Thursday, October 6, 2022

Brand new VeggieTales devotionals

This week I had the pleasure of reading through both the boy and girl version of the brand new Veggie Tales devotionals- God's Word for Me for boys and God's Word for Me for girls

I found the content inside them to be fully gender-neutral so it is really just the covers that are gender-specific. 

I appreciated these devotionals and I'm so excited to have added them to our shelves! I think they really work well for around the third grade reading level, however, my first and second grade readers can both easily handle them and are already enjoying these books. 

I appreciated seeing both Bible stories and modern, real-life application centered around scripture and biblical principles. Each day's devo also includes a prayer prompt. 

These are probably the best devotionals I have read for this younger age crowd and while my kids already loved Veggie Tales they have sparked a renewed excitement for them this week. They even had me draw a VeggieTales face on the butternut squash I brought home from the store last night. 

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Bookish links- October 2022

๐Ÿ“™ I'm so excited to be attending the Christy Awards' live finalist reveal webinar on the 11th! You know, for business purposes ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyone can sign up so if it's something that interests you, feel free to join me! 

๐ŸThis is the time of year where book lovers everywhere quote Anne Shirley (of Anne of Green Gables) and announce, "I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." Etsy is full of prints of the quote and this one is probably my favorite. Or maybe this one. Or this? Fine, I love them all. 

๐Ÿ“™Let it be known that I really want this 100% cotton Home Librarian t-shirt for Christmas. I'll take any color but the maroon is my favorite. Feel free to tell my husband ๐Ÿ˜‰ (I still love her Home Librarian mug, too) 

๐ŸKaren Kingsbury has started her own movie production company! I hope this will mean lots more KK books made into movies and shows, and I hope she'll be turning other Christian author's books into movies too! 

๐Ÿ“™Ghosts of blog posts past- 7 creepy Christian fiction reads! My personal spooky October fiction will be The House on Foster Hill

๐ŸOctober morning baskets- so fun! Homeschooling in Progress // T is for Tot // The Waldock Way 

๐Ÿ“™A perfect, pumpkin-themed middle grade novel I adored and think will make for a fantastic autumn read-aloud: Sweet Home Alaska 

๐ŸSarah Mackenzie is releasing her own picture book and I'm so excited for it! 

๐Ÿ“™20 visuals that will inspire you to read more books 

๐ŸNew-to-me YouTube channel I am loving, Christian Reads and Classics! On that note, are you subscribed to my Christian Bookworm channel

๐Ÿ“™Currently reading: 1 Corinthians // Liver Rescue // God's Word for Me: 365 Daily Devos for Girls // Someday // The Promise of Dawn 

Friday, September 30, 2022

Book Club!

I'm joining Lou's book club! The October pick is A Castaway in Cornwall by Julie Klassen. Already got my library copy! 

I read and enjoyed another Julie Klassen book earlier this year, Shadows of Swanford Abbey, so I am looking forward to giving this one a try. 

You can see Lou's super short video announcement here (she's actually in Cornwall in the video!) and you can read a sample of A Castaway in Cornwall here

Thursday, September 29, 2022

9 recent audiobooks


The Boxcar Children: The Dog- Gone Mystery, The Clue in the Recycling Bin, The Radio Mystery (chapter books, secular)... I liked all three of these Boxcar Children books just fine. None of them stood out as big favorites for me but I did approve of all of them for my kiddos.

The Winter Rose (Christian historical fiction)... this is such an awesome World War II time slip! I loved this book overall but I feel like the audio version especially brought it to life for me since the narrator used such a wonderful French accent for those chapters of the book. This one is set in World War II France plus Spain and Modern Day Oregon.

Dream Big (Christian nonfiction)... I think I will love any book Bob Goff puts out there and this one is no exception. The title might lead you to think it is just about going after success or something along those lines but that is absolutely not the case and this book will work for you regardless of your stage or season of life.

House of Secrets (contemporary Christian fiction)... this is definitely not a sweet or light-hearted Christian book as this is one of those that is really examining unhealthy family Dynamics and digging up some painful family history. This one deals a lot with mental illness and a little bit with child abuse so reader beware. If you feel like this is your kind of book I think you won't be disappointed.

The Sea Keeper's Daughters (contemporary Christian fiction)...  this is the third book in Lisa wingate's Carolina heirlooms series. These are all three stand-alone novels and the first two can be read in either order but I do feel like this third book needs to be read third. It would still work fine as a standalone but having read the first two books made this one that much more exciting as we get to see some later resolution come to the stories we discovered in those previous books.

The Silence Between Us (secular, young adult)...  this is a blink why a novel, meaning blink published it since it is a clean read for teens. I agree with that idea and I overall really liked this book about a deaf teenage girl and her family life which includes a little brother with cystic fibrosis. She has a beautiful relationship with her mother and baby brother so I appreciated seeing that play out but I will say that this book has very minor young adult Romance and I know that a lot of you are not comfortable with that in your teens books. I don't have teens yet but I can say that overall I would really like to see more books come out that focus on other relationships. I do find it very interesting that it's actually quite difficult to find a clean young adult novel that does not contain at least some small form of romance, even in Christian fiction. When we pour something over teens over and over and over again we are the silly ones for then wishing they would choose a different path!

Anne of the Island (middle grade, secular)... the good and the Beautiful book list has approved only Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea but has said the rest of this books in this series are not up to their standards. I really liked Anne of Avonlea even though I wasn't very happy about all of the body image talk and a couple other little things but this third book I have to admit was just a big no for me. I did not care for the extreme amount of vanity from Anne's new friend and there just were a lot of little things that of course add up to become a book full of things I don't really care for. I'm not saying it was a terrible book or anything like that, I just feel like there are many other books that bring a lot more to the table so I will go ahead and leave this one off of our book lists. In a small way it feels a little bit wrong but after reading a biography on LM Montgomery a couple of years ago I have to admit that I don't think she would mind since I know that the author was not really a fan of series and wrote most of her books in hopes of them being standalones and then only begrudgingly wrote the next installments because the publishers demanded it of her.