NonfictionReview: Begin Again

April 3, 2018 – Fleming H. Revell Company 

192 Pgs – Christian, Nonfiction

Source: Publisher

I was given a copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion. 

3.5 ***

You can click on the caption and it will take you to the Goodreads summary.  I can’t say what I was thinking when I accepted this book for review, only that it sounded interesting. If you are busy, anything that encourages rest sounds good right? I did listen to this book on audio. 

And I am no stranger of starting over, beginning again. It seems that I have been doing that in one form or another my entire life. And along with that came the weight that at some point I should have my stuff together. Even when I thought that I did. 

This book was like sitting down to have coffee (or in my case hot chocolate) with a friend. I found myself nodding along, and seeing parts of myself reflected back at me.  This was a book that I read at just the right time. It stripped away all of the stuff and got done to the heart of the matter, the weight that we carry that keeps us from moving forward. And the truth that it’s okay and necessary to begin again. To not stay stuck in whatever we are in. 

I invite you to pick up this book and find rest. I hope it gives you the strength and encouragement that you need to Begin Again. 

Always Shine!


What I’ve Finished Wednesday 11/28

Toddlers Are A**holes by Bunmi Laditan

5 ** I listened to this as on an audiobook, from Scrib’d.  If you are parenting a little one who has either reached toddlerhood or is about to enter into that stage, read (or listen to) this book. It was funny, and relatable. If nothing else, it lets you  know that you are not alone and that you’re likely to survive this stage. It was funny and I finished it quickly.  Out of all of the experiences that I’ve had, I am glad to say that I have not found poop in my purse!

How to be a Pirate by Cressida Cowell

4 **** This was my son’s bedtime story.  It is a series that I keep saying that we were going to go back to and haven’t until now. I am not sure why, other than book distractions. It is funny and my son seems to enjoy them. This time it was about being a pirate and the woes of finding buried booby-trapped treasures. 

Angel’s Landing by Rochelle Alers

3.5 *** This is the second book in the Cavanaugh Island series. I originally read Sanctuary Cove for my February project, and I am just now getting to the rest of the series.  I listened to this on audio, via Scrib’d.  I really enjoyed it. It was a nice romance with a bit of a mystery to it. I can’t say it was very suspenseful, the resolution to everything was actually anti-climatic. At least where the mystery was concerned. But I enjoyed the romance part of it, it was a nice blend of sweet and sexy. 

How the Light Gets In By Jolina Petersheim

2.5 ** This is a review book, and while I did enjoy it, the ending changed my opinion of the whole thing. This was a book that I read at the right time, as it reflected the struggle that I was similarly in (raising two little kids with a partner that was busy working).  There is truth to be found here, and if I could pass this on to every struggling mom and  their spouses/significant others, I would.  As things begin to unfold things get uncomfortable and hard decisions are made. While I didn’t necessarily agree with them, I did respect the characters for making them. But then the ending came, and basically undid everything I experienced. I was mad and a bit bitter. In truth, I still am. 

Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting by Brian Gordon

5 ***** Another book that I picked up because I needed some humor and parenting encouragement. Sometimes it’s all about knowing that you’re not alone. 

The Christmas Town by Donna Vanliere

4 **** This  is an audiobook that I found scrolling through Scrib’d looking for something since I was in the mood for Christmas. It was funny, and heartwarming. I found that I didn’t want to stop listening to the story, I wanted to be with the characters and in that town.  No, it’s not realistic in the littlest bits. But that’s the magic of Christmas, to see things and feel things as they should be. 

Begin Again: The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt and Receiving Rest by Leeana Tankersley

3.5 *** This is a review book, and a full review will be posted sometime this week. Since this was an older review book, I chose to listen to it on audio, via Scrib’d. I finished it in one day, it was another book that I read at the right time. It was something that I needed to hear, permission for me to let go and feel and then move on. 

Currently Reading/Listening To

The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan
Let There be Love by Melissa Storm

What are some things that you have finished? What are you currently reading or listening to?

Always Shine!

DNF Review: Geekomancy by Michael R. Underwood

Geekomancy by Michael R. Underwood 

Ree Reyes #1

July 10, 2012 – Pocket Star

255 pgs –  Young Adult/Adult, Fiction, Fantasy , Urban Fantasy

Source: Publisher, Edelweiss


I was given a digital copy of this book, free, in exchange for my honest opinion. 

If you want to read the summary of the book, click here.

I really wanted to like this book. I know that it has taken me forever to actually read it, but I found the idea of this book fun and exciting. It was doing something that I hadn’t really read before. But, I just couldn’t push myself to slog through it any longer. In the beginning I thought my issues with the book was because I had so many other books that I was trying to focus on, but I put it aside so that I could come back to it when I was a little less distracted.

Coming back I see that me being distracted wasn’t the problem.  The action carried the story, and while it came in as an ebb and flow in the story, it wasn’t enough.  While the references to all the geeky things that I know and love were great, they were not enough to carry the story.  I stopped at 40% and I would say out of that I found about 10% of that interesting. Instead of forcing myself to finish it, I decided to set it aside. Maybe it’s for you, but it wasn’t for me.

Always Shine!



Normally at this point in the week, I have a pretty good idea about what I want to read. Not this week. I have three library books that I’ve been waiting for from the library that I finally have my hands on but I don’t want to read them right now. I have e-books that I am behind on and really want to read, but again not right now. This beauty came this morning and I’ve already started it, so this is all that I know that I will be reading. The rest will be a surprise.


Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards, #1)

Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep

Crown of Shards #1

Thanks Harper Voyager for sending this to me!

Always Shine!

Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers


Sadie by Courtney Summers

September 4, 2018 – Wednesday Books

311 pgs. – Young Adult, Contemporary

Purpose: Review, #offmybookshelf, Kindle

4 ****

I was given a digital copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest review. 

If you want to read the Goodreads summary, click here.

This is a pretty dark contemporary, so it’s really hard to say that I liked it. So I will say that I liked the writing skill of the author.  It’s an uncomfortable read, as you will likely come to the truth of what happened to a young Sadie long before she gets around to telling you.

I actually chose to listen this as an audiobook, and I’m glad that I did. Half of this story is told in the form of a podcast, as the journalist is trying to retrace Sadie’s steps in hopes of finding her.  I found this to be a heartbreaking story that is not only all too familiar, but all too real. It is as if Summers chose to used Sadie to tell an “any Jane” story.  Girls go missing all of the time. Girls are abused by relatives/friends of the family all of the time. Girls take the abuse to protect their younger siblings all the time. Truth be told, this same thing happens to boys as well. People invite monsters into their homes all the time. So frequently, that you would think that people would think twice before doing so. And it happens across socio-economic backgrounds.  (Stepping off soapbox…)

This was an uncomfortable story to hear, but I think that was the author’s intent. But I also think it is an important and powerful read. I like the balance between the search for Sadie and Sadie’s progress in her goal. It all comes together in a painful ending that is far from satisfying.  It is definitely worth checking out, and I will be looking into Summer’s backlist of books.

Always Shine!

Review: God Bless Our Bedtime Prayers by Hannah C. Hall

God Bless Our Bedtime Prayers

God Bless Our Bedtime Prayers by Hannah C. Hall 

May 29. 2018 – Thomas Nelson

20 Pgs. – Children’s, Fiction, Inspirational

Source: Booklook, Publisher

5 *****

I was given a copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest review. 

To read the book’s summary, click here.

This is a cute book with simple prayers that little children can say. It covers grateful prayers, prayers seeking help and prayers asking forgiveness. Each prayer has a scripture that is attached to it. The prayers rhyme. making them almost musical. The pictures are vibrant in their colors and my son enjoyed flipping through it to look at them. This is a puffy book with board pages, so my youngest was also able to enjoy it as well. I am glad to have this as a part of our collection.


Always Shine!

DNF Review: Gone to Ground by Brandilyn Collins

Gone to Ground

Gone to Ground by Brandilyn Collins

March 1, 2012 – B Books

352 pages – Adult, Suspense/Thriller, Inspirational

Purpose: Review, #kindlecleanup,

Source: Publisher, Netgalley


I was given a digital copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest review. 

I am slowly making my way through my backlog of Netgalley. I am listening to the ones that I can find on audiobook, to help. This is a title that I listened to on audiobook, through Scrib’d

I have to admit that I chose to listen to this on audio because I thought that this would be a quick listen, and it already had all of the markers of a story that I would enjoy, I DNF’d this title at 52% because I just didn’t care about it.  There wasn’t any characters that I really liked, there weren’t any real suspects, and the plot wasn’t engaging, I made it this far because I wanted to give the book a real shot, but other than that there wasn’t any motivation to pick up the book.

The small town has been plagued with a serial killer, without any real clue as to who it is. Now three ladies believe that they know who the killer is, and they all suspect three different men.  On the surface it sounds like a good story. But there was too much bumbling around, with the police and the three self- declared investigators.

I really wanted to like it, at least enough to finish it. But, I didn’t.

Always Shine