Books

All Things Books: June Collection

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

All Things Books

June Collection


"If you look after Goodness and Truth, Beauty will take care of itself." Eric Gill

I am not much of a country girl.  We live very close to a good sized city, granted not a huge one, but still, this probably makes me a city girl. Being in the dirt is not really my thing.  Sure I can handle a walking trail hike, and I enjoy watching the clouds in the sky. But getting my hands messy, well it is not really my thing - yes I do have boys, and yes I make exceptions as I am a mom...   This year I agreed to plant a flower garden, from seeds.  My boys and I turned over soil, dug out spots for seeds, covered it all with fresh dirt and mulch, and have been watering & weeding faithfully.  We are focused on the truth that seeds need nutrients from the soil, water, and sun.  Just this week the beauty of beautiful blooms have been our reward.  It is a wonderful lesson for my kids and for me...



All Things Books  June Collection




Summer has officially begun, and with it, we have enjoyed quite a bit of heat - have you?  So far we have avoided getting sunburns, and that is quite a feat I feel!  I am still working on a personal project, which has kept me quieter over here.  Hopefully, I'll get a few more posts schedule in the next few days so July has a little more to do over here!   Also, I would like to invite all of you reading to leave your own writings and posts with me over on The Cozy Reading Spot.  I stop by each link and love seeing what you all are up to!

As I have been sharing each month this year, I have been finding some awesome articles on books, reading, literature and anything that has to do with books.  So in case you are wanting some quick reads, some new perspectives or even just some new suggestions for books to read, I would love to share them with you.




June's Collection

  1. Many of you have said you just do not have the time to read too many books, and want recommendations on really important, influential books.  Well here is a great list of Ten books that have "Hugely Impacted the Western World."
  2. While I'll admit, it is hard to find good fiction to read, here is a wonderful reminder of why filling our shelves with non-fiction might not be the best option... Balance is the key to everything! What Science is Saying About Fiction Readers
  3. For all of you fairy tale lovers, why not pick your next book from this great list of retellings?  Compare and contrast your favorites!  Granted this is a little out-dated, but still, there are so many options!  162 Retellings of Classics
  4. For those of you who might just border on being annoying with your grammatical fixes... that totally includes me...  this is a fun chart of the actual meaning of many words that we colloquially use incorrectly!
  5. If you have a kid who is currently reading, but the interest is starting to fade, this article from Reading Rainbow has some great suggestions!
  6. I'm torn on this list of 26 Contemporary Books That Should Be Taught in High School - What are your thoughts?
  7. This is a great list of read-alouds for preschoolers and kindergartners!


All Things Books  June Collection








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. There are also a few great articles to remind you just how great reading is!   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.  Please consider seeing yourself as a lover of books, and join in the goal of finding a book you love each month this year...  That means now you only have to read 6 books!  


"If you look after goodness and truth, beauty will take care of itself." #EricGill  #AllThingsBooks @Reading_List1

What was your favorite from the round-up?  What would you add?  Is there something you want to see in July's round-up?



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


Marissa @ Reading List



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Goals

Baby Steps Toward Intentional Goal-Setting

Monday, June 27, 2016

Goals with Grace

Baby Steps toward Intentional Goal-Setting


I am a planner...  I think it is part of being an introvert.

Sitting with a blank piece of paper, or calendar, writing down lists of to-dos, wishes, dreams... whatever comes to mind, that is fun, that planning part.  The beginning of each week, when I get to plan out the schedule, it is often the highlight of the day.  I know that sounds sadder than it really is.

Do you know what I am saying?

If so, then I would guess, like me, you also love to read articles about how to organize your life and become the most productive you. Finding your mission statement, then pinpointing your goals, followed by the steps it will take to get you there.

It always sounds so great.  And the writers always make it sound like if I just write down my dreams, then my goals, then my mission statement... THEN I will be able to put together a concise list of actions to make it happen.  And of course, the end result would be a productive, happy me!

But, if you are like me, when it comes time to work the steps, coming up with a mission statement is too hard.  So I move on.

I keep wishing I could be more productive and focused... it's a wishy-washy cycle that usually leaves me very emotional.

Anyone else?

Well, when my blogging friend, Victoria, told me she was putting together a kit to help kick start women into taking action with their goals, I wanted to be part of it.  You see, Victoria is a mom, and a blogger with a busy life, just like me.  Yet she seems calm and focused, more often than not.  Any secrets she can share, I wanted them.

Goals with Grace is a goal planning kit that will help you intentionally put together a plan to reach the goals you have.  And the best part is it is completely personalizable to you and your life, right where you are, today.



The Premium Edition is what I am working my way through, and I really love it.  Victoria has videos, where she talks you through each step, and printable worksheets to guide your thoughts as you focus in on the action steps you need to take in order to reach your goals.

If you are curious, here is Victoria's inspiration for putting this amazing tool together for all of us.




"I am so tired of being so tired! I'm tired of spinning my wheels and not actually accomplishing anything.  I'm tired of feeling like a failure!" And then I heard it... You are not a failure. You are My beloved.  "But God why is this so hard?!?!? Why can't I get anything done?"


I'll admit, I have felt that way before... and I know many mamas who would agree.  If you are one of them, then maybe take a moment and really consider this tool.




Alright, so if you decide you want to check this out, here is what you get!




WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN GOALS WITH GRACE
  • What is truly important to you in this season
  • Identify your roles and responsibilities
  • Define what your purpose is
  • Create and evaluate goals that align towards your priorities
  • Create a plan of action to complete your goals
  • Accountability tools
  • Evaluations to help you accomplish your goals
  • and so much more!







If you have any questions or concerns, just let me know.  If I remember correctly, you can even get the first chapter free to try it out...











book series

The Winner's Kiss... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 



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Current book:

The Winner's Kiss

Marie Rutkoski



The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski a Sneak Peek on Reading List



Goodreads Summary:

Some kisses come at a price.
War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.
At least, that’s what he thinks.
In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.
But no one gets what they want just by wishing.
As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?



Sneak Peek:

"As he spoke, it occured to her, that maybe he, too, felt like two people, that maybe everyone does, and that its not a question of whether one's damaged, but of how easily or not that damage is seen."  p 146







Initial Thoughts

Oh my, this series...  Arin and Kestrel... these two have transported me to their world so completely, and these books were the perfect way to start my summer reading!  Their love story isn't as all-encompassing as some are from this genre, which gave plenty of space in the book for descriptions of them as individuals who have brains and truly think about their feelings and futures - refreshing!




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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Book review

Read Fiction to Remember the Nature of Romance

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Read Fiction to Remember the Nature of Romance

A Hope Undaunted: A Novel (Winds of Change)

Julie Lessman

Everywhere there are stories of romance. Even ads capitalize on romance and especially physical attraction.  I would even go so far as to suggest, most romance stories focus so much on the physical side that sometimes the idea that there is more to romance is forgotten.

But there is more to romance than the physical - right?

I know that the more I see violence and stories of the bad in humanity, I long to hear about the good in humanity.  Since the news does not often balance this out, I search for it in books - stories that authors create based on the full nature of humanity, with both good and bad in each character. Stories that really show the true nature of love and romance.

While there are so many genres out there, Christian Historical Fiction & Romance often fills this need for me.  To be completely honest I do not want to pick up a book that preaches at me, especially in fiction.  Rather, I look for a book that shows people who are simply trying to live their lives the best way they know how, even when it is messy and they make mistakes.

And that is exactly what I was looking for in Julie Lessman's A Hope Undaunted.




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Contemporary Fiction

Flawed... Saturday Sneak Peek

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 



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Current book:

Flawed

Cecelia Ahern



Flawed a Sneak Peek on Reading List



Goodreads Summary:


You will be punished…

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.



Sneak Peek:


"I've learned that to be courageous is to feel fear within, every step of the way. Courage does not take over, it fights and struggles through every word you say and every step you take. It's a battle or a dance as to whether to let it pervade. It takes courage to overcome, but it takes extreme fear to be courageous."  p 107







Initial Thoughts

Oh my, this is going to be my favorite book of the year, maybe in the past few years even.  Even only half way through and I love it, the complexity, the society, the social commentary that is echoing our world today... I could go on and on... 




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.


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


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  http://forfunreadinglist.blogspot.com











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book series

The Crown... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 



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Current book:

The Crown

Kiera Cass



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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. 

Bloglovin' ~~ Subscribe ~~ Goodreads


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.


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


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  http://forfunreadinglist.blogspot.com











Linking up with these fun hops, check them out!

Bible

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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