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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 Secretby Hazel Gaynor

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…

Book Blogger Hop - Week of March 23

Book Blogger Hop 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.

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:
Title: The Great Alone Author: Kristin Hannah Date Started: March 22 Note: Book of the Month Selection

Title:The Catholic Youth Bible Date Started: January 1 Note:Roof 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: 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

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 Aloneby Kristin Hannah



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.

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

Title:The Catholic Youth Bible Date Started: January 1 Note:Roof 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: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, …

#2018BibleRBR - Numbers

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 …

#2018BibleRBR - Leviticus

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 A…

Book Blogger Hop - March 16

Book Blogger Hop Who is your favorite children's books author and why?
I 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.

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
Title:The Catholic Youth Bible Date Started: January 1 Note:Roof 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: 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-s…

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

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…

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

Book Blogger Hop - March 2

Book Blogger Hop 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 Portraitby Pete Souza caught my eye.


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.