Sweeter Than Any Dream... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 

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Current book:

Sweeter Than Any Dream

          A Midwinter Ball: Timeless Regency Collection 

Annette Lyon

Sweeter Than Any Dream  A Sneak Peek on Reading List

Sneak Peek:

"Many a woman would jump at such a man, eager to take a hand offered from pity if it meant having a handsome rich husband and getting free from Mother's thumb. Oh, were I that woman, but I am not."  (location 2175, ereader)

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

Meet the Hosts of Saturday Sneak Peek:

Marissa, writes book reviews from a variety of genres and  shares thoughts on motherhood & life on Reading List. She loves to see what others are reading to grow her to-read list.  Marissa also enjoys photography and a new journal to fill. 

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Alyssa reads a variety of genres and writes about it at Sunrise Avenue. She is always looking for new bookish friends and recs'! Besides reading, Alyssa loves to bake and anything Doctor Who.

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Here are some rules if you decide to join in:

• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children's... really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page - make it interesting without flipping to a ton of different pages. 
 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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The Cozy Reading Spot #124

Thursday, January 07, 2016

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 favorite from last week was by Lindsey at The Little Mommy - How to Talk so That Your Kids Will Listen.  Lindsey shares her thoughts on the parenting book of the same title. 

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Most Popular

The most popular post from last week was by Sharon at Sharon Sharing God - My Word for 2015: Recap. Sharon gives a detailed reflection of her year, and how God walked along side her through the year and her word...
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This is an open link up, not just a book link up...

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  • 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
  • Try to stop by another link and say hi. I know we are all busy blogging, reading and writing, not mention living our lives and keeping up with responsibilities - however, what makes link up so fun is having new people visit your blog!  So spread the love and hop to at least one link for each link you leave.
  • 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?                    

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2016 Reading Challenge

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Taking on a Challenge for 2016

A Reading Challenge

Are you a book lover with no time to read?  There are seasons in life when reading a book just seems like too much work and effort.  Then there are seasons in life when the chance to sit down and do anything is practically impossible, forget about reading!

I get it, I've been through both a few times.  The thing is, books contain so much more than TV, movies, video games or the newest fad app time waster. If you would be willing to forego just a few minutes a day spent in front of a screen, you could read at least one book a month.

So I am going to put out a fun challenge for 2016 along with a ton of book lovers who follow Modern Mrs. Darcy.  She started the challenge last year, and is continuing it for 2016.  I thought a few of you would love to take up the challenge.

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The Challenge

The reading challenge is easy: 12 books in 12 months.

That is all it is.  You get to pick the 12 books!  So if you are a non-fiction fan, have at it.  If you would rather read some classics, that's great.

Or maybe, you've been away from the book world for a while and have no idea where to start... well how about some categories to pick from? 

You are in luck, Modern Mrs Darcy has a great list for this year, as well as one from last year.  So you can pick and choose as you like! 

Join us!

I know there are many things that take your time during the year.  However, I would love for you all to join in on the challenge of reading 12 books this year!   So to encourage you all and to provide a small amount of accountability, I'm starting a group on Goodreads for us all to keep track of the books we read. If you are really into Goodreads, you've probably already trying their reading challenge each year - so if you want to make a personal goal of more than 12 books for the year, great!  

If you are interested in joining the challenge, request to join here.  The group will be closed to members, so you can feel comfortable sharing your goals and struggles throughout the challenge.

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I cannot wait to see what books you all pick - it is so fun to work together on a challenge.

Challenge yourself to read at least 12 books in 2016. #Reading #Challenge @Reading List

What is the number one reason why you aren't reading a book you want to read?  What are the obstacles in your way?

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Boy's Faith Building Tool

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Faith Building Bible: A Tool for Young Boys

Walking through the kid's playroom every night can be similar to walking through a minefield as there are building blocks of all shapes, and sizes that set off an explosion of pain on feet and heels without warning.  I was warned of such a phenomenon when I had my first son, and yet every night I brave the playroom and it's tiny offenders.

Since my boys are such a fan of building blocks, especially Legos, when the chance to get the Faith Builders Bible came along I was excited (Please note I received a copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. The following our my personal opinions, I did not receive any further compensation). When it arrived, both boys were thrilled to check it out.

Faith Builders Bible Review on Reading List

What It Is

The Faith Builders Bible is an NIrV. The colorful building block theme starts with the first page to dedicate the Bible, and is followed with a fun take on a contents page.  There are also a few pictures right at the beginning to copy with your own blocks (the image is clearly of Legos, but you could adapt it to any blocks you want) that match some common verses.  

Spread through out the entire Bible are colorful pages with Biblical scenes recreated with blocks. Each scene has a small synopsis of the story - like Building the Tower of Babel, David Defeats Goliath and the Last Supper - to name a few. 

There is also a short dictionary at the end to some of the terms and words. As well as a list of great Bible stories for quick searching. 

What We Liked

The overall size of this Bible is great.  It is not nearly as thick as some out there which is nice for young kids.  Of course the big draw to this particular Bible is the addition of the block scene pages.  My boys have greatly enjoyed checking out the scenes, listening to the story, while trying to recreate the scene with their own blocks. 

What I Wish It Had

This is a basic NIrV, so there are no study sections or explanations on each page like study Bibles - which is often what I pick for my kids.  Granted there is a dictionary in the back, but it is quite short, and does not help to further explain ideas and concepts that are confusing to adults, let alone children. 

Also, the image pages are spread throughout, which means the scenes are often no where near their location in the Bible.  This might seem minor, but as my oldest is currently becoming familiar with books of the Bible and the main events in each of them, he often got confused, for example, the image of Noah building the ark, is located in Numbers. I over heard him telling his brother, see the story of the Ark is in Numbers.  I wish the images were near the story, so that the kids could look at the image, and I could read the story to them.  

It would have been nice to have instructions on how to recreate the scenes, similar to the instructions kids are used to seeing when it comes to creating block scenes and such. 

Faith Builders Bible  a Review on Reading List

Who Should Get It

I would recommend this book to young boys, maybe 5-10, who are into Legos and building blocks. However keep in mind that these boys might benefit more from a study Bible...  Or, if you are interested in getting the Child Training Bible kit, this could be a great Bible to use, as the book it self is light.  

Overall, I was personally disappointed in this Bible.  Yes, it got my kids interested in hearing Bible stories, and they interacted with some of the ideas. Yet, there are some major flaws in the layout and a study Bible is extremely helpful for young readers.  

When did your kids get their first Bible?  Are your kids into Legos and building blocks?

Marissa at Reading List

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