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You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner

Why I Love This Book:

So far, this has been a great read! I am very interested in Deaf culture, young adult literature, and Sign Language. This book is also very captivating and is hard to put down once I start reading it. I can’t wait to do a more in-depth review on it once I am done reading it!

Synopsis:

“When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.”

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An Interesting Concept for Free Books!

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I just love paperbackswap.com! Although this site was founded in 2004, it is still going strong! This site allows users to post books they are willing to exchange with other members for a free swap. When someone requests a book from you, you pay shipping. When you request a book from them, they pay the shipping. Other than that it is free (except if you pay for extras, such as a membership) and is a pleasure to use! Paperbackswap.com has the Box-O-Books program. This enables paying members to exchange boxes of books (rather than one at a time) to save on shipping and provide variety.  If you are not into swapping books, they have 2 sister sites for swapping dvds and cds.  I have both requested and sent out books of mine for swapping, and so far it has been a blessing.  I totally recommend you check out paperbackswap.com. You will not be disappointed! =) swap

All Things New by Lauren Miller

All Things New- A Must Read by Lauren Miller

Excerpt from amazon.com:

“Seventeen-year-old Jessa Gray has always felt broken inside, but she’s gotten very good at hiding it. No one at school knows about the panic attacks, the therapy that didn’t help, the meds that haven’t worked. But when a severe accident leaves her with a brain injury and visible scars, Jessa can no longer pretend that she’s okay–now she looks as shattered as she feels. Fleeing from her old life in Los Angeles, Jessa moves to Colorado to live with her dad, but her anxiety only gets worse in the wake of the accident. That is, until she meets Marshall, a boy with a heart defect whose kindness and generous spirit slowly draw Jessa out of her walled-off shell and into the broken, beautiful, real world—a place where souls get hurt just as badly as bodies, and we all need each other to heal.ALL THINGS NEW is a love story about perception and truth, physical and emotional pain, and the messy, complicated people we are behind the masks we put on for the world, perfect for fans of ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES and THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.“

All Things New by Lauren Miller captivated me from the start. This is a much needed story that needs to be shared with many more people around us, because it is so prevelant in our culture. This story is for sure one that should be treasured and learned from, because you never truly know what someone is dealing with until something happens that shatters their world. I think this book should be taught in high schools because of its ever so potent message and significant meaning. Thank you Lauren Miller for writing this book, it changed the way I see things surrounding issues such as anxiety, panic attacks, and mental health. I wish to read more of your stories in the near future! =)

Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.

Who Can Resist?!

Who can resist this lovely story? After Darcy’s Grandmother dies, she travels to Texas to take over her Grandmother’s business.  After leaving the city, Darcy quickly finds herself living in a much smaller town, and finds a new kindling romance after breaking off the relationship with the guy she left back home. However, Darcy finds herself doubting her ability to be successful and wonders if she will be able to keep up the business she inherited.

I loved this book right from the beginning. The cover is gorgeous, which made me want to pick up the novel from the first place (I know, never judge a book by it’s cover, right?)! The story line is easy to follow, and the characters are extremely easy to relate to. I found this book very engaging and must admit that I had trouble putting it down.I would recommend this Christian fiction novel to anyone who is looking for a fun, quick reading fix.

Bonus!– This is book one in the series, which means more enchanting novels are yet to follow! Very much looking forward to Castillo’s upcoming books.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for my opinion and review.

Never Settle For Normal… Finding God’s Prese

 

This novel, Never Settle for Normal, The Proven Path to Significance and Happiness, questions the notation of the idea of normal. What is normal may be good, except for when we find that worshiping God does not become part of this “norm”. Jonathan Parnell poses several important questions to the reader, including “What times in your life have you felt there is more to experience?” This book really let me gain a deeper insight into the value and time I make for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I would surely recommend this book to a friend who is looking to gain more meaning from life and those who are uncertain about their faith. This is a good book for someone questioning the meaning of their life, for they will find comfort in the fact that God is always present with them, lending a guiding hand, even if they do not acknowledge or recognize His presence.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this novel for an honest review.

Because God Cares

The book Talking With God covered so much more than just how to pray. It showed me how God can (and is) intervening in my every day life. Before I read this book, I did not really know how to communicate with God. However, after reading, I found that I can talk to God just like I would talk to a parent or close friend. For God is our Father, after all, and he wants the very best for each one of us in our lives. I would rate this book 8 out of 10 stars, and would recommend it to anyone who is a Christian or who is exploring the Christian faith. Disclaimer, I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Nashville’s Amazing City

I recently relocated from the New England area to just outside of Nashville. I have only been to Nashville a handful of times, but am amazed each time at the amazing and diverse city and culture.

Today, I visited the Nashville public library. Let me tell you, this place was the BEST library I have ever been in. The architecture was marvelous and the selection of books was beyond comparison. They had an art exhibit as well as many other events going on throughout the week. This place is a paradise for the book lover, and I would recommend it to everyone. However, the one downfall I did see was that residents who reside outside of the county were unable to check out materials. This was a disappointment to me. However, one of the very friendly (and kind!) staff members said they were working on fixing this to avail more free material to non county residents.  If you ever find yourself in the Nashville area, please do check out their amazing library!

P.S. There are 20 libraries in Nashville, but the one I went to was the one in downtown Nashville.

Isn’t Michigan well… beautiful?

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Fall in Michigan by Dipali S - Landscapes Forests ( plant, colorful, bright, road, vibrant, yellow, beauty, leaves, landscape, tree, nature, autumn, fresh, foliage, path, light, wild, orange, park, pathway, green, beautiful, scenics, forest, woods, rural, environment, red, season, color, outdoors, fall, background, brown, october, natural, golden,  )

A Michigan Photo Presentation Second Edition

This book was filled with gorgeous photographs, all taken by John MacDonald.  The first section portrays Michigan’s beautiful waterfalls, five hundred of which being in the Upper Peninsula. The waterfalls are all very breathtaking and it takes you away for a moment from the struggles of everyday life. The colors are all very vibrant and the photographs portray beautiful landscapes. The next section is autumn, which is arguably one of the most cherished of the seasons from a resident’s opinion. The beautiful green, reds, and golden colors make the scenery very vibrant. The next section, in my opinion, is the most interesting. This section shows methods of navigation. MacDonald writes “10,000 ships pass through Soo Locks yearly!” There are more sections included in this book, but you need to read it to find out!  Michigan is truly a historic state, filled with beautiful scenary and is a great place to be for families and people of all ages. It has something to offer everyone.

Conkers, Leicestershire, England - Footpath near Conkers in Derbyshire, UK. 
#nationalforest #countryside #nature #outdoors #woods #plants #trees #leaves #footpath #trail #tunnel #pretty #beautiful #bright #colourful #autumn #fall

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend, because I believe it would make a great coffee table book and is a good conversation starter. These stunning images made me want to both travel as well as learn more about the beautiful art of photography.

Disclaimer: I received a free ebook of this version in exchange for an honest review.

Feeling blessed!

I feel so blessed that I was able to get in contact with the author and publisher of Destiny! They are such kind people, and I truly look forward to coming in contact with them soon. Both the publisher and author were kind enough to send me a copy of Jacquie Smith’s book “Hourglass”. This is an intriguing book, and I am ready to dive into it head on. Until then, please check out Amazon for Jacquie Smith’s books! Such amazing stories and a renowned author, our world needs more great writers like Jacquie! Also, be on the lookout for more reviews coming soon! So excited– I hope you are too!!

Destiny- By Jacquie Smith

I loved this book from the beginning! The characters are easy to fall in love with. There is the clumsy Powell and the brilliant yet beautiful Elizabeth. This novel is easy to relate to and was a quick read. This is because the story line was easy to follow and the writer used very clear language. It is also kind of like an emotional roller coaster, As you may have already read from the synopsis, both Powell and Elizabeth went to the same university (Northern Ohio) and dated for some time. However, when a terrible accident

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Are they meant to be?

occurred, Elizabeth has to withdrawal from the university and does not contact Powell for several years. I cried at some parts and rejoiced at other parts. Beautifully written, this book is a gem and a must read for all. I would most definitely consider purchasing another book written by Jackie Smith. This book encouraged me to reach out of my comfort zones and not take anything in life for granted. Smith has a way of portraying true emotions through the characters and allows the reader to learn from their hardships, struggles, and major life events. This is truly a must read.