Books I Didn’t Think I’d Like {Top Ten Tuesday}

Today I’m joining The Broke and Bookish for their Top Ten Tuesday link-up. The theme for today is: Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into/Thought Weren’t My Style, But Ended Up Liking. 

  1. Dangerous Love by Ray Norman (Nonfiction)
    Forgiving the man who shot you and your daughter? Wow. Captivating and inspiring. (After you get past the info dump at the beginning.) See My Review 
  2. Out of the Depths by Edgar USMC Harrell (Nonfiction)
    A WW2 account at its finest – a sunken ship, surviving way too long at sea, and being heroes.
     See My Review 
  3. Christian’s Hope by Ervin Stutzman (Fiction)
    I was unimpressed with this book until a friend mentioned it was based on a true story. The I was quite intrigued. (Amish captured by Indians? How did I never know about that?) See My Review
  4. Hand of Providence by Mary Beth Brown (Nonfiction)
    My mom highly recommended this book, so I wanted to read it, but I never expected it to draw me in so completely. Just thinking about it makes me want to re-read it. See My Review 
  5. Ready or Not by Chautona Havig (Fiction)
    This book has way too many characters which made it difficult to get into, but after months I finally got caught up in the story and devoured the series. See My Review
  6. My Daughter’s Legacy by Mindy Starns Clark &  Leslie Gould (Fiction)
    For some reason this book looked boring (#oops), but literally, as soon as I began reading I was hooked. See My Review
  7. A Reluctant Melody by Sandra Ardoin (Fiction)
    I really dislike the cover and so nearly didn’t give the book a try. And, although this isn’t a story I would ever gush over/highly recommend, I did like it a lot. See My Review
  8. Rule of Law by Randy Singer (Fiction)
    This was an unfamiliar genre for me (Thriller), so I was a little bit nervous. The book rocked. Just finished it and haven’t been able to form a full opinion for a review yet.
  9. The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson (Fiction)
    Another unfamiliar genre (Fairytale Retelling), but one I’ve wanted to try for a long time. I’m intrigued by the idea of retellings, but I don’t want too much romance, ya know? See My Review
  10. Unplanned by Alana Terry (Fiction)
    Yet another unfamiliar genre (Suspense) – I guess these past few months were good for trying new genres? This book was one I did not want to put down at all. See My Review

Have you read any of these books? What are some books you didn’t think you’d like but were pleasantly surprised by?

Plus, y’all should totally check out this cool give away going on over at WriteMind. You can see me opening (and gushing) over my WriteMind Planner on my Youtube Channel. It’s really a fantastic writing tool, and they have free shipping for the next few days. Totally cool!

A Special Guest Post – Featuring Award Winning Author, Alana Terry

Hey y’all! I’ve come to the conclusion that when you’re digging for fossils in Montana and not finding anything, time passes rather slowly. But, when you’re digging for fossils in Montana and you do find something, well? Then time seems to move along quite rapidly. I’ve been putting together a vlog of the trip, and plan to post part one either later on today or tomorrow. In the meantime, I’ve got a special post for y’all.

Do you remember me talking about Alana Terry’s books? I think the first time I mentioned her on Noveltea was during my “Top 5 Book Releases from 2017” vlog. (I might have gushed about her writing a bit on the vlog because her writing is amazing and you should totally buy her books….)

Miss Alana is currently doing a special sale for a very special reason on some of her books, and therefore graciously agreed to guest post on Noveltea. So, without further ado, I’ll hand the post over to Miss Alana.

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We all have different passions. Maybe yours is spending time with your family or working on a craft you love or encouraging others or growing your business.

One of my passions is prayer — growing in my own prayer life and hopefully encouraging others to deepen theirs. That calling and desire comes through in the prayer guides I’ve made, the blog posts I write, and the Prevailing Prayer Podcast I put out with my co-host Jaime.

Part of this “prayer passion” of mine is interceding for persecuted believers. This prayer burden began back when I was a teen. At that point, I started studying Christian persecution around the globe, and one country stood out the most — North Korea, which has been ranked the worst persecutor of Christians for over a decade in the Open Doors
watchdog list.

One of the most exciting things that’s ever happened to me is when God took my prayer burden for persecuted believers and my love for writing fiction and allowed me to publish my first novel about Christian persecution in North Korea. Since then, in addition to my multi-award-winning North Korea series, I’ve published seven books so far in the Kennedy Stern Christian suspense series, and the exciting news is the first three are on sale in a 3-in-1 book bundle. You can get one convenient ebook with all three novels for just 99 cents, available for the low price on all platforms, not just amazon.

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If that wasn’t exciting enough, the entire 99-cent sale revolves around a fundraiser with Liberty in North Korea, an organization that runs an underground railroad for North Korean refugees. A portion of all book sales from the bundle will be donated to LiNK. Our goal (and I’d love your prayers that we could hit it!) is to sell 10,000 copies of this ebook, which would lead to $3,000 for LiNK (the amount it costs to rescue one refugee on their underground railroad).

How can you help a North Korean refugee find freedom and safety?

Buy the 99-cent Christian suspense book bundle to help raise funds for North Korean refugees!

In addition to raising money for LiNK, you’ll receive 3 full-length novels that tell the story of Kennedy Stern, a missionary kid who arrives back in the States completely unprepared for her first year at Harvard University.

Confronted with questions of underage abortion, plagued by a stalker and paralyzing PTSD flashbacks, and eventually caught in the center of a police brutality scandal, Kennedy has experienced it all …

And you can too with 3-books-in-1 box set … on sale for 99 cents through Sunday night.

Happy reading to you!

Alana Terry, Women of Faith Award-Winning Novelist

The special price and the chance to raise $3,000 to rescue a North Korean refugee ends Sunday at midnight, so grab your copy today and ask your reading friends to do the same!

Overview of Books I Read in May 2017

During the month of May I was able to spend a lot of time reading which was fantastic, of course. I reviewed all the books on Goodreads, but I thought it’d be fun to give y’all a one-sentence-reivew for each of the books. Enjoy!

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  1. The Definitive Book of Body Language  – by Allan Pease and Barbara Pease
    2 Stars Body language is something I’m intrigued by and want to study more. This book kept me interested, but it was also kinda awkward, and had tons of evolution which I disagree with. (Nonfiction)
  2. Brave Is the New Beautiful: Finding the Courage to Be the Real You – by Lee Wolfe Blum
    4 Stars This book is beautiful and sad and happy and hopeful all at once and made me cry in public. (Nonfiction)
  3. Behind the Scenes (Apart from the Crowd, #1) – by Jen Turano
    3 Stars Let’s just say I don’t think I’ll be reading any more books by this author because they aren’t really my style. But, it did squeak in with 3 stars, so yay.
  4. Next Up: 8 Shifts Great Young Leaders Make – by Jonathan Pearson
    4 Stars Delightfully practical, easy to read, an author that knows how to connect with his audience, and good information. Well, that’s this book in a nutshell. (Nonfiction)
  5. Policed (Kennedy Stern #3) – by Alana Terry
    3 Stars If you haven’t heard me gushing, Miss Alana is one of my new favorite authors. This plot wasn’t my favorite, but it was still well-written, and the characters were amazingly well-developed.
  6. A Portrait of Emily Price – by Katherine Reay
    3 Stars This book had a out-of-the-ordianry element that surprised me and made me really happy, because you know, it’s great when cliches aren’t present. Overall though, I didn’t especially appreciate the book, even though the writing was superb.
  7. Turbulence (Kennedy Stern #5) – by Alana Terry
    4 Stars This one left me wondering how in the world Miss Alana was going to have the outcome workout, and then she pulled it off extremely well. It’s interesting, makes me think, and feels really realistic.
  8. Straightened (Kennedy Stern #4) – by Alana Terry
    3 Stars This book is full of hot-button subjects (although, I suppose all of Miss Alana’s books are). It really made me want to study the subject more though, and I already ordered another book so I can dig deeper into the things the book talked about.
  9. Then Came You (Bradford Sisters Romance #0.5) – by Becky Wade
    3 Stars The best part about this book was the way it was written – the whole story was told through phone conversations, journal entries, and letters. That element intrigued me to no end.
  10. Every Bride Needs a Groom(Brides With Style, #1) – by Janice Thompson
    2 Stars Ahem. So, I read this book because I heard someone gushing about her writing, and I was in the mood for something really light and easy. I couldn’t handle I though. It was unrealistic and over-the-top goofy (or possibly romantic?) a lot of the time. #sorry
  11. True to You (Bradford Sisters Romance #1) – Becky Wade
    2 Stars Oops. I didn’t like this book. It was about a Navy SEAL trying to find his birth mom. That element I really liked. The romance? Eh, let’s just say it wasn’t written in such a way that I could even applaud it.
  12. Infected (Kennedy Stern #6) – by Alana Terry
    3 Stars This book drew me in right away and was a total page-turner for me. There were just a few little things that kept it from being a four-star book for me. Once again, the characters were amazing.
  13. Love Your Work: 4 Practical Ways You Can Pivot to Your Best Career – by Robert Dickie
    3 Stars The beginning of the book was thick, chunky, and hard for me to get into. Near the halfway mark though, it felt a lot more practical. (Nonfiction)
  14. The Hideaway – by Lauren K. Denton
    1 Star Let’s just say I skim-read this book cause I’d agreed to for a review, and then I threw it away. The writing was well-done, but I didn’t like the plot.
  15. Road to Danger – Texas Fires by Ellen Edwards Kennedy
    3 Stars Believable characters, nicely-paced plot, and good spiritual content. The ending, bothered me, both oh well. I want to read more from this author.
  16. Road to Danger – Identity Theft by Alana Terry
  17. 4 Stars Ah, my new favorite author. Plus, the book is set in Alaska. And there’s mystery, but not creepy. The best of all worlds, pretty much.
  18. Road to Danger – The Assumption of Guilt – by Amanda Tru
    Three Stars This is one of those mysteries where you have no clue what’s going on, because the book skips huge amounts of info, and then the writer goes back and fills you in, and it’s intriguing.
  19. Road to Danger – Scent of Danger – by Alexa Verde
    2 Stars This book wasn’t extremely well edited as far as consistency goes, and that bothers me a lot. Plus, I didn’t like the characters very much, and it didn’t feel very realistic.
  20. The Princess Spy(Hagenheim, #5) – by Melanie Dickerson
    3 Stars I’ve wanted to read a book by this author for a long time, and I’m glad I finally did. It wasn’t what I expected, but it was still interesting. There’s a chance I’ll read more of her books in the future.
  21. The Lady and the Mountain Man (Mountain Dreams #1) – by Misty M. Beller
    3 Stars I received this book free for signing up for a newsletter, hence the reason I read it. It’s more romantic than I generally go for, but I thought it was fairly balanced. I really liked the main character and the friendship she formed with a teenage girl she met.
  22. Tournaments, Cocoa & One Wrong Move (Real Life, #3) – by Nancy N. Rue
    3 Stars This series is weird, but interesting. I’m still not sure what I think about it. The characters are extremely well-written, so that’s a big plus.
  23. The Summer of Cotton Candy(Sweet Seasons, #1) – by Debbie Viguié
    2 Stars Interesting concept, but too unbelievable for me to really get into. (Which, who knows, maybe it’s really believable after all? It just kinda felt like the author was grasping at straws.)
  24. No Limits: Blow the CAP Off Your Capacity  – John Maxwell
    4 Stars This book was full of practical, realistic, and helpful ways to do something worthwhile with your life. No lame promises of five steps to a better life here. The book was real, and didn’t make it sound easy.
  25. Limos, Lattes & My Life on the Fringe (Real Life, #4) – by Nancy N. Rue
    3 Stars Once again the characters were strong and well-developed. The plot wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, but it kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next.