My blog + personal goals for quarter 3 of 2019.Read More
It’s that time of year again! In the past, this read-a-thon was called BookTube-A-Thon, but this year the creators changes the name to The Reading Rush. The whole idea is that you try to read as much as you possibly can in seven days! This year The Reading Rush will be going July 22 - July 29. You can find out ALL the details on their website, or keep reading to see all the challenges!
The website is BRAND NEW this year, you can make a profile and track your reading! I’m super excited for this part. They also have challenges on YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter every day of the read-a-thon that you can join if you want! It’s really just a fun time to connect with other readers and read a lot during one week.
I’m super excited for all of the challenges/prompts this year! I don’t know how much I’ll actually be able to read, but I’m pretty pumped about my books, and you can watch my video (below) to see what books I picked for each prompt!
The Reading Rush Prompts for 2019
Read a book with purple on the cover
Read a book while sitting in the same spot
A book that you meant to read last year
Author’s first book
A book with a nonhuman main character
A book with five or more words in the title
Read + watch a book to film adaptation
These are all super fun! there’s also a bonus challenge which is to read 7 books in 7 days. I don’t know if this will happen for me, but I am reading a good mix of genres. I’ve got a romance, a few fantasy, a non-fiction, a as well as an audiobook, an ebook and then the rest are physical books. Check out my video to see what I’ll be reading!
Are you participating in The Reading Rush!? What are you going to read?
ABOUT THE BOOK
Plans for a Valentine's Day grand opening of a small town coffee shop go awry when the first customer is killed. Evidence points toward the victim being mixed up in a car theft ring, but shop owners Tandy and Marissa have reason to believe he was framed.
An assortment of suspects--from a pink-haired heir to Tandy's charming ex--all seem to know a little too much about grand theft auto.
Without approval from either their boyfriends or the gum-chewing FBI agent in charge, the shop owners go on stakeouts, plan stings, and pursue justice in a high-speed car chase. If they don't find the killer soon, it might be more than their love lives in trouble.
A Cuppa Trouble was a fairly fun read! I had a hard time getting into it, it is the second book in a series but I would say that you technically don’t need to read book 1. I hadn’t, which was why the first few chapters were slightly confusing, because you just jump right in and there were so many characters and I was like I have no idea what’s going on. But just like any book, it all started to make more sense at time went on and I had a fun time reading it.
There’s a little bit of mystery and some romance and friendship. Tandy and Marissa were fun characters to follow. They both had quirks that made them relatable. I will say, there were a few times that I got confused about who’s POV I was reading, it wasn’t really obvious when it switched, and sometimes I’d be like wait, who’s talking now? But other than that they were both enjoyable characters to read.
I also loved the mystery in this book. I was honestly surprised, I did guess close to the end who was actually behind everything (what? I do watch a lot of crime dramas, so I like to think I’m good at guessing who the bad guy is) but I thought it was well written and there was still an element of surprise.
All in all it was a fun read and I recommend picking it up!
I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from JustRead Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
Angela Ruth Strong sold her first Christian romance novel in 2009 then quit writing romance when her husband left her. Ten years later, God has shown her the true meaning of love, and there's nothing else she'd rather write about. Her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, been optioned for film, won the Cascade Award, and been Amazon best-sellers. She also writes non-fiction for SpiritLed Woman. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho, and she teaches as an expert online at WRITE THAT BOOK.
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Hey friends, not gonna lie, today I’m feeling a little nervous.
Tomorrow I get my wisdom teeth out and while I’m ready for them to come out, I don’t love the idea of surgery so I’ve got some jitters even though I know everything will be fine!
But, that’s not why I’m writing.
Last week I finished reading Digital Minimalism. While I enjoyed the topic, I didn’t actually love this book. I thought the idea was awesome, but that it could have been executed better. But it did give me the push that I’ve been needing.
I’m taking a social media break!
Tomorrow I’m getting my wisdom teeth out and then I’ll be on vacation next week, so I thought, why not take a break now? I’ll be able to relax this week and then enjoy my vacation without being distracted by social media (I will keep my private IG active, so I can post pictures of my trip/keep a journal that way, but once I’m home I’ll be logging off of that account too.)
I’m planning to take 3-4 weeks off. I want to just enjoy family time and I really really want to write more of my novel. I just passed 10k words this weekend and I’m ready to really get deeper into this story! My goal is to hit the midway point, and pass it if I can! (I’m not sure how much writing I’ll actually be doing this week, it will just depend on my pain level.)
During this time, I’m also going to take a mini blog break. While I love blogging I know that I need breaks! I was planning to take one this summer anyway and the timing is perfect. There will be a few book reviews posted over the next week or so, but after that, I’ll be taking a break.
Time to enjoy family, writing my book, and stepping back from all the media that fills so much of my life.
I’m sure I’ll share my experiences once I come back, but my hope with this break is 1) to write at least 30k in my draft and 2) re-evaluate my social media habits and what I really want to use social media for, so that it can be less of a distraction in the future.
I love you all. Wish me luck with my surgery tomorrow! And if you want to get in contact with me, you can always send an email to email@example.com (I’ll still be checking email periodically mainly for work) or you can text me if you’ve got my number ;) Happy Monday and happy summer!
ABOUT THE BOOK
When Ashley Showalter and Ben Henning meet on Ashley’s horse rescue farm, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Both were raised by single moms. Both want to help where they see a need. And both work with horses in the Boise valley. Ben needs Ashley’s help and expertise after starting an equine therapy barn on his great-great-grandfather’s farm—and the more time they spend together, both Ashley and Ben have the feeling that there could be something more between them.
They also carry the burden of past experiences that may drive them apart if the truth is ever revealed. Ben is a recovering alcoholic with five years of sobriety behind him, while Ashley’s brother is an opioid addict residing in court-ordered rehab. Holding fast to the belief that addicts can never be cured, Ashley has promised herself she will never walk knowingly into the chaos created by addiction. Ben knows that with God, all things are possible—but will Ashley find it within herself to give love a chance? Or will her brother’s mistakes and the pain of her past jeopardize her future with Ben?
Cross My Heart threads together a contemporary love story with the heartwarming tale of Ben’s great-great-grandfather, Andrew Henning—reminding us that God’s Word is timeless and that His promises are new every morning.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of 80 novels and novellas with over five million copies of her books in print. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love.
Her numerous awards include the RITA® Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, the HOLT Medallion, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award. Robin is also the recipient of prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from both American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America®.
When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. Robin makes her home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon dog and a persnickety tuxedo cat.
CONNECT WITH ROBIN: Website | Facebook | Twitter
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When I read the description of The Road She Left Behind, I knew I wanted to read it! Darcy hasn’t been home for nearly 8 years. Not since her father and sister died and her mother blamed her. Since she left she’s been working, but never living in one place for more than a year. She doesn’t want to get attached and she feels like she is to blame for the death of her sister and father.
But when her 8 year old nephew goes missing and Darcy gets called back home, she heads home even though she doesn’t want to.
It’s obvious that there’s something more going on with her mom than anyone is letting on, and even though they still have a tense relationship, Darcy is glad to be home.
I really loved Darcy. She was a perfectly flawed character that made her realistic and also fun to read. This book was written well and it kept me turning the page. There was a little romance, a little mystery, and a whole lot about family relationships.
I was surprised at how quickly this book went for me, and how when I wasn’t reading it, I wanted to be reading it! It’s been a long time time since I found an adult contemporary that I read and really loved. I gave The Road She Left Behind 4/5 stars and I definitely recommend you pick it up this summer.
About The Road She Left Behind
Three women. Two families torn apart by secrets.
Crushed by guilt over the car accident that killed her father and sister, and torn apart by her mother’s resentment, Darcy Goodridge fled her family estate eight years ago and hasn’t looked back. Now an unexpected phone call threatens to upend what little serenity she’s found. Her nephew, Emerson, who was just a baby when his mother died, has gone missing. Darcy must return home and face her past in order to save him.
Once back in Ohio, Darcy realizes there’s more to Emerson’s disappearance—and to the sudden retirement of her mother, Rosalind—than meets the eye. As she works to make inroads with Rosalind, Darcy begins to unravel a decades-old secret that devastated her family and forced a wedge between her and Michael Varano, the man she left heartbroken when she vanished after the funeral. After carrying the scars of that fateful night for almost a decade, Darcy is determined to find closure, healing, and maybe even love where she lost them all in the first place—right back home where she belongs.