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Title: Sketchy Behavior by Erynn Mangum Pages: 214 Genres: YA, Christian Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery Publisher: Zondervan (Aug. 9th, 2011) Summary: Drawing Conclusions or Drafting Disaster? Other than harboring a somewhat obsessive fondness for Crispix and completely swearing-off boys after a bad date (don’t ask), sixteen-year-old Kate Carter is about as ordinary as they come, except for her two notable talents: art and sarcasm. After an introduction to forensic sketching in her elective art class, Kate discovers a… Read More

Title: Closure by Lindsey Todd Pages: 255 Genres: Christian (Catholic) Fiction, New Adult Publisher: Self-Published (Aug. 28th, 2020) Summary: “I hope, after this extremely long love letter, that you can appreciate the way all of our little moments fell together in the type of perfection I had once believed I’d only read about in books.” For Morgan, Philadelphia isn’t “just” a city. It can never, will never, be “just” a city again. From ordering cookies at a… Read More

Friends!! It’s March! That means spring is just around the corner. It’s also my birthday month! March has always a been a month of reflection for me, but with it coming up to the year mark that most of the world has been on lockdown, this March feels extra…momentous? So much has changed in my life from last March. I’m really hoping this one will be kinder to us all this year…. Read More

Title: The Message in the Hollow Oak (Nancy Drew #12) by Carolyn Keene Pages: 181 Genres: Mystery, Children’s Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (1972) Summary: A group of professional detectives challenge Nancy to tackle a mystery that they have failed to solve: find an invaluable message hidden by a missionary centuries ago in a hollow oak tree in Illinois. While searching the woods for the ancient tree, Nancy and her friends live with a group of young… Read More

Title: Everything That Was by E. Graziani Pages: 323 Genres: Women’s Fiction, Romance Publisher: The Wild Rose Press (Feb. 8th, 2021) Summary: What would you do for a secret love? Despite not speaking for nearly twenty years, Massimo Damiani, a ‘rags-to-riches’ oil executive, summons Sofie to his hospice bedside in picturesque Tuscany—his last wish?…to reconcile their stormy history and set long-buried secrets to rest. Sofia Romano, a powerful Wall Street banker in Manhattan’s financial district, reeling with… Read More

It’s Top Ten Tuesday!  TTT a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is: Ten Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud!

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows. And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher… Read More

Title: Unveiled: A Poetry Memoir by Ivy Cirillo Pages: 203 Genres: Memoir, Poetry Publisher: Orion Publishing House (Aug. 30th, 2019) Summary: Unveiled: A Poetry Memoir, is a collection of poetry organized into three sections: My Story, My Pain, and My Future. It was written for those that need to release their past, experience their pain, and look forward to their future. It was not written to instill pity or sorrow within you,… Read More

Title: Enter Wild by Carlos Whittaker Pages: 208 Genres: Nonfiction, Christian Faith Publisher: Waterbrook & Multnomah (June 16th, 2020) Summary Break free from a safe (and boring) faith to truly live the abundant life with all the wonder Jesus promised in John 10:10. You are meant to receive the abundance God promises here and now. You are not meant to wait until heaven to experience His best. Even in the midst of… Read More

Title: A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1) by Brigid Kemmerer Pages: 484 Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Retellings Publisher: Bloomsbury YA (Jan. 29, 2019) Summary Fall in love, break the curse. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious… Read More