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Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah

Comfort and Joy
By Kristin Hannah

Published: October, 2006
Published By: Ballantine Books
Format Read: eBook, Kobo
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Rating: 4/5
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Synopsis
High school librarian Joy Candellaro is just merely existing in the wake of a divorce. Then her entire existence is rocked when she learns that her own sister is pregnant with her ex-husbands baby. In a fit of desperation she flees looking for an escape from reality. On a whim she buys a plane ticket for a chartered flight that would take her deep into the Olympic rain-forest in the American Pacific Northwest.

My Thoughts

Comfort and Joy has a premise that may sound overly familiar to fans of cheesy Christmas movies. However this is not a happy, fuzzy holiday story, but one that is melancholy and ripe with tragedy.

Kristin Hannah’s descriptions were very vivid and beautiful. The lodge that Joy finds herself at reminded me in some ways, of William Paul Young’s The Shack, which is one of my favourite novels. The bond she would form with Bobby (son of the lodges owner) was really quite sweet and endearing.

Although this book wasn’t one that I absolutely loved, there were two main points that kept me reading and in turn factored into my 4 star rating. 1: I was able to really relate to Joy on a personal level. The emotions she felt as a result of her heartbreak really hit close to home for me. And 2. There were several passages that made me stop and reflect. Below I have included some of those quote that caught my attention.

I would recommend Comfort and Joy to those who enjoy contemporaries and fans of Kristin Hannah.

Notable Quotes

“I’m dreaming again for the first time in years, and it feels good.”

“This is my resolution for the New Year. I will be honest with myself. I’ll keep my eyes open. I’ll see what’s there, not just what I want to see.”

“..the silence has been like the in-drawn breath before a scream”

“It’s amazing how quickly a bone can heal. If only the heart were as durable. A little plaster, two months of bed rest, and voila! your broken heart is mended.”

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Currently Reading · Memes · Recommendations

Currently Reading: February 11, 2018

Posting a quick update to record my reading progress.

We are currently snowed in here. Over the past couple of days we just got dumped on and its really quite beautiful. Driving in it isn’t very fun though. Does anyone else enjoy shoveling snow? I do! Too bad my heart doesn’t agree, so I have to really limit myself. It makes me miss the days of my childhood where I’d spend the day outside sledding, building snow forts and snowmen. Ah those were the days.

Does anyone remember Crazy Carpet sleds? They are also known as Flying Carpets..

I had so much fun with these as a kid, but man were they ever hard on the knees.

Now lets talk books..

My Reading Progress


I finally finished my re-read of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This is as far as I’ve ever read in the series, however I plan to remedy that in the months to come. I’m looking forward to continuing the series, but I’m kind of worried I won’t be into the remaining books like I was the first 4. Did anyone else have this problem with the HP series? I enjoyed The Goblet of Fire, but the third book still remains my favourite. It surprised me how much of the plot I had forgotten. So in a way it was kind of like reading it for the first time.

Currently Reading


I’ve made great progress with these two books. I hope to finish off Ellen’s book tonight and Beth Labonte’s later in the week.

What are you all reading? Leave me a message in the comments.

Happy reading.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Books I Really Liked, but Can’t Remember Much About


Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today I will share with you some books that I liked, but can’t remember much about. Perhaps its time for some re-reads..

1. The Hidden Life (Amish Quilt, #2) by Adina Senft

2. Appalachian Serenade (Appalachian Blessings 0.5) by Sarah Loudin Thomas

3. The Queen (The Selection, 0.4) by Kiera Cass

4. Breaking the Story (Scottie’s Adventures, #1) by Ashley Farley

5. Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin

6. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

7. My Canary Yellow Star by Eva Wiseman

8. The Castle in the Attic (The Castle in the Attic,#1) by Elizabeth Winthrop

9. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

10. Random Passage (Random Passage, #1) by Bernice Morgan

Recommendations · Wrap-ups

2017 Recap: In the Stars

Check out the books I read, reviewed and rated in 2017.

January

Books Completed: 2

5 Stars

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

3.5 Stars
Skeletons in the Attic (Marketville Mystery. #1) by Judy Penz Sheluk 

February

Books Completed: 3

4 Stars

 Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

A Race to Splendor by Ciji Ware

3 Stars
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4) by Rick Riordan 

March

Books Completed: 2

4 Stars

The Empress Holds the Key (Jack Rogan Mysteries, #1) by Gabriel Farago

3 Stars
A Vote for Murder (Murder, She Wrote, #22) by Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain, 

April

Books Completed: 1

3.5 Stars

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

May

Books Completed: 2

3.5 Stars

No Safe Harbor (Edge of Freedom, #1) by Elizabeth Ludwig

1.5 Stars
The Littlest Cowboy (The Texas Brands #1) by Maggie Shayne

June

Books Completed: 2

3.5 Stars

If You’re Gone by Brittany Goodwin

3 Stars
The Little Shadows by Marina Endicott 

July

Books Completed: 3

5 Stars

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas 

4 Stars
The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
The Day the  Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan

August

Books Completed: 4

4 Stars

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by JK Rowling
The Hangman (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #6.5) by Louise Penny

3 Stars
The Islands of Doctor Thomas by Franchoise Enguehard
The Luxe (Luxe, #1) by Anna Godbersen 

September

Books Completed: 1

3 Stars

The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

 

October

Books Completed: 3

4 Stars

The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo

 

2.5 Stars
Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman

Not Rated
Newfie, Come Home! by David Belisle

November

Books Completed: 3

4 Stars

Down, Then Up: A Novella by Beth Labonte

 

3.5 Stars
The Measure of Katie Calloway (Michigan Northwoods,#1) by Serena B. Miller
The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas 

December

Books Completed: 2

4 Stars

Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah

 

3 Stars
Plum Lovin’ (Stephanie Plum #12.5) by Janet Evanovich 

Book Reviews · Recommendations

Plum Lovin’ (Stephanie Plum, #12.5) by Janet Evanovich

Plum Lovin’ (Stephanie Plum, #12.5)
By: Janet Evanovich

Published: January 2007
Published By: St. Martin’s Press
Format Read: Kindle for PC, eBook

Rating: 3 Stars
♥♥♥

 

Synopsis

Plum Lovin’ is a holiday novella that falls between the full length novels Twelve Sharp and Lean Mean Thirteen. Set just before Valentines Day, business is slow in the bonds industry and there is only one large bail skip on Stephanie Plum’s list. In order to capture the skip, she must first help her friend Diesel and play cupid along the way.

My Thoughts 

The in between novellas in the Stephanie Plum series, aren’t exactly crucial reading, although it would have helped me to better understand Diesel’s character if I had read Visions of Sugar Plums (Stephanie Plum #8.5) first. I knew that he was a character from another series by Janet Evanovich, but I have yet to read any of those books.

It had been a while since I have read this series, so it was nice to revisit my favourite characters once again. Although a short story, it had the same humor I’ve come to enjoy. However I didn’t feel like the Diesel’s hint of paranormal powers fit into the Stephanie Plum world.

Still I would recommend Plum Lovin’ to fans of Janet Evanovich and the Stephanie Plum books.

Currently Reading · Recommendations · Wrap-ups

Monthly Wrap-up: December 2017

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Here we are at the beginning of another year. 2017 was quite a whirlwind for me. Full of many ups and downs. But more importantly it blessed me with a beautiful son. This Christmas was by far one of the most memorable for me and my family. Charles has brought so much joy to our lives.

The past few weeks have been full of wonderful Christmas festivities and time spent with family. Of course it also included some reading..

Books Completed

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 2
Total Number of Fiction: 2
Total Number of Non-fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 0
Total Books Read from my Shelves: 2
Total Library Books Read: 0

Formats Read

Physical Books: 0
eBooks: 2
Audio Books: 0

Total Books Read in 2017: 27

Currently Reading

I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season and all the best for 2018.

 

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Top 10 Tuesday: My Top 10 Favourite Books of 2017

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Tis the season for yearly wrap-up posts. I will likely mention the following books in upcoming posts, but I really wanted to participate in this weeks TTT. As it is only early in December, there may be more books that I would add to this list.

Without further delay here are my favourite books that I have read so far in 2017. (In chronological order)

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

 A Race to Splendor by Ciji Ware 


Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford


The Empress Holds the Key by Gabriel Farago


The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen


The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan


Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by JK Rowling


The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo


Down, Then Up: A Novella by Beth Labonte

 

If you participated in this weeks TTT, please leave me your link below. 

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My Life in Books Tag

My Life in Books Tag

I came across this tag on Rebel Mommy Book Blog, however it was created by Rantings of a Reading Addict. 

Find a Book for Each of Your Initials 

..M..L..S..

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Count Your Age on the Shelf. Which book is it? 

Because all my books are in storage, I used my Goodreads (All) shelf

30

 

Where Are You Now by Mary Higgins Clark

Pick a book set in your city

The setting of Marketville is based on Newmarket, Ontario. 

 

Skeletons in the Attic (Marketville Mystery #1) by Judy Penz Sheluk

Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to.

Alaska 

Submerged (Alaskan Courage, #1) by Dani Pettrey

Pick a book that’s your favourite colour

Purple 

Smokin’ Seventeen (Stephanie Plum, #17) by Janet Evanovich

Which book do you have the fondest memories of? 

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1) by Meg Cabot

Which book did you find the most difficult reading?

Due to the subject manner.

 

See Jane Run by Joy Fielding

Which book on your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) by J.K. Rowling

 

Have you read any of these books? If you participate in this tag too, leave me your link in the comments. 

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The Measure of Katie Calloway (Michigan Northwoods, #1) by Serena B. Miller

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The Measure of Katie Calloway
(Michigan Northwoods, #1)

By: Serena B. Miller

Published: October 2011
Published By: Revell 
Fromat Read: Kindle for PC
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

Rating: 3.5/5
♥♥♥.5

Synopsis 

Katie Calloway makes a daring escape from her abusive Confederate Officer, husband. Fleeing north, she and her young brother Ned find themselves destitute in Bay City Michigan looking for a way to support themselves. Meanwhile, lumber camp owner Robert Foster is in a bind after his only cook is put out of commission due to injury. Although it was rare for a woman to work in a lumber camp among a group of men, he takes a chance on Katie. But will she be able to win them over and move on from her traumatizing past or will it catch up to her in the backwoods of Michigan?

My Thoughts 

Author Serena B. Miller was inspired to write The Measure of Katie Calloway after seeing  old photos of Michigan lumber camps in the 1800’s. In a workforce that was exclusive to only men, a female cook was very rare.

Even though Katie was the only woman working for Robert Foster, her past had made her strong and determined to forge a better life for herself and Ned. The way she adjusted to her new role showed a lot of character growth. Both Katie and Robert had their own reasons for escaping into the Michigan wilderness, which was interesting to discover.

The detailed explanations of the everyday operations in the 1867 lumber camp were really informative and well researched. I also enjoyed the camaraderie between the workers and how they abide their own code.

I would recommend this first book in the Michigan Northwoods series to fans of Christian historical fiction.

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Charlie’s Corner: November Wonder Week with Life Outside the Box

Baby Boy!

After Charles was born I joined a group made up of local Mommy’s with young children. It has become a great place to turn to for support and we have met some wonderful people as a result.

One of the Mom’s in the group has created a blog to share the different activities she does with her two little ones. Click the links below to check it out:

Life Outside the Box (Blog)

Life Outside the Box (Facebook Page)

Last week Charles and I participated in an online program she created, which encouraged sensory, nature and motor skills play. November Wonder Week was a fun way to explore using everyday household items with an autumn theme. Each day Katherine would post a file including the instructions for the activity she planned. In her daily instructions she offered modifications for different age groups. Every child experienced this program in their own unique way. I really enjoyed learning how the other parents put their own spin on the activities. It helped give me ideas on what to do, as I am far less creative. I am really looking forward to participating in the next group program in the New Year.

Be sure to check out Katherine’s blog if you are interested in learning more about “Life Outside the Box”.