So with this week still going at a Beauty & the Beast week in my heart, I love that this Tuesday is the link up for all the readers in Blog Land... the perfect thing for my Belle heart right now.
& yes, 2 of my reviews point to Beauty & the Beast ... this party is just rolling along for me to the countdown to the movie!!! YAHOOO!!!!
Be My Guest to my latest month of reading....
(like what I did there?)
I love a true story... & really enjoyed this fun, enjoyable, light read.
You can see the video below on how this book came to light...
& you'll learn to love Josh Sundquist. He just seems like the nicest guy you can imagine. He grew up with extreme conservative parents, homeschooled most of his life, & had cancer as a child & lost his entire leg.
But it didnt hold him back. He went to school, eventually became an Olympic paralympic skiier & does motivational speaking.
This book takes a look though at his dating life... or lack thereof I should say. He looks back at the girls he was interested in & tells the stories of their 'relationships' & then even meets up with these ladies currently & tries to figure out why they didnt make it work.
I laughed at a few parts... sighed at how sweet this guy is... & just felt bad for him in a lot of situations.
I will say, I looked up his website & his YouTube channel after reading the book & I wish I had before so I could 'see' his personality more in my mind reading this book.
I will say, it's a decent read, but nothing that is life shattering or changing. But something good to pass the weekend. It's really fast to read. & will make you smile & remember what it was like to go through those younger years of trying to date.
The only thing I didnt care for it - the last chapter, the final girl... the one he is currently dating, (I think) - you'd think would get more credit than the others that didnt work out. Oh well...
& I gotta say, I liked the guy even more when I found out he dresses up every year for Halloween as something that incorporates his one leg... & this past year? He dressed up as Lumiere!!!! Yep... I like this guy.
Longest Review ever!!!!
Grace is Greater
5 / 5
There are a handful of Christian writers that I can just sit in their book & take in so much easier than other writers. Angie Smith is one, Kyle Idleman is another one. & I may be a little prejudice since he is my pastor at the church I attend. But it just shows that this guy is the real deal.
So this new book of his is talking about Grace.. a topic that I love to always fill up my soul on. He covers how grace is greater than your mistakes... how you need to give grace to others (ouch!)... & how grace covers any circumstance.
I honestly can't say enough about the book. It's an easy read, not full of Biblical history that just leaves you feeling like you're sitting in a classroom not understanding - but every day examples & real life moments you can relate to. Plus, Kyle is just funny. He always adds footnotes to the bottom of his pages & you CANT skip them. They always make me chuckle.
If you need a little soul filling... get this book. You wont be disappointed.
Beauty & the Beast: Lost in a Book
I wish I could say I swooned over this book... I liked it. It was enjoyable. But it wasn't the end all, be all Beauty & the Beast books. My favorite of all time is still Beauty by Susan Wilson FYI... THE BEST. I need to re-read again.
I think I have read every Beauty & the Beast book there is - Rose Daughter, Beastly, all sorts of retellings of Beauty & the Beast.. I'm a total addict. This was a good one but not up there with some of the others.
It does pick up with the movie, using characters like Plumette in it (which apparently has kicked Babbette out of the picture) but now I'm also intrigued to see how the movie plays out this week because in this book, the Beast is a big reader. That's different.
Another part of the book - which I dont think is a spoiler - but kind of had me like WHAT? was Mrs. Potts explained to Belle what happened to the Beast - about the enchantress putting a curse on him. WHAT??? But apparently they dont tell her how the spell can be broken. Well, put 2 + 2 together & DUH!!!!
I think that's what got me - this book just felt like out of character. I get all the Beauty & the Beast stories are different - I'm OK with that - but if you are going to use the Disney name & use the Disney characters, I would think having their character stay in line with one another in the movie & the book would make sense. & in this book, Belle gets trapped in a book after Death & Love make a wager on Belle & the Beast. A different idea... but to me, it just had Belle looking dumb. Not making smart moves - which to me, Belle is exactly the opposite of. That was my issue with it.
It's definitely a book I'm glad I have, glad I read it. It's just not something I'll go back to & read over & over again or hold close to my heart like Beauty does. That's OK... I'm still 110% a Beauty & the Beast fan & not everything is going to win me over (Cough... Cough... that new yellow dress... cough cough....)
So what book do I NEED to pick up next?