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nonfiction

My Disney Tell-All Binge Review

I had some surgery at the end of January, and since I couldn’t do much other than reading in tiny doses, I started perusing all the Kindle Unlimited titles. I don’t even remember how my searching led to the Earns Her Ears Series.
They were free and although they ranged in writing quality I couldn’t seem to stop. I blame the pain killers. At least one my click scenario didn’t play out. (I had been pretty nervous I’d be one-clicking all the things while not in my right mind. Rush has excellent WIFI, so it was a possibility.)

I proceeded to read all of them. I remember very little of each girl’s details; however, I’ll share what I do know as a public service and because these are my actual kindle notes and I crack myself up.

Admittedly as a giant Disney fangirl, I was aware that they had an internship program, but it wasn’t something that I thought about much. That all changed as I read how Samantha, Ema, Sara, Brittany, Devin, Katie and finally Amber all Earned Their Ears as Disney College Interns.
That adds up to a lot of complaining and drama. It also sounded like a blast to me. If Disney has any sense, they would have another program for Moms who want to work at Disney for like two weeks, soak up the magic and then go home again.
I don’t watch The Bachelor or Survivor, or The Kardashians (they have a show- right?)
This is my version of a reality show.

  1. It’s set in my Happy Place, I’m almost as familiar with the geography as I am with Chicago.
  2. You get the inside scoop of the day to day details like uniforms and lunch breaks. ( I would be eating mini corn dogs every day if I worked there. And a churro.)
  3. Reading about the housing situation made my own 20 something-year-old kids look like better tenants than they are.
  4. Disney! Loosely quoting one book- You don’t have to love Florida to love Disney. #truth


After that, I branched out into independent reads like:

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale: Sisters attend the DCP together and were alternately happy/not happy about it. Honestly, that’s all I wrote. I’m pretty sure this one had lots of roommates drama too.

Of Mouse and Men: Confessions of a Disney Character: A super funny memoir of a straight guy working in the not so straight world of Disney shows and character performances. That wasn’t the actual focus of the book but it is featured in the many anecdotes that left me laughing out loud into my apple sauce. Also, I said this was my favorite.

My notes-

1. Most of these characters are short girls- they have to be to fit in the suits. Except for Woody and Buzz and the big guy (Elastagirl’s husband??) edited to add- Mr. Incredible, not sure how I blanked on his name.

2. OMG- those suits probably smell soooo bad inside. Yep, they for sure get sick inside them. EEEW.

3. Character meal characters must be the happiest- cause air conditioning.

4. You have to dance and wear a super heavy head on top of yours- how did I never think about this before?

5. I wish we could tip the characters.

Better than the cover art would seem to predict.


The Ride Delegate: Memoir of a Walt Disney World VIP Tour Guide.

Actually, (I Disney-splain you) my other fave. People who hire private guides to jump the line are disappointed to find you can’t, a few groups are super, and the rest are the jerks you would think would have $3000 for such an expenditure. I liked that the author started out assuming she would have a long term career at Disney before the almost inevitable Disney burnout that after a handful of books I can spot at least a chapter ahead of our main character.

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book review YA fiction

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe)

I don’t know why I waited so long to read this. The benefit, of course, is that the sequel is out and I could go from one book to the next. I bought the book on Audible during Christmas break and hadn’t got to it yet, and then bought it on Kindle to read this week. I’m now very close to ordering the paperback for our family loan out shelf. So, do I like it?

Yep.

In a perfect world with no conflict, a world where death is reversible, there must be some way to keep the population under control. In this Giver like a dystopian world, some people must die, and a Scythe chooses them.

You can become deadish and are taken to a revival center where you are healed. A Scythe can also kill you. Usually, Scythes choose people who statistically died from something that you may have survived. You cannot resist a Scythe, and if you do, your whole family will be killed as well. Generally, each Scythe takes responsibility seriously and uses an appropriate quick method of death.

Scythes are chosen and apprenticed to ensure that they are suited for the job, but the good ones don’t want the job. After they go through training most achieve an understanding of why the role is so important.

There were multiple twists to the story, and I only suspected one of them.

Two thumbs up from me.

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe) by Neal Shusterman

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book review MG fiction

Everlasting Nora

We’re participating in The #YARC Year of The Asian Reading Challenge and I checked this book out of the library as our first read of 2019. We’re studying the Eastern hemisphere this year, so it fits in perfectly.

Everlasting Nora was what I like to call a ‘heavy book” So many feelings while reading this one. Nora herself is an active 12-year-old girl living with her Mom in a cemetery in Manila after her father dies. Although they have extended family, living with them is not an option through most of the story. Her Mom has issues, and they both have a fair amount of PTSD after the death of her Dad and the fact that they live with his bones in a mausoleum. When her Mom disappears, Nora has to step up yet again into a more adult role to find her and save them both.

This book tells a terrible story in such a matter of fact way. This much-needed look into poverty and the struggles to climb out of that hole up to a middle class is something every child and adult should read.

Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz

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book review picture book

Another Monster At The End Of This Book: An Interactive Adventure

Finally something for the toddler set! One of my kids very favorite books was The Monster at the End of this Book this is a sequel of sorts. This sturdy almost board book will for sure be read and re-read and the thick pages will stand up to lots of little hands lifting flaps and pulling out surprise sections on most pages. The plot is similar as Grover is afraid of the monster at the end of the book, but this sequel includes the more popular Elmo as his sidekick. Elmo coaxes Grover through the book to get to the monster.

I’m saving it for the next little person who shows up at our house.

Highly recommend for the 0-5 crowd.

Another Monster At The End Of This Book: An Interactive Adventure by Jon Stone