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Subject: 2011 Christian Reading Challenge - June Open Discussion
Date Posted: 5/31/2011 4:52 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: 6/1/2011 8:38 PM ET
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Just finished Her Mothers Hope by Francine Rivers.  I gave it a 5. This book has everything for what I like to read.  History, God , faith, family , dying.  Everything we have to deal with.  I loved the characters with all their flaws and those who loved them inspite of it.  Can't wait to read the second book.

Date Posted: 6/2/2011 4:10 PM ET
Member Since: 2/22/2009
Posts: 1,108
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The Blacksmith's Bravery by Susan Page Davis 4 stars

I thought this was a cute western about a woman who wanted to drive the stagecoaches, and was pretty good at it. And when the stage gets repeatedly robbed, the Ladies Shooting Club helps guard the line. This the final book in the series and a nice ending.

Date Posted: 6/2/2011 5:11 PM ET
Member Since: 3/8/2009
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Does anybody have a copy of The Rook by Steven James on their Bookshelf?  PBS says there are 7 copies posted in the system.  If you are one of the 7, let me know and I will order it from you.  No deal necessary.  I just like to order from my friends first :)

Date Posted: 6/3/2011 8:42 PM ET
Member Since: 2/22/2009
Posts: 1,108
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Still House Pond by Jan Watson 3 stars

I took this book out at the library without realizing that it was book 2 (Sweetwater Run is book 1) but I had read the Troublesome Creek series by the author awhile ago, so the characters were familiar to me. Overall, I liked the book and it was rather interesting. Not sure why the title is Still House Pond when the pond doesn't show up in the book until later, unless it's because what happens at the pond sets off a chain of events. This book is from the public library so it will not be posted.

Date Posted: 6/5/2011 4:30 PM ET
Member Since: 9/24/2006
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Too Rich for a Bride (Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek, Bk 2) :: Mona Hodgson 4 stars

I like books that impart a bit of Christian wisdom without being preachy.  Ms. Hodgson's book fits that description.  My favorite from this book --

"Here we go, God. Please go before me" 

I think reading book 1, Two Brides Too Many, first would have the second book off to a faster start for me.  I missed out on a lot of character developement.  The story still came together nicely for me.

Too Rich for a Bride as a historical has a new twist on a story line -- women in business and insider trading cirica 1896.  There were references in the story that are factual.



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Date Posted: 6/5/2011 6:17 PM ET
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I finished reading the following book (forgive my formatting)......rating it 4 stars.  It's a historical romance; story of a young lady who goes West to photograph the "great outdoors" to prepare her portfolio in hopes of gaining a job as a newspaper photographer back East..........She meets the rough and ready man that she doesnt get along with;  at first...........the adventure and romance begins.......

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 This is a Christy award winning book........so I've completed my personal challenges.........I've posted it to my bookshelf if anyone needs a Christy award book.......



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Date Posted: 6/5/2011 10:08 PM ET
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Finished The Pawn by Steven James.  It only gets a 3.5 from me and that makes me sad because I was all set to love it.  And I did right up until they revealed who the bad guy was.  Don't want to spoil any more than that, but I was not satisfied.  On the other hand, I did love the characters and I can't wait to get the second book in this series.

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 12:55 AM ET
Member Since: 11/15/2008
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I just finished The Daughter's Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick.  5 stars.

http://www.paperbackswap.com/Daughters-Walk-Jane-Kirkpatrick/book/1400074290/

I found it to be a fascinating historical fiction account of a mother and daughter who walked across the country in 1896 as a part of a wager in order to earn money to save the family farm.  The walk has devastating consequences on the family, and the book spans several decades and deals with the impact on family relationships.  Jane Kirkpatrick takes factual events and then turns them into fictional accounts based on the true story as closely as possible, and I enjoyed this story very much.

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 1:07 PM ET
Member Since: 9/24/2006
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That Certain Spark (Only in Gooding, Bk 4) :: Cathy Marie Hake 4 stars

Fancy Pants still remains my favorite Only in Gooding book, but this one was well worth reading also.  I didn't care for the "debates" the 2 main characters had in the beginning, they seemed to drag on a bit long.  I did enjoy the story as the debates became less heated, and the romance began to bloom.  I especially enjoyed the last love scene in the book :)



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Date Posted: 6/6/2011 2:06 PM ET
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Cheryl, now you are making me want to go find a copy of That Certain Spark to recall the last love scene!  I liked "Forevermore" best from this series. Hope is one of my all-time favorite CF characters.

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 3:56 PM ET
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"Forevermore" was my favorite, too.

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 8:35 PM ET
Member Since: 2/22/2009
Posts: 1,108
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Ransomed Dreams by Sally John 3 stars

This book about an ambassador and his wife hiding out in Mexico after a tragedy was a decent read, but not a favorite. I was rather bored with the storyline. Don't know why but I had a hard time sticking with the book. I am glad all the secrets hinted at during the book were revealed at the end. Borrowed this from the public library.

 

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 9:58 PM ET
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Christa, the forge . . . flint . . . steal . . . "That Certain Spark" . . . jogging any memories?wink

Date Posted: 6/7/2011 7:51 AM ET
Member Since: 9/26/2008
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I just finished And the Angels were Silent by Max Lucado.  I gave it a 3 as I like some of his stories he uses to get his point across, but his books have never given me that aha moment so to speak.  

Date Posted: 6/7/2011 2:40 PM ET
Member Since: 3/8/2009
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Oh....yea.....that was good! blush

Date Posted: 6/8/2011 6:43 PM ET
Member Since: 2/22/2009
Posts: 1,108
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Hearts Aglow by Tracie Peterson 3 stars

This book was decent, but I was bored. The storyline was so-so, and the issues in the book weren't resolved, leaving a cliffhanger ending of sorts. I assume this is because there is a third book in the series. I like this author's books normally but I didn't like this one as much as others she has written. I'm returning this to the public library.

Date Posted: 6/8/2011 7:52 PM ET
Member Since: 9/24/2006
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A Cowboy's Touch (Big Sky, Bk 1) :: Denise Hunter 4 stars

I was hoping for a bit more "cowboy action".  The story was still a great romance.  I'm tired from the heat, and really can't think of what to write tonight.  LOL!  My circuits are fried! 

Date Posted: 6/9/2011 12:56 AM ET
Member Since: 11/21/2005
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I finished reading Love Finds You in Tombstone, Arizona by Miralee Ferrell, 5 Stars

Another wonderful historical by Miralee Ferrell. I did read "Love Finds You in Last Chance, California" first since I already had it so I'd know Christy's story before this book. Both books can be read as stand-alones though. I love how the author uses the history of Tombstone and included some of the famous westerners we've come to associate with Tombstone--Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. I could easily picture everything just like I was watching a movie. If you enjoy western historicals, then you won't want to miss this one.

Date Posted: 6/10/2011 4:38 PM ET
Member Since: 2/22/2009
Posts: 1,108
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Code Triage by Candace Calvert 4 stars

This is the third and last book of the Mercy Hospital series, and my favorite of the series. My least favorite was the second book (Disaster Status) and I was glad that this book was better. The entire book (except for the prologue) takes place in a week, and the storyline is fast paced and interesting enough to want you to keep reading and find out what happens. This book is being mailed to the winner of a swap game.

Date Posted: 6/10/2011 8:25 PM ET
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This book is being mailed to the winner of a swap game. . .  That's me!  . . .  ummmmm -- I thought I had stolen # 1 of a series. surprise  Oh well, it won't be the first time I read a series backwards . . . they are all good books.  

 


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Date Posted: 6/10/2011 8:37 PM ET
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Cheryl, this is book #3, but I think it could be read by itself. Characters from the first 2 books are mentioned but it's not a big deal.

Date Posted: 6/11/2011 1:44 AM ET
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Hurricanes in Paradise :: Denise Hildreth 5 stars!!

This book was a very pleasent surprise!  The story is all about healing with some amazing characters.  If I wasn't reaching for a tissue in a tender moment, I was needing them for the ROTFLOL moments.  (did I get that right rolling on the floor?)  The setting was superb and I'm ready for a vacation at a luxury seaside resort -- but I'll skip the hurricanes please.



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Date Posted: 6/11/2011 8:44 AM ET
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Oh Cheryl good to know, I bought that book a few weeks ago when it was $5 at LifeWay.  :)

Date Posted: 6/12/2011 9:05 PM ET
Member Since: 2/22/2009
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The Amish Nanny by Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould 4 stars

This is the sequel to The Amish Midwife, which I read a few months ago, and I'm glad I read the books in order. Reading the books out of order would be confusing with all the family history mentioned. I found it interesting that the Amish, or at least the group in this book, don't fly on planes except for certain situations. There are a lot of details regarding the history of the two families in the book, but the storyline is good and keeps you wanting to find out the ending. Going to keep this book and loan it to a few friends.



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