Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What I Read in September, October and November

I know I haven't been posting a whole lot in the past few months. This semester ended up being a lot busier than I anticipated and I ended up having a lot more school work, which meant that I didn't have as much time to read anything other than what was assigned. That being said, even though I haven't been blogging as frequently as I used to, I still plan on reading and posting reviews. With that being said here are the books I managed to read this semester:

1. The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck
I read this book back in September, and if I am not mistaken it was also the first book I read for my first blog tour that I did ever. I enjoyed this book, it was a nice, fluffy contemporary read, although there were a few weird things that made me lower my rating. I loved the theme of forgiveness that was woven throughout the novel. Click here to read my full review. I gave it 3.95/5 Stars.

2. Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges
This was the next book I finished in September. I had to read it for a Theology class I am taking this semester and it was really good - it deals with the sins that most Christians tend to glance over or not even consider to be sins. Jerry Bridges also gives applications on how to biblically handle these sins. I gave this book 5/5 Stars.

3. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Yes, I finally finished this book! After slogging through it for about 6 months I finally completed it. I enjoyed this book and I am writing my senior thesis on this novel. I gave it 4/5 Stars.

4. A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanne M. White
This was a historical fiction book that filled with intrigue and mystery. Roseanna M. White was also a new author to me and I can't wait to check out more of her works in the future. Click here to read my full review of A Lady Unrivaled. I gave this book 4/5 Stars.

5. The Keys to Spiritual Growth by John MacArthur
This was a re-read for me because I had to read it for a class, and I think I loved it even more the second time around. I feel like there were some things that I missed the last time I read it and I definitely learned a lot. 5/5 Stars.

6. The Wish by Beverly Lewis
I really enjoyed this book. I always enjoy reading books about the Amish community and Beverly Lewis didn't disappoint with her latest serving. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the theme of redemption that was woven through out the novel. Click here to read my full review. 4/5 Stars.

7. There Really is a Difference by Renald Showers
This is another book I had to read for class, it was good except I found it confusing at first but the topic it is dealing with can be somewhat confusing at first. I liked how the author provided scriptural evidences for his argument so that the reader can see where he is coming up with his conclusions. 4/5 Stars.

8. Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin
This was a great book! It was intriguing and I was hooked until the very last page. Click here to read my full review if you would like to know more of my thoughts on this amazing book. 5/5 Stars.

9. American Exceptionalism by Charles Murray
I had to read this little booklet for a paper I had to write for my U.S. History class. It was an interesting read - it discusses the factors that made America exceptional. Even though it was good, it was dry in some places. 3/5 Stars.

10. The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection by Various Authors
This was a great collection of cute, lighthearted love stories. Click here if you would like to read my thoughts on each individual story. 4/5 Stars. 

11. Aboard Providence by Keely Brooke Keith
This was an interesting story. The whole concept was intriguing, however there were somethings that were missing, namely the world-building. Click here to read my full review. 3/5 Stars.

12. Finding Margo by Jen Turano
This was another great novel, if you love mystery, tales set in the Amish community, or you're just looking for something fun to read, I highly recommend you pick this one up. I really enjoyed it and I flew through it in a couple of days. Click here to read my full review. 4/5 Stars.

13. Daughter of the Nile by Jill Eileen Smith
Daughter of the Nile was a great novella that was rich in historical details. I love how this dealt with a woman who is only mentioned briefly in the Bible but we don't know her name. This was a nice story to see what she might have possibly been like. I will have a longer review up soon. 4/5 Stars.

14. Fierce Convictions by Karen Swallow Prior
This was a great biography about Hannah More, a woman that very few people know about today but they should. Hannah More was friends with so many prominent people in both the literary scene, as well as the abolitionist movement. I am still deciding whether or not to write a review on this book, but I am writing a term paper on Hannah More for my Neoclassicism class because of this biography. 5/5 Stars.

15. A Heart's Obsession by Colleen Coble
This picks up directly after the events of A Heart's Disguise. I enjoyed the characters, although the timing between events seemed a bit off and there were several things that I wish had been explained better. 3/5 Stars

16. A Heart's Danger by Colleen Coble
Again, this picks up directly after A Heart's Obsession. It was action-packed but there were a few plot holes. I loved the resolution at the end of this book though! 3/5 Stars.

17. A Heart's Betrayal by Colleen Coble
I enjoyed this book, however the blurb at the back gave away almost the whole plot, which was kind of annoying. 3/5 Stars.

18. A Heart's Promise by Colleen Coble
This picks up directly after the events of A Heart's Betrayal and I really enjoyed it. I liked the development of the characters and events over the course of this novella. 3/5 Stars.

19. A Heart's Home by Colleen Coble
This was a great conclusion to the series. But there were a few things that happened that I wish had been explained in greater detail. However, I liked how everything was resolved in the end and it was sad to see all of these characters go. 3/5 Stars.

20. Rogue Wave by Jennifer Donnelly 
This was a great sequel to Deep Blue. I love the continuous world-building that takes place over the course of this novel. There are so many plot twists and it keeps me entertained until the very last page. I will have a longer review up soon. 4/5 Stars.

21. Dark Tide by Jennifer Donnelly 
This book was amazing! It was a page-turner and I finished it in a couple of days. I can't wait to read the conclusion of this series, although I am sad to see these characters go. 4/5 Stars. 

22. Sandy Toes by Robin Jones Gunn 
This was a cute read. I loved revisiting these beloved characters, especially as they enter into a new phase of their life. I almost stayed up all night last Thursday just so I could finish it but the turkey coma prevented me from doing so. 4/5 Stars.

23. The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid 
When I first started this I wasn't sure how I felt about it but once I got into it I loved it. This book was a pleasant surprise, so much happens that I was not expecting at all and it kept me interested until the very last sentence of this book. I will have a longer review up soon! 5/5 Stars.

These are all the books I have read this semester. I am hoping to post a monthly wrap-up again, as long as I don't have any more reading slumps. Thankfully I will be on Christmas break in a couple of weeks and I will have more time to read.

Happy Reading,
Janelle L.C.

P.S. If you have any book recommendations let me know and I will check them out. 

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