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Winter... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 

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Marissa Meyer

Sneak Peek:

"This could be the answer I've been seeking. If the people do not see their errors and come crawling back to my good graces, I may have to employ new means of persuasion." p 338

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 #120

Thursday, November 26, 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

My personal favorite this week was from Mandy on Worshipful Living.  I've been following her adoption story for a while now, and she has done an amazing job of sharing her heart. How Adoption Has Helped Sanctify Me, is a great sharing of her current heart in the process. 

Most Popular

This week's most popular post is from Cathy on Thoughts on Books. She shares her thoughts and favorite parts of John Piper's Bloodline which looks into the question, Is Interracial Marriage of God?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Since this is a holiday week, today's link up will actually run for two whole weeks!  So that means you can link up this weekend, next week, and next weekend.  As you publish new posts, stop over and link them up.  I know I won't be on the computer as much during the holiday, so if you are looking to share your posts that might get lost in the holiday, share them here.

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. 
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  • 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?                                         

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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Fairest: A Book Review

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Marissa Meyer

There are some amazing series that were made even more complete with the addition of a prequel: The Lord of the Rings are made more complete with The Hobbit; The Chronicles of Narnia were enhanced with The Magician's Nephew; even The Wizard of Oz became popular again with the modern addition of Wicked.

Recently, the concept of the prequel as flooded back into mainstream with the rise of ebook Novella (The Queen, The Prince & Life Before Legend, just to name a few). So when Fairest was released earlier this year, I was a little unsure how I felt.  As an actual novel, I wasn't sure if it was going to be worth the read, as so many current authors were only putting out short novellas in digital format to keep the audiences interested. Part of my thought that this attempt would just drag on.

I could not have been more wrong.

Story Overview 

Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles** by Marissa Meyer, is the prequel for the Lunar Chronicles and follows the early life of Levana, the queen of Luna as we know from Cinder, Scarlet & Cress. Since many readers will have read the first three books of the collection first (I recommend you do read them in published order) there are many questions about Levana that are answered in this full length novel.

Levana and Channery were sisters who never got along.  Channery was naturally gorgeous, perfectly beautiful while Levana was only pretty with her Glamour. We slowly learn just why Levana refuses to see her reflection and has all mirrors removed from the palace as well as special glass made. 

The story of how Levana meets and falls in love with her future husband, Evret, is heartbreaking.  While there are many aspects of the story that explain how Levana becomes just plain evil, the love story is the most heartbreaking. 

Personal Likes

I loved how many questions surrounding Levana, Winter & Selene (Cinder's Lunar name... hope that isn't a spoiler...) are cleared up during this great addition to the series.  It is so easy to despise Levana as the evil queen she is during the series, so this book allows us to really see how she became that evil. 

Meyer was able to keep up the speed and complexity of characters in this book, which is why I love this series so much.  It really did add so much to the series. 

Personal Dislikes

This book is so very dark. Don't get me wrong, it probably needed to be, as Levana is a dark character. But there are some scenes that were disturbing, especially when it came to Levana's first encounter with physical love, and how she manipulated other's minds. (Granted, I don't think these scenes take the book out of the teen audience)

I also wish there had been a little more.  It just ended quickly...

Reasons to Read

If you have read the rest of the series, you need to read this book.  It adds so much.  Like I said before, I would read this series in order of release: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Fairest, Winter.

This series is the perfect fit for Science Fiction fans, Fantasy fans, and Fairy Tale fans.  It is very original, while being true to the fairy tales that inspired Meyer (especially the Disney interpretations). Also, fans of well crafted stories with complex plot lines and developed characters, this might be a series you can really dig into.

Reading List Rating

five heart rating on Reading List

I have to give this book a five heart rating.  The whole series is excellently written and kept me interested throughout.  If I had all the time in the world to read, I would read this series again and again. 

My Suggested Audience

This is a YA/Teen book, and I do agree that it is good for the traditional teen audience.  There are some more mature scenes in this book, especially compared to the rest of the series, but they don't completely cross the line, just march right up to it.  It is also the darkest book of the series, just to be forewarned.

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.

"A good queen, was a well informed queen." #Fairest #LunarChronicles @Marissa_Meyer @Reading_List1

What are you thoughts on prequels? Do you enjoy getting the backstory on stories? Do you have a favorite prequel? 

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

Marissa @ Reading List

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24 Days of Books: Children's Advent Celebration

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

24 Days of Books

Children's Advent Celebration

The Christmas season seems to rush in as a month long snowstorm anymore.  The calendar fills up with parties, concerts, feasts and so much more. For families who want to ensure their kids can experience the best of season, this over scheduling can squash the joy right out of the whole season.

Knowing the crazy busyness that can come with Christmas, I am very picky about what I decide to do as far as traditions are concerned. 

There is one tradition that I absolutely love because it allows us to have time each and very day to celebrate the season, and it forces us to slow down.

How does it slow down the pace you may ask?

24 Days of Books for Christmas  a holiday special on Children's Corner  on Reading List

We have 24 books of Christmas. 

Each night, there is one present to open.  A different Christmas book to be specific.  A child gets to add a bell to our Advent countdown, one gets to tear a piece from our Advent chain, and one gets to open a present.  The Advent tree, takes all of two seconds.  The Advent chain might take two minutes. The Christmas book takes a good ten to fifteen minutes. And in the midst of the fun of these small traditions we slow down in order to soak in the few sentences on the chain, and to really dive into a fun kid's Christmas story. 

Wanna give 24 days of books a try this year?  

Just follow these simple steps:
  1. Gather up your Christmas books (ones that you've collected over the years, or dollar store finds, or even throw in a couple of Christmas movies if you want...)
  2. Get out some wrapping paper
  3. Print out (or create) labels to number each gift: Try out these adorable options!
  4. Wrap and label (since this is a countdown, you will open number one on Christmas Eve, pick wisely!)
24 days of Books for Christmas  A Holiday feature on Children's Corner on Reading List

I've already shared about Christmas Time & Christmas Celebration this month. Last year I shared 10 Christmas Books for Kids.  And a few years back I shared three great Christmas books that really dig into the Christian perspective for kids. 

And here are some more of my favorites! 

  • The Polar Express is so magical, if you don't own it add it to your wish list, your kids will thank you
  • The Night Before Christmas has many amazing editions - this is my personal favorite but maybe you can hunt down your kids favorite character's version. 
  • Mad Libs Christmas edition is great for older kids
  • I Spy Christmas is also great fun as your kids get a little older. 
  • God Gave Us Christmas is simply adorable
For even more ideas check out some other's suggestions on this Pinterest board.

Don't want to invest in 24 books this year?  I get it, books are crazy expensive, especially books that you will only have out for a few weeks every day.  Dig out the Christmas books you already have, and do a countdown for those.  Celebrate the 12 books of Christmas or even the 3 books of Christmas this year.  And then when grandma or Aunt Sally ask for ideas for Christmas gifts include a couple of Christmas books on your list. 

Spend December reading to your kids! #24DaysofBooks #Christmas #Advent @Reading_List1

Do you have a favorite Advent activity you do every year with your family?  Is there a Christmas book you would add to this list? 

Marissa  @ Reading List

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