Saturday, December 31, 2016

December Book Haul

The holidays brought some awesome sales. I splurged a little. Here are my book purchases for the month of December.

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (Tales from Ivy Hill, #1)When Death Draws Near (Gwen Marcey #3)Girl in the Blue Coat
Tell Me Three ThingsTo The Bright Edge of the WorldThe Awakening
UninvitedBlue Heart Blessed
The Red Door Inn (Prince Edward Island Dreams, #1)Forest Child (Vikings of the New World Saga, #2)

I was really excited to get Uninvited on sale. I read my library's copy earlier this year, and I want to reread it and highlight it. So much good stuff. I actually pre-ordered the physical copy of  The Inn Keeper of Ivy Hill and got the ebook. I'm crazy like that. I prefer to read on my Kindle, but I like the pretty books on my shelf. What books have you bought lately?

I'm linking up with Tynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves and The Deliberate Reader for New in the Stack.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Maggie's War

What am I waiting on?
Maggie's War

When does it release? January 31, 2017

Why am I waiting? WW2 is one of my favorite settings. This one looks like it has an interesting setting and premise.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme started by Breaking the Spine.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Raging Storm by Vannetta Chapman

What I am waiting on:
Raging Storm

When does it release? January 31, 2016

Why am I waiting? I loved the first book in this series, so I can't wait to find out what happens.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme started by Breaking the Spine.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books I Would Love to See Under My Tree

Here are some books I would love to receive as gifts this Christmas, or anytime of the year.

A Flight of Arrows (The Pathfinders, #2)My Hope Is Found (The Cadence of Grace, #3)
Made with Love (Pinecraft Pie Shop #1)The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay
The Women of Christmas: Experience the Season Afresh with Elizabeth, Mary, and AnnaGiddy Up, Eunice: Because Women Need Each Other
The Pattern ArtistUninvited
Worship Changes Everything: Experiencing God’s Presence in Every Moment of LifeAt the Edge of Summer

Check out more top ten lists at The Broke and the Bookish.

Monday, December 19, 2016

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

I'm linking up with Book Date to share my TBR for the week.

Currently Reading:
Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Up Next:
The Memoir of Johnny Devine

What are you reading this week?

Thursday, December 15, 2016

A Very Merry Tag

I saw this tag at You, Me and a Cup of Tea and thought it looked fun.

Does it snow where you live around Christmas?
Well, I live in Florida, so, no it does not. We are usually in shorts at Christmas, and it looks like it will be that way again this year. My kids are always disappointed, but as I get older, I appreciate the milder temperatures more and more.

Do you have a real or fake tree?
Fake. I have never, in my life, had a real tree. I'm pretty sure I would spend the whole season sneezing if I did. 

What is your favorite Christmas movie?
It's a Wonderful Life is my favorite, but my husband hates it. I haven't seen it in years. Our family tradition in recent years has been to watch The Lord of the Rings movies the week of Christmas, so those feel like Christmas movies to me.

Where in the world would you like to spend Christmas?
New York City or Paris

What fictional character would you like to spend Christmas with?
Probably the Baxter family from Karen Kingsbury's books. They would be extremely entertaining.

What is your favorite Christmas song?
Do You Hear What I Hear? We did an arrangement of it in high school that gave me chills.

What is your favorite Christmas story besides THE story?
Clown of God by Tomie dePaola. Makes me cry every time.

Multicolored lights or white lights?
I enjoy them both. On our new tree you can switch back and forth. Best of both worlds.

What time period would you like to spend Christmas in?
I'm perfectly happy in this time period.

Which period drama has the best Christmas scene?
I love the Christmas scenes in Meet Me in St. Louis. Those snowmen are so cute.

Let me know in the comments if you do this tag. Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Book Review ~ The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (Tales from Ivy Hill, #1)

I really loved this book. I enjoy just about everything Julie Klassen writes, but I think this has become my favorite. I'm usually in a rush to get to the end of the book, but I didn't want this story to end. 

The characters are so endearing. The town is absolutely charming. If you like British period drama you'll love this book. I'm very excited this is the start of a series. The ending set things up perfectly for book two which comes out in December 2017. That's a long time to wait, but it will be worth it. Everything in book one wrapped up nicely, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions. There are also a couple of love triangles, and I can't decide who I want to end up together. Answers please!

I highly recommend this delightful book to readers who enjoy historical romance and regency England. It's a lot of fun.

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

Waiting on Wednesday ~ A Harvest of Thorns by Corban Addison

What I'm waiting on:
A Harvest of Thorns

When does it release? January 24, 2017

Why am I waiting? Sounds like a good, suspenseful novel.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Most Anticipated Books of 2017

These are the books releasing in early 2017 that I am most looking forward to.

Before We Were YoursWith You Always (Orphan Train #1)
A Love So True (Teaville Moral Society #2)The Lost Girl of Astor Street
A Secret Courage (The London Chronicles #1)A Bridge Across the Ocean
If I'm Found (If I Run #2)A Stranger at Fellsworth (Treasures of Surrey, #3)
To the Farthest ShoresThe Illusionist's Apprentice
Wings of the Wind (Out from Egypt #3)The Mark of the KingRaging Storm

So, that's more than ten, but I really couldn't narrow it down any more. They're are so many good historical fiction books coming out in the first half of the year. I'm very excited about Connilyn Cossette's final book in the Out from Egypt series. Jocelyn Green's new book will probably be my first read of the year. I always anticipate Susan Meissner's new book, and this one looks so good. 2017 looks to be a great reading year. What are looking forward to reading next year?

Check out more top ten lists at The Broke and the Bookish.