Monday, May 22, 2017

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes


This book was so funny and entertaining. The way Shonda phrased her thoughts through that year was just brilliant. I did not know much about her before reading this memoir, but I now have an idea of the person behind some of my favorite shows. She talks about making a promise to herself to say yes for a year and the regrets she had the moment she was put to the test. She also talks about the benefits she gained from sticking to it.

I recommend this book to any woman who is struggling with a case of hermit-itis and lonliness. Read this book while eating that tub of ice cream!


Friday, February 26, 2016

The Five Times I Met Myself

It took a while to read this book because of my chaotic life right now, but every time I began reading, I did not want to stop. I am a slow reader and will lose interest quickly if a story does not take off quickly. This one captured my interest right away.

I immediately liked the main character, Brock. Pretty straight-laced, but felt shadowed by his sibling, Ron.  I also fell in love with his nutty, smart-mouthed friend, Morgan. The story takes off when Brock’s dad appears to him in a dream. This dream feels like a nightmare to Brock. There are clues to the reason, but not really apparent at this time. Then Brock attends his high school reunion. He runs into his old girlfriend and an old rival. These two people end up being major players in the story. Again, not evident at first.

The real excitement begins when Morgan, Brock’s best friend, gives him a book on lucid dreaming. Brock does not really think it will work, but when he decides to put it into practice, he is in for a surprise.

Each time he dreams and meets his younger self, he changes things in the present, and not for the better. He keeps dreaming to correct the change that was made and he makes things worse. Finally, he has to realize that he must fix things in the present.

This book had my heart pumping at times because I was anxious to see what changes were made when Brock woke up each time. There was a point in the book where I thought, “this should be the end of the book”, but I am glad it was not.

The ending was a bit lackluster, but overall, a good read. I recommend it to anyone who wishes they could go back and change things in their life instead of allowing God to work with where you are. 


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Advent in Narnia


I read the Chronicles of Narnia when I was a kid and then saw the three movies as a adult. I never really looked at the reasoning behind the words. This book digs deeper into C.S. Lewis' carefully placed scenes, purposefully said words and overall meaning behind the kids' journey into Narnia and the characters they meet there.

Advent in Narnia takes the reader step by step through the book. Before each chapter, the author tells you which chapter in the Narnia book to read or follow along .Then, at the end of the chapter, there are questions for you to reflect upon.

I recommend this reading to no only Christians, but fans of the Narnia series.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

When Mockingbirds Sing


Well, this was a fun book! The main character is a nine year old girl named Leah who is very shy and has a stutter. Her family moves to a small town in Virginia and throws her a party on her birthday. She is sitting on a hill by herself when she meets the Rainbow Man. The Ranbow Man sings to Leah and convinces Leah to paint elaborate paintings that will have the entire town in an uproar! Leah's best friend is an older girl named Allie, who sticks by Leah's side until she feels she cannot any longer.

This is a feel good book that had me laughing and talking out loud to some of these characters. It is a great read even for readers who may not like spiritual books.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

5 Minutes with Jesus


In her new book, 5 Minutes with Jesus, Sheila Walsh asks us to just take 5 minutes during our busy day to pray to Jesus. Sheila formats the book with a daily anecdotal story and follows that story with a collection of relevant bible verses in plain English.

A wonderful devotional to take away the excuses. Spending five minutes a day reading scripture is definitely doable. I read the verses in the book and cross reference them with the KJV bible. The stories are thought provoking ones that most can either identify with or be empathetic with.

Five took me longer to write this post!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Dream Giver

What can I say about this book? It was suggested to me at a time when I needed it.

The main character of the book is Ordinary who lives in the land of Familiar. Ordinary is quite satisfied with his life until he discovers a dream in the deepest reaches of his heart. The desire to fulfill that dream grows and grows until Ordinary can't take it any more and sets out on a journey to live his dream.

This story is about each of us and how we all have a wonderful life we were born to live. It is about how God will guide us to the place we need to be and help us over the hurdles and passed the nay-sayers we will encounter.

I recommend this book for everyone who has a dream and for those who think they don't. It will change the way you feel about being comfortable in a boring life.


The Girl in the Steel Corset

I was excited from the first pages. Once again, Finley began with kicking butt!!! The new characters in this 2nd book are as complex as Finley and I love the way their "special abilities" are slowly revealed. 

I had a hard time putting this book down. The ending again was a bit rushed as with the first book, but overall, I love Finely and can't wait to see what trouble she gets into next.