Sunday, January 31, 2016

Weekly Giveaway Link-up #89

Welcome to Weekly Giveaway Link-up hosted by Crystal @ Just Another Book Lovin' Girl and me. This is a linky where you can submit your blog's Christian book and book-related giveaways and find other giveaways. A new link-up will be posted every Monday.




*This post is going up early because tomorrow is the start of this blog's 5-Year Blogoversary party!!
Monday, January 25, 2016

Weekly Giveaway Link-up #88

Welcome to Weekly Giveaway Link-up hosted by Crystal @ Just Another Book Lovin' Girl and me. This is a linky where you can submit your blog's Christian book and book-related giveaways and find other giveaways. A new link-up will be posted every Monday.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

5-Year Blogoversary Party Announcement!!!


Hello, loyal blog readers! I'm so excited that my 5-Year Blogoversary is coming up and, to celebrate, there will be a party with lots of great authors stopping by! The party begins February 1st, so be sure to mark your calendars and stop by to take part in the fun!! :)

Hope to see you then and thanks for all the continued support on this blog! Feel free to share the button above on your blog/social media to let others know about the upcoming party -- I'd really appreciate it if you would. :)
Monday, January 18, 2016

Weekly Giveaway Link-up #87

Welcome to Weekly Giveaway Link-up hosted by Crystal @ Just Another Book Lovin' Girl and me. This is a linky where you can submit your blog's Christian book and book-related giveaways and find other giveaways. A new link-up will be posted every Monday.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Review: Dark Vessel by D.I. Telbat



About the book:
D.I. Telbat continues the COIL Series suspense in Dark Vessel, Book 4, when COIL founder Corban Dowler is forced underground after he is the target of a car bomb. On the streets of Manhattan, his vigorous covert investigation begins when his Muhammad ibn Affal alias is compromised. But the knot of darkness he hopes to untangle is more sinister than he could imagine.

Italian spook, Luigi Putelli, rises to the COIL challenge, and attempts to stand vigil in Corban's absence. Luigi scours the world to help those in need—even when his past threatens to stop him. From New Jersey, to Bangladesh, to Nigeria, Luigi is determined to serve Corban's God.

Chloe Azmaveth, ex-Mossad agent, hunts down every clue she can find to locate Corban. The web of deceit grows complicated as a government agency goes rogue to cover up a deadly secret. The closer she gets to Corban, the more her hope wanes, and it seems that Corban Dowler may be beyond saving!

Join COIL in Dark Vessel by D.I. Telbat, with cover design by Streetlight Graphics, as it rallies its best agents for a battle against darkness from the streets of New York to the tropics of the Caribbean. With evil forces at work, and the Dark Vessel raising his ugly head, we learn that…there is no redemption without sacrifice. 
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Monday, January 11, 2016

Weekly Giveaway Link-up #86

Welcome to Weekly Giveaway Link-up hosted by Crystal @ Just Another Book Lovin' Girl and me. This is a linky where you can submit your blog's Christian book and book-related giveaways and find other giveaways. A new link-up will be posted every Monday.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Review: Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer



About the book:
When love simmers between a reclusive scientist and a wealthy debutante, will they abandon ship or is it full steam ahead?

Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston, Texas, to find her father deathly ill. Though she loves him, Nicole's father has always focused on what she's not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run Renard Shipping.

Vowing to find a suitable husband to give her father the heir he desires before it's too late, Nicole sets out with the Renard family's greatest treasure as her dowry: the highly coveted Lafitte Dagger. But her father's rivals come after the dagger, forcing a change in Nicole's plans.

After a boiler explosion aboard the Louisiana nearly took his life, Darius Thornton has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship disaster. Even if it means letting a female secretary into his secluded world.

Nicole is determined not to let her odd employer scare her off with his explosive experiments, yet when respect and mutual attraction grow between them, a new fear arises. How can she acquire an heir for her father when her heart belongs to another? And when her father's rivals discover her hiding place, will she have to choose between that love and her family's legacy?


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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Review: Claim by Lisa T. Bergren


About the book:
Sent west by their father to make a new life, the St. Clair siblings have done so—but hardly as he’d wished. Beautiful, headstrong Moira, after pursuing a career on the Paris stage, has returned to Colorado Springs—older, wiser, and certainly much poorer—to see if there’s anything left of a relationship she’d left behind. Older sister Odessa and her husband, Bryce, are struggling to rebuild their ranch after a devastating winter. And then Nic, the prodigal son, turns up—broken, haunted, and sick about leaving his sisters.

At last the family is reunited. But Dominic is still at loose ends, seeking a peace that has always eluded him. Only as he mines an old claim deep in the Rocky Mountains and begins a romance with a local schoolteacher does he begin to understand how passionately he is loved—by God, his family, and a good woman. But even as he relinquishes his fury, Nic discovers there is one last battle to fight…

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Review: Sing by Lisa T. Bergren


About the book:
Moira St. Clair has done exactly what her father forbade her to do: chased her dreams to sing on the stage. But even as her star rises, she becomes more vulnerable to those who wish to use her—or bring her down….

It is 1886, and the St. Clairs are living out their dreams in three very separate parts of the world—Paris, Brazil and Colorado. And while each has found a measure of success and joy, each is haunted by past sins and secrets.

Once home in Colorado, the St. Clairs struggle to learn what it means to sing praise to God—even in the face of tremendous loss—and trust Him in all things, even when forced to fight for their very lives.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Bout of Books Progress and Day 2 Challenge!



Bout of Books 

Progress so far for Bout of Books:

Finished Crossed
On page 315 of Illuminae
96% done with Frontier Engagement

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WOULD YOU RATHER? challenge hosted by Writing My Own Fairy Tale

 Would you rather:

Lend books to someone who dog-ears pages or to someone who reads with cheesy Cheetos fingers?

Dog-ears pages.

Would you rather:

Be able to meet one character of your choice or meet one author of your choice?

Author.

Would you rather:

Never be allowed in a book store again or never be allowed in a library again?

I'd rather never be allowed in a bookstore again. :)

Would you rather:

Have to choose one of your favorite characters to die in their book or have to pick one of your favorite couples to break up in their book?

I'd have to say break up, but this is such a tough question -- I don't like either option. 

Would you rather:

Be required to read Twilight once a year for the rest of your life or The Scarlet Letter once a year for the rest of your life?

The Scarlet Letter -- it's way shorter. ;)

2015 Reading Stats and 2016 Reading Goals... & December 2015 Monthly Reflections


2015 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: 280
Number of Re-Reads: 30-35, if counting the Nancy Drew books I read (originally read them ages ago).
Check out my top 15 reads: link

2016 Goals

I read a lot of short books last year, so my goal for 2016 is to read 150 books with more of them being 300+ pages. 

Keep my Shelfari bookshelf updated in 2016 with all the books I read and am reading. I've been lazy in the past and haven't added all my books.

Also, keep my 2016 Reading Challenge page updated monthly (probably when I post my Monthly Reflections post).

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Monthly Reflections, where we take the time to reflect on the previous month.


My December Goals...

Read 15 books
Finish 6 books from my "2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge" list -- which completes the goal!
(only finished three, so I missed my goal)

Books read:
Monday, January 4, 2016

Weekly Giveaway Link-up #85

Welcome to Weekly Giveaway Link-up hosted by Crystal @ Just Another Book Lovin' Girl and me. This is a linky where you can submit your blog's Christian book and book-related giveaways and find other giveaways. A new link-up will be posted every Monday.