Wednesday, March 1, 2017

What We're Reading Wednesday: Series Infatuation.


At the end of last month, I posted about having written here every day in January, and what my plans would be going forward. I talked about my goals for February, how I felt after working so hard to grow my blog in January, and my hopes for this site (and my writing) in the future. (You can read the post here.)

In the comments of that post, Karen Henderson ("Hi, Karen!!") left a comment asking about what the girls have been reading so far this year, and I thought that would be a great way to touch back on my family's love of books - which hasn't been featured quite so prominently in recent months as this blog has made the transition into the Lifestyle category. For the sake of including more adult tastes, I'll include some of what I'm reading as well.

What I'm Reading:
In my February Lately post, I mentioned that I'm rereading the Outlander Series. What I didn't mention - mostly for the sake of keeping that post from being SO LONG - was that I'm also rereading the Left Behind series.

These books are amazing stories, yes, but they're also the books that brought me back into the fold of Christianity after a decade of other religious exploration. These books reminded me of the beliefs that gave me comfort in my childhood, the teachings of the church I remember attending with my father. They brought to life parts of my Bible that had until that time been a mystery to me, and gave me understanding and clarity that I hadn't had before. I read them because they were well-known for being well-written, well-produced books - but I treasure them because they gave me something much richer than mere words on paper.

For the sake of not being "preachy" here, let me just say that if you're a Christian and you for some reason haven't read these books, please please check them out. You'll have an entirely new understanding of what's to come, and likely a whole new perspective on your faith and your role in today's world. If you're not a Christian and you're just looking for a good story, you can still give these a shot purely on the merit of the writing, the plot style, the characterization, and the interactions between the cast of the story.

Obviously my praise for this series is pretty profound - if you're interested in checking them out, you can actually find the entire 12-book series for Kindle in the boxed set linked below. Handy, huh?



What Joey's Reading:
Lately, Joey has been reading a series called The Unwanteds, a dystopian series for middle-grade readers. The series blurb says:

"When Alex finds out he is Unwanted, he expects to die. That is the way of the people of Quill. Each year, all the thirteen-year-olds are labeled as Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Wanteds get more schooling and train to join the Quillitary. Necessaries keep the farms running. Unwanteds are set for elimination. 
It’s hard for Alex to leave behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted, but he makes peace with his fate—until he discovers that instead of a “death farm,” what awaits him is a magical place called Artimé. There, Alex and his fellow Unwanteds are encouraged to cultivate their creative abilities and use them magically. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it’s a wondrous transformation. 
But it’s a rare, unique occurrence for twins to be divided between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron’s bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artimé that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate magical battle."

So far, Josephine has read all seven books in this series twice, and she LOVED the story! She isn't really wild about reading, but she'll read happily enough when she can find something that intrigues her, and this series has absolutely accomplished that! Check them out below:


What Eden's Reading:
Eden is a reader on another level. Where Josephine shines in mathematical and science skills, Eden is prodigious in reading; she's eight years old, in second grade, and is so far advanced in her reading skill and enthusiasm that she has to fight and argue in order to check out the kinds of books she wants to read at her school library. She once had to outright argue in order to gain access to one of the Harry Potter books after being told that it was much too much for her to read because it was a seventh-grade book. When she responded with, "So? I've read all the ones before that one already," they gave her the book.

She's also already devoured every book in the Percy Jackson series, all of which she read in the course of about eight weeks. I'm pretty sure the only other kid who rivals Eden's passionate desire to read EVERY BOOK is this kid, an obsessed four year old reading prodigy who read 1000 books in one year. Her name is Daliyah Marie Arana, and actually, she got to be librarian for a day in the Congressional Library!

As for Eden, I've got Christopher Paolini's Eragon series cued up for her to read next, but in the moment, she's enjoying the Septimus Heap series, the first of which she and Joey received as a gift from Jodie Pierce, the same friend and street team member who arranged the blog hop for me earlier this month. (Obviously, this writing books thing has kept me in touch with some truly spectacular and caring women, and I'm blessed to have both Jodie and Karen in my corner, as well as the rest of my team and those who have helped me to produce my books.)

Septimus Heap is the story of a boy named Septimus, who is the seventh son of the seventh son, and who disappears on the night of his birth. He is replaced - in a way - by a newborn baby girl, found abandoned in the snow by Septimus's father. The story depicted in the series is touted as being, "the original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart." So far, Eden loves the series, and is currently reading the third book, Physik.



So thanks for asking what we're reading, Karen! It was fun talking to the girls about what books they were currently working through and what they wanted me to say about those books - both girls thought it was great to know that people from "Mom's Job" are thinking of them and asking about them, and both girls said for me to recommend their current reads as being well worth the cost and the time invested in reading the stories!

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55 comments:

  1. These books sound interesting. I haven't read any of them. I'm currently reading Two By Two by Nicholas Sparks. I love to read!

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    1. Aww, I love Nicholas Sparks! He has such power of emotion in his writing!

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  2. My, you really love books don't you? :) I do too! Thanks for the suggestions. I am taking note of them.

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    1. Haha! Yep, I definitely love books. That's why I write them. *wink*

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  3. I'm now in the mood to go back and reread The Left Behind. I'm also intrigued by the UnWanted they sound really interesting. Thanks for sharing what you and the girls are reading. I also love to hear what fellow book lovers are reading. Eden reminds me of myself when I was younger. I was lucky to have a school librarian who understood I was so far ahead of my class in reading that she picked books and put them aside for me.

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    1. Aww, I love that you had a librarian looking out for you! I always felt weird for being such a book nerd as a kid, so I really love that I can nurture that in Eden - and I love that she's proud of her nerdness, too!

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  4. It's great that everybody is reading! I've not heard of any of those books because I spend most of my time reading blogs. But I'll have to get back to the old-fashioned printed book soon!

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    1. I definitely read a lot of blogs, too - I've even got a "favorite posts" post coming up soon!

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  5. I love to see a blog about reading because I'm a huge reader myself! I haven't read the books mentioned in your post but i just finished Brain on Fire and I really recommend it.

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  6. Similarly to you Brandi my parents were very religious and I have fond memories of my youth and going to church as a family. It does give you a comfort that nothing else can x

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    1. Well, I don't know that I'd go so far as to say my parents were religious - my mother wasn't (although she is now), but my dad was to some degree. I remember standing next to him in church and hearing him as he sang the hymns. Sometimes if he was really touched by the music, he would cry as he sang, and that had a HUGE impact on me as a girl. Still does, actually.

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  7. It is great that you explored other religions but ultimately returned to your original faith. Shows that you are very open minded x

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    1. I agree - I like that my knowledge of other faiths gives me understanding and compassion for the ways other people see things. Also, I like that no one can say I'm a Christian because I was "taught" to be one. I found my faith on my own merit, you know?

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  8. Man! Your kids have great taste in books. I need to read some of those books!

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    1. Haha, thanks! I like to think they got it from their mama.

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  9. All these books sound like that are great. I'm currently reading two books at the moment.

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    1. They're definitely great books! What are you reading?

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  10. I forgot that I had downloaded the first of the outlander series before my daughter was born. I need to charge my Nook so I can read it. Currently I'm engrossed in the Harry Potter series again, it's a series I read over and over.

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    1. Yes!! You definitely need to read Outlander - if you haven't yet, you're seriously missing out on a GREAT series!

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  11. All the books sound interesting. That's great your kids read a lot. My kids are jocks they prefer to play sports on their free time than read books. Even though they've always been in honor classes they only pick up a book when it is school related.

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    1. My oldest sort of goes back and forth. She'll read if she can find just the right book to capture her attention - but she also likes being active and outdoors. She's into basketball lately - but she's just as likely to find a sunny place to sit and paint her nails.

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  12. I work in Teen services in the Library so I am familiar with the Inheritance series and the book Eragon. Was very disappointed with the movie though.

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    1. I think that's definitely the way it usually goes. It's just so hard to fit a whole book into a movie - you end up losing so much in the process!

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  13. I havrn't read any of them yet. Am into chicklit and recently loving the book littled Sarong Party Girls.

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    1. If you like chick lit, you'd probably like my books too - they're very much into the female- and self-empowerment themes. You can check them out here: http://authorbrandikennedy.blogspot.com/p/bibliography_10.html

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    2. Also, I looked up Sarong Party Girl and I've added it to my own TBR - it looks like a great story!

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  14. I started reading the Left Behind series (the one for adults) several years ago. I couldn't make it to the end of the series though...I remember feeling there wasn't enough plot to hold my attention as the series progressed. But, I was interested to go see the movie a few years ago. Do you ever write about comparison of the book to the movie versions?

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    1. I haven't done that yet - but I wouldn't be opposed to it. If I read a book and then watch the movie, I can't help comparing the two. Writing it here would just feel like a natural progression!

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  15. I've never heard those books before! But my sister will surely love these books

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  16. I always love reading recommendations. I've seen the movie but never read the books. My mom has the entire set. Maybe i'll borrow then and start reading it.

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  17. That unwanted series actually sounds pretty interesting. I have a strange love for dystopian novels though.

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    1. They're just so interesting - I love seeing the different ways people see society changing, going especially wrong in so many ways, and so especially right in others.

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  18. I haven't read any of them. I am looking for a new book to read though so I might give one of these a try.

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  19. I always love hearing what other people are reading. Thanks for reminding me to check out the Outlander series!

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    1. Of course! It still amazes me that there are people missing out on such a great series!

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  20. My husband read the Left Behind series and enjoyed it. I think they even made it into a show.

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    1. If it's a show, I've never seen it, but I did see both versions of the movie - neither movie was nearly as good or as impactful as the books.

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  21. I think all the bookds you've enumerated here are interesting but I think I would enjoy reading The Unwanteds.

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    1. My daughter has definitely loved that series!

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  22. I've never read this series, but I appreciate your recommendation. I keep a long list of possible books to read for the future.

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    1. I think everyone should - reading is important!

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  23. I read the children's Left Behind series when I was a kid and I loved it. I started reading the adult version and never finished it for some reason. I am going to have to go back and read them now.

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    1. Definitely do! I've never read the children's series, but have thought about picking them up several times for my kids. I know my youngest would probably devour them.

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  24. Se manifique!!! I looooove that this promotes reading and books. #Madrespect to you for this post. I really need to read the outlander series

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    1. Merci beaucoup! J'aime bien lire des romans - I think it's important to share this love with my children so that they can nurture a sense of adventure and imagination.

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  25. Love your little book tips like that. It's always good to get some new suggestions so you never run out of books. My kindle is literally keeping me sane.. when I enter the tube in London and feel like eeeewww my kindle transports me into another world :)

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    1. Hahaha! Yet another reason to love books so much!

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  26. Sounds like a good series especially if you're looking for a good story to follow. I think book series are great. Thanks for the tips on where to get them.

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    1. Sorry, which series did you mean? There were several mentioned in the post ...

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  27. It's great to hear that your Eden likes to read. I hope that my Bunny will become a little book worm too!

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    1. Yeah I love that she loves books - it's something close to my heart, so it's great being able to share that with her.

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