Saturday, May 30, 2015

Reading Journey of a Wanna-Be Author: Year #2

My Kindle is two years old now and listed below are the books I've read since June 6 of last year. All but four were read on my Kindle. I read more because of her. I enjoy the device for all the reasons I wrote about last year in the first blog post. Click here to read that.

I surprised myself with the number of books I read considering I was doing my write-every-single day challenge that I wrote about here. By the way, I still haven't broken my writing string. Am I trying it for another year? Maybe. We'll see.

In November, I had a goal to read five middle grade books instead of participating in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. I made my goal and even completed one of the books the morning before Thanksgiving Day. I don't think I've ever read one book in one setting unless it was "The Little Red Hen" or some other childhood text.

My favorite book on the list below was number 10. I bawled during various parts of book 1. I cried with books 3, 7, 10, 12. I enjoyed the nostalgia in book 2, so I will read more of Stan Crader. And I am hooked on the author of books 21 and 22, Jenny B. Jones. I have a couple more of her books cued up on my Kindle right now. I would love to meet her some day. I've linked the authors to their websites, Twitterfeeds, or blogs.

Books I have read from June 6, 2014 until May 30, 2015

  1. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (for book club)
  2. The Bridge by Stan Crader
  3. Crazy by Han Nolan
  4. The Christian Writer's Coach: How to Get the Most out of a Writer's Conference by various authors
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1 by Jeff Kinney
  6. Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
  7. Almost April by Deborah Ferguson (debut author)
  8. Millicent Marie is Not My Name by Karen Pokraz Toz
  9. Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
  10. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi (for book club)
  11. The Bare Naked Truth: Dating, Waiting, and God's Purity Plan by Bekah Hamrick Martin
  12. Somebody Like You by Beth K. Vogt (for book club)
  13. Writing Habit Mastery - How to Write 2,000 Words a Day and Forever Cure Writer's Block by S. J. Scott
  14. The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic by Mark Levin (for book club)
  15. Writing in Obedience: A Writing Skill Reference Guide: A Primer for Christian Fiction Writers by Terry Burns
  16. 31 Devotions for Writers by various authors, edited Susette Williams
  17. Rodrick Rules, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 2 by Jeff Kinney
  18. Christmas Hotel: Book 1 by Saundra Staats McLemore
  19. Let's Write a Short Story by Joe Bunting
  20. Writer's Doubt: The #1 Enemy of Writing (and what you Can Do About It) by Bryan Hutchinson
  21. In Between: A Katie Parker Production, Book 1 by Jenny B. Jones
  22. On the Loose: A Katie Parker Production, Book 2 by Jenny B. Jones
  23. Old Shack Mystery by LeAnn Campbell
  24. Dakota Christmas by Joseph Bottum (a Kindle single)
  25. Emotional Thesaurus A Writer's Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglist
  26. Mystery on Maple Hill by Debra L. Butterfield
  27. Write Your Novel from the Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers, and Everyone in Between by James Scott Bell

Have you read any of those books or other works by those authors? What was your favorite book to read this past year? What's on your summer reading list?


  1. Love your list of books you read. I will have to look them up on my Library e-reader site. (Overdrive program) I don't have a Kindle but I read books on my Imac or Ipad. I've thought about getting a kindle cause my Ipad gets heavy.

    1. I need to see if Wichita has that program like you have so I can sometimes read current best sellers. I also find things on my Kindle in searches that don't show up on my laptop or PC. Probably because the default search engine in Bing.

  2. Two favorites for me are Love's Reckoning by Laura Frantz and The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton. Really good. I find I'm using my Kindle more and more because of the lighting ...

    1. Thanks for sharing, Shelli. I too enjoy the lighting on the Kindle. Allows me to read at night while hubby's asleep. I don't make noise turning pages because I have it mounted on my book on my LEVO Deluxe iPad Floor Stand (see Amazon for that). My thumbs don't hurt either from holding it. This device holds my iPad too. It has adjustable stretchy cords to fit whatever you need on it. The crazy thing is that it almost cost as much as my small screen Kindle Fire! But so worth it.