Thursday, August 17, 2017

First Line Friday: Bible Edition

Happy First Line Friday! Technically it is still Thursday because, well, it is. It is 8:20 PM on Thursday night as I am typing this and by tomorrow I will be exhausted because let me tell you a major truth: there is NO tired like first week of school tired. AND next week will be the worst of it, because the first three days of this week were meetings and working on our classrooms. Students started today. Next though...I'll be lucky if I can keep my eyes open by Wednesday. I hope I can though, because next week my church is starting our new small groups for the fall and I AM SO EXCITED because we are reading this book, which my first line comes from this week:


"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."

I first attempted to read the Bible cover to cover in seventh grade. I made it through Deuteronomy before I gave up. I know the New Testament much better than the Old Testament and I am looking forward to this one, plus I get to be in a small group lead by my pastors, who are pretty much two of my most favorite people on the planet.

Let me know what you think of the line, and/or leave a line of your own. Then, visit my fellow First-Liners to see what they have this week. We have several new members who have joined in the recent weeks, make sure you check them out!

If you want to join in on First Line Friday, let Carrie know!

Happy Reading!


Monday, August 7, 2017

The Obamas

FYI: I'm not going to debate anyone about my opinions on President Obama. Don't bother with that nonsense around here. If you want to talk about the book, cool. I'm not doing political debates on my book review blog.


Rating: 1 Star

So I wonder if, in an attempt to appear unbiased, the author realizes just how far she went out of her way to make the Obamas nearly unlikable. I absolute love the Obamas, and if Barack could have run for a third term, I'd have voted for him. Michelle is one of the top five people on my list for best shopping buddies. But if I did not know anything about them, and I had only this book for knowledge, I would think Michelle was angry all the time, super controlling and unwavering in her opinions, never one to compromise with anyone. And Barack - a pompous introvert? Really? The author's little play with his supposed 'I told you so" looks was ridiculous. I have never seen two people more in love, more electric, more everything. 

I guess the author thought she was being so sly with her 'sources' but ultimately this is poor writing at its best, or worst, however you want to look at it. The author tries the, "look at me with all the insider knowledge" garbage, and it comes off as abrasive and condescending. Do not bother with this one.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

First Line Friday: Bible Stories

Happy First Line Friday! I missed out on last week because E and I were traveling to visit family Friday and I am one of those "last-minute packers". But I am excited to share this week's words from a gem I found via BookBub, a steal at $1.99 recently. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, it is back to its regular price. But I recommend taking a look at it anyway and I am super psyched to start this one.


My first line is (actually a paragraph) from the introduction:

"A generation ago, public discourse was littered with biblical references. Someone who endured painful circumstances without giving in to resignation and despair was said to have "the patience of Job". Someone who demonstrated an uncanny ability to see the true nature of things was said to have "the wisdom of Solomon." Great stories like David and Goliath, Daniel in the lion's den and Balaam's talking donkey were mentioned in stories and songs - both religious and popular. Everyone was at least somewhat familiar with them. But that isn't the case anymore."

While I do somewhat disagree with the last two sentences - I don't think the situation is anywhere near as dire as made out to be - I am excited to start this devotional and see where it takes me.

Let me know what you think of the line, and/or leave a line of your own. Then, visit my fellow First-Liners to see what they have this week. We have several new members who have joined in the recent weeks, make sure you check them out!

If you want to join in on First Line Friday, let Carrie know!

Happy Reading!


Just Call Me Braggy McBraggerson...

So, guess what was waiting ever so patiently in my mailbox when Eleanor and I arrived home from vacation today!

I'll give you three guesses but I bet you only need one.

No, Dan Jones was not actually in my mailbox.

But this was:

Why yes, you are looking at copy #78 of 120 LIMITED EDITION PROOFS! And it is autographed! I HAVE A BOOK THAT DAN JONES PHYSICALLY OPENED AND SIGNED! Even without the lettering, it is gorgeous. I was lucky enough to win one of the copies given away a couple weeks ago by the UK publisher, Head of Zeus books - which is how I snagged the UK cover in the first place which, as you might recall, is my favorite.

Also, US tour info has finally been updated and I will be going to one of Jones' book signings in the fall! Eek.

I'm telling you, we are so going to be best friends. Once he sees I am a normal person and not actually as crazy as I seem, of course.

Happy Reading!

Thursday, July 27, 2017


I know it has been a while since I have posted any reviews. I miss it terribly, but I am in the middle of working on my own writing project that is really important to me and so while I am still reading a lot, I am not reviewing nearly as often. I will be back to it in a while, or at least post  a few reviews here and there, but none like the quantity before until my own project is done.

As an aside, I received an ARC of The Templars by Dan Jones, so you KNOW I will be posting a review of that one closer to the publishing date 😏

Happy Reading!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

First Line Friday: Coach K Edition

Happy First Line Friday!

This week's line comes from:


"Sitting in the tower that had been built for him, Mike Krzyzewski had a spectacular view of his kingdom."

I took the line from the first chapter instead of the introduction, because the intro was about Dean Smith. And as a wish-I-were-a-Cameron Crazy, I could not abide that. I hugely respect Dean Smith as one of the greatest college basketball coaches of all time, but abhor his program and every player to come out of Carolina - except, of course, for Michael Jordan (sorry I'm not sorry LeBron, you'll never be The G.O.A.T.). I am a huge college basketball fan. I have loved Duke since I was 9 years old. Very specifically, I became a fan on March 28th, 1992. My cousin Jenny loved basketball and Duke at the time, so I loved whatever she did. This date is very specific because it was the first - and one of the greatest - Duke games I had ever seen. Even if you are not a sports fan, you might be vaguely aware of a play commonly referred to as The Shot, where Christian Laettner hit a highly improbable shot to reduce Kentucky to tears (something I always love because I might actually despise Kentucky MORE than Carolina, which is kind of insane to think about) and propel Duke into the Final Four, on their way to their second national title in two years. If you have never seen The Shot, please allow me the honor of showing you now:

While my cousin outgrew her attachment a year or so later, I never did. So, for the last 25 years of my life, I have been a Duke fan and March Madness is my most favorite time of year. I love Duke so much in fact, that had Eleanor been a boy, her name would have been Cameron David (Cameron for Cameron Indoor Stadium where Duke plays, and David for my grandpa). I only chose Cameron because my mom said Krzyzewski was not a nice first name for a baby to be saddled with. As a teacher, I knew logically she was right. I have watched students for YEARS struggle to spell their own names because their parents are ridiculous. But I digress.

Let me know what you think of the line, and/or leave a line of your own. Then, visit my fellow First-Liners to see what they have this week.

Rachel - Bookworm Mama

Lauraine - Lauraine's Notes

Andi - Radiant Light

Robin - Robin's Nest

(Sydney is currently on hiatus but her previous FLF posts will still be available)

Kathleen - Kathleen Denly

Jeanette - CJaneReads

Christina - Moments Dipped in Ink

If you want to join in on First Line Friday, let Carrie know!

Happy Reading!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017


The Wars of the Roses by Dan Jones is on sale right now for $1.99. This is a MUST READ if you enjoy the time period. 

The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by [Jones, Dan]

I found the deal via BookBub and it is on sale for Kindle, Nook, and a few other e-readers. Get your copy today!!