Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Promise of an Angel by Ruth Reid



Thomas Nelson (May 31, 2011) 304 pages

Description:
In Mescota County, Michigan, an angelic visitor's words inspire Judith to a future she never imagined. After a barn raising accident, Judith Fischer’s convinced she’s met an angel. However, her attempts to convince others end up frustrating her Old-Order Amish community. Only Andrew Lapp believes her, but the rest, including Levi Plank, the man’s she’s waited to marry, demand she forget the nonsense. Meanwhile, her younger sister Martha has taken a fancy to Levi and sees her sister's controversy as a perfect distraction for turning Levi's head.

In a dream, the angel tells Judith she must choose her path. As her faith continues to grow, so do her feelings for Andrew. Will she continue to place her hope in the angel’s message, even if it means losing all she knows and loves?

My Review:
This wasn't my favorite Amish book that I've read so far. I just didn't like the angel aspect of the story like I thought I would. Tobias, the angel, just didn't have a realistic reason for "meeting" Judith at the edge of the woods so much. It would have been more believable if it was kept to only the first time he appears in the story.
I normally like reading Amish stories to get lost in the simplicity of their lives and their love for each other. I didn't get either of those with this story. It mainly focuses on Judith, Tobias, and everyone treating her very cruelly, with the exception of Andrew. I just didn't like most of the characters, not even at the end.
I don't agree with most of what the Amish believe. I like reading about what I DO like about them, though. The Promise of an Angel gives you a look at the bad side of the Amish community.
If you love reading Amish book, I say definitely give this one a try. I did read it quite quickly, so it kept my attention easily. If you don't like Amish books or have never read them, I'd probably pass this one by.

*I was provided a review copy through the Booksneeze program in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Let's Get Real by Dale and Jena Forehand



NavPress (January 28, 2011) 192 pages

Description: (from Amazon)
By studying seven essentials based on God's Word and His Son for a fulfilling marriage, you and your spouse will be inspired to make your marriage thrive.

The Let's Get Real workbook outlines the same

My Review:
I'm probably not the best person to be giving this book a review. It's designed to be most beneficial to a married couple working through it together. I read it by myself, so while I did gain some great pointers, I think I could have gotten a great deal more out of it if it was a study with my husband. We don't all have reading husbands, though. ;)

When I first started reading Let's Get Real, I wondered if I should really be taking advice from this couple. They start the book out telling what happened before, during, and after their divorce. It's really a horrible story! But then I thought if they could go through what they did, and FORGIVE each other and get remarried, then maybe I could learn a few things from them!

There's good things and bad things about Let's Get Real, like probably most books out there. I liked that they keep God the main focus. They teach that God has to be the center of a marriage. There's several thoughts that I have taken away from the book that if I practice, I know will strengthen my marriage. There's also a few bits of parenting wisdom tucked in the pages, too.

I don't like that some of the advice is with the assumption that certain things are true for everyone. For example, they say the most important need for a man is to feel important and a woman's is intimacy. While that may be true for most, I don't think that's true of everyone. I remember reading the book His Needs, Her Needs by Willard Harley awhile back. (I'm not necessarily recommending this book, because it's been so long since I read it, so I would need to refresh my memory). It lists ten different needs of both men and women. We're all different.

I think this book can be studied by any "religion" as long as you believe in God. The one exception is the last chapter on how to be saved. They have the Prayer of Salvation included. That's just not my personal belief. I believe in baptism(full submersion under water at an accountable age for the remission of my sins). I do believe before that "hear, believe, repent, confess", and then baptism. Again, that's just my personal belief. Since it is in the book, though, I feel the need to point it out. :)

Overall, this is a good "in general" study if you are doing it by yourself. If you read and study it as a couple, I THINK you could come away with a great deal more at the end.

*I was provided a review copy from Navpress in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Aunt Dimity's Death by Nancy Atherton




The only reason I'm "reviewing" this book is because it was on one of my Top Ten lists and I mentioned that it was clean. I had saw a review of it saying that it was clean, but I did NOT find it clean. I'm pretty picky about the language in my books, though. I only got about a third of the way through it before I stopped reading. There was lots of profanity, including "gd", which automatically puts a book on MY not clean list. I can deal with "minor" words of profanity, as long as they don't happen TOO often.

I've had this happen to me a good bit. I would find a book on a clean list and read it only to be shocked. I know that that most likely will happen on my lists, too. We all have different comfort levels as far as different things with books go. I'm picky about sex scenes, language, drug use, detailed violence. I'm not so picky about paranormal elements, romance and stuff like that. There's one particular author that I absolutely love, but I know that there's lots of language in his books, so I've had to talk myself out of reading anymore of them. Sometimes it's hard! I've just really been motivated to re-evaluate what I choose to read lately. (If anyone knows of any clean FICTION books about Native American mythology, I'd love some suggestions)! :)

As I was browsing through a clean book list a few days ago, more than one person listed a couple of books that I've reviewed stating that they were VERY(they capitallized!) clean. Well, one of those books was put on my "on the fence" list and one very easily made on my "not clean" list. On the opposite side, I've also recently saw a list that said Jane Austen books were NOT clean. So, each person's definition of clean is VASTLY different. I do want to point out that I'm not judgemental of anyone who is more or less strict than me. ;)

What about you? What turns you from a book? And if I ever have a book on my clean list that you would like to dispute, I won't be offended at all. I'll always add any details you feel necessary. :)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Forever After by Deborah Raney



Howard Books (June 14, 2011)416 pages

Description: (from Amazon)
A fire killed his best friend and his lifelong dream of being a firefighter. The same fire killed her husband and hopes for a family. Can new dreams replace old?
Lucas Vermontez was a proud firefighter like his father. Now, not only has he lost his father and his best friend, Zach, in the fire at the Grove Street homeless shelter, but the devoted rookie can no longer do the work he loves after being crippled in the tragic event. When friendship with his buddy’s beautiful widow turns into more, he wonders, what could he possibly offer Jenna? Jenna Morgan is trying to grieve her husband’s death like a proper widow, but the truth is, she never really loved Zach. His death feels more like a relief to her. But that relief is short-lived when she loses her home and the financial support of her in-laws. Now the secrets of her past threaten to destroy her future.

Can the two forget the painful past and discover new reasons to live and love?

My Review:

From what I can tell this book has the same characters as the first book in the series, but different ones are brought into the spotlight. I read it fine without reading the first one. I never felt lost.

I very much enjoyed reading Forever After. It was sad at times, but also very sweet. I liked reading about how different characters were moving on and finding new loves and happiness. While I don't ever LIKE reading about someone losing a loved one, I do enjoy the bittersweet happiness that can come afterwards.

Jenna and Zach's relationship was written very well. Deborah created a "real" romance. Things didn't go perfectly and they had to work at their relationship. Zach even tells Jenna that she is a brat at one point and then they work through it. They were both very real characters with flaws like the rest of us.

There's only two things I didn't really like about the story. I would have liked a bit more resolution concerning Jenna and her in-laws. Of course, that may show up somehow in the next book. {?} I also felt sorry for Zach, Jenna's husband that died in the fire. He was completely in love with Jenna, and she never loved him, and mentions this at different times. I know that most likely happens in real life, but I still would think after ten years of marriage, there had to be some kind of love there, especially when he treated her good. I just can't imagine.

But again, I really enjoyed reading Forever After and I definitely recommend it if you like Christian romance!! I'm very much looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

*I was provided a review copy from GRPR in exchange for my honest opinion.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Craving Grace by Lisa Velthouse with Giveaway



SaltRiver (April 25, 2011)272 pages

It's important to know that I don't like memoirs. I never have. I'm not a huge non-fiction reader, although I usually have at least 2-3 of them going at a time. I read them very slowly, though. Memoirs...I have to read them painfully slow!

When I decided to review this book, I thought it was a fiction book, and it seemed really interesting. Unfortunately, this is the second time I've mistaken a memoir for a fiction book. (I know, right!) :) And after I got the book, it plainly says {a memoir} right on the front.

Needless to say, I had a hard time getting into Craving Grace.

Lisa is the author of the book, Saving My First Kiss. Craving Grace is ultimately about how she made a mistake and didn't save her first kiss.

I do like that I learned a little more about the ups and downs of fasting. I've never fasted, but I have been interested in reading a bit more about it. If you want a peek at fasting, this might be a good book to try.

I didn't like how the chapters skip around from three years earlier to current time. It was a bit confusing and I'm not sure why it was written that way.

*I was provided a review copy from Tyndale House in exchange for my honest opinion.




I would love to pass this book on to someone who might enjoy it more. Just leave a comment with your e-mail address and I will have a winner drawn on July 3rd. (For those of you participating in the Tyndale Summer Reading Program, this book counts).

Friday, June 24, 2011

Hourglass by Myra McEntire



EgmontUSA (June 14, 2011) 400 pages

I thought this book was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!! If you like young adult "paranormal" books at all, I highly recommend it! By paranormal, I don't mean any type of creatures. :)

Emerson is a seventeen year old girl who sees "ghosts" from the past. When she touches them, they disappear. She lives with her older brother and his wife, since they lost both their parents four years earlier. To help her get rid of her visions, Emerson's brother hires Michael to help her. With Michael's help, she is introduced to others like herself. Among them, there is Kaleb, who has recently lost his dad. With those three a nice love triangle from two worthy opponents is formed. (think Sweet Home Alabama, Here on Earth, and Twilight).

I knew the plot sounded intriguing from the description, but I didn't think I would end up liking it as much as I did. It's really a lot like a young adult X-Men, but with different types of powers. McEntire has created wonderful characters and I think you'll really like the hero of the story!! :) She keeps you guessing until the end who's good and bad. It was a very unique story (for me, anyway) to add to the book world!

Again, HIGHLY recommended!

Was it clean?
Mostly, yes. There's mild profanity scattered throughout the story. The romance probably isn't appropriate for young readers, but nothing happens.

*I was provided an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond



Thomas Nelson (June 14, 2011) 352 pages

My Review:
After Susannah's parents died, she was almost killed by a man. To escape, she agreed to marry a man she had never met, although they had been exchanging letters. Jesse had been lving alone for awhile, so he welcomed his new bride, even though she's not quite what he had in mind. Spring for Susannah is the story of how they grow to know each other and live during tough times.

I loved that Susannah is not your typical leading lady. She's 30, very shy and described as plain and skinny. I found it refreshing to read about just a normal girl. Jesse is very talkative, which I found humorous. Catherine actually has humor, almost discreetly, sprinkled throughout the book. I laughed out loud on several occasions!

Since this is a story of newlyweds learning about each other, I don't really recommend it to younger readers. Although there's no details at all, I don't think some of the scenes are appropriate for younger, unmarried readers.

I loved reading Spring for Susannah, and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for Catherine's future books!!! It was a beautiful story!

*I was provided an Advanced Reader Copy of this book through the Litfuse Publicity Tour in exchange for my honest opinion. I apologize profusely for the late review!!

Click HERE to see what others on this tour are saying about Spring for Susannah.

To celebrate her debut novel, Catherine and her publisher, Thomas Nelson, have teamed up to give away a Spring For Susannah Prize Package worth over $150!




One grand prize winner will receive:

* A brand new Latest Generation KINDLE with Wi-Fi and Pearl Screen

* Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond (for KINDLE)

To enter just click one of the icons below and then tell your friends! But hurry, giveaway ends on June 27th. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 28th at 5 PM (6PM MST, 7PM CST, & 8PM EST) during Catherine's Spring for Susannah Book Club Party on Facebook! Catherine is rustling up some fun for the party - she'll be chatting about the story behind her novel, hosting a book club chat, testing your mail-order bride trivia skills, and giving away some GREAT prizes! Don't miss the fun and tell your friends!


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Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Reluctant Queen by Joan Wolf



Thomas Nelson (June 14, 2011) 384 pages

Description:
An inspiring re-imagining of the tale of Esther, a young Jewish woman thrust from a life of obscurity into a life of power, wealth, intrigue . . . and tender love.

See the story of Esther in an entirely new way-with all the political intrigue and tension you remember, but told as a passionate and tender love story between a young man and woman. Misunderstood by many, King Xerxes was a powerful but lonely man. Esther's beauty caught the eye of the young king, but it was her spirit that captured his heart.

Imagine anew the story of Esther, one of our faith's great heroines, destined to play a key role in the history of Christianity.

My Review:
I've always been a bit cautious with Biblical fiction. This is only the third one I've read. I think it's important to know the real story in the Bible before reading a very fictional account of very real people. Sometimes it's hard for my mind to wrap fully around the fictional part.
The story of Esther is beautiful! It's no surprise that there seems to be so many books about her. The best part of reading Biblical fiction for me is learning some of the customs of the times. I'm fascinated with manners and customs of the different times periods. In The Reluctant Queen, it was very interesting to learn what might have happened during Esther's beautification process and what might have been going on in the people's minds. Again, though, it's so important to remember the fictional part!! I wouldn't be overly appreciative if someone wrote a book about what I was thinking. :) It's a beautiful story, though!!

*I was provided a review copy through the Litfuse Publicity Tour in exchange for my honest opinion.

Click HERE to see what others are saying about The Reluctant Queen.

To celebrate Joan Wolf’s debut Christian Fiction title, A Reluctant Queen, Joan and her publisher, Thomas Nelson, have teamed up to give away A Reluctant Queen prize package worth over $150!





One grand prize winner will receive:

* A brand new Latest Generation KINDLE with Wi-Fi and Pearl Screen

* A Reluctant Queen by Joan Wolf (for KINDLE)

To enter, just click one of the icons below. But, hurry, the contest ends on June 20th. Winner will be announced on June 21st during Joan’s A Reluctant Queen Book Club Party on Facebook (details below)! Hope to see you there – bring your friends!





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Joan will be wrapping up the blog tour and Kindle giveaway promotion during her A Reluctant Queen FACEBOOK party on her FB author page. During the party she'll announce the winner of the Kindle, host a book chat discussion, test your trivia skills (Is Esther's story in A Reluctant Queen fact or fiction?), and more. Don't miss this chance to meet the author and make some new friends!


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Top Ten Classics I Intend To Read...Eventually

Top Ten {Tuesday}


If you've been around my blog very long, you know that I'm not very well-read when it comes to the classics. While I've read some that I've enjoyed, there's others that I've disliked or had a very hard time getting interested. While there's many more I want to read, these are probably the top ten.





Betsy-Tacy (Betsy-Tacy Books)
by Maud Hart Lovelace


I won Emily of Deep Valley from Annette @ Live, Learn, Love a few weeks back. She had me really wanting to read these books!! I've started reading Emily's story and I am really enjoying it so far!!






Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Mongomery


This is one that I've been intending to read since back in January, as part of the Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge. I had intended to listen to it on audio, but then decided I'd rather read it. I checked out my library's copy, but it is one of those books that make use of every single bit of page it can. I had to pull on the page every time I got to the last word in the sentence. That got annoying!! Then I downloaded a copy on my Kindle......Hello migraines!! So.... I finally ordered myself a copy, and I've had it a few weeks now. Hopefully, it will get read soon. :)






The Adventures of Johnny Chuck, with Illustrations by Harrison Cady
by Thornton W. Burgess


I saw a review of another book by this author last week during Read Aloud Thrusday(hosted by Hope is the Word). It just re-inforced my desire to read this one. Grasshopper has been toting it around with him looking at the picture on the front.






Freckles
by Gene Stratton-Porter


Sadly, I had never heard of this author until I saw a review recently.







Nancy Drew Mystery Stories : The Secret of The Old Clock and The Hidden Staircase
by Carolyn Keene

This is another one that I kept from my childhood.









Emma
or Sense and Sensibility (Oxford World's Classics) by Jane Austen

Since I've tried several times to read Pride and Prejudice, and failed, I decided maybe I should try one of the other books.






Elsie Dinsmore by Martha Finley


I've read a little bit of the first book, and Elsie really doesn't seem like my kind of heroine, but I do want to continue reading to make sure.







Anything by Grace Livingston Hill


I have several of Grace's books, but haven't read any of them yet.






Little Town on the Prairie (Little House)





P. G. Wodehouse


I have The Girl in Blue.

Monday, June 13, 2011

My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren



Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (April 18, 2011) 384 pages

Description:
Unknown to her tiny town of Deep Haven , Isadora Presley spends her nights as Miss Foolish Heart, the star host of a syndicated talk radio show. Millions tune in to hear her advice on dating and falling in love, unaware that she’s never really done either. Issy’s ratings soar when it seems she’s falling in love on-air with a caller. A caller she doesn’t realize lives right next door.
Caleb Knight served a tour of duty in Iraq and paid a steep price. The last thing he wants is pity, so he hides his disability and moves to Deep Haven to land his dream job as the high school football coach. When his beautiful neighbor catches his eye, in a moment of desperation he seeks advice from My Foolish Heart, the show that airs before his favorite sports broadcast.
Before he knows it, Caleb finds himself drawn to the host—and more confused than ever. Is his perfect love the woman on the radio . . . or the one next door?


My Review:
It's amazing that I didn't eat a doughnut while reading this book! My stomach even growled while reading about the burger cook-out...and I'm a vegetarian! I just adore Susan May Warren's writing style. This is the second book I've read of hers, but I do plan on many more. From my understanding, this is the 4th book in the Deep Haven Series. I never felt lost, so it does stand on it's own, though.
I could very easily see this book as a Hallmark movie! I enjoyed getting to know all the characters. Each of them has problems, whether it be something in the past or present, so they're all very real. My Foolish Heart is definitely going on my keeper shelf.

*I was provided a review copy through the Litfuse Blog Tour in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin




Bantam (December 21, 2010) 351 pages


This book was.....interesting! When I first decided I had to read this book, it was a combination of the beautiful cover(one of my favorites ever) and the fact that it had to do with Alice from Alice in Wonderland. I thought it was 100% fictional, as opposed to mostly fictional. Before I continue, I'll say that I didn't finish it. I got to page 171 out of 351 pages, and asked myself why I was reading it.
If you've read my blog very long, you may remember that I'm an Alice in Wonderland fan. Well, I'm a fan of the various movies, because I haven't read the book yet. You may also remember that I'm a HUGE Tim Burton fan(the kid stuff, not the R stuff). I had always wanted to see Alice in Wonderland from the mind of Tim Burton, so I was like a kid being told they were going to Disneyland when I found out that I would get the chance. Well, this book took the joy away from the movie.
Alice I Have Been is about the very real Alice Liddell and Charles Lutwidge Dodgson a.k.a. Lewis Carroll. The controversial part is the 20 year age difference. The story begins with Alice at age 7 and Charles at age 27. Even at that early age, the author writes in a great deal of sexual tension between the two of them. I have to say that made me really uncomfortable to read. I have to remind myself, though, that this is almost fully the author's imagination at work. She has taken the real people and a photograph of Alice that was supposedly taken by Charles and created something that could have happened.
I was shocked, to say the least, that Lewis Carroll was rumored to be a paedophile. I had no clue whatsoever of that rumor. It is just that, though..a rumor. From the mini-research I did, it MAY be true, but we'll never know.
If I had a daughter and a man of any age took a picture of her like the one in question, he would no longer be a part of her life as long as I had any say in it. In the mid-1800s, that picture had to be even worse! Click HERE and you can see the picture on the book's Amazon page. It's not horrible, but there's just enough skin showing that it makes you wonder. Remember that back then, that would have been extremely inappropriate clothing.
From what I read of the book, it completely centers around Alice and Charles and their love for each other. Charles is portrayed as a shy man and Alice is portrayed as being very forward. It's almost like the author tried to blame anything that may have happened on Alice, which is just horrible!
I do like the author's writing style, I just don't like the subject matter of this particular book. She has a new book coming out called The Autobiography of Tom Thumb. I will most likely read it at some point. If you're a fan of Alice in Wonderland, I don't recommend this book, unfortunately.

I'm adding this in after a little more looking around. Unfortunately, it looks like he did take nude pictures of little girls on a regular basis. (at least according to wikipedia).


What I did read of the book had no profanity at all and no sex scenes, but again, there was a great deal of sexual tension between a man and child.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Read Aloud Thursday

Read Aloud Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Amy @ Hope is the Word.

Before last Friday, the last time I went to the library with my Grasshopper, it wasn't pretty! He screamed the whole time and I was completely embarrassed. Since I'm trying to have a "date" with him a couple of times a month now, we tried the library again. I was pleasantly surprised. :)
The first book he saw (on display!) was a noise-making Elmo book. (It was hid from him after a few days). After that, he spotted a train attached to one of the bottom shelves. He wanted to play with it and just didn't understand why it wouldn't come off. Needless to say, the rest of that trip didn't go so great. (Still good enough that I was pleased overall, though)! :) I managed to grab a couple more books before we left. One we didn't like so much. The other one, we adored!




Come Down Now, Flying Cow by Timothy Roland

This book is about Beth the cow. She decides to take a trip in a hot air balloon and meets lots of people and animals along the way.

I really didn't think my Grasshopper would sit through the whole thing, but he did. The lines read very fast and smoothly while rhyming, so he didn't have a problem at all! We're still teaching him to like books, so I was one happy momma!





Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle

I know that everybody has most likely read this one before. Grasshopper's speech therapist introduced it to him a couple of days ago, and I'm amazed at how great a book this is for speech! He seems to really enjoy it. She has all sorts of activities that goes along with the book. It's especially great for learning animals and colors. I was so very excited when he said "purple" a couple of days ago. I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for some of Carle's other books that might promote some more speech.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson



Delacorte Books for Young Readers (May 10, 2011) 208 pages

My Review:
This book is based on actual events and people. Most of it is purely fiction, though. I think Amazon's description sums the story up pretty well:

"I am Miss Kanagawa. In 1927, my 57 doll-sisters and I were sent from Japan to America as Ambassadors of Friendship. Our work wasn't all peach blossoms and tea cakes. My story will take you from New York to Oregon, during the Great Depression. Though few in this tale are as fascinating as I, their stories won't be an unpleasant diversion. You will make the acquaintance of Bunny, bent on revenge; Lois, with her head in the clouds; Willie Mae, who not only awakened my heart, but broke it; and Lucy, a friend so dear, not even war could part us. I have put this tale to paper because from those 58 Friendship Dolls only 45 remain. I know that someone who chooses this book is capable of solving the mystery of the missing sisters. Perhaps that someone is you"

This book is broken up into sections. Each of the girls has their own story, so other than Kanagawa, they have nothing to do with each other. It makes it much easier if you happen to be reading to a child or children. It doesn't take very long to read each story. As an adult, though, there are a couple of the stories that I would have loved to be longer, especially Willie Mae's.
Lawson does a wonderful job of writing about the Depression. I think this book could help young readers better understand what kids went through during this tough time. It might even teach all of us just how good we have it now. In Lucy's story, she writes a letter to Mrs. Roosevelt. This line just broke my heart:

"I've had breakfast three times in one week! I'll be so fat soon, I won't fit in my overalls."

How sad!

I only have one complaint about the whole book. I didn't really care for this line:

"It wasn't that the Good Lord didn't heed Willie Mae's prayers in general. It was this latest one He paid no nevermind to."

I just don't think God ignores any of our prayers, so some explaining could be in order for children learning about prayer. This isn't a Christian book, though.

The Friendship Doll was a very sweet, but heartbreaking story. It's entertainment and education rolled into one. :)

*I was provided an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Top Ten Books on my Wishlist for June

Top Ten {Tuesday}

Since my reading time has been cut so much lately, I'm trying out some different memes that I like. This is probably my favorite. Each week will be a different "Top Ten" list. Feel free to chime in with any of the memes I do whether you think it's a keeper or not. :)

I think I will do my top ten book list the first of each month, just to see how much it changes. If you're like me, there's always lots of books that I read about and think I HAVE to have that book! (even though my TBR stacks are completely out of control)!





She Makes It Look Easy: A Novel
by Marybeth Whalen





Aunt Dimity's Death (Aunt Dimity Mystery)
by Nancy Atherton

Old school paranormal...and clean?!! How can I resist?!






The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series #1) by Alexander McCall Smith






The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery
by Alan Bradley

I've saw this book (or author) around a lot lately, so I'm very curious.






A Love That Multiplies: An Up-Close View of How They Make it Work
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

I recently swapped for their first book (review coming soon), and I'm eagerly awaiting this one.






Head in the Clouds
Karen Witemeyer

I became an instant Karen Witemeyer fan after reading A Tailor-Made Bride, so I've had this one on my wishlist since it came out last year.






The Peach Keeper: A Novel
by Sarah Addison Allen






Tomorrow We Die
Shawn Grady

What can I say...I have a special place in my heart for paramedics. (Well....really only one)! ;)








Your Momma Don't Dance AND Your Singing My Songby Glenn and Cindy Colley
The Colleys are wonderful writers!(and I know this actually makes this list 11 books).






Loving Your Husband by Patsy LodenI'm always looking for good marriage advice! :)



So, what makes your list? :)