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{October 5, 2011}   WWW Wednesday for October 5th,2011

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan and The Path to Victory” by Lt. Colonel Anthony Shaffer (This is not a book I would have normally read but when I was looking up Banned Books recently, I found out about this book. While it wasn’t necessarily banned in terms we might consider today, the first 10,000 copies were confiscated and destroyed because of supposed sensitive information, even though 100 advanced reader copies had been given out years before. This fact made me very curious to read it and I am about 80 something pages in so far….There are huge chunks throughout the book that have been blacked out so some parts are a bit aggravating, but you can still figure out the gist of things that are being talked about. Not sure how much I like it YET, but it’s keeping me reading and I haven’t wanted to just set it down and not finish, so looks like it will be a good read!)

What did you recently finish reading? “Great House” by Nicole Krauss (I guess I liked it…If I’m honest, it WAS bit of a disappointment, though. She’s such a great writer but the concept was executed strangely and it left me confused most of the time as to how all the characters were connected. I read throughout because there was a part of some of them I related with a little and I wanted to see if things came full circle in the end and explained themselves. Instead, I was left feeling like I was missing something….like a puzzle wasn’t put together well enough for me to understand it all. From the reviews, it looks like I wasn’t the only one that got confused…)

“Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation”-Lynne Truss (Definitely a book meant for people that are sticklers on Punctuation….any one else would probably not get the author’s gripe. Although the author was way more of a stickler than I am, I could still relate with her. I also have to say I learned some punctuation differences between the British and Americans that I never knew before. I always wondered why I was taught to do Mr. and Mrs. with the period and British people now say Mr and Mrs with no period….Very interesting! And here I thought it was bad punctuation skills! Shame on me!)

” A Child called ‘It’ “-Dave Pelzer (Yes, this WAS my first time reading it. The story was horrific, but at the same time, one that needed to be told to try to make a difference)

“Undead and Unfinished(Undead #9)” by MaryJanice Davidson

(Yes….4 books, but none of them were that long…as in a little over 300 pages or less each)

What do you think you’ll read next? Not sure…I have 5 library books left to read after Operation Dark Heart, and I have one other book I have checked out through a great company that I will share with you below! 🙂 Seriously, you will want to read about this!

A couple weeks ago, I was surfing the internet and to my surprise, I came across a site that had angels singing “Hallelujah” to me….Seriously. There’s Netflix out there for movies and TV shows and GameFly for Video Games……but what if I told you I have a site where you can check out BOOKS like that? For someone like me, who LOVES book, this is a rare find! Turns out the site has actually been around since 2000 and it’s Better Business Bureau Accredited, so I decided to sign up and check it out. The site is called Booksfree.com and when I signed up, the first month was free to try. They still have that offer but you have to do the 2 books at a time plan, which is the same as I got. This is the lowest plan they have, by the way. I was so wanting to share this with everyone last week, but I wanted to wait until I got my first order so I can see how long it took to get here first. My first 2 books got here 4 days after they shipped them, which was pretty good since they shipped from Vermont. They do have an option for Faster shipping on each individual order you do for a little more. The books arrived in a media mail package. They were used books, but in good condition and inside they have a flat media mail package folded up that you can unfold and use, postage paid, to ship them back in. All plans are unlimited so you are only limited to how much you read and how long it takes to be shipped back and forth. The plan I got shipped 2 out at one time so I can’t get more until I ship BOTH back. They call this a good one for Supplemental reading, which is great for me, as I can read other books to0 in between times. They also have a plan for 2 at a time where they ship each individual book separately as well, though. If anyone else is interested in joining Books Free, PLEASE tell them I sent you! It will ask for the friend’s e-mail who sent you…Mine is Venus001616@hotmail.com 

After you sign up, each person that signs up and tells them YOU sent them will get you $10 credit! I already have $1 credit for just answering a very short survey after signing up. I think I’m going to love being a member of this club, because we have no book stores in our area anymore and our library doesn’t carry as many books as I would like. I’m excited to share this find with you guys! 🙂


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I have to re read all of Dave Peltzer’s books, I own them. I love him because he came from such a horrific back ground and turned his life around completely. Talk about a man to endure trials…he is a display of God.



Yea, he definitely went through some horrible trials, for sure!



Anonymous says:

That’s a pretty nice system if your library doesn’t let you access a lot of books. I’d heard about audiobook rentals but never thought they did it with regular books. I can’t complain with our library system. When the San Diego County library doesn’t have a book I have, I can search through hundreds of libraries across California (city and county libraries, as well as all the universities and colleges).



Yea, and since ours doesn’t , that’s why I like the idea so much! 🙂



I’ve been considering signing up for booksfree.com – if I do, I will most definitely let them know you sent me!!

I don’t think anyone reads “A Child Called It” more than once. I could barely stomach it when I read it. But I agree with you that it is a story that should be read . . . and one that we should remember every time we have even an inkling that a child is being abused.

Please continue to read his other books. “The Lost Boy” is not the happiest of stories either, but “A Man Named Dave” will make reading “A Child Called It” so so worth it!



I guess I shall put the other two on my to Read list! 🙂



ElizOF says:

Interesting selection of readings and yes, Dave Pelser’s book is a difficult read. How many books have you read to date – this year? 🙂



I passed the 50 mark so I went ahead and increased my challenge number to 75 for fun….but I am considering my challenge completed. I just went and looked at the new number and I am now at 57! 🙂



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