Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Memes 12/19

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
Do you write a review for every book you read or only review copies from publishers? 

My Answer:
I tried for a bit to write a review for every book I read but when I was reading a couple hundred a year it just got a bit unrealistic and now that I'm working I really only have time for reading the books I receive from publishers.


Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

Pennilynn Baxter answered the phone at 4:57 p.m., right when she should have been turning off the library's last light and locking the door for the night.
One December Night by Melissa Tagg

My Thoughts
A quirky beginning! It makes more sense when the next couple sentences are included and I kinda love it! The perfect beginning to a novella I'm sure to love by one of my favorite authors!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #142: Like a Flower in Bloom

"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:

Like a Flower in Bloom by Siri Mitchel
Bethany House-January 6, 2015

About the Book
He Stole the Work She Loved. 
Will She Let Him Steal Her Heart as Well?
It's all her uncle's fault. For years Charlotte Withersby has been free to pursue her love of plants and flowers by assisting her botanist father. But now that she's reached the old age of twenty-two, an intrusive uncle has convinced her father that Charlotte's future--the only proper future for a woman--is to be a wife and mother, not a scholar. 
Her father is so dependent on her assistance that Charlotte believes he'll soon change his mind...and then Edward Trimble shows up. A long-time botany correspondent in the South Pacific, Trimble arrives ready to step in as assistant so that Charlotte can step out into proper society--a world that baffles her with its unwritten rules, inexplicable expectations, and confounding fashion. 
Things aren't perfectly smooth between Trimble and her father, so Charlotte hatches a last gasp plan. She'll pretend such an interest in marriage that the thought of losing her will make her father welcome her back. Only things go quickly awry, and she realizes that the one man who recognizes her intelligence is also the person she's most angry with: Edward Trimble, her supposed rival. Suddenly juggling more suitors than she knows what to do with, Charlotte is caught in a trap of her own making. Will she have no choice but to leave her beloved flowers behind?

Why I Want It
I have enjoyed several of Siri's novels and this one sounds interesting!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top Ten Books I Read in the Second Half of 2014

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

I read so many amazing books this year it's impossible to pick only ten so since I already did a Top Ten for the first half of the year I decided to focus this week's picks on books read after June! I also helped narrow it down by only doing Christian books, no rereads, and only one book per author!

Surprised by Love by Julie Lessman

In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin

When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren

Deluge by Lisa T. Bergren

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

A Match of Wits by Jen Turano

Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund

Circle of Spies by Roseanna M. White

Love's Awakening by Laura Frantz

Deceived by Irene Hannon

Monday, December 15, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #152

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
Another slow week of reading due to lots of busyness plus being sucked into the TV show Arrow! This book wasn't as good as I was hoping and I really could have done with less swearing but it was okay.

What I am currently reading:
Only read a couple pages so far so no opinion formed yet!

What I hope to read this week:
It's Christmas time! Which means it's the perfect time to try to read these new Christmas novellas!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #151
Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2014


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!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Friday Memes 12/12

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
How many books do you read in a week? How many hours do you spend reading a day?

My Answer:
I used to read an average of about three books a week with varying amounts of hours per day. But since I've moved and gotten a job my reading has dropped substantially. I'm now excited if I manage to get even one book done a week. As I adjust to everything I'm hoping to get back to a more regular reading schedule though! 


Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Pivot Drive, were proud to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

My Thoughts
I'm too tired to think much about this but is a amusing and about what I was expecting based on what I'd heard about this series!

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2014

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

I read a lot of really good books by new-to-me authors this year but these are the ten that stuck out the most!

Kate Breslin-Her debut novel For Such a Time blew me away and I can't wait to see what else this author has in store for us!

Jill Williamson-It is sad how long it took me to read books by this author but I am loving her Safe Lands novels and I will be definitely reading her other books!

Victoria Bylin-I absolutely loved Until I Found You and I am very excited about her upcoming release!

Patricia Bradley-Both of her books that released this year were exceptional suspense novels and I am really looking forward to the chance to read book three next year.

C.J. Darlington-I'd heard about this author a lot through my sister who is friends with her but I hadn't read any of her books till Jupiter Winds which I devoured! I really hope there are going to be more books in that series!

Mary Weber-I loved her debut Storm Siren and I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series so I can find out what happened!

Kristy Cambron-Another beautiful debut that totally captured me! A brilliant mix of past and present!

Laura Jackson-I was a little surprised by how much I loved Worth the Wait though I really shouldn't have been! The hero of the story is probably one of my favorites that I read in 2015

Joanne Bischof-After hearing good things about this author I finally picked up her first book and I loved it! Now I just have to go buy the next two in the series!

Chelsea Jacobs-This debut author wrote such a poignant story and it has really stuck with me!

Monday, December 08, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #151

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:

I barely read at all this week and didn't finish any books. I worked several days and then ended up being in more of a TV show watching mood than a reading one during my down time.

What I am currently reading:
Didn't really make any progress in this.

What I hope to read this week:
I'm keeping my expectations low since I've got several days of work and some other things going on!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #150
Top Ten 2015 Releases I'm Looking Forward To
Waiting on Wednesday #141: Always on My Mind
Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund

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!

Friday, December 05, 2014

Friday Memes 12/5

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
What is your favorite part about reading a book? Figuring out the plot ahead of time, the feeling of the actual book itself, experiencing the plot unfold, getting to know the characters- or something else entirely?

My Answer:
Hmm...I'm not sure I have a favorite part! I just love the whole experience of getting lost in a story!


Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

Everyone thinks it was because of the snow. And in a way, I suppose that's true.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman

My Thoughts
A rather ominous beginning.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund

About the Book
1859
Presque Isle, Michigan
What Is the Secret That Could Shipwreck Both of Their Lives?
All Emma Chambers ever wanted was a home, but when her steamboat sinks just outside Presque Isle, she's left destitute and with no place to stay.
An unlikely solution arises when the lighthouse keeper arrives in town. He's just lost his wife and is having a difficult time caring for his child. So a traveling preacher gets the idea that the keeper and Emma might be the answer to each other's dilemma. After a hasty marriage, she finds herself heading to the lighthouse with this handsome but quiet stranger. Nothing in her aimless life, though, has prepared her for parenting a rambunctious toddler, as well as managing a household.

Emma soon suspects Patrick may be hiding something from her, and then she hears a disturbing rumor about the circumstances surrounding his late wife's death. It seems as if her wish for a home and family of her own could end up leading her once more into turbulent waters.

My Thoughts
As I expected (pun intended) I completely loved this book! Jody's books are always amazing and Love Unexpected was no different. I love marriage of convenience stories and Jody nailed every one of the things that makes me enjoy them so much!
It was fun to have the book set in Presque Isle since I live not too far from there and have been a couple times. It's always so cool to have actually visited places that books are set in!
Emma and Patrick were awesome characters and I loved their relationship. Emma's mishaps in the kitchen totally reminded me of Marty from the Love Comes Softly series especially Patrick always commenting on the fact that the coffee was good.
While I guessed a couple things about the ending I had part of what I guessed wrong and the rest of was completely unexpected! I hated putting the book down and was constantly making time to read it because I had to see how it played out.
In short this book was absolutely amazing and I loved every word of it! I was so sad to see it end but I can't wait for book two and Ryan's story!

Meet the Author
Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of seven novels, including Captured By Love, Rebellious Heart, and The Preacher's Bride, winner of the 2011 Award of Excellence and a finalist for the 2011 Carol Award in First Novel. She received a bachelor's from Taylor University and a master's from University of Wisconsin, both in social work. Currently she makes her home in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. She can be found online at www.jodyhedlund.com.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion and as part of her influencer team.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #141: Always on My Mind

"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:

Always on My Mind by Susan May Warren
Tyndale House-January 1, 2015

About the Book
After a failed dig in Honduras, aspiring archaeologist Casper Christiansen heads home to Minnesota to face his unresolved feelings for Raina Beaumont, the woman of his dreams. But when he arrives unannounced on her doorstep, he receives the shock of a lifetime: Raina is pregnant with someone else’s baby.
Heartbroken, especially when he discovers the identity of the baby’s father, Casper tables his dreams and determines to be dependable for once, helping his older brother, Darek, prepare the family resort for its grand reopening. Casper longs to be the hero of at least one family story, but a never-ending Deep Haven winter and costly repairs threaten their efforts—and the future of the resort.

Worse, one of Casper’s new jobs constantly brings him into contact with Raina, whom he can’t seem to forget. A tentative friendship begins to heal fresh wounds, but can they possibly overcome past mistakes and current choices to discover a future together?

Why I Want It
There are oh so many reasons I want this book! First of all I have loved every one of Susan May Warren's books and I am sure this one will be just as good! Secondly I am absolutely in love with the Christiansen family and I'm so excited for this next installment. And the third main reason I can't wait to read this book is because the teaser we got for Casper and Raina's story in the last book of the series left me desperate to find out how things play out!