My Favorite Books of 2019 So Far

My Favorite Books of 2019 - So Far

I am back everyone! If you are a regular reader of mine you are probably wondered what happened! If you don’t follow my Facebook page, you probably didn’t hear that I have been in Africa the past few weeks. I went on a mission trip and it was an absolutely amazing experience. I also photographed the trip! You can see a curated gallery - here.

And I am back with a favorites!

It’s already August officially this weekend and that means we are half way through the year! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone. Especially this summer. Only one more month until fall begins (well at least for the northern hemisphere). I am ready for cooler weather! Too bad it doesn’t really cool down here in Florida till end of October.

I didn’t read as many books at the beginning of the year as I did last year. It has been a hectic year for me already but I am hoping to kick the reading back up the rest of the year so I can reach my reading goal.

Anyways, lets get back to the books; here are my favorite books so far of 2019:

No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky

This was my most recent read from Carrie. Carrie’s research always blows me away every time I read her books. She does tremendous amount of research for each of her books to make it historically accurate. This is why I love her books. She is not only a great writer but a great historian.

You can read my review —-> HERE

The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke

This book absolutely broke my heart when I read it. It was definitely an emotionally hard book to read. It was one of the best WWII books I have read in a long time. If you do read this one make sure you have tissues at hand.

You can read my review —-> HERE

Flight of the Raven by Morgan L Busse

I don’t read too much fantasy. If you have been a long follower of mine, you know I have had a struggle finding a good Christian fantasy series. This one is absolutely incredible and I read this book in just two days. This is the second book in the Ravenwood Saga by Morgan. I definitely recommend that you read the series in order.

You can read my review —-> HERE

The Heart of a King by Jill Eileen Smith

I love Biblical Fiction and when Jill came out with a book about King Solomon I knew I had to read it. Not too many authors have pursued the life of King Solomon so it was definitely interesting to read more about him and his many wives. I absolutely loved that we got both perspectives, from himself and his wives. This, I think made the book unique and stand out.

You can read my review —-> HERE

Of Fire and Lions by Mesu Andrews

Mesu brought the book of Daniel to life through fictional characters and stories. She did amazing research on this particular book in the series and really made you feel like you were there along with the characters. She has such a talent in creating stories from the Bible.

You can read my review —-> HERE

Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

If you enjoy reading a spooky book then you need to check out Jaime’s books. I have absolutely loved all of her books equally. Though I think Jaime may have gotten inspiration from modern day horror films and TV Shows I think she wrote a unique story that is all her own. I definitely recommend you check out her books if you are a fan of thriller books.

You can read my review —-> HERE

The bride of Ivy Green by Julie Klassen

This was the third installment in the Tales from Ivy Hill series. Julie wrapped up the series nicely and I loved how everything turned out. Though I will miss the characters and Ivy Hill!

You can read my review —-> HERE

In Times Gone By Tracie Peterson

This is the third installment in the Golden Gate Secrets series. I absolutely adore this series and all the characters interwoven in the series. I really like that Tracie wrote a separate book for each of the three main characters. I think the series was wrapped up nicely and I didn’t feel like anything was unanswered. If you love Tracie’s books- you need to check out this book and series!

You can read my review —-> HERE

What are your favorite books of 2019 so far? Share in the comments!

the caffeinated bibliophile

Promotion Video: A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White

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Synopsis:

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which make her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I—to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales.

Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he's won—until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father's work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is in meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.

But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn't—that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.

  • Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

  • Publisher: Bethany House

  • Published: 1/2/2018

  • Series: Shadows Over England #2

Video: On Margot from A Song Unheard and The Number of Love

About The Author

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Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself.

Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books...to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

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Look forward to my next post on Number of Love this Thursday - the sequel to this book and the next book in the series!

What did you think of the video? Share in the comments!

the caffeinated bibliophile

Please Note: i was sent a copy of this book from the publisher to promote this video. I was not compensated to promote this video, however.

5 Tips on How To Read Faster

How to read faster

For those that love to read - some may take their time to savor every word they read. While others like to speed through a book so they can get into the next book faster.

Some people may feel nervous around reading a book faster because they may not understand the whole story. However, it can be done. Whether you need to read a book by a certain deadline or you have a certain reading goal here are 5 tips on reading faster:

Stop Reading In Your Head

Raise your hand if you read every word you read in your head? Yep, I am guilty of this too. And honestly, this is how I still read to this day. It is how I best understand a story. However, if you would like to start reading faster, it’s best not to actually read the words to yourself. So how do you actually not do this? Be mindful when you start doing it - and then consciously stop. You can also use your finger to read instead if that helps.

Skim The Words

We all have heard that this is what CEO and Entrepreneur’s do to read so many books in a year. Skimming a book is probably the most easiest to do out of all these tips. Skimming refers to only looking for the general or main ideas. Such as reading only the first few sentences in each paragraph. You can also scan the chapter. For example, just scan through the words looking for important information that you would need to know. By doing this alone will greatly speed up the process of reading a book.

Read Phrases

Reading phrases or specific words in a paragraph will greatly speed up the reading process. What does this exactly mean? You only read a certain amount of words in a paragraph to get a gist of what that paragraph was about. It is similar to scanning for example but slightly different.

Here is a good example:

The frog went up the tree quickly and eat some flies. Then he went down the tree and took a nap.

To read this sentence quickly - we will take the words: frog, tree, quickly, flies, nap.

From these words we can understand that the frog went up the tree quickly, eat flies, and then took a nap. And that is what the sentence is basically about.

Focus & Concentration

When you need to read fast, it’s important to be in a position that you can truly focus. That means no background noise, no distractions, and just pure concentration on that book. When there are distractions, it’s easy to stray from that book. Try reading at a time of day where you will less likely be distracted. And remember that you don’t need to read for a certain amount of time - just practicing reading faster for 20 minutes a day can help tremendously.

Write A Summary

If you are really focused on reading faster for whatever reason, try this tip. Write a summery of what you just read. It doesn’t need to be a page long or something crazy like that. Just a few sentences to summarize the story. This will help with the comprehension. This is also a great test. If you find that after reading fast for 20 minutes and you have no idea of what you just read- then it’s a sign that you may need to slow down or practice more.

This is also a great tip for kids (and even adults!) on reading comprehension. I use to have reading comprehension issues as a kid and this helped me tremendously on understanding what I was reading.

I hope these tips have helped you read faster! I think also the best tip out there as well is just to read more! When you continuously read, you get better at it. Therefore, you will notice that you start to read books faster. As they say, practice makes perfect.

Also, please be mindful that it’s OK if you read slow! Take the time you need to read that entire book. Some people have learning disabilities or reading comprehension issues and that is totally OK. Never read fast until you feel comfortable to do so.

Do you read your books fast or do you take your time? Share your tips below on reading faster!

the caffeinated bibliophile

Christian Books To Read This Summer 2019

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I am back everyone! I needed to take a much needed break. We are selling our home and it’s been a stressful and long process. I can attest that selling your home is one of the most stressful processes out there! We are hoping to have our home sold soon so we can move into our new place. So I do apologize ahead of time if there are a lack of posts during the month of May. I will try my best to stay consistent!

Anyways, let’s get on to todays post. It’s almost summer and that means new summer reads to look forward to! I am so excited for a few of these and can’t wait to read them. My TBR list has become twice as long now. ^_^

So without further ado, here are the Christian Books coming out this summer to look forward to:

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Which books are you looking forward to this summer? Share in the comments!

the caffeinated bibliophile