Saturday, November 18, 2017

November Book Haul #2

I'm linking up with Tynga's Reviews to share the books I picked up this week.

Audio Books
The Library at the Edge of the WorldAnne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)The Good Girl

Kindle Books 
Daughter of FortuneThe Enchanted AprilThe Unkillable Kitty O'Kane: A Novel

Physical Books
A Fall of MarigoldsThe Sound of RainDeeds of Darkness (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon #10)

I don't usually get audio books, but The Good Girl and Anne of Green Gables were free. Audible allowed me to redo my free so trial, so I used my credit to get The Library at the Edge of the World. 

I was thrilled to find A Fall of Marigolds at my local used book store. It's one of the few Susan Meissner books I didn't already own. I have already read The Sound of Rain and reviewed it here.

What books did you get this week? Let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Can't Wait for Judah's Wife by Angela Hunt

I'm linking up with Wishful Endings to share an upcoming release I'm excited about.

What I'm waiting for:
Judah's Wife: A Novel of the Maccabees (The Silent Years #2)

When does it release?  January 2, 2018

Why am I waiting? I've been reading Angela Hunt's book for longer than I care to admit. She writes high quality Biblical fiction. I'm really excited to read this book because it's about a time period I don't know much about.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Books to Share With My Granddaughter

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish to share this week's top ten.

I love children's books. My children's education was heavily influenced by a literature based curriculum. My granddaughter will turn one next month. Here are some of my favorite picture books I can't wait to read to her.

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I read this as a child. I always wanted a Corduroy of my own. The illustrations are so cute. There are at least a couple more books featuring this adorable bear, and of you are looking for diversity in your kid's lit, this is a great choice.

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business

This story about a hat peddler whose hats are stolen by monkeys is a lot of fun to act out. Monkey see, Monkey do.

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Another diverse book. This one was a novelty for us since we live in Florida. The art is amazing.

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I picked this one up on a whim for $.25 at thrift store. It quickly became a family favorite. It's one of the sweetest books I've ever read. There are several more in the series that I need to get. 

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?

This one rhymes! This super cute book follows Jesse bear through his day. It's also part of a series.

 Ask Mr. Bear

Anything with farm animals is bound to be a hit. This book is a fun opportunity to talk about animals and the sounds they make.

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Every little girl loves to spend the day with her mom. This book follows a mother and daughter as they spend their day doing exciting things like riding the bus and going to the post office. The little girl saves her whole day in her purse.

Katy No-Pocket

What's a kangaroo with no pocket to do? Enlist the help of a friendly handy man.

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This is another one to act out. I used to read this to my Sunday School Class when we were waiting for the parents to show up. It helps get the wiggles out.

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This one is great for spring. A little boy plants a seed, tends it, and patiently waits for it to grow. Lots of teachable moments.

Yellow Ball

A wonderful book for summer. This is a great one for talking about the ocean. The illustrations are simple and gorgeous.

A great blog to follow if you want picture book recommendations is Everyday Reading. She is a former librarian and mom of four small girls. She post lots of book lists, and has a free class you can take on picking books and encouraging reading in your home.

What are some of your favorite picture books? Let me know in the comments.

Monday, November 13, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading?

I'm linking up with Book Date to share this week's TBR.

Just finished:
Gilead (Gilead, #1)Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything

Currently reading:
Emily of New Moon (Emily, #1)One True Loves

What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Can't Wait for The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen

I'm linking up with Wishful Endings to share an upcoming book I'm excited about.

Can't wait for:
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill, #2)

When does it release? December 5, 2017

Why am I waiting? I loved the first book in this series. If you enjoy Regency era fiction, you should check these out.

Monday, November 6, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading?

I'm linking up with Book Date to share this week's TBR.

Just finished:
The Sound of Rain

Currently reading:
Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes EverythingGilead (Gilead, #1)

Up next:
Emily of New Moon (Emily, #1)Little Broken Things

I did a full review of The Sound of Rain here. What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments.

Book Review ~ The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas

The Sound of Rain

I have been looking forward to reading this book all year. I loved Sarah Loudin Thomas' Appalachian Blessings series. Although the time period and setting are the same, I found the tone and feel of this book to be very different. This one focused more on the romance and courtship of the main characters and less on the family drama, although that did play an important role in the plot.

I enjoyed the main characters, and thought they had good chemistry. Judd was a strong male lead even though he was dealing with grief and guilt over the death of his brother. Larkin was sweet and naive without being obnoxious. I felt like her character had the most growth.

I loved the 1950's setting. It felt old fashioned, but everyone could still get in their cars and get places in a reasonable amount of time. I would have loved more time spent in Kentucky. Overall the book felt a little short. I'm hoping we get to visit these characters later on, though I don't see anything that indicates this is a series.

I recommend this book to readers who enjoy historical romance in a unique setting.

I received this book for free for the purpose of review.