Saturday, April 30, 2022

The Apothecary's Daughter

Title: The Apothecary's Daughter

Author: Julie Klassen

Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Regency

Publisher: Bethany House

Source: Own

My Review:

Julie Klassen takes us on a long, winding road with The Apothecary's Daughter

Stacking the Shelves #20, Sunday Post #17, Sunday Salon #12

Hey bookish friends! How are things going for you? I had a pretty good reading week. In the other part of my life it was a stressful week. Not much going on here, probably another weekend of mostly reading and relaxing 😀

Friday, April 29, 2022

First Line Friday #48-The Apothecary's Daughter

Happy Friday, my bookish friends! Any plans for the weekend? I really don't have that many so not sure what I will end up doing...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 The Apothecary's Daughter by Julie Klassen.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Turn My Mourning Into Dancing=Excerpt + Giveway

Turn My Mourning into Dancing JustRead Blog Blitz

Welcome to the Blog Blitz for Turn My Mourning Into Dancing by Henri Nouwen, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Turn My Mourning Into DancingTitle: Turn My Mourning Into Dancing

Author: Henri Nouwen

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Release Date: March 8, 2022

Genre: Christian, Spiritual Growth, Grief

How do you find hope in hard times? Why is it important to have hope during difficult times? Turn My Mourning into Dancing will help you survive the difficult seasons and learn how to live a full life in the midst of them and beyond. With practical advice, Henri Nouwen will gently point you towards a way of life that is grounded in God’s constancy and rooted within eternal hope.

Can't wait Wednesday-The Heart of the Mountains

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 The Heart of the Mountains by Pepper Basham. It is the second in the My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge series. It's expected release date is July 1, 2022. Why I can't wait?! It's PEPPER BASHAM!!! I have LOVED everything I have read by her.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Much Ado About a Latte

Title: Much Ado About a Latte

Series: Maple Falls #2

Author: Kathleen Fuller

Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance,

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Source: Library

My Review:

I love the cover of Much Ado About a Latte and felt it had a lot going for it.

Top Ten Tuesday-Couples

Happy Tuesday, my bookish friends!! I hope you all are doing well. Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is books with [__] on the cover. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do today's topic on. I started looking through the books I physically own and decided to feature couples. Out of 158 books only 13 had couples on them... and I'm not entirely sure one of them counts...I will let you decide 😂 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. 

Books I own that I still need to read with couples on them:

Monday, April 25, 2022

Sea Glass Cottage

Title: Sea Glass Cottage

Series: Hope Harbor #8

Author: Irene Hannon

Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance

Publisher: Revell

Source: Net Galley and Publisher

My Review:

Welcome back to Hope Harbor. I have read quite a few of the books in this series and have enjoyed them all. They can be read as stand-alone novels, but do have some repeat characters in each book.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #10 '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 am reading Much Ado About a Latte by Kathleen Fuller.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

A Talent for Trouble

Title: A Talent for Trouble (audio)

Series: Ladies of Distinction #3

Author: Jen Turano

Narrator: Justine Eyre

Genre: Historical Fiction, Humor, Christian Romance,

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Source: Hoopla/Library

My Review:

Saturday, April 23, 2022

The Catch

Title: The Catch

Series: US Marshals #3

Author: Lisa Harris

Genre: Suspense, Christian Fiction,

Publisher: Revell

Source: Net Galley

My Review:

It has been interesting follow Madison James and Jonas Quinn through the US Marshals series.  While you could read The Catch as a stand alone-novel, I highly recommend the first two books before beginning this one.

Verse Mapping Bible Study Journal

Title: Verse Mapping Bible Study

Author: Kristy Cambron

Genre: Nonfiction, Bible Study

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Source: Own

My Review:

Stacking the Shelves #19, Sunday Post #16, Sunday Salon #11

Hey bookish friends! How are things going for you? I am fighting off a cold so I am taking it easy today. What are your plans for the weekend?

Friday, April 22, 2022

Apartment Kitchen Gardening

Title: Apartment Kitchen Gardening

Author: James Jacques

Genre: Nature, Educational, Gardening

Publisher: Pelargonium Press

Source: Publisher Provided

My Review:

I was impressed with the Apartment Kitchen Gardening guide. 

First Line Friday #47-The Chase

Happy Friday, my bookish friends! Any plans for the weekend? I am planning to go slow and easy today. I can't tell if my allergies are out of control or if I am getting a sinus infection or something. I have no plans for tomorrow, Church and a baby-sitting job on Sunday.

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 The Chase by Lisa Harris. It is the third book in the US Marshals series.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

All That it Takes

Title: All That It Takes

Series: Book #2 (no series is listed on Goodreads)

Author: Nicole Deese

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christian Fiction

Publisher: Bethany House

Source: Publisher Provided

My Review:

I loved All That it Takes and spent quite a bit of time just savoring the story.

Can't Wait Wednesday-Where the Road Bends

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 Where the Road Bends by Rachel Fordham. It is set to be released June 7, 2022.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday-Top books of 2022 (Jan-Apr)

Happy Tuesday, my bookish friends!! I hope you all are doing well. Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is bookish merchandise I would like to own. I have bought quite a few books recently, and got bookish merch for Christmas, so honestly, I am not feeling this topic at all. I think today I would rather share my "top" books of 2022 (so far). 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.

So far in 2022 I have read 73 books. Here are my 5-star books for the first quarter of the year

Monday, April 18, 2022

It's Monday! What are you reading? #9 '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 am reading All That it Takes by Nicole Deese.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Living Out Titus 2

Title: Living Out Titus 2

Author: Jennifer Metzger & Woman to Woman Ministries

Genre: Devotional, Bible Study, Christian Living

Publisher: Create Space Independent Publisher

Source: Kindle Unlimited

My Review:

Living Out Titus 2 is a very quick read. It starts with a brief overview of what Titus 2 is and then offers encouragement that we are not meant to walk this road alone.

Forbidden Truth

Title: Forbidden Truth

Series: Willow Brook, Secrets of the Pen #2

Author: Debra Torres

Genre: Amish, Christian Fiction, Mystery

Publisher:

Source: Author Provided

My Review:

Forbidden Truth is Debra Torres second novel.  I would HIGHLY recommend reading the first book, Forbidden Gift, first.

Seen: Healing Despair and Anxiety in Kids and Teens Through the Power of Connection

Title: Seen: Healing Despair and Anxiety in Kids and Teens Through the Power of Connection

Author: Will Hutcherson & Chinwe Williams, PH.D.

Genre: Nonfiction, Parenting, Mental Health

Publisher: Parent Cue

Source: Own

My Review:

Seen: Healing Despair and Anxiety in Kids and Teens Through the Power of Connection is an excellent resource for parents, teachers, or anyone who works with youth in any capacity.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

The Great Alone

Title: The Great Alone

Author: Kristin Hannah

Genre: Historical Fiction,

Publisher: St. Martins Griffin

Source: Library

My Review:

This was my second time reading The Great Alone. I do not normally reread a book, but this one was for my book club, and it had been long enough that I didn't remember most of it.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

First Line Friday #46-Forbidden Truth

Happy Friday, my bookish friends! Any plans for the weekend? My daughter is home for the weekend and we are going to her grandparents house tonight and if the weather permits spend some time on the lake tomorrow! Have a great Easter 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 Forbidden Truth by Debra Torres. It is the second book in her Willow Brook: Secrets of the Pen series.
  

The Bookseller's Promise

Title: The Bookseller's Promise

Series: The Amish Bookstore #1

Author: Beth Wiseman

Genre: Amish, Christian Fiction, Romance

Publisher: Zondervan

Source: Net Galley

My Review:

I enjoy Beth Wiseman's books. When I saw this one was coming out, AND it had a bookish theme, I immediately requested it!

A Distance Too Grand

Title: A Distance Too Grand

Series: American Wonders Collection #1

Author: Regina Scott

Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Romance

Publisher: Revell

Source: Library

My Review:

 A Distance Too Grand is the first book that I have read by Regina Scott. It is fist in the American Wonders Collection.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Can't Wait Wednesday-The Sweet Life

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 The Sweet Life by Suzanne Woods Fisher. It is the first book in her newest series, Cape Cod Creamery, and is set to release May 3, 2022. I love her books and can't wait to see what happens in this one!

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday-Authors I Want to Read

Happy Tuesday, my bookish friends!! I hope you all are doing well. Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is top ten authors I want to read. There are MANY authors that I keep saying I am going to read but haven't gotten around to yet. I will try to limit the list to ten. 😂   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. 

Top Ten authors I haven't gotten around to yet AND I own a PHYSICAL copy of

Erynn Mangum (I own 6 of her books!)

Monday, April 11, 2022

It's Monday! What are you reading? #8 '22

 Happy Monday, my bookish friends. It's been a while since I have participated in this meme.

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 am reading The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. I read it back in 2018 and since it is my book club's pick for April I am rereading it.

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Roots of Wood and Stone

Title: Roots of Wood and Stone

Series: Sedgwick County Chronicles #1

Author: Amanda Wen

Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Dual timeline, Romance

Publisher: Kregel

Source: Scribd & Library

My Review:

Roots of Wood and Stone is a fabulous debut author by Amanda Wen. It is exceptionally well-written. There is nothing about this novel that screams "debut." 

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Stacking the Shelves #18, Sunday Post #15, Sunday Salon #10

Hey bookish friends! How are things going for you? We just got back from a quick trip to West Virginia. Thursday was my son's 17th birthday so we took him to see his favorite comedian, Tim Hawkins, perform. (I will put a picture of him in this post, if you have never seen him or heard of him, look him up, he is so funny!) We had a blast but my body is demanding recovery (I have an Oura fitness ring that tells me when my body is stressed and I have  been at my lowest "readiness" level for a few days, so it tells me to rest and recover). Today my son is having a few friends over, followed by the family birthday party. What are your plans for the weekend?

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Can't Wait Wednesday-Fatal Code

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 Fatal Code by Natalie Walters. It is the second book in the SNAP Agency series and is set to release May 1, 2022. I really enjoyed Lights Out and can't wait to see the characters again...I really enjoyed Kekoa's humor so I am excited he has a starring role in this one!

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Canyon Survival

Title: Canyon Survival

Author: Connie Queen

Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense

Genre: Suspense, Romance, Christian Fiction

Source: JustReads & Net Galley

My Review:

Canyon Survival is appropriately named, and the cover does the story justice. I love the cover and the story made me want to visit a canyon, just not under the circumstances the main characters find themselves in.

Top Ten Tuesday-Book Series I would love to catch up on

Happy Tuesday, my bookish friends!! I hope you all are doing well. Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is a freebie. I am too tired to come up with an original idea so I decided to look over previous topics from before I had a blog. I landed on book series I would like to catch up on. One of my reading goals for this year was to finish book series I had already started and to make that list. Since I only put two series on that list, this will help me to at least make the list 😂  I will list the series and then put the books from that series I need to read to complete it. 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. 

Top Ten Book Series I would love to catch up on

The Kaely Quinn series by Nancy Mehl

Monday, April 4, 2022

Mulberry Hollow

Title: Mulberry Hollow

Series: Riverbend #2

Author: Denise Hunter    

Genre: Christian Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Source: Net Galley

My Review:

Denise Hunter is one of my "auto" read authors.  Mulberry Hollow is book two of her Riverbend series.

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Storing Up Trouble

Title: Storing Up Trouble

Series: American Heiresses #3

Author: Jen Turano

Narrator: Andrea Emmes

Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Humor, Romance

Publisher: Dreamscape Audio

Source: Scribd

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Stacking the Shelves #17, Sunday Post #14, Sunday Salon #9

Hey bookish friends! I hope you are having a fabulous weekend. Today I am taking it easy. I have been working on a puzzle, reading, and blogging. The rest of the day will be much of the same. Tomorrow is busy with church stuff. What are your plans for the weekend?

Friday, April 1, 2022

March Wrap-Up

 I think March went just as fast as February did!!! I had a pretty good reading month (I think!).

I read 18 books, dnf 2. Click on the cover of the book if you want to read my review.

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First Line Friday #45-Mulberry Hollow

Happy Friday, my bookish friends! Any plans for the weekend? I hope to rest/relax on Saturday and have a full day of church stuff on Sunday.

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 Mulberry Hollow by Denise Hunter.