For Your Little Ones
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I Don’t Want a Posh Dog! by Emma Dodd

From my review: I give this sweet book five out of five stars for the delightful story and fun-to-read-aloud phrases like “I don’t want an itchy dog. A scritchy, scratchy, twitchy dog.” I would love to find more children’s books by Emma Dodd!

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My Story Bible by Jan Godfrey

From my review: I think this is one of the best bible storybooks I have come across! The pictures and content are perfect for keeping a toddler or child’s interest. I think every toddler should have one.

The Super Hungry Dinosaur by Martin Waddell

From my review: Reading this book out loud is a delight, though with all the Grrrr-ing, you might find yourself going hoarse by the end. The sound effects had my little one grinning from ear to ear, what with all the growling, slurping, and dino voice changes. The story itself is one that I think any child can appreciate, boy or girl.

For Your Teen/Tween
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Be Strong and Curvaceous by Shelley Adina

A fun, clean read with strong characters. Book 3 in the series, though it can be read by itself and you won’t feel that you’ve missed anything. I recommend them all!

Excellent Reads for Adults
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Kiss by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy

From my review: I was enthralled with Kiss. I found myself in a dilemma – I wanted it to last longer and so tried to read slowly, but the nonstop action and the fact that you have no idea what is coming next make this a wouldn’t-put-it-down-for-anything read. As is usual with Ted Dekker’s novels (though it’s hard for me to use the word “usual” in a review of one of his books), you are so intertwined in the thoughts and emotions of the characters that the real world fades away.

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Boneman’s Daughters by Ted Dekker

From my review: I highly recommend you read this book if you’re into thrillers, adventure, 24, . Just maybe don’t read it at night like I did. ;-) I’m warning you, though – you’ll want to buy copies for your friends and make them read them (like you’d have to force them if they’ve read Ted Dekker before) so that you’ll have someone to discuss the books with. And you’ll find it entering your mind at the most inopportune times, like when you need to be sleeping.

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Love’s Pursuit by Siri Mitchell

From my review: I was literally wide-eyed through the entire second half of the book – sleep was not coming anywhere near me. And believe me, that doesn’t happen often. Susannah is pursued by a truly terrifying man (I was practically quaking in my boots for her), while another man, a captain come to help defend the colony from Indians, is trying to protect her. The situations were nerve-wracking at times, and that definitely kept me interested, but also the things that went on inside the Puritan households and minds fascinated me.

The Blue Enchantress by M.L. Tyndall

From my review: Pirates, duels, battles on the sea, being stranded on a desert island, sickness, and more – this book had me on the edge of my seat! It was quite the adventure.

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The Enclave by Karen Hancock

From my review: Secret illegal projects, strange and terrifying deaths, and a message of trusting God despite our view of the world being totally shattered… there is so much to this book but I don’t want to give anything away! All I can say is that this is an inspiring, exciting read and one that I recommend enthusiastically!

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Miserly Moms by Jonni McCoy

From my review: Refreshingly, Miserly Moms is neither boring nor a slow read. It’s so easy to find what you’re looking for and to pick and choose what tips you want to follow – I love it! And it’s written with the goal of being a stay-at-home mom in mind.

So Long, Status Quo by Susy Flory

(From my review) So Long, Status Quo chronicles Susy’s personal experiences challenging herself to shake things up in her life. Her inspirations were women in history who weren’t afraid to change the world and acted selflessly – Harriet Tubman, Mother Teresa, Eleanor Roosevelt (my personal favorite), Rosie the Riveter, and Jane Austen are a few. This book is so inspiring!

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Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There by Ruth Graham

From my review: An encouraging book by Ruth Graham, Billy Graham’s daughter. This book is SO worth buying – and buying a copy for every woman (or man!) you know. I was so blessed, and will continue to be blessed by it. I don’t read a lot of Christian non-fiction normally, but this is going on my keeper shelf.



What are your favorite reads of 2009?

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