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Monthly Archives: December 2014

This last year I finished 21 books. There were a couple I could add in there that I didn’t finish. In 2013 I finished a total of 17 books. I know there are people who read more than me. But I’m pretty proud of myself for reading almost two books a month! That’s huge considering everything else I accomplished this year including 2 1/2 marathons, worked full-time and kept up with two little’s busy schedule. So, I’m satisfied with 21 books.

This year I thought I’d round out my year with a list of my favorites from the year.

The Here and Now by Brashares

Matched by Ally Condle

Eyes of the Enemy by Kelly Hess

Miss Brenda and the Loveladies

When the Morning Calls by Cindy Woodsmall

Honorable mentions: Sisterchicks do the Hula by Robin Jones Gunn and Through Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer

It was hard to narrow it down to five because I’ve read so many great books this year!

Next year I’m hoping to continue reading (obviously) and will hopefully hit 24 books read in a year. I would like to read a classic or two next year as well.

I’m looking for suggestions for next year. What did you read this year that you absolutely loved? Did you make a list of your favorites? If so share it in the comments.

My second book review today. I just finished reading this book. I red it in a few days, I loved it. Cindy Woodsmall is becoming one of my favorite authors.

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When the Morning Comes by Cindy Woodsmall

This book continues the story of Hannah Lapp as she tries to make her life in the Englischer world She challenges herself both to advance her knowledge but also to heal from her lost love. As she struggles to make her way, those in Owl’s Perch have struggles of their own. Sarah is struggling with Hannah’s disappearance. Mary continues to recover and begins her life as a wife. Elle and Mathew’s relationship is strained as she is pulled between two worlds. As Hannah is healing she finds comfort with her aunt and new friends.

This book is a very fitting second book in the Sisters of the Quilt series. The book leaves you wanting more. The characters have depth. I found myself invested in the lives of these characters. This book addresses mental illness, infertility, and miscarriage and the reaction within the Amish community. I truly enjoyed the insights into the Amish that goes beyond the basic. This story is one about healing and self-discovery for not only Hannah but also Martin, Mathew, Mary, and Paul.

I highly recommend this book for those interested in Christian novels, Amish novels, or stories of growth and self discovery. I do recommend the book to adults or mature teens as there is light discussion of rape and drug and alcohol use.

On a scale of 1-5 bookends, I give this book a 5 out of 5. I can’t wait to read the final book in this series.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

I’m a bit behind in typing these book reviews. I will apologize now for posting two right after the other. I will also soon (hopefully) post about my trip to Japan. It was an amazing trip.

The Job by Janet Evanovich, Goldberg, Lee

Despite having one of her books on my bookshelf, this is the first Janet Evanovich book I’ve read. I read this book on the plane to Japan. It was a quick read and I was pulled in.

The job tells the story of Special Agent Kate O’Hare and con man Nicolas Fox as they pair up to catch a global drug lord. The two use unconventional methods to track down a man who no one knows what he looks like or where to find him. They pull-in O’Hare’s father, an actor, a Hollywood special effects man, and a pirate to bring in their man. It’s action-filled and reminiscent of a James Bond book.

This is the 3rd in its series and I didn’t read the other two. I don’t think its necessary to be able to read this book. The book does a good job of providing the history of the characters without feeling forced. The book was entertaining and I easily got pulled in. I did the book was a bit far-fetched, but it was entertaining. I did find the FBI girl in love the hard-bodied con man a bit cliché. The writer does have talent and I enjoyed the writing style. I do believe this book would make a good movie, its action-filled. Unfortunately it is a bit shallow for what I like in a book.

Overall, I did enjoy this book and it was a good way to kill some time on a plane. But it wasn’t great.

On a scale of 1-5 bookends, I give this book a 3.

I received this book from for honest opinion.