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2018 Reading List

  • Firstborn by Brandon Sanderson
  • Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson
  • Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson
  • Detective Strongoak and the Case of the Dead Elf by Terry Newman
  • Trailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow
  • Cheyenne Sunrise by Janalyn Voigt
  • The Bride Wore Constant White by Shelley Adina
  • Dreams of my Heart by Barbara J Scott
  • Zeroes: A Novel by Chuck Wendig
  • Porch Swing Girl by Taylor Bennett
  • The Sleuth’s Miscalculation by Kimberly Rose Johnson
  • Boundaries by Harry Cloud and John Townsend
  • Carrick House by Shelley Adina
  • Island Refuge by Kimberly Rose Johnson
  • The Immortal Circus by A.R. Kahler
  • Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron
  • The Redemption Road by Christa MacDonald
  • A Caffeine Conundrum by Angela Ruth Strong
  • The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells
  • The Dancer Wore Opera Rose by Shelley Adina
  • False Security by Angela Ruth Strong
  • One Word by Jon Gordon, Dan Briton & Jimmy Page
  • Where will you be five years from Today?
  • Where Theres a Will by Amy K Rognlie
  • Witchy & The Beast by Charity Bishop
  • The Plum Blooms in Winter by Linda Thompson
  • Stagecoach to Liberty by Janalyn Voigt
  • If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Selwyn Place by Shelley Adina

2016 Reading List

  • A Lady of Spirit by Shelley Adina
  • The Tethered World by Heather L.L. FitzGerald
  • A Lady of Integrity by Shelley Adina
  • Island Hope by Kimberly Rose Johnson
  • Curio by Evangeline Denmark
  • Gentleman of Means by Shelly Adina
  • Devices Brightly Shining by Shelly Adina
  • Fields of Air by Shelly Adina
  • No Greater Giftby Teresa H Morgan
  • The Hidden Oracleby Rick Riordan
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
  • Mark of Blood and Alchemy by Evangeline Denmark
  • Sabriel by Garth Nix
  • Lireal by Garth Nix
  • Abhorsen by Garth Nix
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling
  • Finding Love in Big Sky Montana by Angela Ruth Strong
  • Finding Love in Sun Valley, Idaho by Angela Ruth Strong
  • The Flaming Sword by Heather L L FitzGerald
  • Shift by Gary Keller
  • The Broken Trail by Christa McDonald
  • Legion by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Emperors Soulby Brandon Sanderson
  • Space at the Table by Brad and Drew Harper
  • Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  • Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
  • The Paradise Protocol by Anna Zogg
  • Fields of Iron by Shelly Adina
  • Spiritual Abuse by Dale and Jonalyn Fincher
  • Finding Love in Park City Utah by Angela Ruth Strong (Advance Copy)
  • The Millionaire Real Estate Agent by Gary Keller
  • The Ice Child by Evangeline Denmark
  • The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning


2015-07-18 16.33.26

Because some weekends you just want to spend hours curled up on the couch with your kindle propped up on the cat. There was actually lots of cleaning and much needed grocery shopping accomplished, but mostly: reading.

(I am reading Ravenswolde by Charity Bishop here, if anyone was curious. Charity is a master at atmosphere, and this book has been excellent thus far.)

2014 Reading List

Happy New Year! Welcome to the future.

Continuing in an unofficial tradition, here are the books I read in 2014.

  • Monster Hunter Vendetta by Larry Correia
  • One Realm Beyond by Donita K Paul
  • Thornewicke by Charity Bishop
  • The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  • Everneath by Brodi Ashton
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Things to Know Before You Buy
  • The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
  • The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
  • House of Hades by Rick Riordan
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  • Everbound by Brodi Ashton
  • Evertrue by Brodi Ashton
  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
  • The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
  • World War Z by Max Brooks
  • The Secret in Belfast by Charity Bishop
  • The Serpents Shadow by Rick Riordan
  • The Staff of Serapisby Rick Riordan
  • Giftsnatcher by Charity Bishop
  • Invitation to Die by Helen Smith
  • The Sunken by S C Green
  • Need You Now by Plumb
  • Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  • Monster Hunter Alpha by Larry Correia
  • Monster Hunter Legion by Larry Correia
  • Viral Execution by Amanda Davis
  • Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Overall reading conclusion for last year is why oh why did I wait so long to get on the Rick Riordan bandwagon. One of my goals for this year is to at least get a few more nonfiction books in there, there are some collecting dust on my shelves that have sat there unread for far too long.

While on hiatus I had a couple reviews published over at Mockingjay Part One and Battle of the Five Armies. Writing reviews for GQkidz has been fun, and I hope to continue this year! It gives me an extra excuse to be opinionated about the movies I see.

2013 Reading

1) Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
2) Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones
3) The Woodcutter by Kate Danley
4) Beneath a Broken Sky by Griffin Asher
5) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
6) The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
7) The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
8) Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara
9) Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia
10) The Girl of Fire of Thorns by Rae Carson
11) The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
12) The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
13) The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
14) The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
15) The Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina
16) The Battle of the Labyrith by Rick Riordan
17) The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
18) Her Own Devices by Shelley Adina
19) Magnificant Devices by Shelley Adina
20) Brilliant Devices by Shelley Adina
21) The Sovereignty of God by Arthur W Pink
22) Angel Lover by RJ Conte

A short list for 2013, I decided I would dedicate a good chunk of my reading time last year to writing and finally watching through Buffy.


Days like yesterday I love having animals. It’s like after a long day of fighting with technology here is something that is just squishy. And wants dinner.

This week has also seen a lot of stuffing envelopes, so I have been continuing working my way through my podcast queue. I’ve finished Welcome to Night Vale and the sermons from my home church (well, at least until there are new ones), so I started on the sermons from a friend’s church. She recommended it to me because she thought I would really like her church, but she lives too far for me to visit her church, so podcast it is!

And while she was right, I am thoroughly enjoying the messages her pastor is teaching, that is not what is sticking out to me the most. The church is located in Los Angeles, and even if you sat down to listen to these sermons and hadn’t read the title, you could guess where the pastor is preaching. I’m also reading a theology book that was written in 1930 and the tone is one that you can tell this book was written after World War I and before World War II. Both the podcasts and the book have more to say than their place in the world or history, they are teaching excellent theology, but both are so much richer when taken in context to where/when they were written/spoken.

Some of the most amazing experiences of my life have been opportunities to see fellow believers worshiping in other parts of the world, or even locally but from a different style of worship. I hope I never lose the feeling of amazement that we are all worshiping the same Lord.