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{Giveaway} and 10 Wonderful Winter Reads 2013

{Giveaway} and 10 Wonderful Winter Reads 2013
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Hey there ladies and gentlemen.  No recipe for you all today. Rather, I have prepared a list of 10 Wonderful Winter Reads. Just in case you are barricaded up under a blanket of snow, twiddling your thumbs and waiting for the world to thaw. (I know that couldn’t possibly be true and that you are most likely running around with all manner of busy-ness taking hold of your lives.) However, if you are like me, spending some time curled up with a good book is one of lifes simple pleasures. And so if you are looking for something to read, here is a list of some of my favorites. I tried to include a wide variety of genres including Classics, Historical Fiction, Young Adult Post Apocalyptic, a couple of Lovely Romances and one book that will have you crying with laughter.  I am planning to post a book list for you all twice a year, once in the summer and once in the winter.  To see the list I posted this past summer, click here.

I would love to give one of you a $25 Amazon Gift Card so you could buy some of these books, or some pretty nail polish, a few rubber spatulas or a handy toilet plunger. Whatever you seem to be needing the most at this time in your life! To enter the giveaway just leave me a comment telling me one of your favorite books. Giveaway will be open through Thursday January 24th. Winner will be announced on Friday morning.

The Diary Of Mattie Spenser by Sandra Dallas is the story of a young woman who marries and finds herself living in the middle of no where, far away from her family. It’s about love, marriage, devotion, working through difficult circumstances and choosing to make the best of the life we are given. I loved the main character. She was a real “ox of a woman”. Which is a great thing to be. 🙂

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson is an easy to read, captivating, light-hearted, super clean romance. For those of you who love a good old-fashioned love story, you won’t be able to put this down. I loved it from start to finish. It was charming, to say the least.

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D Schmidt is about a boy living in the 60s, his relationships with family, friends and the teachers at his school.  While this book fits into the category of Juvenile Fiction, it is masterfully written. It’s clever, heart warming, a little bit sad and sometimes down right hilarious. Even MyHandsomeHusband loves this book. There is a lot of good in it!

Legend by Marie Lu is a Young Adult Post Apocalyptic Novel. What does that mean to you? I will give it to you plain and simple. If you liked The Hunger Games, you will like this book as well. Little bit of love, world turned upside down, crazy circumstances, she-rah type heroine. Like I said…it’s kind of Hunger Games-ish.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett is a book you most likely have heard a lot about in the last couple of years. I will go ahead and give my two thumbs up, along with all of the other fans of this fabulously told story. It takes place during The Civil Rights Movement and is the story of several black maids living in Mississippi. It is captivating, heart warming, heart breaking!, informational, comical and inspiring.

Follow the River by James Alexander Thom takes place in early America. A young, pregnant mother and her two small children are taken from their frontier home by indians. Based on a true story this book is both amazing and inspiring. It will make you grateful for every single second of your life.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (the abridged version) is one of my all time favorite books. While the story line is sometimes very dark and depressing, the beautiful message of love, forgiveness and God’s grace is both inspiring and amazing. And good glory! Go to see the movie that just came out, won’t you. It is absolutely stunning. The acting is beyond exceptional and while the singing is pretty raw and sometimes lacking the overall production is glorious. Truly. 🙂 See it soon, man.

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom is a Historical Fiction book set in the early 1800’s. It’s about slavery, family, kindness and love. It also portrays the difficulties that faced black slaves when owned by corrupt white men.

A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks is another heart warming (very clean) romance. It is an easy enough read that most junior high students could handle it with no problem. (Just in case you know any junior high aged students looking for something good to read). Be warned that you may need to read it with a box of tissues close at hand.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is a Historical Fiction Novel set during WWII and the years immediately following. The dialog is unique in that the story is completely told in letter format. This was a bit strange to me at first, but I ended up really liking it. It was fun to see each characters individual view. And speaking of the characters! They are extremely realistic and endearing. I wished I could sit down with almost all of them and have a nice long visit. Loved this book. 🙂

Hope you find something to enjoy within this list. New recipe coming up on Monday morning. See you then!

PS…try and stay warm, won’t you!

 



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