Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon Sign-up


Bout of Books
The start of 2014 sounds like a wonderful time to try another Read-a-Thon. It's the perfect time to start on the book numbers and getting the yearly reading challenge going strong.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
Can't wait!

2013 in Review: Too Read Part 2

My year in reading didn't start of strong, but it did finish strong. Here is Part 2 of the good of 2013. These are the titles that received 4-5 out of 5. I can not say enough good things about these books and I felt that each one of them needed to be spotlighted again! I enjoyed each so much, and each book listed offered a new and exciting world to visit.

If you check out the reviews, you will see that my blog has now taken on the structure I wanted. It was a little wonky in the first part of the year, I didn't have much of an idea of what I was doing. Thanks to new friends in blogging, I was able to learn. 2013 was a great year, not only in books, but in learning, and making new friends who love reading as much as I do.

Too Read of 2013

August:
 
The Red Siren by MaryLu Tyndall
 Andi Unexpected by Amanda Flower
Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma
The Colonel's Lady by Laura Frantz
Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz
A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund
Submerged by Dani Pettrey
Whispers from the Shadows by Roseanna M. White
Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden
Burning Sky: A Novel of the American Frontier by Lori Benton
The Doctor's Lady by Jody Hedlund
Forbidden by Ted Dekker & Tosca Lee
Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer
Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen

September:
 Beneath the Dover Sky by Murray Pura
Made to Last by Melissa Tagg
The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson
Glittering Promises by Lisa T. Bergen
Song of War by Cliff Graham
What Once was Lost by Kim Vogel Sawyer
A Bride for Noah by Lori Copeland & Virginia Smith
City on Fire: A Novel of Pompeii by Tracy L. Higley
Love's Awakening by Laura Frantz
Shattered by Dani Pettrey
Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedund
Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings

October:

 Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta
Stranded by Dani Pettrey
Peace on Earth by Mary Englebreit
The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund
Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green
Christmas in Apple Ridge by Cindy Woodsmall
The Courier of Casewell Hall by Melanie Dobson
The Journey of Josephine Cain by Nancy Moser
A Talent for Trouble by Jen Turano
Bleeding Heart by Amber Stokes
To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer
Widow of Gettysburg by Jocelyn Green
David and Bathsheba by Roberta Kells Dorr
A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears
November:
Captive Trail by Susan Page Davis
Harvest of Gold by Tessa Afshar
Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
Harvest of Rubies by Tessa Afshar
Si-Cology 1 by Si Robertson w/ Mark Schlabach
Breathe by Lisa T. Bergren
Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund
Beyond these Hills by Sandra Robbins
Return To Me by Lynn Austin
Beloved by Robin Lee Hatcher
The Wayfinding Bible published by Tyndale House

December:
 Cloak of Light by Chuck Black
Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan
Lone Star Holiday by Jolene Navarro
A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano

These books were read as well, but the reviews will not be posted till January 2014 with their blog tours.

 Carolina Gold by Dorothy Love
The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen


It's been fun looking back at 2013! Each and everyone of these books as been a delight. I can't wait to see what 2014 brings from these fantastic authors! 2014, by the looks of my TBR, is shaping up to be a stellar book year!

Starting on New Year's Day (Tomorrow), I'm going to be celebrating my 2 year blogiversary. I'm going to have several days of giveaways and they will be coming from these books I've listed over the last couple of days. So come back and check out the fun!!

Happy New Year!!