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Subject: 2011 Christian Reading Challenge - May Open Discussion
Date Posted: 5/2/2011 5:04 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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Lisa inspired me to go through the January and February discussion threads.  I did that and got answers to several of my questions.  Since I didn’t have questions the first time I read them, I must have skipped right over them.  Anyway, FYI.

Facts to know:

Q:  Do all books count in this challenge?

A:  All of the categories will pertain to only Christian books - no other genres. (posted by Cynthia on 11/11/2010)

Q:  How do we count WL books posted to swaps?

A:   If the book is won in a swap, even though they had it on their WL, it is not going to count.  You aren't actually posting it to a WL. (posted by Cynthia on 1/7/2011)

Q: Do books count as posted to the WL if they were posted in response to the WL thread (Is this on your Wishlist – February 2011)?

A: The question concerning the WL thread and whether they will count:  If it is actually posted to someone's WL, it will count. …  So, we will go with the simple "if it is posted to someone's WL it counts but not if it is won in a swap."   (posted by Cynthia on 1/7/2011)

Q:  Do WL books have to be read?

A: Wish List books:   No, you don't have to have read them.  I come across them and have no intention of reading but post through FIFO. (posted by Cynthia on 11/11/2010)

Q:  What about an unpostable WL book?  This is unpostable, but I'm sending it free to Lisa N.  who has it on her WL.  Do I get credit for a WL book? (posted by Cheryl on 1/13/2011)

A:  ... So to keep things even, no this would not count. ... (posted by Cynthia on 3/1/11)

Q: Do reviews for all CF books count, even those not used in the Challenge? …  I am thinking yes but just wanted to check.  (posted by Leola on 1/15/2011)

A: I think reviews count for any CF books that you read, not just one that fits a Challenge category.  Is that right, Cynthia?  (posted by Christa on 1/15/2011)  Right, doesn't have to be a Challenge book.  Any CF book review will count. (posted by Cynthia on 1/15/2011)

Q: If a book we read is humorous to us; can we count it as a comedy? …    (posted by Lynn P. on 1/192011)  

 

A: If it is funny to you, count it as a comedy.  I'm not sure there is even a comedy genre.  I looked on CBD and they don't have one listed. (posted by Cynthia on 1/19/2011)  I didn't find a sub-genre for comedy either.  ...  (posted by Lisa N. on 1/19/2011)

Q: How do we count pages read?    Do we count pages of all CF books read or the ones read just for our challenges?????  (posted by Lynn B. on 12/6/2010)   Cynthia, on the points thing for pages.  I know it's CF or non-fiction only, but do we count pages of CF/C non-fiction we read even if it doesn't fit in the challenge categories?  (posted by Lisa N. on 1/3/2011)  Cynthia, do you want to give us a clarification so we all use the same rules?  (posted by Lisa N. on 1/5/2011)  Is only one book per category counted in the pages read contest? (posted by Lenora on 2/28/11)

A: The first challenge is to read more than you did last year so any book CF fiction/non-fiction is counting for that category.  In effect, pages will count for any Christian book that is read, whether it fits into one of the other categories or not. (posted by Cynthia on 3/1/11)

CF 2011 Reading Challenge Recap Form   (posted by Cynthia on 1/10/2011)

There are still a few unanswered questions, but I hope this helps.  Prayers, Lenora

 

Date Posted: 5/2/2011 5:11 PM ET
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In Every Heartbeat :: Kim Sawyer  4.5 stars

I was enjoying the college life of the orphans I had seen rescued in previous books.  However, I soon began to tire of the college scene.  Ms. Sawyer knew that was just when she needed to add some more to the mix of the story.  My interest was quickly renewed and I couldn't stop reading.

Date Posted: 5/2/2011 5:30 PM ET
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Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon by Melody Carlson 3.5 stars

I thought this was one of the better LFY books. It was somewhat of a romance, but the book was more about the middle sister returning home and dealing with her past and her two sisters. She inherits her grandmother's house and has to decide whether to live in Sisters or go back to the city.

 

Date Posted: 5/2/2011 5:38 PM ET
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I read, if you want to call it that, Be Anxious For Nothing by Joyce Meyer.  This is being used for the Christian Challenge in my 10 on TBR pile the longest.  I have to say I was very disappointed.  I read some of it & skimmed the rest.  It just didn't speak to me at all.  It seems like Meyer's books never speak to me so I think I'm done reading her books. I don't mean to sound so negative but I really felt nothing on this one. So I guess I chalk it up to another book off my TBR mtn.

Date Posted: 5/4/2011 10:34 AM ET
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I finished reading this last week, Breath of Angel: A Novel (The Angeleon Circle) :: Karyn Henley       4 Stars

This is probably the 2nd, maybe 3rd fantasy book that I have read but would have to say that I enjoyed it.  It's almost like you have to learn a new vocabulary when reading but nothing too tongue twisting.  As far as it being CF, you wouldn't be able to tell it.  There are a few mentions of a Higher Power but that is about it.  The story is about Melaia, a 16 yr old priestess who finds out where she comes from.  She is head strong, out spoken, and acts without thinking it through.  The story does have angels and demons in it as part of the main story line.

I wouldn't rush to get the next one in the series but would read them as it draws you in.

Date Posted: 5/5/2011 9:24 AM ET
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Finished Lanterns and Lace (Texas Legacy, Bk. 2) by DiAnn Mills yesterday.  4 Stars

Another great book in this series. Lots of suspense. I love to see how God changes lives. Also, I love it when the author continues to include characters from previous books in a series so we see what's happening with them. Ready to start book 3 right away.

 

Date Posted: 5/5/2011 10:12 AM ET
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Disaster Status by Candace Calvert 3 stars

Medical fiction isn't usually my thing, but I did like this book. The story of an ER nurse and a fireman both having to ovecome personal problems was interesting and I particularly liked the feisty grandparents and their pets. I'm giving this book to someone so it is not being posted into the system.

Subject: 4 stars for Sunrise by Karen Kingsbury
Date Posted: 5/5/2011 1:56 PM ET
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Last night I finished reading Sunrise by Karen Kingsbury.  This is the first book in the Sunrise series (the third series about the Baxter family)........marriage plans ending with the wedding.........I give it four stars....It'll be going to my daughter.  I recently found out that she'd also discovered Karen Kingsbury's books......She was ordering the same books from PBS that I was reading here......So now we're working together and sharing our books.  :0) 

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finished CF book #63 Hidden Affections by Delia Parr. 4 stars.

Interesting historical romance that talks alot about divorce and remarriage which is not a topic you normally see in Christian fiction.  Parr takes the overly-used married and then fall in love scenario and adds a twist to it.  I liked the characters and felt the storyline to be intriguing and evenly paced.  a bit of issue was taken with how their whole marriage had to take place, i hated how both had no say in it, especially annabelle simply bc she was a woman. overall a nice historical romance with a bit of a twist on the norm.

Date Posted: 5/5/2011 4:51 PM ET
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The Husband Tree (Montana Marriages, Bk 2) :: Mary Connealy 5 stars

There is lots of fun and daring adventure packed into the 320 pages of this book.  I really have to give Mary Connealy more of my time.  I couldn't put this book down.

Date Posted: 5/6/2011 3:02 PM ET
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The Judgement by Beverly Lewis 4 stars

Like other Beverly Lewis books, this one is part of a continuing series. It took me a few chapters to remember the characters and what had happened in the previous book. I found the storyline good, though the parts of sister Hen wanting to return to the Amish while her English husband is against it was unusual. Not what I've read in other Amish books. Of course the book has a cliffhanger ending and I have to wait for book 3 to find out what happens next. Not posting this book into the system as I'm loaning it to a few friends.

Date Posted: 5/8/2011 4:24 PM ET
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Found in Translation by Roger Bruner & Kristi Rae Bruner 2 stars

This book is about a spoiled, 18 year old girl who goes on a missions trip to Mexico and has a life-changing experience. The daughter of the author went on a similar trip, so I'm guessing this book is loosely based on that. I thought the story idea was good but the book was dull. This is a YA novel and I haven't read YA in a long time.

Date Posted: 5/8/2011 10:26 PM ET
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I finished reading two CF books while away this weekend.......

First one I rate 4 stars:  Summer (Sunrise) by Karen Kingsbury.  This is the second of the Sunrise series (the third series KK wrote about the Baxter family).  It is very touching......gives me even more reasons I'm antiabortions.......
 

The second I rate 3 stars: Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe by  Anita Higman and Irene Brand.  It is another of the Love Finds You series but includes 2 stories.  One takes place in Mistletoe, KY and one in Noel, MISSOURI.  I enjoyed the Mistletoe story very much but the Noel story was hard to follow for me for some reason.  I didn't care for the writing style........

Neither book is being posted; one going out in a swap and one to my daughter who is now taking my KK books as she's become a fan.......
 

Date Posted: 5/9/2011 8:12 AM ET
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A Heart for Home (Home to Blessing, Bk 3) :: Lauraine Snelling 3 stars

I had problems maintaining the thread of this story.  I really think the fault lays with me and not the author.  The foriegn names were hard for me to retain in my memory so it slowed the story down for me.

Date Posted: 5/9/2011 1:43 PM ET
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I finished Love Finds You in Humble, Texas by Anita Higman today.  3 Stars

This is a new author for me.

This was an okay read for me as I don't usually read contemporary romance. Younger sister Lane arranges a blind date for her older sister Trudie with one of her former dates, Mason. A spark ignites between Trudie and Mason, then Lane decides she's in love with Mason and asks Trudie to say "no" to any future dates with him and arranges another blind date for her. I was put off by Lane's selfishness because she saw pretty soon that Mason didn't feel the same for her. As Christians the two sisters didn't get into any real conflict, so if you like contemporary settings, you will probably like this story. Trudie is an artist, and there was lots about art that was interesting, also.



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Love Finds You in Homestead Iowa by Melanie Dobson 3.5 stars

I don't like all the LFY books I've read, but this one I did enjoy. It was about the Amana colonies in 1894, so the history of the people and location was interesting. The romance between outsider Jacob and Amana resident Liesel was good as well, so overall this was a decent read.

Date Posted: 5/10/2011 9:03 AM ET
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Just finished A voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers.  Quite an interesting thought provoking historical novel.  The charaters are very interesting to disect and think how you relate to them.  It gave me reason to think about my faith and how I have come to where I am  in my life.  Very thought provoking book and a good look into what life was like back that era for christians. 

Date Posted: 5/10/2011 2:20 PM ET
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Burying the Hatchet by Chris Well 2.5 stars

This is one of the Hometown Mysteries, and the sequel to Nursing a Grudge. The same old guy, Earl, is back and solving another crime. I thought the book was okay but not one of my favorite mysteries. I was somewhat bored with the story. And I recently found out that the Hometown Mysteries line was discontinued, so I may never get to read the third book in the series and find out what happens next.

Date Posted: 5/10/2011 3:00 PM ET
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oh where did you hear that the line was discontinued? this is the second cozy mystery series that Barbour has tried to do and then stopped doing it. i find it interesting that cozy mysteries do very well in general market publishing but not in Christian fiction for some reason

Date Posted: 5/10/2011 4:13 PM ET
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I asked Family Fiction (they are on facebook and have a website) when I noticed that all the future Hometown Mysteries had disappeared from their website and CBD's. They confirmed it for me.

Date Posted: 5/11/2011 9:40 AM ET
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Finished reading the third book of the Sunrise series by Karen Kingsbury:  Someday last night.  Giving it a 4 star rating.......This one wasnt as much of a tear jerker as the others.....It's a continuation of the story of the Baxter family; this one mainly  deals with problems between the newlyweds Dyane and Katy...........

Date Posted: 5/11/2011 8:21 PM ET
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Second Chance Brides (Texas Boardinghouse Brides, #2) :: Vickie McDonough 3 stars

I found this story an enjoyable read but nothing too exciting.  If I had read book 1 first, I think I would have been more caught up in the characters.  And as it happens, I just realized I had book one on my tbr shelf.  duh...

Date Posted: 5/13/2011 1:14 PM ET
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Finished reading Sunset (Sunrise, Bk 4) :: Karen Kingsbury;  rating it 4 stars.   This was the 4th of the Sunrise series (the third series about the Baxter family).  Continuing saga........filled with highs and lows;  tearful at times............
 

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America the Beautiful by Laura Hayden 3 stars

This is a political novel about a future woman president, as told by her friend and advisor (also a woman). I thought the writing of the book was fine but the overall story was only okay. It was all about politics, campaigning, etc. and political fiction isn't my favorite type of book to read. Not sure if I want to read the sequel or not. This book seemed very long to me and I got bogged down with it.

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