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Redemption (The Baxters, #1)

Karen Kingsbury is hands down my absolute, all time, favorite author. Her books are so enjoyable. She has a HUGE series on the fictional family, the Baxters! A friend in college lent me one of her books and I was HOOKED!!

Redemption is the 1st book in the series and I highly recommend it. It will suck you in from the beginning. I have read the series over and over for as long as I have had them and Karen gets better and better with each book!

She’s super nice as well, I was in college in Nashville when she had a book signing at LifeWay Christian Bookstore and I got her autograph and a picture.

I dare you to check her books out! You will not be disappointed. And if you are? Well….that’s why we’re all different, right? LOL

Now excuse me as I go start the series over again. 🙂

“The message of Christ’s love is found in Isaiah, chapter sixty-one,” the man was saying. “God himself will restore the crumbling foundations of your life. He will give you beauty for ashes. He’ll provide redemption, no matter who you are, where you are. . . .”― Karen Kingsbury, Redemption

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Not a Fan

So sorry guys for not posting often. Things have been crazy. 2020, well we all know how that went, was insane.

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Anyways I’m rereading a book called Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman. It’s excellent.

Synopsis:

Are you a follower of Jesus? Don’t answer too quickly. In fact, you may want to read this book before you answer at all. Consider it a ‘Define the Relationship’ conversation to determine exactly where you stand. You may indeed be a passionate, fully devoted follower of Jesus. Or, you may be just a fan who admires Jesus but isn’t ready to let him cramp your style. Then again, maybe you’re not into Jesus, period. In any case, don’t take the question—Are you a follower of Jesus?—lightly .Some people don’t know what they’ve said yes to and other people don’t realize what they’ve said no to, says Pastor Kyle Idleman. But Jesus is ready to clearly define the relationship he wants with his followers. Not a Fan calls you to consider the demands and rewards of being a true disciple. With frankness sprinkled with humor, Idleman invites you to live the way Jesus lived, love the way he loved, pray the way he prayed, and never give up living for the One who gave his all for you.

I grew up thinking I was a follower of Jesus. I went through the motions. I was sure I was saved. But I realized, at church when an evangelist came to visit, that I was not right with the Lord. And so, March 16, 2003 I gave my life to the Lord and I am striving to live for Him each and every day. I fail sometimes and that’s going to happen. Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we don’t sin anymore. We just sin less.

Anyway, this is the book I’m currently reading. It’s really really good! Please check it out!

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The Hate U Give

Okay so I know I’m a little late to the game on this book but Oh.My.Goodness. This is probably one of the best books I’ve read this year.

SYNOPSIS (from Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.


My Thoughts:

I couldn’t put this book down! Angie Thomas sure does know how to capture the reader’s attention.

I wasn’t too crazy about the amount of language that was used in the book but the storyline was so good that I was able to overlook it.

I decided to watch the movie as well last night. I was impressed with how well it followed the book. There were a few differences but overall, I felt it was great!

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TBR Books

Well hey y’all! It’s been a year since I last posted and I am so sorry!

Here are some books I can’t wait to start reading!

When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.
This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?


It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined – every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute . . . and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.


Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


Have you read these books? What did you think?

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The Hawaiian Quilt

The Hawaiian Quilt (ebook)Wanda E Brunstetter teamed up with her daughter in law, Jean Brunstetter and created a story that I just couldn’t put down.

Synopsis:

When an Amish girl visits Hawaii, she discovers her calling. . 
Mandy Frey has always longed to see Hawaii, so before joining the Amish church and considering marriage with her boyfriend Gideon, she convinces three friends to join her on a cruise of the Hawaiian Islands.

But when Mandy and one of her friends miss the cruise ship after a port of call on Kauai, how will they adjust and get back home? Captured by the enchanting scenery and culture in Hawaii, their vacation turns into an extended stay. Special friendships are soon made, but home, family, and Gideon await Mandy back in Indiana.

Will time away from the Amish community change Mandy’s view of the world, her faith, and true love? Does a Hawaiian quilt have the power to bring two hearts together?

I literally read this in a day. I really love Wanda and her ability to create a story that keeps me entertained to the very end.

There is a sequel to The Hawaiian Quilt called The Hawaiian Discovery! I am not too far into it yet but it’s very good so far!

I LOVE Amish Fiction!

Have you read any books by this author? 

What’s your favorite genre? 

Let’s talk books!

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Amish Fiction

I have always been fascinated by the Amish and their way of living. I wonder what it would be like to live the simple life, no electricity, no phones, no internet…..and it intrigues me.

I have two favorite authors who write about the Amish and I have been on a kick lately, reading book after book by Wanda E Brunstetter and Beverly Lewis.

Image result for the prayer jars series wanda brunstetterOne of my favorite series is The Prayer Jars series by Wanda E Brunstetter. The third book hasn’t come out yet but I was able to read an ARC. I loved it!

Another series I just finished reading by the same author was the Daughters of Lancaster County! I found the entire series in a 3-in1-book and literally devoured the series in a week.  Image result for daughters of lancaster county

I enjoy reading about the Amish and their lifestyles. I would love to take a trip up north and visit areas where they live.

Amish fiction is definitely one of my favorite genres to read.

How about you? What is a particular genre you just love to devour? Let me know!

Let’s talk books!

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Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

Today I’m listing my top 5 favorite series!

the selectionFirst up is The Selection series by Kiera Cass! I love this series. They really ought to turn this into a movie!

Synopsis of book 1:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Hunger GamesNext up? The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins!! This is one of my absolute favorite series. Both the books and the movies are fantastic! I read through the first book in like a day. My favorite book is definitely Catching Fire. The movie, Catching Fire is my favorite of the movies as well.

Synopsis of book 1:

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before – and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Beautiful CreaturesNext up is Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

They attempted a movie based on the first book but it didn’t do well so I highly doubt they will finish the series. But the books are really good!

Synopsis of book 1:

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Next is Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

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This series is fun and interesting. I’ve reread this series several times. There is a spinoff series called the Bloodlines series that is also really good.

Synopsis of book 1:

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . . .

Harry PotterAnd last but certainly NOT least….we have Harry Potter!

I know I’ve shared lists with this series in it but hey, it’s a great series! I’m currently reading the 2nd book. I LOVE Harry Potter! At work (Barnes and Noble) we have a birthday party every year in honor of Harry Potter! It’s so cool, the cafe fixes drinks that taste similar to Butterbeer, there are costume contests, the Sorting Hat, games, etc….it’s always a lot of fun!

Are any of these books in your top favorites?

Let’s talk books!

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WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday

 

Hey everyone! It’s WWW Wednesday!

To take part all you need to do is answer the following questions:

~What are you currently reading?
~What did you recently finish reading?

~What do you think you’ll read next?

 

33784373What Are You Currently Reading?

I’m currently reading 3 books, yes, I know it’s crazy but I like to shift from one genre to another, lol. Plus I’m too impatient to read just one book at a time…..does that even make sense?? LOL.

Actually, one of the books is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets…I make it a point to reread that series at least once a year.

Hunting Prince Dracula is getting good!! I definitely recommend this series!

5055957. sy475 I’m also reading A Cousin’s Promise by Wanda E. Brustetter.

Synopsis:

When a horrific accident cripples Wayne Lambright, he finds it difficult enough to take care of himself, much less Loraine Miller, his future bride. Will he sacrifice his happiness to give her a better life? Having already been jilted once, Loraine is terrified of yet another rejection. But does she love Wayne enough to marry him, for better or worse? When her old boyfriend Jake Beechy returns from exploring the English world, he hopes Loraine will give him another chance. Will she renew their love or wed Wayne as promised? How will God work to give Loraine the desires of her heart?

What Did You Recently Finish Reading

I had to DNF All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner. The synopsis sounded great but I just could not get into it. The storyline failed to bring me in.  😦 😦

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

I have a few ARCs that I need to get to so I can the review in so it’s probably going to either be The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken or Something Needs to Change by David Platt. Who knows? I’ll probably end up reading both of them simultaneously.

 

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TBR Pile

Waiting for Tom Hanks (Waiting for Tom Hanks, #1)My TBR pile on Goodreads is growing every day, lol. I thought I’d share with you a few of the books on my list! I have not read any books by these authors! So who knows? I might find another favorite author through these books!

First up, is Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey.

Annie is twenty-seven years old, single, and obsessed with romantic comedies (she and her mother watched them religiously, before her mom died). Her dating life is limited by the expectations she’s formed from these movies. She is not as open to new experiences as she might be, because she’s waiting for her Tom Hanks–i.e., a guy she’ll find in the perfect, meet-cute romantic comedy way. When Annie does finally meet her perfect match, it’s not quite in the way she expected, and she’s forced to reckon with the walls she’s built around herself over the years.

 

42262526Next up is Time after Time by Lisa Grunwald.

On a clear December morning in 1937, at the famous gold clock in Grand Central Terminal, Joe Reynolds, a hardworking railroad man from Queens, meets a vibrant young woman who seems mysteriously out of place. Nora Lansing is a Manhattan socialite whose flapper clothing, pearl earrings, and talk of the Roaring Twenties don’t seem to match the bleak mood of Depression-era New York. Captivated by Nora from her first electric touch, Joe despairs when he tries to walk her home and she disappears. Finding her again—and again—will become the focus of his love and his life.

Nora, an aspiring artist and fiercely independent, is shocked to find she’s somehow been trapped, her presence in the terminal governed by rules she cannot fathom. It isn’t until she meets Joe that she begins to understand the effect that time is having on her, and the possible connections to the workings of Grand Central and the solar phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge, when the sun rises or sets between the city’s skyscrapers, aligned perfectly with the streets below.

As thousands of visitors pass under the famous celestial blue ceiling each day, Joe and Nora create a life unlike any they could have imagined. With infinite love in a finite space, they take full advantage of the “Terminal City” within a city, dining at the Oyster Bar, visiting the Whispering Gallery, and making a home at the Biltmore Hotel. But when the construction of another landmark threatens their future, Nora and Joe are forced to test the limits of freedom and love.

Delving into Grand Central Terminal’s rich past, Lisa Grunwald crafts a masterful historical novel about a love affair that defies age, class, place, and even time.

35411685Finally, (though I have many, many more, lol) is How to Stop Time by Matt Haig.

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history–performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life.

So Tom moves back to London, his old home, to become a high school history teacher–the perfect job for someone who has witnessed the city’s history first hand. Better yet, a captivating French teacher at his school seems fascinated by him. But the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the Society’s watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can’t have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present.

How to Stop Time is a bighearted, wildly original novel about losing and finding yourself, the inevitability of change, and how with enough time to learn, we just might find happiness.

Have you read any of these books? 

What books are on your TBR list?

Let’s talk books!

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