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Wednesday Reads: A Reading To-Do List

Wednesday Reads WideEvery so often I go through a book slump. This is the moment when I lose interest in books (yes, it happens, occasionally) and each book I pick up fails to keep my attention. Or it’s the moment when there seems to be absolutely nothing interesting to read.  Since I’m more of a book buyer than borrower, I don’t want to spend my money unless it’s going to be worth it. Lately, I’ve been floating among a few interesting reads here and there. Some I purchased; some I borrowed; some I read; and some bored me and got shelved.

Suddenly, however, there seems to be a plethora of books begging for my attention. Their covers intrigue me and their jacket covers pull me inquisitively into their plots. Here’s a few that I have found appealing and will be adding to my to my Reading To-Do List over the next few weeks.



The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth

A captivating tale of life, loss, and love…Neva Bradley, a third-generation midwife, is determined to keep the details surrounding her own pregnancy–including the identity of the baby’s father– hidden from her family and co-workers for as long as possible. Her mother, Grace, finds it impossible to let this secret rest. (synopsis from Amazon.com)






Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker

In the tiny town of Titan Falls, New Hampshire, the paper mill dictates a quiet, steady rhythm of life. But one day a tragic bus accident sets two families on a course toward destruction, irrevocably altering the lives of everyone in their wake. (synopsis from Amazon.com)






The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macalister

The  Amazing Arden is a famous female illusionist known best for her illusion to saw a man in half. However, when her husband shows up dead one night after a show, Arden finds herself as the prime suspect.  Now a young policeman who has seen her show must decide if her alibi and story are the truth or simply  illusion at its finest.






The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna Van Praag

Since her parents’ mysterious deaths many years ago, scientist Cora Sparks has spent her days in the safety of her university lab or at her grandmother Etta’s dress shop. Tucked away on a winding Cambridge street, Etta’s charming tiny store appears quite ordinary to passersby, but the colorfully vibrant racks of beaded silks, delicate laces, and jewel-toned velvets hold bewitching secrets: With just a few stitches from Etta’s needle, these gorgeous gowns have the power to free a woman’s deepest desires. (synopsis from Amazon.com)





The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

This is what happens when a socially awkward genetics professor decides he needs a wife. He develops and implements a plan to find the perfect wife with a sixteen page  survey. Along the way he meets bartender Rosie Jarmen, who goes against the every correct answer on the survey. Rosie is on a journey of her own to find her biological father.  The reader finds that soon the wife project and father project intertwine to reveal a quirky and romantic love story where the unexpected is to be expected.




The Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

LIncoln O’Neil has landed a job monitoring inter-office emails making sure to report dirty joke emails between co-workers as well as non-work-related messages that clutter up the office email system. The only problem is he has fallen in love with one of the two female employees who constantly exchange emails about their personal lives. How will he ever go from email stalker to potential boyfriend?



I can officially declare my recent book slump is over. Now my only problem is deciding which one to read first!

How about a little help?  Which one would you read first?





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Dear Friends,

A mother showed up at the Foundation just this week with her 12-year-old daughter in tow. She was there to give her child to the Hope House. She had not contacted us before, nor had she filled out the required paperwork. When pressed as to why she wanted her daughter to be a part of the House, she merely replied, “I don’t want her anymore.”

Unfortunately, in one concise and unemotional sentence, she described the plight of many of the young women here in the jungle. They simply are not wanted. Even worse is these young women are repeatedly told this information. They grow up believing they are of no value and no one will really ever want them.

Here at the Hope House, we are changing that line of thinking. Our mission is to raise Godly young woman by helping them discover their identity in Christ and also providing them a quality education. Before entering the house, many girls would face a life with no future and continue to be fed the lie that they are unwanted and worthless. But here at the Hope House, they are learning to love themselves and find value in the gifts and personalities that God uniquely designed for them.

Along from spiritual discipleship, we strive to provide each girl with a strong education. From school uniforms to after-school tutors, we see to every educational need. And now we are planning to meet another.

As a former English teacher, I was saddened by the lack of availability of books for the youth of our town. Not one bookstore can be found in our community!  Books open up new worlds, new ideas, and even help discover dreams. This is a blessing that I want for our girls here.

We’ve decided to create a library here at the Hope House. But we need your help!  Our goals is to purchase 4-5 Kindles as well as soft and hardback books in Spanish. The greatest part is that this investment will not only be for the girls at the house now, but will serve the girls for years to come.

We have decided to purchase all books through Amazon since we can easily download books for the Kindles as well as locate books in Spanish and have them shipped here. If you would like to be a part of helping build the Hope House library, here’s what you can do.

  1. Purchase an amazon gift card and send it directly to my Hall Family Mission email.  (Please note: this would not be a tax-deductible gift.) I will in turn send you an update of exactly what was purchased using the card.
  2. Make a one-time donation to the Ecuador Hope House World Missions Account via the AGWM website. (See link here.) If you choose to do this, please email me and let me know the amount you donated, so it can be set aside for the library.
  3. You can purchase books in Spanish directly from our Amazon Wish List. (See link here.)
  4. Finally, if you have recently updated your Kindle to a new model, you could donate the old one.  Simply contact me on how to send it.

If you have any questions, please contact me via email (alicia@hallfamilymission.com). Our goal is to have this library up and running by October 1st.  I cannot wait to share with you the impact that reading will have on the lives of these already amazing young women.

Thank you, dear readers, for believing in this blog and this ministry.

For the girls,