Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday Post - 142 & Stacking the Shelves - 101

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ It's a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Guys to be honest this week just plain sucked. We lost my older cousin, Amy, to cancer on Wednesday. Even though she was thirteen years older than me, she often would include me and others a good bit younger in the things she had going on. She was my Bible school teacher when I was about 10 to 13 years old. I remember learning more about the Bible during that time period than any other until I began to read and study for myself when I was older. I remember her creating games for class. She was very creative and ended up being an elementary school teacher. She took us to the beach. She was full of pranks and many, many people have plenty of stories to tell from that aspect of her. Amy loved her family, and she loved kids. She fostered two children even though she was unmarried--voluntarily taking on the role of a single parent in order to provide a safe place for two young children when they needed it most. And I remember her taking in two other children that she taught in school whose parents often left them alone and were struggling financially. And that's just the ones that I know of. I know there were many more that she helped in various ways that I don't even know about because that's who she was. She was a genuinely good person, and her faith in God despite and throughout her battle with cancer was truly something to be admired. Amy never blamed God. She was never a victim. She had one of the most positive and uplifting attitudes I've ever witnessed. She will be greatly missed by all of her friends and family, but we are thankful that through Jesus Christ we have the opportunity to see her again one day. Death always makes the things that matter stand out in stark contrast to the things that don't. Please everyone take an extra minute to hug your loved ones and let them know how much you care because you never know how long you'll have them in your life. And if you don't know Jesus Christ, the resurrected Savior, then I pray that He will reveal Himself to you so that you may know Him and also have hope of eternal life.


Monday: Review of Confess by Colleen Hoover (4.5 Stars)
Wednesday: 2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge March Wrap Up & Waiting on Winter (Lunar Chronicles, # 4) by Marissa Meyer
Thursday: Review of All Broke Down (Rusk University, # 2) by Cora Carmack (3.5 Stars)


Monday: Review of Breathe Annie Breathe (Hundred Oaks, # 5) by Miranda Kenneally
Tuesday: Top Ten Books Recently Added to My TBR List
Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday & March EOM Wrap Up
Thursday: Review of Trouble from the Start by Rachel Hawthorne
Possibly a Friday discussion post.

Don’t forget to sign up for the 2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15, 2015 to sign up. Each month there will be a giveaway for those participating with an end of the year giveaway too! Click on the picture below or the link above to find out more!

March 2015 Take Control of Your TBR Pile

I am also participating in Kimba's March Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge. Here are my goals for the month:

  1. Open Minds (Mindjack Trilogy, # 1) by Susan Kaye Quinn (46% complete)
  2. Just Enough Light for the Step I'm On by Stormie Omartian
  3. Ruins (Partial Sequence, # 3) by Dan Wells
  4. Kiss of Fire (Imdalind, # 1) by Rebecca Ethington
  5. Inhuman (Fetch, # 1) by Kat Fells
  6. Wreck Me (Nova, # 4) by Jessica Sorensen
  7. Ruin Me (Nova, # 5) by Jessica Sorensen
  8. The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, # 3) by Michelle Hodkin
  9. Ignite Me (Shatter Me, # 3) by Tahereh Mafi
  10. Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy, # 1) by Danielle L Jensen
  11. What If by Rebecca Donovan
  12. The Walking Dead Compendium 1 by Robert Kirkman
  13. All Lined Up (Rusk University, # 1) by Cora Carmack
  14. All Broke Down (Rusk University, # 2) by Cora Carmack
  15. The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, # 6) by Richelle Mead
  16. The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey, # 3) by Julie Kagawa (64% complete)

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

By: Jen Hatmaker

Published: January 1st 2012 by B&H Books (first published December 19th 2011)

228 pages

Genre: Non-fiction, Self-Help, Spiritual, Christian, Inspiration

Source: Borrowed from the library

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Goodreads description--American life can be excessive, to say the least. That’s what Jen Hatmaker had to admit after taking in hurricane victims who commented on the extravagance of her family’s upper middle class home. She once considered herself unmotivated by the lure of prosperity, but upon being called “rich” by an undeniably poor child, evidence to the contrary mounted, and a social experiment turned spiritual was born.

7 is the true story of how Jen (along with her husband and her children to varying degrees) took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence.

Food. Clothes. Spending. Media. Possessions. Waste. Stress. They would spend thirty days on each topic, boiling it down to the number seven. Only eat seven foods, wear seven articles of clothing, and spend money in seven places. Eliminate use of seven media types, give away seven things each day for one month, adopt seven green habits, and observe “seven sacred pauses.” So, what’s the payoff from living a deeply reduced life? It’s the discovery of a greatly increased God—a call toward Christ-like simplicity and generosity that transcends social experiment to become a radically better existence.

That's it for my shelves and recaps of my past and upcoming week. What did you add to your shelves this week? Any bookish news you want to talk about? Let me know!


  1. *hugs* I am so sorry to hear about the death of your cousin, that must have been hard! She sounds like an amazing nice and helpfull person who always was there for other people and it must have been a joy knowing her. Losing someone dear to you always brings a different perspective to live and a new appreciation for the things that really matter.

    I hope this week will be better!

  2. Sorry for your loss.

    Next year I need to sign up for the series ender challenge, that is one I am really behind on for many series.

    Check out my Sunday Post

  3. you are doing great on your challenges

    I hope you enjoy :) Happy Reading!

    Here's my Weekly Wrap Up

    Michelle @ Book Briefs