Skip to main content

#EmptyShelf 2015

Last year John Acuff started an "empty shelf" at the beginning of the year, then filled it with the books he read throughout the year.  Like many others, I loved the idea, but really only read ebooks... so I tried a digital version, here on my blog.  I didn't keep up with it - but I left the post up thinking sometime this year I might go back and finish it.  

For 2015 I'm starting again -  I'll stick to just text links without pics for those books that were not my favorites, that might make it simpler.  

5 Stars - Books I Recommend to Everyone 
These are all books I couldn't put down - but The Nightingale, The Good Girl, & Wonder have been my favorites so far in 2015.  They are 3 very different books - The Nightingale is historical fiction, about two sisters during WWII in France, and how they survived the war.  Wonder is a young adults novel that is simply a GOOD read.  The Good Girl is a thriller - it's everything The Girl On The Train is hyped up to be, but was not.
4 Stars - Good reads, solid favorites
The Magicians Lie - by Greer McAllister  (Described as Water For Elephants meets the Night Magician - it was very good.)
The Julian Chapter - RJ Palacio(Almost good enough to be a stand alone book without the Wonder book - this was VERY good.)
In The Blood  - Lisa Unger ( A good thriller.  one of those that I didn't love, it even annoyed me at times, but I could not put down)
A Memory Of Violets -Hazel Gaynor  ( More historical fiction, this one about the flower girls of London. VERY good)
Private Vegas - James Patterson (one of the Patterson Series that I enjoy)
Confessions Of A Prayer Slacker - Diane Moody 
Queen Of Hearts - Rhys Bowen (Royal Spyness #8) (One of my favorite series - a cozy mystery)
No Biz Like Showbiz (Lexi Carmichael Mystery #4)
No Test for the Wicked (Lexi Carmichael Mystery #5)by Julie Moffett
A Wedding On Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball  (Charming Series - one of my favorites)
Before Amen - Max Lucado (A great quick read on prayer)

3 Stars - A Good Read, I liked it but not enough to really recommend it
Kissing In Action (Lexi Graves Mysteries #7) by Camilla Chafer
Gator Bait (Miss Fortune Mystery, #5) by Jana Deleon
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Detoxing from Church (Some great sound bites, but not really a good book)

2 Stars - I didn't necessarily hate it, but I was severely disappointed.  (These usually end up being series books that I keep reading, even though they really aren't good anymore)

Throw in the Trowel (A Flower Shop Mystery #15) by Kate Collins
Double Fudge Brownie Murder by Joanne Fluke 
The Best Yes by Lysa Teukherst
Dress Shop Of Dreams - Menna Van Prag (not a horrible book - just not something I enjoyed. )
Angelas Ashes by Frank McCourt

1 Star - Ugh.  Yuck.  
Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker
The Girl On The Train  by Paula Hawkins (I hated Gone Girl too.  For this type of book done WELL, try The Good Girl by Mary Kubica)


Popular posts from this blog

Replacing The Broken Glass on Our Patio Table -

We have horrible winds here.  One storm picked up our large patio table & smashed it sideways against the deck railing, shattering the glass top.
After looking at a couple of options, I bought a piece of plywood (they cut it to size for me even) and a remnant of linoleum from our local flooring store.
We should have sealed the plywood with an all weather paint first. 
Then we attached the linoleum with contact glue.  The entire project cost me about $35 and took minutes to complete. :-)

Homiletics Worksheet

One of my favorite seminars at BSF was on Homiletics.  I love the process of studying the bible through Homiletics.  Recently my friend Natalie taught our Sunday School class how to do homiletics, and again I found I really enjoyed the process, and I decided I wanted to use it more frequently.

There is a great "Crash Course In Homiletics" here -
Earlier this summer our Pastors wife suggested, in our Womens Sunday School Class, that we choose one epistle and read it every day, for a month.  I love this bible reading plan.  I have used many plans over the years, and have read the bible cover to cover a few times now, so the idea of really learning one epistle at a time felt like a good next step for me.
For the month of August, I am reading Colossians every day.  It is only 4 chapters, a quick, easy read every morning.  I decided the 4 chapters made it perfect to use homiletics for my weekly study, doing one chapter each week…

How to Make a Chalkboard Graphic

I'm going to assume you already have a basic knowledge of some sort of graphics program.  Gimp is free.  I use Paint Shop Pro - because I have used it for many years, and I lack the attention span (& budget!) to keep up with photoshop.  

First, The Background.
  Thank you google image search....

These sites also offer free downloads -
Next The Fonts:

This site has links to all of the fonts on the poster above (most of my favorites are on her list, so I didn't see any sense in replicating it. Plus, she did it better than I would have.)
I personally recommend going to Dafont and d…