Welcome to the Book Nook At Create With Joy!
Welcome to the Book Nook at Create With Joy – a place where book lovers from around the world gather to share their collective love of books, reading, and all things literary!
We are a family-friendly community of bibliophiles from all backgrounds – readers, bloggers, book reviewers, writers, authors, teachers, librarians, parents, homeschoolers, publicists and publishers – who enjoy sharing 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! We ask that your content be suitable for readers of all ages.
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!
We look forward to getting to know you and invite you to connect with us on:
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What’s New At The Book Nook?
As of January 2016, The Book Nook has moved to a monthly schedule! The Book Nook opens on the first Friday of the month and remains open all month, until the next party starts!
Please stop by each week to share your latest posts – to see what’s new – and to say hello!
Getting To Know You Comment Challenge
March 2 is the birthday of the beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. It’s also, by Presidential Proclamation, Read Across America Day – an event that has become so popular, it has gained year-round support!
For this month’s community-building question, I invite you to leave a comment and share with us how you discovered your love for reading. Were you inspired by a special book? Do you have fond memories of your parents reading to you? Did a favorite teacher foster your love for books? As a bonus, we’d love to know what your favorite Dr. Seuss book is as well!
Video: Read Across America – Building A Nation Of Readers
Events Around The Blogosphere
Do you know of an event that would interest our community? Please drop me a line so I can include it on our calendar!
- January 1 – December 31, 2016 – GoodReads Reading Challenge
- March 21-27, 2016 – Spring Bloggiesta
- April 18-24, 2016 – Spring Into Horror Read-A-Thon
- April 23, 2016 – Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon
- May 9 – 15, 2016 – Bout Of Books
Looking for your next Reading Challenge? Visit A Novel Challenge!
Book Of The Month – The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson
The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson – Book Review
Every young girl has a dream.
In The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson, seventeen-year-old Rapunzel dreams of learning to read and getting married one day. Gothel – her mother – has other plans. Gothel is what some might call over-protective. Every time a young man shows interest in Rapunzel, Gothel packs up their bags and moves them far away.
For years, Gothel has managed to protect her daughter and keep her isolated from the real world. But as every parent is bound to discover, you cannot hide your child from the world forever.
When mother and daughter are attacked during their travels, Rapunzel encounters a knight – Sir Gerek – in an encounter that ultimately leads her to begin questioning everything she’s ever been taught. Soon, she begins to unravel hidden secrets from her family’s past that forever change her future.
The Golden Braid is an enthralling retelling of the classic fairy tale, Rapunzel, which both teenagers and adults will enjoy. The story is familiar yet fresh – infused with faith-based elements, engaging characters, and excitement in every twist of the plot!
From the moment I picked it up, I didn’t want to put it down. Chances are that you won’t want to either.
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
The Golden Braid is available on Amazon.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson via The Fiction Guild for review purposes. The opinions I’ve shared with you are entirely my own.
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I look forward to connecting with you!
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What’s happening in your literary life? 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 sales links to retailer sites such as Amazon).
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Great review! I’m sharing mine, too.
Thanks Michelle! Look forward to reading your review! 🙂
My little grandgirl Addy stopped by last night and she had her head stuck in a paper cutout of the Cat in the Hat hat and a Dr. Seuss poem on both sides and she read it to us! We L O V E D it! Celebrating one of the finest gentleman’s birthday at school this week. Have a wonderful weekend and always a pleasure to see what you are reading. Hugs, Anne
Yay, I love the Book Nook! Thanks for hosting, and for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week 🙂
Thanks so much Kelly – I love seeing what you’re reading!Thanks for joining us – look forward to seeing you throughout the month!
Thank you! I am so excited you shared this wonderful book link up with #SocialButterflySunday! It’s always fun to see what others are reading. Hope to see you join the party again this week 🙂
Added your “button” to my side bar this evening – what a fun place to read about books and share our reviews!
I’ll be back!
Thank you so much Michele for joining us and for adding my button to your sidebar.
I look forward to reading your reviews! 🙂
What a great event! My love for reading came from my parents–especially my dad who shared his love for books and read to me every night until I could read myself. Dr. Seuss was certainly a big part of that. 😉
Aloha, Deb–Kahakai Kitchen
This looks like a great linkup and way of sharing favorite books old and new. I’m linking up a post that had a giveaway, but this is the last night to comment for a chance to win. So I hope it can be seen in time. 🙂 Blessings!
Thanks for hosting! Your link-ups have gotten massive! Found you this time at the #LMMLinkup.
Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!
My pleasure – we’re open all month so please share as many of your wonderful posts as you like!
Ooooh fun, saw the link-up via Wake Up Wednesday! Excited to be here this time. 🙂
Welcome Sarah Eliza – so glad you found us! We are open all month so please stop by again soon!
The Golden Braid looks so good! Thanks for inviting me over ! 🙂
Thanks for the link up. Lots of interesting Links
I am so glad to join with the link up this week.
Thanks for hosting.Have a Great week!
Way back in the middle 50s when I was learning to read, my mom would bring me a book twice a month when she got paid. These were usually mysteries, starting with the Bobbsey Twins, then graduating to Judy Bolton, Cherry Ames, and Nancy Drew – which probably fostered my love for mysteries. These books were in hardback and cost around $1.
I never really got into Dr. Seuss stories, although I have since come to adore How the Grinch Stole Christmas. What a beautiful message!
The Bobsey Twins and Nancy Drew – what great memories those books bring back!
I think I read every Nancy Drew book that came out when I was a young girl!
Thanks for joining us this month Carole!
I love that Book Nook is now monthly! I’m not always organized each week. I finally gave my Goodreads link up, but I’m not sure I did it right. I hope it works. I have been following you on Good Reads for awhile, just hadn’t linked here, because I didn’t know what my account address was. I am especially interested in linking with people who like to read NON-fiction and Christian books! Thanks Joy for having this neat website.
I’m so glad you like the monthly format!
I want to produce a quality column and as much as I would love to write weekly, right now, my schedule just doesn’t permit it, so for now, an ongoing monthly column it is! 🙂
Thanks for sharing that you are interested specifically in meeting others who enjoy reading non-fiction and Christian books – I will have to think of ways to help our community connect with others who share our specific genre interests!
Have an amazing week and I hope you are enjoying Bloggiesta!
I love re-told fairy tales, so The Golden Braid sounds right up my alley. Thanks for sharing at the LMM Link-up!
I think I’ll just start with today’s review and make sure to stop off with each bookish post from this point forward. That way I don’t set myself to be behind from the start!
Great thinking LuAnn! See you on April 1 (the 1st Friday of the month!)