Monday, September 28, 2015

Tackle Your TBR Wrap Up!

I am so excited that I was able to reach my goal of reading seven books, I really enjoyed all of these and made a big dent in my TBR pile (At least my TBR of books I already own!)

The books I read were:

1. Dear Mr Knightley by Katherine Reay

2. Quest for Celestia by Steven James

3. Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

4. Gone Without A Trace by Patricia Bradley

5. Running Out Of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix

6. Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter

7. The Snowflake by Jamie Carie

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tackle Your TBR Book Scavenger Hunt Challenge!

Scavenger Hunt

A 2015 Debut Author’s Book!

-Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman-

Books that You Have Read at Least Twice!

-The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer- 
-The River of Time Series by Lisa T. Bergren-

A Cover-Love Book (a book that has a beautiful cover)!

A Book You Always Recommend!

-The Bowers Files by Steven James-

A Book That Has A Kick-Butt Female Protagonist!

-The River of Time Series by Lisa T. Bergren-This one had two awesome heroines! 

Review: Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter

5 Stars!
Denise Hunter is fast becoming one of my favorite authors, I loved her entire Chapel Springs series, and this first book in her new Summer Harbor series most definitely did not disappoint! One of the things that I loved the most about this book was the suspense, I was not expecting that but it was awesome and just might make this my favorite of her books! The characters were great, I loved Eden, her son Micah, Beau and his brothers as well as Aunt Trudy. Beau was definitely a great hero though I admit there were times I felt very frustrated with him, but overall I liked him a lot. I also loved that Beau's cousin Abby (from Married Til Monday) appeared in this book, it was really nice to get updated on her and Ryan's life, and it came in very handy that she just happened to be a private investigator! :) 
I don't really what else to say without accidentally giving something away but I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend to all fans of Christian contemporary romance with a thread of suspense! 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookLook bloggers review program in exchange for my honest review, which I have done. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tackle Your TBR Seasons Challenge!

Your challenge, if you choose to accept it is to find one book with each of the seasons in each title – not A Man for All Seasons, but one for Spring, one for Summer, one for Autumn, and one for Winter.

If you can’t find the titles including the season, you can include a book that is specifically set or related to the season.  Obviously Christmas stories relate to winter (or summer, if you’re in the southern hemisphere); The Longest Day is summer.

You can find them on your own shelf (more fun), or in your library, online, or already in your TBR list (even more fun).

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR!

Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR!

1. Love in the Details by Becky Wade

2. The Gifting by K.E. Ganshert

3. Season of Fire by Lisa T. Bergren 

4. Vendetta by Lisa Harris

5. A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

6. Wildwood Creek by Lisa Wingate 

7. The Healer by Dee Henderson

8. Fire & Ice by Mary Connealy

9. The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

10. If I Should Die by Amy Plum

Friday, September 18, 2015

Tackle Your TBR Day Five Challenge!

The Spine Sentences Challenge.

All you do have to do is look at the book that you are currently reading and tell us the title that runs along the spine. Then you make a sentence out of it! 

I'm reading Quest for Celestia by Steven James

Here is my attempt, it's pretty sad but this was the best I could come up with!

"The most amazingly epic adventure you'll ever experience is the Quest for Celestia"

Review: Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

4 Stars!
This was a good fantasy YA novel, which I really enjoyed. I liked how the chapters alternated between best friends Veronica and MacKenna, it was really cool to see both of their perspectives, I found myself relating to both of them in different ways. I think my favorite character was Duncan, he was just so sweet, protective, and completely swoon-worthy, he had a great ability to make me laugh yet he knew when to be serious too (He reminded me greatly of Luca Forelli from The River Of Time) I liked Jamie too, at the end if the book but for most if it he just really annoyed me! I also loved the secondary characters Fergus and Fiona, their sub-plot romance was so sweet too!
Doon was an absolutely beautiful place, I loved all the descriptions if the landscape as well as the castle. I also really appreciated that it was made very clear that the "Magic" was actually God's will triumphing over Satan. There were some things that I would preferred to have not been there but they didn't really affect my overall enjoyment of the story. I think that people who enjoy mainstream YA novels would especially like this book, and I recommend it to all my fellow fans of the River of Time Series by Lisa T. Bergren 
I will probably read the rest of the series at some point!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookLook bloggers review program in exchange for my honest review, which I have done. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Tackle Your TBR Day Four Challenge!

Comfort Read Challenge

These are the books I read when I just need to spend time with an old friend, rather dive into something new! One of the things I have always loved about is that while I may change, my favorite books never will! It is such a comfort to me that when my life is crazy and hectic I can jump into one of my favorite books and know that the story hasn't changed! 

My comfort reads (There are really too many to count but these are the first ones that came to mind) 

The River of Time Series by Lisa T. Bergren

The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

Oh, Those Harper Girls (or Young and Dangerous) by Kathleen Karr

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tackle Your TBR Day Three Challenge!

Random page challenge

My random page is from Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon, it is location number 226 (My kindle copy doesn't list page numbers)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday-Freebie!

Top Ten TV Shows that will ALWAYS put a smile on my face! You will be able to tell that I tend to have a taste for the classics (Shows that aired before I was born or when I was really little!) but there are some current ones that I enjoy too! Several of these shows I watch with my brother so I have lots of great memories of us bonding over these shows! 

1. Scorpion


3. The A Team

4. Starsky and Hutch

5. Sue Thomas F.B.Eye 

6. In The Heat of The Night

7. Mcleod's Daughters

8. Heartland

9. Walker, Texas Ranger

10. A Gifted Man-This was a show on CBS that only lasted for one season but it still never fails to entertain me!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Tackle Your TBR Goals!

I am hoping to read at least 7 books during this read-a-thon (14 if possible, but we'll see!) I am so hoping to participate in all the challenges! 

I am currently about 25% done with Dear Mr Knightley by Katherine Reay

The books I will most likely be choosing from:
Quest For Celestia by Steven James
Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin
Gone Without a Trace by Patricia Bradley
The Healer by Dee Henderson
The Snowflake by Jamie Carie
Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano
Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Tackle Your TBR Read-A-Thon Sign Up!

The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon begins Monday, September 14th and ends Sunday, September 27th, with a wrap-up (including giveaway winners) on September 28th.

I can't wait to participate in this read-a-thon again, the challenges look like a lot of fun and I'm hoping that I will be able to knock several books off my TBR pile during this read-a-thon!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Monthly Reflections #27!

My only goal for August was to read as many books as I could! The Bout of Books read-a-thon was a great motivator to just sit down and read (Especially since I'd been in a bit of a reading slump up to that point! 

The books I read were:

1. Trauma Plan by Candace Calvert

2. The Queen by Kiera Cass

3. Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson

4. Are you there God? It's me Margaret by Judy Blume

5. Target by Lisa Phillips

6. The Bones Will Speak by Carrie Stuart Parks

7. Guard Duty by Sharon Dunn

8. The Art of Falling by Julie Jarnigan

9. The Rescuer by Dee Henderson

10. Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton

11. The Selection Stories:The Prince. And The Guard by Kiera Cass

My favorite was probably either The Rescuer or Trauma Plan or maybe The Bones Will Speak, ah it's one of those months that it's super hard to pick a fave! 

Since it seemed to work well last month, I think I will have my goal again be to read as many books as I can!

Review: The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert

5 Stars!
I am a HUGE fan of Katie Ganshert, I have read and adored all of contemporary romance/women's fiction books! So obviously as soon as I knew this novella was happening, I knew I simply HAD to read it!!! I was most definitely not disappointed, this was such an awesome story! I loved both the main characters, Amelia and Nate were just so great (And no, I didn't intend for that to rhyme!) They were both flawed characters that didn't have perfect lives but they were determined not to dwell on the negative but rather focus on all the blessings God bestowed on them, I know that I personally could (And did!) definitely learn a thing or two about life from them! And I loved how so much of the story was written through emails between the characters, that was a unique touch that I absolutely adored, as were all the references to old movies, I'm a bit of an old movie fan myself and I loved the role they played in the story! I also loved that there was just a tiny bit of a Cinderella re-telling feel to the story! (I was so glad when Nate mentioned that in the story, because I was seriously starting to wonder if it was just me reading into things that weren't really there!) It was also so neat that this novella was set in the same town as this author's previous novella (An October Bride) which was part of the first Year of Weddings collection! This was such an amazing story, I absolutely loved every moment, my only complaint is that I found myself wishing it had been a full length novel-the pages really flew and I didn't want it to end! I really hope we will get to catch up with these characters again in a future book! 
I highly recommend The Perfect Arrangement to anyone and everyone! 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookLook bloggers review program in exchange for my honest review, which I have done. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.