Saturday, December 24, 2011

This Book Room

The last battle is the greatest battle of all. Narnia... where lies breed fear... where loyalty is tested... where all hope seems lost. During the last days of Narnia, the land faces its fiercest challenge - not an invader from without but an enemy from within. Lies and treachery have taken root, and only the king and a small band of loyal followers can prevent the destruction of all they hold dear in this, the magnificent ending to the Chronicles of Narnia.

Additional notes: This is the seventh and last book in the Chronicles of Narnia series. You can read my review of the fifth book here and the sixth book here.

My thoughts: This wasn't my least favorite or my most favorite, but the ending was incredibly fitting and moving. A wonderful way to end this series. I highly recommend this series for middle-graders and up and especially for those who have faith in God or who want faith but question it.

Life in Beldon Grove on the Illinois frontier in the 1840s isn't easy. For Ellie Craig, the graves of her three infant children make it unbearably lonely, despite the love of her husband Matthew. When she uncovers a family secret that suggests she may not be as alone as she thought, Ellie is determined to find the truth. Meanwhile, Matthew Craig faces controversy in the church he pastors when a man arrives in town claiming to be both a minister and the son of the town's founder. Will Matthew find the courage to reclaim his church? Or will he return to itinerant preaching, leaving Ellie even more alone than before? Book 2 in the At Home in Beldon Grove series, The Promise of Morning will touch your soul with themes of overcoming tragedy, finding strength to meet daunting challenges, and trusting your heart to love again.

Additional notes: This is the second book in the Beldon Grove series. You can read my review of the first book here. There are three books currently in this series.

My thoughts: I was a bit sluggish with this book, so I'm not entirely sure I can say with emphasis that I loved it, but I enjoyed it immensely. This book covers a lot of different topics and issues, and I thoroughly enjoy the fact it is set in the mid 1800s.

It’s a safari of fun when Garfield, the fat cat with the elephantine appetite, gets wild and crazy in this all-new collection of comics. Let the adventures begin!

Additional notes: This is the fifty-second book in the Garfield series. You can read my review of the first 50 (and the series, in general) here and my review of the fifty-first book here.

My thoughts: Funny as always! Not a whole lot to say about Garfield, except... pizza anyone? Trying to eat healthy while reading about Garfield pigging out is difficult!

Growing up in hardscrabble Kentucky in the 1920s, with their mother dead and their stepfather an ever-present threat, Bertie Fischer and her older sister Mabel have no one but each other—with perhaps a sweetheart for Bertie waiting in the wings. But on the day that Bertie receives her eighth-grade diploma, good intentions go terribly wrong. A choice made in desperate haste sets off a chain of misunderstandings that will divide the sisters and reverberate through three generations of women. What happens when nothing turns out as you planned? From the Depression through World War II and Vietnam, and smaller events both tragic and joyful, Bertie and Mabel forge unexpected identities that are shaped by unspeakable secrets. As the sisters have daughters and granddaughters of their own, they discover that both love and betrayal are even more complicated than they seem. Gorgeously written, with extraordinary insight and emotional truth, Nancy Jensen’s powerful debut novel illuminates the far-reaching power of family and family secrets.

My thoughts: This book wasn't as ah-mazing as I thought it would be, but it was compelling and hauntingly sad. I would highly recommend this book. It comes with a powerful message: never leave something for tomorrow that needs to be done today, and never, ever keep secrets. Also, as a first novel from this author, I would say well done.

Everyone wants to spend less and live better. The writers of the popular personal finance website cover everything from the basics on spending and saving to making your taxes work for you and how to score free stuff. Written by top writers in the field, such as Tim Ferris and Mary Webber, the catchy pieces include "5 Money-Making Ideas," "7 Ways to Score Free Drinks," "2 Most-Overlooked Points of Health Care Insurance," "20 Signs a Pink Slip is Coming," and much more.

My thoughts: I am in love with this book. By far, I've learned the most from this one book than I've learned collectively from several others. Here are two of the best tips:
  • white wine, honey and rosemary = great marinade for chicken
  • got leftover gravy? pour it in an ice cube tray and use the chunks in pot pies, soups, etc.

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