Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman

What I am waiting on:
Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World

When does it release? August 18, 2015

Why am I waiting? I enjoy this author's blog, and she wrote one of my favorite non-fiction books, Grace for the Good Girl.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ARC August

Read. Sleep. Repeat. is hosting their annual ARC August Challenge. I have a lot of ARCs (Advanced Reader Copy) piling up, so I have decided to participate. Here are the ARCs I'll be choosing from:

Luther and KatharinaBathsheba: Reluctant Beauty (Dangerous Beauty, #2)Hope HarborThe Sea Keeper's Daughters (Carolina #3)Chivalrous (Valiant Hearts, #2)Not by Sight

I plan on updating my reading progress every week, so I'll keep you posted. I would love to get through all of these, and get completely caught up on my reviews by the end of summer. Thankfully, these are all books I have been looking forward to reading this year. Check out Read. Sleep. Repeat. for the rules of the challenge.

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books With Book Loving Characters

Here are some books with characters that love to read:

Wonderland CreekMr. Darcy Broke My HeartThe Dashwood Sisters Tell All: A Modern-Day Novel of Jane AustenDear Mr. KnightleyA Tree Grows in BrooklynThe Magic of Ordinary DaysHow Do I Love Thee? (Ladies of History #4)Claire's Not-So-Gothic Romance84, Charing Cross RoadNorthanger Abbey

I was kind of surprised at how hard it was to find books with bookish characters. I looked at my last four years of reading on Goodreads and I could barely find ten. I'm looking forward to everyone else's list over at The Broke and the Bookish.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Stacking the Shelves ~ July

Here are my recent book purchases.

The Story Keeper (Carolina #2)A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)Saving Amelie
A Sound Among the TreesThe Choosing (Seer, #1)Love Unexpected (Beacons of Hope, #1)\
CentraliaThe Dancing MasterThe Deliverer (The Sword of Lyric #4)

physical books:
Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our MindsLuther and KatharinaThe Innocent

For my mom and girls:
His Love Endures Forever (Land of Canaan Series #3)If the Shoe Fits (Whatever After, #2)Christy Miller Collection, Vol. 2 (Christy Miller, #4-6)

Luther and Katherina is for review. I also got a physical copy of Love Unexpected. It fell under the Kindle Matchbook program, so I got the ebook for cheap. Check out more book hauls at Tynga's Reviews.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Not by Sight

What I am waiting on:
Not by Sight

When does it release? August 4,2015

Why am I waiting? I read this author's debut novel earlier this year. It has gotten a lot of buzz, but I was underwhelmed by it. It may have just been me, so I want to give Not by Sight a try. It sounds really interesting, and the cover is beautiful.

Check out more Waiting on Wednesday posts at Breaking the Spine.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Book Review ~ The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker

The Choosing
The Choosing

I really enjoyed this debut novel. I had been looking for a good dystopian series to start, and this one was what I was looking for. It was different from a lot of other dystopians. A lot of history is given on how things became the way they are, which I appreciated. The love story is well developed, and there is a mystery through out the story that lends a creepy feeling to the whole thing. There are a couple of cheesy scenes, but otherwise it is a real page turner with a satisfying ending. I am looking forward to reading book two when it comes out.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Quick Lit ~ July

I have read some really good books lately. I was able to get a lot of reading done on our trip to Iowa for my In-Laws retirement. All of the books I have read over the past few weeks have been four and five stars, which is nice. Here are some of my most recent reads.

Just finished:
The Nightingale
This was the book I read on vacation. Not exactly light reading, but it was so good. The parallel story lines were equally interesting, and the characters were real and believable. There are some hard scenes though, and the end is sad. I definitely needed something lighter after I read it.

Little Beach Street Bakery: A Novel
Little Beach street Bakery

This is probably the first Chick Lit I have ever completed and enjoyed. It was surprisingly deep with complex characters. It also made me want a puffin. You know, the bird. It didn't win me over to the genre, but I will check out more by this author. 

Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor

This is the second book I have read by Melanie Dobson. I really enjoy her settings and she has some good plot twists in what is essentially a family drama. The characters rubbed me the wrong way sometimes, but if they never made bad decisions, it would have been a pretty boring story.

Currently Reading:
The Choosing (Seer, #1)
The Choosing

I"m only a few chapters into this debut dystopian, so I can't say much about it. I have been looking forward to reading it for months, and so far it's very good. 

Coming up next:
Love Walked InSeek and Hide (Haven Seekers #1)

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday

What I'm waiting on:
Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom, #1)

When does it release? August 4, 2015

Why am I waiting? I love WW2 fiction. I haven't read anything by this author yet, but I have heard good things about her.

Check out more upcoming releases at Breaking the Spine.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Top ten Tuesday ~ Most Recent Ebook Purchases

Here are some of the most recent books to magically appear on my Kindle:

The Story Keeper (Carolina #2)A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)Saving Amelie
A Sound Among the TreesThe Choosing (Seer, #1)A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London's Flower Sellers
The NightingaleLittle Beach Street Bakery: A NovelThe Midwife's Revolt
Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table, with Recipes

Most of these were less than $2. I paid more for The Nightingale, but for the most part I wait for ebooks to go on sale. I plan on doing a post of my favorite ebook bargain blogs soon. Check out more top ten posts at The Broke and the Bookish.