Saturday, January 30, 2021

All That We Carried {Book Review}


**I received this book from Revell. This is my honest review.**

Ughhhhh, I really really really wanted to like this book. I enjoyed Bartels last book The Words Between Us but All That We Carried fell way flat for me. 

 Let me start by saying, I didn't fully loathe the book. I really enjoyed the storyline of the sisters, Olivia and Melanie. They had been estranged for 10 years following the tragic death of their parents in a car accident and Melanie asked Olivia to go on a week-long hiking trip in an effort to bring them back together. 

I enjoyed seeing how they learned about each other, understood each other's feelings, etc. That part was good. 

Then there was the weird "Christian" aspect of the book. It was just completely odd for me. There was a character in the book, Josh, who was just hard to figure out and I just didn't like that part of the book AT ALL! 

I will definitely give Bartels another chance should she write another book because I do enjoy her story telling, in general, but this one was a miss for me. 

Monday, January 4, 2021

Books Matt Read {2020}

1. Star Wars Jedi Search
2. Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
3. The Founding Myth by Andrew Seidel
4. How To By Randall Monroe
5. The End is Always Near by Dan Carlin
6. I will Carry You by Angie Smith
7. Peter Pan by James Matthew Barrie (to boys)
8. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (to boys) 
9. The Battle of Nashville by Benson Bobrick
10. Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
11. A Solider of Great War by Mark Helprin
12. Chronicles of the Black Company by Glen Cook
13. The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch
14. Eric by Terry Pratchett
15. Who was Abigail Adams? by True Kelley 
16. 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric Kline 
17. 11 Indispensable Relationships by Leonard Sweet
18. Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber 
19. Adventuring Together by Greta Eskridge 
20. The Volcano of Fire By Geronimo Stilton (to the boys) 
21. The Kingdom of Fantasy by Geronimo Stilton (to the boys) 
22. Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J Krosoczka (to the boys) 
23. Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians by Jarrett J Krosoczka
24. The Tower of Treasure by Franklin W. Dixon
25. The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

Friday, January 1, 2021

Books I Read {2020}

1. I Will Carry You by Angie Smith
2. Finding Home by Karen Kingsbury and Tyler Russell
3. Suffer Strong by Jay and Katherine Wolf
4. All the Ways we Say Goodbye by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White
5. Raising the Challenging Child by Karen Doyle Buckwalter, Debbie Reed and Wendy Lyons Sunshine
6. Homeschool Bravely by Jamie Erickson
7. The Jolly-Rogers and the Cave of Dooms by Jonny Duddle (to boys)
8. Mercy Watson Fights Crime by Kate DiCamillo (to boys)
9. Geronimo Stilton A Fabumouse Vacation for Geronimo (to boys)
10. Falling Home by Karen White
11. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
12. Someone Like You by Karen Kingsbury
13. Nothing To See Here by Kevin Wilson
14. The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
15. Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan
16. On The Bright Side by Melanie Shankle
17. The Wicked Redhead by Beatriz Williams
18. Selah by Lisa T. Bergren
19. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
20. Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates
21. When Less Becomes More by Emily Ley
22. The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates
23. Honey For a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt
24. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
25. She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
26. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (to boys)
27. The Call of The Wild + Free by Ainsley Arment
28. Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo (to boys)
29. Mercy Watson Goes For a Ride by Kate DiCamillo (to boys) 
30. Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne
31. How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Fisher and Elaine Mazlish
32. Love on Lexington Avenue by Lauren Layne
33. Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne
34. Mercy Watson Princess in Disguise by Kate DiCamillo (to the boys)
35. Mercy Watson Thinks like a Pig by Kate DiCamillo (to the boys)
36. Mercy Watson Something Wonky this way comes by Kate DiCamillo (to the boys)
37. The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase
38. Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo (to boys)
39. Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon by Kate Di Camillo (to boys)
40. The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver
41. The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin
42. Magnolia Table: A Collection of Receipts for Gathering Volume Two by Joanna Gaines
43. One Day in December by Josie Silver
44. The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
45. Blind Spot by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald
46. More Than Words by Jill Santopolo
47. The Wedding Dress Christmas by Rachel Hauck
48. Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye (Geronimo Stilton #1) by Geronimo Stilton (to the boys)
49. The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck
50. Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln by Kate DiCamillo (to the boys)
51. The Summer House by Lauren K. Denton
52. The Honey-Don't List by Christina Lauren
53. Eugenia Lincoln and the UnExpected Package by Kate DiCamillo (to the boys)
54. Cat and Mouse in a Haunted House by Geronimo Stilton (to the boys)
55. Stella Endicott and the Any Is Possible Poem by Kate DiCamillo (to the boys)
56. Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory
57. Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
58. Girls of Summer by Nancy Thayer
59. In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
60. Open Book by Jessica Simpson
61. I'm Too Fond of my Fur! Geronimo Stilton #4 (to the boys)
62. Reborn by Clayton King
63. 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand
64. Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
65. Four Mice Deep in the Jungle, Geronimo Stilton #5 (to the boys)
66. On The Corner of Love and Hate by Nina Bocci
67. Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty (to the boys)
68. Meet Me on Love Lane by Nina Bocci
69. Who Was George Washington by Roberta Edwards (to the boys)
70. The Ingredients of You and Me by Nina Bocci
71. Paws Off, Cheddarface! Geronimo Stilton #6 (to the boys)
72. The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
73. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
74. The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez 
75. Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants by Andrea Beaty (to the boys)
76. Stand All The Way Up by Sophie Hudson
77. The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield
78. The Beach Trees by Karen White
79. The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch
80. Be The Bridge by Latasha Morrison
81. Triggers by Amber Lia
82. The Southern Education of a Jersey Girl by Jaime Primak Sullivan
83. The Miscarriage Map by Sunita Osborn
84. Mom Seeks God by Julia Roller
85. Women & Men In the Word - New Testament by She Reads Truth 
86. A Different Beautiful by Courtney Westlake
87. Adventuring Together by Greta Eskridge
88. With Love from the Inside by Angela Pisel
89. 100 Days to Brave by Annie F. Downs
90. The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan
91. Red Pizzas for a Blue Count by Geronimo Stilton (to the boys) 
92. Iggy Peck and the Mysterious Mansion by Andrea Beaty (to the boys) 
93. Attack of the Bandit Cats by Geronimo Stilton (to the boys)
94. What You Wish For by Katherine Center
95. The Phantom of the Subway by Geronimo Stilton (to the boys) 
96.  The Patient One By Shelley Shepard Gray
97. 11: Indispensable Relationships You Can't Be Without by Leonard Sweet 
98. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
99. The Loyal one by Shelley Shepard Gray
100. The Protective One by Shelley Shepard Gray 
101. The Trustworthy One by Shelley Shepard Gray 
102. The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and Women's Work by Kathleen Norris
103. This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell 
104. Results may Vary by Bethany Chase
105. One Night At the Lake by Bethany Chase
106. All Because of a Cup of Coffee (to the boys) 
107. Live by Sadie Robertson
108. Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane 
109. Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum 
110. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert 
111. Paris is Always a Good Idea by Jean McKinlay
112. The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker 
113. Women & Men in the Word - Old Testament by She Reads Truth
114. Not That Kind of Guy by Andi J. Christopher 
115. The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall 
116. What Were The Twin Towers? by Jim O'Connor  (to the boys) 
117. Mother Daughter Widow Wife by Robin Wasserman 
118. Would Like To Meet by Rachel Winters 
119. It's Halloween You 'Fraidy Mouse (to boys) 
120. The Home Edit by Clear Shearer and Joanna Teplin 
121. After the End by Clare Mackintosh 
122. Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
123. The Book Of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate 
124. Not The Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher
125. Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
126. Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian
127. Kiss My Cupcake by Helena Hunting 
128. The Key to Love by Betsy St. Amant
129. Garden City by John Mark Comer
130. Merry Christmas, Geronimo (to the boys) 
131. Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
132. We Don't Know What's Going to Happen and That's Okay by John Mark Comer
133. The Temple of the Ruby Fire (to the boys) 
134. Intensional by D.A. Horton
135. 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke 
136. The Home Edit Life by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin
137. Christmas Cradles by Kelly Long 
138. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett 
139. Troubles in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand 
140. The Restaurant by Pamela Kelley 
141. In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
142. Truly, Madly, Deeply by Karen Kingsbury 
143. Share Your Stuff, I'll Go First by Laura Tremaine
144. The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth 
145. My name is Stilton, Geronimo Stilton (to the boys) 
146. The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories by Celeste Fletcher McHale 
147. Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
148. To Love A Prince by Rachel Hauck
149. An Amish Christmas Bakery 
150. The Marriage Game by Sara Desai
151. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne 
152. Christmas Island by Natalie Normann
153. Surf's Up Geronimo (to the boys) 
154. Float Plan by Trish Doller
155. The Little French Bridal Shop by Jennifer Dupee
156. Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey 
157. Tools of Engagements By Tessa Bailey
158. An Amish Christmas Wedding: Four Stories by Amy Clipston and more
159. Wedding Crasher by Geronimo Stilton (to the boys)
160. Sofia Valdez and the Vanishing Vote by Andrea Beaty(to the boys)
161. The Search for Sunken Treasure by Geronimo Stilton (to the boys)
162. Snowed in by Jessica Calla 
163. Shall We Dance by Shelley Shepard Gray 
164. Take the Lead by Shelley Shepard Gray
165. The Lake House by Christie Barlow
166. Thea Stilton and The Race For the Gold (to the boys) 
167. Tiny Imperfections by Alli Frank 
168. Forgiving What You Can't Forget by Lysa TerKeurst 
169. The Little Swiss Ski Chalet by Julie Caplin 
170. How To Test a friendship by Theanne Griffith (to the boys) 
171. Thin Girls by Diana Clarke
172. Don't You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
173. Want by Lynn Steger Strong
174. The Flat Share by Beth O'Leary
175. Advent 2020 Jesus Christ is Born by She Reads Truth 
176. Brain Trouble by Theanne Griffith (to the boys) 
177. Out of Pocket by Debby Mayne 
178. 25 Days 'Til Christmas by Poppy Alexander 
179. The Christmas Toy Factory by Geronimo Stilton (to the boys) 
180. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne 
181. Frontier Follies by Ree Drummond 
182. Christmas on the Island by Jenny Colgan 
183. On The Island by Tracey Garvis Graves 
184. The Switch by Beth O'Leary
185. All I Want For Christmas by Wendy Loggia 
186. Every Summer by Joanne DeMaio
187. Stories from Suffragette City by M.J. Rose 
188. The Mouse Island Marathon by Geronimo Stilton (to the boys) 
189. The Magnificent Makers #3: Riding Sound Waves by Theanne Griffith (to the boys) 
190. The Nantucket Inn by Pamela M. Kelley
191. If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane
192. Christmas Catastrophe by Geronimo Stilton (to the boys) 
193. A Very Merry Christmas by Geronimo Stilton (to the boys) 
194. New Year's Kiss by Lee Matthews 
195. A Christmas Tale by Geronimo Stilton (to the boys) 
196. The Mysterious Cheese Thief by Geronimo Stilton (to the boys) 
197. A Grandma for Christmas by Alta Halverson Seymous (to the boys) 
198. A Perfect Amish Romance by Shelley Shepard Gray 
199. Life's Too Short by Abby Jimenez
200. Sacred Tears by Lindsey Wheeler
201. It's Never Too Late by Kathie Lee Gifford 
202. The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss 
203. The Wild Wild West by Geronimo Stilton (to the boys) 
204. Down and Out Down Under by Geronimo Stilton (to the boys) 
205. Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan 
206. Save the Last Dance by Shelley Shepard Gray 
207. Nantucket Neighbors by Pamela Kelley
208. Valley Of The Giant Skeletons by Geronimo Stilton (to the boys) 
209. Summer at Little Beach Street Baker by Jenny Colgan 
210. The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward 

To the Boys: 50
For myself: 160

Non-fiction: 53
Fiction: 157