5 of My Favorite Book Bloggers – Part 2

5 Of My Favorite Book Bloggers

Back in April I shared with you 5 of my favorite book bloggers and promised you more to come. Well, today is the day. Here are 5 more of my favorite book bloggers. Happy clicking!

#1

Christian Shelf-Esteem

Christian Shelf Esteem is written by Amanda Geaney and her kind heart shows through in everything she shares.

#2

The Engrafted Word

The Engrafted Word is written by Savannah Kaiser whom I “met” when we both finaled in the 2017 First Impressions contest. Over on her blog she shares book reviews and author interviews. What I think makes her blog unique is that her interviews include both published and not-yet-published authors, like me.

#3

A Baker's Perspective

A Baker’s Perspective written by Jessica Baker. She shares a variety of different posts on her blog, including a fun series titled, “A Day in the Life.”

#4

Cafinated Reads

Cafeinated Reads is written by Molly who also has a fun Facebook Group.

#5

C Jane Read

C Jane Read is written by two best friends known as JaneReads and C.

As with my first post, I have more fun book bloggers to share with you, but I still think five is a good number. Too many and you won’t get to really explore these wonderful sites. So I plan to share even more of my favorite bloggers in future posts.

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Why We Buy the Books We Do

Why We Buy The Books We Do

There are millions (billions?) of books out there waiting for us to buy and read them. So why do we buy the books that we do? What makes us choose a particular book and bring it home with us or load it onto our ereader?

Well, let’s start with the two most obvious reasons:

  1. There are those books whose authors who we know and love. Whatever they write, we’re going to buy. It’s just that simple.
  2. Then there are the sequels to that first book in a series. Maybe we knew what we were getting into or maybe we didn’t realize that great premise was just the start of a longer story. Either way, we’re hooked now and must buy the next book to see where this story goes.

Beyond this, however, things get a bit more complicated. We all have a limited book budget (of both time & money) and with so much of our budget already allocated to the two categories above, what helps a book gain a portion of our remaining budget? I have my suspicions, but I thought I’d do a little anecdotal research and take a look back at five of my most recent impulse purchases to consider what persuaded me to make them. To keep things simple, I’m restricting this to my fiction choices (since the reasons for purchasing nonfiction are so different) and only those books which I have not read before (so an audio version of a book I’ve read previously doesn’t count).

Justice

Justice by Emily Conrad – I read the first line and premise on Iola Goulton’s blog as part of our First Line Friday fun. The premise reminded me of the biblical story of Mary and Joseph (minus the immaculate conception, of course). It intrigued me and was on sale, so I immediately purchased it.

The Determined GroomThe Determined Groom by Cami Checketts – This novel was recommended to me in a newsletter written by an author I enjoy and who writes in the same genre (Lucy McConnell). I don’t currently have many unread titles like this on my kindle, plus it was on sale for $0.99. So I clicked through to buy it.

The Hope of Azure Springs

The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham – I was searching the internet for authors in my genre who’d worked with a particular publisher when I came across a blog post Rachel had written about the design of her cover. As soon as I read the premise, I knew I wanted to read her novel. (I’m a sucker for orphans and nineteenth-century America.)

Be Still My Heart

Be Still, My Heart – This is a novella collection I purchased in a few months ago. To be honest, I don’t completely remember how I found this book, but I *think* I saw a link on Twitter. What I do remember is that it was a set of 7 Christian romance novellas being offered for FREE with all new-to-me authors. A no-brainer, really. I love discovering new authors and a novella doesn’t take up too much of my reading time budget.

The Story Peddler

The Story Peddler by Lindsay A. Franklin – Okay, yes, if you watched my Facebook Live video from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference this year, you know that I have met Linsday. However, I had added her book to my TBR long before that because I’d seen its gorgeous cover all over the book blogosphere and was further drawn in by its premise. The idea of stories as tangible things was fascinating to me. Throw in a romance and I was sold.

So there you have them, five different books and five different reasons behind my purchases.

What about you? Which books have you purchased lately that weren’t part of a series you’d already started or by an author you already know and love? What motivated you to purchase them? Have you read them? How did it work out? 

Let’s chat books in the comments below!

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Top 5 Heroines of 2018

Top 5 Heroines

Last summer I shared my list of the Top 5 Heroes I had read in 2017. Today I’m sharing my Top 5 Heroines of 2018. All of these women have something in common – courage and caring for others. (Listed in no particular order.)

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From This Moment – Stella West dropped her entire life and knowingly placed herself in harm’s way to discover what happened to her deceased sister.

 

 

 

 

 

Sons of Blackbird Mountain

Sons of Blackbird Mountain – Aven Norgaard showed incredible courage in her willingness to continue to hope despite her extremely difficult life and incredible love in her treatment of everyone around her.

 

 

 

 

An Awakened HeartAn Awakened Heart – Christine Pendleton defies social expectations in order to help those who’ve been outcast and oppressed at great personal sacrifice.

 

 

 

 

 

A Song UnheardA Song Unheard – Willa Forsythe is socially outcast and living a life of poverty, yet she places everything on the line – including her very life – to help someone she’s never even met.

 

 

 

 

Three Words and a KissThree Words and a Kiss – A privileged upbringing isn’t enough for this bold young woman. Samantha Klein sees incredible needs and is compelled to act, again and again, regardless of personal cost.

 

 

 

 

Let’s chat!

What do you think? Have you read any of these books? Who are your favorite heroines of 2018?

 

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5 of My Favorite Book Bloggers

5 Of My Favorite Book Bloggers

I am always curious who my author and reader friends are following online, so today I thought I’d share with you just 5 of my favorite book bloggers:

#1

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Reading Is my Superpower (Because I want to rock the book blogger world like Carrie when I grow up.)

#2

Bookworm Mama (Because Rachel rates books with Jane Austen quotes.)

#3

Faithfully Bookish

Faithfully Bookish (Because Beth coined “swoof”.)

#4


Joy Of Reading

Joy of Reading (Because Trisha’s author interviews rock!)

#5

The Christian Fiction Girl (Because she is a fellow Celebrate Lit Blogger and I love the title of her blog.)

 

This is just the very tip of the book blogger iceberg, but I think five is a good number to start with. I plan to share more of my favorite bloggers in future posts, so if you haven’t already signed up to follow my blog, make sure you click HERE and sign up now!

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10 Awesome Books on Audible

10 Awesome Books on Audible

One of the great things about reviewing books is getting to read fantastic works earlier than most readers. One of the downsides is that by the time the audiobook releases for some of my favorites, I’m often too busy reading the next new release to get a chance to enjoy the audio versions.

That said, I do love a good audiobook, so I thought I’d share with you 10 awesome books currently available on Audible.

Since I have read and reviewed each one of these, I’m providing links to my reviews to help you with deciding which you’re in the mood for.

Book #1:

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Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy

My Review5 Stars!

Book #2:

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Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

My Review: 4 Stars!

Book #3:

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The Thorn Bearer by Pepper D. Basham

My Review5 Stars!

Book #4:

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The Thorn Keeper by Pepper D. Basham

My Review: 4.5 Stars!

Book #5:

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A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

My Review5 Stars!

Book #6:

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Love Held Captive by Shelley Shepard Gray

My Review5 Stars!

Book #7:

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The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof

My Review5 Stars!

Book #8:

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Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden

My Review5 Stars!

Book #9:

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Never Forget by Jody Hedlund

My Review5 Stars!

Book #10:

This one is newly released on Audible and I have enjoyed experiencing this story in a whole new way. I also recently reviewed this book on Goodreads and although I have mentioned it her previously (in a First Line Friday post and an interview with the author last summer), I never officially shared my review here. So below you will find the full text of my mini-review.

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The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson

My Review5 Stars!

I picked up this fantastic novella at a writers conference in June of 2017. I started reading it that night thinking I would just read a page or two and go to sleep. WRONG! I couldn’t stop reading! This book had my attention from the start and didn’t let go until the last page. Almost a year later, I still think about it and with the recent release of its audible version, I am actually revisiting this story – an extreme rarity for me. Even if you don’t normally read this genre, I highly recommend giving it a try. I read a lot, but I have never read anything quite as unique and entertaining as this. There is a Christian message in there, but it is subtle (without being weak) and completely organic.

 

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7 Book Crimes – Are You Guilty?

7 Book Crimes

As a bibliophile, I admit to taking particular offense when I see a book being mistreated. In no particular order, here are seven ways to instantly get on my naughty list:

  1. Overextending and cracking book spines Overextended Spine

    Missing Pages
    When I came home from running errands one day to find my Karen Witemeyer book on the floor  . . .  let’s just say it wasn’t pretty.
  2. Folding page corners

    Dog-eared book
    I can literally list 100 better ways to keep your place in a book. I might write a blog post about them someday.
  3. Leaving your book where your pet can get to it

    Animal Chewed Book
    Puppies and books do not mix.
  4. Carelessly tossing books in a backpackBackpack Crammed Books
  5. Ripped Covers

    Ripped Cover
    A victim of backpack cruelty. This poor book never stood a chance.
  6. Food Stains – If you can’t eat and read without getting your food on the book, you’ll need to decide which is more hungry:  your stomach or your imagination. (CLICK TO TWEET)

    Food stains
    I don’t even know what this is and, frankly, I don’t want to know.
  7. Losing a loaned book – Whether you borrowed it from the library or a friend, losing a borrowed book is nothing short of a crime.Books don't fly away

Confession:  I live with three of the worst offenders and didn’t have to look beyond my own home for the first six of these examples. *sigh* (Although, to be fair, the animal-chewed book came to us that way – my son was just that desperate to read the book, he could care less what condition it was in so long as it was legible.)

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Reading Challenges – Love ‘Em & Hate ‘Em

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I confess:  I am a perpetual reading challenge loser.

I have started no less than a dozen (probably way more) reading challenges and I can only think of one I’ve successfully completed. One. Yet I keep signing up for them. Why? Well, I love books. I love checklists. It makes sense that having a list of books I need to read should be something I enjoy and rock at. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case.

So recently I’ve been wondering why I can’t seem to ever complete the reading challenges I sign up for.

Then it struck me:  I’m fickle.

I never thought I would say that about myself. In general, I am one of the most loyal people you’ll ever meet. Seriously, when people are asked to describe me, “loyal” is nearly always on the list.

It turns out there is an exception to my loyalty, and that exception is books.

What?! I know. But hear me out. My loyalty to books in general has never wavered. My loyalty to what I’ve said I’m going to read next … weeeellll.

Unless someone is counting on me to write a review in a specific amount of time, what I read is entirely dependent on the mood I’m in. That’s just the truth of it.

Right now, today, I might think reading that particular historical romantic suspense novel next week sounds like a fantastic plan and I am sincerely looking forward to next week so I can read that book. Then next week arrives and it turns out to be just a little more stressful than I expected, or I get my fill of suspense through the television series I watched Monday night and you know what? Now I’m not really in the mood for a historical romantic suspense novel. Now I’m in the mood for a contemporary romantic comedy. So I read that instead, telling myself I’ll read the historical romantic suspense novel next week. And so on and so on until next thing I know, months have gone by and that book I was supposed to read as part of that reading challenge is still sitting on my TBR list loooong past the deadline for the reading challenge.  *sigh*

I know this about myself. This always happens. So can somebody please tell me why I just spent the last twenty minutes picking out which books I want to read as part of the Author of the Month 2018 Challenge hosted by the Christian Fiction Devourers group on Goodreads?

Well, whatever the reason, here I am again, making a list of the books I want to read and giving myself rough deadlines for when I want to have finished reading them.

To further complicate matters (and make my chances of success that much less likely) I already have a very long list of books from my TBR pile that I plan to read this year. I’m hoping that by assigning each book a month, I’ll actually follow through on reading it and clear out some of these books from my backlog. (That makes it sound very negative, but let’s be clear:  these are books I’ve been dying to read and just haven’t found the time to get to them.)

Below is what I have so far on my list of books to read this year. Everything is listed by author name first, then title.

Christian Fiction Novels To Be Read in 2018

January

February

March 

April

May 

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Release date unknown:  Pepper D. Basham Next Door and Forevermore 

So as I was typing this and mentally mocking my undying optimism, I figured:

“Why fail quietly and alone in the privacy of my own home when I can fail publicly and, hopefully, drag some of you along to fail with me?”

What do you think? Anyone interested in joining me? You don’t have to read the same books or even aim for as many books. Just share your progress with me.

I’ve set up a special page here on my website just for this purpose.

By the way, that list up there? Yeah, that’ll change. I know I’m forgetting books I’ve been meaning to read and I’m always learning about new books I want to read so this list will probably grow. I’m going to try really hard to limit myself to only listing 5 per month, though, because these are only the Christian fiction books I am planning to read. (You can see I’ve already failed in March – just too many exciting new releases!) I also read general market and nonfiction books, but since that is not the intended audience for this blog, I won’t list those here (although I am listing some of those on my TBR page). I will keep my TBR page updated with changes so you can follow along with me to see which months I hit my goals and which I fail at miserably.

Please, leave me a comment!

Speaking of growing the list:  If there are any books you think I should add to my list, please let me know! Also, since there is just no way I can review all of these books and continue working on my own writing, I’d love to know which of these books you would be most interested in reading reviews about.