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    • Book Review- Everything's Eventual

      Title: Everything's Eventual 14 Dark Tales Authors: Stephen King Get your copy here! What's it about? This might be the simplest answer I've ever written in the section of a review! That's because this book isn't about one thing. It's a collection of short stories told only as the King himself could tell them! From supernatural forces, to depressed men to messy divorces, nothing is off limits! Favorites: Favorite Story: I think my favorite was "the Man in the Black Suit". To tell you the truth, I can't tell you why this was my favorite exactly, I just really enjoyed it. As the second story in the book, it was what really hooked me and the motivation throughout the rest of the book to keep going even when I didn't think I wanted to read that particular story. There was an odd innocents to it and, while I usually don't like open ended stories (I just have to know what happened! Are my suspicions and imaginings right or am I way off track?) I didn't mind that not everything in the story ended up tied in a pretty little bow at the end. Lest Favorite Story: My least favorite story was "The Death Room" and I'm not sure my reasons will leave you feeling very enlightened, either. The reason is pretty simple...I just don't think I'm the right audience for it. I can see how this story could be someone's favorite but it just wasn't my thing; my jam if you will. It was a little too "mafia gangster" for me. It was the one story that felt like it would never end and never really made me very interested or thankful I completed. I cheered internally when this story was over and felt a slight fear that there would be many more like this throughout the rest of this book. Thankfully, non left me feeling quit so disheartened upon completion. Most surprising Story: The story that surprised me most was "The Little Sisters of Eluria". When I first read this story I didn't have high hopes. I knew that it was a prequel to Mr. King's series "The Dark Tower". Years ago, I had started to read this series and didn't find it nearly as good as others had told me it was and I never finished the first book, sadly, I wasn't drawn in as I began to read the story of a cowboy and his travels in Everything's Eventual, either but I pushed through. Then, it happened. I think it was about half way through the story, I was hooked. I was excited to read more. I was invested! It was pretty much the opposite of how I started it, and I was shocked. How had that happened? How had I hated it, so sure it was going to be another story like the one that proceeded it (The Death room") and then liked it soo much by the end? What a pleasant surprise! Scariest Story: Okay, I couldn't possibly write a review about a Stephen King book and not even talk about something that scared me, or, at the very least, keep sleep at bay for a little longer that night. In this book, that piece would have to be the first story, "Autopsy Room Four". It was disturbing, yes, but the part that really got to me, I can't even tell you (I don't want to spoil anything). What I will say, however, is that the reason it got to me so bad was because I have certain fears (or phobia maybe a better word) and this story managed to infringe on said phobia. I may have even had to check in, around and under my bed that night before I jumped in it. Favorite Quotes: - "And please remember what was told to me and what I now tell you: A broken spoon ma be a fork in disguise". (Pg. 269) I know. It sounds weird, slapped onto this screen, but when I read it in context, I loved it! It was a reminder that there's beauty in everything and even that which we think is broken, can still hold value, use, and worth if we only choose to see it for what it is, not what it is not. And, if things can be that way, people can, too, right? - "In any case, it gave my mind something concrete to pitch upon in the days after Diane left: it gave my misery a vocabulary it would not otherwise have had." (pg. 317) There's a beauty in these words that struck me. The idea that misery often comes mute, with nothing but actions and unexplainable emotion/thoughts/feelings is something we don't often think about. We just look at those who are miserable and pity them, sometimes looking away quickly as to not have to see the misery they carry with them. We don't often stop to think that misery (and so many other emotions) are mute because we don't have the vernacular to lend to them. We shove ourselves in the corner, hiding away, drowning in the muteness of the world we've entered and trying not to spread the illness in the process. But, when those emotions are given a voice, it seems like so much changes. We begin to feel human again, maybe even a little less broken. -"None of us can predict the final outcomes of our actions, and few of us even try; most of us just do what we do to prolong the moments pleasure or to stop the pain. And even when we act for the noblest reasons, the last link of the chain all too often drops with someone's blood." (Pg. 317) There are those of us who don't think before we act, and those of us who think too much before we act. Which is right? Maybe both. Which is wrong? Defiantly both! At the end of the day, many of us don't think about the consequences of our actions. We jump in head first and vow to deal with tomorrow tomorrow. That rarely leads to a stable, secure life and often produces messes. HOWEVER, those of us who think too much, well we stress and worry and yet none of that allows us to see the future. We debate about answers, but we can only get the answers by acting. Thinking too much doesn't ensure the outcome we want. The best answer is probably something in the middle...if only we could find it. - "I tried everything in my power. IF anyone was negligent that night, Mr. Farrell, it was your client. He believed too much in nothing. Very unwise behavior. Very unsafe behavior..." (pg. 401) I'm not sure there are words to express what this means to me. The best answer I can give is that we need to believe in something, but not so much so that we are incapable of believing in anything else. Again, to believe too much in something often leads to unwanted results, but not believing often does, too. Other Thoughts: I found this book to be a mixed bag. Some stories I loved and didn't want to step away from, others we just "eh" and a few I just did not like. I guess that's to be expected, though, right? However, I also found the flow a little choppy. I don't think it could have been prevented, though. Stephen King is a brilliant writer, filled with dark stories that leave you wondering what in the world happened to one person to make him capable of producing such haunting, emotional stories that will stick with you, sometimes for longer then you ever wanted them to (the movie IT gave me nightmares for years. The funny part was, I wasn't scared of the clown, I was scared of drains suddenly regurgitating red blood at me followed by something sinister popping out of the red stained drain. I may never forgive him for that) but he doesn't start a story off fast paced. The starts off slow, luring you into a false sense of security and then slowly weaves together the stories of your nightmares, amping things up as he goes. And that's what he did in these 14 dark tales, too. The result left me concerned I may end up with whiplash from the jerky ride. Sometimes the journey was smoother then others, but often times I felt the impact of the brakes being pressed very hard in order to prevent one story from colliding with the other and it was a bit of a struggle. I did, however appreciate the title. When I opened the book, I was sure that the title meant one thing, or something close to it. You may have your own ideas about what you think it means, too. But when I read the story Everything's Eventual and learned what the title was really about, I kind of loved it! It was not what I expected at all, but it worked. It felt like a secret I was not a part of, a pass ward into a club or having possession of a codeword. Over all, this book was not what I was expecting. It wasn't riddled with pet cemeteries, killer clowns or twin girls waiting for you at the end of a hall. It didn't seep inside your brain to leave you dreaming horrific events with supernatural beings hiding in plain sight, but it did make me think a little more. It did entertain me. It did draw me in and even think about reading things I never thought I would (Dark Towers, I'm looking at you!). I don't think it's one I'll read again and again, but it's one I'm very glad I read and one I would recommend to others if the opportunity came up. What do I rate it? I give this book a 3 out of 5 fishing poles But what do I know? This is just one person's opinion! What's yours? Did you read this book and love it? What was your favorite story? What was your least?

    • Book Review: Learning about learning (Learning outside the lines by Jonathan Mooney and David Cole)

      Title: Learning Outside the Lines Authors: Jonathan Mooney and David Cole Get your copy here! Disclosure: The first time I read this book was years ago after someone (though I can't remember who that genius was) recommended for me. At the time, I was in college and trying to navigate my way through wile being a non-traditional student with a learning disability. My experience reading it now, years later, no longer a student, has been different. Very different. What's it about? This is not a book of fiction, but the sharing of gathered experiences and the resulting knowledge of two people so many in the educational system had written off. These amazing guys, Mr. Jonathan Mooney and David Cole, continued fight their way through and found themselves in an Ivy League schools. This book is an examination of their uniquely tweaked learning styles and tips and trick that have helped them as they make their way through college with learning disabilities and ADHD. Take way quotes: - "The cold reality is that much of the valuable information relevant to our intellectual, personal and academic development is locked within the covers of books in the code of written language." (pg. 144) This line is kind of personal for me. As a person with a language based learning disability, decoding written words was so hard for me as a child and, for some reason, text books are often particularly hard for me. This line just rang so much truth in me. It was just one of those moments in which I felt seen by the authors as, so much of our academic success is wrapped up in being able to decode and extract information from written words. - "Fiction has not write answers, and reading fiction is not about getting things right." (p.154) Really, I just want to take this line, grab a megaphone and scream it in the halls of my high school before climbing up the nearest mountain for all of those English teachers who have ever told me or anyone else that our interpretations of literature are wrong. Especially those who have no issue telling people they are wrong, but can't actually explain why. - "Reading is about enjoying yourself and learning about the human experience." (pg. 155) I mean, what more is there to say? It's full of beauty and truth! - "In short, you can teach form but ideas are priceless." (p. 160) At the risk of sounding bitter (and I might be a little bitter) I think this fact has been forgotten by so, so many teachers and people in charge of educating our youth have forgotten. We can teach information all day long, but we can't teach creating unique ideas. What did I think about it? I think that my favorite thing about this book is that it gives people like me a voice in a positive way. Most often, those with learning disabilities are seen as unsuccessful in academic settings. This time, the struggles aren't ignored or sugar coated, but it doesn't go down a path of failure, but rather offers a patchwork map to finding success. However, as reading it this time, I couldn't help but to strongly appreciate the validation I felt from this book as my family struggles with experiences my daughter has had in the current educational system. However, as I am no longer a student, I found it less relevant then I felt it was the first time I read it. Truthfully, I honestly found myself using some of their brilliant tips and tricks for skimming texts and gaining information while doing it towards the end...especially through the section about tests as I have a nasty case of test anxiety and the sheer thought of taking a test again gave me some feelings. Some undesired feelings. Over all, I loved reading and hearing the stories of two successful guys who found a way to give the system the finger as they proved so many wrong and created alternative ways to get through the dark and scary maze. I found myself thinking over and over again, that this book would have been a game changer if I was in school. But, irony in the idea of reading a book to learn how to learn in a non traditional way (including avoiding reading text books in their entirely) was not lost on me. I loved the idea of addressing the biggest study methods piece by piece, step by step in a humorous way while constantly addressing the elephant in the corner, that what works for them isn't necessarily what will work for you. That, really, what they are providing for you is a blue print made of tips and tricks gathered through an exhausting and seemingly endless string of success and fails in both moderate and epic proportions. I honestly wished that I had appreciated this brilliant ensemble of ideas, information and suggestions when I was a student. In the end, I found myself making up for it with a motivation to recommend this book to those who learn in non traditional ways and struggle to find someone willing to remove the blame and shame with companionship, understanding and the act of doing the leg work for us to prove that nontraditional works, too. However, I'd be lying if I didn't say that, at some points, the information was a little overwhelming. What do I rate this book? I give this book a 3 out of 5 cups of coffee But...that's just what I thought? Have you been looking for someone with similar struggles to help guide you through? Did you think Mr. Mooney and Mr. Cole nailed it? Let us know in the comments.

    • Challenge #4: Falling in love for the first time

      Question: When did you fall in love with reading? How? Answer: I couldn't read until I was in fifth grade. I hated it. It was so hard to get through a page, trying to decipher the words, that by the time I got to the bottom, I had no idea what I had read. Of course, as a student with a learning disability, my special education made me read regularly, which was maybe my most dreaded part of the day. No matter how hard my teacher tried to make it fun, it just never quit worked. One day, when I walked in, my teacher told me that she had gone to the store the night before for a new book for us to read (we had just finished our last book a day or two before) and she had found one that she thought was perfect. In fact, she thought it was so perfect that she actually bought it just because she thought of me when she saw it and thought I'd love it! Then, she pulled out two of the same book from the a coat closet she kept her personal items, rewards and other odds and ends in. As thankful as I was, I was a little apprehensive. No matter how she sliced it, it was reading and I HATED TO READ! I didn't want to disappoint her because she was so excited, but I wasn't very confident that I was actually going to like reading this new book, but she had put so much thought into it! But, I sat down with her, at the kidney bean shaped table and started reading. I'm not sure when it happened...but it did. First, I realized that I liked the story. then I realized liked READING the story. My the time we finished the book, I was in love. I wanted to read everything I could get my hands on, starting with more from this amazing series! I was hooked. I was a reader! And, I've been reading ever since. But that's just my story. What's yours? How did you fall in love with reading? Let us know in the comments!

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      2019 ESTB P.G.'s Storybook Emporium An Emporium of wonders to celebrate the mystical stories we all love! Hello and welcome to P.G's Storybook Emporium where stories are celebrated! We thank you for visiting us and would like to invite you to start your journey with us by joining our email club! By joining, you'll have access to exclusive deals,sneak peeks, inside info! We'll even celebrate you signing up with an special deal delivered right to your email! But of course once you do that, you'll have to check out all of the literary treasures and trinkets we have stocked just for you!When you find something you love, you'll want to act fast as we only have one of most items and would hate to see you miss out ! So enjoy your visit, and we'll see you again soon! Join our email club! About Me Paula Granell, owner of P.G's storybook Emporium, avid reader and lover of stories Hello! May name is Paula! I'm a wife and a mother of three. Growing up, I didn't always fit in and academics were hard for me. I struggled so much that I couldn't read until I was in 5th grade! But, thanks to a devoted teacher, the right book was introduced to me and I discovered a deep love for reading and further appreciation for stories. As I grew up and became a mother, the need to provide a vast, and eclectic family library for not just myself, but my children to explore, experience and bond over became incredibly important. As I struggled to help provide for my family, while still providing a quality library of our own, I began to further appreciate the skill it takes to create a meaningful, personal, quality collection of books we can be proud of and reflects who we are as well as our individual tastes without breaking the bank. This appreciation served as the spark of inspiration and motivation to stop dreaming and start doing! Thus, the Emporium was birthed and has become a place of constant celebration of stories; a place where those who share my passion is welcome, accepted and can find happiness. A place where stories go to be remembered and those lost can be found again. And a place that allows everyone to constantly expand their collections without the guilt. Here, every one has a story and every story matters. Our Purpose I strive to help families who struggle with providing a quality family library without breaking the bank by sharing a wide variety of valuable literary options at a comparable, affordable cost. Our Mission Statement To share a love of reading and stories with those of all ages, building imagination and inspiration for a positive world through a shared love of stories spanning across all genres, all people as well as all media types and in an environment in which everyone can celebrate stories through community and shopping guilt free via items telling stories and celebrating stories at an affordable cost. Special Request?Contact Us! Send Success! Message received. Check Out Our Blog! ! It's all just a click away! Read book reviews, movie reviews and even video game reviews, try new recipes,get tips and fun ideas and find out what I'm really thinking Read Now Specials and Promotions Read our Blog Like us on Facebook Find us on Twitter Get the FAQ Find us on Pinterest Find us on Instagram

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