April 29, 2012
Today is my 2nd Blogoversary with 2 Giveaways!
I can't believe it was two years ago today I started this blog! If you read my blog you know most of my posts are positive, that's because when I read something I love, I want to share it and I've found blogging such a great way to do this.
I love all kinds of books. I've found there is a bit of a battle between those who love fiction and those who love non-fiction. Well I love to read both! I believe there is beauty in the written word, whether it's fiction or non-fiction. To me each book leaves a little piece of the author's heart and soul and I appreciate that.
I mostly read paperbacks because I just love the feel of them in my hands as I read. :) I do have an e-reader, which I received for Christmas, and have been enjoying it more with each book I read on it. I love that I can switch from one book to another quickly, as I'm one of those readers who reads more than one book at a time. I also love that I can change the font! I don't have the greatest eye sight, I have one lazy eye which I can barely see out of, so to be able to change the font size is wonderful. I've also newly started listening to audiobooks. The first book was terrible, the narrator a little creepy, but now my daughter and I are listening to C.S. Lewis's Narnia book 'The Magician's Nephew' and the narrator, actor Kenneth Branagh is fantastic. He has a great talent in bringing the book to life.
I didn't always love to read. As a child I had a lot of difficulty in comprehension and reading. I was the kid who went to the resource room, that all the other kids made fun of. It wasn't fun for this shy girl, but it must have helped because I now love to read and I think it made me appreciate the ability to read and understand even more.
I mostly read Christian books because that's just what I'm draw to. I just love hearing others experiences and love for God expressed in their writing, whether it's fiction or non-fiction. While some of my favorite reads have come from non-christian books, (ex. Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir, To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah), I do try to be discerning of what I read. I believe it is easier than we think to be persuaded by false teachings and writings, so I always pray before I read something controversial or non-christian.
I also have another blog which is coming up to it's 1st blogoversary. If you are interested in gardening and all things nature you may enjoy it too:
Diary of a Simple Gardener
I post all sorts of things...about my garden, poems, quotes, things I love in nature and so on. Feel free to come by and visit or follow! I'd love to see you there. :)
Well, in appreciation of all my wonderful followers I thought I'd have a giveaway! One fiction and one non-fiction book. I will be purchasing these myself and mailing them out so please be patience if you win.
To enter you need to be a follower, then please leave your e-mail and whether you would like the fiction or non-fiction book. There will be 2 winners, one for the fiction novel and one for the non-fiction book. This is open internationally and you can enter for both books if you like, just leave separate comments. So here are the books I've chosen to give away:
Non-Fiction Pick... Fiction Pick...
I loved 'Grace for the Good Girl' and hope whoever wins it will be blessed by it. :) Here is Amazons description:
"In Grace for the Good Girl, Emily Freeman invites women to let go of the try-hard life and realize that in Christ we are free to receive from him rather than constantly try to achieve for him. With an open hand and a whimsical style, Emily uncovers the truth about the hiding, encouraging women to move from hiding behind girl-made masks and do-good performances to a life hidden with Christ in God."
I haven't read Tracy L. Higley's latest book 'Garden of Madness' yet, but I loved her other books and can't wait to read this one! She's a wonderful story teller. Here's a review from Publisher's Weekly:
"The biblical story of Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar's seven years as a madman, found in the Old Testament Book of Daniel, deepens and broadens thanks to veteran author Higley's historical research and vivid imagination . . . Readers will find much to enjoy here: fine writing, suspense, mystery, faith, love, and a new look at an old story."
*I'll be announcing the winners on Monday May 7th. Giveaway open till then.
I'm looking forward to reading more great books and blogging about them and would once again, like to thank all of you who take the time to come by and visit and read my blog and to those who also leave kind and encouraging comments. You all make my day! :)