Friday, April 25, 2008

I heard it through the grapevine.

Lynne, over at Lynne's Little Corner of the World, is offering a reading challenge. The challenge is simply to read three books that you have never read before, that have been recommended to you by others. You can have read other works by an author, just not the one you select for the challenge. You must be signed up by May 1, which is when the challenge begins. You need to be done reading and posting your review of each book by, November 30. You are welcome to read and review more. Here are my selections.

1. First Among Equals
I have read a few short stories out of Jeffrey Archers', Twelve Red Herrings. I was amazed at Lord Archer's ability to lure me in, twist me about, dash my expectations, make me gasp, and finally end a short little story with an ending I would never have guessed, or imagined. What amazes me more is that I did not follow through and read more of the books he had written. A while back, my husband recommended I read, First Among Equals. The book has been on my "to read" list since. I think this is the perfect time to pick it up and do just that. It will be my first read for the challenge.

2. Battlefield of the Mind
I own and have read some of Joyce Meyer's, books. I like her candid style, and ability to present biblical truth at her own expense by using scenario's from her own life others may try to skirt, or ignore. A very dear friend of mine is facing the one year anniversary of her husband's death. This has been a very difficult year for her and the grief is particularly heavy right now. We had lunch together not too long ago and she said she was able to get past some of the pain she thought would prove insurmountable, because of the concepts she read in Joyce Meyer's book, Battlefield of the Mind. Again, this book is already on my shelf and my list of to be read. This will be the second book I read for this challenge.

3. The Body in the Transept
For my third book I have chosen a murder mystery. No big shock for those of you that know me. My good friend Millie, recommended this author. She did not recommend this particular book as she does not read murder mysteries. She, knows however that I like a good cozy whodunit, and she knows how much I like to read about, England. Here is a little about the book from the author Jeanne. M. Dam's, web site.
The Body in the Transept
"My first book, my first-born child! Dorothy Martin, an American expat living in England and feeling very sorry for herself on her first Christmas Eve as a widow, stumbles over a body as she is leaving the cathedral after the midnight service."
Sounds good to me! Millie knows this author and was excited to tell me Ms. Dam, lives in South Bend, Indiana. South Bend is less than an hour from where I live, and I am quite familiar with the city.

If you would like to follow this challenge, you can go to the I Heard it Through the Grapevine, blog.

"When I discovered libraries, it was like having Christmas every day."
~ Jean Fritz ~


Honest to Ya~Ya said...

I'm so glad that you mentioned Lynne, she was one of my past blog reads and I'm trying to catch up with everyone since my blog hiatus!

I love to read too! I don't do the challenges though.

Two I picked up at the library yesterday are:

The Island of Heavenly Daze by Lori Copeland and Angela Hunt and the other was Conflict Free Living by Joyce Meyer. I learn so much from her books! Since it is a library book I will have to remind myself not to mark it up like I do my own...LOL!

You have a lovely and blessed day! ☺

Elizabethd said...

Difficult to join in as we have few English books available here in France, though our Church has a good library, but mostly older books.
I love all of Joyce Meyer's books.

BritGal' Sarah said...

Hey Teresa! Hope the imminenet move preparation is going okay? I've been thinking about you and wondering.

If you get time I am running a caption competition over yonder to win some girly treats, closes tomorrow night :-)

Mary said...

Hi Teresa. I look forward to your reviews of the books you'll read for the challenge. This is my first challenge - it seems very doable! Quite a variety of books being read so I hope to pick up some recommendations.