Man Crush Monday- Abbot

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Man Crush Monday- Abbot

Remember my book review on The Art of Adapting here? Remember how before that we met the author here? I really enjoyed the book, as evidenced by my review. In this book, the main character, Lana, has a few different possible love matches. The first is a former high school boyfriend, who is now a police officer. Although he is handsome, he is a little bit “intense” and loses his cool when Lana’s brother with Asperger’s, Matt, runs away. The next love interest is a teacher at the school where Lana substitutes. He’s quite a bit younger than Lana and intensely active. When he invites her to yoga, she discovers he’s a flirt to everyone, not just her, and that he’s in a different time of life than she is. However, she also meets Abbot.

Abbot is closer to Lana’s age and he is a smart and sensitive man. I love how Abbot is laid-back. He’s incredibly wise and offers her good advice, without being pushy. I love how in the book, Lana had other, more “interesting” choices (police officer, younger man), but in the end, the dependable, easygoing guy was the one who was best for her. That’s why Abbot is our Man Crush Monday!

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Fab Five Christian Chick Lit Novels

Fab Five Christian Chick Lit Novels


I Heart Bloomberg, by Melody Carlson: Melody Carlson is probably my favorite Christian chick lit author and she has written a zillion books (Practically, I couldn’t find an exact number on her website). This series is one of my favorites by her. In this series, Kendall is a bit of a spoiled, rich girl who takes over her grandmother’s house. She finds three other girls to move in to help out with money. All of the girls have very different personalities- Megan is a strong Christian, Kendall is selfish and shallow (on the surface), Lelani is a premed student who has left a secret behind in Hawaii, and Anna is trying to break out from her overprotective family. It’s fun to see all the girls change and develop as the series continues. It’s light-hearted. with a touch of seriousness.


Dreaming in Black and White, by Laura Jensen Walker: I just recently discovered this Christian chick-lit author and she is WONDERFUL! Phoebe is hoping for a promotion to movie reviewer at the newspaper, when tall, dark, and handsome Alex comes in and cuts her job. Phoebe is forced to move back home where she re-evaluates her priorities- especially when hunky Alex shows up at her hometown, as well! What a fun and relatable character. Phoebe is very witty and funny and I loved her “voice.” I loved so many of the other characters, too! I like how it wasn’t just focused on her finding Prince Charming, but on growing up and making life decisions. This is one funny Christian chick lit book without an ounce of cheesy-ness.


Doesn’t She Look Natural? by Angela Hunt: I love this author! She can write chick lit AND suspense novels. This is a great chick lit series about a recently-divorced mother of two who inherits a funeral home. Jennifer ends up taking over the business and growing as a woman and mother through the experience. It’s such an interesting premise to a story and Jennifer is the down-on-her-luck lady you want to root for. It’s an engaging story and you want to keep reading the series to find out what happens next.


After the Leaves Fall, by Nicole Baart: This series is about Julia DeSmit’s life. Her mother abandoned her at age nine and her father died a few years later. Julia lives with her grandmother on the farm and can’t wait to go to college and start fresh. However, in college, she has another heartbreaking experience that ends up sending her back home to the farm. This is a wonderful, emotional “coming of age” story. It is a Christian book that actually focuses on the story rather than being cheesy by “overspiritualizing” everything, as many Christian books have a tendency to do. It’s extremely well-written with some beautiful passages. 


Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers: You know this book has to show up on a Christian chick lit list! This is a re-telling of the Book of Hosea in the Bible, but as if it happened in California’s gold country in 1850. This book is a bit overrated, but it’s still a good book. Angel, the prostitute, drives you crazy, but isn’t that what happens in the Bible story, as well? Her husband, Michael, keeps loving and rescuing her no matter what, though. This book was a beautiful picture of God’s unfailing love. Just a warning: even though it is Christian, sex is very much a focus so I recommend an older audience.

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Throwback Thursday- Pippi Longstocking

Today’s Throwback Thursday is about a book series I loved as a child! I think I read this book around 3rd grade and I remember loving all her crazy adventures. What child doesn’t love a story about a kid who is independent and lives without parents? That’s the premise of many children’s books, such as The Boxcar Children, A Series of Unfortunate Events, James and the Giant Peach, and The BFG. Children reach the age where they start becoming more independent and stories about children who are raising themselves have an element of glamour to them.

In Pippi Longstocking by, Astrid Lindgren, the novel is from the point of view of Pippi’s relatively normal neighbors, siblings Tommy and Anika. They live in a typical family situation and are fascinated by Pippi. She is nine-years-old and her father is a sea captain who is missing in action. Luckily, he has left her with a suitcase full of gold pieces which she uses to move into a house with her pets, a monkey and a horse. Pippi is a free-spirited, bright little girl who goes on wild, crazy adventures. There are multiple books in the Pippi Longstocking series that have been translated from… Swedish, I think? Pippi Longstocking made me laugh and activated my imagination. I adored reading these books as a child and think every child should read them.


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Waiting on Wednesday! Trust Me, I’m Lying

You guys, this book looks so, so good! I’m a huge fan of the T.V. show The Blacklist, and this Young Adult Mystery looks similar in suspense!


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Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer

Published by Delacorte Press on October 14, 2014

YA Mystery/Thriller – 336 Pages


Fans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.
Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.


But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.


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Happy Book Birthday! 9/23/14

Happy Happy Birthday to all the authors with books releasing today! We are so happy for you!



Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Published by Simon Pulse on September 23, 2014

YA – 608 Pages


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld comes a smart, thought-provoking novel-within-a-novel that you won’t be able to put down.

Darcy Patel has put college on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. With a contract in hand, she arrives in New York City with no apartment, no friends, and all the wrong clothes. But lucky for Darcy, she’s taken under the wings of other seasoned and fledgling writers who help her navigate the city and the world of writing and publishing. Over the course of a year, Darcy finishes her book, faces critique, and falls in love.

Woven into Darcy’s personal story is her novel, Afterworlds, a suspenseful thriller about a teen who slips into the “Afterworld” to survive a terrorist attack. The Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead, and where many unsolved—and terrifying—stories need to be reconciled. Like Darcy, Lizzie too falls in love…until a new threat resurfaces, and her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she cares about most.



Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan

Published by Random House by September 23, 2014

YA horror – 382 Pages


A modern, magical twist on the Gothic romance and girl detective genres, the Lynburn Legacy books will appeal to fans of both Beautiful Creatures and the Mortal Instruments series.

Powerful love comes with a price. Who will be the sacrifice?

Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.

Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most.

As coauthor with Cassandra Clare of the bestselling Bane Chronicles, Sarah Rees Brennan has mastered the art of the page-turner. This final book in the Lynburn Legacy is a wild, entertaining ride from beginning to shocking end.


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The Contract by Derek Jeter

Published by Jeter Publishing imprint on September 23, 2014

MG sports fiction – 176 Pages


The debut book in the Jeter Publishing imprint, The Contract is a middle grade baseball novel inspired by the youth of legendary sports icon and role model Derek Jeter.

As a young boy, Derek Jeter dreams of being the shortstop for the New York Yankees. He even imagines himself in the World Series. So when Derek is chosen for the Little League Tigers, he hopes to play shortstop. But on the day of the assignments, Derek Starts at second base. Still, he tries his best while he wishes and dreams of that shortstop spot. And to help him stay focused on school, his parents make him a contract: keep up the grades or no baseball. Derek makes sure he always plays his best game—on and off the baseball field!

Derek Jeter has played Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees for twenty seasons and is a five-time World Series Champion. He is a true legend in professional sports and a role model for young people both on the field and through his Turn 2 Foundation.

Inspired by Derek Jeter’s childhood, The Contract is the first book in Derek Jeter’s middle grade baseball series, an important part of the Jeter Publishing program, which will encompass adult nonfiction titles, children’s picture books, middle grade fiction, Ready-to-Read children’s books, and children’s nonfiction.


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The Edge of the Sky by Roberto Trotta

Published by Basic Books on September 23, 2014

Science and Math – 112 Pages


From the big bang to black holes, from dark matter to dark energy, from the origins of the universe to its ultimate destiny, The Edge of the Sky tells the story of the most important discoveries and mysteries in modern cosmology—with a twist. The book’s lexicon is limited to the thousand most common words in the English language, excluding physics, energy, galaxy, or even universe. Through the eyes of a fictional scientist (Student-People) hunting for dark matter with one of the biggest telescopes (Big-Seers) on Earth (Home-World), cosmologist Roberto Trotta explores the most important ideas about our universe (All-there-is) in language simple enough for anyone to understand.

A unique blend of literary experimentation and science popularization, this delightful book is a perfect gift for any aspiring astronomer. The Edge of the Sky tells the story of the universe on a human scale, and the result is out of this world.


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