Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Bride of the Summerfields

What I'm waiting on:
Bride of the Summerfields (Manor House #2)

When does it release? November 1, 2015

Why am I waiting? I have enjoyed several of Nancy Moser's books in the past. This Downton Abbey type series  looks really interesting.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday ~ The Painter's Daughter

What I am waiting on:
The Painter's Daughter

When does it release? November 24, 2015

Why am I waiting? I love Julie Klassen. End of story.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Wishes for the Book Genie

1. An autographed copy of my favorite books from each of my favorite authors.
Redeeming LoveA Proper PursuitSecrets of a Charmed Life

2. That I would enjoy contemporary romance. I just don't.

3. I would love to have lunch with Lynn Austin and Susan Meissner.

4. New bookshelves. I gave the shelves I was using to my son when he moved out.

5. That Lynn Austin's next book would be a sequel to 
Until We Reach Home

6. That all ebooks would be priced at $5.99 or less.

7. I would love my own reading room with a comfy chair.

8. That the awesome library I use was ten minutes closer.

9. That the awesome library I use would ask me what books I think they should buy this year. I think I could really help them out.

10. That I would read more five star books. They are few and far between.

Check out more top ten posts at The Broke and the Bookish, and may all your bookish wishes come true.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Quick Lit ~ October

Here are the books I've been reading the past few weeks:

A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live

This book came along just as I was starting a new project. I enjoy Emily's writing style and she makes the ordinary feel important. I would recommend giving this one a read and I would also recommend her first book, Grace for the Good Girl.

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards

This one is everywhere right now, and I can understand why. It's very funny and engaging. I enjoyed the first part a lot. However, I felt like it's target audience was ten  years younger than me. I couldn't really take her parenting advice seriously when none of her children are grown yet. Still, there are some interesting observations in here, and her "thank you note" chapters are hilarious.

The Curiosity Keeper (Treasures of Surrey #1)

I was pleasantly surprised  by this one. It had an interesting mystery and a sweet romance. I would recommend it if you enjoy regency era romance.

Secrets She Kept

One of the best books I've read this year. I did a review of it here.

On This Foundation (Restoration Chronicles, #3)

I should finish this one today. I'm not really sure how I feel about it. Some times I can't stop turning the pages, and sometimes I want to tell these people to shut up and get the wall built already. It's definitely not my favorite Lynn Austin book. 

Diary of a Jackwagon

I just started this one, and It already has me in stitches. Tim Hawkins is funny. Really funny. I'm going to have to read it in small bits because I will be laughing so hard.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Until the Dawn

What I'm waiting on:
Until The Dawn

When does it release? December 1, 2015

Why am I waiting? I enjoyed Elizabeth Camden's last book, and this one looks really good. I love big, creepy house stories.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Dream Collaborations

This is such a hard topic. I have no idea what goes into a great collaboration, so I am going to pair an author that I have been reading for a long time with an author I discovered more recently.

Susan Meissner and Cathy Golhke
Secrets of a Charmed LifeSecrets She Kept
Their most recent books have both been WW2 fiction, but they can both write in any time period.

Angela Hunt and Tosca Lee
Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty (Dangerous Beauty, #2)Legend of Sheba: The Rise of a Queen
Both of these ladies tackle interesting and difficult historical characters. I would love to see a collab on Jezabel or some equally controversial person.

 Lynn Austin and Siri Mitchell
Wonderland CreekLike a Flower in Bloom
I think these two would write a fun, light-hearted historical rom-com together.

C. E. Laureno and Sharon Hinck
Beneath the Forsaken City (Song of Seare, #2)The Deliverer (The Sword of Lyric #4)
I would love to see what kind of world these authors would come up with.

Lisa Wingate and Christa Parrish
The Story Keeper (Carolina #2)Still Life
I think these two would write a beautiful contemporary novel together.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday ~ The Shock of Night by Patrick W. Carr

What I am waiting on:
The Shock of Night (The Darkwater Saga, #1)

When will it release? November 3, 2015

Why am I waiting? I read the authors previous fantasy series and enjoyed it. This looks like a really interesting historical mystery. Not my usual genre, but I do enjoy them.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Top ten Tuesday ~ Books I gave Up On

Here are ten books I gave up on. For the most part, these just didn't hold my interest.
Goodnight JuneLove Walked InThe Beautiful DaughtersThe Moment BetweenSmall Town GirlAnd the Shofar Blew The ImmortalIn the Shadow of Jezebel (Treasure of His Love)Widow of Gettysburg (Heroines Behind the Lines #2)
Illuminated (White Road Chronicles #1)

I may give some of these a try later. Sometimes I am just not in the mood for a certain writing style. Check out more top ten posts at The Broke and the Bookish.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Stacking the Shelves ~ October 4, 2015

I usually wait and do Stacking the Shelves at the end of the month, but I have already gotten a lot of books over the past week. Paperback Swap has really come through lately, and I have been able to get several books for my mom. I also, of course, picked up some Kindle books.

Paperback Swap
On the Run (Ivy Malone Mysteries, #3)The Rivers Run DryNosy in Nebraska (Maxie Mouse Mystery #1-3)KidnappedFull Disclosure

On This Foundation (Restoration Chronicles, #3)Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study GirlMy Brother's Crown (Cousins of the Dove #1)Rebecca

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Book Review ~ Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke

Secrets She Kept

This is pretty much going to be me gushing. I LOVED this book. It was so good. The quality of the writing was excellent, and the characters were amazing. The good ones and the bad ones. The story was told in alternating first person POVs. I loved watching Hannah uncover the mystery of her family and the part they played in the war. Her mother Lieslelotte was so brave when she was young and so misunderstood later in life. This is one of my favorites this year and has cemented Cathy Gohlke as one of my favorite authors. If you enjoy historical fiction or family drama, you will enjoy this book.

I received this book for free from Tyndale House for the purpose of review.