Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books That Were Hard to Read

I am linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday. This weeks top ten is books that were hard to read. I have chosen books with difficult content that were tough to read. So, here they are:


These books were all really good, but lots of stuff that is hard to take. So, what books have you found difficult to read?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Book Review ~ Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury

I picked up Angels Walking, Karen Kingsbury's newest book, hoping for a light, quick read. Her books have fast moving plots that I can usually plow through in a day. This one, for some reason, just did not hold my interest. The story centers around young minor league pitcher, his former girlfriend,  and the team of angels sent to intervene in their lives and get them back together. 

I enjoyed the supernatural aspects of the story. I liked the angels, and thought the author did a good job working them into the story in a believable way. I think I struggled the most with the romance aspect of the story. I never felt like I had much invested in the relationship, and didn't relly care if they got together.

If you are a Karen Kingsbury fan, you will probably want to give this a try. It wasn't my favorite by her, but it wasn't bad. It just didn't connect with me the way some of her other books have.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves

Today, I am linking up with Tynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves. Here are some of my recent book acquisitions.



Amazon had a crazy sale, and I was thrilled to find several books on my wishlist for $.99. The giveaway was from The Generous Wife. It's a great blog. Check it out. What books have you added to your book shelves lately?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The book I am waiting for:

When is it being released? October 28, 2014

Why I'm waiting: I loved Dear Mr. Knightly, the first book by Katherine Reay. I am hoping this one will be just as good. Plus, I love the cover.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Top 10 Books on My Fall TBR

I am linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for Top 10 Tuesday. This week is my TBR for fall. I have a lot mor books that I want to get to this fall, but I will be really happy if I can at least get these read.


Physical Books:


I am really looking forward to Healer of Carthage and For Such a Time. Also, only 2 of these are by authors that I have read before. What are reading this fall?

Stacking the Shelves

Today I am linking up with Tynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves, a place to show off your recent book purchases and aquisitions.


For Review:

Tyndale Summer Reading and Rewards:

What new books have you gotten lately?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Book review: Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brower

 I have mixed feelings about this WW2 era novel. The writing is beautiful and the story is set in the Dutch East Indies, which is a part of the war that I haven't read about in previous books. The author did a wonderful job of foreshadowing the story and developing the characters, particularly the main character Jeremiah. While Jeremiah wasn't a particularly likeable character, I was definately rooting for him. I really wanted him to expirience some happiness and get some peace. Most of the story is set in a concentration camp. All of the Dutch women and children are taken there after the men and older boys are taken away to work camps. Jeremiah is the oldest child left in his family, and he takes his role as provider very seriously.

This book is very hard to read. The descriptions of the conditions don't hold anything back. They are brutal and sad. If you are sensitive at all, I would not recommend this book. Also, I feel the love story is stressed a lot on the back of the book, but it really isn't a focal point of the main story. It is really a coming of age story. A very sad one.

 I would recommend this book to fans of WW2 fiction who don't mind very honest story telling. And I would recommend following it up with some thing a little lighter.

I received this book for free from Waterbrook Press for the purpose of review.