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Subject: 2011 Christian Reading Challenge - November Open Discussion
Date Posted: 10/31/2011 3:06 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



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Two months left in the challenge!

How is everyone doing?

Date Posted: 11/1/2011 11:34 AM ET
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Songbird Under a German Moon by Tricia Goyer 3.5 stars

This is a mystery story set in Germany, 1945. A USO singer goes to Germany to perform, and stays in a former Nazi mansion. Her roommate dies and she is convinced it wasn't suicide. This is an interesting story with a decent mystery plot and a little romance thrown in.

 

Desert Gift by Sally John 3 stars

This is a novel about a couple with a marriage issue. She is a famous marriage expert with a radio show and book, and on the day the couple is leaving for a book tour, he announces that he wants a divorce and stays home. The rest of the book deals with the fallout from his statement. Both husband and wife discover what each was doing wrong and how their marriage could be better, with a good resolution at the end. I thought the book was good but seemed very long and drawn-out to me. Returning this to the library.

To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer 4 stars

This is a cute western about a blacksmith and a librarian. They seem opposites in some ways- she is rich and can be judgemental at times, he has almost no money and was in prison for 2 years for involuntary manslaughter. And of course his secret doesn't stay hidden forever. There is a bad guy in this book, in this case the sheriff. This seems to be a typical western by the author and I enjoyed it.



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Date Posted: 11/4/2011 11:03 AM ET
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How am I doing in this challenge?  I've completed my personal challenges;  now it's just adding any christian reading books I read for points for the specific categories...Here are my totals for the year so far.

TOTALS FOR YEAR (Updated through October):

 Books Reviewed------------59 for 59 points

 Pages Read----------------16,898 pages;  ??? points

 Books Posted to WL---------12 for 12 points

 Oldest on TBR Read--------10 for 20 Points (Read the 10 oldest from my TBR)

 



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Date Posted: 11/4/2011 3:10 PM ET
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Two months left in the challenge!

How is everyone doing? 

TOTALS FOR YEAR (Updated through October):

 Categories Read --------- 20/20

 Pages Read----------------25,230 pages;  ??? points

 Books Posted to WL---------23 for 23 points

 Oldest on TBR Read--------10 for 20 Points (Read the 10 oldest from my TBR) 

 

As you can see, I stole the recap idea from Lynn.  :)

Date Posted: 11/4/2011 9:03 PM ET
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I probably did my challenge a little different from most people & I didn't keep track of points.  I am trying to meet the categories in which I already have a book for on my TBR pile.  My ultimate goal is to read what I have & get some out of here so I didn't want to go looking for books just to meet a category. 

I have met 9 of them, some of the categories I read more than one book for it, & I have read 10 out of the 12 oldest on my TBR pile. 

I am honestly happy with this so far.  Considering I am super busy & am a slow reader I feel good about it!  I hope to get a few more in before the end of the yr.

Having the challenge was great b/c it gave me something to strive for :)

Date Posted: 11/5/2011 3:55 PM ET
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My first book finished this month.

My Foolish Heart (Deep Haven, Bk 4) :: Susan May Warren 5 stars

An excellent romance with the characters learning to overcome their challenges with God's help.  There are 2 sets of romances in the story, but it never gets confusing.  I had my favorite couple early in the story, but as the story grew so did my interest in the 2nd couple.  The story is set during football season with a scrimage to determine which man gets the coaching position.  Although I'm not a football fan, I enjoyed the spirit of the game in this story. 

Date Posted: 11/7/2011 12:39 PM ET
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Worth Its Weight in Old by K.D. Hays 3 stars

This is a Heartsong Presents mystery, and the sequel to George Washington Stepped Here. Single mom and investigator Karen is back, this time trying to find who is destroying antiques and valuable artwork at a gallery. The mystery was decent but I wonder about the spiritual aspect of this book, and the one before it. Karen doesn't have much use for God or church. She's dating a guy who's rather involved in church activities, yet thinks God is a chaperone who is watching and waiting for her to mess up. I had assumed that by the end of this book, she would realize her need of God, but it didn't really happen.

Date Posted: 11/7/2011 3:51 PM ET
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Almost Forever (Hanover Falls, Bk 1) :: Deborah Raney 5 stars

This was a hard book for me to read.  The book has so much sorrow in it with how the characters are dealing with the loss of 5 fireman and their faith in God.  I felt the book was well written and dispite the hard subject for me, I wanted to finish the book.  A bright spot in the story was the healing powers of befriending 2 dogs.  I really liked the ending of the book. 

Date Posted: 11/9/2011 4:52 PM ET
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A Necessary Deception by Laurie Alice Eakes 3 stars

This is a Regency romance involving 3 daughters and a mystery. The eldest daughter, Lydia, is a widow, and helps an associate of her husband's get out of prison. She is then blackmailed by a stranger into helping with a deception. She spends the book not knowing whom to trust- the stranger or the French associate of her husband's. This is an interesting mystery but I thought it was slow at times. I bought this for a Christmas gift and thought I would read it first as this is a new author to me.

Simple Deceit by Nancy Mehl 3 stars

This is a mystery set in the partly Mennonite town of Harmony Kansas and book 2 in the series. Gracie moves to Harmony and is immediately caught up in another mystery or two. She spends the entire book solving the mysteries and dealing with a blizzard. There is some romance between Gracie and her boyfriend, Sam, though he is annoyed with her several times. I thought the book was good but the chapters are very long.

 



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Date Posted: 11/14/2011 7:06 PM ET
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The Witness :: Dee Henderson 5 stars

A fast paced Romantic suspense story, my favorite genre.  This had 3 romances at different stages for each couple.  There were some very unexpected twists to the story, that added to the drama and emotions.  Very good book, with good Christian values woven into the story.

Date Posted: 11/15/2011 11:13 AM ET
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Simple Choices by Nancy Mehl 3 stars

This is the third and final book in the Harmony series. Gracie and Sam are about to get married, but a girl in their community has disappeared, and Gracie tries to solve the case. As usual, she blames the wrong people and gets in trouble with the sheriff, but the story ends well. I thought the book was good but the chapters are very long, like the previous two books.

Date Posted: 11/16/2011 1:38 PM ET
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An Amish Love :: Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Long 5 stars

Excellent stories based in the Amish community.  All 3 strories had very real romantic expressions of love.  My favorite was Healing Hearts which deals with "empty nesters" and separations.  I really loved watching the couple reunite and renew their relationship.

Date Posted: 11/16/2011 4:47 PM ET
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I almost forget to review these books:

The One Forever Promise: The Californias : Sean Donovan and Donovan's Daughter (Californians)
Author: Lori Wick   Rating it 4.5 stars.   This book contains two separate books by Lori Wick.  The first is the story of one of the Donovan boys; how he falls into the lifestyle of a bankrobber, is sentenced to hanging, but is saved from hanging by marrying one of the local towngirls.........their marriage of convenience grows into more...........the second story is how his sister goes out on her own to a different town as a schoolteacher and finds love of her own...........The stories take place on the western coast (California) in the late 1800s/early 1900s.  This book has been posted to my bookshelf.

Best Christmas Ever Author: Phillip Barnhart  This is a simple short "gift" type book of quotes about the best Christmases ever.  I rate it 4 stars. 

A Treasury of Christmas Miracles: True Stories of God's Presence Today  Author: Karen Kingsbury  Rating it 4.5 stars

Another great read of KK's.............it's an anthology of short true life stories of various miracles; some that will bring tears to your eyes of happiness and joy; some that will send chills down your spine of how wonderful our Lord is.......It is wishlisted but I've revealed it in a swap so not posting it at this time.......if it's not taken through the swap, I'll post it to PBS.........Now posted to PBS bookshelf and already taken (updated my Nov totals)

 



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Date Posted: 11/17/2011 2:56 PM ET
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I just wanted to say that I didn't join the Reading Challenge, but I enjoy this thread so much.  My wish list grows by leaps and bounds because of the thread and sometimes I grab a book from my TBR pile because someone on this thread said it was great.

Thanks!

Date Posted: 11/17/2011 3:05 PM ET
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What would everyone think about for next year to set up different threads depending on genre of book to post reviews in.

For instance:

historical
chick lit
mystery/thriller
amish

etc.

I know that at the moment reviews aren't included in the 2012 challenge but like Cozi mentioned above, it might help when we come to select our next book to read.  Lots of time we might post here where we wouldn't submit a review to show on the book info page.

Date Posted: 11/17/2011 3:07 PM ET
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The Seeker by Ann Gabhart 3.5 stars

This is another book by the author about the Shakers. I don't believe the books are related, but I can't remember the last one I read. In this story, Lacey and Isaac both end up living at the Shaker village due to circumstances they have no control over. They meet and are attracted to each other, which is forbidden. The story goes from there, and does have a happy ending. I thought the book was good but rather long in parts. I'm glad to not be a Shaker. Some of their beliefs are strange. Returning this book to the library.

Roadside Assistance by Amy Clipston 3.5 stars

This is a YA novel about a girl who loses her mother to cancer, then is forced to move with her dad into her aunt's house. Her aunt is rich and keeps treating Emily and her father like a "charity case". Emily struggles with her relationship with God and the people around her, but eventually discovers that God has not abandoned her. I thought this was a good book and I've never read a non-Amish book from this author.



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What would everyone think about for next year to set up different threads depending on genre of book to post reviews in.

Since I don't post reviews my opinion doesn't really matter, but. . . .

I like just having one thread to come to, although it changes each month.  Like Cozi, sometimes a book gets added to my WL or RL because of what someone wrote.  If it's by genre I might miss something because it isn't a genre I'm usually interested in and I might not even check that thread most of the time.

Date Posted: 11/19/2011 5:37 PM ET
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Finished reading The Unfinished Gift :: Dan Walsh today,  rating it 5 stars.  It's a Christmas read, quick read.......bring on the tissues......  The unfinshed gift is a tangible object but also a metaphor for a estranged relationship between a father and a son..........It takes place during WWII.......The son is fighting in Germany,  His wife dies and his son is taken to live with his father (the grandfather).......The old man isnt keen on having the grandson there.........read the book to see how it plays out..........will the gift be finished?  This is a WL book;  I'm not posting it for now as I've revealed it in a swap..........

I also prefer one thread for all genres..........
 

Date Posted: 11/20/2011 2:48 PM ET
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Love on the Line :: Deeanne Gist  5 stars

A fun romance, with some scenes in the story based on true events.  An added extra for me was the main lady character was an avid bird watcher.  There are descriptions of her yard, nesting habits, and bird calls along with other interesting bird trivia. Also the workings of the early telephone switchboard and telephone lines was interesting.

 

Date Posted: 11/21/2011 12:55 PM ET
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Patchwork Dreams by Laura Hilton 3 stars

This is a novel about an Amish girl who gets pregnant and is shunned by her community. Even after she confesses, people still talk about her and treat her rudely. That is, until an Amish man arrives from another state. He is immediately attracted to her and doesn't care about what others think. I thought this book was a decent read and am returning it to the library.

Date Posted: 11/21/2011 3:54 PM ET
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Wrangler in Petticoats (Sophie's Daughters, Bk. 2) by Mary Connealy, 5 Stars

At last I get to see more of the characters from the other series "Lassoed in Texas" and "Montana Marriages." This book is packed with action and wonderful descriptions of Yellowstone (which I've never visited). Glad I've got the last book already so I can continue reading about these great ladies of the west.      

Date Posted: 11/25/2011 2:12 PM ET
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Died in the Wool by Elizabeth Ludwig and Janelle Mowery 3 stars

This is a Hometown mystery (cozy mystery) about a librarian who wants money from the city to update the library but is a suspect when a rival for the money turns up dead. She and a friend solve the mystery with the help of the librarian's policeman boyfriend. I thought the story was okay but the book never mentioned where the donated money went.

A Simple Amish Christmas by Vannetta Chapman 3 stars

This is the story of an Amish girl who goes to the city for a few years and gets her nursing degree, then returns home when her father is injured and cares for him. She meets an Amish farmer who helps with others' medical needs and they butt heads for awhile, but eventually get along. I thought the book was good and interesting that both Annie and Samuel helped their community.



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Date Posted: 11/27/2011 10:21 AM ET
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Rainbow's End (Love Inspired) :: Irene Hannon 4 stars

A sweet romance with the characters each having their own struggles.  The spiritual message is gently given throughout the book.  We must rid our hearts of hatred and bitterness to be open to God's love.  There is also a mysterious child in need of love. 

This is one of my oldest 10 TBR books for the challenge.  Another book I'm glad I have read instead of letting it collect dust on my shelves.

 

Date Posted: 11/27/2011 5:57 PM ET
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Finished another great Christian read this weekend (I believe this series was mentioned a few weeks ago in CFCF).  I read The Christmas Secret  Author: Donna VanLiere and will rate it 4.5 stars........Not posting it as of yet; it's been revealed for a swap....if not taken, I'll post it as it's wishlisted.......This is the 4th? one of her series and it's as intriguing as the others.  A Super read!
 

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