Friday, January 31, 2014

Reading this week

Finished
Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen by Kay Robertson
The Apprentice by Tess Gerristen
Forget Me Not by Amber Stokes
You Cannoli Die Once by Shelley Costa
Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich

Currently reading
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
Safe by the Marshal’s Side by Shirlee McCoy
Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass
Words with Friends by Ali Brandon
Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

Non-fiction reading
Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
Cooking Italian with the Cake Boss by Buddy Valastro
I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

Getting ready to read
North Country Hero by Lois Richer
The Merciful Scar by Rebecca St James
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson
Made to Last by Melissa Tagg
The Cowboy’s Reunited Family by Brenda Minton
The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow
Grace Unplugged by Melody Carlson
The Nurse’s Secret Suitor by Cheryl Wyatt
Caleb and Kate Cindy Martinusen-Coloma
Tattler’s Branch by Jan Watson





For school 
U.S. Criminal Justice Policy by Karim Ismaili
In Search of Respect by Philippe Bourgois
Women on Ice by Miriam Boeri
Class, Race, Gender, and Crime by Gregg Barak
Nothing Bad happens to good girls by Esther Madriz
Crime and Punishment in America by Elliot Currie
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Audio

Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich
On My Kindle

Classics
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen


Reviewing
Grace Unplugged by Melody Carlson

Devotional reading
Bible through in a year
The Unburdened Heart by Suzanne Eller

Reviews Posted this week



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Review of The rancher's Secret Son

The Rancher's Secret SonTitle: The Rancher’s secret Son

Author: Betsy St.Amant

Series: Love Inspired with familiar characters from The Rancher next door
 
Chapters: 20 plus Epilogue

Pages: 217

Genre: Christian Romance

Rating: 5  stars
    
     Thirteen years ago Emma Shaver left her hometown of Broken Bend Louisiana and her high school boyfriend Max Ringgold behind. Emma left with a secret that she never told anyone. Now thirteen years later she is back, because her son has been sentenced by a judge to a month at a therapy horse ranch that is run by Max.

     The Rancher’s Secret Son is a sweet romance about forgiveness both God’s and human’s and a second chance. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Review of The Husband Hunt

THE HUSBAND HUNT by Karen KirstTitle: The Husband Hunt

Author: Karen Kirst

Series: Smoky Mountain Matches Love inspired Historical
 
Chapters: 26 plus Epilogue

Pages: 283

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Rating: 5 stars

     The Husband Hunt is another book in the Smoky Mountain Matches  series . Sophie Tanner has to get married in order to keep her brother with her and her farm. The only person she could ever see herself marrying  Nathan O’Malley doesn’t want to marry her. Nathan thinks that they are two different.
     Sophie isn’t your typical girl she’s a tomboy who is more at home working on the farm than in fancy dress.  She also has a heart of gold that will do anything for her brother even if it means marrying someone she doesn’t love.

     So far I have enjoyed all the books in the Smoky Mountain Matches series, The Reluctant Outlaw was my favorite with this one being a close second. Like any Love Inspired Historical Romance, The Husband Hunt is a sweet romantic read. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Reading this week

Finished
The Soldier’s Sister by Debby Giusti
Buried in Bargains by Josie Belle
Plum Lovin’ By Janet Evanovich
His Ideal Match by Arlene James
Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich
A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot
Murder and Marinara by Rosie Genova

Currently reading
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
Safe by the Marshal’s Side by Shirlee McCoy

Non-fiction reading

Getting ready to read
North Country Hero by Lois Richer
The Merciful Scar by Rebecca St James
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson
Made to Last by Melissa Tagg
The Cowboy’s Reunited Family by Brenda Minton
The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow
Grace Unplugged by Melody Carlson
Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass
You Cannoli Die Once by Shelley Costa
Words with Friends by Ali Brandon
The Apprentice by Tess Gerristen
Gluten for Punishment by Nancy J Parra
The Nurse’s Secret Suitor by Cheryl Wyatt





For school 
U.S. Criminal Justice Policy by Karim Ismaili
In Search of Respect by Philippe Bourgois
Women on Ice by Miriam Boeri
Class, Race, Gender, and Crime by Gregg Barak
Nothing Bad happens to good girls by Esther Madriz
Crime and Punishment in America by Elliot Currie
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander


On My Kindle

Classics
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen


Reviewing
Grace Unplugged by Melody Carlson
 A February Bride by  Betsy  St. Amant
Forget Me Not by Amber Stokes
Devotional reading
Bible through in a year
The Unburdened Heart by Suzanne Eller


Reviews Posted this week


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Review of Under a Blackberry Moon

Under a Blackberry Moon by Serena B. MillerTitle: Under a BlackBerry Moon

Author: Serena B Miller

Series: not really a series but there are familiar characters
 
Chapters: 28 plus Epilogue

Pages: 341

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Rating: 5 stars

     Under a Blackberry Moon is a favorite book that I have read this year.  This book had some of my favorite historical aspects in it. The western frontier, a hero or Heroine that was part Native American.  It is too bad that there is not more  Historical fiction novels with more Native American heroes or heroines in it.  So far Under a Black berry Moon and Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz. 
     Moon Song is a Chippewa woman who is trying to get her and her young son back to their people. Sky Pilot goes with her to make sure that she gets back to her people safely. However along the way his feelings toward her change.
     Under a Blackberry Moon is a historical fiction novel that bridges two different worlds. I also loved that Serena Miller said that the story was roughly based on a true story. That just made it sweeter.

     I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Serena’s other books, and anyone who loved Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz. 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Review of Dear Mr. Knightly

So beautifully whimsical.Title: Dear Mr. Knightly

Author: Katherine Raey 

Pages: 292

Genre: Christian Fiction

Rating: 4.5



I didn’t know what to think when I first started Dear Mr.  Knightly because I had never read a novel written almost entirely written in letter from. I am glad that I picked up the novel. I really did enjoy the story.
I didn’t really know what to make of Samantha when I first started reading. Samantha had a habit of hiding behind her books afraid to take a chance.
Fans of English lit will get the references. Dear Mr. Knightly is a sweet and enjoyable read that any fan of English Lit will enjoy reading I would recommend this book to anyone.


I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  

Friday, January 17, 2014

Reading this week

Finished
The Husband Hunt by Karen Kirst
The Rancher’s Secret Son by Betsy St. Amant
Family Celebrations with the Cake boss by Buddy Valastro
The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen



Currently reading
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
The Soldier’s Sister by Debby Giusti
Murder and Marinara by Rosie Genova
Plum Lovin’ By Janet Evanovich
Non-fiction reading
A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot

Getting ready to read
North Country Hero by Lois Richer
Reunited with the Sheriff by Bele Calhoune
The Merciful Scar by Rebecca St James
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson
Safe by the Marshal’s Side by Shirlee McCoy
Made to Last by Melissa Tagg
The Cowboy’s Reunited Family by Brenda Minton
The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow
Grace Unplugged by Melody Carlson
Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass
You Cannoli Die Once by Shelley Costa
Words with Friends by Ali Brandon





For school 
U.S. Criminal Justice Policy by Karim Ismaili
In Search of Respect by Philippe Bourgois
Women on Ice by Miriam Boeri
Class, Race, Gender, and Crime by Gregg Barak
Nothing Bad happens to good girls by Esther Madriz
Crime and Punishment in America by Elliot Currie
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander


On My Kindle

Classics
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen


Reviewing
Grace Unplugged by Melody Carlson
 A February Bride by  Betsy  St. Amant
Forget Me Not by Amber Stokes
Devotional reading
Bible through in a year
The Unburdened Heart by Suzanne Eller
Reviews Posted this week


Friday, January 10, 2014

Reading this week

Finished
Lean Mean Thirteen by Janete Evanovich
Fearless Fourteen by janet Evanovich
Under a Blackberry Moon by Serena B Miller
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare



Currently reading
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
The Husband Hunt by Karen Kirst
The Rancher’s Secret Son by Betsy St. Amant

Non-fiction reading
A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot

Getting ready to read
Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits by Mary Jane Hathaway
Heart of the Country by Rene Gutteridge
Rodeo Regrets by Shannon Taylor Vannatter
The Soldier’s Sister by Debby Giusti
North Country Hero by Lois Richer
Reunited with the Sheriff by Bele Calhoune
The Merciful Scar by Rebecca St James
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
All Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson
The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen
The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson


For school 
 Nothing till January 13

On My Kindle

Classics
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen


Reviewing
Diamonds and Deceit by Lelia Rasheed
Grace Unplugged by Melody Carlson
 A February Bride by  Betsy  St. Amant
Devotional reading
Bible through in a year
The Unburdened Heart by Suzanne Eller
Reviews Posted this week


Friday, January 3, 2014

Reading this week 2014


Finished
To the Nines by Janet Evanovich Finished 12/27/2013
Ten Big ones by Janet Evanovich Finished 12/27/2013
Paige Rewritten by Erynn Mangum Finished 12/27/2013
Staying Strong by Demi Lovato Finished 12/29/13
Dear Mr. Knightly by Katherine Reay Finished 12/30/13
Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich Finished 12/31/13
Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich  finished 1/1/2014


Currently reading
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson
Under a Blackberry Moon by Serena B Miller
Lean Mean Thirteen by Janete Evanovich

Non-fiction reading
A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot

Getting ready to read
Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits by Mary Jane Hathaway
Heart of the Country by Rene Gutteridge
Rodeo Regrets by Shannon Taylor Vannatter
The Husband Hunt by Karen Kirst
The Soldier’s Sister by Debby Giusti
North Country Hero by Lois Richer
Grace Unplugged by Melody Carlson
A February Bride by  Betsy  St. Amant
Fearless Fourteen by janet Evanovich
The Merciful Scar by Rebecca St James

For school 
 Nothing till January

On My Kindle

Classics
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen


Reviewing
Diamonds and Deceit by Lelia Rasheed
Grace Unplugged by Melody Carlson

Devotional reading
1 Timothy Psalms

Reviews Posted this week

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 Reading Challenges and reading Goals

 This Coming up year I am going to keep it simple in how many challenges I do I am going to keep it hopefully to no more than 5.  
·         Read 12 nonfiction books in 2014 that’s one a month(not including books that I have to read for school.) 12 Books that I choose to read on my own. 
·         Read 24 books from my TBR pile that’s two a month
·         Read at least 100 books this year
·         Keep up with my review books
·         Read 6 classics giving me two months to read each book
·         Read 75 library books
·         Read 20 cozy mysteries
·         Find at least two new to me authors

·         Attempt to read at least one Science fiction or Fantasy book