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Annie’s People is a wonderful-good trilogy that sucked me in

Beverly Lewis does an amazing job to snag a reader’s attention and keep them engaged just enough that the reader can’t seem to put the book down. The characters slowly and gently enter the reader’s heart. In particular, the Annie’s People trilogy is wonderful-good at placing an Englisher reader into the middle of the Pennsylvania Dutch Amish. 

When I was little, my parents took me on many trips to the continental US. During one of those trips, we visited an Amish community, likely similar to that of the Annie’s People trilogy. I remember getting a tour of their lifestyle and my father being absolutely amazed at how it was like the little town of Kohala, where he grew up. He laughed at how he didn’t have power and had to do similar tasks as the Amish. 

Ever since being in that community, I’ve been fascinated with the Amish lifestyle. As an adult, reading about the Amish in the Annie’s People trilogy brought me into what feels likens different time and space. It is so easy to read that I couldn’t put each book down!

The Preacher’s Daughter, The Brethren, and The Englisher are fantastically written books that so gently bring you into the world of the Amish as Annie invites her English friend to live with her while the reader slowly immerses into Amish culture in the eyes of an Englisher. So many events occur during the trilogy that simply keeps you at the edge of your seat. There’s no putting these books down once you get started! Be prepared to read all three books as close together as you possibly can!

I found this series at the Hawaii State Public Libraries, particularly the Aiea and Pearl City libraries. In order to get all three books, I had to go to different libraries. The Hawaii State Public Libraries offer library card holders to reserve books and pick up at a specific library. But, I wanted to get to the next book so quickly that I drove to the next library to get it!!

As I was able to get my hands on this series for free using the resources available, I wanted to review this trilogy as well. Annie’s People is a series totally worth starting and encourages me to check out more Beverly Lewis books! Which Amish series should I read next?

Summer Reading Program 2016

It’s that time again!! The Hawaii State Libraries have geared up a brand new Summer Reading Program for 2016! Instead of tracking which books you’ve read, now we’re focused on how many minutes we read!

How many minutes do you want to read each day? It is encouraged that everyone reads at least 20 minutes. Can you manage that?

I know life gets busy and so many things tugs for our attention, but taking time to read each day is very important for brain health! And we can read so many various forms of media from books to newspapers, magazines to blogs! There’s so many options out there for us these days!

And did you know that the Hawaii State Library system offers ebooks and audiobooks as well? They use a free app called Overdrive! There’s even electronic magazines you can borrow using the free Zinio app! Yes, I have both!

Track your reading minutes!
A little extra for an extra prize!
Lets capture the daily reading minutes you read!

Happy National Library Week 2016!

It’s National Child Abuse Awareness Month. And this week, starting today, is National Library Week. There are likely events happening this week at your local library, just like it is here in Hawaii!

If you haven’t visited your local library lately, this week is a perfect reason to stop in! There are so many things going on at libraries these days. 

For one, many libraries may have their own mobile app. This allows book borrowers to renew books online, reserve books, or even check out the library hours at a variety of libraries in the system (I use this often!). 

Also, most libraries are now using the Overdrive app. With this app, borrowers can borrow electronic books, audio books, periodicals, etc. It’s a great way to get that child (at least my child) to explore new topics (I can read only so many Pokémon books without losing it).

A library near us has been rebuilt in the last couple years. We visited last weekend  and it was very nice as expected. What surprised me most and my son thoroughly enjoyed was the quick self-check out process. In fact, it was such an experience for my son that he wanted to borrow more books!  

 As we do our best to finish reading all the books we borrowed last weekend, I hope to stop at our libraries this week and I hope you will, too!