I found Sheila at The Deliberate Reader when I was roaming the web for suggestions for our MNO Book Club. On one of my many Google searches she appeared as a Top Ten Blog for Book Lovers. Her book reviews are personal, succinct, and to the point. She doesn’t exhibit “star inflation” where everything she reviews is 5 stars, but rather reserves top marks to those novels that she feels most deserving. Her book selection is eclectic and almost exclusively motivated by choice, rather than free reviews. Most of her books actually come from the library. Imagine my delight, when I recognized her blog title listed on the Seven Quick Takes Friday (SQT) link up. She also home schools. So there you have it – an avid book lover (gotta love librarians),
Catholic (or not, lol, see comments), and homeschooling Mom – sold!
Sheila has a new link-up that promises to be a lot of fun. The New On the Stack Link up is an opportunity to share about any books that you have added to your bookshelf over the past month. These books can be newly purchased, picked up for review, downloaded, checked out from the library, added to your mp3 player, etc. They just have to be new to you. In an effort to make the link up super easy, Sheila is also allowing Instagram pics to be linked as well as blog posts.
So, without further ado, in the style of The Deliberate Reader, here is my first contribution to New On the Stack!
How did I get it: I bought this book from amazon based on a recommendation.
Why did I get it: I have a very active two year old who is spending too much time inside during these cold months and I thought we might have some fun trying out some of these poses and ideas. Truthfully, I thought it would be as simple as opening the book and striking a pose, but the first three chapters actually have a ton of words and words I find really helpful and actually want to read!
The American Catholic Almanac: A Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed the United States
How did I get it: I selected this book for review.
Why did I get it: I loved the idea of learning more about historical Catholic figures in a one a day format.
How did I get it: I found this booklet in the “free reading” section of our activity center at the church and couldn’t put it down.
Why did I get it: I really wanted to know more about the apparitions and the story behind Fatima. I wanted to see if faced with the facts of the story I believed that the children really did see Our Lady.
How did I get it: I found this one at our awesome used book store!
Why did I get it: One of my favorite ladies in my bible study group home schools her three children and was interested in this book, so I really got it for her, but no book stays unread in my hands for long. Don’t worry – she’ll still get the book!
How did I get it: I purchased this one on Kindle.
Why did I get it: This is the MNO Book Club Selection for the month of February.
How did I get it: I purchased this from our local Catholic Book Store.
Why did I get it: I was looking for a family friendly bible that I could use for my New Year’s Resolution of reading the entire bible in a year. I have read bits and parts and know many stories, but have never read the entire bible. This is my year – more on my strategy in an upcoming post.
How did I get it: The same lovely lady in my bible study that wanted to read The Brainy Bunch, lent me this book.
Why did I get it: I’m becoming a big fan of Matthew Kelly. Have you seen his Lenten Project? It’s free!
How did I get it: I received this book for review on the blog.
Why did I get it: The book was recommended by one of my favorite marriage authors, Dr. Gary Chapman and I get to give away a free copy of the book on the blog – stay tuned!
How did I get it: This was free on Amazon – BookBub pointed me to the offer.
Why did I get it: The plot is different. The woman is married, but considering an affair with an old flame. I’m already hoping she makes the right choice and I haven’t even opened the cover.
How did I get it: This book was given to the blog for review.
Why did I get it: The author of this book is Astrid Lindgren, the author of Pippi Longstocking. There was no way I was going to pass on this one even if my littles are on the young side for chapter books…..lol There will also be a giveaway for a free copy of this one on the blog in early February.
Wanna see what else the cool kids are reading??? Check out the rest of the link up at The Deliberate Reader!