Friday’s Free Recommendations – Moms, God and a Free Nook Download

I didn’t have a chance to blog last Friday and I really missed it.  You all know that writing about books I’ve read, had recommended to me, or have heard about is one of my favorite things.  I can never catch up with all the reading I want to do, but I love hearing about all the quality reads that are out there. Plus, summer’s almost over and I’ll be taking a few classes so I know I’ll be bogged down by technical topics instead of the fun stuff I enjoy reading for pleasure. I’m gonna try to cram in as much as possible in the next few weeks!

Since the last time I blogged on a Friday, I’ve finished reading Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua.  I started this book in Chicago – it belonged to the friend I was visiting and she hadn’t read it yet; I left it at her place and then found it at the library so I could pick up where I left off.  Funny and honest, Chua tells the story of coming to grips with her Chinese style of raising her young girls in today’s society.

I also snuck in Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo. I’d heard so much about this one, and it was a quick read.  If you haven’t heard about Heaven, it’s the story of a little boy who has an out-of-body experience when he’s in surgery for a ruptured appendix.  At age 3, he unfolds bits and pieces of his trip to his parents, who very nearly run off the road and sit speechless hearing about what he’s seen since much of what he discovered had never been revealed to him before. True?  I believe there’s a better place out there.  Colton’s mission was to share what he learned.

I’ve also read a recent entry for the Prescott Memoir Project – one woman’s way to honor her son.  I’m looking forward to adding this to the collection.  Are you a resident of the Prescott tri-city area?  Submit your 500 word essay to be a part before the end of December.  It’s not  contest, just a compilation of real stories from real people.  Contact me to find out more.

And, keeping with the tradition of Nook recommendation, today’s FREE FRIDAYS selection is:

Reap the East Wind

Thirty years ago, Glen Cook changed the face of Fantasy fiction forever with The Dread Empire series, crafting the novels that would eventually comprise the two Night Shade omnibus editions, A Cruel Wind and A Fortress in Shadow, and the short fiction collection, An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat. A decade later, he would return to this singular and engrossing world to begin its sequel trilogy, The Last Chronicle of the Dread Empire. Two books in the sequel trilogy, Reap the East Wind and An Ill Fate Marshalling were published. The third and final novel remained unpublished… until now.Today’s Free Fridays selection, Reap the East Wind sets its fated, sundry characters on their entwining paths through the deep and dense wood of war, magic, blood-feuds, political intrigue, and revenge—paths that will lead them to heights above the Dragon’s Teeth, and to depths of dungeons and ruin, where spies and the agents of fear conspire through devious means of manipulation and betrayal to shake the Dread Empire down to its foundations. Reap the East Wind is the first step in a sprawling series of high-stakes adventure, continuing with An Ill Fate Marshalling, and culminating in an earth-shattering conclusion with the greatly anticipated A Path to Coldness of Heart—a climax fifteen years in the making.

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