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text 2017-08-18 04:05
Reading progress update: I've read 56%.
To Wager Her Heart (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel) - Tamera Alexander

Loving it! There are multiple storylines with each character that keeps it interesting. There's the town itself and its people, the railroad, a horrible accident and freed blacks trying to educate at Fisk University. 

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review 2016-11-14 17:02
Bayou Moon by Geraldine Allie
Bayou Moon - Zondervan Publishing

Note: While this is Book 2 in the series, it works just fine as a stand alone story.

In this dark comedy, Maggie is a lonely vampire. She contemplates suicide but decides to try to make some company for herself first. Kreel and Charlie work at a cemetery, which is the perfect place to meet suicidal, lonely vampires apparently.

Charlie drinks on the job, which makes him an easy target when Maggie attacks. Alas, his head is dented in so he provides much of the humor for the rest of the story. Kreel is dead set against being a demon blood sucker forever so he has a huge argument with Maggie, which isn’t what she was expecting. Toss in some voodoo and family ties and there’s plenty of fodder for humor.

This story was quite a bit different from Book 1, Blood Moon. There’s dark humor every where (which I liked) but no sex of any kind (which was fine). The pacing is still swift as there’s plenty of ground to cover and characters to introduce in this short story. Over all, I liked this book better than Book 1. I felt the characters were a little better formed, I liked all the humor, and I didn’t have to put my suspension of disbelief in overdrive over some sudden hormonal romantic hookup. The ending does have a solid tie into the first book but you don’t have to have read it to enjoy this story.

I received a free copy of this audiobook.

The Narration: Ashley Huyge was great with the accents but didn’t do spooky at all. Instead she sounds chipper the entire way through, like a flight attendant. This worked for the humor but not for the lonesome suicidal part of Maggie’s personality.

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review 2015-11-23 00:00
All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes
All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes - Zondervan Publishing I was actually rather bored with this book! The main characters had a lot of back and forth and a lot of misunderstandings, but not a lot of chemistry. I actually began to detest their arguments! All the conflicts were pretty petty, and I also didn't see a lot that made me think this was an inspirational novel, as it seemed like the character's faith was just thrown into the mix. It felt like a messy failed baking experience to me. I just couldn't find anything redeeming in this story and will be deleting it off my Kindle library!
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text 2015-06-07 22:43
Reading Challenges: May Recap
The Prenatal Prescription - Peter W. Nathanielsz,Christopher Vaughan
Maybe Baby: 28 Writers Tell the Truth About Skepticism, Infertility, Baby Lust, Childlessness, Ambivalence, and How They Made the Biggest Decision of Their Lives - Lori Leibovich
Bound - Donna Jo Napoli
Attachments - Rainbow Rowell
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Zondervan NIV Wide Margin Bible - Zondervan Publishing
The Boy in the Black Suit - Jason Reynolds
The House at Pooh Corner - A.A. Milne,Ernest H. Shepard
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
The Rescuers - Margery Sharp,Garth Williams

Another month is behind me, and another handful of books read toward various 2015 challenges. As a quick recap, my challenges this year are:

1) A personal challenge created to help me read down my own collection;

2) A challenge from Into the Forest, a fairy tale group I belong to on Goodreads

3) A challenge to read as many source materials for Disney movies as possible and

4) Just for the fun of it, a challenge to see how many of the books I read happen to fit with the criteria of this challenge.

 

From my personal reading challenge, I was reading books about "my current obsession." As I'm getting to "that certain age" (34), questions about whether to tackle parenthood have been on my mind for more than a solid year. This month, I read two books relating to this topic:

 

The Prenatal Prescription by Peter W. Nathanielsz - A book about the impact a mother's prenatal choices will have on her child for life. An informative read, but probably not the most outstanding book on the subject.

 

Maybe Baby: 28 Writers Tell the Truth About Skepticism, Infertility, Baby Lust, Childlessness, Ambivalence, and How They Made the Biggest Decision of Their Lives by Lori Liebovich - That is one godforsaken long subtitle. I would have just subtitled it 28 Writers on How They Made the Biggest Decision of Their Lives. Cumbersome title aside, this was a solid collection about all of the above. I always feel as if I learn more about big decisions by reading personal accounts than self-help books.

 

I really wanted to squeeze in a book about the "working mom" vs. "stay-at-home mom" debate, but I had to cram in a book for book club instead. :/

 

 

From my Into the Forest Reading Challenge, I read

1. A book by a favorite author that you haven't read yet - Bound by Donna Jo Napoli. Bound is a retelling of the Chinese version of the Cinderella story. I used to devour DJN books, but then abandoned them for 10 years or so. It was nice to go back. 

 

For this 2015 Reading Challenge I read ...

A popular author's first book - Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

A Pulitzer Prize Winning Book - Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

A book you started but never finished - The Bible

A book published this year - The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds (haven't written my review yet)

A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet - Bound by Donna Jo Napoli

 

 

For Disney Source Materials, I read ...

The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

The Rescuers & Miss Bianca by Margery Sharp and

The Fox and the Hound by Daniel P. Mannix

 

My theme for the month of May is "Take Me Away" -- fantasy, sci-fi, historical, or travel books -- anything that takes me far afield from my current 2015 South Dakota reality.

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review 2015-05-31 15:17
Book 44/100: Zondervan Wide Margin Bible, NIV translation
Zondervan NIV Wide Margin Bible - Zondervan Publishing

After finally reading the whole Bible cover to cover, I really do think that you can find support for almost any belief here.

Which is why it's important to look at the "big picture" rather than getting tangled up in the details. Because there are a lot of weird details.

Slow moving in parts, but with a great message overall. A little bit of everything in this book -- dirty stories, poetry, transcendence, insight into ancient cultures. Early on I wished that I had a different translation, as this one is a little too casual and because that, perhaps not has accurate. (It's an "idea for idea" translation vs. a "word for word" translation, which I learned while taking a Bible course many years ago.) I will try to return to this book many times throughout my lifetime, but probably not this translation again. The thing I like about this particular edition, though, and the reason I purchased it in the first place, is its HUGE margins for note-taking. And I used them -- the Bible is much more valuable as "dialog" than directive, I think.

Really, everyone who calls themselves a Christian should read the Bible for themselves at least once, rather than depending on someone else's interpretation of it. This is the basis of so much of our cultural values and the backbone of Christianity, so it's really something one should experience for oneself.

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