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message 1: by Beth, Head Librarian (last edited Dec 16, 2015 10:51AM) (new)

Beth | 2299 comments Mod
Hi, everyone! First of all, please accept my apologies. Life has been really busy lately, and I just haven't had time to post the nominations thread - hopefully no one minds with the hustle and bustle of the holidays going on. :)

Here is the nomination thread for February.

Happy nominating!

PLEASE REVIEW THESE GUIDELINES:
-Please do not nominate a book we've already read as a group. You will be asked for a different nomination if you do. Find our shelves here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/books....
-Remember that a book must be out for 6 months or more to be eligible for nominations and voting
-Try not to nominate an author that we've read that year already
-If it is a book in a series that is not the first book, make sure you know that it can be read as a standalone and doesn't require the previous books being read to understand and enjoy.
-please note that there may be more reasons that a book is not a good fit for nominations or group members as a whole, whether it be availability, cost, accessibility, etc. The moderators reserve the right to make these decision. Thank you for your understanding! :)

Nominations will be open until Dec. 20

Nominations as of Dec. 16:
1. Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh
2. Lonestar Sanctuary by Colleen Coble
3. Mist of Midnight by Sandra Byrd
4. Freefall by Kristen Heitzmann
5. My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade
6. Where Can I Flee by A.M. Heath
7. Wings of a Dream by Anne Mateer
8. Bound by Guilt by C.J. Darlington
9. Then Sings My Soul by Amy K. Sorrells
10. A Lady in Defiance by Heather Blanton


message 2: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1773 comments Mod
I'll get it started with Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh. Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh


message 3: by Sarita (new)

Sarita | 1291 comments no, no no, Feb Nominations already?

Is there a specific category again for Feb or open to all genres?


message 4: by Beth, Head Librarian (new)

Beth | 2299 comments Mod
I know, feels weird!

There is no theme for Feb.


message 5: by Sarita (new)

Sarita | 1291 comments I'll nominate Lonestar Sanctuary (Lonestar Series, #1) by Colleen Coble by Colleen Coble


message 6: by Beth, Head Librarian (new)

Beth | 2299 comments Mod
I will nominate Mist of Midnight (Daughters of Hampshire, #1) by Sandra Byrd .


message 7: by Susan (new)

Susan | 44 comments I would love to read Mists of Midnight as well.


message 8: by Loraine, CFD Momma (last edited Dec 09, 2015 02:09PM) (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3016 comments Mod
I'll nominate Freefall by Kristen Heitzmann by Kristen Heitzmann


message 9: by Chantel (last edited Dec 09, 2015 02:22PM) (new)

Chantel (channylee07) | 357 comments Beth wrote: "I know, feels weird!

There is no theme for Feb."


Oh! we're not going to have the love story challenge for Feb?


message 10: by Chantel (new)

Chantel (channylee07) | 357 comments Staci wrote: "I'll get it started with Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh. Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh"

Lol! Staci we were on the same wavelength, I almost posted this for nomination too. :-)


message 11: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3016 comments Mod
Chantel wrote: "Staci wrote: "I'll get it started with Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh. Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh"

Lol! Staci we were on the same wavelength, I almost posted this for nomination too. :-)"


Just read the description of this book and realized it is based on my town Loveland Colorado. We are at the base of the Rocky Mountains and are known as the sweetheart city. We have volunteers who restamp cards in January and February with our heart shaped stamp that says Loveland. During the month of February every light post has a heart on it with a message that you pay to have printed.


message 12: by Beth, Head Librarian (last edited Dec 09, 2015 03:05PM) (new)

Beth | 2299 comments Mod
Chantel wrote: "Beth wrote: "I know, feels weird!

There is no theme for Feb."

Oh! we're not going to have the love story challenge for Feb?"


There will be a themed challenge in general for February, but the group reads for that month will not be connected to the theme challenge. Is that what you were asking?


message 13: by Hannah (new)

Hannah (bookwormhannah) | 864 comments Loraine wrote: "Chantel wrote: "Staci wrote: "I'll get it started with Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh. Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh"

Lol! Staci we were on the same wavelength, I almost posted this for nomina..."


Fun story! I have friends in Loveland and have been there a number of times, but didn't know that.


message 14: by Hannah (new)

Hannah (bookwormhannah) | 864 comments I'm not going to nominate because I'd be voting for someon else's nominations anyway! ;)


message 15: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3016 comments Mod
Hannah wrote: "Loraine wrote: "Chantel wrote: "Staci wrote: "I'll get it started with Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh. Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh"

Lol! Staci we were on the same wavelength, I almost posted..."


Next time you come through Hannah. Give a shout out:)


message 16: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1773 comments Mod
@Chantel: since it's February, seemed like an appropriate recommendation. We are on the same page!

@Loraine: interesting about the mail from your town!


message 17: by Hannah (new)

Hannah (bookwormhannah) | 864 comments Loraine wrote: "Hannah wrote: "Loraine wrote: "Chantel wrote: "Staci wrote: "I'll get it started with Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh. Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh"

Lol! Staci we were on the same wavelength, ..."


We used to go once a year because my Dad's parents were in Pueblo, and he had cousins in the Springs. But it's been six years now since I've been out that way. I need to plan a trip!


message 18: by Chantel (new)

Chantel (channylee07) | 357 comments Beth wrote: "Chantel wrote: "Beth wrote: "I know, feels weird!

There is no theme for Feb."

Oh! we're not going to have the love story challenge for Feb?"

There will be a themed challenge in general for Febru..."


Yes, thank for clarifying Beth :-)


message 19: by Chantel (last edited Dec 09, 2015 10:18PM) (new)

Chantel (channylee07) | 357 comments Loraine wrote: "Just read the description of this book and realized it is based on my town Loveland Colorado. We are at the base of the Rocky Mountains and are known as the sweetheart city. We have volunteers who restamp cards in January and February with our heart shaped stamp that says Loveland..."

That's so cool Loraine!
Oh,I just love the idea of the heart shaped notes on the lampposts. So cute. <3


message 20: by Karen (new)

Karen | 10 comments I nominate "My Stubborn Heart" by Becky Wade My Stubborn Heart
Though, Paper Hearts does sound ideal for February!


message 21: by Darla (new)

Darla Damron | 3 comments I would like to nominate Where Can I Flee (Ancient Words Series Book 1) by A.M. Heath Where Can I Flee by A.M. Heath


message 22: by Olivia (new)

Olivia (olivia_r) | 64 comments I'll nominate Wings of a Dream by Anne Mateer Wings of a Dream by Anne Mateer.


message 23: by Carol (new)

Carol | 9 comments I would like to nominate Bound by Guilt (Thicker Than Blood #2) by C.J. Darlington . This is part of a series but definitely reads as a stand-alone.


message 24: by Olivia (new)

Olivia (olivia_r) | 64 comments Carol wrote: "I would like to nominate Bound by Guilt (Thicker Than Blood #2) by C.J. Darlington. This is part of a series but definitely reads as a stand-alone."

I really like that book!


message 25: by Kara (new)

Kara Isaac | 7 comments So many great choices! I'd like to nominate Then Sings My Soul by Amy K. Sorrels :) Then Sings My Soul


message 26: by Chantel (new)

Chantel (channylee07) | 357 comments Karen wrote: "I nominate "My Stubborn Heart" by Becky Wade My Stubborn Heart
Though, Paper Hearts does sound ideal for February!"


Great choice too!


message 27: by Beth, Head Librarian (new)

Beth | 2299 comments Mod
Nominations should be updated! :)


message 28: by Diane (new)

Diane Estrella (dianeestrella) I nominate A Lady in Defiance by Heather Blanton.

Recently, A Lady in Defiance has been submitted to a Hollywood producer to be considered for a movie script.

I think readers respond to her stories because they aren't preachy or cheesy, but are inspirational, heart-warming, realistic, and glorifying to God. There is always justice, a moral message, American values, lots of high adventure, unexpected plot twists, and more than a touch of suspense.


message 29: by Beth, Head Librarian (new)

Beth | 2299 comments Mod
Hi, everyone! Hope Monday is treating you all well. :)

Here is the voting poll for February's Books of the Month - it will be open through Dec. 31:

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...


message 30: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1773 comments Mod
Paper Hearts!!! Woohoo! I've heard it's a good one. And a three way tie...


message 31: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka (agnieszka7) | 84 comments And what now what is the second book?


message 32: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1773 comments Mod
I think there will be a brief poll to vote between Freefall, Wings of a Dream and My Stubborn Heart.


message 33: by Beth, Head Librarian (new)

Beth | 2299 comments Mod
Haha, a tie! We love ties in this group ;)

Yes, indeed, I will make a tie-breaking poll shortly. I'll come back here and post a link to it!


message 34: by Beth, Head Librarian (last edited Jan 01, 2016 07:25AM) (new)

Beth | 2299 comments Mod
Okay, there is now a tie-breaking poll - this one will only be up for three days, so vote quickly! :)

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...


message 35: by Beth, Head Librarian (new)

Beth | 2299 comments Mod
Haha, I just checked the poll - it's currently tied! LOL! :D


message 36: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1773 comments Mod
Shocking...NOT!!


message 37: by Beth, Head Librarian (new)

Beth | 2299 comments Mod
Yay, tie is gone! :)


message 38: by Chantel (new)

Chantel (channylee07) | 357 comments Lol! Too funny.


message 39: by Beth, Head Librarian (new)

Beth | 2299 comments Mod
Now that the tie has been broken, our reads for February are going to be....

Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh
Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh

and

Freefall by Kristen Heitzmann
Freefall by Kristen Heitzmann


message 40: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1773 comments Mod
Super! I have both of these on my Kindle.


message 41: by Sara (new)

Sara | 75 comments I have never read a Kristin Heitzmann book, but the reviews on this one are intriguing. I loved Paper Hearts.


message 42: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka (agnieszka7) | 84 comments I was really hoping Freefall will make it :-)


message 43: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3016 comments Mod
I will be moderating Freefall, but have to read Paper Hearts. This story is based on the town where I live Loveland CO. On the front page of our newspaper today was the call for volunteers to stamp mail/valentine cards with our heart shaped cancellation stamp that says "Loveland".


message 44: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1773 comments Mod
I see we've selected healthy reads for February! Both are over 400 pages. Hope they are both great!!!


message 45: by Loraine, CFD Momma (last edited Jan 28, 2016 01:50PM) (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3016 comments Mod
For those of you who are going to be reading Paper Hearts (including me) in February, The front page of our paper yesterday had a huge article about our "heart" program in Loveland. Our town nickname is the sweetheart city. Here is the article if you are interested:

http://www.reporterherald.com/lifesty...

Once the hearts are hung from our street light poles, I will take a few pictures and post them on our CFD facebook page.


message 46: by Christine (new)

Christine | 434 comments That is so cool, Loraine! Thanks for the link to the article!


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