Frequently for my blog entries I intend to write a book review. However, I don’t intend to write one for every book I read, saving the reviews for books I really enjoyed. Basically, if I can’t say EVERYTHING nice, I won’t say anything at all. Unless I’m specifically asked.
Furthermore, my reviews are going to be short and to the point. I will give an extremely brief synopsis followed by what I liked most about the book. No spoilers here!
My first review is for The Unveiling: Book 1 (Age of Faith 1) written by Tamara Leigh. It follows the life of Annyn Bretanne from the age of fourteen into adulthood. When Annyn’s brother Jonas is returned to the family as a corpse, she blames his warrior mentor Garr Wulfrith for his murder. She seeks revenge upon Wulfrith, disguising herself as a boy and joining his knights-in-training to be near him so that she may exact her vengeful plot. However, when the time comes for her to act, she finds it difficult to believe that such an honorable man as Wulfrith committed such a crime. She struggles with the knowledge that her feelings have changed from vengeance to something she doesn’t understand.
This book is a well-written medieval romance, and that alone makes it a winner for me. The fact that it is “clean” enough that I would recommend it to my more mature students is also a plus. But what I like most is the characters. They seem real. Their struggles and successes: totally believable. This is a Christian romance, but the elements that make it Christian are neither forced nor fake.
If you like medieval romance books or you want to give the genre a try, I suggest starting with The Unveiling. I will definitely be reading the second book in the series in the very near future!
Although it’s a clear sunny day, the sunbeams appear weaker like they’re giving up something that brings them joy. The air, still thick with humidity, smells different . . . crisper. There are three aisles at Wal-Mart dedicated to crayons, markers, notebooks, scissors, glue, and pencils. What do all these signs mean? Any student (or teacher!) can tell you. They mean a new school year is right around the corner.
As a teacher, my glorious days of summer end several days before the students waltz into my classroom. First of all, there is the classroom to prepare. For some reason, I feel the need to change my classroom décor EVERY year. Then there are the meetings to attend.
Today brought the first of such: a half-day meeting to ease the sluggish teachers into the routine. My school participates in the Capturing Kids Hearts (CKH) program, a program dedicated to empowering students and building community, and today’s meeting encouraged us to continue our CKH focus and improve areas we determined were our weaknesses. Overall, it was an excellent way to kick-start the back-to-school routine.
As I participated today, I could not help but think of the fourteen days until the official start of a new school year. Fourteen! Although I attempt to ignore it, it’s always there, tapping a rhythm on the drum of my mind. Class-room, less-ons, meet-ings! And so the countdown begins.
The past two weeks, I spent a great deal of time renovating and editing: renovating my house by helping my husband build a walkway in our front yard and editing my novel, Elise’s Choice. Then I realized something. Renovating and editing are basically the same thing. Renovating is restoring or repairing a building or item one owns, and editing is correcting or modifying something written. Both involve changing something to make it better. See? Synonyms.
Now I know that, grammatically, renovating and editing are used in different contexts and therefore aren’t considered synonyms. But I’m not talking grammatically. Grammar gets boring sometimes. So, I’m going to spice it up. When asked what I’ve been doing lately, I think I’ll reply, “Editing my yard and renovating my novel.” And if people look at me strangely, I can always blame it on too much sun!
We spent five of the hottest days of the summer working on this project, and we are proud of our accomplishment.
The last few years the Syfy channel ran an Independence Day marathon of the Twilight Zone, the sci-fi show from the ‘50’s. As a huge fan of the show, this was something to which I looked forward. Regardless of what my husband and I had planned, the television stayed tuned to the channel for most of the day. That familiar theme song has become synonymous with fireworks and barbecues.
This year, my husband and I severed ties with our cable provider, opting for the streaming route for our entertainment. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed the switch, watching exactly what we want when we want it and paying considerably less. However, as the Independence holiday approached, I began to wonder, “What I am going to do about my Twilight Zone marathon?” It simply wouldn’t seem right without it.
Fortunately, Netflix and Amazon carry four seasons of the beloved show, and I am one happy celebrator. So, amidst the barbeque we have planned today with our families and the fireworks we plan to watch this evening, our television will once again blare that eerie music. And all will be well this Independence Day as we celebrate . . . in the Twilight Zone.