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Reading Recap

Good morning! I'm a few days late for my weekly recap but at least I'm getting one written this week! Life is getting a bit more manageable now that the kids are back in school and we're on a normal routine again. We still have a few activities, but nothing too crazy. Music and dance lessons seem to be our big things this school year. We have piano, tuba, dance and chorus all going on now! M has decided to join the Battle of the Books this year. I had a great time reading the Battle books along with Carter back when he did it in 4th grade, so I'm looking forward to it. This year's list has about half of the books Carter read, which means we already own half the books. Nice! Blog events and challenges It's Banned Books Week . I usually go all out and post every day about banned books but I just don't have it in me this year! I am, however, reading a banned book. I decided to read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. I hadn't rea

Book Review: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

It all comes down to what happened at the barbecue. Vid's impromptu invitation brings his neighbors Erika and Oliver and their friends Sam and Clementine together with Vid and his wife Tiffany for an evening that changes all of their lives. But what actually happened that day? And will their marriages and friendships withstand the tension that has developed around them? Truly Madly Guilty is Liane Moriarty's latest novel and I just had to pre-order it when I heard it was coming out because I love her stories. Unfortunately, I need to echo what I've heard from many other fans of hers that this is far from my favorite novel by Moriarty. I can't really say why, though. I just didn't feel drawn in and intrigued the way I usually feel when I read her writing. The characters were okay but I never really connected with any of them and I didn't feel that excited about the storyline and mystery surrounding the barbecue. The novel follows the lives of these three

Reading Recap

Good morning! I hope you've had a nice few weeks since my last reading recap. My kids have started school and they both seem to be enjoying their new teachers and classmates. I've been extremely busy with work, as usual. We're all anxiously awaiting Fall arriving here. Starting today, I don't see any 90s in the 15 day forecast so that is a huge relief. The past several months have been hot and humid without any breaks so cooler weather, even just mid-80s, is quite welcome! I'd love to sit on my porch and read. Blog events and challenges This summer I participated in the Big Book Summer Reading Challenge hosted by Sue at Book By Book. I only managed to read three books for the challenge, but I enjoyed all of them. I read The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey, and The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. This past weekend, I participated in the Fall Bloggiesta . I managed to get most of my list done, which felt good.

Book Review: With Love from the Inside by Angela Pisel

Grace Bradshaw's execution date has been set. Her last appeal has been denied. Her 17 years on death row will finally come to an end as she is put to death for the murder of her infant son due to Munchausen by proxy syndrome. She was essentially convicted of making her son sick in order to get attention. But before she dies, Grace wants to reunite with her daughter who stopped visiting the prison 11 years ago when she decided to put her past behind her and live a new life. With Love from the Inside by Angela Pisel is a novel about two women trying to understand how they ended up where they are. One, Grace, is a mother who suffered the greatest loss ~ the death of her child ~ and then essentially lost another child who turned away from her during her imprisonment. The other woman, her daughter Sophie, is a woman who has made a life for herself completely based on a lie. Her husband, his family, her friends and coworkers all believe her mother is dead, not imprisoned. But when

Bloggiesta: Time to Get Back to the Blog

I have been neglecting my blog so badly lately. I noticed that there's a Bloggiesta going on this weekend and I don't have a lot going on myself, so here I am with a very short but important to-do list. It's all about reviews for me. I need to write reviews. I need to update my reviews list on my blog. I need to add reviews to Goodreads and Amazon. The main reason for this blog is to share my thoughts on books, so I need to actually do it! Here's my official list: Write at least 3 reviews ~ UPDATE: 2 done; 1 to go Update Reviews page Add all reviews that haven't been added yet to Goodreads Add select reviews to Amazon Clean up the review requests in my email If you are participating, what's on your list?

Coloring Book Review: Inkspirations Fruit of the Spirit

Do you enjoy coloring? Since I was a child, I have always loved to color. When I was young, that was one of my favorite things to do. I can remember staying up all night with my best friend, and we would spend hours coloring. Back then, I used crayons, but now I like to color with colored pencils. And I'm very happy to say that my 9-year-old daughter likes to color with me! Several weeks ago, I won a copy of a new coloring book called Inkspirations Fruit of the Spirit with original art by Lorrie Bennett. The book is filled with inspirational quotes from scripture paired with beautiful pictures to color. The book is set up as two-page spreads, but M and I picked individual pictures that we liked, rather than coloring the two pages together. I will admit that we are not a very religious family, but I plan to have M color some of these as gifts for family and friends who are. They really are beautiful ~ both the sayings and the pictures. I've shared few pictures that