Reading Challenge Giveaway

Regular blog readers will notice that we didn’t post a Reading Challenge as we usually do in January. That’s because our friends at Hope by the Book, who love Christian fiction, came up with one of their own. I liked it so much that I wanted to direct all of you to it. They have fun checklists (including different “levels”) for readers to participate in, along with some social media fun and interaction. You can check it out here.


In honor of this challenge, I thought we’d do a giveaway. Visit the Hope by the Book checklist, then come back here and recommend at least one book that fits one of the Avid Reader categories. (It doesn’t have to be a Bethany House book.) Next week, I’ll chose three commenters to win their choice of our January or February new releases to help them get started on their 2019 reading goals.

I’ll make a few suggestions first:

I could go on for days, but now it’s your turn. Look at the categories in the list and start recommending below. Be sure to tell us which category it fulfills!


54 thoughts on “Reading Challenge Giveaway

  1. There is a book coming out soon and I got to read an ARC of it. It’s based on a true story and it’s called Keeping Lucy, a story set back a few decades ago when a special needs child was sent to an asylum. What happens after that is about a mother’s battle for her daughter. It is fiction but said it was based on a true story. Very good!

  2. I would recommend anything Carolyn Miller writes. Today I am starting “The Making of Mrs. Hale” that is a Gold Star Review in HBTB.

  3. This could work for either re-reading an old favorite or written from 1950-1999, I would recommend A Gown of Spanish Lace, by Janette Oke. Hers were some of the very first I read in the Christian Fiction Romance category, and this one holds a special spot for me.

  4. Re-read an old favourite: Warden and the Wolf King by Andrew Peterson (also has an eye catching cover and has a setting outside the US) It’s one of the best books I’ve read (the whole series is great)!

  5. I would recommend More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer for an author with a surname that starts with W. It’s a wonderful read AND the second book in the series releases later this year. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Iโ€™m all about The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright, as an author whose name starts with a โ€œW.โ€ Itโ€™s such a spooky, kooky book and I would have never figured out the twist in a million years! I highly recommend it.

  7. I love the Challenges!!!!
    These are on my list –
    For Biography Iโ€™m reading The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.
    Genre I donโ€™t normally read – Mark of the Raven by Morgan Labusse
    Based on a True story – Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan
    Setting outside the US – A Name Unknown by Roseanne White

    I could go on and on with me! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ“š

  8. I love anything written by Becky Wade, so My Stubborn Heart would be top of the list. I am currently reading Keeper of the Stars, so anything by Robin Lee Hatcher as well.

  9. I recommend The Hope Jar by Wanda Brunstetter for the Word “Hope” in the Title category. It’s the first book of 3 and leaves you in anticipation of book number 2 which releases next month. Great story!

  10. About a pastor: The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner
    Animal on the cover: Bittersweet by Cathy Marie Hake (there’s a pig!)
    Young Adult: Starflower by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
    (And note, two of these recommendations also double as one-word titles!)

  11. If you like dragons, I recommend the Wings of Fire series by Tui Sutherland (a children’s series and a surname starting with S). In the Young Adult Genre I’d recommend Between Before & After by Maureen McQuerry.

  12. A surname of “W” & a re-read favorite would be Roseanna M. White’s “Shadow over England” series. Such great reads including adventure, love, and discovery!! โค

  13. Genre you don’t usually read: Emmanuel by Angela R. Watts.
    One-word title: Seek by the same author.
    Young adult genre: The Warrior Maiden by Melanie Dickerson. (I loved my ARC so much!!!!)
    And I now think I need to do more reading challenges!

  14. I want to recommend ALL the books, but I’ll limit myself to three. Tainted by Morgan L Busse, a Christian steampunk novel loosely based on Frankenstein, has a one-word title (as does its sequel, Awakened). It’s also not a genre I usually read, and it’s wonderful – one of my top reads for 2018. Lawana Blackwell’s A Haven on Orchard Lane is a delightful story set outside the US (in Victorian England). For young adult, I whole-heartedly recommend The Story Peddler by Lindsay Franklin. My very favorite book of 2018. Counting the days until the sequel releases this spring.

  15. I am currently reading “The Curse of Misty Wayfair” and all I can say is Mercy! I checked the Hope by the Book checklist and on the Avid Readers list there is Based on a true story and also About Relationships. “With This Pledge” by Tamera Alexander fits both of these categories. Racial Tensions category would include “A Love to Behold” by Sharlene MacLaren.

  16. I’ve been doing this challenge! It is a good one. I just began listening to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. This will fit the written before 1900 category for me. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  17. I just started Irresistible by Andy Stanley. My husband read it three times and totally recommended it. He loves Andy and we watch him every week. The book itself is red, but the cover jacket is red and white. That makes it one word title, S for author’s surname, predominately red cover and relationship nonfiction. I also could say genre I don’t usually read. It’s amazing how many this one book could cover. But when I start the challenge I’ll chose only one. (smile)

  18. Author with letter S – Sky Above Us by Sarah Sundin
    Eye catching cover – A Desperate Hope by Elizabeth Camden
    Time slip – Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright
    3 word title – Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano

  19. HBTB bookmarked review – Miles from Where we Started by Cynthia Ruchti, I was just looking at the magazine this morning and added this one to my Amazon wish list!

  20. An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White for the category “Author’s Surname begins with W.” That was a terrific book! For the category “Children’s Book,” Mildred D. Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is highly recommended.

  21. I recommend Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey. Thanks for the opportunity to enter a giveaway! Would love to win a print copy of this book, or of any other CF Romantic Suspense:)

  22. Reread An Old Favorite: One of my all-time favorites to re-read is The Winter Passing Trilogy by Cindy Martinusen!! I LOVE historical Christian fiction! This series is based on WWII and is AMAZING!! Each book is jam-packed with suspense
    and edge-of-your-seat intrigue that keeps you spell-bound to the very last page! A valuable, long-lost Empress Brooch…hidden identity…a mysterious blue tile…spins you back to WWII with captivating adventure. Just writing about these books spurs me on to go back and crack open each book and read this incredible trilogy again…and again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. In the category of “Reread and Old Favorite” I’d chose “Meant to be Mine” by Becky Wade. I’ve been wanting to reread it for a while. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Flowers on Cover: Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh
    Children’s Book: The Chronicles of Narnia or Charlotte’s Web
    Time-Slip Novel: The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

  25. I just finished reading “Fly a Little Higher” by Laura Sobiech. It’s a very inspiring & tear-jerking book. I highly recommend it! This would be in the genre I don’t usually read category, as it is non-fiction. Laurel

  26. Freedom’s Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli. A victim injured in the Boston Marathon bombing goes back in time to discover the history of the ring left with her.

  27. Based on a True Story: A Plum Blooms in Winter by Linda Thompson
    Two Word Title: Mind Games by Nancy Mehl
    About Relationships: When You Look At Me by Pepper Basham
    Authorโ€™s name begins with W: anything by Roseanna White
    Authorโ€™s name begins with S: anything by Sarah Sundin

    Most of my books are by Bethany House!

  28. The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin works for author who surname begins with an S! And the next book in the series is coming out in a few weeks.

  29. For author’s surname begins with W: Karen Witemyer and Roseanna White.
    For set outside of the US: Kristi Ann Hunter’s Hawthorne House series and Haven Manor series; Kate Breslin’s High as the Heaven

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