Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tackle Your TBR Read-A-Thon: Day 9 Update & Day 10 Challenge


Books I Read Today:
Reached by Ally Condie (255 pages)
Strong and Stubborn by Kelly Eileen Hake (157 pages)
Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings (27 pages)
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (48 pages)
Breathing Room by Leeana Tankersley (68 pages)
Books I Finished Today: 
Reached by Ally Condie
Strong and Stubborn by Kelly Eileen Hake
Pages Read Today: 555
Total Books Finished: 8
Total Pages Read: 3,277

My Thoughts on Today
Today was pretty great! I've been mixing up my reading to keep me on my toes as well as get more books finished! I have a fun little system going that is working pretty well! I separate my two fiction reads into four sections and alternate between them whenever I finish one of the sections and every couple chapters I read a chapter of Les Mis and my devo book. And whenever I don't have one of my books with me I pull up my kindle read on my phone! So yeah it's a bit crazy but it works for me!

Greatest Surprise Challenge
Hosted by: Katherine Reay

 "Tell me the greatest surprise/find/delight from your TBR reading. The goal here to share the bookish- love and grow those TBR piles right back up again.

For this challenge my greatest surprise was how much I loved The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen! It shouldn't have been a surprise since I always enjoy her books but for some reason this one never really appealed to me. But I finally decided to just read it and I was so happy to discover it was amazing!

Waiting on Wednesday #130: The Daughter of Highland Hall

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky
Multnomah Books-October 7, 2014

About the Book
Strong-willed and beautiful, debutante Katherine Ramsey feels ready to take the London social season by storm, and she must. Her family estate, Highland Hall, has been passed to older male cousin Sir William Ramsey, and her only means of securing her future is to make a strong debut and find a proper husband. With her all-knowing and meddling aunt as a guide, Katherine is certain to attract suitors at the lavish gatherings, sparkling with Great Britain’s elite. 

When a shocking family scandal sidelines Katherine, forcing her out of the social spotlight, she keeps a low profile, volunteering with the poor in London’s East End. Here Katherine feels free from her predictable future, and even more so as a friendship with medical student Jonathan Foster deepens and her faith in God grows. But when Katherine is courted anew by a man of wealth and position, dreams of the life she always thought she wanted surface again. Torn between tradition and the stirrings in her heart for a different path, she must decide whom she can trust and love—and if she will choose a life serving others over one where she is served. 

Why I Want It
I enjoyed the first book in this series and while Katherine was far from my favorite character I am excited to see how she grows in this one! Also, isn't that cover gorgeous?!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Nowhere to Turn by Lynette Eason

About the Book
The day Danielle Harding takes her 11-year-old son, Simon, and flees from her abusive husband, is the same day Kurt Harding dies. A relieved Dani believes she and her son are finally safe--but in reality, the danger has just begun. When Kurt was alive, he took something important to a mysterious person. That person wants the item back and believes Dani now has it. As she and her son run for their lives, they have nowhere to turn, until she hires Adam Buchanan of Operation Refuge and goes into hiding. Unfortunately, she won't be able to hide for long . .

From the first breathless scene, this tension-laced story will hold readers in its iron grip. Bestselling author Lynette Eason propels readers along at a breakneck pace in a race to discover the truth and a better future.

My Thoughts
Once again Lynette Eason has written an action-packed, fast paced, amazing novel and I loved it! From the very first sentence I was hooked and didn't want to put the book down.
I was very impressed with how strong Dani managed to be despite all of the things she had to endure, an abusive husband, a stalking brother-in-law, and people trying to hurt and/or kill her. I loved how much she loved her son and how she didn't let the jerks in her life ruin her opinion of men forever.
I was so happy that Adam from the first book in this series got to be the hero in this book! He was a fantastic character and it was great to see how the events of No One to Trust helped to shape him into an even better man. I loved how he interacted with both Dani and Simon, giving them both the tender care they needed after Kurt.
I was so happy that the characters from No One to Trust where in this book a lot! It was great to see how their lives were turning out after everything that happened!

Everything about this book was absolutely fantastic and now I can't wait for book three!

Meet the Author
Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series and the Deadly Reunions series, as well as No One to Trust. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She has a master's degree in education from Converse College and she lives in South Carolina. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Tackle Your TBR Read-A-Thon: Day 8 Update


Books I Read Today:
Reached by Ally Condie (129 pages)
Strong and Stubborn by Kelly Eileen Hake (90 pages)
Breathing Room by Leanna Tankersley (65 pages)
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (55 pages)
Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings (18 pages) 
Books I Finished Today: None
Pages Read Today: 367
Total Books Finished: 6
Total Pages Read: 2,722

My Thoughts on Today
I had a rather eclectic reading day! I was trying to catch up a bit on my daily reading of Les Mis and also get a chunk of my devo book done. Add to that my two paperback and one kindle fiction reads and it made for a rather diverse day! I didn't get as much in as I was hoping to but it was still a pretty good amount so I'll take it!


Top Ten Authors I've Only Read One Book From and Need to Read More

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

#1. C.J. Darlington
I recently read her newest book Jupiter Winds and loved it and now I'm interested to see what else she has!

#2. Joanne Bischof
I just read this author's first book last week but now I want to read her others!

#3. John Green
The Fault in Our Stars was so good and I want to check out his other books!

#4. Kiera Cass
I loved The Selection and I can't wait to read the rest!

#5. Marissa Meyer
Cinder was awesome and I really want to read the rest of the series!

#6. Camy Tang
I have always heard good things about this author and I enjoyed the one book of hers that I read and I'm looking forward to reading more of her books!

#7. Karen Barnett
I heard a lot of good things about this author's debut so I jumped at the chance to review her second novel and now I really want to read Mistaken

#8. Lori Benton
I recently read her sophomore novel and after hearing nothing but good things about her debut (it won two Christy awards to boot) I really want to read that one!

#9. Serena B. Miller
I loved A Promise to Love and now I really want to read some of her other books

#10. Melanie Dobson
The book I read of hers was so very good and I anxious to check out some of her other books!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tackle Your TBR Read-A-Thon: Day 7 Update


Books I Read Today:
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (203 pages)
Tall, Dark, and Determined by Kelly Eileen Hake (240 pages)
Reached by Ally Condie (128 pages)
Strong and Stubborn by Kelly Eileen Hake (64 pages)
Books I Finished Today: 
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Tall, Dark, and Determined by Kelly Eileen Hake
Pages Read Today: 635
Total Books Finished: 6
Total Pages Read: 2,355

My Thoughts on Today
Best day yet! I actually thought today would be a slow day since I had church in the morning, a church pig roast in the afternoon, and a visit with my brother and his family in the evening. But despite all that I managed to get a lot of reading in! I hope the rest of this week continues like this!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #139

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
Well I made my goal for this week though I was secretly hoping to get more done! I really enjoyed all of these reads and it was a pretty great reading week!

What I am currently reading:
I am back into my reading way too many books at once phase and I'm loving it! I have to paperbacks that I'm going back and forth between (they are really good though I've just begun them!), a kindle read, a classic, a daily devo, and an devotional book!

What I hope to read this week:
Hoping to finish this read-a-thon with a bang but we'll see!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #138
Top Ten Series Enders I've Read So Far This Year
Tackle Your TBR Read-A-Thon: Day 1 Update & Day 2 Challenge
Waiting on Wednesday #129: Deceived
Tackle Your TBR Read-A-Thon: Day 2 Update & Day 3 Challenge
20 Things You Might Not Know About Me Tag
Tackle Your TBR Read-A-Thon: Day 3 Update & Day 4 Challenge

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
Leave your link below and I'll be sure to stop by!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tackle Your TBR Read-A-Thon: Day 6 Update & Mid-Point Check-In


Books I Read Today:
Crossed by Ally Condie (112 pages)
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (69 pages)
Tall, Dark, and Determined by Kelly Eileen Hake (79 pages)
Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings (56 pages)
Books I Finished Today: 
Crossed by Ally Condie
Pages Read Today: 316
Total Books Finished: 4
Total Pages Read: 1,720

My Thoughts on Today
I got way less reading done than I was hoping too! I made biscuits while watching Oklahoma! with my sisters, did some yard work for my dad, had my brother and his family over for dinner, and watched my niece for a few hours. All that combined resulted in reduced reading time, sadly!

Mid-Point Check-In

I am not where I wanted to be at this mid-point but I still have got in a bit of reading! I've finished four books and I'm working on three others. I was hoping to have finished at least 6 books by now since that would be half of my total goal but that just means I'll have to read a bit more this next week!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tackle Your TBR Read-A-Thon: Day 5 Update & Day 6 Challenge


Books I Read Today:
Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof (255 pages)
Crossed by Ally Condie (127 pages)
Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings (51 pages)
Books I Finished Today: 
Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof
Pages Read Today: 433
Total Books Finished: 3
Total Pages Read: 1,404

My Thoughts on Today
I was surprised by how much I was able to read today! I had a few things going on including a babysitting job so I thought I would have a smaller reading day but I ended up getting to read for a couple hours after the little girl I was watching went to bed!

 Book Cover Opposites Challenge
Hosted by: Wishful Endings

Instructions:
1. Find two books whose covers or titles are opposites.
2. List or make an image of the books and post somewhere




Stacking the Shelves #41

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Books to Review
Revolutionary by Krista McGee (BookLook)
Nowhere to Turn by Lynette Eason (Revell)
Tried & True by Mary Connealy (Litfuse)
Before Amen by Max Lucado (Litfuse)
Love's Fortune by Laura Frantz (Revell)
All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant (Litfuse)
A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley (Revell)
Deceived by Irene Hannon (Revell)
Thunder by Bonnie S. Calhoun (Revell)
Where Treetops Glisten by Sarah Sundin, Tricia Goyer, & Cara Putman (Litfuse)
Rebels by Jill Williamson (Blink Publishing)

Books I Borrowed
The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson
(My sister randomly received this in the mail and I snagged it the second I saw it!)

Kindle Books
Helsinki Sunrise by Marion Ueckermann (Giveaway win)
The Redemption by MaryLu Tyndall (FREE)
Act of Treason by Ronie Kendig ($0.99)
Hazardous Duty by Ronie Kendig ($0.99)
Veiled Freedom by Jeanette Windle (FREE)
With Love, Cowboy by Lacy Williams (FREE)
Thicker than Blood by C. J. Darlington (FREE)
Chasing June by Shannen Crane Camp ($0.99)
Deluge by Lisa T. Bergren ($3.99)
The Blemished by Sarah Dalton (FREE)