Tuesdays – Review Day – YIKES!

Today is Review Tuesday. According to my poll TV and movie reviews were much more popular with my voters than books.  Since today is the first day of my Tuesday schedule I thought I ‘d start out by showing you my page on Book Reviews because many people don’t click on pages, but some of you have commented on my organization.  I’m an organized mess – not a Hot Mess, Ralph!  Though not a professional reviewer, I was an elementary teacher then an instructional consultant so I’ve read lots and lots of books, and I continue to read when I’m not writing.  I taught reading and writing to both students and adults for over 25 years.  Currently I post reviews on Amazon as well as on my blog.  If you hate reviews, just stop here and press like, or comment on something else!  hahaha  (I haven’t lost my sense of humor!)

I apologize ahead of time – I approach most books, TV and movies from the standpoint of how they would work either for students or teachers, especially in this era of Common Core Standards.  Fun books I usually read for fun, not review.  Regarding books by blogging friends, I do make an exceptions sometimes often. So if you are a writer/blogger and want me to review your book, feel free to email me at tchistorygal@gmail.com.

It’s my hope that you’ll enjoy my reviews, and they will encourage you or your friends to read the book or see the movie or show.  I am also working on a Resource Page since there are many fine bloggers, whom I love, who also review books, movies – etc.  My slant will be mostly educational, so if you know teachers, please refer them here.



Most books I read I don’t review.  I don’t know many people who do.  I never used to even keep track of all the books I’d read.  Then I went on an interview once and one of the questions was, “What books have you read this year?”  I couldn’t think of any off the top of my head even though I had read tons.  As a result I started asking people with whom I associated and admired what books they read.   Sometimes it started a great conversation.  Sometimes, they admitted that they didn’t like to read.  If you are a blogger, then you MUST like to read a little.  So this page is for you.

Book Reviews

Book on Kindle

Jillian Hoffman suggested revealing our shelves to other bloggers.  I haven’t taken pictures of my shelves filled up before, and it is difficult to do because my room is small. Here are a few of my shelves.  I do love them.  I have them organized loosely into groups like local history, Civil War, how to teach, dictionaries, general history, and quilting and other stuff.

Civil War Shelf

We have two other book cases in other rooms, one of which belonged to my great-grandmother.


I joined Good Reads finally.  It can keep track of what I’m reading, as well as what everyone else who belongs is reading.  I have to admit that I haven’t kept it up.  I also removed it from my site because my blog loaded slower because of it.  I also joined Amazon affiliates so that if you see a book you’d like to order, you can do it directly here without leaving and opening another window, and I receive a small commission on each sale.

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, author, blogger and retired teacher/consultant. Read more about me here. http://wp.me/P7tP3I-2

23 thoughts on “Tuesdays – Review Day – YIKES!”

  1. I love books. Books that I can hold. I am also OCD so I have this thing where I do not like to have lines down the spines of my books (no creases) – It drives my friends nuts, and they know that if they crease the spine they may as well just buy me a new book. Since I also LOVE reading… you will often find me awkwardly holding my book and reading it on a funny angle so as not to crease the spine. This gives me cork eye (and ofcourse, is setting a terrible example for my children who have started doing the same thing with their geronimo stilton books.. lol)

    I’ve opened some windows to have a quick look at your reviews. Great that you get a commission on sales 🙂

    Have you ever had a go and doing an ebook or other of your own?

    Miss Lou


  2. Thanks for the link to my blog and your tidy list! I was just trying to explain the plot of The Picture of Dorian Gray to my son the other day. He’ll soon be ready to read the unabridged version himself. He’s growing up so fast…


  3. I rarely do book reviews on books I read simply for pleasure – like right now I am reading Stephen King’s 11/22/63. But I will be posting a book review this week on a book I read for Net Galley. I really enjoy reviewing books – the Grammar Nazi in me emerges.


    1. hahaha Everything I write back to you starts with a laugh! Wonder why that is? Now I will be nervous about you reading my blog. I am the Grammar doomed. When I was in school scoring nearly perfect on English achievement tests had me thinking that I was hot stuff. Writing for a living convinced me that I know very little! 🙂


    1. Hi Esther, I haven’t heard from you for a while. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I’m just getting ready to write another review for tomorrow, and I know you will love this book. (Sorry!) What are you reading? It’s so good to hear from you!!! 🙂


  4. Nothing makes me briny eyes fog and mist more than photos of books and book-cases and shelves. Oh my goodness what an exquisite entry! I have my Skypey thing set-up with a bookcase in the backdrop for those times when I fall out of the frame, whether it was from tipping out of the chair or taking a tumble after something chortle-worthy was said- so the viewer can gaze at spines of Spinoza or Dostoyevsky or our precious Oscar Wilde, whilst I’m recovering from the spill on the floor below. I just loved those photos. What cute, darling books!

    I love this, I can come galloping in here on Tuesdays for fine book reviews- too groovy.

    I’m still working mine to fit in a bi-weekly review of environmental books. My first one is going to be one I read and loved about geo-engineering. Been wanting to do it for months, finally approaching a point where I have time to type it up, arg, aye, yes! The descriptions of scientists in the thing are charming and very humourous. Being novice to reviewing, I have much to learn. Will continue learning from you, as you are brilliant.

    Oooo yes, Goodreads is lovely!! I must get going on mine as well.

    Fabulous, as always, and cheers,

    Autty Jade


    1. I am new to reviewing as well, but I enjoy sharing my two cents worth. I’m trying to leave my mark in this world, I guess. Eventually, my goal is to write those wonderful novels. I may have to live to be about 200 – the rate I’m going! 🙂


          1. I am the perfect villain. I am the sort no one expects capable of the deplorable depths of evil I find oh so easy to achieve. I, thus, can get away with…anything….har har har har arg arg!


          2. Many a time I hath committed nefarious deed, and then simply gawped at accusers with giant innocent eyes, my freckles beaming at them, accompanied with a soft proper voice, oh so gentle, and micro-seconds later I’m released with a gruff, “No way SHE could have done THAT! She’s so sweeeeeeeeeet!” Arg, thus, I make the very best criminal indeed 😉


          3. Arg, you do indeed. I’m beginning to warm to the idea. I still hate making a sweet LOOKING person be actually a creep. I really don’t want you to be a creep! hmmm back to the drawing board! 🙂


  5. P.S. I’m pretty sure the smiling bloke there is Lincoln. Not sure who the grey-haired white-coat donning scientist-looking blighter is next to him, however. And I just love your great-gran’s bookcase, too marvelous!!


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