Friday, March 30, 2018

Peek Inside a Book - The Cottingley Secret


When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.


This week I'm reading: The Cottingly Secret by Hazel Gaynor

The Cottingley Secret
It Begins: 
Cottingley, Yorkshire. August 1921.
Fairies will not be rushed. I know this now; Know I must be patient.


On Page 56:
Elise laughed as I squealed at the icy cold. "You'll catch your death, Frances Griffiths, not to mention a slipper on your backside if your mother catches you! And mind you don't slip on those stones. The water's running fast. It'll knock your feet from under you easily enough."


Verdict:
I'm enjoying the book. I'm liking Olivia’s story (present day) more and could have done with less of the sections from the manuscript and the history story.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Book Blogger Hop - Week of March 23


When meeting with friends, do your discussions usually turn to books?

Depends on the friend(s) I'm with, but I've talked about books with all of my friends at least once in the time span of our friendship.

My best friend and I are constantly sharing books.  We both moved last year and in the process found books belonging to the other person. I currently have 1 book of hers on my nightstand and she has 2 of mine. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

It's Monday! What are you doing? - March 26


So my plan is each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently Reading:

Author: Kristin Hannah
Date Started: March 22
Note: Book of the Month Selection
Date Started: January 1

Currently Listening:


Author: Ayn Rand
Narrator: Christopher Hurt
Date Started: August 23, 2017
Note: On part 5 of 7

Finished Reading:

Title: Not Perfect
Author: Elizabeth LaBan
Date Finished: March 21
Stars: 3

Title: The 5:22
Author: Geroge Harrar
Narrator: LeVar Burton
Date Finished: March 20
Stars: 4
Note: Episode 22 of LeVar Burton Reads

Friday, March 23, 2018

Peek Inside a Book - The Great Alone

Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader
and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.


This week I'm reading: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone


It Begins: 
That spring, rain fell in great sweeping gusts that rattled the rooftops.


On Page 56:
Salvation Army. So he had planned ahead, thought of her the other day when they were in Homer. It made the ugly clothes almost beautiful.


Verdict:
I've only read the 1st chapter as the time of this posting. Normally I hold off on reading really popular books because I don't want to be swayed by reviews. Like this book, all the great reviews make me think I'm going to read something amazing, I don't want to be let down if I don't enjoy it, that being said, 1 chapter in and I think I really am going to enjoy this book.

Monday, March 19, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? March 19


So my plan is each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently Reading:

Title: Not Perfect
Author: Elizabeth LaBan
Date Started: March 15
Note: Amazon First Read selection
Date Started: January 1

Currently Listening:


Author: Ayn Rand
Narrator: Christopher Hurt
Date Started: August 23, 2017
Note: On part 5 of 7

Finished Reading:

Title: My Dear You
Author: Rachel Khong
Narrator: LeVar Burton
Date Finished: March 15
Stars: 5
Note: Episode 21 of LeVar Burton Reads

Title: Dearest Ivie (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #15.5)
Author: J.R. Ward
Date Finished: March 15
Stars: 5

Title: Dark in Death (In Death #46)
Author: J.D. Robb
Date Finished: March 14
Stars: 5

Title: Hemingway Didn't Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations
Author: Garson O'Toole
Date Finished: March 14
Stars: 4
Note: Amazon First Reads 

Title: Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpse
Author: Joe Biden
Date Finished: March 13
Stars: 5

Sunday, March 18, 2018

#2018BibleRBR - Numbers

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I ended up catching with my readings by listening to Numbers through a podcast.  It was boring and I'm pretty sure I fell asleep at one point.

So now that we have the laws, we can get back to the story of the Israelites and their journey to the promised land. 

Preparation for the Departure from Sinai - Chapters 1-10,10
The big part of the preparation is taking a census. Moses gets assistants from all the tribes to gather this information from their tribes. These censuses were really to find out how many men were of age/ability to serve in the military. This information was gathered from all the tribes except for the Levites.  They were omitted because God had decided this tribe would be in charge of the Dwelling.  Since they would be in charge of it, they would camp near it.  From here God then decreed where all the other tribes would encamp around the Dwelling. Since the Levites were a special tribe, there is more information about their duties and how it is all broken up by the clans.
Now that the camp was arranged, God had to clean house.  The unclean are expelled. We get rules for theft and for dealing with Adulteress (cause we hate on women).  More this is a rehashing of the laws discussed in the previous bible book.

From Sinai to the Plains of Moab - Chapters 10,11-22,1
Now that they know what role they play and have gone over the rules again, they are ready to move.  However, these people are thick headed and still haven't learned to trust in God. They start breaking rules/laws/commandments so God tells them that no one who left Egypt will be allowed in the promise land.  So everyone wanders the desert for almost 40 years until that generation dies off.

On the Plains of Moab - Chapters 22,2-36
So now that the old generation are no longer around, the new generation is faithful so they are ready to stop wandering and head to the promised land. It isn't an easy path, they face some resistance from the people already inhabiting the lands they are passing through. Because they are faithful and believe in God's power they are successful in their overcoming their struggles.

#2018BibleRBR - Leviticus

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Really behind on my bible posts.  I got behind in the readings but I'm finally back on track with my reading so hopefully, I'll get back on track with posts.

This post covers the whole of the book of Leviticus. This was a boring book to read, it's the laws of the priests. We've been looking at the Bible as a teaching device. In that thread, this section is primarily a list of laws, rules, and instructions for the priests to follow in order to provide guidance to the people.

Rituals of Sacrifices - Chapters 1-7
In the Old Testament, God still required sacrifices, but they weren't just willy-nilly done, this section is the specific and very detailed rules of sacrifices and offerings. While a lot of the offerings are of the same components, different types of offerings must be prepared and presented differently.

Ceremony of Ordination - Chapters 8-10
These are the rules for ordaining priests. Like with other rituals, there must be a sacrifice made and only males from Aaron's bloodline can be priests. These a moral story about two of Aaron's sons and how they didn't follow God's rules and the punishment they faced.  Following this is the sections on how priests should conduct themselves and even rules for how the priests are supposed to consume the offerings.

Laws Regarding Legal Purity - Chapters 11-16
This section starts off with the rules regarding clean and unclean food (think no pork or shellfish). 
Then goes to how childbirth is unclean...well being a woman, in general, is unclean. Chapter 12 goes into detail into how giving birth to a son is different than giving birth to a daughter and depending on which the mother delivers changes how long she is considered unclean before she can offer up a sacrifice to purify herself.
The next part of this section deals with leprosy and how the leper is unclean and his clothes are unclean and his house is unclean and what to do once the leprosy is cleared and the rules to purify everything.
I guess the most interesting part of this section was in chapter 16 and The Scapegoat. So a priest symbolically transfers all the people's sins onto a goat and then the goat is lead away from the encampment and with it goes the sins.

Code of Legal Holiness - Chapters 17-26
So blood is sacred because it is considered to be the life of the living body. So there are rules about what to do with it with sacrifices.  Then there is the sanctity of sex, and God lays out who you can and cannot have sex within this chapter. This section then goes on to list various rules and penalties for sin. Then the sanctity of the priesthood, some rules for banquets, and who can't be a victim.  Next up are rules for Holy Days and each major holy day has a different set of rules. Then because some years are not just regular years, there are rules for those years (Sabbatical and Jubilee).
Now that you know all these rules we'll end this section with how you will either be rewarded or punished.

Redemption of Offerings - Chapter 27
This is the list for how much money needs to be offered for people depending on their age. If people don't have the money there is a list of how to offer animals instead again based on the price that would have been used for age.   However, you can't offer up a first-born animal and there are some food offerings that belong to the Lord and you have to buy them back from him.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Book Blogger Hop - March 16


Who is your favorite children's books author and why?

Amelia Bedelia book cover.jpgI loved Amelia Bedelia when I was a child and I'm pretty sure I read all of Peggy Parish's books in the original series.

I think Peggy's focus on misunderstanding figures of speech is great fun as a child, but it is also teaching kids a lesson.  It's one of those times that you are learning something while having fun.  It's a lesson on taking things too literally.

When I still thought I'd want to be a teacher we had to write a lesson plan on teaching a book.  I chose Amelia Bedelia and focused on figures of speech.  My class loved the idea and I got good praise for the other pre-teachers.

I really hope her books live on with new readers and with her nephew's continuing authorship.

Monday, March 12, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? - March 12



So my plan is each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently Reading:

Title: Dark in Death ( In Death, #46)
Author: J.D. Robb
Date Started: March 11

Title: Hemming Way Didn't Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations
Author: Garson O'Toole
Date Started: March 7

Title: Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose
Author: Joe Biden
Date Started: March 6
Date Started: January 1

Currently Listening:
Author: Ayn Rand
Narrator: Christopher Hurt
Date Started: August 23, 2017
Note: On part 5 of 7

Finished Reading:

Title: Ocean Light (Psy-Changeling Trinity, #2; Psy-Changeling, #17)
Author: Malini Singh
Date Finished: March 11
Stars: 5
Note: Received e-ARC from Netgalley

Title: The Heat is On (Boston 5, #1)
Author: Poppy J. Anderson
Date Finished: March 7
Stars: 2
Note: 2018 Read Harder Challenge - A one-sitting book)

Author: Ray Bradbury
Narrator: LeVar Burton
Date Finished: March 6
Stars: 5
Notes: Episode 20 of LeVar Burton Reads

Title: Force of Nature (Aaron Falk, #2)
Author: Jane Harper
Date Finished: March 6
Stars: 4

Friday, March 9, 2018

Peek Inside a Book - Promise Me, Dad


When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.


This week I'm reading: Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose by Joe Biden

Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose
It Begins: 
Chapter One
Biden Family Thanksgiving

The days were getting shorter, so the light in the sky had started to fall away when the gate to our temporary home swung open and our motorcade edged beyond the fencing that surrounded the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. 


On Page 56:
When Wei Tang gave me a final hug in front of his house, in front of the line of policemen standing guard, he held on to me tightly, for a long time, as if he could not bear to let me go.


Verdict:
I'm about half way through and I'm really enjoying the book.  He's telling the story about the year his son was fighting brain cancer. It's a mix of his personal life and what he was working on at the time politically. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? - March 5



So my plan is each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently Reading:

Title: Force of Nature (Aaron Falk #2)
Author: Jane Harper
Date Started: March 4

TitleThe Catholic Youth Bible
Date Started: January 1
NoteRoof Beam Reader Read the Bible as Literature Event

Currently Listening:

TitleAtlas Shrugged
Author: Ayn Rand
Narrator: Christopher Hurt
Date Started: August 23, 2017
Note: On part 5 of 7

Finished Reading:

Title: A Bite to Remember (Argeneau #5)
Author: Lynsay Sands
Date Finished: March 3
Stars: 3

Title: Riveted (Saints of Denver #3)
Author: Jay Crownover
Date Finished: March 1
Stars: 3

Title: Blood Fury (Black Dagger Legacy #3)
Author: J.R. Ward
Date Finished: Feb. 26
Stars: 5

Title: Different Kinds of Darkness
Author: Daivd Langford
Narrator: LeVar Burton
Date Finished: February 28
Stars: 3
Notes: Episode 19 of LeVar Burton Reads

Friday, March 2, 2018

Book Blogger Hop - March 2


Off the book topic...do you use a mouse pad? If so, what is on it?



This is my mouse pad at work. My predecessor left it for me.

At home I have just a simple black mouse pad. Kinda boring. 

Peek Inside a Book - Obama: An Intimate Portrait


When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.


This week the book Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza caught my eye.

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It Begins: 


On Page 56:




Verdict:
I've only flipped through a few photos and they are beautiful. I can't wait to really sit down and go through the book.