Friday, January 27, 2023

Podcast Help


What are your 2023 resolutions, goals, intentions, or words of the year? 

Let me know here or by leaving a voicemail for the show and I will recommend some applicable books in the next episode! 

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Blissful


"For one week I'd love to have no chores and to sit inside or perhaps on the porch with a whole stack of books. I'd read and read and not feel bad for neglecting my chores. I think it'd be blissful." - Where the Road Bends by Rachel Fordham

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Episode 53- The Christian Bookworm Podcast

Happy New Year! This week I am chatting with Liz Tolsma, host of Christian Historical Fiction Talk Podcast. You are in for a treat! 

 

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General show notes page 

Leave a message for the show to tell me about your goal/resolution/intention/word of the year! You can leave a voice message for the show here or you can email me skbell36@gmail.com or message me on Goodreads

Liz Tolsma, host of Christian Historical Fiction Talk Podcast 

Fiction- What I Would Tell You 

Liz's nonfiction recommendation- Love Matters by Neil Tolsma  

Children's- Trail Blazer series (currently reading Attack in the Rye Grass so can't speak to content yet but have already read and enjoyed Flight of the Fugitives and Danger on the Flying Trapeze

Where to connect with Liz online- LizTolsma.com // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Pinterest // podcast 

Where to connect with me online- blog // Goodreads // YouTube // Pinterest // Twitter  

Don't forget to share your goals, resolutions, intentions, or word-of-the-year so I can recommend some specific books

Saturday, January 14, 2023

9 Recent Reads

All the Lost Places by Amanda Dykes*  (Christian fiction, time slip)... I just love Amanda Dykes' magical writing style! I was immediately invested in Daniel's story and wanted to see everything play out. Sebastien and the artisans' stories all fascinated me as well. I think I am an Amanda Dykes fan for life. 

Always, Clementine (secular, middle grade)... I really enjoyed this cute story about a lab mouse who is freed and learns to play chess, plus the humans who help her. I did wish one specific family-trounle storyline had been cleared up a little more but it was at least addressed so I'll take it. Perfect for the 4th-6th grade crowd.

Christmas in Winter Hill (Contemporary Christian fiction)... I started this one on Christmas morning but didn't finish it until New Year's Eve. Cute, the predictable Christmassy plot line I was looking for. This one is about a single mom and her 8-year-old daughter + their move to a Christmas-themed town in modern-day Washington.

God's Smuggler (Christian nonfiction)... This was such a good read! I have seen it recommended by many Christians for years and I'm glad I finally gave it a shot! 

Go-To Dinners (cookbook)... I have found the Medical Medium books + protocols to be incredibly helpful and from there I discovered Kaihla Tonai's YouTube videos. I liked her 7 Day Whole Food Meal Plan so bought her Go-To Dinners cookbook, too. I am having it printed + bound soon. I wish it was available in book format but I don't mind doing it myself. So far I have made 

To Heaven and Back (Christian nonfiction)... I love books about near-death experiences (people who are pronounced dead but are then resuscitated and come back claiming to have gone to Heaven) and this book was such a great one! I was actually really sad to have finished it because I wanted to stay caught up in the deep, inspiring richness of her story forever. I am feeling very set on reading more powerful memoir-like Christian nonfiction in 2023 after the way this one left me feeling!

One Day in the Woods (secular chapter book)... This is basically a nature story, wrapped up by a story about a young girl exploring the woods to keep kids interested. I really loved this one! It's quite short, but at a 5th grade reading level.

The Ringmaster's Wife (Christian, timeslip)... I love timeslips and I love circus stories so it isn't surprising that I loved this story. I also loved The Italian Ballerina so I think Kristy Cambron is going on my list of authors whose work I must read more of!

Sunset (Contemporary Christian Fiction)... This was the final book in the Sunrise series of Karen Kingsbury's Baxter Family books. Loved this wrap-up! I am not looking forward to the Above the Line series as much as the Bailey Flannigan and stand-alones after it because of the new characters I know are coming. Well, I wasn't interested in Dayne or Katy at first, either, so I'm sure it'll turn out to captivate me anyway!

* I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.