Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Books That Came My Way in February

According to my Goodreads stats, I've read 12 books so far this year which has me a little behind on my goal of reading 80 books this year.  But, like I say every month, life is busy and blogging is not always my priority.  I wish I could spend my days reading on the couch under a blanket, but reality is that there is laundry to do, chores to get done, kids to feed, and activities to go to. I'm also subbing quite a few days and that takes a bunch of my reading time.

Because of my busy schedule I am taking less books.  I really only accept books that I am almost certain I will love.  So, this month's mailbox was a little slow and I am certainly okay with that.

I am currently reading two books and I'm almost done with both of them. I will have a few great reviews to share with you in the next week or two. As always, if I am choosing to read a book, then be sure that I truly think it is worthy of my time. Of course, some books just find their way to my mailbox without my previous knowledge. I am only going to spend time reading and reviewing books that I enjoy. If I'm not feeling it, I'm going to put it aside. I can't get to all these great books that come my way, but at least I can tell you about them here and I hope to review them just as soon as I can! 

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BOOKS FOR REVIEW


SPLINTERS OF LIGHT
By: Rachael Herron
Published: March 3, 2015
Publisher: NAL Trade

I'm currently reading this and am loving the relationship between the sisters in the story as well as the mother and daughter.  This book will definitely make you think about your life and what is truly important.

Ten years ago, Nora Glass started writing essays about being a single mother of a six-year-old daughter. Her weekly column made her a household name, and over the years, her fans have watched Ellie grow from a toddler to a teenager.

But now Nora is facing a problem that can’t be overcome. Diagnosed with a devastating disease that will eventually take away who she is, she is scared for herself, but even more frightened about what this will mean for her sixteen-year-old daughter.

Now Nora has no choice but to let go of her hard-won image as a competent, self-assured woman, and turn to the one person who has always relied on her: her twin sister, Mariana. Nora and Mariana couldn’t be more different from one another, and they’ve always had a complicated relationship. But now the two sisters will have to summon the strength to help them all get through a future none of them could have ever imagined, while uncovering the joy and beauty that was always underneath.



GRACE OF GRATITUDE JOURNAL
By: Deborah Purdue
Published: October 1, 2012
Publisher: Applegate Valley Publishing

I'm excited to share this journal with you. I'll be reviewing it next week.

Grace of Gratitude is an exquisite journal that has lined pages for the reader to express their own thoughts of gratitude. Inspiring examples of gratitude by the author Deborah Perdue, and beautiful illustrations by Tara Thelen are interspersed throughout. Gratitude is a valuable spiritual practice, and through this journal, one can reap the benefits of appreciation of life to feel more joy and more peace on a sustained level. This journal is not only for the novice, but also for anyone who is already experienced at the spiritual practice of feeling gratitude in his or her life.



FRIBBET THE FROG AND THE TADPOLES
A Captain No Beard Story
By: Carole P Roman
Published: January 5, 2015
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

All of Carole Roman's children's stories are great and I'm looking forward to sharing this one with you. I also have two copies, so I'll be giving one away!

Fribbet's gone missing! The crew searches for the excitable frog and finally find him troubled and crying in the stern. Fribbet is very upset, and it's up to Captain No Beard and the crew to find out what's wrong. Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles is another great voyage into problem solving and friendship, as well as an adventurous trip into the imagination. Join the Captain No Beard and his friends as they learn the value of sharing our troubles with others and that help is always there when we need it.


BOOKS I PURCHASED



WE ARE CALLED TO RISE
A Novel
By: Laura McBride 
Published: June 3, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

This was a Kindle Daily Deal and the synopsis made me decide to snag it. I'm sure I'll love it.

Three lives are bound together by a split-second mistake, and a child’s fate hangs in the balance. What happens next will test—and restore—your faith in humanity.

Far from the neon lights of the Vegas strip, three lives are about to collide. A middle aged woman attempting to revive her marriage. A returning soldier waking up in a hospital with no memory of how he got there. A very brave eight-year-old immigrant boy.

This is a story about families—the ones we have and the ones we make. It’s a story about America today, where so many cultures and points of view collide and coexist. We Are Called to Rise challenges us to think about our responsibilities to each other and reminds us that no matter how cruel life can be in a given moment, it is ultimately beautiful to live, and live fully.


That's all for this month.  I hope you find some time this month to read a book you enjoy. If you do, be sure to let me know!  

3 comments:

Pray Species said...

I completely get why you snagged a copy of "We Are Called to Rise." I hope it matches or exceeds expectations. I have been keeping a gratitude journal for the last couple years - it is truly one of the best things I have ever done! I look forward to that review.

Alisa Wilhelm said...

I'm a firm believer in gratitude journals! I use a five-year journal to keep track. That reminds me that I haven't updated it in a few days o.o

Sheila @ The Deliberate Reader said...

We Are Called to Rise is very intriguing - I look forward to reading your review about it!