In the Reading Corner for February

Good morning!

February went by fast. Is that because there’s fewer days???🤯

I know I said I had preselected some books for this month, but I read some that were not on that selected list soooo… I just wanted to get some read.

I read three books in one weekend (Friday-Sunday) sooooo that’s how I was able to move through books fast this month. 😎 Good ole snow days, half work days. I also went to two hockey games and got taxes prepared that weekend so it wasn’t like all I did was read, y’all… but it was pretty much the main thing I accomplished. Lol

I was aiming for 6 books to be read in February …

After that weekend of three books, I slowed down considerably. VERY UNFORTUNATE if you ask me.

Here’s the breakdown of books for this past month!

A Cross-Country Christmas by Courtney Walsh


Yes, I read this in a day. I was very determined, though I was also shocked when I succeeded.

February 4th was a Friday so I worked a half day and then shoveled the driveway and play in the snow a bit.. then came inside and STARTED ANOTHER BOOK. I was like read one of the books I have started or try to finish this one in a day…

As you can see, you know which I chose!

I’m so glad I got this one. I put this one in my cart after I believe it was Becky Wade who shared this one time and I was like well if Becky Wade endorses it, it has to be good… haha.

So I bought it last year, November or December timeframe. Definitely going on the Christmas Reads post for 2022!

Super cute and I love the whole I’m-in-love-with-my-older-brother’s-best-friend stories. It just gets me every time. This one had a lot of history to unpack, but it was so good. All the feels.

It wasn’t really a Christian novel, but it was clean which I enjoy. 😁

Milestones & Miracles by Marcia Mitchell


Yes, another book read in one day. 😅

This is a book I borrowed from a dear friend. As she was telling me about her days volunteering at this place, I told her that my cousin’s wife worked there as a teacher! I’d been there a few times for parties and it’s an amazing school. I later learned that my former pastor’s wife worked there as well! My former pastor retired from being a senior pastor a few years ago, though he and his wife continued being faithful to the Lord. She passed away at the end of January. I see now how great of a teacher she would have been at the Little Light House, as she was my Sunday School teacher in my early years. She was the best.

Right here in Tulsa is this amazing Christian school and development center. I knew of the place, but didn’t know the in depth story behind it. This was such a good read about the faithfulness of God and His hand in the most trying times, always working for good.

I’d like to share some scriptures that highlights Marcia’s journey with her daughter, Missy, and how they formed the Little Light House, with the help of many other generous people along the way. If you get the chance to read this true story, I hope you do!

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

The steps of man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way.

Psalm 37:23

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.

Ephesians 3:20

For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Romans 8:24-25

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Philippians 4:19-20

As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.

Ecclesiastes 11:5

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:16

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

At one point, Marcia was so exhausted spiritually, asking God for a financial miracle. She lamented and finally realized that she was much like those in Jesus’ time, asking for more and more miracles.

So that was it! My faith had become dependent upon visible signs and evidence of the power of God. But God wanted to take me into a new dimension of faith – faith that would remain strong when no visible evidence existed.

Marcia Mitchell

An important lesson in this inspiring story is that God doesn’t always call the equipped, but He will always equip those He calls.

It has become clear to me that it is all right for us to feel inadequate – for in our inadequacy, we are far more likely to depend on God and appropriate His power in our lives. For it’s at that point that God can really use us!

Marcia Mitchell

Winning Your Spiritual Battles by Tony Evans


This is the second book I’ve read by Tony Evans. I love his writing style and his straightforward telling of scripture to be applied to our lives. He give real life examples and re-explains things that may not be understood the first time through.

If you’re going through something (we all are) I’d recommend this book!

The main focus of this book has been centered around Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:10-12

Love’s Mountain Quest by Misty M. Beller


This was book two of the Hearts of Montana series. Book one was the first book I read by this author and it was pretty good. This one was okay, but it just wasn’t great for me. It wasn’t necessarily boring, but it just seemed to drag on an on for me. I’m not sure what it was missing. The ending was good though. 🙂

I’ll read book three soon.

The Cul-de-sac War by Melissa Ferguson


This book 😂😂

It was hilarious and just so random – every twist and turn was like what will happen next?? I enjoyed the characters and how unique they were, kind of quirky.

Of course, I fell in love with the characters, the humor and the romance that bloomed from this “war.”

Literally LOL’d multiple times reading this.

I recommend this one! I’ve also read Melissa Ferguson’s book called The Dating Charade. Which, funny story ahead, I always ALWAYS see at the bookstore – whether B&N or Mardel. So every time I’d see it and think I really want that book but then I’d think I feel like I’ve read it. I finally came to the point where I seriously thought that I thought those thoughts every time and it was all an illusion and I was basically tripping. Gma bought it for me for my birthday only for me to get home and find I already had the book!! 🤣 So we took it back. I read it before I started tracking my books on GoodReads or I would have known!

Winning the Gentleman by Kristi Ann Hunter


BARELY got this one finished. How? I stayed up til midnight to finish.

My sixth book to round out my goal for the month – I was determined to see it through!

Paying for that choice today though – so tired. 😅

I love… Kristi Ann Hunter. She puts in a lot of humor and reading the dialogue cracks me up!! Aaron, the main character, is just 🤣🤣 hilarious how he so desperately doesn’t want to fall in love, doesn’t want a family (or so he thinks), but he’s constantly around those who do or have one.

This is the second in the Hearts on the Heath series. I wait patiently for her new book coming soon!!

It’s amazing how I read 3 books in one weekend’s time at the beginning of the month and then struggles to get much read the rest of the month. Ugh. But I made it through!! I’m still ahead of my reading goal so can’t complain there. I still have 10 months to get books read off these shelves! Lol

I guess we’ll see what the month of March holds.T

Thanks for reading! if you read some books in February, let me know in the comments. ☺️

5 Comments Add yours

  1. A Cross-Country Christmas is on my TBR pile. And reading your review makes me anxious to read it. But I won’t be reading any fiction books during Lent 😢 so I will have to read it in April or May. I haven’t read any of the books on your February list, but they all sound interesting! I haven’t read anything by Kristi Ann Hunter yet. But I keep seeing her name. So I am thinking I will need to do so soon.
    In February I finished:
    – Facade by Pepper D. Basham. This was a fun and quirky read. Yet still had suspense and Christian theme.
    – Abide in Christ by Andrew Murray. A great book, but took me longer than it should have because of the old writing style.
    – The Bride of Ivy Green by Julie Klassen. Loved it! Don’t need to tell you about it because you already read it. Lol.
    – Valentine Delivery by Laurel Hawkes. This is part of her Holiday, USA series. Each book is based around a holiday. Cute story.
    – Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt by Jentezen Franklin. A really great book on loving others, forgiveness, family, marriage, parenting, etc. touches on many different aspects of loving other people.
    – An Ivy Hill Christmas by Julie Klassen. Really loved this one too! And again don’t need to tell you, because you are the one who got me to read it in the first place 😂

    1. Summer says:

      I have so many nonfiction books I should read and maybe I should give up fiction for a bit 😯 I’m horrible at self discipline as far as books go… I could exercise that fruit during this time though…
      YOU DEFINITELY NEED TO READ KRISTI ANN HUNTER. I’ve read her other series as well (I believe she has more than two, but that’s all I’ve read) and the characters overlap! It’s great 😍
      I haven’t read any of those (except the Julie Klassen novels! 😂). I’ll have to check them out. Thank you!

      1. Ok since you put this in caps – “YOU DEFINITELY NEED TO READ KRISTI ANN HUNTER” – I will do it!! LOL 😂🤣

        1. Summer says:

          Lol! Yes, it’s like Julie Klassen – it totally worked out and now you’re hooked! 🤣

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