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Its been a while since I’ve had a book that has pulled me in and kept like this book. I started it this weekend and finished it today during my day off. It was great! As I read books of this genre I’m reminded how very lucky I am to live in the United States and to be free. I’m further reminded that societies like these could exist in the future, have existed in the past, and do to some extent exist today. This book is a good reminder to where we could go as a country, as a world.

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Matched by Ally Condle

Matched tells the story of Cassia living in a world heavily controlled by Society. So much so, that Society decides what you will eat, when you will eat, your job, who you will marry, when you will have kids, when you will die….You get the picture. Cassia has two large events happening that will forever impact her; her matching ceremony and her her grandfather’s last banquet or death. Cassia matching ceremony is the same day as her best friend Xander. And to everyone’s surprise, she is matched with Xander. One glitch, when she views his information provided by Society, another boys face appears. Ky, a boy with a secretive past, is also on her card. This error has Cassia questioning everything.

This book is very well-written and pulls you into the story almost immediately. As you read you learn more about society and its direct control over its citizen’s lives. This book does a great job exploring a modern-day/futuristic Socialistic society. It helps bring insight into a type of government we tend to overlook or not think much about. Since this is a young adult book, it does a great job demonstrating the negative effects on such governmental rule.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a read until I’m finished, don’t put down book.

I give this book a 5 out 5 bookends.

Have you read anything recently? I’d love to hear what you’re reading. Have you read this book? Any thoughts on it?

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I was very lucky this month, both my book from the blogging for books program and my book club were the same! I think this is the first time this has happened. Now, I’ll confess, it might be because I helped choose the book for bookclub. Furthermore I was lucky because I enjoyed the book.

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Sister Chicks do the Hula by Robin Jones Gunn This book tells the traveling tale of two best friends. Years prior Hope and Laurie agreed to go to Hawaii and the time has come for them to go. The timing isn’t perfect since Hope is unexpectantly pregnant. Laurie is working through the hard decision of moving. The two dive into the culture of Hawaii learning about its rich history. They meet native islanders who help enrich their trip and the book for the readers.

Gunn does a great job with this book. I will admit that Hawaii hasn’t been on my list of must go to places. However, reading this book and the author’s obvious love for the island, I’ve gotten a much better appreciate it for it. I found the people she introduced to the readers as wonderfully textured. I enjoyed reading about the island’s history through the characters. I really enjoy how this author tends to pair of up unlikely friends or, well, friends who seem quite opposite. This was true in the other Sister Chicks book and am now wondering if this is a trend for the this author. I enjoyed this as it added a bit more depth to the story and certainly seemed more realistic to me. Afterall, my closest friends are very different in personality than myself. I also think it helps to demonstrate how even as Christians we can be very different.

The one negative I found in the book is I had a hard time connecting with either main character. I think it was just me. The book is very well written and wonderful. I just couldn’t imagine myself hanging out with either of the two main characters. Or even the minor ones in fact, other though textured, I was not able to connect. This is quite odd to me as usually if I like a book, I really like the characters. But, for whatever reason this time, they seemed like they were people I met at a party and walked away feeling like I should like them but I couldn’t connect. Strange I know. And my no means should this discourage you from reading the book. It was wonderfully written.

Over all, I enjoyed the book and history added in but couldn’t connect with the characters.

“I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.”

I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 bookends.

What have you been reading? Please share if you’ve found a good book or if you’ve reviewed something recently.


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Now with 2013 behind us, my focus is on 2014. I’ve made a couple of resolutions this year as I always do. Last year was the first year I choose a word and Bible verse for the year. I really liked having both the word and the verse as it helped keep me focused.

This year I chose the word PerseverancePerseverance is a continued effort to do or achieve despite difficulties, failure, or opposition; steadfastness.

I picked this word for many reasons. I’ve started out making changes in my life just to fall short when life gets busy. I was doing a great job reading my Bible every morning just to stop when our schedule changed to include Kindergarten. I do great with my diet for several months just for vacation or the holidays to make me fall behind. You see, in many aspects of my life, I’ve fallen very short of Perseverance.

In the new year, I look forward to persevering through our (hopefully) changing food allergies. I know these changes, although positive, will take my focus and energy. I will have to maintain a new diet. I’m also planning to persevere in reading my Bible once every day. I feel more at peace and relaxed when I have this time. Last year, I put together a cleaning schedule and really worked to improve our household management. But, that all fell apart during the holidays, this will be better this year.

I also need perseverance this year as I train for my first 1/2 marathon. Yes, I said it….I’m training for a 1/2 marathon. Last year I did several 5Ks with much success and a 10K. This year, I got the crazy idea and very impulsively agreed to do a 1/2 marathon. This alone will challenge me in so many ways. Not only the challenge of completing the miles but staying on tract with the training, family life, work life and social life. Ok, as I type this out, I feel a bit overwhelmed. Yeah, I’m gonna need some perseverance!

My official New Year’s Resolution are the following:

Jogging Resolution: 1/2 Marathon: I will complete this! 10K: I will do at least one of these 5K: I will do a few of these

Weight: I will weigh-in under 190 lbs at the end of the year

Social: I will make time this year to see people outside of social media

That is it. I’m keeping it simple this year. I don’t want to get bogged down in multiple things to work on, I just want to persevere.

Perseverance must finish its work so that you may mature and complete, not lacking anything James 1:4