Snow Country

I love getting books to review for authors.  I was contacted by an author to review her book, Snow Country and immediately said yes to it.  I received the book awhile ago and with having the baby, I am just now getting around to posting a proper review for her.

Kristin definitely has a way with words.  When I am asked to review a book, I am always uneasy about it, especially if it is a book that I cannot just get into (which does happen).  That was definitely not the case with Kristin’s book.  I immediately fell in love with the characters and wanted to know more about their lives. While some parts of the book were predictable it didn’t turn me away from the book.  I was anxious for those parts to happen but when they did I was blown away by how.  It didn’t happen in a way that I would have ever seen coming.

The story has real life situations that people deal with. Snow storms, driving cross-country, taking care of sick family members, falling in love, past situations rearing their heads.  All these things happen to people on a daily basis and in this book it is no different.  You will feel all sorts of emotions throughout the whole book. In my opinion that is what makes a good book. When you fall in love with the characters, when you laugh when they do or cry when they do and mourn when characters leave the book.

The plot of the story was one that I could picture myself in, it made a little escape for the everyday life.  Kristin has a knack for story telling and when the book ended I was not disappointed.  I loved everything from start to finish, I couldn’t put the book down.  I am ready for the 2nd book coming out this summer.

If you are interested in purchasing the book you can do so here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I absolutely adore these little Thank You, God books.  We have several of them in our house and I love adding to them.  These books are simple yet show you a true love for the family members around you.  Our kids are very close to their grandmas and grandpas on both sides and they love reading these books and saying hey grandma/grandpa does do that for us.  It is amazing to see their eyes light up when they read this books and can honestly make a connection between the book and real life.  My girls love reading these books to their little brother!

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mel

February Reads

Easter Beginnings
I loved this little book for the kids.  It is a little pocket-sized book all about Easter.  Filled with stories, Bible verses, and little devotionals.  I loved that the words in this are super easy to read and my girls can read it to their brother.  They not only can read it but learn from the little words in this book that bring so much meaning to life.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I am
I am is a devotional book.  It is a 60 day devotional all about you.  Each day has a meaning I AM … encouraging you to know that you are special, you are unique, and were made exactly the way God wanted us to be.  The book is an easy read and I love how she is relating the book to her life and showing how she is each thing.  I wish the book would relate on a more general purpose for a devotional.  I found some days a little hard to relate to my life and how I am enough. Each day comes with an I AM phrase, a Bible verse, a 2-3 page read, a quote, and then a Who am I section.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Shaken

I really, really enjoyed this book.  I was hesitant at first to read the book. I thought it was going to be a preachy, preachy book all about how he was such a great athlete and blah, blah, blah.  After picking up the book I couldn’t put it down.  The book was the complete opposite of what I thought it was going to be. It really wasn’t about his giant trip down memory lane of all the great things he did, rather it was about how each step of his life has impacted another in a powerful way. He shares how he gives all to God and how each and every success, failure, or set back was there for a reason.  He shares how life is so much more than playing football, or being a stay at home mom.  He really gave a general perspective to life and how each of us has a unique and strong journey in this world.  How we should use those times to do things that really matter and not be all consumed by one individual thing.

**“I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.”

OTHER BOOKS READ THIS MONTH

Fairest of them All
She Reads Truth
Living so that
The Magnolia Story
Living with No Excuses

January Reads

Hello ….

I am so excited to bring you the books I read this past month.  Things are starting to get back in a natural flow around the house so I am having set reading times while little man is sleeping.  I found a new series of books that I absolutely love, and if you are a Disney fan I think you will enjoy them as well!

God Made You Nose to Toes

This book was so cute.  I love getting new children’s books from Booklook Blogger, especially now that Trevor is little and just not enjoying when we read to him.  I love the way this book is laid out.  Each is a two page spread with a rhyme about a body part and what it is used for.  “God made many sounds that he wants you to hear, so on each side of your head he planted an ear.”  They are super cute and fun and easy to read as well.  I would definitely recommend this book. It is adorable.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

After the Cheering Stops

This book was definitely a good read.  When you watch professional sports on the TV, their lives seem super easy.  We think they get paid big bucks to play a game and their life is super easy and rich.  This book gives you a totally different perspective of how the game is not always fun and games and as easy as we think.  They have hard times just as we do and things aren’t always a 10 on their end either.  Cyndy Feasel went through a lot in her time married to Grant Feasel and had to endure a lot of pain, however, she stood by his side and really worked at her life in general.  It was a nice break to see how things aren’t always what they seem and how even though they are professional athletes they go through trials and tribulations just as we do.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Bloom

Oh be still my heart.  What a lovely, heart-felt story that any and every one needs to read.  We always have a set plan, ways we want to do things, and then WHOOSH it doesn’t happen as planned.  As Kelle learned when she went to give birth to her second child that wound up having Down Syndrome.  This book and story is such a great one.  It shows you how you can learn and grow from everything you are given.  It shows that it is ok to be mad and upset and then get over yourself.  It shows how to love no matter what and how kids can really teach us the important things in life.  I highly recommend this book!!

Allegiant

Yes, it took me this long to finally finish the series and I can say that I was a little disappointed.  I thought this book started out very slow and although it picked up towards the end I was disappointed with the final book in general.

…. ok so this new series is one I found that I love.  I read both of these books in a day and have been hooked on them.  There are only 3 to the series right now but they are all well written.  The stories are about Disney villains and how they became the way they are in their respected movies/stories. I won’t go into detail of the stories because I am sure that you all know the general story of each of these characters.  I have read the Beast and Ursula’s story.  I still have Maleficent and will be reading it hopefully this month!

The Beast Within
Poor Unfortunate Soul
Fairest of All

Alright … that was it for the month. What did you read this month? Any good recommendations?

Mel

September Reads

This month has been crazy and went super fast in my opinion.  I wound up having another surgery and didn’t really get around to reading like I wanted to this month.

I read two books but am in the middle of two as well.

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This kids devotional Bible is pretty neat.  I originally chose the book to help the girls with harder, more intense reading of the Bible and concepts.  When I got the book it was perfect for what I was looking for.  You open the Bible and read a page or so of text and then it is followed by a devotional.  The girls are still doing toddler/preschool devotionals and they are getting older and starting to ask more questions so I thought it was time to amp up their reading and make it a little more “noteworthy.”  After receiving the book and going through it, I realized that I myself would love to work through the book as well.  It still is a little intense for them, so we are working through it little by little but I cannot wait to see what they do with the knowledge they will gain.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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OH Play with Fire how you speak to my heart.  I love a good read but what I love more about this book is Bianca’s heart.  I have followed Bianca and her twin sister Jasmine on social media for a while now.  When I heard that Bianca was writing a book I knew I wanted to grab it right away.  This book will speak to anyone’s heart.  It shows of a time and way to keep the faith.  Things didn’t always go the way Bianca wanted them to go, she went through easy times as well as rough times.  The one thing that never changed was her love for her family and the faith she had nestled inside her heart.  Even in the worst of times her parents showed her how to put faith first. They showed her that if she did this he would answer prayers and watch over them.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

What did you read this month?

Mel

August Reads

Today I am bringing you my August Reads.  I have to say this month was rather slow with reading.  We were all over the place trying to get Trevor on a schedule and preparing the girls for back to school.  Needless to say, I haven’t had much down time to read but I did get 3 books in this month :).

  • Present over Perfect
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    I love, love, loved everything about this book.  I am definitely a huge fan of Shauna Niequest and her writing.  I own every single one of her books and true to order I couldn’t put this one down.  I love how she can take her life situations and make you feel welcome and invited to whatever is going on in your life.   These situations are not always fun or what we expect but we learn and grow from each of those situations. She takes her raw life and shows us that even her, a famous writer, has hard times.  She isn’t always 100% on board or gung-ho about what is going on in her life.  She like everyone else needs to take breaks and refocus on what is truly important in this life. She takes time when she needs it and focuses on her writing as she sees fit.  It is nice to see that we aren’t alone in this world and that priorities can slip from anyone in this world whatever you do, famous or not.

    **Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Uninvited
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    hmmm what can I say about this book.  I also love Lysa’s writing.  I love how she can captivate an audience with a few line starting her book out.  I love how down to Earth she seems and how she isn’t afraid to share what she has been through.  We have all had those moments where we haven’t been invited to something, been turned down for a job, been told no, etc. Those are all moments we have felt unwanted, unneeded, unappreciated, however, even in those moments God still needs us.  We are still a part of his plan and have a mission set in front of us.  Lysa turns her negatives into positives throughout this whole book.  She shows you how you can make the most of all those bad or negative situations in which we sometimes get put in.  She shows how to stay positive and not get down or turn away from those NOs. I now have a new outlook on how I will take those rejections, go with the flow, learn, and grow for next time.

    **Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • First Comes Love
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    ok so I love Emily Giffin and her writing.  I seriously can read her books from start to finish in one day if given enough alone time.  I love how she can draw me in right from the beginning.  I always feel like I am one of her characters or a part of this book and I am sitting at the table or in the store shopping with them side by side.  This book left me a little short and disappointed though.  I always love her writing and her books and this one was no different, however, I hated the ending.  I don’t want to spoil the ending for those of you who have not read the book but I wanted so much more.  I wanted to know more about the way things wound up with each sister.  The book is about a family who loses a son in a car accident, then his sisters who are complete opposites grow up and have to learn to cope and deal with things head on.  It has a great message on how love should always come first and how everything all boils down to love!  It was a great book I just wanted more.

Mel

July Reads

Today I am bringing you my July Reads.

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Life is Better at the Beach

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I absolutely loved this book.  It was short and sweet but had such a strong, powerful meaning.  It had those inspirational quotes to really lift you up when you are feeling down or needing a little extra umph for the day.  It also had beautiful pictures throughout the book of life at the beach and let me tell you … I wish I lived at the beach sometimes.  It was definitely a book that I would leave out on the table top because you never know who it could impact, who needs that little extra push for the day/week/month.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Big Magic

I cannot say enough good things about this book.  I mean hello Melissa …. why did you not read this book way sooner.  I read this book in two days I believe because it was one of those books that you can’t put down.  I put off buying this book so many times and now I regret waiting so long to read it.  The book is about creativity, however, it had much more to it than that. It dug a little deeper and showed how things that happen in every day life can spark your creativity.  How each thing can be a stepping stone to something new and inventive.  How you can keep moving along even when things get in your way and try to knock you down.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone that needs that little pick me up in life and how to get back on track with your creativity.

Anchored

Anchored is a book that definitely touched my heart.  If you have been on my blog for even a day, you know that I had twin girls at 26 weeks ….. super early and not ideal for any momma out there.  Anchored is about a mother’s journey through the NICU with her daughter.  It is about all those trying moments when you feel like hope is lost and you just have to keep trucking anyway.  It is about those raw, bare moments when you just can’t help but breakdown and cry because you honestly have no idea whether your child is going to make it or not.  If you never had the NICU experience with your children I recommend reading this book to get a little insight on what we as parents go through. If you have had a NICU experience then I recommend you reading this book to let you know that you are not alone. This was such a good book that really gave me peace in knowing that I was not alone in my journey …. not even a little bit.

The Color Code Bible

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This is another book that I would highly recommend no matter where you are in your Bible reading journey.  My girls are just now starting up. I have been on my faith journey for a few years now and this book is still good for me as well.  The color coding makes certain areas of the Bible a little simpler so you can better understand what exactly is going on in that section. There are many parts of the Bible that can be confusing and not sure where to go and with this book you can see defined lines that help guide and navigate you throughout the stories.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

OTHER BOOKS I READ:

  • The Training
  • The Enticement
  • Robyn Carr book in the Virgin River series

 

So many book so little time ….

Hello friends …

Today I am bringing you a few book reviews.  I feel like that has been the center of my blog lately and I promise I am trying to switch it up but it seems that books are where it is at right now.

I honestly can say I have so many books so little time ….. I have been trying to catch up with all the books I have on my shelf but being almost 9 months pregnant has made it a little difficult to just sit and read.  I feel like we have so much to do before the baby comes but I have been loving sitting for a bit and reading a chapter or two.

The first book I read was Little One, God Made You Special

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We have been trying to build the babies library a book at a time.  At my shower, instead of a card people brought books and we got a nice little chunk of books for the girls to read to Trevor and I can’t wait to see how they do reading to him.  When I saw this book on my options list I knew right away I needed to get it for his library.  As soon as I opened it of course, the girls stole it and each read it about 100 times.  They are so excited for Trevor to be here and read it to him.  The book is super short and sweet.  It is an easy read and really portrays a great message.  You hear about being bullied so much now a days that it is a little out of control and I want my girls to know that no matter what even if they are bullied to remember that God made them unique and special for a reason.  They will always be loved and should embrace their uniqueness. I would highly recommend this book.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 


 

The second book I read for review was You First

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I received this book probably close to a year ago and am still working on finishing it but am so excited to review it.  I decided at the beginning of the year that I really wanted to take time and focus on myself and making myself a better person.  This journal was perfect as it was a way to really sit down and focus on myself and learning about the things I am good at and the things that I am not so good at.  The journal breaks it down into different categories and ask you different questions so you can focus on different things throughout your life.

It is really nice to sit down and have some quiet time to just relax and focus on yourself.  I feel like I don’t get that as often as I would like as I am usually focused on the girls or Matt and with the new baby coming, it is really nice to just focus on myself for a change.

**“I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.”

Have you read either of these books? I would highly recommend either one of these books. They both portray a nice encouraging message throughout their books.

Mel

Collaboreads: The Boyfriend App

Hello readers.  I know I have been a little MIA lately and I apologize but of course I am back for Collaboreads: The Boyfriend App is the book I chose this month.

This months theme was : School

Now, I had several books in my closet that I have read relating to school , however, I wanted to read something new.  What I love about this link up is that I get to explore new books and sometimes books I would have never even given the time of day.

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The Boyfriend App

STARS:

4 stars

 

RIVETING: This book was another good read.  I couldn’t really put it down.  The plot was so entertaining.  I would think I knew what was going to happen and then something would throw my theory out the door.  I love books like that.

ELEMENTS: Every single person with a smart phone can relate to this book.  The book is about developing an app to win a contest.  The app is tested and tried and there are all different types.  I mean who wouldn’t want to develop a popular app to make you on top of the world??

What app would you develop?

ASSOCIATE: I have not read a book like this one before.  You could technically classify this in the “school” section.  The book takes place in high school but I think it can relate to many other books that talk about high school and getting stabbed in the back, betrayal, bratty girls, etc.  You remember high school right?

DESIGN: The book doesn’t really have any unique design except you see lots of email citation and text conversations that go on.  It is set with normal numbered chapters like any other book.

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OTHER BOOKS I READ THIS MONTH:

  • The Rosie Project & Effect – Loved both of these books.  I feel like the Effect was a little drawn out but then once you got to the ending and saw everything unfold it was perfect.  I really enjoyed these books.
  • Treasure Island – so Barnes and Nobles has the classic books for super cheap and about 6 months ago Matt and I picked out 2 of them.  He chose The Jungle Book and I chose Treasure Island.  I have never read either of them so thought it was time I changed that.  I loved the book, it totally captured my attention.  I didn’t think with the writing language I would be able to enjoy this read but I certainly did.
  • Slow to Judge – Another great book.  A full review can be found here.
  • Grey – I read 50 shades of Grey and decided I needed to read the Grey version.  I actually really liked it.  I was afraid that I wouldn’t like it having already read 50 shades, however, it was neat to get the opposite perspective.
  • Fulfilled – I won this book in a giveaway and it was probably my favorite book that I read this month.  It had so much insight and encouraging words in it.  I love the way Danise’s words filled the page.

What did you read this month?

Mel

 

 

Blogtember – Books

Ok so I know I didn’t blog yesterday but the topic was make a collage of your season and I honestly felt like it was the same thing as my favorite season.  We are in fall now, the weather is cooling, and all my favorite things are happening ….. so I just decided to skip yesterday instead of repeating what I said a few days ago.

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Today is day 14 of Blogtember – Books is the topic and one of my favorites it is!!  I have mentioned several times that I hated reading as a kid, however, as I have gotten older I have grown to love reading.  Here are my top 5 that I would read over and over again:

  1. The Bible – Each time I pick up the Bible I learn something new that I was unaware of the first time or either time reading it.
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  2. To Kill a Mockingbird – Out of all the books and things we read in school this is my all time favorite.  I absolutely love this book … everything about it.  I have yet to read the new one so no spoilers please ;).
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  3. The Outsiders – Matt introduced me to this book and it is such a good book that I can do read over and over.
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  4. Love, Skip, Jump – I absolutely loved this book and that woman’s heart!  I love giving and this book spoke right to my heart.
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  5.  Number 5 has to go to all the other books I have ever read.  Whether I have hated the book or loved the book, each book I have ever read has spoken to me in some way.  It has given me a different perspective to live in many different ways.  I can’t say that I have honestly changed after reading each book, but I have gained knowledge from each and every book I have ever read.

What are your favorite books?

Mel

Collaboreads: Barefoot

Hello and welcome back to Collaboreads for the month of August.  For this month I chose Barefoot

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I chose the book Barefoot and would give it …..

5 stars

RIVETING: This book took and held my attention throughout the whole thing.   I wasn’t quite sure what to expect while reading it.  I had to google summertime books because I didn’t know of any and chose this one.  I am so glad that I did choose this one because it had a true powerful meaning behind it.  It is for those who fight for their live, the things they believe in, and never giving up.

 

ELEMENTS: This book is definitely one that everyone in this world can relate to.  One of the characters is suffering from cancer which I believe we can all relate to in one way or another.  Another character made a bad decision and is living through her consequences … again everyone can relate to. The third character is fighting through a messy marriage and possible divorce.  The fourth character is kind of at a loss for what to do with his life and is trying to enjoy the summer and figure out his next move.

I feel like everyone can relate to at least one of the characters in this book. At some point in time in your life you will go through many different things which at some point you will lose your cool and be a little confused on what you should do next with your life.

ASSOCIATE: I have never read a book that was broken up into summer chapters, however, I feel like the book could relate to many different books.  It would relate to any books about summer (which I have never read and had to google to find one for this month).  It can also relate to anyone suffering from cancer or just an overwhelming life.

DESIGN: The design of the book was different from any other I have read.  The book takes place over the summer so it was separated by months.  Since it was wrote like this the chapters were rather long, however, you didn’t feel like you were reading forever and ever.  It was well written so it was an easy read.

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OTHER BOOKS I READ THIS MONTH:

  • Along for the Ride – When I googled books about summer this came up with Barefoot as well so I read them both.  I also liked this book.  This book was about a girl in high school who was a little lost.  She thought she knew exactly what she wanted in life and then moved to her dads for the summer.  During the summer she learns a lot about her self and things she thought were not “her.”  Along the way she realizes that life changes and things can change as well.
  • Very Good Lives – I have been wanting to read this book since it came out.  They had it at the library so I grabbed it right up.  This book was not what I was expecting ….. short and sweet but still with a power packed message.
  • Still Alive – Ummmmm I would highly recommend this book to anyone.  This was on someone’s Collaboreads list from last month and after her review, I added it to my list.  I was definitely not disappointed with this one. I myself, have not had any first hand experience with Alzheimer’s, however, I commend anyone who has or goes through similar situations.  We all struggle with different things in life, however, I can’t imagine now being able to remember my husband or kids or family and vice versa.

What did you read this month? any I should put on my read list?

Mel