Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Recent Reads

 It has been awhile since I've posted the books I have read in that past few weeks! With a trip to New York and back (pictures to come), I had some extra time to read on the plane. A few of these are from authors I met at the ANWA conference in February. Others were recommendations from fellow writing friends and literary agents at the conference. So many great books and so little time :)

SING ME TO SLEEP by Angela Morrison
The characters in this book had my heart wrapped around their story. Beth undergoes a major physical transformation in this novel, but it was her internal/emotional transformation by story's end that made it so memorable. Beth discovers an outer beauty, inner beauty and an incredible talent hidden under her own mask of insecurity. And she's not the only one who notices! Enter Derrek and Scott (hotties). Both of whom I was rooting for at different parts throughout the book. I smiled, laughed and cried. Finished the book. And cried again.

SOULFIRE by Betsy Love
 I nearly finished this entire book in one sitting on a flight home from a fun trip. This book was really good.  Zephenia longs to feel God's guidance in her life, and she struggles to find a husband who shares the same desire. It has been awhile since I've read a story set in the Book of Mormon era; it was refreshing!

MAKE IT HAPPEN by Kylee Shields
 I am happily married and yet I still felt very inspired by this book. I particularly enjoyed the chapters "No Fear" and "Make It Happen." Makes me want to conquer fear, set goals and forge ahead to make them happen!

Kylee Sheilds incorporates several great LDS quotes into each element of single life she touches on while also adding her own thoughts. How frank and yet how optimistic she is! MAKE IT HAPPEN supports the importance of family while also encouraging single adults to face the future with optimism and faith, being proactive in worthy pursuits along the way.

TAKEN BY STORM series by Angela Morrison

Michael and Leesie drew me in and wouldn't let go. I read the entire series in no time, and the ending did not disappoint! This third installment of the TAKEN BY STORM series made me realize why I like Michael's character so much. Lessie saves Michael in TAKEN BY STORM. Michael saves Lessie in CAYMAN SUMMER. I loved the change that took place in both of the lead characters by the end of the series.

I loved reading more of Chase Harper's adventures with Ellie and the magic counter that transports him through time! This series is fun, clean and engaging. 

Chase encounters a host of obstacles as he tries to finish out his senior year at Hillsboro High while also fulfilling Master Archidus' wishes as a Keeper of the Protector's counter. To make matters worse, a new beau is after Ellie, and I kinda like him! Ellie now has two great guys vying for her. Poor Chase!

Then Sniffers lead Chase into a trap with bait he can't resist... Lives and love are at stake in this second installment The Keeper's Saga. I can't wait for the third!

Through sweet, simple prose and vivid illustrations, this heart-warming book encourages positive behavior as children see how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love on a daily basis.

What a sweet book! This is my latest favorite children's book. My children and I love it. My four-year-old daughter keeps paying me compliments and then says, "See Mom, I just filled your bucket!"

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Have you read any of these? What is on your current to-read list?

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