This Week’s Reads: The Sweetness of Water – Total Health Turnaround – The Lord of the Rings #AmReading #Books #Reads

Hey, everyone! I hope you’re all doing well this week. First, I have to apologize for being somewhat absent recently; I’ve tried to keep up with posts, but it’s been difficult for me. I’ve been dealing with some health problems, which has led me back into the doctor’s realm again—where I don’t want to be. Since my daughter was sick, and the stress of dealing with that on top of some other things (I believe) has activated something in my system and I’m in a bit of a setback now. Something really neat happened though: I went to the wrong doctor. Have you ever gone to the wrong doctor because there were other doctors with the same last name and Google misled you? I did, and at first it seemed like a huge nuisance. I was supposed to be visiting a cardiologist in a new group and instead I went to his cousin’s office, who’s a family doctor but highly active in functional medicine. It must be a sign because it’s exactly where I needed to be. I’ve always had an interest in functional medicine, and this doctor tends to treat with a more natural approach. We talked for a time, and he didn’t even charge me for the visit. What’s happened to me is an imbalance of stress hormones (including a thyroid imbalance no surprise), and I’m hopeful I can get it under control quickly. My plan is to go back and sit down with him for a comprehensive visit. So, there’s something good that happened for me this week. 😀

In the reading world, I’ve finally finished The Princess Bride over the weekend. I’ve been thinking about it considerably, and I’m finally ready to write up a review. We watched the movie again so I could compare the two with both fresh in my mind. There was so much that I forgot about, even with this being a reread. It turned out to be a good experience overall.

We also finished The Black Stallion, and then we watched the movie with Mickey Rooney, and I cried. Gosh it was good. Watch for that review coming up for Shabby Sunday.



My new fiction book pick for this week is The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris.

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June Wrap-up 2021: #BookReviews #Books #Music

Is it really July already? It’s crazy how fast this year is going, isn’t it? Maybe it’s just me. June turned out to be somewhat of a neglectful month for blogging. I knew reading and posting would slow down with spring activities and planting, and I think July may be similar. We’ve been busy with the kids and trying to squeeze in our summer activities. Once the Fourth of July hits, it seems like the rest of the summer just flies by: before you know it, the new school year begins, and we’re in fall. I’m actually looking forward to the cooler months. Fall and winter are my favorite seasons for reading, so I hope to be more active here in the coming months.

For June I managed to post nine book reviews. The nice thing is that four of these are for the 2021 Retelling Reading challenge. Three were ARCs. I’m actually caught up with the challenge and NetGalley and Edelweiss for now, with a few coming up for September.

For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

The Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid Banks

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Love in the Wild by Emma Castle

Live your Life by Amanda and Anna Kloots

Lost in the Neverwoods by Aiden Thomas

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Book Review: Stardust by Neil Gaiman #Stardust #NeilGaiman #FairyTale #BookReview

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Blurb:

Go and catch a falling star . . .

Tristran Thorn promises to bring back a fallen star for his beloved, the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester—and crosses the wall that divides his English country town from another, more dangerous world of lords and witches, all of them in search of the star. Rich with adventure and magic, Stardust is one of master storyteller Neil Gaiman’s most beloved tales.

My thoughts:

Stardust tells the story of a rural English village known as Wall, with a large stone wall separating it from a Faerie land beyond. Here, a young boy named Tristran Thorn falls in love with a beautiful, arrogant girl named Victoria. Tristran spills his feelings to her, and she promises him that if he retrieves a fallen star and brings it back to her, she will marry him. Tristran embarks on a journey to locate the star–through the stone wall and into the Faerie realm. Crossing through this barrier has been illicit throughout time. Little does Tristran know, the falling star is treasured by many, and he is not the only one searching for it. 

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Book Review: Love in the Wild: A Tarzan Retelling by Emma Castle #Retelling #Romance #RetellingReadingChallenge #BookReview

Love in the Wild: A Tarzan Retelling by Emma Castle

Blurb:

A Sensual, Powerful, And Thought Provoking Tarzan Retelling 

Eden Matthews stumbled upon the discovery of a lifetime while photographing wildlife deep in the heart of Africa…

A gorgeous god of a man living in the wilds of the African jungle among a family of gorillas…

When he saves her life she’s compelled to uncover the man’s tragic past and the fate which led him to grow up in the wild.

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