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The Woman He Married... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 

Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List  a glimpse into what I am reading currently

Current book:

The Woman He Married

Julie N Ford

The Woman He Married  Sneak Peek

Goodreads Summary:

A story about marriage, family, and the silver lining that holds it all together. 

Once an aspiring young attorney, Josie looked forward to taking on the injustices of the world—one case at a time. Eleven years later, she’s a stay-at-home mom and battling demons that don’t require a law degree. Only keeping up pretenses proves more than she can bear when a bracelet that should have been hers shows up on the wrist of another woman. Her marriage slowly begins to unravel as an ex-lover comes back into her life. When he offers her the dreams she thought she’d lost, Josie must chose between the man she married and the one she let get away. 

John has always known exactly what he wanted. A career as a high-powered attorney, followed by the perfect family of six, and then elected public service. So it was no surprise that the first time he laid his eyes on Josie, he knew she was the one he’d share his dreams with. More than a decade, and one tragic miscalculation later, all he has worked for is slipping through his fingers. Powerless to stem the flow, the one thing he remains certain of: he can’t lose the woman he married. 

Sneak Peek:

"Because she wasn't looking to pick a fight, Josie rolled her eyes on the inside and opted for a less combative subject. 'Bobbie earned another stripe yesterday,' she offered with a forced brightness."  location 66 (ereader)

Initial Thoughts

I want to like this story more.  The characters are well developed, I can see both John and Josie as people I might know.  I want to know how their story ends, yet it feels like two whiny kids instead of two adults with serious issues that need to be worked out.  Maybe it is too real...

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

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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!

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The Cozy Reading Spot #154

Thursday, August 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!

Community Freebie: August

This month freebie is for the parents out there who are getting ready for their kiddos to get back into the school routine.  It can be a hard shift back into routine for school compared to summer. For us that means that mornings need to be slightly more structured. 

If you are like me, then you might be into this month's freebie.  It's a super simply Morning Routine chart. In the link there will be four options in different colors. Two will be filled out, two will be blank so you can personalize it.  We will be putting these routines into paper protectors and using a dry-erase marker to cross off each step in the mornings. 

This is a freebie for the Cozy Reading Spot community. All you have to do is leave your email in the community banner that is at the top of the page, or use that annoying pop up.  You will receive a weekly email with a reminder of the link up. In that email will be the link to your freebie!  YAY!

Here's to calm start to the 2016 school year!

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Last Week's Features

Marissa's Favorite

My favorite link from last week was by Karen from Growing Together in Grace and Knowledge: What Happened When I Laid Down My Weapon.  Karen reflects on The Screwtape Letters and Spiritual Warfare and it has impacted her own life. 
What Happened When I Laid Down My Weapon

Most Popular

The most popular link from last week was by Elizabeth from Guilty Chocoholic Mama: These Are a Few of My New Favorite Things. She shares a wonderful personal story before sharing her current favs.  
These are a Few of My New Favorite Things

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adult fiction

What I've Been Reading {July Edition}

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

What I've Been Reading

July Quick Lit Reviews

What did you think of last month's quick reviews?  Were they more enjoyable?  Did you miss it? Oh, well then, check it out!  

What I have been reading... July  Quick Lit Reviews on Reading List

Summer has been a great season for me.  I have been able to really fly through more books than I expected, which means more fun reads for me.  This month will have a few more in depth reviews, but I also wanted to share a few that won't be in depth.  Maybe, once school starts back up, a few of these will reappear on here in the form of reflection posts. We will have to wait and see.

But for now, here is a collection of the books I've finished recently, and my quick opinions on them.  Feel free to ask any questions about a particular book that sparks your interest, because I love talking about books!  Just leave your questions, thoughts in the comments below (if you are reading this on a mobile device, please click over to the web version to leave comments).

The Winner's Curse  by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse by Marie RutkoskiHave you heard of the phrase "winner's curse"?  This first book of three dives right into the curse of winning a bet that cost too much. The irony is that Kestral, the general's daughter, did not even mean to make this purchase at the auction, and she has no idea how much this one mistake will change the course of her life.

For an introductory book to a series, I'll admit, this one starts off slow.  There is a world to build, a deep conflict to allude to, as well as characters to develop. Rutkoski does a marvelous job of bringing the main characters of Kestrel and Arin to life. If you can make it through the first half of the book you will be hooked.  So you might want to grab all three in the series from the library if you are going to give one a go.   I would recommend this book to fans of dystopian battle stories (Divergent, Pivot Point, Delirium) ages 14 and up.  This first book deals mostly with military strategy, slavery, and social classes.  This has a love story, so there are some romantic scenes, but nothing too shocking for the mid-teen audience.

I would give this book four hearts. I really enjoyed this one, but compared to the rest of the series it is slow...
For more on this one, check out my sneak peek.    

The Winner's Crime  by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Crime  by Marie Rutkoski
The second book of the Winner's Kiss trilogy picks up soon after the first finishes which is so good because if you made it through that first book, your heart will be shattered for both Kestrel and Arin.

I do not want to give away any majors spoilers, so I'm going to be generic here.  This second book demands more strategy from most Kestrel and Arin as they battle to play the hand they each have been dealt.  Since this is a more strategic look at the world of war and conflict it moves slowly.  That is not the fashionable style of fantasy and dystopian books right now, but trust me, this is an amazingly well-written series.

Again, I recommend this series to those who are fans of fantasy, almost dystopian like stories. Even those who are into historical fiction set during any war could get into this one.  I give this book a five heart rating because I simply fell in love.  This series will be finding its way onto my bookshelf in the near future.

For more on this one, check out my sneak peek.

The Winner's Kiss  by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
The final book of Kestrel and Arin is by far my favorite. I was so worried for Kestrel and heartbroken over Arin that waiting two weeks to get my hands on this one was excruciating. I just had to know what happened!

Oh man, I was not disappointed. This is one of those books where I wanted to know what happened, but at the same time, I didn't want it to end.  Rutkoski is a fabulous writer. If you are looking for a book that takes you into a new world this is it.

This story takes place during the heat of war that results from the rebellion in book one. And the fallout of the decisions Kestrel makes in book two results in long chapters in this final book for Arin. I loved that Arin was by no means a one-note male lead. He had hopes, dreams, and a history that jaded his vantage of the present. But then his heart also made decisions that did not always jive with what his head was planning. With a wonderfully complex female lead like Kestrel, it could have been easy to make Arin a one-note love interest, and he is not.

This final book did not disappoint. I am giving it a five heart rating. If you made it through the firs two, then please pick this one up!

For more on this one, check out my sneak peek.

Bridge of Snow  by Marie Rutkoski

Bridge of Snow by Marie Rutkoski
This short story is a wonderful addition to the Winner's Curse saga.  It gives the reader a quick glimpse into Arin's childhood.  While you could totally read this before finishing the series, I would recommend at least reading The Winner's Curse first.

We learn early on in the series that Arin was not born a slave, he clearly has memories of living the comfortable life. But that doesn't mean his childhood was perfect. And this sweet reflection on his family will add so much to his character, you will have no choice but to love him.

I give this short story a five heart rating simply because I love Rutkoski and Arin... I might be a little too biased now... 

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
Have you read anything by Cecelia Ahern?  I hadn't either. To be honest, only after reading this book did I realize how many books she has out, and what a large following she has.  That being said, this book is vastly different from her others.  This is a YA dystopian novel to a tee. The perfect melting of The Scarlet Letter and modern dystopian lit has taken the form of Flawed.

Celestine is the stereotypical type-A teenager. She knows all the rules and expectations and has no problem following them. She is extremely logical and analytical. If there is a problem to solve, she is all about finding the correct answer. The culture she is living in has laws as well as societal rules, and when one of those rules goes past human logic Celestine makes a decision that sets her on a path she never dreamed of.

I was floored by this book, it is timely, and yet could easily become a classic like The Scarlet Letter. If you only read one piece of fiction this year, I highly recommend this one, even if it isn't really your genre. If you read The Scarlet Letter and the truths in it still resonate, then this is one you need to pick up.

I give this a five heart rating. I'm trying to decide if I should buy it now or wait until the series is complete and get a fancy set... decisions...   As far as the age range, really if your child is old enough to read The Scarlet Letter than this is a fine read. Yes, there are adult topics, and yes there is violence, but it is important to be exposed to the reality of the world in a controlled environment like fiction before it seems into a person's reality.

For more on this one, check out my sneak peek!

Stars Above  by Marissa Meyer

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
This is a collection of short stories surrounding the Lunar Chronicles that has made Marissa Meyer one of the most popular authors in YA fiction. I'll be honest, this is for the Lunar fanatics because it is not really a stellar book on its own. If you have read the Lunar Chronicles and want more about the characters, then pick this up, maybe from the library.

These are super short stories, maybe a collection of scenes from each character is a better description. There are a couple of real gems hidden inside, like The Little Android, but for the most part, this is fan-fiction at it's most basic.

Granted, I really enjoyed it. It was fun. It was a quick read. I can only give it 3 and a half hearts. As far as the age, if you are reading the Lunar Chronicles, this will be fine.  If you haven't read the Lunar Chronicles, don't start with this one.

For more on this one, check out my sneak peek!

Fervent by Priscilla Shirer

Fervent  by Priscilla Shirer
In case you missed it, I did Shirer's Armor of God study earlier this year and loved it. Since the study was to go along with the movie War Room, I figured I would grab all the other books that were put out with it. So this was one of those picks.

This is what you want to pick up if you are doing some personal study on prayer.  More specifically, if you are looking into the power of deliberate, focused prayer, this book will be interesting. However, please keep in mind that when it comes to prayer there is an element that often gets glossed over in today's politically correct Christianity, spiritual warfare. This is truly a book on spiritual warfare and the power we have in prayer.

Overall I was completely disappointed. After the group study on the Armor of God, I was ready for that level of power. But it is really just another reiteration of the study, the movie, etc. I can only give this one three hearts.  Also, while new Christians could benefit from a ton in this book, the book is probably better for the more seasoned Christian. I still recommend the study over this book. 

If you want more on this book, check out my sneak peek

Check out what I read in July & let me know what you're reading! #Bookfanatics @Reading_List1

What have you been reading?   What caught your eye above?  What should I read next?  

Marissa @ Reading List


All Things Books: July Collection

Sunday, July 31, 2016

All Things Books

July Collection

"The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library."   Albert Einstein
Do you agree with this idea?  The library is where all the knowledge of so many live. Books hold the wisdom of those who have gone before us. But is it the only think you really need to know about?  Join the conversation in the comments below.

All About Books  July Collection

July was crazy busy for us.  It was the month of summer sports camps, family vacations, and days at the pool. Needless to say, it has exhausted me!  I do not remember summer being so exhausting when I was a child.  It also means I am ready for school to start again.  Just a few more weeks.

At what point during the summer do you run out of energy as a parent?  Or if you are still in school, do you enjoy every second of summer?

July's Collection

  1. I held out on reading Cinder for a long time, in fact I didn't start reading them until Winter had been set to come out.  So this was an interesting read from Modern Mrs Darcy... it's fun to see how others resist a book, and then love it!  6 books I had to be talked into reading
  2. With a second grader this year, I have been trying to pick up a classic for us to read each week from the library, and this list from The Homeschool Post has been very helpful!  Free Classics List by Grade Level
  3.  While I'm on the kids chapter books, this is another great resource for chapter books that teach morals.  I'll be honest, I hadn't even heard of many of these series before, but that is part of the fun of the internet, finding new great options to read. Chapter Books that Teach Moral Lessons
  4. Have you  noticed all the attention on Harry Potter again?  With the new books released it all makes sense.  So of course I had to share this list of 11 Magical Books to Read if You Love Harry Potter. Let me know if you've read any of these and agree... or disagree.
  5.  If you have been following along with Reading List for any real time, you know how important I feel reading is to every single person.  So I have to share this awesome infographic on how Reading Makes Us Better.
  6.  I don't know about you, but this summer my kids have loved spending time with their grandparents, luckily even with their grandparents they are immersed in books.  This is a super fun article about how grandparents can impact grandkids in their book choices... and who doesn't love a great reference to The Princess Bride?  Grandparents & Grandkids: How Books Can Bring Us Together
  7. Just in case you are like me, and out of ideas for the summer... here is a great list of ideas for the older kids... or even to do along side the younger kids in your life. Summer Fun for Kids Aged 9-12
  8. Many of you are teachers, homeschooling mamas are so teachers too! So I wanted to share this great list of books that are perfect for teachers to read, but are not books on how to teach.  Let me know if have read any of them, and if they have impacted your teaching abilities... 6 Non-Teaching Books Every Teacher Should Read

All Things Books July Collection  Einstein quote

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.    

"The only thing you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library." #AlbertEinstein #AllThingsBooks @Reading_List1

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

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

Marissa @ Reading List

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