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Swiss Family Robinson

My daughter's fourth grade teacher read her an abridged version of this book and that, along with the old Disney movie adaptation, made her pick this book up at the library the first chance she got. She loved it, I'm so glad that at 10 she's willing to try reading classic books. When she finished, I snagged it for my own "To Read" pile and was able to finish it off this week. It's the story of a family, I'm assuming their last name is Robinson, but I don't think that it ever really said. They are moving from Switzerland to New Holland, but on the way their boat is shipwrecked in a storm. There's a dad, a mom, and 4 sons (not like the movie, in which there are only 3 sons.) Anyway, they are deserted by the crew and left on the ship to fend for themselves. As soon as they can devise a way to get off the ship they do. They find themselves on an uninhabited island, which they eventually explore and are able to fill all of their basic needs for things like food, water and clothing all by themselves. They also have to protect themselves from all kinds of wild animals that already inhabit the island. The only thing they really miss in their years on the island ends up being the interaction of others. I really enjoyed this book. I ended up spending only about 2 or 3 hours to read all 545 pages of this one. I love it when that happens. Sometimes in classic books you get so bogged down by all the old language, which really didn't happen with this book. Definitely worth reading!

Next week on my blog it will be "Flashback Week." I will be flashing back to some of my very favorite books that I've read over the last year in no particular order. Can't wait!

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About the CD: Award-winning tenor Nathan Pacheco has toured the world featured alongside world-class artists such as Yanni, Katherine Jenkins, and Placido Domingo. In all of his travels across South America, through Europe and Asia, and across America, Nathan often includes spiritually rooted and uplifting songs in his repertoire. This album is a collection of his favorite songs that connect with those spiritual moments from his performances across the world. These songs take the listener on a beautiful journey with classic hymns such as "Be Thou My Vision," soaring Italian epics like "Nella Fantasia," and modern classics such as "Forever," by Kari Jobe. Performing with intimate acoustic backing and often featuring piano and cello, Nathan's desire with this album is to help people reach higher, to feel deeper spiritual connection, and to find peace through songs that life the soul.

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1. Forever
2. Be Thou My Vision
3. The Lord’s Prayer
4. His Love

Deseret Bookshelf Plus Review

I'm super excited to be able to tell you about Deseret Bookshelf's newest feature, Plus. I actually first heard about plus coming six months ago at Deseret Book's ladies night. I thought it sounded pretty great and now that I've tried it, I think it's even better than it sounded. It's basically a subscription that you add on top of the Deseret Bookshelf App. If you have Deseret Book's Platinum membership, you pay only $6.99 a month or $69 a year. If you don't it's $9.99 a month or $99 a year. Either way that's a really good deal for what you are going to be getting.

Here's the deal. With plus, you get to listen to all of their audiobooks...for FREE! Something I noticed on this is that you get to listen to even the newest books that are just barely in the store for FREE. I love this! Who has the time to run to the store to grab the book the very day it comes out? Not me, I'm too busy chasing kids around to do that!

Not to mention - have you…

Kayaks and Kisses

About the book: Brynn Caley is about to start her dream career running an outdoor sporting goods store when an out-of-town business guru makes his own offer on the property. Coerced into forming a temporary partnership, Brynn, with her ski experience, finds she has to work with fishing expert Gage to run the year-round shop. 

Through a series of innocent misconceptions and a few blatant lies, Brynn doesn’t realize that the handsome single guy on the construction crew is her new partner, and he doesn’t want to set her straight until he can gain her favor. She, on the other hand, would do anything not to work with the stuffy businessman she’s only met through email. 

Inspired by the movies You’ve Got Mail and The Shop around the Corner, Kayaks & Kisses is a heart-warming tale of finding love in autumn leaves, outdoor activities, and new friendships.

My review: This book was so fun! I loved that it's loosely based on one of my very favorite movies, You've Got Mail. There was at …