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books & music of June

I’ve been reading so many GREAT books this month it’ll be hard to narrow it down to the ones I loved! Please ignore the really annoying formatting…. I’m not sure what happened! This is not good for my OCD ways!

First off I’ll start with the fiction!

Talking to the Dead by Bonnie Grove
This is a book i actually had no interest in at first, It sounded a little grown-up and honestly, creepy. After hearing that a lot of people absolutely loved the book, i gave it a try.  It was great! I read the entire book while at the doctor’s office, and that rarely happens! (Granted, we were there for 4 hours!) A full review IS coming soon!

Scared By Tom Davis – Amazing, amazing book. if you have read his Non-fiction book “Red Letters” this is a must read! It’s not a funny, book or even entertaining for that matter, but it is one of THE most informative Fiction books. AND do you want to know one of the greatest things about this book???? You can get it as a FREE download. The ENTIRE book…. free!

Veiled Freedom by Jeanette Windle – Very interesting book, located in an area i have rarely read about in a Christian Fiction book. It’s book you need to devote a lot of time to reading. You might get easily lost if you’re reading several books at once (Trust me, i know. I’m guilty of it! )

 

 

non-fiction

The Woman of Mystery by Hayley DiMarco
This is a book i recently requested from the Tyndale book bloggers (yes they do it too!) I love Hayley’s books, but finding this one was a real treat. This particular topic has been addressed before in many, many books, but i think Hayley has some great thing to add to the discussion.

Graffiti by Erin Davis

Erin is a contributer to one of my favorite blogs, http://girlsgodgoodlife.blogspot.com/
I’ve enjoyed the things she has to say on her posts, and it was great to get more in depth in what she is most passionate about, giving young women a sense of their identity in Christ.

Mere ChristianityMere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
Of course this make this list, how can it not? I’ve read this book once before but this time it was the final book for School.
C. S. Lewis definitely streches my thinking, and he makes a lot of sense. This isn’t my favorite by him (i possibly like The Four Loves the best…. still trying to decide)

 

 

Music
This month’s music has been so diverse!

imagesI found The Beatles Anthology 1 while on vacation (for 1.99! gotta love thrift stores!)
I’ve been enjoying that, i wouldn’t classify myself as a beatles fan… at least not yet.

Coco-_oficial_cover_-_Colbie_Caillat
Also at the same thrift store we found Colbie Caillat’s cd, Coco. (But this one only cost 59 cents, no idea why though…. )I love this cd! She reminds me (on some songs at least) of Bethany Dillon (whom I love!) Some of the songs tend to be pretty similar but all in all it’s solid! And great for summer road trips!

In the name of love I’m pretty sure i’ve mentioned this collection before but i’ve been listening to it again. I’ve been reminded of how much i love it too. I LOVE U2 songs, but sometimes i don’t really like the original (kinda strange…) so this great cd comes along. It’s called In the Name of Love, and it’s perfect! My favorite song is 40 by starfield. They do an amazing job!

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April’s Favorite Reads

Fiction

The Rose House by Tina Ann Forkner
I signed up to be an influencer for this book and got a copy a few weeks before the release date and read it within a few days. I love it! It’s a great story about redemption and hope in difficult times. It’s kinda -sorta -not really a sequel to the author’s first book Ruby Among Us. I didn’t read “Ruby” – so its definitely not imperative to read them as a series! I’ll be writing a review on my other site… so visit over there → in a bit!

Middlemarch by George Eliot
I am a self proclaimed Jane Austen addict, and yet George Eliot comes pretty close in the literary world as my favorite author. This is the first book I have read by Eliot,  I’m possibly going to read all of her novels for my summer/before B’day author. ( I’ll explain what i mean later) She has all the wit and subtle humor of Austen but also manages to combine that with the severe honesty (and near depression) of The Brontë sisters’ works. (George is her pen name, Mary Ann was her given name just to clear up the inconsistencies. :))

Non-Fiction

Dangerous Surrender by Kay Warren
I would probably never have picked up this book based on the cover. Which is very sad, it’s an amazing book, and i would have missed out on it just based on my prejudgement.  My mom suggested this book to me since it is about a cause my eyes have been opened to over the past couple of months. (Particulary through Mocha Club) Kay Warren is a passionate advocate for the awareness of HIV/AIDs. I was completely “disturbed” by this book(that word is important to the book, read it and see!)

Red Letters by Tom Davis
 Another AMAZING book on the issue of AIDS, particularly in Africa. If this is an unnecessary evil that tugs on your heart, I recommend this book immensely. There are amazing stories of hope in the face of such heartbreak.

The Hole in our Gospel by Richard Stearns
This was a Thomas Nelson review book, I’ll link my review back here and you can read my thoughts on it there 🙂 http://reviewsbysarahkatie.wordpress.com/2009/04/23/the-hole-in-our-gospel/

That’s all for this month! You can ALWAYS ask me about a book that intrigues you 🙂

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Music and Books for Feb, March AND April!

So sorry i haven’t been posting these, but i’m back. I’ll be writing another at the end of the month, but we’re already into April so i’m including this week 🙂

Here’s the Music:

Joy Williams- One of these Days Ep.
amazing! I loved listening to this artist when she was with a Christian label, but now that she’s Indie she’s only gotten better! If you get the chance to see her live, please, please do. For your own sake!
If you know me in person, feel free to ask me for a copy, i bought a couple extra 🙂

Katie Herzig – Apple Tree.
Katie is an Indie singer/songwriter with a weird voice. Really, it is a strange voice. But she has something so pure and alluring i keep coming back for more. Try her music out for a bit and you’ll see what i mean. You can get a sampling of her music at www.Noisetrade.com She supports the Mocha Club too!

Roadshow
I attended the Dallas stop of the Rock and Worship Roadshow. Addison Road, Tenth Avenue North (who are nearly as amazing as Addison Road in my VERY biased opinion) Hawk Nelson, Jeremy Camp, and Mercy Me.

It’s a great show, if it comes to your town make sure you attend. Addison Road had to drop out after Dallas because their lead singer is 3 weeks from her due date(!)  I created a playlist from the songs played that night and have been listening to them quite a bit.

Speaking of which please, please vote for Addison Road as new artist of the year on the dove awards site! I would be so happy if you could! Leave me a comment too! (even if you voted for the enemy) 🙂

 

Now for the Books,

If you look at the top of my blog you’ll see a page link called 100+ book challenge. There you can see all the books i’ve read this year. If you want, leave a comment about a certain book 🙂
(Can you tell i’m wanting more comments?)

There are many, many more books, but these are the few that jumped out at me.

City of the Dead by T. L. Higley
I’ve heard a lot about this author and her new series The Seven Wonders (this book is #2) It lives up to all my expectations plus some. It’s very, very good. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

 Jane Austen Ruined my Life by Beth Pattillo
I had to read this book, just read the title! It’s a great read for Austen Lovers. It’s one i’ll be looking to add to my own Jane Austen collection (since i got it from the library).  I’m not sure i would have liked it as much if i didn’t already have an interest in the subject. If you already are interested by a Jane Austen treasure hunt, this will be a great book for you 🙂
Wide Open Spaces by Jim Palmer
This is the 2nd book i have read from Jim Palmer. It’s a continuation of Divine Nobodies(which i put on my october Books blog) I love this book, i took a while to read it. I think that’s the best way to read Jim Palmer books, it gives me time to soak up what he’s saying.

That’s it! I’ll try to add some album art and the book covers later on 🙂

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Books of the month- November

it’s time for the next edition of the Books i have read this month! Stay tuned for the music of the month post

seriously, leave comments for me! I’d love to know if you have any insight on the books i’ve enjoyed!

the-caseThe Case for the Real Jesus by Lee Strobel

I really have enjoyed reading the books i’ve read of his so far. This book is almost an addition to his first The Case for Christ. It answers some of more recent arguments.

rob-bell Sex God by Rob Bell

Rob bell is a great writer who really gets me thinking outside the box. It’s a great follow up to the shack.

holy-fools Holy Fools by Mathew Woodley

I’ve read a lot of things lately about becoming a fool for God. This is a great read. I’ll definitely be picking it up again

 

the-importance The Importance of Being Foolish By Brennan Manning

Another fool’s book! I really liked what Manning had to say. I want to check out more of his books now.

Fiction

learning-to-flyLearning to Fly By Roxanne Henke

This is a sweet story about two mothers who are raising daughters in very different ways. A great book for both mothers & daughters
inam It’s Not About Me by Michelle Sutton

This is a new book & new author. I know her a bit through various sites. It’s a great storyline. A little different than what i usually read. Be on the lookout too for the other books in the series!
the-seat-beside-meThe Seat Beside Me by Nancy Moser

Wow! Great book! Maybe not the best to read on an airplane ride since it’s about a plane crash, but still a great, inspiring read!

the-shape-of-mercyThe Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner

I really like this novel. It’s a really neat historical fiction book with a little mystery in it.
The main character in it is transcribing a diary from one of the accused women of the salem witch trials. really intriguing, right?

That’s it till next month!

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Books of the Month – October Edition

I am going to do this monthly just like the Music of the Month post below. These aren’t going to be all i’ve read this month these are just my favorite noteworthy books 🙂

I want some feedback too. Let me know what you’ve been reading, or if you’ve read any that i have.

Non-Fiction

Jim Palmer Divine Nobodies I really love the concept of this book.  I like that he tells the stories of the ordinary people that came into his life and touched it.

 Debra White Smith What Jane Austen Taught Me About Love & Romance. I have read this book a couple times now. I love the “Dear Jane” note at the end!

  Rebecca St. James Pure. I actually just started this one but i’m really excited about it. It’s a great book by a great artist.

 

Fiction

 Jane Austen. Yep shocking! I’ve been listening to her books read aloud when cleaning my room and whatnot. Then also re-reading my nonfiction books on her works and Life.

 

Francine Rivers Mark of the Lion. I heard a lot of great things about this series and decided to give it a go. Wow! Great historical fiction. I would totally recommend anyone to read them.

 

Francine Rivers Redeeming Love. This has been on my to read list for a while. I just needed to make sure i was ready to handle what was inside the pages. Honestly I will need to read it several more times to get the full picture. But it is a great book about Redeeming Love

Marlo Schalesky Beyond the Night. I was a hesitant to read this book. I thought it would be just another average fiction novel. Oh it’s so good! I really, really loved the whole suspense of it all.

 Sharon Hinck The Restorer and The Restorer’s Son Great books that keep me interested. I like the slight allegorical themes in both books. Can’t wait for the library to get the third!

William Young The Shack I have been reading this for the second time with Kate’s Book Cove (http://bookcove.wordpress.com/) I really like some of the imagery in this book. I don’t have same issues some have with the way the the trinity is portrayed.  I think the point that William Young is trying to make is that we cannot put God in our own little box and make Him who we want.

 

Let me know what you’ve read this month too!

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