New Blog Series Announcement


Hello Everyone!

Today I have kind of an announcement/ explanation post about a series of posts that I am planning on doing on the blog.

Starting sometime in the next couple of weeks I am going to start having at least one review of a children’s book each week. My reason for doing this is that at the library I work at I am often asked for book recommendations for elementary school aged kids, however I always struggle with coming up with some good titles. So last week I decided to check out a bunch of children’s chapter books that seem to be popular and I am planning on reading at least the first book in the series and then writing a review on it.

My hope in doing this is that I will be able to be more knowledgable of the the books that are out there for kids besides Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, so that I can give a good recommendation when I am asked by parents.

In my review of each book I will also include the AR level of book, so that if you are parent or child looking for a particular book that is within the right reading level, you will have some indication as to whether or not a book will be suitable.

Once I have about 10 review, I also plan on having an index page organized by AR level of the books that I review.

I hope you all enjoy this series and let me know of any children’s books that you think I should check out!

Happy Reading,

Janelle L. C.


What I Read in August

Hello everyone!

Welcome to my August wrap-up! August was a pretty decent reading month, I only managed to read eight books, but three of those were pretty chunky books. Here are the books that I read:

1. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

I loved this book! It dealt with grief and heartbreak in such a way that I felt connected to the characters. It was also really relatable! 5/5 Stars.

2. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas23766634I honestly did not enjoy A Court of Wings and Ruin as much as I thought I would. I was expecting a lot more from it than what actually happened in the book. I do want to read it because there were other factors that also distracted me while I was reading it. 3/5 Stars.
3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 

13455782I didn’t like Shatter Me, I was into it during the first 100 pages and then after that I lost interest. I’m still trying to decide if I want to pick up the sequel. 2/5 Stars.
4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

109641I really enjoyed this book! Yes, there were things content wise that might bother some people, however besides that it was really good and it even made me appreciate the TV show even more because of seeing how they adapted it. I am still trying to decide if I want to do a full length review, let me know you think I should. 5/5 Stars.
5. An Awakened Heart by Jody Hedlund32793383This was a good introduction to the Orphan Train series, however it was hard to keep track of what was going on. 3/5 Stars.

6. One Piece Omnibus Vol. 3 by Eiichiro Oda One Piece bookThis was an okay continuation of the manga series, but I am kind of over manga for right now! 3.5/5 Stars

7. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana GabaldonDragonfly in Amber coverI didn’t love this second installment in the Outlander saga as much as the first one. I think because I had already watched the second season of the show, I had expectations that were not met. 4/5 Stars


8. Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham30253864I have been waiting for this audio book for almost three months and last Wednesday I finally got it! I spent the whole of the next evening listening to this memoir, I loved it and I will have a longer review up soon. 5/5 Stars.

I am hoping that September will be another good reading month!

Happy Reading,

Janelle L. C.

Will Not See Review and Blog Tour

*This also appears on my previous blog The Scribbler.Will Not See(2)

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About the Book


Book title: Will Not See

Author: Chautona Havig

Release date: August 29, 2017

Genre: Christian Fiction / contemporary / suspense (light)

When Vikki Jeffries wakes up in a Rockland hotel with no idea of who she is and why she can’t remember… well, anything, the Rockland medical community begins to take a closer look at what may have happened to cause a second case of inexplicable amnesia.

But for Vikki, this is more than a medical anomaly–it’s her life. What is she doing in Rockland, thousands of miles away from her home in Apache Junction, Arizona? Who is she? Why is no one looking for her? Or are they?

Will Not See: Not everything is as it seems.

My Thoughts

Even though I liked None So Blind, I did feel like there was something missing and that I was jipped in that there was no explanation whatsoever for Ella’s memory loss, it just seemed to happen. However, this companion novel/sequel, changed the whole series for me and I love it! I enjoyed the suspenseful atmosphere of the book, while still having some humor and slice of life elements in it. This was a rollercoaster ride from the beginning as soon as the reader realizes that Vikki has a very different past from Ella.

Will Not See cleared up some of the questions that I was left with at the end of None So Blind, such as what caused the memory loss?, etc. Although that major question is still left unsolved, I feel like we were given some clues as to what actually happened to Ella and Vikki. I can’t wait for the third book to come out next year because I am hoping that it will explain everything that has happened and why!

I loved getting to know Vikki and Brandon, as well as revisiting Ella and David from None So Blind. Vikki is so different from Ella and I like how at the end of the book she is still trying to figure out who she is ass a person. Brandon was good, and I like how he also seemed to balance out Vikki and wasn’t scared to be around her after finding out about her possible past before the memory loss. I look forward to revisiting these characters in the next book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! I normally do not like suspense novels, but this was a perfect blend of suspense and several other genres. I am giving it 5/5 Stars because it exceeded my expectations and I was hooked until the very end.

About the Author


Author of the Amazon bestselling Aggie and Past Forward Series, Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert. With dozens of books to her name, Chautona spends most of her time writing, but when she takes the rare break, she can be found reading, sewing, paper crafting, or sleeping and dreaming of finishing the dozens of books swirling in her overly-active imagination at any given moment

Guest Post from Chautona Havig

The circle of death swirls on the screen and it shifts. The bank balance appears, and with it, my heart sinks. It’s been a tough few months, financially. The bottom line proves it.

My reaction? Inhale. Exhale. “Okay, now we know the worst. We can do something about it.”

My husband, on the other hand, suffers a definite blow. Kevin might not sleep that night. Instead, he’ll mull over what we could have done differently, how we can make changes, if he’s a failure at this thing called life. He’ll pray—for hours.

They say ignorance is bliss. And sometimes, that’s true. It’s also a personality thing, I think. I tend to be a “let me have your worst” kind of gal. But when the negative arrives, I also tend to want to shield Kevin from it all. I don’t know how he can worry so much. He can’t fathom how I can turn it off.

But sometimes those personality things go deeper—into what can be serious faults. It has been said,

“There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.”

Or, in the words of Jeremiah,

“Now hear this, O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear.”

What does this have to do with not seeing?

As I work on the Sight Unseen series, one recurring theme happens, of course. Memory loss—the removal of all insight into one’s past. You can hear who you were, be informed of what you did and why others think you did it, but you can’t know your own self the way you once did. It’s a fresh slate, and it can be a good thing in some respects.

Those around you can now see the difference between habits and personality traits—true dislikes and those conditioned by life. What might have been a fear once could be gone if the cause of that fear is blotted out.

But even for these fictional characters, truth doesn’t change. In None So Blind, Ella takes her memory loss and uses it as an opportunity to reinvent herself, if you will. And you know what? If you asked her family about it, they’d tell you that it fits her personality. That take-charge, gotta get ’er done attitude Dani may have used in different ways, but both “manifestations” of the woman had those qualities. Sure, Ella’s was tempered by recent experience, but not much.

Vikki Jeffries, is almost the antithesis of Ella in that respect.

The past is in the past. It scares her. Is it because she doesn’t know it? Because she’s frightened by the unknown? We don’t know. But what we do know is anything associated with that past, even the few very personal items she finds, she rejects. It’s as if ignorance of them will protect her from them. Where Ella runs to face her problems, Vikki runs from them.

But despite those differences, I find it interesting that both women did the same thing, basically—just at different times.

Before her “episode,” Ella chose to blind herself to her faults. She knew them. Lived with them daily, but couldn’t face or address them. So, she “refused to see.”

Vikki—we don’t know. But I think the story shows that she couldn’t blind herself to truth before her episode. As much as she might have ached to, she just couldn’t. Now that the opportunity is here, however, she grasps it and if she insists on squeezing her eyes shut indefinitely, it may cost her everything—her life. Her soul.

Philippians 4:8, “…whatever is true.”

They say ignorance is bliss. Well, “they” also say, “Truth hurts.” And sometimes it does. But so do the consequences of that ignorance. I guess the next time the bank balance dips low, I won’t be handling the fallout alone. Then again, one can always pray that it doesn’t dip low! I think we’ll start there.

Blog Stops

August 29: Just Jo’Anne

August 29: Carpe Diem

August 30: Seasons of Opportunities

August 30: Blogging With Carol

August 30: Lots of Helpers

August 31: Genesis 5020

August 31: Reading Is My SuperPower

September 1: Quiet Quilter

September 1: Back Porch Reads

September 2: Fiction Aficionado

September 2: Book Bites, Bee Sting, & Butterfly Kisses

September 3: A Reader’s Brain

September 3: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

September 4: Bigreadersite

September 4: The Scribbler

September 5: The Fizzy Pop Collection

September 5: Mommynificent

September 6: Christian Bookaholic

September 6: Moments Dipped in Ink

September 6: Margaret Kazmierczak

September 7: History, Mystery & Faith

September 7: Southern Gal Loves to Read

September 8: Pause for Tales

September 8: Avid Reader Book Reviews

September 9: Blossoms and Blessings

September 9: Reflections from my Bookshelves

September 10: A Baker’s Perspective

September 10: Pursuing Stacie

September 11: His Grace is Sufficient

September 11: Reader’s cozy corner


Will Not See Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize of the None So Blind Paperback,
the Will Not See Paperback, a Journaling Bible (Choice of KJV or NLT), Prismacolor Pencils,
and a Christian Hymns Album!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!