Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Book Chat: Dancing... crazy Oz... & one of the best books EVER!

I actually haven't read as much as I would like to lately but wanted to link up with some of my favorite bloggers to toss my hat in the ring...

so only 4 books... but some pretty dang good ones.



2 out of 5
OK - this is the worst one of the list for me.
I had heard about this from other bloggers & they really enjoyed it.
Me?  Not so much.
It's the story of a girl getting married & her mother had passed away, but left her a journal of everything to do for her wedding.  That journal causes issues with her father's new wife.  Add in a sister who is along as the bridal party but bringing her drama with her... the whole story just sorta was irritating to me. Don't get me wrong  - the moments of the entries from her  mother were precious - & how much the dad missed her, yes, I loved that... but I don't know - it just went on & on to me about the family drama going on around the wedding.
Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this.
Anyone ever read it?
4 out of 5
Y'alls knows (I know English freaks - that is horrible grammar) but Y'ALLS KNOWS I love this series... still do... but this is the first one I didn't give a full 5 stars.  I think because the title of it is truth... WICKED.  It is intense.  Gross & disturbing in parts.  Like, I cringed in parts.  The whole idea is the characters of the classic Wizard of Oz has turned evil & horrible... so when battles come & these sweet characters you remember have some grotesque things happening, it is sort of a mind freak thing.
I still enjoyed the book though over all. Love the story. Cant wait to see where it goes because it once against leaves off waiting for another book.
I will not make the mistake of jumping into the next one though without re-reading the past novels.  I was a little lost at some things & had to really remember what happened in the previous books.  That's the advantage of waiting till the whole series is out before you start into some books.
 5 out of 5
Oh my goodness - I adored this book in every way, shape & form.
I just think Candace is precious anyways & I loved her on Dancing with the Stars - one of my fav shows ever.  She took her experience of making it to the finals & showed how her conviction of living a Christian life was handled in every week & every step of the process.  It holds little sneak peeks from the show, as well as scripture & Biblical teachings in each chapter. I devoured this. Seriously ... read it in 2 days & was sad to see it end.
GOING TO BE 5 out of 5
No - I haven't actually finished this. I'm half way done.
But I had to go ahead & put it on the list because its THAT GOOD. I have marked up so many pages, highlighted more quotes & statements in it.  It is just great & I want everyone to be aware of this one.
It's the story of a man & his wife who want a better prayer life so they travel around the world & research different religions & different methods of prayer.  It's so insightful, but so funny & real. I'll be in awe of learning something new & then the next sentence, cracking up at this man's insight of it.
It makes me want to go get all of his other books immediately & start seeing what else I can learn.
So what have you been reading lately?
What's on your future read list?
Have you read any of these?


  1. I didn't know Candace had a new book! I love her! My friend from college actually babysits her kids (more like teens now) in LA :)

  2. I love Candance and even though I'm not christian I think I'd enjoy the book too! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. Ooooo... I want to give those Oz books a shot! They sound interesting!!!

  4. I'm intrigued by the Dorothy series. I have a weird dislike of a lot of things in Oz so I think the characters turned on their heads might appeal to me.

  5. I'm gonna have to check out the Dorothy series... I think I said that last time too - I think I'll go right now & see if my library has it!

    I've been deep into my police procedurals - love the Alex Morrow series (by Denise Mina) - she's a cop in Scotland. And I just read the first book in a new (to me) British series (A Share in Death, by Deborah Crombie). Excellent!

  6. i haven't read Beautiful Day but lots of people seem to love it.. I don't know, I don't think it's for me!
    I keep thinking about that Dorothy series, I need to start it!

  7. Thank you for your reviews. I do admire Candace and her Christian beliefs.

  8. Really want to read living prayerfully!!! AHH i just love book posts. You have some good ones!

  9. That last book reminds me of AJ Jacobs The Year of Living Biblically, except he lived the Bible literally instead of what that couple did. Similar, I guess. Sort of.

  10. I usually like Elin Hilderbrand's books as fun beach reads so this is disappointing! I love when bloggers give negative reviews though because it helps me stay clear!

  11. Everyone raves about Elin Hilderbrand and I haven't read anything of hers. I might skip this one... I also feel like reading about wedding drama will stress me out so I absolutely wouldn't read it til after my own wedding has happened! Ha!

  12. I just read Dorothy Must Die. I cannot wait to read the 2nd book.

  13. I didn't know Candace was on Dancing with the Stars! Interesting memoir.

  14. I just finished The Wicked Will Rise also. It was okay, but there was something about the author's writing style that felt off to me. It felt like her characters were just too hip and trendy to be from some other place. I felt like they were all from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. Right now I'm reading another YA novel called Witch World by Christopher Pike. I remember reading his books when I was younger. I was surprised to find he is still churning them out.

  15. I don't like anything Oz related (I know, I'm weird) but my husband really does. Do you think a man would like this series? I looked on Goodreads and couldn't find one male reviewer. Haha!

  16. I need to find the Oz books -- I love pretty much everything about that place, even the bad stuff. :) I've been meaning to read Candace's new book -- it's on my list! Haven't heard of the others but am intrigued by the Prayerfully book -- may help resolve some of my own issues with living prayerfully. I just finished Pride and Prejudice ... again, for the umpteenth time. Next up for me is Paper Towns by John Green.

  17. Adding the Candace book to my list. I wish it was an audio book and not a cd! I want to hear her tell it!!

  18. I totally forgot about Candace's book! I need to add it to my list!!

  19. I love Candace, I follow her on FB and just love how she sticks to her values. I have her list on my to read :)

  20. Such a shame Elin Hilderbrand's book was a dud, she use has such great books.


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