Books That Have Surprised The Socks Off Me So Far In 2017

This is a link up with Broke and Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday. The Prompt for this week is ” Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far “. I’m only doing Five today because there have only been five books so far this year that were really good/ surprised me.


Once Upon a Marigold By Jean Ferris : I was in a book funk and my sister let me borrow this book. It was so cute and fun. I also kept it after I read it , so I guess you could say I commandeered the book rather than borrowed.


Deadly By Julie Chibbaro : In my full review of this book, I mentioned how my oldest Nephew got me this book for Christmas…..two years ago. I’m not really sure why I put it off for so long, but it turned out to be a good read.


I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You By Alley Carter: I started reading this book fully expecting to not finish it. I’ve heard a lot of people say they didn’t like it. I however really enjoyed it. I mean sure it has a few clichés and it’s not perfect but I liked it enough to give the rest of the series a try. (Let me know in the comments if you have read it and what you thought).


Geekerella By Ashley Poston: I am in love with the retelling trend, however I was never a big Cinderella fan growing up. This book though!!!! It’s such a good representation of fandoms . Ashley Poston did a fantastic job with this retelling.

If We Survive By Andrew Klavan : I’m going to post a full review of this later in the week, but I took a chance on this from the library and it so did not disappoint!! Seriously I’m so pleased with this book, it has action, a good plot, and the characters are AMAZING!!

So those are the five books that surprised my socks off , though that’s probably a good thing with how hot it has been lately. Did you read any books so far this year that surprised you?

Forever & Always,



10 Christian Books I Recommend

IMG_1889-19-06-17-05-41 The lovely picture above was taken by my bestie ( you can find her HERE).

All of these books had a major impact on my life at some point. To be honest quite a few of them came to me when I needed them most, like any good book should. While I find each of them inspirational and they helped me in diverse ways.

1.Shaken by Tim Tebow – I did a full review here, but in short this book is just amazing. I got it for Christmas last year and it could not have come at a better time. It is so encouraging and really shows how living out your faith looks.

2. One Thousand Gifts  by Ann Voskamp – I read this book many years ago but it is really just about being thankful for the little things in life . It also got me into the practice of being grateful and writing down blessings I found each day, and some days that’s hard. The goal is to turn our focus from the negative and show our gratitude towards God for all the things he does provide.

3. The Dream Giver By Bruce Wilkinson- This is a beautiful book told in an analogy. I loved it so much, and it’s such a good reminder that God gives us our dreams and he will help us accomplish them.

4. Preparing to be a Help Meet by Debi Pearl – This is a great book for young women who strive to be a good, godly, wife one day and it would make the perfect gift for a bride-to-be. This book is actually on my reread list for this year. I do remember that it had statistics and information from guys POV, along with just practical advise on relationships.

5. Cross Roads By W.M Paul Young – This book is so amazing!! While I haven’t read the authors more famous book “The Shack” , I can tell you that this one is so very good and should be on everyone’s TBR list.

6. Unafraid By Susie Davis – If you suffer from fear or on going anxiety I can tell you this book is such an encouragement. The author walks you through her very real struggles that’s started as a child, and shows how overcoming fear / anxiety is not an easy thing but it is possible.

7. Before you meet Prince Charming by Sarah Mally –  I especially recommend this book for teenage girls who are just starting to seriously notice boys. I remember a friend and I reading this when we were young and discussing how we related to the daydreaming aspect of waiting on our prince charming’s. It really try’s to inspire girls to focus on the here and now, and to become the best version of themselves before they worry about boys.

8. My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers – This is a classic ,and there is a reason for that. So many of these daily devotions hit on whatever subject I needed most. I have read it multiple times and each time I use a different highlighter to see what means something to me each time.

9. Kisses From Katie By Katie Davis – This girls story is so unique and amazing.  Katie went to Uganda on a missions trip before college, but her life changed very quickly. Now Katie is the mother of 14 girls she adopted over in Uganda. I love this story because it just shows how God has His own plans for our life if we are willing to follow his lead.

10. Raising Maidens of Virtue by Stacy McDonald – This is a study book for mothers and daughters to read together. I however read it on my own and then discussed it with my mom as I went. I think I love this book because of its focus on being feminine and modest. It also has lists in the back for other Christian books, and modest clothing sites.

So those are some of my most recommended Christian books. Let me know in the comments if you have read any of the books above? What are some Christian books you recommend?

Forever & Always,