2018 – Third Quarter Roundup

Looking for something new to read? Here’s what I finished over the past 3 months:

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s Series
Christmas Present by Jodi Taylor What Could Possibly Go Wrong? by Jodi Taylor Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings by Jodi Taylor Lies, Damned Lies, and History by Jodi Taylor The Great St Mary's Day Out by Jodi Taylor My Name is Markham by Jodi Taylor

Mandie Series
Mandie and the Ghost Bandits by Lois Gladys Leppard Mandie and the Forbidden Attic by Lois Gladys Leppard Mandie and the Trunk's Secret by Lois Gladys Leppard

Lady Sherlock Series
A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas

A Wicked Thing Series
A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas

IQ Series
Righteous by Joe Ide

Lady Janies Series
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand

Dragon Born Trilogy
Half-Blood Dragon by K.N. Lee

Ellie Haskell Mysteries
The Thin Woman by Dorothy Cannell

Kendra Donovan Series
Caught in Time by Julie McElwain

Barnabas Tew Series
Barnabas Tew and The Case of The Nine Worlds by Columbkill Noonan
Check out my review here!

Red Queen Series
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Legends of the Realm Series
The Golden Vial by Thomas Locke
Check out my review here!

Stand Alone Works:
Searching the Scriptures by Charles R. Swindoll
Check out my review here!

War Psalms of the Prince of Peace by James E. Adams
Check out my review here!

Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

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Non-Fiction Review: James Adams’ “War Psalms of the Prince of Peace: Lessons from the Imprecatory Psalms”

War Psalms of the Prince of Peace: Lessons from the Imprecatory Psalms

I read and re-read the “blurb” about this book several times before getting it. The description enticed me, made me curious, and also a little unsure of delving into such a weighty book.

Would I understand it? Would I be able to pass it on to others?

Yes, whole-heartedly, to both. 

I am so very glad I got to read “War Psalms.” The edition I read is the ‘expanded and revised’ 25th anniversary copy. Dr. Adams’s writing is engaging, accessible, and completely on point. The truths he illuminates were well supported, as he meticulously built each facet of his lessons. Studying the Psalms can always be a little tricky, but “War Psalms” does a great job of tying the book of Psalms to the rest of the Bible and allowing us to see new threads in the weave of the master Story throughout.

This book would be incredible to go through with a Bible study group. It is powerful, and would shake up any church group who chose to read it – a stirring call to action. I highly recommend!

I received a review copy of this work from the publisher through NetGalley

 

Non-Fiction Review: Charles Swindoll’s “Searching the Scriptures”

Searching the Scriptures: Find the Nourishment Your Soul Needs

I grew up listening to Pastor Swindoll’s messages on Insight for Living, and then had the pleasure of attending Stonebriar Church for several months, hearing his sermons in person. All of his messages are bed-rock solid, and have impacted me throughout my life. In “Searching the Scriptures” Pastor Swindoll lays out his method for crafting those messages, and how to apply that to our own Bible Study.

He correlates the process of planning, preparing, and cooking a meal to the steps of Bible study. I enjoyed this allegory, as it was easy to follow and put into practice. There are certain starting foundations and patterns to follow to get the most out of what you’re consuming – whether the food be physical, or spiritual.

You will need to allow time and mental space to work through this book – there’s a lot to absorb in each chapter, and they just build upon themselves. The study questions help to facilitate that well. The author’s writing style is very conversational, which also helps the reader in understanding what is being said.

In all it was a very enjoyable, and quite instructive, read. I greatly recommend!

I received a review copy of this work from the publisher through NetGalley

2018 – Second Quarter Roundup

I’ve already surpassed my reading goal for the year, and am still steaming ahead! Over the past 3 months I caught up on, or completed, several different series, in addition to other works.
I’ve enjoyed these, and I hope you will too! 

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s Series
SymphonyEchoes WhenChildBorn SecondChance RomanHoliday TrailTime NoTimeLikePast

The Last Dragonslayer Series
LastDragonslayer Quarkbeast EyeZoltar

Nursery Crime Series
BigOverEasy FourthBear LockedRoomMystery

Shades of Grey Series
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Stoker and Holmes Series
ClockworkScarab Spiritglass ChessQueen

The Grisha Trilogy
ShadowBone SiegeStorm RuinRising

Slated Trilogy
Slated Fractured Shattered

Mandie Series
MandieOne MandieTwo

Talon Series
Talon Rogue

DC Icons Series
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Eli Marks Mystery Series
InvisAssistant

Ruined Series
Ruined

The Others Series
LakeSilence

The Invisible Library Series
LostPlot

Ivy Malone Mysteries
GoIvyGo

Dahlia Moss Mysteries
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Otherselves Trilogy
AmidWindStone

Eric Beckman Series
YesterdaysThief

Skip Trilogy
Skip

Stand Alone Works:
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2018 – First Quarter Roundup

Hello everyone!

3 months into 2018, and I’ve already read quite a number of books, including several for traditional review. I’ve enjoyed these, and I hope you will too! 

I read through the entire “Doon” series by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon – a fun take on an old tale.
Doon Destined for Doon Shades of Doon Forever DoonFind them on Amazon or Barnes and Noble

I reread a book I reviewed last year in anticipation of reading the next few in the series – I love the writing style and amazing plot in these works!
 King's Blood (The Kinsman Chronicles, #2) The Reluctant King (The Kinsman Chronicles #3a)
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I read the sequel to a book I read last year – quite the mind-bender!

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I started a new series by Jodi Taylor – an absolute hoot so far!
The Very First Damned Thing (A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story) by [Taylor, Jodi] 
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I started a new Le French Book series! Check out my review here.

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I read both books in the “Girl From Everywhere”  duology  – absolutely fantastic.
The Girl from Everywhere by [Heilig, Heidi] The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl From Everywhere, #2)
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Finally, I made my way through several books recommended to me:


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I’m always eager to find new works and share them.
What have you been reading so far in 2018? Leave a comment below!

Non-Fiction Review: Megan Hill’s “Praying Together”

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If you’re looking for a book that will move and convict you deeply, yet teach you with great skill – “Praying Together” is one of my highest recommendations, as Ms. Hill writes with passion, eloquence, and truth.

The overarching theme is that of praying in community, but the chapter lengths and study questions are great for personal study as well as group. There are many layers to unpack in each section, and working through it with others will allow you to unfold them all.

I really enjoyed all the historical and Biblical context Ms. Hill pulls in as she lays out each point for her reader. It gives the work greater depth, helping to stick with the reader throughout the day. I definitely can’t wait to go over these lessons with my children.

In short, your prayer lives will be changed.

I received a review copy of this work from the publisher through NetGalley

Non-Fiction Review: Matt Weber’s “Operating on Faith”

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“A Painfully True Love Story” is the subtitle of this book, and boy – it’s not kidding around. The Webers sure went through a lot their first year of marriage.

I appreciate Mr. Weber writing this book. So many memoirs out there focus on the struggles and triumphs of the author only – and while there’s nothing wrong with those works, this book brings something new by focusing so much on his wife, making what THEY are going through the central theme.

A better book on how to forge a marriage together would be hard to find.

No, the Webers aren’t perfect, but they are great role-models in how they actively put each other first, help each other through the hard days, and show grace for each other’s mistakes. The story in these pages will remind you to slow down a moment and savor the time you have with others – making each interaction count.

I recommend this book as good training for all who want to make their own relationships stronger.

I received a review copy of this work from the publisher through NetGalley