Reading Challenge 2018

Dear Readers,

I have found that reading challenges mean something different for everyone.  I kind of like them in that I may seek out a book because it is on the list, but I don’t go out of my way to only read books on a challenge list.

If you read all the books listed you will have read 52 books this year.  One a week.  Now don’t let that scare you, you don’t have to read only long books and there are several on the list you can read quickly because they are short.

I average between 55 – 60 books a year.  I know this because I review most of them for a conference in October.  So it is very doable.  Also I know lots of people who read twice as many books as I do.

Just have fun with it, enjoy, try something new and let me know how you are doing on the list.

Happy Reading,

Reading Challenge 2018

52 weeks = 52 books

The year we read a book a week.

  1. A book that is already a movie or being made into one
  2. A novel based on a real person
  3. A book set in a country you would like to visit
  4. A book about a person of a different ethnicity than you
  5. A book you have borrowed
  6. A book that was a gift
  7. A book with two or more authors
  8. A book about or involving a sport
  9. A book by a local author
  10. A book about time travel
  11. A book set at the beach
  12. A book with an animal in the title
  13. A book with characters who are twins
  14. A childhood classic
  15. A book published in 2018
  16. A book that has won an award
  17. A book set in the decade you were born
  18. A book with a cover you do not like
  19. A book you have been meaning to read and just have never gotten around to
  20. A book set in a bookstore or library
  21. A book set in the year you graduated high school
  22. A book tied to your ancestry
  23. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
  24. A book about a problem society is facing today
  25. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you
  26. An allegory
  27. A book set in your home state
  28. A book recommended by someone you don’t know
  29. A book with more than 500 pages
  30. A murder mystery
  31. A dystopian novel
  32. A book set in the summer
  33. A book originally written in a language other than English
  34. A historical novel
  35. A book with a blue cover
  36. A book that starts a series you have never read
  37. A book by a deceased author
  38. A book set in Asia
  39. A holiday book (any holiday)
  40. A book with a one-word title
  41. A book with a child protagonist
  42. A banned book
  43. A western
  44. A book you choose just because of the cover
  45. A book by an author you have never read
  46. A book by a favorite author
  47. A book with an octogenarian as the main character
  48. A fantasy
  49. A book based on a fairy tale
  50. A book based on a Bible story
  51. A book you finished in a day
  52. A book set in winter

You have done it! You have read 52 books in one year!!!



Thoughts on the fiction department

Dear Readers,

Okay looking for honest answers here.  There is no right or wrong answers.  This is a safe place and everyone’s opinions matter.  Speak freely and I will delete any answers that attack someone else and their comments.

What will you tolerate in Christian fiction?  Personally I will put up with a lot if it is a natural part of the story.  At least language wise.

How about sex?  Personally I hate books that take me right into the bedroom so to speak.  I don’t need any help and as in real life I don’t want to know about your sex life so I really don’t need to read about it.  (Maybe that makes me a prude but I don’t care)

Violence?  Christian living in a very secular world?  (that does mean language can be bad) Issues?  How about the Gay community?  Drugs? Alcohol? Abuses? Human trafficking?  War?  Famine? Poverty?

How deep into the issues do you want to go?  Human trafficking is awful, but what about the victims live through?  Homeless is a struggle everyday.  Do you want to ‘live’ with the homeless on the street or just understand that is what the story is about?  (I have read some really great books from both perspectives)

What about a Christian struggling in their faith?  One who has become an unbeliever?  Children who has walked away from the faith they were raised in?

I think what I am asking is what do you believe makes a book Christian fiction?  Is it only a book that saves everyone by the end or does it leave some wiggle room for humaness in it?  What are your thoughts?

Happy Reading,

New Releases Dec. 25-30

Dear Readers,

The last of the new books in 2017 and the first list for the new year.  How fun is that.  Is one of your resolutions to read more?  Here are a few titles to get you started?

Happy Reading,

You’re Gonna Love Me – Robin Lee Hatcher – Nick Chastain, a brilliant professor of fisheries and wildlife studies at Oregon State University, planned to spend spring break kayaking dangerous rapids in Colorado. But his thrill-seeking ways didn’t sit well with Samantha Winters, his girlfriend of over six months. Samantha lost her father in a skiing accident years before and has been fearful ever since. Finally, one argument too many–and a host of harsh words exchanged–ended their relationship. A few weeks later, Samantha emailed an apology, but Nick never replied.  Two years later, Samantha comes to Thunder Creek, Idaho, to nurse her grandmother back to health after an accident. She is shocked when Nick walks into Gran’s hospital room and even more shocked to learn that he no longer teaches at the university, a profession he loved with a passion. As Samantha and Nick get to know one another again, Samantha realizes that she should use this time in Thunder Creek to evaluate her life–and her fears–and make some changes for the better. And Nick sets out to prove he has changed far more than Samantha might imagine.

The Engagement Plot – Krista Phillips – Six months ago, William stole Hanna’s heart and shattered it in front of millions of people on a reality TV dating show. And now the big-wig CEO is back on Hanna’s home turf in Minnesota and wants her to forgive him? Fat chance of that. But life is swirling around faster than snow in a blizzard, and despite her objections, teaming up with William seems like the only option to rescue her reputation.
William has never regretted anything more than the day he gave that ill-fated interview for the reality show, The Price of Love. But while he can’t change the past, he’s determined to fix the future. He just needs to convince Hanna to forgive him–and pretend to be engaged with him. Simple, right?

Year end


Dear Readers,

I thought this was a great post for my last one on 2017.  I look back to see the memories, both happy and sad.  I see the things I have learned, choices I made.  There are moments I wish I could forget and ones I want to hold onto forever.

But now I am ready to look forward and see what the new year brings.  What adventures await.  Come on along it is going to be a wild ride.

Happy Reading,

New in the fiction department

Dear Readers,

As 2017 closes I want to share that changes are coming to the fiction department at Baker Book House.  Good changes.  Ones I am excited to get started with.  I hope that you will be as excited to get started as I am.

I also ask for your patience as I learn new things and try things I never thought I would do.  There will be mistakes and there will be failures, but everything we at Baker are going to be doing is to make the department better than ever and hopefully will broaden our horizons.

Thank you for joining me and prayerfully you will have as much fun as me.

Happy Reading,