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Max by Sarah Cohen-Scali

I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest book review.

A glimpse into Nazi life as a newborn narrates his story of being born and bred to serve Hitler.  A very different viewpoint and it makes for a very interesting story.  There were some graphic details that were tough to read through.  However, I think it was important to the story to clearly illustrate the harsh treatment of women and children in Germany.

I would recommend it for students in grades 8-12 due to graphic depictions of violence, sex and language.

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Book review: The Didymus Contingency by Jeremy Robinson

The Didymus Contingency - Tenth Anniversary Edition by [Robinson, Jeremy]

I read this book for my school’s staff Book Club.  I loved it!  From the Amazon description:

If you could go back in time…and witness any event…where would you go?

When Dr. Tom Greenbaum faces that question after successfully discovering the secret to time travel, he knows the time, place and event he will witness: the death and failed resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Dr. David Goodman, Tom’s colleague and closest friend, follows Tom into the past, attempting to avert a time-space catastrophe. Forces beyond their control toss them into a dangerous end game, where they are tempted by evil characters, betrayed by friends, pursued by an assassin from the future and haunted by a demon that cannot be killed.”

What a great time travel story!  The characters were well developed and the plot was so interesting that I couldn’t put it down.  Towards the end, I kind of guessed what was going to happen but I still needed to find out.

Yes, there is a lot of Christianity in this book as the characters go back to Jerusalem to the days of Jesus and try to prove/disprove his life, death and resurrection.  And it raises honest questions about faith and how to continue believing when life is so hard.

If you like to read about time travel, corporate secrets and faith, this is the book for you!

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New Year, new life

tel-avivIt’s February already!

2017 is off to a great start!   I have a new job at a high school as the librarian.  The school is in our school district so my commute is very short.  I love it!  I love hanging out with the kids and talking books or whatever else they want to talk about.  Having two teenagers at home and one grown, I like this age group much more than elementary school kids.

I had the opportunity to visit the wonderful country of Israel in December with my husband.  It was a wonderful trip, full of sightseeing, beach reading and just relaxing.  He stayed for a month for work, I had 10 days of vacation bliss.

Christmas was a nice, quiet, local event with just the five of us.  Then school began again and we are back in normal mode, as much as we can be.  Now I’m focusing on reading new YA titles to share with the kids at work, finding time to walk with our new dogs and getting settled in my new job.  I hope to link my blog with the library website and add reviews for the students.

Hope your 2017 is off to a great start too!

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It’s Thanksgiving already??!!!

It’s been probably around 6 months since I’ve written anything here.  Life has certainly gotten in the way.  I’ve had a new work-from-home job that is unexpectedly ending at the end of the year.  One DD has started high school and made the Pom team.  She also had a boyfriend that we had to make her break it off with him as he was becoming controlling and verbally abusive.  Did I mention she’s only 14 years old???

Why are parents not teaching their boys how to respectfully talk to girls?  And show them how to treat girls like gold, just like her Daddy does.  It has been a very tough couple of weeks.  I’m ready for the holidays to take a mental break from life.

I haven’t wanted to read at all.  That’s so not like me.  When I accepted the job,  I thought working from home would be an excellent way to make money while being at home for the girls after school.  I thought I would have time to write the family story that the family is expecting soon.  I thought I would have time to organize the house like I have always wanted the time to do.  I thought I would have time to really start studying the Bible like I wanted to do.  I thought I would get into a good work-out routine with all of this extra time I thought I would have.

But, it’s not working.

I didn’t expect to lose my job so soon after creating my office, investing in a laptop and other equipment.

I didn’t expect the financial insecurity that this consulting job would bring month after month.

I didn’t expect the lack of motivation I have been experiencing lately.

Plus, I’m just exhausted, with no real reason and have no desire to read right now.

So, it’s time for an attitude adjustment.

I want to read fun, light books right now.  Maybe holiday books would cheer me up.  I know I need to do something different. Because I’m not doing anything that I love and it’s wearing on me.

Anyone else feel this way? Do you feel like you should be happier in the situation you are in because you thought it’s what you wanted?  But now that you have it, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows?

I’ll be finishing up my consulting job, hopefully reading a little more since my hubby is leaving for a month-long trip to Israel for work this week and trying to find a job until Christmas time.  Then, I will focus on being with the kids and my hubby and enjoy the holiday with my family.

January will be a brand-new year, with so much up in the air that it’s overwhelming to consider what’s going to happen in 2017.  But for now, let’s find a good book, get lost in the story and forget our troubles for a while.

Who’s with me?

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The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton

The Cracked Spine (Scottish Bookshop Mystery #1)The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton was an interesting read. I enjoyed the mystery in a bookshop and picked up the book based on the title and description. It seemed to flow pretty well and I ended up liking the characters and wanting to know what happened next.

However, I didn’t like how the story was almost over before getting to who committed the crime. I was worried it wouldn’t be revealed and I would have to wait until the next book in the series came out in 2017 to find out who was the suspect. I also thought it was a little far-fetched that a young woman from Kansas would be able to come over to Scotland, find herself in the middle of a crime and solve it within a few weeks of moving to Scotland. The bookshop owner involved Delaney pretty quickly into his family crisis. We didn’t get to find out what was in the warehouse beyond a few sentences on it. Nor did we find out how her job evolved. It went right into solving the mystery without any details on her job.

I enjoyed learning a few Scottish words and seeing how they were integrated into the dialogue. I could imagine being in Scotland and hearing the characters talk. It was also interesting to learn about the voices Delaney heard in the bookstore coming from the books but it was never really explained. I hope the next book sheds more light on Delaney’s job and how the voices started talking to her from the books.

Overall, a good book, I am looking forward to the next one.

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The First Books Of 2016

Here is the list of books from my favorite blogger over at Book Journey. My contribution is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. I have been trying to finish this book for months after a co-worker suggested it to me. I would start it, then see something new and shiny to read and put it on the back burner. Well, my first resolution is to finish this book, once and for all. (and give it back to my co-worker) 🙂

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Here it is.  January 1 2016. Thank you to everyone who sent in a picture of the first book they will be reading in this New Year.  This is my third year hosting this event and I love seeing all the pictures and books come in from around the world!  Thank you to the fellow bloggers, readers of Book Journey, my book club, and friends who sent in pictures.  Here are your reads of the New Year:

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Look at all of you!!!!  If traditions hold, a few of you will still send pictures in today and that is ok.  Send them to my email:  journeythroughbooks@gmail.com and I will either update here or add another block in tomorrows post.

For myself, you will find me in the 5th block down, second row. Yes that is me holding a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – but not just an…

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My favorite place in the world.  Library at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland – http://pinterest.com/pin/512706738807623476/?s=3&m=wordpress

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Update

Wow!  It’s been a long time.  I can’t believe how much time has flown by since my last post.

So, here’s an update:

  1. I started a  new job.

  2. We adopted a 13 year old girl.

  3. My son moved out of the house and to another state.

Other than that, nothing big is going on.  Haha, right!

I love my new job!  I am an elementary school librarian.  I get to read more books now that I am creating teams and competing in Battle of the Books.  Go Crismon!

We are reading HatchetElla Enchanted, Poppy and Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher.   I have read half of the titles so far and our Battle is in three weeks.  I think I have enough time to finish the books.  We are on Fall Break right now, so I should have the opportunity to read.

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We already have a 13 year old biological daughter and we just adopted a 13 year old from foster care.  Hardest thing we’ve ever done.  But, it will be a blessing for all of us, so I’ve been told.  We didn’t plan on this as one of our life goals, but when the opportunity presented itself, we couldn’t say no.

Follow our adoption journey at Unexpected Adoption Journey.

Then, our 20 year old son moved to Colorado with his girlfriend.  I miss him terribly but he’s not far away and it gives me another reason to visit our home state.  My family and my husband’s family are all around him, so he’ll be fine.  I just miss seeing him everyday.

Blake and Kierstin

Now, on to the books I’ve read…

  1. At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon

  2. Finders Keepers by Stephen King

  3. In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

  4. What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman

  5. Family Pictures by Jane Green

  6. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

  7. All the Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank (audio)

I am reading right now….

  1. Poppy by Avi

  2. Ella Enchated by Gale Carson Levine

  3. No Place to Hide by Susan Lewis

  4. Sweet Water by Christina Baker Kline

  5. Jeremy Thatcher,  Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville

As you can see, I read several books at one time.  Some books are for the Battle of the Books and I have to have a few personal reads that I like to escape into after a long day.  I LOVED the audio book All the Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank.  I listened to it on a road trip to Colorado over Labor Day weekend.

Anyhoo, now that life has become a new normal, I am trying to jump back in and post my reviews of these great books I’ve read and are reading now.

Stay tuned!

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The Bookseller Review

The Bookseller

Nothing is as permanent as it appears . . .

Denver, 1962: Kitty Miller has come to terms with her unconventional single life. She loves the bookshop she runs with her best friend, Frieda, and enjoys complete control over her day-to-day existence. She can come and go as she pleases, answering to no one. There was a man once, a doctor named Kevin, but it didn’t quite work out the way Kitty had hoped.

Then the dreams begin.

Denver, 1963: Katharyn Andersson is married to Lars, the love of her life. They have beautiful children, an elegant home, and good friends. It’s everything Kitty Miller once believed she wanted—but it only exists when she sleeps.

Convinced that these dreams are simply due to her overactive imagination, Kitty enjoys her nighttime forays into this alternate world. But with each visit, the more irresistibly real Katharyn’s life becomes. Can she choose which life she wants? If so, what is the cost of staying Kitty, or becoming Katharyn?

As the lines between her worlds begin to blur, Kitty must figure out what is real and what is imagined. And how do we know where that boundary lies in our own lives?

The dreams this bookseller has are very realistic.  I could see why the main character gets confused after a while, trying to determine which life is real.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It was an interesting concept and I wondered what life would be like had a made a different choice, much like this character.  What would happen if you could go back to the decision point and make the other decision?  Which life would you enjoy more?  The wife and kids life now or if I had gone to college and continued my military career?  What a thought!   I can’t imagine life any other way right now, but I do know that life would have completely different had I not gotten married and had kids early in life.

This is a great book about a bookseller and the lives she must decide she wants.  What would you choose?

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Where are you reading?

Where Are You Reading

I am beginning this challenge in June and hoping to finish all 50 states and around the world by the end of the year.  I borrowed this idea from Sheila’s blog and thought it was a great idea.  I may not have created the challenge correctly but since this is for me, I thought it would be fun to try.  Check it out and join me if you want!

Alabama:

Alaska

Arizona:

Arkansas:

California:

Colorado: The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

Connecticut:

Delaware

Florida:

Georgia:  The Stories We Tell by Patti Callahan Henry

Hawaii:

Idaho:

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas:

Kentucky

Louisiana:  Doll Baby by Laura Lane McNeal

Maine:

Maryland:

Massachusetts:

Michigan:

Minnesota: 

Mississippi

Missouri:

Montana: Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson

Nebraska:

Nevada:

New Hampshire:

New Jersey:

New Mexico

New York:  The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler, What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio:

Oklahoma:

Oregon:

Pennsylvania:

Rhode Island

South Carolina:

South Dakota

Tennessee:

Texas:  The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward

Utah

Vermont:

Virginia:

Washington: A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

West Virginia

Wisconsin:

Wyoming:

Out of US…..

Amsterdam: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Australia:

England: 

London:  

Scotland: At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

Unknown…..

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Kristen Lamb

Author, Blogger, Social Media Jedi

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