Posts in Fiction
My Current Favorite

Do you ever see a book advertised online and think “Meh, I’ll give it a shot”? That was me with The Crescent Stone. Tyndale House advertised this book because they recently published its sequel, The Heartwood Crown. When I spotted it on Facebook I saw that it fit many of my criteria for trying a book. Namely: Does it have printed words? Check. Is it in English? Check. Would I be ashamed to tell my grandmother I’d read it? No. Check. Okay! I’ll try it!

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Here's One for your Christmas List, Plus a Giveaway!!

Take one offer to read a new Middle Grade novel, add in a favorite author, combine with a giveaway and you have a recipe for me to say, “Yes! Please!” Today I’m reviewing Meet the Misfits and its sequel Odd Girl Out by Melody Carlson. As a bonus, scroll down to find out how you can enter to win copies of these books for your middle schooler.

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State of Lies Book Tour

If you’ve been following me for a while you know that this past year has been a difficult one for me, writing-wise, but I’m getting back on track this fall, and boy do I have some fun things planned! I will be doing several book tours (like the one today) some of which will include giveaways! Woot! Woot! I’ve also got a few author interviews lined up, a new thing for me, but I hope it will be a fun addition to our time together. All the exclamation points!!

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A Book Recommendation I'm Glad I Took

I glean book recommendations everywhere I go. On airplanes, I’m the creep who is craning her neck to see the title of the paperback you are reading. At the library I send surreptitious glances at the stacks on books in someone else’s hands. If you casually mention reading something interesting, I pounce on the tidbit like a cat after her favorite catnip toy. But, let’s be honest, I mostly get my book recommendations from Facebook. (Got a good book I should know about? Drop it in the comments!)

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My Kick in the Pants AKA: The Watch on the Fencepost Blog Tour and Giveaway

Friends, I have hit a slump. January and February are difficult months for me. I often slog through them barely able to interest myself in normal life. If it weren’t for the Vitamin D3 I take every day, I’m not sure I’d get off the couch. Surely, it can’t be that bad? Here is evidence: I haven’t written one single book review for almost three months. You know something is wrong with Andrea Christenson when she can’t compose a few paragraphs on her favorite subject!

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An End and a Beginning

Several years ago, when my children were quite small, I found myself dragging through the Advent and Christmas season. What should have been a magical time of year — young children seeing Christmas lights for the first time is the best, you guys, and I was not into it AT ALL — felt instead like a slog through a slush filled, knee high, snowdrift. I needed a change. I needed a new tradition for myself.

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Spoiler Alert: This isn't a Lottery You Want to Win

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is a strange short story. Told in a somewhat matter of fact, mild mannered way, the tale highlights what can happen if we just accept the “normal way of doing things.” It’s the kind of book which makes you stop and think and then wonder about the rest of the story, the why’s behind the actions of the villagers. Which makes it a great short story.

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Adventurers, Grab a jacket. We're Heading to China and It's Wintertime.

Grace Lin has created a lovely world of Chinese characters, blending a little bit of history with a whole lot of Chinese folktales. The story weaves in and out of the folktales until you delightfully aren’t sure which is which. Characters in the tales take on new meaning as the plot thickens. I tried to guess how it would all turn out, but I was still surprised by the ending.

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This Book Isn't Quite What You'd Expect

With that being said, I still recommend Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and here’s why: Eleanor is not completely fine. I know, big surprise, but, during her journey to mental health we learn a lot about true friendship, respectful interactions with others, and treating people with kindness. Eleanor’s straightforward approach to life is refreshing and sometimes laugh out loud funny. I’d like to share a cup of tea with her sometime.

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You've GOT to Meet Cricket

Sometimes when I really delight in a book, when I’m basking in the afterglow of a well written novel, I have a harder time reviewing said tome. I seem to run out of descriptive things to say, instead I just gush, “Oh my gosh, you guys, I loved it!” Today I read Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe and, Oh my gosh, you guys, I loved it! I’ll try to tell you a few reasons why.

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Phew, Sparks are Flying!

“Blazin’” Kate Burns returns home after the tragic death of her wildfire fighting father. Determined to follow in his legacy she joins the Jude County Hotshots. Sparks fly as she reunites with her old flame, Jed. Together they learn a little about trust, a little about love, and a lot about faith as they fight to put out the wildfires raging through Montana.

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Mom! Phineas and Ferb are Making a Book Review!

There are few cartoons that tickle my funny bone more that Phineas and Ferb. The ways they choose to spend their summer vacation — having epic adventures in their backyard and beyond — and the way Candace is always trying to get them in trouble (“Mom! Phineas and Ferb are making a title sequence!”) makes me laugh every time. The icing on the cake? They own a pet platypus. A platypus who is a secret agent.

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