Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Things I need to read more about (Volume 2...I'm almost positive I did a Volume 1)

Just in case you missed it on Monday, we'll discuss chapters 1-6 of A Little Princess on Friday!

Ukraine. Everyone wants a piece of this country. Putin most recently. In the dense but informative and well written  book I'm reviewing soon  (Black Earth) they said that Hitler wanted to take it over and use it as a bread basket/food source for when the Nazis took over the Soviet Union. Everyone wants a piece of the Ukraine. I think Poland is kind of like that too.

Comparing the Gospels. So the four gospels cover a lot of the same ground but in different ways. Like, Luke is more detailed then the others. I want a book that compares all the writing styles and nuances of all of them.

Rape of Nanking. I know basically nothing about this except that it was terrible. I also should also read a book about how this long standing distrust/not good feelings started between the Chinese and Japanese.I have questions, mostly because I'm clueless and did not take Modern Asian History in college because it was a night class. Night classes, eek.

Mass Hysteria. The amount of instances of mass hysteria is weirdly high, and man are there some doozies. A lot of them have to do with nuns, like a group of nuns in Austria who couldn't stop meowing. Or groups of school girls who all start fainting, or have pregnancy scares or any other huge range of things. Of course if you were apart of a mass hysteria thing in the Middle Ages you probably were going to get in trouble for being a witch... I really want to know more about the meowing nuns.

Cute on cats, alarming in a large group of nuns...

Monday, October 5, 2015

"A Little Princess" RAL - This Week's Reading (Week #1)

Welcome to the first official day of the RAL!

Today's post is to let you know the reading "assignment" of the week, this week's is chapters 1-6!

We will be discussing chapters 1-6 right here on Library Educated on Friday.

Even if you don't get it all read, stop by and chat with us! Tell us your favorite quotes! Tell us what you loved or what irked you!

And if you tweet and read,you can use the hashtag #Princessread !

See you Friday!

Friday, October 2, 2015

My favorite Christian Non-Fiction Authors

 Sometimes (most of the time, if I'm being honest) I struggle to find Christian fiction work that I enjoy. I have much better luck with the nonfiction side of things. Today I thought I would highlight some nonfiction writers I enjoy.

Footnote: CS Lewis should be on the top of this list, but since he does fiction and nonfiction he was disqualified for this list. Sorry Jack.

Speaking of CS Lewis, let's start with Ryan Pemberton. He wrote one of my favorite books that I've read this year. It was honest and heartfelt and I enjoyed it greatly. And I will never get over how much I love this cover.


 Our next writer also has an England connection, Sheridan Voysey. I read a book by Sheridan called Resurrection Year which was sincere and heartbreaking and all kinds of things. When I heard that he had a new book coming out this year I jumped to be on the launch team. Resilient comes out October 21st, as does my review of it. Spoiler, I liked it. Though I'm still kind of trying to figure out the cover. Is it like an inkblot test? Sometimes I think it's Jesus with a crown of thorns, sometimes I think it's a blue bleeding heart...


I've talked about Jen Hatmaker at length on this blog before. She recently made a joke about the struggle of people wearing leggings as pants, and how "this is probably something that CS Lewis talked about too" and I laughed pretty hard. She also has a new book out recently, and while it's not my most most favorite of her books it was a great read and very worthwhile. I feel like after I read Jen's books I get "shored up" spiritually.


Last but in no ways least, Brennan Manning. Brennan had an interesting life, and by interesting I mean hard, devastating, redemptive and about 15 other words. (Side note, when I was reading a book by him earlier this year I was like "Hmm I wonder if he does book tours or anything". I kind of figured he didn't because it didn't seem like his style. And then I saw that he had died in 2013 and was INCREDIBLY sad). The only good news is that he has many books out there and I can't wait to read my way through them all. Here is my review of Ruthless Trust and a mini biography. (The tumbling monk story chokes me up EVERY TIME.) Many people, including myself, started with Brennan's work The Ragamuffin's Gospel.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Banned Books Week Word Search!

My friends, why shouldn't we celebrate BBW with 
something delightful
like a word search?!
I made one for us. It's pretty easy :) 
Created here if you'd like
to make your own! 
S Y W M J P D U Z B P M R N S 
Y L R A O U L F R V T O E O A 
D A A T R Y N I B S A C W M W 
F E T U S D D G I Q L K O O Y 
E E V S G E R H L D G I L L E 
R C E O S H C O H E E N F O R 
G S I H L R T S B E R G L S Q 
R Y E L A E A E G E N B L G C 
M A J N A S B W R A O I A N C 
D J A H O B B I T H N R W C A 
S P M U B E S O O G O D Y T O 
C L O C K W O R K G X U I P J 
L Y L C I N A T A S J L S D U 
S G N I R G U X Y O O U N E C 
T S Y J K K H F G L T M B Y I 


Monday, September 28, 2015

October Read Along Announcement!

Big news everyone! Jamie from Books and Beverages and I are cohosting a RAL for one of our childhood favorites...A Little Princess!

What's great about this book (among other things) is that it's free! Since it's in the public domain full texts can be found for free around the internet on many different sites. I read it through Google Books right from my computer. So a free, comfort read in the cozy cooler month of October. Jamie and I would love to have you join us!

The plan is that every Monday we will announce the chapters that we will discuss on the Friday of that same week. Announcements and discussions will happen on both of our blogs on a rotating basis. Here's the full schedule (including a movie viewing and discussion) so you can plot your reading.

Date Topic Whose blog? Schedule
28-Sep  Announcement Both No reading, just announcing
5-Oct Announce  chapters  LE Chapters 1-6
9-Oct Discuss chapters LE
12-Oct Announce  chapters  BB Chapters 7-13
16-Oct Discuss chapters BB
19-Oct Announce chapters  LE Chapters 14-19
23-Oct Discuss chapters LE
26-Oct Announce movie watching BB
28-Oct Talk about movie BB
30-Oct Wrap up Both

You can find us on twitter (me and Jamie), we will be using the hashtag #PrincessRead during the RAL.

If you've got any questions please contact myself or Jamie. It's our first RAL so there might be some bumps along the road  but we will do our darndest for smooth sailing!

And remember....


Friday, September 25, 2015

Book Review: "Boy Meets Depression: Or Life Suck and Then You Live" by Kevin Breel and a pre-announcement announcement!

~Before we get started on the book review today, I just wanted to let you know there will be a big announcement on the blog on Monday! It will involve books! That's your clue :)~

I picked this book somewhat at random from Blogging for Books. The author did an incredibly popular Ted-talk (and this is me admitting again that I haven't seen any.) Anyway, considering I ended up with this book almost on accident, I'm very glad I got this book.

Kevin lives in Victoria, BC, Canada in an un-ideal home situation. His dad is a drunk, mostly spending his time in the basement drinking and being quiet. His mom is supportive and kind, but it's still a strained household.

Kevin is self conscious and quiet. He comes into his own as an 8th grader where he makes a true, dear friend. It brings him out of his shell and feels like he's part of a more "normal" family.
 However, tragedy strikes and it puts the already vulnerable Kevin in a deep depression.

What makes this book so great is how honest Kevin is. He goes into good descriptions about how it feels to be depressed, the confusion he feels, the loneliness he feels. I'm trying to think of a good description of his writing style: it's not a "woe is me", it's empathy but it's also not coddling. I like the "notes to self" pages between chapters. Some of those are even funny!

I think this book could be a great resource for those who have people in their life that deal with depression or sadness and don't really know how to support them, or understand what they are going through. Kevin admits that he sometimes still struggles to be a good friend, and that the people who care enough to stick around are incredibly dear to him. So just show up!

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Blogging for Books

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Book Review: "Taming the To-Do List" by Glynnis Whitwer

This book isn’t full of the usual practical advice on how to “tame” your to-do list; like “break big tasks into smaller ones to make them more manageable” or “don’t be afraid to ask for help!” There is some advice of that variety towards the end, but the book tries to focus in on what gets us into “to-do list overload” in the first place.

Our author, Glynnis, takes a long hard look at what has led to her overwhelming to-so lists. Its multiple parted:
-Pride. She admits that she likes the feeling when people says things like “Oh my gosh, you get so much done, I just don’t know how you do it!” What they don’t realize is what expense that it comes at.
- Procrastination. Putting things off until the last minute makes for hurried, subpar work, and STRESS.
-Being scared. She talked about how being scared kept her from asking for help on a group project and how it held things up for everybody.
The author is a Christian, so she does a lot of soul searching to see what leads her down these roads and what she can do to prevent the overload in the first place.
A section that I think will resonate with a lot of people is not comparing your best to other's people's best:
My makeup applying job will never be as good as my sister's. But on my best days I don't look like either a) a corpse or b) a painted harlot from a Western.
My cooking will never be as good as some of my talented foodie friends. But I make a really good (and stupidly easy) tortilla soup.
Your best and my best are different. And that is okay! Whoever said "comparison is the thief of joy" is right on.
If you're expecting a book full of practical time management tips you will be disappointed. If you're looking to get more at the base of your busyness problems and make good, longer lasting change in your life, this book might be for you!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review