Today is a unique day in American history as we remember the victims of (and heroes who responded to) the 2001 attacks in New York City and Washington, DC, as well as the passengers in the failed hijacking of Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Our son was three and our daughter was not… Continue reading Weekend Reading 9.11.2020
I'm trying a new feature on the blog. Each Thursday, I'm going to dig into my reading archives to feature a relevant backlist title. As students are heading back to the classroom (or onto their computers for distance learning), I thought it would be good to look back on a title that focuses on what… Continue reading Throwback Thursday Title: Educated By Tara Westover
Christmas Card Society by Rebbeka Jones About the Book Book: Christmas Carol Society Author: Rebekah Jones Genre: Holiday Fiction, Christian Fiction Release Date: October 30, 2019 Christmas Carol Society – How Do You Impersonate a Christmas Ghost? The Christmas season has arrived. The members of the newly-formed Christmas Carol Society are beginning their weekly meetings. Charlie Baker finds the first… Continue reading Christmas Carol Society: Blog Tour and Giveaway
About the Book Book: Blush Author: Danielle Ripley-Burgess Genre: Nonfiction Release Date: September 15, 2020 NOBODY SAID growing up is easy. For Danielle, the safe suburbs of Kansas City always felt warm. Inviting. But one day, everything changed. Not only did she hate what puberty was doing to her body, she had spotted a few scary specks of blood after… Continue reading Blush: Book Review and Blog Tour
About the Book Book: Glimpses of God: A Summer Devotional for WomenAuthor: Shirley Crowder & Harriet MichaelGenre: DevotionalRelease Date: April 29, 2020 Creator God made the world in which we live. He placed the moon and stars in the sky, the rivers and ocean on the earth. He also created seasons throughout the year. Each season is defined by… Continue reading Glimpses of God: Summer Devotional for Women Blog Tour and Giveaway
If you spend any time in the reading blog or bookstagram worlds, you'll find that everyone seems to have a reading goal. I'm not alone in having monthly, quarterly, and annual goals for how many books I want to read. Some people exceed lofty goals, while many of us struggle with modest targets. During August,… Continue reading The Reading Race: Are Reading Goals Really Worth It?
It's almost halfway through August and I realized yesterday that I hadn't posted my August Reading Challenge. I have an ambitious list this month that includes a lot of my favorite genre, cozy mysteries. Most of these are NetGalley books I'm set to review (I've got some serious catching up to do, but it's so… Continue reading August Reading Challenge – The Halfway Mark
Author BioELLEN FELDMAN, a 2009 Guggenheim fellow, is the author of Terrible Virtue, The Unwitting, Next to Love, Scottsboro (shortlisted for the Orange Prize), The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank (translated into nine languages), and Lucy. Her novel Terrible Virtue was optioned by Black Bicycle for a feature film. PARIS NEVER LEAVES YOU Book Summary“Masterful. Magnificent. A passionate story of survival and a real page… Continue reading Blog Tour: Paris Never Leaves You
It was a busy summer reading season between mid-June and July. This month's selections included a variety of genres and books that were great summertime reads. Check out the books below: The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate Lisa Wingate paints a vivid picture of beach community Hatteras Island, located in the Carolinas and draws you… Continue reading Recent Reading Roundup 8.5.20
I'm a huge Jeopardy fan ("I was born to be on Jeopardy!" -- Thanks White Men Can't Jump for one of my favorite movie lines). So I had to pick Alex Trebek's new book for our final July Release Spotlight. The Answer is... will be next on my TBR. The Answer Is...Reflections on My Life… Continue reading July Release Spotlight: Alex Trebek Tells All
How has your week been? I've been busy getting my house in order as we have company coming this weekend. And I've been doing a TON of reading. I'm working my way through our July Reading Challenge (two down, four to go) and continuously adding more to my TBR. Latest addition is Miracle Creek, which… Continue reading Weekend Reading 7.17.2020
The summer reading season is in full swing, and my TBR seems to keep getting longer and longer. I'm not a fast reader naturally, but if something grabs my attention, I'm squirreling myself away to get any spare moment of reading time I can find. Our dog likes to sunbathe, but it's actually been in… Continue reading July Release Spotlight Two: Utopia Avenue
I wanted to come up with something special on Monday's to start your week off on a good note. What's more fun than looking forward to a book that comes out this week? So each Monday, I'm going to spotlight a book that's coming out in the current month. Preorders are big for authors, so… Continue reading July Release Spotlight One: Tea and Treachery
Photo by Taryn Elliott on Pexels.com It doesn't get really hot in the mountains of Colorado, where I live, but the sun does start to beat down during July. It's the time of year that I divide between the necessary (work, cleaning, writing) and reading (the focus of my life whenever I can steal a… Continue reading July Reading Challenge: Six Books of Summer
Protests and social unrest have brought the issue of racial injustice and police violence toward people of color to the forefront after the death of George Floyd while he was being detained by Minneapolis Police and the death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville after a no-knock raid on her apartment. It brought the idea home… Continue reading Weekend Reading About Fighting Racial Injustice 6.26.20
I've been trying to diversify my reading list, both racially and genre-wise and I think this set of reads is a good start. This was a pretty good month for books, and each one was a hit in its own way. Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan This was a fascinating tale of the love… Continue reading Reading Roundup 6.16.20
About the Book Book: This Wandering HeartAuthor: Janine RoscheGenre: Contemporary Inspirational RomanceRelease Date: May 5, 2020 In the first entry in the Madison River Romance series, Keira Knudsen gets the traveling opportunity of a lifetime, but when she reunites with her first love, Robbie, she learns that even a wandering heart needs a home…. No… Continue reading Book Review With Giveaway and Freebie: This Wandering Heart by Janine Rosche
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. Martin Luther King Jr.
**Various issues led to this not being posted when intended. Here it is now.** I love all the new books that come out in the summer, but I also love going back to books I have on my TBR shelf (or electronic device). I have a Trello page that outlines my reading goals for each… Continue reading Summer Reading Preview Bonus Post: Backlist and New Read Goals
**Due to various issues, this did not post when originally intended. Sorry for any inconvenience** Welcome to the Get Cozy Book Nook Summer Reading Preview! Throughout the week, you'll find a look at some of the books coming out this summer that I'm interested in reading. **I have not read these books, unless otherwise indicated.**… Continue reading Summer Reading Preview–Christian Fiction
Welcome to the Get Cozy Book Nook Summer Reading Preview! Throughout the week, you'll find a look at some of the books coming out this summer that I'm interested in reading. **I have not read these books, unless otherwise indicated.** These are simply upcoming books that I'm drawn to and think you might like. Publication… Continue reading Summer Reading Preview: Literary Reads
Welcome to the Get Cozy Book Nook Summer Reading Preview! Over the next five days, you'll find a look at some of the books coming out this summer that I'm interested in reading. **I have not read these books, unless otherwise indicated.** These are simply upcoming books that I'm drawn to and think you might… Continue reading Summer Reading Preview: Beach Reads
Welcome to the Get Cozy Book Nook Summer Reading Preview! Over the next five days, you'll find a look at some of the books coming out this summer that I'm interested in reading. **I have not read these books, unless otherwise indicated.** These are simply upcoming books that I'm drawn to and think you might… Continue reading Summer Reading Preview – Mysteries and Thrillers
This month's reads ran the gamut, from Christian fiction to heartfelt, agonizing poetry. April was the height of the stay-at-home order in Colorado, so it made finding reading time much easier. Still, I found myself distracted from my reading, drifting some amidst the tension of the time. Eventually, I got back into a groove and… Continue reading Recent Reads – The COVID-19 Edition
Writer Without a Space has a new name and a new focus! Welcome to the Get Cozy Book Nook. Because so many of my posts focused on books, book reviews, reading, and the reading life, I thought the name of the blog should reflect that content. But it's more than just a name change. Get… Continue reading Get Cozy Book Nook: New Name, New Focus
A writing journal can be a key element to helping new, or even established, writers improve their craft. I am just setting up a new journal that I'm hoping will continue to help me organize my thoughts and ideas in a way that's accessible. With these tips, you can create a journal that will make… Continue reading Five Tips To Make Your Writing Journal More Organized and Effective
About the Book Book: Anchored by Death Author: Catherine Finger Genre: Christian Mystery/Thriller Release Date: June, 2017 Police Chief Jo Oliver needed a little time to herself. But when her escape to Wisconsin turns deadly, she teams up with FBI agent Nick Vitarello, hoping to catch the Bow Tie Killer. Their romantic past and complicated present leads them into… Continue reading Anchored By Death Review and Giveaway
Welcome to the Desert Willow Blog Tour! I'm glad you're here. Hope everyone out there is staying healthy and staying safe. Patricia Beal's Desert Willow is a great way to get lost in the beauty of El Paso while you're staying at home during this quarantine. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!… Continue reading Desert Willow Blog Tour and Giveaway!
Welcome to today's stop on the blog tour for Flight Risk by Cara Putman! As well all work through the roller coaster of coronavirus shutdowns, join me in reading this Christian legal suspense novel. Hope you are all well and safe. Happy reading! -- Amy ABOUT THE BOOK Book: Flight Risk Author: Cara Putman Genre: Romantic Legal Suspense… Continue reading Flight Risk Blog Tour and Giveaway!
With all the "extra" time we all have while we're sheltering in place, I have had a difficult time focusing on reading. I've heard the same thing from some other bloggers and people in my life. I'm not sure if I'm distracted because of all the COVID-19 news (I'm a news writer by night, so… Continue reading What I’ve Been Reading Lately
With most of us living and working in isolation, now could be a great time to catch up on your reading and writing. There are lots of online writing groups and book groups to join (the book group I lead just moved online for now). I'm trying to "shop my shelves" and am somewhat overwhelmed… Continue reading Weekend Reading 3.27.2020
Since we're all staying home more because of COVID-19, it's a good time to catch up on your TBR list. There are a lot of great new books coming out, but don't forget those backlist picks. It's also a great time to buy e-books or download them from the library (try Overdrive or Libby). Audiobooks… Continue reading Recent Reads: You’re Staying In, So You Might As Well Read.
COVID-19 has a lot of people scared. We're being advised by the CDC, the President, and other elected officials to work from home, practice social distancing, and avoid any unnecessary trips out of the house (as if there were anywhere to go!). These changes can upend your routine, big time. Even if you already work… Continue reading You’re Staying In, You Might As Well Write: Fighting Distractions When Your Routine Is Upended By Coronavirus (or whatever)
It's been a busy week here. My kids have been home with one of their friends on Spring Break, and my daughter cheered at the MVC men's basketball tournament (last of the season; all others were cancelled!) while my husband, son, and his friend attended the games (So close to being champions, Valpo!). I've been… Continue reading Weekend Reading 3.13.20
I've covered a lot of ground recently, reading and listening to about six books a month. Here are some of my recent favorites: I listened to this as an audiobook and found that to be a great way to take in the story. While not narrated by the author, I think the audiobook provides good… Continue reading Recent Reads on Writer Without a Space
Are you setting new reading and writing goals for the new year? As January pushes forward, it can seem like the pressure is on to achieve new things. After all, there are only 357 (leap year, yeah!) days left in the year and there is so much to accomplish. Planning goals for the next 12… Continue reading Are Your Reading and Writing Goals Holding You Back?
I'm trying a different approach to the "best of the decade" book list. My list is only going to focus on books that I've enjoyed reading in the last ten years, featuring my favorites in several different genres. My Goodreads list actually goes pretty far back, so I'm reasonably sure I've got an accurate count.… Continue reading The Five Best Books I Have Read This Decade
About the Book Book: The Seductive Slayers of Success Author: Rosalinda Rivera Genre: RELIGION / Christian Living/Women’s Interests Release Date: November 19, 2019 “I am not a neat nut. Let me start with that confession. Don’t let the title of this chapter, Clean the Clutter, fool you into thinking I have all my ducks in… Continue reading Blog Tour: The Seductive Slayers of Success
(From left) 1. Inspire Journal 2.Composition Notebook Cover 3. Earbuds 4. Mug 5. Writer's Digest 6. I'd Rather Be Reading Some of my favorite things that inspire my reading and writing:Inspire Journal -- I've used this cute blank book as everything from a bullet journal to a place to brain dump all my ideas. Love… Continue reading Great Gear To Inspire Your Reading and Writing Life
I've always been a cautious writer, careful with my words. This doesn't always go well with an approach like NaNoWriMo. A third of the way into this year's challenge, I've only written 5,262 words, only a tenth of the way toward my ultimate goal. I could blame travel (I was out of town for three… Continue reading NaNoWrimo: Fear and Loathing in Novel Writing