Thursday, January 5, 2012

Grand Total

Hey There!

As most of you know, I counted every book I read last year. (2011)

As I read each book I wrote down a few things about the book in a notebook, such as what number that book was, what the Name of the book was, who the author was, when I started it and when I finished, and how many pages were in that book. 
So, as the year went on I filled my first notebook and had to get a second one. 
 The Grand Total of books I read in 2011 is 163 books! Altogether that's 46,460 pages. 
I had no idea that I could read so many books in a year! 

The Author that I read the most was Ted Dekker.<3

This morning as I was adding up all the numbers, I read through some of the notes I had written down about each book. I couldn't help but laugh at myself at some of the things I said about the books I read. Sometimes I would be so happy that that book was over and then other times I would almost be depressed that I had finished a book. Just thinking back over everything I read last year I remember all the good/great books, the sad books and the "will this book ever end?" books and everything in between.

Last year was an awesome year, and the books that I read just made it even better.
I hope that for everyone else out there that their 2011 books were just as awesome as mine, and that 2012 would bring even more amazing books to be read.

Happy Reading! <3 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Book #121

Hi There!
I just finished book number 121 which was Beyond The Summerland By L. B. Graham. This is the first book in The Binding Of The Blade series and I must say, I can not wait till I get to read the next one. A Friend of mine gave me this book and told me I HAD to read it, I'm so glad I did.
Let me just tell you this though, this book is really, really long. It is so worth reading though, once you start reading it you can't put it down. You just have to see what happens next. In this book there is a lot of action and adventure but there is also love mixed in. While reading this book you will find yourself guessing as to what is going to happen next and if you are anything like me you will want to peek ahead and see what happens. Don't Do It!  First off, if you do peek ahead it will ruin the ending. Secondly, the ending will make no sense at all without reading the middle. So just sit back and read the whole book. No peeking ahead! 
I'm not going to review this book mainly because it is so long and very detailed. I wouldn't give this book the justice it deserves. So I will just say this, This book is Amazing and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Christian Fantasy books. So if you like that kind of book (or don't) I think you will love this book! Happy Reading!<3

Monday, August 8, 2011

Book #106


Hi everyone!  Sorry I haven't blogged in awhile. I have been reading books that are at the end of a series, so it is kind of hard to blog about them without giving too much away.
Anyway, book number 106 was Deep In The Heart Of Trouble by Deeanne Gist.
Yeah another Deeanne Gist, I can't help it I just love all her books! This book is no different, I loved it just as much as all her other books.  This is a book that sucks you in and you can't put it down till you finish.

Deep In The Heart Of Trouble  is set in Corsicana, Texas in the year 1898.
Essie Spreckelmeyer is the town spinster and has given up trying to find a husband. After all she is 34. She believes that she won't ever find a husband anymore, so she embraces her spinsterhood. She does have quite a reputation for riding her bike, snake hunting, beating everyone at checkers and doing anything else with all the teenage boys in her small town in Texas.
Essie's father has been the judge in Corsicana for more then 10 years. Their town has turned out to be an oil boom town. Judge Sprecklemeyer owns the biggest oil company in town, and he lets Essie run the company.
Tony Morgan's father just died, leaving his whole oil company to his step-brother, half of which is rightfully Tony's.  Tony's step-brother takes it all in stride and kicks Tony out of the house.
Tony decides he's going to go get a job at the next biggest oil rig in Texas, Sprecklemeyer Oil Company.
 The first time Tony sees Essie is when he is standing on her porch about 
to knock on the door when he spots a person at the top of the stairs straddling the banister and slide down. Tony can't believe he just saw a woman and a pretty one at that just slide down the banister. When she sees him standing there she is totally embarrassed, after all this tall very handsome man just saw her slide down the banister! 
 This is the type of book that will make you laugh and cry and be totally mad at the same time. It is a really good book by an awesome author!   Happy Reading!(:

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Book 100!!! :D

Hey Guys! 
As you can see from the title I just finished book #100! :)
So book 100 was House by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti. I have read House before,  in fact it was the first book I had read by Dekker.  Let me tell you, I was hooked after reading this book. 
I have read as many of Dekker's as I can get ever since.  I don't know. It's just something about the way he describes everything, and in great detail too. He has a way of making the story jump out of the book and making you feel like you are really living out the story.  I admit when I first read this book I slept with the light on for a week, but the book was so good. 
There is really no way of describing this book without giving a lot away, but i will try my best. 

Jack and Stephanie Singleton were traveling on the back roads of Alabama. When all four their tires get slashed, they get out of the car to look at the damage and see a sigh for the Wayside Inn.  They think since it is getting dark they will go stay there for the night and call a tow truck in the morning. 
They get to the Inn and meet Randy Messarue and Leslie Taylor. The owners are nowhere in sight. They find out that Randy and Leslie's tires were slashed just like theirs. When Betty the owner's wife finally shows up, the power goes out. She seems nice enough to Jake. Then she starts ordering them all to get ready for dinner. They all go wash their hands and return to the dining room, where they meet Stewart (the owner) and Pete (the owner's son). 
Dinner does not go well.  Pete can't stop staring at Leslie. Randy had already met Stewart in the bathroom and they are not getting along. Betty keeps asking Stephanie if she wants more ice and Jack can't help but notice that there is something wrong with the food.  Just then they look down at there food and its crawling with maggots.  Stephanie screams and runs out of the house only to have them all follow her and have them all stop and the door and stare. What they see is a man in a black trench coat holding a shot gun and wearing a tin mask with two holes cut out for his eyes, eyes that are just as black as his coat.  Betty screams at Stephanie to come back in the house that its him. She runs back in the house and Betty locks all the doors and tells everyone to go in the living room.  They are all scared by this point, they don't know what is going on when the hear something like a tin can rattling.
They all look toward the fire place and see a tin can fall into the fire place.  Jack goes over to it picks it up and sees that there is writing on it. When he Reads it to they start to panic. 
"House Rules"
1. God came to my house and I killed him. 
2. I will kill anyone who comes into my house like I killed God.
3. Give me one dead body I might let rule #2 slide.
You have till dawn."
One Game. Seven Players. Three Rules. Game Ends at Dawn. 

This book is a thriller that will keep one on the edge of your seat till you finish. I hope you read it, and if you do you will have to message me and tell me how you liked it. 
Happy Reading!<3

Monday, July 4, 2011

Book #93

Hi There! 
Book number 93 was Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist.  Let me just say Deeanne Gist is one of my all time favorite authors. She has a way of making you feel like you are in the book. She describes everything in all her books so well, her books have a way of sucking you in and you can't put the book down until you finish. Then you have to read the book again because it was so good. :)

Tillie is a parlor maid at the Biltmore Estate, although she is very excited that she is in the running to be Mrs. Vanderbilt's lady's maid.
Tillie has dreamed for a long time of becoming a lady's maid. If she is chosen she will be able to travel, wear fancy clothes and get paid more then a normal maid. The only thing is, lady's maids are not allowed to get married.  Tillie didn't see this as a problem that is until she meets Mack.
 Mack is hired for one reason. He has an Identical twin brother Earl, and they are both tall and very good looking.  Mrs. Vanderbilt will be the talk of the town when people see that she has identical footman. Only thing is Mack has no desire to be a footman. Mrs. Vanderbilt enlists Tillie to train Mack to become a proper footman and to tame his wild temper.  Tillie is not really happy that she has to train Mack on top of doing all of her other duties, but as time goes on and she gets to know Mack she begins to look forward to spending time with him; but if Tillie wants to be lady's maid she can't let anything not even Mack get in her way.

As Tillie and Mack are faced with new problems you will feel like you just want to jump in the book and give them both a hug and say everything will be all right in the end.  You begin to feel like Tillie and Mack are your best friends and when the book is over you just have to read it again and again.
This is a book that you could read a 100 times and still want to read it again. If you are a sap you will cry at least once. Trust me, I did.   I hope you will read this book sometime and let me know if you feel the same way I do about it.  Happy Reading! <3

Monday, June 20, 2011

Book #90! :)

Hey Guys!
Book number 90 was A Delirious Summer, by Ray Blackston.

Neil Rucker is a almost missionary living in Ecuador teaching real missionary's spanish.  Neil has lived in Ecuador for five years and has a very much needed vacation coming up.  He just can't decide where to go.  That is until he worst student (Jay Jarvis) makes a deal with him. Neil gives him extra credit so he can pass the class and Jay lets Neil stay with his room mate in Greenville, North Carolina.
Neil takes him up on the offer and flies to North Carolina. Little did he know that he was about to start the weirdest summer of his life.
Neil hasn't had a date in seven months one week and a day, and he hopes to end the dateless months. Steve (his new room mate) tells him all about the town and the girls.  Neil has one rule from Steve, No dating his ex girlfriend Darcy.
Neil intends to follow that rule but when his first date (Alexis) is late, very late, and Darcy is the only one around, they go for a midnight cruise. Later he finds out that Alexis is waiting for Neil at the coffee bar they were supposed to meet.
Neil somehow smoothes thing over with Alexis and she gives him a second chance.
Between the crazy car rides, midnight smoothies, looking for a part time job, and trying to keep up with the girls of Greenville, North Carolina, Neil finds new faith in the Lord.
This book is light hearted and a good read.  If you like books that have lots of twists and turns, you will like this one.       Happy Reading!<3

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Book #78

Hey There! 
I guess you noticed that I skipped a few numbers. Well I decided to not to do a review on all of the book I read.  Just the ones that I really liked or the one I really didn't like. 
(i don't think there will be many i didn't like).

Anyway, Book #78 was Jordan's Star by Gilbert Morris. 
This book is about a young girl named Jordan. She lives with parents and three siblings, and they live in Missouri.  Jordan has always dreamed of going west.  She is offered a wonderful opportunity to go west on a wagon train to Oregon. She jumps at the chance and goes with them.
This book isn't just about Jordan though, as they head west the story unwinds about the people that become family on the journey west. 
As you read the book the story keeps jumping back and forth to different people on the train.  As you learn about other people and their story you begin to love them all as if you have known them your whole life, but then again there is a few who you want to jump in the book and tell the wagon master what they did and get them thrown off the train.  
As they journey west love sprouts up all over the place. 
Young love, older love and some forbidden love.  As you learn about the drinkers and the prayers, you begin to wonder who will stay close together and who will give up.  Along they way they pick up wagons that other trains had dumped,  either because they couldn't keep up, some one got sick or just because people didn't like them. You just begin to see them all as family, or really close friends.  You will Love all the family's on the train.  Once they get to Oregon they stay a tight community, but they aren't the same people that left Missouri months ago.  Death, Tragedy and life on the trail has made them strong and willing to work for their claims.   All together this was a good book.  Gilbert Morris is a good story teller.  He is one of my favorites.  
Hint, learn people's names and remember what family they are from. It will help. If you like books that have lots of story's and characters you will really like this one.  
Happy Reading! <3