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Wonder Woman: Warbringer {a Review}

Wonder Woman Warbringer Review

I love Wonder Woman…more specifically, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. When I had the opportunity to review Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer, I jumped at it. After Christmas I finally was able to sit down and read it.
Wonder Woman Warbringer Review
I was disappointed. The first 140 pages were interesting, but weren’t gripping me. I seriously was debating not finishing the book (too many other books to read), but powered through. I’m GLAD that I did! It picked up and flew through the last 160 pages.

The story follows a young Diana (pre-Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman movies), who saves the life of a teenage girl from our time. Having done so results in a series of cataclysmic events occurring that Diana and the young girl must prevent.

I really enjoyed the overall story line; how the characters and plot were developed over the course of the book. There were some plot twists that I wasn’t expecting, which were a nice surprise. By the end of the book I was cheering for the characters and fully invested in their survival.

Don’t get me wrong. This was not a life changing work of fiction, but it was an enjoyable read, that I wanted to pick back up.

**I received this book for free from the Blogging for Books program, in exchange for my honest review. You can read my disclosure policy here.

The Invisible Library {a Review}

I really wanted to like this book…REALLY WANTED TO. I tried, twice, to get into it and I couldn’t. I don’t know whether the problem was me or the book, but it just wasn’t grabbing me at all. It’s the kind of book that should be right up my alley: Books, dragons, different worlds, mystery and mayhem.

I feel like the author is spending too much time setting the story up. It started really well. I blew through the first 30 pages in 15 minutes, because it was THAT good. The next 30 have taken me 2 weeks. I’m hoping to come back to this book. Maybe the next time around it will grab me.

Homeschool Planner 2017-2018

It’s here! As promised…I finished the 2017-2018 Homeschool Planner, which is now for sale on Etsy! Just like last year’s planner, this year comes in both blank subject and with subjects printed, but everything else is just as expected. Psst….there’s a special promo code just for you at the bottom of this post.

Only this year I’ve created several additional pages to help you homeschooling mamas keep track of things that you probably have to report to your school districts. Things like Assignments, Field Trips, Grades, Attendance, and a bunch of blank pages for you to create whatever you need.
Just like last year there are pages for those of you who are bloggers, to help you keep tabs on what you have written about, what things you still want to explore, and when you want to share them; as well as giveaways and reviews.

The other part of the planner that’s my favorite is the Life Pages; which include a place to list out all of your regular and favorite meal ideas, who you’ve invited to dinner, your goals for the year, and a monthly notes section with places to keep track of things you’re grateful, birthdays, to-dos, and relationships you want to invest in (this might just be my favorite part).

And just for launch week only…

I am offering a $5.00 off coupon with code HSPJMW17 for the planner, so you can get it for $10, rather than the regular price of $15.

Where can I order the planner?

You can click at the MY SHOP link above or visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhiteHouseEmporium Remember there are TWO different versions, the blank subject and a filled in subject…make sure you add the right one to the cart.

PS. if you’d be interested in a reviewing or promoting the planner let me know Hello at JessicaMWhite dot com

Nothing to Prove {a Review}

I don’t know about you, but I’m a person who feels like I constantly have something to prove to someone, even though I LOGICALLY know that’s absolute rubbish. Somehow I still try and try, beating myself up and wearing myself out. Allen does a fantastic job of tackling this hard to break personality habit, with some good, sound biblical teaching.

*I received this book from Bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for my honest opinion. Find my disclosure policy here.

A Life Well Lived

Last week my grandfather passed away, he was 96. It’s taken me this long just to figure out what could be said. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to live that long…to have lived almost another lifetime more than others. He was the oldest of my grandparents and yet, he outlived them all by at least 16 years. He lived an incredible story.

I had the honor of writing his obituary, or rather taking what he’d already written and amending it.

PoppyWilliam F. Beckmann, 96, passed away Friday, April 8, 2016, at the Veterans’ Home in Oxford, NY. William was born in Brooklyn, NY, December 6, 1919; only child of Frederick and Pauline (Hoegler) Beckmann. He married Mildred McCardell in November 1945, following his service in the Army during WWII. Mildred predeceased William on March 7, 1997.

William served from 1940 to 1946 in both the Pacific and European theaters, where he rose from private to company commander as a first lieutenant after attending Officer Candidate School. He received a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and a Presidential Citation. He was a life member of the Veterans Of Foreign Wars, Post 270, Walton, NY, where he served as commander for 9 years. He was also a past member of the American Legion.

William resided most of his life in Ridgewood, Queens, NY, where he worked in the wholesale meat industry (George Korns and Sons) as a meat cutter for 40 years, before retiring with his wife to upstate NY in 1987. Endowed with a keen mind, he was known and respected for his broad topical knowledge, inquisitive nature, and love of puzzles, in particular, difficult crossword puzzles. He was an avid golfer, who shot his age many times. William loved animals, particularly dogs, and always had a pocketful of dog treats for his four-legged friends.

William is survived by his three sons and their families.