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Share A Classic This Christmas!

Whew! November was quite a ride! I loved reading something different every day and then sharing a few thoughts with you. For December, I have another set of exciting reviews planned. This December, in honor of the Advent and Christmas Season, I’m going to review three Bibles. Because, what better way to celebrate the incarnation of Christ than to read about it in Scripture?

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An End and a Beginning

Several years ago, when my children were quite small, I found myself dragging through the Advent and Christmas season. What should have been a magical time of year — young children seeing Christmas lights for the first time is the best, you guys, and I was not into it AT ALL — felt instead like a slog through a slush filled, knee high, snowdrift. I needed a change. I needed a new tradition for myself.

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Spoiler Alert: This isn't a Lottery You Want to Win

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is a strange short story. Told in a somewhat matter of fact, mild mannered way, the tale highlights what can happen if we just accept the “normal way of doing things.” It’s the kind of book which makes you stop and think and then wonder about the rest of the story, the why’s behind the actions of the villagers. Which makes it a great short story.

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Adventurers, Grab a jacket. We're Heading to China and It's Wintertime.

Grace Lin has created a lovely world of Chinese characters, blending a little bit of history with a whole lot of Chinese folktales. The story weaves in and out of the folktales until you delightfully aren’t sure which is which. Characters in the tales take on new meaning as the plot thickens. I tried to guess how it would all turn out, but I was still surprised by the ending.

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Make Schoolwork Great Again

Currently, I am writing this in between washing a load of laundry and packing up our suitcases. That’s right, our vacation is over and we need to head home to reality tomorrow. Reality for our family means back to school — homeschool, that is. When I asked for suggestions for #30inNovember, a friend recommended The Way They Learn. Though I’m familiar with the concepts, I’ve never read it. Today, as I’m mentally preparing to head back home, seemed like an appropriate day to change that fact.

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This Book Isn't Quite What You'd Expect

With that being said, I still recommend Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and here’s why: Eleanor is not completely fine. I know, big surprise, but, during her journey to mental health we learn a lot about true friendship, respectful interactions with others, and treating people with kindness. Eleanor’s straightforward approach to life is refreshing and sometimes laugh out loud funny. I’d like to share a cup of tea with her sometime.

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You've GOT to Meet Cricket

Sometimes when I really delight in a book, when I’m basking in the afterglow of a well written novel, I have a harder time reviewing said tome. I seem to run out of descriptive things to say, instead I just gush, “Oh my gosh, you guys, I loved it!” Today I read Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe and, Oh my gosh, you guys, I loved it! I’ll try to tell you a few reasons why.

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Phew, Sparks are Flying!

“Blazin’” Kate Burns returns home after the tragic death of her wildfire fighting father. Determined to follow in his legacy she joins the Jude County Hotshots. Sparks fly as she reunites with her old flame, Jed. Together they learn a little about trust, a little about love, and a lot about faith as they fight to put out the wildfires raging through Montana.

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Mom! Phineas and Ferb are Making a Book Review!

There are few cartoons that tickle my funny bone more that Phineas and Ferb. The ways they choose to spend their summer vacation — having epic adventures in their backyard and beyond — and the way Candace is always trying to get them in trouble (“Mom! Phineas and Ferb are making a title sequence!”) makes me laugh every time. The icing on the cake? They own a pet platypus. A platypus who is a secret agent.

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A Sweet Way to Spend a Birthday

In case you didn’t know this already, I am writing this post while on vacation with my family. In fact, it is my birthday today and we are driving back to Miami from the Florida Keys. I needed a book that was short and sweet to allow me to be present with my family while still meeting my goal. Truffles From Heaven fit that slot perfectly. Plus, I love truffles. They’re like, one of my favorites.

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What Will You Do If The Lights Go Out?

I’m a sucker for a good post-apocalyptic novel and The Light did not disappoint. The characters faced realistic problems and solved them in (mostly) realistic ways. I enjoyed the relationships that developed, and the reliance on faith and prayer to help guide them. This is the first book in The Light series, and I can see the author is going to have a lot of fun developing the storyline and characters further. I look forward to reading the rest of the books, but maybe I’d better wait until after #30inNovember!

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Hey! Do You Wanna Go For A Drive?

I love a good road trip. I grew up taking some epic road trips with my family and now we are torturing, I mean treating our daughters to the same delights. In fact, in just a few days, we are taking a “bucket list” road trip as we drive the Overseas Highway from the Miami area down to the Florida Keys (does anyone else get the Beach Boys stuck in their head when they talk about the Keys? Just me? Okay.).

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