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Subject: 2011 Christian Reading Challenge - July Open Discussion
Date Posted: 7/2/2011 7:28 PM ET
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We will use this thread to discuss possible books to be used for any of the categories. 

This is the link to keep up with your Challenge List:

2011 Christian Reading Challenge - Lists Only!!!
 

I will also post the instruction here in this thread on how to keep up with the Points Bonus Categories.

When we actually start the challenge in January, I will start a new thread where we will discuss our actual books that we have read.  This way, it won't get confusing when we go to add our points for the different bonus categories.

Feel free to post any questions about books, authors, etc.

Peace to all who enter.

 

If anyone is interested in posting their totals to a spreadsheet that I created, here is the form to do so.

There is a place to post number of reviews, WL books posted, TBR books mailed, and number of pages.

You can post as often as you would like, doesn't have to be weekly.  Also, it is not necessary to do so.

CF 2011 Reading Challenge Recap Form

Date Posted: 7/3/2011 7:32 AM ET
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The Art of Romance by Kaye Dacus 3 stars

This is the second book in the Matchmakers series, where two grandmothers pair up their grandchildren. I thought the storyline was decent but the book didn't hold my attention like previous books by this author. I liked the author's first series (Brides of Bonneterre) better but this Matchmakers series hasn't been as interesting to me. I do like how the characters are real people who make mistakes and have to deal with the outcome.

Date Posted: 7/3/2011 9:52 PM ET
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Love Finds You in Calico, California by Elziabeth Ludwig 4 Stars

Another new author for me.  An accident at a silver mine leads Abigail to search for the truth surrounding the death of her father.  Also offers a slight look into the lives of recently arrived Chinese to a small mining town.  I would have liked an epilogue to bring some closure to the plight of the neglected Chinese.  I can't say more or it would spoil the ending.

 

Date Posted: 7/3/2011 10:50 PM ET
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Expect the Sunrise (Team Hope, Bk 3) 5 stars.

I enjoy reading books set in Alaska.  This book had plenty of suspense and action with just the right amount of romance.  I always enjoy finding the passages that relate to the title of a book . . . "Hope in God, the One who has  a perfect view of our lives.  You need to face the sunrise .. not the shadows behind you"

 

Date Posted: 7/5/2011 10:54 AM ET
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Breach of Trust (Call of Duty, Bk 1) :: DiAnn Mills 5 stars

A good adventure story with remarkable characters.  I especially liked how the man in love with the main character reacted to her circumstances and her take charge abilities.

Date Posted: 7/5/2011 2:02 PM ET
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Paradise Valley by Dale Cramer 3.5 stars

This is a story about an Amish family who moves to Mexico in the 1922 and it's different from other Amish books I have read lately. Since there are no other Amish people in Mexico, this family has to pave the way for the next group to arrive. This is a "pioneer" book with everyone helping to plant crops, build houses and barns, etc. This book is partly based on fact, as a group of Amish really did move to Mexico in 1922, and maybe that's why it was so interesting to me. I have to return this to the public library.

Date Posted: 7/6/2011 9:16 AM ET
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Just finished On Hummingbird Wings. Givng it a 3.  I liked it, but thought it went to fast and  would liked to have read more about the daughter and mother relationship while helping mom wanting to live again.  Will be posting after letting a friend borrow it.

Date Posted: 7/6/2011 2:53 PM ET
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The Lightkeeper's Bride by Colleen Coble 3.5 stars

I thought this was a good romantic mystery about a lightkeeper and a telephone operator. Being a telephone operator sounds like an interesting job, especially when Katie overhears a dangerous conversation. I am a little tired of the plot where the rich father is in debt and tries to force the daughter to marry a wealthy man to save the family. I am not swapping this book but am going to loan it to some friends.



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Date Posted: 7/7/2011 9:04 PM ET
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I love the cover of On Hummingbird Wings.

My book read tonight ... Fit to Be Tied (Sisters of Bethlehem Springs, Bk 2) :: Robin Lee Hatcher 4 stars

An enjoyable romance even if it was a bit perdictable.  I can use this one under my "cowboy" category on the CF reading smiley

 

Date Posted: 7/7/2011 9:21 PM ET
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I finished Two Brides Too Many by Mona Hodgson today.  4 Stars

Another new author for me.  This book had a different spin than the normal mail-order bride books I've read, and I enjoyed it very much.  I was wondering where the storyline on the gambler was leading, and that was a surprise.  Looking forward to the next in this series.

Date Posted: 7/8/2011 12:25 PM ET
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Learning by Karen Kingsbury 4 stars

This is the sequel to Leaving, and is the continuation of the Bailey Flanigan/ Cody Coleman story. The theme of the story seems to be letting your light shine no matter where you are. Bailey is a Broadway dancer and the cast & director don't approve of her faith. Cody is a football coach in a small town and has to rally his players to play their best and overcome obstacles. This is a typical Kingsbury book with plenty of drama, romance, etc. The only problem is the cliffhanger ending and having to wait for the next book to come out.

Date Posted: 7/9/2011 9:08 PM ET
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I've finished 3 books in July so far.

Flies on the Butter by Denise Hildreth was a great easy, summer read. Hildreth is a new author to me. I have another one of her books in my TBR mtn. that I plan to get to soon.  This one will be used in the Christian Reading Challenge under Nice To Meet Ya...new author

 

One Month To Live by Kerry & Chris Shook was FANTASTIC!! Not many books stay on what I call my keeper shelf, but this one is in my house to stay. I will be telling everyone about this book! It's set up to read a chp a day for 30 days. The chapters are short, 6 pages or so, & I definitely recommend reading it that way. It was great to read a chp & then really focus on it for that day before moving on. Sometimes I feel when I read too many chapters in a Christian nonfiction I get too much info at once & forget/miss out on some of the things I should stop & think about for a while. There is a lot of reflection to be done while making one's way through this one. Seriously this is one of very few books that I can say..."if you only buy one book this year, then let this one be it!"  :)   This one will be used in the Christian Reading Challenge under the section of the top 10 books on my TBR pile the longest.

 

Looking Up When Life Is Looking Down by Beth Moore was okay. I think it is the short version of her Get Out of That Pit book.

 



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Date Posted: 7/10/2011 3:57 PM ET
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For Time & Eternity by Allison Pittman 3 stars

I thought this story was interesting. Camilla leaves her family and her faith to marry a Mormon man, and they travel to Utah, where the rest of the group lives. There is a lot of detail about the Mormon faith in this book, including their idea of multiple marriages, doctrine, etc.

Date Posted: 7/11/2011 4:00 PM ET
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Canary Island Song by Robin Jones Gunn 3.5 stars

This is a stand-alone novel about a 45 year old widow who goes to visit her mother in the Canary Islands. Every chapter starts with a Spanish proverb and that is woven throughout the chapter. I thought the book was good and the descriptions of the food, culture, etc. were interesting. The author has been to that setting and there are photos in the back of the book. For anyone who has read the Christy Miller series, there are many references to Christy and Todd, as the main male character is Todd's father.

 

Nightingale by Susan May Warren 3.5 stars

This is a World War II novel about an American nurse and a German POW. I thought the book was interesting, especially the fact that there really were German POW camps in the US during the end of WW2. The theme of the book is getting a second chance after making a mistake. The overall story was good, but left you hanging a little and I wish there was a sequel.

Double Take by Melody Carlson 4 stars

This is a YA novel about an Amish girl and an English girl who switch places. They look so alike that they could be twins, and when they meet in a small PA town, they decide to switch for a week. Both have a "fish out of water" experience as the filthy rich English girl spends the week on an Amish farm with no electricty, while the Amish girl is overwhelmed by a penthouse in NYC. This is a cute story and both girls are changed because of the switch.

 



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Date Posted: 7/15/2011 1:19 PM ET
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A Matter of Character (Sisters of Bethlehem Springs, Bk 3) :: Robin Lee Hatcher 4.5 stars

A fairly predictable romance made interesting by the time setting and characters.  As a historical I found it interesting to be away from the early primitive lifestyles.  Bathrooms have been installed, phones are in some of the more prominent places, and the main character, an independent woman,  has named her car, MACK.

Date Posted: 7/15/2011 2:53 PM ET
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The Glory of Green by Judy Christie 3 stars

This is book #3 in the Green, Louisiana series. Lois & Chris get married and during the reception, a tornado touches down in Green. The rest of the book deals with cleaning up from the storm. Overall I thought it was a decent story. The cast of characters is rather long, but not too hard to follow if you've read the previous books.

Date Posted: 7/15/2011 8:31 PM ET
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A Can of Peas (Lake Emily, Bk 1) :: Traci DePree 4 stars

The story of a small town and a season of hope - (from the cover).  An excellent small farming town story.  I liked the way the author gave a brief chapter about a character's earlier life before they were introduced into the story.  It made me feel like I knew the characters as if living right along with them. 

Date Posted: 7/16/2011 2:40 PM ET
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Rally Round Green by Judy Christie 3 stars

This is the fourth (and final?) book in the Green Louisiana series. Like the previous 3 books, the cast of characters is long, but not too hard to follow if the books are read in order. This is one series where the books have to be read in order or the reader doesn't understand what is going on. This particular story is about the residents of Green fighting to keep their schools open when the state wants to consolidate the school districts. I thought the book was good but wonder if there is going to be another book eventually.

Date Posted: 7/16/2011 10:11 PM ET
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Intervention (Intervention, Bk 1) :: Terri Blackstock 5 + stars

Be sure to set aside time to read, because once you get started on this book, you won't want to stop.  It's packed with heart wrenching emotion and non-stop suspense.  You won't want to put the book down until you find out what happens to Emily and her family.

Date Posted: 7/18/2011 9:34 PM ET
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Vicious Cycle (Intervention, Bk 2) :: Terri Blackstock 5 stars 

A wonderful continuation of Book 1.  You'll learn more about Emily's family and how Emily is progressing.  A hard look at what drugs can do to families of different backgrounds. 

Downfall (An Intervention Novel) :: Terri Blackstock  is Book 3 to be published in 2012.



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Date Posted: 7/19/2011 10:06 AM ET
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A Great Catch by Lorna Seilstad 4 stars

This story is about a suffragist and a baseball player who meet at the Lake Manawa (Iowa) resort. Emily wants to make a name for herself as the leader of the local suffragist chapter, and Carter wants to enjoy his last summer pitching before he has to work in his father's bank. The sparks fly when the two meet, and the story goes from there. I liked this book, particularly Emily's two meddling aunts, who are opposites in disposition and rather amusing at times. I'm married to a devoted Red Sox fan (in Yankee land, no less) and I enjoyed this book about America's pastime.  

Date Posted: 7/20/2011 8:31 AM ET
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Just finished High Hurdles by Lauraine Snelling.  I gave it 3 stars for me as it is really for a younger reader.  A great book about family, relationships, God, and horses.  A wonderful book for a young adult,teenager, who loves horses.  This was really 5 books in one. 620 pgs.

Date Posted: 7/20/2011 9:08 AM ET
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Cheryl, how can you find time to read several books and still garden?  LOL

Date Posted: 7/20/2011 5:26 PM ET
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It's a very little garden.  We only eat fresh ... no canning or freezing.  So far I've had 3 cherry tomatoes and 3 small zucchini.  LOL!  Good thing I don't have to live on my garden produce alone.  Here in WV, the last frost date is May 31, meaning everything gets a late start.  Then with the early fall frost date, it's almost not worth planting.  We eat fresh for about 6 or 7 weeks.  But it tastes soooooooooo good fresh!

today's book Anathema :: Colleen Coble 5 stars

A nice romantic suspense with an Amish setting.  I especially liked the excerpt that begins each chapter about how Amish quilts reflect Amish lifestyle and beliefs.

 



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Date Posted: 7/20/2011 8:06 PM ET
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A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer 4 stars

I was in the mood to read a western this week, so I picked this book from my TBR pile. I thought it was a cute romance between a seamstress and a livery owner. He seems rather rude but has a tender heart underneath. The cover is cute too with his boot heel on the hem of her dress. I'm looking forward to more books by this author.

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