Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Annie Oakley

I usually don't read biography's but recently read this for our family book club. A while ago we decided to start up a family book club to help broaden our reading horizons and just as a fun family activity. We started out just adding books we wanted to read to a random list and then monthly we would all mark the books we wanted to read and then popular vote would win. Then after some research by Nikki she discovered a different way to base our books by theme and then from youngest to oldest would pick the book that they wanted to read. This is the first book in that new system. our first topic is biography's and our first person to choose was Abby our 9 year old niece. :) I haven't heard a lot about Annie Oakley just the name mostly. So I was pretty amazed to learn who she was. a simple country girl born and raised she had a hard childhood. After the death of her father her mother had a hard time taking care of her and her sisters. They were sent to live with others. Annie lived with a family who didn't treat her very well and was very cruel. She ran away and found her way back to her mother who welcomed her with open arms as did her new step father. After that life for her was good. She lived in Ohio in a town called North Star, She would shoot birds to sell in town and because of it helped her family pay off their debt including their house. Annie didn't become the "little sharp shooter" till she moved to live with her sister in Cincinnati. She also met her husband there Frank Butler who instantly fell in love with her after she beat him at a shooting match. Her and Frank later meet "Buffalo Bill" and became a part of his Wild West Show that took them all over the world. Annie met a variety of people who she became instant friends with. Including Sitting Bull, (who adopted her as his own)the Widow of General Custer, Prince Edward of England and all the Lords and Lady's of his court, and many other royalty throughout Europe. Annie Oakley was well loved by all these people as well as the many cowboys, Indians, Mexicans and everyone who helped with the Wild West show. She seemed like an amazing woman.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Off the top of my head.

I just wanted to share, let me know what you think...

The willows weep and the torrents rend as the rivers bend and the mountains collide. The quiet village fights against the night wondering when the fright will pass by. The blackness thick, and the fog coughing, despair eminent and evil laughing. Then light slashes like a sword. The evil screams as the blackness fleas the warmth of the sun welcomes all the children with weary faces.
-Kristene Earl Armstrong-

Thursday, July 9, 2009


It took me quite a while to get through this book. Brisingr is the third book of the inheritance series, the first being Eragon and the second Eldest. There are 700+ pages in this book but this is not the reason why it took me awhile to get through, one of the reasons is a pretty simple one. I had to put it down a few times cause it was to hard to read this book with the book my book club had for that month which took priority. But the main reason is due to the writing style of Christopher Paolini. His style is very descriptive and details which helped to fill your mind full of vibrant images that you could get lost in. His style reminds me a lot like Terry Brooks except slightly more colorful. The two main characters in this series a boy named Eragon and his dragon Saphira use a lot of emotion to describe the things around them as well as words, which helps bring everything to life. He also gives you the view points of other characters as well not just Ergon and Saphira's so you get a wide range of everything that is taking place. this book was a difficult read for me but I really enjoy the story line and getting to know the different characters. I would recommend this series to anyone who is willing to go into a lot of descriptive detail and enjoy a really great original story.


Well I was a little hesitant about starting this blog but I am really excited about it. This book is going to be solely based upon The different books I have read and what I thought about them and occasionally maybe something I have written myself. I don't consider myself a great reader in any regard and I don't think I am a very fast reader either. But I do love to read and I love to talk about the books that I have read and share them with others. Let the blogging begin. :) Enjoy!