Tuesday, October 05, 2010

books to read
and
two books to GIVEAWAY!
leave a comment with a book suggestion to enter the giveaway

alrighty, first things first:
i mentioned this book in a previous post
perfect circles: redefining perfection
by john michael stuart
john michael stuart is a member of my church as well as a member of my profession, social work. he's a happy, uplifting, optimistic person. he was born with cerebral palsy and has spent his life not only overcoming his physical disabilities but also confronting the challenges presented when people assume that his physical disability also means he is mentally disabled, which is not at all the case. he shares personal stories and experiences that helped him gain confidence in himself and overcome the criticism and judgments of others. he also realized his dream of hiking the grand canyon through persistence and hard work despite his physical disability. needless to say he has a very valuable perspective on life and reading his account has helped to put a better perspective on my own life. read an excerpt from the introduction here.

and here is his you tube video which is a must see


secondly:
i just finished this book last night
it was another two day reader because i loved it

barefoot
by elin hilderbrand

i quickly grabbed this book off the shelf of walmart on saturday night because it's a story of three women who go to nantucket for the summer. that sounded like a good story to assuage my i-miss-the-east-coast homesickness. in the end, the story turned out to be not as nantucket-light-hearted as i would have expected, but told of three women with real life problems. read a summary and review HERE. i particularly connected with vicki who is the mother of two little boys - a toddler and a baby. sounds familiar! her efforts at motherhood really resonated with me. she is diagnosed with cancer in the story and quickly begins to make a mental list of "things that no longer matter" ie - worldly things, what others think, etc. i like that. again, it helps to put perspective on my life and makes me grateful for my blessings!
disclaimer: there's a little bit of bad language in this book

thirdly:
i know that i bought, read and blogged about
mockingjay
while most of you were still eenie-meenie-minie-moing between gale and peeta back in book two
but, if you've had a chance to read it in the last month
THIS is what i thought
what did you think?

and lastly:
the giveaway

1) john has given me a copy of his book to GIVE AWAY to one of you lucky peeps
and
2) i'm going to GIVE AWAY my copy of barefoot to another one of you lucky peeps

but first you have to leave a comment suggesting books you think i should read
i read fiction, non-fiction, biographies, autobiographies, religious books, anything you think is non-trashy and worth reading.
and i know i've asked for book suggestions before, but leave them again - i'm too disorganized to notice repeats.
(incidentally The Help is next on my list)

i'll enter you in the drawing for each book you suggest, so the more the merrier
i'll also enter you an extra time if you post this giveaway on your blog or facebook
(just let me know in your comment that you did that)
and heck - i'll enter you an extra time if you tell me what you thought about mockingjay
leave comments until friday night at midnight and i'll pick a winner saturday morning

that's it!
happy reading!

15 comments:

Rachel said...

I'm glad to hear that you're going to read The Help. That was going to be my suggestion. That's my standby suggestion to anyone lately. I loved it. I actually bought it as an e-book, but since I loved it so much I'm going to buy a hard back to put on my newly refinished bookshelf. (I need pretty books, and that one has a pretty cover.) :) It was one of the rare books that I found myself wishing for a thousand more pages so I could hear the rest of the story.

Anyway, another good read lately is The Book Thief. I believe it's a Young Adult novel, but it was so incredibly well written. It took me a bit to get into it, but once I was in the right reading mind, I loved it. It's written from the viewpoint of Death, (sounds odd) and is during WW2. The main characters are a German family, and one Jewish man. I'd highly recommend it.

And for the record, I really liked Mockingjay. I loved how she ignored the love story at the end, and made it a truly realistic ending. It wasn't realistic for her to fall for Gale after he had a part in her sisters death, and it wasn't going to be a perfect ending for her and Peeta either. So many people I knew were so involved in the love part of it, but I felt like they missed the entire war story line. Mockingjay brought it all to light at the end. I have to say though, I had a bit of Katniss withdrawal for a couple days after reading it though. I think I wanted more story...so true about many books.

I really liked Perfect Circles too. For anyone who hasn't read it, it's a great read!

Keleigh, Cecilia and Family said...

i dont have tons of time for reading, but one of my favs is "in the eye of the storm" or the new title is "the other side of heaven".
i read a really good textbook over the summer, but not sure if that is what you want. and then i'll put a plug in for both "don't let the pigeon drive the bus" (atticus will love it) and "there was an old lady who swallowed some leaves". and the favorite, the book of mormon. :)
i'd love to read the SW book. it gets hard not to get discouraged sometimes in this field. and never would have imagined school/classes to be so anti-gospel principles, but anyway... buona notte!!!

Jeannie said...

Awwww, man! Rachel stole my "Book Thief" suggestion. I love WWII books, but usually I read nonfiction so this was a little off the beaten path for me. I loved it! Cried like a baby at the end. OK, so I'll suggest one of my favorite nonfiction WWII books, "Band of Brothers." I also loved reading Tom Brokaw's "The Greatest Generation."

I'd tell you what I thought of Mockingjay but it has been too long since I finished it to remember details. The one thing I kept thinking while I read the series is that we're not so far off from them. I thought the Hunger Games were the descendents of our reality TV. I thought it was disturbing that the games were entertaining to them considering people were dying. They (the audience) never considered the feelings of the poor people in the arena. They only cared about being entertained. People may not die on reality TV, but they are exploited and I don't think the audience considers the impact it has on their lives. I don't think that is supposed to be a main theme of the book. I probably picked up on it because I read the book while in the middle of watching The Bachelorette. I may reconsider watching my guilty pleasure next season. Wow. I'm rambling and not sure if it makes sense.

For the record, my favorite book of all time is Jane Eyre.

When I was in high school I loved reading about Native Americans. It is sad, but Bury My heart at Wounded Knee is really good.

I'll have to check back and see what other recommendations you get. I went many years without reading for fun and I'm making it a goal to do it more. Next in line for me are The Help and Sarah's Key.

Jeannie said...

Oh yeah...and I'm excited to read your blog! Send me your email address and I'll send you an invitation to mine (although it is really not that thrilling).

Nichole said...

Okay, so here goes my list.
Let's start with young adult fiction. Any book by Shannon Hale is amazing...(friend from the mission turned famous author). I would suggest starting with the Books of Bayern series then moving on to The Book of a Thousand Days and Austenland. Or maybe the other way around. Equally great reads. Then try the Maze Runner.

Parenting books I love right now...Siblings without Rivalry, 3 Steps to a strong family, and Raising a Family unto the Lord.

Adult reads get a little tricky because of the PG-13 status. This one was clean and I LOVED it Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Then there is 3 beautiful books. Beneath a Marble Sky about the Taj Mahal. Still Life with Rice true story about Korean Grandmother. And Snow Flower and the secret fan. Be prepared to miss the characters when you are done reading.

Phenomenal biography Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. He writes pretty dry, but it is a truly AMAZING book.

Classic reads... East of Eden a must.

Join me on goodreads and we can share more.

Annie Ditto said...

Berli!
Do I get a free entry since I already told you all my thoughts on Mockingjay?...great.

Okay, Along with the whole Hunger games series, The Help (which I LOVED!!), and a few lame books, I also read Goose Girl and Princess Academy...both by Shannon Hale, both easy, fun, and delightful reads! (Have you read them already?)

Sooo interested in Perfect Circles! If I don't win, I'll buy it myself :)

An Ordinary Mom said...

Okay, I put it up on Facebook.

Book suggestions, most I have read, others are on my to read list because they have been recommended to me by other people (in random order):

-Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
-Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (a girl I grew up with)
-Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
-Austenland by Shannon Hale
-The Parenting Breakthrough by Merrilee Boyack
- The End of Overeating by David Kessler
- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (series of 4)
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
- One Red Paperclip by Kyle MacDonald
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
- The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffeneggar

That should keep you busy for awhile :) !!

Mockingjay thoughts - I loved the first two books. (Just read them a week ago.) I liked the third one, glad who she ended up with, but I felt like the book needed another 50 pages to it to be wrapped up well. I felt like it ended too abruptly. I also didn't like how Katniss voted for another Hunger Games. I also didn't like how the war just ended after she lost consciousness. Overall I felt that book three wasn't written as well, that it was written too hastily, but I did really enjoy the whole series :) !!

Thanks for the giveaway - and sorry for the overly long comment!

Bronwyn James said...

I live for giveaways! And I love to read. Here is my top 5 list, not in any particular order.

-Gone With the Wind
-Wild Swans: Three daughters of China
-Les Miserables
-David Copperfield
-To Kill a Mockingbird

I'm assuming you read at least some of those, but hopefully not all. I could go on and on about each of them, but I have neither the time nor the space. Let me know if you read one and we can discuss. Happy reading!

SarahR said...

I had a very hard time narrowing down some of my favs. So here are a few from my top 25 right now (changes a lot).
Not in any particular order - except for the first one - I think it is a very important read.

The Translator Daoud
Endurance Lansing
The Worst Hard Time Egan
The White Masai Hofmann
West with the Night Markham
A Venetian Affair Robilant
Far from the Madding Crowd Hardy
The Source Mitchner
Miriam's Kitchen Ehrlich
Things Fall Apart Achele
Long Walk to Freedom Mandela
Desert Solitaire Abbey
The Geography of Bliss Weiner
To Dance with the White Dog Terry
These is my Words Turner
Spring Torrents Turgnev
Anything by Jhumpa
Samuri's Garden Tsukiyama

Have Fun! Hope Atticus digs them.

Sarah

Crazy Lady said...

The help by kathryn stockett. and secret garden. also really enjoyed the guersey literary and potatoe peel pie society. my book club is reading stiff: the curious lives human cadavers

TJDKG said...

I agree goodreads is awesome, it's a great place to find books!
I read Before I fall back in the spring and really like it. It made me think about how I treat people. I'm trying to think of others, but I'm kind of on a reading break, I haven't read much in the last few months and need to start up again.

I don't know if you've read the Uglies series but I loved it. There are four books in the series, Uglies, Pretties, Specials and Extras.

I loved The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and the sequel The Dead Tossed Waves (zombie appocolypse, not as bad as it seems, REALLY good)! I highly reccomend it, the third book in the series Dark and Hollow Places should come out in March and I can NOT wait.

I'll second the Shannon Hale sugguestion, but just for the one book of hers I've read. The Actor and the Housewife.

I liked A Drowned MAidens Hair: A Melodrama.

I recently started reading The Body Finder, but it's due to go back to the library so I wont be finishing it, same with The Maze Runner. I just haven't had time to read like I have wanted.
What was Lost was good too, it's pretty short, about 240 pages.

I'll have to think if I can remember anymore or not.

Sorry this is so long.
Jauna

Margaret said...

The Girl From Foreign by Sadia Shepherd
The Last Cato - Mathilde Asensi
Peter Pan - Barrie (if you've never read the actual book you're in for a treat!)
The Calligrapher's Daughter - Kim

Cagney and Laci said...

So this lady told me the other day that the book Women, food and God was really interesting, but I haven't read it myself.
I am reading Eat, Pray, Love and find that I am liking it pretty good.
I am going to read the HELP next as well, so don't do a spoiler alert,cause it is too hard not to read.

Miss you guys like crazy!!!

Stacey said...

Perfect Circles sounds inspiring--loved the video too. Thanks for sharing. I just finished Sammy's House by Kristin Gore, which is a follow-up to Sammy's Hill. Funny, intelligently written fiction about a woman working on Capitol Hill. It's a light, fun read.

Let's get the boys together at a park soon.

Familia Ospina Lopez said...

Hello Amberli, you don't know me. My name is Sandra and I met your husband during his mission in my country Colombia. I just found your blog and it's lovely. A good book that I read last year was Raising up a family to the Lord. Wonderful book!