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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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Can a Friendship Span Decades Without Consequence?

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I needed a kick in the pants to begin writing again, but the dark hole I was in didn’t mean I stopped reading altogether. That would be akin to deciding to never breathe again, or to never eat a piece of chocolate (yes, those are roughly the same thing). During my dry writing patch, and my long, dark slog through winter I had the privilege of reading some beautiful books.

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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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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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What Will You Do If The Lights Go Out?

I’m a sucker for a good post-apocalyptic novel and The Light did not disappoint. The characters faced realistic problems and solved them in (mostly) realistic ways. I enjoyed the relationships that developed, and the reliance on faith and prayer to help guide them. This is the first book in The Light series, and I can see the author is going to have a lot of fun developing the storyline and characters further. I look forward to reading the rest of the books, but maybe I’d better wait until after #30inNovember!

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Grab a Cup of Coffee and Enjoy this Novella

Heaven Shining Through felt like what you would get if you sat down over coffee and asked your grandmother to tell you her life story - in a good way! Joe Siccardi’s novella takes his readers on a trip through Samantha’s life, pausing now and then to get a closer look at some of the scenery. This was a sweet story, and I found myself wishing it was a longer novel-length book so we could really get to know Samantha.

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