It's my own personal library!
Check out what I recommend, what I've read in 2018, and what is coming out soon.
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2018 Reading List
Patrick Bowers Series by Steven James
I flew through these books as fast as I could get my hands on them. They are fast paced, intense, and kept me wanting more. They are considered Christian Fiction but they can get rather dark as Patrick Bowers is an FBI agent that deals with serial killers. I'm anxiously awaiting the next book (Every Wicked Man) which is due in September.
- The Pawn
- The Rook
- The Knight
- The Bishop
- The Queen
- The King
- Opening Moves
- Every Crooked Path
- Every Deadly Kiss
- Every Wicked Man (on my reading list - due out in Sept)
The Jevin Banks Experience Series by Steven James
While I was waiting for more books from the Patrick Bowers series to show up for me I moved on to the Jevin Banks Experience. These were still entertaining but were not as face paced and hard to put down as the Patrick Bowers books. Still a great read and significantly less heavy, while still dealing with suspenseful and heavy topics.
Blur Trilogy by Steven James
My library didn't have these books so I was thrilled to find them on Kindle Unlimited this summer. After flying through the Patrick Bowers books and the Jevin Banks series I wanted more Steven James! These books are significantly shorter because they are a teen series but they still have a solid mystery and kept me engaged.
Men of Valor Series by Irene Hannon
I read some of Irene Hannon's other books last year (Private Justice and Code of Honor) so I grabbed the next series that the library had in full. Her books weave suspense and romance together in a way that isn't gag worthy because it's so cheesy. I can't handle the super swoony love stories but I'm okay if there are characters that fall for each other.
Guardians of Justice Series by Irene Hannon
Another great series from Irene Hannon. I love that I can pick up her books and get sucked in within a chapter or two. Sometimes I can figure out how the small details fit in to the larger story before all is revealed but often she leaves me guessing until the end!
Heroes of Quantico Series by Irene Hannon
Are you sensing a theme here? If I find an author I enjoy I tend to keep reading anything I can find by the person until I hit a dead end. I've finished the first two books in this series and I'm currently reading book three.
If I live by Terri Blackstock
This is the third and final book in the If I Run series. I randomly grabbed the first book off a shelf at the library two years ago and it threw me into the world of Terri Blackstock. I've read every one of her suspense books and they always teach me something new. Her characters are real with actual flaws and struggles. I highly recommend her!
The O'Malley Series by Dee Henderson
One of my favorite finds this year! I flew through this entire series in less than a month... but out of the eight books I read half of them in a week! I couldn't put them down and felt for the characters deeply. That's what I want in a book!
Carmen Brown is such a doll and I love all her encouragement in this book. If you have ever thought about blogging or felt God calling you to blog I encourage you to pick up this book. By His Grace We Blog is filled with advice, specific action steps, and help specific to those bloggers that want to honor God in their work.
You Can Stay Home With Your Kids: 100 Tips, Tricks and Ways to Make It Work on a Budget by Erin Odom
I've been home with my kids for almost ten years now and I still found great advice in this book from Erin Odom of The Humbled Homemaker. Erin herself has struggled to make ends meet while being home with her kids and knows how hard it can be to drop that second income to follow your heart. She shares all her best advice in here for cutting costs, making DIY items to use around the house, and even having fun while still watching your spending. A perfect gift or great for yourself.
I have dreams of earning at least a part time income with this blog because I really love doing it and would also love the opportunity to continue staying at home with my kids as they grow. I've followed Ruth for quite some time and watched her grow her business into something amazing. While I don't dream of working at the level she does, I wanted to hear her thoughts on monetizing, content creation, ad networks, and other aspects of blogging. It was a quick read but also gave me some great steps to take for improving my blogging.
Simple, authentic, and heartfelt hospitality. It doesn't need to be fancy, it doesn't even need to be planned. Open the door and invite others in. Share your life and build a community. Hospitality is not about a performance, special plates, or coordinated food - it's about our hearts. Grab this great read and open your own door!
Kristina is a sweet blogging friend and when she asked for help launching her new devotional I jumped at the chance. In this devotional she shares her heart as she looks at moms in the Bible and how we can learn from their stories in our own mothering journey. I was moved an inspired to examine my heart and make sure the legacy I'm leaving for my kids is one that will point them to Jesus.
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