Wednesday, February 26, 2020

WWW Wednesday

This is my first time participating in Taking On A World Of Words' WWW Wednesday!  

The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
Here are the books I am reading right now!  (don't judge me - I start a lot of books at the same time) 
1. Pandemic by A.G. Riddle  So I'm feeling like this book is pretty timely! I've been a fan of dystopian novels for many, many years and a fan of A.G. Riddle.  
What Amazon says:
 "A worldwide pandemic...A scientific experiment that could change humanity forever...A race to find a cure--and unravel humanity’s darkest secrets."

2. Winter World by A.G. Riddle (i told you)  

What Amazon says:
"In the near future, an ice age pushes the human race to the edge of extinction.

Scientists search for the cause--and any hope of stopping the Long Winter. They send probes into the solar system to take readings. Near Mars, one of the probes makes a shocking discovery: a mysterious object, drifting toward the Sun. Is it the cause of the Long Winter? Or could it be our only hope of survival?"
3. Tess of the D'Urbyvilles by Thomas Hardy (this one is for my classics challenge) 

What Amazon says:

"Tess Durbeyfield’s father forcibly sends her off to work for the wealthy D’Urberville family, hoping to alleviate their poverty and perhaps secure her a marriage to the cruel and manipulative Alec D’Urberville. His terrible assault upon her, and the subsequent child, form the heart of Tess’s tragic life - as family, love and future are taken away from her by the repressive mores of Victorian society."

What Did You Recently Finish? 
Match Making for Beginners by Maddie Dawson - I rated it 4.25 stars 

What Amazon says: 
Marnie MacGraw wants an ordinary life—a husband, kids, and a minivan in the suburbs. Now that she’s marrying the man of her dreams, she’s sure this is the life she’ll get. Then Marnie meets Blix Holliday, her fiancé’s irascible matchmaking great-aunt who’s dying, and everything changes—just as Blix told her it would.
What do you think you’ll read next?

That is a great question! 
I absolutely loved the first two books in this series and I'm looking forward to reading this one!  The entire series is on Kindle Unlimited. If you like Christian fiction, I highly recommend it! 

What Amazon says: 
Kayla and Jason have been married for three months when she begins to hear a disembodied voice. After Jason contemplates putting her away quietly, for her approaching insanity, he hears it too.

What follows is the story of two people meeting Jesus, in a visceral and life-changing way, and doing it as a couple, newly married and still forming the fringes and foundations of their dreams--together and separately.

Top Ten Tuesday (A Day Late!): Characters I'd Follow on Social Media

So I may be a day late and a dollar short as per usual - but I'm joining in this week for Top Ten Tuesday!  You can find TTT at That Artsy Reader Girl every .... you guessed it!  Tuesday. 

This week's topic, which I think is brilliant btw, is "Characters I'd Follow on Social Media".  It was submitted by Tilly at The Biblioshelf.

Melanie Hamilton - Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell Aside from being my all-time favorite book and movie GWTW has some of my favorite characters ever.  Now as much as I adore Scarlett and think she's amazing, I would MUCH RATHER read Melanie Hamilton's posts on Blogger or Wordpress.  I can imagine she would share great homemaking and child-rearing tips as well as how to be kind - even to those people who are not kind to you.  Melanie saw past people's outward behavior and saw deep into their hearts.  We could all use some more Melanie in our lives! 

BTW Gone with the Wind is offered on Kindle Unlimited!  If you like classics or historical fiction, you will love it! 

Cussy Mary aka Bluet - The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
Mary is another great character.  She is smart, resourceful, kind, and she LOVES books!!!  Not only that, but she loves to bring books and reading to others.  I can imagine reading her blog for book reviews and library news and her Instagram for quick snaps of the books she loves and the people on her book route! (Also highly recommend - not on KU, but not a bad price for the Kindle edition!) 

Blix - Match Making for Beginners by Maddie Dawson Blix is such a great eccentric character.  She would have an amazing Facebook page and a group where she would make perfect love matches!  Her FB would also be sprinkled with colorful tidbits and perfectly gaudy outfit pictures! (This book also available on Kindle Unlimited) 

Eleanor Oliphant - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman Eleanor is another eccentric character.  She is odd - but she is trying to figure her life out.  I'm thinking she would have a blog where she shares a bit TOO much - but under a different name so she could lay it all out there without having to face it head-on. 

Mma Ramotswe - All of the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency books by Alexander McCall 
Mma Ramotswe would give good advice about EVERYTHING!  She would have a YouTube channel.  She would share her knowledge outside on her front porch or in front of a shade tree with a view of Gaborone in the background.  She is funny, personable, and knowledgeable and she'd have at least a million followers! 

Louisa Clark - Me Before You by Jojo Moyes Louisa is funny and delightful with a kooky sense of style!  She would be the perfect Instagrammer.  Daily pictures of her fuzzy sweaters or bumblebee tights would be interspersed with light talk about her daily life. 

Jo - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Jo is a writer and I think a blog would be the perfect outlet for all of her creativity!  I imagine plays, short stories, and character creations.  What a gift that would be! (This ebook is free on Kindle!) 

Jaya - The Storyteller's Secret by Sejal Badani Jaya would have a Twitter account.  She would share tidbits of her life going between India and NY.  She's a busy woman, so Twitter would be great for her.  If you have NOT read this book - PLEASE DO!  It is so amazing!  One of a handful of books that I plan to re-read in my lifetime.  It is also a part of Kindle Unlimited!  (can you tell I'm a member?) 

Julie - The Designer Bag at the Garbage Dump by Jackie MacGirvin Julie would have a lot to share and would want to reach as many people as possible - so we would find her on Facebook.  Lots of content and picture-heavy but amazing and heartfelt!  She would share the changes in her life and her platform for children!  Again - READ THIS BOOK! 

Atticus Finch - To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee Hello Tinder!  Ever since reading TKAMB I've wanted to date Atticus!  A huge heart and a bookish, great mind!  I'd be all over those nerdy glasses!  

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Women of the Word Wednesday, Volume 1: Miriam

I came across a free e-book today from the very talented Jen Wilken, also entitled "Women of the Word" - and knew I needed to share it here on the first WOW Wednesday! This e-book is currently sold on Amazon for $10! 

Click to get your free copy click HERE 

Woman of the Week:

Origin of Her Name:  The name Miriam is Hebrew, believed to have possibly originated in Egypt.  It can be interpreted in a couple of ways, some say it means "sea of sorrow", while others believe it means "rebellion" or "wished-for child". 

Where She Can Be Found in the Bible: She first appears in the book of Exodus. 

Family Tree: Daughter of Amram and Jochebed, and the sister of Moses and Aaron.

What Makes Her Special: She was a prophetess and poetess, the sister of Moses and Aaron.  In later life she was a jealous sister and spoke openly against Moses in the wilderness. 

What was Happening in History During Her Lifetime: The Pharoah of Egypt had commanded that all male babies be drowned in the Nile. Moses' mother put him in a bed, floating down the stream knowing that the Princess would most likely find him.  Miriam was a crucial part of keeping Moses as a part of her own family awhile longer by offering up her mother as a nursemaid. 

Books and Movies Depicting Her Life: 

The movies are more about her little brother, Moses, but these movies include her as well: 

Artist's Rendering: 

Want to Learn More? 

Monday, February 24, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday for February 24th, 2020

I am linking up with Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday

♥♥The Weather♥♥
We are starting off the week at 51 and sunny!  But it doesn't stay that way.  By mid-week we are rainy and by the end of the week lows will be in the teens.  

♥♥How I am feeling this morning♥♥
 I'm going to come out and say it.  I'm getting worried about the Coronavirus.  We have over 300 people here in Michigan that are being "monitored".  I'm seriously considering buying some masks.  My kids are teasing me .... 🤷   

♥♥Looking forward to♥♥
Dinner with my friend
Car shopping   

♥♥On the breakfast plate♥♥
A breakfast hash - this week it's eggs with peppers and onions, a mix of roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes,  and a couple of tsps of "real bacon pieces" for flavor.  Topped with hot sauce of course! 

♥♥On my reading pile♥♥
I finished reading "The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek" last week.  You can read my review here.  I have also joined the classics challenge, you can read my plans HERE. After that I read Match Making for Beginners.  It was really enjoyable.  The characters were so good!  

Right now I am reading A.G. Riddle's "The Long Winter"  It's the first book in an apocalyptic trilogy.  So far it is really exciting and good!  I've read other books by this author and they are always fast paced and smartly written. 

♥♥On my tv♥♥
I binge-watched the CBS show "Evil" Mostly it was really good, different, and entertaining.  Then they would throw is something super cheesy - I'm guessing to lighten the darkness?  I'm not sure, but it gave me a good laugh. 
-Criminal Minds
-The Biggest Loser
-Forensic Files II  IT'S BACK!!!!! My favorite show is back.  Sunday's at 10 EST 
-YouTube videos 

♥♥On the menu this week♥♥

Sunday - Family dinner & game night:  Shrimp Lo Mein & egg roll 
Monday - Didn't go out w/ my friend last week - so out for MOD Pizza
Tuesday - Leftovers
Wednesday - Vegan taco soup 
Thursday -  Vegetarian burritos (soy crumbles, black beans, roasted corn, peppers, onions)
Friday - Veggie & tofu peanut noodles 
Saturday - Chik'n sandwiches w/ crispy sweet potato fries 

By the way - the lentil curry stew last week was really, really good!  My daughter loved it too.  Definitely a keeper!  No real recipe, just threw a bunch of stuff in the pot lol 

♥♥Thinking About♥♥
My arterial Doppler last week was negative, which was good news.  My back x-ray did not show a slipped disc, only some degenerative disc disease in my lower back.  My doctor thinks this is the cause of my leg issues - but I disagree.  I have back stretches to do (some at-home PT).  I'll do what the doctor ordered for a few weeks and see if there is any improvement.  

♥♥Chore I'm not looking forward to today, or this week♥♥
Going to Cardio Drumming with my sister! 😂

♥♥To relax this week, I will♥♥
Read, Bible study       

♥♥On my prayer list♥♥
The president, our country, the world, family and friends 

♥♥Devotional/Bible Verse♥♥

Sunday, February 23, 2020

The Monday Book Report, Edition #16

I am linking up with 

 I finished reading "Match Making for Beginners"  4.25 stars - Review coming later this week! 

*Book Review of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek 
*Back to the Classics Challenge
*Happy Homemaker Monday 

All borrowed from Kindle Unlimited: 
- Winter World by A.G. Riddle 
- Darkness Falls by A. E. Faulkner
- Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
- The Perfect Mother by Caroline Mitchell

A.G. Riddle's Winter World 
And for the Classics Challenge: 

Tess of the D'urbyvilles 

WHAT ARE MY READING PLANS FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK: After Winter World I plan to begin "The Ten Thousand Doors of January" for the MMD book club.  I meant to read it last week - but other books just won out! 

BOOKSTORE I WANT TO VISIT: I'm visiting my best friend (and the office of my work-at-home job) in April.  I'll be in Portsmouth NH.  Sheafe Street Books is located in the area and looks like a great place!  I'll definitely be stopping by. It sounds PERFECT!  

From a review on Trip Advisor:  "Cozy and crammed with books, this rambling collection of fact and fiction is compact, but broadly and smartly sampled. Stewarded by a well-rounded, friendly lit-lover and a fluffy feline (and some canaries), the shelves are whimsically classified and relaxed to reward the casual browser. Situated in a 200-year-old home in Portsmouth's fantastical historic district, there's a single sagging armchair piled with pillows, which may be the best dock in this renowned port town from which to embark on a tangent or two."


There is still a week left in the Black Lit Challenge!

Also - a challenge which I plan to participate in to mark off another book in my Classics Challenge, the One Hundred Years of Solitude Read Along, hosted by Silvia Cachia

MY BOOK MINISTRY: I'll be dropping 4 great books into the Little Free Library this week.  I will share pictures in next week's Monday Book Report"! 

Friday, February 21, 2020

Book Review: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

There has been a lot of talk regarding the similarities between Jojo Moyes "The Giver of Stars" and Kim Michele Richardson's "The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek" so I decided that I would like to read both of them to see for myself!

I chose Book Woman first - completely due to the fact that it was $6 cheaper than the Moyes book!  On Amazon there have been more reviews for Giver; however, Book Woman's reviews are slightly higher!  (4.7 vs 4.6)

I knew I wanted to read these books as soon as I heard they were about the pack horse librarians.  Anyone who loves books enough to do this is my kind of person!

Here is what Amazon has to say:

The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything—everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome's got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter.
Cussy's not only a book woman, however, she's also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.
Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere—even back home.

My thoughts: 

I really enjoyed this book, but I didn't love it quite as much as I wanted to. Don't get me wrong - I absolutely recommend it.  I was just expecting so much after all of the talk that I was thinking it  would easily be a five star read.  I was very excited to learn the history of the pack horse project as well as about the Blues in Kentucky. 
The absolute best part of the book for me was the love and respect that the main character had for books.  How each one was important and worthy to be taken care of and placed in the right hands. They had so few - so each one was treated like a precious gift.  The mountain folks looked forward to getting books each week like it was Christmas morning!  Some learned to read this way, others learned history, or how to make/do things.  What was going on outside of their little piece of the world.  It gave them an escape. 
Another area which touched my  heart was the "scrapbooks".  The librarians would take a recipe from one of the mountain wives, a cleaning idea from another, a magazine article about raising kids, etc and put them together into scrapbooks to move through the Appalachians.  Not only was this a way for people who lived far from others to learn things they would otherwise be unable to learn, it was a way of bringing them together as a community.  Such a beautiful idea!
Overall, I give this book 4.25 stars ****1/4 
Read this is you enjoy historical fiction, clean romance  

Monday, February 17, 2020

Back to the Classics Challenge 2020

I just found out about the Back to the Classics Challenge hosted by Books and Chocolate .  If you'd like to join, click the link above by the end of March to sign up! You can also read the rules and descriptions of each category.

I have been SO BAD about reading the classics for the past year-and-a-half!  I think this challenge will get me back to crossing books off of my master list for the Classics Club!

Below are the different categories and my book choices for each one.  I am reserving the right to change my mind at any given point! 

1. 19th Century Classic. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy 1891

2. 20th Century Classic. Katherine by Anya Seton 1954

3. Classic by a Woman Author. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson 1945

4. Classic in Translation. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 1878

5. Classic by a Person of Color. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1967

6. A Genre Classic. The Time Machine by HG Wells 1895

7. Classic with a Person's Name in the Title. Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset 1920

8. Classic with a Place in the Title. Rilla of Ingleside LM Montgomery 1921

9. Classic with Nature in the Title. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith 1943

10. Classic About a Family. Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss 1812

11. Abandoned Classic. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 1861

12. Classic Adaptation. The Call of the Wild Jack London 1903

The Monday Book Report, Edition #15

I am linking up with 

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG: I'm just back to blogging after a long absence, so last week I only posted The Monday Book Report & Happy Homemaker Monday. 

WHAT DID I READ THIS WEEK:  I only finished one book this week - but it was a good one!  The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.  4 stars ****


 Lovely War by Julie Berry (on sale for 1.99 for Kindle right now) 

And from Kindle Unlimited I borrowed: 

Sea of Memories by Fiona Valpy 

Jojo Moyes The Giver of Stars 

WHAT ARE MY READING PLANS FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK: I am going to start one of the above books tonight - or The Ten Thousand Doors of January ( or 2 or all 3 of them?) and I also hope to start a classic novel this week - although there are a few that I am deciding between.  

BOOKSTORE I WANT TO VISIT: Though not a bookstore - J Birds Repurposed Reading is a local store that I plan to visit ASAP!  Perfect for lovers of all things books! 

READTHONS FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK:   I have a couple of things going on.  

- Right now I am doing the Spring-Sprint-a-thon through the Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon Facebook page.  It runs through the 21st. 

- And although late to the game ..... the deadline is open through the end of March for the Back to the Classics Challenge hosted by Books and Chocolate.