2011: A Year of Reading

Victory! I’ve completed both of the reading challenges I set goals for. I read 52 books this year… 12 of them were classics. I read several books I’d never read before and discovered a few new authors. Here are my recommendations of the books I read this year: Highly Recommended: Green by Ted Dekker (though I […]

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Night by Elie Wiesel

     The picture to the left is the cover of a 3-in-1 collection of Elie Wiesel’s Night Trilogy. Night, the first of the trilogy, is a memoir. Elie Wiesel, a holocaust survivor, tells of his time at Auschwitz. From his home, to the ghetto, to the camps and the separation of his family… he and his […]

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Kingdom’s Dawn by Chuck Black

     Leinad is sixteen years old – the son of a farmer. He has spent his life working the land, and practicing sword fighting with his father. He eventually learns that the sword fighting was not just to pass the time. Leinad has been called to serve the King. He sets out on his journey with a young […]

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

     In what is probably Charles Dickens’ best known work we meet Ebenezer Scrooge, a rich old miser who loves money more than anything else. One Christmas Eve night he is visited by the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley, who has been dead for seven years. Marley tells Scrooge that he will be […]

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A Separate Peace by John Knowles

     In the middle of World War II, Gene and Phineas are coming into their last year of high school. Roommates, away at boarding school, they find themselves growing closer over the summer session. As Gene tries to find himself, he also senses a rivalry building between him and his friend. After a serious accident (or […]

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Friday Finds 12/23/11

Friday Finds is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just share the new-to-you books you found during the week — books you either want to add to your TBR (to be read) list, or that you just heard about that sounded interesting. If you’ve discovered them this week, share them […]

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Teaser Tuesday 12/20/11

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: •Grab your current read •Open to a random page •Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page •BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give […]

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A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines

     This story takes place in Louisiana in the 1970’s. Times have changed and across the country the black community has started to see civil rights, but deep in Cajun country there are people who don’t like that change. When a white man is killed it seems evident that a Mathu, a black man, has done it, […]

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Musing Mondays 12/19/11

Hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading, this week’s musing asks… What’s one book you always recommend to just about anyone? I have to break this up into fiction and non-fiction… believe me, it’s hard enough doing it this way. To pick just one altogether would be impossible.  For fiction, it would have to be […]

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Celebrate Christ, Transform Lives

Christmas is only a week away, and everyone is doing last-minute shopping. Searching for that perfect gift for the loved one who already has everything. Giving is great, in any form, but sometimes we need to take a step back and think not just about our family, friends and co-workers, but about those people we […]

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Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman

     When it comes to Jesus, are you a fan or a follower? According to Idleman, “Are you a follower of Jesus?” is the most important question you will ever answer. Many claim to be followers of Jesus. We point to our church attendance, tithing, charity work, etc., as proof. However, most would be surprised to […]

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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

     Esther is a college student who has won an internship in New York city working for fashion magazine. The story follows the events of this trip, told by Esther herself. A few highs, lots of lows, and everything in between. What’s funny about this novel, for me, is that I remembered liking it a […]

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