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Book Blogger Hop: April 20-26

Book Blogger Hop

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.

Book Blogger Hop Week of April 13-19

Book Blogger Hop

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.

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

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

#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 pe…

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 Yoursby Lisa Wingate


It Begins: Prelude 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.

Verdict: 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 writ…

Book Blogger Hope - Week of April 6-12

Book Blogger Hop

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.

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

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: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
D…

#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
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…

Book Blogger Hop - Week of March 30-April 5

Book Blogger Hop

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.

#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 …