Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fall is here!

(Official since September 22, which is when I meant to post this...)
The weather is getting crisper. The  time for reading outside on the hammock is almost over.
The time for snuggling up in a blanket with a (very large) cup of tea or coffee and a good book is coming.

Have a lovely Fall! 

-Maria


Monday, September 26, 2016

SGT. Reckless: Marine Hero

Sargent Reckless is a hero of the Korean War, also known as "The Forgotten War."
But the Korean will not be forgotten by the brave men who served. Nor by those who lost someone overseas. Nor by us. This book reminded me of this war. A war I will NEVER forget.

Sargent Reckless has also been forgotten. This war hero, once so well know by the public, has been forgotten. I hope this post helps remind this world that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

Sargent Reckless was a horse. She was bought by the commander of the 1st Marines to aid them in battle.
The 1st Marines ran the recoil-less rifles. More of a cannon then a rifle. The ammunition for these "rifles" was huge, and heavy. Before they bought Reckless, marines had to carry the ammunition up the hill. These slow moving soldiers were making themselves targets.

Reckless was brought in and trained in her very own "hoof camp" 
She could carry twice as many casings up the steep treacherous hills, often running them alone, under fire.
Now even for those of you who don't know horses, try and imagine the horror of combat, shells bursting around you, great blasts of light in the night blinding you, the loud burst hurting your ears.

Now imagine a horse. Horses who shy away from loud noises (their ears are much more sensitive then ares), who are prey animals, who run AWAY from danger.

Well here is a horse who ran into danger. There are few horses who could have and would have done what she did. In fact, there are many people, who would run or freeze.
Not Reckless. She was a true marine.

All the marines loved her. She was one of them. She fought with them, played with them, even drank beer and cola with them!

There have been animals who have been given nicknames of Sargent. But no animal has ever been officially given a rank.  She was eventually promoted. Which became a problem, because she couldn't be lead in parades by anyone who was ranked lower then she was (because they couldn't give her orders)
She also was given a Purple Heart.
Now some might grumble about a horse being given a important medal. As if it cheapened it somehow. But Reckless won that when she was hit by shrapnel. That night, after she was hit SHE KEPT GOING, carrying shells up and wounded soldiers down. 

This book, SGT. Reckless, which is by Robin Hutton, reminds us of Reckless and of the Korean War.
It was Educational, Emotional, Entertaining to read about all the antics she got into, and Enlightening. A wonderful book that everyone should read.


-Maria 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Blogs You Should Read This Week II (September 25-October 1)

First I guess I should mention all the blogs that I'm reading for class...

I have no idea why this one connected with me, because I NEVER use sarcasm.

Do you know what the problem is with sarcasm? It's hard to understand when it is written. I guess it all has to do with your tone and facial expression. I guess you could write it like this:

 "I have no idea why this one connected with me, because I NEVER use sarcasm." Maria said sarcastically.


Also, for anyone who read the Gallagher Girls Series, I found this blog: Sister of Gillian

My two posts about book 1 and book 2 can be found here:
I'd Tell You That I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
and the list of the books in the series:
Gallagher Girl Series

Keep Reading!

-Maria


5 inch gun: It's Not the Size of a Toothbrush

I realized that the last couple books I posted about, were about princesses, and girl stuff (spy girl stuff), so I will now take pity on all the guys who have to read my blogs. 
(And everyone else who is sick of it) sooo...

In this article, a British reporter gets mad because the government just spent a ton of money funding a gun, the 5 inch gun,  for the British Navy because it is the size of a toothbrush.
Well it turns out that the gun is named off it caliber, not it's size
And for all you no military/gun type: It's got really big bullets.

I enjoyed reading this post. It was kind of short, but both educational and entertaining. It talked about the gun and the article. This is NOT the article that the angry British reporter wrote. That has since been changed.


Here is the article:
 https://sofrep.com/60334/british-press-freak-inept-reporter-believes-naval-5-inch-guns-literally-5-inch-guns/

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy is the second book in the Gallagher Girls Series, which is written by Ally Carter 

If you have not read the first one, beware, this may contain spoilers to the first one!
If you are interested in the book and want the information to find it (author, title, ect), then read my earlier blog post:  I'd Tell You That I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You




Josh's memory has been erased. 
Not all of it. Just for the night when he, you  know,  found out that the Gallagher Girls School, a place he thought previously was the home of snobby heiresses, is really a  the top secret spy school for girls. 
    
 and then he drove a forklift through the wall at one of there cov-ops exercises and yeah....


Well Cammie can't go see him again. Which is sad, and she spends a lot of her time moping around.  Until another school does an exchange program with them for the spring semester.

A school for spies. 

A school for boys.

Boy spies. 



And of course there is a VERY annoying, yet very cool boy who won't leave her alone. 

But are these boys all the seem?  Are they REALLY, "JUST" boys?(spy boys) 
Are they ONLY here for the exchange? 


Things seem kind of fishy, so Cammie and her roomies, Macey, Bex, and Liz go into action. 


What will they find????




-Maria 


(P.S. spoiler that is not REALLY a spoiler:  Right in the middle of the hallway! 1+ if you get it!)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Princess Academy

Princess Academy is written by Shannon Hale.

In this story, it has been decided that the prince's bride will come from a little mountain village. In one year the prince will arrive and choose his bride. Soldiers of the King arrive one day on the mountain and declare that all the girls of the right age have to go to a school for a year. A princess school.
So the girls go reluctantly to the school, which was an  official's fancy house a long time ago, higher up the mountain. While some of them do think it would be nice to marry the prince and move to the city, others loathe the very idea.
But they gain an education. While some of it is silly for anyone but a princess, like walking delicately and dancing, some of it is helpful.
very helpful.

Like how the traders are cheating them....   Giving them so little for their expensive marble like stone they almost starve during the winter...... Little stuff like that.

So, they fix the  trading system and study some more, while waiting for the prince.

But when he come he doesn't choose! He says he can't decide and will be back in the spring!

Luckily something comes up to take their minds off the long winter.



Like bandits attacking the school and kidnapping the girls...
Of course,
after it's taken care of the prince returns, but this time he does decide and it's a happy ending....

for everybody!

(except the bandits. )


-Maria

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Blogs You Should Read This Week (September 18-24)

Blogs you should go read this week:

Kaitlin's blog was, I think, my all time favorite.
The link: http://kaitlin2016.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-17th-post.html

Or maybe one for animal lovers? We all know Black Beauty ( or at least I do) but how about seeing the world through the eyes of a dog?
 http://remmysreadings.blogspot.com/2016/09/for-love-of-dogs-i-am-person-that-would.html

A story for veterans?  http://rossblogenglish.blogspot.com/2016/09/woobie-4-life.html


Or two different political thoughts on Donald Trump?
http://sparksenglishcomp.blogspot.com/2016/09/senator-rips-trump-blood-will-be-on.html
 and
http://jordanzimmick.blogspot.com/2016/09/donald-trump.html


  Or maybe this creepy story? Are there ghosts at Sinclair???
http://jamieccblog.blogspot.com/2016/09/sinclair-community-college-haunting.html

Sends shivers down my spine! Or maybe it's Trouble, our fiendish gray and black stripped cat?

-Maria   

Friday, September 16, 2016

Brother Band Chronicles

The Brother Band Chronicles,

This is a spin off series of the Ranger's Apprentice Series, and is also written by John Flanagan.

1.The  Outcasts
2. The Invaders
3. The Hunters
4. Slaves of Soccoro
5. Scorpion Mountain
6. The Ghostfaces


Highly entertaining, extremely emotional,  and you learn all about ships, and sailing lingo.
Highly suggest you try and find these. Pretty popular, so most libraries have them.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Ranger's Apprentice Series.

This series, also by John Flanagan, was written before the Ranger's Apprentice: Early Years
 series.

1. The Ruins of Gorlan
2. The Burning Bridge
3. The Icebound Land
4. The Battle for Skandia
5. The Sorcerer of the North
6. The Siege of Macindaw
7. Eark's Ransom *
8. King's of Conmel
9. Halt's Peril
10. Emperor of Nihon-ja
11. The Lost stories
12. The Royal Ranger


*Erak's Ransom takes place between books 4 and 5

All of John Flanagan's books are entertaining. Extremely Emotional (Especially the Burning Bridge. I know a girl who cried for 5+ minutes at the end of this book) Also, all his archery tips work. So, educational as well ( I don't know about the knife throwing,  or sword fighting )


He also has a spin off series about Skandians called The Brother Band Chronicles, which is very good.


-Maria

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tournament at Gorlan

The second book in John Flanagan's series, Ranger's Apprentice, the Early Years, is coming out in November! I'm flipping out. I can't make time fly faster to so I'm drinking lots of coffee, and re-reading all 12 books in the Ranger's Apprentice series and the Tournament at Gorlan, which is the first book in the The Ranger's Apprentice: the Early Years series.

I loved Halt from the Ranger's Apprentice, and I was overjoyed to read Tournament at Gorlan!
Other Halt fans out there will know our beloved grumpy grey breaded archer, is still grumpy and still the best archer EVER!

Extremely Entertaining, (especially when he first meets Lady Pauline !!), and very emotional.
Will enlighten you to the life of "young Halt" and the re-forming of the Ranger Corps


-Maria



Monday, September 12, 2016

Princess of the Wild Swans

Princess of the Wild Swans
by Diane Zahler

This book was extremely entertaining. It's based of Hans Christian Anderson's "The Wild Swans".
It's about a princess, the youngest child with many, MANY older brothers. They are happy.

Until their father, the King, remarries a witch, and she casts a spell on the princes, changing them into wild swans. Princess Meriel can save them. But only if she makes them all shirts spun out of nettles.

But she isn't very good at spinning, and every word she speaks after she begins her horrid task is like a knife in the hearts of her brothers. There is a deadline too! The Queen finds out what she is up to, and she has to flee from the castle. Winter is coming, and her brothers will have to fly south...


Or freeze to death.





It's a race against time and an evil witch.


-Maria 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Gallagher Girls Series



This is the rest of Alley Carter's series. There are 6 books and two short stories. 

1. I'd Tell You That I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
2. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
3. Don't Judge a Girl by her Cover
4. Only the Good Spy Young
(4.5. Classified information) 
5. Out of Sight, Out of Time
6. United We Spy
(6.5 . Gallagher Wedding) 


My all time favorite is Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, and Gallagher Wedding is as exciting as that sounds. Of course I'm not going to say who gets married. You'll have to read them and find out.

-Maria 

Monday, September 5, 2016

W.I.S.E Choice, British tea and candy

Ok, well...... this has nothing to do with reading...


What am I saying?!

Reading is best with books.

Books are best with tea.

And this shop has tea. 



There is this awesome little shop in Huber Heights, Ohio, mere minutes away from the Huber Heights Sinclair.

This shop is just too cute!

It's called W.I.S.E Choice, and they sell imports from the UK.
The W stands for Wales, the I for Ireland, the S for Scotland, and the E for England.
When you open the door, the owner will come up and introduce himself, and show you around the shop.

I suggest getting Crunchi Bars, Flake candy Bars, and some bulk candy.  My favorite is the light pink colored: "Vimto"flavored bonbons.

They have more then just candy and tea, of course.


Seriously. If you can, Go there. I'm talking to you, other Sinclair students. Go!
It is just 6 minutes away from Sinclair!


Here is the website: https://wisechoiceuk.com/

 The address:
       Marian Shopping Center
       6171 Brandt Pike
       Dayton, OH 45424

Open:
Monday-Friday: 11am-6pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sundays: Closed



-Maria