“Small Great Things”

Small Great Things

By Jodi Picoult

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          Ruth works in a hospital delivering babies for the past 20 years. But everything changes one shift for a black woman named Ruth. A white couple shows up who are white supremacists and delivers what they thought was a healthy baby boy. Ruth begins her shift running several tests on their son only to be told by her supervisor that she is not allowed to go back in the room. Why? Because she is black and the couple does not like anyone of a different race. From this point on, Ruth isn’t allowed to even touch their son. The baby suffers from cardiac arrest and Ruth is the only one in the room. Should she try all steps to do what it takes to keep the baby alive or should she not touch the child as was requested? Ruth is charged with murder and Kennedy, a white public defender takes her case and tells Ruth that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy.

          After reading this book, it changed how I felt about so many issues that is going on today. I hate the words used “African American”. I don’t like this used to separate our races. I am not a White American, I am just American. I am not sure how they should be separated but I think sticking the word African pretty much suggests your not from here. After reading this book, I realized everyone is racist somewhere. To the person who is constantly trying to prove they are NOT in fact prejudice, to the one who doesn’t treat someone right based on their skin tone and to the ones who believe someone is racist because they are white. We are really all prejudice in one way or another. We always look at someone’s race and wonder are they going to treat me differently because of the color of my skin. I am white, this is how God made me. I am not perfect, but this is how God made me. Same for all the other races out there. I also believe that God made us all different for a reason. I don’t care what race you are, if I see you struggling or crying, I will be the first to give you that hug or helping hand.

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“The Passenger” Review

     “The Passenger” written by Lisa Lutz was given barely 4 stars out of 5. I wasn’t for sure I wanted to read this book. It just didn’t seem all that interesting to me when I read the insert. The picture on the cover shows a road that is just headed into what feels like, is the black hole. So after reading the insert and looking at the cover I began to the first page! Seemed interesting enough, headed to checkout and boom….I began my journey. Who is this woman? Why is she constantly on the run?

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     With her husband’s corpse still warm at the bottom of the stairs. “Tanya Dubois” has one option: to go on the run. Again. When the police figure out that she doesn’t officially exist, they’ll start asking questions she can’t answer. Desperate to keep the past buried, our heroine hopscotches across the country, adopting and shedding identities as she fights to escape anyone who wants to silence her for good. Along the way, she collides with Domenic, a cop with murky motives; and the troubled Blue a woman who sees through her disguise and who may be a friend or foe. But ultimately she is alone, fighting for every hour of freedom. When the past can no longer be ignored, she races home to confront the darkest secret imaginable.

     This book turned out to be awesome. I loved it. It is one of them books that you must read to the end and then your glad that you did. You will be surprised at the end when you find out all the answers and one gripping truth that finally comes forward. Outstanding Lisa Lutz!!!

 

“Behind Closed Doors” Review

“Behind Closed Doors”

Written by: B.A. Paris

     He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she’s a flawless homemaker and a masterful gardener and cook, and she dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they’re still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. Jack and Grace are inseparable….

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    What you see on the outside isn’t always what you see on the inside. Why doesn’t she ever answer the phone? Why doesn’t she hang with friends without her doting husband? Welcome to a book that will leave you intrigued. Eager to find out the ending, you turn page after page even after everyone is in bed. I have been frustrated with books before, reading and hurling books. Yelling at the characters like they could hear me. This book had me doing this on every page. I almost pulled my hair out! I loved this book. I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads. Even though this book was an easy and fast paced book, I loved it. The soon to be husband had me so mad I wanted to jump into the book and slap him myself. Very exciting page turner….enjoy!

The Wonder

    The Wonder

Written by Emma Donoghue

 

Let me just start off by saying, this was my 2nd time reading this book. The first time, I got to page 50 and tossed it. I simply couldn’t read it and understand what exactly was going on. I kept thinking all the books out there I could be reading and enjoying. But I pulled this one off the shelf at the library again and thought I would give it a try. An insert inside the book reveals:

     Lib Wright, a young English nurse trained by the legendary Florence Nightingale, arrives in an impoverished Irish Village with a strange mission. Eleven year old Anna O’Donnell is said to have eaten nothing for four months. With tourists thronging to see the child, and the press sowing doubt, the baffled community looks to an outsider to bring the truth to light. Lib’s job is simple: to stay in the girl’s bare room at all hours, watching her. Is Anna a fraud or a “Living wonder”?

I gave this book 1/5 stars. I simply couldn’t get it done fast enough. The story line is there, but it held no interest to me what so ever.

 

 

Devotionals for the Soul

I woke up one day and instead of picking up a newspaper, I decided to pick up my devotionals and try to find something I should be thankful for. Most of the time, people say, “I am grateful for waking up this morning.” I am like nah, I want to be grateful for things that are not expected. Grateful for the clouds that shade us from a sweltering sun on a hot day, grateful for my pets, that I can have something to love, or how about being grateful that I still have my parents. Not everyone still has those. Being grateful or thankful for all these things pretty much sums up, your so glad you woke up. How about being grateful you found peace, love for others, grateful that others have found happiness and thankful that someone has finally found GOD?

Some devotionals I have found inspiring and I plan on listing 4 of them. First one is “Grace for the Moment, Volume 2” by Max Lucado. My 2nd one is “A Moment for your Soul: Devotions to lift you up” by Tony Evans. My 3rd one “A Year of Miracles: Daily Devotions and Reflections” by Marianne Williamson. Lastly, “The Power of Being Thankful 365 Life Changing Devotions” by Joyce Meyer.

I did give each of these devotionals 5/5 stars. I enjoyed reading them every morning and some of the devotionals helped me in so many ways. I also found how I want to live my life every single day! I hope they help you as well. We all need something in life.

A Great Way to Organize

More Hours in my Day:

Proven Ways to Organize Your Home, Your Family, and Yourself

Written by: Emilie Barnes

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     I gave this book 5/5 stars, I mean come on, everyone needs a book that can help them become organized if they feel like they are a chicken without a head. Sometimes your parent with a kid on the hip, trying to get supper planned, chores accomplished, kids off to school with lunches and still trying to find “ME” time. Life can become hectic and crazy and can tend to run yourself down trying to find time to be that perfect person. First thing first…..Breathe, grab this book and write down some things that might work for your. I like the break down method. My frig sometimes looks so scary it seems like the tomato’s are going to carry off with my gallon of milk. Whew…what’s that smell, looks like it is time to clean. Break it down, one day do top shelf, second day do the 2nd shelf, third day, clean the bottom shelf. Fourth day, clean the freezer and on the fifth day, clean the crispers…those need cleaned a lot. I also recommend a facebook group called, “A Bowl Full of Lemons”. That place shares great ideas.

     Happy Cleaning

Paris For One & Other Stories

Paris for One & Other Stories

by JoJo Moyes

 

I gave this book 3/5 stars and gave it this rating because it wasn’t really my favorite. This had several mini stories in one book. I did like the first story, “Paris for One” about a 26 year old woman who had never been to Paris. When her boyfriend fails to show up for the weekend, her romantic getaway seems to be ruined at first. She finally goes out, alone, and realizes who she really is. She finds out how much fun she has exploring Paris and meets a few people along the way, surprising all who knows her.

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Other mini stories are “Between the Tweets”, “Love in the Afternoon”, “A Bird in the Hand”, “Crocodile Shoes”, “Holdups”, “Last Year’s Coat”, “Thirteen Days with John C.”, and “The Christmas List”. Like I said from the beginning, this wasn’t my favorite book from her.