Monday, December 31, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading?

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

Just finished:
We Hope for Better Things
We Hope for Better Things

Currently reading:
With This Pledge (Carnton, #1)
With This Pledge

Up Next:
The Curse of Misty Wayfair
The Curse of Misty Wayfare

What are you reading to start the New Year? Let me know in the comments.


Saturday, December 29, 2018

December Wrap Up

Another year of reading is over. I'm so excited about 2019, and all the possibilities it brings. Here are the books I read this last month of 2018. There are several Christmas titles, as I was really in the holiday spirit. I found myself reaching for cozier books to balance out some of the heavier reading I've been doing lately.

Christmas Bells
I enjoyed this short easy read as a start to the Christmas reading season. I was familiar with the story surrounding Longfellow's poem, but I really appreciated all the detail added by the author. The contemporary story was nice and wrapped up neatly at the end.


The Clockmaker's Daughter
I started out reading the physical copy of this book. I enjoyed it at first but then got bogged down about halfway through. There were a lot of confusing plot lines, and I struggled to keep them all straight. I switched to the Audible version about 2/3 of the way through and had a much better reading experience. It's narrated by Joanne Froggatt of Downton Abbey fame. I highly recommend listening to the audio. I wish I had started out that way. Maybe I'll go back and listen from the beginning.

It's Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered
Lysa TerKeurst is one of my favorite Christian Living authors. This book is raw and emotional. She is so transparent and honest. I have struggled with some extended family issues over the past couple of years, and this book was so encouraging. Highly recommended.

Dear Mrs. Bird
This book was a delightful surprise. It's set in London during The Blitz. It's short and reads quickly, but it has some deep themes. It deals with women's friendships, love, grief, and trauma but it maintains a light, easy tone. I loved it. Recommended if you enjoy WW2 fiction.

The Bride of Ivy Green (Tales from Ivy Hill Book #3)
The Bride of Ivy Green
I'm really not much of a series reader, but I love Julie Klassen's writing style. I have loved every minute I have spent in Ivy Hill. The characters and setting are charming. This series is the ultimate comfort reading for me. This entry wrapped everything up nicely. I would love to spend more time with these characters. I'm really sad to see them go. I would recommend this series to lovers of quiet, cozy novels and Regency era fiction. Make sure you start with the first book, The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill.

I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley.

The Bookshop on the Corner
The Bookshop on the Corner
I found this romancy, chick lit book fun and delightful. It was the Modern Mrs. Darcy December book club pick, and it was the perfect cozy holiday read that wasn't about the holidays. Recommended if you are looking for something light and easy.

A Redbird Christmas
A Red Bird Christmas
I was a little disappointed in this one. This was my first Fannie Flagg, and I was hoping for more. It was fine, but a little overly sweet. I didn't find the writing all that great, either. I'll probably try another one of her's in the future to see if her writing style is just a bad fit for me. Let me know if you have any recommendations in the comments.

We Hope for Better Things
We Hope for Better Things
I had never heard of this author before, and that I'm always a little nervous to review a book by an author I'm not familiar with. The premise of this novel sounded fascinating, though. I'm really glad I gave it a try. The story is told through three points of view by three different generations of women. This book gave me a lot to think about regarding race relations and interracial marriage. I thought it was really well done. Each of the story lines is distinct and easy to follow. They each tackle tough topics. I would recommend this book to readers who prefer edgy fiction. There are some hard themes, and the characters don't always make the right decisions. If you prefer very clean fiction, you might want to read this one with caution.

I received a copy from the publisher and Netgalley for review.

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year. I'm excited about posting here in 2019. I'll be posting my favorites from 2018 soon as well as books I'm excited to read in the coming year. If you would like to see more of what I'm reading come follow me on Instagram. My handle is @daysathomereading. I have a couple of bookish adventures coming up that I'll be sharing over there. Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Best Books of the Season Fall Edition

I thought it would be fun at the start of a new season to take a moment and reflect on some of my favorite reads from the past few months. I already miss the milder temps of spring, but I'm looking forward to sitting by the pool  during our upcoming vacation. Here are some of my favorite books from fall 2018.

Jerusalem's Queen: A Novel of Salome Alexandra (The Silent Years, #3)I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life

Legacy of Mercy (Waves of Mercy #2)Virgil Wander

Dear Mrs. BirdThe Bride of Ivy Green (Tales from Ivy Hill Book #3)

Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments.


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Can't Wait for We Hope for Better Things

I'm linking up with Wishful Endings to share an upcoming release I'm excited about.

What I'm waiting for:
We Hope for Better Things

When does it release? January 1, 2019

Why am I waiting? The premise of this story sounds fascinating. I'm always up for a multiple timeline book.

What books are you excited about? Let me know in the comments.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Winter TBR

I'm linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl to share this week's top ten list.

Seasonal TBRs are my favorite Top Ten Tuesday posts to do. I can't say I always stick to them, but they're awful fun to make. Here are the books I hope to get to in the winter months.

The Curse of Misty WayfairHarry's TreesMeet Me at the Museum

Nine Perfect StrangersThe Dream Daughter

Between Two ShoresThe Last Year of the WarThe Music Shop

The Last Equation of Isaac SeveryGrief Cottage

What are you going to read this winter? Let me know in the comments.

Monday, December 17, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading?

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

Just finished:
The Bride of Ivy Green (Tales from Ivy Hill, #3)

Currently reading:
 A Redbird ChristmasThe Bookshop on the Corner

What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments.

Friday, December 14, 2018

First Line Friday ~ Dear Mrs. Bird

I'm linking up with Hoarding Books to share the first line from my current read.

Dear Mrs. Bird

"When I first saw the advertisement in the newspaper I thought I might actually burst."

What are you reading this weekend? Let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Can't Wait for In the Shadow of Croft Towers

I'm linking up with Wishful Endings to share an upcoming release I'm excited about.


Can't wait for:
In the Shadow of Croft Towers

When does it release? January 15, 2019

Why am I waiting? I'm loving Regency era fiction right now. This one looks like it has a good mystery.

What are books are you waiting patiently for? Let me know in the comments.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Winter Review Books

I'm linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl to share this week's top ten list.

I may have been a bit ambitious with my Netgalley requests over the past couple of weeks. Suffice it to say I'm all booked up this winter, literally. Here are the books I'll be reviewing over the next few weeks.

With This Pledge (Carnton, #1)The Line BetweenIn the Shadow of Croft Towers

The Curse of Misty WayfairWe Hope for Better Things

The Wartime SistersCastle on the Rise (Lost Castle #2)Between Two Shores

The Secrets of Paper and InkDaughter of Moloka'i (Moloka'i #2)The Lost Girls of Paris

Woman 99

Are you excited about any of these? Let me know in the comments. Look for reviews of these books in my January and February wrap ups.


Monday, December 10, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading?

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

Currently Reading:
The Bride of Ivy Green (Tales from Ivy Hill Book #3)

Up Next:
The Bookshop on the Corner

What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments.

Friday, December 7, 2018

First Line Friday ~ The Bride of Ivy Green by Julie Klassen

I'm linking up with Hoarding Books to share the first line of my current read.

The Bride of Ivy Green (Tales from Ivy Hill, #3)

"Mercy Grove could no longer put off the painful task."

What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Can't Wait for Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano

I'm linking up with Wishful Endings to share an upcoming release I'm excited about.

What I am waiting for:
Flights of Fancy (American Heiresses, #1)

When does it release? January 1, 2019

Why am I waiting? I've never read one of Jen Turano's books. This new series looks like a good place to start.

Have you read a book by this author before? Let me know in the comments.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Christmas Reading

I'm linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl to share this week's top ten list.

Believe it or not I'm fairly new to Christmas books. Last year was the first year I remember reading books specifically set during the Christmas season. I usually take the last few week's of the year to read the books I didn't get to. But lately I've been wanting more cozy reads as I finish up the season. Here are the books I enjoyed last year, the ones I hope to read this year, and a couple of Advent devotionals.

Last Year:
Christmas at Carnton (Carnton #0.5)Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War IThe Christmas Letters

This Year:
The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love Through the GenerationsA Holiday by GaslightA Redbird Christmas

Christmas BellsOne Day in December

Advent Devotionals:
You Are Highly Favored: Reflections from the Nativity to Encourage Your FaithLet's Go Straight to Bethlehem - Daily Advent Devotional

Do you have any great Christmas recommendations? Let me know in the comments.