What I read in February

Howdy!

Between storms that left us without power and me not feeling well, I didn’t get to post all that I wanted to this last week! I still had one giveaway to do and I still need to pick the winners for the Red Cup Living contest! But, since I wasn’t on the computer, I did get some reading done! ;) With our books that we are reading for school, I am quite ahead of schedule, so I may just up my goal if I see that being a trend.
So, here is what I read in February and maybe you can share what books you read! :)

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Rasmus and the Vagabond by Astrid Lindgren – After running away from the orphanage, nine-year-old Rasmus finds the outside world cold and unfriendly until he meets “Paradise Oscar” who helps him find a new home.

What I thought: I wrote a review here if you wanted to read more about this book. :)

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Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Full Night’s Sleep by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph – With humor, honesty and faith Becky Johnson and her daughter Rachel Randolph determine to tackle the stuff that is stressing them out, once and for all. From interviews with friends and lots of research they came up with The Ten Most Common Stressors That Mess with a Woman s Mind: daily challenges that routinely steal her sense of peace and joy. Together Becky and Rachel cook up a plan to live a less depleted and more nourished life. Opposites in many ways mom and daughter share their successes and failures as they make peace with their imperfect bodies, create living spaces they love, get wiser in their relationships, tame jam-packed schedules, settle into God s love, and more. In short, they stumble and journey together toward a life that better nourishes them body, mind, soul and spirit.”

What I thought: Again, I wrote a review on my blog here if you wanted to check it out. :)

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Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King – In this masterpiece about freedom, feminism, and destiny, Printz Honor author A.S. King tells the epic story of a girl coping with devastating loss at long last–a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and that the present needs her even more.
Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities–but not for Glory, who has no plan for what’s next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way…until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions–and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying: A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do anything to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.

What I thought: I thought this book was downright odd. Maybe I was just too old for it, lol. I see a good storyline somewhere in there…..but… :shrug:

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The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw – Ranofer struggles to thwart the plottings of his evil brother, Gebu, so he can become master goldsmith like their father in this exciting tale of ancient Egyptian mystery and intrigue.

What I thought: We read this in school and I really enjoyed the book. It went great with our studies of Ancient Egypt. It mentioned a lot of historical things that worked in perfectly. The story was great too, all the way to the end, even though you could pretty much guess what was going to happen. Some humor in the book too.. :)

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The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg –

Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother’s past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

Sookie begins a search for answers that takes her to California, the Midwest, and back in time, to the 1940s, when an irrepressible woman named Fritzi takes on the job of running her family’s filling station. Soon truck drivers are changing their routes to fill up at the All-Girl Filling Station. Then, Fritzi sees an opportunity for an even more groundbreaking adventure. As Sookie learns about the adventures of the girls at the All-Girl Filling Station, she finds herself with new inspiration for her own life.

 

What I thought: First of all, I think the title of the book is a little misleading as that was such a tiny part of the story.. But other than that, I enjoyed the book. It was two stories in one and they tied in together in a way. I like how you got to know the characters in the story.

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Home is Where My People Are by Sophie Hudson – All roads lead to home. It’s easy to go through life believing that we can satisfy our longing for home with a three-bedroom, two-bath slice of the American dream that we mortgage at 4 percent and pay for over the course of thirty years. But ultimately, in our deepest places, we’re really looking to belong and to be known. And what we sometimes miss in our search for the perfect spot to set up camp is that wherever we are on the long and winding road of life, God is at work in the journey, teaching us, shaping us, and refining us–sometimes through the most unlikely people and circumstances. In “Home Is Where My People Are,” Sophie Hudson takes readers on a delightfully quirky journey through the South, introducing them to an unforgettable cast of characters, places, and experiences. Along the way, she reflects on how God has used each of the stops along the road to impart timeless spiritual wisdom and truth. Nobody embodies the South like Sophie Hudson, and this nostalgic celebration of home is sure to make even those north of the Mason-Dixon line long to settle in on the front porch with a glass of sweet tea and reflect on all of the people in our lives who–related or not–have come to represent home. Because at the end of the day, it’s not the address on the front door or even the name on the mailbox that says home, but the people who live and laugh and love there, wherever “there” might happen to be.

What I thought: I totally understood where the author was coming from. In so many of her short stories I saw images of my own life. Moving so many times, cross country and back and then back again, friends…all of these experiences help make you who you are, and help you know where home is. :)

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Amos Fortune free man by Elizabeth Yates – When Amos Fortune was only fifteen years old, he was captured by slave traders and brought to Massachusetts, where he was sold at auction. Although his freedom had been taken, Amos never lost his dignity and courage. For 45 years, Amos worked as a slave and dreamed of freedom. And, at age 60, he finally began to see those dreams come true.

What I thought: I thought this was such a well told story. It went through different years in his life and the things he was going through during each span. Brought to light things that went on back in this time period. We were also studying this era in school and this book helped the kids picture what he was going through.

Well, that’s it! Let me know what books you have loved lately! :)

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Red Cup Living {Giveaway}

Once upon a time back in high school, my junior year, oh however many years ago, I met a boy. And then we ended up married….

spartanBut I also met another boy in a, what was it like a life skills class, I don’t even remember. His name was Mike. Towards the beginning of the school year we had to bring a certain amount of items that showed something about us, or something that we liked. I remember bringing in my brand new fancy Caboodle that included all of my things. Mike stood up in front of the class talking about his stuff first, including a surfer…and then it was my turn. I also talked about a surfer, Kelly Slater. I brought a picture of him and everything… Mike gave me the stink eye and asked me how I could like a surfer and that I didn’t even surf. No, I didn’t surf, but hello, Kelly Slater had very pretty eyes! :D So, we had a few teasing sessions back and forth throughout the school year. I do have to note, Kelly Slater has made a decent name for himself since then. hehehe.

redcuplivinglogoANYWAY!!!! Mike went on to do a bunch of things and one of those things was open up a business called Red Cup Living. You may have seen the products around your town, they are everywhere! In case you haven’t seen them, they are reusable, dishwasher safe, red cups. You know, like the disposable ones you use at parties and such? Yeahhh, but you don’t have to throw these ones away! I mean…such a good thing!

Red Cup Living What began as just a bunch of friendly Friday front porch get-togethers  with neighbors, friends and family turned into a great business! They started out with the ever popular red cup. The trust stand-by. Not too long after that they branched out into a few other products…and little by little they have gotten to where they are now! All sorts of cups as well as golf tees, clothing, and other fun things! And you have to check out the colors!!!

red cup living pink wine glassI totally appreciate the whole getting to know your neighbors and casual life style that both Mike and Red Cup Living portray. When I lived in Arizona, we totally hung out getting to know our neighbors, and it is such a wonderful thing. I kind of miss that…I definitely miss my friends! Now that I live in farm country, nobody would know if we are on our porch or not! But, we do have a great time with our nearest neighbor and hang out at the lake behind both of our houses.

red cup living sippy cupI love these products so much and the message that they are getting out that I thought I would give some away on my blog!! :) Nobody asked me to, it is just a product that I really like and wanted to feature for a February giveaway.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the giveaway items are going to be all pink or red! If you are a winner you get your choice of one of the three items shown! I only have the three to giveaway, so when you enter, make sure you list which one is your top choice. I believe I have something for everyone.. A standard red cup that is improved by adding a lid and straw….yayyyy!! A little pink wine cup, because, hello…wine…and for the younger crowd, an 8oz red sippy cup, because it is cute. :)

You can enter the contest down below! Make sure you check out their website to see all of the items offered!

Red Cup Living {Giveaway}

 

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National Make a Friend Day!

If you are a long time friend of mine on Facebook, you know that I know a lot of those….secret national holidays. You know, the national holidays that aren’t really holidays? But…are fun to celebrate sometimes? Yeah, those…

Today happens to be National Make a Friend Day!

What is so easy for some people can also be something difficult for others!
You can Google ‘making friends’ and there are all sorts of sites with tips, but that doesn’t make it any easier, especially if you are older!

Moving to another state, not knowing anyone, was pretty hard for me. There were some online people that I knew and I was so happy to meet them in person!! I have made other friends, but they live pretty far away or have young kids and just can’t get away as easily as I can. And some…it’s just life. Life is busy!

In the past I made such great friends, you know, the ones where they just get you right from the start? Everything is great….and then they would move…or I would move…and that just sucked.

I know there are other ‘fish in the sea’ so to speak, but it’s a process! And like I said, life is busy! Making a new friend is almost like a part time job! I hope all of my new friends know that I think about them frequently even if we can’t get together all that often.

Have you made a new friend today? I haven’t left my house today and the UPS man left before I could chat with him, so for me…I am pretty sure I didn’t.

But…I think Make a Friend Day could be any day…so, here is to tomorrow! :)

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Rasmus and the Vagabond {Giveaway}

Did you read Pippi Longstocking when you were younger? I totally did! I remember the girls making their hair do the funky Pippi braids for dress up days and such… Does anyone still do that?

Astrid LindgrenAstrid Lindgren is the creator of Pippi Longstocking as well as dozens of other world-famous characters and has thrilled three generations of children with her storytelling. She is the only children’s author with a literary prize, a theme park, a museum, a satellite, and a minor planet named in her honor. (After this last honor, she suggested changing her name to “Asteroid Lindgren.”)

Rasmus and the VagabondThe kids and I recently read Rasmus and the Vagabond written by Astrid. Originally published in 1956, it was released again in 2015. It was a very quick read, being a children’s book, but it has a good storyline.

Rasmus and the Vagabond insideAfter running away from an orphanage, nine-year-old Rasmus finds the world a cold and unfriendly place until he befriends an extraordinary tramp called Paradise Oscar. Together they meet more adventure than they ever imagine, solve a mystery, and catch the culprits. Rasmus dreams of finding a family and a home someday. But when he does, will he be able to part with his new friend and life on the road?

We all enjoyed this book! We read it during our homeschool day and it was nice to see the kids wanting to know what happened the following day when we read again. We read a lot of books every month and I am glad this was one of them!

Check out the website here and you can win your own copy down below! :)

Rasmus and the Vagabond {Giveaway}

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
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Saturday Snippets

SaturdaySnippets

Howdy!!

I got so off track this week on what day was what, so the week just went by so quickly! I can’t believe it is Saturday already!
I believe the sickness has all left the house, thank goodness! That definitely overstayed its welcome!

So, here are some things that I saw across the internet this week! I call them Saturday Snippets. Sit down and chill for a while and check them out! Let me know if you saw anything cool this week. Even if it is just something that came across your Facebook feed, because I haven’t been on Facebook much and probably missed it!

1. Do you have floaters in your eye? I have had them since I was little. One always reminds me of something on a diving board and I always used to make it do fancy dives when I was bored. :shrug: Well, I saw this educational Ted video and it explained a lot that I didn’t know!

2. In the winter it is a common thing for our animals water to freeze. Well, the birds luckily have heaters for their waters now…but the ducks don’t…and their pond (kiddie pool) freezes a lot. I have been hoping for snow, but alas, we have had a very mild winter. Just cold enough to freeze the water a bit. Anyway, I came across these beautiful photos of frozen bodies of water. Amazing!!

3. I know there have been a few people that do these fun photos, but I love how bright and cheery these are, and the kids are older. I think my favorite is the one with the bus. :)

4. Calories.. On a typical eating day I don’t usually consume very many calories. Sometimes when we go out to eat, like today, I kind of get a little silly. But I found this article interesting that showed what 2,000 meals looks like. CRAZY!!!

5. I have been doing a 365 project for a while now. I did my first one, a self portrait one a few years back and now I just do a random picture a day. But it is nice to look back on them, even if a lot of them are our birds…ha! This person did a one, or two, second video clip every day and put them together. I love that! I don’t do much exciting stuff or I would think about doing something like that because I am sure it would be wonderful to look back on as well. We don’t have any video of our kids!

6. Arizona. You want to know about it? Read this article. Except we never really did call them haboobs. That’s just something people in the news started using. I think they just like saying it.

7. This guy is amazing at archery. I mean…woah.

8. Our cats would love this house. Even the 16yo cat…

9. A few months back we got a Keurig. Neither one of us really drank coffee…but we figured we would try it out. Plus, it seems like when we have visitors, they like to drink coffee so it would be something good to have. The kids like it for hot chocolate too. Anyway, this little video is awesome with different coffee recipes around the world!

10. National Geographic determines what Americans will look like in 2050. It is pretty interesting!

So, that’s it for this week! I hope you enjoyed these links! :)

 

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Nourished {Giveaway}

I am sure that everyone has a time in their life when they just want to get away from it all and just start over. Sometimes I think that we just need to take a little time off…it could be five minutes alone in the bathroom or a weekend trip away…anything.

NourishedIn this book, Nourished, A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Full Night’s Sleep, the authors suggest various ideas to lead a more nourished life. Order-loving, thirty-something Rachel, and her laid-back, messy mother, Becky, are opposites in many ways. But they both believe that women long for a life that nourishes them inside and out. In this book, the mother-daughter duo will help you make that dream a reality by tackling the “Top 10 Stressors” that mess with a woman’s mind. Here is an example of the different parts in this book.

Part 1: Nourished 911
This is when you realize you need help. Something that just pushed you over the edge knowing you need a change…

Part 2: Nourished Spaces and Routines
This has tips on getting organized or just changing up your space. It could be a bathroom or a whole house!

Part 3: Nourished Bodies, Nourished Selves
This has tips on feeling good about your body and what you put in it. Exercising and menu changes may help change things up a bit in your life!

Part 4: Nourished Relationships
Everyone needs friends! This has tips on how to cultivate friendships and maybe help make new friends along the way.

Part 5: Nourished Spirits
This section deals with your mental health. There are always going to be various things going on, some good and some bad..and this gives tips to get through those times.

authorsFollowing a series of trial-and-error experiments, Becky and Rachel share laugh-out-loud stories, fascinating research, and practical tips to design a nourished life By learning how to embrace “nourishing compromising,” you’ll never put happiness on hold again. If you are feeling drained, discontent, or discouraged, join a couple of understanding, entertaining companions on the journey from overwhelmed to nourished.

I like that they don’t say ‘This is what to do, do this’…rather, they list different circumstances and things that helped them… More like a suggestion to take from their experiences and possibly try a similar change. Really, sometimes you may feel like grasping at straws and not have any ideas at all, so this may be just what you need! I also like that they were able to say that something did not work!

I would think that the average woman could find something in this book that resonates within them. I did! There were some parts that I just didn’t get in to as much as others.. I am sort of in between their ages and life stories, but the book was still an interesting read! It really makes me want to get going with the house remodel we keep talking about! ;)

About the authors:

Becky Johnson is the author, coauthor, or collaborator of more than forty books. She’s a natural storyteller who has inspired and entertained audiences for years. Most recently she co-authored We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook along with a blog by the same name with her daughter, Rachel Randolph. She and her husband, Greg, live in Denver, Colorado. Website/blog: www.laughcrycook.com

Rachel Randolph writes and speaks with humor and honesty about parenting a toddler, young married life, and her mostly plant-based cooking adventures. Rachel is married to Jared, a high school football and baseball coach. They live near Dallas, Texas with their son, Jackson. Nourished is her second book.Website/Blog: www.thenourishedmama.com 

You can enter to win your own copy of this book down below!

Nourished {Giveaway}

 Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. 
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Thursday Things

Woah this week went by quickly!

I have been sick and then I thought I was better and now I don’t feel 100% again. Not sure what that is about.. :P I am so ready to be back to normal though!

Let’s get right into this weeks Thursday Things and make sure you comment on what you enjoyed this week! I love reading them!!

BlacklistOne thing that I liked about this week is Blacklist.. We started watching it recently and are hooked! It is kind of gory for me in places, but I guess it goes with the show…so… Don’t ruin it for me if you have watched them all! lol
TraderJoeslogoAnother thing I enjoyed about this week was being at Trader Joe’s on Sunday at noon. It is like a party. Here in NC they don’t sell alcohol until noon and you could see people counting down the minutes and then the seconds. Then the bells ring, they get crazy over the intercom and everyone yells…caraaazy I tell you! :D

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I have made this banana bread a few times already, but this week I made two loaves, one for Jeffy to take to work and one for the house. It is so good. I love me a banana bread but add crumb topping? Woah!!! I got the recipe here from ‘Little Bits of baking, crafting and life‘ and this is also her photo…because our bread was gone in mere minutes after coming out of the oven, lol.

Amazon-PrimeAnother thing I enjoyed about this week is getting Amazon Prime! Not that long ago they had a sale for $72 or something for Prime and I went to buy it and it said we couldn’t since we already had it. Huh? Well, we had the trial…ugh. Thankfully I mentioned something about it on facebook as a friend told me a way around that…and so I got Amazon Prime this week.. ;)

And yes…I had to include this. This was…awesome. :D So awesome seeing them in their characters now. I know this is everywhere right now, but oh how I enjoyed watching it… hehehe…

Ok, what did you like about your week? Next week I am hoping that one of my things is that I am feeling normal again!! Argh!!

 

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Roadmap Genesis {Giveaway}

Roadmap Genesis {Giveaway}

When I say Genesis, what comes to mind?

Filmmaker Nolan Lebovitz asked that same question to people that he came across on the streets. There are a lot of different answers, which is to be expected. That is the premise of this film documentary titled Roadmap Genesis.

RoadmapGenesisRoadmap Genesis that makes the case that the book of Genesis is a road map containing guideposts on how to live a productive, fruitful, and fulfilling life that will help our society lift itself out of its current decline and return it to prosperity, promise, and accomplishment.

Nolan found himself at a crossroads in his life, he knew he had to choose between continuing to make the Hollywood suspense thrillers that were his livelihood and trying to make the world a better place for his new young family. After much struggle, he found his answer in the Book of Genesis.

He decided to combine his love of the Book of Genesis with his passion for film making and set out to travel the United States, interviewing clergy and public figure in order to build an undeniable argument about the continued importance of the Book of Genesis as guiding force in our Judeo-Christian country.

I enjoyed the many different parts of this film, but the one part that stood out was when he was visiting St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia, noted to be the poorest section in the area, and one of the top in the country. Nolan talked with the volunteers as well as the people coming to pick up food and to eat meals there. He asked a simple question of ‘Why do the Franciscan Friars here help and nobody else does?” It is a common theme throughout the film…from people littering on the beaches to just not caring about other parts of the country. Why does that happen?

You can view the trailer here:

This documentary invites Americans of all faiths to engage in a dialogue about the relevance of the Bible in the modern age. Through interviews ranging from Gov. Mike Huckabee of Fox News Channel to Rabbi David Wolpe, from Alan Dershowitz to the Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Francis George, from Erick Stakelbeck of the Christian Broadcasting Network to Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, and many, many more, Nolan explores the rules that God has set forth to help us maintain a successful and working society.

And I am glad to note that I am not the only one that said ‘Exodus’ in answer to the question posed at the beginning… ;)

You can win your own copy of a Roadmap Genesis DVD by entering down below!

 

 Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 


 

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Yoga Pants!?!

So, if you have been anywhere at all on social media you have been bombarded with yoga pants.

Yoga Pants!?!

Yes, yoga pants. The craziest thing. Who knew an article of clothing could take the internet by storm.

YogaPantsThere are women who wear them all the time and women who never wear them.

There are women that used to wear them all the time, but hate that their husbands would look at other women wearing them all the time, so therefore they stopped wearing them.

There are women who love that everyone’s husbands look at them wearing them all the time.

There are those that just like to complain about women wearing them.

Some have never worn them but want to start wearing them, but don’t want to be ‘that’ person.

There are women who are complaining that their yoga pants are too see through.

There are women that actually do yoga in them and some that think they are just a style of pants.

There are women who have deep conversations with themselves as to the correct undergarments to wear with yoga pants, if any.

 

The list goes on and on….

And I am the woman that just sits here and blogs about all of those ‘other’ women. ;)

 

 

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What I read in January

Woahhh, I didn’t think I was going to read very much this month! One of my books was huge and I finished it yesterday! :whew:

So, who else signed up for a Goodreads.com challenge? How many books are you hoping to read? I kept mine the same as last year. It averages to about five books a month. We are reading a lot of books this year with school, so I may up that if it looks like too easy of a goal…

Here is what I read in January and I hope I hear from you on the books you read!! :)

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The Good Sister by Jamie Kain – The Kinsey sisters live in an unconventional world. Their parents are former flower-children who still don’t believe in rules. Their small, Northern California town is filled with free spirits and damaged souls seeking refuge from the real world. Without the anchor of authority, the three girls are adrift and have only each other to rely on.

Rachel is wild. Asha is lost. Sarah, the good sister, is the glue that holds them together. But the forces of a mysterious fate have taken Sarah’s life in a sudden and puzzling accident, sending her already fractured family into a tailspin of grief and confusion. Asha has questions. Rachel has secrets. And Sarah, waking up in the afterlife, must piece together how she got there.

What I thought – This book was ok. I liked it, but it wasn’t a favorite. I don’t even know what to say about it really.. :shrug:

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.

But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.

Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

What I thought – So, I thought this was totally cute, I really enjoyed it. One thing that I loved is that it had song playlists.. I totally wanted to go and listen to all the songs that I didn’t know from it.. I am sure there are similar stories and movies, but for some reason I just liked how this was written…

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A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray – Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

What I thought – Ok, I just read about the whole trilogy thing..I had no idea! Cool beans. I liked this book. It had an interesting story. Again, I am sure there are some out there with a sort of similar storyline, but I did enjoy the way this one was told. The characters were described well too. I am looking forward to the next in the series!

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

What I thought – Woah, what can I say about this book? Besides that I am totally late to this party, lol. This was such a fantastic book. I didn’t mind the length because everything needed to be included. I can’t imagine what she could have cut out. I know it is also a series on TV, but I don’t know if I could watch it or not. Well, I think I might have to watch a bit if only for the accents…. ;)

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Team Us: Marriage Together by Ashleigh Slater – What are you agreeing to when you say “I do”?

When a couple promises “I do,” they agree to more than just a shared last name, a joint bank account, and no more dateless nights. This husband and wife duo forms a new team. “Life together” becomes their mantra. Nothing can come between them. At least, that’s the plan.

But then real life sets in. With it come disappointments and frustrations. If the couple isn’t intentional in their day-to-day interactions, that once enthusiastic “we” can slowly revert to “you” and “me.” Before long, the couple’s left wondering what happened to their team spirit.

Team Us: Marriage Together offers couples practical ways to cultivate and strengthen unity in their marriages. Author Ashleigh Slater shares from her own marriage as she presents couples with realistic ideas on how to foster cooperation, deepen commitment, and exercise grace on a daily basis.

What I thought – Well, I did a review here if you wanted to read that. I did enjoy this book! (You can also enter to win your own copy!!)

Ok, so that sums up what I read! Now you know which book was the one that took the longest, lol. I really want to read the next one in the series, but I might just take a break on this months. February is so short, so I think I will stick to shorter books. And the emotional toll that book takes on a person too! Sheesh.. Yes, maybe March would be better, lol.
Let me know what books you have loved lately, or that you read last month!! :) Slowly but surely I am trying to read all of the suggestions! :)

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