Book Review: Savage Sam (Old Yeller #2) by Fred Gibson #SavageSam #BookReview #VintageBooks

Savage Sam (Old Yeller #2)

by Fred Gipson

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My thoughts on this book:

After reading Old Yeller a few weeks ago, my children were eager to get right into the sequel Savage Sam. It became apparent to us right away that this book was going to be very different from Old Yeller. Continue reading “Book Review: Savage Sam (Old Yeller #2) by Fred Gibson #SavageSam #BookReview #VintageBooks”

Book Review: Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success by Shawn Stevenson #SleepSmarter #BookReview #Health

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By Shawn Stevenson

My thoughts:

Finding this book was like a stroke of luck for me and I was really excited to get into it. After attempting to repair my sleep habits months ago, there were still multiple things I was doing wrong. Continue reading “Book Review: Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success by Shawn Stevenson #SleepSmarter #BookReview #Health”

Shabby Sunday: The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes – 1973 #ShabbySunday #VintageBooks #ChildrensBooks #BookReview

Shabby Sunday

I have a bunch of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every now and then sharing one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to participate as anyone can join. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.

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Last week I shared:

Old Yeller by Fred Gibson

This week’s shabby share is:

The Hundred Dresses

By Eleanor Estes

The Hundred Dresses is a book about a girl named Wanda Petronski who’s bullied at school because she’s different. Wanda is polish and the other students in class (particularly a girl named Peggy) make fun of her name and harass her outside of school whenever possible.

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January “Weather The Storm” OwlCrate Jr. Unboxing #owlcrateJR #ocjrstorm #childrensbooks #unboxing @owlcratejr

I thought it would be fun to share our January OwlCrate Jr. unboxing! As I mentioned earlier, we had OwlCrate Jr. in 2017 and I decided for a Christmas gift to give it a go again. The kids have been really happy with December’s and January’s box.


January’s theme is “Weather The Storm”

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This Week’s Children’s Books: The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett – Moon River by Johnny Mercer – Little Otter Learns to Swim by Artie Knapp – Blue Rider by Geraldo Valério #ChildrensBooks #BookReview

Here are some of the children’s books we enjoyed this week…

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The Snowy Nap

by Jan Brett

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Shabby Sunday: Old Yeller by Fred Gibson – 1956 – #ShabbySunday #BookReview #VintageBooks

Shabby Sunday

I have a bunch of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every now and then sharing one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to participate as anyone can join. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.

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Last week I shared:

Andersen’s Fairy Tales – Illustrated by Arthur Szyk – 1945

Today’s shabby share is:

Old Yeller by Fred Gibson

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Book Review: Geekerella (Once Upon a Con #1) by Ashley Poston #BookReview #Fiction #YoungAdult #Retelling #2019ReadingChallenge

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By Ashley Poston

My thoughts on this book:

This is such a cute and clever story!

Ever since Elle was little, she’s loved a Sci-Fi TV series called Starfield. Her parents also loved the show and her dad actually started a convention called ExcelsiCon for Starfield fans. Now, there’s a Starfield reboot with new actors and a chance to enter a cosplay contest. Winners of the contest will get a chance to attend the ExcelsiCon Ball and meet the new actor playing the part of Prince Carmindor. Elle knows she must enter the contest because she’s an ultimate fangirl and lives for Starfield. The big problem is that Elle’s stepmother is bitter about anything that doesn’t benefit her and she hates Starfield. Elle will have to find a way to make this happen on her own and without her stepmom finding out.

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Shabby Sunday: Andersen’s Fairy Tales – Illustrated Junior Library – Arthur Szyk – 1945 #ShabbySunday #FairyTales #VintageBooks

Shabby Sunday

I have a bunch of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every now and then sharing one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to participate as anyone can join. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.

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Last time I shared:

Beauty and the Beast by Marianna Mayer – Illustrated by Mercer Mayer – 1978

Today’s Shabby Share is:

Andersen’s Fairy Tales (Illustrated Junior Library)

Illustrations by Arthur Szyk

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To me fairy tales are some of the best stories. I grew up reading fairy tales, I still read them to my children, and they’re stories I still enjoy today as an adult.

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Thinking back, I can remember some of my favorites when I was four or five years old. I enjoyed listening to tales such as Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, The Ugly Duckling, and Little Red Riding Hood on my record player.

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Book Review: Comet Rising (Shadow Weaver #2) by MarcyKate Connolly #BookReview #NetGalley #CometRising #ShadowWeaver

Comet Rising

by MarcyKate Connolly

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My thoughts on this book:

We read Shadow Weaver last year and really enjoyed it, so we were excited to get into the sequel, Comet Rising. Even though I requested this from NetGalley and was approved, we also bought a copy for our home library.

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Book Review: The Shadows We Hide (Joe Talbert #2) by Allen Eskens #BookReview #TheShadowsWeHide #Fiction

The Shadows We Hide (Joe Talbert #2)

By Allen Eskens

My thoughts on this book:

I read The Life We Bury a few years ago and loved it. Naturally, I was ecstatic to see that Allen Eskins came out with this sequel The Shadows We Hide. This second book definitely met my expectations. Continue reading “Book Review: The Shadows We Hide (Joe Talbert #2) by Allen Eskens #BookReview #TheShadowsWeHide #Fiction”

My Thyroid Healing Update #4 – Medical Medium Anthony William – Thyroid Healing & Liver Rescue #MedicalMedium #Thyroid Healing #AnthonyWilliam #LiverRescue

*Follow all of my updates on my Thyroid Healing Page by clicking here…*

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On January 12th, 2018, I shared my book review for Thyroid Healing by Anthony William, and I also shared my story about how I’ve struggled with anxiety and autoimmune disease. If you haven’t seen the original post and would like to read it, you can find it by clicking here. You can also follow all of my updates by clicking the link at the top of the page.

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Book Review: Beauty by Robin McKinley #2019ReadingChallenge #Book Review #Retelling #ReadingChallenge

Beauty

by Robin McKinley

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I first found this book at foodinbooks.com which is a wonderful blog that everyone should check out. Please see Vanessa’s review of Beauty and check out her ‘cinnamon almond cake’ by clicking the link provided above. Continue reading “Book Review: Beauty by Robin McKinley #2019ReadingChallenge #Book Review #Retelling #ReadingChallenge”

Saturday’s Kitchen Book Review: From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes From Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen by Snoop Dogg #BookReview #CookBook #SnoopDogg

Hello, lovely friends! Welcome back to another Saturday’s Kitchen, where I share with you some cookbooks and recipes from our Saturday cooking adventures. Today I’m going to talk about a cookbook I purchased for my 18-year-old son for Christmas. We’ve made some delicious recipes from this book and you can read my review of the book and see our recipe results below.

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Book Review: The Learning Project, Rites of Passage by Lincoln Stoller #BookReview #TheLearningProject

The Learning Project, Rites of Passage

By Lincoln Stoller

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My thoughts:

This is a very interesting and intense book that I personally found quite inspirational. I’ve always had a passion for gaining knowledge from other people, hearing other people’s life stories and learning lessons from them, so this book definitely kept my interest. Continue reading “Book Review: The Learning Project, Rites of Passage by Lincoln Stoller #BookReview #TheLearningProject”

2019 Retellings Reading Challenge #Retellings #Reading Challenge #2019ReadingChallenge

I love retellings and what better way to catch up on the stacks of retellings I’ve had waiting on my shelf than to join this reading challenge! I wasn’t planning on joining any reading challenges this year besides Goodreads, but I just couldn’t pass on this one.

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I originally saw this on Kate’s blog @everywhere and nowhere. Be sure to check out her post because she has an entire reading lineup for this challenge to meet all categories! I was very impressed and inspired by her post.

The challenge is being hosted by Tracy@cornerfolds.com. if you’d like to sign up for this challenge, click the link provided.

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Book Review: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls #Memoir #BookReview #TheGlassCastle

The Glass Castle

By Jeannette Walls

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From Goodreads:

A tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave the author the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn’t stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an “excitement addict.” Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever. Continue reading “Book Review: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls #Memoir #BookReview #TheGlassCastle”

Book Review: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown #BookReview #ChildrensBooks #TheWildRobot @LittleBrownYR #MiddleGrade

The Wild Robot

By Peter Brown

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From Goodreads:

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz’s only hope is to learn from the island’s hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home. Until one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her….

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Throwback Thursday: Goodnight Malaysian 370 by Ewan Wilson and Geoff Taylor #ThrowbackThursday #BookReview

Goodnight Malaysian 370 by Ewan Wilson and Geoff Taylor

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Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and My Favorite Cherry Smoothie

Happy New Year! I can’t believe how fast the holidays came and went, but I’m excited to start a brand new year. This will be my first Breakfast and a Book post for 2019. I haven’t shared many breakfast posts since June of last year, but I hope to pick up with more of these in the near future.

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Our Bookish Christmas…

Happy New Year or New Year’s Eve everyone! I can’t believe it’s going to be 2019. Time is flying, but I’m still not letting go of Christmas yet. I thought it would be fun to share some of the books we received for Christmas this year.

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Personally, I didn’t receive books as gifts this year, but I did purchase one other book for myself besides the Penguin Classics Christmas set I mentioned last week. I went ahead and took a chance on, We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter.

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ARC Book Review: The Den by Abi Maxwell #TheDen #WomensFiction #BookReview

The Den

by Abi Maxwell

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From Goodreads:

A luminous, hypnotic story of youth, sex, and power that tells of two young women who find themselves ostracized from the same small New England community for the same reasons–though they are separated by 150 years.

Henrietta and Jane are fifteen and twelve, growing up in a farmhouse on the outskirts of town. Their mother is a painter, lost in her art, their father a cook who’s raised them on magical tales about their land. When Henrietta becomes obsessed with a boy from town, Jane takes to trailing the young couple, spying on their trysts–until one night, Henrietta vanishes into the woods. Elspeth and Claire are sisters separated by an ocean–Elspeth’s pregnancy at seventeen meant she was quickly married and sent to America to avoid certain shame. But when she begins ingratiating herself to the town’s wealthy mill owner, a series of wrenching and violent events unfold, culminating in her disappearance. As Jane and Claire search in their own times for their missing sisters, they each come across a strange story about a family that is transformed into coyotes. But what does this myth mean? Are their sisters dead, destroyed by men and lust? Or, are they alive and thriving beyond the watchful eyes of their same small town? With echoes of The Scarlet Letter, Abi Maxwell gives us a transporting, layered tale of two women, living generations apart yet connected by place and longing, and condemned for the very same desires.

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Book Review: For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt #BookReview #ForBetterAndWorse #Netgalley #NGEW2018 #Thriller

For Better and Worse

By Margot Hunt

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From Goodreads:

On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder. Now married, they’ll put the latter to the test when an unchecked danger in their community places their son in jeopardy. Working as a criminal defense attorney, Nat refuses to rely on the broken legal system to keep her family safe. She knows that if you want justice…you have to get it yourself.

Shocked to discover Nat’s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also. His family is in way too deep to back down now. He’s just not sure he recognizes the woman he married. Nat’s always been fiercely protective, but never this ruthless or calculating. With the police poking holes in their airtight plan, what will be the first to fall apart: their scandalous secret—or their marriage? Continue reading “Book Review: For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt #BookReview #ForBetterAndWorse #Netgalley #NGEW2018 #Thriller”

Book Review: Keeping Lucy by T.Greenwood #KeepingLucy #StMartinsPress #NGEW2018 #NetGalley #Fiction #BookReview

From Goodreads:

From the author of Rust & Stardust comes this heartbreaking story, inspired by true events, of how far one mother must go to protect her daughter.

Dover, Massachusetts, 1969. Ginny Richardson’s heart was torn open when her baby girl, Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, was taken from her. Under pressure from his powerful family, her husband, Ab, sent Lucy away to Willowridge, a special school for the “feeble-minded.” Ab tried to convince Ginny it was for the best. That they should grieve for their daughter as though she were dead. That they should try to move on.

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What I’m reading until Christmas, decorations, and other happenings this week…

Because Christmas is among us and I’m still not ready, this week has been madness. I’ve still managed to squeeze in some reading, but won’t likely be posting much over the next week. I thought I’d do just a quick post to share what I’m reading right now (including some of the children’s books we’re reading), and other happenings this week.

So, I just finished The Forbidden last night. I enjoyed it and you can see that review HERE.

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Book Review: The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas #BookReview #Romance

The Forbidden

By Jodi Ellen Malpas

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From Goodreads:

FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE THIS MAN TRILOGY…. 

What do you do when you can’t control your feelings for someone? When you know you shouldn’t go there? Not even in your head.

Annie has never experienced the ‘spark’ with a guy-the kind of instant chemistry that steals your breath and blindsides you completely. Until a night out with friends brings her face to face with the wickedly sexy and mysterious Jack. It’s not just a spark that ignites between them. It’s an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise. Continue reading “Book Review: The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas #BookReview #Romance”

Music Monday: MercyMe “I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day” – Kindness and Compassion in the World #Kindness #MusicMonday #Christmas #ChristmasSongs #MercyMe

-Music Monday-

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.

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I’m sharing this song today not only because I love it, but because I had an experience this weekend that made me think of the poem.

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Book Review: The Last Homecoming by Dan Chabot #Book Review #Christmas #WinterReads #UltimateReadingChallenge

The Last Homecoming

by Dan Chabot

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From Goodreads:

HOME IS WHERE THE HEARTSTRINGS ARE… Three troubled strangers gather on Christmas Eve to say farewell to a doomed old house, the secure shelter and refuge where each of them grew up over the course of 90 years. They all have warm, golden memories of youthful, magical Christmases here, and of the Rockwell-esque small town that nourished them as children. These old walls were witness to the stories of… …An elderly, feisty nun with life-searing experiences as a nurse in World War II, whose promiscuous youth still haunts her; …A depressed former Major League baseball pitcher who is contemplating a horrific act; …The hometown newspaper editor, still dealing with the tragic consequences of her long-ago teenage love affair. They are joined by their gracious host, the last owner of the house, whose own deep attachment has led her to stage this last homecoming for people who know it is not just a house, but a shrine of memories and echoes. But before it goes down to make way for a new bridge, this safe old sanctuary has surrendered some astonishing final secrets… Continue reading “Book Review: The Last Homecoming by Dan Chabot #Book Review #Christmas #WinterReads #UltimateReadingChallenge”