Monday, May 16, 2016

My Intentional Monday

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. - Socrates.

Life is finally getting back in the groove, but it seems like the changes haven't really stopped whether I am ready for them or not. I am gonna have to work on building the new, because some change is just inevitable.

I have been working on catching up on my reading. I am really excited to be reading a book by an author right here in my hometown. It was released just this month! It's exciting and a little weird to be reading a book set in the town you live in. In my mind I keep trying to place people, you know with last names being similar, locations, businesses, well, you can't really help thinking this could be a "real" story. So much of it is familiar. And yet, It is fictional, so though the characters may be based on some real person, the story itself is not. 
I can't wait to share it with you. It's available on Amazon for only $9.89. 

An issue I have been struggling with lately though, is that I have been a bit disappointed in several of the books I have been reading. (not the one mentioned above) I stepped a little out of my safety net and chose some books to read by authors I had never read before. It seems that the use of language is just hard to get away from. I am amazed that so much of it is included in both Christian and non-Christian literature. I will be reviewing a couple this week with great plots and exciting adventures but sadly the language, for me anyhow, takes away rather than adds to the story. That's why I like Christian fiction. For the most part, that is not an issue, although of late it seems to be a rising trend, a fence to ride. How do you feel about reading a book that has foul language. Most of the Christian books use common known swear words (in context to enhance the reading, I guess) but one of the books I opted to read without knowing had quite a bit of language that takes the Lord's name in vain. Knowingly I would not have chosen this book to review. But I even checked other reviews ahead of time, and no one had mentioned it. I am not sure if that was due to the author not being a Christian so possibly neither is his audience? He is a great author, talented in his writing, but it makes me cringe every time I come across a paragraph where they are using God's name in vain.

Here are some books on my to read list:

Review coming soon

The first one was good, can't wait to delve into this one.

This is one I should have already had finished but just haven't been able to get to it yet. 
I am still catching up from all the curve balls live threw me all of a sudden.

What are you reading?
I would love to hear which books are interesting you at the moment. 

We also have a winner to our Unstuffed giveaway. The winner is Trish. I will be emailing you today.

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