2016 according to my bookshelf

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I set out to enjoy my days a little more in 2016 and that meant picking up a book and getting lost in it. I made a conscience effort to read a little more. People tell me they don’t have time to read and I always find myself wanting to convince them otherwise. You have time, you just don’t care to use it. I’m loyal to the old school hardbound books too. Something about a shelf full of adventures reminding me to disappear from reality for a bit is just wonderful. However, I love always having a book with me.
Thanks to the online site known as GOODreads.com I’m able to track my books, get suggestions and e-mail alerts to sales on books to download. I’m a huge fan of good reads and I highly recommend it.

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If you love a good book, this post is for you. If you aren’t sure on the whole “reading” thing, I won’t point out that you’re reading this very sentence right now, but I’ve compiled a list of some of the books I’ve read this year.

The Girl with No Past by Kathryn Croft- I gave it 3 out of 5 stars and enjoyed the suspense of a girl whose past has come back to haunt her. As the reader, you don’t really know what went wrong in her past, but slowly the pieces start to come together. The suspense level was good and I enjoyed the unknown past of the main character. I got this book off a suggestion for those of us who enjoyed Girl on the Train and I would say it’s an accurate comparison on story lines.
Ladies’ Nighby Mary Kay Andrews- Easy read and great for a vacation. I found the book to have about 100 pages of fluff in the middle, but still a good easy read. In short, it’s about a girl named Grace who loses her lavish lifestyle built on the shoulders of her own company and has to pick up the pieces the only way she knows how.
When Love Calls by Lorna Seilstad is book one in a series about three sisters in the early 20th century who are left to finish their teenage and young adult years without their parents. This was my first Christian fictional story and I was skeptical at first but ended up loving it. This book was a great read that warmed up heart up a little bit. I plan on reading the rest of series soon.
Why the Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner was given to me by a friend and all I can say is that I was really sad to leave these characters at the end. It’s the story of a woman who winds up pregnant after being assaulted and the life choices that follow it. If you pick one book from this list, take this one.

This year I read a few Elin Hilderbrand books including The Match Maker and The Blue Bistro. I loved the Bistro more than Match Maker, but both are equally dreamy summer reads. Elin Hilderbrand sets her stories in Nantucket and it was nice to run away and pretend I was there for a bit. If you’re in to hallmark movies, you’ll love any books by Hilderbrand.
While I love to run away into the lives of these characters and celebrate the fourth of July in Nantucket, I bounce back and forth between fiction and nonfiction. Some of the books I’ve read that made me think a little are:
Play With Fire– Bianca Olthoff. This Christian memoir is one of the best I’ve read in a long time. Bianca does a beautiful job of weaving the story of the Israelites through her own. I’m a huge fan of this girl and the energy she brings to the world.
A Mile Wide by Brandon Hatmaker- A great read on different ways to deepen our faith and how we love those around us. A great book for anyone feeling as though there’s more to following Jesus.
First Women: The grace and power of America’s Modern First Ladies by Kate Anderson Brower. I got this one from my Goodreads e-mail that alerts me to bargain prices on books and I’m so glad I got it. This book weaves the stories of our first ladies dating back to Roosevelt. It gives first-hand accounts of how these women navigated life in the white house, dealt with the major historical and less than honorable moments that occurred while in the white house. How they passed the torch to the next lady taking up residence in the east wing and what they’ve done since leaving. A great historical read on the ladies who have carried the burden the title of First Lady brings.
Looking for Lovely by Annie Downes– This book is all things wonderful and lovely. I’m fairly certain if Annie ever meets me, we will be the best of friends and just have the loveliest of times. I’d buy this book for all of you, but I have yet to find my life sponsor.

Here’s a year of more books and adventures that let us escape reality.

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