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Book Review: Sunday Night Supper Club



Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary review copy of this book.  All opinions are my own.

The Saturday Night Supper Club takes an inside peek into the inner life of a successful chef  (Rachel) who quickly finds herself in the middle of negative media attention. Rachel’s life intersects with Alex, an essayist.

Typically, I am not a fan of novels with romance as a major plot-line but I found myself pleasantly surprised by this novel.  It had enough non-romance content, specifically food content, as well as friendships that made the book a quick read, that was a nice break from heavier reading that I had been doing recently.

How I read 155 books this year

I have a lot of people ask me how I make time to read, as I do work full time.  I was also an adult party guest in the Nutcracker and have other activities I am involved in.  I don’t have kids, but I have 2 cats who are great reading companions.

Here are a few tips:
1. Don’t watch much TV. I only have a handful of shows I watch.

2. Listen to audiobooks.

3. I sometimes read while blow drying my hair.

4. I like to start the day with a book and will get up early and read a chapter of a non-fiction book.

5. I read while I eat my lunch at work.

6. When I get home from work I have a little downtime before making dinner and will often read a little then close my eyes for a bit.

7. Don’t go anywhere without a book, be it a physical book or on your phone!

8. Don’t be afraid of YA-it can be nice to lighten it up after an intense book.

All in all, reading is my self care and keeps me sane!


2017 Favorites

I read a lot in 2017—155 books! There is time to read amidst busy life!

A few of my favorite from 2017 are:

Dreamland Burning

Gather The Daughters

Lilli de Jong

The Hate U Give

This Is How It Always Is

American War

Daily Rituals


Book Review: The Sound of Rain


Disclaimer: Baker Publishing Group provided me with a complimentary review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


I truly enjoy  historical fiction, and after the last book I read (which was massive and dense), this was a refreshing, quick read. However, I was hoping in historical fiction for there to be some historical references, since the book is categorized as historical fiction, it felt more like romantic historical fiction, which is not typically a genre I read. Not being from the south, there was a time or two I had to google something as I was not sure what it was (hoop cheese).

I enjoyed the characters, especially Kyle and Granny.  I always enjoy a good supporting character, and would like to see another book from Kyle’s point of view in the future.


Book Review: The Lifegiving Table


Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

“Beauty and creativity are the melodies that wrap around our souls and sing to us of His amazing, infinite life.” Sally Clarkson

I received this Christian Living book to review, and the book is full of vivid stories, reflections on verses and action steps. At the end of each chapter are also recipes to recipes that Mrs. Clarkson has included in her stories.  Mrs. Clarkson is a natural storyteller, and it was easy for myself to imagine the scenes she was depicting.

As vivid as the writing was, I had a few issues with applying this book to my life. As a single person, without children, I struggled to find relevant ways to weave some of the practices into my life. Mrs. Clarkson mentioned her single days a time or two, but I feel in order to reach a broader readership, this could have been expanded upon.

Additionally, I had a few issues with the recipes themselves. First, the format of them is clunky and would be difficult to follow while cooking, and could benefit from a formatting perhaps in a bulleted numbered list. As someone with food allergies (and I know many readers either have allergies or have a family member that does) there was not a single suggestion on any recipe for modifications. Mrs. Clarkson mentions nuts numerous times in her book, and as a nut free home, I would have appreciated some variety of recommendations, such as pumpkin seeds etc.


Book Review: The Proving

Note: I received a review copy of this book from Baker Publishing Group. All opinions are my own.


I have not read a Beverly Lewis novel in several years, as one had not crossed my path. Mrs. Lewis came to my town several years ago and signed books, so this is an author I have actually met!

This book is written in the same tone as most of her novels, set in an Amish community and with a character that is struggling to find her identity. I had just read this book after finishing an intense book, so it was a relaxing read. However, I felt the storyline did ring familiar to her other works.

I do feel Mrs. Lewis’s books provide intriguing insight onto the Amish culture, which has often piqued my curiosity. I feel she portrays the culture in a respectful way.  I would recommend this book to someone who is needing a light read.