Saturday, March 15, 2014

Week in Review: March 9-15

Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen. 1813. 386 pages. [Source: Book I Bought] 
Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott. 2014. Harlequin. 256 pages. [Source: Library]
True Colors. Natalie Kinsey-Warnock. 2012. Random House. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]
The Testing. Joelle Charbonneau. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 344 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
Scarlet. A.C. Gaughen. 2012. Walker. 292 pages. [Source: Library]
Rosie's Riveting Recipes: Cooking and Kitchen Tips from 1940s America. Daniela Turudich. 2003. Streamline Press. 288 pages. [Source: Library]
Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending The Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship. John MacArthur. 2013. Thomas Nelson. 333 pages. [Source: Review copy]
52 Words Every Christian Should Know. Kendell Easley. 2010. B&H. 124 pages. [Source: Bought]
The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers. L.J. Sattgast. Illustrated by Laurence Cleyet-Merle. 2014. Zonderkidz. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Now That I'm A Christian: What It Means to Follow Jesus. C. Michael Patton. 2014. Crossway. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]

This week's favorite:

Pride and Prejudice may not be my favorite Jane Austen novel, it is still my favorite read of the week. For the record, I do like Elizabeth Scott's Heartbeat a good deal, especially Caleb. And True Colors is a very good coming-of-age novel. But there is something about Pride and Prejudice that keeps me coming back!

© 2014 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

3 comments:

Juli Rahel 11:19 AM  

God, how do you manage to get this much reading done? I mean, wow! I just can't seem to find the time to finish all the books I start. There is something timeless about Pride & Prejudice that I just can't help but love :)
Hope you have a great weekend!
Juli @ Universe in Words

Becca Lostinbooks 1:04 PM  

You are like a speed reader! I'm totally jealous. :) P&P is one of my fave novels. Which is your favorite Austen novel?

Becky 1:09 PM  

Thanks for visiting, Juli! I agree that P&P is timeless!

Becca, my favorite Austen novel is Persuasion.

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