These are the ramblings of a wanna-be writer and enamored reader. They promise to be raw, enthusiastic and probably repetitive and ramble-y. But they are a true representation of my word-filled mind trying desperately to sort out the feelings and thoughts that consume me as I read. Enjoy?
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Favorite things: I liked the adoption stories best, I think.
Least favorite: How can I choose a least favorite thing about a book of real-life miracles?
The cover story: I love the simplicity of its beauty. I really like the shade of blue of the single flower, and the crisp white writing of the title and Karen's name. It's eye-catching without taking away from the greatness that is inside...does that make sense? What you see is what you get. "Simple", beautiful stories
My Favorite Quote: Don't have one this time...
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Ooh, I'm so excited about this post! This past week, I had the unique privilege of reviewing an advanced copy of Karen Kingsbury's new book, Leaving! It releases in stores on March 22, but Karen wanted some of her readers to review it and spread the word, to get people even more excited. I couldn't believe it when I was chosen!
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Summary: Leaving is the first story in the new Bailey Flanigan series. It follows Bailey as she starts the journey of life on her own, away from her home and family. It also continues the stories of the other members of the Flanigan family and the beloved Baxters.
Thoughts: (this is the review I submitted to Karen)
Favorite things: Every single thing about it. I loved the story and how involved I felt in it. I loved the new things my favorite character encounters, even when they were sad, because of how they relied on God through everything.
Least Favorite: There were some twists that I didn't expect and some things that happened that I'm not super happy about right now, but I know it'll work out by the end of the series. There are always loose ends at the end of the first book, but I know she'll get her happily-ever-after. It definitely made me anxious for the next book, Learning, which comes out in June. I wish I didn't have to wait so long!
The cover story: The cover of Leaving is one of my favorites. Karen's daughter, Kelsey, who is the inspiration behind Bailey Flanigan, is the cover model. Isn't she absolutely gorgeous?! The cover really is perfect for the story. It shows Bailey standing in Times Square, where she moves to pursue her dream of being on Broadway. I like that it's kind of blurred in the background, but she's clear. It kind of gives the sense that, even in all the craziness that is NYC, Bailey is completely at peace because she knows she is where God wants her. I love the look in her stunning blue eyes; a look of wonder and the promise of endless possibilities.
My favorite quote: There are always so many great quotes in Karen's books. I'm always stopping to re-read the lines that really hit me, and there are so many. The way that Karen views the world is beautiful, and her words never fail to speak to my heart and soul. I don't have a favorite quote from Leaving, but my favorite quote of all time comes from Take Three, in her Above the Line series, which is right before the Bailey Flanigan series.
"Life is too short for half-hearted connections and meaningless run throughs."
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Book: This Side of Heaven
Summary: (back cover) A story of family secrets, broken relationships and a love strong enough to span the nation.
Thoughts: I am so excited to be reviewing a book by my favorite author, Karen Kingsbury, and I wish this review could do her gift justice. There is just something about her writing that makes the story come to life and the characters become my friends. Every word touches my heart in a way no other thing can. I usually have tears streaming down my face before I even get through the dedications she writes to her family at the beginning of each book.
Karen is not one to shy away from tough, real life issues, and This Side of Heaven is no exception. It dealt with having a child out of wedlock (with a married woman) and pain killer addiction, among other things. As I said before, her characters are always incredibly special and wonderful. They are perfectly imperfect, and you can't help but love them. In This Side of Heaven, there were some returning friends, and some new ones. I fell in love with Josh on the first page - he was so real. Savannah stole my heart instantly. I sympathized with Annie, I appreciated Nate's quiet, steady strength and Lindsey's loyalty. The story captured my attention and held it, so that I just needed to know how it all worked out, how they got to their happy ending. I think this one would make an excellent movie.
Favorite things: Carl Joseph, Daisy, Cody and Elle were back! I was so excited! They're from two of my very favorite books, A Thousand Tomorrows and Just Beyond the Clouds, and I've missed them. :) The mention of Ali was great too, and I like knowing that she's still not forgotten. I also liked that it started with a renewed faith for Josh, instead of ending with it. It was a unique perspective. I also enjoyed the story being told from Savannah's point of view at times - Karen is great at capturing a child's innocence in her writing.
Least favorite: Maria Cameron. She made me so angry. I like all the "smaller" parts with Cara, Becky and even Lindsey, but it made me wish for more of their stories. I would LOVE to read Cara's and Becky's in another book, especially Becky.
The Cover Story: This cover is beautiful! I've had my eye on this one for a while because of it. It really captures the innocence of Savannah's character and is just how I would've imagined her. Her eyes are stunning!
My favorite quote:
"Wondering is a part of life. As long as it doesn't keep you from living."Casting Call:
Josh - Josh Braaten - (I had him in mind from page 1, but the others I had to look for. :P)