In the Reading Corner for March

It took me over a week to finish a book… ugh! It was a challenging first week of March for me.

My first book finished was one I had started IN MARCH. Nevermind that I’ve had a few books started for months now… but alas, I have little self control when it comes to books, particularly fiction. *sigh*

I ended up reading a lot of stories about marriage of convenience plots and I’m just kind of over it for a while, LOL!

Here’s what I read though and my thoughts on them.

Carved in Stone by Elizabeth Camden


The first book of the Blackstone Legacy series was so good. This is my first book to read of Elizabeth Camden’s I believe!

So good! I can’t wait for the next book to come out in a couple of months!!

Her writing has dashes of humor which I greatly enjoy. The main characters were beautifully developed and the plot moved along well, but certainly faster and more engrossing toward the end.

I bought a book of hers thinking it was the first of another series, but I think it’s the second or third… so my goal this month is to find and start those! Haha

Cowboy for Keeps by Jody Hedlund


A new series by one of my favorite authors! I loved this one, but I’m just a sucker for a story line of a marriage of convenience and they end up falling in love at the end anyway.

Can’t wait for the rest of the Colorado Cowboys series!!

Springtime Sunshine by Debbie Macomber


The two stories included in this book are Marriage of Inconvenience and Stand-In Wife.

I didn’t really like the first story and the second story was tolerable, but still wasn’t one I’d care to read again.

Winter Weddings by Debbie Macomber


2 stories included in the book are The Sheriff Takes a Wife and First Comes Marriage.

Honestly, again, wasn’t a huge fan of the first story in this book at all. I finished it, but I was ready for it to end. The next one was way better.

One thing the book has going for it is the beautiful scene on the cover.

It’s these new books with older Debbie Macomber stories that throw me for a loop! Her newer stories are so much better. 😩 Don’t do what I did, basically lol

Scary God by Mattie Montgomery


It’s been so long since I got this book, months before I actually started reading it, that I can’t remember how exactly I came to even want to read it… but I’m pretty sure Mattie Montgomery was on a Christian podcast I was listening to and I was like oh cool, so I looked him up and then found the book at Mardel (that I’m sure of!!) and was like hey, it’s a $1 or something, why not?

Now I’m really glad those strange turn of events happened! Lol

I loved this book. Not because it made me feel good and I enjoyed what he said, but because what Mattie talked about and explained was so true and convicting. The church in the present age doesn’t have a proper fear of God as a whole.

Here’s some quotes from his book:

Being fearless doesn’t mean eliminating all fear from your life. It means eliminating the wrong kind of fear – fear that denies the truth of who our God is, that denies He is greater than anything that may come against us – which can only be replaced with the right kind of fear – fear that acknowledges the truth of who our God is.

Mattie Montgomery, Chapter Two

If we simply teach people to respect a God they’ve not learned to fear, their respect will be inadequate, casual, and insignificant, built on a foundation of obligation, not revelation.

Mattie Montgomery, Chapter Four

If we do not fear God, we are only climbing the rungs of the religious ladder… Church is a place of rescue and restoration, but not a place for relaxation.

Mattie Montgomery, Chapter Ten

While the gospel is offensive, we do not preach the gospel to offend, but to save.

Mattie Montgomery, Chapter Twelve

His call is for us to do great things with him, not great things for Him.

Mattie Montgomery, Chapter Thirteen

Fearful obedience without intimacy is superstition.

Mattie Montgomery, Chapter Fifteen

There’s really more I could put here in this section, but you might as well just read the book at this point!

Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler


Christmas Camp is the second book by Karen Schaler that I’ve read. The first one I read was last year. I’m going to be reading more! 🙂

I loved this book! It was a pretty quick read for me because when I picked it up, I didn’t want to put it down! It was a typical Hallmark movie (it was turned into one so 🤣 but I’ve never seen it!) with the vibes and highs and lows… haha

Definitely adding this to my Christmas reads for 2022! 👏🏻👏🏻

Christmas Camp Wedding by Karen Shaler


This is a small novella that can be read in maybe a two hour sitting! A cute continuation of the other novel I finished on the 26th. I don’t think there’s a book after this, but there easily could be!

Another story to add to those Christmas reads for this year. 😎

I didn’t finish Star Wars trilogy this month…. maybe April. There were a few books I read a few pages on, couldn’t decide if I wanted to read them or not, and another book I attempted to read right at the end of the month – FOR SOME REASON – and couldn’t, so you’ll see that one in next month’s edition!

Thank you for reading and let me know what books you read this past month in the comments!

5 Comments Add yours

  1. I have been waiting for this post! March felt like a long month because I haven’t read any fiction. So I have to live vicariously through you. Lol. I will definitely have to check out Carved in Stone and Scary God. Maybe the Christmas Camp books as well. I have read the Jody Hedlund book. I loved it too.

    Two of my top reads in March were Fervent by Priscilla Shirer and Uncovering the Love of Jesus by Asheritah Ciuciu. Both books were outstanding!

    I did have a couple of others on my list in March. They were good as well. Take the Day Off by Robert Morris (about the Sabbath), Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst (about battles with food), and The God I Never knew by Robert Morris (about the Holy Spirit).

    I stopped reading the Jesus Listens devotional by Sarah Young because there was a line that I didn’t like and my heart was no longer in it.

    And I also competed the Bible I was going through – it only contains the Gospels. I will be going through it again though.

    That’s it for me. Hopefully next time around I can share some fiction reads. And thank you for sharing yours. I always love hearing about what you read.

    1. Summer says:

      I’m still battling the fiction vs nonfiction battle 😅 I’ll have to look at those you’ve read! I’m really interested in that Bible you mentioned that’s just the Gospels.

      I look forward to your comments about what you read! Haha

      All the months are going by really fast to me😩 before I know it, it’s going to be Christmas lol

      1. Don’t beat yourself up about the fiction/nonfiction. At least you consistently work in nonfiction books. (And the one you read last month sounds really amazing!)

        Here is a link to the Bible I mentioned in case you want to take a peak.

        Sorry but you are right – the time does go fast. I can’t believe it’s April already! 😱

        1. Summer says:

          Oh I know – I’m just trying to make nonfiction a bigger priority than I have been. I have a TON of nonfiction books stacked and I need to read them. Lol if I get to 30 books by May, I’ll slow down and read nonfiction for a while (I say that… 🤣🤣)

          Thank you!!! I’ll have to look at that Bible.

          I know 😱

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