Monday, January 13, 2020

Show Us Your Books ~ January 2020

I actually finished three books during the Christmas holidays. And that's sayin' something, y'all. 2019 was not the best reading year so I have NO idea why I went and challenged myself to reading 35 books in 2020 on Goodreads. What was I thinking?
Here are a few brief summaries of the books I read. Linking up with Stephanie on Wednesday for Show Us Your Books. Click on the link to see what others are reading and find a new book! 

Redemption || This was my third book by David Baldacci, but my first book in the Amos Decker series. This book was all over the place! Leaping from burning buildings, Russian KGB agents, and drug lords, but it kept my attention and I enjoyed it. FBI agent, Amos Decker has a past and when he's approached by a newly released prisoner swearing that he was wrongly accused, Decker and his team begin wondering if they nixed the case thirteen years ago. 4 out of 5 stars. Looking forward to reading more books in this series. 

Regretting You || Colleen Hoover is a popular contemporary author, but her books are not for everyone. I really, really liked this book and gave it a 4 out of 5 stars. At first, I thought it was going to be a YA book, but it quickly transitioned, and I found myself totally identifying with mom, Morgan. I was surprised to read the twist right smack in the beginning, and there were times that I wanted to shake Morgan AND her daughter, Clara, but the writing was so easy and real life stuff, so it kept my attention. A must read for Colleen Hoover fans.

The Noel Stranger || I read my fair share of Christmas books in OCTOBER. Like five. So I just happened to find this one at our library when I was browsing and I have to say that I was disappointed in this book.  It hardly compares to The Mistletoe Promise, which I read a few years ago and absolutely loved! Bottom line: recently disgraced wife falls in love with a millionaire at Christmas time.

I'm currently reading one of my favorite author's book, The Wicked City, and LOVING it! Back on the historical fiction train for now. 

Also, so many of my friends and blog friends were either gifted or picked up this favorite devotional book of mine, New Morning Mercies. I started this devotional last year and actually finished it and decided to read through it again for 2020. Let me know if you're reading it, too. Would love to follow along together!

We had a storm blow through early Saturday morning with lots of rain, but I took a sleeping pill Friday night, so I didn't hear a thing! Ha! I tried to return some things at Hobby Lobby a little later that morning and their electricity was off. So I came home and got out all the Valentine's Day decor and then visited my mom and dad. Baby Girl was craving ribs, so her Daddy was all too happy to oblige. I contributed baked beans and loaded potato casserole. Yesterday was church (great sermon!), naps, meal prep for the week and a relaxing afternoon of reading. Total bliss! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! 
Laura
Laura

Hi there, I'm Laura, I'm the happiest wife, the loudest cheer mom, and the craziest girlfriend you'all ever have, I'm a Southern Belle living in a Southern world!

25 comments:

  1. Love this Laura - I think I need to check out the Colleen Hoover book! I appreciate your time and attention to sharing these reviews with us - it takes time!
    Have a great Monday!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  2. I’m glad you’re all safe and sound girlfriend! From Your Instagram stories, you sure did have some good eats this weekend! These sound like some good reads as well, I’ll take anything at least four stars and above, LOL!

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  3. Thanks for the reading update. I read the first Amos Decker book and liked it. Just haven't picked up anymore yet. I'm also reading through New Morning Mercies this year...I love it!

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad we're doing the devotional together!

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  4. We had a pretty big storm blow through here over the weekend but I did not manage to sleep through it at all.. in fact I'd say I hardly slept as the wind kept shaking the house.

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  5. I am so ashamed.. I read zero... ZERO... Christmas books this year. I hope an Angel didn't lose a halo on that one.

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    1. You've always got next Christmas, Girlie!

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  6. I used the New Morning Mercies devotional for a bit but didn't feel uplifted and fed by it. PC says I prefer my church messages and devotional to be too soft!! And maybe that is the case, but something about New Morning Mercies made me feel unworthy. Wound up setting it aside and returned to Jesus Calling. Glad you and Kellyann are doing this devotional together. I am sure I would have loved it much more with you two guiding me!!

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    1. I think everyone should use the devotional that speaks to them. I wouldn't say New Morning Mercies is my favorite, but it's working for me right now. I hope your week is off to a fabulous start and you are enjoying that sweet new grandbaby!

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  7. Sounds like a lovely weekend! I haven't read anything by Colleen Hoover yet, but I want to!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  8. I haven't read Hoover yet, but Regretting You is sparking my interest this month- lots of good reviews on the link-up. May finally give her a try.

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  9. Glad you were able to sleep through the storm. That's amazing that you found the time to read during the holidays, you must be a fast reader. I enjoy seeing what you are reading.

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  10. I need to add some of these to my reading list! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. oh, i keep hearing about colleen hoover's new book. adding it to my list!

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  12. It's been quite a long time since I've read a Colleen Hoover standard - my last one by her was Verity, which I loved, but which she published outside of her typical publisher since it was quite different for her. It's probably time to dip my toe in another regular!

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  13. I hope to read Regretting You. I love that it features a mom and daughter.

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  14. Ooh somehow I forgot about Beatriz Williams - I've read several of hers, but I think there are a couple of recent ones that I need to pick up still. Good reminder :)

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  15. Regretting You seems to be a hit with everyone! I added it to my TBR.

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  16. I recently hopped on the historical fiction train too! Loved The Gown, The Nightingale, and Nickel Boys in that genre recently.

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  17. I've read a couple Baldacci books and I remember thinking they're just fine. Nothing special. Just good old fashioned mass market thrillers.

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  18. A lot of bloggers read Regretting You this month! I'm on the hold list for it at the library. I wait until December to read my Christmas books!

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  19. Christmas books can be hit or miss! It seems like such a saturated market - everyone publishes one, right? LOL Sorry you got a stinker this time ;)

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  20. Fully intending to read Regretting You ASAP!!!!

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  21. Thanks for sharing! I need to check out those first two!

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