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First Line Friday!

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Welcome to First Line Friday, a weekly feature hosted by Hoarding Books

This is my first ever First Line Friday and I’m excited to participate! But I AM going to break the rules a little bit by including the first 4 lines. (Man, my first ever feature and I’m already breaking the rules! LOL)

Our train gnashed its way along frozen tracks toward the whitecapped fangs of the Carpathian Mountains. From our positionoutside Bucharest, the captial of Romania, the peaks were the color of fading bruises. Judging from the heavy snow falling, they were likely as cold as dead flesh. Quite a charming thought for a blustery morning.

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Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper Book #2)

by Kerri Maniscalco

I am not very far into Hunting  Prince Dracula but once again the author has gotten me hooked.


Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.
But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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The Reader Problems Booktag


I found this tag on Sarah Jane’s site, Weaving Fiction and decided to join in on the fun!

You have 20,000 books on your TBR, how do you decide what to read next?

20,000 books, huh? If I have that many books on my TBR you might as well call me certifiably insane!

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

I don’t DNF too many books. It would have to be pretty bad for me to DNF it.

The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge. Do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

No, I mean as much as the numbers get to me, if I don’t make the challenge I set then it’s okay. Reading slumps happen!

The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

I cope alright. That doesn’t really bother me.

Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

Me myself and I!

You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?

Easy. I put the book away.

The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

Oh definitely. Gotta refresh my memory! (which stinks, by the way!)

You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

I just politely tell them I don’t loan my books out.

You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

Slumps are THE WORST! Honestly, I just keep picking up a book until I get hooked on one!

There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read. How many do you end up buying?

Well, working in a bookstore has its perks and an AWESOME discount!

After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read, how long do they sit on your shelf before you read them?

Not too long. I usually start reading one right when I get home!

Thanks for reading friends, If you want to do this, consider yourself tagged! tag me so I can see your answers 

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Books I’m Reading

Books I'm Reading

I don’t know about you but I have a tendency to read more than one book at a time!

So what’s on my “currently reading” list?

Well, I’m currently listening to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I love the narrator, Jim Dale!

This is definitely one of my favorite series to read/listen to over and over again. It never gets old!

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  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

This book is getting good! 

I normally don’t really care for historical fiction but after reading Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson, I decided to give historical fiction another try. Stalking Jack the Ripper is very intriguing. Definitely worth it!

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.



What are you reading right now? Let’s talk books!






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Favorite Authors!

Favorite Authors

Image result for karen kingsburyWho is one of your absolute favorite authors? For me, it’s Karen Kingsbury! She has written so many books and I love every single one of them! She has a series, The Baxters, that is being turned into a TV show!

If you haven’t read this series, I definitely recommend it! It starts with Redemption!

 When Kari Baxter Jacobs finds out that her husband is involved in an adulterous relationship and wants a divorce, she decides she will love him and remain faithful to her marriage at all costs. This book shows how God can redeem seemingly hopeless relationships, and it illustrates one of Gary Smalley’s key messages: Love is a decision. “Redemption” is the first book in the five-book Redemption series that Gary and Karen will write about the Baxter family—their fears and desires, their strengths and weaknesses, their losses and victories. Each book will explore key relationship themes as well as the larger theme of redemption, both in characters’ spiritual lives and in their relationships. Each book includes study questions for individual and small-group use as well as a “teaser” chapter of the next book in the series

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“I want to believe, I want to have hope, but . . .” Pastor and bestselling author Craig Groeschel hears these words often and has asked them himself. We want to know God, feel his presence, and trust that he hears our prayers, but in the midst of great pain, we may wonder if he really cares about us. Even when we have both hope and hurt, sometimes it’s the hurt that shouts the loudest. Can God be good when life is not?

In Hope in the Dark, Groeschel explores the story of the father who brought his demon-possessed son to Jesus, saying, “I believe! Help my unbelief!” In the man’s sincere plea, Jesus heard the tension in the man’s battle-scarred heart. He healed not only the boy but the father too, driving out the hopelessness that had overtaken him. He can do the same for us today.

As Groeschel shares his pain surrounding the current health challenges of his daughter, he acknowledges the questions we may ask in our own deepest pain: “Where was God when I was being abused?” “Why was my child born with a disability?” “Why did the cancer come back?” “Why are all my friends married and I’m alone?” He invites us to wrestle with such questions as we ask God to honor our faith and heal our unbelief.

In the middle of your profound pain, you long for authentic words of understanding and hope. You long to know that even in overwhelming reality, you can still believe that God is good. Rediscover a faith in the character, power, and presence of God. Even in the questions. Even now.

Some other authors I’m a fan of are:

  • Kiera Cass, author of the Selection series
  • Suzanne Young, author of The Program series
  • Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent series

If you haven’t been able to tell, I love series!

Who are some of your favorite authors?

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Welcome to All Things Books!

Hey you guys, it’s Leigh from All You Need is Jesus!

I have decided to create a whole separate blog to discuss books I’m reading, books I WANT to read and basically just books in general!

I enjoy a variety of books but my favorite genres are YA and Christian Inspiration.

Since I work in a bookstore, I’m always finding new and exciting reads. For instance,  just the other day I purchased 4 new books( we get an extra 10% last week and this week. I had to be careful as to not spend my whole paycheck!!!)

  • Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson ( I had already read it and loved it so much I just HAD to add it to my collection!
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco (sounds intriguing!!!)
  • The Epidemic by Suzanne Young
  • The Adjustment by Suzanne Young.

The last two books are part of a series called The Program. Really really good books!

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I’m one of those who will read multiple books at once! So right now I’m reading Stalking Jack the Ripper and rereading Harry Potter! (LOVE HP but that’s another post for another day!)

What are YOU reading currently and what’s on your TBR shelf?

Let’s talk books!