The Shock of Night... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, January 23, 2016

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The Shock of Night

Patrick W Carr

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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!

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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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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 #126

Thursday, January 21, 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 Rosilind at a Little R & R - Valentine's Day Book Club. She turned her most popular ebook into a workbook and is going to host a book club!  

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The most popular link from last week was by Danielle at My Snippets of Inspiration - 6 Ways to Be a Prudent Homemaker.  She shares a few ways she keeps her home running smoothly all inspired by the Proverbs 31 Woman. 
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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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Learning Cause and Effect through a Classic Children's Book

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Children's Corner

Learning Cause and Effect through Caps for Sale 

When you walk into a library it can be overwhelming.  Even the Children's Section is often overflowing with books for kids of all ages.  While the easiest option is always to look for the librarian and ask for some suggestions, I'll be honest, it is not always possible.  

So the question remains, how do you find a fun book to read to your kids in the stacks and stacks of options?

How about going for some classics?  Often libraries will have a shelf for classic kids books, and even more will have shelves dedicated to award winners - maybe start there...

Or, for fun, see if there is a shelf that has books that have been recognized for some other reason - like being on Reading Rainbow!  While Reading Rainbow is older, so many of the featured book still have stickers of honor for being mentioned, or read on that show.  Oh, did I mention Reading Rainbow is reemerging?  Check it out here...

For today though, let's check out a fun classic that was read on Reading Rainbow back in the day:  Caps for Sale.

Reading List shares Caps for Sale along with crafts and activities

About the Book

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business** by Esphyr Slabodkina is a wonderful story that followers a peddler as he walks through town selling his caps. On this particular day, the peddler isn't able to sell any of his caps, and decided to walk out to country and take a rest.  While he is reading a few monkeys decide to have fun!

The peddler wakes up, and quickly becomes angry with the monkeys... how the monkeys respond is sure to bring giggles from kids of all ages!

Why We Like It

There is nothing like a bunch of monkeys acting like silly monkeys.  My kids love to hear this story because of the silly "monkey business" that add so much to this classic.  Not to mention, this is a story that I heard as a child, so there are great memories there.

I also enjoy this story because for my youngest littles, the behavior of the peddler as he gets angry with the monkeys helps to illustrate the issue we often have as parent and child - have you experienced the moments when young children do not realize what they are doing is trying your patience and so it becomes a game?  Then trust me, this is a story you will love!  

My older kids enjoy this book at story time because after we are done, we often take turns pretending to be the peddler, while the others are the monkeys - a game that is very similar to simon says....  

You see, the monkeys cannot talk, but they can mimic the actions of the peddler - and there in those pages of the story, cause and effect is wonderfully illustrated in a simple illustration that sets a wonderful foundation of comprehension for young readers and story listeners.  

The books also has patterns, repetition, sequencing and colors just in case you are working on these concepts with your kiddos. 

While the ages for this book are officially for preschoolers and up, even my toddlers enjoy this one.  My biggest suggestion for moving your toddlers from simple picture books to these longer stories is to start with just reading a sentence or two each page, but spend a few minutes on each page pointing to different parts of the illustrations.  This book has a page at each spread with a large scene that you can point to and discuss.  By spending the time on each page, even if you are not reading the actual story, you child will develop a longer attention span for the book.  You will be able to add a sentence to each page every time you read it - and before you know it your child will have an attention span for other classics like The Velveteen Rabbit!

Title: Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business
Author: Esphyr Slobodkina
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: reissued Sept 1987
For ages: 3+  (although even my toddlers enjoyed this silly one)
Type: Children's Fiction, Humor, Classic, Animals

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Call to Pinterest page and ideas  

  1. Listen to Caps for Sale (at least until you can get a copy from your library)
  2. Caps for Sale Activity craft with a paint stick
  3. Print out a whole Caps for Sale Activity pack for your kiddos
  4. Recreate the story with your kiddos with this fun printable

Did you want Reading Rainbow when it was on TV?  Do you show reruns to your kids now?  Did you have a favorite Reading Rainbow story?

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