Stuff Happens;

Hey guys! 

I promise I haven’t forgotten about my blog. My current reads have actually been comics and I wasn’t sure if anyone would want reviews on things like that. I have picked up The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and will hopefully finish it soon!

Don’t give up on me, I’ll have reviews back up again soon! 

Always,

Lauren

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Looking for Alaska by John Green;

Hello guys! Another book review for you today and I think everyone will love this one as much as I did! Ever since reading The Fault in Our Stars a few years ago, I have become really fond of John Green. He is one of my favorites, next to JK Rowling and Nicholas Sparks. His books have so much emotion and lessons can be learned from them. Looking for Alaska is nothing short of amazing. It is actually his FIRST novel, published in 2005.

The main character in the book is Miles Halter, a sixteen year old boy living a boring life and wanting to find more. He is seeking for the “Great- Perhaps” as he likes to call it, so he goes away to a boarding school. This is where he meets Chip, the guy that becomes his best friend. Then he meets Alaska Young and instantly falls in love with her. Alaska is a girl that lives on impulse and you never can guess what kind of mood she will be in from one day to the next. But, I can promise you’ll love her as much as Miles does.

The book is destined for heart break and you won’t know what to think at some points. But, it all makes some sense in the end. I loved that the characters were genuinely good people – even the principal ended up being decent – and they were all there for each other, working through the hard times, and learning from each other. There were a lot of serious issues covered, but they were covered with such wit and humor and such an amazing choice of words, that by the time you finish you feel as if you are a changed person. You feel as if you learned something important about the world – which I believe is the test of a really good book. Needless to say, I loved it and highly recommend it.

“I don’t know where over there is, but I know it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.”

Always,
Lauren

Thriftbooks Link: https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/looking-for-alaska-by-john-green/248032/#isbn=0142402516

 

 

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay;

 

Ever since I was a little girl and the Holocaust was taught to me, I had always had a huge fascination with the stories and history from that time era. Sarah’s Key taught me about an entirely different moment during the Holocaust that I had never been taught in school.

On July 16th, 1942 the great Vel’ d’Hiv roundup took place. This roundup involved all of the French policeman taking the Jewish families, nearly 10,000, to camps before shipping them to die at Auschwitz. Acting under orders of the German Gestapo, Jews endured physical indignity while the French police stood by. Sarah was one of the little girls taken that day, ripped from her family, and fighting to find her way back to her little brother.

Julia is an American journalist living in Paris. Her life becomes intertwined with Sarah’s when she has to research the roundup for an article her boss gave her. Julia learns much more about her own family when learning all she can about Sarah.

If you are into stories like this, I highly recommend it. I cried more than I have over a book in sometime. It is truly heartbreaking what this young child endured, even sadder what she becomes later on. 10/10 would highly recommend!

“It will make you cry and remember.”

Always,
Lauren

Thriftbooks Link: https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/sarahs-key-by-tatiana-de-rosnay/249851/#isbn=0312370849

 

Stay at Home Mom Rant;

Two years ago today, I became a stay at home mother. I stepped away from my job at Wal-Mart because I felt it was the best thing for my son. I am still a stay at home mother and I know a lot of people judge me or look down on me for that.  It hurts knowing that I’m being judged for doing what I think is the best thing for my son.
I babysit, I clean houses. I’m not living off of anyone. I may not be working a 9 to 5 job, but I still bust my ass to make sure my son’s life is a good one. Yes, we live with my mother currently and that’s perfectly okay. Guess what? Two years ago, I had dreams and goals I wanted to achieve and I threw every single bit of that away because I got my heart broken. I gave up on myself, I gave up on everything I had begun.
 
But for those judging me, I hope you know I’m going back to school. I reapplied for every single goal I once had. I plan on staying home with my child until he starts school, just like I planned before. I found my strengths again, and I’m going to prove every single one of you ugly humans wrong. Being a stay at home mother going to college makes me no less of a good mom than those of you working long hours at a job. Don’t judge me for doing the best that I can with what I have.
Always,
Lauren

You Don’t Know Me by Faleena Hopkins;

Hello again, readers! I know I said in my last post that I was reading Sarah’s Key, but I recently finished one of my Kindle books and just had to rush over and do this review because this book was AWESOME!

Rue is an orphan and aspiring dancer who just found out that her father was an extremely wealthy man whom left behind $50 million of inheritance money to her when he died. Guess who showed up to tell her these things? Two brothers she never even knew existed!

Love, heartbreak, friendship, betrayal- four words to describe this book.
Anger, sadness, fear, happiness- four words to describe the emotions I dealt with while reading it.

From start to finish, this book drew me in. I never wanted to take breaks or see it end. Such a fantastic read! I recommend you find it for your ebooks, and give it a chance. Many reviews I found made me not want to read it but I am so glad I did!

Always,
Lauren

Amazon Link (cheap read also!): https://www.amazon.com/You-Dont-Know-Faleena-Hopkins-ebook/dp/B071GPDL67/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500960696&sr=8-1&keywords=you+don%27t+know+me+faleena+hopkins

 

Currently Reading;

Hey guys!

I just wanted to post a little update to my book reviews. I have not quit reading, I have actually picked up a new book this week. It is called Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay. So far it seems pretty interesting. I have had the book for a few years, but never actually got around to picking it up. My books were boxed up for a bit while I lived in Arizona for a year. I am just now getting them unboxed and put on my shelves.

I promise, my book review posts will start popping up more and more! Stay tuned. 😀

Always,
Lauren

You’re Captivating Heart by Stasi Eldredge;

Hello, friend and fellow readers! My last post may very well give away why I began reading this book. It was given to me years ago by a church friend, and I never picked it up. I strayed from God’s path for some time now, this book was my attempt at getting it right this time around.

As women, we constantly are in search of one thing: Romance. We want to be romanced, we want to be loved, we want to be desired, we want someone to fight for us, and show us we are worthy. It’s in our hearts from the moment we watch our favorite Princess movie or read about it in a book. Guess what? God gives us that love we are forever longing.

This book can really help you realize that you’re looking at life all wrong. God wants to captivate our hearts, He wants our love. He showed us his love by Jesus on the cross. He gave us His one and only child, to forgive us of our sins. We never have to fear not being good enough or not being loved.

God loves us enough.

Always,
Lauren

Life Changes;

“Don’t think about the past, don’t think about the pain. Look at me, everything is going to be okay. Trust me, none of this can hurt you. Just keep your eyes on me, I’m not going anywhere.”

This quote is from “The Shack” and it really hit home with me tonight. The entire movie truly felt like it was meant for me, plus I picked it out to watch. I feel like maybe this was God reaching out to me, calling me back to Him. With the things I went through the past year and a half, I haven’t done my best to allow Him into my life. I pushed Him away, I blamed Him for all of the pain I went through. I was angered with God and I let it consume me my life completely.

I couldn’t understand how such an all loving God could allow His daughter to go through so much sadness. I was too caught up in my sadness to realize He was with me. He got me through it. I tell people day in and day out “Let Go, Let God.” I never took my own advice, when I should have. All I could see was my pain and I lost sight of Him. No matter what I blamed him for, no matter how far I pushed Him out of my life; He loved me through it.

Just because God works good through the bad, doesn’t mean He orchestrated the bad in life. I have to remember this. I believe it’s time I work on my relationship with God, one more time. I think He’s been waiting for me to realize this. I think my idea to watch this movie was all a part of His plan for me. I also need to work on forgiving things and letting this anger inside me go, so they will no longer consume my life.

I apologize for the rant, guys. I thought maybe my realizations would someone else’s life. Have a good night. 

Always,
Lauren

Netflix Obsession;

A few nights ago, a friend of mine asked if I had seen the new show on Netflix. It is called North & South. It is a British television drama based on the book by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. There are only four episodes on Netflix and I was instantly drawn to it!

Once I found out it was a book, I tracked it down. I was actually able to buy the Kindle format for FREE on Amazon! When I finished Psycho yesterday afternoon, I started this one on my tablet.

I’m on chapter two all ready and I am absolutely in love with it. Just as much if not more than I love the show. If you are into books from the authors in the 1800s, I recommend finding this one. I cannot wait to write my review on it when I finish it. It is 309 pages, so bear with me!

Just a currently reading update. Happy Sunday, friends!

Always,
Lauren

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