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Laurie Halse Anderson never lets me down. 

She is an AMAZING author.

Wintergirls is a young adult novel published in 2009 and why it didn't win a Newberry Medal or at least an Honor is BEYOND me. It has been published in over 15 countries and I can see why.  I couldn't put this book down.  I was instantly entwined in the life of Lia, the main character, as she struggles with anorexia, the death of her best friend and her relationship issues with her mother as well in addition to the problems she has with her father and stepmother.  While I've never grappled with anorexia or bulimia as the main character and her best friend did, I could feel their pain as they pulled me into the pages with them.

I have admired the writing of Laurie Halse Anderson for many years.  They way she makes the life of a troubled teen unfold into the reader's life takes incredible writing talent and dedication to her subject and her readers.  I feel the pain of her characters as though they are sitting next to me telling me the story in person.

While reading Wintergirls, I couldn't help but think of  a friend of mine from long ago.  We were best friends for two years in elementary school and remained in touch for sometime after I moved away.  I reconnected with her again shortly after I married and saw her briefly on a trip my husband and I made to Utah.  I discovered that she was suffering from the eating disorder covered in this book.  We lost touch again, reconnected again briefly on Facebook, and then disconnected once again when she left Facebook.  I always think fondly of her.  I thought of her continuously while reading this book--- just wondering if it touched upon her own pain, the parts of her story I will probably never know.  I know a childhood friend of only two years couldn't possibly put things together for her, but oh how I wish I could reach out and just hug her...let her know I still care.  So I write this post for Shelly (I know, you are called Lachelle now...but my best memories of you are Shelly - a.k.a. Kriss 😉  )....that she may know I've never forgotten her...never forgotten how she touched my life...and that I pray for her...pray she has found happiness and health.  Love to you my dear friend.

  Just a picture of a building that holds some memories for me....and Shelly too.  🙂

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I'm trying desperately to cut back on my Goodreads current books I'm reading list. I'm trying to cut back on this list so I can feel better about adding more to it!!  I now have 6.  That's better than last weeks list of 8.  I forced myself to finish two this past week. (Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives by Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica as well as The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner).  Well, I didn't really have to force myself to finish the first.  I loved that book and it will probably continuously stay on my reading pile as one can just read little bits here and there and it will never get old.  It's great for devotion time. The second was a good book... it just didn't grab me and give me as much as the first.

So now I'm down to these 6:     Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions by Lysa TerKeurst, Open Door by Frederica Matthewes Green, Inner River: A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Christianity by Kyriacos C. Markides, The Faith: Understanding Orthodox Christianity by Clark Carlton, The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife, and Eats Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynn Truss.

I really try to read too many books at one time!  It's just that I never know what mood may strike me when I actually find the time to sit down and read something. I've realized that makes 3 out of 6 that are about Orthodox Christianity.   So maybe I'll make myself pick just one of those to focus on at a time.  I am really into Unglued.  I saw the title of it posted on Facebook by a friend of mine and, as usual when I see a book title, I immediately went to Amazon or Goodreads to read a synopsis.  I was very intrigued.  I'm not sure what woman wouldn't be.  I think the vast majority of us have trouble staying calm in the midst of raw emotions...some occasions more than others of course.  So that's the one at my beside right now.  And I just ordered Primal Blueprint from Amazon... not the thing I want to grab and spend hours with right now but I really want to compare the Paleo diet to the Primal and get a feel for both and how they compare to one another... so I may read a page here and there... maybe that's a book for the car for when I am actually the passenger and not checking my WordPress reader.

I've also realized that none of the above books are actually fiction or 'just to relax and enjoy a good story' books that sometimes rejuvenates my 'soul'  more than chocolate. (whoa.....  ok...maybe I crossed the line with chocolate... more than a cup of tea...there...that's better)   There is, of course,  the pile of books brought home from the library for 'my son'.  Or so I tell everyone.  (Shhhhhh.... they are really for me....  lol)  I usually help him pick out a variety of picture books and a few early readers.  We always make sure one is about a real animal (getting the science in already!) and of course, he's a boy, one must be about some sort of construction vehicle.  I think our next run will be involving several of those Margaret Wise Brown books that I have missed as I mentioned in a previous post! In addition, I'll be looking for the books written by the authors featured this month for PiBoIdMo. ( I have several ideas written down this month already!)  If there are any others you want to suggest, in case my son and I have missed them, please do!

In addition to picture books, there are several YA's I've seen mentioned recently. The one I am most excited about right now is Glimpse, the debut novel by Kendra Leighton, because it was inspired by the poem, 'The Highwayman", by Alfred Noyes but it is not due out until Autumn 2014!  🙁 boo.....      Well, there is much to read in the meantime.  I always love a good YA by Laurie Halse Anderson or Jo Knowles.  I especially want to read Wintergirls and Living with Jackie Chan.  Any other good YA's you'd recommend as really good ones to catch up with what's quality YA lit for the last couple of years?

And a friend of mine just started a book club.  I'm eager to see what book they will pick next....the current one is a vampire story and vampires just aren't my thing. Well, I would probably read Salem's Lot by Stephen King over again but that's my vampire limit! So there is lots of good reading in my future!   How about yours?