Ah, irony. It doesn’t happen much, or I just don’t know irony when I see it, but sometimes it slaps you in the face.
So there I was running the other night. I went and ran two miles, which is huge for me. I’m trying to lose a bit of weight, not much, and tone a bit more. My choice of song?
Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”. Pure irony.
I love this song, and so does Mrs. Day. Apparently it’s catchier than I thought because I’ve been humming and singing it all weekend into this morning. It is permanently stuck there I think. But it’s such a great song! Now, I’m fairly thin in the scope of things, but I’m far from a size two (thank goodness) and it’s fun to shake it a bit. Plus, well I was blessed (cursed) with a largish posterior. Go figure. So, well, I shake a bit. 🙂
So, there’s your Monday thAng. (that word comes courtesy of Boris who said something was a Cali thAng, the other day and it’s stuck in my head. Boris is a southern boy btw)
I owe an acceptance post to Amy over at Inkcouragement, and I have several things I want to write about, but just haven’t taken the time because it’s been so busy. For those interested, being a farm girl, there is not a lot of free time. Bleh.
Goodnight, Ark By Laura Sassi, illustrated by Jane Chapman must be one of the best modern picture books I have read in quite a while. Laura Sassi tells the tale of Noah and the ark in a sing song rhyme that is incredibly pleasing and something that will charm a child. The ark is filling up with animals and it’s time for bed…. but when the loud storm scares the animals, they all start ending up in Noah’s bed. Boars, goats, elephants, tigers and even skunks! How will Noah get the animals to calm down and sleep? Maybe a softly crooned song will do the trick!
I cannot express how much I enjoyed this picture book. I am always on the lookout for a really charming and well written picture book, and this one fits the bill. Regardless of whether or not it has a ‘Christian’ theme with Noah being the main character, this book is marvelous and any child would enjoy the wonderful rhyming rhythm Laura Sassi has used. Rhyme in any story is incredibly difficult (I know as I write picture books). Making it interesting enough for children is sometimes even harder. Laura Sassi has captured the lovable qualities of animals in this story and the style make you want to read the book over and over. (personally I have always been a fan of the story of Noah and the Ark.)
However, no picture book would be complete without the illustrator. I cannot expound enough about how much I love Jane Chapman‘s illustrations. I was first introduced to her illustrating with Karma Wilson‘s ‘Bear series books’, which I also own and adore. Jane Chapman’s art is incredible to look at with all the intricacies within the illustrations. The fuzziness of the tiger’s hair, the little things that make you feel like you are on the ark. Food for the animals and even an umbrella for Noah. I admire her illustrating so much that it was specifically for that reason I chose this book to review. I have said since I found her work, I want her to illustrate one of my picture books. With Laura’s marvelous rhyme (akin to Karma Wilson’s) and Jane’s endearing illustrations, this is a wonderful picture book.
I would highly recommend this book for any child and I will enjoy reading this book over and over. Five stars and I could continue gushing, but I say, just get the book!
This book was provided to me by Thomas Nelson, Zondervan and Harper Collins Christian Publishing for my honest review.
“I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses, and the voice I hear falling on my ear The Son of God discloses,” are the words of a famous hymn that goes perfectly with the NIV God’s Word for Gardeners Bible Grow Your Faith While Growing Your Garden contributed by Shelley Cramm. Take a walk in a garden with God as you meander through the Gardeners Bible, with daily devotions centering on the growth of the spirit. With daily essays on things pertaining to gardens, literally and metaphorically, this bible takes you on a journey of the soul of the gardener. Tending, growing and cultivating the spirit. Each essay, under the themes of Garden Tour, Garden Work and Garden Stories, gives you a verse, or selection of verses, a companion of cross-references and plenty of ‘food for thought’. Taking a year to meander through the Bible, just like a garden, our spiritual life is a constant through the year.
I was quite impressed with the Gardeners Bible. I’m a firm believer that we are stewards of the land and we are called upon to tend the land even though it may not be the Garden of Eden any longer. Just as we till with our hands, we cultivate our spirit in God’s word. The essays are just right for contemplation, with a very green feel (as in the essay has a lovely green page to separate it out from the rest of the white pages.) The end of each essay tells you where to read the next day and so forth, and there is an index at the back of the Bible for ease of use. The dust jacket and cover of the book are the same image, which I really like. The Bible has a very crisp and fresh feel, just like being in a garden. Shelley Cramm uses an exhaustive bibliography, which is cited in her essays; a feature I always love for further reading. If you are a gardener in Christ and want and a supplemental devotional Bible, I highly recommend the Gardeners Bible.
This book was provided free of charge from Thomas Nelson and Harper Collins Christian Publishing for my honest review.
Ah, love scenes in books. They are the thing we all hunt for when we want a little something more, and by ‘we’, I mean women. I don’t think most guys go hunting for the love scenes considering very few men read romance. And when you get a good love scene, well, it’s really good.
But when it’s bad…..
I’m listening to an audio book right now that is all vampires, ghouls, demons, and yes, vampire sex. What is this fascination with vampires, sex, and the thing that takes it from vanilla to devil’s food red, blood. There is always blood involved with vampire sex. A bite here, a suck there and bada boom bada bing, everybody is happy. Vampire gets a meal, human (or in the rare vamp book another actual vampire) get’s the most mind blowing O in the world. Because, hey, yeah, the human is usually a woman.
See, here’s the thing I don’t get. If a normal human man were to bite a woman while getting it on, there would be screaming involved. Trust me, I would be screaming and kicking and hitting and trying my darnedest to get away from biting man, but if it’s a vampire, hey no big deal. He can bite me. He can suck my blood. He can leave it dripping down my neck, shoulder, or breast. I don’t mind…..
Right. Sure. Uh huh.
What, because he’s a sexy hunk it’s okay? It honestly makes no sense why we lap this stuff up and actually enjoy reading/listening/watching/ this very perverse thing. Is it because the vampire is sexy? Does that make it okay?
If it’s Lestat no problem, but vampire Bubba on the other hand, well would we go for that? (and writing Bubba I just remembered that he’s the vampire Elvis in the Charlene Harris books….. you know, Sookie…..)
See, there’s another example. Because Eric Northman is so sexy, we are just okay with him having a little nibble. WHAT IS WRONG WITH US, PEOPLE? (by the way, here are some vamps I think are sexy. I’m partial mostly to Angel and Eric, but who wouldn’t….)
Angel from Buffy
The ever sexy Eric Northman (my personal fave vamp)
Tom Cruise’s Lestat
Stuart Townsand’s Lestat
Well, this book I’m listening to, it finally got to the love scenes and honestly I was highly disappointed. They just were not written well, considering a whole scene prior to any of this was just human girl watch vampire boy (woman/man whatever) take a very sexy shower. Now the shower scene was hot. All the little bits and pieces of attraction are really blushingly good. But the sex…. Shoot me now. Then you have to go throwing in the biting and the blood and honestly that does not help make it any better.
So, now that I’ve ranted, here’s a little poll for you. Are you for vampire sex or not? Pick your choices and give me a shout out about what you think about all of this. You can even include Twilight…. I happen to be a fan of the feather scene of Breaking Dawn. I always liked it. And oh look…. no blood.
It’s getting to be that time of year where I start to think about fall. I know, it’s barely even August, but where I live; these mountain homes; autumn comes early. We can have a freeze in three weeks. (and we just got out of one in June…..) And for some reason, this year autumn is making me think of the Classics. You know… classic books? Jane Eyre (which I’ve not finished…), Jane Austen, Hemingway, and others.
This Classics thing is on my brain so much that I want to suggest to my librarian, whom I talk to regularly, that we need to have “The Autumn of Classics’ to get people reading them. Start pulling the classics from the scrunched in shelves, and making people sit up and take notice. Set them all around and have covers out.
It’s apple weather, it’s sweater weather…. It’s classics reading weather.
But that’s just me.
What time of year do you think the Classics fit in? See I was always a springtime early summer Jane Austen, but now… Do you read the classics at a particular time? Don’t they fit in with apples, tweed, fox hunts, plaid, straw, pumpkins and falling leaves?