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Christian Fiction for Summer 2019!

Memorial Day is the traditional start of the summer season here in the US but first we honor our soldiers, especially those who gave their lives for our country.  It may seem odd many choose to do so by going on vacation, but however we choose to celebrate our freedom is a way to honor the sacrifices made.

If you’re in need of a beach read, a country read, a plane or car ride read or just any ol’ summer read, here are the latest I’m eyeing that were featured in the CBD Fiction catalog of Summer 2019 (view entirely here).  I believe there have been more books peaking my interest in this issue than ever before!

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Posted by on May 26, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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2019 Audie Awards Winners

The Audie Awards came earlier this year for a reason I do not know.  Fortunately, I was in time with a post a while back on my picks for most categories.  It’s taken me a little longer to link to the winners page after the awards were held, but here it is. I’m pleased to know I picked some winners!  I learned of some new favorite narrators, Cassandra Morris among them.  Have you listened to any of them and if so, what were your thoughts?

 

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Time for Spring Christian Fiction 2019!

Hooray!  Spring Inspirational fiction is here!  Wow!  Such a lot of good-looking stories out there by newer authors, more in this CBD catalog than I’ve seen in a long long time!  You can check out the books I’ll be checking out in the future linked below:

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Posted by on February 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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2018 Year in Review + Favorites Awards!

I hope everyone reading this had a very good Christmas season over the past several weeks!  There’s still more to celebrate: the end of this year and a new one to come!  Do you have any book reading goals to celebrate?  Perhaps you made a goal to read a certain # or to stretch yourself to try new authors or genres.  Or maybe some organization was in order and you had to pare down your collection.  This post will be where I recap my own reading journey from 2018.  I still have two more books to finish up, but I think I will easily manage that.  I will still count them in my total here.

In January, I wanted to read at least 2 books a month.  I fell just shy (-1) of that goal but since I worked hard reading two very long fiction books and completed them, I feel that makes up for it.  🙂  I’m proud of myself.  Typically I read one fiction and one non-fiction a month.  As always, I wish it could be more but that is where I am in my life.  My TBR list continues to grow and I know I will never be able to finish what I currently have on it, let alone all the new ones I add almost daily.  But my poor, obsessive brain can’t help craving the promise of new plot summaries, almost more than reading the books themselves.  Is anyone else like this?

2018 was the year I sort of came out of my reading slump, so HOORAY!  I read two very long fiction novels: “Doctor Thorne,” by Anthony Trollope (500+ pages), and “The Cloister and the Hearth,” by Charles Reade (102 chapters; 700+ pages).  I read an equal amount of fiction and nonfiction, with fiction consisting of some old classics and adventure.  I also went to so many book sales that I lost count, and ended up having to resort to putting some of my books in storage and also doing some weeding:

So it’s time to play my end of the year game where I answer ordinary questions using the titles of books I’ve read in 2018!  You’re welcome to play along in the comment section below!  Here we go…

Describe yourself:  “Curious Faith,” by Logan Wolfram

Describe where you currently live:  “The Cloister and the Hearth,” by Charles Reade

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:  “King Solomon’s Mines,” by H. Rider Haggard

Your favourite form of transportation: —-

What’s the weather like: —-

You and your friends are:  “What You Do Best in the Body of Christ,” by Bruce Bugbee

You fear:  “1984,” by George Orwell

What is the best advice you have to give:  “It’s a Matter of Trust,” by James Callner

Thought for the day:  “The Aisles Have Eyes,” by Joseph Turow

My soul’s present condition:  “Beginnings,” by Steve Stephens

How I would like to die:  “The Valiant Papers,” by Calvin Miller

It’s interesting to me that some things never seem to change from one year to the next, but other things I thought would never change are starting to!  That’s exciting!

Are you ready for my favorite reads from 2018, arranged by category?  (Be sure to share your favorites, too!)  Click on each award to see the slideshow:

And now I will reveal to you my All-Time Favorite Read of 2018.  (As a side note, I do not include non-fiction in this award.)  It is…

Stay tuned during the upcoming year for my review on why I loved this book!

 

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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New Beautiful Fall Christian Fiction for 2018!

A few good ones this time around, and excited to see new authors!  I’m sure there would have been a few more beautiful gems to add to my TBR, except for the all the silly Christmas novellas taking up room in the latest CBD catalog.  😦  See the newest edition here.

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Posted by on October 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Change is in the Air…

In this case, I happen to think that change is good.  Good for the blog!  It’s also time for me to get honest and quit being so stubborn.  I’ve been battling being able to get my posts out like I would like for some time now and have finally reached the place where I am a full year behind my own schedule.  (In case you haven’t noticed, book review posts have been lacking a lot lately.)  😦  It’s been hard to write reviews doing justice to my thoughts on a book when it’s months after I’ve finished it and have a hard time remembering the characters’ names.  That’s terrible!  I’m also feeling weighed down by all of the different things I have on my backed-up list and I feel the need to purge.

So I promised myself that when I hit that ‘one year behind mark’, I’d double down and do some serious reassessing and catching up.  I’m not entirely sure how that will look yet.  I know that I don’t want to overwhelm followers’ inboxes with spam posts.  I think it will involve a lot of narrowing down of what I will write about for the time being in order to focus on book reviews and books-I’m-loving-type updates.  I’ve also decided to write less movie reviews since I don’t think I’m very good at them, and only write them in such cases as I’ve read the book first.  Except for reviews that I already have typed up and ready to go.

I want to provide my reviews on goodreads as well.  That shouldn’t create extra work, but will broaden the availability.  Unfortunately, the few reviews I have on there right now are negative ones and I don’t want to be the type of person who only speaks out when they have something to grouse about.

I have a few more ideas in the works, so stay TUNED (hint hint)!

Now, I’ve just pitched that long list titled “Backed Up Book Blog” and I’m feeling better already!

 

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Faith Conversations with Nancy LeSourd

I am relatively new to Anita Lustrea’s podcast Faith Conversations, in which she explores different points of view within Christianity.  I have to say that I’m enjoying it, even if I don’t agree with everything that is suggested.  In Episode 106, Anita’s featured guest was Nancy LeSourd– the daughter-in-law of inspirational author Catherine Marshall and granddaughter-in-law of “Christy”.  I found their topics fascinating, as well as Nancy being a heroine in her own right.  The discussion on the spiritual legacies one generation can bless the next with really got me stoked!  I hope you will try the episode out for free on itunes.

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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