Tuesday, October 25, 2016

2016 Reading List


favorites are in bold 

1. They Almost Always Come Home by Cynthia Ruchti (kindle)
2. Broken on the Back Row by Sandi Patty
3. An Open Heart by Harry Kraus (kindle)
4. Love in Disguise by Carol Cox (kindle)
5. Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund
6. The Deepest Waters by Dan Walsh (kindle)
7. From Bags to Riches by Sandra D. Bricker
8. Astray (Gated sequel) by Amy Christine Parker (kindle)
9. Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry
10. The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn
11. The Amethyst Heart by Penelope J Stokes (re-read)
12. Solemnly Swear by Nancy Moser 
13. Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl (Kindle)
14. To Heaven and Back  by Mary C. Neal, MD (I don't recommend)


15. Offworld by Robin Parrish
16. The Offering by Angela Hunt
17. Risen by Angela Hunt
18. Vigilante by Robin Parrish
19. Song of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti
20. Just Jane by Nancy Moser
21. Life Lessons From a Bad Quaker by J. Brent Bill
22. Stars in the Night by Cara C. Putman
23. The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck
24. Murder at Granite Falls by Roxanne Rustand
25. The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman
26. If I Run by Terri Blackstock
27. The Chair by James L. Rubart
28. Appalachian Serenade (novella) by Sarah Loudin Thomas (kindle)
29. I Want it All by Gwen Smith
30. For the Love of Pete by Debby Mayne


31. Playing the Part by Jen Turano
32. Unforgettable by Trish Perry
33. The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer
34. A Fool and His Money by Sandra Orchard 
35. Sister Dear by Laura McNeill
36. That's Not Hay in My Hair by Juliette Turner
37. Try Dying by James Scott Bell
38. Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife by Ruth A. Tucker
39. Try Darkness by James Scott Bell
40. Try Fear by James Scott Bell


41. Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist
42. I Said Yes by Emily Maynard Johnson and A.J. Gregory
43. The Midwife's Dilemma by Delia Parr
44. Burning Bush 2.0: How Pop Culture Replaced the Prophet by Paul Asay (not recommended)
45. Unplanned by Alana Terry (Kindle)
46. Paralyzed by Alana Terry (Kindle) 

47. Together at the Table by Hillary Manton Lodge 
48. Medical Judgment by Richard L. Mabry, M.D.
49. Fading Starlight by Kathryn Cushman
50. The Valley of the Dry Bones by Jerry B. Jenkins
51. The Longing in Me by Sheila Walsh 
52. Every Bride Has Her Day by Janice Thompson
53. Smash & Grab by Amy Christine Parker
54. Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin

55. Kill Devil by Mike Dellosso
56. All Summer Long by Melody Carlson
57. Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon
58. Murder Mezzo Forte by Donn Taylor
59. God Bless Us Every One by Eva Marie Everson
60. Close to Home by Deborah Raney

61. No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer
62. Missing by Lisa Harris
63. The Promise of Jesse Woods by Chris Fabry
64. If My Husband Would Change, I'd Be Happy by Rhonda Stoppe
65. Every Frenchman Has One by Olivia de Havilland

66. Without Warning by Lynette Eason
67. Once Beyond a Time by Ann Tatlock
68. The Bridezilla of Christ by Ted Kluck & Ronnie Martin
69. Random Acts of Deceit by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
70. The Long Journey to Jake Palmer by James L. Rubart
71. The Camera Never Lies by Elizabeth Goddard (Kindle)
72. Priceless by Luke and Joel Smallbone with Nancy Rue
73. A Good Party Can Kill You by Cynthia Hickey (Kindle)
74. The Quiet Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott
75. The Guest Book by Marybeth Whalen
76. Buyer's Remorse by Traci Tyne Hilton


77. The Christmas Angel Project by Melody Carlson
78. Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter
79. Dead as a Doornail by Linda Kozar (Kindle)
80. Inn Plain Sight by Elizabeth Ludwig and Janelle Mowery (Kindle)
81. Gone With the Groom by Janice Thompson (Kindle)
82. Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon


83. Newton & Polly by Jody Hedlund
84. Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin
85. Married 'til Monday by Denise Hunter
86. Not by Sight by Kathy Herman
87. Long Way Gone by Charles Martin
88. Another Day Another Dali by Sandra Orchard
89. The Wedding Shop by Rachael Hauck


90. And the Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers (re-read)
91. Foreclosed by Traci Tyne Hilton (Kindle)
92. The Deadly Real Estate Affair by K.M. Morgan (Kindle)
93. Hazardous Duty by Christy Barritt (Kindle) (re-read)
94. Organized Grime by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
95. Finding Your Voice by Natalie Grant
96. Dirty Deeds by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
97. The Scum of all Fears by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
98. Love Honor & Perish by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
99. Mucky Streak by Christy Barritt (Kindle)


100. Foul Play by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
101. Learning the Art of Sacrifice for All Your Problems by Joy Bickle
102. Broom and Gloom by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
103. Dust and Obey by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
104. Thrill Squeaker by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
105. For the Record by Regina Jennings
106. Cunning Attractions by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
107. The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay
108. Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter (Kindle)
109. Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak
110. Random Acts of Murder by Christy Barritt (Kindle)

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Another Day Another Dali by Sandra Orchard

 Another Day Another Dali by Sandra Orchard is the second in the Serena Jones Mystery series and was as delightful as the first one. In this volume we step a little closer to finding out the truth about the death of Serena's grandfather while we follow her and her other FBI friends as they track down stolen paintings in the St Louis area. Serena attracts the attention of two men in the process and drives her family crazy as they imagine her getting married off. Well written and engaging, this was a great way to spend a few days. Light reading, nothing scary or offensive. 
Book provided for review by Revell

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Illustrated Book of Sayings by Ella Frances Sanders

 This is a cute little volume full of sayings from around the world. They are printed in the native language and then also in English. There is a description of the history of the saying on the opposite page. While this is cute and fun I think that after one flip through of it I'm done. It didn't hold my attention and I think that's because I'd be more interested in hearing the background of American phrases than of those from all around the world. "Mind your p's and q's" is one that was in there and I found it very interesting. Other than that they were just a little odd.

This book provided for review by Blogging for Books

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Long Way Gone by Charles Martin

 Once in a while you read a book that wraps itself around your heart. This is what Long Way Gone by Charles Martin did for me. A modern-day retelling of The Prodigal Son, this is more than just a story,  it's a supernatural experience. I don't use those words lightly and may have never thought this way about a book before, but this book has the power to bring life back to a heart that's dead and cold. Somewhere within the story there lies truth. So many lines rang true to my heart. This was a refreshing book laced with hope and the love of a Father. One that will attract readers of all kinds. If you know a reader who needs to know their value then point them to this book. It was a pleasure to read.

This book provided for review by Book Look

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin

 Why can't every book be like this one? This is why I read. I laughed and cried and didn't want this book to end yet I couldn't put it down. I anguished between lingering over the story for several days and just rushing through to the end. I ended up in the tub for a little too long with this book, tears streaming down my face, to the end.
Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin is a perfect read. It follows the life of Anna Nicholson as she vacations in Michigan while trying to decide if she should marry her fiance out of what's best for the family instead of for love. She befriends a man in a lower class and he explains life from a Christian perspective. There is certainly much more to this book but I don't want to give anything away. Likely the best book I've read in a long time. I can always count on this author to write books that captivate my imaginings long after I've put them down. You will not be disappointed with this one.
This book provided for review by Bethany House

Monday, October 3, 2016

Newton & Polly by Jody Hedlund

 Newton and Polly is the story of the life of the writer of the world's most famous hymn. Long before John Newton penned Amazing Grace, he fell in love with a girl named Polly and had to work for years to turn his life around and grow into a man worthy of her love and hand in marriage. This is a beautifully written fictional account of their lives and love. This book drew me in from the first page and kept my attention throughout. I've come to trust Jody Hedlund for historical fiction that engages my mind and spirit. This is one not to be missed. 
This book provided for review by Blogging for Books

The Domino Effect by Davis Bunn

 Some books draw me in on page one and others take more time. Others still never grab my attention and this is the category I need to place The Domino Effect by Davis Bunn into. I've read other books by this author and have enjoyed his works over the years but this one did not engage me at all. I didn't even make it through the first chapter before setting it aside and ultimately forgetting about it. I should know better than to put a book dow.
This book provided for review by Bethany House