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Subject: 2011 Christian Reading Challenge - September Open Discussion
Date Posted: 9/5/2011 11:51 AM 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: 9/5/2011 6:14 PM ET
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this post moved from the Aug. thread (originally posted 9/4)

Justifiable Means (Sun Coast, Bk 2) :: Terri Blackstock 5 stars

I didn't like the main character/victim in the beginning,  but I guess that conflict of emotions is what keeps us reading wink   The stopping at phone booths dated the story a bit, but it was still quite enjoyable.  The 2 main characters from book 1 were minor characters in book 2, so I got to see how their lives were progressing.

Date Posted: 9/5/2011 6:24 PM ET
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Child Of Mine (Love Inspired) :: Bonnie K. Winn 5 stars

Having already read book 1,  I wanted to read this book 2, before I read book # 3 in the series which is one of my 10 oldest books on my TBR list.  I forgot how much I enjoyed the LI books. When you find a talented Love Inspried writer, they can sure create a wonderful story in a short space.  Ms. Winn is one of those authors!

This book 2 of a wonderful series, all taking place in small town, Rosewood Texas.   A bit predictable, but still a sweet romance.  The trials and errors of the mother's reuinon with her young son and his adoptive father kept the story interesting.

 



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Date Posted: 9/5/2011 6:36 PM ET
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The Search by Suzanne Woods Fisher 3.5 stars

This the third book in the Lancaster Secrets series, and the best one I think. There were plenty of secrets that were revealed during  the story, just as the series title says. I loved the grandmother figure. She was hysterical with her no-nonsense ways and mixed up phrases. Returning to the library.

 

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Date Posted: 9/5/2011 7:44 PM ET
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Finished three books this weekend: First one was Comfort: A Journey Through Grief Author: Ann Hood
           rating it 3 stars........it's a story of how the author and her family dealt with the loss of her five year old daughter.  I think it would be a good book for someone who has lost a child to read, myself I thought I wanted to read it after the loss of my MIL, but honestly I was disappointed in the book somewhat.  Its a WL book and has been posted to my bookshelf.

I also finished Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back  Author: Lynn Vincent, Todd Burpo and rated it 5 stars.  This is a sotry about a 4 year old who after almost dying later starts telling his parents snippets about things he saw in heaven.  His father is a pastor and listens letting the boy tell him rather than leading him into "the right answers".  This book is amazing........It is a wl book but I'm not posting it to my bookshelf;  I'm sharing it with famly members and it'll probably be a keeper to share with people as I feel the need........I highly recommend it to anyone who wonders what is heaven like..........

and I finished reading The Seventeen Second Miracle  Author: Jason F. Wright rating it 4.5 stars.  Its the story of a man who takes kids recommended to him from school and teaches them how to recognize good things that happen to them and how they can do something good for others in 17 seconds.......all this came about because of a tragedy that occurred when his Dad was a teenager in a 17 second period.......You can compare a Seventeen Second Miracle with a random act of kindness or a pay it forward gesture, but it's an act to help yourself feel better by helping others.  This is a wishlisted book that I'm posting to my bookshelf.
 

Date Posted: 9/6/2011 5:55 PM ET
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Digitalis by Ronie Kendig 3.5 stars

This is the second book in the Discarded Heroes series, and was just as suspenseful as the first. Each book is about a member of the black ops group Nightshade. The man in this book suffers from combat-related flashbacks, and the woman is not really who she claims she is. Plenty of twists and turns make this an excellent book.

Date Posted: 9/8/2011 12:46 PM ET
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Lonestar Secrets :: Colleen Coble 5 stars

I always enjoy Ms. Coble's books.  There is not a dull moment in this book.  Young twins reunited, mustangs rescued, Spanish buried treasure, kidnapping, stolen race horses, Swiss bank account with millions, veterinary scenes, cowboy rivals, a very pregnant friend, and the list goes on.  Although lots happens in this book, it is never confusing and the story flows smoothly.  The characters from earlier books in the series were also included as minor characters.

Last line from the book ... "Love is never wasted."

Date Posted: 9/9/2011 10:32 AM ET
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A Most Unsuitable Match by Stephanie Grace Whitson 3.5 stars

This is a story of a supposedly rich woman traveling on a steamboat to the west. Of course she meets a man and they are interested in each other. I thought the storyline was good, and I like the author's writing. What I found the most interesting was that the steamboat trip seemed to take forever. Returning the book to the library.

Something Old by Dianne Christner 2.5 stars

This  book is about a Conservative Mennonite woman who struggles with certain issues, namely wearing her prayer cap. Most of the book is taken up with her back and forth relationship with an old flame, and worldly "gray" areas in her black and white world. I thought the book was okay but not a favorite.



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Date Posted: 9/12/2011 11:08 AM ET
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I finished reading Miles to Go (Walk, Bk 2) :: Richard Paul Evans last night;  rating it 4.9 stars!   This is the second book in his Walk series........this story begins when he is hospitalized after being stabbed........he has to take a break from his walk from Washington to Key West to recover..........During his recovery he stays with "Angel".  Although Angel is taking care of him, he is also taking care of her although he doesnt realize what affect he is having on her life...........A very good book; the third of the series isnt to be released until April 2012.........This is a WL book and it will be posted to my bookshelf.........
 

Date Posted: 9/12/2011 8:19 PM ET
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The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck by Kathleen Y'Barbo 4 stars

This is a cute, easy to read western about the feisty Charlotte Beck, who was a young girl in the previous 2 books of the series. She clashes with the handsome Englishman Alex, and her father strikes up a deal between them. The book is divided into 2 parts- with the inconvenient marriage not occuring until the second part. I thought this book was amusing and I enjoyed it.

Date Posted: 9/13/2011 10:25 PM ET
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Hatteras Girl :: Alice J. Wisler 4 stars

I enjoyed the Hatteras setting of this story.  Makes we want to head to the ocean.  The story line was fairly simple, but the characters and their lives did keep me turning the pages. 

Date Posted: 9/14/2011 8:01 PM ET
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To Love Again (Steeple Hill Love Inspired (Large Print)) :: Bonnie Winn 5 stars

This book completed the 3 book Rosewood Texas series.  Rosewood TX -- a great place to live and raise a family.  The books are centered around new romance and extended families and friends.  The characters from each book carry over as minor characters, but each book could be read as a stand alone. 

Date Posted: 9/14/2011 9:14 PM ET
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She Makes It Look Easy by Marybeth Whalen 3 stars

This book is about 2 different women who live next door to each other. Ariel is new to the neighborhood and almost idolizes Justine, who seems to have it all together and be nearly perfect, while Ariel struggles with life and her 3 boys. Justine isn't who everyone thinks she is, but it take the entire book to find out why. The story goes back and forth between the 2 women, and it is interesting. The book seemed light on spiritual matters and more focused on the neighborhood drama.

Date Posted: 9/14/2011 10:01 PM ET
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Finished Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana by Melanie Dobson this morning. 3 1/2 stars

I wasn't too sure I wanted to read this book, but it was loaned to me with a good recommendation, so decided to give it a try. Not much romance, but there seemed to be something drawing me back. I've learned enough through history to know that the things Ms. Dobson wrote about could possibly have happened similiarly to the way she portrayed them. Probably much worse things happened, too.  She tackled a not-so-pleasant part of American history and ended up with a pretty good story.

Date Posted: 9/15/2011 8:45 PM ET
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Just finished The Good Nearby http://www.paperbackswap.com/Good-Nearby-Nancy-Moser/book/1414301626/ by Nancy Moser.  I give it 4.5 stars.  I found it a little confusing to keep all the characters straight in the beginning, but it came together quickly and I found their different stories to be very interesting.  I like the way it all came together in the end.  I'v e read a few of Nancy Moser's books and am finding her to be a new favorite author for me.  I look forward to reading more.

Date Posted: 9/16/2011 3:17 PM ET
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This week I finished reading Love Finds You in Holiday, Florida Author: Sandra D. Bricker........another one of the Love Finds You series.   This one was special to me as we've visited some of DH's family in Holiday, Florida a few times.......I love how these books draw particulars about the town (if it's a real town which Holiday is) into the book setting........I rate it 4.5 stars.  The book makes me want to spend Christmas in a warm beach setting!!  This book is wishlisted and I'm posting it to a PBS friends wishlist (my daughter's)  :0)
 

Date Posted: 9/16/2011 4:31 PM ET
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An Ocean Away by Lisa Harris 3 stars

This is the story about a single missionary woman in Africa who is called home to the US when her grandfather dies. Handsome explorer Andrew arrives to take her back to the States, but it takes quite a bit of convincing since Lizzie doesn't want to leave. The first part of the book takes place in Africa, and the second part (the shorter part) takes place in NYC. I thought the book was a decent read with plenty of action in both Africa and the US. 

Date Posted: 9/17/2011 8:05 AM ET
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Wild West Christmas: Plain Trouble / Charlesy's Accountant / Lucy Ames, Sharpshooter / A Breed Apart :: Darlene Franklin, Lena Nelson Dooley, Kathleen Y'Barbo, Vickie McDonough 3 stars

I enjoyed 3 out of the 4 stories.  It was the 1st story of the book that didn't hold my attention, so I was glad I kept reading.  LOL!  The last story was my favorite.  With 4 stories and only 364 pages, there wasn't much time to develop characters and plot.  As short stories they were entertaining reads.  The title was misleading and the stories had very little to do with Christmas.   Each daughter's romance leads to a Christmas season wedding.  This was a disappointing factor for me.



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Date Posted: 9/18/2011 8:41 AM ET
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A Match Made in Bliss (Large Print) (Love Inspired) :: Diann Walker 3 stars

A simple romance without much excitement.  The characters were interesting, and the romance storyline was sweet enough to warrant reading the story.

Date Posted: 9/18/2011 10:35 AM ET
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Latte Daze by Erynn Mangum 4 stars

This is a cute chick lit about Maya Davis, who is a barista at a coffee house. Her life is changing in many ways- her roommate and best friend is getting married, her brother and his wife are expecting a baby, and she is officially dating Jack. She certainly has a lot to deal with. I thought the book was a good read and liked how Maya turned to her Bible when she was struggling for answers.

Date Posted: 9/19/2011 9:21 AM ET
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I finished The Lightkeeper's Ball by Colleen Coble and as much as I love Colleen, I'll have to give this one only 3 stars.  The heroine is thrown over the side of a ship, in a storm where the lighthouse crashes around her, slips off the edge of a mountain, trips and sprains her wrist, crashes in an "aeroplane" and sprains her ankle, is shot at, thrown over a cliff, and tied up in a burning building.  All in the space of 288 pages!  The story is complex with a lot of characters and relationships and false identities to keep up with.  I have loved this series, but this was a little over the top for me.

Date Posted: 9/19/2011 1:02 PM ET
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The Lightkeeper's Ball by Colleen Coble 3 stars

This is the final book in the Mercy Falls series, and definitely not my favorite (I liked The Lightkeeper's Bride best). Despite reading the previous 2 books, I was confused, particularly about the Stewart father and son. Once I figured that out, the book was better. I felt for poor Olivia, who had way too many things happen to her for such a short book. And even the ending confused me. If I was Harrison, I would have wanted to know the woman's real name! He didn't find out until the end of the book. The best thing about the book is the cover. It's beautiful.

I had to laugh when I saw Christa's review posted above mine. Her comments are right on. smiley

Date Posted: 9/19/2011 1:08 PM ET
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I liked Lightkeeper's Daughter best from the series.  But it almost felt like the whole series was over-edited.  It was hard to make the connections between the characters.  A little more explanation would have helped.

Date Posted: 9/19/2011 2:24 PM ET
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i wasn't a fan of the whole series. the third was the worse in my opinion. actually i really liked the first book but then it went downhill. and i think i said it when i originally wrote about the books but what's with all the men marrying two sisters each?

Date Posted: 9/20/2011 9:39 PM ET
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Love Finds You in Lahaina Hawaii by Bodie Thoene 3 stars

This book was different than any I've read lately. It takes place in 2 different time periods- 1973 and the late 1800's. It starts in 1973 with a woman researcher coming to Hawaii to talk to an elderly woman about Hawaiian Princess Kaiulani. Then the story moves to the princess' story, which took place in the 1800's. Back and forth the book goes until the ending. I thought it was interesting, but more of a history lesson than a novel. There were footnotes in the story, mostly referencing Bible verses and song lyrics.

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