From the Family Bookshelf

After almost a month long hiatus, this column is back. North Carolina was wonderful. I worked some of the time promoting virtual book tour clients, read some great books, and wrote two chapters of my WIP along with almost two full chapters of my first ghostwriting project. Since I read the most while we were away, I guess I’ll start with me. This is the list of books I brought with me. I also had my Kindle: 

  • Lingering Spirit by Marilyn Meredith (romance with supernatural flare) *
  • The Last Operative by Jerry B. Jenkins (Christian thriller)*
  • Keeping the Wolves at Bay Media Training  by Jonathan Bernstein (Business)*
  • Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James (psychological thriller)*
  • Plan B by Steven Verrier (this review will appear at this blog) YA*
  • Bowdancer III: Warrior Women by Janie Franz (providing back cover blurb)*
  • When Love Ends and the Ice Cream Carton is Empty by Jackie Johnson (Christian relationship book) – reading now
  • Healing with Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey by  Diana M. Raab
  • Harvest Moon by Chastity Bush (paranormal)
  • State of Reservations by Elysabeth Eldering (this review will appear at this blog) (Children’s)*
  • Evenings on Dark Island by Rhett DeVane & Larry Rock (Southern fiction with vamps)*
  • All the titles with an asterisk are ones I read while we were away. I also read the romantic suspense novel Capturing Karma by K.M. Daughters. This is the fourth installment of The Sullivan Boys series. I love these books.  Reviews of all those I’ve read are either posted or soon to be posted, so keep an eye out for them. 

    Dad finished the Christian historical, The Return to Zion, by Bodie and Brock Thoene while we were away and started a counterterrorism thriller by Vince Flynn, The Third Option

    The Lil Diva seems to be over her desire not to read anything and picked up one of The Boxcar Children books today. 

    The Lil Princess is moving along with her summer reading program. She goofed off while we were away, but she’s polished off 9 of the 25 books she needs to read by August 5th. We visited the library today and she’s already read all of those, so we’ll be going back tomorrow for more.

    That’s it for now. I would love to hear what you’ve been busy reading this summer.



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    Vacation Time Reading

    Well, I’m packing up for the Outer Banks, and as usual, I am bringing a ton of books with me. Thankfully, this year I have the Kindle so my bag will be lighter and less bulky.

    Here’s what I’ll be reading while we’re away:

    • Lingering Spirit by Marilyn Meredith
    • The Last Operative by Jerry B. Jenkins
    • Keeping the Wolves at Bay Media Training  by Jonathan Bernstein
    • Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James
    • Plan B by Steven Verrier (this review will appear at this blog)
    • Bowdancer III: Warrior Women by Janie Franz (providing back cover blurb)
    • When Love Ends and the Ice Cream Carton is Empty by Jackie Johnson
    • Healing with Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey by  Diana M. Raab
    • Harvest Moon by Chastity Bush
    • Reservations by Elysabeth Eldering (this review will appear at this blog)
    • Evenings on Dark Island by Rhett DeVane & Larry Rock

    Unless noted, these reviews will appear at my main blog, The Book Connection

    I hope you have a great couple of weeks. I’ll try to post at least once while we’re away.

    Thank you for all your support!

    Cheryl

    From the Family Bookshelf

    Where has this month gone? I can’t believe July is almost here. The girls have been out of school since Monday. The Lil Princess joined our library’s “Go Green” summer reading program. The Lil Diva has officially declared she hates reading. When I suggested she join the summer reading program, not only did I get the eyes rolling up into her eyelids, I also received the lovely hand on the hip deal. How did I manage to end up with a kid who doesn’t enjoy reading?

    In this issue of From the Family Bookshelf, you’ll once again get a glimpse into what our family has been reading lately. I, as usual, have read more books than anyone else; but that should change a bit with the Lil Princess participating in the summer reading program.

    I really thought Dad would move right from Prayers for the Assassin  by Robert Ferrigno to the next book in this series, Sins of the Assassin, but he didn’t. After a short reading break, he moved onto the third book in The Zion Chronicles, The Return to Zion, by Bodie and Brock Thoene. This series is Christian historical fiction set aroung WWII. He has already read the first two books in this series, The Gates of Zion and A Daughter of Zion.

    May 27th was the last time I updated this column. Sorry about that. With the wedding, the end of the school year, and preparing to leave for North Carolina on July 2nd, I haven’t been blogging as much as I usually do.

    During that time I’ve read Ebeneezer’s Cousin, In My Bath, Sully’s Topsy Tale, Grin’s Message, Little Big Wolf, and Glamour Girl, all children’s books.  You can find those reviews on this site. I’ve also read Caves, Cannons and Crinolines, which is YA historical fiction from Beverly Stowe McClure. That review is also posted at this site.

    At The Book Connection, I recently posted reviews of: The Wildcat’s Burden (sci-fi/alternative world) by Christopher Hoare, The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner (historical fiction), At Home with Laurie Ann by Laurie Ann McMillin Ray (home decorating), and Why God Matters by Karina Lumbert Fabian and Deacon Steven Lumbert (Catholic nonfiction). I also read The Lightkeeper’s Daughter by Colleen Coble as part of the Amazon Vine program. I am currently reading The Last Operative by Jerry Jenkins. If you want to know my Jerry Jenkins story, just ask!

    The Lil Diva moved right from her Katie & Kimble books into reading Junie B. Jones.  I’ll have a separate post coming up about this book soon, but I thought kids were supposed to enjoy reading about those older than them. Junie B. Jones is a few years younger than her, so I wasn’t expecting that one. She read

    The Lil Princess has been reading to herself, so I haven’t been privy to what she’s been reading lately. She hides in her room, shuts the door, and wanders off for a while. I know that she recently picked up a copy of The Raindrop by Brian McClure that I had in my office. She always asks before taking off with anything from here, since she never knows if it belongs in the TBR pile, the giveaway pile, or somewhere in between. 🙂

    That’s about it for From the Family Bookshelf. I hope you enjoyed reading along. Until next time, keep reading!