Why am I waiting? Angela Hunt is one of my favorites. I have been reading her books since I was in my early twenties, and that's a long time. This will be the final book in the Dangerous Beauty series. I will probably read it as soon as it comes out. These books can be read in any order, so if you like Biblical fiction, give it a try.
Summer is a great time to binge read a series. Here are a few that I have binged on in the past. All of these are completed as far as I know, so you can load them all on your kindle and burn through them.
I have read and enjoyed all of Tosca Lee's biblical fiction. While I enjoyed The Progeny, it is totally different than her more recent work. I found the story line to be fast paced and exciting. It follows a young woman who is a direct descendant of the worst serial killer of all time. She has had her memory wiped to protect the other descendants known as the progeny. They have been hunted down throughout history by a secret society, so there is always someone after her.
I really loved the setting of this book. Much of it is set in underground Europe which gives it an urban fantasy feel. There are a lot of strange masked characters that keep you guessing. You never know who to trust, and there are some great plot twists. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series.
A warning: this book is a little edgy for Christian fiction. The main characters sleep together, and some of the language is rough. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy thrillers or books about secret societies.
I received this book for free from Netgalley for the purpose of review.
Usually, I thoroughly research and contemplate book purchases. I've been reading for pleasure for a long time, and I have certain genres and authors I gravitate towards. Occasionally, however, books will magically appear in my hand, on my Kindle. I can't help it. It just happens. Here are some of my more spontaneous purchases.
I've been participating in the Bout of Books read-a-thon this week, which has been lots of fun, and it's helped me get a little extra reading done. Here are my most recent reads and what I thought about them.
Empress Sisi of Austria was the Princess Diana of her day. Pursued by the press and constantly criticized, she was a fascinating character. Ms. Pataki does an excellent job balancing the bitter with the sweet. I highly recommend this series if you like fictional biographies. Make sure you start with The Accidental Empress.
This was an interesting follow up to Sisi. It is set in England just before the start of WW1. Her death occurs a few years earlier, and her empire fights on the side of the Germans. This story centers around three friends that live in an English village. It was charming and sweet and a little sad. Give it a try if you enjoyed Downton Abbey.
I just started this one, but so far it's really good. I enjoy Tosca Lee's writing style. The other books I've read by her were Biblical fiction. This one's a thriller. I'll be doing a review for it soon.
Miriam is the second book in the Treasures of the Nile series by Mesu Andrews. I reviewed the first book, The Pharaoh's Daughter, here. I enjoyed this book just as much as the first. This story follows Miriam and Aaron's son Eleazar during the Exodus. We get to see the ten plagues through their eyes. There is a lot of adventure and romance in this story to go along with the history. Each chapter starts with scripture, so you get to read the Biblical account along with the fictional one.
Mesu really brings the characters to life. Miriam and Eleazar both struggle with trust and jealousy. Miriam in particular has a hard time accepting that God is going to use Moses to free the Israelites. Moses character is well done also. I hope there will be a third book, as I am very interested to see where the characters go from here.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or is interested in learning about the Old Testament, but you will want to read the book one first.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for the purpose of review.
Here are some of my favorite blogs that aren't about books.
Boo Mama ~ Sophie Hudson talks about everything from family to college sports. I can't remember how I found her blog, but I look forward to her posts. Her books are a lot of fun, too.
Big Mama ~ Melanie Shankle is another blogger that is an author as well. She and Boo Mama are good friends and do a pod cast together.
Chatting at the Sky ~ I'm not really sure how to classify this one. She has thought provoking posts about finding God in the small things. I'm enjoying her most recent book right now, Simply Tuesday.
Pretty Neat Living ~ Jennifer Ross is a Youtuber as well as a blogger. She has a lot of great videos on organization and beauty. For some reason, I find her life fascinating. She's kind of a guilty pleasure for me. If i'm feeling unmotivated I'll watch a bunch of her videos in a row, and the next thing you know, I'm cleaning and exercising and drinking tea.
The Generous Wife ~ I don't know if you've noticed, but most of the women handing out marriage advice on the internet are young. I tend to bristle at advice handed out by a someone ten years younger than me. Lori has been around awhile, and has seen it all. Her advice is personal and practical. She posts daily bits of wisdom and prayer prompts.
I know that's not ten, but that's all that is coming to mind right now. I hope you'll check some of them out. Check out more top ten posts at The Broke and the Bookish.