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PRETTY, OLD BOOKS
Pretty, old books are a favorite of mine. I am always looking for them, admiring, and collecting them. Mostly I buy them for the covers, but then there are times that I luck out and I find a pretty, old book that I actually love or end up loving. Check out the latest find, Annals of the Artists of Spain.
Like free books? I host a list of book giveaways from all over the net that you are free to add to or enter. You can also find links to my favorite places to find free books to read.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
World Book Night is a celebration of books and reading, with volunteers coming together to spread the love, person to person on April 23. I may have to postpone my own giving a day or two, depending on the weather. We've been dealing with flooding (the original site I planned on setting up is still under water) and the forecast calls for more rain tomorrow along with the river cresting :(.
I've received my box of books, put together some reading gift bags for folks and re-read The Alchemist, and other books on the list. Thought I'd share a few of my favorite lines from The Alchemist with my readers, since I can't give you the book.
“My Heart Is Afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky. Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.”
Thursday, March 28, 2013
As each book is requested I will remove them from the list, but email me for availability and to provide shipping info. chitownchicas at gmail dot com
1. My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story With Recipes
2. The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy
3. Paris in Love by Eloise James
4. Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
5. Gypsy Boy
6. The Twisted Thread by Charlotte Bacon
7. Blue Asylum
8. Slow Love by Dominique Browning
Working on getting cover photos and links up as I go through the books I want to keep and the ones I am parting with.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Liar & Spy is a children's book from, Rebecca Stead, about seventh grader, Georges who deals with personal and social situations in his new environment in the best way he knows how. Safer is the new neighbor kid living in the upstairs apartment, homeschooled and member of a rather unconventional family. Georges and Safer don't exactly hit it off, but they form a working relationship spying on residents in their building-- namely Mr. X.
I thought that Liar & Spy was an extremely introspective read, for a children's book, but it fit Georges character well. It kinda felt like Georges was living in his whole little world the whole time, and in the end its obvious that he really is. Safer was definitely the more interesting character that I was hoping to read more about, but except for Georges' brief interactions with the rest of the characters in the book, we really don't get to see or learn much about anyone else.
Overall, I thought Stead's book was well written, definitely not what I was expecting and attention grabbing. It was not however a read that I think its intended audience would pour over. I gave it to three different children/tweens to read and see what they thought. Only one read past the sixth chapter or so and said it was boring. I can see where the subject matter is important to kids, but its not really a book that is "exciting" when there are so many other books out there competing for their attention.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
Michigan, Ann Arbor, and followed this with a MA in Diplomacy and
International Commerce from the University of Kentucky, Lexington.
She earned a PhD in History from the University of Hamburg with a
ground-breaking biography of the German Resistance leader General
In addition to publishing various articles including three in the leading
academic journal on ancient Sparta: “Sparta: Journal of ancient
Spartan and Greek History,” she has published four non-fiction works
of history: General Friedrich Olbircht: Ein Man des 20. Juli, (1993, 1994)
Sisters in Arms: British and American Women Pilots During World War
II, (2006)The Blockade Breakers: The Berlin Airlift, (2008,2010) and
Codename Valkyrie: General Friedrich Olbricht and the Plot Against Hitler
(2019). She has also published ten historical novels, three of which
have received literary awards.
You can visit her website, here.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
In My Stubborn Heart, Kate Donovan is almost thirty and still single, something she never thought possible, nor wanted. Taking a break from her purpose-filled, but energy sapping job, Kate decides to join her grandmother for a trip East to the family's ancestral home. Chapel Bluff is in need of major redecorating and cleaning, which is where Matt Jarreau, a local contractor, comes into the picture.
Because of his incredibly good looks and aversion to people, Kate does not think Matt is the type of man God would send her in answer to her prayers. Likewise, Matt is not interested in a relationship right now and Kate's looks and personality are not what he is looking for. Here is where the praying takes the right course, because Kate senses early on that there is something Matt is not saying, something he is hiding from. A lot of patience, understanding and concern come into play, and we all know that you really need to pray when those virtues run short.
I went to a very conservative college for a year before transferring and had a lot of friends, or knew of both men and women, that were very serious about dating, sex and relationships like Kate. Still, I think anyone that is at all conservative about casual dating and sex can relate to the way Kate feels about the men she chooses to date and the type of relationship she is seeking. After all, its not as if she is frigid or uninterested.
Right now Kate and I are pretty much the same age, and I'm single, but its something I am very okay with, prefer actually. If a serious relationship did come into play anytime soon, it would get in the way of a lot of things I have going on right now, but I wouldn't avoid one either. So in a lot of ways I know where Kate is coming from with things like the possibility of kids and dealing with other couples, but at the same time I am not at all yearning or wishing for a husband or marriage right now.
Personally, I thought it was a solid read. I think most people would be able to relate to Kate's mindset and the feelings she went through in the book. I am very picky about the fiction I read, and romance has never been at the top of my list, but I liked that it wasn't mushy with an obsessive main character. Fans of contemporary and Christian fiction will definitely enjoy this read from debut author, Becky Wade.
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Original edition (May 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764209744
- ISBN-13: 978-0764209741