What I’m reading January 2019. Boom/Sherrill, Rizzi

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom with Elizabeth & John Sherrill. and The Horse Whisperers from Anaconda by Allen E. Rizzi

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom with Elizabeth & John Sherrill. The classic cover by Dan Pitts, fits this one perfectly. Hubby said we saw a movie based on this but I don’t recall it. It took me several pages to realize “tante” was Aunt. This book is a must read and although I never re-read (on purpose) this is a great one for that.

On page 38 it said this “Happiness isn’t something that depends on our surroundings Corrie. It’s something we make inside ourselves.” Page 83 “My little hobby. Book collecting. And yet, old friend, books do not age as you and I do. They will speak still when we are gone, to generations we will never see. Yes, the books must survive.” It made me grateful we have the Bible and as Christ followers, we are never alone. I still can’t really comprehend all the Corrie, or the Jewish people went through. Page 240 “must tell people what we have learned here. We must tell them that there is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still.” I find it amazing and oh so admirable to find joy and give thanks in everything. I don’t have the page number or the exact text but I loved the story about her father and the heavy suitcase. It fathoms my mind that this took place around the time my parents were born. It seems like something that may have happened much longer ago-  not in one generation back.

A fellow NC author, Allen E. Rizzi, that I met at a writers group recommended his book The Horse Whisperers from Anaconda. I haven’t purchased a book in ages and I really prefer holding a book to an ebook, but Allen comments regularly on my blog and he did offer to help me learn a new language, so I purchased his novella without even reading the blurb.

I found my ereader, charged it and sat down to read. The cover didn’t grab me, and instantly my mind started redesigning it, using the same photo, edited of course. I should have read the blurb as I thought I was going to be reading about horse whispering but found my self reading more of a biography of brothers Lee and Edd Allen. If I had read the blurb, I would’ve known this. It is interesting to think of what each family went through. I am thankful not to have lived at that time in history. Just like with Tillery’s books of family stories it made me regret not sitting down more with my grandma and hearing about her life. I learned more about the author, and that in addition to his academic achievements he was also a photographer. You can visit his blog here or here to purchase his books.

I redesign covers all the time. Mostly just in my head but occasionally I’ll do a quick redesign on the computer without spending the time for the details or the fine tuning. All are unsolicited, and probably unappreciated but hey, it’s free publicity, and the authors get another free take on an idea. Here is my take on Rizzi’s cover.

Now it’s time for me to get back to cleaning up my computer, two businesses, plus personal accounting, followed closely by getting tax stuff ready. I may be taking Tyler to the vet too, as he just keeps sneezing.

Another blogger I follow recommended All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr so while at a recent writers group meeting at the library, I picked up a copy of it, and John Grisham’s Camino Island.  Once in the group, Sunny (who has several 4+ star books of her own) said it was brilliantly written but she didn’t like the ending. Guess I’ll know soon enough if we feel the same or not. Doerr’s book is another one I didn’t read the blurb description, but the cover does look interesting to me. It’s a pretty thick book at over 500 pages so unless I run into a lot of free time on my hands, this will be reviewed next month. Wish I read quicker, but a lot of times I’ll savor a sentence or paragraph, re-read it, or flip back to catch a name or other detail. My idea of a perfect Sunday is hearing God’s word at church with my hubby, lunch out, an easy walk followed by cuddling up with my cat and good book!



If you are interested in having a cover designed or image for your book, visit Design.KimberlyMaxwell.com for more information.

I tend to like thrillers, mysteries or Christian based novels. I do not want to read books where they take the Lord’s name in vain, have a lot of graphic violence, about sports and I’m really not into non-fiction history.

Here is my pinboard on NC Authors, and my post about what I think authors want you to know. I will be compiling a pinboard of books added to my “want to read” list.

There is Paperback Swap for those of us who still want to hold a real book in our hands. Here are the books I have to swap or sell. I also have  50+ credits available for purchase at $3. each.

For my other “What I’m reading” post – click that under tags or click this link.
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