I’m working on my one book a month goal for 2018. If you’ve been following my blog, you know I love to read. I’ve taken a bit of a break due to graduate school and studying for my certification test. That decrease, was part of the reason I wanted to make my goal of 12 books in 2018. I’ve missed reading. However, like anything, I had to get back into the habit of relaxing and reading. So, without further ado, I present to you, my book review.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer Earth faces a potential intergalactic war with the mysterious Lunar people. The fate of Earth falls on one young girl.... Cinder is a cyborg mechanic who is considered a second-class citizen. She was adopted by a man who shortly died from the plague leaving her as a ward to an unkind woman. Cinder's life becomes intertwined with Prince Kai's, it becomes complicated by duty, loyalty, and freedom. This was the first book by Marissa Meyer that I've read. She has a wonderful writing style which pulls the reader into the story. I immediately was intrigued by this new approach to the timeless Cinderella story. I found myself rooting for the young cyborg as she discovers her identity and her role in history. The only downfall of the story is it was pretty easy to figure out how Cinder fits into the Lunar vs Earth conflict. Although this was pretty easy to guess, it wasn't officially written in the book until the end. As an adult reading this book, I reminded myself this book was written for a younger population. Therefore, a younger reader may not pick-up on this as quickly. This book was written for a younger age group. I love how the developing romance and the cruelty of the step-mother was very age appropriate. This makes it so a slightly younger person can read it safely. This story was cleverly written and is certain to become a favorite in the young adult genre. I would recommend this book to anyone who reads and enjoys young adult stories. The language and story is appropriate for a slightly younger reader,children as young as 14 could read this book. I give this book a 5 out of 5 book ends.
So that’s most recent read. I’m planning to start the second in the series soon. So look for that review.
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My first book finished in 2018! If you’ve been following my blog, you know one of my goals is to read/finish at least 1 book a month. I’ve also started my second book for the year.
The Proving by Beverly Lewis
Amanda Dienner has run away from her Amish roots and living in the Englisher world. She was surprised when she found out her mother had died and she will inherit the Amish bed and breakfast. The one caveat is she must successfully run the bed and breakfast for 1 year. Trina has been mourning the loss of her fiance. She found comfort in caring for an elderly woman. When the elderly woman fell and was unable to return home, Trina found herself out of job. With time on her hands, she decided to go on a mystery vacation which landed her in an Amish bed and breakfast.
Lewis is a gifted story teller and this book is no exception. Her characters have colorful and varied. The story focuses around Amanda and Trina. Their unlikely friendship helps guide both woman to healing. Trina is a bit rough around the edges sometimes as she tends to say what she’s thinking. But she has a helping heart and helps Amanda not only with her physical needs but also with emotional needs to help heal. Amanda is kind and hardworking but is impulsive and tends to hold a grudge. Lewis uses her story telling skills to help us gently see potential flaws and ways to improve on them.
Sense this is an Amish book, one should expect references to church, God and praying. This book does a good job intertwining the story with Christian activities. The book also has several Christian themes. These include the importance of family, trusting God, and forgiveness.
Overall, I give this book a 5 out of 5 bookends.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book for free from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Have you read this book? If so I’d love to hear what you thought of it. What are you currently reading? Share your reviews as a comment and maybe I can find my next book!
Oh boy! Here is a review of a cookbook I received this fall. I am a bit late in my review and I apologize.
Sweet Potatoes by Mary-Francis Heck
This book has 60 recipes. These recipes vary from simple to more complex. The recipe ingredients are basic and traditional to less traditional such has chocolate or coconut milk. It has recipes for different types of Sweet Potatoes.
Before reading this book, I had not realized there were any other types of sweet potatoes besides the orange fleshed ones. The book is thin so it’s easy to add it to your collection of recipe books. It has beautiful pictures. I tried two of the recipes. They both turned out good and my family ate them well.
My only disappointment is thinness of the book. Overall, I really like my cookbooks to have a bit more thickness to it. I do know this was a very focused cookbook but I would have liked a bit more from the book.
Overall, this is a good cookbook. I give it a 4 out of 5 on the scale of 1-5 book-ends.
I did receive this book for free from the publishers for an honest review.
Boy, has the last 3 weeks been a whirlwind. I started working as a nurse practitioner and well, that’s kept me pretty busy. That and the kids activities. My son’s soccer season just finished up and my daughter’s dance is picking-up as the Nutcracker approaches. I am deep in the trenches of mommiehood.
Despite everything I was able to read a fantastic read. Below is my review.
The Gift of Christmas Past by Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall
Hadley is trying to get free of her past and at 27 is trying to finish her degree in speech therapy. Monroe owns a therapy company that helps children with speech needs. Hadley and Monroe dated while Hadley was in foster care. Unfortunately, Monroe being from a wealthy family is made to choose between Hadley’s future and the two having a future together.
Woodsmall and Woodsmall has written book that will touch your heart. This story is a story of overcoming life obstacles. The characters all must find ways to get beyond life circumstances. Even Monroe mush overcome his parents gifts in order to self actuate. I fell in love with the characters. I found myself cheering them on for success in both their relationships and their professional success.
This book is a good, fun read for the holidays. It has a heartwarming ending leaving which is perfect for the Christmas season.
I recommend this book for any young adult or adult who enjoys a romance with a hint of medical information. The content is wholesome and older teens could read and enjoy it.
I give this book a 5 out 5 bookends.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the author for an honest review.
If you’re a following of my blog, you may remember prior to graduate school I was part of a book club at my church. We read quite a variety of books. Some were light “free-reading” books and others were more serious books. I decided to return to the book club this year. Last month’s book was a nice light book. This month, we tackled a more serious book. Here is my review of this month’s selection.
The IMAM’s Daughter: My Desperate Flight to Freedom by Hannah Shah
Shah tells her story of growing-up the daughter of a Muslim’s religious leader’s daughter. She tells her story of enduring her father’s physical, sexual, and mental abuse. She addresses the issues associated with the closeness of Muslim community. She decides to run-away at age 16 once she realizes she is being sent away to marry one of her cousins in Pakistan. After running away, Hannah converts to Christianity which forces her to live a life running away from her family who wishes to execute an “honor” killing.
Hannah’s story of her life is heartbreaking. Because of the closeness of the Muslim community, her tragic abuse which started at age 5, was never addressed by anyone. Its hard to believe that this occurs in today’s society. Its hard to believe its widespread. The abuse made parts of this book very difficult to read. However, Shah explains that many Muslim woman experience the arranged marriages and physical abuse. It breaks my heart knowing there are woman and children enduring this.
This book provides a firsthand telling of growing up Muslim in England. It sheds some light in how the family interacts with the non-Muslim world. I know its only 1 family and 1 person’s view, but it does provide some insight. It was eye-opening to realize that her family (especially her father) was polite to non-Muslims to their face but behind closed doors the hate was over-powering. The book provided insight on how Muslims learn about their religion. The memorizing of verses without any instruction on their meaning was the mainstay of her teaching. The dependence on those telling you what those passages mean is the mainstay of their teaching.
It also was surprising to read that abuse didn’t just happen at home. Shah’s Muslim instructors would beat her if she got an answer wrong. Her brother went to Pakistan to become a religious leader and was abused. Abuse was common place in Shah’s life.
The book does tell the story of her finding love, peace and Christianity. She was able to leave her family and abusive past. She found Christianity and converted. She found Hope and found a way to help other Muslims. This is a story of escaping a tragic past and finding hope. Despite the dark parts of the book, it ends uplifting and positive.
It is an easy read. I was able to finish it in just a few hours of dedicated reading time. At times, I felt the book bounced around a bit. It is written conversationally. This is a style I like, but it also tends to allow for some bouncing around in the story.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Muslim to Christian conversion. I would caution that child abuse is discussed openly in this book. I would not recommend this for children or anyone under the age of 18 due to the topics discussed.
I would give this book a 4 out 5 bookends.
School started about 2 weeks ago. It has been a crazy last few days. My daughter is now in 4th and the homework workload has increased quite a bit from 3rd grade. My son is in 2nd so he’s also no beginning to see twice weekly homework. Luckily his homework is still really pretty easy and not too time consuming. At least not yet.
With all of that taken into consideration, I had planned on finishing this book sooner. I want to finish a book lent to me and then I need to read my book club book too. With all of that, I’ll be pretty busy the next few weeks trying to get everything done.
None the less, here is my book review on The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett
Barnett tells the story of Margaret Lane and Chief Ranger Ford Brayden. It is set in 1927 with the National Parks Service. Margaret is from a wealthy political family whose dream come true is to spend some time in the National Parks. She is amazed by God’s artistry as she works as a naturalist. Ranger Brayden grew-up on the mountain. He is haunted by his father’s death and does not see the park in the poetic way Margaret does. The two work together to preserve the natural beauty of the park.
This book spoke to soul and I quickly connected to both Margaret and Ranger Brayden. Margaret’s appreciation of the beauty of nature paired with Ranger Brayden’s common sense and knowledge of the danger was a great combination. The author did a fabulous job of weaving the two points a view together to create a truly perfect picture of nature.
This book is a Christian novel. Margaret often refers to God’s handiwork and is confused by Brayden’s inability to see and/or acceptance of God’s work. She does pray to God and several of her conversations regarding nature does revolve around God.
The only negative to this book was there were some slower parts.
Overall, this is an excellent read. It connected with my soul and my desire to to be out in nature. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an historical novel of a slightly different sort. I would recommend it to young adults and adults.
I give this book a 5 out of 5 bookends.
Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
What are reading now? Have you read this book? If so, what did you think of it? I’d love to hear form you.
I am very excited to have finished the last book in the Amish of Summer Grove series. It is a well-written fantastic story. To be honest, I want to get to my review quickly, so I won’t delay!
Gathering the threads by Cindy Woodsmall
This is the third and final book of the series. Ariana has returned to the Old Order Amish that she grew-up and loving. She finds herself feeling confused and uncertain of where she belongs. Skylar is also found struggling a bit figuring out how she fits in with the Brenneman family.
This book ties the entire series together and pulls everything into a wonderful ending. Woodsmall’s characters continue to grow. I grew to love all of them. I loved where they ended and the path we took along the way. The book is a coming age of sorts as both Skylar and Ariana must find thier path and define who they are.
This book is a Christian novel. There are multiple references to God. The story is so much more than a Christian Amish novel. It evaluates what it means to be a family and how to be true to yourself and honor God at the same time. There are many underlying Christian themes such as honesty, forgiveness, and love.
I honestly did not find anything negatives about this book. It was an absolute delite to read and a fitting conclusion to the series.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish or Christian novels. I also would recommend this to anyone who enjoys stories about family relationships. This book is an innocent story with no sexual contexts. There is the mention of past drug use and smoking. I would recommend this book to young adults.
On a scale of 1-5 book ends, I give this book a 5 out of 5.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book free from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.
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