Book Review: A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park #BookReview #ALongWalktoWater #MiddleGradeBooks

A Long Walk to Water

By Linda Sue Park

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My thoughts on this book:

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park is based on the true story of Salva Dut, one of the Lost Boys from Sudan during the second Sudanese Civil War in 1985. The book also includes a separate narrative about a girl named Nya, which takes place in Sudan as well, but beginning in 2008. Throughout the book we learn about Nya and Salva’s circumstances and their struggles.

Salva’s story is harrowing. It’s during a normal school day in 1985 that shots are heard–the war has arrived in his village–and he’s forced to run into the bush for safety. Continue reading “Book Review: A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park #BookReview #ALongWalktoWater #MiddleGradeBooks”

Throwback Thursday: The Foundling by Paul Fronczak

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by Renee @ It’s Book Talk. This meme is an awesome way to share old favorites that were published over a year ago or even books that you’re finally reading after much time has passed. I have plenty of those to share! If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, and you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. Please link back to her@It’s Book Talk.

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Last time I shared:

A Really Big Lunch by Jim Harrison

This week’s share:

The Foundling by Paul Fronczak

My Review:

The Foundling by Paul Fronczak is a true story about a boy strayed at childhood and connected to a kidnapping. As a child, Paul discovers that his parents aren’t his biological parents and becomes very confused and curious. As an adult, he decides to take action to discover who his blood family really is and how he wound up abandoned. The book quickly turns into a search through his past and continues on that path until the final conclusion.  I was extremely engaged because I’d never heard this story.

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*Spoilers below*

I had to learn what was going to happen with Paul. I wasn’t happy with many of Paul’s choices, but had high hopes for him, and understand how one needs to know their origins. I agreed with his wife in that he was not necessarily wasting his time, but that it would possibly never come to an end, and that there might always be unanswered questions.

I found many parts sad and can’t imagine how arduous his journey must’ve been. In the end, I felt sorry for him and his family. He spent so much time on a group of people that didn’t seem to want anything to do with him.

I do understand, in my own way, how Paul felt as I’ve had a similar experience, but at some point I suppose you have to accept things for the way they are.

This book is certainly a page turner! I did interview the author which can be found on my blog.  Continue reading “Throwback Thursday: The Foundling by Paul Fronczak”

Book Review: My Love Story by Tina Turner #BookReview #MyLoveStory #Memoir

My Love Story

By Tina Turner

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My thoughts on this book:

My Love Story by Tina Turner can be categorized as one of my favorite memoirs of 2019. I just finished it this week and I’m so happy I picked it up. I read it word for word from beginning to end and enjoyed every single minute of it.

Tina Turner has been a massive inspiration to me since I was a young child. I love everything about her, yet early on knew nothing about her past struggles. Thinking back to some of her earliest music videos on MTV, particularly one of my favorites, “What’s Love Got To Do With It”, I fell in love with her voice, her style, her positivity, her fierceness–pretty much everything. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome became a favorite 80’s film; I thought her performance as Auntie Entity was fantastic. Her music and inspiration still remains a part of me today.

“And you know what I say to people who ask, “What do you do when all the odds are against you?” I say, “You keep going. You just don’t stop. No matter, if there’s one slap to the face, turn the other cheek. And the hurt you’re feeling? You can’t think about what’s being done to you now, or what has been done to you in the past. You just have to keep going.”

In this memoir, Tina Turner shares her recent history, beginning with her happy marriage to long-time boyfriend Erwin Bach in 2013. She also reflects on parts of her past: exposing times from her childhood in Nutbush, Tennessee as Anna May Bullock, the beginning of her career, her marriage to Ike Turner (including the abuse she endured), and how she finally got away and started creating her own music–on her own terms. She also writes about health problems she’s experienced (which I knew nothing about) and the friendships that she’s made over time. After watching the film What’s Love Got to Do with It when it first released, I was shocked with all that Tina had gone through. I appreciated that she shared her true thoughts regarding the movie in this book because I always wondered how accurate it was. Honestly, there’s so much more in this book! Some of her darkest times are revealed. Parts of it are incredibly sad, especially the ending which brought me to tears. After it all…how wonderful that Tina was able to find true love and then to experience her fairy tale wedding. It’s heartwarming.

I enjoyed the writing and organization of the book. Many pictures are shared in multiple sections (the vast majority I’d never seen). Once I started reading it, I simply didn’t want to put it down. This book is everything I wanted it to be.

5***** Continue reading “Book Review: My Love Story by Tina Turner #BookReview #MyLoveStory #Memoir”

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”

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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Book Review: We Can’t Be Friends: A True Story by Cyndy Drew Etler #BookReview #AuthorInterview #NGEW2018

We Can’t Be Friends: A True Story

by Cyndy Drew Etler

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From Goodreads:

For the readers of GO ASK ALICE, TWEAK, and DEAR NOBODY, Etler details her turbulent readjustment to life at home and high school after spending sixteen months in Straight, Inc. Advertised as a rehab program for troubled teens, in reality, Straight subjected Cyndy and her fellow Straightlings to cultlike brainwashing and bizarre “treatment” methods. Continue reading “Book Review: We Can’t Be Friends: A True Story by Cyndy Drew Etler #BookReview #AuthorInterview #NGEW2018”

Book Review: I Can Only Imagine: A Memoir by Bart Millard with Robert Noland #ICanOnlyImagine #MercyMe

I Can Only Imagine: A Memoir

by Bart Millard, with Robert Noland

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From Goodreads:

“The Story That Inspired the Major Motion Picture.”

The captivating story behind the bestselling single in the history of Christian music—and the man who wrote it.

MercyMe’s crossover hit, “I Can Only Imagine,” has touched millions of people around the world. But few know about the pain, redemption, and healing that inspired it. Now Bart Millard, award-winning recording artist and lead singer of MercyMe, shares how his dad’s transformation from abusive father to man of God sparked a divine moment in music history.

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The Burning Within by RaNelle Wallace & Curtis Taylor #UltimateReadingChallenge #Bookreview

The Burning Within

by Ranelle Wallace & Curtis Taylor

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From Goodreads:

True story of a couple returning home after an unsuccessful vacation to revive their marriage, their plane crash, their rescue, survival, recovery, and coping with life after severe burns and disfiguration. Adding to this tragedy was a woman’s disregard for the warnings and strong premonitions of what was to come. That burning within all of us. Also a very compelling near death experience and confirmation of life after death beliefs that people of every religion can relate to.

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