A Little Change

Hello readers,

I’ve decided to switch up my reading plan and take a break from the Circle series and start reading The Perfect Stranger by Wendi Corsi Staub. This book was given to me by a dear friend for Christmas and I can’t wait any longer to dive into this murder mystery thriller. What I find interesting about this book is the characters are blogging friends! So excited, I know I will love it.

Have you read The Perfect Stranger? If so, what did you think? Is it on your TBR?

Goodbye for now friends! Chat soon!

White: The Great Pursuit by Ted Dekker (Full review)

Hello readers,

How is your week going so far? Mine has been full of reading!

The Circle | Book Three

Well, I finished White last night! Yay! I rated it five stars on Goodreads. Like I said in the earlier post, the first half was a bit slow for me, there are some things I didn’t quite like in the 2010 timeline, details that the author should have added and didn’t or forgot to. Plus, it seemed that the 2010 side of the story was rushed and there were characters that didn’t make a difference in the plot that, in my opinion, were drawn out too much. I didn’t like the comparison he made to Johan and Carlos for example. I didn’t think these two men were anything alike and shouldn’t have been linked together at all and the way he wrote that connection didn’t make any sense to me. I’m not sure this will make sense but I don’t want to spoil anything for you so I will leave it at that, sorry guys.

Having said that, the future timeline is the reason I rated White the way I did. I loved every page I read in this timeline. It was amazing and you could tell Ted Dekker spent more time developing this world than the other one. It got me thinking about my own relationship with Jesus and how I need to look at and love all people the way Jesus does. A must read for sure!

I began reading Green: The Beginning and the End last night before bed to let you know that I was wrong in thinking that Green was a prequel, it’s not, I’m on page 33 of 645 (Large print, hardcover) so I can tell you that it continues the story ten years after the conclusion of White not before Black. Although Ted Dekker says you can start with Green and end with White but I’m glad I started with Black and ending with Green.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my review. Have any thoughts? Please let me know what you think. On to the next friends!

White: The Great Pursuit by Ted Dekker Update

Hello readers,

Well, I’m a tad under the halfway point (page 163 of 370) of White, book 3 of the circle series by Ted Dekker. This one started off slower, I may say, compared to Red, although, White picks up right where Red left off, it is slow plot wise. In Red, Thomas was fighting a war in one timeline and running for his life in the other, each chapter left me wanting more. In White, the story is slower paced, Thomas is still in danger in both worlds and both worlds are in danger also but the first half of the book didn’t hold my attention as much. I love Thomas’ love interest and that he is finally understanding that God in is both timelines not just one, I’m excited for it to pick up the pace, but right now it’s reading like a slow wind down, so we’ll see how it ends. It’s still too early for me to say what rating I will give it on Goodreads.

Have you read the circle series? What did you think?

My plan is to finish White tonight. Depending on the ending I might take a break from the series and read another on my list for January.

Which one would you like me to start with next?

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

The Perfect Stranger by Wendi Corsi Staub

Dearly Beloved by Wendi Corsi Staub

Let me know in the comments! Goodbye for now friends, back to reading!

My 2019 TBR!

Hi readers!

I thought it would be fun to share my 2019 TBR with you!

Plus, it will help keep me accountable and hopefully on track.

 A Reminder: These are physical books on my bookshelf that I have either not read or have not finished reading. Enjoy!

January

Red: The Heroic Rescue by Ted Dekker

White: The Great Pursuit by Ted Dekker

Green: The Beginning and the End by Ted Dekker

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

The Perfect Stranger by Wendy Corsi Staub

Dearly Beloved by Wendy Corsi Staub

February

Chosen by Ted Dekker

Infidel by Ted Dekker

Renegade by Ted Dekker

Chaos by Ted Dekker

Lunatic by Ted Dekker

Elyon by Ted Dekker

March

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

Any Minute by Joyce Meyer

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Emily Dickinson Poems by Emily Dickinson

The Locket by Richard Paul Evans

Dame Agatha Abroad by Agatha Christie

April

Christmas on Jane Street by Billy Romp

The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright

Big League Sandlotters by William R. Cox

Miss Marple Meets Murder by Agatha Christie

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

The Harlequin Tea Set by Agatha Christie

May

The Story of Daniel Boone by William O. Steele

Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson 

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog by Dave Barry

The Big Four by Agatha Christie

The Mystery of Lonesome Manor by Harriet Evatt

June

A Christmas Grace by Anne Perry

Third Girl by Agatha Christie

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

That Printer of Udell’s by Harold Bell Wright

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti

July

There is a Tide by Agatha Christie

Fear in the Forest by Cateau De Leeuw

A Christmas Beginning by Anne Perry

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle

Curtain by Agatha Christie

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss

August

Greifenstein by F. Marion Crawford

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Tarzan and the City of Gold by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Thirteen at Dinner by Agatha Christie

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway

September

Five Classic Murder Mysteries by Agatha Christie

A Christmas Carol and Other Stories by Charles Dickens

Bambi by Felix Salten

With Intent to Kill by George Harmon Coxe

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Call After Midnight by Mignon G. Eberhart

October

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The A. B. C. Murders by Agatha Christie

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

The Case of the Careless Cupid by Erle Stanley Gargner

The Luck of Roaring Camp by Bret Harte

A Fine and Private Place by Ellery Queen

November

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

Grace by Richard Paul Evans

December

Timepiece by Richard Paul Evans

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

The True History of the Elephant Man by Michael Howell

Selected Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

The Letter by Richard Paul Evans

Red: The Heroic Rescue by Ted Dekker Full Review

Hi readers!

I have finished Red: The Heroic Rescue last night!

Oh my, I’m not sure I can explain the feelings running through me even now writing this, but I will try my best. Here it goes!

Circle | Book Two

 Ted Dekker is absolutely brilliant, this is an understatement of course, but I can’t think of any better words right now to say. Last night I rated Red five stars only because that was the highest Goodreads allowed. I personally rate it ten stars! The thoughts I was having reading this book were completely wrong. I had to ask for the good Lord’s forgiveness for them after I finished reading. To explain what I mean without giving up any of the story is to say that, who the characters (including Thomas) think is against them is not the case. I’m not sure if it was the author’s intention to have his readers think as the characters do or if I was just fooled, but I feel I should have seen were the plot was going and didn’t. I just sat in my room shell-shocked. I will be rereading this one for sure, it was that good. I love this series so far! It’s so beautiful and brutal.

There are lines in the book that will be with me forever! I have two more books in the series to go, White and Green. Green I believe, is the prequel to Black. Can’t wait to dive into White. One down seventy-one more to go! What a great start to the reading year.

On to the next!

Red: The Heroic Rescue by Ted Dekker

Hi Everyone,

I started book two of the circle series and technically Red is the first on my TBR (To Be Read) list for the new year but I’m getting a head start. I just had to jump right into this book because Black ended with a good size cliffhanger so there is a good side to collecting. Instead of going to town to books-a-million or having to wait for the library to open (it was Christmas day) I just walked a few steps to my bookcase, grabbed it and one of my Christmas present bookmarks (four total) and began to read immediately.

In all truth, I only made it to chapter three because there was a cash cab and america says marathon on, so there’s that lol.

Right now, I’m on chapter six and I can already tell Red is going to be more intense than Black was, there are more characters introduced so more friends to worry about. Thomas has changed, he’s stronger and is growing as a person which I am loving.

I will keep you updated as I read and will provide pictures when I finish. I think I will be engulfed in the story and finish it quickly. P.S. If I can control myself around america says and Goodreads. Haha. Goodbye for now friends!

New Year New Goals

Hello Everyone,

The new year is here! Yikes! Well, 2019 is the year of determined and fun reading and blogging. I have a Goodreads account that actually has books on it now. I have collected books that I haven’t read so I am starting with my own library of books this year. I’m really excited of the challenge I have put on myself in 2019, reading six books a month which doing the math comes to 72 in a year. The crazy thing is I have enough books for the next 2 or 3 years without going to the public library! I know I’m insane! Come along and join me on this crazy journey of mine and let’s get started on reading some books! If you have any thoughts on the way send me a comment. I’d love to know what you think. I will be on regularly I promise.

On Christmas day I finished reading Black: The Birth of Evil by Ted Dekker.I give it four stars on Goodreads. It started off rather slow, as most of a (first) in the series does in my opinion. I’m so glad I stuck with it, by chapter eighteen I couldn’t put down or rather I didn’t want to! It was amazing by the end, I’m in love with the main character Thomas Hunter. Thomas is a human hero I say because he makes mistakes and wrong choices (as we all do) but he as a good heart and has a never give up spirit. A wonderful story of God’s (Elyon in the book) love for His children. Black has 38 chapters and 408 pages. I recommend everyone pick this one up ASAP!

On to the next!

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