The Alice Network

Book 51 in 2017.

“The Alice Network “, by Kate Quinn

I just love historical fiction. Some stories that are loosely based on real people can be tedious, or detailed with things that don’t seem to fit in with the story. Kate Quinn did an awesome job with this book! There was enough fact and detail mixed in with the characters to keep it flowing.

The story intertwines two separate characters. Eve Gardiner and her involvement in WWI as a spy for England, taking place in 1915. Then, Charlie St Clair, an American who is traveling in Europe after WWII in 1947, looking for a missing cousin. When the two women’s lives intersect , their paths or more connected than they could imagine.

There were a lot of hard things to read here, which is just war and the aftermath of war, ugly. There was also some strong language. I had a hard time putting this book down. I had to shush the boys, and find a place to read to see how it ended! Overall afterthought, ugh so good.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Book 50 in 2017.

“Emotionally Healthy Spirituality “, by Peter Scazzero

I have been reading this book for the last 8 weeks and meeting together with a group of ladies from church, to study it together. I would highly recommend reading it with the whole course; workbook, daily office, and video. It is so deep and challenging it helps to have every tool with it!

Peter Scazzero is a pastor from a church in Queens, New York. He has discovered through his own life and relationships that even though he had a relationship with the Lord, he was struggling with human relationships, and being overwhelmed with life. He developed a plan to grow emotionally healthy through a more focused relationship with the Lord throughout the day. And using practical tools to have better relationships with people.

I found this book extremely challenging, but super insightful. It is hard to take a good, hard, honest look at who we are and why we are that way. Then, make the necessary steps to make some real life long changes. This is definitely one of those books that will be good to read once a year. Overall afterthought, life changing.

When in Doubt, Add Butter

Book 49 in 2017.

“When in Doubt , Add Butter”, by Beth Harbison

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I was looking for something cute and fluffy to read, and I thought I would try this.  It is the first book of Beth Harbison’s that I have read.  There was a little bit of language in it, but other than that, it was fairly clean.

Gemma Craig is a personal cook, who works in a different home every night of the week. She has some great employers and some not so great. She is 37 and trying to make her way as an independent woman loving her career. Did she wait too late to meet someone, fall in love and have a family of her own to cook for?

I definitely think I will read another Beth Harbison novel. It was a cute little fluff read. A little predictable, but I didn’t mind. Overall afterthought, ok.

Zoo and Zoo 2

Book 47 and 48 in 2017.

“Zoo” by James Patterson and Micheal Ledwidge

“Zoo 2 Bookshots” by James Patterson and Max DiLallo

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So it has been a while since I blogged about any books.  I have not been reading too much.  Too much to read, so little time.  It has been a few weeks since I read these.  I am almost embarrassed that I read the first one, let alone wanted more and read the second, ha!  I know they are not supposed to be comedies, but I found them so entertaining and laughable.

Jackson Oz is a dropout scientist who has discovered that there has been a change in animal behavior all over the world.  He has been frantically trying to tell the world that something horrible was coming, yet was laughed at and ignored.  Until, the unthinkable, animal attacks on humans become a horrifying norm.  No one is safe, all animals begin killing humans.  Now, the powers that be, are ready to listen.  But is it too late…

I don’t want to give any spoilers, but cheese alert!! Mercy,  I could not read these fast enough because they were so crazy.  There was a lot of language and lots of details on how animals would ferociously attack their victims.  I know some may take this serious, it was good story telling, but just a bit much.  Overall afterthought,  entertaining.