Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Spectacular Book Tag!!

Good evening everyone! (At least it's evening when I'm writing this... ;)) How was your week? I've got like nothing accomplished! 
Jonthan from The Second Brother tagged me for The Spectacular Book Tag!! Yay! I know what you're thinking. "She just did a book tag!" I did. But this one is different, it looks like fun, and BOOKS. How can I not do it? ;) 

The Rules:
1. Answer the questions
2. Tag 3 to 5 bloggers

Here goes! 

1. What are your favorite book covers? 
I have so many favorite book covers. I love books, and I love good, pretty, book covers. If the cover catches my eye, there's a good chance I'm going to read the book. If the cover looks bland and boring, I'll probably not. (Unless it was like recommended to me or I like the author or whatever.) Here's my top favorite covers of my books. :) 

The Princess Adelina by Julie Sutter. I haven't read this book, but the blues and greens are SOOO pretty!! 
Gentle Annie by Mary Francis Shura. I haven't read this one either (yet!) but I love the cover picture of Annie and a wounded soldier. 
Goodbye to Yesterday by Wanda E. Brunstetter. I love the cover of every book in this series, but this one is my favorite. There's just so much in it. And the series is amazing too, so it's only right that the covers be gorgeous. 
The Last Ride by Susan K. Marlow. From when Mrs. Marlow first revealed the cover of this book, I thought it was amazing. The blue blending into a tan is so beautiful. :) 
Love Finds a Home by Wanda E. Brunstetter. I really like the western/prairie look of this cover. If you look close enough you can see that the cover girl has one blue eye and one brown, just like Judith King in the story. :)  
Avery's Crossroads by Deanna K. Klingel. I like the cover of this book with Avery and Gunner, his dog. :) 
GI Brides by Grace Livingston Hill. The flower and letters on this cover are so pretty and vintage-y, and the colors are beautiful. :) 

2. What are your favorite book titles?

Faith Under Fire by Steve Rabey. I'm currently reading this book, a gift from a dear friend, and so far the title fits so well with the stories!! 
A Vow for Always by Wanda E. Brunstetter. This is probably my favorite book in this saga. It's the ending so of course it's good, and the title is perfect. :) 
More Perfect Than the Moon by Patricia MacLachlan. I love this series, and the title always makes me smile. I think I'd get along with Cassie very well. Who doesn't want a dog-husband? 
Kinship by Trudy Krisher. The title and description of this book caught my eye, so I grabbed it. Parts of it are strange and I haven't read it so I can't recommend it, but I love the title. :) 

3. Have you read a book and didn't know why they named it that and what was the title?

Probably, but I can't think of one. 

4. Have you read a book with a character that made you mad?
Ha! Oh, yes, many. ;) 

Abigail from Another Homecoming by Janette Oke. She was conniving and lying and controlling and...grrr. B-) 
Allie's parents from A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin. They were so awful to their own daughter! 
Ada Lambright, Wayne's mom, from A Cousin's Promise by Wanda E. Brunstetter. How could a woman who despises the girl her son loves not be on my naughty list? 

5. Is there someone or something from a book you would never want to come across?
Yes, several!! 

Mr. Johnston from Kathleen's Unforgettable Winter by Tracy Leininger Craven. Let's be realistic. No one wants to meet the owner of the dog they almost killed (accidentally, of course!) and he's also a KKK member, so... *shudder* 
Major Ubel from Dark Storms Rising by Jesseca Wheaton. I can't think of a single Nazi I'd want to run into. Except, Lieutenant Wilhelm. B-)     
Any of the bandits from Mandie and the Ghost Bandits by Lois Gladys Leppard. Wearing tiger masks and long dark capes is creepy. ;) 

6. If you could meet a character in person from a book who would it be?
Dangerous question, that. There are soooo many characters from books that I'd like to meet in person... First on the list would be one of my own characters. Namely, David Carnathan. :) Otherwise, I'd like to meet any and all characters from the Wings of Glory series by Sarah Sundin. (Okay, let's be real. Walt and Allie are who I really want to meet. <3) 

7. What book are you currently reading?
Make that books. I'm technically reading several books right now. 

For school I'm reading... 
The Good Fight: How World War II was Won by Stephen Ambrose for history 
In the Shadow of Plenty by George Grant for Economics 
And I'm also reading... 
Faith Under Fire by Steve Rabey 
Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie by Kristiana Gregory 
The Magican's Nephew by C.S. Lewis 
The Battle Plan of Prayer by Stephen & Alex Kendrick 
Under the Sweetwater Rim by Louis L'amour (not pictured) 

8. Have you read a book that made you cry?
Oh, yes. SOO many! 

The Long Ride Home by Marsha Hubler. I'm pretty sure I shed tears when Skye met her dad. 
The Last Ride by Susan K. Marlow. I don't see how anyone could not cry through this one. 
Anchored by Kayla Aimee. This story is heartbreaking. (You can read my review of Anchored HERE.) 
Avery's Crossroads by Deanna K. Klingel. I cried reading of all the death and hurting through the years of the Civil War. :'( This book (and the first one) are so amazing. 
Kathleen's Enduring Faith by Tracy Leininger Craven. I sobbed when the barn burnt and Bruce was killed. 

A Cousin's Promise by Wanda E. Brunstetter. I cried through the beginning and the amazing ending of this book. ;) 
The Drunkard's Children by Mrs. M.J.P.S. Marcia and Ellen's  story is SOO sad!! 
A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin. I cried several times throughout this book. The amazing way Mrs. Sundin can describe grief is so real and vivid and heartbreaking! 
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman. I was bawling when Butte died. 
The Silence of Winter by Wanda E. Brunstetter. My heart, shattered when the sheriff came to tell Meredith. Such tragedy... 

Interrupted by Rachel Coker. This book is amazing! I cried more than once while reading it. :) 
Waltz into the Waves by Sarah Holman. To be so short, this story is precious!! <3 
Dare by Tricia Mingerink. I cannot begin to put into words the way this book makes me feel. It's amazing and epic and real and...yeah. xD 

9. What is the weirdest book you read? 
Probably The Asylum by Heather Fitzgerald. It's really strange, but surprisingly, I sort of enjoyed it. ;)  

10. What is the worst book/series you ever read?
Um... I don't read bad books? xD 
I started Sarah by Jerry Eicher once, but I couldn't get past the first chapter. The girl, Sarah I guess, was extremely vain and...awful. *wrinkles nose* 

11. If you could only read one more book the entire year what would it be?
One??! Augh!! What a horrible thought... The last book in the Circle C Milestones by Susan K. Marlow, I guess. Someone (I don't remember who or I would link to you!!) gave The Bible as an answers to this question. Maybe that's what I'll say. ;) 

I know several of y'all have already been tagged, so I'll try not to double-tag anyone. ;) I tag... 

And here's the questions for easier copying! :) 
1. What are your favorite book covers? 
2. What are your favorite book titles? 
3. Have you read a book and didn't know why they named it that and what was the title? 
4. Have you read a book with a character that made you mad? 
5. Is there someone or something from a book you would never want to come across? 
6. If you could meet a character in person from a book who would it be? 
7. What book are you currently reading? 
8. Have you read a book that made you cry? 
9. What is the weirdest book you read? 
10. What is the worst book/series you ever read? 
11. If you could only read one more book the entire year what would it be? 

Thanks for reading!! I hope you enjoyed. :) 


  1. It was so much fun reading your answers, Faith! :)
    I also love the cover of "The Last Ride". It is so pretty. :)
    Oh yes, Allie's parents from "A Distant Melody" were so terrible! I should've listed them when I did this tag. Ada Lambright is just awful too.
    Yes, "The Last Ride" was so sad! I actually didn't cry, but there were a couple parts that I thought I would. I don't remember "Kathleen's Enduring Faith" too well, but I do remember it being really sad. "The Silence of Winter was sad too. Especially the part that you mentioned.

    1. "The Last Ride" is super pretty. :)
      Allie's parents were SOO horrible! Have you read the other books in the Indiana Cousins Trilogy?
      I didn't bawl through "The Last Ride", but only because I was in the car with my family when I read all 'those parts' and I never would've been able to live that down with my brother. ;)
      All the Kathleen books has they're sad moments. That another series I should read again. ;)
      "The Silence of Winter" – *weeps for Meredith...and Luke...and everyone else* It's SOOO sad!!! But I absolutely love the ending, so we're good. xD LOL.

      Thanks for commenting, Rebekah!!!

    2. No, I haven't read the other two Indiana Cousins books yet, but I'm, planning to start reading "A Cousins Prayer" tomorrow! :)
      I need to reread the Kathleen books again too. :)
      Yes, pretty much all of the books in "The Discovery" series were so sad, but I agree the ending was great!

    3. Oh, yay!! I think you'll really enjoy it! :)
      Yes, the ending is PRECIOUS!!
      The Kathleen books, the Discovery series, all of Sarah Sundin's books, a huge stack of research books...the list never ends. ;)

  2. I had a ton of fun reading this post. ;)
    Yes, the title "Faith under Fire" fits so super well with all the stories! That book put me through so much trauma, but man was it good!
    I remember reading "Kathleen's Unforgettable Winter" a while ago, and Mr. Johnston was absolutely horrid. He scared me!
    Yeah, Major Ubel scares me too. I always make sure I have Lieutenant Wilhelm along whenever I have to venture into any of the WWII Nazi-occupied towns when I'm writing. Cause Ubel and Eric scare me. I actually have a sister who is convinced that she loves Major Ubel and that if she had the chance to meet him, she'd make him good. *eyeroll* Yeah, that's the problem when you have siblings who read and criticize your writing. :P
    I loved reading all your answers to these questions! They were so much fun. :)

    1. Yay! I aim to please! :) Hehe.
      Oh, they're so good!! Maybe that's the book I should finish tonight... ;)
      *shudders* Just his name sounds nasty and awful!
      I'm sure Lt. Wilhelm will keep you safe. B-) And Leisel...but you too. ;) (That book seriously needs a sequel. Ya know, since you have nothing else to do.) Hmm...that was either Faith or Sarah. I'm guessing...Faith? Am I right?

      Thanks for commenting, Jesseca!

    2. *catches something else in the comment* Wait, since when does Erich scare you? B-)

    3. Oh, I'll just add that to my list of things to do if my life slows down. I'll send ya in email in ten years or so and ask for ideas. :P
      Yep, it's Faith. She's my crazy sister who is really weird. Must be why we get all. ;)
      Ummm, he now scares me very much. Ever since I figured out that Micah's brother works in the SS. . .and Micah is a resistance member in France. And Erich figure out their brothers, and. . .yeah. It's not a pretty scene!

    4. *nods approvingly* Good girl. ;)
      Yay! I was right! :D LOL.
      Wait...Micah is a resistance member?? Oh my goodness, I can totally see that! :-O I'm loving these changes ever so much. ;) Just please...don't kill Micah, okay? Gil told me that you couldn't because Micah is your favorite, so don't make him a liar. B-) And if you need some help outwitting Erich, let me know. I have a few guys in that region of the world that might be willing to help. ;)

    5. He's a resistance member, and he gets caught by the Germans. He's fine until Erich recognizes him. And his brother recognizes him. And Erich decides to drive a wedge between the two. And then Micah's life is in the hands of a brother who hates him...oh, goodness! I need to write this clip down. Maybe I'll take an unofficial break from editing this afternoon and write it up for you. Well, you and me, Not writing it down is driving me crazy.
      And as to Micah's living or dying? Well, that's in the hands of his brother and Erich. There's no telling what'll happen. I hope he lives, though. Otherwise there is too much trauma for me to write. And my heart already hurts from the first story. So. . .yeah.

    6. comments always end up being so long. :P

    7. Oh. My. Goodness. Yes, you need to write this!!! Like...right now?! ;)
      And, um, yeah. He SO better live through this... B-)

      Hehe. The other day I caught myself calling this "comment conversations"! LOL.

  3. Thanks for doing the tag, Faith! I enjoyed reading your answers.

    1. Thanks for tagging me, Jonathan! I'm so glad you enjoyed. :)

  4. (This is Karen, her little sister) :)
    Now I really want to read the rest of the Kathleen series!
    And I want to read ALL the Mandie books in the series...

    1. Hey, Karen! Nice to meet you. :)
      The Kathleen books are REALLY good!! So are the Mandie books; I've read them all including the two specials ("Mandie and Joe's Christmas Surprise" and "Mandie and Mollie and the Angel's Visit"), and several of them I've read more than once. :-)

      Thanks for commenting, Karen! :D

  5. Whenever I see the Adelina cover, it strikes me as so beautiful!
    Oooh the KKK dude from the Kathleen books creeps me out! I loved those books so much! I wonder if I still have them?
    Actually, I don't know if I read the last one. Oops...
    Cool tag!

    1. It's SOOO beautiful! :) Love it.
      *shudder* Yes, the KKK dude was super creepy. Those books are so good. What?! You HAVE to read the last one! ;)

      Thanks for commenting, Ashley!