Monday, December 28, 2015

Bout of Books 15 Sign Up!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I can't wait to participate in the read-a-thon again. The challenges look super awesome too!!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday Double Feature!

Since I didn't get around to doing this last week, I am posting last week and this week's topics together in one post!

Last week's:
Favorite new-to-me authors I read in 2015

1. Candace Calvert-I fell in love with her writing back in May when I read The Recipe, her contribution to the novella collection Chance of Loving You. Later this year I read her book Trauma Plan and loved it as well! 

2. Debby Giusti-I read her book The General's Secretary back in October and loved it!

3. Victoria Bylin-In April I read her book Until I Found You, which I really liked!

4. Tracy L. Higley-At the very beginning of this year I read her book Rescued: An Allegory which I absolutely adored (And highly recommend!) and plan to read again many times in the future!

5. Lois Lowry-I absolutely loved The Giver, but wasn't as crazy about Gathering Blue. Though I am still looking forward to reading Messenger and Son when I get the chance! 

6. Sarah Holman-I loved her Cinderella retelling, Waltz into the Waves!

7. Carrie Stuart Parks-I loved her book The Bones Will Speak, it was a great suspense that really kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat!

8. Terry Lynn Johnson-I borrowed her book Ice Dogs from the library and loved it so much that I'm seriously considering buying a copy!

7. Katherine Reay-Loved her first book, Dear Mr. Knightley!

8. Bethany Hamilton-She has such an inspiring story and I love the movie Soul Surfer so I really wanted to read the book it was based on which was really inspiring as well!

9. Margaret Peterson Haddix-I really loved her book Running out of Time, it was super cool! And a quick read too!

10. Lee Strauss-I really enjoyed her book Gingerbread Man, it was a very enjoyable and totally mind bending tale!

And this week's:
Top Ten-ish Books I read in 2015!

These are the 2015 releases (In no particular order)

1. Three Little Words, From the Start and One Enchanted Christmas, all by Melissa Tagg

2. Always on My Mind and The Wonder of You, both by Susan May Warren

3. Love in the Details and The Proposal, both by Becky Wade

4. Love on the Mend and A Worthy Pursuit, both by Karen Witemeyer

5. The Art of Losing Yourself and The Perfect Arrangement, both by Katie Ganshert

6. A Brush With Love, How To Catch a Prince and The Wedding Chapel, all by Rachel Hauck

7. Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

8. Fire & Ice by Mary Connealy

9. With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden

10. Vendetta by Lisa Harris
11. Married til Monday and Falling Like Snowflakes, both by Denise Hunter

12. Retribution and No Place to Hide, both by Lynette Eason

13. Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey 

And these are the pre-2015 releases (again in no particular order)

1. The Rescuer by Dee Henderson

2. Quest for Celestia by Steven James

3. Trauma Plan by Candace Calvert

4. The Elite and The One, both by Kiera Cass

5. Running out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix

6. The Giver by Lois Lowry

7. The General's Secretary by Debby Giusti

8. Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter

9. The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson

10. Until I Found You by Victoria Bylin

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Monthly Reflections #30

My goal for November was to read at least 7 books, I'm thrilled that I managed to read 10! 

Books read in November

1. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

2. Amish Christmas at North Star by Katie Ganshert, Amanda Flower, Cindy Woodsmall, Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark

3. A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

4. Toward The Sunrise by Elizabeth Camden

5. The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

6. Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

7. Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson

8. Fire & Ice by Mary Connealy

9. The Proposal by Becky Wade

10. The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay

I loved almost all of these books but my favorites were probably A Worthy Pursuit, Through Waters Deep and The Proposal 

I think December is probably going to be pretty busy for me so my goal is simply to read as many books as I can!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Top Ten Favorite Christmas Books!

Top Ten Favorite Christmas Books! 

This weeks topic was supposed to be 2016 debut authors I'm most looking forward to reading, but I couldn't come up with any so I decided to list my favorite Christmas books instead! 

1. The Good Little Christmas Tree by Ursula Moray Williams and Gillian Tyler-This is one of my favorite childhood books, I read it every year and it never fails to make me tear up!

2. A Christmas Star by Linda Oatman High and Ronald Himler

3. The Christmas Cat by Tasha Tudor and Efner Tudor Holmes

4. Apple Tree Christmas by Trinka Hakes Noble 

5. Where Treetops Glisten by Sarah Sundin, Cara Putman and Tricia Goyer

6. One December Night by Melissa Tagg

7. The Proposal by Becky Wade

8. Christmas Cover-Up by Lynette Eason

9. Evergreen by Susan May Warren

10. Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter