Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books I Can't Wait to Share With My Grandchildren

I loved reading to my kids when they were little. Much of our home school curriculum revolved around picture books and children's literature. Now that I have entered into the world of the grandchildren, I'm excited to be able to read to them as they get older. Here are some picture books that were staples when my kids were little. I can't wait to share them with the grands.

MadelineThe Story of Ferdinand
CorduroyThe Snowy Day
Owl MoonMake Way for Ducklings
Prayer for a ChildJesse Bear, What Will You Wear?
The Big Green PocketbookKaty No-Pocket

Are there any I should add to my list? Let me know in the comments.
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Monday, January 30, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading?

I'm linking up with Book Date to share this week's TBR. 

Just Finished:
Raging Storm

Currently Reading:
The Silence of Bonaventure ArrowThe Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content)

Up Next:
To the Farthest Shores

What are you reading this week?

Saturday, January 28, 2017

January Book Haul

Here are the books I got in January.

A Refuge at Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides #3)Sea Rose Lane (Hope Harbor, #2)Daughters of the Heart (Texas Romance #5)
Red Rose Bouquet (Grace Revealing #2)The Pattern Artist
Murder Mezzo Forte (A Preston Barclay Mystery)To Win Her Favor (Belle Meade Plantation, #2)The Heiress of Winterwood (Whispers on the Moors, #1)
Deep ShadowsConductor of Light (Herringford and Watts Mysteries #2.5)
Passenger (Passenger, #1)At Your Request (Apart from the Crowd, #0.5)The Christian Musician: Learn What Your Real Gift Is and How To Succeed, with and Beyond Your Music
The Brickmaker's Bride (Refined by Love, #1)The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck LaneSomeone Else's Love Story: A Novel

I'm really excited to read The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane. So excited, in fact, that when I saw it in the book store, I completely forgot I owned a copy already. Oh well. There are worse things to spend your money on than books.

Check out more book hauls at Tynga's Review's Stacking the Shelves and the Deliberate Reader's New on the Stack.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Book Review ~ The Lost Girl of Astor Street

The Lost Girl of Astor Street

I thoroughly enjoyed this historical mystery set during the Roaring Twenties. It had a great setting and a spunky main character. The story kept me guessing the whole time. This book is marketed to a YA audience, but the writing will appeal readers of any age. highly recommended if you enjoy cozy mysteries of mysteries of any kind. 

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

Waiting on Wednesday ~ The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morill

What I'm waiting on:
The Lost Girl of Astor Street

When does it release? February 7, 2017

Why am I waiting? I love historical mystery. It's kind of an overlooked genre in Christian fiction. I'm also excited about the Roaring Twenties time period.

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday ~ 2016 Hidden Gems

Here are a few books I read last year that need a little more love and attention.

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (Tales from Ivy Hill #1)Counted With the Stars (Out from Egypt, #1)
A Heart Most Certain (Teaville Moral Society #1)Dawn at Emberwilde (Treasures of Surrey, #2)
A Tapestry of Secrets (Appalachian Blessings #3)They Danced on (The Darlings #3)
Delilah: Treacherous Beauty (Dangerous Beauty #3)Flirtation Walk
You're the Cream in My CoffeeStars Over Sunset Boulevard

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

Monday, January 16, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I'm linking up with Book Date to share this week's TBR.

Currently Reading
The Lost Girl of Astor StreetLearning to Walk in the Dark

Up Next
Raging Storm

Raging Storm and The Lost Girl of Astor Street are both review copies I want to get posted this week. What are you reading? Let me know in the comments.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

December Wrap Up

My reading slowed down a little bit in December. We had a lovely Christmas season with family, and my son and his wife had our first grandchild. Isabella Christina entered the world a little early, but she has enchanted us all. It was the most wonderful Christmas present I could wish for. 

Here are the books I read in the month of December:
Of Stillness and Storm

 This one was really good but heart breaking. I would recommend following it up with something lighter. I did a full review here.

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

This was easily my favorite of the month. Such great characters. The setting was lovely. I highly recommend this to lovers of Regency era fiction. Unfortunately, I have to wait until December for book two. I did a full review here.

Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Another rather heavy read, although it is written in a very light-hearted style. I found this to be a bit slow moving, but I don't mind that in historical fiction. There were some rather disturbing scenes, and none of the characters come out unscathed, but I found it hopeful and engaging. There are rumors of a sequel which I will definitely pick up.

The Mark of the King

Technically, this was my first book of the new year, but I started it in December. It just released, so I wanted to give it a mention. It has a gorgeous cover and it is a gorgeous book. It's set in colonial New Orleans which I loved. Check out my review here.

I was able to reach my goal of seventy books in 2016 plus a few more. I set the same goal for this year. It seems to be a doable number for me without getting me stressed that I'm behind. I'm also doing the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge year. I'll be doing updates for all of that in my monthly wrap ups. What did you read this month? Let me know in the comments.

I'm linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for What I've Been Reading Lately.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Stars in the Grass

What I am waiting on:
Stars in the Grass

When does it release? February 1, 2017

Why am I waiting? I haven't heard much about this book at all. The premise looks interesting. I'm all into family dramas right now.

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