Thursday, November 7, 2019

How do you read?

I've seen a lot of posts out there about reading routines. So I thought I would throw the question out here for all of you. What is your reading routine? I'm asking this because I'm struggling to find a good reading routine right now. I always think that I will be able to read before I go to bed at night and inevitably as soon as my head hits the pillow or I sit down in bed I start to get tired. Obviously, I need a new routine lol. I've got some constraints to when I can read as I'm married and have 3 kids, so I don't want my reading to take time away from my family. I'm hoping I can glean some good ideas from you guys about how you read and when you read. Thanks for taking the time to chime in. Have a great rest of the week!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Update on the Great American Read

It's been a while since I have posted. I haven't stopped reading, it's just taking me longer to get through book 2 of Game of Thrones then I was thinking. I've also recently joined a book club, so I will be posting from those books as well. Thanks for sticking around and reading the very sporadic posts here. I'm hoping to get more content up on the blog, but no promises. Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Book Review: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I know I'm late to the party on this series, but better late than never. This is a fantastic book. It has made me rediscover my love for this genre. The richness and depth of the story is wonderful. I love the writing style and the world building. It took me a few pages to get my bearings on who was who, but that's how it is with any series when you are being introduced to everyone at the beginning. I love books that are written from different character's points of view so that's a huge plus for this book for me.

There were parts where I thought I knew what was coming next and I was totally wrong. It's always wonderful when a book keeps you guessing to the end. I can't wait to continue on with this series and see who will once and for all be the King of the Seven Kingdoms.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Book Review: As For Me and My Crazy House by Brian Berry

Generally I reserve this blog for my personal reading and not my professional reading, but I've decided to change that. From now on I'll be posting not only my progress on the Great American Read challenge I'm doing but also the books I'm reading for work. 

Here is my review of "As For Me and My Crazy House":


I wasn't sure what I was going to get from this book when I picked it up. I was pleasantly surprised by what I found in the pages. This book is a wonderfully honest discussion on family and ministry. I love Mr. Berry's candid remarks throughout the book. I found myself reaching for my highlighter more than I expected. Here are some takeaways that I have from this book:

1. I really want to work on taking my kids out for one-on-one conversations weekly.
2. It was a good reminder to me that my marriage and family need to be strong in order for role in the ministry to be strong.
3. He reminds those of us in ministry that family must come first.
4. As a parent, I am the biggest influence on my child's life.

None of these things are earth shattering or profoundly new, but it was good to be reminded of all of them. This was such a refreshing book and I would recommend it to anyone that asks about it.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Book Review: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Macmillan Classics EditionAlice's Adventures in Wonderland: Macmillan Classics Edition by Lewis Carroll
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I understand that this book is a classic, and I'm glad to say that I've finally read it. However, I didn't particularly enjoy this book. I know wonderland is a very fantastical place with many out of the ordinary circumstances, but I felt that this book was lacking in terms of plot and character development. It was very jumpy and not an enjoyable read for me.

I gave this book 3/5 stars because I thought it was so/so and I could take it or leave it.

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Book Review: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

This books has been on my TBR list for such a long time, like a decade or more. I'm glad that I finally took the opportunity to read it. This was also my first book in my challenge to myself to read the Great American Read list. I have to say I'm not disappointed by my first choice.

I loved the author's ability to build the characters and the world. Sometimes I have a hard time visualizing what the author is saying, not so with this book. I felt as if I was walking with Victor through the story. I could vividly see the beautiful landscapes and homes. I could see myself in his various labs as he was creating his monsters.

I also enjoyed reading about the inner struggles of Victor as he wrestled with himself and what he had done to the world. I enjoyed being in the monster's mind as he is teaching himself to read and interact with the human world. It was all very fascinating to me.

I loved the plot of this book. It was a wonderful story of creation, horror, love and revenge. This book would entertain a wide audience and I believe that is why it has stood the test of time and become a literary classic.

If you have an opportunity to pick up this book, you should. You won't be disappointed at all.




Wednesday, October 3, 2018

A challenge to myself and a shift in the blog

It's been well over a full year since I have posted here. There are many reasons for that, but the one I'll talk about is the fact that I haven't found anything to spark my reading interest. I've picked up and started 5 different books and put them all down without finishing them. It's been a rough reading year to say the least.

Having said that, I believe that I've found a project that I want to take on in terms of reading and I'm actually excited about it. I'm sure many of you are aware of "The Great American Read". If you aren't familiar with it, you can click here to go to the website. The basic gist of it is that there has been a list compiled of the 100 greatest american reads. It's actually closer to 200 books since they count entire series as one entry on the list. My goal is to read this entire list. I'm going to be realistic about this project. I'm guessing it will take me 4 to 5 years to get through this list. I like to think I read more than that, but I usually don't. If I've already read a series on the list, I'm going to read it again. There is one series on the list that will probably not get read. I have no desire to read the "50 shades" books.

What this means for the blog is that I will not be taking books for review right now, but I will be reviewing each of the books and the series that I read on this list. If I'm reading a long series from the list (such as "The Wheel of Time"), I will post updates on how my reading is going. That way there shouldn't be any long drawn out spans with no content on the site.

I've already chosen my first book on the list and I'm about halfway finished with it. I'm kicking off this challenge by reading Frankenstein. It's my hope that this list gets me jump started back into the reading world.

For those of you that have stuck around to read this after such a long break on the blog, thank you so much.