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I try really hard to finish one book before I begin another, but that rarely happens! This is the stack I’m working on right now.

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Some friends of mine were discussing their admiration for the works of Jean Stratton Porter, yet again; and I was able to purchase a collection of her works for dirt cheap on my Nook, so a few weeks ago I decided to give Miss Porter a try.  It’s not one of her more well known titles, but I began with A Daughter of the Land.  It took me a while to finish it because I had to stop halfway through due to my frustration with the main character (I’m embarrassed to admit that a fictional person annoyed me so much!).  I’m still not sure what I think of Kate Bates, but she did work her way into my heart and I was rooting for her as I would a loved one who aggravates you one moment and whom you delight in the next.

For the first few chapters, I thought I was reading a straight forward piece of fiction that would take me from introduction, to climax to conclusion on a clean, straight path to the last page. Instead, I was taken on a  roller coaster ride of emotion, as the main character walked down dark side street after dark side street before reaching her final destination. Every time an issue resolved and things were looking up for Kate, another tragedy was awaiting her around the corner.  Many pages left me sad and depressed, but there was a hope and resolve in Kate that made me want to see her story through to the end. The thing that most impressed me about the book was the growth and evolution of the main character.  While her core nature remained in tact throughout, her experiences molded and matured her in a visible way.  While I probably won’t return to this story again, I did appreciate it’s honesty, and admired the author’s development of the main character.

Books mentioned in this post:

A Daughter of the Land by Jean Stratton Porter

The Essential Gene Stratton-Porter Collection (10 Books) available on the Nook Reader

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For a family that enjoys books as much as we do, finding a treasury of good stories all wrapped up in one book is always nice.  These are some of our favorites.

If you like animal stories, this book is a must. Charming, funny, and it will definitely pull at your heart strings.

This book is a great deal! Some really great titles are included.

This collection would be a wonderful addition to any child’s bookshelf. “Blueberries for Sal” is just one of many stories included.

Books mentioned in this post:

James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot

HarperCollins Treasury of Picture Book Classics: A Child’s First Collection by Tegen Katherine

Make Way for McCloskey: A Robert McCloskey Treasury by Robert McCloskey

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These are books that my kids return to over and over again.

An entertaining story about a police officer and his unique canine partner.

There are several books in this series about a ballerina with uncommonly large feet. My daughter runs for these books every time we go to the library.

My kids love this book about a little girl who loses her guinea pig, then uses the situation as inspiration to write a story for a school assignment.

Books mentioned in this post:

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

Belinda the Ballerina by Amy Young

Patches Lost and Found by Steven Kroll

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I can judge how much I enjoyed a devotional by the number of dogeared pages.  I really enjoyed this one:

In an easy to follow, verse by verse format, the author takes you on a year long journey through the book of Revelation.  Each entry tackles one verse, it’s possible meanings, and an application for our lives today.  I found it to be educational as well as practical.

Books mentioned in this post:

The Gospel From Patmos: Everyday Insights For Living From the Last Book of the Bible by Jon Paulien

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I love children’s books.  As a mother and teacher, there’s a natural affinity I suppose.  I love how a few well said words, and some nicely done illustrations can stir a life long affection for the characters and stories of our youth.  I love how I get excited when I see a childhood favorite of mine, eager to share it with my own children.

Such a fun story! My Dad used to read it to my siblings and I, and now it sits on my own children’s bookshelf.

I love how a book meant for children can bring tears to my eyes, stirring my heart with it’s beauty and simplicity.

This is such a beautiful and sentimental book. A favorite of mine.

I love how tales meant for children can teach me, and grow me, and touch me.

These stories have done so much for me on my journey of faith.

Kids of all ages, pick one up and enjoy!

Books Mentioned in this Post:

Septimus Bean And His Amazing Machine by Janet Quin-Harkin

All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

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I love books, but I especially love used books.  The texture and smell of a vintage hardcover; the history of where it came from, who owned it before me; it’s all very romantic!

One of my favorite things is a set of vintage Jane Austen books that my siblings gave me for my birthday one year.  The covers are worn and faded, some of the pages are beginning to come loose, signs of the aging process mark the inside.  They’re beautiful!

I’ll admit to grumbling my way through Emma (I’m yet to finish it), and I’ve avoided Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey (for fear of being disappointed), but I adore Sense and Sensibility, and highly enjoyed Pride and Prejudice.  My absolute favorite, however, is Persuasion. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but it’s one of my favorite stories.  Even though I know the ending, I wonder with anxious anticipation all the way through  if Captain Wentworth still loves Anne or not.  Then, finally, the letter!  It’s such a delicious ending.

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