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Queen... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 



Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List  a glimpse into what I am reading currently





Current book:

Queen (The Blackcoat Rebellion #3)

Aimee Carter



Queen  by Aimee Carter   a Saturday Sneak Peek





Sneak Peek:

"No matter what kind of equality we want, there will always be leaders, and those leaders will always have some kind of marginal privilege... We won't abuse our privileges." p 46






Thank you to A Daily Rhythm for inspiring Reading List's Saturday Sneak Peek link up!

Meet the Hosts of Saturday Sneak Peek:



Here are some rules if you decide to join in:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

This particular link up will be open for a month, so stop by often to share a new sneak peek, and grow your own TBR list!









Marissa at Reading List  http://forfunreadinglist.blogspot.com











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Winter Themed Book Tag

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Winter Themed Books 



A while back I came across another book blogger and I really enjoyed her fun post, The Fall Time Cozy Tag.  I tried to pull together a post then, but time just got away from me.  With the official start to winter coming up, here's my winter version!  I hope you enjoy it.



Winter Theme Book Tag on Reading List




  1.             Falling Snow: The colors of winter are muted. Choose a book that has whites, light blues, and grays on the cover.          
    Falling Snow
                          There are many great books that fulfill this one, but I still love the cover to Every Perfect Gift **.  The story was not my favorite, but the cover still catches my eye - I mean you can't get more winter into a picture, can you?      
    2.      Crackling Fires: Colder weather makes for the perfect time to sit by a crackling fire in the fireplace. What book is the best to curl up next to a warm fire with?                            
    Crackling Fires
            There have been a few books over the years where I could curl up and get lost in. Most recently I have to say The Selection** Series did that the best. It captured my interest so completely!
    3.      Ice Storm: Winter storms can be brutal. What book do you love that takes the characters through a brutal season?                                        
    Ice Storm
                 The story of If I Stay** pulls Mia through a series of events that are extremely brutal. In fact just about every character in this story is faced with unbelievable choices.
    4.      Winter Wishes: Spending more time indoors allows for more time to dream and wish. What character is living a life that you dream about?         
    Winter Wishes
         Part of me wants to put a book set in a tropical island since during the winter I dream of warmer weather. However, as far the life I dream of, I still see Anne’s life as a wonderful dream, especially her life in Anne of Ingleside**.
    5.      Hot Cocoa: There is nothing like a hot cup of cocoa during the winter, as adults we often under estimate it. What book do you think should be the next big thing?      
    Hot Cocoa
              I greatly enjoyed Pivot Point**– it is certainly underrated. The story was compelling while original and the main characters were captivating.  The overall story could lead a wonderful movie or even a setting concept for a TV series.                        
    6.      Lip Balm & Lotions: Soothing dry skin is part of the winter for many. What book is full of soothing & comforting words?            
    Lip Balm & Loctions
             I have to go with Women Living Well** on this one – partially because the cover is soothing to look at, and because Courtney Jacobs has filled this book with encouragement for all women no matter their season.
    7.       Peppermint Mocha: What is your go to winter food or drink for those reading marathons of winter?      
    Peppermint Mocha
           During the winter I love making hot cocoa, adding in marshmallows or whipped cream, and finishing it with a small candy cane - what can I say it is easier to hide a few extra pounds in winter. 




A Tag post is no fun unless you tag some others to join in!  So here are my tags:
It is pretty easy, just put together a post with the above seven categories and come up with your matches!  Then tag some of your blogging friends and make sure to leave a link to your post over here so I can check it out of course.  You can put up your post any time during winter, but try to give your tags a time to respond.  

If you're in for the tag - grab this image for your own post so others can join us. Then share your link in the link up below. 


Are you in?  Have you taken part in a tag post before? 


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You Are a Writer...A Sneak Peek

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 



Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List  a glimpse into what I am reading currently





Current book:

You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)

Jeff Goins


You Are a Writer  by Jeff Goins   A Sneak Peek on Reading List




Sneak Peek:

"Multitasking is a myth. You can either create or react. But you can't do both. Choose wisely." (location 252)





Thank you to A Daily Rhythm for inspiring Reading List's Saturday Sneak Peek link up!

Meet the Hosts of Saturday Sneak Peek:



Here are some rules if you decide to join in:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

This particular link up will be open for a month, so stop by often to share a new sneak peek, and grow your own TBR list!









Marissa at Reading List  http://forfunreadinglist.blogspot.com











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My Top Books of 2015

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

My Top Books of 2015

Reading List Looks Back


Many people are talking about how fast the year went - and I get that.  The thing is, 2015 was a long year for me.  There was a lot of changes and challenges that led me out of 2014 and into the first few months of 2015.  Then I spent months finding new ways to deal with new routines.  There were a couple of things that helped, and reading was certainly one them.


Read what you want...



I dove into my reading time.  I read to my kids. I listened as my oldest started to get a handle on reading. I sat next to my kids while we all read our own books. I read on the treadmills. I read in my cozy oversized chair. I read everywhere I could!  And as a result, I actually reached my goal for my 2015 Reading Challenge. (If you want to see the break down, stop by my Goodreads challenge. I want to add, that there are a few kids books as place holders for a few of my favorites that I reread, which Goodreads doesn't count...)


My Favorites


  1. The Lunar Chronicles - I read all 5 books in this series this year because the first book just grabbed my attention quickly and each book that followed was equally fun and exciting. I recommend this Young Adult series to fans of fiction, fantasy, minor dystopian, and/or strong women main characters. 
  2. Children of the Day - I had the privilege of reading this book and participating in this group study this fall and it was simply inspiring. Beth Moore is one of my favorite Bible study teachers, and this one lived up to my expectations completely.
  3. The Legend Series - This three book series convinced me to keep reading Marie Lu's work.  She creates captivating characters. Day and June were hands down my favorite fictional couple this year. 
  4.  Red Queen - This book surprised me - it was the first book I picked up based on a Goodreads recommendation, and I loved it.  I heard some rumblings that the sequel isn't quite a good, but I'm still anxiously awaiting it's release!
  5. The Prodigal God - We read this book as a small group study, so there was a lot of deep insight and sharing that surrounded the book.  I gained some valuable insight on a new angle to one of the Bible's most famous stories.
  6. Godspace - I took a chance on this book as part of a summer workshop, and it was a serious challenge, but totally worth it.  This is one of those books that has changed me to the core, and honestly for the better.
  7. The Tales of Peter Rabbit - We read a ton of kids books, but this series was a great rediscovery. My son loves it; it is just enough of a challenge to keep him interested. Plus I'm loving these timeless characters all over again.
  8. Princess of the Midnight Ball - While researching fairy tales, I came across this book in the young teen genre - perfect for 12-14 year olds.  It was great; there was mystery, suspense, love and family. 
  9. The Selection Series - The main three books of the series were great, and in all fairness I started this series in 2014, but I finished it in 2015. There were so many characters and they all held my interest. 

My Disappointments


  1. The Delirium Series - This series was highly ranked on Goodreads, and I was totally into the story line and characters, which is why I read all three in about five weeks.  I was all ready to put this on my favorites lists back in March, and then I read the last two chapters.  A bitter disappointment.  
  2. The Heir - While The Selection series main three were awesome, this book was a complete let down.  Still, I'm planning on reading the next installment.

I am currently putting together a challenge for 2016, trying to decide on a number of books while considering a more theme based challenge. Too many options...  


Top books of 2015 from Reading List

Would you be interested in trying a reading challenge for 2016? Do you have a specific book you recommend from this year? 





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