What I read in June

Soooo….what a crazy month June turned out to be! It has been full of craziness! Jeffy’s mom, aunt and niece came for a visit at the beginning of the month.. Then, my niece was going to go home on the tenth but stayed the whole month…that has been wonderful!! :) She just fit right in to our family! Then we had to go out of town which was a little crazy in and of itself… But, I did manage to read a few books! I just didn’t have internet half the month in order to blog!

So, here is what I read in June…

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Come Home by Lisa Scottoline – Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom who has finally gotten her and her daughter’s lives back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry, her job as a pediatrician fulfills her—though it is stressful—and her daughter, Megan, is a happily over-scheduled thirteen-year-old juggling homework and the swim team.

But Jill’s life is turned upside down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news: Jill’s ex-husband is dead. Abby insists that he was murdered and pleads with Jill to help find his killer. Jill reluctantly agrees to make a few inquiries and discovers that things don’t add up. As she digs deeper, her actions threaten to rip apart her new family, destroy their hard-earned happiness, and even endanger her own life. Yet Jill can’t turn her back on a child she loves and once called her own.

What I thought: Well, again, Lisa Scottoline is one of my favorite authors.. And this book wasn’t disappointing at all! It has different twists that I didn’t expect…as usual. I would totally recommend!

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The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen – The False Prince is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end.

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

What I thought: We read this together for the kids book club and I thought it was a fantastic book! Lauren liked it as well, she went and got the next two books out of the series. Funny thing is, the next book club is the 2nd book in the series! I am looking forward to that.

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Dirty Chick by Antonia Murphy – “One month into our stay, we’d managed to dispatch most of our charges. We executed the chickens. One of the cats disappeared, clearly disgusted with our urban ways. And Lucky [the cow] was escaping almost daily. It seemed we didn’t have much of a talent for farming. And we still had eleven months to go.”

Antonia Murphy, you might say, is an unlikely farmer. Born and bred in San Francisco, she spent much of her life as a liberal urban cliché, and her interactions with the animal kingdom rarely extended past dinner.

But then she became a mother. And when her eldest son was born with a rare, mysterious genetic condition, she and her husband, Peter, decided it was time to slow down and find a supportive community. So the Murphys moved to Purua, New Zealand—a rural area where most residents maintained private farms, complete with chickens, goats, and (this being New Zealand)  sheep. The result was a comic disaster, and when one day their son had a medical crisis, it was also a little bit terrifying.

Dirty Chick chronicles Antonia’s first year of life as an artisan farmer. Having bought into the myth that farming is a peaceful, fulfilling endeavor that allows one to commune with nature and live the way humans were meant to live, Antonia soon realized  that the reality is far dirtier and way more disgusting than she ever imagined.  Among the things she learned the hard way: Cows are prone to a number of serious bowel ailments, goat mating involves an astounding amount of urine, and roosters are complete and unredeemable assholes.

But for all its traumas, Antonia quickly embraced farm life, getting drunk on homemade wine (it doesn’t cause hangovers!), making cheese (except for the cat hair, it’s a tremendously satisfying hobby), and raising a baby lamb (which was addictively cute until it grew into a sheep). Along the way, she met locals as colorful as the New Zealand countryside, including a seasoned farmer who took a dim view of Antonia’s novice attempts, a Maori man so handy he could survive a zombie apocalypse, and a woman proficient in sculpting alpaca heads made from their own wool.’

Part family drama, part cultural study, and part cautionary tale, Dirty Chick will leave you laughing, cringing, and rooting for an unconventional heroine.

What I thought: Oh goodness…so many parts of this book hit home for me. All about moving to the country and stuff. The stories rang true for us…lol. Definitely some fun stories in this book. :)

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Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder – The long winter is finally over, and with spring comes a new job for Laura, town parties, and more time to spend with Almanzo Wilder. Laura also tries to help Pa and Ma save money for Mary to go to college.

What I thought: I don’t know how you could go wrong reading these books.. Such great stories. We read this for school and I am glad we did!

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The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver – A girl takes over her twin sister’s identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.

Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy’s shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she’s chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy’s world.

When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy’s death and everyone’s grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy’s life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options—confess her deception or live her sister’s life.

What I thought: I liked this book ok. The storyline was kind of depressing and I guess that kind of made me sad to read it.. But it is still an interesting read. Not sure how that would happen in real life though…

Well, that’s all that I read in June! Let me know any favorite titles that you have read lately! :)

 

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Three years ago

I am so thankful for Timehop! Since losing all of the photos on my computer, all I have is what I can find on my blog or some other random spots.. I was reminded today as I looked at Timehop that our yearly photo needed to be taken!

Our first one was done the night that we left in the RV, three years ago…the rest are just in front of our house. We were so excited to get out of the RV. Now, we are so excited at the thought of remodeling…ha!

And pay no close attention to this last photo. This was taken after doing animal chores and chasing the birds to get locked up for the night. We happened to have a stubborn turkey and some little chicks that just weren’t ready for bed. And it was hot. :P And ack…it’s a close up because the photo was taken vertically.. Oops…lol.

So, here is the progression so far!!

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What I read in May

So, I realize I have not been around much lately. With random health issues that had me going to numerous doctors and also a trip to the ER, and Ryan going to dr’s as well..it’s just been crazy around here.

I did get a little reading done though!

This is what I read in May and I am getting close to my goal already and the year is only almost half over!

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Food by Jim Gaffigan – “What are my qualifications to write this book? None really. So why should you read it? Here’s why: I’m a little fat. If a thin guy were to write about a love of food and eating I’d highly recommend that you do not read his book.”

Bacon. McDonalds. Cinnabon. Hot Pockets. Kale. Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet (“choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover”) and decrying the worst offenders (“kale is the early morning of foods”). Fans flocked to his New York Times bestselling book Dad is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave—hundreds of pages of his thoughts on all things culinary(ish). Insights such as: why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water, why pretzel bread is #3 on his most important inventions of humankind (behind the wheel and the computer), and the answer to the age-old question “which animal is more delicious: the pig, the cow, or the bacon cheeseburger?”

What I thought: At first I thought of how funny a lot of this book reminded me of Jeffy…hahaha… There were a lot of funny bits. I think a little throughout the book it kinda started to get old, but there were still funny bits…It was ok. :)

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Get Happy by Mary Amato – In this poignant, realistic, contemporary YA by a state master list star, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Gayle Forman, a young songwriter builds a substitute family with her friends in place of the broken family she grew up with.

A hip high school girl who loves music, writes songs, and is desperate for a ukelele, learns to her shock that her father did not abandon her years ago and has been trying to keep in touch. She begins to investigate him, only to discover that he has a new life with a new family, including the perfect stepdaughter, a girl who Minerva despises.

What I thought: I liked this book ok. It was a cute story. It kind of went off in a way that I didn’t expect. But that’s ok. It was a very quick read, which I needed…

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Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt – The Newbery Award winning author of Up a Road Slowly presents the unforgettable story of Jethro Creighton—a brave boy who comes of age during the turbulent years of the Civil War.

What I thought: This was a school book that we read. It was interesting to hear a different side of things that were going on during this time… It wasn’t a totally fascinating book, but I appreciated the story anyway. :)

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When by Victoria Laurie – Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father’s premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually death dates, and just like birthdays, everyone has one.

Forced by her alcoholic mother to use her ability to make extra money, Maddie identifies the quickly approaching death date of one client’s young son, but because her ability only allows her to see the when and not the how, she’s unable to offer any more insight. When the boy goes missing on that exact date, law enforcement turns to Maddie.

Soon, Maddie is entangled in a homicide investigation, and more young people disappear and are later found murdered. A suspect for the investigation, a target for the murderer, and attracting the attentions of a mysterious young admirer who may be connected to it all, Maddie’s whole existence is about to be turned upside down. Can she right things before it’s too late?

What I thought: I really liked this book. I could see it being a movie or something. It made you think about what you would do in that sort of situation!

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Come Home by Lisa Scottoline – Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom who has finally gotten her and her daughter’s lives back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry, her job as a pediatrician fulfills her—though it is stressful—and her daughter, Megan, is a happily over-scheduled thirteen-year-old juggling homework and the swim team.

But Jill’s life is turned upside down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news: Jill’s ex-husband is dead. Abby insists that he was murdered and pleads with Jill to help find his killer. Jill reluctantly agrees to make a few inquiries and discovers that things don’t add up. As she digs deeper, her actions threaten to rip apart her new family, destroy their hard-earned happiness, and even endanger her own life. Yet Jill can’t turn her back on a child she loves and once called her own.

What I thought: One of my favorite authors, she really hasn’t disappointed me yet! This was another good book. I love that there are always twists and turns in the story. :) I finished this one late last night, so I barely made the cut…lol.

I hope to get more caught up on the blog soon! I am done with the dr’s for a few months thankfully…  I do have some posts planned, I need to show my last Stitch Fix box and some pasta recipes… All sorts of them.. So stay tuned!! :)

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Growing from 5 to 11

Michael and Suzanne say they’re just an ordinary family. They help out with homework, share family dinners, and try to keep their schedule straight. While this ordinary family started out with three children, God has been leading them on an adventure…

Through a study of Isaiah, God spoke to Suzanne through His Word, piercing her heart to “seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” (Isaiah 1:16-17) This was the start of a four-year journey leading Suzanne and her husband, Michael, to Ethiopia 3 separate times to adopt 6 precious children.

How in the world could they afford this?

Through the love, support, and generosity of their local orphan ministry, they received matching grants through Lifesong to help fundraise to meet the financial cost of each adoption. The dollar-for-dollar matching grants acted as a catalyst, encouraging others to give, while raising awareness of God’s great love for orphaned children. As He had before, God graciously provided:

 

“Through each expensive overseas adoption, the renovation to our home, numerous medical issues to take care, and buying a 15 passenger van to fit us all, God has provided, without fail, and we have no debt from any of the adoptions.” –Michael & Suzanne.

What a beautiful testimony of God’s faithfulness to those who trust and obey His Word, showing that He, as only He can, can do extraordinary things in ordinary families.

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Judging…

There has been something interesting going on around Facebook land. Ok, maybe it is in regular life too…but, well, we all know Facebook is more public in a way…

People un-friending someone just because they don’t think the same way they do about something. It is for silly things a lot of the time.. Other times I know people feel strongly about a cause or what not, but some people are getting rid of friends just because they don’t feel the same way about a subject. If I did that, I wouldn’t have any friends on there! Who feels the same way as I do about everything? Nobody, thank goodness…That would be boring! And I do love hearing what people thing about different topics…

All of this tends to go hand in hand with judging people. Everyone does it. I think it is normal and expected to have people judge someone else, but I think it is what you do after judging someone else that more defines your character. Well hey, did I just judge? :P

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I recall being judged about things early on… But when it really started was when I was older.

Here are some things I got judged for that I know about and/or remember:

1. Not swearing.
2. Not drinking coffee.3. Not having sex before marriage.
4. Getting married young.
5. Moving often.
6. Not getting an epidural.
7. Having children at a birth center and not a hospital.
8. Not having dance parties with my children.
9. The way we think about immunizations.
10. Homeschooling.
111. Being too Christian.
12. Not being Christian enough.
13. Being anti-social.
14. Driving a minivan.
15. Driving an SUV.
16. Not wanting to talk on the phone.
17. How much I love spending time with Jeffy.
18. That I am surrounded by birds.
19. Homeschooling.
20. That I enjoy spending time with my kids.

Ok, well, that’s a good start anyway, I am sure I could go on and on… Did I mention homeschooling? But really, some of those? I remember the dance party one like it was yesterday. I didn’t know it was such a ‘thing’ to not have dance parties with your kids. :shrug: And moving too often? No, I wasn’t on the run from the law as was talked about, I mean, really?

But see how this works? Out of those 20 things, I am sure nobody is 100% like me on all of them! And that is ok! I like it! I love that people are different! I couldn’t imagine un-friending someone on Facebook because they drank coffee…or hey, all of you who complain about having your kids around because school isn’t in session… That would significantly reduce my friends list right there!

Anyway, I don’t even know where this post was going, but I just wanted to get it off my chest so I don’t think about it anymore.
I am going to go and hang out with my friends on Facebook now.

Maybe I will see you there. ;)

Romans 14:1 Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.
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Spaghetti Squash

I am so excited to be a Nello’s Mombassador! :)

My new favorite marinara sauce is Nello’s! They had asked me to try their sauces and I am hooked!

I had been craving spaghetti squash and when a box wish jars of marinara sauce come to your door, it kind of puts things in motion! This is their original marinara, they also have hot red pepper sauce and a Piedmont Pomodoro sauce! Look for more recipes on the blog in the future! ;)

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So, I thought I would make an easy meal and share it!

I know some people have never made a spaghetti squash before, but it is very easy. This whole meal is pretty easy!

For the squash, I just cut it in half lengthwise…it’s not like cutting butter though, so be careful! Then I put it face down in a baking dish with about 1/2 cup of water and cooked it for 45 minutes give or take. Until it is tender.

When it is done, it looks like this!

Spaghetti squash with Nello's Sauce

I decided that I wanted a little protein so I browned up some mild Italian sausage. Didn’t take very long at all!

Spaghetti squash with Nello's Sauce

I mix the sauce with the meat and then put it over some of the spaghetti squash that I just strung out with a fork and sprinkled a little parmesan cheese on top! Add a little garlic knot and a side salad and it is a yummy little meal!

Spaghetti squash with Nello's SauceNello’s is available at a ton of Whole Food’s stores, but if you are local, I have also found it at Weaver Street Co-op!

I will have more information on future posts with more featured meals! I love this sauce!!

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My March Stitch Fix

Sooo, I am a little behind in posting… Between health issues, school stuff and just general busyness, it seems like everything got pushed to the side…

This is my March Stitch Fix box! I did end up keeping everything in it, which surprised me!

I was so happy when my stylist found the jacket that I loved in a larger size! I talked about it on my blog here if you wanted to see what it looks like! I know the weather was going to start getting warmer, but I really loved that jacket! lol

Here are the rest of the things I got:

My March Stitch FixThis shirt doesn’t look like much just hanging there, but it fit great and it was a very comfortable material. And I love the color… :D

My March Stitch FixThis is a scarf that is half lace and half print. I loved it! The colors were fun and I like the little lace bit. I feel that it could be dressed up OR down…

My March Stitch FixThis sweater is a much prettier color than what is shown here, but I didn’t have time to adjust it. It is a pretty green/blue and the elbow patches are a deeper teal color. Now, this wasn’t my favorite, or Jeffy’s, but it was cheaper to get the whole box than just the four other things that I liked a lot more. I still wear it though…

My March Stitch FixThis sheer blouse was a color that I am always drawn to. The fit was a bit wide, but I think with a cami under it, it makes a little more sense. I could also wear the above scarf with it as well. :)

This box was less expensive than my first box, the most expensive thing was the jacket, which makes sense.

I feel like my stylist listened to me with this box, for the most part!

Have you ordered a Stitch Fix box yet? You can use my link here and try them out! I do get a little credit if you use my link, but you don’t have to.. :)

I love seeing what everyone else gets though, so let me know!!!

 

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When Calls The Heart {Review and Giveaway}

Woah…

Have any of you seen season one of When Calls The Heart? It is a great show!

Season two just premiered April 25th. The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West. It tells the story of Elizabeth Thatcher, a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coal mining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a turn of the century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.

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It stars Erin Krakow as Elizabeth, Lori Laughlin as Abigail and Daniel Lissing as Jack. And look, Jack Wagner is in there too!

What I like about these shows is that there is no strong language. It is a total family friendly show!

When I first started watching the new season, I was hooked right away! Especially when the new lawyer stepped out of the stagecoach. Um hm! I don’t want to talk about the show too much especially since it just premiered the other day! But the characters all do so well together, love the chemistry.

I would highly suggest watching all of season one before jumping into season two…it would make much  more sense! Here is the trailer for season one in case you haven’t seen the show…

And guess what? I am giving away a copy of just that! You can enter to win a When Calls the Heart Season one DVD set below!! It is being provided by Word Films. If you win, I know you will be hooked and want to dig right in to season two.. ;) You can see previews for that, and other little clips on their website here!

When Calls The Heart season 1 dvd set

Now, I had no idea about this, but fans of the show are called Hearties. So cute…anyway, if you love the show too, you MUST join the Hearties Facebook group!

I am assuming this is going to be another popular contest, so make sure you enter before the contest ends!!! :)

When Calls The Heart {Review and 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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What I read in April

Howdy!

Seems I forgot about a book that I read last month on the What I read in March post, so I will include that this month. Just one for school that kind of squeaked in at the end of the month. It’s all good. I am doing great on my Goodreads challenge! I am up to 25 books out of 60, which is my goal! I am a little ahead, but we are having visitors for a bit next month and some out of town visits, so who knows how next month is going to go. Airplane rides always want me to read magazines, not books. :)

Please let me know what books you have read lately and liked! I keep adding them to my list at the library but I am thinking they expire before they get in…hmm.

Here is what I read in April and I am looking forward to hearing your book choices!!

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Brady by Jean Fritz – Brady has never been trusted with secrets, until now. When he discovers an Underground Railroad station near his family’s farm, he is forced to make his own decision about the slavery controversy. Whatever his decision may be, he knows that this is one secret that must be kept.

What I thought: I thought this book was wonderful! The story was told so well. The characters were great. I am glad they had that picture on the cover as it helped me figure out how big that space was that they mentioned in the book. :D

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In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen – In December 1992, three groups of teenagers head to the theater to see the movie version of the famed Eons & Empires comic books. For Adam it’s a last ditch effort to connect with something (actually, someone, the girl he’s had a crush on for years) in his sleepy Florida town before he leaves for good. Passionate fan Sharon skips school in Cincinnati so she can fully appreciate the flick without interruption from her vapid almost-friends—a seemingly silly indiscretion with shocking consequences. And in suburban Chicago, Phoebe and Ollie simply want to have a nice first date and maybe fool around in the dark, if everyone they know could just stop getting in the way.

Over the next two decades, these unforgettable characters criss-cross the globe, becoming entwined by friendship, sex, ambition, fame and tragedy.

A razor-sharp, darkly comic page-turner, In Some Other World, Maybe sheds light on what it means to grow up in modern America.

What I thought: Well, it was ok. I tend to get confused when different story lines come and go as frequently as they do in this book. I could see what they were going for but it just didn’t work for me. I see it as more of a tv show or something. :shrug:

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Classic Myths to Read Aloud by William F. Russell – The most complete collection of Greek and Roman myths specially arranged to be read aloud to children aged five to twelve. “Every child deserves this book. Those who do the reading aloud will be enlightened and rewarded, too.”–Edwin Newman Line drawings.

What I thought: I loved this book! The stories were fascinating.. I appreciated the pronunciations written out! I had no idea that I was pronouncing a few of these words wrong for so long, lol. I like the little extra things at the end of each story as well. Great book!

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Once We Were by Kat Zhang – “I’m lucky just to be alive.”

Eva was never supposed to have survived this long. As the recessive soul, she should have faded away years ago. Instead, she lingers in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie. When the government discovered the truth, they tried to “cure” the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva’s soul away.

Now fugitives, Eva and Addie find shelter with a group of hybrids who run an underground resistance. Surrounded by others like them, the girls learn how to temporarily disappear to give each soul some much-needed privacy. Eva is thrilled at the chance to be alone with Ryan, the boy she’s falling for, but troubled by the growing chasm between her and Addie. Despite clashes over their shared body, both girls are eager to join the rebellion.

Yet as they are drawn deeper into the escalating violence, they start to wonder: How far are they willing to go to fight for hybrid freedom? Faced with uncertainty and incredible danger, their answers may tear them apart forever.

What I thought: Well, first of all, I didn’t realize this was the second book in a series until I was already into the book a good way…so, that didn’t help any. But I liked it ok. I am not sure if I would have liked it any more after reading the first book or not. It was strange since each person was actually two people, again with the confusion. Maybe I should just stay away from books like that, lol.

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Bound for Oregon by Jean van Leeuwen – With only a guide book to show them the way, the Todd family sets out from their Arkansas home on a two thousand mile trek to claim uncharted Oregon Territory. Crossing rough terrain and encountering hostile Indians, the Todds show their true pioneering spirit. But as winter draws near, will the Todds have the strength to complete their journey? And if they make it, will Oregon fulfill their dreams?

What I thought: I thought this was a wonderful book! Again, another school book. I am loving these choices though! This was told well and the characters were great. The story really pulled you in. And make sure you read the Author’s Note at the end, it is interesting as well!

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Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire – A fantasy set in Tsarist Russia.

Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father has been dead for years. One of her brothers has been conscripted into the Tsar’s army, the other taken as a servant in the house of the local landowner. Her mother is dying, slowly, in their tiny cabin. And there is no food. But then a train arrives in the village, a train carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and a noble family destined to visit the Tsar in Saint Petersburg — a family that includes Ekaterina, a girl of Elena’s age. When the two girls’ lives collide, an adventure is set in motion, an escapade that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and — in a starring role only Gregory Maguire could have conjured — Baba Yaga, witch of Russian folklore, in her ambulatory house perched on chicken legs

What I thought: I liked this book! The characters were written so well, and the story line was sooo out there, but it just worked for me. I didn’t realize it was the same other that wrote Wiked, which really, I guess I could see that, lol. This book is like a fairy tale with other fairy tales inside!

Anyway, those are the books I read in April! I am excited for May! I have a stack of five books, but am not sure I could read all of them before they are due back to the library, we will see! :)

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Love Inspired book series {Review and Giveaway}

In case you haven’t figure it out…I love to read! I read so many different genres of books too! Sure, I seem to be partial to the YA section, but still.. ha! I tend to stay away from horrors and those romance novels that have questionable covers…or even worse, questionable content…ew. lol.

Love Inspired is a new book line from Harlequin. They offer wholesome, faith-based stories for women. They don’t make women out to be objects, which so many books do! It also has men shown in a good light, which many books don’t! Yes, it does go both ways in your average book!

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The Love Inspired product line is a series of books that are released every month and only have a shelf-life of one month. That is so interesting as it keeps the stories fresh and there are always new stories available!

The books are on the short side as well, typically around 200 pages or so. Which makes a perfect beach read, or rainy day read which is always my preference. :)

The books shown above are the books for May and are available until the 28th, which makes for a great Mother’s Day gift! (That would be May 10th, which is right around the corner!)

You can enter to win your own set of six books! Just enter below!

If you don’t win but would like to try them out, I have a $1 off coupon too! It is good for a while, so you can keep an eye out on a title that you really want and use your coupon on it! You can read current titles here!

Love Inspired 2015 Apr couponNow, it is so easy to enter! I have a feeling this one might be popular, so make sure you get your entries in soon!! All you need to do is make a few clicks and you are done! Easy peasy!!

Love Inspired book series {Review and 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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