Monday, November 28, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (11-28-16)

Mondays after holiday weekends are the absolute worst, right? I actually accomplished a lot at work today, but the minutes seemed to tick by sooooooo slowly.

I should probably title today's post "What are you watching?" instead of "reading" ... I read very little last week, but I watched a ton of movies. I did other things like decorating my house for Christmas and catching up on some blogging while I watched, but still.

"She Reads Truth" by Raechel Myers & Amanda Bible Williams

I can't remember when I first heard about She Reads Truth, the Bible reading plans for women. I've done several of the plans over the years, including the 2015 Advent and 2016 Lent studies. While I've been blessed by the studies, I didn't know much about the women behind them ... until now.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

"Finding Margo" by Jen Turano

When a pop princess has had enough of her life in the spotlight, she takes off on a road trip, ending up in a small Amish town, where she encounters danger, intrigue, and romance.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (11-26-16)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly linkup hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's all about the new books accumulated over the week. It's been more than a month since I last participated (my, how time flies!), but I decided I had to jump back in this week. I got several great Kindle deals that are still available, so I want to tell you about them!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

"I'll Be Yours" by Jenny B. Jones

You know how sometimes you start a book and then absolutely cannot get it off your mind? That's what happened to me with I'll Be Yours. I downloaded the Kindle sample several months ago and loved it, but I had so many other books that I "had" to read that I didn't let myself buy it ... because I knew the instant I did, I would set aside everything else in order to read it.

A few weeks ago, when I was packing for a work trip, I thought, "This is the time." So I went to Amazon and paid full price for the novel. (I never pay full price for Kindle books. Ever.) I ended up being really busy on the trip, and I was already reading another book (Serena Chase's excellent Intermission), so I didn't get to I'll Be Yours until I was almost home. I was right—once I started reading, I really couldn't stop! I stayed up way too late finishing it, and I don't regret a thing!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

"Just a Kiss" by Denise Hunter

I waited a long time for Just a Kiss ... at least it feels that way! I fell for Paige and Riley in Denise Hunter's Falling Like Snowflakes, and I couldn't wait to read their story ... but I did have to wait, as Riley's brother Zac's story came first! Turns out, the wait was totally worth it.

Monday, November 21, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (11-21-16)

Happy Monday! I love when we have short weeks like this—three work days, then four days off. Yippee!!! (Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving!) I didn't read a ton over the last week, but I did finish A Lady Unrivaled. All the praise hands!

"A Lady Unrivaled" by Roseanna M. White

Roseanna M. White's excellent series about an aristocratic family trying to escape the curse of the Fire Eyes diamonds concludes in A Lady Unrivaled.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

A New Look!

Don't worry—you are on Christian Chick's Thoughts, my book review blog, even though it doesn't look like it!

I started Christian Chick's Thoughts in 2008 with a basic Blogger template. Sometime in 2009, I switched to the one I'd used up until today. Also a Blogger template, it was pretty and blue and had blurry flowers in the background.

"The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Ace Collins

Christmas is just around the corner, and, now that it finally feels like winter in Nebraska, I'm so ready! (Though I wouldn't complain about more 72 degree days...) Whether you're eagerly anticipating Christmas or you'd like to prolong fall a little longer, Ace Collins's new Christmas devotional, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, is the perfect thing to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Made for TV Christmas Movies

Today's Top Ten Tuesday is a movie freebie. At first, I thought about doing something like top ten film adaptations of books or ten times the movie was better than the book (can we say Time Traveler's Wife?), but that would have required too much thought. So instead, I went with the world I'm currently immersed in: made for TV Christmas movies. The biggest problem with this topic was limiting myself to ten!

"A Convenient Christmas Wedding" Grand Finale + Giveaway

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
A Convenient Christmas Wedding
By Regina Scott

Ready for a little early holiday spirit? How about a sweet romance? Find both in this newest release and enjoy the reviews, excerpts and guest posts from the tour...

Monday, November 14, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (11-14-16)

Hello, again! I'm back after a week off, which I spent sponsoring a senior class trip to Washington, D.C. I didn't have much time for reading except on the plane, but I did manage to get a few books read.

"Where Two Hearts Meet" by Liz Johnson

Last spring, I read Liz Johnson's The Red Door Inn, set on Prince Edward Island. It was a very sweet, romantic novel, and I knew then that I'd want to continue Johnson's series. What I didn't anticipate was just how much I'd enjoy the sequel.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Best of the Bunch: October 2016

Yes, I'm woefully late with this post! You see, I just spent a week in Washington, D.C. with a group of seniors from my school, so I spent the first few days of November frantically preparing to be gone from work for a week, and then I went off the grid. It was a fabulous trip that I'll probably write about...someday. But for now, here's my Best of the Bunch for October, only two weeks late :-)

"Intermission" by Serena Chase

When I was a little girl, I used to daydream before going to sleep each night. As I got older, I started dreaming about certain boys falling in love with me, becoming famous (ha!), or traveling the world. But I still remember the dream I had when I was 9 or 10, before boys came into the picture: I dreamed of playing Liesl in The Sound of Music. The "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" scene in the gazebo was my favorite in the entire film, and I would imagine my school was putting on the play, and I, along with some nameless-and-faceless boy, would put on the best performance of that scene that anyone had ever seen.

I'm a horrible actress with a decent but not stage-caliber voice, and the only musicals my school put on were the elementary's annual Patch the Pirate play, so I knew my dreams would not come to fruition, but I sure enjoyed thinking about them. In the years since then, I've gone on to have quite a love affair with showtunes (my favorite musical is Les Miserables; I'm currently obsessed with Hamilton), so I was thrilled to learn that Serena Chase, an author I'm familiar with but had never before read, had written a musical theatre-themed novel. Intermission provides the Broadway references and romance I'd hoped for, but it's also so. much. more.

Friday, November 11, 2016

"A Convenient Christmas Wedding" by Regina Scott + Giveaway

A Convenient Christmas Wedding (Frontier Bachelors)
If you know me, you know that I'm a sucker for the "marriage of convenience" trope. (I even wrote about my love for it here.) So when the opportunity to review A Convenient Christmas Wedding presented itself, well, I couldn't resist!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

"The Name I Call Myself" by Beth Moran

Just over two years ago, I read Beth Moran's Making Marion. Then last January, I read I Hope You Dance. Both times, I was completely charmed by Moran's British chick lit. I knew then that she was an author watch, and I'm pleased to say that each of her novels just gets better!