The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins I have to say I was not interested in this story when I went to the movies and saw the trailer of it. I must say I was concerned because I do not like violent movies so I was not sureabput It was not long until my stepdaughter said you should read this it is really good. I said ok and forgot then a few weeks later the librarian mentioned I should get on the waiting list for the book. So I did just that. Several months drug by and them my step son said I can’t believe I read this young adult book but I did and it was great. It was so great I am now on book two. So I thought to myself I do need to read it. The day finally came and after several months and the movie release I found the hot little black book in my hands. I started reading this book when I was reading another book and I could not put this one down. I finally after 127 pages thought really I can’t believe this book is a young adult book. I was blown away by it. I laughed when I even saw Anderson Cooper saying he was really into the book and could not believe it was a young adult book either. I them saw the book on his must read list. This is definitely on my must read book list. I realize that I am a little behind the curve on this book and A LOT of you have read this series. I have to say this if you are a parent grab your child’s copy and read it! You won’t be sorry and it will give you something in common with your young adult. If and adult that thinks young adult books are too immature for you READ THIS ONE it is not. The book is about a futuristic world with 12 districts where children ages 12-18 are chosen to play a game and fight to the death. I am normally a romance type of reader but I loved this. The violence in the book was not as bad as what you see on TV but there is violence in this book for those who hate it. This book totally caught me by surprise because it is more science fiction and I am a romance reader. I am glad I opened my world up to this book it was fantastic. I give it the best rating a 5 star rating. The on issue I had with this book is the ending. It is not bad but did not end the way I wanted it to.
The Letter- My Journey through Love, Loss & Life by Marie Tillman was her touching love story and the gift he husband Pat gave her. I was reading another book that happened to be in the bedroom where my husband was sleeping and I did not want to wake him so I grabbed this book out of my library bag of books and once I started reading I could not stop. I read the book the in one sitting. This book is one that left me feeling so many things. It is so personal and you see Marie in times of raw emotion. I found this hard to read at times not because it was not good but as a military spouse she was living the things of my nightmares. I felt bad that she was not allowed to grieve in peace and that the horrors of the circumstances with the investigation into his death and it being so public. I felt bad that she had a husband the Army deemed high profile and because of his football career and was sad to see that they could not be honest to her about his death because of politics. I feel that honesty should be owed to a family for it is they who sacrifice and it is they who lost a loved one that will leave a void the size of the Grand Canyon in their life. I learned that people say things in times of loss that are just crazy for instance at the memorial those trying to comfort her said your young you will find somebody else and thankfully you had no children. I was out raged when I read this but Marie gracefully taught me a valuable lesson I will quote her “Most of the time people didn’t even catch the inappropriateness of their comments, but occasionally, after seeing the look on my face they understood the error of their words. I soon realized I shouldn’t take these things personally. At such painful moments, some people unknowingly project their deepest fears on to you, the widowed. “I found this very profound. I was also reminded that grief has not time frame as Marie pointed out that in the 19th century, people properly understood mourning, widows dressed in black and they were allowed to mourn fully for four years. Today society we are saying you will find someone else at the memorial and a time is given to be moved by. She pointed out that “even after September 11th one of the most devastating days in our country’s history, flags hung at half mast at the White House for two weeks and then as a signal to the nation to “ move on” they were raised to full. While reading this I thought how true this is and that each person handles grief in different ways but as the months and years go by I need to be more aware the grief is still there for those I know who have a loss. What I loved about this book even though it dealt with a tough subject of grief it was also the subject of love. Pat Tillman loved his wife so that his request should he be killed during war was for me please live. He gave her a gift and a purpose to sustain her during the darkest part of her life. I remember reading that Pat had shown her over their many years together that love was about setting the other free. He loved her that much how lucky was she. The book is divided up into three parts each one about the years and what when on during those years. I hate to give this book a rating because it is a person’s life that is so exposed at such a raw time. I know that she wrote this book to help others with their grief. I loved getting to know Pat in a more personal way through the loving eyes of his wife. I was so sad when she was going through pictures and realized they would soon be out of style and that Pat would always be forever 27 and she was older sometimes finality just sucks . I thought that is a huge void and something I had never thought of before. I am glad I read this book but to be honest again I hate having to rate this book, how do rate a person’s life loss and growth? Just remember that I could not put the book down and I read it in one sitting and on this fact alone I am going to give it five stars.
Unbroken –A World War II story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand should be made into a movie. It is a story that is one of an unbelievable man and also his friends all who are hero in my book. This book takes you through Louis Zamperini’s life. It starts in beginning of his life. It takes you through how the kids from school made fun of him just to hear him swear in Italian to his time training for the Olympics. You cheer for him when he beats the triple digit heat of New York to qualify for the Berlin Olympics and cheer even more when he wins and make a world record. He makes you laugh with some of his crazy stunts of his youth and you find yourself both marveling at his survival of 47 days on the ocean after his plane crashed. You feel sick as you hear how he was treated by the Japanese soldiers. You find yourself asking how he can survive this horror. You are in awe of how a body can withstand what Louis had been through. The book is so powerful. I found this man to be an example for a lot of people. I thought of all of the current young men and women back from war with PTSD could benefit from reading this book. Those of us like me that find forgiveness sometimes hard. If he was able to forgive those who tortured him how can I not forgive? In his 90 plus years he had won Olympic medals, carried the Olympic torch, started a Victory camp for trouble youth, preached with Billy Graham, and is a husband and a great friend to have. I really loved this book. It is just a great book that will stay with you for a long time. I also like that this book gives you more information about those POWs that were with him. I give this the best rating it gets a five star rating by me. I promise if you read Louis’s story you won’t be bored or sorry.
I have to say I enoyed this book. I like Steven Tyler and his music but was not thrilled with some of the things I found out. I was amazed to see just how fragile his realtionship was with Joe Perry. This is a good read.
Unstoppable by Anthony Robles is an inspiring autobiography. I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read and I was left inspired and amazed. Anthony won the 2011 NCAA National Wrestling Championship and he won it with a lot of determination, grit and with a disability that he did not allow to stop him. His disability was that he had one leg. After reading this story I found myself reflection back on it and thinking how can I make an excuse for anything. I give this book my 5 star rating because it was inspiring. I won this book from the Library Thing. This book is good for any sports fan and in my opinion should be made into a movie.
The book Outrageous Courage –What God Can Do with Raw Obedience & Radical Faith is a true story written by Kris Vallotton & Jason Vallotton. The story they were inspired to write is about that of a longtime friend that has one of the most inspiring lives I have read about in a long time. It is not a long book at only 154 pages but it is one that has action and adventure packed them. The story is about Tracy Evans and she is following God and not letting fear stop her. She is a world traveler and as she travels she helps heal the broken both of body and spirit. It is her faith that helps her with make it through some very scary situations. I once heard a sermon about how faith was not about comfort all the time and how for Jesus you have to sometimes be way out of your comfort zone and as I read this I thought this is Tracy’s life and it brought the sermon back to mind because wow, she is what that sermon was all about. Tracy’s life is so inspiring you just have to read it. Tracy is a medical assistant and uses this skill to travel the world do missionary work. I want to tell you more but I do not want to spoil the book. This book will have you from chapter one. I give this book my four star rating. I did receive this book from Baker Publishing Group for my honest review.
I have to say I LOVE cook books. I have bought so many that I now have a way to choose what I look for in a cook book. I will list what it takes to make me both buy and use a cookbook.1. They must have pictures of the food! I am not talking little clip art pictures I am talking about a goal as to how the end product should look like and sometimes even to inspire me as to what I should serve with it or how to arrange the food on a plate to make it not only a feast for the tummy but also the eyes .2. The ingredients (and this is a must) need to be accessible at the grocery store (and by this I mean an everyday plain ol” type of store that can be found even in a small or tiny town) or from a farmers market or just my garden.3. The cooking should not need extra fancy cooking devices there will never be any molecular style cooking in my kitchen. 4. Recipe must be delicious. I truly want the people eating the food to love it! I like it when I can see they do that makes me happy. I also want them leaving my kitchen thinking she is a good cook (I know a little vain of me but this true). The Farm Fresh Southern Cooking by Tammy Algood gave me just want I wanted almost. While not every page has most do. I have tried just few of the recipes and they were both easy and delicious. I love the fact that she has, just like the book’s cover states recipes that the ingredients come “straight from the garden to your dinner table”. The recipes truly take me back to my time spent in Georgia. The food is truly southern and fills your tummy with the yummiest of yummy. They also make me feel like it’s something my grandmother and great grandmother would have made, so I feel love when I made the recipes. The breads in this book are so good by the way. The book has it all from appetizer to canning instructions. The book is even a soft cover and is inviting. Get this cook book and enjoy your first reading with some good ol sweet tea and have fun in the kitchen. I give this book a rating of 4 stars. I received this book from Book Sneeze in exchange for an honest review. The review I have written are my opinions.
I found this book to be very insightful. I thought some of it was common sense. I thought it was great the way the author Shelley Peterman Schwarz gives her personal experience in how to organize your home to make life easier. I thought it was great the she gives you places to go look for help with the expense of it . I think this is a great book for those who have to help with their parents. I wish I would have had it when I was taking care of my father in law.
I won this book through Library Thing website. I took my time with this book. There is so much good information. I have found that it has ALOT of good information. This is the best book I have found on the subject. I like the advice the book gives you. This is a great book for the person with MS and the family.