Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Books that Came in December 2016

I can't even believe that December is gone. Just like that, it's 2017 and like most of you, I am wondering where the last few weeks have gone. It was a crazy busy month with concerts and basketball games and then finally Christmas celebrations.

I still had some books show up in my mailbox and of course, received some as gifts. I was hoping for more down time over break to catch up on reading but ended up being quite busy. I did finish a couple books and will be reviewing them soon.

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I'll be linking up with The Deliberate Reader 
to share our stacks of books for December
To see her Stack of Books 
as well as other bloggers' Book Stacks, click HERE.



BOOKS FOR REVIEW





THE ORPHAN'S TALE
By: Pam Jenoff
Published: February 21, 2017
Publisher: MIRA
Format: eBook

If you loved WATER FOR ELEPHANTS and THE NIGHTINGALE then this book is for you! I can't wait to read it!

Seventeen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier during the occupation of her native Holland. Heartbroken over the loss of the baby she was forced to give up for adoption, she lives above a small German rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep.  

When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants, unknown children ripped from their parents and headed for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the baby that was taken from her. In a moment that will change the course of her life, she steals one of the babies and flees into the snowy night, where she is rescued by a German circus. 

The circus owner offers to teach Noa the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their unlikely friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.




EVERYTHING BELONGS TO US
By: Yoojin Grace Wuertz
Published: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Random House
Format: eBook

I haven't heard of this book or author before but it showed up in my email and I thought I would check it out. It's an area of the world that I typically don't read about. 

Seoul, 1978. At South Korea s top university, the nation s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. 

For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn't t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father's world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. 

But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. 

In this sweeping yet intimate debut, Yoojin Grace Wuertz details four intertwining lives that are rife with turmoil and desire, private anxieties and public betrayals, dashed hopes and broken dreams while a nation moves toward prosperity at any cost. 





IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN...ISRAEL
A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World
By: Carole P. Roman
Published: November 2, 2016
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Format: Paperback

You know I love this cultural series for kids. I always learn something in these books.

Join Carole P. Roman when she visits the exciting land of Israel in the newest book of her informative series. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to the Middle East to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the land through the eyes of a youngster like you and understand what life is like in this exciting place. Don't forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair world traveler.





ONE TO TEN
Squirrel's Bad Day
By: Carole P. Roman
Published: October 30, 2016
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Format: Paperback

A new one from Carole P Roman. Whatever she creates is always amazing and I'm sure this one will be too. 

Squirrel is rushing along a tree limb when she trips, losing all her acorns into the rushing water of the river below. Angry and frustrated, she doesn't know what to do. Her good friend, Rabbit, lends both a sympathetic ear as well as a solution. Rather than get angry, Rabbit tells her, rate the problem on a scale of one-to-ten. By identifying and realizing the true importance of the issue, the issue may not seem so overwhelming. Adorable forest creatures help the sad squirrel put everything into perspective so he does not to get stuck in a rut over something that may not be a big deal after all.












CAPTAIN NO BEARD AND THE CREW OF THE FLYING DRAGON
Coloring and Activity Book
By: Carole P. Roman
Format: Paperback

This is a paper activity book featuring pages from each of Roman's Captain No Beard books. I have reviewed several of them HERE and I'm a fan of every single one.



BOOKS I PURCHASED




NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS ANIMALS STORIES
Heartwarming True Tales from the Animal Kingdon 
By: Jane Yolen
Published: October 14, 2014
Publisher: National Geographic
Format: Hardcover

I have been eyeing this book for awhile and used an amazon book deal to purchase it.

Amazing animal stories that span the centuries come to life in this beautifully written and illustrated book. Some are sweet, some funny, some surprising, but all are emotionally powerful -- the Capitolene geese who saved the Roman empire, Balto the Alaskan sled dog, Smoky the Bear, the passenger pigeon of WWI Cher Ami, and the latest internet sensation Christian the lion. A collection such as this comes along only once in a generation, full of heartwarming tales that families will read, re-read, and remember. 




ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
By: Lucy Maud Montgomery
Published: First published in 1908, Audio Published November 22, 2016
Publisher: Audible Studios
Format: Audio Book, read by Rachel McAdams

I purchased this as an Audible deal. I have never read Anne of Green Gables......GASP!......I know. Since I love Rachel McAdams, I thought this might be a perfect way to "read" it for the first time.

With all of the pluck and charm of its eponymous young hero, Rachel McAdams (The Notebook, Spotlight, Midnight in Paris) delivers a spectacular reading of Montgomery's beloved bildungsroman. In moments both funny and bittersweet, McAdams' voice is imbued with the spark that has made Anne a much-loved symbol of individualism and cheer for over a century. In this story of "kindred spirits", McAdams' touching and heartfelt narration proves she is just that - bonded on a deep level to this shimmering classic.
When aging brother and sister Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan boy to help with chores around their farm, Green Gables on Prince Edward Island, neither is prepared for the feisty and imaginative redheaded girl who is mistakenly brought to them instead. Nor are they prepared for the way in which she will change their lives. Through a series of hilarious misadventures, Anne's uncompromising spirit makes her a striking presence in the close-knit village, bringing new friendships, first crushes, and, for her foster parents, a love, and openness unimaginable before her arrival.



YOU'LL GROW OUT OF IT
By: Jessi Klein
Published: July 12, 2016
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Format: eBook

I heard about this from the podcast What Should I Read Next and then I've seen it on a lot of Best Books of 2016 lists. It's a collection of stories and will make for easy once-in-a-while reading.

As both a tomboy and a late bloomer, comedian Jessi Klein grew up feeling more like an outsider than a participant in the rites of modern femininity.
 
In YOU'LL GROW OUT OF IT, Klein offers - through an incisive collection of real-life stories - a relentlessly funny yet poignant take on a variety of topics she has experienced along her strange journey to womanhood and beyond. These include her "transformation from Pippi Longstocking-esque tomboy to are-you-a-lesbian-or-what tom man," attempting to find watchable porn, and identifying the difference between being called "ma'am" and "miss" ("Miss" sounds like you weigh ninety-nine pounds).
Raw, relatable, and consistently hilarious, YOU'LL GROW OUT OF IT is a one-of-a-kind book by a singular and irresistible comic voice.



THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY
By: Gabrielle Zevin
Published: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Format: eBook

This has been on my list to read ever since it came out. It was a Kindle Deal, so I snagged it.

On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto "No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World." A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means.

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island—from Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who’s always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay, his sister-in-law who is hell-bent on saving him from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who keeps on taking the ferry over to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J.’s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly.

And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It’s a small package, but large in weight. It’s that unexpected arrival that gives A. J. Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J.; or for that determined sales rep, Amelia, to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light; or for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J.’s world; or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn’t see coming. As surprising as it is moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.
 



FALL OF POPPIES
By: Heather Webb, Hazel Gaynor, Beatriz Williams, Jennifer Robson, Jessica Brockmole, Kate Kerrigan, Evangeline Holland, Lauren Willig, Marci Jefferson 
Published: March 1, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow
Format: eBook

I've been wanting to read this collection of historical fiction stories since it came out. It reminds me of GRAND CENTRAL ORIGINAL STORIES OF POST WAR LOVE AND REUNION which was one of my favorite books of 2014. It was a Kindle Deal so I didn't hesitate to grab it.

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month . . .

November 11, 1918. After four long, dark years of fighting, the Great War ends at last, and the world is forever changed. For soldiers, loved ones, and survivors, the years ahead stretch with new promise, even as their hearts are marked by all those who have been lost.

As families come back together, lovers reunite, and strangers take solace in each other, everyone has a story to tell.

In this moving, unforgettable collection, nine top historical fiction authors share stories of love, strength, and renewal as hope takes root in a fall of poppies.



HARVEST
An Adventure into the Heart of America's Family Farms
By: Richard Horan
Published: September 25, 2012
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Format: Paperback

This has been on my radar for awhile and I decided to purchase it for my nephew for Christmas. I think it will be right up his alley.

Horan embarks upon a serendipitous journey across America to work the harvests of more than a dozen essential or unusual food crops—and, in the process, forms powerful connections with the farmers, the soil, and the seasons.



SEINFELDIA
How A Show About Nothing Changed Everything
By: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Published: July 5, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardcover

I purchased this for my husband, a huge Seinfeld fan. 

The hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld—the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world, altering the lives of everyone it touched.

Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly forty million Americans were tuning in weekly.

In Seinfeldia, acclaimed TV historian and entertainment writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!”, Joe Davola gets questioned every day about his sanity, Kenny Kramer makes his living giving tours of New York sights from the show, and fans dress up in Jerry’s famous puffy shirt, dance like Elaine, and imagine plotlines for Seinfeld if it were still on TV.



JUNIOR MISS
By: Sally Benson
Published: 2007 (First Published 1971)
Publisher: Random House
Format: Hardcover

I purchased this for my daughter for her birthday after hearing about it on the WHAT SHOULD I READ NEXT podcast. We are going to NYC this summer, so I thought she might like this story.

Judy Graves is the girl everyone knows. She's the kid next door who wears a sloppy sweater, two charm bracelets and a locket with pictures. Judy is one of the crowd, giggling and laughing in the corner of the drugstore. But she's also the child who becomes a young lady the day she puts on her first formal gown. Judy is every teenage girl. She personifies the realities and fantasies of the in-between years, the joys, and heartaches of growing up. 



FRIENDS FOR LIFE
By: Andrew Norriss
Published: August 25, 2015
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Paperback

I purchased this for my daughter after hearing about it on the WHAT SHOULD I READ NEXT podcast. She loves ghost stories and since it was raved about on the podcast, I decided to get it for her. 

A timeless and uplifting book about friendship, filled with humor and heart.

When Jessica sits next to Francis on a bench during recess, he's surprised to learn that she isn't actually alive--she's a ghost. And she's surprised, too, because Francis is the first person who has been able to see her since she died.

Before long, Francis and Jessica are best friends, enjoying life more than they ever have. When they meet two more friends who can also see Jessica, the question arises: What is it that they have in common? And does it have something to do with Jessica being a ghost?
 



ANYA'S GHOST
By: Vera Brosgol
Published: March 25, 2014
Publisher: Square Fish
Format: Paperback

Another ghost story I heard about on the WHAT SHOULD I READ NEXT podcast. What is different about this one is that it is a graphic novel. Even though my daughter can't get "credit" for reading this book, I knew she would enjoy it. Sometimes it's nice to read a book for fun.

Anya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn't kidding about the "Forever" part.
Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who’s been dead for a century.
Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya's normal life might actually be worse. She's embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she's pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend—even a ghost—is just what she needs.
Or so she thinks.




THIS ONE SUMMER
By: Mariko Tamaki
Published: May 6, 2014
Publisher: First Second
Format: Paperback

Another purchase for our daughter after hearing about it on WHAT SHOULD I READ NEXT podcast. It is also a graphic novel, but one that has received numerous literary awards.

Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. It's a summer of secrets and sorrow and growing up, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.


BOOKS I RECEIVED AS GIFTS




FOOTNOTES FROM THE WORLDS GREATEST BOOKSTORES
True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Book Sellers, and Book Lovers
By: Bob Eckstein
Published: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Format: Hardcover

I received this as a gift from my BFF Tammy. It's a lovely book and a perfect gift for me!

The local bookshop is the heart and soul of a community each one unique, each one filled with local characters, legendary stories, surprising quirks, and comfortable charm as readers, we cherish them as sanctuaries for learning and dreaming.

In Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores, beloved New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein has gathered the greatest untold stories from a seventy-five of the world s most renowned bookstores (both past and present) and paired them with evocative color illustrations of each shop. Here is a portrait of our lifelong love affair with bookstores that is at once heartfelt, bittersweet, and filled with good cheer.
 












THE CARE AND FEEDING OF AN INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE
By: Ann Patchett
Published: April 30, 2016
Publisher: California Bookstore Day
Format: Paperback

Another gift from Tammy. She lives near Ann Patchett's Parnassus Books and can go there whenever she wants which makes me so jealous. 

Published for Independent Bookstore Day 2016, this pamphlet contains The Bookstore Strikes Back, originally published in Atlantic Monthly.












THE BERTRAND STORES
An Introduction to the Artifacts from the 1865 wreck of the Steamboat Bertrand
By: Leslie Perry Peterson
Published: 2006
Publisher: Friends of Boyer Chute and DeSoto NWR, Inc.
Format: Paperback

My mom visited this museum in October and thought our family would like it as well. She gifted us this book at Christmas.

The remains of a sunken riverboat are valuable for the interpretation fo an earlier way of life because of the accidental nature of their loss, their undisturbed preservation, and their intrinsic interest. Catastrophes arising from volcanic eruptions, storms at sea, and turbulent rivers often result in instant preservation of significant archeological evidence. The Bertrand is an excellent example of this kind of preservation. 




DAILY WISDOM FOR WOMEN 2017 DEVOTIONAL COLLECTION
Published: October 1, 2017
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Format: Leather Cover

I received this from my dear friend, Diana as a gift. Each daily devotional is short, yet powerful. Day 3 and I'm loving it already!

Experience an intimate connection to your heavenly Father with the Daily Wisdom for Women devotional collection. Featuring a powerful devotional reading and prayer for every day of 2017, this beautiful volume provides inspiration and encouragement for your soul. Enhance your spiritual journey with the refreshing readings—and come to know just how deeply and tenderly God loves you. 




DAILY GUIDEPOSTS 2017
A Spirit-Lifting Devotional
By: Guideposts
Published: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Zondervan
Format: Hardcover

I received this from my mom for Christmas. She is a huge Guideposts supporter. I know my sister loves this daily devotional as well. Since I received two devotionals I'll likely read one in the morning and one in the evening.

Daily Guideposts 2017 centers on the theme “In God’s Hands” from Isaiah 41:10, and is filled with brand-new devotions from 49 writers. Each day readers will enjoy a Scripture verse, a true first-person story told in an informal, conversational style, which shares the ways God speaks to us in the ordinary events of life, and a brief prayer, to help focus the reader to apply the day’s message. For those who wish for more scriptural depth, “Digging Deeper” provides additional Bible references that relate to the day’s reading. 




THE WHOLE30 COOKBOOK
150 Delicious and Totally Compliant Recipes to Help You Succeed with the Whole30 and Beyond 
By: Melissa Hartwig
Published: December 6, 2016
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: Hardcover

I received this from my husband for Christmas. I may have sent him the link and suggested he purchase it. I completed my first Whole30 on November 30. You can read about it HERE. I'd like to do it again and this cookbook will make it so much easier! It's full of delicious recipes!

The groundbreaking Whole30 program has helped countless people transform their lives by bringing them better sleep, more energy, fewer cravings, weight loss, and new healthy habits that last a lifetime. In this cookbook, best-selling author and Whole30 co-creator, Melissa Hartwig delivers over 150 all-new recipes to help readers prepare delicious, healthy meals during their Whole30 and beyond.
 

More than 150 recipes for main dishes, sides, dressings, and sauces
Tips to simplify, plan, and prepare meals to save time and money
Variations to turn one easy dish into two or three meals

Whether you’ve done the Whole30 once or five times—or just want to make a variety of satisfying, nourishing meals—this book will inspire you to change your life in 30 days with the Whole30 program. 


This is a slew of books! At least they aren't all for me! Be sure to let me know if you plan to read any of these books. Here's hoping 2017 is full of amazing books! 

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