A – Z Reading Survey

I came across this survey at Writing Christian Novels and thought it would be fun to try. It originated at The Perpetual Page Turner.  Check them out for fun answers from those ladies.

Author you’ve read the most books from:
Sidney Sheldon.  Loved his mysteries.  He did a fabulous job of bringing several characters together and then tying it all together at the end. He never over did the blood and gore. I think I read all of his books back in the day.  More recently it would have to be Karen Kingsbury followed by Kristin Hannah.

Best Sequel Ever:
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.  I actually enjoyed this book even more than the first one, Hunger Games.  Needless to say I am looking forward to seeing the movie this November.

Currently Reading:
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston  This book was assigned to my 12th grade son for summer reading for his AP English Lit class.  I decided to read it too.  Really struggling with it.  Just not seeing the point in the book.  I am 3/4ths done.  Hope it all comes together at the end.

Drink of Choice While Reading:
Hot tea or Mio flavored water.

E-reader or Physical Book?
Definitely a physical book.  Love the smell and feel of a book. I also find looking for books in our public library relaxing and a form of entertainment. I am glad that e-readers are out there and do read a book on it from time to time.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
No idea. Dated my husband in high school.  Still very much in love with him so can’t imagine dating anyone else.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
The Host by Stephenie Meyer I do not read vampire books, so I have not read any of her Twilight books.  However a friend loves those books.  She encouraged me to try The Host since it doesn’t have vampires.  I really enjoyed this book.  I love to read books with moral dilemmas or books that blur who is good and who is bad.  They make you think.  This one did that for me.

Hidden Gem Book:
 After by Amy Efaw This was one that I picked up when browsing the library.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:
For me this is a strange question….probably the day I learned to read.

Just Finished:
 Fly Away by Kristin Hannah.  The sequel to Firefly Lane

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
Erotica, Vampire books and True Crime novels with gratuitous blood and gore

Longest Book You’ve Read:
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini  It was 860 pages.  The thing is I read it and the other 3 books in the series out loud to my boys.  That is a lot of words.  I hope to read The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas some day. It has over 1200 pages.

Major book hangover because of:
Shades of Blue by Karen Kingsbury

Number of Bookcases You Own:
I usually borrow my books.  Those I own are in a couple of boxes.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
I don’t read books multiple times because there are too many out there too read.  Why waste my time rereading.

Preferred Place To Read:
Propped in bed

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
I don’t have one.  I can never remember quotes.

Reading Regret:
I wish I wasn’t forced to analyze classics to death in high school.  Didn’t enjoy them and then didn’t pick up a classic until just a few years ago.  I would have missed out on Frankenstein or Animal Farm if I hadn’t started to read them again.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):
I really can’t think of any that I need to finish right now.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
I am picking a classic, a Christian fiction and a non fiction:                                          The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom                                                                          This Side of Heaven By Karen Kingsbury                                                                      Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think  by Brian Wansink

Unapologetic Fan Girl For:
Catherine Anderson.  She writes romances.  I don’t read romances often, but every once in a while I will.  Whenever I have read one of her books I have enjoyed them.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
I don’t usually pay attention to what is coming out. I don’t feel the need to read something as soon as it is out.  So instead, a book I am waiting for from my library is Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions by Lysa Terkeurst

Worst Bookish Habit:
I check out more books from the library at one time than I can ever read. Always have 5-8 books sitting on my dresser waiting to read.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
Again, I don’t really have a bookcase, so instead I am listing the book that is 27th on my “Read” list on Goodreads….Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  It was one that I kept hearing about and finally read.  At times I really enjoyed the book and at times I really did not like it at all.

Your latest book purchase:
I rarely buy books, but I just bought Unfinished Tales by J.R.R. Tolkien for my son for $.25 at a garage sale.  I haven’t read The Lord of the Rings books yet, but they are on my list to read.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
When a Secret Kills by Lynette Eason.  It is the third in a series and I just had to see how they all came together.

There you go.  Hopefully you will find a book or two to put on your “to read” list.  I would love any suggestions as to a “must read”.

Good Books Read – Dec 2012


It has been 6 months since I have updated you on Good Books I have read lately.I didn’ read too much this fall, but I have started reading more lately.  One of my most favorites lately is After by Amy Efaw. It is a book about a teenager who threw her baby in a trash can.  No one knew she was pregnant.  She had even convinced herself that she wasn’t pregnant.  The theme of “fear can make you do anything” is one of my favorite themes for a book.  This one was a home run.


I really enjoyed Quinn Cummings book, Notes from the Underwire.  It is a book of short stories about her life.  I enjoy her writing style.  It made me laugh.  My favorite quote from page 74 is “I also forgot about the list because my brain works like an Etch-A-Sketch; even the slightest movement causes it to go completely blank.”  So true.  The reason I read this book was I had read her other book….


I enjoyed this book as well because of her writing style.  It isn’t a typical Homeschooling book, but about her learning about the different ways to homeschool.


I enjoyed the book, An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-year old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and an unlikely meeting with destiny by Laura Schroff and Alex Thresniowski.  This book gave me an insight to a world I know exists but never see…the world of the drug addicted and their family.  Made me count my blessings.


I thoroughly enjoyed Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly, so I decided to read Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot.  Again Mr. O’Reilly did a great job of bringing history to life.  It gave interesting details but in an entertaining way.  I think I enjoyed this one even more since it all happened shortly before I was born.


I also had read Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project a couple of years ago, so I decided to read her new book, Happier At Home.  This book is very similar to her first book, but I enjoyed it just the same.  Always some food for thought on how to create a happier life.

I read several fiction and non fiction books since the last time I did a Good Books Read post, but these are the most interesting books I have read lately. Only one fiction here.  You can follow me on Good Reads to get more up-to-date info on the books I am reading.

I had a goal of at least 80 books read this year, but it looks like I will come up short.  I don’t have the exact count but it looks like I am just over 70 books.  Not bad, averaging almost 6 books a month.  Did you set a goal and did you meet it?  I will set a goal again for 2013, but still working on my goals.

If you want to read about other books I enjoyed this year check out my Good Books Read 1 and Good Books Read 2.

I would love to hear any recommendations for a good read you may have. Leave the titles in the comments.

Good Books Read

Here is another installment about some of the good books I have read lately. I haven’t read quite as much in the last 3 months, and I am behind on my goal of 72 books for the year, but that is typical for the spring and early summer for me.

The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal is probably my favorite book from the past three months.  It was easy to read, entertaining and highly informative on how self-control works and why it matter.  This is one book I would like to read again.

Having had 4 miscarriages, three of which were in the 2nd trimester, I like to read about others who have lost a child.   I Will Carry You by Angie Smith was a tear jerker about a family that found out their baby would not be able to survive outside of the womb.  This one probably isn’t one to take to the beach, but it is a worthy read.  I find I need to read a story like this every 6 months or so. Then on to other topics.

Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson was recommended to me by someone out there in the blog world.  I can’t remember who.  It is a very easy read.  Took me about 2 hours while I was watching my son’s swim meet on Sunday. If you own a business, are thinking of starting one, or just are interested in ideas of how small businesses can thrive, this book is for you.

Cathy Zielske recommended the book, The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene’ Brown so I decided to read it.  It is an insightful book about living a Whole Hearted life. I have been thinking “I am in” since finishing this book.  Thought provoking. I will add her other book, I Thought It Was Just Me to my to-read list.

As I look at this list I see all non-fiction books, business, self-help type books.  I did read a few scrapbooking books and one fiction.

A Good American by Alex George was a great book.  I believe this was Mr. George’s first book.  It was about a family over a century, moving to America and struggles and triumphs.  My favorite part of this book was the writing style.  It was lyrical and poetic without it being confusing.  The words were so smooth.  It was just a pleasure to read. I will definitely read any future book by Alex George.

I have just started Imagine: How Creativity Works by  Jonah Lehrer.  This one was recommended by Stacy Julian.  I am only 45 pages in, and I am really enjoying the stories of creativity and invention.  It is easy to read and entertaining.  Looking forward to learning more about creativity.  I had never thought of myself as creative until I was in my 30s.  Now I realize we all are, just in different ways.  Nope, I still can’t draw a stick figure, but I still am creative.

Finally as an update to Good Books Read. I had just started the book, Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder. It was just as good as the first book in the series.  So if you enjoy reading about dystopian worlds, put this one on your list.

Those are the most interesting books I have read lately.  You can follow me on Good Reads to get more up-to-date info on the books I am reading.

I would love to hear any recommendations for a good read you may have. Especially any summer light reads since I have been reading so many non-fiction books it is time to switch it up. Leave the titles in the comments.

Good Books I Have Read

It has been a while since I wrote about books I am reading. I have been reading as much as I can lately.  I have always been one to read before I go to sleep and take a book or magazine with me when I leave the house.  One never knows when a few minutes of waiting will result in a chapter read.

One of the books my son, Z, had to read for literature was The Hiding Place. I am not sure if it is considered a classic, but in my mind it is.  Corrie ten Boom did a fantastic job of writing about her life during World War II as her family helped so many escape persecution, then life in concentration camps once they were discovered.  I believe everyone should read first hand accounts of the Holocaust so it may never happen again.

I have heard about this book, The Noticer, on a few blogs so I reserved it at my library.  When it came, I was anxious to read it.  It did not disappoint.  I finished it within 24 hours.  I remembered that I had another book in my stack from Andy Andrews, so it found it.

Read The Travelers Gift within 24 hours as well.  Both books are inspirational.  They give some great advise.  They remind me of Og Mandino’s books.

I read this one and several of his other books probably 20 years ago.

Then I moved on to one of my favorite christian authors, Karen KingsburyOcean’s Apart was published 10 years ago.  It is about second chances and forgiveness.  Probably not her absolute best book, but a good one that I couldn’t put down.

From a book published 10 years ago, to one that came out this year.  Kristin Hannah is another of my favorite authors, and she didn’t disappoint.  Home Front is her latest novel.  This one is about a struggling marriage, and then the Mom is called up for active duty in the Middle East.  The effects of war on the soldier as well as the family back home had me pulling out the tissues.  I highly recommend this one.  I have read 8 of her 18 books that she has published, and I have ranked them all 4-5 stars.

Then I completely switched genres and read Killing Lincoln. My boys are into learning about wars.  Me…not so much.  But I had heard this one would give me new insights on Lincoln’s murder.  Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard did a great job of writing the days from the end of the civil war to the killing and hunting down of Lincoln’s killer into a novel form.  When I found myself hoping that something would go wrong and Lincoln wouldn’t be shot, I knew I was enjoying this compelling history book.

I had not read anything by Mr. Dugard before, but I enjoyed Killing Lincoln enough that I have put Chasing Lance on to my “to read” list.

I switched gears completely again and read Matched.  It is a young adult book by Ally Condie that starts a trilogy.  My son, Z, recommended it to me.  He said it was not as good as The Hunger Games series (the book was better than the movie, but did enjoy the movie) or The Maze Runner series (a movie has been written..can’t wait till it comes out), but he thought I would enjoy it.  He was right on.  It is another dystopian novel.  This one got me thinking about which is more important, perfection and equality or freedom and personal choices.  There is young love as well as euthanasia mixed in to make this book fly by as I was reading it. Yes, I will be reading Crossed soon, and then Reached when is comes out later this year.

Just started Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder last night.  Another recommendation by Z.  Another dystopian world with potential to be a good read.

So those are the most interesting books I have read lately.  You can follow me on Good Reads to get more up-to-date info on the books I am reading.

I would love to hear any recommendations for a good read you may have.  Leave the titles in the comments.

Maze Runner Trilogy


Source: Goodreads.com

Are you a reader?  I love to read.  Back in July I wrote a post about how I keep track of all my books on Goodreads.  It is a wonderful way to keep track of what I have read as well as what I want to read. 

About 3 weeks ago my sister, Lynette, told me about The Maze Runner by James Dashner.  She heard it was a great young adult trilogy. It is about a teen, Thomas, who wakes up in the Glade, an area surrounded by huge walls.  Outside the walls is a maze.  He and the others not only have to figure out how to get out of the maze in which Grievers roam, but why are they in the maze?

My son saw the email and had already read the first two books.  He loved them and wanted me to read them.  So in the midst of everything going on and the holiday season, I checked out the first book.  I couldn’t put it down.  So immediately I read the second book, The Scorch Trials. Since I spent about 5 hours in a hospital waiting room,  I finished that book quite quickly.  Again I could not put it down.  First time I think I didn’t mind sitting in a waiting room.

As soon as a copy of the third and recently released book, The Death Cure was available at my library, I picked that up as well. I gave the first and second books 5 stars.  Yes, the second one was just as good as the first.  That rarely happens.  I gave the third book only a 4. It was good, but I felt that a lot was left unanswered.

Source: Goodreads.com

I am so excited.  I just found out that there will be a prequel, The Kill Order.  It will be released next August.  The Maze Runner .5 book will be on my list to read immediately when it comes out.  How, oh how, will I wait that long to get my questions answered?

If you are looking for some good reading, go pick up this trilogy.  Don’t wait for the prequel to read first.  Part of the reason the books are good is because of the mystery as to why it is all happening.  I think reading the prequel first would ruin that.

Source: Goodreads.com

My library does not have any other of James Dashner’s books, so I am going to start this series by getting it through an interlibrary loan. 
Have you read the Maze Runner Trilogy?  If so, what did you think?  Have you read The 13th Reality series? 
What have you read lately that you really enjoyed?