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Have you ever done a READING CHALLENGE?
Goodreads is one place you can set a goal of how many books you will read in 2019. You can keep track of the books you read on their website.
Another reading challenge is to read 1 book each month in different genres and categories — like this one from author Carla Laureano. I’m going to try this challenge (#carlasreadingchallenge2019) as part of my Goodreads challenge for 2019.
Here are the categories for her 1 book/month reading challenge, and I’ll update the list below with the titles I read for this challenge.
- JANUARY – Read a children’s book.
- This will be easy! I’m a school librarian. I’ll definitely be reading more than that one, though, since my book clubs at school are getting ready for new books this month!
- I read & reviewed The Alcatraz Escape by Jennifer Chamblis Bertman.
- I also read Ruby Goldberg’s Bright Ideas by Anne Humphrey, and Jada Jones Sleepover Scientist by Kelly Starling Lyons.
- FEBRUARY – Read a book that you already own.
- Again, easy. Just have to pick one of the titles on my nightstand!
- OK, I just read & reviewed Courtney Walsh’s book, Things Left Unsaid — it was published in Oct. 2018, but I only now got around to reading and reviewing it.
- Next on my list, A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden, also published last year (2018). Now to read the new release in that series: A Desperate Hope.
- I also read Imagine: The Fall of Jericho (Imagine, book 3) by Matt Koceich (a children’s book), and Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly (last year’s Newbery winner, 2018, also a children’s book).
- MARCH – Read a book written in a historical time period.
- Easy! Just finished reviewing Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill, as well as A Return of Devotion (Haven Manor, #2) by Kristi Hunter, and A Desperate Hope (Empire State, #3), by Elizabeth Camden.
- Finished reading: The Governess of Penwythe Hall (Cornwall, #1) by Sarah E. Ladd, and A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, by Carolyn Miller — and I’ll review them in the coming weeks.
- APRIL – Read a book written by someone of a different faith.
- I will probably read I Am Malala by M. Yousafzai OR The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, and a Jew by S. Oliver, P. Warner, and Ranya Tabari Idliby — maybe I’ll read both!
- And I’ll be busy with Spring Break I’m a teacher), finishing reviews I promised, and planning the end of the school year activities.
- MAY – Read a book written before 1969.
- Possibly read Sounder by William Armstrong, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
- School ends in May, so I’ll be busy with that.
- JUNE – Read a book released this year.
- Easy! Probably one of the new titles from the spring: The Number of Love by Roseanna White.
- JULY – Read a book you chose solely for the cover.
- Probably No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky.
- AUGUST – Read a book you chose solely for the title.
- SEPTEMBER – Read a book with an illustrated cover.
- Maybe The Solace of Water by Elizabeth Blyer Yount, if I don’t read it before the fall.
- OCTOBER – Read a bestseller that you’ve avoided or missed.
- Probably one of the Christy or Carol Award winners.
- NOVEMBER – Read a book set in a country other than your own.
- DECEMBER – Read a book that takes place during a holiday.
Want to join me in a reading challenge? Go to Goodreads, use the monthly list above, or come up with your own!
Whatever you choose, enjoy more reading this year . . . I certainly plan to do so!
When your fictional hero comes to life on the big screen, it’s easy to get starstruck…
Unless the leading man happens to be your ex.
Novelist Christine Lind has achieved her lifelong dream—a string of best-selling books and a cable-TV adaptation about to go into production. But on her way to London FanFest for the cast reveal, disaster strikes: their leading man is injured in a motorcycle accident… and his replacement is the one person she hoped she’d never seen again.
Nick Cleary has clawed his way to recognition as a Hollywood actor, but it’s long past time he get the chance to show he’s more than a pretty face and a chiseled set of abs. His big break comes in the form of a juicy lead role in a new steampunk fantasy series. There’s just one catch—casting has to be approved by the author… a woman he once devastated through his own youthful stupidity.
Christine is the last person to be starstruck by the handsome heartthrob, but as the clock ticks down to the cast announcement and Nick races to show that he’s really changed, she begins to wonder if there’s more to her ex than his Hollywood persona. Except now the consequences of being wrong no longer apply only to her career… but also to her carefully guarded heart. [supplied by publisher]
Carla Laureano is the RITA® Award-winning author of contemporary inspirational romance and Celtic fantasy (as C.E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons, where she writes during the day and cooks things at night.
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I will be posting a review of this book later this week, as soon as I finish it. BUT I will say that I’m loving it! It’s a classic C. Turansky — historical detail, solid characters, and great storyline.
This week, the winners of the 2017 Christy Award were announced recently (November 2017). A number of the finalists were books I reviewed in the past year — not all of the categories are listed here, only the ones I reviewed.
- Her One and Only / by Becky Wade (WINNER)
- The Red Door Inn / by Liz Johnson
- Rescue Me / by Susan May Warren
CAROL AWARDS 2017 WINNERS & FINALISTS
Carol Award winners were announced in September 2017.
- Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund
- Always Watching (Elite Guardians) / by Lynette Eason (WINNER)
- You’re the One that I Want / by Susan May Warren
Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!
Carol R. Gehringer
Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.
These reviews have been posted recently:
I just read a number of the national book award winners — and I have reviewed some of them. For a complete listing of the award winners, see this list.
Newbery 2016 – LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET / Matt de la Pena
Newbery Honor 2016
- The War that Saved My Life / Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
- Roller Girl / Victoria Jamieson
- Echo / Pam Muñoz Ryan
Newbery 2015 – The Crossover / Kwame Alexander
Newbery Honor 2015 –
Caldecott 2016 – FINDING WINNIE: THE TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BEAR / Lindsay Mattick
Caldecott Honor 2016
- LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET / Matt de la Pena
- VOICE OF FREEDOM FANNIE LOU HAMER: SPIRIT OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT/ Carole Boston Weatherford (also was 2016 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book AND 2016 Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award Winner)
- Trombone Shorty / Troy Andrews
- Waiting / Kevin Henkes
Caldecott 2015 – The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend / Dan Santat
Caldecott 2014 – Locomotive / Brian Floca
Caldecott 2014 Honors – Mr. Wuffles / David Wiesner
CHRISTIAN BOOK AWARDS
Contemporary Series Finalist
- When I Fall in Love / Susan May Warren
- Once Beyond a Time / Ann Tatlock
Young Adult Winner
- Storm Siren / Mary Weber
Young Adult Finalist
- Failstate: Nemesis / John W. Otte
- The Story Keeper / Lisa Wingate (Tyndale House)
- A Time to Die / Nadine Brandes (Enclave Publishing)
- Storm Siren / Mary Weber (HarperCollins Christian Publishing)
2015: The Warden and the Wolf King / Andrew Peterson
2014: A Cast in the Stones / Patrick W. Carr
2013: Starflower / Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Coming October 20, 2015
Expect to be swept away to England and France in 1915 as Penny Ramsey and Alex Goodwin face the challenges and losses of World War One, yet also experience the hope and triumph that comes as they put their trust in God to carry them through. The Ramseys welcome a group of orphaned children to Highland and must send members of the family and staff off to war. You’ll be thrilled by action packed scenes when the hero, a WW1 British pilot, chases German zeppelins across the sky over the Front Line in France. And you’ll be delighted by two pure and heartwarming romances: Penny and Alex, and Lydia Chambers and Marius Ritter, a lady’s maid and a prisoner of war. But most of all I hope you’ll be inspired by the characters’ examples of trusting God through whatever trials you might face.
I was privileged to read an advance copy. See my review here.
Dani Pettrey concludes the contemporary suspense Alaskan Courage series, a set in Alaska. Although each McKenna sibling is the main focus of a different book, they frequently appear in the other books.
Here it is! The cover reveal for Draven’s Light by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
DRAVEN’S LIGHT / by Anne Elisabeth Stengl –
In the Darkness of the Pit
The Light Shines Brightest
Drums summon the chieftain’s powerful son to slay a man in cold blood and thereby earn his place among the warriors. But instead of glory, he earns the name Draven, “Coward.” When the men of his tribe march off to war, Draven remains behind with the women and his shame. Only fearless but crippled Ita values her brother’s honor.
The warriors return from battle victorious yet trailing a curse in their wake. One by one the strong and the weak of the tribe fall prey to an illness of supernatural power. The secret source of this evil can be found and destroyed by only the bravest heart.
But when the curse attacks the one Draven loves most, can this coward find the courage he needs to face the darkness?
Coming May 25, 2015
ANNE ELISABETH STENGL makes her home in North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a kindle of kitties, and one long-suffering dog. When she’s not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and practices piano, painting, and pastry baking. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed Tales of Goldstone Wood. Her novel Starflower was awarded the 2013 Clive Staples Award, and her novels Heartless, Veiled Rose, and Dragonwitch have each been honored with a Christy Award.
To learn more about Anne Elisabeth Stengl and her books visit: www.AnneElisabethStengl.blogspot.com
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Want to read an excerpt of Draven’s Light?
2014 INSPY Award Winners announced!
The INSPY Awards were created by bloggers to recognize the “excellence in faith-driven literature.”
BEYOND THE REALM OF DREAMS
IS A WORLD SHE NEVER IMAGINED
Masayi Sairu was raised to be dainty, delicate, demure . . . and deadly. She is one of the emperor’s Golden Daughters, as much a legend as she is a commodity. One day, Sairu will be contracted in marriage to a patron, whom she will secretly guard for the rest of her life.
But when she learns that a sacred Dream Walker of the temple seeks the protection of a Golden Daughter, Sairu forgoes marriage in favor of this role. Her skills are stretched to the limit, for assassins hunt in the shadows, and phantoms haunt in dreams. With only a mysterious Faerie cat and a handsome slave—possessed of his own strange abilities—to help her, can Sairu shield her new mistress from evils she can neither see nor touch?
For the Dragon is building an army of fire. And soon the heavens will burn.
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Anne Elisabeth Stengl is the author of the award-winning Tales of Goldstone Wood series, adventure fantasies told in the classic Fairy Tale style. Her books include Christy Award-winning Heartless and Veiled Rose, and Clive Staples Award-winning Starflower. She makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a passel of cats, and one long-suffering dog. When she’s not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and practices piano, painting, and pastry baking. She studied illustration and English literature at Grace College and Campbell University.
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BOOK COVER: The cover illustration was done by Julia Popova. Visit her website, http://www.forestgirl.ru/, to learn more about her and her fantastic work!
If you’d like to learn more about Golden Daughter, visit the book page for interesting articles, illustrations, and more!
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Anne Elisabeth Stengl is offering any two of the first six Goldstone Wood novels as a giveaway prize! Winner’s choice of: Heartless, Veiled Rose, Moonblood, Starflower, Dragonwitch, or Shadow Hand.
Follow this link to get the giveaway link!
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Read an excerpt of GOLDEN DAUGHTER.
Welcome to my blog! I love to read — and I love to recommend good books to my students — and others. I’ll be sharing excerpts of my reviews here as well as my thoughts on the world of reading.
Worthy2Read is based on Philippians 4:8 “Whatver is worthy . . . think about these things.” I will focus on works that are worthy of praise, worthy to spend that precious commodity: our time — to read.
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