Wednesday, December 23, 2015

534 (2015 #91). When Santa Was a Baby

by Linda Bailey and Genevieve Godbout

This is a wonderful picture book about Santa as a baby and child.  It works in all the Santa mythology as well as a subtle message that it's okay for kids to be different.

The retro-style illustrations are done with pastels and colored pencils.  This is a great addition to any family's Christmas book collection.

© Amanda Pape - 2015

[I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.  It will be added to my university library's collection.]

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

533 (2015 #90). Eldercare in Texas

by Jenny Wilcoxson Davis

There is good advice in this book, aimed at Texas residents.  Chapters cover community resources (governmental, private, and religious), practical concerns (legal, financial, and governmental aid programs), and the continuum of care options, from family caregiving and in-home services, senior centers and adult day care, and long-term care in assisted living or skilled nursing/special care units.  There's a section on "quality of life" (residents' rights, elder advocacy, and making the most of your visits), as well as end-of-life issues (hospice services and funeral planning).

Chapters are interspersed with "points to ponder" checklists or summaries, and each chapter ends with service directories or resource lists.  Besides the table of contents, there is a helpful glossary, five appendices with further resource or contact lists, and an index.

The only problem with this book is that it was published in 2003, so resources and contacts listed may no longer be available.  The website for the book, listed on the back cover, now redirects to a home health care agency in the state.

© Amanda Pape - 2015

[This book was borrowed from and returned to my local public library.]

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

532 (2015 #89). Back in the Game

by Lori Wilde,
read by C. J. Critt

This is the first book in Lori Wilde's Stardust, Texas series, which features daughters from the Carlyle family of the mythical East Texas town of Stardust, and baseball players from the mythical Dallas Gunslingers team.  I read the second book in the series, Rules of the Game, about six months ago.

Wilde has woven fewer romance tropes (which I've italicized) into this story than some of her others I've read.  Billionaire athlete playboy Rowdy Blanton is a tortured hero, essentially having an office romance with Breeanne (who he hires to ghostwrite his autobiography), a virgin with physical scars from numerous operations for a heart condition.

Perhaps for that reason, I liked this story a little better.  Oh sure, I knew everything would work out in the end, but it was a little less predictable.  Some of the events in the story were a bit unrealistic, but it was a fun, light read.

This time I stuck with the audio version performed by actress C. J. Critt.  Her reading was fine although a bit slow, and I enjoyed her giving characters appropriate Texas accents.

© Amanda Pape - 2015

[This audiobook was borrowed from and returned to my local public library.]