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Top 25 Authors of 2018

 

 

 

 

This was a VERY difficult list to create… first, I began gathering the names of all my favorite authors. After re-checking my bookcases and bookshelf blog, I found that I have well over 100 names! Now, this might not sound like a lot to some of you, but I was astounded that I had that many favorite authors – those whom I refuse to part with their books!

I began paring down… whew, that was rough! What I really wanted to do was to name them all — but that seemed to defeat the purpose of listing the TOP chosen few.

I tried — I really did — and I still didn’t get everyone on the list that I hoped to!

So… without further adieu.

Here’s my personal list of the TOP TWENTY-FIVE AUTHORS for 2019:

   Jennifer Beckstrand    Vannetta Chapman    Valerie Comer    Rachel L. Miller

   Dana Mentink    JC Morrows    Macy Morrows    Tricia Goyer    Ruth Logan Herne

   Jean C. Gordon    Barbara Cameron    Suzanne Woods Fisher    Charlotte Hubbard 

   Ruth Reid    Shelley Shepard Gray    Molly Jebber    Kathy Fuller    Kelly Irvin

   Lilian Jackson Braun    Emma Miller   Amos Wyse    Laura J. Marshall    

   Grace Livingston Hill    Philip Gulley    Jan Karon

 

God bless you!

 

Blogpost © Donna J. Mynatt 2018

 

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Christmas in Mitford | Jan Karon

 

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Today I am reviewing The Mitford Snowmen and Esther’s Gift: A Mitford Christmas Story by Jan Karon.

The Mitford Snowmen

Goodreads says: It’s Christmastime in Mitford, and everyone’s favorite characters are filled with holiday spirit. In The Mitford Snowmen, a swirling snowfall brings them to Main Street for a snowman-building contest complete with doughnuts, hot chocolate, and contagious good cheer. A charming small trim size and enchanting four-color illustrations make this the perfect way to visit Mitford—and gather a heart full of Christmas joy.

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Esther’s Gift: A Mitford Christmas Story

Goodreads says: In Esther’s Gift, Esther Bolick is filled with the holiday spirit as she prepares to bake the annual batch of her famous-and utterly scrumptious-orange marmalade cakes. Right after Christmas Eve service at Lord’s Chapel, she and Gene will deliver a two-layer marmalade to each of seven friends and neighbors, all of them favorite Mitford characters. Then Gene calculates what it costs to bake this legendary cake, and Esther is stunned. Is it worth it to spend so much money on people who haven’t always measured up to her expectations? The answer is clear. She’ll cut her list back-way back.

This decision makes perfect sense until the lyrics of a Christmas carol steal into her heart, and help remind her what a gift really means.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I chuckled the whole time I was reading The Mitford Snowmen, as local shopkeepers, with help from Father Tim and Uncle Billy, compete to see who can win Mitford’s First Annual Snowman Jubilee. When Esther Cunningham, the mayor, gets involved, the fun continues.

Then I read Esther’s Gift (not to be confused with Esther Cunningham, the mayor). This short story is about Esther Bolick… the one who makes those famous orange marmalade cakes that everyone loves (and sent Father Tim into a sugar-induced coma)! When Esther asks her hubby Gene to figure out how much her 2-layer orange marmalade cakes cost to make, he includes her labor and the cost of the electricity and comes up with a whopping $43!

Esther and the others in this sweet little community will steal your heart, quickly making you a Father Tim fan (or perhaps a Jan Karon fan). Don’t miss out on these stores. They should be read not just once, but every Christmas… I know I will be reading them to my grandchildren soon.

Merry Christmas!

God Bless You!

 

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Top Inspirational Authors of 2014

 

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This list includes several authors who are pretty much on every favorite inspirational author list… their books have been a lifeline at times!

So… without further adieu

Here’s my personal list of the TOP INSPIRATIONAL AUTHORS for 2014:

Jan Karon   Philip Gulley   Barbara Cameron   Vannetta Chapman

Robin Jones Gunn   Rachel Hauck   Hannah Alexander

Angela D. Meyer   Holly Michael   Grace Livingston Hill

 

Please check back tomorrow… for my list of favorite Quilts of Love authors!

God bless you!

 

© Donna J. Mynatt 2015

Favorite authors/books of 2013

Day #31 – Today I am listing some of my favorite authors and books of 2013…

We moved to another apartment the end of January 2013, and the first thing I did after unpacking my books was to read the Mitford series by Jan Karon.

I love the Father Tim books. I usually read through them every year. They are entertaining and very inspiring. After my KJV Bible, they are my favorite books!

Before moving I had gotten rid of a lot of books that I had designated inappropriate (but still owned because they had been packed away for awhile).

Listed below are a few others that I kept:

Nancy Drew – I must have 60 or more, as I have collected them for years, saving them for my grandchildren.

Hardy Boys – I have only recently begun collecting them for my grandson (I have about 15).

Guideposts has several series, such as Stories from Hope Haven (I have 5), Home to Heather Creek (I have 4) and the Grace Chapel Inn series (I have 3).

Janette Oke writes wonderful Christian historical books… I have been collecting her books for 30 years. You might recognize her Love Comes Softly series (these novels inspired family movies with the same titles).

Robin Jones Gunn has been a favorite of my daughter for many years… we have the Christy Miller series and the Sierra Jensen series.

Getting rid of the books with inappropriate words/actions meant in February I went looking for others that were more appropriate…

I found books about Amish and Mennonites, along with a few others, that fit my criteria.

Read about these tomorrow in my first blog for 2014.

Happy New Year!

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Christmas in Mitford (gift set) by Jan Karon

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Day #3 – Today I am reviewing The Mitford Snowmen and Esther’s Gift: A Mitford Christmas Story by Jan Karon.

The Mitford Snowmen

Goodreads says: It’s Christmastime in Mitford, and everyone’s favorite characters are filled with holiday spirit. In The Mitford Snowmen, a swirling snowfall brings them to Main Street for a snowman-building contest complete with doughnuts, hot chocolate, and contagious good cheer. A charming small trim size and enchanting four-color illustrations make this the perfect way to visit Mitford—and gather a heart full of Christmas joy.

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Esther’s Gift: A Mitford Christmas Story

Goodreads says: In Esther’s Gift, Esther Bolick is filled with the holiday spirit as she prepares to bake the annual batch of her famous-and utterly scrumptious-orange marmalade cakes. Right after Christmas Eve service at Lord’s Chapel, she and Gene will deliver a two-layer marmalade to each of seven friends and neighbors, all of them favorite Mitford characters. Then Gene calculates what it costs to bake this legendary cake, and Esther is stunned. Is it worth it to spend so much money on people who haven’t always measured up to her expectations? The answer is clear. She’ll cut her list back-way back.

This decision makes perfect sense until the lyrics of a Christmas carol steal into her heart, and help remind her what a gift really means.

MY THOUGHTS:

I chuckled the whole time I was reading The Mitford Snowmen, as local shopkeepers, with help from Father Tim and Uncle Billy, compete to see who can win Mitford’s First Annual Snowman Jubilee. When Esther Cunningham, the mayor, gets involved, the fun continues.

Then I read Esther’s Gift (not to be confused with Esther Cunningham, the mayor). This short story is about Esther Bolick… the one who makes those famous orange marmalade cakes that everyone loves (and sent Father Tim into a sugar-induced coma)! When Esther asks her hubby Gene to figure out how much her 2-layer orange marmalade cakes cost to make, he includes her labor and the cost of the electricity and comes up with a whopping $43!

Esther and the others in this sweet little community will steal your heart, quickly making you a Father Tim fan (or perhaps a Jan Karon fan). Don’t miss out on these stores. They should be read not just once, but every Christmas… I know I will be reading them to my grandchildren soon.

Donna Reads… favorite titles!

I’m sure I’ll leave out many, but want to list a few favorite titles on my first day of blogging!

Growing up, my favorite books were the Nancy Drew series. My sister would buy them for me on every occasion. Years later, just before getting divorced, I lost them. Lately I’ve begun collecting them again for my grandchildren.

Another big favorite were the Grace Livingston Hill series. I still have most of these… and I’ve added to my collection over the years. It’s hard to believe Ms. Hill began writing (and publishing) her books almost 100 years ago!

When my children were young, another favorite author was Janette Oke. I have most of her books, which I much prefer over the movies adapted from her books.

Several years ago, I discovered the Father Tim / Mitford series by Jan Karon. These are still a favorite series. Every 2-3 years, I pull them out and read them again… starting with the first and not stopping til I’ve read the newest one!

Now it’s time to start writing reviews…

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