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Giveaway for writers // from author Susan K. Marlow

Win a copy of Writers Roundup on author Susan K. Marlow's website!

This is a recent 2018 release and is an excellent writing resource...

Get ready for a wild ride through the world of writing and publishing. Writers Roundup benefits young authors in all areas of interest and at all skill levels. However, the lessons are especially designed for those who love to write fiction stories and want to develop a story that is ready for publication.

Two winners! Giveaway runs January 8-15.

The contest is open to everyone, all ages, and worldwide. If someone wins internationally, a PDF e-book of Writers Roundup will be sent. U.S. winners receive a print copy of the book.



Books for Sale [January 2019 Edition]

I've always loved reading books.

I've always wanted to pass on really good books to my friends.

And yes, I've especially wanted to own a bookshop.

(Most of my childhood dreams were centered around literary themes such as these mentioned here -- and a few others. Like wanting to be a librarian too.)

My family always has a bunch of books in the house. More books are always arriving (magically/mysteriously). And it's time to start selling some off.

Here's a little peek into our selection that's FOR SALE this month...
I hope you find something you like! We'll have more Bible Studies, Christian Fiction, and Homeschool Materials posted for sale SOON.

Landmarks of American History, Vintage Volumes

Lot of 7 Tracie Peterson Books

Redemption (#1-5), Karen Kingsbury, Complete Series

Abram's Daughters (#1-5), by Beverly Lewis, Complete Series

Golden Hamster Saga (#2-3), by Dietlof Reiche

* If a book listing has expired by the time you click on it here,
it's possible we may have re-listed it again...
Just check our current CATALOG to see if it's still available!

If you have any questions pertaining to our books for sale,
please contact us ANYTIME through Ebay.

Any book requests?
We visit book sales frequently in our area -- If you're looking for a particular book, drop me a note and we'll keep an eye out for what you need!



2018 Reading Stats

Just popping in once more to have a chat about book stats. (I hope this is my last post talking about 2018. Soon I'll get on to talking about newer stuff than last year!) ;)

So? How many books did you read in 2018?

I've just finished tallying up my reads... I closed out the year with 135 books!

Here's a peek at the formats of books that I read last year...

Why, ALMOST half my books are audio now. Goodness, I wonder what next year's chart will look like.

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And here's a look back across my last decade of reading... just because.

Obviously, I've consistently read MORE each year as time matches on!

Tell me a little bit about your reading totals!

Is your 2019 reading plan different from your 2018 strategy?


L. M. Montgomery Reading Challenge 2019

My January always has a little more happiness in it because I can spend it with a kindred spirit of old. The L.M. Montgomery challenge is here again!

Please, go read all about it on Carrie's blog.

L. M. Montgomery Reading Challenge

My booklist for this month-long challenge consists of:

(1) a novel by Montgomery
(2) a new release about the setting of the Anne books
(3) a new release about Marilla's backstory
(4) a re-read of a novel by Montgomery

Mistress Pat
by L. M. Montgomery (1935)

The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables
The Enchanting Island that Inspired L. M. Montgomery
by Catherine Reid (2018)

Marilla of Green Gables
A Novel
by Sarah McCoy (2018)

Anne of Avonlea
by L. M. Montgomery (1909)

So? Anyone else want to read books by L.M. Montgomery this month?

Mount TBR Checkpoint, 2018 Vol. 4

With 2018 having closed out, I'm just finishing updating all my 2018 reading challenges. Here's my final checkpoint in the Mount TBR challenge -- which I'm joining again in 2019.

For this specific challenge, I completed 118 books in 2018!

I was aiming for Mt. Everest, the 100 book level. So I accomplished that goal successfully (actually at the end of October).

That's 118 books off my mountain of TBR books. Another few thousand to go? Gulp.

And now for some punny fun, featuring some of the titles that I read for this challenge... enjoy! All titles listed below are linked to my personal reviews, if you're interested.

A stitch in time... [saves] A Wrinkle in Time

Don't count your chickens... [before] The Christmas She Wanted

A penny saved is... [a] Magnificent Obsession

All good things must come... [to] The Bridge

When in Rome... Why Read Moby Dick?

All that glitters is not... Stars Above

A picture is worth... The Lost Princess of Oz

When the going gets tough, the tough get... Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Two wrongs don't make... Sense and Sensibility

The pen is mightier than... Blood in the Water

The squeaky wheel gets... [the] Rose of the Oath

Hope for the best, but prepare for... Mission Atomic

Birds of a feather flock... Where Bugles Call


My favorite reads of 2018

So I love making a list of my top 10 favorite reads every year (plus it includes some extras, usually, because I just can't help myself). These books were not all published this year -- they were published in any year of days gone by. But 2018 is when I personally read them.

And these books in particular put an extra sparkle in my eye (and made my heart pitter-patter a little faster) as I read them...

Village School
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
I Can Only Imagine: A Memoir
Oliver Twist
Anne of Green Gables
The First Easter
Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World's Most Famous Detective Writer
The Bridge
A Long Fatal Love Chase
The Inn at Ocean's Edge
Stars Above
These Strange Ashes
When Comes the Spring
And Then There Were None

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In no particular order, my top 10 favorite picks...

I Can Only Imagine by Bart Millard
Bart Millard shares his incredible story, telling about how he penned one of the most touching modern songs – and penned it in ten minutes, in fact. But, of course, as singer Amy Grant tells him, “Bart, you didn't write that song in ten minutes. It took a lifetime.” – very true words. And this books fully tells that story of his...
{Read my full review here.}

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Well, a “lifetime” later, I've read it again. I found out that I had remembered some of the main plot developments in the novel, but there was a lot more that I had “lost” in my memories of how things really happened. So it was wonderful to meet up with one of my favorite female literary characters again – and to measure up how I see her now, reading it as an adulthood, and in effect, to see how I've changed since my first time.
{Read my full review here.}

The First Easter by Peter Marshall
If you're going to read an Easter book this year – let it be THIS ONE. In a way that only a true storyteller can, Peter Marshall brings to life the story of the first Easter. It reads as if you were there, experiencing the last days of Christ's life on earth with Him. It's a dramatic telling of the greatest story of redemption known to man. It's lyrical prose invites the reader to enjoy a familiar story from a fresh viewpoint, complete with minute facts and biblical knowledge.
{Read my full review here.}

Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margalit Fox
Fans of Sherlock Holmes, the canon isn't quite closed yet... here's a peek into the actual Sherlock who walked on this earth, and not just the one scrawled onto the page. The man behind the world's most famous fictional detective was, in fact, a detective too...
{Read my full review here.}

The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury
This is a story about second chances -- about the God of second chances. I love, love, love how much faith and spiritual encouragement is inside of this book. It's there; you can't miss it. Also, in the midst of grief, shattering dreams, and fond-but-distant-memories for these memorable characters, we find a lovely storybook-fairytale romance. It's epic.
{Read my full review here.}

A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott
To me, this novel certainly feel like an epic piece of refined literature such as 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' (without Hugo's additional inner essays, thank goodness), combined with the intensity and intrigue of a Gothic classic such as 'Rebecca', and a unique cast of characters such as would be found in any Dickens novel.
{Read my full review here.}

The Inn at Ocean's Edge by Colleen Coble
Whew! Talk about suspense! I. am. hooked. Better than your favorite drama TV show. Repressed memories... cold-case murder... missing children... and repeated assault attempts. The plot just keeps twisting!
{Read my full review here.}

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
YESSSSS! Exactly what I needed after having to go through Lunar Chronicles withdrawals. I cherish these stories in my heart. It is fantastic to see glimpses into all of these amazing characters' lives again. (Thank you, Marissa Meyer.)
{Read my full review here.}

These Strange Ashes by Elisabeth Elliot
Another favorite book from Elisabeth Elliot! This missionary survived a lot during her experiences in Ecuador as a single young woman. In this book, she shares four lessons in faith she had to overcome -- in a land far away from home, in a wild jungle with few comforts, and in just a few months of time.
{Read my full review here.}

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Wow. What can I say? It's definitely my favorite Agatha Christie novel that I've read so far (and I doubt there's very many that can overpower this one for me). This one will get you hooked, for sure! And such memorable characters too. I love them all.
{Read my full review here.}

And now, for the honorary mentions...

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
This is an ideal Victorian novel, that shows both sides of the coin in terms of social status. Little Oliver gets the chance to experience it all. He gets thrown back and forth a bit between lives, but as the reader, we can really take in the contrast. It makes for an excellent historical study about England too.
{Read my full review here.}

Village School by Miss Read
It is simply a joy to sit down and get lost in the little village of Fairacre. I am completely transported to 1950's England by Miss Read. It's like a mini-vacation to just sit down and listen to her woes, her thrills, her triumphs in life as a schoolmistress (though little triumphs it feels like to her, I'm sure).
{Read my full review here.}

When Comes the Spring by Janette Oke
I may like this 2nd book even better than the 1st -- it's that good!! Perhaps because Elizabeth and Wynn are going directly into marriage, as opposed to the couple in the TV show, where they just think about each other... for years. There was a ton of new experiences for me in this volume, and I just love it all.
{Read my full review here.}

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
There's so denying it, I enjoyed reading Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. In some ways, this fact surprises me, as it does have some dry moments... but really? It is an amazing, thrilling seafaring adventure that you just can't get anywhere else. It's worth a read (and I could see myself reading it again one day).
{Read my full review here.}

Previous years of top favorite books:

2017 // 2016 // 2015 // 2014 // 2013 // 2012 // 2011 // 2010

So, dear reader, what are your favorite books that you got to read in 2018?

If you've posted your 2018 favorites list, drop your link in the comments so we can all see it!