WISO: The Christmas Sweater

“Silence is important; it’s the only time you can hear the whispering of truth.”

I’ve been extra vigilant on the Christmas book lookout and I found a gem!

Here’s what I’ve been sippin on:

The Christmas Sweater
by Glenn Beck
This #1 New York Times bestselling author and renowned radio and television host delivers an instant holiday classic; about boyhood memories, wrenching life lessons, and the true meaning of the gifts we give to one another in love.

If You Could Change Your Life by Reversing Your Biggest Regrets, Sorrows and Mistakes…Would You?

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I couldn’t help myself I had to do an extra post to share this book. I started reading it a few days ago and I haven’t been able to put it down. It has been very heartwarming and moving; the perfect holiday read. I will warn those out there who are prone to water works, it’s a good tearjerker.
The Christmas Sweater is a book I know I will re-visit in future years.

“Silence makes you think, and thinking makes you realize that
not all problems are caused by someone else.”

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WISO: Let It Snow

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This year I decided to stray from a few of my favorite Christmas reads and read some new books. I’ve had quite a number of them piling up in my tbr list and new ones pop up every year.


Here’s What I’ve Been Sipping on:

Let it Snow

Last week I stumbled across this book; a compilation of 3 short intertwined stories written by 3 popular author’s. The stories were well written and I liked how the stories intertwined. However, it was not necessarily my style book; it was too focused on teenage romance for my taste. Contemporary fiction (especially romance) is probably my least favorite genre, but still it was entertaining enough, and a quick read.

Rated 4.4 on amazon.com

“I may have been a complete lunatic, but I was a complete lunatic
with manners.
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Book Bean: Peppermint Mocha – No Whip
One of my two go to favorite drinks this time of year


I am now reading :
The Christmas Sweater
by Glenn Beck.

I started reading a sample and decide to keep with it. So far it is very well written and has a very intriguing beginning. I am looking forward  to seeing how it unfolds.

“You can either complain about how hard your life is, or
you can realize that only you are responsible for it.”
~Glenn Beck

make-starbucks-eggnog-latte_coffee-step-10Rated 4.5 on amazon.com

Book Bean: Eggnog Latte/Cocoa – Extra spice 😉
The second of my holiday favorites, been drinking
a lot of these!


Click here for an update on The Christmas Sweater

What have you been sipping on?

Profound Paragraphs: WISO

“A rogue does not laugh in the same way that an honest man does; a hypocrite does not shed the tears of a man of good faith. All falsehood is a mask; and however well made the mask may be, with a little attention we may always succeed in distinguishing it from the true face.”

I know I just did a “What I’m Sipping On” but I’ve been managing my time well lately which in turn means, more time for reading!

5174cycw8glThe Three Musketeers
by Alexandre Dumas

Published in 1844

The Three Musketeers is a historical novel by Alexandre Dumas. Set in 1625–1628, it recounts the adventures of a young man named d’Artagnan after he leaves home to travel to Paris, to join the Musketeers of the Guard.

Rated: 4.4 on amazon.com
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This book despite it’s sexism and class/rank subjugation (which was clearly and unfortunately acceptable at the time in which it was written) is still a very well written and entertaining read. Dumas has a knack for adventure that enthralls me. However I also found a few subtle gems of wisdom among the escapades.

“..the merit in all things consists in the difficulty.”

I also find myself laughing quite often when reading this book; the witty banter and subtle humor quite amuses me. Here is just a little example:

“Porthos: He thinks he can challenge the mighty Porthos with a sword…
D’Artagnan: The mighty who?
Porthos: Don’t tell me you’ve never heard of me.
D’Artagnan: The world’s biggest windbag?
Porthos: Little pimple… meet me behind the Luxembourg at 1 o’clock and bring a long wooden box.
D’Artagnan: Bring your own…
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I do love a book full of variety and this one most certainly has it; adventure, comedy, romance, and more! It also reads poetically, it’s almost as though you are reading a Shakespeare play. It’s the perfect lighthearted read for me right now.

Attention e-book readers: This is Free on Kindle click picture
above or HERE for link, AND the audible add-on is only .99!

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Book Bean:
Light Eggnog Latte
So while I’ve been reading this I have been sipping on one of my holiday favorites; a latte cut slightly with eggnog! mmm good 🙂


“Time, dear friend, time brings round opportunity; opportunity is the martingale of man. The more we have ventured the more we gain, when we know how to wait.”
~Alexander Dumas, The Three Musketeers

So, do share, what have you been sipping on?

Check out Mochas and Musketeers for more swashbuckling madness!

WISO – Cinder

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Today I have been reading Cinder while sipping a Flat White Lattecup2       IMG_20160113_165950.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 


Here are my thoughts so far:

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles book 1) is a pleasant read so far, it is what you would expect from a YA book; easy, fast read. I haven’t been overwhelmed with delight by it, yet, but it’s also not a genre or style I’m usually drawn to. I decided to read it only because of all the hype, I didn’t like being out of the loop. I can see how fans of Twilight, and books of that nature, would be drawn to this series. So far it is interesting enough, although quite cliche and very predictable. I already feel like I know how the whole book is going to play out, and I prefer a little more mystery and intrigue to my reads. It is however a unique take on a classic fairytale, and I give the author kudos for that. Overall I think it is a well written story with a plot and style typical to YA literature. It is a worthwhile book to read if you like this style. If I feel overwhelmingly different when I complete the book, I will be sure to post an update.

“Cinder – The Lunar Chronicles” by Marissa Meyer
NF6zoQho-2400-2920Rated 4.6 on amazon.com
Book Bean:
 I ‘m drinking a Flat White from Starbucks

If you like your drinks unsweetened, and really want to taste the coffee flavor, this is a great drink.
Originating in Australia, it is made with 2 short shots, whole milk steamed fast, and no sweeteners.

Thank you Molly @mollysrealestateadventure
for bringing me my little pick me up today!


Has anyone else read Cinder?
What were your thoughts?

The Nightingale Gift

It has just arrived:

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
A historical novel set during WWII. This story is about
the survival, love, and freedom of two sisters in German-occupied,
war-torn France.

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Somehow I got off the naughty list long enough to be gifted the #1 book on my wishlist. I am bubbling with excitement to read this book! “The Nightingale” has gotten rave reviews, it takes place during WWII (you know I’m a sucker,)  and it is just so beautiful. I wasn’t anticipating reading this book after “Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil,” but now that I have it in my grasp,  I’m not sure I can resist. I was supposed to be reading “Cinder” and “Outlander” next…
I really should make a concrete book schedule for myself, I’m terribly undisciplined.

Book Bean: Café au Lait 
Coffee with lots of milk; the traditional French breakfast drink,
a very milky coffee.

Updates to come as I dive head first into this epic tale.

WISO: “Midnight in The Garden…”

It’s the middle of the week again, and another blustery day in the N.W. The perfect Winds~day for my next ‘What I’m Sipping On.’ The title of this book alone is enough to make you want to read it.

I am reading “Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil
(Click picture &/or title for more info.)

So far this book is extremely interesting and intriguing. It takes place in quaint little southern city of Savannah. A place thick with the feeling and personalities of the old south. I was a bit worried that it would not hold my interest, considering I saw the movie first, but it has yet to be a problem. Not only is the set up for the story line much different then the movie, but there are enough little extra quirks in the book to keep you angling for more.
It’s definitely an oddball book, one where you don’t quite know what is happening or where the books is going, but that is part of what makes it good. The most interesting thing about this reading experience, is that about 1/3 of the way through it, I discovered that it is a non-fiction book. Not only was I surprised due to the overall subtle-ness of the fact, but also because the story is so bizarre! John Berendt shows himself to be quite an impressive writer by this little fact alone.
I am only about half way through, but I am really enjoying the book. I love the quirky off the wall quality that it has. I like how easy going it is to read. I find myself interested enough that I look forward to reading it, but I don’t have this craze all the time to finish it. It’s just pleasant to pick up and read a chapter here and there. I can see why it is so revered, I just hope the second half doesn’t disappoint.

Have any of you read this book, or seen
the movie, or both?

What were your thoughts? (no spoilers please!)
I  will of course update this post when I’ve finished it. 🙂