Monday, September 19, 2011

What are you reading right now?

Moms don't have enough time in the day.  At least I don't know any mom who does.  I actually thought that once Rachel started school full-time, I'd have a lot of free time to myself.  Well, I DO get some free time, but more often than not, I'm busy with one activity or another.  One of the things I'm doing is volunteering at the school gets me out of the house and I really enjoy helping out.  And wouldn't you know it...I told the librarian that I had a listing of my favorite books on my blog, and promptly gave her my blog address.  But....I forgot that when I re-did the blog over the summer, I took down the list and replaced it with my Goodreads sidebar widget.  Boo on me!  So that realization has prompted me to post today.

About that quiet time that I get every so often...I have been enjoying being able to read books that were actually written for adults!  And okay, I've enjoyed some young adult novels as well.  Since I read fairly quickly, I've gotten quite a few books off of my to-read list finished.  I've been browsing Goodreads for some new things, and I keep track of my to-read list there (thank goodness for their app...I can check it while I'm at the library!)  If you're not familiar with Goodreads, I have a link to my Goodreads page in the sidebar...feel free to check it out.  It's basically a Facebook for us bookworms!  And of course, I love hearing what my friends are reading.  Any recommendations out there?

I scrapped a layout about some of my favorite books...actually it was a fun little All About Me page, and it just made sense to add my books to it.  And yes, I have noticed that one book made the list twice...just goes to show that proofreading is so important!  

If you can't read the text, the books are as follows:
1.  Edge of Eternity, Randy Alcorn
2.  Home Before Morning, Lynda Van DeVanter
3.  Plain Truth, Jodi Picoult
4.  The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
5.  Winter Garden, Kristin Hannah
6.  The Egg & I, Betty MacDonald
7.  The Pact, Jodi Picoult
8.  Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery
9.  Safely Home, Randy Alcorn
10. Ride the Wind, Lucia St. Clair Robson
11. The Stand, Stephen King
12. Centennial, James Michener
13. House Rules, Jodi Picoult
14. The Body Farm, Patricia Cornwell
15. Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer
16. The Hidden Hand, E.D.E.N. Southworth
17. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
18. Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein
20. A Random Act, Cindi Broaddus
21. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
22. Lord Foulgrin's Letters, Randy Alcorn
23. She Said Yes, Misty Bernall
24. Bloody Jack, L.A. Meyer
25. Magic Hour, Kristin Hannah  (this was supposed to be on the list!)

A few notes about the above was made last  year, and while all of these books would still make my list, I've got some new additions :)
26. Rawhide Down, Del Quentin Wilber
27. Saving Max, Antoinette van Heugten
28. Inconceivable, Carolyn Savage---if you read this book and love it, make sure to check out their blog and/or Facebook page.  This family has had a wonderful update recently!

And for those of you who loved the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and its three sequels, Ann Brasheres has recently released Sisterhood Everlasting, which is the story of Lena, Tibby, Carmen, and Bee as they are approaching thirty.  It's been years since I read the original books, and while this new book didn't have the feel of the original, it was still a good read, and if you enjoyed the first,  you'll want to read this to find out what direction each of the girls took in their lives.

Another book that I read over the summer was Jaycee Dugard's book, A Stolen Life.  After watching Diane Sawyer's interview with Jaycee, I really wanted to like this book.  I really did.  But I didn't.  I tried to, but I couldn't.  It was an easy read in terms of the reading level; however, the book as a whole left me feeling very unsettled, and I felt like I was missing something.  

And now for a few books that are on my to-read list...
Bloody Jack is on my list of favorites.  To date, there are SEVEN sequels.  And the eighth sequel, The Mark of the Golden Dragon, is due to release in just a few weeks.  I loved the original.  I loved the second book.  I enjoyed the third and fourth.  But by now, I am growing tired of the series.  And I have heard that this is not the last book.  It's growing tired, but I do want to see some resolution to Jacky's story.  And so I haven't quite given up on her...yet.  I do hope that we either see a big change in personalities, or we see the end of this series SOON.

Another book that I am looking forward to getting my hands on is Shel Silverstein's Every Thing On It.  I'm not a big fan of poetry, but I have always loved Shel's works.  When he passed away, it made me sad to think we'd have no more of his poetry to enjoy.  Thankfully I was wrong, and a book of his previously unreleased poems is due to hit the shelves this month.

I hope that you will be encouraged to pick up a good book, whether it's reading a picture book to the kids or enjoying a book for yourself :)

I'll be back later on this week (I hope) with my list of favorite books for kids :)  And yes, I think I have at least one layout on that topic to share.  Have a blessed week, friends!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

DST Chat with Trixie Scraps tonight!

Join us tonight at DST for Trixie's Spotlight Chat!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Choo Choo...It's a Blog Train!

Welcome to my little corner of the digiverse, scrapping friends!  Have you heard that my sweet friend Tracy, aka Trixie Scraps, is this month's Featured Designer at Digishoptalk?  She has created a gorgeous kit for all of the DST Gold/Diamond members!  Check it out!!!  You can head on over to DST to read her interview and download the kit if you are a Gold/Diamond member!

In celebration of her month in the spotlight, Trixie is having an awesome 30% in her store...head on over and check out some of her amazing products!  She's got lots of fun things planned for this month, and we hope you'll take part!

Finally...the reason you are here!  We, the Scrap Stars, have gotten together to share with you some Quick Pages created from Natural Beauty, and we're offering them to you for free!  

You may download my quick page here.  

You should have come here from Jamie B's blog.  Your next stop is Erica's blog.  If you get lost along the way, no worries...just head back to the Trixie Scraps blog for the full line-up!  Have a blessed week, and  happy scrapping!