This is a beautiful book packed full of full color photos of eagles and their nest. I mistakenly thought that I would just look through the pictures because the text would be dull, but I quickly found myself eager to read some more. There are lots of interesting facts that are perfectly illustrated by the photos. It’s very well done!
One of the reasons I offered to review this book is because I remember that explosion of interest in 2014 when the eagle cams were first streamed. I went there and watched the parents and the babies featured in this book! Learning the back story and additional facts about eagles was very fun.
I read this nonfiction book one chapter at a time. Not because I didn’t like it, but because I felt like I needed to think on and “digest” one chapter before I started reading the next one. I’m sure I’ll go back and read it again.
In The Little Things: Why You Really Should Sweat the Small Stuff Andy Andrews takes stories from history and his own life to illustrate how just one little thing did and still can change the outcome of something much bigger – like a war or a person’s life. It’s along the same lines as “The Butterfly Effect” in that changing something that we deem small – like some nails, 2 degrees, half a nickel – drastically altered the desired outcome. By illustrating how things have been changed in the past he is encouraging us to realize that we can change our future and maybe even the world.
This Christian, nonfiction book is very real and tells some raw stories about really rough – even awful – things that happened to women. You might question, “Why should I read about that?” Maybe because each woman made it through, lived to tell her story, and is now an encouragement to others.
Each chapter of Brave is the New Beautiful is titled with a verb. Here are some examples: “Shifting, Separating, Choosing, Breathing, Telling, Rising, etc” Not all will speak to you when you read the book. In fact, I think you could pick it up and read them out of order. For me, I read straight through because of doing this review, but it was really the middle section that caught my attention. I was detached from the stories at the beginning and the end, but everyone goes through different seasons and experiences and you might be more interested in one of those chapters.
Set in New Orleans in the 1700s, The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green is definitely a gripping, historical fiction. It’s very well written and obvious that she did a lot of research. This is not a sugar-coated, everything-turns-out-amazingly-ok kind of book. It is gritty and sad with lots of drama and bad things happening; I guess you could say that it is truer to what life would have been like – a rough life in a new, rough country.
The characters are well-written and complex. The story is full of changes – some expected and others unexpected. There are references to the Bible and religion, but not a lot and they are well-woven into the story.
It has been a while since I read the previous book of the Stone Braide Chronicles and I was a bit rusty on who was who and what had happened. Once I got past that (and the first couple chapters) and just settled in to enjoy Storm: A Novel (Stone Braide Chronicles #3) – I did.
Notice: You should start at the beginning of this series with the free prequel – Tremors (#.5). Then read the first of the series – Thunder (#1). Next there is another short ebook you can get for free – Aftershock (#1.5). After all that…read Lightning (#2). She released another free ebook after Lightning – Surge (#2.5) and then is Storm (#3).
For those of you that aren’t familiar with this series it is dystopian and categorized YA. I have enjoyed each of the books even though I don’t usually look for YA books. If you don’t know what dystopian is I explained it with my review of the first book of this series.