Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Boneman's Daughters

Boneman's Daughter
by Ted Dekker

422 pages
9 CDs

Published April 2009
Read February 2016

Ryan Evans is coming home.  That wouldn't be odd except he's been in fighting overseas for the past 2 years and estranged himself from his family.  He recently escaped a horrendous ordeal where he was tortured by insurgents.  Now with a renewed outlook on life, he is ready to return home to his wife and daughter, Bethany.  The Boneman has other plans.  He's kidnapped many girls looking for a specific one.  If they aren't right for his plans, he kills them by breaking their bones, without breaking their skin.  Bethany is perfect.  Ryan, intent on saving his daughter, goes after Boneman on his own.  He's running out of time because all evidence points to Ryan as the Boneman.

I love Ted Dekker!  I'm pretty sure I've said that before....ok a lot!  I have read many many novels by Ted Dekker, most of which I read before I started this blog in 2007 (eek!).  So, unfortunately I do not have reviews for those.  However, this is another great novel from a master storyteller.  I love the underlying messages and questions that the author incorporates into all of his stories.  How far will a father go for his daughter?  Are you prepared to sacrifice the life of another to save your child?  These questions are so hard to answer.  Who knows what to do, unless faced with that exact situation?  I love the way Ted Dekker makes the reader think of the underlying context and how it relates to everyday life.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

All You Can Dream Buffet

The All You Can Dream Buffet
by Barbara O'Neal

9 CDs
400 pages

Published March 2014
Read January 2016

"Popular blogger and foodie queen Lavender Wills reigns over Lavender Honey Farms, a serene slice of organic heaven nestled in Oregon wine country. Lavender is determined to keep her legacy from falling into the profit-driven hands of uncaring relatives, and she wants an heir to sustain her life’s work after she’s gone. So she invites her three closest online friends—fellow food bloggers, women of varied ages and backgrounds—out to her farm. She hopes to choose one of them to inherit it—but who?" ~Amazon

Lately, I have not been a fan of the cozy sort of stories.  I usually pick up something dramatic or scary or something with ghosts! I love ghost stories!  However, this one kept catching my eye at the library.  I picked it up last year I believe and only got through the first CD.  I picked it up again a few months later, and still only got through the first CD.  I picked it up for what I told myself would be the very last time.  I not only got through the first CD but devoured the entire story in a few days!  I first found out what a blog was back in 2007.  Late to the party, I know!  I discovered blogs through many delicious food bloggers, which eventually set the course for my own blog.   This novel about four food bloggers was a great story of how you can develop close friends through a blogging community and even go visit them!  Each woman's story is a book on its own and a lovely quick read.  I really enjoyed it!  Maybe this will set the pace for a few more cozy books this year.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave
by Rick Yancey

512 pages
Published 2013

Read January 2016

I really needed a book to get me back into a reading mood.  A lot of my latest reads have been ok, but not great.  This one jumpstarted my system.  The 5th Wave is fast-paced and action-packed.  Not once was I bored or wanted to put the book down.  It helped we had a snow storm drop 2 feet of snow on us in 2 days!  Nothing like being snowed-in to allow you to finish your current read!! Great read to start my year!

Cassie Sullivan was a typical high school teenager until The Arrival.  Since then, four waves of destruction have all but demolished the human population. Gone are the teenage dreams of her first crush ever noticing her. With her parents gone, it's up to Cassie to take care of her little brother Sammy.  When the Others come and take the kids by the busload, they say it's to keep them safe...but children only.  Sammy is gone, and Cassie has promised to come find him.  Cassie has to fight her way back to Sammy while enduring pain, sadness, love, heartbreak, and distrust.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New Year Ramblings

Happy New Year!  I know I always get busy at the end of the year, but I never thought I'd be busy enough to forget my blog for 2 months!!  Whew! 

We had a wonderful Christmas and now all the decorations are packed and put away.  Time for resolutions and new beginnings!  Now that I have my bearings straight and know exactly how to go about things, my only resolution is for a healthier 2016 for me and my family.

One giant thing that worked for me last year was my discovery of the Whole30 plan.  I've already started my 3rd Whole30 and even have my husband and son going at it!  We are already at a great start!

One thing I discovered last year that didn't quite work out for me was bullet journaling.  I gave it five months and I just found that creating the pages were not for me.  I've gone back to a regular planner from the store for now, but hope to eventually get an Erin Condren.

One thing I'm going to try harder is to get the house organized.  I have little projects I want to do, some decorating, some organization, just little things to make some areas more efficient.

I started the yearly GoodReads book challenge.  I'm going to try to read 40 books this year.  I tried for 45 last year and got 31, quite an accomplishment for me!  I remember the days I used to read close to 75 books a year....sigh.

On the TV front, I'm re-watching the entire X-Files series on Hulu in preparation for the new season to start January 24!!  So excited!!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

2016 Monthly Key Word Challenge

I love the keyword challenge!  It is hosted this year over at My Soul Called Life.  I will keep track here.

January - Crowd, Girl, The, Bad, Soul, Soft

February - Veil, Kiss, Her, Break Love, Stars

March - Game, Fire, Darkness, School, Like, Change

April - Far, Life, Stay, One, War, Thorns

May - Cure, Trial, Family, Key, Thief, Bend

June - Moon, In, Only, Whisper, Sleep, Trap

July - Rose, Sun, Clock, Day, Angel, Unto

August - Prince, Boy, Glass, Heart, Lost, Now

September - Wind, Color, Touch, At, How, Sweet

October - Rock, Ghost, Fall, Away, Sky, Storm

November - Dream, Holiday, And, Of, Dawn, Beautiful

December - End, Promise, Everlasting, Ice, Snow, My