Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Someone turns 2 today!

Dear Elliott,

How has it been 2 years already? So many people have said how, once I became a parent, time would fly impossibly fast and they were so right.

This has been an incredible year with you and I am so thankful to be your mom. The joy you bring to others is incredible and the amount of personality your little body holds is constantly being pointed out by everyone you meet.

Happy Birthday to my favorite train-loving, super-snuggly, blue-eyed, boy. I can't wait to see what this year brings!


Friday, November 22, 2013

Let Hope In by Pete Wilson

We all go through challenges and struggles that occasionally wreck us. If it hasn't happened to you yet, it will. That's the way life works sometimes. We have to live through a pain that we never expected or a challenge that restructures our entire life plan and sometimes that brings us to a place we can't handle, can't face, or simply just don't want to. 

I read Let Hope In over a weekend and highlighted so many passages, I should have just highlighted the whole book. Though I'm not currently in a place of need, this book spoke to me through my past experiences and I know it will help so many readers through dark places. 

Wilson focuses on four specific choices that can change your outlook on your situation and allow you to truly let hope in. 

1. Choosing to Transform Instead of Transfer
2. Choosing to Be Okay with Not Being Okay
3. Choosing to Trust Rather than Please
4. Choosing to Free People Rather Than to Hurt Them

The book is Scripture-based and uses Biblical references in an excellent way. The point is made, but it's not overkill. The text is very readable and made for a quick read -- minus all the time I spent highlighting. 

This is one I'll keep on my shelf to reference when I have a friend in need (or myself!). The writing is excellent and the subject matter always necessary to have on hand. 

Thanks to BookSneeze for the review copy!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Looking forward to: Dangerous by Shannon Hale

(image via Goodreads)

I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Shannon Hale's latest book and I flew through it in just a couple of days. Definitely a departure from Hale's normal fantasy fare, but I loved it. Keep it on your radar for this spring!

Thanks to Bloomsbury for sending a review copy!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Looking forward to We Were Liars

(image via Goodreads)

This week, I had the chance to read the manuscript of E. Lockhart's latest novel, We Are Liars, which is set to hit shelves next May. You'll definitely want to keep this one on your radar - it had me hooked from page 1.

Suspenseful, quirky, and twisty. Kept me guessing! Add it to your TBR list and watch for it this May!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Locomotive by Brian Floca

Oh my goodness. If you want to look at a gorgeous book, pick up this one. If you have a train fan in your house, no matter how young or old, pick up this one. If you love a great, historical picture book, pick up this one. Just do it. 

Floca brings to life the journey of one family as they travel across the country via the newly completed Transcontinental railroad, complete with facts about the building of the railroad and even the noises made by the train itself. The book is really meant to be experienced, rather than simply read. 

Though my toddler is a bit too young to understand the text of the book, he stares at the beautiful images of the train for much longer than I could ever expect. Floca has managed to expand E's attention span - totally impressive. For me, I love all the details on the pages and find something new each time. 

Definitely meant to be checked out.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster for sending a review copy!

Friday, November 1, 2013

October in Review

I keep thinking I'm going to be better about this blogging thing, but really, October was probably the beginning of my new normal. We have so much going on around here that reading has been sporadic and writing is happening even less. And I'm completely ok with it. 

I was having a really hard time embracing this new routine, until I suddenly realized that I've truly been living life these past couple of months. Having fun every day with my little guy and even when I'm relaxing, I'm catching up with shows Aaron and I enjoy watching. It's ok to not have my face in a book all the time or be attached to the computer writing up blog posts. I'm sure I'll get back to my 15-books-a-month reading, but for now, this is how it is and I'm enjoying it all. 

October in review:

8 read
2 Adult
6 YA
0 Non-Fiction
0 Audio

Favorites from the month: