In the Stack

In the Stack

If you’re like me, you have a number of books piled in a stack—or sitting inside a bookcase, or crammed in a library bag—waiting to have their turn at being read.  Sometimes, the stack gets bigger and bigger until you have to shout, “Hey, let’s get through some of these before you shove any more at yourself.”

I’m at that point now because mine looks like this:

I’m finishing up The Journal of Callie Wade by Dawn Miller – This is a 1996 novel told in journal form. The 18-year-old heroine travels west by wagon train in 1859.  Though not an inspirational, I LOVE this book!! I feel like I’m right there with Callie. I can’t wait to get into the next one (see below).

Waiting patiently in the wings:

Letters to Callie by Dawn Miller – A sequel to the above that tells the adventures of Callie’s brother Jack who is looking for a fresh start in the Montana Territory of 1864.

Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin – Who can resist reading a book with the first two lines of: “It was ironic. I lay in my jail cell on a squeaky iron bunk, gazing at the stained mattress above me, and I remembered the day I first understood the meaning of the word ironic.”

 A Penny for Your Thoughts and Don’t Take Any Wooden Nickels, Books One and Two in Mindy Starns Clark’s The Million Dollar Mysteries Series – These are contemporary mysteries featuring another Callie—“business investigator” Callie Webber. I’m also reading Mindy’s Under the Cajun Moon. I love a good mystery! 

Southern History of the War by Edward A. Pollard, an editor with the Richmond Examiner during the Civil War and written in 1866. This one is a doorstop and can only be swallowed in small chunks. I bought it mainly for the biased writing, which intrigued me.  

I just finished Dorothy Clark’s 2004 novel Beauty for Ashes – Set in 1820 Philadelphia, the hero and heroine establish a marriage of convenience. Or do they? Hmmm. Very satisfying.

What say you? What is in your “waiting to read” stack? What makes you choose certain books over others?

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As an author of heartwarming historical and contemporary romance, Sandra Ardoin engages readers with page-turning stories of love and faith. Rarely out of reach of a book, she's also an armchair sports enthusiast, country music listener, and seldom says no to eating out.

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  • Heidi Chiavaroli

    Oh…so many books, so little time! Rereading “A Voice in the Wind” by Francine Rivers just because I love her! Then I got “Atonement” by Ian McEwan for Christmas, and “A Hope Undaunted” by Julie Lessman has been waiting for me since September…I need to stay awake longer at night.:) Thanks, Sandy!
    Oh…I just finished reading “Sixteen Brides” by Stephanie Grace Whitson, which I loved. You have a very similar writing style, Sandy. Highly recommend!

    • Sandra Ardoin

      Oh, I love hearing that my writing style could be compared to Stephanie Grace Whitson’s! She is one of my favorites and I’ve told her so! 🙂 I need (and want) to read Sixteen Brides…just haven’t gotten to it yet. Julie Lessman’s books are on that “someday list” also. I’ve never read anything by Francine Rivers. You and Nicole have talked so admiringly of her books, I’ll have to check one out.

      You’re right–“so many books, so little time”.

  • Linda Yezak

    I have so many books I want to read and so many I *ought* to read, I couldn’t begin to list them all. What I wouldn’t give to be able to read a book a day!

  • Edwina Cowgill

    In the last2 weeks, I’ve read and reviewed: Digitalis, Another Dawn, and Second Chance Courtship. I’m currently reading “The Couple Who Prays” to review for Thomas Nelson Publishers.
    I’m also reading “Made to Crave.”

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