The Book Nook At Create With Joy #3

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Welcome to the Book Nook At Create With Joy!

Welcome to the Book Nook at Create With Joy – a place where book lovers gather to share their collective love of books, reading, and all things literary!

Our goal is to establish a family-friendly community where bibliophiles from all backgrounds – readers, bloggers, reviewers, writers, authors, teachers, librarians, parents, homeschoolers, publicists and publishers – can share what’s new in the world of books, blogging, and publishing!

At each gathering, we’ll share book-related news and fill you in on what’s happening around the blogosphere. We’ll also provide a link where you can share your book-related and literacy-related posts as well!

Please help the Book Nook grow by adding our beautiful blog button and links to your blog/posts and spreading the word on your social media sites so that others can join the fun!

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Chat In The Comments: Share The Books You Love!

The Worth Of A Book Quote

Welcome to our 3rd gathering of The Book Nook at Create With Joy! In keeping with the calendar, I’d like to extend a warm Valentine’s Day wish to you, and invite you to participate in a discussion in the comments:

Tell us about a book that you really love in the comments!

It can be something you’ve read recently or a book you’ve read long ago and recently recalled. It can be your favorite book of all time or a recent favorite.

Perhaps you’ve discovered a new author that you’d like to read more of or you’d like to tell us about a favorite author you just can’t get enough of!

We look forward to hearing about some really great books from you! And – if there’s anything you’d like to chat about in the weeks to come – drop me an e-mail for future consideration!

The Healthy Lifestyle Books Reading Challenge

Healthy Reading Challenge

Is improving your health and well-being and/or maintaining a healthy lifestyle a priority for you this year? If so, I invite you to join hostess Joy Weese Moll in The Healthy Lifestyle Books Reading Challenge!

The challenge that Joy has set before us is to read any book that supports our healthy lifestyle. We can define “health” as broadly as we need to improve our life – physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually.

The challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2015 and you can sign up at any time at one of four reading levels:

Fun Run: 1 to 4 books
5K: 5-9 books
10K: 10-14 books
Marathon: 15 books or more

Using a broad definition of health and well-being, I’m joining as a marathoner (it might be the only time I get to run a marathon!) and here are the books I’ve read to date for the challenge:

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Are you on GoodReads? Would you like to connect with other Book Nook readers who are also on the site?

If so, please follow Create With Joy on GoodReads, then add your GoodReads account to the link-up below.

If you don’t have an account, now is the perfect time to start one – GoodReads has lots of great features for book lovers!

I look forward to connecting with you!

The Book Nook At Create With Joy #3

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What’s happening in your literary life this week? Have you read a good book or discovered a new author you’re excited about? Are you participating in or hosting any exciting events we we’d like to hear about? Are you in the middle of writing the next great novel?

Whatever’s new, whatever’s exciting – we’d love to hear about it! Please share your latest news with us – the following types of contributions are welcome:

  • Book Reviews
  • Book Giveaways
  • Reading Challenges
  • Articles About Reading, Writing, Publishing & Literacy
  • Author Interviews & News
  • New Book Blog Hops, Groups & Events

Feel free to share as many direct links to your blog posts as you like! Just remember that Create With Joy is a Family-Friendly blog, and your content MUST be suitable for readers of all ages! (Please refrain from sharing direct links to retailer sites such as Amazon).

We are very excited that you’ve joined us and look forward to reading your posts!

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  1. Create With Joy
    Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

    In honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s start a chat in the comments! Tell us a about a book that you really love and why… perhaps someone else would love to read that book too! 🙂

  2. Create With Joy
    Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

    Favorite Books Discussion: I’ll get things started!

    I recently read The Poisonwood Bible as part of the Travel The World In Books Reading Events I shared at The Book Nook #1 and I absolutely loved this book!

    I haven’t posted the review on my blog as of yet but I did post a review on GoodReads which you can read at,

    I liked a lot of things about this book, but what really struck me is how true to life the story rang in terms of how the people and events in our life shape us, for better or worse, and offers incredible insight into humanity.

    My husband is currently reading the book and we are using Tanya’s questions (at Mom’s Small Victories) to spark wonderful dialog between us about the book.

    If you are a missionary – or someone who has had short/long-term missionary experience or is interested in becoming a missionary (this encompasses a number of readers of this blog) – I’d love for you to read this book and share your insights!

    Now it’s your turn. Tell us about a book that you love!

  3. Michelle says:

    Thank you for hosting!
    I have a busy day today, but I will be back to visit.
    Thank you for the kind comment on my blog.


  4. LadyD says:

    I love to cook and cookbooks inspire me to try new recipes, especially when the photos are so vibrant and you can just tell this is going to be a tasty one to try!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I also enjoy reading cookbooks – especially ones with lots of photographs!
      Do you have a favorite?
      There are many wonderful cookbooks on my shelves, so it’s hard to pick just one, but I know that I love anything from Williams Sonoma – they have wonderful recipes that are beautifully photographed and every recipe we have tried from them has turned out perfectly!

  5. Annie Kate says:

    One of the most important books I’ve ever read is One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.

    I especially learned from her emphasis on being grateful and on how that changes life.

  6. Thanks for sharing the Healthy Books Lifestyle Challenge with everyone. One of my favorite books is the one that helped me most with my healthy lifestyle — The Complete Beck Diet for Life by Judith Beck.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    I recently read a Young Adult book that really grabbed me. Greenglass House by Kate Milford. I had never heard of this author and the book was great in slowly developing the characters and the intentions of all the guests who are snowed in at a small inn over Christmas. I linked to my post above.

  8. Michelle Miller
    Twitter: truebookaddict

    I’m here! See…I promised! I’ll try to keep up every week, depending on how busy I get. You know how it is. 🙂

    I linked up above to my review this week of Rodin’s Lover by Heather Webb. It’s a historical novel about Camille Claudel, one of the most famous female sculptors of the late 19th/early 20th centuries. An excellent read!

    Since you have a link up to Goodreads, I would just like to invite everyone to join my monthly book club/chat group, TuesBookTalk Read-a-Longs ( This month, we’re reading Starvation Heights by Gregg Olsen. Next month, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.

    I also have an online reading retreat book club called Lit Collective. We have two “retreats” per year. In March, we do a themed read. Two fiction and one non-fiction title centered on a theme. Next month our theme is Venice and there’s still time to get in on it. We space the discussions out over the entire month. In August, we read the works of a specific author (usually about three titles). Here’s the link to the Lit Collective group:

    Thanks for putting this community together! Books…and readers…rule!!!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Michelle,

      So glad you made it! Your novel sounds interesting – I am not familiar with Camille Claudel but would love to know more about her!

      Thanks for sharing the invitations to your GoodReads groups as well! I know there are other members in our community who also host GoodReads groups… perhaps we’ll include a link to the groups in future rotations to make it easier to join groups of interest and support one another! 🙂

  9. Kim Stewart says:

    Thanks for these awesome book recommendations! I’m reading the Beauty of Grace right now too! Have a great weekend!
    Kim Stewart

  10. ASC Book Reviews (Amada {pronounced:}) says:

    I LOVED reading “like a Flower in Bloom” by Siri Mitchell!!! IT IS AWESOME!!!! 😀

  11. Thanks for hosting! I look forward to linking up more reviews with you. 🙂

  12. Sharon @ Faith Hope & Cherrytea
    Twitter: _eHope

    I really loved Tessa Afshar’s Biblical retelling of Ruth and Boaz’s story [fictioanlized of course], but definitely a wonderfully inspiring tale. Both in the depth of character and the romance that ensues. Learning about the culture and locale is a treat and perfect for the Travel the World Challenge! Highly recommended 5*s
    Here’s the POST LINK

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I will have to check her book out! I have really enjoyed the biblically based historical fiction I have read. Thanks so much for sharing this book with us Sharon – hope you have a wonderful week!

  13. Nadia says:

    Going back to the classics right now. Gonna read the catcher in the rye, jane eyre and to kill a mockingbird.

    Sometimes its good to get a quick refresher

    visiting from SITS!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Love that you are reading the classics – they have been on my mind too Nadia!

      I’m planning on rereading To Kill A Mockingbird in anticipation of Harper Lee’s upcoming sequel, Go Set A Watchman – one of the most anticipated literary events of our lifetime!

      Have a wonderful week!

  14. Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books
    Twitter: RecentBooks

    One of my favorite books that I have read recently is called “Looking for Me” by Beth Hoffman.
    A Southern novel of family and antiques from the bestselling author of the beloved Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

  15. Tina at Mommynificent
    Twitter: mommynificent

    Always fun to stop by the Book Nook! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!

  16. Karren Haller
    Twitter: Myllls

    Hi Ramona, thanks for visiting to share your post. I wont link as I dont have a book review, but wanted to stop by to thank you for the visit!

    Have a great weekend, Karren

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thanks for stopping by Karren!
      Don’t worry if you don’t have a book review to share – if you love to read, check out everyone else’s recommendations – you may find your next favorite book among our links!

  17. Mary Hill
    Twitter: MaryHill16

    Hi, thanks for pointing others to Literacy Musing Mondays. I so appreciate your support. 😉

  18. AJ Irving says:

    I’m so happy I found The Book Nook! Thank you for hosting!

  19. Thanks for hosting! Excited to read book reviews and get to know other bloggers! Have a great week 🙂

  20. Cheryl Carpinello
    Twitter: ccarpinello

    I’m enjoying “The Nile” by Toby Wilkinson. Thanks for taking part in the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  21. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
    Twitter: mdbookreviews

    Thanks for joining us in the Kid Lit Blog Hop Ramona – sorry I’ve been slow hopping around and responding. Life has been interfering with blogging lately! 😉


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