Guess a Quote (5.17.15)

Beowulf [Guess a Quote]Hey everyone! Two weeks into my new job and I’m considering blogging only once a week for a while. My idea is to alternate and do a book review one week and a guess a quote the next. Thoughts? Hate the idea? Love it? Neutral?

Anyway. Our last quote came from Beowulf. Mark, writefury, and Hanna R. all guessed correctly! Good job everyone! :)

Here’s a quote from a book often spoken of alongside Beowulf.

As for man, his days are numbered, whatever he might do, it is but wind.

Happy Guessing!

Book Review: The Maze Runner

Maze Runner, TheThomas wakes up in a moving metal box, with no personal memories. When the box comes to a stop, he finds himself surrounded by a group of teenage boys. The story for each of them is the same. They all arrived in the same way and found themselves stripped of personal memories of their pasts. They live in a mysterious glade surrounded by a cryptic, unsolvable maze. A few of the boys have lived there for two years. Life has fallen into routine. But Thomas’ arrival signals changes to the glade, and not all of the boys are happy. The gladers’ way of life is being challenged, their lives threatened, and the need for a solution growing more desperate every day.

I found this book intriguing, but a little dry at times. However, most of the last few books I’ve read lately have bored me a little, so my ability to focus may be impacted by how busy my schedule has been. Anyway. This book was non-stop action. I really liked Thomas as a main character. He had a lot of moral strength and made a great hero. Speaking of moral strengths, the biggest detriment of this book was a large usage of fake cusses. I appreciated the author’s sensitivity in not using actual bad words, but I could have done without the fake ones too. Other than that, I really didn’t have any complaints.

Guess a Quote [4.28.15]

Old Yeller [Guess A Quote]Hey everyone! Back for another Guess a Quote. You may have noticed that posts have been slightly more erratic than usual around here. I’m trying to stay as regular as possible but I’m in the process of starting a new job, so some days I just have to let the blog slide. Please be patient with this. Also, if any of you have a suggestion for a Guess a Quote or would like to guest post a book review, I’d love to hear from you! :D

Amber, Lina, CJ, R.G. Nairam, Morgan Huneke, writefury, Jennifer Sauer, conniepsaunders, starshining4ever, Addyson, and Amanda all guessed the last quote correctly. It came from Old Yeller by Fred Gipson. My primary memory of that story is the TV version of the movie, complete with commercials, that my grandparents taped for us on VHS.

This week’s quote is about as old of a classic as you can get.

Hand to hand is how it will be, a life and death fight against the fiend, and he whom death bears off shall submit to the judgement of the Lord.

Happy Guessing!

Book Review: Comes the Dragon

Comes the DragonJudgement is coming to the people of God, yet they choose to ignore the warnings.

Comes the Dragon is sequel to Abaddon’s Eve, which I reviewed last August. The players remain the same. Flora, Rechab, Alack, and other key players struggle to determine the paths they should walk in an increasingly confusing and dangerous world. By assuming Flora’s name, Rechab has new-found security and freedom, but she finds the burden of decision making almost too heavy to bear. Flora, cast out from the community where she has spent years worshiping God, fears her pagan birth will separate her from the Lord she loves. Alack continues as Kol Abaddon’s companion and apprentice, but his compassionate nature often puts him at odds with his mentor.

For me, Kol Abaddon, the voice of destruction to The People, was the most interesting character in this book. He didn’t receive much “screen time,” but my interest in his character was validated in the epilogue. This nameless prophet is tortured by a pain private between him and God. While Kol Abaddon is God’s mouthpiece, he doesn’t seem to have a particular warm relationship with the Great God he speaks for. And there’s a reason for that. (Read the book to find out what it is. ;) )

Guess a Quote [4.13.15]

King of the Wind [Guess a Quote]Our last guess a quote struck another popular book for many of you. Lina, emilydm544, proverbs31teen, Amanda, R.G. Nairam, Addyson, Shaina, OnionTea, starshining4ever all correctly guessed King of the Wind, by Marguerite Henry. Good job, everyone!

Since we’re doing so well with the animal story theme, here’s another one. Not a horse this time, though.

I remember like yesterday how he strayed in out of nowhere to our log cabin on Birdsong Creek. He made me so mad at first that I wanted to kill him. Then, later, when I had to kill him, it was like having to shoot some of my own folks.

Happy Guessing!

Book Review: Orphan’s Song

Orphan's SongThis book has been sitting on my shelf since I got it for Christmas, waiting to strike my fancy in a moment I was searching for a new read. Fancy struck on a Thursday two weeks ago, but my day was so busy I carried it around all day and only read the first chapter. However, on that Friday my work got canceled because of snow (snow, on March 20th!) , so I ended up plowing through almost the entire book in one day.

The first few chapters had me worried. The story had it’s unique points, but seemed to fall into the tired pattern of many fantasy stories. You know the ones I’m talking about. Poor orphan with mysterious beginnings. Crotchety, abusive guardian. And a randomly talking animal.

Thankfully, uniqueness spun out of the mundane beginnings. The biggest strength of this story was the mystery. Gillian masterfully steered clear of explaining too much too soon. The mystery of The Song and the Songkeeper unravel slowly and require continued reading to discover what’s going on. The roots of pain that hold Amos to his past and cause him to fight destiny are slow reveal themselves. The reader must keep nose to book to learn what the prize the dark soldiers and the children of the Underground are fighting over is and why it’s important. And the talking cat? Well, he’s a mystery too. ;)

Read the synopsis of Orphan’s Song.

Guess A Quote [3.30.15]

Black Stallion [Guess a Quote]Hello everyone! I hope your spring has been more spring-ish than ours has been so far. It snowed twice week! The weather people say warmer weather is coming, and I hope they’re right. I like the cold, but it’s time for the snow to quit.

The last quote came from The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. Most of you already knew that! CJ, writefury, R.G. Nairam, Lina, Elisabeth Sullivan, proverbs31teen, Jonathan G., Amanda, and OnionTea all got it right!

With that positive guessing record, I thought we’d stick to the animal theme with another of my favorite horse stories. I’ve done a quote from this one once before, but this time it’s the opening line of the book.

In the northwestern slice of Africa known as Morocco, a horseboy stood, with broom in hand, in the vast courtyard of the royal stables of the Sultan. He was waiting for dusk to fall.

Happy Guessing!

Book Review: Crazy Busy

Crazy BusyCrazy busy. Who can’t relate to those two words? When my friends ask me how I’m doing, I often reply with, “busy.” When they ask how my week has been, I say, “busy!” And I get the same reply from plenty of them.

To be honest, I like being busy. Jobs, activities, and goals that keep me on the go energize me. But there are those moments (days … weeks … months) that crazy busy becomes overwhelming and stressful.

This book and Just Do Something, both written by Kevin DeYoung, received rave reviews from a few of my Goodread’s friends, so when I noticed Crazy Busy available for Kindle for 99 cents, I decided to give it a try.

DeYoung made a lot of good observations and comments about our busy lifestyles. He talked about the importance of being still before our God, the danger of assuming a god-complex by feeling like we need to “do it all because God is depending on us, and the fallacy of feeling wronged when our busy schedules make life “hard.”

Overall, I liked the content but wasn’t overly inspired by this book. On the other hand, I recommended it to a few of my friends because I thought they would enjoy and be encouraged by it. So, if being busy isn’t something that bothers you, this book might read a little dry. If being busy stresses you out, you’ll probably like this book a lot (if you can find time to read it)!