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The Crown... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, June 11, 2016

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The Crown

Kiera Cass

The Crown a Sneak Peek on Reading List

Goodreads Summary:

When Eadlyn became the first princess of IllĂ©a to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

Sneak Peek:

"You have to embrace the idea of imperfection, even in the thing that is most perfect for you." p 64

Initial Thoughts

I wanted to love this book, and granted it is better than The Heir, but overall I'm disappointed with Eadlyn's story all together.  The original three of the Selection series were great, but this one is disappointing...

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 @ Sunrise Avenue

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!

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The Cozy Reading Spot #146

Thursday, June 09, 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!

June's Reading List Freebie

I was going to hold off on this freebie until next month, and add in a few extras, but I couldn't come up with an idea for June... so this month's freebie is for the families with younger kids.  This is a scavenger hunt guide for those outdoor activities you want to take the kids on. Whether it's camping, hiking, biking, or any other time spent outside, just print off a copy of this for each of your kiddos, and have them find each thing on the sheet. Maybe have prizes for those who get it done first? Or find all the objects?  This is a great way to stretch kids during family BBQs and events!

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Last Week's Features

Marissa's Favorite

My favorite link from last week was by Amanda from Sicily's Heart and Home: Choosing Preschool Themes from Books. She shares how she creates preschool lessons based on her daughter's current favorite book, even as that favorite book changes.  

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The most popular link from last week was by Payton from A Hopeful Happenstance: 8 of the Best Blogging Bosses.  She shares a list of 8 bloggers who are inspiring her to blog. 

8 of the Best Blogging Resources from A Hopeful Happenstance a feature on the Cozy Reading Spot

Please link up all you've got!  

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 wish I didn't have to say this, but please keep it clean. I know books & posts can range the gamut on adult content, but please keep your posts and images clean for this one. 
  • 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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Heroes of the Bible Treasury

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Heroes of The Bible Treasury

Children's Corner

When my kids were little - granted two still are this little- they would interrupt me numerous times a day with a book, a sweet look, and the clear request to be read to.  More often than not, I would happily oblige. 

We would curl up on the couch, or even in my desk chair, and work our way through The Very Hungry Caterpillar or The Cat in the Hat or even The Velveteen Rabbit... it was great... most of the time.  Sure there were times when they came over with the tenth book of the hour, and I would have to decline because there are still chores that must get done (I doubt they would have wanted to give up their lunch...). And there were times when I would tell them they could sit on the couch and "read" themselves. Of course, they couldn't really read yet, but they knew the story, and the pictures were always great. 

Part of why you read to your kids is the hope that one day they will want to read by themselves. The hope that you will have children who love to pick up a book to learn something new, or to transport themselves into a world that is different where they can learn empathy or simply grow their imagination. 

Heroes of the Bible Treasury a Review on Children's Corner on Reading List

And then that day comes. You have a child who is fairly capable at reading, maybe not reading Tolkien on his own, but certainly capable of early chapter books.

You, as the parent, have a new issue at hand... finding books they can read, that challenge them slightly, yet are engaging enough that you don't dash their new found love of independent reading.

I know - serious issue!

In my search for finding such books, I was given the opportunity to check out the Heroes of the Bible Treasury. This collection has six early reading books.  And while it isn't really an early chapter book, having six books in it, allows for the feeling a chapter book. I was more than willing to give a shot.

About the Book

Adventure Bible has put together six individual early reading (level 2, which is called reading with help) books to highlight some of the heroes of the Bible.  The heroes in this collection include Paul, Esther, Joseph, Noah, Elijah, and Moses. Each story follows the main events of the person from the Bible. While each story is based in scripture, they are written like a story, to allow for early readers to fully comprehend.  Each story ends with a verse from that section of the Bible, a short character description, and a "did you know?" commentary with fun facts.

Why We Like It

Since these books are all level two, my independent reader is fully able to read each book full on his own. In fact, he has spent a few afternoons reading these books to his brother and sister - which is nice.  I am a fan of giving him reading material that is easier for him to read because it builds his confidence while reviewing reading concepts of dialogue, punctuation, and vocabulary that can get glossed over when we work on harder reading material as we focus on new words and sounding words out and such.

This is certainly a storybook, so if you are looking for a Biblical account, this might not be for you. Not that stories stray greatly from the Bible, but they are more synopsis with few details. For example, in the Joseph book, it mentions he has "a lot" of older brothers... clearly the specific detail of a number is too much...

I was also glad to see that Esther was included in this collection.  Too often the heroes of the Bible are all male- granted there are few women to really pick from in comparison to the men. And I was also relieved to see that Jesus wasn't one of the heroes.  Too often when we refer to Jesus as a hero in books we equate Him with the heroes of fiction and movies, and let's be honest, that is just not a good comparison.

My son really enjoyed the little recaps at the end of each book.  The quick little summary of the characters and "did you know?" facts really grabbed his attention.

Heroes of the Bible Treasury a Review on Children's Corner on Reading List

Title: Heroes of the Bible Treasury 
Illustrator: David Miles
Publisher: ZonderKidz
Publication Date: May 2016
For ages: 4-8 (Level 2 Reader in I Can Read! Series)
Type: Bible, Christianity 

With #Superheroes everywhere Check out a great collection of #Biblical Heroes your kids will love! #AdventureBible @Reading_List1

Check out a few of these Bible Activities for your independent readers  

  1. Did you know that the Adventure Bible has a great interactive website and app?  It is FREE! 
  2. How about some more detailed Bible verse coloring pages - great for older kids and adults too!
  3. If you are looking to work on some handwriting with your independent reader, here are some great sheets to work through

Are you a fan of the I Can Read! series? Do you allow your kids to pick out books that are "easy" for them to keep their confidence in reading up? Do you prefer to stretch them in their reading abilities?

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