Friday, October 25, 2013

Backwards Book Club Begins!

Today is bookclub and I am so excited to share some awesome ladies and their reads with you! I am definitely going to be checking some of these out. But first a story that is too funny not to tell.

A couple times a month I help with a program for the girls in my church. They are all between 8-11 and so crazy awesome. And by that I mean they are literally crazy and literally awesome. Well, we were doing a freeze dance competition. And let me tell you, these kids knew every word to almost every song of the Nightmare Before Christmas. Remember, they are awesome. 

Well, one girl got hit by another girl accidentally and was bummed out. So I let her help me with the music on my phone (Yay for Galaxy phones that are loud enough to use for these kind of events.) 

While she was looking through my phone, she saw a picture of me and Zac. She looked at it for a minute, then looked at me and said 'is this your husband?' 

To which I said 'that's why I have a picture of me and that man on my phone.' 

She blushed just a little bit and then said 'he looks.... .... .... ..... good.' 

To which I cracked up. Who knew that me and 8 year olds would crush on the same boys?!?! He's mine sister! And sadly this is not the first time that this has happened. We all want to marry Harry Potter too. Who knew 8 year olds were so cool?

And now without further stories that you would really have had to be there to get, let book club begin!

Aunnie Sauce and For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn

I love how Shaunti notes that respecting our husbands isn't just about how we treat them, it's also how we take care of ourselves! We don't have to be stick-thin, but showing that we care about ourselves demonstrates how much we care about our husbands.

This book gives you insight into the thoughts and actions of men. The author surveyed men of all ages and from all facets of life to get to the bottom of the answers in this book. I actually thought that it was going to give a little bit more of the nitty-gritty details, but I still learned a lot about what makes men—and specifically my husband—tick. Why they are tempted to look at the beauty walking down the street, why they love to come home and relax on the couch after work, why doing a project all by themselves (and without our "advice") is so important... it's all in there. This is a great book for any woman who wants to better understand the thoughts and actions of men, and for a wife who wants to help her marriage by giving her husband the respect he truly needs, and most importantly, deserves.

Dee and Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

"I told him a story of two people. Two people who shouldn't have met, and who didn't like each other much when they did, but who found they were the only two people in the world who could possibly have understood each other.”

I started the book knowing that it would be a sad story, but what I didn't expect was that it would mostly make me laugh, and smile. Smile a lot. It was written in such a witty, refreshing voice, and as the story unfolded through the eyes of Lou Clark, it was like being her, so I got to know Will Traynor the same way she did, and went through the same journey that she did, including falling for him, even though he is a quadriplegic who hated his life and was mean to her (and is just a character in a book whom I had never even met in real life, for Pete's sake). I love stories like these. It reminded me of A Walk to Remember, when you find yourself unexpectedly falling for a character who seems impossible to fall in love with at first. Just like in A Walk to Remember, this book has its weepy points, too, but it will leave you with a generally nice feeling overall, and you'll be happy you picked it up.

Brenda and Wideacre by Philippa Gregory

I've read many of Philippa Gregory's books and loved them. But this book was so rife with unsavory characters that I had to stop reading after 200 pages! Murder, incest, greed, and that's just the beginning. There's not a single character with any redeeming qualities whatsoever.

Thank you girls for participating! you are ahhh-mazing.


  1. Ooh now I really want to read Me Before You and I've never even heard of it before! You have to do this again because I totally wanted to submit my book report but trying to find my favorite quote online was proving to be a nightmare! :)

  2. Your story cracked me up! Kids say the most honest things.

  3. This was really fun! Next time I will write a longer synopsis - and find a book I liked. :)

  4. I LOVE the diversity of the books... you're getting us from all angles! Thanks so much for the opportunity to be featured!

  5. Aw 8 year old--how precious. Oh to be young again!