade/early YA read. If you've read the first three, you need to read this one pronto! And if you haven't read any in this series, I definitely recommend it!

Rating: PG+ (It's clean-no profanity or "intimacy." However, at least two characters die, and those deaths are a little graphic. There's lots of Toxite-fighting as well.)

Recommendation: 3rd grade and up

Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, October 6, 2014


Focused by Noelle Pikus Pace


"Where are your choices leading you? Regardless of our circumstances, each moment presents us with decisions to make. It doesn't matter what question, trial, or success we experience--each traces back to a choice. At any given moment, we can choose to doubt, fear, worry; to be prideful, angry, depressed, or miserable--or we can choose to be a light. We can choose to be happy. The choice is always ours, and each choice can be a step forward on the path of life we want for ourselves. The life lessons learned by Olympic athlete Noelle Pikus Pace can equip each of us to turn daily choices and challenges into opportunities for growth. In her warm and relatable style, Noelle shares touching personal stories and teaches how these experiences can help us keep a healthy perspective on the things that matter most. She helps us to see that though all of our goals and trials are different, we each can choose to become the best versions of ourselves one day at a time."

What an inspiring woman! Wow! I loved this book! I love how positive her message is. Her writing style is fun and light, even when discussing some difficult situations. She has the ability to take hard things and make them better. I am always telling my children that they have the choice to make each day a great one or a miserable one, and I'm glad I finally have someone to back me up on this! I love her message and think it is so needed today. We don't need to be victims. We don't need to let what happens in the world or in our lives bring us down, we get to choose to make it better. I enjoyed reading about her life leading up to her Olympic dream, and thought that her goal setting suggestions were right on. I love that she says to dream big and then work hard to make that dream happen. Her message of having integrity hit home. Be yourself. Stand up for yourself and your standards or your values. Be honest. I liked this quote, "I know who I am and what I stand for regardless of what others say or think. Skeleton is just a sport. My integrity is everything." There are a lot of great quotes in this book. I think I'm going to copy some of them and put them in my kids rooms. I am also going to have my boys (13 and 11) read this book. I know she's a girl, but the message is fabulous for both boys and girls. And, the good thing is, it's great for everyone, not just athletes. The message applies to every aspect of our lives. I highly recommend this book! Reading it makes you feel like you can conquer the world (or at least achieve your goals)!

There is a slightly religious undertone to this book, which didn't bother me at all. She quotes some scripture and some religious leaders (she also quotes nonreligious leaders and has a bunch of nonreligious poems). It isn't about religion, and it's not preachy at all, she just uses the scriptures and quotes to emphasize her points. I don't think it matters if you are religious or not, this book has such a positive and uplifting message that it's great for everyone. I definitely recommend this book!

Rating: G (Clean!)

Recommendation: Fifth grade and up as a silent read. First grade and up as a read-aloud. I'm going to read it to my daughters (6 and 9), and I think they'll understand it just fine. There are a few things I'll need to explain to them (miscarriage is one thing that comes to mind), but I want them to hear the message.

Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Castle of Fire

Castle of Fire (Adventures of Jonathan Moore Book #2) by Peter Greene

"The once-orphaned Jonathan Moore is now reunited with his father, though soon leaves the comfort of family and London on what is considered by all to be a 'peach' of a mission. However, with the arrival of another midshipman holding a severe but unexplained grudge, life aboard the HMS Danielle is anything but pleasant. Why are the new midshipmen his enemies? Who is stealing food from the ship's stores, and why must Jonathan and Sean sneak into a heavily guarded Spanish fort in the middle of the night to do some burglary of their own? In the second book of the Adventures of Jonathan Moore Series, Jonathan must capture a stolen British ship from blood-thirsty pirates, solve the mystery of the surprising stowaway, and defend his honor and his life during a fierce duel to the death with a murderous adversary. Alone and vastly outnumbered, the crew of the Danielle engages in a violent battle on the wild seas south of the farthest tip of Africa. Only Jonathan, Sean, and an unexpected guest can turn the tide of the struggle by unlocking the secret of a mysterious island and re-igniting the ferocious power of the Castle of Fire!"

I loved the first book in this series, Skull Eye Island, and my boys did too. Since I received the second book, a long time ago, my boys have asked me many times if I have read it yet. Well, I finally got to read it! Good ol' Jonathan is back at it, with his trusty friend Sean. The characters are the same, with the exception of a few more. The characters in this book are so fun. I love their personalities and their relationships. There are a few grumpy old (and young) sailors, and even a few happy ones have their moments of temper, but they each have their place on the ship, and each makes for a great story. There is a lot of action in this book, as there was in the first book. There's sword fighting, pirates, cannons, stealing pirate ships, a little romance, a stowaway, friendship, and much more. 

I didn't love this book as much as I did the first, unfortunately. I thought it started slowly and didn't really get into the story or the action until half-way through the book. I was disappointed. However, the end of the book was great and got back into the adventure and the fun of the first book. The ending made reading this book worth it. There were a lot of grammatical and spelling errors in this book, which drove me crazy. I hope there is another edition out that has fixed all the errors, but I'm not sure if there is. This book is clean, though, and that is fantastic! I love it when I can hand a child a book and not worry at all about questionable words or content. If you liked the first book in the series then you should read this one. Push through the beginning and you'll love the ending. 

Rating: PG (Fighting pirates, sword fighting, a few minor characters die)

Recommendation: 9 years old (Fourth Grade-ish) and up. My boys read Harry Potter in third grade and Fablehaven in second grade. If that is the case then this book would be fine for third graders. It's no worse than Harry Potter. There are some sailing terms they may not understand, but that is a quick (google) fix. 

Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Raising a Reader

Today's tip is one of my favorites!!! Why? Because I get to do what I love and not feel guilty! 

Be A Good Example!!!!

Yep, that's it! Be a good example and read, read, read. Read all sorts of different genres, and if you can, let your children see you reading, and let them see that you enjoy it. Children mimic their parents' attitudes towards many things, and reading is one of them. If you have a good attitude about reading then they most likely will too.

A good idea is also to talk to your kids about what you read. If it's a history book then you can 
talk to them about it. Talk to them about that time in history and if you remember it or not. Maybe their grandparents lived through that time, maybe you did. This gives them an opportunity to get to know the person and the events. I know my kids are always asking about the books I'm reading. I try to summarize the plot and discuss a few of the characters, because it teaches them those skills. And it teaches them to pay attention to those things when they read. 

If your children are old enough to read the book you are reading, and it's appropriate for them, then recommend it to them. Have them read it after you do, and discuss it together. I love doing this with my kids. We've had some very good discussions.

Here is a list of books that I have read and then recommended to my boys that they've enjoyed:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

( My sixth grader did read this book and did enjoy it. There was just one page I didn't let him read that was about naked women or something.)

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

These are just a few of them, but we've had some very good discussions and some fun times together discussing these books. It's like your own mini book group in your own house. So fun!!

Happy Reading!!!! 
(And now you can do it guilt free, knowing it's good for the kids!!)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Silent Sister

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

"Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. It was a belief that helped shape her own childhood and that of her brother. It shaped her view of her family and their dynamics. It influenced her entire life. Now, more than twenty years later, her father has passed away and she's in New Bern, North Carolina, cleaning out his house when she finds evidence that what she has always believed is not the truth. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why, exactly, was she on the run all those years ago? What secrets are being kept now, and what will happen if those secrets are revealed? As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family. Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her new-found reality."

Imagine waking up one morning and finding out that everything you've known about your family for your entire life is a lie. A deception. Nothing is actually what you thought it was. This is pretty much what happened to Riley MacPherson. It didn't happen over night, but it did happen within a few weeks after her father passed away. I can't even imagine. Not only is Riley dealing with the passing of her father, but she is also dealing with his finances, his estate, and his lies. I could not put this book down. It grabbed hold of me from the beginning, and I was hooked. The writing in this book is so well done. It's captivating, engaging, and you feel as if you too are caught in this web of lies. The characters come to life on the page. I love that they are so realistic and life-like. They are not perfect, they have their flaws, and yet they are real. Riley could be your next door neighbor. There were a few instances that I felt she accepted her new realities a little too easily, but I think she was desperate and since I've never been in that situation, her reactions could be completely realistic. Riley's brother Danny is an interesting character. I can understand where he is coming from, and why he feels the way he does, and I feel bad for him. He also kind of scares me, actually. I am not sure if I believe his reaction at the end of the book because it seems completely out of character. I don't know if the feelings he felt in that moment were enough to change his mind that much. Jeannie and Christine are such fun characters, and I think they add a lot to the story. I like that they have history with the family and are there for Riley when she needs their help. Verniece and Tom add a depth to the story, along with a few surprises. They scare me a little as well, especially Tom. I feel bad that he was put in the position he was put in, but I don't think he deserved what it was that he wanted from Riley. The ending was almost too perfectly put together, but it was decent. I still loved the book.

There really is no way to talk about this book without giving anything away. After I finished it last night I thought and thought about how I could try and describe the situation without spoiling it, and I'm just not sure it's possible. There's so much going on, and because so much of it is truth coming out after years of lies, discussing it at all leads to realizations and secrets found out. So, I'm going to leave it at this: I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. It was a roller coaster of emotions, and at some points I wasn't really sure who to cheer for. I don't like feeling as if I'm cheering for the "bad guy," but is it a "bad guy" or is it a victim or an underdog? I could feel Riley's emotions with her: anger, confusion, stress, worry, love, fear, a yearning for something other than what she had, sadness, and so many more. The emotional pull of this book leaves you feeling as if you've experienced it in person. Ms. Chamberlain's writing style grabs hold of you and doesn't let go. Even after I finished the book I couldn't stop thinking about it. (I'm dying to talk to someone about this book!!! If you read it I'd love to hear your thoughts!)

There isn't a whole lot of profanity in this book, except for the "f" word. And there are many of those. It is mostly one character who says it. There are a lot at the beginning of the book and a bunch at the end, but the middle of the book doesn't have as many. The character who uses the word constantly isn't in the entire book. There is a murder, rape, and some "intimacy" where you know it happens but it doesn't go into a whole lot of detail. There is also a lesbian relationship. This is the first book I've read where the lesbian is the first person narrator, and she falls in love. It doesn't go into a lot of detail, but enough to know what is going on and to set up the relationship. Overall, I really liked this book. There were a few times I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep reading because of the language and content, but I'm glad I did. I would recommend it if you're ok with the above warnings.

Rating: R (Language, especially the "f" word, murder, rape, "intimacy," a lesbian relationship)

Recommendation: Adult. This book is not appropriate for younger readers.

Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra

James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra by Colm McElwain

(I took this summary from the back cover of the book.) "As an infant, James Clyde was deposited at a children's home by his wounded, blood-soaked grandfather. As a result, he grows up under a cloud of mystery. Eleven years later when he hears about his strange past, he vows to uncover the truth. But before he can, his grandfather hands him a magical and mysterious diamond of Orchestra. With the aid of his friends, Ben and Mary Forester, James must protect the diamond from evil forces. Soon, however, their lives are in grave danger. They are being hunted by a sinister man dressed in black and his blood-thirsty army. Outnumbered, James finds he must use the power of the diamond to escape their clutches--or become another victim of their murderous quest. So begins a journey that will transport them to an alternative world where they must confront the mysterious man in black for a final, winner-takes-all battle..."

First of all I must not judge this book by its cover. The cover looks very cheesy and childish. The story, however, is very different. I think this book needs a new cover. After I finished it, I handed it to my 11-year-old son. He's read everything, so I was excited to give him something different to read. He took one look at it and rolled his eyes. I told him it was good and to give it a chance. About three hours later he brought it back and said he was finished, and it was, "Awesome!" I enjoyed the story. I liked James and thought he was a likable character. I liked Mary and Ben as well. I liked the mysterious grandfather, but wished I had known more about him in the beginning. You learn more about him as the story goes on, but some of that info. would have been good to know earlier. The kids in the story sometimes act their ages, but sometimes act a little too old. They are a little too brave in some circumstances, but it is fantasy. The transition from one place to another was well done. I definitely wish I would have known more about Orchestra and the diamonds, but I think we learn more as we go along. This book has some mystery, some action, some fun, some villains, some heroes, some sacrifice, some fighting, some flying, and some surprises. It is a little predictable in places, but is surprising in others. I thought it was creative and different. 

There are some spelling and grammatical errors, and it could have used maybe a little more editing. The grandfather could have used more development, along with why he didn't keep James with him full time. There were two swear words, and some fighting violence. There are a couple of gruesome murders. Overall, I liked the story. My 11-year-old son loved it. 

Rating: PG+ (Two swear words, fighting violence, and two gruesome murders, along with fighting)

Recommendation: Third or Fourth Grade and up (The violence is no worse than Harry Potter, so if your child read Harry Potter in third grade, like mine did, then this will be fine in third grade. However, there are those swear words, so be aware of that.)

Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Liebster Award

Awhile ago, on August 24th exactly, Felicia from A Silly's Girls Thoughts nominated me for a Liebster Award! Thank you Felicia!!! I had no idea what that was, so I googled it. Apparently, a Liebster Award is an award given to bloggers from bloggers. 

So, here are the rules:
  • Link and thank the person who nominated your blog
  • Answer the eleven questions they asked you
  • Pick eleven bloggers with less than two hundred followers to nominate
  • Ask them eleven questions
  • Let them know that you’ve nominated them by commenting on one of their posts

Okay, here it goes:
1. If you had to pick max three favorite books, what would it be?
     -Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas, and The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
2. If you had to pick max three of your least favorite books, what would it be?
     -Allegiant (Divergent Book #3) by Veronica Roth, Mockingjay (Hunger Games Book #3) by Suzanne Collins, and Lord of the Flies by William Golding
3. Do you ever read a book, not so much because you think you will like it, but because it's one of those books you feel like you have to read?
     -Yes. I have tried to read Moby Dick so many times because I think I should like it, but I don't. I don't like it. (Shhhh!!! Don't tell!)
4. What's your thought on audio books?
     -I have never listened to an audio book.
5. Do you re-read books?
     -I used to. I would re-read all my favorite books, but I don't have time now.
6. What's the best school-assigned book you've read?
     -It's been a long time, but I liked The Great Gatsby.
7. Are you the type to usually root for the hero or the villain?
     -Oh, the hero. For sure. 
8. What's the one thing you wish everyone knew?
     -I wish everyone knew the joy of reading.
9. If you had the power to fix one thing you think is wrong with the world, what would it be? (And if you can, what would you do?)
     -Wow. That's deep. Well, I think I'd make sure that every child in the world had food to eat and clean water to drink, and a safe, warm place to stay. (Oh, and I'd definitely make sure they could read!)
10. If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, fiction or real, who would it be?
     -I'd love to meet George Washington or Abraham Lincoln.
11. What got you into blogging?
     -I got tired of reading books full of profanity and other stuff I didn't want to read, and I wanted a place to go that would rate the books like movies are rated. I couldn't find it, so I created it.

Okay, I nominate:

Here are your questions:
1. What was your favorite childhood book?
2.  Have you read a book that has changed your attitude towards something?
3.  Why did you start blogging about books?
4.  How many books have you read so far this year?
5.  Who is your favorite character (out of all the books you've read)?
6.  Why do you like or relate to that character? What is it about them that you like?
7.  If you don't like a book do you finish it or stop reading?
8.  Do you like to watch movies made from books? Why or why not?
9.  Where is your favorite place to read?
10. If you could meet any character from any book, who would it be and why?
11. If you could jump into any story and live it, what story would you choose and why?

Thanks again for the nomination A Silly Girl's Thoughts!!!!