Grounded | Dave and Neta Jackson (plus 2 books I could not finish!)

Today I’m going to start with two books that I recently began reading and did not – no, I could not – finish.

If you read my post about The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, you know that I was debating whether or not I should read his “classic” novel, American Gods.  Many people thought it was a good read and so I decided to go for it.  This is a hefty tome, by the way, so I really tried.  I pushed through the first 65 pages, but….no.  I’m sorry.  There was just too much graphic violence and sexual crassness that I had to close the book and go take a shower!

The second book I started was Under the Mercy Trees by Heather Newton.  I think I got to chapter three but, again, too much unnecessary, disturbing sexual detail involving a mentally handicapped young woman, so… thank you.


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China Dolls| Lisa See

“If I’m a stay-at-home mom, why am I always in the car?”

I have asked myself this question too many times.  Yes, two of my children drive now, but I still have two that don’t; my daughter with Williams Syndrome most likely will never drive.  In addition, I help take care of my mother-in-law, who also doesn’t drive.  So, I have accepted the fact that a large part of my role in this family is that of chauffeur.  Which I actually don’t mind, if I can listen to something and sip a Diet Pepsi while doing it.  While I enjoy listening to Dave Ramsey on AM radio (What is this, the 1990’s?) or Spotify or the occasional podcast, I have found books on CD an easy and inexpensive way (when checked out from the library) to “read” while spending so much time in the car.

As you may have figured out, I listened to the book China Dolls on CD in my van, while driving to and fro and everywhere in between.  Let me tell you a little bit about the story, then I’ll tell you why I didn’t love this particular book as a CD recording.

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