Monday, August 31, 2015

What I Learned In August

I like sugar more than I thought I did. After a summer of wonderful vacations, I’d fallen pretty far off the healthy eating wagon. Upon returning from NYC at the beginning of August, I declared the start of a “no added sugar” month. Y’all, I made it four days. Blame my husband, who sweetly took me out for frozen yogurt. After that lapse, there was obviously no sense in continuing to avoid sugar, because sweet things taste good. I’m drinking a Coke as I write this.

Ticket To Ride is a really fun game. This game had been recommended to us by several people, and we found it on clearance in March. It sat on our shelf until last week, when we played it with my sister and her boyfriend. Luckily, Ben had played before and could spare us the long process of reading the rules. We had a great time, and I know we’ll enjoy it in the future.

Emily Freeman and Myquillyn Smith are even more awesome in person, and they throw an amazing party. Emily’s new book Simply Tuesday released recently (a wonderful read!), and I won an invitation to the book release party! Meeting Emily and Myquillyn was a joy. The white barn(!) was beautifully decorated, and I got to share the party with my friend, Jaimie, while meeting fabulous people I normally only blog-stalk.

Linking up with Chatting At the Sky!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Read in August

Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter & Me, by Lorilee Craker. An enjoyable memoir about adoption, family, and faith. I wrote a full review here (with a giveaway that ends tomorrow!)

Simply Tuesday, by Emily Freeman. I’ve enjoyed reading Emily’s blog for awhile now, and I preordered Simply Tuesday, knowing I would love it. I did! It was an encouraging, restful read. And, bonus, I got to meet Emily at her book release party!

My Year With Eleanor, by Noelle Hancock. I’d had this on my wishlist for awhile and grabbed it when it went on sale for $2. After losing her job, Noelle Hancock is inspired by an Eleanor Roosevelt quote to do one scary thing every day. In the book, she writes about the major scary things, such as trapeze school and skydiving!

Sacred Marriage, by Gary Thomas. I liked this when we read it for pre-marriage counseling, and I like it now! Read my full review here.

Three Wishes, by Liane Moriarty. Just when I was needing some new fiction, I came across Liane Moriarty! Three Wishes was an easy, quick, fun read about triplet sisters turning thirty. I’m looking forward to grabbing another book of hers.

Grace for the Good Girl, by Emily Freeman. I’d had this on my reading list for awhile but was motivated to get it read when I found out I was going to meet Emily! I think I read this too quickly to fully appreciate it. It’s definitely worth a read for all the “good girls” out there.

Breathing Room, by Leana Tankersley. I put this book on my wishlist after I heard Leana on a podcast. I flew through the book, and it didn’t really sit well with me—I think because her story took me right back to my recent struggle with depression. That said, I think it is a worthwhile read for anyone dealing with depression or wanting a little “breathing room” in life.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter & Me by Lorilee Craker: Review and Giveaway!

I requested a review copy of this book because I enjoy reading memoirs, but for some reason I did not expect to enjoy it. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter & Me, by Lorilee Craker is a wonderful read!

This memoir weaves together stories from Anne of Green Gables as well as vignettes from the lives of both the author, Lorilee, and her daughter, Phoebe. Lorilee explores themes of orphanhood, adoption, and family throughout the book, noting that Anne, herself, and her daughter all experienced some aspect of being orphaned and adopted. While experiences specific to adoption such as the search for birth parents make up part of the book, Lorilee also includes universal themes such as losing loved ones and finding a place of belonging, making this memoir applicable to anyone who has experienced family life.

I was skeptical that three such seemingly different lives could be joined into one coherent story, but Lorilee does an excellent job of bringing characters to life and writing in a manner that is both moving and enjoyable. I found myself smiling through funny anecdotes, feeling pained over sad situations, and cheering Anne, Lorilee, and Phobe on as they bravely progressed through various life events. This easy yet touching read should appeal to a wide variety of readers.

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FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Tyndale House Publishers.