Book Reviews

William Trevor* The story of Lucy Gault

Shortlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize I've picked it up from my bookshelf but I never thought I would find so little to love in this story. Everything was truly predictable, the characters lacked vitality and the only high-point in the entire book was the possibility of a romance. And even that one dwindled… Continue reading William Trevor* The story of Lucy Gault

Dean Koontz

The City * Dean Koontz Book Review

If you are looking for a musical and enchanting book filled with a young boy and his mother (not Stephen King's Talisman) and with a few baddie characters and a lot of Jive and music playing, look no further than Dean Koontz' The City. As everyone knows, you can find a lot of colourful characters… Continue reading The City * Dean Koontz Book Review

Excerpts

Never let me go * Kazuo Ishiguro Quote

Driving around the country now, I still see things that will remind me of Hailsham. I might pass the corner of a misty field, or see part of a large house in the distance as I come down the side of a valley, even a particular arrangement of poplar trees up on a hillside, and… Continue reading Never let me go * Kazuo Ishiguro Quote

Growing Up

Backyard Campouts: The Perfect Nighttime Activity

Each year, millions of Americans head out to their local campgrounds. Camping in the great outdoors is any camper’s dream; however, not everyone is able to camp at a campground or state park. If you find it difficult or impossible to go camping, you may want to consider backyard camping. You may very well find… Continue reading Backyard Campouts: The Perfect Nighttime Activity

Growing Up

Popular Water Activities for the Backyard

Each summer, millions of families head outdoors. Many times, they head to their own backyards. While being outdoors is nice, it can also be hot. In many areas of the United States, the temperature rises to beyond comfortable, especially during the summertime. Hot weather does not mean that you and your family should stay inside;… Continue reading Popular Water Activities for the Backyard

Growing Up

Building a Tree House or Fort: The Ultimate Backyard Experience

Each year, a large number of children play outside. Unfortunately, many of those children easily experience boredom. If you are the parent of one of those children, you may have searched high and low for the ultimate backyard experience. In your search, it is likely that you may have come across tree houses or forts.… Continue reading Building a Tree House or Fort: The Ultimate Backyard Experience

Growing Up

Exploring Nature with Your Child, In Your Own Backyard

Backyards, they are where individuals of all ages go to relax and have fun. While many people enjoy being in their backyards, they are not the only ones. In fact, when you are in your backyard, you are rarely ever alone. At any given time, your backyard is filled with amazing, living things. If you… Continue reading Exploring Nature with Your Child, In Your Own Backyard

Growing Up

Backyard Reunions: Easier Than You May Think

Family reunions are the times when many families come together. In some cases, they are only time that everyone in a family gets to see each other. Unfortunately, it seems as if family reunions are becoming a thing of the past. While family reunions still exist, they are not as popular as they once were.… Continue reading Backyard Reunions: Easier Than You May Think

Growing Up

Valentines Day Party Games For Elementary Kids

If you are planning a Valentine's Day party for children, games are essential. Here are some games appropriate for the elementary-age crowd. Bring in two large stuffed hearts (either pillows or just plush stuffed hearts). Divide the kids into two teams and tell them they must run to the finish line with the heart between… Continue reading Valentines Day Party Games For Elementary Kids