A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

75. The Revolutionary John Adams

The Revolutionary John Adams by Cheryl Harness

Pages: 39
Ages: 8+
Finished: Apr. 9, 2009
First Published: 2003
Genre: childrens, biography
Rating: 3/5

Reason for Reading: Read aloud to the 8yo as part of our curriculum.

First sentence:

On the 19th of October 1735 in a cottage at the foot of Penn's Hill in the village of Braintree, not quite a mile from where the Atlantic Ocean meets the coast of New England, Susanna Adams had a son.

Comments: Part of a series of biographies published by National Geographic, the author also illustrated this book profusely. Published in an oversized picture-book format the pages are colourful and full of gorgeous illustrations throughout that will keep the attention of any child. The text is written in an engaging, informative style and both the 8yo and I, who knew nothing of the subject before hand, learned a lot. The book goes from Adams' birth until his death and was an interesting read. Not until the Revolution did the use of dates become too extensive that they made the reading turn dry, so I started skipping over them and said things like "in January" or "then one day". Dates do not keep a child intrigued in the story. Otherwise a nice book that does it's job well.

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