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I think I can, I think I can!

For the past 2 years, before my birthday, i’ve decided to read a specific author. The goal was to read all the novels by that particular author before i turned that upcoming age.
The first year was Jane Austen, I read her 6 Novels plus a few “extras”. The next year was a little bit more of a challenge. I read the Brontë sisters, they only have 7 novels between the 3 of them but, it took me much longer.

This will be my third year and it’s going to be much, much harder!
I couldn’t decide which one author I wanted to read. I’ve narrowed it down to Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Elizabeth Gaskell. I think, if possible, I might try to read them all. It will be hard to find copies of all their novels, though!
Dickens’ has 21 novels, Eliot has 7, and Gaskell has 6. You can see the full list HERE I will be updating this list frequently!

I have to admit, I am scared of Dickens! I really want to read him, but I am seriously intimidated. Each of the others i’ve seen movie adaptions of their works and enjoyed them (is that considered cheating?)

I’m starting earlier than i have before. Usually I start around the beginning of June, but this year I started at the end of April. Hopefully I’ll make it and enjoy their books!


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April’s Favorite Reads


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. :))


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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Library Books update!

library-booksI posted a couple of weeks ago on the massive amount of books i checked out from the library. I figured it was about time to give an update! I’m happy to say that number has been significantly reduced! I have only 15 books left to read, and about another 5 to return! I do have a *some* to pick up 😀 
But…. I’ve signed up for a blog tour organization called FIRST WildCard tours. It might not have been the smartest decision based on my previous reading habits! I’ve requested a TON of books to read and review for the tours.

I’ll be posting the tours on this blog, so look out for them in a couple of weeks! If you see any that interest you feel entirely free to leave a comment 🙂

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My name is Sarah and…

library-booksI’m addicted to the Library!

I have nearly 40 books from the local library on my library card. And it’s not for lack of having my own to read! Just take a look at the 4(!) bookcases in my room!
What’s worse;  I have the same amount of books on hold! No, no, don’t feel sorry for me, i won’t allow it! But trust me, I come by it very honestly, it runs in the blood 🙂 When my Mom took my sister and I to the library, we borrowed enough children’s books to max out 3 cards.

Let me tell you another book secret of mine while i’m at it, I keep a cd visor thumb tacked on the wall next to my bed. No, not for cds, for bookmarks, just so they’re handy when i start a new book. yep, I don’t think that was the purpose.

I’ll leave you with a quote i came across recently:

‘When I got [my] library card, that was when my life began.’
– Rita Mae Brown


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Fiction books i’m glad i read:2008

Here’s my favorite (or most memorable) books from 2008 in order i read them

Every picture has a link to the author’s website or the closest i could find!


fleisherDonna Fleisher is the author of the Homeland Heroes Series, which includes; Wounded Healer,Warrior’s Heart, Valiant Hope, Standing Strong. If you love powerful fiction this is a great series to look for, it is a very suspenseful and rewarding read.


darwin2trydyingJames Scott Bell – two his books made it to my favorite of 2008; The Darwin Conspiracy and Try dying.

The Darwin Conspiracy is probably my favorite of the two, since it is a historical novel.

the-shape-of-mercymeissnerSusan Meissner also has two books on my list, The Shape of Mercy and Blue Heart Blessed. I think i like the historical one better again, The Shape of Mercy.


sharSharlene MacLaren-  i’ve read all but 1 of the books she has published, and each and every one are written beautifully! I’d have to say Through Every Storm is my favorite. It is one of her contemporary novels.


dandiDandi Daley Mackall – Maggie’s Story is written from the perspective of a modern day Mary Magdalene. I really enjoyed the way this book made the events in the bible contemporary, sure some situations may have been a bit hokey, but it’s still a fun read 🙂


missErynn Mangum Lauren Holbrook Series: Missmatch Rematch and Match Point- Okay, Okay so i kinda cheated on this one. I read the first two in 2007. But in my defense i did re-read them before reading the third one! It’s easily one of the most enjoyable Chick-lit series available.
The author is coming out with a new series. The first book releases this fall.

tricia-goyertricia-goyer2tricia-goyer3Tricia Goyer –  A Valley of Betrayal, A Shadow of Treason make up the three books in the Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War Series. This is a great series for a history fanatic!
She totally takes you to different time and culture!


ultimategiftultimatelifeJim Stovall – The Ultimate Gift & The Ultimate Life.  A recent movie is based on The Ultimate Gift, it’s a great movie it just doesn’t measure up to reading the actual book. The Ultimate Life is a great follow up to the first.


maiermaier2maier3Paul L. Maier –  A Skeleton in God’s Closet, More than a Skeleton and The Third Millienium
I’ve also read The Flames of Rome (last year), everything i’ve read of his, i’ve really enjoyed. 


the-shackWilliam P. Young- The Shack. If you haven’t read the shack yet, Read it. Maybe you haven’t because of the controversy, it’s okay,  when you read it, (and take it as fiction) it’s not a big deal. There are some parts that i don’t agree with, or don’t even understand why it had it be in the book. But that’s also true in a lot of the best books.


Michelle Sutton It’s Not about Me. I loved this book. The author writes great YA fiction. I can’t wait until the next couple in the series come out!

the-seat-beside-methe-good-nearbyNancy Moser – The Seat Beside Me and the Good Nearby. I’ve read quite a bit of Nancy Moser’s books. I have to say that theses are the ones that i love the most. Both completly drained me. I am so glad i read these.


That’s all my favorite fiction for this year!
Soon i will be posting my favorite non-fiction!


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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.


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.


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.



 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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