The Little Gymnast by Sheila Haigh

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

The Little GymnastThe Little Gymnast by Sheila Haigh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I lost track of how many times I reread this book as a child. Somehow, I understood what it meant to be passionate about something yet to have the looming threat of not being able to follow your passion because of practical constraints. Plus, I was a big fan of gymnastics, which added to the book’s appeal. I’d recommend this book to any girl to instill in her the hope of reaching her dreams as she works hard and doesn’t give up.

 

Appalachian Serenade by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Four Silver Stars

Appalachian SerenadeAppalachian Serenade by Sarah Loudin Thomas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Well, Appalachian Serenade is a delightful little prelude, no doubt meant to whet readers’ appetites for Sarah Loudin Thomas’s upcoming novel, Miracle in a Dry Season. Given its novella (more like novelette) length, Serenade takes no time to beat around the bush, so it’s a nice read for anyone looking for a quick, simple story of hope and discovery.

Delilah dreams of having what so many women do, and, true to human nature, she has only so wide a view of how those dreams should play out. However, there are times when, if we want to realize our dreams, it helps if we expand our vision to give those dreams more room to manifest in our eyes, and Delilah’s story is a good example of this, as I’m glad I saw for myself.

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Book 1 in the Appalachian Blessings series, Miracle in a Dry Season, is set to be released in August 2014.

Miracle in a Dry Season (Appalachian Blessings, #1)

 

The Beauty of My Shadow by S.D. Michael

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a free copy of this book on Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.

Four Silver Stars

The Beauty of My ShadowThe Beauty of my Shadow: A Story of Strength by S.D. Michael

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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The Beauty of My Shadow shows us what a process making lemonade out of life’s lemons can be: sometimes a lengthy process, yes, but a worthy one. S.D. Michael is determined not to be a victim of a serious, life-changing accident but a survivor of it—yet, her story makes no attempt to sound like it’s being written by some perfect angel who instantly learns every noble lesson possible from her traumatic experiences as they come. No, Michael fesses up to her humanness, and the primary tense of her memoir allows us to see her grow through the progression of her story. To me, the most poignant line comes when Michael, speaking of Doris, says, “I miss her and always have,” and I literally applauded while reading the author’s discoveries in the last chapter. Plus, I’m a big proponent of books including pictures.

I can only imagine things like having pieces of glass locked into my skin for years, or needing to tell myself, “Yes, you really are crying” because I’ve lost the ability to produce tears of emotion to accompany my weeping, only a sampling of what Michael goes through as a result of her head injury. It’s interesting reading about all of the “parallels” she notices over the course of her journey and how she does not chalk them up to coincidence but to destiny. I know what name, or several names, I would give to the “director” who seems to be leading the author forward as she’s making decisions regarding her purpose.

There are moments in the memoir when the telling of some details seems repetitive, but this could be a result of the course of Michael’s journey, how the steps had to build upon each other, and it’s likely that if one particular detail hadn’t been repeated as much, I probably wouldn’t have been applauding by the end. Michael’s goal of pursuing prevention over punishment and making the best she can for others out of the hand she’s been dealt can serve as an inspiration for many.

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Note for my blog readers: this memoir contains a minimal amount of profanity.

 

My Theme Song: “VERB!”

I’ve been well cast. I hold the starring role in my life, and since this production is running only once–and never a remake shall there be–I aim to play this role superbly. 😀
“Verb: That’s What’s Happening” from Schoolhouse Rock! is the get-up-and-go song that accompanies my role, particularly when I’m breaking in a new manuscript.
Oooh-oh-oh-oh-oh, I-don’t-know-my-own POWER!

God's Genius

I know I’m not the only person around who does this theme song thing…