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My Top Reads of 2017

29 Dec

I decided to do something a little bit fun – share a list of my favorite books of this year. We all love lists, don’t we?! We do.

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These aren’t in any particular order – just my Top 5 in each catergory:

New Reads:

~ Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

~ Failure is Impossible (Susan B. Anthony ) by Lynn Sherr

~Timber Ridge Reflections by Tamera Alexander

~Mermaid in the Basement by Gilbert Morris

~Guardians of Childhood by William Joyce

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Classics: 

~Captain’s Courageous by Rudyard Kipling

~Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore

~ Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott

~ Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott

~Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte’

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About Writing: 

~ Revision and Self- editing for Publication by James Scott Bell

~ The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler

~ The New Book of Etiquette by Lillian Eicher

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Fantasy :  (note: remember I am still new to this genre. . . .)

~ Beauty by Robin Mckinley

~ Spindle’s End by Robin Mckinley

~ Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

~ Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

~ The Hero and the Crown by Robin Mckinley

and a bonus one :

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

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Marriage/Faith: 

Jewish Roots by Dan Juster

When God Doesn’t Fix It by Laura Story

Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

Messianic Jewish Manifesto by David H. Stern

For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn

 

 

What’s your favorite read from this year? Do you love some of my top reads as well? I’d love to hear about it! 

~Laura

Book Review -Happy Wives Club

8 Jun

I have finished reading the “Happy Wives Club’ by Fawn Weaver as part of the Meaningful Marriage group on facebook. We read two chapters a week as a group and then had weekly discussions on it. It was a fun way to go through the book, but I can see, if you’re reading it on your own, just whizzing through it! It is a very light read.

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This is not a ‘self-help’ book. It is the story of Fawn’s journey across the world ( six continents and more than eighteen cities), seeking the answer to this question, “what is the secret of a great marriage?”  The standard she had was that the couple had to be married 25 years or more, although she broke that rule a few times in talking with some. It was fun to read about each place she visited, the places you must go and the places you musn’t (!). But it was interesting to read how so many people from different cultures, backgrounds and faiths – stated a lot of the same elements as the foundation to great marriages.

I will say though that there was a small section that I did not agree with. I don’t want to give any spoilers …. so i’m going to pause in writing this post to try and decide if I want to share exactly what it was or not… =)

Well, this post has sat in the ‘drafts’ section for weeks now waiting for me to decide. So, I guess I won’t share it and perhaps increase your curiosity enough that you’ll decide to read it! ha.

I will add, in the interest of full honesty, that while you ‘meet’ so many couples that are all very different, there seemed to be something….lacking almost in their accounts. Yes, they went through hard times and came out stronger but, I don’t know. I’d read how one says/does this and put it into my life and it didn’t fit. Now, I’m obviously not talking about the basic tenets – respect, love, selflessness – but of the other, ‘lesser’ things that were talked about. Maybe it’s because they’d all been married so long, while my OH and I are just over two years. Shrug. I never could put my finger quite on it, but it almost seemed too ‘happy wives’.  I would give a higher recommendation to For Women Only which was a wedding gift along with its counterpart, For Men Only – I had my notebook and pen out when I read these!

If you’re interested in giving it a try, it’s right here on amazon!

Thanks for stopping by,

Laura

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