Saturday, October 31, 2009

Faith 'n Fiction Saturday



My Friend Amy, who brought us Book Blogger Appreciation Week has a new carnival in the works, the Faith 'n Fiction Saturday.

Each week she will post a blogging prompt, which participating bloggers will answer on their own blogs. Then they head back to the original post and sign Mister Linky! This way we can all come to know each other more closely.

Today's Discussion
Anne Rice became quite famous for her books about vampires but when she converted back to her Christian faith, she left her vampire stories behind much to the dismay of her fans. She felt there were no redemptive stories to tell about vampires. Meanwhile, Christian fiction has been releasing a few more books about vampires.

So my question for you today is...what do you think about these kinds of stories? Do you enjoy the fictional vampire stories or the fictional stories about angels? Are you more likely to read a story about an angel than a vampire? What do you think is the appeal of these books?

(For further reading see this interview with Tracey Bateman on Christian vampire books and this article where Anne Rice asserts angels are the new vampires)

My Response:

It's funny this question came up because I just finished my first two Christian vampire stories this week: Thirsty by Tracey Bateman and Field of Blood by Eric Wilson. I don't want to spoil the plots too much b/c I'll be posting reviews later on but I do want to say they were FANTASTIC. The only General Fiction book about vampires that I've read and sorta liked were the Twilight series but those have other issues besides vampires that I have trouble with.

I'm not too big a fan about stories about angels. The only series I REALLY liked with an angel was the Heavenly Daze series by Angela Hunt and Lori Copeland. The series was more like Mitford with guardian angels so it was more comfort reading and didn't really focus on spirituality. I think other than that book I don't really like reading books about angels because they are real and we don't really know anything about them other than they have supernatural powers. It's kind of scary when you think about it. I know that movies like Angels in the Outfield, The Preacher's Wife, or Michael portray angels as being quite human or that people who die become angels. But that's Hollywood talking and the image is quite wrong.

Ok back to the question. I'm more comfortable reading about vampires but only because these are two authors I trust and am already fans of their work. Since I don't really read this genre in general fiction, I would be choosy with new authors in this field. I think the appeal currently stems mainly from the fact that things like Twilight, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, etc are all really popular right now and the Christian publishing world wants to provide an alternative to that. It has the same feel but obviously shows who the bad and good guys are.

By the way, I still think someone needs to write about Amish vampires....you have the best of both worlds right there...

Friday, October 30, 2009

Book Review: "The Swiss Courier" by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey

It is August 1944 and the Gestapo is mercilessly rounding up suspected enemies of the Third Reich. When Joseph Engel, a German physicist working on the atomic bomb, finds that he is actually a Jew, adopted by Christian parents, he must flee for his life to neutral Switzerland. Gabi Mueller is a young Swiss-American woman working for the newly formed American Office of Strategic Services (the forerunner to the CIA) close to Nazi Germany. When she is asked to risk her life to safely "courier" Engel out of Germany, the fate of the world rests in her hands. If she can lead him to safety, she can keep the Germans from developing nuclear capabilities. But in a time of traitors and uncertainty, whom can she trust along the way? This fast-paced, suspenseful novel takes readers along treacherous twists and turns during a fascinating--and deadly--time in history.

If you know me, then you know I'm a grad student majoring in history. If you know me really well, then you know I detest European history. Not that I have anything against those across the Atlantic, but I'm a US history buff and (minus British history) it's just hard for me to remember all those facts about Germany, Italy, France, etc. Therefore I usually avoid reading books about European countries because it just really doesn't interest me. However I do make exceptions when one of my favorite authors decides that most of her books will be set in Europe. Therefore I was totally geeked to read this new offering from Tricia and Mike.

If you've watched the movie Valkyrie, this book takes place right after the story ends. The best part of this book is that it takes a story that is not know to the average American reader. I tire of reading books based during WWII that used the same storyline and same events over and over again. I really liked Gabi's character because she's the strong, take charge type of female lead who doesn't wait for a guy to rescue her. Joseph's story is very interesting and brings to mind secret daring rescues. The characters are all multi dimensional and really bring the story to life because you can relate to them even if their situations are a lot more dangerous than ours. There's a lot of historical detail in the book but it's not like reading a history book. It's never boring or dry. You really get into the story and I was pleased with the outcome. If I ever decide to write a historical fiction novel, this would be the type of book I would want to write.

I really enjoyed reading this as I have every other of Tricia's books. This is another book that flows very smoothly and you can't tell when one author writes and when the other picks up. I felt that the combination of historical facts with the dramatic storyline blends well together. This book made me (gasp!) eager to learn more about the events that took place during this time period. One thing I did find interesting is that the war in the Pacific is never mentioned at all, probably due to the fact that war in Europe is so prevalent. It's interesting how it's like that part of the war was totally separated. Overall this is probably one of my favorite historical fiction books read this year, and definitely one of the best WWII books I've read in a long time. I would love to read more from this dynamic writing team. HIGHLY recommended.

The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey is published by Revell (2009)

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Last Breath by Brandilyn and Amberly Collins

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!


Today's Wild Card author is:


and the book:


Last Breath (Rayne Series #2)

Zondervan; 1 edition (October 1, 2009)

***Special thanks to Lindsey Rodarmer of ZONDERKIDZ for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Brandilyn and Amberly Collins are a mother/daughter team from northern California. Brandilyn is a bestselling novelist, known for her trademarked "Seatbelt Suspense". Amberly is a college student in southern California. She and her mom love attending concerts together.

Visit the author's website.


Here's a video about the first book in the Rayne Series:




AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER:













Your father sent me.

The last words of a dying man, whispered in my ear.

Were they true? What did they mean?

Your father sent me. The stunning claim drilled through my head, louder than the crowd’s screams.

Guitars blasted the last chord of Rayne’s hit song, Ever Alone, as Mom’s voice echoed through the Pepsi Center in Denver. The heavy drum beat thumped in my chest. With a final smash of cymbals the rock song ended. Multicolored laser lights swept the stadium, signaling the thirty-minute intermission.

Wild shrieks from thousands of fans rang in my ears.

I rose from my chair backstage. Tiredly, I smiled at the famous Rayne O’Connor as she strode toward me on high red heels. In the lights her sequined top shimmered and her blonde hair shone. She walked with confidence and grace, the picture of a rock star—until she stepped from her fans’ sight. Then her posture slumped, weariness creasing her beautiful face. Mom’s intense blue eyes usually glimmered with the excitement of performing, but now I saw only the wash of grief and exhaustion. How she’d managed to perform tonight, I’d never know. Except that she’s strong. A real fighter.

Me? I had to keep fighting too, even if my legs still trembled and I’d probably have nightmares for weeks.

Your father sent me.

I had to find out what those words meant.

“You’re a very brave young lady,” a Denver detective had told me just a few hours ago. I didn’t feel brave then or now.

“You okay, Shaley?” Mom had to shout over the screams as she hugged me.

I nodded against her shoulder, hanging on tightly until she pulled back.

The crowd’s applause died down. A heavy hum of voices and footsteps filtered from the stadium as thousands of people headed for concessions and bathrooms during the break.

Kim, the band’s keyboard player and alto to my mom’s lead vocals, stopped to lay a darkly tanned hand on my head. A strand of her bleached white-blonde hair was stuck to the gloss on her pink lips. She brushed it away. “You’re an amazing sixteen-year-old.”

I shrugged, embarrassed. “Thanks.”

Mick and Wendell, Mom’s two remaining bodyguards, approached without a word. I gave a self-conscious smile to Wendell, and he nodded back, sadness flicking across his face. His deep-set eyes were clouded, and the long scar across his chin seemed harder, more shiny. At five-eleven, Wendell is short for a bodyguard but every bit as muscled. Tonight his two-inch black hair, usually gelled straight up, stuck out in various directions. He hadn’t bothered to fix it since the life and death chase he was involved in just a few hours ago. Seeing that messed-up hair sent a stab through me. Wendell was usually so finicky about it.

Mick, Mom’s main personal bodyguard, folded his huge arms and stood back, waiting. Mick is in his forties, ex-military and tall, with a thick neck and block-shaped head. I’ve rarely seen emotion on his face, but I saw glimpses of it now. He and Wendell had been good friends with Bruce, Mom’s third bodyguard.

Bruce had been killed hours ago. Shot.

And he’d been trying to guard me.

My vision blurred. I blinked hard and looked at the floor.

“Come on.” Mom nudged my arm. “We’re all meeting in my dressing room.”

Mick and Bruce flanked her as she walked away.

Usually we don’t have to be so careful backstage. It’s a heavily guarded area anyway. But tonight nothing was the same.

Kim and I followed Mom down a long hall to her dressing room. Morrey, Kim’s boyfriend and Rayne’s drummer, caught up with us. He put a tattoo-covered arm around Kim, her head only reaching his shoulders. Morrey looked at me and winked, but I saw no happiness in it.

Ross Blanke, the band’s tour production manager, hustled up alongside us, trailed by Stan, lead guitarist, and Rich, Rayne’s bass player. “Hey.” Ross put a pudgy hand on Mom’s shoulder. “You’re doing great.” He waved an arm, indicating everyone. “All of you, you’re just doing great.”

“You do what you have to,” Stan said grimly. His black face shone with sweat.

Narrowing single file, we trudged into the dressing room. Mick and Wendell took up places on each side of the door.

Marshall, the makeup and hair stylist, started handing out water bottles. In his thirties, Marshall has buggy eyes and curly dark hair. His fingers are long and narrow, deft with his makeup tools. But until two days ago, he’d been second to Mom’s main stylist, Tom.

“Thanks.” I took a bottle from Marshall and tried to smile. Didn’t work. Just looking at him sent pangs of grief through me, because his presence reminded me of Tom’s absence.

Tom, my closest friend on tour, had been murdered two days ago.

Mom, Ross, Rich and I sank down on the blue couch—one of the furniture pieces Mom requested in every dressing room. Denver’s version was extra large, with a high back and overstuffed arms. To our left stood a table with plenty of catered food, but no one was hungry. I’d hardly eaten in the last day and a half and knew I should have something. But no way, not now.

Maybe after the concert.

Stan, Morrey and Kim drew up chairs to form a haphazard circle.

“All right.” Ross sat with his short, fat legs apart, hands on his jeaned thighs. The huge diamond ring on his right hand was skewed to one side. He straightened it with his pinky finger. “I’ve checked outside past the guarded area. The zoo’s double what it usually is. The news has already hit and every reporter and his brother are waiting for us. Some paparazzi are already there, and others have probably hopped planes and will show up by the time we leave.”

Is Cat here? I shuddered at the thought of the slinky, effeminate photographer who’d bothered us so much in the last two days. He’d even pulled a fire alarm in our San Jose hotel the night before just to force us out of our rooms. Now by police order he wasn’t supposed to get within five hundred feet of us. I doubted he’d care.

My eyes burned, and my muscles felt like water. Little food, no sleep, and plenty of shock. Bad combination. I slumped down in the couch and laid my head back.

Ross ran a hand through his scraggly brown hair. “Now at intermission folks out there”—he jabbed a thumb toward the arena—“are gonna start hearing things. Rayne, you might want to say a little something when you get back on stage.”

Mom sighed, as if wondering where she’d find the energy to do the second half of the concert. “Yeah.”

I squeezed her knee. If only the two of us could hide from the world for a week or two.

Make that a whole year.

Rich frowned as he moved his shaved head from one side to the other, stretching his neck muscles. His piercing gray eyes landed on me, and his face softened. I looked away.

Everyone was so caring and concerned about me. I was grateful for that. Really, I was. But it’s a little hard to know you’ve been the cause of three deaths. Under all their smiles, did the band members blame me?

Ross scratched his hanging jowl. “We got extra coverage from Denver police at the hotel tonight. Tomorrow we’re supposed to head out for Albuquerque. It’s close enough for Vance to drive the main bus without a switch-off driver, and the next two venues are close enough as well. But that’s just logistics. We’ve all been through a lot. Question is—can you all keep performing?” He looked around, eyebrows raised.

“Man.” Morrey shook back his shoulder-length black hair. “If three deaths in two days isn’t enough to make us quit …” His full lips pressed.

I glanced hopefully at Mom. Yeah, let’s go home! I could sleep in my own bed, hide from the paparazzi and reporters, hang out with Brittany, my best friend—who was supposed to be here with me right now.

But canceling concerts would mean losing a lot of money. The Rayne tour was supposed to continue another four weeks.

Mom hunched forward, elbows on her knees and one hand to her cheek. Her long red fingernails matched the color of her lips. “I almost lost my daughter tonight.” Her voice was tight. “I don’t care if I never tour again—Shaley’s got to be protected, that’s the number one thing.”

I want you protected too, Mom.

“I agree with that a hundred percent,” Morrey said, “but at least the threat to Shaley is gone now that Jerry’s dead.

Jerry, one of our bus drivers—and a man I’d thought was my friend—killed Tom and Bruce, and then came after me earlier that night. A cop ended up shooting him.

Kim spread her hands. “I don’t know what to say. I’m still reeling. We’ve barely had time to talk about any of this tonight before getting on stage. I feel like my mind’s gonna explode. And Tom …”

She teared up, and that made me cry. Kim had been like a mother to Tom. Crazy, funny Tom. It was just so hard to believe he was gone.

I wiped my eyes and looked at my lap.

“Anyway.” Kim steadied her voice. “It’s so much to deal with. I don’t know how we’re going to keep up this pace for another month.”

Mom looked at Ross. “We can’t keep going very long with only Vance to drive the main bus.”

Ross nodded. “Until Thursday. I’d have to replace him by then.”

“With who?” Mom’s voice edged.

“I don’t know. I’ll have to jump on it.”

“You can’t just ‘jump on it.’ We need time to thoroughly check the new driver out.”

“Rayne.” Ross threw her a look. “I did check Jerry out. Completely. He had a false ID, remember? That’s what the police said. I couldn’t have known that.”

“You might have known if you’d checked harder.”

Ross’s face flushed. “I did—”

“No you didn’t! Or if you did it wasn’t good enough!” Mom pushed to her feet and paced a few steps. “Something’s mighty wrong if we can’t even find out a guy’s a convicted felon!”

What? I stiffened. “How do you know that?”

Mom waved a hand in the air. “The police told me just before we left the hotel.”

We’d huddled in the manager’s office after the policeman killed Jerry.

I stared at Mom. “When was he in jail?”

Mom threw a hard look at Ross. “He’d barely gotten out when we hired him.”

Heat flushed through my veins. I snapped my gaze toward the floor, Jerry’s last words ringing in my head.

Your father sent me.

How could my father have sent Jerry if he was in jail?

“Rayne,” Ross snapped, “I’ve told you I’m sorry a dozen times—”

“Sorry isn’t enough!” Mom whirled on him. “My daughter was taken hostage. She could have been killed!”

Rich jumped up and put his arms around her. “Come on, Rayne, it’s okay now.”

She leaned against him, eyes closed. The anger on her face melted into exhaustion. “It’s not okay.” Mom shook her head. “Tom’s dead, Bruce is dead. And Shaley—”

Her words broke off. Mom pulled away from Rich and hurried back to the couch. She sank down next to me, a hand on my knee. “Shaley, you’re the one who’s been through the most. What do you want to do?”

My throat nearly swelled shut. Go home! I wanted to yell. But I couldn’t. It wouldn’t be fair. This wasn’t my tour. I didn’t have to pay the bills.

I glanced around at all the band members. Morrey was holding Kim’s hand. Stan and Rich watched me, waiting. A canceled tour wouldn’t just affect them. Rayne had three back-up singers, one of them Carly, who’d been such a help to me. Plus all the techs and roadies. They’d all lose money.

Wait—maybe Mom would let me go home and stay with Brittany. Now that Tom’s and Bruce’s killer was dead …

“Shaley?” Mom tapped my leg.

“I don’t … I can’t stop the tour.”

Ross exhaled. “Rayne?”

Mom looked at the wall clock and pushed to her feet. “We can’t decide this now. It’s only fifteen minutes before we have to be back on stage. I still need to change.”

Stan stood. “I say we figure on doing Albuquerque, and then we can decide about the rest.”

“Yeah, me too.” Rich got up, along with everyone else. I could see the business-like attitude settle on all their faces, including Mom’s. Soon they had to perform again. Every other concern must be pushed aside. In the entertainment world the saying was true: the show must go on.

Within a minute everyone had left except Mom, Marshall and me. Mom threw herself into a chair by the bright mirrors so Marshall could adjust her makeup. When he left she changed into a steel blue top and skinny-legged black pants.

I sat numbly on the couch, four words running through my mind. Words, I sensed, that would change my life.

Your father sent me.

Mom didn’t know what Jerry had whispered to me as he died. I needed to tell her.

But how? Like me, she was running on empty. It would be one more shock, another scare. I wasn’t sure she could take anymore and still perform.

Had Jerry told me the truth? Had the father I’d never known—the man my mother refused to talk about—purposely sent a killer to join our tour?

I needed to know. I needed to find out. Because if it was true—the danger was far from over.




Thursday, October 29, 2009

Shelf Discovery Challenge

Yep, I'm joining yet ANOTHER challenge. But the funny part is was that I was thinking about doing something with this book as well for a challenge but I wasn't really sure how to do it. So I'm really glad Julie from Bookingmama came up with this one!

Details:

The Shelf Discovery Challenge will run for six months (November 1, 2009 - April 30, 2010). To join me in this challenge, all you need to do is grab a copy of SHELF DISCOVERY and pick out what six books you want to read (of course, you can read more than six!) Then, after you read a book, just write a "book report" to share your thoughts with others!

Sign Up:

Grab the challenge button at the top of this page and write a post detailing what six Shelf Discovery books you are going to read within the next six months (you always have the option to change your original list -- I'm flexible like that!) If you don't already have the book, you can browse the table of contents here. Once you have posted your Shelf Discovery challenge post, come back to this post and click on Mr. Linky. Please leave your name and link directly to your introductory post (not just to your blog’s home page.) If you don’t have a blog, no worries -- you can just leave a comment on this post telling me you want to participate.

My List:

There are a whole bunch of books that I've read (and reread dozens of times to this day) on the list. But I decided to try out 6 books that I HAVEN'T read yet, to see why I missed out on them the first time around.

Sister of the Bride by Beverly Cleary (Report)
A Gift of Magic by Lois Duncan (Report)
Summer of Fear by Lois Duncan (Report)
Stranger With My Face by Lois Duncan (Report)
Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan (Report)
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (Report)

As you can tell I like Lois Duncan. The thing was, I think I read the same books of hers over and over again and never gravitated to her other titles. Sister of the Bride is one of the few Beverly Cleary books I haven't read. And Understood Betsy was chosen at random (aka I opened up the book and found the first book I hadn't read yet). So here's to new classic reads!

Book Review: "The Spring of Candy Apples" by Debbie Viguie

It’s spring and Candace is busy working at the Zone’s Candy Counter while struggling to make decisions about her future. She’s been accepted to two different colleges, but family and friends are pressuring her to stay local. Her coworkers, however, are urging her to follow her God-given dreams no matter how far away they take her.

The Sweet Seasons series has been one of my favorite YA series from the time I picked up the first book. Debbie Viguie writes in a perfect teen voice and really gets you into the story. There's no label dropping and teens come across as very real. It's also one of the funniest and just plain enjoyable YA series that's out there. It's Christian YA but it's not preachy at all.

This book features Candace in her last season working at The Zone amusement park. She's been working there for almost a year and it's about time for her to leave not only the park but make plans to leave for college as well. This time the mission for the park's employees is to put on a talent show. While this may sound boring, the results definitely are not and it's a hoot watching Candace's group perfect their talent. And then of course, there are new things to discover about the The Zone which is always really exciting to read about. I think that these kids have the best job a high schooler could ever have.

I don't want to spoil the story about who Candace ends up with but let's just say I was super geeked and it was done absolutely perfect. Honestly I really can't find any fault with this book other than I'm really sad that this is the final book of the series. I've grown to love Candace and the gang at the Zone. I loved reading about their adventures in the park and seeing how the characters have grown and matured over the past year. I totally wish that The Zone amusement park existed in real life. It is pretty much the theme park of my dreams. If you're looking for some fun light YA reading, this series is definitely for you. HIGHLY recommended.

The Spring of Candy Apples by Debbie Viguie is published by Zondervan (2009)

This review copy was provided by the publisher

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Book Review: "Plain Perfect" by Beth Wiseman


On the rolling plains of Lancaster County, PA., Lillian Miller is searching for her grandparents' house...and so much more. After years of neglect and abuse, she's turning to a lifestyle of simplicity among the Amish to find herself.

As she discards the distractions of her former life, she befriends the young boy working on her family's farm and his attractive widowed father, Samuel Stoltzfus. Despite Lillian's best efforts to the contrary, her feelings for Samuel--and his for her--deepen. Will Lillian find her faith in Plain living, or will she be forced to return to her former life?

I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Lancaster County this past summer and finally got to experience what the Amish lifestyle really was about. It was wonderful to see all the books I've read come to life. I was able to fully appreciate and understand everything I had read about the culture. Therefore I was excited when I read this book because I recognized the settings because I had actually been there.

This story was really fun to read. I loved learning more about the culture and it was interesting to see Lillian change throughout the book. I felt that the Stoltzfus family were a bit less traditional than most other Old Order Amish families. They didn't seem as strict or condemning as other stories have portrayed families who have lost a child to the "outside world." I also remember reading that they had a recliner in the house. I guess I just had this feeling that the Amish only had wooden furniture and never pictured a lazy boy in the middle of the living room. I was glad that her grandparents did allow her to wear her jeans until she felt comfortable enough to wear Amish clothing. Also loved reading about the food because I absolutely love Amish food.

While I really liked this book, I did feel that it seemed to fall in the stereotype that everyone who comes in touch with the Amish suddenly wants to become one. It also bugged me a little that Lillian just assumed she's Amish because it's in her blood. While she may have Amish roots, she was raised "Englisch" so she's not Amish by choice. I wasn't really a fan of Samuel although I did like his son very much. He just came across as very standoffish to me.
Overall I really liked the author's style of writing. It was a very refreshing read and it made me eager to read the rest of the books in the series. This is one of those Amish books that I really liked. It doesn't feel like an agenda is being pushed at you. It's more comfort reading than escapist reading this time around.

Plain Perfect by Beth Wiseman is published by Thomas Nelson (2008)

This review copy was provided by the publisher

Eye of the God by Ariel Alison


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

eye of the god

Abingdon Press (October 1, 2009)

by

Ariel Allison



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Allison is a published author who lives in a small Texas town with her husband and three young sons. She is the co-author of Daddy Do You Love Me: a Daughter’s Journey of Faith and Restoration (New Leaf Press, 2006). Justin Case, the first of three children’s books will be published by Harvest House in June 2009. Ariel is a weekly contributor to www.ChristianDevotions.us and has written for Today’s Christian Woman. She ponders on life as a mother of all boys at www.themoabclub.blogspot.com and on her thoughts as a redeemed dreamer at www.arielallison.blogspot.com.


From Ariel:
I am the daughter of an acclaimed and eccentric artist, and given my “unconventional” childhood, had ample time to explore the intricacies of story telling. I was raised at the top of the Rocky Mountains with no running water or electricity (think Laura Ingles meets the Hippie Movement), and lived out the books I read while running barefoot through the sagebrush. My mother read to me by the light of a kerosene lantern for well over a decade, long after I could devour an entire novel in the course of a day. Authors such as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein, George MacDonald, and L.M. Montgomery were the first to capture my heart and I have
grown to love many others since.

ABOUT THE BOOK

eye of the god takes the fascinating history surrounding the Hope Diamond and weaves it together with a present-day plot to steal the jewel from the Smithsonian Institute.

We follow Alex and Isaac Weld, the most lucrative jewel thieves in the world, in their quest to steal the gem, which according to legend was once the eye of a Hindu idol named Rama Sita. When it was stolen in the 17th century, it is said that the idol cursed all those who would possess it. That won’t stop the brilliant and ruthless Weld brothers.

However, they are not prepared for Dr. Abigail Mitchell, the beautiful Smithsonian Director, who has her own connection to the Hope Diamond and a deadly secret to keep. Abby committed long ago that she would not serve a god made with human hands, and the “eye of the god” is no exception. Her desire is not for wealth, but for wisdom. She seeks not power, but restoration.

When the dust settles over the last great adventure of the Hope Diamond, readers will understand the “curse” that has haunted its legacy is nothing more than the greed of evil men who bring destruction upon themselves. No god chiseled from stone can direct the fates of humankind, nor can it change the course of God’s story.

If you would like to read the prologue and first chapter of eye of the god, go HERE

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Book Review: "Wisdom Hunter" by Randall Arthur

This rerelease of Randall Arthur's bestselling novel presents the hypocrisy of Christian legalism and a man's search for the only surviving member of his family. The story's hero, Pastor Jason Faircloth, embarks on a journey that lasts eighteen years and takes him through four countries in a quest to find the granddaughter who is being hidden from him. In a process that mirrors our own spiritual journey, he discovers a rich relationship with God and the peace that finally comes with true faith.

Legalism in Christianity has always been such an interesting subject to me. This is just my personal opinion but I just always wonder where these rules came from and who decided that they were right. What's even more interesting is that a lot of times when someone describes Christianity, legalism rules are always brought up as the stereotype of the religion. This book brings up the topic and questions it and shows that it's not always the right way to follow. One topic that came up that I found extremely thought provoking was whether these rules were what God said, or whether this is just one person's personal views and opinions. This book started off extremely interesting. There's suspense and drama but it's balanced very well and the story is page turning. You don't know what's going to happen and, I sound sadistic, but it's quite moving to see Jason going from extreme legalistic pastor to a guy who has no idea what he wants or what to do.

Then about halfway through the book, it just went downhill. Story lines were never answered. Characters did complete 180s. The tone of the book became extremely preachy. First off, Corrina just disappears. There was so much of the book focused on her and the storyline is just dropped. I'm half convinced Jason invented her in his mind. Then that one scene involving the "bath powder" was just really unbelievable naive on Jason's part. The situation with Cody and Renee could have been handled a lot better in my opinion. I know the book takes place in the 70s so the laws that are effective now weren't as strict back then. However, the situations that take place just seem so over the top. It just makes me feel like the author was making it as dramatic as possible just to create effect. As for being preachy, there were parts of the book that felt like a sermon, mostly Jason's journal entries and the scenes with the church in Norway.

One thing that really bugged me was how the character of Yoma was portrayed. He's supposed to be a refugee from Burma who escaped after becoming a Christian and becomes a pastor. That's all fine, but the author has him speaking in third person all the time. This makes him sound like Yoda which is really annoying. He's the only Asian character in the whole book and it feels like a horrible stereotype. I even asked my Dad, who's from Burma, if anyone who immigrated from there spoke that way and he said no.

I just felt like this story could have been so much better. While legalism is a topic that is focused on heavily in the front of the book, it just dies away as the book progresses. There's too much drama that happens, I mean literally everything that could have possibly happen in a soap opera happens in this book. I mean rape, drugs, suicide, alcoholism, incest, you name it's in here. The problem is how it's presented. The target audience is blatantly at Christian readers. To be honest, if I were not a Christian and picked up this book, I would lose interest very quickly. The writing is not really top notch. However the book does present a good argument and I did appreciate the topics that were brought up. If you are interested in reading more about legalism in the Christian church this is a good book to pick up. It just could have been better for me.

Wisdom Hunter by Randall Arthur is published by Multnomah (2003)

This review copy was provided by the publisher

Shadow Government by Grant Jeffrey

Security cameras, surveillance of private financial transactions, radio frequency spy chips hidden in consumer products, eavesdropping on e-mail correspondence and phone calls, and Internet tracking. No one is protected, and privacy is a thing of the past.

An ultra-secret global elite, functioning as a very real shadow government, controls technology, finance, international law, world trade, political power, and vast military capabilities. These unnamed, unrivaled leaders answer to no earthly authority, and they won’t stop until they control the world.

In Shadow Government, prophecy expert Grant Jeffrey removes the screen that, up to now, has hidden the work of these diabolical agents. Jeffrey reveals the biblical description of Satan’s global conquest and identifies the tools of technology that the Antichrist will use to rule the world.

Readers will have their eyes opened to the real power that is working behind the scenes to destroy America and merge it into the coming global government. Armed with this knowledge, readers will be equipped to face spiritual darkness with the light of prophetic truth.

Grant R. Jeffrey is the internationally known prophecy researcher, Mideast expert, and author of Countdown to the Apocalypse, The New Temple and the Second Coming, The Next World War, and twenty other best-selling books. He is also the editor of the Prophecy Study Bible. His popular television program, Bible Prophecy Revealed, airs weekly on TBN. Jeffrey earned his master’s and PhD degrees from Louisiana Baptist University. He and his wife, Kaye, live in Toronto.

This was book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.

Monday, October 26, 2009

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Book Review: "A Little Help From My Friends" by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt



Zoe is used to being overlooked. As the youngest and shyest Miracle Girl, she was happy to fade into the background last year. But when she sheds her baby fat and shoots up four inches the summer before her junior year, everything changes. Now she's turning heads at school, and this new attention is beginning to strain her relationship with her sweet, serious boyfriend, Marcus. Pressure builds when Zoe's assigned partner for history class is Dean Foster--a handsome New York transplant who isn't afraid to show her how he feels. ..

Zoe's character has somehow always stood in the background for me in this series. It's probably because she's soft spoken and shy which made me not really notice her too much in the other books. The other three Miracle girls have such loud personalities that they tend to overpower Zoe. Therefore I was glad that she got her own book with her own storyline so we could focus on her because I think her life was really interesting. Her parents are unlike the other girls and it's always fun to read about having to struggle with feelings between two boys. I liked Dean a lot and I thought he was a good match for Zoe.

In addition to Zoe's story is another subplot about their mentor Ms. Moore. I found this story to be extremely interesting because it involves a situation that many teacher fear will happen to them, where they try to do a good deed and instead become punished for it. The girls' determination to prove justice is admirable and even more astounding is the source of the unexpected help that comes their way.

One thing I've always liked about Anne and May's books is how well the story flows together. With some books, it is very obvious that there are two authors, as character's personalities or POV's will change when the authors switch writing. This can be very distracting as you feel pulled away from the novel and can be a big jolt. Luckily you never experience this in their books which is a huge plus.


As I've said before in the past, I'm a HUGE fan of Anne and May's books. They really know how to write for teens and they do it so extremely well. The stories are relatable and down to earth, showcase Christians in the real world without being preachy, and are able to reach to two audiences at the same time. Every teen girl should read their books (and adults who like YA too as well!) because not only are they good stories, but they speak to you as well. I cannot wait for Riley's story to come out next year to round out the series. VERY Highly recommended.


A Little Help From My Friends by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt is published by Faithwords (2009)

This review copy was provided for a blog tour with the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

24 Hour Readathon Post Recap

Somehow I totally omitted another book in my final totals. I blame it on lack of sleep.

Forget About It by Caprice Crane was read and finished throughout the night. I "forgot about it" in my totals.

So final totals should be 23 books and 7250 pages.

24 Hour Readathon Mini Challenge Final Meme

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? 4-5 am, I had to take a break and walk around, watch TV, eat, almost nearly gave up.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? books written in email format! ie. Holly's Inbox, The Boy series by Meg Cabot, The SAHM series by Meredith Efken. Seriously, they are addictive and you can't stop reading. Great for early morning hours!

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? none, it's great the way it is!

UPDATE 3:02 PM (when i'm a bit coherent) i was a bit disappointed that during the wee hours there weren't any mini challenges. i know that there were a bunch of us still up and the mini challenges were good to keep you from falling asleep while reading so the fact that there was nothing to do was a bit sad.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? twitter! great community to see all the tweets about it, and to see readathon trending!

5. How many books did you read? 22

6. What were the names of the books you read? Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh, The Elevator by Angela Hunt, Confessions of a Fat Girl by Liza Palmer, Why the Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner, Red and Lowering Sky by Lynn Morris, Ready to Wed by Melody Carlson, Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer, Love Finds You in Romeo, Colorado by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, The Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick, Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska by Irene Brand, Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas by Sandra D. Bricker, Princess Izzy and the E Street Shuffle by Beverly Bartlett, Sins of the Mother by Patricia Rushford, Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky by Andrea Boeshaar, Carpool Diem by Nancy Star, The Will of Wisteria by Denise Hildreth, Georgia on Her Mind by Rachel Hauck, Cyber Cinderella by Christina Hopkinson, Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham, Love Finds You In Sister, Oregon by Melody Carlson, Buried Sins by Marta Perry

7. Which book did you enjoy most? Holly's Inbox

8. Which did you enjoy least? I would have to say Red and Lowering Sky was a bit tough to get into.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/A but thanks to all the cheerleaders! Loved all the comments, great motivation!

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? 99.9% sure i will as a reader again! (unless future schedules don't allow for it :(

24 Hour Readathon Final Recap

Number of books finished: 22

Title of book(s) finished: Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh, The Elevator by Angela Hunt, Confessions of a Fat Girl by Liza Palmer, Why the Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner, Red and Lowering Sky by Lynn Morris, Ready to Wed by Melody Carlson, Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer, Love Finds You in Romeo, Colorado by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, The Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick, Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska by Irene Brand, Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas by Sandra D. Bricker, Princess Izzy and the E Street Shuffle by Beverly Bartlett, Sins of the Mother by Patricia Rushford, Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky by Andrea Boeshaar, Carpool Diem by Nancy Star, The Will of Wisteria by Denise Hildreth, Georgia on Her Mind by Rachel Hauck, Cyber Cinderella by Christina Hopkinson, Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham, Love Finds You In Sister, Oregon by Melody Carlson, Buried Sins by Marta Perry

Total of pages read: 6882

Running total of time spent reading: 1095 minutes

24 Hour Readathon Hour 23 Recap


Title of book(s) started since last update: Love Finds You In Sister, Oregon by Melody Carlson

Title of book(s) finished since last update: Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh, The Elevator by Angela Hunt, Confessions of a Fat Girl by Liza Palmer, Why the Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner, Red and Lowering Sky by Lynn Morris, Ready to Wed by Melody Carlson, Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer, Love Finds You in Romeo, Colorado by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, The Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick, Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska by Irene Brand, Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas by Sandra D. Bricker, Princess Izzy and the E Street Shuffle by Beverly Bartlett, Sins of the Mother by Patricia Rushford, Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky by Andrea Boeshaar, Carpool Diem by Nancy Star, The Will of Wisteria by Denise Hildreth, Georgia on Her Mind by Rachel Hauck, Cyber Cinderella by Christina Hopkinson, Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham

Number of books finished since you started: 20 (beat Spring total!)

Pages read since last update: 305

Running total of pages read since you started: 6467

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 1050 minutes

24 Hour Readathon Hour 22 Recap


Title of book(s) started since last update: Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham (still reading)

Title of book(s) finished since last update: Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh, The Elevator by Angela Hunt, Confessions of a Fat Girl by Liza Palmer, Why the Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner, Red and Lowering Sky by Lynn Morris, Ready to Wed by Melody Carlson, Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer, Love Finds You in Romeo, Colorado by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, The Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick, Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska by Irene Brand, Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas by Sandra D. Bricker, Princess Izzy and the E Street Shuffle by Beverly Bartlett, Sins of the Mother by Patricia Rushford, Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky by Andrea Boeshaar, Carpool Diem by Nancy Star, The Will of Wisteria by Denise Hildreth, Georgia on Her Mind by Rachel Hauck, Cyber Cinderella by Christina Hopkinson

Number of books finished since you started: 19

Pages read since last update: 303

Running total of pages read since you started: 6162

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 1000 minutes

24 Hour Readathon Hour 21 Recap

I took my second hour long break during this hour, as I've found this is my crutch hour. I just pitter pattered around the house doing things to keep me awake. 3 more hours to go!!!

24 Hour Readathon Hour 20 Recap


Title of book(s) started since last update: Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham (still reading)

Title of book(s) finished since last update: Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh, The Elevator by Angela Hunt, Confessions of a Fat Girl by Liza Palmer, Why the Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner, Red and Lowering Sky by Lynn Morris, Ready to Wed by Melody Carlson, Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer, Love Finds You in Romeo, Colorado by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, The Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick, Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska by Irene Brand, Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas by Sandra D. Bricker, Princess Izzy and the E Street Shuffle by Beverly Bartlett, Sins of the Mother by Patricia Rushford, Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky by Andrea Boeshaar, Carpool Diem by Nancy Star, The Will of Wisteria by Denise Hildreth, Georgia on Her Mind by Rachel Hauck, Cyber Cinderella by Christina Hopkinson

Number of books finished since you started: 19

Pages read since last update: 241

Running total of pages read since you started: 5859

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 950 minutes

24 Hour Readathon Hour 19 Recap


Title of book(s) started since last update: Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham

Title of book(s) finished since last update: Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh, The Elevator by Angela Hunt, Confessions of a Fat Girl by Liza Palmer, Why the Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner, Red and Lowering Sky by Lynn Morris, Ready to Wed by Melody Carlson, Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer, Love Finds You in Romeo, Colorado by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, The Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick, Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska by Irene Brand, Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas by Sandra D. Bricker, Princess Izzy and the E Street Shuffle by Beverly Bartlett, Sins of the Mother by Patricia Rushford, Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky by Andrea Boeshaar, Carpool Diem by Nancy Star, The Will of Wisteria by Denise Hildreth, Georgia on Her Mind by Rachel Hauck, Cyber Cinderella by Christina Hopkinson

Number of books finished since you started: 19

Pages read since last update: 276

Running total of pages read since you started: 5618

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 900 minutes

24 Hour Readathon Hour 18 Recap


Title of book(s) started since last update: Cyber Cinderella by Christina Hopkinson

Title of book(s) finished since last update: Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh, The Elevator by Angela Hunt, Confessions of a Fat Girl by Liza Palmer, Why the Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner, Red and Lowering Sky by Lynn Morris, Ready to Wed by Melody Carlson, Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer, Love Finds You in Romeo, Colorado by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, The Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick, Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska by Irene Brand, Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas by Sandra D. Bricker, Princess Izzy and the E Street Shuffle by Beverly Bartlett, Sins of the Mother by Patricia Rushford, Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky by Andrea Boeshaar, Carpool Diem by Nancy Star, The Will of Wisteria by Denise Hildreth, Georgia on Her Mind by Rachel Hauck

Number of books finished since you started: 18

Pages read since last update: 302

Running total of pages read since you started: 5342

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 850 minutes

24 Hour Readathon Hour 17 Recap


Title of book(s) started since last update: Georgia on Her Mind by Rachel Hauck

Title of book(s) finished since last update: Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh, The Elevator by Angela Hunt, Confessions of a Fat Girl by Liza Palmer, Why the Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner, Red and Lowering Sky by Lynn Morris, Ready to Wed by Melody Carlson, Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer, Love Finds You in Romeo, Colorado by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, The Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick, Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska by Irene Brand, Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas by Sandra D. Bricker, Princess Izzy and the E Street Shuffle by Beverly Bartlett, Sins of the Mother by Patricia Rushford, Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky by Andrea Boeshaar, Carpool Diem by Nancy Star, The Will of Wisteria by Denise Hildreth

Number of books finished since you started: 17

Pages read since last update: 297

Running total of pages read since you started: 5040

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 800 minutes

24 Hour Readathon Hour 16 Recap

Well I decided to take an hour break during Hour 16. What did I do instead of reading?

  • Fold Laundry
  • Put Fresh Sheets on Bed
  • Take a Shower
  • Blow Dry Hair
  • Read US Weekly
  • Go through some posts in my Google Reader
  • Watch SNL until we realized it was a very unfunny repeat of the Megan Fox episode
  • Did Dishes
  • Drink Some Diet Coke

Feel refreshed! I'll probably take another hour break during the wee hours when I feel myself drooping. I totally recommend it.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

24 Hour Readathon Hour 15 Recap


Title of book(s) started since last update: The Will of Wisteria by Denise Hildreth

Title of book(s) finished since last update: Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh, The Elevator by Angela Hunt, Confessions of a Fat Girl by Liza Palmer, Why the Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner, Red and Lowering Sky by Lynn Morris, Ready to Wed by Melody Carlson, Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer, Love Finds You in Romeo, Colorado by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, The Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick, Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska by Irene Brand, Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas by Sandra D. Bricker, Princess Izzy and the E Street Shuffle by Beverly Bartlett, Sins of the Mother by Patricia Rushford, Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky by Andrea Boeshaar, Carpool Diem by Nancy Star

Number of books finished since you started: 16

Pages read since last update: 293

Running total of pages read since you started: 4743

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 750 minutes

24 Hour Readathon Hour 14 Recap


Title of book(s) started since last update: Carpool Diem by Nancy Star

Title of book(s) finished since last update: Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh, The Elevator by Angela Hunt, Confessions of a Fat Girl by Liza Palmer, Why the Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner, Red and Lowering Sky by Lynn Morris, Ready to Wed by Melody Carlson, Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer, Love Finds You in Romeo, Colorado by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, The Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick, Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska by Irene Brand, Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas by Sandra D. Bricker, Princess Izzy and the E Street Shuffle by Beverly Bartlett, Sins of the Mother by Patricia Rushford, Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky by Andrea Boeshaar

Number of books finished since you started: 15

Pages read since last update: 283

Running total of pages read since you started: 4450

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 700 minutes

24 Hour Readathon Hour 13 Recap


Title of book(s) started since last update: Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky by Andrea Boeshaar

Title of book(s) finished since last update: Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh, The Elevator by Angela Hunt, Confessions of a Fat Girl by Liza Palmer, Why the Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner, Red and Lowering Sky by Lynn Morris, Ready to Wed by Melody Carlson, Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer, Love Finds You in Romeo, Colorado by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, The Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick, Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska by Irene Brand, Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas by Sandra D. Bricker, Princess Izzy and the E Street Shuffle by Beverly Bartlett, Sins of the Mother by Patricia Rushford

Number of books finished since you started: 14

Pages read since last update: 286

Running total of pages read since you started: 4167

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 650 minutes

24 Hour Readathon Mini Challenge Halfway Meme

1. What are you reading right now? Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky

2. How many books have you read so far? I've finished 14

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? have no idea...i just grab from my TBR as i go!

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? well we were supposed to go to bonfire tonight but luckily it rained so now I don't feel bad for missing it!

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? no, not really. husband gets me food and I take breaks every 50 minutes to do stuff

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I'm really amazed at my pace! I'm on track to pass my mark of 19 books from the April readathon

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? nope! love it just the way it is, but if you guys think of other things, will gladly accept them!

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? so far things are going as planned so nothing yet!

9. Are you getting tired yet? still going strong! have caffeeine and i still have my 2 50 minute breaks I'll be taking later

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? make sure to read books that are enjoyable! if you get a boring book, STOP reading it and switch!

24 Hour Readathon Hour 12 Recap


Title of book(s) started since last update: Sins of the Mother by Patricia Rushford

Title of book(s) finished since last update: Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh, The Elevator by Angela Hunt, Confessions of a Fat Girl by Liza Palmer, Why the Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner, Red and Lowering Sky by Lynn Morris, Ready to Wed by Melody Carlson, Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer, Love Finds You in Romeo, Colorado by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, The Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick, Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska by Irene Brand, Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas by Sandra D. Bricker, Princess Izzy and the E Street Shuffle by Beverly Bartlett

Number of books finished since you started: 13

Pages read since last update: 291

Running total of pages read since you started: 3881

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 600 minutes

24 Hour Readathon Hour 11 Recap


Title of book(s) started since last update: Princess Izzy and the E Street Shuffle by Beverly Bartlett

Title of book(s) finished since last update: Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh, The Elevator by Angela Hunt, Confessions of a Fat Girl by Liza Palmer, Why the Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner, Red and Lowering Sky by Lynn Morris, Ready to Wed by Melody Carlson, Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer, Love Finds You in Romeo, Colorado by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, The Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick, Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska by Irene Brand, Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas by Sandra D. Bricker

Number of books finished since you started: 12

Pages read since last update: 382

Running total of pages read since you started: 3590

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 550 minutes

24 Hour Readathon Hour 10 Recap


Title of book(s) started since last update: Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas by Sandra D. Bricker

Title of book(s) finished since last update: Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh, The Elevator by Angela Hunt, Confessions of a Fat Girl by Liza Palmer, Why the Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner, Red and Lowering Sky by Lynn Morris, Ready to Wed by Melody Carlson, Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer, Love Finds You in Romeo, Colorado by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, The Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick, Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska by Irene Brand

Number of books finished since you started: 11

Pages read since last update: 341

Running total of pages read since you started: 3208

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 500 minutes

24 Hour Readathon Hour 9 Recap


Title of book(s) started since last update: Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska by Irene Brand

Title of book(s) finished since last update: Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh, The Elevator by Angela Hunt, Confessions of a Fat Girl by Liza Palmer, Why the Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner, Red and Lowering Sky by Lynn Morris, Ready to Wed by Melody Carlson, Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer, Love Finds You in Romeo, Colorado by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, The Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick, Forget About It by Caprice Crane

Number of books finished since you started: 10

Pages read since last update: 363

Running total of pages read since you started: 3230

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 450 minutes