Blog Tour Review: Candy Canes and Christmastime by Linda Hoffman Kimball

Candy Canes Christmastime blog tour

Candy Canes and Christmastime: Enhancing the Holidays in the Real WorldCandy Canes and Christmastime:
Enhancing the Holidays in the Real World
by Linda Hoffman Kimball
Nonfiction, Christmas
Paperback178 Pages
October 14th 2014 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media


If you long for a “humbug free” holiday, this is the book for you! Linda Hoffman Kimball presents a compilation of heartfelt and humorous experiences and ideas from women across the broad spectrum of LDS experience and location. Their words help families of any Christian background refocus on the sacredness of the season. Discover unique traditions, fresh ideas, practical tips, and spiritual insights so that your family can get back on track. There are even some recipes! This is a great gift to give your friends, neighbors and relatives.


Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-Thon Update #2

wonderfully wicked read-a-thon

The Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-Thon is being hosted by April and Kat @ My Shelf Confessions. Find out all about it here. I'm number 56 on the linky.

Here's a current update on days 4, 5, and 6:

Blog Tour Review: Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, & Sarah Sundin

Where Treetops GlistenWhere Treetops Glisten
Three Stories of Heartwarming Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II
by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, & Sarah Sundin
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback368 Pages
September 16th 2014 by WaterBrook Press


The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartime

Siblings forging new paths and finding love in three stories, filled with the wonder of Christmas

Turn back the clock to a different time, listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America’s involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana.

In Cara Putman’s White Christmas, Abigail Turner is holding down the Home Front as a college student and a part-time employee at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. Loss of a beau to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements—until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help.

Abigail’s brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theater in Sarah Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas, trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. But when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete’s friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he’s no longer the bully she once knew?

In Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner, “Merry” to those who know her best, is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to face her deepest betrayal head on, but that’s precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.

The Turner family believes in God’s providence during such a tumultuous time. Can they absorb the miracle of Christ’s birth and His plan for a future?


Waiting on Wednesday: Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I have been dying to read this one since I first glimpsed the cover and heard that it was somewhat of a play off of Rebecca. I also am happy that it's a stand-alone so its not another series I will be adding to my list. :) Suspicion is my WOW pick this week:

Blog Tour Review: Stars, Stockings and Shepherds by Shersta Chabot

Stars Stockings Shepherds blog tour

Stars, Stockings, and Shepherds: Discover the Meaning of Christmas SymbolsStars, Stockings & Shepherds
by Shersta Chabot
Illustrated by Corey Egbert
Children's Picture Book
Hardcover32 Pages
October 14th 2014 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media

Do you know the symbolism behind evergreens, sheep, or the color red? This adorably illustrated picture book teaches the meanings behind 24 Christmastime objects and is the perfect gift for any children, parents, or grandparents on your list. Make your family’s holiday season one to remember with this inspiring reminder of the gospel roots behind our treasured Christmas traditions.


Blog Tour Review: Because of Love by Shauna V. Brown

Because of Love blog tour

Because of LoveBecause of Love
MG Christmas Story
Paperback, 96 Pages
October 14th 2014 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media

For Christmas, all Phoebe Brown wants is to give her daughters new shoes to replace their heavy leather boots. But because they have very little money, her husband refuses to pay for them. Inspired by true events, this Christmas story shows how the power of love can change even the most begrudging heart.


Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-Thon Update

wonderfully wicked read-a-thon

The Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-Thon is being hosted by April and Kat @ My Shelf Confessions. Find out all about it here. I'm number 56 on the linky.

Here's how I've done so far each day:

RaT Participants Visited: 3
Challenges: 0
Books Read: Read 26 pages of Painting Kisses, 18 pages A Refuge from the Storm, finished Stars, Stockings & Shepherds (it's 32 pages, but it's a children's book and so I'll count it as 8 pages), and read ~5 pages of A Christmas to Remember.
Pages Read: 57 (Phew. Barely met my daily goal!)
Total Books Read: 1
Total Pages Read: 57
Stars, Stockings, and Shepherds: Discover the Meaning of Christmas Symbols

RaT Participants Visited: 0
Challenges: 0
Books Read: Finished A December Bride (120 pages), A Januray Bride (120 pages), A February Bride (120 pages), and A March Bride (120 pages). All of these were part of Dewey's Read-a-thon.
Pages Read: 480
Total Books Read: 5
Total Pages Read: 537
A December Bride (A Year of Weddings, #1) A January Bride (A Year of Weddings, #2) A February Bride (A Year of Weddings, #3) A March Bride (A Year of Weddings, #4)

RaT Participants Visited: 1
Challenges: 1 - Scavenger Hunt hosted on The Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Books Read: Read 44 pages of An April Bride and finished Because of Love (84 pages).
Pages Read: 128
Total Books Read: 6
Total Pages Read: 665
Because of Love

Are you participating in this RaT? If you are, how are you doing?

Weekly Update #85

Welcome to my Weekly Update where I post my blog's schedule for the week. I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, this week.

Earlier this morning I posted my thoughts on what's trending in YA. If you missed it, check it out here.

There's somewhat of a Christmas theme this week, in case you don't notice. ;) Here's what you can expect this week:

Let's discuss... Trends in YA

Let's discuss... is a feature that you'll occasionally see here on my blog. 
Sometimes I read, see, or hear something that I just want to talk about and
get some feedback on to see what you all think. This is when I do that. :)

I recently read CNN's piece on the coming trends in young adult literature. You can read the full article here. There were a few things that I really liked or made me think and I'd like to know what you guys think. Here are my thoughts:

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon 2014 Wrap-Up


Phew. I know Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon isn't actually over yet, but for me it is. I've got stuff tomorrow and can't stay up any later, so I'm wrapping this up now with how it went and what I did. I mostly posted on Twitter and that worked well for this.

- Read two books or at least 400 pages. Read 4 novellas, equally 480 pages. Yay!
- Enter at least two mini-challenges/giveaways. Entered four. :)

Challenges participated in:
Beloved Books Mini-challenge/Books & Leaves (from hour 11)
Recommend Me a Book (from hour 11)
Book Spine Poetry (from hour 15)
The Pet Parade (from hour 16)

Books I finished (I enjoyed them all!):
A December Bride (A Year of Weddings, #1) A January Bride (A Year of Weddings, #2) A February Bride (A Year of Weddings, #3) A March Bride (A Year of Weddings, #4)


Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hmm. I don't know that there was specifically one. Maybe the first hour because I would have had to be up at 5 am my time to start with the read-a-thon. 

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I loved the books I read because they were sweet and short, but if we're going for page-turners and all around good books, I'd pull from my YA stack and choose: Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, Legend Series by Marie Lu, and The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare to name a few. If you're looking for Christian romance then I'd go for the Christiansen Family Series by Susan May Warren or Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I think some of the rules needed to be clearer to mini-challenge hosts and the participants. I thought all the mini-challenges and giveaways were supposed to be open for three hours and then found several only open for that hour. A master list of events for each hour, including giveaways hosted on Dewey's site I think also would have been helpful, along with their start and stop times.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
It was just fun reading with a lot of other people. I liked that each post on Dewey's site listed what was going on for that hour and where to go to find it.

How many books did you read?
Four novellas, which considering I was gone or not able to read for more than half the day wasn't bad.

What were the names of the books you read?
A December Bride, A January Bride, A February Bride, and A March Bride (you can see them above).

Which book did you enjoy most?
Hmm. I really loved them all, but maybe A February Bride just inched out the others.

Which did you enjoy least?
That's too hard to answer since I didn't dislike any of them. :)

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Not a cheerleader.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Definitely. Probably just as a participant, but maybe hosting a challenge again.


Overall, it was a good day, especially considering that I wasn't able to read for half of it. :)

If you participated, how did you do?