Category: Life

Help a Teacher Build a Classroom Library!


My friend April is a 7th grade English Language Arts here in Georgia and she is currently working on building a classroom library for her kids. It is proving very popular as the kids are inhaling the books! She has created an Amazon Wish list if you would like to contribute and share in the love of reading!  Also, the books are tax deductible since it is a contribution to the school.

Why is she trying to build a classroom library?”
<<The school’s library is limited on newer books. They have books in there from when we were in middle school.>>

Yikes! We are not going to say how long it has been since we were in middle school!  All I will say is that it has been a while…

Here is the link to her classroom wish list:

**If you do help, it would be great to mention that you heard about her from Jessica’s Reading Room so she knows where the donation came from! 

Breaking News: A New Family Member!

If you follow me on social media, then this is old news, but if you don’t then join us in the celebration: We have a new family member: A new kitten! 

Just before Thanksgiving at my husband’s job a stray kitten showed up. The kitten was caught and brought home. I never had a chance to bond with the kitten as it bonded with my husband all day after being captured.  He is her human! 

As you know, we already have two cats: Sage and Curry. They are four years old have been our ‘dynamic duo’ since we adopted them. We were not sure how they would react to the kitten. We kept her separate from them until we got a clean bill of health from the vet.

Then came the task of slowly meeting big brother and sister.  Sage took to the kitten quicker and they are like BFF’s most of the time. Curry on the other hand was acting like Church from Pet Semetary!

Sage and Curry (AKA Big Sister and Bigger Brother)

But I can proudly say as of this past weekend everyone is seemingly getting along.  (YES!) There will still be an adjustment as this kitten is high energy and Curry isn’t most of the time and sometimes he still seems leery of her.

So you might be wondering….  What is the new kitten’s name?  If you guessed some kind of spice then you are wrong!!!!

We are Walking Dead fans and when Shiva was introduced on the show I said the next cat would be named Shiva!  If the show had been further along than it was when we adopted Sage and Curry they would have most likely have been named Ezekiel and Shiva. I am actually glad that did not happen as Sage and Curry are such great names for them!  Now if the kitten had been a boy then there was more discussion over names, but I overruled hubby and said it would be Beta.  Yes, another Walking Dead character!

So we are in a new adventure right now with all of us adjusting to Shiva, the little diva!  😉

Welcome Shiva!

I find it so hard to imagine someone dumping this precious little kitten who was maybe one pound when she came home!



Mary Kay Andrews: The High Tide Club Review and Book Launch/Signing!

Mary Kay Andrews, better known as MKA to her fans, is a favorite author of Jessica’s Reading Room! Her novels are fun, easy to read beach reads.  Her newest novel, The High Tide Club, was released in May and I (Jessica) attended the book launch in Decatur!!! It was my first MKA signing!  Kim was also able to attend a signing. There will be pictures below!

Author: Mary Kay Andrews
Published: May 8, 2018

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

When ninety-nine-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons Brooke Trappnell to Talisa Island, her 20,000 acre remote barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Everybody in the South has heard about the eccentric millionaire mistress of Talisa, but Brooke has never met her. Josephine’s cryptic note says she wants to discuss an important legal matter with Brooke, who is an attorney, but Brooke knows that Mrs. Warrick has long been a client of a prestigious Atlanta law firm.

Over a few meetings, the ailing Josephine spins a tale of old friendships, secrets, betrayal and a long-unsolved murder. She tells Brooke she is hiring her for two reasons: to protect her island and legacy from those who would despoil her land, and secondly, to help her make amends with the heirs of the long dead women who were her closest friends, the girls of The High Tide Club—so named because of their youthful skinny dipping escapades—Millie, Ruth and Varina. When Josephine dies with her secrets intact, Brooke is charged with contacting Josephine’s friends’ descendants and bringing them together on Talisa for a reunion of women who’ve actually never met.

The High Tide Club is Mary Kay Andrews at her Queen of the Beach Reads best, a compelling and witty tale of romance thwarted, friendships renewed, justice delivered, and true love found.

Kim’s Review:

Mary Kay Andrews is easily one of my favorite authors ever! She is the queen of funny, Southern fiction and her books are perfect for summer! The High Tide Club is no different. Andrews manages to pull fabulous, fascinating places out of her imagination and then makes them sound like real places that if you tried hard enough, could visit for yourself. Talisa Island is a barrier island off the coast of Georgia, where the Bettendorf family vacation seat of Shellhaven is located. My first inclination was to go straight to Orbitz to book a hotel in St. Ann’s so I can charter a boat to take me to Talisa.

The story of how the High Tide Club came into being and the mysteries surrounding the women, both in the past and present, kept me turning page after page and before I knew it, I was done! It was easy and engaging and I found myself empathizing and rooting for Brooke. I will admit that as much as I loved Brooke and her mother, Marie, and old Josephine, and the residents of Talisa Island, I found myself brisling against Felicia. Yeah, yeah, I know, I’m a racist, but I really disliked her bitterness and the way she kept falling into the victim mentality. I’ve said this many times before, I hate politics in fiction and the last thing I want while reading a story, is to be lectured.

But, to hopefully balance out that opinion, I think the true hero of this book is old Varina! I fell in love with Auntie Vee from the very first time she stepped into the story and her grace and poise throughout the entire book is downright enviable! She refuses bitterness, to think badly of her friend, to accept her niece’s bad attitude. She offers forgiveness quickly and accepts what and who God sends to her life willingly and easily. She is the perfect example of the classy, Southern lady that I aspire to be! I like to pride myself on being able to figure things out relatively quickly when reading mysteries and thrillers, but I gotta hand it to MKA, she got me with this one! By the time the mystery was unraveled and the villains revealed, I was shocked and surprised with my mouth hanging open! High five, MKA, high five! Honestly, if it weren’t for the PC undertones that kept cropping up, I’d have given this book 5 stars! This is the almost perfect summer and beach read!! 

Purchase Links:
Amazon US

Amazon UK

The High Tide Club Book Launch:

I was so excited to attend my first book launch by MKA. There were A LOT of people there! We even got to meet “Mr. MKA” and others from her family.  It was a great launch.  Some of the ladies that attended go to every MKA signing that they can!  They are all friends and know each other well.  I got my book signed, got a swag bag of goodies, some audio arcs and audio books, and had some good food! Everyone had a good time! Here are some pictures from the launch:

Jessica with MKA! I was the second one to meet her and get my book signed!

The decor on the tables was so nice!! I wanted to take it with me!!

You know it’s time to party when there is a disco ball! 😉

MKA with “Mr. MKA”!

MKA’s daughter and grand daughter- it was a whole family affair!









Here is a picture that was taken of the crown from MKA’s perspective! There really were a lot of people! And do you see Jessica? It’s like “Find Waldo”!

Courtesy of MKA Facebook page

Kim went to Nag’s Head, NC for her book signing. She is a repeat MKA offender:

Her past signings: