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What Are You Reading (September 2013)

Monday, September 9, 2013
Open Book by Dave Dugdale

Open Book by Dave Dugdale

Since the first Monday of this month was Labor Day here in the U.S., I didn’t post this then, but we can’t skip our monthly update! It’s time for your book report. Tell us what you’ve finished, what you’re reading, and what’s on your To Be Read stack/list. (And if you’ve reviewed the books you’ve read somewhere, please include links!)


  • What book(s) did you finish reading (or listening to) since last month’s update?
  • What are you currently reading and/or listening to?
  • What’s the next book on your To Be Read stack/list?
  1. Karen Pashley permalink
    Monday, September 9, 2013 12:15 pm

    Just finished reading When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin. Touching, sad, hopeful. A thoughtful, beautifully written novel.


  2. Monday, September 9, 2013 12:45 pm

    Finished Reading
    Since the last update in August, I’ve finished:
    Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Jane Grey by Alison Weir. Story: 4 stars. Audiobook: 4.5 stars. (Click through for review)
    Stand-In Groom, Menu for Romance, and A Case for Love by Yours Truly. I re-read (skimmed, mostly) to make notes on certain characters for a certain new story idea I’m working on currently.

    Currently Reading
    When He Was Wicked (Bridgertons, #6) by Julia Quinn (I’ve just downloaded this to my Kindle, but haven’t actually started it yet)
    The Queen’s Fool (The Tudors #4) by Philippa Gregory (audiobook read by Bianca Amato). I thought this would be a good follow-up to the Weir book.

    Next on TBR stack/list
    I have no idea!


    • Dora permalink
      Monday, September 9, 2013 12:53 pm

      I will have to check out the Jane Grey book. I loved the movie Lady Jane.


      • Monday, September 9, 2013 12:54 pm

        Be warned that she doesn’t have quite as rosy of an opinion of Jane and Guildford’s relationship as the movie does.


  3. Dora permalink
    Monday, September 9, 2013 12:51 pm

    I have read the entire Cedar Cove series by Debbie Macomber. I enjoyed the books. I also read Beth Weisman’s Daughter’s of the Promise series, which are set in Paradise, Pa. I also listened to the final “Paradise Valley” book, by W. Dale Cramer. This set in the 1920’s in Mexico and concerns an Amish community that has relocated to avoid compulsory schooling in Ohio. I love the entire series. I also listened to Emma, by Jane Austen. I enjoyed the book, although it did drag at times and found some of the characters to be insipid, at times. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. However, the reader was not at all enjoyable. I could hear her turning the pages and she repeated the text quite a bit. It nearly became a DNF, due to the reader. I also listened to When Hope Blossoms by Kim Vogel Sawyer, this book was a detour from her usual work, as it had a contemporary setting. However, it a had great story.
    I am currently reading A Tattered Quilt, by Wanda Brunstetter, which is the sequel to The Half-Stitched Quilting Circle.


    • Dora permalink
      Monday, September 9, 2013 12:53 pm

      Also, Austenland is on my next to be read list, once it becomes available for download.


    • Monday, September 9, 2013 12:56 pm

      Emma is my least favorite of JA’s novels. I don’t like the title character, and it’s never a good thing when I finish a romance novel thinking the hero could do so much better for himself.

      I haven’t read Austenland in years–not since it first came out. Not sure if I want to re-read it or just see the movie. While I remember the story being cute, it obviously didn’t make enough of an impact on me that I’ve felt the desire to re-read it since then.


      • Monday, September 9, 2013 8:18 pm

        I’m with you on Emma. And I didn’t like Gwenyth (sp?) Paltrow for years because of that, but she’s really come in to her own now.


        • Monday, September 9, 2013 8:21 pm

          I love Gwyneth as Pepper Potts in the Iron Man/Avengers movies.


  4. Sylvia M. permalink
    Monday, September 9, 2013 1:28 pm

    Books I read since the last update. ( H= historical; C= contemporary)

    On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin (WWII; flight nurse, pharmacist; H)
    Rodeo Regrets by Shannon Taylor Vannatter (Heartsong Presents; C)
    Stillwater Promise by Becky Melby and Cathy Weinke (Heartsong Presents; C)
    Secretly Smitten by Coleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, Denise Hunter (small town novellas; C)
    Noble Pursuits by Chautona Havig (very moral, church and family oriented; C)
    Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund (logging industry; prostitution; H)
    Love Is Monumental by Annalisa Daughety (national park; Washington DC; university professor; child of single parent; C)
    Love Is Grand by Annalisa Daughety (national park; Grand Canyon; single mom; widowhood; C)
    Saltwater Taffie by Janice Hanna (Heartsong Presents; C)
    An Honorable Gentleman by Regina Scott (Love Inspired Historical; regency; H)
    Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer (preacher and artist; hold-ups; H)

    Books I’m currently reading.

    Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter
    Thicker Than Blood by C.J. Darlington
    Sweet Harmony by Janice Hanna

    Book I plan to read next.

    Frame 232 by Wil Mara


    • Sylvia M. permalink
      Monday, September 9, 2013 1:50 pm

      No Laughing Matter by Dorothy Simpson (re-read; cozy mystery; C)


  5. Monday, September 9, 2013 2:11 pm

    I just finished:
    Rebellious Heart, Jody Hedlund, fictionalized John and Abigail Adams
    Fired Up, Mary Connealy, book 2 in Trouble in Texas
    My Hope is Found, Joanne Bischof, book 3

    Up Next:
    Finish conference prep
    Made to Last, Melissa Tagg, debut
    Love’s Awakening, Laura Frantz, Ballantyne Legacy
    On Distant Shores, Sarah Sundin
    Welcome to Last Chance, Cathleen Armstrong, debut


    • Monday, September 9, 2013 8:22 pm

      I’m assuming that reading these “up next” books happens after conference prep, not as conference prep, right? 😉


      • Monday, September 9, 2013 8:25 pm

        Hehe. Yeah. I’m almost ready. Will probably have everything printed tomorrow. Really hoping to get to Melissa’s before leaving but not holding my breath…

        (I am as packed as I can get though – at least clothes and stuff. Electronics will have to wait until Wednesday night or Thursday morning.)


  6. Elaine Key permalink
    Monday, September 9, 2013 3:15 pm

    Currently, I am reading “Three Brides, No Groom” by Debbie Macomber. I’m also doing an online Bible Study called, “What Happens When Women Say Yes To God” by Lysa Terkeurst. This book is packed full with words of wisdom and insight on how to get closer to God. I love it!

    I just finished “Turnabout’s Fair Play” by Kaye Dacus and “The Unexpected Husband” by Debbie Macomber.

    Next I will read “Married in Seattle” by Debbie Macomber.
    I am currently on a Debbie Macomber kick. Also, I have been watching The White Queen on television and I think I will start reading that series. The action on the TV series is moving so fast, I don’t understand a lot of the political upheaval that seems to be going on.


  7. Monday, September 9, 2013 8:25 pm

    I’ve hit a few duds lately, mostly dud because of historical inaccuracy. So I’m not going to name those.

    I read Rebellious Heart, and while it was better than most novels I’ve read recently, it wasn’t as good as Noble Groom or Unending Devotion.

    The best book I’ve read recently was Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano (contemporary romance, debut author). It reminded me a little of yours. Anyway, my review is here:

    My other best recent read was Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden (historical). Review:

    My to-read list includes:
    Trapped by Irene Hannon
    Unspoken by Dee Henderson (I so hope it’s better than Full Disclosure!)
    The Inheritance by Jo-Anne Berthelsen
    Dangerous Pursuit by Lisa Harris
    When the Clouds Roll By by Myra Johnson
    Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta


  8. Friday, September 13, 2013 4:55 pm

    I read an addictive romance novel I have to share with you and your readers called “Come Fly with Me” by author Judith Whitmore ( The book is for anyone who likes a strong female lead who doesn’t wait to be rescued but goes out there and looks for change!The novel follows the unlikely couple Rick and Kate. Rick is a loner pilot who has given up on love and enjoys his fast pace life of flying celebrities and multimillionaires all over the world. Kate on the other hand is in a loveless marriage with a over-achieving workaholic. She has money and time but she’s obviously not happy. She has pursued flying as a way to escape the mundane. Rick becomes Kate’s teacher and the two instantly bond over their love of flying. Their connection makes them realize that they are both missing something very important and fulfilling in their lives, Love! There is so much more to the book I can’t even begin to get into but there are so many twists and turns you won’t be able to put it down. Hope you will give it a read 🙂 Here’s to all the romantics out there! Enjoy!


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