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June 2016 Book Pick-Ups

June Book Pick-Ups

The Deliberate ReaderSo many books… June has been a crazy month for book pick-ups. From A christianbook.com sale, to a ton of Kindle pick-ups, to my father-in-laws estate, we were just getting books right and left this month.

For Kindle:

Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure: A Christian Historical and Inspirational Romance of World War Two
Why I got it: I don’t actually remember getting this book, but since it’s in my Amazon history… I’m guessing free from BookBub?

Journey’s End (Gilded Promises)
Why I got it: This month Kindle First choice. I haven’t really been into the Kindle First choices the last few months. I use to be, if not excited, at least mildly interested, but not these last few months.

Blood of Requiem (Song of Dragons Book 1)
Why I got it: Someone suggested this author to me, and this is the first book in his dragon series. So got to begin at the very beginning, right?

Firefly Island
Why I got it: Same author as above, but not the same series. A stand alone fantasy book that sounded really good.

The Dragon Chronicles
Why I got it: A free collection of fantasy novels about dragons.

Galactic Empires: Eight Novels of Deep Space Adventure
Why I got it: Another free collection, this time of sci-fi stories.

LEGENDS: Fifteen Tales of Sword and Sorcery
Why I got it: And yet another free collection, do you see a trend here?

Spirit Legacy
Why I got it: This was free from BookBub and sounded really good. Again a book where dreams play an important role, plus it’s a coming of age story, two wins for me.

Call of the Herald
Why I got it: I’ve got to stop opening up BookBub emails. My TBR list is already overflowing, but I can’t seem to resist a free fantasy story, especially if its a coming of age one. And when the description says, “Catrin unknowingly triggers powerful, ancient, magic and fulfills a prophecy that says she will destroy entire nations.” Well that sealed it now I really want to read it.


Called to Community
Why I got it: It was actually the tagline that made me request this book, “The Life Jesus Wants for His People.” This is something that has been on my mind, so I’m interested to see what the authors, it’s a collection of essays, have to say about it.


Rags and Ruins
Why I got it: I recently joined the early reviewer team at Ravenswood Publishing and they ASKED me what I’d like to review next! What an awesome opportunity! I choose Rags and Ruins because it seems to be a fun twist on an old story. A fantasy story where the main character seems to be a human child raised as a goblin. Look for a review coming soon.

Coloring Book:

Creative Haven Peacock Designs Coloring Book
Why I got it: My husband is a great guy and when we saw this at the mall, he suggested we buy it. Because he knows how much I enjoy both coloring and peacocks. 🙂


Classic Young Adult Titles

As with the pick-up from my grandparents there are too many books to list here, so I’ll just give you a few highlights. (Plus all of the classic young adult books pictured above.)

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West
Why I got it: My husband picked this one out, but we are both interesting in Lewis and Clark (it’s an Oregon thing.)

The Pathfinder: Or, The Inland Sea 1914
Why I got it: A 1914 adventure books for boys. This one has obviously seen some use. And I believe this is the sequel to the Last of the Mohicans.

All Dressed Down and Nowhere to Go
Why I got it: One word: Dilbert.

How to Calculate Quickly: Full Course in Speed Arithmetic
Why I got it: My husband is the one who bought this for his dad. They both shared a lot of mathematics.

Why I got it: Carl Sagan’s classic is one we didn’t have yet.

Mysteries of the ancient world
Why I got it: A Nat Geo book that looks pretty interesting.

IMG_634575 Scrambles In Oregon: The Best Non-technical ascents
Why I got it: My father-in-law will most be remembered for his love of hiking.

Super Bowl XI Program Guide
Why I got it: My father-in-law went to this super bowl. And although we were in hope that his ticket would be inside(it wasn’t) it’s still a neat piece of family history.

Taekwondo Tigers Series:

ATA Tiger-books

Why I got it: Little Bug has been taking Taekwondo class since last July. Recently our school has launch a new program for the Tigers class (4 to 6 year olds.) This new program includes a cast of characters for the different belt ranks. And each character has their own book. Score for bookworms! (Note: We are still waiting on the last book Baron to come in.)

Kindergarten Readers:

Kinder Readers

Schools out for the summer! And guess what the newly minted 1st Grader came home with? A stack of books from school. They were getting rid of some of the old practice and phonics readers (most are 8-10 pages long) and like a good little bookworm little bug brought home a stack including: old Five Little Ducks, Whose Baby?, Dune Bug, Look, Mom, No Words! , In a Dark, Dark Wood, White Rabbit’s Color Book…

Christianbook.com Sale

Forbidden (The Books of Mortals)
Why I got it: I’ve heard good things about this Christian dystopian series and the prices was ridiculously low.

Emma of Aurora: The Complete Change and Cherish Trilogy: A Clearing in the Wild, A Tendering in the Storm, A Mending at the Edge
Why I got it: I thought this would be a series that my mom, my grandmother and I could share and enjoy. However the book is HUGE! So big I can’t imagine my 90 year-old grandmother holding it to read. Even looking at it I am imaging getting carpel tunnel from trying to read the thing. But I enjoy Jane Kirkpatrick, and the book was only $1.99 so it’s waiting for me on the TBR shelf.

Landon Snow and the Shadows of Malus Quidam, Landon Snow & The Island Of Arcanum, Landon Snow & The Volucer Dragon, Landon Snow & The Auctor’s Kingdom
Why I got it: They were .99 cents each and I am always on the look out for the next Cooper Kids adventure series to share with my nephew.

The Bernstein Bears God Bless Our Country
Why I got it: For Little Bug because, #1 she has discovered the Bernstein Bears books this year and loves them, and #2 because we have been talking about the 4th of July and what it means.

The Bernstein Bears’ Harvest Festival
Why I got it: Again I got it for Little Bug because she has totally fallen in love with the Bear of Bear Country this year.

Curious George Time for School
Why I got it: This book is really cool, the has a fold out practice clock that you use as you read the book. Makes teaching time extra fun and it’s practical.


Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don’t)
Why I got it: Staples had this book in the back of the store and marked down to $1.97 because the paper cover was torn.

Before You Go: A Daily Devotional
Why I got it: I am working on writing a e- booklet for my client Forever Changed International and their missions trips. (Ok so it’s been on my to-do list for 6 months, but I still plan to get to it sometime.) My business partner, Bradley suggested this book to help me get the creative juice flowing.

The Ghost Bride
Why I got it: We’ve recently re-opened the Carnegie Library for Saturday hours, so to help promote our newly expanded hours the Library Foundation had a booth at the nearby Farmers Market where they gave away old ARCs from the Library. This was the one I picked.


Top Ten Tuesday #4


2016 Releases

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

June 21: Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

Oh boy another new releases post… at least this one I have a shot at… maybe. I don’t follow a lot of new releases. I had to go to Goodreads list of highly anticipated fantasy for 2016 to make to 10.

  1. Through the Shadows – 
  2. Is Gywneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? (Reviewed)
  3. Sorting the Beef from the Bull (Reviewed)-
  4. The Waking Fire (The Draconis Memoria #1) –
  5. Children of Earth and Sky –
  6. The Last Days of Magic –
  7. Sir Princess Petra (The Pen Pieyu Adventures #1) –
  8. Borrowed Magic –
  9. The Invisible Library –
  10. Tree of Truth (Book of Pilgrimage 1) –

Top Ten Tuesday #3



toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

June 14: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year…

Since I rarely follow new books release enough to come up with a list of 10, just for the second half of 2016 this is going to be a wishlist post.

June 14: Top Ten Books from My Wishlist

It’s an odd and eclectic list to be sure, but then again so are my reading habits. I like a wide and diverse range of books, so it should be no surprise that my wishlist would also express this. What is your #1 wished for book right now?

May 2016 Book Pick-ups


May Book Pick-ups

The Deliberate ReaderMay has been a pretty busy month for book pick ups, from thrift store finds to the school book fair, plus my grandparents let us raid their basement for books. I also seem to be getting more ARCs than ever. It use to be one every two months or so and now I am getting one or two a month! This month I got my first eARC and I signed up for the First to Read program from Penguin, which means more eARCs on the horizon.


For Kindle:

Dream Casters: Light
Why I got it: A .99 cent book from BookBub. I admit that I have a soft spot for books involving people traveling between our world and a dream world.

Open Minds (Mindjack Saga Book 1)
Why I got it: Free BookBub book, and this first sentence of the description was pretty much enough to sell me on the book, “When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep”

Enemy (On the Bones of Gods Book 1)
Why I got it: My Kindle First selection for May. There were several books that looked good by the description, but once I started reading the reviews, none of the books looked good. I am not planning on reading this anytime in the future, but I feel compelled to choose at least one. The big downer was that so many reviewers complaint about the writing style taking them out of the story, choppy sentences and fantasy characters who constantly used the word “yeah.”

From The Library:

The Strangler Vine
Why I got it: I read an excerpt for the second book on the Penguin First to Read site, and was immediately interested in reading these books.


The Quest for Merlin
Why I got it: A LibraryThing giveaway, the publisher gave me a copy of the book to review. This is my first eARC (electronic advance reader copy.) It seems to be a YA coming of age fantasy tale.


The Gammage Cup
Why I got it: It looked like a fun fantasy story, and I’m a total sucker for cheep books at the Teen Challenge Thrift store.

Mutiny on H.M.S. Bounty (First Illustrated Classics)
Why I got it: I am working on collecting all these mini-books of illustrated classics. (Partly because I have a book shelf just their size.)

Make Way for Ducklings
Why I got it: A classic children’s story, that we’ve checked out from the library many times before, now we own our own copy.

Tempestuous (Wondrous Strange Trilogy)
Why I got it: It was marked as an ARC, but for sale at a thrift store, and since it’s also a fantasy story I thought, “Why not?”

It’s a Magical World
Why I got it: Calvin and Hobbs for .99 cents at a thrift store, is a yes every time.

Book Fair:

Bad Kitty: Puppy’s Big Day
Why she got it: Much to my night time reading chagrin she loves, loves, LOVES the Bad Kitty beginner chapter books. I swear I have read Bad Kitty Gets a Bath 4,000 times. At least now that we have a new one the Bad Kitty Gets A Bath book gets a break.

Palace Pets: Adventure Tales
Why she got it: Her newest thing is Palace pets, which combines two things she already loves Disney Princesses and Pets! This book is super cute as it has mini-books within the book, each telling the tale of a different set of pets.


IFMy grandparents have decided to down size the amount of books they own, so we brought home a large box full of their books. There are too many to list here, but you can see them in the pictures on this page. A couple of highlights:

My husband reading Moon Base, which we picked up from my Grandparents.
My husband reading Moon Trip,  we picked up both Moon Trip and Moon Base from my Grandparents.

The Happy Little Handsaw:
Why I got it: This is one of the books I remember my Grandmother reading to me when I was a little kid. No I will have a chance to read it to little bug.

Little Black Samba:
Why I got it: This is one of those books that you just can’t get any more. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

Silent Spring
Why I got it: I could not believe my grandparent’s owned this book, one which goes against everything they worked their whole lives for, but I guess you have to know your enemy. The harm this book did to the natural resource industry is hard to put into words.

What’s on My Nightstand

Whats on My NightstandAfter reading this blog  What’s on My Nightstand? | Karen Barnett {Plus a Giveaway!} by my friend Karen Barnett I decided to try my hand at a similar blog myself. I actually have two bookcases, overflowing with my to-read books. One of the rules in our house is that before it finds a permanent spot one of us (my husband or I) have to read it. Well since we seem to not be able to stop buying more books this leads to a big stack up of to-read material.

Here’s what’s currently on my nightstand:

My Kindle, I keep my kindle close at hand even when I’m not currently reading any Kindle titles.

I picked up Sorting the Beef from the Bull, from our local library. My goal is to finish it by the library board meeting this coming Tues. Our board approves a selection of science, religious and educational titles each month as part of a legacy gift that was given to the library, this book was one of those selections.

I’ve been working my way through, Lord Foulgrins Letter. The problem is that the book doesn’t make very good night time reading because it is very dark and serious in parts. The parts of the book with the characters are compelling but very short compared to the letters from Lord Foulgrin. The letter are basically about how Satan wants to destroy people’s lives, not exactly what I want to read before I go to sleep.

50 Literature Ideas you really need to know, is a book that I have been slowly digesting for a while. Its a great book for understanding the types of literature you read, but it’s like a textbook-lite so its not a speed reading sort of thing.

I have a goal to read all of the Newbery Award books and last year I began, Onion John. The problem is that I don’t really find it compelling or interesting so I pretty much abandoned it. I’m going to have to finish it eventually though to complete my Newbery goal.

And finally Forgiven and Set Free, is a Bible study my mom suggested to me. It’s about recovering from abortion, but is really good for understanding the grief that losing a child (abortion, miscarriage, still-birth) causes a women. I started reading it because I was interested in women’s ministry and understanding this complex issue is helpful in ministry.


What’s Waiting For Me

I have 2 To-Read Shelves. One is specifically for YA titles, the other is, well, everything else. You can see them in the pictures on the right. They are basically overflowing right now. It’s hard for me to turn down cheap titles, and darn that St Vinnie’s and their 1/2 price book sales, oh and the fact that it’s garage sale season. So what have I got filling up those selves?

On the YA shelf a few notable titles:

Inkheart and Inkspell

Several titles by Scott O’Dell –The Black Pearl, Zia, and Sarah Bishop

Several Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys titles

Macbeth: The Graphic Novel

At least 5 different Redwall Books

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (the final title I have to read in her series)

James and the Giant Peach, Matilda and The BFG

War and Peace (it’s a joke, we leave it there just to see if anyone notices.)

Do you spot anything else interesting?

On the other shelf is a messy mismash of all sorts of genres. A random sample shows-

God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People ( I have read 7 Habits for Teens.)

Get a Grip on Physics

The Best of James Blish

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

3 books by Terry Goodkind

4 books by Stephen R Donaldson

An embarrassing number of Star Trek Titles (including Walter Koenig’s autobiography Warped Factors: A Neurotic’s Guide to the Universe.)


12 James Bond Titles

Sci-fi by Larry Niven, EE Doc Smith, Heinlein, Alastair Reynolds, Orson Scott Card, and a lot of others.

The Tao of Pooh

The picture is kinda small, but maybe you saw something else there that caught you eye. Let me know in the comments.

Currently I’m reading “The Spirit Well” by Stephen R Lawhead and The Story of Scripture: How We Got Our Bible and Why We Can Trust It by Robert L Plummer (which I got as part of the Librarything Early Reviewers program.) Next I plan on reading my friend Karen’s novel Mistaken: First Impressions Are Never What They Seem, and then ??? Well you can see I have plenty of options.