Delightful Children’s Book for Halloween

I’ve been reading some pretty heavy stuff lately, so today I needed a light, uplifting book. Where best to turn for that? Why, children’s books, of course. I like to work in my local bookstore or coffee house because I’m not distracted by clothes needing to be moved from the washer to the dryer, or by the buzzer on the dryer demanding that I stop whatever I’m doing and come to fold clothes.
So, while wandering through the children’s section, what do I see but a display of Halloween-related books for young children. How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? is a wonderful story of a teacher who knows how to help improve the self-confidence of a little boy while also enticing the children with a hands-on math lesson. Your favorite little pumpkin or goblin will absolutely love this little picture book. I gave it 5 stars on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and GoodReads. To read my review of How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? click right here.
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Top 25 Thriller Book Blogs

I have to take a minute to brag. During the Labor Day weekend I received word that The Grumpy Book Reviewer is among The Top 25 Thriller BookBlogs to Follow in 2018, as featured by Feedspot. They even sent me the little badge graphic that you see on the right of your screen. This may be the most exciting thing that has happened to Grumpy in a while. 


Most of the thrillers I have reviewed can be found under my category tab “Adventure/Thriller/Political Drama”. A few of those under “Fiction and Literature” have some thrilling (or threatening) parts, as well.


I suppose I need to review more thrillers, now. I have read a lot of them, just need to review more. Now it’s time to go chase more spies – in books, at least. Right now, I am fighting World War II.

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This beautifully-written book, Fragment, is one you won’t be able to put down. It will enlighten you in too many ways to mention here. It’s an adventure, a thriller, and an eye-opener. I read it at the request of the author, Craig Russell, and I am so glad I did.
It’s one of a new genre called climate-science fiction, or cli-fi, and is highlighted by Yale University’s Climate Connections, along with several other books of this genre. Fragment is on the short list for the Michael Van Rooy Award. I gave it five stars on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and GoodReads. To read my full review, click right here.
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Creepy Book: The Dream Virgin

At the request of the publisher, I read The Dream Virgin. It is not a book I would have picked up for pleasure reading. For me it was slow going, as it was very disturbing. On the other hand, it does draw our attention to the continuing atrocities of the sex slave trade, child abuse, and the drug trade.


It does have some redeeming qualities, as its main character, Elfri, enjoys a close, healthy relationship with her grandfather. Additionally, it promotes creativity in youths who can make a career of their artistic natures. If you are game, you can read my entire review of The Dream Virgin by clicking right here.


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The Dream Daughter is Due Out October 2, 2018

Have you ever wished you could travel through time to a year when a cure for a terminally ill family member would likely be available? I certainly have. Well, in Diane Chamberlain’s new novel, The Dream Daughter, a young woman whose husband was killed at war,  did just that to save her baby girl – her dream daughter.


The Dream Daughter is a wonderful combination of both the sci-fi/time travel and Christian fiction genres. It is sure to be a bestseller when it hits store shelves October 16, 2018. To read my full review, click right here.

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The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster. This achingly beautiful, yet frightening story explores the lack of mental health that was available to our returning wounded warriors and their families. It is also a commentary on how our court system treats abused women who strike back. It reminds parents of young love, and that to be too strict, can often backfire. Even more, it is also a travelogue for the fierce beauty that is Alaska. The descriptions of the landscape and the brilliant colors made me want to visit there. To read my full review, and for a link to the author’s web page, click right here.


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Fun Romance Novel – I Flipping Love You

The newest novel from bestselling author, Helena Hunting, is in bookstores and available online now. I Flipping Love You is sure to be another bestseller among fans of good romantic comedy.
Don’t let the cheesy front cover fool you. It’s a great story that will warm your heart – and maybe a few other places. To read my full review, click right here.
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About Fateful Decisions

The day before I was to leave on vacation, I received an e-mail from Trevor D’Silva, asking me to read his new book, Fateful Decisions. I couldn’t put it down! It’s a trip through recent history from the bombing of the Lusitania through the post-war 1940s with families that seem to step right off the page.
It’s a wonderful story of how the decisions we make affect not only ourselves, but the generations who follow. Fans of historical fiction won’t be able to put it down either. To read my full review, click right here.
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On Vacation, Still Reading

Grumpy is on vacation for a few weeks, but will always be reading. I just finished a pre-pub copy of Mary Alice Monroe’s Beach House Reunion — a little history, a lot of info on sea turtles, of course a good romance, and women’s issues. I am now reading Catherine Coulter’s The Sixth Day — a great geo-political drama, thriller, pertinent to today’s computer hacking issues. My reviews will be out in mid-May. Happy reading, everyone!

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Unforgettable Work of Historical Fiction Set During World War II

Based on the true story of Virginia d’Albert-Lake, an American woman who entered the French Resistance, and lived to tell about it, this is one of the best works of both historical fiction and Christian fiction I have ever read. Set amidst the French Resistance of World War II, the characters come to life in a way that transports the reader to that time and place. To read my review click right here.

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