I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.
Cheaper by the Dozen (Perennial Classics) - Frank B. Gilbreth, Ernestine Gilbreth Carey I believe I was 9 the first time I read this book. I was reading it over and over at the same time I was reading Best Friends - Mary Bard. Illustration by Jill Elgin and that started in 3rd grade. I basically alternated reading these two books, though I preferred Best Friends. Both books have a kid who feels out of place and at times unwanted as central characters so I could easily identify. Cheaper by the Dozen also had the cool turret bedroom. I wanted one so badly! I also read the second book about the same time but never re-read it. I forgot about Cheaper by the Dozen for many years. I rediscovered it about 10 years ago and I'm glad I did. It's a comforting, heartwarming and well-written story.