Its about time

Since it has been around a year since I have been on here, I thought it was well past time to get back in the game. ¬†ūüôā

What a way to start than with this:

The word you are looking for is…”ahhh…maaaaa…zing!”

This awesome creation by McCormick and Schmick’s graced my plate yesterday in all its splendor. ¬†It is huge! ¬†At least to me. ¬†The size of the picture doesn’t do it justice. ¬†It is truly a delicious piece of art filled with mousse and the raspberry sauce on the bottom is delicious! ¬†I would recommend to anyone and everyone.

We then made our way to see Allegiant…which sadly I would not recommend to anyone and everyone. ¬†My husband enjoyed it, but has not read the book. ¬†Very futuristic…almost to the sci-fy realm. ¬†I, being a HARD CORE Divergent fan, am not enjoying all the artistic liberties being put into the films. ¬†This last one is completely different than the book, changed, not just missing parts. ¬†However, it is entertaining.

That’s it for now! ¬†Figured I would start with a nice light, yummy post before delving into politics and such on my first blog back in action.

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Unbroken

I read Unbroken awhile back…I am sure if you look in my Books section you can find the precise date when I completed and blogged about it. ¬†It was a tough read, a good read, an amazing TRUE story about an amazing man who was given an immense amount of grace and strength from God through the worst of circumstances.

I went to see the movie…a week ago…and it would be unfair of me to say it was a poor movie, because in fact it was not. ¬†Almost every book is better than the movie…I know that…I go into movies knowing that. ¬†This movie was made well, the actors did a great job! ¬†And they put themselves through a lot to look the part of the 65 pound survivors. ¬†If I had not read the book I would probably have thought¬†the movie was a complete and accurate telling of Louis’ life.

However…when the movie ended I was stunned. ¬†I felt as if it ended 2/3 of the way through the book. ¬†I do wish they had included the last third of the book. ¬†A lot of details were left out. ¬†I promptly got on the computer after coming home and found several documentaries on Louis Zamperini that included these details and then some. ¬†I would encourage everyone to read the book and then watch the movie and documentaries as a set.

Louis Zamperini was an amazing man who left an amazing legacy.

The Book Thief and Divergent

I would recommend anyone seeing the movie The Book Thief. ¬†However, I would recommend the book more, which I am sure I did when I wrote about this amazing piece of literature. ¬†The movie, while very good, may be difficult to follow if you hadn’t read the book. ¬†The characters did a great job, though, and I feel the story still came to life. ¬†The little¬†boy in the movie completely reminded my husband and me of our little toe-head…not just in his appearance, but in his behaviors. ¬†It was sweet to be reminded of him, except for his fate, of course. ¬†Bottom line, go see the movie it is good, but read the book, it is better!

I have been waiting for over a year to see my movie Divergent! ¬†Divergent and its sequel are a couple of my favorite fiction books and the movie did not disappoint! ¬†I would recommend the book and the movie to anyone! ¬†SO GOOD! ¬†I would easily pay to see it again. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†Yes I am the same person who criticized the Son of God movie, and no, this movie does not give a message of salvation, BUT it does not claim to either. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†Good movie, good book, highly recommended!

The Game of Thrones

After reading 2.5 books of the Game of Thrones series and realizing that I had read a bigillion pages and there are now going to be at least 7 books, I decided to stop reading them. ¬†It wasn’t the length that made me stop or the plot. ¬†The reason I kept reading was because I wanted to know what happened at the end. ¬†I wanted to know who lived, who died, who got married, who won the war, who was going to reign as king. ¬†What stopped me from reading one more page is that I can’t take the explicit detail of the characters’ personal lives. ¬†I can take the blood and guts, but the personal stuff…it is just not worth dodging it to find out what happens at the end of the books. ¬†SO, if anyone wants to share any details with me, please feel free to do so as my curiosity still begs to know how the whole series concludes. ¬†The real kicker is that these books make me uncomfortable and they are considered juvenile fiction. ¬†There is not one juvenile who should be allowed to come within 10 feet of these books in my opinion. ¬†I may be old fashioned, but I do not understand why a talented author with a great plot has to add unnecessary details to an already exceedingly long series of books. ¬†George R.R. Martin is talented and has a good plot, but he also has a very vivid imagination that I do not need to be a part of. ¬†Oh well, onto the next book…

The Kite Runner and Catching Fire

I finished The Kite Runner. ¬†It took me about a third of the book to “get into it” but then I was hooked. ¬†It was done well. ¬†Khaled Hosseini¬†is a talented author. ¬†It is eye opening. ¬†That is the best way for me to describe it. ¬† My heart breaks for the suffering of people all over the world. ¬†I am not one to pretend that the world is always happy and no one faces pain. ¬†On the contrary, I know that there is more than enough suffering and pain to go around. ¬†But sometimes thinking like that is just as bad as pretending there is none, because we get immune to it. ¬†I like reading books that put it in my face a little bit. ¬†It makes me better aware. ¬†And hopefully the more aware we are, the more help we will be able to provide. ¬†Even if our help is “only to pray,” prayer is an enormous thing we can do, because God can reach across the world.

I also saw Catching Fire¬†this weekend. ¬†I give a lot of credit to everyone that is part of the Hunger Games movies. ¬†I think the movies are an excellent representation of the books in details, characters and settings. ¬†I enjoy the Hunger Games series. ¬†I am not as big of a fan of the second and third books as I am of the first, but I still enjoy them. ¬†The movie was the same for me. ¬†As good as it was, not quite as wonderful as the first. ¬†It is a tough thing to do. ¬†I still think they all did a great job! ¬†And, I loved that Divergent was previewed…cannot wait to see that, too. ¬†ūüôā

Allegiant

I have been waiting over a year for this book, the third in the series. ¬†I am a HUGE fan of the Divergent and Insurgent books! ¬† After waiting so long, I do not feel it is truly fair to rate this book…there was a long and large build up. ¬†It took me a little longer to get into than the first two, but once in, I was hooked. ¬†Veronica Roth is talented! ¬†I did feel that this book read more like a movie than a book, but let’s face it, it will likely be in movie form before we know it. ¬†I hope so anyway! ¬†I figured out how it would end early on. ¬†She left a little bit of room for the what if and I had my own ending in mind that I knew she wouldn’t do, but I completely understand why she ended it the way she did. ¬†It was the only way to bring the series full circle and make a clean and closed ending to the series. ¬†I applaud Veronica Roth for this series…it is captivating and unique. ¬†I do like the first 2 better than the last, but I still like the last, especially for a 3rd book in a series! ¬†ūüôā ¬†You should definitely read and enjoy!

 

The Book Thief

This book has definitely made it to the top 5 of my list.  Sooooo good.  Markus Zusak may be the most talented author I have ever read.  His writing is beautiful and smart.  Though the topic of his book is not uncommon and is certainly not cheerful, he was able to be creative, add humor and make it his own.  It is a truly unique story.  The language was not great, but I understand that it was probably part of the lives he was describing.  And I am able to skip over it if necessary.  As a whole though, loved the book and would like to read more from markus Zusak.

Children’s Books

I have to tell you that I love Beverly Lewis! ¬†It has been awhile since I read a chapter book from a children’s series, so it seemed a bit simple at first, but then I had to remember it needs to be simple. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†She has little people as her audience. ¬†We began reading The Cul-de-sac kid series as a family, but my daughter also reads them on her own. ¬† I recommend them to anyone with lower elementary aged children. ¬†It is especially great for our family since we live on a cul-de-sac street, have girls and boys, and have adopted! ¬†I love how closely the family in the book relates to our family. ¬†Most importantly, the children in the story PRAY! ¬†I am so excited that an author wrote a children’s book in which the children pray. ¬†We have only read the first book, but will definitely continue the series. ¬†Love The Cul-de-sac Kids! ¬†ūüôā

When our cat died I looked for some books for the kids to read and help them. ¬† The Bible is not clear on what happens to animals when they die. ¬†There is no way for us to know if they will be in Heaven or not. ¬†Sooooo….a lot of assumptions are made in children’s books to make the child feel better. ¬†It is a great thing to make a child feel better, but in our family we want to make them feel better with truth and not assumptions. ¬†I previewed the books and ended up not giving any to the children to read, solely because of mixed messages. ¬†The worst one, however, was the one that was trying to be most politically correct. ¬†I will not mention the title, but according to the reviews it is a pretty popular choice. ¬†The entire book was great…up until the point when the author had the daddy character tell his child that we are not sure if there is a heaven or not. ¬†That closed the book for me. ¬†I understand for sales an author may not want to step on toes and offend people. ¬†However, I give great praise and credit to the authors who aren’t afraid to stand up for their faith even in children’s books. ¬†Thank you Beverly Lewis!

The Clash of the Kings, The Dawn Treader, and more

I finally finished The Clash of the Kings by George R.R. Martin. ¬†Summer has proven to not assist me in reading or dieting or exercising…or blogging. ¬†I have completely fallen into the “lazy days of summer.” ¬†That statement is a bit humorous as we are always on the go…but the schedule disappeared and I took a long break from reading. ¬†Alas, ¬†“The Clash” is now completed. ¬†After about 1600 pages of reading (book 1 and 2) I am still eager to read the next parts of the saga. ¬†There are 3 more books to go…at least until more are added. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†It is moving faster now that all the characters, their quirks and the plots are set. ¬†I have to say I like them, and don’t mind skipping the pages that are unnecessary (crude, lude, etc). ¬†I still have not watched the series and have no intention to, but have begun this journey and want to see how it ends.

I am working through the Narnia series with my children and we are now on the Dawn¬†Treader. ¬†It is great, of course. ¬†Aren’t all Narnian books? ¬†I don’t know if I can honestly say any are as good as the first, but they are all great reading opportunities for the family.

The kids’ devotional also encouraged us to read the book of Esther together. ¬†(Since we began the Narnia series we have had many discussions on the Bible being truth and fact, while other stories are fiction.) ¬†We just began reading a chapter a day and are on chapter 3 (of Esther). ¬†I have decided to read a chapter a day as part of school, so after Esther is done we will choose another book of the Bible to walk through. ¬†I like reading the chapters to the kids, because it forces me to think about each word and explain the context more thoroughly than if I am just reading it to myself.

I am slowly working my way through The Power of a Woman’s Words, by Sharon Jaynes, which is a great reminder…daily…of how I should hold my tongue.

And those are our reading updates for the moment… ¬†ūüėČ