Storm Siren... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, August 27, 2016

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Current book:

Storm Siren 

Mary Weber

Storm Siren  A Sneak Peek

Goodreads Summary:

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.

Sneak Peek:

"I think some have to fight harder to choose good over evil because the evil's got it out for them. And maybe its because those're the ones evil knows will become the strongest warriors, recognizing true wickedness when it rears its head." p 272

Initial Thoughts

I picked up this book strictly because a bunch of the book bloggers I follow were reading it... and most of them really enjoyed it.  And to be honest, for the first 150 pages, I wasn't feeling it.  Nym seemed like the typical conflicted almost-anti-hero of the genre, but then the action kicked in, and I got interested.  And of course that means I have to read the next book!

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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How to Create a Collaborative Partnership with Your Kids

Friday, August 26, 2016

Raising Human Beings

Ross W Greene

I won't lie, I stopped reading parenting books about half way through my third pregnancy.  I was tired of hearing "experts" share their sure-fire ways of raising perfect little angel kids.  It was slightly depressing when the encouragement you get somewhere in the middle of the book fades about two days after you finish the book.  There is never real applicable ideas that are translatable to unique families and children. Well, for the most part, that is.

But then I was presented with this book, and for some reason, I said yes. I am so glad I did. If you are only going to read one parenting book, no matter the age of your child, or how many kids you have, you seriously need to pick up this one... like yesterday... here's why...

Raising Human Beings by Ross W Greene  A Book Review on Reading List

Book Overview 

This is a parenting book that allows parents to not just be the disciplinarians in their kids' lives, but the guides who can show these young people how to be respectful, decision-making adults one day. While Dr. Ross Greene has a long-standing reputation with families who have more difficult behavior problems to work through, this particular book is for families who just want more help in making daily life less chaotic through building relationships where each member of the family knows how to solve problems and work at overcoming their own personal hurdles.  

Greene walks you, the parent, through his three steps in such a wonderfully easy way that all parents will feel confident implementing this style of parenting into their homes, no matter their unique situations. As Green says, "Parents have so much guidance being thrown at them that it would be understandable if you decided to just turn on the autopilot and glide with your instincts." And since he realizes that only leads to unhappy homes or serious discipline issues, he made this how-to full of examples, and answers so you will be confident with this process months after you finish reading the book. 

Personal Likes

Greene's style in gaining my trust at the beginning was nice.  Because it is so true, every counselor any more has the perfect solution to whatever issue you might be facing in the moment - too much yelling, sullen kids who won't tell you what is wrong, kids who are not listening at school, and so on and so on... but those are just symptoms of the actual issues. Greene addresses that point exactly.

He also gives corny phrases to use for the first few times you try his three step process. And he admits it's cheesy.  But he swears it works. It seems to be helping me, and it has helped many many people according to his articles online.  There is something about having an actual script to follow at first, and permission to feel dorky while being a parent that makes it easier to do... or maybe that's just me...?

Also there are a half dozen or so real questions at the end of each chapter to help clarify each step and different scenarios. So if you were not clear on something in the chapter, no worries he will address it.

Raising Human Beings by Ross W Greene  A Book Review on Reading List

Personal Dislikes

Well, it's a parenting book. And it is very technical. So that means dry. For me that means slow reading... and I do not like slow reading.  But I understand that is par for the course, so it's a minor hit.

Also, as another way of explaining each step and how it works for different families, Greene uses scenario stories throughout... for me, I could have done without them. But I am sure other people will benefit greatly from them. All preference here. 

Reading List Rating

I am going to give this four and half hearts... it's not quite five, simply because it's a parenting book, and I won't know how wonderful it really is until I've had months to implement it.  But I highlighted it like crazy, and already feel more confident about approaching the issues at hand in my house. 

My Suggested Audience

All parents should read this book. It doesn't matter your faith, or your moral standings. It doesn't matter how old your kids are, or what discipline issues you might have... this book will help you build the kind of relationship parents hope for while they are anxiously waiting for their new little one to arrive and begin the journey of parenthood. Also, this is an excellent book for teachers of all kinds - if you work with kids, you should consider this book.

Check out my quick review on Goodreads

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are a million parenting books out there... and I've only read a handful of them, to be honest. And most of the time they sound good while I'm reading them, but as soon as I put the book down it's out of my head. This one is not like that. Greene has put together a book that is so practical it sounds ludicrous, but I know that it will be a parenting technique I use for the rest of my life.

You see, Greene has put together a how-to for parents, knowing that so many parenting books promise to give a game plan, but never really give the nuts, and bolts of the plan - this time, Greene gives starter scripts. He gives word for word conversation starters to use with kids no matter their ages, and even goes so far as to guess what you will be thinking while you are using these starters.

Plus, at the end of each chapter he addresses tons of reader questions so that there are no questions by the time you reach the end of the book. The only question you will have is why didn't i read this book sooner!

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Amazing Quotes from Raising Human Beings:

  • "We've established that kids do well if they can, and that doing well is preferable, and that the key factor involved in doing well is skills, not motivation."  (location 3701 e-reader) This is the basis for much of Greene's process, and just internalizing these concepts helps with a parent's vantage in all situations. 
  • "Try not to worry about what other parents or the neighbors or your extended family is going to think. Try not to compare yourself to them or their children. Allowing yourself to be overcome with embarrassment or worry about what they think will only cloud your ability to see your kid for who he is."   (location 2369 e-reader)  Granted this kind of encouragement is typical in parenting books, but here, his tone throughout, helps to truly give you courage to try... and really trying is all he is asking... such an important point... try...

"force and power tend to bring out the worst in human beings, both younger and older..." #RaisingHumanBeings@Reading_List1

Do you feel overwhelmed with the challenges of parenthood? Would you like to have a script to try when you need to step in a really parent?  What if there was a way to work on the problems before they happen? Would you read a book if might help with those future hiccups?

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

Marissa @ Reading List

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The Cozy Reading Spot #156

Thursday, August 25, 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 Lisa from Syncopated Mama: 5 After 5, Summer Olympics Edition.  Even with the games over, it was fun to see her favorites!
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Most Popular

The most popular link from last week was by Michele from Living Our Days: The Holy Pursuit of Happiness. She shares a wonderful reflection and review of the book, The Happiness Dare by Jennifer Dukes Lee.
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