Sunday, March 3, 2013

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? March 4 Edition

It's Spring Break! My kids are very excited and I don't know how much reading we'll get done with all the activities we planned. But we've started some great books. (I love reading with my kids!) To all parents and their kids, I wish you a restful and fun Spring Break.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at Mailbox Monday. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Caitlin at Chaotic Compendiums is hosting for the month of March. You can also view the touring blog list here for the upcoming months.

Books For Review:

The Inventor's Secret (Cragbridge Hall: Book 1) by Chad Morris

Abby and Derick have been accepted to the most prestigious secondary school in the world Cragbridge Hall. Due to the inventions of their grandfather, Oscar Cragbridge, they will be able to experience history in 3D, use their minds to literally project visual interpretations of classic literature, and become animal avatars for zoology. But when their grandfather and parents go missing, Abby and Derick must follow clues Oscar left for them that will reveal a dangerous secret. Along the way, they discover there is much more to one of their grandfather s inventions than anyone has ever dreamed. Saving their family will take all of Derick s mind and Abby s heart as they come face to face with a crazed scientist who desperately seeks to change the past. If they fail, the world past and future will never be the same. This book is a page-turning, time-travel adventure that teaches powerful lessons about choice and consequence, believing you can do hard things, and valuing your history.

Past Tense: 365 Daily Tools for Putting Stress Behind You--For Good! by Shawn Kilgarlin and Ron Kilgarlin

In this reader- and consumer-friendly, stress-beating, daily dose of relief book, Shawn Kilgarlin (with help from her husband Ron and crackerjack editor Skip Press) provides solutions to any triggered stress response that may darken your mind, from environmental and workplace stressors to daily events and unavoidable life changes. With sections for every season and pages for each day of the year, Past Tense is guaranteed to have something for everyone—even you. If you feel the need to stress, read this book first, and learn how to handle those worries immediately, or even set them aside forever!

Who Knows the Seasons? by Geoffrey Haas, illustrated by Louisa Satterfield

Pigs, ducks, mice, squirrels, lambs, rabbits, and a turtle or two all join in the fun to illustrate our changing seasons.

Free Kindle book:

A Lady in Defiance (Romance in the Rockies) by Heather Blanton

Charles McIntyre owns everything and everyone in the lawless, godless mining town of Defiance. When three good, Christian sisters from his beloved South show up stranded, alone, and offering to open a "nice" hotel, he is intrigued enough to let them stay...especially since he sees feisty middle sister Naomi as a possible conquest. But Naomi, angry with God for widowing her, wants no part of Defiance or the saloon-owning, prostitute-keeping Mr. McIntyre. It would seem however, that God has gone to elaborate lengths to bring them together. The question is, "Why?" Does God really have a plan for each and every life?

Written with gritty, but not gratuitous, realism uncharacteristic of historical Christian fiction, A Lady in Defiance gives a nod to both Pride and Prejudice and Redeeming Love. The story, based on true events, is an "ensemble" piece that deftly weaves together the relationships of the three sisters and the rowdy residents of Defiance.

This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.  The kidlit version is hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

Read and reviewed:
I did not review any books this week but my review partner Sandra did:
The Crimes of Charlotte Brontë by James Tully (intriguing)
Tim Rowland's Creature Features by Tim Rowland (funny! enter the giveaway)

Currently Reading:
The India Fan by Victoria Holt (great storytelling!)
Days That End in Y by Vikki VanSickle (with my daughter)

Finished Reading:
Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent (one of my favorites from her, watch out for a giveaway this week!)
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (interesting read)
Sunwing by Kenneth Oppel (a little too dark)
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (wonderful!)

Listening To:
Incontinent on the Continent: My Mother, Her Walker and Our Grand Tour of Italy by Jane Christmas

Hope you all have a great reading week!

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