The Painter's Daughter... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, February 06, 2016

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The Painter's Daughter

Julie Klassen

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Sneak Peek:

"He shrugged. 'When a soldier knows he might die at any moment, he either ignores God to 'eat, drink, kill and be merry,' or becomes very aware of the brevity and blessedness of life.' She nodded thoughtfully."    location 378 (e-reader)

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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. 
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• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

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The Cozy Reading Spot #128

Thursday, February 04, 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!

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My favorite link from last week was by Meghan, Lawyer Mom: Keep a Reading Journal.  Meghan shares how she tracks of what she reads, and so do her kids!  

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The most popular link from last week was by Hannah at Seeing the Lovely: 5 Non-Fiction Books Every Woman Should Read.  She shares five great books, some I've read, some I've heard of and a couple that are new to me.  

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Book review

Winter: The Final Novel of the Lunar Chronicles

Wednesday, February 03, 2016


Marissa Meyer

The thing about book series is that they have to come to an end eventually.

Not long into my adult life I got swept away with stand alone books, so when I re-entered the world of fictional series, I was amazed at how quickly publishing companies were pushing the follow ups in a series.  There were many series I fell in love with only to be disappointed because in order to keep up with deadlines the writing was compromised in different ways.

I started to think that book series were not worth the effort any more.

And then I picked up the Lunar Chronicles.  I had to read each book, and with this final novel in the series I was not disappointed.

The thing is, it doesn't sound like this book really is the end of the line for this collection of characters...

Winter by Marissa Meyer a Book Review on Reading List   #TheLunarChronicles #TeenLit

Story Overview 

Winter ** is the last novel in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.  This final story follows all of the characters from the previous books as the final war escalates and comes to exciting ending.  Most of the action in this book happens on Luna (the moon) where Winter has spent her entire life.  As the princess she has been subjected to the evil ruling of the queen up close and personal. The result is a broken girl in so many areas.  She longs to be loved and love others and yet her mind is breaking as her nature is in complete contradiction with the behavior of the queen.

While there is plenty of character development for Winter, Meyer allows us to see her mostly through the relationships she has with the other characters that are so well developed.  

Just like the previous books, the vantage point changes between the main characters, and they are quite the group now that the series has grown.  Through each characters perspective we are able to see the detailed final steps that bring upon the Lunar Battle.  Even knowing this is the last book in the official novel series, the twists and turns will keep you turning pages. 

Personal Likes

I still am in love with Meyer's ability to fully develop characters.   She is not afraid for her heroes to be flawed and to struggle, which adds a level to the story that many authors never have.  Each character is unique, while obviously being based on a popular fairy tale character - think Disney here...

I also was glad the last few chapters were spent on the conclusion.  This book ends with barely a loose thread.  Each couple is accounted for and set up for the Happily Ever After that fairy tales are so popular for.   I do know that some people do not always enjoy the prolonged endings, but in this case, after investing so many pages to this character's lives, I wanted all the details explained and flushed out.

Winter by Marissa Meyer a Book Review on Reading List   #TheLunarChronicles #TeenLit

Personal Dislikes

For the regulars, you know that my taste for violence is not near the average American's - I simply am not a fan of violence, especially just for the sake of being violent.  But this book is about a war, and there was violence, torture, battles, murders, bio-medical warfare and illusions that moved others to violent acts.   There were a few chapters that were difficult to read as my imagination created the scenes just fine.

My other dislike was the length.  This book was more than 800 pages!  Just this one book.  Don't get me wrong, I love to read, and read hundreds of pages a week, but for one book to go on and on in such a way could totally turn a ton of people off.  At least this is the final section of the epic tale so if you've invested enough in the previous books you will want to continue on even with the weight of the pages to hold.

Reasons to Read

This is one of those series that can suck you in completely.  If you are a fan of fairy tales, science fiction, well created characters and a bit of over the top fantasy, you will most likely enjoy this series.  Just be fair warned that you will have to invest some serious time as each book get longer and there is still a collection of novellas coming! 

Reading List Rating

Five heart rating on Reading List

This book is getting a five heart rating, because I just loved the series!  Winter was a wonderful conclusion to the series (yes I know there are still novellas to be released...) and I was not left disappointed in the series at all. 

My Suggested Audience

The Lunar Chronicles are suggested for Teens.  And I think it's fine for teens.  As this is a science fiction book with plenty of fairy tale nods, there is violence and war.  So if you are not a fan of books that include some fighting, maybe stay away from this set - but it is always a necessary part of the plot and never over the top (well maybe there are a couple of scenes in Scarlet that get a little graphic, but it is needed).

I do still think this is a wonderful series for adults also. While I'm all for teens getting a special place in their local library to feel comfortable, adults shouldn't stay away from this series just because it is shelved with the teen books. If you are a fan of the TV show Once Upon a Time, you will most likely enjoy this series. 

...broken is not the same as unfixable. #Winter #LunarChronicles @Reading_List1

Would you pick up a book that you knew was the beginning of a long series?  What matters more to you, great characters, an excellent plot, a great setting?  What was longest book or book series you've read?

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for Young Daughters of the King

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

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Gorgeous Bible for Young Daughters of the King

Did your kids have Storybook Bibles when they were babies?  Did you enjoy sitting with them reading the stories of God along with wonderful pictures?  

My  kids really enjoyed sitting and listening to the storybook versions - looking at the pictures - learning about the Truth of God.  Then they got older and I started to move us to reading those stories out of my Bible.  Sometimes we used an NIV, other times an ESV - and either way their little eyes would start to cloud as their attention wandered after just a few sentences. 

International Children's Bible for Young Princesses Reviewed by Reading List

I was bummed.  I knew they loved the stories, because they knew them thanks to the colorful storybooks.  Yet I could not read the words aloud in a way that engaged them, at least most parts of the Bible - the phrases are long, the words uncommon and the overall message often slow in coming. 

With this reality in our house, I knew I at least had to give this new Bible a try.  One baby girl is only getting older and two the International Children's Bible claims to be an understandable translation of the original Hebrew and Greek that is trustworthy. 

About the Book

This particular Bible is purple and glitter covered and an International Children's Bible.

What is the ICB?
The International Children’s Bible® is not a storybook or a paraphrased Bible. It is a translation of God’s Word from the original Hebrew and Greek languages.
God intended for everyone to be able to understand his Word. Earliest Scriptures were in Hebrew, ideally suited for a barely literate society because of its economy of words, acrostic literary form and poetic parallelism. The New Testament was first written in the simple Greek of everyday life, not in the Latin of Roman courts or the classical Greek of the academies. Even Jesus, the Master Teacher, taught spiritual principles by comparing them to such familiar terms as pearls, seeds, rocks, trees and sheep. It is for this same purpose of making the Scriptures intelligible that this translation was created. (See more of the goal of ICB by clicking here).

There are pages to personalize this Bible - to/from, family history (think small family tree) as well as a few extra learning and instruction pages.  There is a page "Why Should I Read the Bible?" that discusses the importance of building a friendship with God - "best friends" because He loves us and wants a relationship with us.  Next there is a simple, but helpful, timeline of the Bible - most of the major events of the Old Testament consume most of the timeline, to help get a sense of the overall Bible, I assume.

After a basic table of contents and preface on the ICB, there is a helpful, although extremely short, topical index that pulls out some popular verses.

In the actual text of the Bible there are a few inserted pages: "How Do I know Jesus Loves Me?", "Knowing Jesus Better", "How do I Pray?" and a few more.  These pages include reflections for the reader as well as some Bible verses and a few places to record personal favorite verses.

Throughout the Bible certain words are bold, because they are not common words, and the bold catches the readers attention to the fact they are part of dictionary at the end of Revelation.  After the dictionary there is a very short index that focuses on the main people of the Bible (Jesus, Jacob, Daniel, name a few). Next there is a nice break down of a few of God's promises - reflections off of verses. This is followed by a few extremely popular Life Verses for memorization.

Finally, there are a few colorful sheets with the names of God, the names of the Disciples, the Miracles of Jesus, kids in the Bible and a few maps of major areas in the Bible.

Why We Like It

First off, this is just an adorable Bible- the cover has shades of purple that attract young girls, as well as glitter and faux pearl accents. To be honest, I was a little jealous that there are not awesome covers on my Bibles!  Since it is common knowledge, we tend to gravitate towards objects that are pretty and sparkle, this cover is a win right off the bat.

I knew it would be a winner with my daughter, who is still very young.  I was not too sure about the ICB though, as there are some translations of the Bible that are simply not worth our time, let alone our money. So I started going through some random books checking against my ESV, NIV and KJV.  There are some differences, some of the points are arranged in a different order (Ecc 3) for example.

My next test was to read some large sections aloud to my husband as he read along in the NIV - just to see if the differences were worthy of concern.  And yes there were differences, but they did not at all change the point of each section we looked through (1 Thess, Ecc 2-5, Matt 1-3, Gen 1-3). In fact, it read more fluidly.

And that is why I am recommending this Bible for all of little princesses in your life.  There are some great story book Bibles out there, that set up the Bible as a wonderful epic story (and it is...) and then we jump kids into the standards - NIV, ESV, KJV- and the shift is huge.  The words are hard to comprehend, the phrasing is complicated and their attention wanes quickly.  The ICB allows for the flow of a story book while being true the original words of the Bible.

International Children's Bible for Young Princesses Reviewed by Reading List

I might have to use this one to read aloud to all of my kids when we work on their Bible studies so they can stay focused enough to comprehend the message.

While I am not going to start replacing all of our Bibles with the ICB, I do think it would be very helpful for kids to have access to one especially those kids younger than 13 (and for those older who struggle with reading comprehension, no matter their age).

Title: ICB, Princess Bible **                 
Publisher: Thomas Nelson                                              
Publication Date: February 2016
For ages: 6-10 (perfect for those stepping from storybook Bibles)
Type: Bible

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What are your thoughts on the different translations of Bibles?  Have you checked out the ICB before? Would you get your child a Bible that is "pretty" or just give them a plain Bible (if money is not an issue)?

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