Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Raising Emotionally Strong Boys

Title: Raising Emotionally Strong Boys: Tools Your Son Can Build on for Life

Author: David Thomas

Genre: Parenting, Self-Help, Leadership, Nonfiction

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Source: Net Galley

My Review:

I found Raising Emotionally Strong Boys an enlightening read.

Top Ten Tuesday-I spy a reader's space

Happy Tuesday, my bookish friends!! I hope you all are doing well. Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is book is comfort reads. So, books have always been an escape for me. I don't really have a "comfort read" as all books are basically an escape. Not sure if that makes sense or not. After agonizing way more than I probably should have for today's post, I finally decided to share my main reading space. 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, May 30, 2022

Falling Like Snowflakes

Title: Falling Like Snowflakes Audio

Series: Summer Harbor #1

Author: Denise Hunter

Narrator: Julie Lyles Carr

Genre:  Christian Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Christmas

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Source: Hoopla

My Review:

I love Denise Hunter's books, and this one is no exception.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

20 Books of Summer

It's no secret that I have been trying to whittle down my physical TBR shelves, as well as my Goodreads shelf (although I am continually adding to that one 😂).

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Stacking the Shelves #24, Sunday Post #21, Sunday Salon #16

Hey bookish friends! How are things going for you? Any plans for this memorial day weekend? My daughter is in OH attending a friend's wedding, I am at my sister's house in TN, and my son and husband are home. My son is working today.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

What If Jesus Was Serious?

Title: What if Jesus Was Serious? A Visual Guide to the Teachings of Jesus We Love to Ignore

Author: Skye Jethani

Genre: Christian Nonfiction, Christian Living, Bible Study

Publisher: Moody Publishers

Source: Own

My Review:

I thought with the size of this book, it would be a quick and easy book to read. I was wrong. While it can be read quickly , because it does not have a lot of pages, you would miss so much. What If Jesus Was Serious? A Visual Guide to the Teachings of Jesus We Love to Ignore is best to be read slowly, thinking over each section. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Royally Rearranged

Title: Royally (re) Arranged

Author: Emma St. Clair

Genre: Romance, Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult, RomCom,

Publisher: Emma St. Clair

Source: Own

My Review:

 You all know by now that I love Emma St. Clair's writing. I have not read her earlier works (yet), but I have loved everything I have read of hers in the last year or so. I have been looking forward to this one since I bought it (December 2021), and I am happy to say it didn't disappoint!

Can't Wait Wednesday-Edward and Amelia

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 Edward and Amelia by Karen Thornell. It is expected to be published June 6, 2022.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday-Book Quote Freebie

Happy Tuesday, my bookish friends!! I hope you all are doing well. Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is book is book quote freebie. At first I was going to skip this week's prompt and do something different, but I decided to give it a go. 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. 

Favorite quotes from books I have read:

All Laurel wanted was a few minutes of peace and quiet from a day full of chores to disappear into the pages of a good book. What was the use of being a grown woman if she couldn't even hide long enough to read one chapter? -Laurel's Dream by Pepper Basham

Monday, May 23, 2022

Fragments of Fear

Title: Fragments of Fear

Author: Carrie Stuart Parks

Genre: Mystery, Christian Fiction, Thriller

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Source: Own

My Review:

If you want a fast-paced, quick read that will have you on the edge of your seat, look no further. I have read several of Parks' books, and they have all been five stars. I am happy to say that this one will join that club as well.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

The View From Coral Cove

Title: The View from Coral Cove

Author: Amy Clipston

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christian Fiction

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Source: Net Galley

My Review:

The View from Coral Cove caught my attention from the beginning. We are introduced to Maya as a young girl (in the prologue) and then the story begins with adult Maya.

Stacking the Shelves #23, Sunday Post #20, Sunday Salon #15

Hey bookish friends! How are things going for you? This morning I will be baby-sitting and then this afternoon I will be shopping with my daughter. Tomorrow morning is church and I plan to spend the afternoon/evening reading, blogging, and chilling with my family.

Friday, May 20, 2022

First Line Friday #51-Fragments of Fear

Happy Friday, my bookish friends! Any plans for the weekend? Saturday morning I will baby-sit for a church meeting, then spend the rest of the day relaxing, hanging out with family. Sunday is church and then more relaxing! Hopefully I will get in some good reading this 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 Fragments of Fear by Carrie Stuart Parks. This is one of the books that I own and have been meaning to read.


Thursday, May 19, 2022

Love Finds You in Bethlehem New Hampshire

Title: Love Finds You in Bethlehem New Hampshire

Series: Love Finds You

Author: Lauralee Bliss

Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Mail Order Brides

Publisher: Summerside Press

Source: Library

My Review:

Slow and steady.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Can't Wait Wednesday-Free Fall

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 Free Fall by Nancy Mehl. It's anticipated release date is June 14, 2022.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday-Books I was SO excited to get

Happy Tuesday, my bookish friends!! I hope you all are doing well. Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is books I was SO excited to get but I still haven't read (bonus points if you tell how long it's been since you got them). This one will be super easy for me (and probably you as well), since I have SO many. The hard part will be narrowing it down to 10. 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 Books that I was So excited to get but I still haven't read:

Monday, May 16, 2022

What Remains True

Title: What Remains True

Author: Nancy Naigle

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance

Publisher: Waterbrook Press

Source: Net Galley

My Review:

What Remains True was my first introduction to Nancy Naigle. The cover of the book drew me in, as did the small-town feel. 

Sunday, May 15, 2022

To Win Her Heart

Title: To Win Her Heart

Author: Karen Witemeyer

Narrator: Thérèse Plummer

Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Westerns, Romance

Publisher: Recorded Books

Source: Hoopla (library)

My Review:

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Stacking the Shelves #22, Sunday Post #19, Sunday Salon #14

Hey bookish friends! How are things going for you? It was a very busy week and start of the weekend, which is why I am getting this out later than usual (again!). My son graduated this morning (see picture below). Since we home school it was a very small ceremony and the end of our 11 year homeschooling journey. I have not processed it yet.

Friday, May 13, 2022

First Line Friday #50-What Remains True

Happy Friday, my bookish friends! Any plans for the weekend? My son is graduating tomorrow!!! We homeschool so it will be a very small, very short ceremony (especially since he doesn't want one!!). We will be at my in-laws lake house celebrating with family. Sunday is mine and my husband's 23 wedding anniversary. We are not doing anything special, but will be relaxing 😀 in the afternoon.

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 What Remains True by Nancy Naigle.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare

Title: The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare

Author: Kimberly Brock

Genre: Historical Fiction, World War II,

Publisher: Harper Muse

Source: Net Galley

My Review:

The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare is an interesting story that may or may not be true.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Can't Wait Wednesday-The Bluff

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 Bluff by Emma St. Clair. It's no secret that I LOVE her books and I can't wait to read this one!! It is the second book in the Graham Brothers series. It is set to release September 30, 2022. It will also be free on Kindle Unlimited!!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday-Brides

Happy Tuesday, my bookish friends!! I hope you all are doing well. Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is bookish characters (these could be readers, writers, authors, librarians, professors, etc.). I read this wrong and thought it was any type of character in a book, so I decided to focus on brides. After rereading the topic and understanding it, I decided to stick with brides because the books I could think of that had bookish characters are all ones that I have talked about here, several times over. 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. 

Ten Books with Brides on them that I own:

Monday, May 9, 2022

It's Monday! What are you reading? #12 '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/listening to To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Stacking the Shelves #21, Sunday Post #18, Sunday Salon #13

Hey bookish friends! How are things going for you? It was a very busy week and start of the weekend, which is why I am getting this out later than usual. My son had a music performance this morning. It was supposed to be an hour and a half with all the students performing. It was 2 1/2 hours!! The weather started out great but was pouring by the end. My in-laws had come to see my son perform and then came over for lunch. Happy Mother's Day weekend to all the moms out there. 😀

Friday, May 6, 2022

First Line Friday #49-The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare

Happy Friday, my bookish friends! Any plans for the weekend? My son is performing in a music concert Saturday morning (as long as it does not rain) and my in-laws will come over for lunch. If it rains it turns into a new plans day with the whole family home since both kiddos (my daughter got back from college Monday evening) had taken off for the concert. Other than church we have no plans for Sunday. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

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 Lost Book of Eleanor Dare by Kimberly Brock.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Choosing His Family

 Choosing His Family (Colorado Grooms Book 6) by [Jill Lynn]Title: Choosing His Family

Series: Colorado Grooms #6

Author: Jill Lynn

Publisher: Love Inspired

Genre: Christian Fiction

Synopsis

Three reasons to ask her to stay…

Will offering a helping hand open the door to forever?

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Can't Wait Wednesday-The Songs That Could Have Been

 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 Songs that Could Have Been by Amanda Wen. It is the second book in the Sedgwick County Chronicles series. I recently read the first book and LOVED it so I can't wait to get my hands on this one!! It is set to be released May 24, 2022.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday-One Word Reviews

 Happy Tuesday, my bookish friends!! I hope you all are doing well. Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is one word reviews for the last 10 books you have read. This topic was submitted by Susan at Bloggin' 'bout Books. This sounds hard and interesting so let's see how this goes! 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. 

MULTIDIMENSIONAL

Monday, May 2, 2022

The Storekeeper's Daughter

Title: The Storekeeper's Daughter

Series: The Daughter's of Lancaster County #1

Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter

Genre: Amish, Christian Fiction, Romance

Publisher: Barbour

Source: Own

My Review:

 The Storekeeper's Daughter is the first in the Daughter's of Lancaster County trilogy. There is stuff that happens in this book that is not resolved until the third book. All three books are deeply connected.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #11 '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 Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. This is not my typical read but it's the book picked for my book club this week.

April Reading Wrap-Up

Happy May, my bookish friends!!! I can't believe the year is almost half over! My daughter has finished up her semester at college and my son will be graduating high school soon. To say time is flying is an understatement. How was reading month? I had a mixed reading month.

I read 19 books, dnf 1. Click on the cover of the book if you want to read my review.

5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A Match of Wits

Title: A Match of Wits (audio)

Series: Ladies of Distinction #4

Author: Jen Turano

Narrator: Justine Eyre

Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Humor, Romance

Publisher: Bethany House/Audible Audio

Source: Hoopla/Library

My Review:

I love Justine Eyre she is a wonderful narrator!