I Hate Books on Christian Dating Book Review

I Hate Books on Christian Dating

Author: Katrina Blank

Genre: Memoir, Christian

Pages: 200

Publisher: Self-published

I’m super excited to share a book my friend wrote that’s really, really good! The book is entitled I Hate Books on Christian Dating and it is a memoir of author Katrina Blank finding her purpose in life. She grew up in a Christian home that was somewhat charismatic and this caused her to look for “signs of God” everywhere. Then, she started wondering, “How do we actually hear from God? And how do we know it’s Him?” She explores various ministry career paths in her attempt to find “God’s will for her life,” including working with orphans in Africa, being a counselor at Christian summer camp, and being the resident director of a freshman dorm at a Christian University.

It’s shocking that this is Katrina’s first book! Her writing style is incredibly engaging. She has so many hilarious anecdotes about her various adventures- the girl won Super Bowl tickets from Doritos! I’m impressed at how she ties her various adventures and stories together with a common theme.  I was immediately hooked on reading her story and completed it in a few hours one night.

She is also incredibly real! Although this is a memoir about finding God, it’s not a preachy package of theology. It has real stories about doubt and questioning. Katrina doesn’t claim to have all the answers; she’s just sharing her story of what she has learned so far. What she has to share is very enlightening and in a very fun format. It was an incredibly enjoyable read with a good message.

If you’re interested in purchasing one of Katrina’s books, please head to www.katrinablank.com and click on “get the book.”

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January Wrap Up!

Happy New Year, Chickadees!

January is a time for fresh starts and new adventures. We certainly had our share of new beginnings and fun times!

 

Living Life

 

puppy class

Lindsey rescued a puppy shortly before Christmas, so her New Year began with puppy classes. Say hello to Buddy!

elizabeth palm springs

Elizabeth started out the New Year with a getaway with her husband to Palm Springs.

Hannah's wedding

Lindsey and her hubby attended her friend Hannah’s wedding. (Remember Hannah from the Beautiful Oblivion author event?)

elizabeth disneyland

Elizabeth and her hubby frolicked and played at Disneyland. (And managed to escape the measles outbreak by a mere 9 days!)

Lindsey and Bob Goff

Lindsey met Bob Goff, the best-selling author/speaker and diplomat from Uganda to the United States.

Elizabeth sick

Elizabeth contracted both Strep AND Laryngitis.

Lindsey sick

At the same time that Lindsey was out with a vomit-inducing migraine.

Elizabeth movie

Elizabeth and her husband tried out the new, fancy dine-in movie theater.

 

Proudest Posts

Busy this month? Missed a couple posts? No worries! We’ve got you covered! Below we’ve curated some of our January favorites!

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda Review

Fangirl Review

Sophie Sloane Book Reviews

Best Books Read in 2014

Interview with Melody Carlson {OhMyGosh! Dream come true!}

Man Crush Monday – Avan

 

Ravenously Reading

Elizabeth was a reading MACHINE this month! With a goal of reading 100 books in 2015, she is well on her way with a whopping TEN BOOKS this month!

 

Lindsey, on the other hand, did NOT have such a great reading month. She blames working 6 days a week for the whole month of January for her lack of reading motivation. That, and the new puppy wreacking havoc on her sleep schedule. Here are her five finished books in January.

Loving Links

So many wonderful things appeared on the internets this month! Below are a few of our favorite articles over the course of January.

Emma Watson is to play Belle in the new, live action Beauty and the Beast!

Super inspiring interview with Christine Caine on how God’s not looking for heroes

 

Dreaming and Doing

Tomorrow, February 1st, marks the beginning of Love Month. Hearts, roses, and kisses, oh my!

Of course there are lots of goals and plans for the month.

 

Now that Lindsey has a break from six day workweeks, she is hoping to FINALLY sit down and bust out her new lifestyle blog, documenting her journey of going green on a budget.

Also on Lindsey’s agenda is READING MORE BOOKS! 5 books in 31 days was just plain pathetic, and with the hope of her puppy soon sleeping through the night on a consistent basis, she may just have the mental energy to pick up a couple more books in February.

Her TBR list includes The Magiciansby Lev Grossman (a Christmas present from Kimmy, of the Maggie Stiefvater event fame), Interrutedby Jen Hatmaker (because Hatmaker is hilarious and she needs more nonfiction to diversify her reading), Shiverby Maggie Stiefvater (a Christmas gift from her in-laws), The Hooker and the Hermitby Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway (a trashy romance novel that she pre ordered that looks hysterical), and hopefully a couple of books on her “To-Read-And-Own” shelf that have been sitting there for FOREVER!

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Throwback Thursday- Janette Oke

Throwback Thursday- Janette Oke

I had not thought of these books in a while until a friend from Jr. High posted a picture of them. I used to love reading Janette Oke books! They were all about Christian romance back in the day on the prairie.

In the Love Comes Softly series, Marty is headed to the pioneer West when her husband dies, leaving her pregnant and alone. A widower Clark, offers  a marriage of convenience to her- she will do the cooking, cleaning, and help raise his daughter and he will provide for her. Of course, the two end up falling in love and the books that follow chronicle their lives together.

Oke also has a similar series titled Women of the West, but the books can also be read alone. One of my favorites was Roses for Mama, in which a young girl is left to raise her siblings alone. I also remember reading A Bride for Donovan, where a farmer in the West orders a mail-order bride from overseas.

Did you know a lot of these books were also made into movies for TV? The first Love Comes Softly movies stars Katherine Heigel! I’m not really into historical fiction any more, but I sure remember loving these books. They taught me a lot about the history of the time and all that the women of the West had to face.

                                

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Happy Book Birthday! 1/27/15

Today is another day filled with book birthdays!

Congratulations, authors, as all of your hard work hits shelves TODAY!

Be sure to click on the title of the books you’re most interested in, and order them on Amazon! Images and descriptions of books are from Goodreads.

 

playlist for the dead

 

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff

 

A teenage boy tries to understand his best friend’s suicide by listening to the playlist of songs he left behind in this smart, voice-driven debut novel.

Here’s what Sam knows: There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, his best friend, Hayden, was dead. And all he left Sam was a playlist of songs, and a suicide note: For Sam—listen and you’ll understand.

As he listens to song after song, Sam tries to face up to what happened the night Hayden killed himself. But it’s only by taking out his earbuds and opening his eyes to the people around him that he will finally be able to piece together his best friend’s story. And maybe have a chance to change his own.

Part mystery, part love story, and part coming-of-age tale in the vein of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Tim Tharp’s The Spectacular Now, Playlist for the Dead is an honest and gut-wrenching first novel about loss, rage, what it feels like to outgrow a friendship that’s always defined you—and the struggle to redefine yourself. But above all, it’s about finding hope when hope seems like the hardest thing to find.

 

I was here

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

 

Cody and Meg were inseparable.

Two peas in a pod.

Until . . . they weren’t anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning?

But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington.

About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

 

fairestFairest by Marissa Meyer

 

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

 

a cold legacy

A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

 

After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors.

Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.

With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity.

 

all fall down

All Fall Down by Ally Carter

 

Grace can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she’s come back to stay – in order to solve the mystery of her mother’s death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.

 

 

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Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda Book Review

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda Book Review

Author: Tara Lee Reed
Pages: 637 (but you don’t have to read them all!)

Genre: Romance, Chick Lit, Choose Your Own Adventure

This book was SO MUCH FUN!!! I read the description and thought, “Hmm… this sounds interesting.” I checked it out on Goodreads and it had great reviews, so I downloaded it. I’m so glad I did!

This book was a “Choose Your Own Adventure” romance book. Super creative, right? In this book, you play Elle Masters, a girl looking for love after a recent break-up. You meet a cute guy named Nick at a bar and are faced with your first choice. This book ended up making me extremely grateful that my husband and I went from very close friends to dating because the modern dating world seems filled with landmines. In this story, one wrong move can ruin your chances with Nick forever! Some choices are obviously big ones- if you haven’t heard from Nick after a few days, do you call or wait for him to call? Some choices seem unimportant- do you side with the girl or the guy in the story Nick’s telling you? However, each choice leads you on a different path.

For a while, I was frustrated with this book because I kept getting bad endings!! But I just had to keep reading to find all the endings. I actually cheated a little to get my first happy ending by flipping through pages in order to get to a scene I hadn’t been to, then going backwards from there to a page that was familiar. Sue me, I really wanted a “happily ever after!”

Because certain choices lead to happiness while others lead to heartbreak, this book is an educational read. It shows you how certain dating choices are perceived by the opposite sex and how you can sabotage your happiness. It was fun to get the varying opinions of Elle’s two best friends. I really feel like I learned a lot about modern dating! I want to share this book with my single lady friends. :)

This book is hours of fun. It’s longer than a normal book with all the different twists and turns your love path can take. I would highly recommend this to anyone. I have to tell you- when I started the book, I read it aloud to my husband and let him choose different endings (we were at the tail end of a long car trip). He was really curious to find out the results of his different actions. This from a guy who doesn’t read, let alone a chick lit/romance book! Fans of create your own adventures, fans of romance, and fans of chick lit will especially enjoy this delightful tale.

***The buy link above is from Amazon. I do not get paid by authors or publishers for my reviews. They are 100% my personal, honest opinion. I DO, however, receive a small commission when a book purchase is made by clicking on the provided link. This does not impact the authenticity of my reviews in any way.***

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