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Way Back Wednesday ~ Love Monster and the Last Chocolate – Rachel Bright

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Although this is not specifically a Valentine’s book, this story is a sweet one!

Love Monster is such a cute character.  I was excited to see that he is now featured in a number of books.  Love Monster and the Last Chocolate is a very sweet story that focuses on the importance of being a good friend and the rewards of showing kindness to others.  We loved this one!

This post was originally published on February 10, 2016.

Love Monster and the Last Chocolate Book Cover Love Monster and the Last Chocolate
Rachel Bright
Juvenile Fiction
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
December 15, 2015
32

When Love Monster receives a box of chocolates as a gift, he has second thoughts about sharing them with all of his friends.

Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me About What’s Worth Fighting For – Michele Rigby Assad

Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me about What’s Worth Fighting For


I was expecting to really enjoy this book, but it disappointed.  The selection and training details related to CIA agents were very interesting, but the descriptions of her deployments had me wanting more.  Additionally, Assad is a Christian and tries to incorporate her beliefs into her story telling with limited success.  It really felt forced rather than a fluid part of the story she was sharing.  The final portion of the book was the best part and details Assad’s work in helping Christians escape from Iraq to Slovakia.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by Tyndale Press, no other compensation was given. All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

New From: $17.24 USD In Stock
Release date February 6, 2018.

Way Back Wednesday ~ Love Monster – Rachel Bright

This post was originally published on March 10, 2014.

Poor Monster is looking for love. He quickly finds that everyone loves cute, fluffy creatures like kittens and bunnies but finding love as a hairy, googly-eyed monster is rather difficult. Just as little monster is about to give up on finding love, everything changes and love finds him. Great text combined with darling illustrations make this a terrific read-a-loud to share with someone special!

Love Monster Book Cover Love Monster
Rachel Bright
Children's stories
HarperCollins Children's Books
January 1, 2012
32

The Lion Inside – Rachel Bright

The Lion Inside


A very sweet story that captures little mouse’s journey to find his “inner lion”.  In addition to finding the lion inside himself, he also discovers that a lion can have an “inner mouse” as well.  Great illustrations enhance this empowering read-a-loud text.
New From: $4.53 USD In Stock

Way Back Wednesday ~ Calvin, Look Out! A Bookworm Birdie Gets Glasses – Jennifer Berne

This post was originally published on November 3, 2014.

Calvin the Bookworm Birdie is back! This time with the help of librarian Mrs. Readalot, he discovers that he needs glasses. At first the other starlings are not very kind about Calvin’s need to wear glasses, and Calvin retreats to the woods. Although he soon finds himself in trouble, he is able to use his book-smarts as well as his glasses to find a solution and transform the other starlings views regarding wearing glasses.

This is a very cute story. I especially liked the use of more sophisticated language within the book. Since Calvin is a bookworm, the language in these stories always displays his exposure to more sophisticated vocabulary.

Calvin, Look Out! Book Cover Calvin, Look Out!
Jennifer Berne
Juvenile Fiction
Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated
2014
32

Worst Enemies/Best Friends (Beacon Street Girls Series #1) – Annie Bryant

Worst Enemies/Best Friends (Beacon Street Girls #1)


The Beacon Street Girls Series is a lovely collection.  Although our daughter is not traditionally a fan of realistic fiction, this series kept her interest.  These well-written books are geared for girls between the ages of nine and thirteen.  Each story is told through alternating narration by four friends.  As the series progresses, the character development continues to grow and the stories are reflective of real life events experienced by tween girls.
New From: $1.48 USD In Stock

The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity and My Fight Against the Islamic State – Nadia Murad

The Last Girl is a gripping account of Nadia Murad’s capture by the Islamic State and her ultimate escape.  This is a tough read, but it is a story that needs to be shared and understood.  The genocide of the Yazidi people is a modern day tragedy.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by Random House Publishing, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

The Last Girl Book Cover The Last Girl
Nadia Murad
Biography & Autobiography
2017
320

Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity – Saundra Dalton-Smith

Reading Sacred Rest made for a refreshing start to the new year.  This book details seven different types of rest: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, sensory, and creative and shares the importance of rest and the impact it can potentially have in enhancing our lives.  The assessment tool within the book was  a terrific addition to the text.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity Group, no other compensation was given. All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

Sacred Rest Book Cover Sacred Rest
Saundra Dalton-Smith
Religion
FaithWords
December 5, 2017
240

Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff – Chip Gaines

Capital Gaines is a light read featuring the insights of Chip Gaines.  Gaines is known for serving as one of the hosts of Fixer Upper on HGTV.  Gaines shares his wisdom in an honest and humorous way, and whether you a fan of the show Fixer Upper or not, it is an enjoyable read.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishing, no other compensation was given. All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

Capital Gaines Book Cover Capital Gaines
Chip Gaines
Self-Help
October 17, 2017
208

Blogging Holiday

Spending some extra special time with our little lady today…My next new post will be published on Wednesday, January 17th.