Monday, January 31, 2022

It's Monday! What are you reading? #4 '22

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are planning to read over the week. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and add to your TBR pile! This meme is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. I finished 6 books this week but don't have time to do all the updates but if you are interested all reviews are on my blog 😀

Currently Reading:

Saturday, January 29, 2022

The Buy-In

Title: The Buy-In

Series: The Graham Brothers #1

Author: Emma St. Clair

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary, Humor, Fiction

Source: e-copy provided Bought my own paperback :)

My Review:

By now you all know I am a huge fan of Emma St. Clair. I loved her Love Cliche' series and I was excited about this book.  

Being Untwisted

Title: Being Untwisted: Deciphering Christianity's Malignant, Evolving, Ulterior Purpose

Author: Mike Marty

Publisher: Michael Marty

Genre: Essays, Christian Nonfiction

Source: Author provided

My Review:

Mike Marty is the owner of the KLUV radio station. He reached out to me and requested I read his book. I like listening to the KLUV radio station so I decided to give it a try. (edited to add: when he wrote this book he was not aware of K-LOVE radio station).

Stacking the shelves #8/Sunday Post #5

Hey bookish friends! I hope your weekend is off to a great start. We got snow last night for the third weekend in a row. It was about 2 inches but didn't cover the road. It's cold and quite windy today, but that suits me just fine, I plan to stay inside 😁 What are your plans for the weekend?

Friday, January 28, 2022

First Line Friday #36-Being Untwisted

We made it to Friday!! It has been a really long week around here. Any plans for the weekend? We are once again supposed to get some winter weather tonight, so not sure how that will affect our weekend.  Welcome back to First Line Friday hosted by Carrie at Reading is My SuperPower!! I am also linking up with Gilion on Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings. This is where you share the beginning of the book that you are reading. To join in the fun grab the book you are reading and leave a comment with the first line (or your link).  This week I am reading Being Untwisted: Deciphering Christianity's Malignant, Evolving, Ulterior Purpose by Mike Marty. 

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Shadows of Swanford Abbey

Title: Shadows of Swanford Abbey

Author: Julie Klassen

Publisher: Bethany House

Genre: Historical Fiction,

Source: Publisher provided

My Review:

I love the cover of this book and its attention to detail. I enjoyed the mystery element as well. The story had a slow build and picked up quite a bit toward the middle. 

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

To Steal A Heart

Title: To Steal A Heart (Audio)

Series: The Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency #1

Author: Jen Turano

Narrator: Andrea Emmes

Publisher: Two Words Publishing

Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance

Source: Hoopla

Can't Wait Wednesday-Malicious Intent

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Typically they are books that have not been released yet. This week I am sharing Malicious Intent by Lynn H. Blackburn. I LOVED the first book in the series, Unknown Threat and have been waiting for Malicious Intent since I finished the last page!!! Malicious Intent is the second book in the Defend and Protect series and is set to release March 1, 2022.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday-Help/Bookish questions

Happy Tuesday my bookish friends!! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! We had snow come through on Friday into Saturday, and it was fun to have a little bit of snow for the first time in 4 years! Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is new-to-me authors I discovered in 2021. I read almost 150 new-to-me authors in 2021 and I have already blogged about it and will link it in this post.  Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and you can head over there to see what our other bookish friends are up to today!

Monday, January 24, 2022

Another Gospel?

Title: Another Gospel? A Lifelong Christian Seeks Truth in Response to Progressive Christianity

Author: Alisa Childers

Publisher: Tyndale

Genre: Christian Nonfiction, Religion, Theology

Source: Library

My Review:

Alisa Childers is a wife, mom, blogger, author, and was a member of the band ZOEgirl. I read this book because Sarah Geringer put it on her best Christian books she read in 2021 list. It sounded interesting, so I thought, "why not?"

It's Monday #3 '22

 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are planning to read over the week. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and add to your TBR pile! This meme is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. I finished 5 books this week but don't have time to do all the updates but if you are interested all reviews are on my blog 😀

Currently reading:

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Song of Silence

Title: Song of Silence

Author: Cynthia Ruchti

Publisher: Guideposts

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Christian Fiction

Source: Own

My Review:

I was introduced to Cynthia Ruchti's works last year. Ever since I have been on a quest to find her books. I want to read them all. I love her writer's voice. It is unique and engaging.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Little Pieces of Hope

Title: Little Pieces of Hope: Happy-Making Things in a Difficult World

Author: Todd Doughty

Illustrator: Josie Portillo

Publisher: Penguin Life

Genre: Nonfiction, Self-Help

Source: Library

My Review:

I had never heard of Todd Doughty before one of my bookish friends recommended this book.

Stacking the Shelves # 7/Sunday Post #4

Hey bookish friends! I hope your weekend is going well. We finally got our first snow last night (since 2018!), yay!! It was not a lot, about 3 inches, but it was enough to put my son on a 4 hour delay for work (lots of ice because of the low temps), so we played some games this morning.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Deadly Target

Title: Deadly Target

Series: Rocky Mountain Courage #2

Author: Elizabeth Goddard

Publisher: Revell

Genre: Suspense, Christian Fiction, Romance

Source: Library

My Review:

Deadly Target is the second novel of the Rocky Mountain Courage series.

First Line Friday #35-Song of Silence

We made it to Friday!! It has been a really long week around here. Any plans for the weekend? I plan to do some cleaning out, reading and blogging. Welcome back to First Line Friday hosted by Carrie at Reading is My SuperPower!! I am also linking up with Gilion on Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings. This is where you share the beginning of the book that you are reading. To join in the fun grab the book you are reading and leave a comment with the first line (or your link).  This week I am reading Song of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti. I am reading this one for Chantel's read your bookshelf challenge.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Stealing the Preacher

Title: Stealing the Preacher (audio)

Series: Archer Brothers #2

Author: Karen Witemeyer

Narrator: Cynthia Darlow

Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc.

Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Christian Romance

Source: Hoopla

My Review:

I am not a huge historical fiction fan but I really adore Karen Witemeyer's stories!

Crooked House

Title: Crooked House

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: William Collins Son & Co. LTd 1949

Genre: Mystery, Fiction,

Source: Owned

My Review:

It had been years since I read Agatha Christie, so it was like reading a new author. I wasn't quite sure what to expect.

Can't Wait Wednesday-Counterfeit Love

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Typically they are books that have not been released yet. This week I am sharing Counterfeit Love by Crystal Caudill. This debut novel is expected to release February 15, 2022. I am excited to read this one because it sounds so good and I love supporting new authors!

 

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday-2021 releases I still need to read

Happy Tuesday my bookish friends!! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! We had an ice storm come through on Sunday with a little bit of snow, so we were in Sunday and Monday (not complaining!). I enjoyed the time to read, blog, and spend with my family with very little distractions.Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is 2021 new releases that I was excited to get to, but didn't. At first I didn't think I would have that many, but looking back I actually had 32 books that I was really looking forward to and wanting to read. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and you can head over there to see what our other bookish friends are up to today!

The Top Ten (or you know 12) 2021 New Releases I really wish I had gotten to in 2021:

Monday, January 17, 2022

Love and Other Mistakes

Title: Love and Other Mistakes

Author: Jessica Kate

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Genre: Christian Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Source: Library

My Review:

Love and Other Mistakes is Jessica Kate's debut novel.It was published in 2019. The good thing is that it does not read like a debut novel.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Unstuffed

 Title: Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul

Author: Ruth Soukup

Publisher: Zondervan

Genre: Christian Nonfiction, self-help, Christian Living

Source: Owned

My Review:

Ruth Soukup is a new author to me. I grabbed this book by the title and cover, not knowing what it was about. I think on some level, we all want to declutter our homes, minds and souls.

Stacking the Shelves #6/Sunday Post #3

Hey bookish friends! I hope your weekend is going well. We are in for some wintry weather tomorrow into Monday and I am looking forward to staying home reading, blogging, and playing some games with my family. I had another surprising week of books coming in, so I thought I would share again this weekend 😀

The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water

Title: The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water

Author: Erin Bartels

Publisher: Revell

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary

Source: Revell

My Review:

I have enjoyed Erin Bartels previous works. When I saw she had a new book coming out, I immediately requested it. However, this book should come with a trigger warning, especially for sensitive readers. This is a very heavy book dealing with sexual abuse. 

Friday, January 14, 2022

First Line Friday #34-Deadly Target

We made it to Friday!! It has been a really long week around here. Any plans for the weekend? I am planning to rest a lot this weekend, not feeling the greatest today. We are supposed to get some winter weather on Sunday (let it snow!!) so we probably won't be going to church. I also plan to do quite a bit of reading and blogging. Welcome back to First Line Friday hosted by Carrie at Reading is My SuperPower!! I am also linking up with Gilion on Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings. This is where you share the beginning of the book that you are reading. To join in the fun grab the book you are reading and leave a comment with the first line (or your link).  This week I am reading Deadly Target by Elizabeth Goddard. It is the second book in the Rocky Mountain Courage series.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Short-Straw Bride

 Title: Short-Straw Bride

Series: Archer Brothers #1

Author: Karen Witemeyer

Narrator: Pilar Witherspoon

Publisher: Recorded Books Inspirational

Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance

Source: Hoopla

Can't Wait Wednesday-Threads of Hope

 Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Typically they are books that have not been released yet. This week I am sharing Threads of Hope by Leslie Gould. It is the third book in the Plain Patterns series and releases February 1, 2022. I love Amish/Plain stories and I love the theme of hope.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday-10 Books I Would Love to Own

Happy Tuesday my bookish friends!!  Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is most recent additions to my book collection. I have done this recently so will link them below. I think I will list ten books I would love to own as my topic for today. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and you can head over there to see what our other bookish friends are up to today!

I have recently done two posts on what books I have added to my bookshelves. You can read post 1 here. Post 2 here.

So, here are 10 books I would love to own: 

I have Shift on my TBR list and my word for the year is "focus," so I would love to read this one.

 

Riverbend Gap

Title: Riverbend Gap

Series: Riverbend #1

Author: Denise Hunter

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance

Source: Library

My Review:

Denise Hunter writes lovely romance novels. I have high expectations for her when I pick up a book and I am happy to say that Riverbend Gap did not disappoint.

Monday, January 10, 2022

It's Monday! What are you reading? #2 '22

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are planning to read over the week. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and add to your TBR pile! This meme is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

What I read last week:

 

Sunday, January 9, 2022

I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf

Title: I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf

Author: Grant Snider

Publisher: Abrams ComicArts

Genre: Graphic Novel, Nonfiction, Humor

Source: Library

My Review:

I had not heard of Grant Snider before this book. Once I saw this cover I HAD to read this book. I love that it is a hardcover book and that it has that little square cut out where the guy's face is. It just adds to the fun.

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Fresh Scars

Title: Fresh Scars

Author: Donna Mumma

Publisher: Firefly Southern Fiction

Genre: Christian Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Suspense

My Review:

Fresh Scars is a debut novel by Donna Mumma. Fresh Scars draws you in from the first line and will keep you engaged until the last, in a sadistically twisted way. You don't want to know what happens but you need to know so you keep reading.

Stacking the Shelves #5/Sunday Post #2

Hey bookish friends! I hope your weekend is going well. I had another surprising week of books coming in, so I thought I would share again this weekend 😀

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! And audiobooks. Don’t forget audiobooks! In other words, if you can read it or if it can be read to you – no matter how you got it – it belongs in Stacking the Shelves. The Stacking the Shelves meme is hosted at Reading Reality.

Net Galley:

(I am cutting WAY back on ARC this year, but couldn't resist this one since I am opening a Free Little Library at the end of this month)

 

Friday, January 7, 2022

Sunrise

Title: Sunrise    

Series: Sky King Ranch #1

Author: Susan May Warren

Publisher: Revell    

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Source: Publisher Provided

My Review:

I enjoy Susan May Warren's books. She is a prolific writer who writes across multiple genres. Sunrise is the first book in her newest series, Sky King Ranch, and as an additional bonus, it's set in Alaska!

First Line Friday #33-Fresh Scars

 Happy First Friday in January, friends! I hope you all are having a good week. Any plans for the weekend? I am cleaning stuff out, purging, and plan to do quite a bit of reading and blogging. Welcome back to First Line Friday hosted by Carrie at Reading is My SuperPower!! I am also linking up with Gilion on Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings. This is where you share the beginning of the book that you are reading. To join in the fun grab the book you are reading and leave a comment with the first line (or your link).  This week I am reading Fresh Scars by Donna Mumma. This is one of the books I was supposed to read last year but I wasn't feeling it. It is MUCH better than I anticipated and sucked me right in.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Sense and Sensibility

Title: Sense and Sensibility

Author: Jane Austen

Publisher: Barnes and Noble

Genre: Classic, Historical Romance, Fiction,

Source: Own

My Review:

I know that a lot of people love Jane Austen. I wanted to be one of them. I am not one of them. 

Give Me One Good Reason

 Title: Give Me One Good Reason

Series: Shaped by Love # 4

Author: Michelle Pennington

Publisher: Kindle

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Source: Kindle Unlimited

My Review:

I love the Shaped by Love series. Give Me One Good Reason is a book I meant to read in 2021 but didn't get a chance to. I am glad that I was able to make it one of my first reads of 2022.

Can't Wait Wednesday-Sunrise

 Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Typically they are books that have not been released yet. This week I am sharing Sunrise by Susan May Warren. It actually released yesterday :) I also have my copy and will be reading it soon! So, not too long to wait...It is the first book in her newest series, Sky King Ranch.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday-Random Stuff

 Happy Tuesday my bookish friends!! I hope you all had a fabulous New Year's weekend! Ours was pretty mild. My kids had friends over all day Thursday and Friday, and then we had our youth group over on Sunday, and this introvert is still trying to recover!! Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is your most anticipated reads for the first half of 2022. Since I have already done that post and will link it below, I decided to do a pretty random post today 😂 Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and you can head over there to see what our other bookish friends are up to today!

First, I am going to introduce you to my family and tell you just a little bit about us since I have not done that on this blog.

Monday, January 3, 2022

It's Monday! What are you reading? #1 2022

 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are planning to read over the week. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and add to your TBR pile! This meme is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

Currently reading:

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Stacking the shelves #4/Sunday Post #1

This is only my fourth time participating in stacking the shelves, but with Christmas and thrift shopping I got a LOT of books that I want to share!!!  

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! And audiobooks. Don’t forget audiobooks! In other words, if you can read it or if it can be read to you – no matter how you got it – it belongs in Stacking the Shelves. The Stacking the Shelves meme is hosted at Reading Reality.

Net Galley:

Saturday, January 1, 2022

2022 Bookish/blog goals

Hello 2022! We hope that you will be good to us. I have a lot of bookish goals and wishes and anticipate a great year of reading!! However, before I get into all that, I would like to THANK YOU for welcoming me into this blogging community. I am thankful for the connections and interactions that I have had.