2014 – The Year of Books #FF

 Welcome to #FF, Feature and Follow, with Parajunkee and Allison Can Read! If you love to read, blog about books, or want to start…come join the fun!

Again people I failed to meet my challenge! Oiy!!! I didn’t realize how many novellas I read this year, ones that I didn’t really think qualified so I didn’t add them on my Goodreads. Boo Hoo people! But some good things happened, with me and books – I read some movie books before I saw the movies (and then realized how much I hate Nicholas Sparks – read the post here) , I read some really amazing books that I really loved, and I started a book club with some local military spouses. So, although I didn’t meet my challenge, I read a lot of books and I continued my love affair with books.  More books were read then last year, and we did a lot of kid book reading this year too.

Murder in the CIA by Margaret Truman 
I continued reading the Capitol Crimes series by Margaret Truman. Loving this series, and its particularly amazing because we live here, and I’ve been to a ton of the places mentioned in the books. That is pretty darn cool. This is a great series and I would recommend it to any mystery book lover.
Split Second by Alex Kava 
This is the second book in a new series that I started reading, at the suggestion of my mother. The subject of the book is a female FBI agent, and most of the books take place in the Virginia area. 
Steel Will by Shilo Harris 
Absolutely amazing book to read! A must read.
I delved into my YA book reading side. Yes, I read twilight, yes I liked them. Don’t judge me! I knew that they had made a movie out of this book and I had always wanted to see it. So I read the book and then watched the movie with one of my girlfriends. They didn’t do a bad job. If they had really tried to do it justice the movie would have had to have been a million hours long. It is an extremely long book, but really good. I was going to read the second book, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Its on my list of to-dos for 2015!
Seasons of Tomorrow (Amish Vines and Orchards #4) 
The last in one my favorite Amish Series! I almost don’t want it to be over, and I’m not actually sure if it is. There would be some good spinoffs in there. Cindy was my first foray into Amish books, as I’d been hesitant because it didn’t really seem all that interesting. However, Cindy sucked me in and I became an addict.
So those were some of my favorite books of 2014! You can check out all the books on my challenge list by friending me on Goodreads. I’d love to check out all the books you are reading.
Did you have a favorite book of 2014? 


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Rhe’s Bookshelf – A Plain Disappearance

Summary:  It’s Christmastime in Amish Country, and Chloe Humphrey has begun settling into her life in Appleseed Creek excited to see where her new relationship with Timothy Troyer will lead. Unfortunately it leads to murder when the couple discovers the body of Amish teenager Katie Lambright while on their first date.

Near the scene there is evidence that Timothy’s friend and auto mechanic Billy Thorpe is involved with the crime. The police reveal Billy is not really who he said he was and has been living the last decade in Knox County under a stolen alias. Now, Chloe and Timothy must find Billy, bring him to justice, or prove his innocence.

What I thought: If you have been reading any of my reviews as of late, you know that I have been reading some Amish books.  It’s usually not my genre at all, but when I saw the words “Amish” and “mysteries” together I thought I would give it a try.  Amanda Flower pulled me in 100% with this book, and now I’m just mad I started with book 3 and not book 1.   This story centers around both the Amish and those that have decided to leave the Amish.  It truly is a great mystery and well written.  Another thing you might have heard me mentioned is that it takes a lot to sell me on most Christian novels.  But Ms Flower, man, not only is it well written, the characters are developed, and you love them.  If you like Amish themed books you may or may not like this.  I’m still trying to decide how realistic it is that they co-exist so well (to some extent).  It doesn’t necessarily center on the Amish and their way of life, but on the blending of lives; and really on Chloe and she is settling in this small town of Applecreek.  I can’t wait to read the first two books in the series…and a little birdy told me that there are more coming!  I would read this series again and again.
5 out of 5 stars

*I received this book in partnership with Handlebar Media and Handlebar Publications.  I was not compensated in any other way.  My views and opinions are my own.

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