Friday, July 31, 2015

July Wrap Up

In July I read a total of 21 books. I ended up finishing my good reads challenge for the month which was the cowboy challange. I challenged myself to read four and I did. I end up buying eight books this month. In which one was graphic novel. I got one book for review. I won one or two books on goodreads. I also received a signed copy of a book from the author before it released. A book I can't wait to read it to finish the series. 
1.       A Ghostly Grave by Tonya Kappes
2.       The Cowboy's Forever Family by Deb Kastner
3.        Charlie Plays Ball by Ree Drummond
4.       Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
5.       A High End Finish by Kate Carlisle
6.       Sisterchicks Go Brit by Robin Jones Gunn
7.       I Never Knew that About Ireland by Christopher WInn
8.       Daughter of the Regiment by Stephanie Grace Whitson
9.       Murder on Amsterdam Avenue by Victoria Thompson
10.   A Father in the Making by Carolyne Aarsen
11.   Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
12.   HIs Montana Sweetheart by Ruth Logan Herne
13.   Kinsale Kisses by Elizabeth Maddrey
14.   Clodagh's Irish Kitchen by Clodagh McKenna
15.   Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway
16.   Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling

17.   The Secret of Red Gate Farm by Carolyn Keene
18.   This Old Homicide by Kate Carlisle
19.   Cowboy to the Rescue by Louise Gouge
20.   Meet Me in Scotland by Patience Griffin
21.   Ill- Gotten Panes by Jennifer McAndrew
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Reading this week

Finished 
Meet Me in Scotland by Patience Griffin
Ill-Gotten Panes by Jennifer McAndrews
Cowboy to the Rescue by Louise Gouge

Currently reading
Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales
The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson
Lionheart by A.C. Gaughen
Bake Me a Match by Erynn Mangum
The Reckoning by Marylu Tyndall
To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander
Fugitive Track down by Sandra Robbins

Non-fiction reading
The Prayers of Jane Austen by Terry W Glaspey
American Wife: Love, War, Faith, and Renewal by Taya Kyle

Getting ready to read
Devon’s Choice by Catherine Bennett
Dauntless by Dina L Sleiman
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
Protected by the Warrior by Barbara Phinney
An Early Wake by Sheila Connolly
Five Days in Skye by Carla Laurenco
Deception’s Pawn by Esther Friesner
Wild Hearts by Jessica Burkhart
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Out of the Past by Kalinda Vazquez
Anastasia and Her Sisters by Carolyn Meyer
Oblivion by Kelly Creagh
 A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer
Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally
Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich
The Suspicion at Sanditon by Carrie Bebris

Classic



Reviewing
To Win her Favor by Tamera Alexander
An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund
The Innocent by Ann H Gabhart


Devotional reading
Girl Talk God Talk by Sally Miller

Did not Finish



Reviews Posted this week 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Reading this week

Finished 
Kinsale Kisses by Elizabeth Maddrey
Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway
This Old Homicide by Kate Carlisle
Clodagh's Irish Kitchen by Clodagh McKenna
The Secret of Red Gate Farm by Carolyn Keene
Very Good Lives by JK Rowling
This Old Homicide by Kate Carlisle
Cowboy to the Rescue by Louise M Gouge

Currently reading
Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales
The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson
Lionheart by A.C. Gaughen
Bake Me a Match by Erynn Mangum
The Reckoning by Marylu Tyndall
Meet Me in Scotland by Patience Griffin

Non-fiction reading
The Prayers of Jane Austen by Terry W Glaspey
American Wife: Love, War, Faith, and Renewal by Taya Kyle

Getting ready to read
Devon’s Choice by Catherine Bennett
Dauntless by Dina L Sleiman
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
Protected by the Warrior by Barbara Phinney
An Early Wake by Sheila Connolly
Five Days in Skye by Carla Laurenco
Deception’s Pawn by Esther Friesner
Wild Hearts by Jessica Burkhart
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Out of the Past by Kalinda Vazquez
Anastasia and Her Sisters by Carolyn Meyer
Oblivion by Kelly Creagh
 A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

Classic



Reviewing
To Win her Favor by Tamera Alexander
An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund
The Innocent by Ann H Gabhart


Devotional reading
Girl Talk God Talk by Sally Miller

Did not Finish
Death by Coffee by Alex Erickson


Reviews Posted this week



Friday, July 17, 2015

Reading this week

Finished 
Daughter of the Regiment by Stephiane Grace Whitson
I never knew that about Ireland by Christopher Wren
A Father in the Making by Carolyne Aarsen
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
His Montana Sweetheart by Ruth Logan Herne

Currently reading
Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales
The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson
Kinsale Kisses by Elizabeth Maddrey
Lionheart by A.C. Gaughen
Bake Me a Match by Erynn Mangum
The Reckoning by Marylu Tyndall
Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway
This Old Homicide by Kate Carlisle

Non-fiction reading
Clodagh's Irish Kitchen by Clodagh McKenna
Getting ready to read
Devon’s Choice by Catherine Bennett
Dauntless by Dina L Sleiman
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
Protected by the Warrior by Barbara Phinney
An Early Wake by Sheila Connolly
Five Days in Skye by Carla Laurenco
Deception’s Pawn by Esther Friesner
Wild Hearts by Jessica Burkhart
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
The Prayers of Jane Austen by Terry W Glaspey
Out of the Past by Kalinda Vazquez
Anastasia and Her Sisters by Carolyn Meyer
Oblivion by Kelly Creagh
 A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

Classic



Reviewing
To Win her Favor by Tamera Alexander
An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund
The Innocent by Ann H Gabhart


Devotional reading
Girl Talk God Talk by Sally Miller

Did not Finish
Death by Coffee by Alex Erickson


Reviews Posted this week



Friday, July 10, 2015

Reading this week

Finished 
Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
A High-end Finish by Kate Carlisle
Galloping through History by Elizabeth MacLeod
Sisterchicks go Brit by Robin Jones Gunn

Currently reading
Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales
The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson
Kinsale Kisses by Elizabeth Maddrey
Lionheart by A.C. Gaughen
Daughter of the Regiment by Stephiane Grace Whitson
Daughter of the Regiment by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Non-fiction reading
I never knew that about Ireland by Christopher Wren
Keep this toss that
Getting ready to read
Devon’s Choice by Catherine Bennett
Death by Coffee by Alex Erickson
The Innocent by Ann H Gabhart
Dauntless by Dina L Sleiman
Bake Me a Match by Erynn Mangum
The Reckoning by Marylu Tyndall
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
Protected by the Warrior by Barbara Phinney
An Early Wake by Sheila Connolly
Five Days in Skye by Carla Laurenco
Deception’s Pawn by Esther Friesner

Classic
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson



Reviewing
To Win her Favor by Tamera Alexander
An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund


Devotional reading
Girl Talk God Talk by Sally Miller

Did not Finish



Reviews Posted this week 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Review of Saint Anything

Sarah Dessen's 12th novel, Saint Anything, hits shelves in May, and EW has an exclusive first look at the cover: http://shelf-life.ew.com/2014/10/30/sarah-dessen-saint-anything-cover-exclusive/Title: Saint Anything

Author:  Sarah Dessen
 
Chapters: 26

Pages: 417

Genre: Teen Chick lit

Rating: 4 stars

     Saint Anything is Sarah Dessen's newest book, and too me it's one of her best.  While all of her books deal with tough teen issues, the majority of them are set in beach towns or during the summer. Saint Anything had Sydney dealing with a tough family situation, while adjusting to a new school. Learning who she really is, as well as making new friends.

     I have been a fan of Sarah Dessen since I read my first book of hers This Lullaby as a high school junior. Now eleven years later I still enjoy reading her books. Books that I consider my go to summer reads.   

Monday, July 6, 2015

Review of The Start of Me and You

Cover Love + New Stories | Dreaming Under the Same MoonTitle: The Start of Me and You

Author: Emery Lord
 
Chapters: 27

Pages: 373

Genre: teen chick lit

Rating: 4 stars

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord is about Paige a girl who is now known at her school as the girl who's boyfriend who died in a drowning accident. All she wants to do is stop being the girl known as the girl with the dead boyfriend. She wants to be more outgoing and get involved in school, and more importantly have her crush go from crush to boyfriend.

However everything doesn't go as Paige had planned. But it ends up being so much better than she planned.  The Start you Me and You is another one of those finding out who you are, and what you are made of. When in comes to teen fiction I love that.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Blogging Awards

Thanks to Amber at Seasons of Humility for nominating me. I normally don't do tags or award post but this one seemed to good to pass up and I didn't want to pass up on the fun.


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Real Neat Blog Award Rules:
  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
  • Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
  • Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc.).

Here are the questions...

1. What is your favorite genre and why?
This is a tough one, but I would have to say romance, in either Historical fiction or, contemporary.  I also like a good cozy mystery.


2. Where is your favorite place to read?
In the summer my favorite place to read is the porch swing with a glass of sun tea.  In the spring and fall inside away from the things that make my allergies act up. In the winter curled up in a chair with a blanket and a cup of tea.


3. Favorite period drama?
Either Downton Abbey or Call the Midwife


4. What made you want to start a book blog?
I love reading and I love talking about books and not many of friends are big readers. So I didn't really have anyone to talk books with in person.  So a book blog was the next best thing.


5. Do you prefer physical books or ebooks?
Both Physical books when I am home, but ebooks when I am on vacation or at work so that my books don't get messed up. Plus I think I read faster on my kindle than I do with a physical book.
6. Who is your favorite author?
Laura Frantz, Marylu Tyndall,  and Melanie Dickerson, Erynn Mangum

7. What is your favorite series?
The Ballantyne Legacy by Laura Frantz
Legacy of the King's Pirates by Marylu Tyndall
Lauren Holbrook and Paige Alder by Erynn Mangum
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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award Rules:
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site. 
  • Put the award logo on your blog. 
  • Answer the ten questions sent to you. 
  • Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer. 
  • Nominate ten blogs.

Here are the questions...

1. Most beloved Disney sidekick?
I know this is probably going to seem odd to most people, but my  favorite Disney sidekick is a sidekick to a Disney villain and that is Mr. Smee Captain Hook's sidekick.  I just love how even though he is a villian he's so adorable in the way he cares about Hook and tries to take care of him.  

Chip from Beauty and the Beast is a close second.


2. Do you enjoy fairy tales? Which one do you like most?
Yes my dad's great aunt use to read me the original Grimm's fairy tales at a child in the original German.  The one that I like the most is Beauty and the Beast and Little Red Riding Hood.


3. Favorite dessert?
Strawberry shortcake where I live strawberries always came in season around my birthday. So my mom would make me homemade shortcake every year for my birthday.



4. Which Disney princess are you most like and why?
As a bookworm I have to say the Disney Princess I am most like is Belle, because we both like books. I can even read and walk at the same time just like Belle. 


5. Which Disney prince do you consider the most dashing?
Flynn Ryder  even though he's technically not a prince.  My second choice would be Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid I mean he has his own ship. So in my book that makes him a little bit of a pirate but still a good guy.


6. Dream vacation this summer, if you could go anywhere?
Would be Ireland, I would love to see the country that both sides of my family came from. Both my mom and dad have Irish ancestors.
7. A few books you hope to read soon?

Bake Me a Match by Erynn Mangum
The Reckoning by Marylu Tyndall
The Innocent by Ann H Gabhart
Dauntless by Dina L Sleiman
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson


8. Favorite book of the year?
A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade




9. Latest fictional crush?
Jake Porter from A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade
10.  Favorite Jane Austen hero?

Captain Frederick Wentworth from Persuasion  I know most people say Mr. Darcy but I just love Wentworth. I think it's the navy uniform.



And the awards go to...

Feel free to share one or both awards.  Just for fun. You can answer the above questions or pick from the questions below.

1.  Favorite Disney movie?

2.  Favorite chick flick?

3 All time favorite movie?

4.  Favorite childhood novel?

5.If you could work at either  a library or bookstore what you chose ?

6.  Favorite Disney Villain that you love or love to hate?

7. If you could visit any  country in the world what would it be ?

8.  What Literary site would you most want to visit?

9.Favorite superhero?

10 Favorite  Disney Character ?



I Nominate
Rissi at Dreaming under the Same Moon
Lydia at Over Weight Bookshelf
Renee at Black and Gold Girl's bookspot
Abbi at Christian Novels
Hayden at The Story Girl
Kristin at Wool and Wheel
Bekah at Awesome Book Nuts
Hamlette at Hamlette Soliloquy
Heidi at Along the Brandywine 
Raquel at Its Just Raquel
Melanie at Christian Bookshelf Reviews

Friday, July 3, 2015

Reading this week

Finished 
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
The Readaholics and the Falcon by Laura DiSilverio
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anna Blankman
A Ghostly Grave by Tonya Kappes
The Cowboy's Family by Deb Kastner
Charlie plays ball by Ree Drummond

Currently reading
Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales
The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson
Kinsale Kisses by Elizabeth Maddrey
Lionheart by A.C. Gaughen
Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
A High-end Finish by Kate Carlisle

Daughter of the Regiment by Stephiane Grace Whitson

Non-fiction reading
I never knew that about Ireland by Christopher Wren
Getting ready to read
Devon’s Choice by Catherine Bennett
Dauntless by Dina L Sleiman
Bake Me a Match by Erynn Mangum
The Reckoning by Marylu Tyndall
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
Protected by the Warrior by Barbara Phinney
An Early Wake by Sheila Connolly
Five Days in Skye by Carla Laurenco
Deception’s Pawn by Esther Friesner

Classic
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson



Reviewing
To Win her Favor by Tamera Alexander
An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund


Devotional reading
Girl Talk God Talk by Sally Miller

Did not Finish



Reviews Posted this week 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June Wrap Up

June Wrap Up
In June I read a total of  21 books and finished my June reading challenge and my what's in a name challenge as well.  I only brought two books in June and both were for my kindle. Bake Me a Match by Erynn Mangum and The Reckoning by Marylu Tyndall.
1.       A Wee Murder in my Shop by Fran Stewart
2.       By Book or by Crook by Eva Gates
3.       Little Red Bat by Carole Gerber
4.       Let Them Eat Cake by Sandra Byrd
5.       The Return of the graveyard by Gertrude Chandler Warner
6.       The Mystery of the fallen treasure by Gertrude Chandler Warner
7.       A Ghostly Undertaking by Tonya Kappes
8.       The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene
9.       The Secret of The Old CLock by Carolyn  Keene
10.   The Fill in boyfriend by Kasie West
11.   Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot
12.   Lois Lane:Fallout by Gwenda Bond
13.   Doon by Carey Corp
14.   The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene
15.   The Death Code by Lindsay CUmmings
16.   The Mystery at Lilac Inn by Carolyn Keene
17.   A February Bride by BEtsty St. Amant
18.    Love finds you in Sunset Beach Hawaii by Robin Jones Gunn
19.   The Hockey Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
20.   A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
21.   The Readaholics and the falcon by Laura DiSilverio