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.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Keepers of the Covenant

Today I am linking up with Breaking the Spine for Waiting on Wednesday. This is a chance to feature an up coming release that I am anxiously anticipating.This week's book is Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin.


Why I'm waiting?
Lynn Austin is my favorite author, and she rarely disappoints. Although I didn't love the first book in this series, I still have high hopes for this installment.

Monday, September 15, 2014

What I'm Reading

It's time for some "twitterature" book review's. Here is my end-of-the-summer reading list.

18850688I heard really great things about this book, and I wasn't disappointed. It is a lovely story about the power of art and music in the middle of all of the ugliness of war. The modern day love story was a little sappy and convienient, but that didn't detract from how wonderful the historical story was. I loved it.

80347There is so much grace and redemption in this book. This was a re-read for me, and I loved it just as much the second time around.

18634024I have read the other books in this series and enjoyed them all. They are funny and easy to read, and will put a smile on your face. They follow a pastor's family that lives in a small Texas town named Fred. The story is told from the son's point of view. As a minister's wife there is so much to relate to. I love this series.

For more short reviews, check out Modern Mrs. Darcy.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What I read In August

I had a great reading month in August. I read eight books which is pretty good for me. Participating in the Bout of Books read-a-thon was a big motivator. I also did the Tyndale summer reading program and won some free books through that. Here are my August reads:

The Lynn Austin books were re-reads for me. I think I enjoyed Wonderland Creek more this time around than the first time I read it. I was a little disappointed in Revolutionary. My favorite of the month was The Antelope in the Livingroom. So funny. What have you been reading lately?