Saturday, April 28, 2012

This Book Room

Fourteen-year-old Johnny Trott, a bellboy at London's Savoy Hotel in 1912, becomes caregiver to Kaspar Kandinsky, the Prince of Cats, and soon the two are stowing away on the "Titanic," where they are befriended by the Stanton family of New York.

My thoughts: I loved this book - quick, easy to read, light. This book is perfect for middle-grade level or even elementary-grade level students! It's not too scary, I promise (Jason was worried - he knows how I get when an animal is featured in a story and the story is sad...).

The fabulous foursome readers embraced as The Mysterious Benedict Society is back with a new mission, significantly closer to home. After reuniting for a celebratory scavenger hunt, Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance are forced to go on an unexpected search--a search to find Mr. Benedict. It seems that while he was preparing the kids' adventure, he stepped right into a trap orchestrated by his evil twin Mr. Curtain.

With only one week to find a captured Mr. Benedict, the gifted foursome faces their greatest challenge of all--a challenge that will reinforce the reasons they were brought together in the first place and will require them to fight for the very namesake that united them.

Additional notes: This is the second book in the Mysterious Benedict Society series. You can read my review of the first book here. There are currently four books in this series that have been released.

My thoughts: This book caught me from the first page and really didn't let up until the very ending. There was so much action and adventure in this book and quite a few surprises. If you're a fan of Roald Dahl-type writing, you'll enjoy this series immensely. This series is also highly appropriate for middle-school students and up.

In this irresistible romantic comedy from award-winning author Beth Kendrick, three wildly different women form an unlikely friendship as they try to decide whether they'd do it all again.

They've had the white dresses and the fancy receptions. But now that the honeymoon's over, Stella, Casey, and Erin have each had to face some hard truths about the men they've married and the lives they've chosen. So when the news breaks that the pastor who presided over their weddings failed to file a few critical pieces of paper, none of these newlyweds are rushing down to the courthouse to legalize their vows. Instead, the brides share their hopes, disappointments, and secrets while grappling with that pivotal question: Should they stay or should they go?

My thoughts: I feel like I should first say that I had never read anything by Beth Kendrick before, and none of her other books and their ratings look tempting. But this book was awesome! I laughed out loud in several places. This book was so engaging - I was reading it whilst taking a bath one night and overflowed the tub! Whoops.

Central Operator Katie Russell's inquisitive ways have just uncovered her parents' plan for her marriage to wealthy bachelor Bartholomew Foster. Then Katie overhears a phone conversation that makes her uneasy and asks authorities to investigate. But the caller is nowhere to be found.

Additional notes: This is the second book in the Mercy Falls series. You can read my review of the first book here. There are three books in this series and all have been released.

My thoughts: The summary above is horrible, I have to say. It's not a very description of the book. This is a historical Christian fiction book with a bit of suspense, mystery and romance. I didn't like how Katie's mum turned out to be - we got to know these characters a bit in the first book, and Inez turned out to not be that awesome, as she is somewhat portrayed in the first book. Katie was also annoying at times, but I enjoyed the book nevertheless.

These stories-like your favorite Christmas ornaments-come in all shapes and sizes. They unfold in a variety of settings, from ancient Bethlehem to rural England. From a small Texas town to the heavenly realms. Some are short. Others many chapters long. Some offer reflections. Others imagine Christmas through the eyes of a burnt-out candle maker, a lonely business man, or heavenly angels. "Yet all are vintage Lucado, and all resonate with the wonder of the season." "In the mystery of Christmas," Max writes, "we find its majesty. The mystery of how God became flesh, why he chose to come, and how much he must love his people. Such mysteries can never be solved, just as love can never be diagrammed. Christmas is best pondered, not with logic, but imagination." That's what each of these unique Christmas stories help us do. In the midst of the bustle and hurry that often distracts us this time of year, these stories free us to explore the ways in which Christ's coming has forever changed history-and us.

My thoughts: If you love Christmas, this book is a must read. Some of the Christmas stories shared here are in Max Lucado's other Christmas book, but there are new ones included in this collection that make the entire book a worthwhile read. It's also a quick read - I finished the book in a few hours on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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