The Favorite... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 

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Current book:

The Favorite

Kiera Cass

Sneak Peek:

In less than a day, I'd been beaten, made an Eight and was waiting to be exiled to who knew where. Still I was laughing. What princess could have more?  p 301 (from Happily Ever After)

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!

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Cozy Reading Spot #119

Thursday, November 19, 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!

Last Week's Features

Marissa's Favorite

Kids That Dream from a little r &r featured on the cozy reading spot on reading list

Rosalind from A Little R & R shared Kids That Daydream last week. I loved it because I'm a real believer in making my kids have no media or electronic play time so they can imagine a better way to play.

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Book review

Cress: A Book Review

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Marissa Meyer

Let's talk about Rapunzel today. Grab a warm drink and relax with me, because I want to bounce some thoughts off of you.

You see, when I was a child, Rapunzel was a classic fairy tale with a horrible witch keeping the beautiful young girl in a tower. One of the few Grimm's tales that I was always drawn to because I didn't really know any other versions.  Then as I got older I saw a similarity to the Lady of Shalott - don't know that one? Check it out here.

Then Disney put out Tangled.  Rapunzel became a wide eyed, scared teenager.  I can no longer picture her without Flynn Rider and Pascal at her side.  Are you with me?  Have you seen this princess movie? Granted it's adorable... but so much has been lost to the classic fairy tales of generations of storytelling...

Anyway,  in this third book of the Lunar Chronicles, Meyer takes on the Rapunzel story (Cinder and Scarlet are more obvious...).  There is no doubt in my mind that Meyer's first source of inspiration stems from Disney's young princess. The wide eyes and timid behavior seem too coincidental.  Yet her love interest is an interesting character if you have the Flynn Rider character in mind as you read....

Cress By Marissa Meyer  A Book Review on Reading List

Story Overview 

The Lunar Chronicles continues the saga in this third book. Cress** picks up soon after Scarlet ends, which is a good thing, as many read this series straight through now that the waiting for new books is over.  Cress is a shell, which means she was born Lunar, but never developed the gift.  Meyer allows her vantage of seeing both worlds (Lunar society and earth's societies) - so in this transition book, a ton of the details of the worlds are filled in.

Cress is the Rapunzel character - and therefore her character is more of the damsel in distress type princess.  There are times when these stereotypes seem as bland as the ink on paper can be.  The thing is that somehow Meyer allows Cress to be the type of character that immediately demands to be loved.

The pace of this book ebbs and flows and there is quite a bit of background and world creation going on.  But fans of Cinder and Scarlet won't be let down, as all the characters return are still integral to the story. 

Personal Likes

The best part of this series has to be the way Meyer creates characters that fill the void of the page.  She makes them come alive, and therefore, you have to keep reading to find out what happens to each them.  Cress is no exception.  While her character can be explained in a way that appears boring on page: a timid young girl who dreams of a better life since she has been trapped in a "tower" her whole life. Yet there is something about the descriptions of her dreams and wishes that makes you want to keep reading and see what happens to this innocent girl.

I also appreciate the way each character, Cinder, Scarlet, Wolf, Thorne..., is still an important part of the progression of the action in this third book.  Even as new characters are introduced and the story grows in complexity, the overall story stays on track.

Personal Dislikes

There were parts in this book where I wished there was less exposition.  Maybe it was just because I had gone straight into this book, but I wanted more closure and less pages.  Looking back (I read this book about eight months before writing this) those pages were needed to help develop the backstories, but still it felt a bit much at the time.

I wanted more from Thorne as well.  Somehow, his character is the one that you love to hate... and that at times got under my nerves. I wanted more of a princely like characters, but again, like I said above, I have a feeling Disney's Rapunzel influenced Meyer quite a bit on this fairy tale.

Reasons to Read

This series is a must pick up for all fans of fantasy and fairy tales.  There are so many original takes on classic tales, which makes this a great read.  For those who enjoy science fiction, and dystopian stories, you should consider picking up this series.  

Clearly this is a part of a series, and in this case, you need to read each book in order, at least read Cinder... and yes Scarlet is an integral part of the progression... well I guess you just can't jump in with Cress and be satisfied. 

Reading List Rating

Five heart rating on Reading List

I'm in love with this series.  It's great fun, and full of adventure.  I know some do not enjoy the fantasy of the story.  I'm keeping this book with the others, at a five heart rating.

My Suggested Audience

This is a Teen/YA fiction, and it would be find for teenagers to read.  There are violent scenes and some love interests, but neither of those paths go further than one would expect for the category.  So the question is, how young?  Well mature preteens could handle this, but I would recommend mom or dad read along and then have open discussions just to allow for the harder scenes to process better.

Again, while the original audience is teens, there is no reason why adults couldn't get swept up in this series.  It is fun, full of complex characters and many plot twists and advancements.  For all fantasy, sci-fi & dystopian fans, this could be your next favorite series, no matter how many years have past since you left your teen years.

"I promise I won't let you die without being kissed." #Cress #LunarChronicles What a promise!@Marissa_Meyer @Reading_List1

Are you a fan of the Disney adaptions of fairy tales? Or do you prefer the classic, often more graphic, versions?

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Marissa @ Reading List

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A Christmas Celebration... Sticker & Activity Book on Children's Corner

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Children's Corner

A Christmas Celebration

A Feature on Children's Corner on Reading List

About the Book

The Beginner's Bible has put out a fun sticker and activity book this Christmas season: The Beginner's Bible A Christmas Celebration Sticker and Activity Book**.  Each page of the book has a small paragraph with the basics of the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus.  There is a large sheet of reusable stickers to use in order to fill in the illustrations to keep the kiddos interested.  Each page has classic activities like mazes, color-by-number, word search and more.

Small point to keep in mind: This book is first and foremost an activity book.  It allows the kids to have a great time while getting reminded of the account of Jesus' birth.  However, it is not going to pull scriptures up.  There are facts in the account that are glossed over (Mary being a virgin is the most obvious... but there are others.). 

Why We Like It

When I was young, I remember hearing the Christmas story over and over during December, as an adult I think it is important to repeat the account of Jesus' birth. But I'll be honest, I can tell when I loose the attention of my kiddos with the story they have heard often.  Since I do not want them to hear the start of the story and tune out, I search other fun ways to bring the story to life.  Last week I shared a fun lyrical example, and this week I wanted to add in this activity book because they are nice additions to our Christmas story collections.

This interactivity between story and your child, allow the premise to sink further in.  While it might not seem like the most educational and detailed account, the physical act of finding matching stickers, finding words in the search, etc, will engage the brain in a new way and help to cement the concepts for your kids.  When it comes to the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus, I'll take any extras I can with that!

Granted this book will only be used this year, because it is an activity book.  Still, I can't wait for this book to come up in the 25 day of Christmas book gifts!   

Title: The Beginner's Bible A Christmas Celebration Sticker & Activity Book
Publisher: Zondervan/ ZonderKidz
Publication Date: October 2015
For ages: 4-8 years (certainly a great pick for young kiddos that are into coloring activities)
Type: Non Fiction

Add this fun activity book to your #25BooksofChristmas for your kiddos this year! @Reading_List1

Fun Christmas Activities for Your Kiddos on Pinterest 

  1. Baby Jesus Song &  More is a great place to grab some printable nativity characters to color & play with
  2. The Jesse Tree is a fun way to include scripture into your daily advent celebration. 
  3. Over the Moon has a great pre-k activity pack with a Nativity theme too!
  4. How about some Christmas themed word searches and mazes
  5. My favorite: Christmas verse coded message - My oldest loves these! 

Are your kids into coloring and activity books? What is their favorite activity (coloring, word searches, mazes...)?

Marissa on Reading List

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