Reading List

In my part of the world January is a great month to catch up on a bit of reading.  This month's list includes Billy Showell's  "Botanical Painting in Watercolour.  Lovely instructions as well as her beautiful paintings make this a delight to thumb through.

My beloved Mom gave me "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young for Christmas.  Sarah does a great job with daily devotions.  Last year I read "Jesus Always" which was superb.

Mary Alice Monroe is a new author to me.  "Beach House for Rent" promises to be a good story that takes place along the coast of South Carolina.  The Hallmark movie "Beach House" with Andie  MacDowell was based on Ms. Monroe's book.  It was a heartwarming tale about a mother and daughter.   If you have not seen the movie - certainly recommend it.

Just before Christmas read Kate White's "Such a Perfect Wife ".  It was a real page turner.  Thinking "Even If It Kills Her" is going to be likewise.

Well there you have it friends my January Reading List.  Some of you have shared yours and it is always wonderful to see what is on another's bookshelf.

Thank you to all who stopped by last week and took time to visit and let me know what perfect word or words you had  chose for the year.

God Bless


"...for I trust in your word."  Psalm 119:42b (NIV) 


  1. I think I would enjoy Beach House for Rent. Thanks for sharing your list.

  2. Looks like you've got some good reading there. I've been doing a lot of reading at Jerry's bedside in the hospital. It really does help pass the time and sort of keep me sane. These have been long days without much improvement in his health. I know it is all in God's hands.

  3. I have read all of Sarah Young's books. I love her way of looking at the Christian daily meditations.
    I would love to read Billy Showell's book. I have watched a couple of her vidoes. Very informative.
    Enjoy your reads.
    I have a short list as of now of books read or being read. I will try to get a list up sometime soon.

  4. I like seeing reading lists too. I've been wanting to look at that watercolor book. Reading this time of the year is such a cozy thing to do!

  5. Thank you for the list
    I hope your January is happy

  6. You mentioned a lot of interesting books, anything about houses and painting has my interest, but I mostly get the time to read during the summer holidays . Life really gets in the way :-))

  7. Oh I do admire all of you who read a lot. I've been trying to read all the Mitford Series books by Jan Karon. I love her! I've finished her first book, "At Home in Mitford" and about half way through the second. I can't sit still long enough to enjoy reading. My mind wanders to things I want to do outside. :)

  8. Sarah Young's book is on the nightstand, and I thank you for the recommendations regarding the others. Ah, a cup of tea and a good book is a great plan for these cold months:)

  9. Reading a lot here as well. Mary Alice Monroe is a very popular author in my part of coastal NC ... since many of her books are set on the beaches ... Enjoy the quiet time before spring ... it's really nice to cozy in ...

  10. Thank you for posting the list, Debbie! I joined a reading challenge for 2020, so I've been asking for recommendations. These sound like they'll be good. Have a wonderful week!

  11. I love to read Art magazines and basically anything to do with art...
    Its been so long since I've read a book. My mind wanders and will be reading the same line over and over... hmmmmm. I suppose thats the reason it takes me about 5 years to finish But reading an art book keeps me awake..!! Have a wonderful day, my friend!!!

  12. All the authors that you mention are new for me
    Thanks for share darling

  13. Hello Debbie, sending best wishes for 2020. I hope all is well at Harmony Hill, and it will be not be long till Spring in your beautiful garden.
    Until then enjoy relaxing,reading your books,and keeping warm. Wishing you a happiness for your year ahead. Eileenx

  14. Hi Debbie you have a fine selection of reading for the winter months! I also received books at Christmas I love to read and received a nice selection of poetry, novels and the biography of Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser which is a very large book! Wishing you lots of hours of winter reading! Best wishes Caroline

  15. Oh Debbie, the books you mentioned sound wonderful. I've been so busy lately, and I must get back to reading. January is a good month to read. It always seems like everything stands still the month of January. I appreciate that. Beach House sounds like a good movie. Andie MacDowell always plays a good role.

    Have a good rest of the week, Debbie.


  16. Looks like you have some good choices to start off the year. I'm going to work on reading books I've bought but haven't read yet--my pile is getting too big!

    I think my word of the year is going to be "free." I'm still mulling it over.

  17. Bonsoir chère Debbie,

    C'est toujours très intéressant d'avoir des avis sur un choix de lecture.
    Toutefois pour être franche, après avoir lu des piles de livres durant mes longs séjours à l'hôpital et ils étaient les bienvenus, je lis beaucoup moins. Je suis très occupée par ma peinture, la sculpture... Des choix opèrent à cause du manque de temps !

    Gros bisous 🌸

  18. I just requested Beach House, the film, from my library. I'm fond of Hallmark movies, though some are better than others! I don't read much these is an intention for 2020, to start reading more again...Thank you...

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