Fiction Reviews, The Top Shelf: YA or Adult

{Book Review} All Manner of Things

“I know that. And I want you to have a wonderful time.” She sighed. “I just want your life to be easy.”

I opened both my eyes to see her digging through her makeup case, her lips pushed together tightly.

“Who said that life was supposed to be easy?” I asked.

“All Manner of Things” by Susie Finkbeiner

About the book…

Annie Jacobson’s father left years ago, and now duty calls her brother Mike to leave as well, but the circumstances are entirely different, she keeps reminding herself. Her Dad chose to leave. Her brother was called to leave. One did it for himself. The other did it for everyone else. When tragedy hits the Jacobson home during Vietnam, Annie, her mother, and younger brother Joel, are forced to face the tragedies and hurt of the past in order to unite their family in the face of suffering. They learn that their own strength is not enough, they need the strength of the One true Healer.

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Fiction Reviews, The Middle Shelf: YA or Adult

{Book Review} The King’s Mercy

Pauling’s message never wavered. Present suffering didn’t mean the Almighty’s purposes were void. He’d the best planned for His children, and that best would include trials. Affliction. But understanding His ways wasn’t the path to peace. Peace was always with us, because He is peace.

The King’s Mercy
Lori Benton

About the book…

Joanna Carey is the step-daughter of a wealthy plantation owner along the Cape Fear River. Her world is changed when captured rebel, Alex MacKinnon, is granted the king’s mercy and becomes an indentured servant on the plantation. Joanna aches for a different life, one where slaves are no longer treated as property, but as human beings. She listens intently to the traveling Reverend Pauling, and seeks his wisdom on the matter at hand. Alex is forced to choose between embracing the freedom Reverend Pauling speaks of so fondly, or deciding to rebel and define freedom for himself. Along the way, romance blossoms, making both Joanna and Alex’s choices far more complex than they were to begin with.

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Other

Five Books for Teenage Girls (And All Other Girls, Really)

I haven’t ever done one of these before, but there’s a first for everything. Today I’m sharing five of my favorite books I would recommend to teenage girls (around ages 13-16). I hope you enjoy, and maybe, find a good book to read… and let’s be honest, these books are really good for any girl. Young and old alike will find comfort (and sometimes conviction…) and enjoyment in these classics.

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Fiction Reviews, The Top Shelf: YA or Adult

{Book Review} The Warden and the Wolf King

“It’s worth a try,” Kalmar said. “Either way, it’s going to make a great story.” Kalmar mounted the other dragon and held out his hand to his mother. “Are you coming?”

The Warden and the Wolf King

About the book…

The final installment in Andrew Peterson’s masterpiece, The Wingfeather Saga. The culmination of each little storyline that will bring you to tears of joy and sorrow. Janner, Kalmar, and Leelie are on the brink of what feels like the end of their world. The three of them must lead a resistance against the ever growing evil to bring peace back to the land of Aerwiar. But, the cost for such a peace, is much higher than any of them anticipated.

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Fiction Reviews, The Top Shelf: YA or Adult

{Book Review} The Monster in the Hollows

“It took a few days to realize the light was coming from her. She was shining it. Janner Igiby had changed her. He was gone, but he had left some of his gift behind.”

Monster in the Hollows

About the book…

The Wingfeather family, formerly known as the Igiby family, is tucked away temporarily in the Green Hollows, where the Fangs are more scarce and normalcy seems as though it might be attainable, even if only for a short time. Problems rise though, as evil becomes more than the Fangs, and a silent threat, greater than any they have encountered prior, grows right beneath their noses.

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Updates & Announcements

10 Favorite Books of 2018 and What’s Ahead in 2019

I’ve been reading through countless articles from fellow bloggers and book reviewers as to their top or favorite books from this year. Not necessarily ones that were published this year, but ones they read and loved. I didn’t start reviewing books until late summer, and by that point had already made my way through a significant chunk of my book pile for the year, so some of the titles listed may not have reviews yet.

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Non-Fiction Reviews, The Top Shelf: Children's Books, The Top Shelf: YA or Adult

{Book of the Month} The Hedge of Thorns

It is humbly hoped that the inhabitants of this little cottage continue, after the example of those gone before them, to walk in that narrow path, where, although the traveler may find a few thorns, he has blessed assurance that it will certainly lead to everlasting joy, for the path of the just is as shining light which shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

The Hedge of thorns 

Why you should read this book…

Welcome to the first Book of the Month post. This is shorter than a review, and more of an “everyone should read this book, here’s why” sort of thing. The books I review are going to increase in variety when it comes to genre, age range most likely to read, and styles of literature. More on that to come.

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Interviews & Guest Posts

Interview with Robin Jones Gunn {Christmas, Stories for Girls, and Mother-Daughter Connections}

Hello, dear Robin! Thank you so much for joining me for an interview! It is such an honor! I first heard about your books through Hallmark Channel, when Erin Krakow from When Calls the Heart (one of my favorite shows) was in the movie Finding Father Christmas. We watched the movie, and then I checked out the book from the library and fell in love with it! Tell me, what was it like getting your book turned into a movie? Did you like how the characters were portrayed?

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Fiction Reviews, The Top Shelf: YA or Adult

{Book Review} North! Or Be Eaten

Yer the High King, which means ye’ve got to start thinking of more than yerself.”

North! Or be eaten by Andrew Peterson

About the book…

The second installment of the literary and imaginative masterpiece: The Wingfeather Saga, the Igiby family has been forced to leave the quiet Glipwood Township and flee from the dreaded Fangs of Dang that are seeking the Lost Jewels of Anniera, which have turned out to be Janner, Tink, and Leeli themselves. Plans fail, tension grows, responsibilities are forsaken, and guilt wages a war on the strong. Can hope and loyalty survive the attacks, the separation, the fear, and the setbacks? Can the age old duties of the three royal children remain, and bring a glimmer of hope to the darkening world?

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Interviews & Guest Posts

{Shop Spotlight & Interview} Haleigh DeRocher – Sweet Sequels

For the final installment of our Small Shop Spotlight Series, I am so excited to welcome Haleigh DeRocher from Sweet Sequels to the blog today! My birthday and Christmas wish list this year was 90% items from her shop. I mean, a 221B Baker Street t-shirt? Yes, please. Narnia book sleeves? Obviously. Middle Earth blanket? Is that even a question? So without further ado, allow me to introduce the brains behind this business: Haleigh. Stay at home mom, entrepreneur extraordinaire, and serious book lover. Enjoy the interview, and scroll down to the bottom for a link to Sweet Sequels!

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