Blog Slackin’!

I have definitely been a blog slacker these last few months! You would think that I have not been reading anything worth reporting, or that my shelves have been gathering dust, but nothing could be farther from the truth!

In December alone, I think I turned in about 10 reviews to www.LuxuryReading.com , but failed to repost them here – so far, anyway (don’t be surprised if I post a million at once!).  In addition, I have read a handful of books that I couldn’t resist picking up at my FAV store (B&N). I have also added to my shelves something that I never thought I would give in to.  Something that I have rolled my eyes at in the past.  Something that still does not diminish my desire to flip through paper pages, take in the new-book smell I love so much (though the leather cover I have for it does help a little bit), or see the record of my time spent, stories loved, & info gleaned lined up neatly on my shelves.  Yes, I got an eReader – a Nookcolor to be exact.

This summer, as stated in my 1st post, we were forced out of our home for lead paint removal.  This meant packing up EVERYTHING, which gave me the opportunity to re-organize my book collection when we moved back.  My “hunky-carpenter-Paul” (a phrase stolen from HGTV’s Divine Design girl Candice Olson, but with which I refer lovingly to my hubby) spent the little free (as in: not getting paid) time he had this summer by building me floor to ceiling book shelves in our dinning room/library/school room. Along with its 13 foot long window seat/ bench with built-in storage, this is my favorite room in the house! It is so comforting for me to look around and be surrounded by books that have blessed my life, as well as books I yet look forward to reading.  However, even with all of those shelves… well, let’s just say that, as I was arranging all my beloved books on my newly built shelves, the words my hubby feared the most were: “Uh, Babe, I hate to say it, but… I think I need another shelf!”  Thus the Nook! It was my 10 year anniversary present from my darling hubby who, as much as he adores me, was tired of building me book shelves! lol

So far, I have used my Nook to download a bunch of free books for kids (including nearly every color fairy book ~ fairytale books recommended by Andrew Pudewa at a homeschool conference I attended), a free Bible with a Strong’s Dictionary & Matthew Henry Commentary (which I really do enjoy & can still highlight & write/type notes in), as well as some free books on Serbian culture, folk stories and history.  Did you notice the common trait: Free! I have bought nothing so far.  This may be my favorite aspect of my Nook.  I will never run out of something to read and I can take many books with me at once, wherever I go.

So has the Nook saved my hubby from his wife bringing home full bags from B&N? Ha! Sorry, Darling, our marriage will be full of , “Uh, Babe, I hate to say it, but… I think I need another shelf!”  And my hunky-carpenter-Paul will love me for it all the more (he says, “My Dear, I married you, Books & All!” heeheehee).

Other hard-copy books that I have recently acquired/read and hope to blog about are: both of the Duggar Family’s books (I could kick myself for missing going to see them when they were book signing at my B&N! Somehow, having 5 of my own got me a bit distracted!), a Ted Dekker book that I have had for years & finally read, and the 4th book in the Inheritance Cycle by homeschooled author Christopher Paolini (I want to re-read the 1st 3 before I enjoy the forth – it’s been way too long! These are the only sci-fi books, other than the Narnia Chronicles, that I have enjoyed so far.  I haven’t even been able to get past chapter 1 of the Hobbit! I need to try that one again & hope I have matured enough in the last 5 years to push through the detail – arg!).

In the mean time, look forward to my reposting some of my Luxury Reading reviews, or click the link above, search my name on the site & enjoy reading through them today!

If you have any book suggestions, or want to try to sway me to sci-fi, leave some titles in the comments! Happy Reading!

P.S. Paul says he has recovered enough to build YOU some shelves. lol

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Luxury Reading Review: Special Diets for Special Kids ~ Lisa Lewis, Ph.D.

 

For a little over a year now, our family has been shifting our eating habits in order to deal with various health issues including digestion problems, ADHD, and allergies/ food sensitivities.  It has already been quite a journey, and we are still just beginning! There is so much to learn and it can be hard to figure out, “Okay! So what CAN we all eat and enjoy?”  Thankfully, there are authors like Lisa Lewis, Ph.D. who have “Been there! Done that! Wrote the book!”

 

This version of Special Diets for Special Kids is actually a compilation of the previous volumes 1 and 2 with updated information and recipes from more recent research.  It is an informational book and cookbook in one, and also includes a CD of over 200 Gluten-Free/Casein-Free (GF/CF) printable recipes!

 

What is “Gluten-Free/Casein-Free” any way?  Lewis does a great job of walking readers through the meaning behind this term, and how and why such a diet has been beneficial for children with issues such as Autism, ADHD, allergies, and more. ….

For the full review please visit http://luxuryreading.com/specialdietspecialkids/

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Luxury Reading Review: Baby Med Basics ~ Hermann & Hermann

Baby Med Basics, by Luke Hermann, M.D. and Tara Summers Hermann, R.N., B.S.N., is a compact reference book that gives “Emergency Action Steps” in an easy to use format.  It is 5”x6.5”, spiral bound, with a hardcover, making it portable (i.e. diaper bag worthy) and easy to handle.  The subject tabs, great color and graphic design makes it easy to navigate quickly, and it gives clear instruction on what to do and when in cases of an emergency – including when to seek medical attention. Not only do the Hermann’s give steps to handle emergencies, but they also list preventatives steps, as well, in such areas as allergies, bites & stings, fever, rash, and so on……

To read the full review, please visit http://luxuryreading.com/babymedbasics/

 

 

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Review: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana ~ Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Imagine that a new government immediately takes over your state and informs you that women are no longer to work, attend formal education, be seen in public without a head to toe covering and a related male chaperone, and must not communicate with any male outside of her own family. I am not sure that our own experiences and culture would even allow our brains to begin to rightly imagine such a dramatic change in lifestyle, but The Dressmaker of Khair Khana portrays a true story of women from Kabul, Afghanistan who experienced just that.  Overnight, their lives change from a largely westernized lifestyle to one of seclusion from society.  Many families were, therefore, left without providers for the family, as widows were not permitted to work and many young men had to leave their families in order to escape forced service to, or death by, the Taliban.

After weeks of being shut up at home, shut out of pursuing her education and career, and having to part with her father, mother, and one of her brothers, Kamila Sidiqi was faced with finding a way to provide for her many younger sisters and brother. …

To read the full review, please visit: http://luxuryreading.com/dressmakerofkhairkhana/

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Review: 22 Britannia Road ~ Amanda Hodgkinson

Often, when we think of WWII, we think about the Holocaust and the Jewish people who suffered unspeakably at the hands of the Nazis.  However, the suffering did not stop there.  22 Britannia Road is a fictional novel that seeks to explore the suffering and recovery of a polish family who had been separated for six years during the war and later reunited in England.

Hodgkinson shuffles together the family’s present with clips of their past as they became a family, and as they suffered through the war separately: the father joining the British troops and the mother and son left behind in Poland.  Each time she shuffles in a part of their past, it helps to shed light on why they may react to their present as they do.  All the father wants is to live a perfectly normal British life in such a way as to make his own father proud.  The mother longs to give her son a normal family with a father to love and be loved by.  The son, on the other hand, has grown up since toddler hood in the horrors of war.  Surviving those horrors is his normal….

To read the entire review, please visit http://luxuryreading.com/22britanniaroad/

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Review: Mommy Whispers by Jenny Lee Sulpizio

Mommy Whispers by Jenny Lee Sulpizio is a sweet book that walks through the life of one little girl from her birth, through the birth of her own daughter.  Reminiscent of Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle, which follows a Father/Daughter relationship, Mommy Whispers captures the relationship and special moments shared by Mother and Daughter.

The artwork by Peg Lozier was gorgeously done and definitely adds to the book’s appeal.

 

I snuggled up and read this story with my own daughters.  They loved watching the little girl grow up, get married, and have a baby of her own.  Another favorite aspect is the little girl’s cat, which is included in the artwork of each page. …

To read the full review, please visit http://luxuryreading.com/mommywhispers/

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Review: Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writting Life ~ Nava Atlas

Do you, or someone you know, love to write, but find yourself discouraged and overwhelmed by the busyness of daily life and frustrated by not knowing how to start or which step to take next?  Would you be comforted to know that Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and many others faced many of the same obstacles that you do?  Would you like to know how such female literary giants dealt with obstacles to their writing life?

 

The Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life by Nava Atlas brings together twelve such giants and pulls from their journals, letters, and articles pieces that showcase how they handled writing challenges and what advice they had for other young or aspiring writers in the areas of “Becoming a Writer”, “Developing a Voice”, “Conquering Inner Demons”, “The Writing Mother”, “Rejection and Acceptance”, and “Money Matters” among others.

 

The Literary Ladies is beautifully designed and thoughtfully written.  Despite being a “guide”, Literary Ladies is anything but text-bookish. ….

To read the full review, please visit http://luxuryreading.com/theliteraryladies-2/

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