Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: April 20-26

How do you organize your books for review?
Does it work for you or have you had to change it up?

Most of my books are ebooks so I just have to remember they are on my devices.

On my Kindle, I have a collection titled "ARCS" so I know those books will have to be read sooner rather than later and at some point reviewed.

Otherwise, they live next to my bed.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Book Blogger Hop Week of April 13-19

Is there a fictitious town in a book that you would love to live in?
What makes it appealing?

Probably any small town that Nora Robert's has written. I really like the idea of a downtown area, knowing the people I'll see everyday and having people know who I am.

The idea of being a small town librarian has some appeal. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? - April 16

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: Before We Were Yours
Author: Lisa Wingate
Date Started: April 12
Note: Book club selection

Title: Shoeless Joe
Author: W.P. Kinsella
Date Started: April 10

Date Started: January 1
Note: Roof Beam Reader Read the Bible as Literature Event

Currently Listening:

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

Finished Reading:

Title: With this Kiss: The Complete Collection
Author: Eloisa James
Date Finished: April 10
Stars: 3

Sunday, April 15, 2018

#2018BibleRBR - 1 Samuel 1-12


The next section my reading schedule has lined up for me is 1 Samuel with sections of Psalms interspersed.

This book is broken into three sections and this post will look at the first two sections. They cover the last of the judges and the establishment of the monarchy.

I. History of the Last Judges, Eli and Samuel

Samuel is another special late in life child.  Hannah wanted a child, she prayed to God and then found herself pregnant with a son.  She gives him over to Eli to serve God.  I love the story of 1 Samuel 3 where the Lord calls to Samuel and he goes off to see what Eli wants and after a few times Eli realizes that it must be the Lord calling to Samuel. He teaches Samuel how to pray by saying "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening."

Since the Lord has spoken to Samuel and told him what will happen, Samuel is acknowledged as a prophet. Then is a story about Samuel's standing of the last Judge and a prophet.

II. Establishment of the Monarchy in Israel

So the people of Isreal want to be like everyone else around them and have a monarchy. So the Lord tells Samuel that he will appoint the first king.  God isn't thrilled but realized he needs to listen to the people, but he has Samuel warn them about this choice.   He tells Samuel that he will send his chosen first king to him, and that was Saul.

Saul is anointed king by Samuel and then sent back home.  He tells no one what happened and waits for Samuel. Samuel calls for all the Israelites to gather, then he calls forward the tribe of Benjamin. Then he called forward the clans of the tribe picking the clan of Matri which was Saul's clan. Then Samuel called Saul forward as king, and the people weren't happy.

Samuel explained how this monarchy would work and the laws. Even with that set before them, the people were not happy with Saul.  But then the Ammonites were threatening them and Saul charged in and saved the day and then the people were happy. Well as happy as this group of people seems to be, they still feared the Lord.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Peek Inside the Book - Before We Were Yours

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: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Before We Were Yours

It Begins: 
Baltimore, Maryland
August 3, 1939

My story beings on a sweltering August night, in a place I will never set eyes upon again.

On Page 56:
"Why ain't you got a mama?" Camellia asks as she finishes the last of a hoecake that's just a little bit burnt on the edges.

This is my book club selection for the month.  I like the social aspect of the book club, so I'm reading the book, but I wasn't thrilled with the synopsis. I just started it and I really like the writing, hopefully it's a good read. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Book Blogger Hope - Week of April 6-12

Do you overextend yourself with too many reviews because you can't pass up a book in hopes you will get them all done or do you carefully plan and be sure you can fulfill the deadlines for all the promised reviews?

I used to, when I first became a librarian and got access to A LOT of arcs.  I was always behind, and forgetting that I had requested and gotten access to some books.

I took a break, and I've just started back requesting books. I currently have access to 4 books, I've read 3, and have left star reviews for 2 of them. I need to write my full reviews before I request another book.

Monday, April 9, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? April 9

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: Good Luck with That
Author: Kristan Higgins
Date Started: April 6
Note: eARC. Expected Publication August 7, 2018

Date Started: January 1
Note: Roof Beam Reader Read the Bible as Literature Event

Currently Listening:

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

Finished Reading:

Hope Never Dies: An Obama/Biden MysteryTitle: Hope Never Dies: An Obama/Biden Mystery
Author: Andrew Shaffer
Date Finished: April 6
Stars: 5
Comments: eARC Expected publication July 10, 2018. 
Full review to come but just preorder it now, you'll thank me.

Title: Childfinder
Author: Octavia E. Butler
Narrator: LeVar Burton
Date Finished: April 3
Stars: 4
Comments: Episode 24 of LeVar Burton Reads

Title: A Fable with Slips of White Paper Spilling from the Pockets
Author: Kevin Brockmeier
Narrator: LeVar Burton
Date Finished: March 27
Stars: 5
Comments: Episode 23 of LeVar Burton Reads

Title: The Cottingley Secret
Author: Hazel Gaynor
Date Finished: March 26
Stars: 3
Comments: book club selection, it was told in two parts, I liked Olivia's story more than the flashback story.

Title: The Great Alone
Author: Kristin Hannah
Date Finished: March 22
Stars: 5
Comments: BOTM. Why do her books always make me cry?!?!  Also I wanted more, I hated that it had to end.

#2018BibleRBR - Joshua, Judges, & Ruth


Joshua starts the next section of books known as the Historical Books.  These books cover the time period from about 1250-100 BC.  These books are like historical fiction, they aren't a true accounting of facts but are more history told through the lens of the writer's faith and belief in God and God's message.

Joshua picks up where Moses left off in getting the Israelites to the Promised Land. His book is broken into three sections and tells the story of how the Israelites took control of the region by any means necessary.  This book really shows the skewed history of the victor.  My opening to the book points out
Today, biblical scholars doubt that the conquest of the Promised Land by the twelve tribes of Israel was as complete and easy as it is written in Joshua. Archaeologists have found evidence that Cannanites contiuned to live in the area after the "conquest."
The conquest starts with the city of Jericho which is surrounded by a great wall.  Most of us, have heard the story of how the walls of Jericho fell. And that's a really great story, showcases the power of God's promise and all that, but it's what comes after that they leave out, the complete massacre of a people.  The walls fell and then the army of the twelve tribes went in and killed everyone except for Rahab and her family. I mean brutal and all in the name of God.  After the conquests, the rest of the book pretty much covers how the land was broken down between all the tribes/peoples.

The book of Judges is the 200 years between the conquests of the area to the kingdom of Saul. My bible points this out as being the teenage years of the nation of Israel. These people were born after they settled in the Promised Land. So they "did not know the Lord, or what he had done for Israel." That's not their fault, it's the fault of the generation(s) that raised them, yet they are the ones punished by the Lord.

This book and the editors of this version of the bible I'm reading are so hypocritical. In the last book, we are told to celebrate the battles faced by the people conquered land already inhabited.  Yet, in this book when we see women, specifically Jael, act as the men have in other Bible books, the editors want to point out
When we are no longer victims, but have become people who abuse others has the situation really improved? (pg 264) 
Although the story of Deborah is inspiring, partly because of so few women leaders are portrayed in the Bible, it is also a story of war and violence. The Book of Judges records one battle after another. it is wearying to read of so much fighting and of rejoicing over someone's having a tent peg pounded into their head.  (pg 265)
Ok, the editors redeemed themselves slightly, by condemning Abimelech for killing 69 of his 70 brothers. 

Shibboleth - makes me think of the West Wing episode

I think Samson is an idiot. He knows there are people out to get him. Delilah keeps asking him how to bound him, you would think he would do the math and figure it out!

This book just ends on a dark note, a man saves his own life by throwing his wife/concubine out to the angry mob and when they kill her he gets the Israelites and goes to war against the people. They go to war and then as they are withdrawing they put kill "the inhabitants of the cities, the livestock, and all they chanced upon. Moreover they destroyed by fire all the cities they came upon" (283) because you know, innocent people need to die to make a point.

Such a short book, but such an important book.  As I mentioned back in January, there is a lot of listing offspring, because they need to draw a line between Abraham and Jesus. So it's important to see David's ancestry, through Boaz he is connected to Abraham, but it is Ruth who is the more interesting ancestor. She gives up everything she knows to follow her mother-in-law. She risks so much and in the end is rewarded more than she knew in her lifetime.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Book Blogger Hop - Week of March 30-April 5

How many book clubs do you belong to? If you do belong to an in-person book club, do you have meetings in the day or evening? Do you meet at someone's house or meet at a local restaurant or coffee house?

I belong to 1 book club.  We meet in person once a month at night.  We meet at someone's house and most often it is the person who picked the book.  We try to have themed snacks and wine.

I'm hosting in May and we'll be discussing Red Clocks by Leni Zumas.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

#2018BibleRBR - Deuteronomy


In my bible I get this in the opening of the book of Deuteronomy:
The word Deuteronomy means "second law" in Greek. ... Deuteronomy is a "second law" adapted to the new situation of a people that needs to be reminded of it's Covenant with God.
So this book is a review of the original laws and the changes that need to be made with the changes in the lives of the people now that they are reaching the promise land and they are a generation(s) out from leaving Egypt.

In the rules of teaching, the bible is a whole example of repetition, repetition, repetition. The writers really want the readers to learn the rules/morals/laws/teachings. The last three books have pretty much said the same thing over and over again.

Historical Review and Exhortation (1-4,43)
Moses is recapping everything since they've left Egypt.

God and His Covenant (4,44-11)
Reviewal of the Ten Commandments

Exposition of the Law (12-26)
New laws as they settle in the Land. My bible states this is the most important section of this book.  Again it's pretty much just a list of rules.

The part that does stick out is 24,6-25,4 this section is titled Justice, Equity, and Charity. It's so sad to read this section and see how badly we've failed to keep these laws.
When you reap the harvest in your field and overlook a sheaf there, you shall not go back to get it;...When you knock down the fruit of your olive trees, you hsall not go over the branches a second time;...When you pick your grapes, you shall not go over the vineyard a second time; let what remains be fore tha lien, the orphan and the window. For remember that you were once slaves in Egypt/ that is why I command you to observe this rule. (24,19-22)

Final Words of Moses (27-34)
Moses's last will and testament.

The man lets 's loose with twelve curses.  I honestly never remember learning about this and they good! Basically, he tells them if you do any of these 12 things you will be cursed.

Then the interesting thing here is it seems that they pulled from this section for the Hail Mary. Or Luke was inspired by it and they pulled the Hail Mary from Luke.

So I wrote this last week, never finished it and I'm behind in my posting, but pretty much on target with my reading. I have no idea where I was going with this post.