adult fiction

Fury... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, May 21, 2016

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Charlotte McConaghy

Fury a Sneak Peek on Reading List

Goodreads Summary:

When emotions are erased from the world, creating a civilization of mindless drones, only those with fury can survive.

On the same day each year Josephine Luquet wakes naked, shivering and covered in blood that is not her own. Under the cold gaze of the blood moon she is someone else entirely, but when dawn breaks her memories vanish and she is left with only an icy horror, a burning fury. Amid a sea of 'drones', she alone hasn’t been cured. 

Then she meets Luke. He isn’t like the other drones. With secrets behind his eyes, he is the only one determined to help Josephine discover the truth before the next blood moon rises. 

But time is running out. Is Luke willing to risk his life to be near her? Does he truly understand what violence she is capable of? 

Raw and full of passion, Fury is a story of love in a dystopian world, and how much we are willing to forgive in the struggle to remember our humanity.

Sneak Peek:

"I don't know when we became so obsessed with easy. Everything in the world is designed to create ease." loc 2284

Initial Thoughts

The concept of this story really intrigued me.  It has been on my to-read list for a while, then I won the whole trilogy!  I admit, the language in this is a little much (a ton of swearing) but still the characters were interesting, and their dilemma kept me interested.  However, this is a specific genre, and will only interest those fans of romantic, dystopian sci-fi/fantasy.

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

Meet the Hosts of Saturday Sneak Peek:

Marissa @ Reading List

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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Karen @ Dino Hero Mommy

Karen is a reading teacher who loves to listen to books as she commutes to and from work. She prefers crime thrillers and mysteries but enjoys a good book from any genre. She blogs about her life as a wife and mom at Dino Hero Mommy.

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

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National Readathon 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

National Readathon Day

Fun freebies and reading apps

Have you noticed that every day is a special celebratory day?  There is national hot dog day, and national coffee day... national cake day... national Teddy Bear day... really I could go on and on...

But there are a few that I think are totally worth preparing for, even if they are not serious holidays...

Saturday, May 21, 2016, is National Readathon day!  The American Library Association has partnered with Penguin Random House to make the 21st official National Readathon Day.

Aren't you thrilled?  Just me?

Well, I am thinking this is an excellent day to make a point to spend a little more time reading: for your own pleasure, with your kids, outside at a park, inside if your cozy little nook...

For one day, allow yourself to push the chores and daily to-do's aside and just read.

Maybe I should have put this post together sooner so you would have time to get a few books to allow you to spend the day with a few great books...

But thanks to modern technology there are so many free options available you have plenty of time.

If you are lucky enough to be reading this early on Friday, maybe you could swing by the library and grab a few new books... Not sure what you want to read?  Call the library during your lunch break and ask a Librarian for a few recommendations based on the last book you enjoyed.  Then ask her nicely if she could pull those off the shelf for you, since you'll be stopping by in a few hours.  You might be surprised how great librarians are at giving excellent recommendations.

Another great idea for last minute reads would be a library app for your phone or tablet.  Sure Kindle app with Amazon's vast array of free books is worth it.  I highly recommend Overdrive for your reading pleasure.  You can connect through a local library and it works just like the library!  You take out a book through the library app and after your rental period is up, the book is returned!  Awesome right? (Here is the link for android users. And for you Apple users...) I have also heard good things about Hoopla, although I haven't used it yet...

No  matter how you go about getting your hands on some fun reads for Saturday, I would love to see what you are reading!  That means you have to interact with me...  You are always welcome to leave a message with your current reads in the comments - I really do check out all the books you all recommend.  However, my best book reading buddies and I connect on Goodreads - we share our favorites, our to-read lists, and recommend to each other all the time.  It's a great little community of book enthusiasts and every genre is welcome.  I have friends who only read non-fiction while others are strictly Christian fiction. There are some that that read such a wide variety I am always amazed. There is really a place for everyone.   Hop on over to Goodreads and join us!  You can just be my friend there, or if you really want to connect with some new friends, join our community.  It's relaxed and full of fun.  

And because what is a major celebration without a few goodies?  

Are you going to carve out some time to join in on the Readathon? What books are you going to read?  Do you use your library's app?  

I cannot wait to see what you all are going to read for this fun national holiday!

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Cozy book hop

The Cozy Reading Spot #143

Thursday, May 19, 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!

May's Reading List Freebie

I have been trying to find different prints to decorate my mantel for each season, and after spending way too many days shopping at the local stores, I decided to create my own.  Of course, that means I want to share them with this community!  These prints are sized to print on an 8 x 11 sheet, so you might have to size them down to fit in your frame... I have them printed to fit into 5 x 7 frames and they are pretty cute.  One is a scripture verse, and another one of my favorite Tolkien quotes.  I hope you like them!   

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Last Week's Features

Marissa's Favorite

My favorite link from last week was by Sara from Homeschool Preschool: 3 Favorite Bedtime Stories for Preschoolers.  Her top three are three of my kids' favorites too!
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Most Popular

The most popular link from last week was by Susan from Mary-andering Creatively: Special Quotes, Oswald Chambers.  She shares a powerful devotional by Chambers and how it has affected her life. 
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This is an open link up, not just a book link up...

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  • 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 the 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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adult fiction

Using Literature to Analyze the Darker Side of People

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Rose Society

Marie Lu

The news is full of the darkness in the world.  The horrible acts people commit against each other every day.  It can be hard to read, or watch, depending how you get your daily news.  As a mom, I often completely avoid the news most of the day, so as to keep my mind on the positive.  Yet, there is no denying the truth that this world is not a perfect place.

The world of literature often helps readers to really dive deep into different aspects of the human condition. So when the world is overflowing with the less admirable characteristics, it can be interesting to allow literature to take it to the full extent.  Allow stories to show us just how destructive it can be, in order to learn from it.

The Rose Society by Marie Lu a Book Review on Reading List

Story Overview 

This sequel to The Young Elites continued down the dark path that Adelina started on.   As she becomes consumed with the need to exact revenge on the Inquisition and the Daggers, her need for Enzo blinds her completely.  Her hope is to gain Enzo's strength and power so that the two of them can unite. Of course, if you've read The Young Elites you will know just how difficult this need for Enzo is - I will try by best not to spoil this for you if you haven't.  

The Inquisition are also moving forward with their plans, now with Teren as their leader.  His new position in the group leads them on a path that is surprising, at least for me... Not to mention Teren must find a way to stop Adelina since they know firsthand where her power and strength come from. 

Personal Likes

I was more prepared for the level of darkness of Adelina with this book, and so I enjoyed this one a little more.  The addition of Magiano was much needed for me. He is complex in a mysterious way throughout the book, which kept me reading.  Maeve was also intriguing, as she holds the key to one of the major hurdles of the story for all groups involved.

So often stories look at everything from the good side, the angle of good, placing a solid bad guy against a solid good guy.  Granted stories are more interesting when these sides have some layers and flaws, but overall the sides are clear.  The interesting part of this series is that almost each side is equally bad, with minor shimmers of good, once in a while...  It's like picking the best of the worst to root for, and still knowing the redeemable characteristics of all are so small it's almost not even there... isn't this an issue for many real life people and scenarios.

The Rose Society by Marie Lu a Book Review on Reading List

Personal Dislikes

As promised, this book has more action than the first.  Since Adelina's power is rooted in her hate and pain, it is not a pretty display of power.  The few times when the different sides clash are full of dark storms and violence - and if you have spent any time reading my reviews for the past year, you'll know my tolerance for violence is limited.  While I completely see how this is the point of the book, the exploration of dark forces, there are times when I really wasn't a fan.

The tension between Violetta and Adelina skyrocketed to the point of breaking in this book, and it broke my heart.  Their past is so full of horrible moments almost all at the hand of their father, that I had hoped they would find a way to pull themselves together, giving Adelina that glimmer that pulls at our heart strings... but at least in this book, that was not the case.

Reading List Rating

Three heart rating on Reading List

I am on the fence on this rating - it's somewhere between a three and a four heart rating.  The story is dark, and for that I feel like it deserved a three, however, Lu's writing is amazing, she spins stories that are visually amazing, so for that I want to give this a four...  

My Suggested Audience

This is marketed as a teen/young adult series.  And as far as the genre goes, dark fantasy, bordering on dystopian, I would agree.  However the exploration of the darker side of a character, an anti-hero who turns into a full-fledged dark-hearted villain, I might have to push the young adult side for the audience.  The power that each of these characters has is often pulled from darker elements, and therefore needs a more mature reader to realize that there is dark and light in the world, and exploring one side doesn't negate the other. If you are a fan of Marie Lu, you could really enjoy this book as her writing is amazing - just be warned that this is not your typical fictional series. 

Wondering Questions to Consider

Since this book series is looking into how dark a heart can become when tortured or abused, the mind can easily move into some of the topics of the world that are darker: How can the worst people in society also be offered salvation?  What would it look like to be in a world where there was no light, no redemption, no hope?    Also, the concepts of the family set up a great foundation for this series.  How do you forgive those closest to you when they do the unthinkable? How do you find healing in a world that can do the worst to its people?

"Fear motivates, more than love or ambition or joy." Agree or disagree? #TheRoseSociety @Reading_List1

How do you deal with the darker side of humanity?  Has the darker side ever worn you down? Do you ignore it completely, hoping to focus more on the light and positive? Are you a Marie Lu fan?  

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

Marissa @ Reading List

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10 Books that Inspired One Author

Monday, May 16, 2016

10 Books That Inspired "Listen Up, Kids"

One of my greatest joys in writing this blog is getting the opportunity to talk to writers and authors about how they create what they create. Often, I am inspired simply by their tenacity and determination. Once in a while, I have the great privilege to share a little of what they have shared with me, with you all!

Today, I am sharing a wonderful list of books that inspired Chad Gramling while he wrote, "Listen Up, Kids". I hope you are inspired by his list.

10 Books that Inspired One Author - a Guest Post on Reading List

In my book, Listen Up, Kids: Foolish Dreams, Syncing with God & Running to Win, I share a story I had heard about a successful alumnus of my alma mater who decided reading books about successful people was a way he too would be successful in life. Given that he was successful enough to have earned more than enough money to donate to the school that a building was named in his honor, it seemed to me that it was a great step for me as well. So I have read a lot of books since that time, all the while with the intent of passing the knowledge gained onto my children. Listen Up, Kids was an attempt to do so. It began as a letter to my kids, but grew into much more, leading to the publication of the book. 

Here is a list of books that were quoted, referenced and/or represented in the book and why they were impactful enough for me to included them.

  • Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit (Francis Chan)

Before listening to Chan's awesome book about the Holy Spirit, I didn't even have a true understanding of what the Holy Spirit is let alone why my ignorance was so sad. I came to understand that God's will is just as much about moment-by-moment leading as it is day-to-day, week-to-week, and year-to-year.  

  • God of the Underdogs (Matt Keller)

Matt Keller and I attended the same high school and his wife Sarah and I were in the same graduating class. I've enjoyed watching them from afar as they relocated their Indiana family to Florida and started a church that has gone on to be a magnificent example of God using ordinary people for extraordinary purposes. There is no doubting that God is being glorified through their work. Keller's book, God of the Underdogs helped me understand that we are all broken and messed up... and that that is okay.  

  • The Furious Longing of God (Brennan Manning)

"Our religion never begins with what we do for God. It always starts with what God has done for us, the great and wondrous things that God dreamed of and achieved for us in Christ Jesus." Next to this, my personal note reads: "If you read no other words from this book, read and understand these two sentences."  Manning, of course, has many other brilliant sections that we can read for deeper wisdom into God's love for his children and how we are to joyfully life in Him. 

  • Sole Purpose: Shoes of Hope from the Feet of a Samaritan (Emmanuel "Manny" Ohonme)

I met Manny and was exposed to his awesome message of being obedient to God's will and ordering of our lives while at a credit union industry group meeting. To say that he had a big impact on 1Glories and my life in general would be a big understatement. Manny and Manny's story showed me what it meant to really trust in God and God's directing. 

  • Messy Church: A Multigenerational Mission for God's Family (Rod Parsley)

Parsley paints a portrait of the church body being  a family, on that establishes a vision for ministry to create a community and connectional system that our culture desires and possibly needs. He offers examples and provided a scriptural foundation in favor of this family model, and as we all know, families are sometimes messy. This is how we are to connect generations, reach new believers and, ultimately, enjoy a worship that is glorifying to God by bringing more of His children together in a loving and caring spirit.

  • The Last Lecture (Randy Pausch)

I was first introduced to The Last Lecture while traveling for business. It was provided in a "goody basket" provided by the host company. I read it while I was in town and throughout the flight home. When I got home, I watched the video online and have done some several times since. Randy's message to his kids for living life the right way has stuck with me and it's one of the main reasons I began writing "Listen Up, Kids" in the first place.

  • The Tomorrow Trap: Unlocking the Secrets of the Procrastination-Protection Syndrome (Karen Peterson)

There was a time in my life where I was very afraid to move forward. I feared success as much as failure and I felt very much alone. During my darkest hours, I couldn't help but ask "what happened to me?" This book helped me realize the sources of some long unresolved shame and how to be released from that shame. 

  • What's in the Bible: A Tour of Scripture from the Dust of Creation to the Glory of Revelation (R.C. Sproul & Robert Wolgemuth)

I had tackled a challenge to read the full Bible in its entirety and have done many Bible studies in addition to watching educational videos, documentaries and such. But I still felt like there was so much more in the Bible that had not sunk into my thick head. This wonderful book does a great job of giving a strong overview of all the significant moments while also teaching how to read the Bible for understanding what scriptures are saying. 

  • Born Again (Charles W. Colson)

This was the first book I read as a new Christian in 1995. It was given to me by the mother of friend who had recently lost his life in an auto accident approximately one year after I had nearly lost mine as well. I was relatively young and very new as a Christian, so I know a lot of it went over my head and I would be wise to revisit it. I was mainly captivated by the sense of Christian community that came around Colson following his rise to power and later fall from it as part of the Watergate scandal. 

  • Awake My Heart: Daily Devotional Studies for the Year (J. Sidlow Baxter)

A decade after becoming a Christian, I was seeking a better understanding of what it meant to be a Christian and how to gain a closer relationship to Christ. I sought out a strong year-long devotional to help me get there. Spurred by a vividly detailed vision I once experienced, I chose this devotional based upon the title alone. In doing the devotions, I gained a true understanding of many scriptures, the life of Christ and what it means to study the word with a thirst and hunger that is rooted more of the heart than the mind. 

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Chad Gramling makes his home in Indiana with his wife and three daughters. He's the founder and primary blogger at 1Glories (, a vision cast onto his heart and detailed in his book, Listen Up Kids: Foolish Dreams, Syncing with God & Running to Win.

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