Friday, October 30, 2020

A Book Review: The Coronation

     Hey, everyone! This week I'm thrilled to blog about the first in a great-looking trilogy by a young author that has personally inspired me. Lindsey from Books for Christian Girls also reviewed this some time ago, and I used some of the things she mentioned in her review in mine, too. Thanks, Lindsey!

    There may be minor spoilers as I try to give an accurate picture of the book.

    (The discussion questions will have spoilers, since they are supposed to be used after reading the book.)

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Book Beginnings on Fridays/Friday 56: Even If, and Book Blogger Hop


    Hey! I am so excited to share this post with all of you, and conclude my second Week of Book Memes blogging event. Earlier this week I've participated in an IMWAYR, a Top Ten Tuesday, and a Can't-Wait Wednesday, which you can check out by clicking on the links. Today I'm wrapping it up with another Book Beginnings on Fridays/Friday 56/Book Blogger Hop question combo, similar to one I did a few weeks ago.

    This week's book is one I've wanted to post about for a while now. I read it all the way back during quarantine and it really stuck with me. I've been recommending it like crazy ever since, but part of me has always shied away from posting a full-out review of it. This book deals with some hard stuff! But even though the broken nature of some of the scenes and situations here, there is a lot of joy and hope to be found in the story. I've just decided to feature it here and to see what everyone thinks about it first.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Cabin Girl


    Hi, and welcome to another Can't-Wait-Wednesday blog post, part of my ongoing Week of Book Memes event! (To view all of the other Week of Book Memes posts I've done in the past and this week, click HERE.)

    Today I'm really excited about this post, as the soon-to-be-released book I'm featuring is written by another young author. The premise itself sounds amazing, and I can't wait to read it for myself! I'm also hoping to review the full story after it's released, so stay tuned for that post!

    Below, check out the cover, synopsis, and my reasons for being so excited about this. Click on the author's name to go to her website. She's been recently blogging on it as well as talking about her book, so go there and read some of her awesome posts!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Top Ten Tuesdays: Recommended Books

    I loved writing about this Top Ten Tuesday theme, because it made me stretch my brain and reminisce about a bunch of the reads I've stored as "experienced" in my mental attic. You'd think that since I blog about books for fun and regularly talk about great reads to people, that this topic would be a breeze for me to get through. But as I racked my brain for books to put on here, I realized I don't receive book recommendations as often as I give them away!

    This was a bittersweet reminder to me to be more willing to let other book-lovers have a say in what I read. After all, a book's best when it's shared, right? And, true, not every experience with a recommended book has me raving about it or even liking it, but in the end the benefits of letting other people take a peek at my bookshelf and choosing what to add next outweigh the other possibility of choosing to stop and fight for control over everything I do or don't try.

    Well, enough rambling. 😁 Onto the list!

    Like most of my other TTT lists, I include my reasons for including it, a non-exhaustive list of things to be aware of if you want to check out the book, and the Amazon link embedded in the title. (Click HERE if you want to see a full list of the Top Ten Tuesday lists I've done in the past.)

Monday, October 19, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #2


    Hi! Welcome to my second It's Monday! What Are You Reading? blog post, part of my monthly Week of Book Memes event. (To see what I posted during my last Week of Book Memes, click HERE.) I really enjoyed getting to do this last month, and am excited to blog about it again.
    This has been a bit of a slow week for me in books, partly due to my ongoing fanfiction obsession and the fact that I haven't been to the library in a couple of weeks. Hopefully during the week I'll get back into the mood and habit of finishing the books I start.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

A Book Review: First Cousins at the Farm (Plus EXCLUSIVE interview with the author!)

     Hello, everyone! This week I'm excited to blog about the first in a fairly new book series that encourages readers to not take life for granted, and to enjoy the outdoors and their loved ones. I'm also thrilled to post an interview with the author, conducted via email. As always, a huge thank you to Mary Conley for being willing to answer all my questions.

    This is my sixth author interview. To look at all the other ones I've done (including two featuring Tara Grayce and Jen Calonita), click HERE.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

A Book Review: Misfits (Plus EXCLUSIVE interview with the author!)

    This week I'm reviewing the first in a fractured fairytale series that I hope you've heard about already. If you haven't, it is so worth the read, and I can't wait to share my thoughts with you.

    This post comes on Wednesday because it's the three-week anniversary of having my jaw surgery. I thought it would be fun to celebrate having made it this far healing-wise, and on how far this blog has come. When I first blogged about a book series I'd thought would be the perfect start to this site, I never imagined the way my small pet project would take off.

    This month it's going on six months, and already I've been blessed enough to host author interviews, participate in a week of book memes, and to interact with a number of amazing authors and fellow book bloggers. This has been an incredible journey, and I hope I get to enjoy six months more of it!

    There may be minor spoilers as I try to give an accurate picture of the book. The interview has no spoilers.

    (The discussion questions will have spoilers, since they are supposed to be used after reading the book.)

    Check out the awesome cover and review below.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Book Beginnings on Fridays/Friday 56: The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed, and Book Blogger Hop


        Hi! Welcome to my Friday post, which wraps up my first Week of Book Memes. When I started the Week of Book Memes, my goal was to post more regularly so that I could start interacting with the book blogging community. And, to my surprise, I met that goal 100 percent. Earlier this week I got to participate in some of the most popular book memes on the Internet, including an IMWAYR, Top Ten Tuesday list, and a Can't-Wait Wednesday...some of them for the very first time! If you haven't looked at those, feel free to check them out. And if you have already, thank you. It makes me happy to see fellow book lovers and book bloggers reading and enjoying my posts.

    To wrap up this week, I am participating in my second Book Beginnings on Fridays. (You can find my first one, which I did last month, HERE.) I'm also adding another meme onto that and participating in Friday 56.

    The book I'm shoving into the spotlight is one that my mom read aloud to me a couple of years ago for school. It's a rollicking tale that features a strong, spirited heroine and a historical setting that's described enough to pull you into the story. Its sequel is even better. Originally the author planned to write a trilogy around this character and her adventures, but sadly the last book was never published. Since then the author has moved on to writing other things, but I believe I'm going to be one of those lingering fans who will always daydream about what the last book might have been like.