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The Rose Society... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 

Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List  a glimpse into what I am reading currently

Current book:

The Rose Society

Marie Lu

The Rose Society by Marie Lu   A Sneak Peek on Reading List

Sneak Peek:

"He resembles Mauve, as well as his brothers. But while the others seem natural and whole, this prince is not - the eerie energy about him remains, haunting Raffaele." p 44

Thank you to A Daily Rhythm for inspiring Reading List's Saturday Sneak Peek link up!

Here are some rules if you decide to join in:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

This particular link up will be open for a month, so stop by often to share a new sneak peek, and grow your own TBR list!

Marissa at Reading List

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Cozy Reading Spot #116

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Welcome to Cozy Reading Spot! 

This is your chance to share your posts, and then grab your favorite drink to curl up with and read other's posts.  You are welcome to share posts that tell us what has been on your heart, mind and bookshelves - yes that means just about anything goes.  As book lovers, we love to read, so share something for us to read today!

Please link up all you've got!  

This is an open link up, not just a book link up...

There are just a few small requests I have. 
  • Please link to a direct post, and not just your home page (I will use my discretion on leaving links up that do not follow this as the idea is to link to your blog posts...).
  • I wish I didn't have to say this, but please keep it clean. I know books can range the gamut on adult content, but please keep your review and images clean for this one. This does apply for all types of posts, this is an open link up, so you do not have to leave a book review, or book related post - just link up something that share what you've been writing on your blog... only keep it clean
  • Please include a link back to the hop in your post - the button codes are part of the flair page, but a text hyperlink is just as good! This simply allows others to join in the fun, and isn't that the whole point?                                         
  • Also, since I'm not doing features right now, I'm trying to give shout outs on Facebook,  and pinterest, so follow along and get to know the community more. 

Of course, this is a Hop - so hop around and check out the rest of the book lovers and writers and get to know someone!  Building community is the joy of blogging, right?

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Book review

For the Love: A Book Review

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards

Jen Hatmaker

It is hard to in the Christian blogging world and never hear the name Jen Hatmaker.  Her blog has such a following, not to mention the books she's published, or the little TV show her family starred in.  She has a big personality that attracts women looking for an advocate to keep on trying and striving to find the right balance of wife, mother, friend while believing in the promises of Jesus.

To be honest, I have wanted to pick up one of her books for a while now.  They often are recommended to me and I add to my list.  Then something comes up and it gets pushed down on the list.  When her newest book, For the Love, was offered to me as review opportunity, I figured I would give a try.

For the Love by Jen Hatmaker  A Book Review on Reading List

Story Overview 

For the Love is a collection of thoughts written by Jen Hatmaker.  She shares her heart on the work it takes to balance a Christian calling with motherhood, marriage, work and friendship.  Each chapter looks at a different issue that Jen then ponders and works through.  True to her voice the book is full of light-hearted jokes and humor.  There are also chapter that are simply there to provide a laugh.  There is a chapter that discusses the younger generation of the church, while there are different chapters that share Jen's trials as she tries to parent her children.  Overall the book reads like a mashup of blog posts all put together in book form. 

Personal Likes

There were so many lines and chapters where I just smiled and laughed, and isn't that the whole point of a fun book?  I can see how Jen has such a following.  Her personality is clear in her writing.  She is the type of person I would want to be friends with if we were in the same church or social setting.  I can also appreciate her desire to tackle tough topics of the Christian church.  There are flaws in all humans and their attempts at work, she doesn't seem to skirt away from these truths.

I really enjoyed reading the chapter on her dinner parties. It was fun to hear how her daily life goes, and how she connects with her friends.

For the Love by Jen Hatmaker  A Book Review on Reading List

Personal Dislikes

The obvious issue for me was the lack of focus throughout the book.  Each chapter felt very separate from the last, which for some this might be a good thing, but in my opinion that is what blogs are for. 

Another issue, I could not really put my thumb on for a while, but after much digging and analyzing, I am realizing it's her approach the Christianity.  She is what my church friend would call "Christianity light" - meaning she glosses over the power of Jesus and His part in our salvation, instead focusing on the need to love others.  The "love is all you need" kind of religion, if you will.  Normally, I wouldn't pick on this, but her audience is looking to her for knowledge and wisdom - this is dangerous.  A person with her kind of influence needs to always point others to Jesus, not a Jesus plus mentality.  

I did read some of her blog posts about halfway through the book, and to be honest, it seems like this is her writing voice.  I guess, for a Christian motivational writer, I had hoped for some more true Gospel, and less people pleasing. 

Reasons to Read

The only real reason to pick up this book is if you are a fan of Jen Hatmaker's writing.  If you want a good laugh while you read, then by all means pick this one up. 

Reading List Rating

Two heart rating on Reading List

I can only give this book a two heart rating.  I was hoping for so much more.  My low rating is certainly influenced by the gap that resulted from the reality of this book compared to my expectations. 

My Suggested Audience

I would only suggest this book to fans of Jen Hatmaker. Hopefully those of you who do pick up this book will have a solid foundation in Truth and the power of Jesus' saving Grace.  I would not recommend this to new believers, as it could result in some confusion over the truth of the Gospel.  

What does this season require of you? Unsure? Ask God.  #FortheLove  @JenHatmaker @Reading_List1

Are you a fan of Jen Hatmaker?  Would you recommend a different book of hers to help me see why so many of her books are bestsellers?  

I'd love to hear from you, please leave me a little note!

Marissa @ Reading List

**I received a free copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a honest review.  All of the above opinions are my own.  

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Baby Steps Toward Reading Comprehension

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Baby Steps Toward Reading Comprehension

Start with your toddler

It does not take long after becoming a parent to start the job of teaching.  Parents are there to teach kids how to eat, how to sleep, how to interact.  Soon, the list of things that need to be taught seem to stretch far beyond a parent's ability - and by soon, I mean somewhere about age one is when I started to feel the pressure.

What about you?  How long did it take you to feel like there were a laundry list that could circle the earth of things your child should know; things that you should teach him?

As an English Literature tutor, I was very aware of the lack of good reading comprehension that plagued middle and high school students.  I listened to many parents lament how they read books to their kids when they were young, what else were they supposed to do?  Or complain about the lack of good teachers their kids had been exposed to... but I honestly have no real wisdom on that subject right now.

Baby steps toward Reading Comprehension: Starting with your toddler   A Children's Corner Feature on Reading List

So let's go back to the first question: "I read to my kid when he was little, what else was I supposed to do?"

Reading to your kids is a great step into reading comprehension.  The thing is, it is only a step in a long series of steps parents can take to assist teachers in order to help their kids get a solid understanding of reading comprehension.

My youngest is not even two yet, but she loves her books.  So while she often gets to pick the book she wants mama to read to her, I have added some good interactive books into her little book box to help with that second step in reading comprehension.

Yes, interactive books.  When we read a book that gives an action, teach your child to do that action in response to the words - If the book says to shake the book, put her hands on the book and help her shake; if the book says to get up and do a dance, stand up with her and dance!

These fun interactive books might make you feel silly as an adult, but they are laying an important foundation in realizing the meaning of the action words in books. One important aspect to reading comprehension is to understand the action, the verbs, in each sentence and scene so the brain can pull together images while reading.

Is there any chance you are thinking, "Sure that's a great suggestion... but I have no idea where to look for such a book?"

Guess what?  I have a few suggestions for you!

  1. Let's start with a classic: Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt - this book has been around for decades.  While the story is short and sweet, the actions on each page are different and require the reader to listen closely and then respond.  It's the first step into reading comprehension
  2. Shake It Up, Baby by Karen Katz  was a big hit for all three of my kiddos, probably because there are beads in the spine and each page is full of color.  This rhyming book is full of action and directions to do with your little one - you start with touching your nose, shaking the rattle in the book, to swooshing all around.  
  3. Our new favorite is Do You Want to Build a Snowman? by Calliope Glass - yes a Frozen book. In this book you and your little aspiring reader help Elsa and Ana build Olaf again.  Your little reader is asked to tap the book, mark x's and magically blow more snow onto the page.  
Those are just a few options, there are so many more out there.  Go ask a librarian for some suggestions.  Most importantly do not worry about being silly, learning often happens while us adults are being goofy.

Perfect interactive books to read to your toddler... a small step toward Reading Comprehension, a Children's Corner feature on Reading List

One more small point.  While touch and feel books are great fun, and certainly we have many on our shelves, they do not engage in the same way. So yes, please read the touch and feel books, but maybe seek out at least one interactive book to try with your kiddo?

Take a baby step toward #Reading Comprehension with your #Toddler today! @Reading_List1 

What is your favorite interactive book? 

Marissa writing for Reading List

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