Jan 122021
 

Neighbors

Neighbors by Danielle Steel

Meredith White was one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces. But a personal tragedy cut her acting career short and alienated her from her family. For the last 15 years, Meredith has been living alone in San Francisco with two trusted caretakers. Then, on a muggy late summer day, a massive earthquake strikes Northern California, plunging the Bay Area into chaos. Without a moment’s hesitation, Meredith invites her stunned and shaken neighbors into her mostly undamaged home as the recovery begins.

These people did not even realize that movie star Meredith White was living on their street. Now, they are sharing her mansion, as well as their most closely kept secrets. Without the walls and privacy of their own homes, one by one, new relationships are forged. For every neighbor, there is a story, from the doctor whose wife and children fear him, to the beautiful young woman dating a dishonorable man, to the aspiring writer caring for a famous blind musician.

In the heart of the crisis, Meredith finds herself venturing back into the world. And thanks to the suspicions and dogged detective work of a disaster relief volunteer, a former military officer named Charles, a shocking truth about her own world is exposed. Suddenly Meredith sees her isolation, her estranged family, and even her acting career in a whole new light.

Filled with powerful human dramas, Neighbors is a penetrating look at how our world can be upended in a moment. In a novel of unforgettable characters and stunning twists, acts of love and courage become the most powerful forces of all.

Thoughts
This book was just what I needed to get out of the reading slump I’d been in for most of 2020.

In the 70’s & 80’s I bought every book by Steele as soon as it was published.  Same with Stephen King. Then for some reason I just stopped, and I have no clue why. I’ve read a few Kings in the last few years but not Steele. Then one day last month I saw this book. It lit a fire in me again. So I preordered a copy and patiently waited for it. Let me tell you, it was worth the wait.

There are quite a few characters in the book but it wasn’t hard to keep track of them. I loved getting to know their personalities. Some I loved, others I either liked or didn’t. One in particular made my temper flare up. But all of them made for a very interesting book.

I loved how these strangers came together because of a terribly destructive earthquake and tall but a few formed life long friendships and love. I loved that a broken relationship was healed, and a few were righted.

There are a few tough parts in the book but it’s worth reading through them because there are so many feel good and happy parts.

This was a 5* book from Steele and I can’t wait to read another one from her.

Jan 122021
 

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

June 12, 1929

Cafe Opens

The Whistle Stop Cafe opened up last week, right next door to me at the post office, and owners Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison said business has been good ever since. Idgie says that for people who know her not to worry about getting poisoned, she is not cooking. All the cooking is being done by two colored women, Sipsy and Onzell, and the barbecue is being cooked by Big George, who is Onzell’s husband.

 

 

Jan 052021
 

Neighbors

Neighbors by Danielle Steel

Chapter 1
The massive stone mansion was hot even in the basement as Debbie Speck bustled around the large efficient kitchen putting away the groceries that her husband Jack had just brought in. He was perspiring profusely. He was forty-four years old, somewhat overweight with balding dark hair and always reeked of aftershave that covered the faintly boozy smell of the cheap scotch he kept in his room and drank at night. It came through his pores the next day, when he exerted himself. Debbie usually joined him with a drink or two at night. She preferred gin and tonic or vodka she kept in the freezer in the basement apartment where their employer, Meredith White, never ventured. She respected their privacy which was ideal for them. Debbie was also heavy and dyed her hair blond herself.

 

Jan 032021
 

Outside… 
63°, it sprinkled a while ago and now it’s nice and cool

Reading…
You Carried Me: A Daughter’s Memoir by Melissa Ohden. My sister read this and loved it, so I’m hoping I do as well (I started it in 2020 sometime but only got a few pages in and stopped, wasn’t a good year for my reading)

Listening To…
Sensible Shoes (Book 1 Sensible Shoes Series) by Sharon Garlough Brown

Books Reviewed Last Week…
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Watched…
I’ve been binging Beachfront Bargain Hunt: Renovation and I LOVE it! I’m almost finished with season 1. My son and daughter in law watched Soul and loved it so I plan on watching it this week

Weekly Meal Plan…
Sheet Pan Asian Stir Fry
Lettuce Wrapped Hamburgers, Fries/Onion Rings, baked beans
White Chicken Chili
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New To Me Stuff:
I love Chick-fil-a’s Polynesian Sauce and found out that Publix (no photo)sells it. So does Target & WM

Today’s To Do List…
Do my daily readings, wash a load of towels, read/listen to my current books, watch Soul & BBH:R

Looking forward to…
Having Thursday & Friday Off

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another
1 John 4:11

From the camera…

 

 

♥ My Christmas card from my grandson Harley Jr. I LOVE the drawing of us  ♥

Jan 012021
 

I plan on reading from the following 3 books every day in 2021:

1: I Really Needed This Today: Word To Live By by Hoda Kotb

2: Daily Wisdom For Women

3: Bible
[√ ]Day 1 – Genesis 1-2; Matthew 1
[ ] Day 2 – Genesis 3-5; Matthew 2
[ ] Day 3 – Genesis 6-8; Matthew 3
[ ] Day 4 – Genesis 9-11; Matthew 4
[ ] Day 5 – Genesis 12-14; Matthew 5:1-26
[ ] Day 6 – Genesis 15-17; Matthew 5:27-48
[ ] Day 7 – Genesis 18-19; Matthew 6
[ ] Day 8 – Genesis 20-22; Matthew 7
[ ] Day 9 – Genesis 23-24; Matthew 8
[ ] Day 10 – Genesis 25-26; Matthew 9:1-17
[ ] Day 11 – Genesis 27-28; Matthew 9:18-38
[ ] Day 12 – Genesis 29-30; Matthew 10:1-23
[ ] Day 13 – Genesis 31-32; Matthew 10:24-42
[ ] Day 14 – Genesis 33-35; Matthew 11
[ ] Day 15 – Genesis 36-37; Matthew 12:1-21
Day 16 – Genesis 38-40; Matthew 12:22-50
Day 17 – Genesis 41; Matthew 13:1-32
Day 18 – Genesis 42-43; Matthew 13:33-58
Day 19 – Genesis 44-45; Matthew 14:1-21
Day 20 – Genesis 46-48; Matthew 14:22-36
Day 21 – Genesis 49-50; Matthew 15:1-20
Day 22 – Exodus 1-3; Matthew 15:21-39
Day 23 – Exodus 4-6; Matthew 16
Day 24 – Exodus 7-8; Matthew 17
Day 25 – Exodus 9-10; Matthew 18:1-20
Day 26 – Exodus 11-12; Matthew 18:21-35
Day 27 – Exodus 13-15; Matthew 19:1-15
Day 28 – Exodus 16-18; Matthew 19:16-30
Day 29 – Exodus 19-21; Matthew 20:1-16
Day 30 – Exodus 22-24; Matthew 20:17-34
Day 31 – Exodus 25-26; Matthew 21:1-22
Day 32 – Exodus 27-28; Matthew 21:23-46
Day 33 – Exodus 29-30; Matthew 22:1-22
Day 34 – Exodus 31-33; Matthew 22:23-46
Day 35 – Exodus 34-36; Matthew 23:1-22
Day 36 – Exodus 37-38; Matthew 23:23-39
Day 37 – Exodus 39-40; Matthew 24:1-22
Day 38 – Leviticus 1-3; Matthew 24:23-51
Day 39 – Leviticus 4-6; Matthew 25:1-30
Day 40 – Leviticus 7-9; Matthew 25:31-46
Day 41 – Leviticus 10-12; Matthew 26:1-19
Day 42 – Leviticus 13; Matthew 26:20-54
Day 43 – Leviticus 14; Matthew 26:55-75
Day 44 – Leviticus 15-17; Matthew 27:1-31
Day 45 – Leviticus 18-19; Matthew 27:32-66
Day 46 – Leviticus 20-21; Matthew 28
Day 47 – Leviticus 22-23; Mark 1:1-22
Day 48 – Leviticus 24-25; Mark 1:23-45
Day 49 – Leviticus 26-27; Mark 2
Day 50 – Numbers 1-2; Mark 3:1-21
Day 51 – Numbers 3-4; Mark 3:22-35
Day 52 – Numbers 5-6; Mark 4:1-20
Day 53 – Numbers 7; Mark 4:21-41
Day 54 – Numbers 8-10; Mark 5:1-20
Day 55 – Numbers 11-13; Mark 5:21-43
Day 56 – Numbers 14-15; Mark 6:1-32
Day 57 – Numbers 16-17; Mark 6:33-56
Day 58 – Numbers 18-20; Mark 7:1-13
Day 59 – Numbers 21-25; Mark 7:14-37; Mark 8:1-21
Day 60 – Numbers 26-27; Mark 8:22-38
Day 61 – Numbers 28-29; Mark 9:1-29
Day 62 – Numbers 30-31; Mark 9:30-50
Day 63 – Numbers 32-33; Mark 10:1-31
Day 64 – Numbers 34-36; Mark 10:32-52
Day 65 – Deuteronomy 1-2; Mark 11:1-19
Day 66 – Deuteronomy 3-4; Mark 11:20-33
Day 67 – Deuteronomy 5-7; Mark 12:1-27
Day 68 – Deuteronomy 8-10; Mark 12:28-44
Day 69 – Deuteronomy 11-13; Mark 13:1-13
Day 70 – Deuteronomy 14-16; Mark 13:14-37
Day 71 – Deuteronomy 17-19; Mark 14:1-25
Day 72 – Deuteronomy 20-22; Mark 14:26-50
Day 73 – Deuteronomy 23-25; Mark 14:51-72
Day 74 – Deuteronomy 26-27; Mark 15:1-26
Day 75 – Deuteronomy 28; Mark 15:27-47
Day 76 – Deuteronomy 29-30; Mark 16
Day 77 – Deuteronomy 31-32; Luke 1:1-23
Day 78 – Deuteronomy 33-34; Luke 1:24-56
Day 79 – Joshua 1-3; Luke 1:57-80
Day 80 – Joshua 4-6; Luke 2:1-24
Day 81 – Joshua 7-8; Luke 2:25-52
Day 82 – Joshua 9-10; Luke 3
Day 83 – Joshua 11-13; Luke 4:1-32
Day 84 – Joshua 14-15; Luke 4:33-44
Day 85 – Joshua 16-18; Luke 5:1-16
Day 86 – Joshua 19-20; Luke 5:17-39
Day 87 – Joshua 21-22; Luke 6:1-26
Day 88 – Joshua 23-24; Luke 6:27-49
Day 89 – Judges 1-2; Luke 7:1-30
Day 90 – Judges 3-5; Luke 7:31-50
Day 91 – Judges 6-7; Luke 8:1-21
Day 92 – Judges 8-9; Luke 8:22-56
Day 93 – Judges 10-11; Luke 9:1-36
Day 94 – Judges 12-14; Luke 9:37-62
Day 95 – Judges 15-17; Luke 10:1-24
Day 96 – Judges 18-19; Luke 10:25-42
Day 97 – Judges 20-21; Luke 11:1-28
Day 98 – Ruth 1-4; Luke 11:29-54
Day 99 – 1 Samuel 1-3; Luke 12:1-34
Day 100 – 1 Samuel 4-6; Luke 12:35-59
Day 101 – 1 Samuel 7-9; Luke 13:1-21
Day 102 – 1 Samuel 10-12; Luke 13:22-35
Day 103 – 1 Samuel 13-14; Luke 14:1-24
Day 104 – 1 Samuel 15-16; Luke 14:25-35
Day 105 – 1 Samuel 17-18; Luke 15:1-10
Day 106 – 1 Samuel 19-21; Luke 15:11-32
Day 107 – 1 Samuel 22-24; Luke 16:1-18
Day 108 – 1 Samuel 25-26; Luke 16:19-31
Day 109 – 1 Samuel 27-29; Luke 17:1-19
Day 110 – 1 Samuel 30-31; Luke 17:20-37
Day 111 – 2 Samuel 1-3; Luke 18:1-17
Day 112 – 2 Samuel 4-6; Luke 18:18-43
Day 113 – 2 Samuel 7-9; Luke 19:1-28
Day 114 – 2 Samuel 10-12; Luke 19:29-48
Day 115 – 2 Samuel 13-14; Luke 20:1-26
Day 116 – 2 Samuel 15-16; Luke 20:27-47
Day 117 – 2 Samuel 17-18; Luke 21:1-19
Day 118 – 2 Samuel 19-20; Luke 21:20-38
Day 119 – 2 Samuel 21-22; Luke 22:1-30
Day 120 – 2 Samuel 23-24; Luke 22:31-53
Day 121 – 1 Kings 1-2; Luke 22:54-71
Day 122 – 1 Kings 3-5; Luke 23:1-26
Day 123 – 1 Kings 6-7; Luke 23:27-38
Day 124 – 1 Kings 8-9; Luke 23:39-56
Day 125 – 1 Kings 10-11; Luke 24:1-35
Day 126 – 1 Kings 12-13; Luke 24:36-53
Day 127 – 1 Kings 14-15; John 1:1-28
Day 128 – 1 Kings 16-18; John 1:29-51
Day 129 – 1 Kings 19-20; John 2
Day 130 – 1 Kings 21-22; John 3:1-21
Day 131 – 2 Kings 1-3; John 3:22-36
Day 132 – 2 Kings 4-5; John 4:1-30
Day 133 – 2 Kings 6-8; John 4:31-54
Day 134 – 2 Kings 9-11; John 5:1-24
Day 135 – 2 Kings 12-14; John 5:25-47
Day 136 – 2 Kings 15-17; John 6:1-21
Day 137 – 2 Kings 18-19; John 6:22-44
Day 138 – 2 Kings 20-22; John 6:45-71
Day 139 – 2 Kings 23-25; John 7:1-31
Day 140 – 1 Chronicles 1-2; John 7:32-53
Day 141 – 1 Chronicles 3-5; John 8:1-20
Day 142 – 1 Chronicles 6-7; John 8:21-36
Day 143 – 1 Chronicles 8-10; John 8:37-59
Day 144 – 1 Chronicles 11-13; John 9:1-23
Day 145 – 1 Chronicles 14-16; John 9:24-41
Day 146 – 1 Chronicles 17-19; John 10:1-21
Day 147 – 1 Chronicles 20-22; John 10:22-42
Day 148 – 1 Chronicles 23-25; John 11:1-17
Day 149 – 1 Chronicles 26-27; John 11:18-46
Day 150 – 1 Chronicles 28-29; John 11:47-57
Day 151 – 2 Chronicles 1-3; John 12:1-19
Day 152 – 2 Chronicles 4-6; John 12:20-50
Day 153 – 2 Chronicles 7-9; John 13:1-17
Day 154 – 2 Chronicles 10-12; John 13:18-38
Day 155 – 2 Chronicles 13-16; John 14
Day 156 – 2 Chronicles 17-19; John 15
Day 157 – 2 Chronicles 20-22; John 16:1-15
Day 158 – 2 Chronicles 23-25; John 16:16-33
Day 159 – 2 Chronicles 26-28; John 17
Day 160 – 2 Chronicles 29-31; John 18:1-23
Day 161 – 2 Chronicles 32-33; John 18:24-40
Day 162 – 2 Chronicles 34-36; John 19:1-22
Day 163 – Ezra 1-2; John 19:23-42
Day 164 – Ezra 3-5; John 20
Day 165 – Ezra 6-8; John 21
Day 166 – Ezra 9-10; Acts 1
Day 167 – Nehemiah 1-3; Acts 2:1-13
Day 168 – Nehemiah 4-6; Acts 2:14-47
Day 169 – Nehemiah 7-8; Acts 3
Day 170 – Nehemiah 9-11; Acts 4:1-22
Day 171 – Nehemiah 12-13; Acts 4:23-37
Day 172 – Esther 1-3; Acts 5:1-16
Day 173 – Esther 4-6; Acts 5:17-42
Day 174 – Esther 7-10; Acts 6
Day 175 – Job 1-3; Acts 7:1-19
Day 176 – Job 4-6; Acts 7:20-43
Day 177 – Job 7-9; Acts 7:44-60
Day 178 – Job 10-12; Acts 8:1-25
Day 179 – Job 13-15; Acts 8:26-40
Day 180 – Job 16-18; Acts 9:1-22
Day 181 – Job 19-20; Acts 9:23-43
Day 182 – Job 21-22; Acts 10:1-23
Day 183 – Job 23-25; Acts 10:24-48
Day 184 – Job 26-28; Acts 11
Day 185 – Job 29-30; Acts 12
Day 186 – Job 31-32; Acts 13:1-23
Day 187 – Job 33-34; Acts 13:24-52
Day 188 – Job 35-37; Acts 14
Day 189 – Job 38-39; Acts 15:1-21
Day 190 – Job 40-42; Acts 15:22-41
Day 191 – Psalm 1-3; Acts 16:1-15
Day 192 – Psalm 4-6; Acts 16:16-40
Day 193 – Psalm 7-9; Acts 17:1-15
Day 194 – Psalm 10-12; Acts 17:16-34
Day 195 – Psalm 13-16; Acts 18
Day 196 – Psalm 17-18; Acts 19:1-20
Day 197 – Psalm 19-21; Acts 19:21-41
Day 198 – Psalm 22-24; Acts 20:1-16
Day 199 – Psalm 25-27; Acts 20:17-38
Day 200 – Psalm 28-30; Acts 21:1-14
Day 201 – Psalm 31-33; Acts 21:15-40
Day 202 – Psalm 34-35; Acts 22
Day 203 – Psalm 36-37; Acts 23:1-11
Day 204 – Psalm 38-40; Acts 23:12-35
Day 205 – Psalm 41-43; Acts 24
Day 206 – Psalm 44-46; Acts 25
Day 207 – Psalm 47-49; Acts 26
Day 208 – Psalm 50-52; Acts 27:1-25
Day 209 – Psalm 53-55; Acts 27:26-44
Day 210 – Psalm 56-58; Acts 28:1-15
Day 211 – Psalm 59-61; Acts 28:16-31
Day 212 – Psalm 62-64; Romans 1
Day 213 – Psalm 65-67; Romans 2
Day 214 – Psalm 68-69; Romans 3
Day 215 – Psalm 70-72; Romans 4
Day 216 – Psalm 73-74; Romans 5
Day 217 – Psalm 75-77; Romans 6
Day 218 – Psalm 78; Romans 7
Day 219 – Psalm 79-81; Romans 8:1-18
Day 220 – Psalm 82-84; Romans 8:19-39
Day 221 – Psalm 85-87; Romans 9
Day 222 – Psalm 88-89; Romans 10
Day 223 – Psalm 90-92; Romans 11:1-21
Day 224 – Psalm 93-95; Romans 11:22-36
Day 225 – Psalm 96-98; Romans 1
Day 226 – Psalm 99-102; Romans 13
Day 227 – Psalm 103-104; Romans 14
Day 228 – Psalm 105-106; Romans 15:1-21
Day 229 – Psalm 107-108; Romans 15:22-33
Day 230 – Psalm 109-111; Romans 16
Day 231 – Psalm 112-115; 1 Corinthians 1
Day 232 – Psalm 116-118; 1 Corinthians 2
Day 233 – Psalm 119:1-48; 1 Corinthians 3
Day 234 – Psalm 119:49-104; 1 Corinthians 4
Day 235 – Psalm 119:105-176; 1 Corinthians 5
Day 236 – Psalm 120-123; 1 Corinthians 6
Day 237 – Psalm 124-127; 1 Corinthians 7:1-24
Day 238 – Psalm 128-131; 1 Corinthians 7:25-40
Day 239 – Psalm 132-135; 1 Corinthians 8
Day 240 – Psalm 136-138; 1 Corinthians 9
Day 241 – Psalm 139-141; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Day 242 – Psalm 142-144; 1 Corinthians 10:14-33
Day 243 – Psalm 145-147; 1 Corinthians 11:1-15
Day 244 – Psalm 148-150; 1 Corinthians 11:16-34
Day 245 – Proverbs 1-2; 1 Corinthians 12
Day 246 – Proverbs 3-4; 1 Corinthians 13
Day 247 – Proverbs 5-6; 1 Corinthians 14:1-20
Day 248 – Proverbs 7-8; 1 Corinthians 14:21-40
Day 249 – Proverbs 9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:1-32
Day 250 – Proverbs 11-12; 1 Corinthians 15:33-58
Day 251 – Proverbs 13-14; 1 Corinthians 16
Day 252 – Proverbs 15-16; 2 Corinthians 1
Day 253 – Proverbs 17-18; 2 Corinthians 2
Day 254 – Proverbs 19-20; 2 Corinthians 3
Day 255 – Proverbs 21-22; 2 Corinthians 4
Day 256 – Proverbs 23-24; 2 Corinthians 5
Day 257 – Proverbs 25-27; 2 Corinthians 6
Day 258 – Proverbs 28-29; 2 Corinthians 7
Day 259 – Proverbs 30-31; 2 Corinthians 8
Day 260 – Ecclesiastes 1-3; 2 Corinthians 9
Day 261 – Ecclesiastes 4-6; 2 Corinthians 10
Day 262 – Ecclesiastes 7-9; 2 Corinthians 11:1-15
Day 263 – Ecclesiastes 10-12; 2 Corinthians 11:16-33
Day 264 – Song of Solomon 1-3; 2 Corinthians 12
Day 265 – Song of Solomon 4-5; 2 Corinthians 13
Day 266 – Song of Solomon 6-8; Galatians 1
Day 267 – Isaiah 1-3; Galatians 2
Day 268 – Isaiah 4-6; Galatians 3
Day 269 – Isaiah 7-9; Galatians 4
Day 270 – Isaiah 10-12; Galatians 5
Day 271 – Isaiah 13-15; Galatians 6
Day 272 – Isaiah 16-18; Ephesians 1
Day 273 – Isaiah 19-21; Ephesians 2
Day 274 – Isaiah 22-23; Ephesians 3
Day 275 – Isaiah 24-26; Ephesians 4
Day 276 – Isaiah 27-28; Ephesians 5
Day 277 – Isaiah 29-30; Ephesians 6
Day 278 – Isaiah 31-33; Philippians 1
Day 279 – Isaiah 34-36; Philippians 2
Day 280 – Isaiah 37-38; Philippians 3
Day 281 – Isaiah 39-40; Philippians 4
Day 282 – Isaiah 41-42; Colossians 1
Day 283 – Isaiah 43-44; Colossians 2
Day 284 – Isaiah 45-47; Colossians 3
Day 285 – Isaiah 48-49; Colossians 4
Day 286 – Isaiah 50-52; 1 Thessalonians 1
Day 287 – Isaiah 53-55; 1 Thessalonians 2
Day 288 – Isaiah 56-58; 1 Thessalonians 3
Day 289 – Isaiah 59-61; 1 Thessalonians 4
Day 290 – Isaiah 62-64; 1 Thessalonians 5
Day 291 – Isaiah 65-66; 2 Thessalonians 1
Day 292 – Jeremiah 1-2; 2 Thessalonians 2
Day 293 – Jeremiah 3-4; 2 Thessalonians 3
Day 294 – Jeremiah 5-6; 1 Timothy 1
Day 295 – Jeremiah 7-8; 1 Timothy 2
Day 296 – Jeremiah 9-10; 1 Timothy 3
Day 297 – Jeremiah 11-13; 1 Timothy 4
Day 298 – Jeremiah 14-16; 1 Timothy 5
Day 299 – Jeremiah 17-19; 1 Timothy 6
Day 300 – Jeremiah 20-22; 2 Timothy 1
Day 301 – Jeremiah 23-24; 2 Timothy 2
Day 302 – Jeremiah 25-26; 2 Timothy 3
Day 303 – Jeremiah 27-28; 2 Timothy 4
Day 304 – Jeremiah 29-30; Titus 1
Day 305 – Jeremiah 31-32; Titus 2
Day 306 – Jeremiah 33-35; Titus 3
Day 307 – Jeremiah 36-37; Philemon
Day 308 – Jeremiah 38-39; Hebrews 1
Day 309 – Jeremiah 40-42; Hebrews 2
Day 310 – Jeremiah 43-45; Hebrews 3
Day 311 – Jeremiah 46-48; Hebrews 4
Day 312 – Jeremiah 49-50; Hebrews 5
Day 313 – Jeremiah 51-52; Hebrews 6
Day 314 – Lamentations 1-2; Hebrews 7
Day 315 – Lamentations 3-5; Hebrews 8
Day 316 – Ezekiel 1-3; Hebrews 9
Day 317 – Ezekiel 4-6; Hebrews 10:1-23
Day 318 – Ezekiel 7-9; Hebrews 10:24-39
Day 319 – Ezekiel 10-12; Hebrews 11:1-19
Day 320 – Ezekiel 13-15; Hebrews 11:20-40
Day 321 – Ezekiel 16; Hebrews 12
Day 322 – Ezekiel 17-19; Hebrews 13
Day 323 – Ezekiel 20-21; James 1
Day 324 – Ezekiel 22-23; James 2
Day 325 – Ezekiel 24-26; James 3
Day 326 – Ezekiel 27-28; James 4
Day 327 – Ezekiel 29-31; James 5
Day 328 – Ezekiel 32-33; 1 Peter 1
Day 329 – Ezekiel 34-35; 1 Peter 2
Day 330 – Ezekiel 36-37; 1 Peter 3
Day 331 – Ezekiel 38-39; 1 Peter 4
Day 332 – Ezekiel 40; 1 Peter 5
Day 333 – Ezekiel 41-42; 2 Peter 1
Day 334 – Ezekiel 43-44; 2 Peter 2
Day 335 – Ezekiel 45-46; 2 Peter 3
Day 336 – Ezekiel 47-48; 1 John 1
Day 337 – Daniel 1-2; 1 John 2
Day 338 – Daniel 3-4; 1 John 3
Day 339 – Daniel 5-6; 1 John 4
Day 340 – Daniel 7-8; 1 John 5
Day 341 – Daniel 9-10; 2 John
Day 342 – Daniel 11-12; 3 John
Day 343 – Hosea 1-4; Jude
Day 344 – Hosea 5-8; Revelation 1
Day 345 – Hosea 9-11; Revelation 2
Day 346 – Hosea 12-14; Revelation 3
Day 347 – Joel; Revelation 4
Day 348 – Amos 1-3; Revelation 5
Day 349 – Amos 4-6; Revelation 6
Day 350 – Amos 7-9; Revelation 7
Day 351 – Obadiah; Revelation 8
Day 352 – Jonah; Revelation 9
Day 353 – Micah 1-3; Revelation 10
Day 354 – Micah 4-5; Revelation 11
Day 355 – Micah 6-7; Revelation 12
Day 356 – Nahum; Revelation 13
Day 357 – Habakkuk; Revelation 14
Day 358 – Zephaniah; Revelation 15
Day 359 – Haggai; Revelation 16
Day 360 – Zechariah 1-3; Revelation 17
Day 361 – Zechariah 4-6; Revelation 18
Day 362 – Zechariah 7-9; Revelation 19
Day 363 – Zechariah 10-12; Revelation 20
Day 364 – Zechariah 13-14; Revelation 21
Day 365 – Malachi; Revelation 22

Dec 312020
 

Not In Any Particular Order:

Feels Like Falling audiobook cover art

Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey

 

With the Fire on High audiobook cover art

With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo

 

Floating Twigs audiobook cover art

Floating Twigs by Charles Tabb

 

Anxious People By cover art

 Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

 

Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community

Channel Kindness by Lady Gaga, Born This Way Foundation Reporters

 

Recipe for a Perfect Wife audiobook cover art

Recipe For A Perfect Housewife by Karma Brown

 

The Giver of Stars audiobook cover art

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

 

Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life

 Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, &  the Storms of Life by Randy Travis

 

Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service

Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service by Gary Sinise

 

The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane audiobook cover art

The Lonely Heart Of Maybell Lane by Kate O’Shaughnessy

Dec 292020
 

2021 Audiobook Challenge

Hosted @ Caffeinated Reviewer & That’s What I Am Talking About

2020 Mid-Year Check-in

2020 End of Year Check-In 

Binge Listener: 20-30
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Books need to at least 100 pages long
Please no short stories

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Hosted @ Books And Chocolate

Complete six categories
Complete nine categories
Complete all twelve categories

1. A 19th century classic: any book first published from 1800 to 1899
Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain

2. A 20th century classic: any book first published from 1900 to 1971
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

3. A classic by a woman author
The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

4. A classic in translation
Madame de Villeneuve’s The Story of the Beauty and the Beast

5. A classic by BIPOC author; that is, a non-white author

6. A classic by a new-to-you author, i.e., an author whose work you have never read

7. New-to-you classic by a favorite author — a new book by an author whose works you have already read

8. A classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title
Old Yeller by by Fred Gipson

9. A children’s classic

10. A humorous or satirical classic

11. A travel or adventure classic (fiction or non-fiction)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain6. A travel or adventure classic

12. A classic play. Plays will only count in this category

 

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Hosted @ Whatever I Think Of

Read a minimum of five memoirs:
1. Food:
2. Animal:
3. Travel:
4. Mental Illness:
5. Music:
6. Written by a person of color:
7. Made into a movie: Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
8. Graphic Novel:
9. Bestselling:
10. Humorous:
11. Fictional:
12. By a favorite celebrity:

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Hosted @ My Reader’s Block

Review Links

~Read nine books in the following categories:

1. A book with “Blue” or any shade of Blue in the title/on the cover

2. A book with “Red” or any shade of Red in the title/on the cover

3. A book with “Yellow” or any shade of Yellow in the title/on the cover

4. A book with “Green” or any shade of Green in the title/on the cover
Neighbors by Danielle Steelw2qa

5. A book with “Brown” or any shade of Brown in the title/on the cover

6. A book with “Black” or any shade of Black in the title/on the cover

7. A book with “White” or any shade of White in the title/on the cover

8. A book with any other color in the title/on the cover

9. A book with a word/image that implies color in the title/on the cover

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Hosted @ Whatever I Think Of

No levels or check ins:
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Hosted @ Linz The Bookworm

I’m doing tier #1

1. Read a book from Kindle Unlimited, Audible, Amazon First Reads, Paperback Swap, or the Library
Neighbors by Danielle Steel (Audible)

2.) Read a book under 400 pages

3.) Reread a book that makes you happy

4.) Read a stand-alone novel (not in a series)

5.) Read a book that starts with the letter D

6.) Read a book that was recommended to you

7.) Read a book with the color white on the cover

8.) Read a book where the main character is a High School or College Student

9.) Read a book by an author named Michael/Mike/Michelle or variant

10.) Read a book that’s been turned into a TV series or a Movie:

11.) Read a book with exactly two words in the title

12.) Free Space! Pick any book!

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Southern Literature Reading Challenge 2021

Hosted @ Introverted Reader

Level 2–Pull up a seat and stay a while! Read 3-4 books

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

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No check-ins

Cartoonist: 1-5 books
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Link Reviews Here

Nonfiction Nibbler : Read 6 books, from any category

Biography:

 

Travel: Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

 

Self-help: The Yoga Mind by Rina Jakubowicz (seen @ Readerbuzz)

 

Essay Collection:

Oceanography: Oceans: An Illustrated Reference Illustrated Edition by Dorrik Stow

 

Food:

 

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Hosted @ Celebrity Readers

January to March Link-Up
April to June Link-Up
July to September Link-Up
October to December Link-Up

I’m going to commit to the basic challenge: Read more diverse books, I’ll start with 3
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Hosted @ Carolina Book Nook

Review Links:

One/1 (ex. One Second After; The 100)

 

Doubled word (ex. In a Dark, Dark Wood; Wolf by Wolf)

 

Reference to outer space (ex. The Fault in Our Stars)

 

Possessive noun (ex. The Zookeeper’s Wife)

 

Botanical word (ex. The Language of Flowers; The Sandalwood Tree)

 

Article of clothing (ex. Bossypants)

 

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Hosted @ Angel’s Guilty Pleasures & Books of My Heart

#LibraryLoveChallenge

Link Ups & Giveaways
Jan. Feb. March
April May & June
July, Aug & Sept
Oct Nov & Dec

Dewey Decimal: Read 12 books
1. Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
2. Humans of New York : Stories by Brandon Stanton
3. Things My Son Needs to Know about the World by Fredrik Backman
4. The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman
5. Oceans: An Illustrated Reference Illustrated Edition by Dorrik Stow
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Hosted @ Fictionophile

Title contains a man or boy’s name
Title contains the name of an animal
Title contains the name of a season
Title contains the word secret or secrets
Title contains a number
Title refers to time
Title refers to a body of water
Title contains the name of a bird

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Hosted @ Socrates’ Book Reviews

Level 1 – Read 6 books
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Dec 272020
 

Outside… 
I thought I lived in Florida but the last few days has been COLD, especially in the mornings. Yesterday and today I had to let my car warm up until the frost on my windows melted. We had freeze warnings both nights and it was only 32° at 6:30 am. If I’m going to live where it gets so cold, I WANT SOME SNOW!

Reading…
I’ve given up, I can’t seem to finish a book so I’m taking a few days break and will start over next year

Listening To…
I’m doing a little better listening to audio books and am half way through The Christmas Train by David Baldacci. I’m enjoying it and hopefully I’ll be done before the end of the year 🙂

Books Reviewed Last Week…
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Watched…
I watched It’s A Wonderful Life (original b&w) all the way through for the first time, and it was very good! I also watched Almost Christmas, very funny and a bit sad

In The Kitchen This Week…
Haven’t thought about it much but will probably try a new recipe I saw… 3-Ingredient Pizza Crescent Rolls. I also want to make a turkey breast in the slow cooker, and of course for New Years I’ll make Black Eyed Peas & Snaps with ham (mine with a little stewed tomatoes mixed up in them), corn bread, cabbage, mac & cheese (?) & brownies

New To Me Stuff:
I’ve never been a fan of Cranberry Sauce but my son wanted some that was homemade so I made some for Christmas. It was SO easy and so much better than canned

Today’s To Do List…
I don’t plan on doing anything other than watch some movies and maybe read

Looking forward to…
2021, praying it’s better than 2020 was
Joining a few reading challenges & making them a priority

A Favorite Bible Verse…
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit
Romans 15:13

From the camera…

♥ My great grandbaby Jensen’s first Christmas ♥

Dec 152020
 

Teaser Tuesday Time

 

A Lake House Holiday: A Small-Town Christmas Romance Novel by [Megan Squires]

A Lake House Holiday: A Small-Town Christmas Romance
by Megan Squires

FIRST CHAPTER:
1
Ace barked three times every morning, right at the stroke of seven. He was the best alarm clock Jolene Carter ever had, but he didn’t appreciate it when she’d bop him squarely on his head in an attempt to hit the snooze, like she did that morning. He let his distaste be known with a low rumble in his throat. It would’ve intimidated a stranger, but little about the one hundred pound ball of fluff could rattle Jolene.

The dog had wandered his way out of the dense Merrylark forest line and onto Jolene’s property years ago, and after posting on local websites and venturing a trip down the hill to the humane society, she concluded that the mutt had been abandoned on purpose. That revelation broke Jolene’s heart, yet at the same time healed it. Ace could become rightfully hers.

TEASER: 
“Wow,” Jolene muttered before she could stop herself. And then she did the one thing she knew to do in a situation like this. “Luke, would you like to come in for a cup of coffee? I was just about to put a pot on.”

Dec 132020
 

Outside… 
Right now it’s 79° (82°  is the feel like temp. due to humidity)

Reading…
Christmas at the Little Cottage by the Sea by Rachel Griffiths

Listening To…
Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson

Books Reviewed Last Week…
This Is The Earth by Deedee Cummings
In The Nick Of Time by Deedee Cummings

Movies…
Fisherman’s Friend, it was very very good,  5*

In The Kitchen This Week…
One Pan Mexican Chicken and Rice
Salmon Patties, Coleslaw, Fries
Texas Toast Pizzas
Copycat Panera® Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu w/noodles

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
Romans 12:12

From the camera…

Dec 072020
 

THIS IS THE EARTH by Deedee Cummings

Book Details:
Book Title: This Is The Earth by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre:  Children/ Holiday
Publisher:  Make A Way Media
Release date:  April 2019
Format available for review:  print (USA and Canada), ebook (PDF)
Tour dates:  Oct 12 to Dec 4, 2020
Content Rating: G. Children’s Holiday Book.

Book Description:
A recent Purple Dragonfly Award First Place winner, Cummings uses bold and bright illustrations in This is the Earth to share a message of peace, love, respect, compassion, inclusion. Published in early 2019, the book’s message bears repeating: peace is meant for all of us and it is everyone’s responsibility to care for each other like the united family that we really are. This exceptional and timely book shares the reality that we are all sharing this world that we call home instead of acting as though each continent, each, country, and each neighborhood is like a completely different planet. Within the pages of This is the Earth, readers will discover thought and conversation-invoking concepts on issues and struggles that has our world at odds with each other. Kids and adults will love the lyrical message and thoughtful artwork that reinforces the fact that every human being is our neighbor on Planet Earth; a place also known as Home.

 

 

My Thoughts:
I absolutely love this book! It has such an important message, especially considering what’s been going on all over the world this year.The book is about accepting people no matter their color or other differences. A few of my favorite statements in this book are “I promise to listen and respect your worries”, “you don’t have to think what I think. You don’t have to do what I do”, and “You do you. And I’ll do me.”
The illustrations are bold and beautiful. The words are black and very easy to see.This would be a great book for all young children, especially with all the hatefulness going on in the world right now.
Deirdre Cummings is quickly becoming one of my favorite children’s authors!
I received The Goose on the Roof from the publisher
This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion    

 

Meet the Author:

Children's Author Deedee Cummings

Deirdre “Deedee” Cummings believes literacy is a fundamental human right. She is the founder of Make A Way Media, It Pays to Read & the Louisville Book Festival, as well as, an attorney, therapist, and CEO of Abi Behavioral Health in Louisville, Kentucky. Abi is an intensive therapy agency that works to prevent the placement of children in out of home care, such as foster care, hospitalization, and incarceration. Deedee attended Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, one of only two all-female Historically Black Colleges in the country. After graduating from Bennett, she earned a master’s degree and a law degree from the University of Louisville. All of her writing focuses on sharing inspiring messages that remind us all it is never too late to begin again. Deedee encourages the children she works with to write as a way to process emotions, document their journey, and express themselves more clearly. In addition to presenting on multiple topics around the country, Deedee donates hundreds of books and volunteer hours every year to families, children, churches and the local school system. She is excited to announce the launch of her tenth children’s book, This is the Earth. The inspiration for this book came from overwhelming negative media coverage about race relations in our country and across the world. This is the Earth is a book about peace, respect, and diversity inclusion: a message that must be heard and repeated often. She and her husband Anthony live in Louisville with their three children Kayla (an actress in New York), Anthony (a college student and athlete), and Nick (in elementary school).

connect with the author:  website  ~ make a way media  ~ twitter  ~ twitter  ~  facebook  ~  facebook ~ pinterest ~ instagram ~ instagram ~ goodreads

Tour Schedule:
Oct 12 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 13 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 13 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 14 – meandmybooks – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 14 – Leels Loves Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 14 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 15 – Splashes of Joy – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post / giveaway
Oct 15 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 16 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Oct 18 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 20 – Pick A Good Book – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 21 – Splashes of Joy – book review of This is the Earth / author interview / giveaway
Oct 22 – Leels Loves Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 26 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Oct 27 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of This is the Earth
Oct 28 – My Journey Back – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 29 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time
Oct 30 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 3 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post / giveaway
Nov 4 – She Just Loves Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 5 – Priya’s Lit Blog – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 9 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 10 –Priya’s Lit Blog – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 11 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 11 – Older & Smarter? – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 12 – She Just Loves Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 13 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 16 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 17 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 18 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 18 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 19 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 20 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 20 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 23 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 23 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – Gina Rae Mitchell  – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 24 – Gina Rae Mitchell  – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 24 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 24 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 25 – Older & Smarter? – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 27 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 27 – Reading is My Passion – book review of In the Nick of Time
Nov 30 – Cuzinlogic – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 30 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post /giveaway
Dec 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 1 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Dec 1 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Dec 2 –  Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 3 – Bigreadersite – book review of In the Nick of Time
Dec 3 – Reading is My Passion – book review of This is the Earth
Dec 3 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 4 – Bigreadersite – book review of This is the Earth
Dec 4 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway

You May Also Want to Read:

 

 

Book Details:
Book Title: This Is The Earth by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre Children/ Holiday
Publisher Make A Way Media
Release date:  April 2019
Format available for review:  print (USA and Canada), ebook (PDF)
Tour dates:  Oct 12 to Dec 4, 2020
Content Rating: G. Children’s Holiday Book.

Book Description:
A recent Purple Dragonfly Award First Place winner, Cummings uses bold and bright illustrations in This is the Earth to share a message of peace, love, respect, compassion, inclusion. Published in early 2019, the book’s message bears repeating: peace is meant for all of us and it is everyone’s responsibility to care for each other like the united family that we really are. This exceptional and timely book shares the reality that we are all sharing this world that we call home instead of acting as though each continent, each, country, and each neighborhood is like a completely different planet. Within the pages of This is the Earth, readers will discover thought and conversation-invoking concepts on issues and struggles that has our world at odds with each other. Kids and adults will love the lyrical message and thoughtful artwork that reinforces the fact that every human being is our neighbor on Planet Earth; a place also known as Home.

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Dec 042020
 
Join us for this tour from Oct 12  to Dec 4, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  In the Nick of Time by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  28 pages
Genre:  Children/ Holiday
Publisher:  Make a Way Media
Release date:   November 2019
Content Rating:  G: Children’s Holiday Book

Book Description:

A Timely Tale about a Little Brown Boy who Saves Christmas. Nick Saint never really put a lot of thought into his name until one snowy day in December when he accidentally receives a letter meant for Saint Nick. Realizing there is not much time left until Christmas, Nick opens the letter. The unexpected message inside ultimately leads him on a journey of understanding poverty, gratitude, and service to others while discovering the real meaning of the holiday spirit.

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My Thoughts:
This book is a fun read with a very important message. The mailman accidentally leaves a letter addressed to Saint Nick at the home of Nick Saint. He wants to give the letter back to the mailman but he can’t find him, so his mom says they will open the letter because it’s very close to Christmas and the chance of it reaching Santa is slim.

The letter is written by a boy who wants Santa to give his mom a job so they  can move out of the shelter where they are staying and get their own place.

Nick doesn’t think he can do anything about that because he’s just a kid after all, but with his mom and dad’s help they do help her and that fills Nick with the Christmas Spirit! He finally understands that the most important thing about Christmas is not the presents that you get. Instead, it’s the feeling you get from helping/Blessing others.

I think this is a book all kids should read, and that they will enjoy.

The words are black on a white background and that makes it very easy to read, the illustrator Charlene Mosley, did an awesome job.

I loved this book and would highly recommend it!

I received The Goose on the Roof from the publisher
This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion    

 

Meet The Author:

Deirdre “Deedee” Cummings believes literacy is a fundamental human right. She is the founder of Make A Way Media, It Pays to Read & the Louisville Book Festival, as well as, an attorney, therapist, and CEO of Abi Behavioral Health in Louisville, Kentucky. Abi is an intensive therapy agency that works to prevent the placement of children in out of home care, such as foster care, hospitalization, and incarceration. Deedee attended Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, one of only two all-female Historically Black Colleges in the country. After graduating from Bennett, she earned a master’s degree and a law degree from the University of Louisville. All of her writing focuses on sharing inspiring messages that remind us all it is never too late to begin again. Deedee encourages the children she works with to write as a way to process emotions, document their journey, and express themselves more clearly. In addition to presenting on multiple topics around the country, Deedee donates hundreds of books and volunteer hours every year to families, children, churches and the local school system. She is excited to announce the launch of her tenth children’s book, This is the Earth. The inspiration for this book came from overwhelming negative media coverage about race relations in our country and across the world. This is the Earth is a book about peace, respect, and diversity inclusion: a message that must be heard and repeated often. She and her husband Anthony live in Louisville with their three children Kayla (an actress in New York), Anthony (a college student and athlete), and Nick (in elementary school).

connect with the author:  website  ~ website  ~ make a way media  ~ twitter  ~ twitter  ~  facebook  ~  facebook ~ pinterest ~ instagram ~ instagram ~ goodreads

Tour Schedule:
Oct 12 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 13 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 13 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 14 – meandmybooks – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 14 – Leels Loves Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 14 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 15 – Splashes of Joy – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post / giveaway
Oct 15 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 16 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Oct 18 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 20 – Pick A Good Book – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 21 – Splashes of Joy – book review of This is the Earth / author interview / giveaway
Oct 22 – Leels Loves Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 26 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Oct 27 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of This is the Earth
Oct 28 – My Journey Back – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 29 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time
Oct 30 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 3 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post / giveaway
Nov 4 – She Just Loves Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 5 – Priya’s Lit Blog – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 9 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 10 –Priya’s Lit Blog – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 11 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 11 – Older & Smarter? – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 12 – She Just Loves Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 13 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 16 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 17 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 18 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 18 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 19 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 20 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 20 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 23 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 23 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – Gina Rae Mitchell  – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 24 – Gina Rae Mitchell  – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 24 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 24 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 25 – Older & Smarter? – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 27 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 27 – Reading is My Passion – book review of In the Nick of Time
Nov 30 – Cuzinlogic – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 30 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post /giveaway
Dec 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 1 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Dec 1 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Dec 2 –  Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 3 – Bigreadersite – book review of In the Nick of Time
Dec 3 – Reading is My Passion – book review of This is the Earth
Dec 3 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 4 – Bigreadersite – book review of This is the Earth
Dec 4 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
 

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Book Details:
Book Title: This Is The Earth by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre Children/ Holiday
Publisher Make A Way Media
Release date:  April 2019
Format available for review:  print (USA and Canada), ebook (PDF)
Tour dates:  Oct 12 to Dec 4, 2020
Content Rating: G. Children’s Holiday Book.

Book Description:

A recent Purple Dragonfly Award First Place winner, Cummings uses bold and bright illustrations in This is the Earth to share a message of peace, love, respect, compassion, inclusion. Published in early 2019, the book’s message bears repeating: peace is meant for all of us and it is everyone’s responsibility to care for each other like the united family that we really are. This exceptional and timely book shares the reality that we are all sharing this world that we call home instead of acting as though each continent, each, country, and each neighborhood is like a completely different planet. Within the pages of This is the Earth, readers will discover thought and conversation-invoking concepts on issues and struggles that has our world at odds with each other. Kids and adults will love the lyrical message and thoughtful artwork that reinforces the fact that every human being is our neighbor on Planet Earth; a place also known as Home.

Buy the Book:  
Amazon
Make a Way Media
Add to Goodreads
Dec 012020
 

Teaser Tuesday Time

Dirt: Growing Strong Roots in What Makes the Broken Beautiful

Dirt: Growing Strong Roots in What Makes the Broken Beautiful
by Mary Marantz

FIRST CHAPTER: 
Chapter 1
From the edge of a dirt path off of Airport Road, where the road forks and snakes just a little taller to form the highest point on Fenwick Mountain, you can stand and watch a storm roll in from any and all directions.

We would do that often when I was little. We’d stand out under the wooden overhang of a hand-built lean-to turned front porch-where the boards were all mismatched scraps of whatever you could find and the nails, half-hammered and crooked, sat rusted from the punishment of a blistering summer sun-and watch as streaks of lightening lit up the heat of a July night sky. While thunder rumbled hard and shook the mountains.

TEASER: 
Year round, I dumped scraps of brown beans and cornbread for the latest stray that had wandered into the yard. They were all kept in line by one feral gray tabby cat, who adopted me as it’s own when I was just four years old and found it abandoned at the elementary schoolyard in New Hope. It came up to me purring, with it’s green eyes and the distinctive shape of an M in the fur on it’s forehead , which I took as a sigh that we belonged together.

Nov 292020
 

Outside… 
Birds are chirping,  a cat run across our walkway one way and then ran back the other way, there is a scattering of wispy clouds, and the high is supposed to be 83° with 0% chance of rain

Reading…
I haven’t been reading/listening to books as much as I usually do, I’m still reading You Carried Me by Milissa Ohden

Listening To…
Dirt: Growing Strong Roots in What Makes the Broken Beautiful by Mary Marantz

Books Reviewed Last Week…
None

Watched…
Finding GraceAbominable, Forsaken, and  some of my regular shows

In The Kitchen This Week…
Slow Cooker roast, potatoes, carrots
Seasoned Chicken legs with scalloped potatoes and pea salad
Black Eyed Peas and Snaps w/ ham, cornbread
BLT’s
Orange Chicken w/fried rice, broccoli

Today’s To Do List…
Today starts my vacation so I’m going to read as much as I feel like, watch some Christmas movies, and do what has to be done like cook, dishes, maybe some laundry

Looking forward to…
Going to Lion Country Safari and Palm Beach on the 2nd & 3rd

A Favorite Bible Verse…
For we live by faith, not by sight
2 Corinthians 5:7

From the camera…