Fiction

The Memory of Light... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, January 30, 2016

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 Memory of Light

Francisco X Stork



The Memory of Light by Francisco X Story a Sneak Peek on Reading List




Sneak Peek:

"You are not the clouds or even the blue sky where clouds live. You are the sun behind them, giving light to all, and the sun is made up of goodness and kindness and life." p 111







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!









Marissa at Reading List  http://forfunreadinglist.blogspot.com











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Book review

All Things Books: January's Collection

Friday, January 29, 2016

All Things Books

January Collection


"If you don't love to read, you just haven't found the right book." (Tim Green) 

There is something about that quote that should catch our attention.  Life today, for most, is full of go and movement and next. It can be exhausting, yet so many refuse to sit and relax and be calm.  The thing about books is that you can sit and relax physically while you can engage your mind in a way so many screens refuse to do.

The next thing is - since our lives are so fast pace it is hard to know how to pick up a book that might engage, or entertain you.  We can rely on the number of five-star reviews on popular online sites (not that we are going to read said reviews, just glance at the number next to the rating), or we can stick to the best sellers lists.  But many of us have been burned by a pick from one or both of these methods.


All Things Books  The January Collection  A link round up on Reading List



Then, there is the chance of getting a recommendation from a trusted friend, this tends to be our best bet. And for that reason, I try to be as honest as I can with my reviews. Maybe you could come to trust me as a "book" friend who will honestly tell you about a book, and you can decide if you want to pick it up. The plus to allowing me to become your reading pal is once you read a book, you get to come over to this little Cozy Reading Spot and share all about it!

However, there is no way I could read enough books to provide thoughts and reviews on all the genres all of you would be interested in - trust me, I would love to do this for you.  Instead, I am going to provide a monthly round-up of great book reviews, observations on genres, really anything related to reading from some of my favorite bloggers.

The goal is that you can find a book you love each month and by 2017 you might just consider yourself a lover of books.



January's Collection

  1. Jennifer at The Homework Diaries put together a wonderful list of books she wants to read in 2016 with a quick reason why she picked it. It is quite the list full of Christian focus books, homeschooling support and more - some I have read, others I have not.  If you are looking for a few suggestions to inspire and encourage you this year still, Jennifer just might have a great suggestion for you.  My Must Read Books for 2016    
  2. Joy Forney is going to do a monthly book club - this month they did You and Me Forever... stop by and see their discussion.  Joy is always a fun blogger to check in on as she parents and travels... well I won't steal her story if you don't already know.  She is asking her readers how they are filling their souls in this new fresh year in order to be more devoted.  Stop by for some encouragement, this is especially good for the mamas. 
  3. Jonathan at Eagle Soaring Higher is hosting a great book club facebook group - they just recently started working through The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C Maxwell.  In his introduction blog post, Jonathan goes over the main idea from the book.  If you are at all involved in running a business of any kind, you might want to check this out. Introduction to The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and the Law of the Lid
  4. Melissa put together an amazing list of books from the '80's for today's teen's... do you remember any of these?  I will be honest, there are some on this list that I totally want my kids to read when they are teenagers, but there are others on this list that I'm not too sure I want my kids spending their time on.  Plus many of the books Melissa shares are certainly for mature teens.   13 Books From Your '80's Childhood Your Kids Need to Read
  5. I'm a huge fan of children's books, partly because of the simple timeless wisdom! While this image has been floating around for a while now, it caught my attention yet again this month and reminded me that many lessons can be taught with children's books and that is a beautiful thing.  Children's Books Figured Out Life Long Ago
  6. And because seriously, this picture explains why movies, while a completely different medium, are not the same as reading the book! Facebook image from The Writer's Circle




I hope you found a thing or two from that list that caught your eye, maybe you could reserve a book at your library, or add to your Goodreads to-read list.   If you want some encouragement as you find books you love, please join our group on Goodreads, we'd love to be there as you fall in love with books.  



"If you don't love to read, you just haven't found the right book."  #AllThingsBooks @Reading_List

What was your favorite from the roundup?  What would you add?  



Leave me a note about anything to do with your book choices from January!


Marissa @ Reading List



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The Green Greed Snake: Learning Consequences

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Greedy Python & Learning Consequences


It is a safe bet that if you are a human living in a first world environment, you have met the green monster of greed. In fact, you do not have to be an adult to have come across this slimy creature. Kids figure out the concept of mine and now almost as fast as they learn how to scream and run.

Of course our culture does not help with this little issue, does it?  It shows up in cartoons, music and movies all of the time, and not just in the form of the "bad guy".

With three kids, the greed issue can often be overwhelming, which of course means that the mommy "desire" for calm and quiet succumbs to the greedy snake too... what you haven't taken a "mommy time out" multiple times before lunch too?

To complicate matters, to allow the natural consequences of greed (have I mentioned my kiddos respond best to natural consequences...) is rarely practical for parents.  Right?

The Greedy Python with crafts and activities



Which is why I am glad my kids love to hear The Greedy Python by Richard Buckley & Eric Carle.


About the Book

The Greedy Python** is a colorful book that follows a particularly greedy python as he searches continuously for his next meal. In the process kids will see new animals and practice counting to ten.  Most importantly, the impatience and greed of the python end in dire consequence on the final page.

Why We Like It

I think my kids love this book partly because of the mix of animals- a python, a mouse, an elephant, a jaguar... just to name a few - a partly because the python eats all of these animals.  They just giggle over the idea of a snake eating so much, even to their young brains it is obvious this python is eating too much, too fast.

I greatly enjoy this book because the python, in his haste and greed, brings about his own demise. A life lesson about what can happen we allow greed to dictate all of our actions might not be what draws my kids to sit and listen to this one again and again, but the truth is being imprinted on their little brains each time we laugh at the greedy python.



Title: The Greedy Python
Author: Richard Buckley
Illustrator: Eric Carle
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date:  1985; reissued July 2009
For ages: 2+  (Great book for an emergent reader to read to a younger sibling)
Type: Children's Fiction, Animals

How do you teach your kids the consequences of greed? #parenting @Reading_List1


Call to Pinterest page and ideas  

  1. Create pythons for your kids to act out the story while you read
  2. Print out coloring sheet, activity sheets and more for The Greedy Python
  3. Check out The Lorax to look at greed from a different angle
  4. Or this lesser known Seuss book that will help with gratitude (crafts and activities here too!)



How do your kids best learn the big lessons? Do you try to teach with stories and books? Which book has had the biggest impact on you and your kiddos?




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Fantasy

The Shock of Night... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, January 23, 2016

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 Shock of Night

Patrick W Carr


The Shock of Night by Patrick W Carr a Sneak Peek on Reading List




Sneak Peek:

"The horrors I'd seen didn't surprise me, at least not much, but I'd been unprepared for the intimacy those experiences inflicted upon me. So much hate and loss and despair had soaked into me that I wondered if I could ever be clean again."  p 107







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. 

Bloglovin' ~~ Subscribe ~~ Goodreads



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.


Twitter ~~ Google + ~~ Instagram ~~ Pinterest
Bloglovin' ~~ Subscribe ~~ Goodreads 





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!









Marissa at Reading List  http://forfunreadinglist.blogspot.com











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A New Story for Tolkien Fans: The Shock of Night

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Shock of Night

Patrick W. Carr


As a child, the worlds of Tolkien and Lewis filled my imagination. Narnia and Middle Earth helped keep my imagination running wild as my days filled with more facts and numbers.  Then slowly, I stopped reading fantasy stories because the real world was just so interesting... or maybe because there were not many fantasy book for a high school or college student to read?

Either way,  in the past year or so, I've returned to the fictional world full of fantasy and possibilities. It was a natural step for me to pick up The Shock of Night since it was described as a Christian fiction in the Fantasy genre...

Well...  yes it is a fantasy setting with many imaginative qualities, but overall this book surprised me.




The Shock of Night by Patrick W Carr a Book Review on Reading List





Story Overview

A world that is full of magic and religion is the essence of The Shock of Night**.  Willet Dura is King Laidir's reeve (personal detective) and has only recently been given the title Lord (really only a name as he has no respect among the other Lords.   As reeve, Dura finds himself next to Elwin as he dies, the result of a gruesome murder. Elwin passes on the rarest gift of Aer to Dura with his last breath and that is when Lord Dura's life changes forever.

Suddenly Dura can see a person's deepest thoughts and secrets - but the ability comes with a severe price.

While Dura is trying to figure out what has happened to him, he learns of a battle that is upon Bunard, and is full are darkness and evil.  Darkness that seems to be from the Darkwater forest.

The book follows Dura and the religious leaders who also have this rare gift as Dura tries to find who murdered Elwin.  


Personal Likes

Patrick Carr has a great way of weaving a story.  I was very interested right away, but I couldn't pinpoint why!  Dura is an extremely complex character - he survived a major war, in fact he is one of a hand full to survive a horrible attack that pushed him and his men in to the mysterious Darkwater - and as a result it was easy for me to see many of his personal issues as PTSD, yet there was still more.

I also enjoyed the scenes in the King's court - both his private conversations with Dura and the moments in his court.  There are not many books around with such a king and court - very interesting, especially if you read this with the idea of the Biblical accounts of kings and royal courts.


The Shock of Night by Patrick W Carr a Book Review on Reading List


Personal Dislikes


Mostly the pace of this book was a disappointment.  I had a ton of questions in the beginning - perfect for a mystery and fantasy - yet even after 250 pages not many of those questions were answers.  The ones that were had been replaced with new questions.  Yes some of them got answered, but others I guessed at, but still... maybe in the sequel?

While fantasy and magic does not bother me in fiction - this book was presented to me as a Christian fiction, and there is a ton of magic in this story and very little Christian in it.  Sure there are a ton of religious points, and religion in the book, but religion is not the same as Christian. 


Reasons to Read

This book is sure to grab your attention and demand your attention and thought.  Carr is a fabulous story teller.  All fantasy and mystery fans can find this book to be entertaining at least


Reading List Rating

Four heart rating on Reading List

I am torn over how to rate this story - the writing was impeccable, yet I was expecting something completely different, and I was left with just as many questions as I had at chapter 2.  But I'm going to give it four stars, as it is the first novel in the series... yet I am not sure I will read the rest of the series. 







My Suggested Audience

I would suggest this book to fantasy or mystery fans. Also any one who enjoys a book that is full of deep and complex characters, you might want to pick this one up.  There is no reason teens should avoid this book, as long as they enjoy long stories.  



"When you have anything you want, anytime you want, very little is precious to you." @PatrickWCarr #ShockofNight @Reading_List1



What are your thoughts on fantasy? Are you a Tolkien fan?  What would make you pick up a fantasy book? 

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

Marissa @ Reading List






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**** Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher, BethanyHouse. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

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