Five Minute Fridays

Five Minute Friday: Join

Friday, August 24, 2012

Five Minute Friday - So glad to join in today!

Here's to five minutes of writing without worrying about perfection.

Five Minute Friday

We were not meant to stand alone and figure everything out for ourselves. I don't need anyone to tell me this,  I can see it clearly when I watch children.

They gravitate towards each other - joining in the play, even if they don't know how to speak to each other. The games of tag begin or chase or anything, but they enjoy it.

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Sure some aren't as into it as others, but even those watch intently, learning how to be comfortable with the situation because the desire to join is huge.

This need to join in the group is why I know we were not meant to be an island.

Sure the fears of rejection or ridicule start to show up even in young children, but we can't allow that fear to override the need to join in and enjoy life.


Zoo Babies & Cozy Book Hop

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wow did this week fly by, I guess it's just that time of year- the time goes by so quickly... anyway, sorry for the late post.

My youngest has just recently started to flip through books on his own. He hasn't shown an interest in books much at all until now. So I'm loving it when I walk around the corner to double check on him and he's still sitting there, crossed-leg flipping through a book just enjoying life.

He has gotten into Zoo Babies in the past week, and I mean what little kid doesn't love to look at books with animals in it? I have yet to meet one.

Zoo Babies: A Mini AniMotion Book
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What makes this book so fun is that each animal has a little action circle. Have you seen these? As you move the page to turn it, the picture moves, the faster you move the page the more real the animation seems. It's very fascinating, and can hold little one attention even longer than the average board book. There are a bunch of these type of books out there, I believe they are sometimes called animotion books - I highly suggest getting one from the library just to see how your small children interact with them.

Another Cozy book hop has begun!  

Please link up as many posts as you want that relate to reading and books - any kind is great!  I love to hear about the books you are reading, the books your kids are into, how you are teaching your little ones to love books, anything like that.

I would also really appreciate it if you linked back here so others can join in on our fun - either grab the button from the sidebar or use a text link. 

And in the spirit of all hops, try to visit another's post and enjoy the community!

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The Deposit Slip

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Deposit Slip 
By Todd M. Johnson

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My husband commented as soon as he saw the jacket for the book- saying he was surprised I was going to read a legal/suspense book. To be honest, this isn't something I tend to pick up on my own, simply because I don't have much time to read, and well I want to sleep at night!  However I am really glad I read this book. It was extremely well written and helped stretch my reading as recently I've fallen into a rut.

So let's start with the description of the book:

When Jared Neaton grew tired of the shady ethics of his big law firm 
and left to go out on his own, he never expected the wheels to fly 
off so quickly. One big case collapsing on him has pushed him to the 
brink and it's all he can do to scrape by. He can't risk another bad loss.

Erin Larson is running out of options. In the wake of her father's death, 

she found a slim piece of paper--a deposit slip--with an unbelievable
 amount on it. Ten million dollars. Only the bank claims it has no record
of the deposit and stonewalls her attempts to find out more. 
This lawsuit, her last chance, has brought only intimidation and threats. 
Now she needs to convince Jared to take a risk, to help her because 
the money is real. And both need to watch their backs as digging 
deeper unleashes something far more dangerous than just threats.

I was quickly sucked in as the characters had plenty of depth. I quickly was involved in their lives and interested in what would happen. There is Jared, who's story isn't just focused on being a killer attorney, but trying to find a way to live with a past he hasn't come to terms with. That whole side of him makes him so much more interesting than just a money-thirsty-attorney. And Jessie, Jared's assistant, she quickly became one of my favorites in the book - yes she probably falls into the minor character realm, but she adds a ton of color to this book. Mrs. Huddleston, the librarian for the small community of Ashley, was a great addition. She added a ton of background for Jared, and helped to tie is some of the other characters that were needed to help build up the mystery. 

The whole mystery part was very well put together, because even though you quickly find out who did it, there are many twists that slowly emerge that keep the interest high. In fact I was a little surprised at the very end of the book, but I won't spoil it for you. 

There were some really great moments, but most of my favorites give away too much, so here are just a couple of my favorite quotes - I can't put them too much into context though, you'll just have to pick this book and read it if you are curious.

"In this universe you were either in control or you were controlled. It wasn't a moral
 issue---it was a fact of nature." (102) 
This line stuck with me because I really stopped to think about if I wasn't in control who was, and why that even matters.

"His thoughts were unmanageable and time slid away. He felt untethered. Whatever spirits had driven him the past thirteen years--through college and law school, then churning out the billable hours and trials at Paisley-- in the last twenty-four hours, they had deserted him." (268)

This little bit of thought from Jared really shows why I enjoyed his character so much - he had so much depth to him. It always makes for a great story when the main character is so round and dynamic.

Granted this isn't what I would consider a serious suspense/thriller type mystery. I mean I was able to read it and sleep just fine at night (many suspense books get into my head too much and keep me awake as I fear the dark corners... I know childish). So if you are looking for a good toe curling mystery, this might not be for you, but if you want a well written story with some twists and turns, you should consider adding this to your list.

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** I received a copy of this book for free from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions above are my own and I received no other form of payment for this review.

E.E. Cummings

E. E Cummings Quote

Monday, August 20, 2012

It takes courage 
to grow up and 
become who 
you really are.
~~ E. E. Cummings

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And yet so extremely important to figure out who you really are.

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