Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A to Z - A is for Aviary and Angel

For this year's A to Z Blogging Challenge I'm featuring books that I'd like to read!

A is for: The Aviary by Kathleen O'Dell


Twelve-year-old Clara Dooley has spent her whole life in the crumbling Glendoveer mansion, home to a magician's widow, a cage full of exotic birds, and a decades-old mystery. Clara loves old Mrs. Glendoveer, but the birds in the aviary frighten her—they always seem to screech and squall whenever she's near. And then one day, the mynah bird speaks, and a mystery starts to unravel.

Clara discovers dark secrets about the family, and about her own past. Somehow the birds in the aviary seem to be at the center of it all, and Clara can't shake the feeling that they are trying to tell her something.



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A is for: I'm No Angel by Kylie Bisutti


In 2011, 21-year-old Victoria's Secret model Kylie Bisutti stunned the fashion industry when she chose faith over fame and fortune and made the switch from supermodel to role model.
 

Kylie shares her story--from her early years struggling to make it big in the cut-throat world of modeling, her "big break" winning the Victoria's Secret Runway Angel competition, and the disillusionment and spiritual warfare that followed, to the moment she realized that she could no longer reconcile her career with her Christian beliefs, surrendered her life to God, said goodbye to the runway, and dedicated her life to preaching a message of modesty and inner beauty.

Along the way, Kylie talks about her personal struggles with inadequacy, low self-esteem, and her near-constant quest for approval in a world where you can never be thin enough, pretty enough, or sexy enough. She helps readers understand that true beauty lies within and that real fulfillment comes from knowing, loving, and serving Christ.


Do either of these books look interesting to you? Why?

24 comments:

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    1. Steve, Sorry, I had to delete your comment. I am a Christian too, but I don't start posts off by telling people they are going to die of their sins. I prefer to love them to the Lord. Thanks for stopping by, though.

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  2. Hi Dawn, great blog and I loved your first post. I'm going to track down that first book! Found you via the A to Z challenge - looking forward to more posts ;)

    laineyrain.wordpress.com

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    1. Lainey, Awesome! I was hoping the books would stir some interest!

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  3. The Aviary looks really mysterious and intriguing! I will have to check it out!
    Happy A-Z Challenge!

    amandasnoseinabook.wordpress.com

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    1. Amandasnoseinabook - first of all, awesome username! Yeah, I think The Aviary looks really good too. I picked it up from 2nd & Charles and can't wait to read it.

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  4. The Aviary sounds the most appealing. Seems like it will be a page turner for sure!

    MJ, A to Z Challenge Co-Host
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    1. MJ, I think so too. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Two great books. I think I will be checking out the Aviary. Love that cover and it sounds intriguing.

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    1. Corinne, Great! I think the cover is pretty cool too.

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  6. Getting lots of, um, comments, eh? LOL!!!!

    The books look great! Hope you enjoy A to Z!

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    1. Yes, that first comment was a bit...long...and not really about my book posts. Thanks for stopping and commenting. I'll visit your blog soon.

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  7. The second book. I love the battle of good vs. evil as an internal struggle.

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    1. Sydney, I love hearing people's stories about faith!

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  8. I like your topic for the A to Z, Dawn! Looking forward to finding some good reads.

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    1. I hope so, Pam! I'll visit your A to Z post soon.

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  9. Two fantastic stories. I'm most drawn to the one with the birds, however. Untethered Realms

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  10. The first one looks really good. Birds make me uncomfortable, too.

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    1. Shelly, I have a friend that hates birds too. They scare her. But then, so does bugs, dirt, etc. LOL. Let's just say she prefers the indoors.

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  11. That second book sounds like a good read. Only a young person with strong faith will have the strength to turn away from all that the world seems to offer.

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    1. J.L., I agree. I can imagine the wrestling she did with her faith through modeling.

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