Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Some of my lately reads...

:: The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels ::
(3 out of 5 stars) 
I've been following Ree's blog for quite a while now, being a fan of her yummy recipes and all. Her book was kind of a disappointment though, I confess I was expecting a bit more. The first part of the book was kind of a bore, but by the second part it got a bit better. The writing is not impressive, I felt that she was repeating the same thing over and over again. Per general I enjoyed it mostly because of the fun parts, those funny bits saved it for me. 

(3 out of 5 stars
Since The Fault in Our Stars, I've been trying to decide what should my next John Green read be. After a while I decided to just go with this one. The first part bored me, I kept to it though because I was expecting it to get better. I felt like it got a bit better by the second part, but not enough. I don't know, I just felt like it could have been better. The characters were pretty simplistic and plain, in my opinion. I enjoyed it per general, it just didn't impress me, to be honest. 

:: Gone Girl ::
(5 out of 5 stars)
Now this one, wow! After I finished it, I wasn't sure if it was a 4 or a 5 star read. But I finally decided upon giving it 5 stars. Let me just say this first: it was messed up, like really messed up. But I feel like that just gave the plot credibility and the characters' authenticity. It was one of the best novels I've read, definitely on my top ten novels list. The plot is really good, kept my heart in my throat the whole time. The characters are just brilliantly written. The characters' inner conversations, their thoughts, those journal entries, the duplicity, the psychological twists - they were all just genius. It was a really good book!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Audrey Bunny by Angie Smith

First of all, I need to say that I am a huge fan of Angie Smith. I am familiar with her story (I've been reading her blog for years) and read all her books (now). 
I couldn't wait to read Audrey Bunny because it's her first children's book and also it's another one inspired by her daughter's beautiful story. 

Audrey Bunny tells the story of a girl who got a not-so-perfect toy for her birthday and the way she loved it not in spite of that mark of imperfection but for it. I think it captures so well the imperfection struggles that children have even from early ages now. It's ultimately a beautiful portrayal of God's love for His children and it manages to explain so simply the Gospel's truth. 
There's the Parent Connection section at the end of the book that presents a relevant Bible passage and some questions and activities for a deeper understanding, which makes it a perfect tool for parents.

The first obvious thing I just loved about this book were the illustrations - absolutely beautiful. Breezy Brookshire did a wonderful job at it. Also, there are a couple of details from Audrey Caroline's story that were integrated so beautifully in the book: like the bunny's mark, the date of Audrey's birth, the cherry tree on the cover etc. I really loved that.
As I've mentioned before, Audrey Bunny is inspired by the story of Audrey Caroline. You can become familiar with it on Angie Smith's blog, or even better, you can read about it in her book I Will Carry You (warning: you will need lots of tissues. oh, but it's a beautiful one!). 

I gave it 5 starts because I love everything about it, really. I may be biased though, but I'm sure I'm not :).

>There's a sweet book trailer that you can check out. Also, you can find here the author's explanation of the bunny's mark.
>There's the narrated story video offered on B&H Publishing's Youtube Channel:

:: Angie Smith is an author, blogger, wife (of Todd Smith, lead singer of the hit Christian contemporary group Selah) and speaker. Many people have connected with her through her transparent, warm, witty writing about the life experiences Smith writes about. Her training is in psychology (a Master’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Developmental Psychology), and her blog gives her the opportunity to combine her two greatest passions: helping to heal people’s hearts and writing. Her recent books include "What Women Fear: Walking in Faith That Transforms" (2011) and "I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy" (2010).

I have requested this book from B&H Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The ideas and opinions expressed here are my own.