Archives for November 2015

Belinda’s Book Nook Book Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger


Title: Walk on Earth a Stranger
Author: Rae Carson
Copyright: September 22, 2015
Genre:  historical fiction, fantasy
Format: book  Pages: 432

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.

My Thoughts:

I just finished this book and wow, what a pleasant surprise. This is my first book written by Rae Carson that I have read. I remember hearing about this book all over booktube and thought the concept of a person that could sense gold in the ground was really cool. So I took a chance and pre-ordered it this summer. When it arrived, there was definitely insta- cover love! Very pretty cover and I dived right in.

The characters:

I really liked the main character Leah. She was both strong but still retained her youthful innocence when it came to her love interest.She of course couldn’t read her friend Jefferson so it allowed for a slow burn romance.

I also like how it touched even if lightly on the treatment of the Native Americans and Slavery in the story. Their encounters with the Native Americans were not stereotypical from the part of the Natives. However the ignorance of the whites was represented a bit with regards to the Native Americans and I think this was important for her to include that rather than ignore the prejudices that were prevalent during this time period (1849). Her inclusion of a free-black man was also a pleasant surprise and I liked that he played a big part in the story too.

The setting:

The book initially takes place in Leah’s hometown and then moves on the road towards the west and I truly enjoyed how the book took you on this journey with her. I know little about the American Gold rush and so historical fictions are my fancy for peaking my interest in different aspects in history. I felt like the author did a great job with the details of the atmosphere.

The story:

I was not disappointed in this book. I think it quickly built a foundation of characters and drew me right in. I felt the pacing was also great. I especially love reading author’s notes at the end of their books. Carson Rae expanded on some of the thought behind her characters and her reasons why to include them. Her decisions reminded me of Sue Monk Kidd’s author notes in that she chose to include a free-black man and they in fact were real people.

The rights of women which were pretty much non-existent set up the stage for Leah’s struggle and eventual decision to dress and pretend to be a boy in order to make her journey. I found it both sad and fascinating to witness her journey as a girl pretending to be a boy and all of the rights the boys received.

Overall, wow, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to book 2.  So I will be giving this book 4.5 butterflies.

4.5ratingHappy reading friends!


What do you do when one of your most anticipated books arrives on your doorstep?

winter2Make some tea, find a cozy spot and read!!  I began this series over a year ago and this is the final book in the Lunar Chronicles series. It’s been a long time coming, hence why I don’t typically read books too soon in series so that I don’t have to wait too long. The boys had the day off yesterday for Veteran’s day and after hanging out with them, I rushed to make my tea and head up to my nook to read. I first read the last chapter of the last book, “Cress” and then I dived right in. The day was absolutely a great book reading day – overcast, drizzle with periods of rain.  Yup, a book day indeed.

winter3I love the natural light in my nook and my comfy IKEA chair. I was pleasantly surprised at how easily I could climb back into the story. The sounds of the boys playing sort of faded to a background while I immersed my senses into the city of Artemesia!  I fell back in with the characters and revisted all of my feelings for them.

winter4After lunch with the boys, I stole a little more time to read. I am happy this book is a bit of a chunker because this will be the farewell to the story and characters when I complete it and I tend to slow when I near the end of a good book or series. So I am grateful Marissa Meyer didn’t skimp.

You know, I always say to people who say they don’t like to read, that “they haven’t met the book for them”. Because when you do, it takes places and makes feel things and sometimes even challenges you. So I believe we are all readers, and some are just waiting for the right one to arrive.

Sending blessings your way,


It’s Here!!!

winterHello my booklover friends! I am so excited today because one of my most anticipated books of the year that I pre-ordered arrived on my doorstep this morning. Today, the next and I believe final book in the Lunar Chronicles was released. I am jumping up and down with serious book love right now.

I can’t wait to see what will happen next.  I am also pleased that the book is a chunker. So that means I can stay in that world a little longer. I am currently reading a book club book and have about 100 pages left so I am going to crank it into high gear so I can start Winter tomorrow.

The beauty of pre-ordering with Amazon is the price and that they arrive on your doorstep the same day the stores release them.  I didn’t even have to leave the comfort of my home.  Simply divine!

I have a couple of reviews I will be posting soon and definitely will review Winter when I complete it. Today is amazing!

Sending blessings your way,


Cleanse Program: Part Deux!!

cleanchallengeRound2Well last May, I did my first cleanse and really felt great after completing the 21-day Clean Gut Challenge.  I really enjoyed the new recipes I learned along the way and I liked how I felt.  So about a month ago, I decided I wanted to repeat a cleanse every 6 months to make sure I regularly detox my body. So since the last one was in May, November became the next time for me to do it again. I decided I would start November 1st so that I would not have to cry my way through Thanksgiving. So I will complete this cleanse on November 21.

I thought I would buy a few new things to get me ready. I love this multicolor pen by Yoobi from Target. It reminds me of a similar type of pens from my childhood. I loved the ability to write with one pen so many colors and this one has even more colors. The page flags are for my reading. I like to use them to mark great quotes or things I want to remember in my books. I found this great ‘Fit Happens’ book at TJ Maxx and it is so perfect for me to journal my experience each day as well as track my food and exercise.cleanchallengeRound2aThis cleanse really tries to take a more wholistic approach by not only food but overall wellness. So I like how this book has a place for me to write three things I am grateful for each day.  And one of my favorite aspects of the book is the quotes. Each they have the most amazing quotes to help motivate.cleanchallengeRound2bSo today is day one and I had my breakfast smoothie and really enjoyed it. It had two dates in it to add sweetness (something I have never done before) but it tasted really nice and kept me full for quite a long time.day1aI woke up early and after I made my smoothie I started preparing the ingredients for my soup for dinner tonight. I soaked the beans overnight and cut up the vegetables this morning.day1bI tasted it before packing up a serving to go with me to our weekly visit with my in-laws and it tasted really good. Then I started work on my lunch which was an Asian Turkey wrap.day1cThen once this cooked up I could eat them for lunch wrapped in Boston lettuce.day1cdI very much enjoyed lunch and look forward to dinner which all I will need to do now is heat it up.

One thing I learned from the from the first cleanse is the importance of planning. So yesterday I took the time to pick my recipes and smoothies for week one. Then I used an application called Evernote to put in my week’s menu. I also created a master grocery list so I could buy all of this week’s foods. I used the Clean cookbook for my dinner recipe for today. I have enough for several leftovers so now I don’t need to cook every night. I also have enough of my lunch meal to last a few days so the only thing I have to make daily is my smoothies. That way I can focus on my family’s meals with ease. planningI use a notepad to write out the ingredients needed for each meal I plan to eat and where I can find the directions to make them. Then I go through and check off what I already have before making my master grocery list on my phone. I am ready Week One!planning2I will post from time to time my struggles and progress throughout the three weeks.

Happy Clean eating my friends!



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