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Super Sorry: April lookout

I am so behind on posting. I am also behind on reading. Ladies and gents, I, the Kansan Reader am in a slump. I don’t know what it is, but nothing catches my attention. I get into the mood to read a particular book, but by the end of the first chapter, I no longer want to read said book.

Currently reading:

Chosen by Ginger Garrett- This is a story about Queen Esther of Persia. It’s a retelling of how she was married to King Xerxes. I am so far not liking some aspects of the book.

Last Light by Terri Blackstock- Awesome premise so far, and the writing is excellent. Again it is my mood. I want to read this, then the moment I pick it up my brain yells “No, not this book!” See my dilemma.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson- I actually have not technically started reading this but I will pick it up soon. Hopefully.

He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado- This is really an audiobook. I am an hour through and will try to finish it this week.

The Women of Easter by Liz Curtis Higgs – My other Easter book. Again, excellent writing, but my brain yells no.

Books I might start:

I am not even going to look at other books until I get the ones I currently reading done.

Bible Reading:

I am in Jeremiah. I am focusing on that as much as I can. I did find a verse that stuck out to me more than anything this morning.

If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses? And if in a safe land you are so trusting, what will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?

Jeremiah 12:5 ESV

I am hoping this slump will relieve me soon. I just want to finish one book this month.

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This Week: 4/3-4/9/23

Big week this week. Passover starts at sundown on April 5 and goes to April 13.

Currently reading:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer- I’m halfway through this book. So far it’s alright. I haven’t been too excited about it. I do plan on trying to finish it today. I have 140 pages left.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo- I want to say I am almost done with part 1.

Books I plan to start:

The Sinking City by Christine Cohen- I read The Winter King by this author and I loved it so I am trying her other book

Daughter of Rome by Tessa Afshar- I am loving Tessa’s writing.

The Mistborn series- I have a buddy read starting with these books.

Bible Reading:

I will be in and out of the Passover week in the Bible. I started with Palm Sunday yesterday.

I am also in Jeremiah and John with my regular reading.

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This Week: 3/13-3/19/23

Hey, y’all. I hope you are doing good with the time change. I don’t like the time changes.

Currently Reading:

Twilight by Stephine Meyer (the first book)

I am halfway through this right now. I may have it done with this at the end of the week.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (the first book in the Grishaverse)

I will have this done today. I only have 92 pages left. I may have the review up today or tomorrow.

In Feast or Famine by Mesu Andrews (the second book in the Egyptian Chronicles #2)

This is one of my ARCs from Netgalley. I love it. I’m 30% through maybe more. I want to finish this before the end of the week. I want the review to be up at least by Thursday.

Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar

This is a standalone. I fell in love with Afshar writer. This is my second book by her and it is one that I get lost in her writing. I may finish this book also by the end of the week.

Books I may start:

Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

This is a library book I have until the 20th. I really want to start it after I finish Shadow and Bone since that is also a library book.

New Moon by Stephine Meyer (the second book in the Twilight series)

Obviously, when I finish Twilight I will roll into the second book.

Bible Reading:

In the OT I am still in Isaiah. I just read chapter 54. In the NT, I am in the book of Luke. I read chapter 8 this morning. I am also doing a Bible study. It is Getting to Know God’s Heart by Patty Mason. It’s an easy study. I also have my devotional Worry Less, Pray More.

I hope you all have a great week. I’ll see you tomorrow for Fantasy tropes.

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This Week: 3/6-3/12/23

This should have come out yesterday, but I was super busy.

Currently Read:

Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins (the first book in the series)

So far I like the book. I have little to say since I am only in the seventh chapter. It is a hard read due to the topic that it is written about.

Twilight by Stephine Meyer (The first book in the Twilight series)

This is a reread for me. I am liking it this time around. I am looking at it from quite a different perspective. I will explain better in my review.

Getting to Know God’s Heart by Patty Mason

This is a fun Bible Study. It is a quick read. I plan to slowly go through it, but I do love the writing style.

Books I may start:

These are books that I might start when I finish one of the books ahead.

In Feast or Famine by Mesu Andrews

An ARC I have from Netgalley, I do plan to start this week. I really want to try and finish it by the end of next week.

Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

This is a library book I have until the 20th. I really want to start it after I finish Left Behind since that is also a library book.

New Moon by Stephine Meyer (the second book in the Twilight series)

Obviously, when I finish Twilight I will roll into the second book.

I am noticing that I kind of have a busy week so I really don’t know how much reading I will have done by Sunday.

Bible Reading:

I do read my bible every day. I try not to skip a day. I read a chapter a day out of the books that I am in. I read one NT book and one OT book.

I am in the book of Luke from the NT. I finished the second chapter this morning. I am using the ESV with this study.

With the OT, I am in the book of Isaiah. I finished Chapter 50 this morning. I am using the CSB for this study.

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March TBR

Hey, y’all. I hope you had a great February. I am starting to get busy at work, so the reading I’ll be doing on my breaks may get cut short. But I am super excited for the upcoming month.

A possible TBR

I am reading the first Hunger Games book right now. I will finish it before the month’s end and continue the series in March.

I just started the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B Jenkins. I start book 1 last night and will most likely continue reading it for the rest of this week.

I also have Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews along with an ARC of In Feast or Famine by her as well. I can’t wait to dive in.

The next series I will be trying is The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I go the first book from my library. That way if I don’t like it, I can take it back no harm, no foul.

I might also reread the Twilight series before unhauling the books.


I am in a challenge on Goodreads which is a quarterly challenge. It will end at the end of March. It is another Disney challenge. I might do a monthly challenge but I not sure yet.

But this is what March is most likely going to look like. What do you plan on reading?

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February 2023: TBR

So far the start of this year has been a ride. Still no five-star rating, but luckily no one-star rating either. I didn’t get the start of the year off low with a two-star. Unfortunately, I started February off the same way. I did mean to get this out yesterday but I am a bit behind.

Now, I do want to specify that these are possibilities. I am a mood reader so these can change at any time.


In the field of Grace by Tessa Afshar a retelling of Ruth and Boaz. This is based on one of my favorite books in the OT. She is also an author who is highly recommended in the Biblical Fiction community.

Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar- Another book by this author that was highly recommended. It’s about a girl and her father who steals from the city’s corrupt and end up making a friendship with Paul.

In Feast or Famine by Mesu Andrews- I have an ARC of this from Netgalley. I am super excited to dive into a story about the woman who marries Joseph in Egypt.

Rooted in Wonder by Eryn Lynum- This is another ARC I have. I actually have started reading this and am halfway through it.

Words with God by Addison Bevere- Another ARC from Netgalley. A better look at prayer and how to not have a boring prayer life.

The Queen Trials by Penelope Wright- The blurb says Hunger Games meets The Selection. I decided to give it a chance.

The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis- I want to read the book before watching the series. I have this in audio so it will hit my one in three audiobooks that I am trying to get to in February.

Return to Me by Lynn Austin- A book set during exile in Babylonia. I have read two books already by this author and I five-starred them both. So I am really excited to read her Biblical Fiction.

Maybe more…

I have a ton of books that I am needing to read. So I may have more but I don’t want to have a high standard goal. I do know I want to at least get one audiobook finished, five ebooks finished, and five physical books finished.

What are you planning on reading this February?

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Month at a Glance: August 2022

I haven’t written one of these in a long time. August was quite a busy month for me and I, unfortunately, didn’t get much reading done. Plus there was one week I got sick and didn’t have any motivation to read. But here is a glance at August 2022.

Books Read:

Ice Crown by Kay L. Moody- 2 stars
The Palace of Lost Memories by C.J. Archer- 3.5 stars
The Miracle of the Scarlet Thread by Richard Booker- 4 stars
Knox by Susan May Warren- 4 stars

Books DNF:

Dwindle by K.A. Gandy
Rafe by Kathy Ivan

Books that stuck out:

A funny story about the two books I am about to mention is due to the heroes of the stories. Even funnier the books are named after the hero.

Knox because the hero Knox knew boundaries and respected the heroine and understood why she was the way she was.

Now with Rafe, it has more to do with the author not properly educating herself on law enforcement. It wasn’t even anything that couldn’t be researched either. I don’t think I have had a book that made me rage like that in a while.

Books I look forward to:

Some upcoming books I plan on getting in next month are:

Rise by J.M. Kearl
The Designate by J.B. Cantwell
Between Ink and Shadows by Melissa Wright
Nobody Left Out by Michael Murray
He Healed Them All by Barry Bennett


Disney Challenge will be finished at the end of next month. I plan on doing a Fall challenge that will go through October and November. Then of course a Christmas challenge to end the year.

Hope yall have a blessed September.

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Busy! Busy! Busy!

Hey y’all.

Sorry I haven’t posted as much as I normally have, but this spring/summer I’m super busy. I am having to call off getting anymore ARCs than what I have due to I don’t have time to add more to the list. I am running behind on the ones I do have and I feel so so bad about it. But I am listing what I will be doing over the next few months and what I will have coming up.

Non-book related:

Okay so reason I am so busy is graduations, kayak trips, and weddings. Today after I get off work I will be heading up to Wy and I’s friend Ry-dog’s parent’s place for the last graduation we need to go to. Ry-dog’s little sister, whom Wy has known since she was a toddler get’s to walk the stage tomorrow and enter the wonderful life of adulthood.

Wy and I kayak a lot in the summer so we have three trips listed so far. The earliest will be Memorial Weekend. Our longest trip so far this year is planned in July when Ry-dog and his soon to be wife will be back from their honeymoon. Which brings me to their wedding we will be going too. Wy is a groomsmen and it is the weekend before my birthday so since my birthday falls on a Monday and it will be an open bar I will be secretly celebrating my birthday as well as celebrating Ry-dog marrying his perfect girl. (Like seriously I want to write a book based off these two.)

In the start of August we have our county fair and derby going on. I don’t have much planned yet for August. In September we are going to Colorado to visit my dad and brother while bring our friend Rosh with us so he can experience Colorado and the beautiful mountains for the first time. We are also taking him to his first Rockies game.

Book Related:

So far I have yet to plan out June books so I will be doing that on the trip today. I do have three books I’m reading now that are not ARCs and 2 of 6 ARCs that I am reading. So busy on the reading front as well. I am hoping to get the reviews of at least four of those books up sometime next week. Even if I have to do it through my phone which I hate doing because of the small keyboard and auto correct. But as long as I get it done.

So that is what I’m looking forward to for the next few months. I hope y’all have a great summer and have much time to read.