Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Would Brave a Chicken to Read Early

Posted May 1, 2018 by meezcarrie in contemporary, historical, mystery/suspense, Top Ten Tuesday / 31 Comments

Hello friends! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday post is all about the books we would do just about anything to get our hands on before they are released to the general public. Some might slay a lion. Others might fight a dragon. But me? The most courageous thing for ME to do? Brave a chicken.

Y’all. Chickens are scary. They terrify me. I have no idea why. They just do.

Exhibit A:


Anyway… when I say I’d brave a chicken to read these books early, you know that I’m talking about the uber-upper echelon of the I-do-not-have-this-book-yet level of my TBR galaxy. (Clarification needed there because there are several I’m uber-upper echelon excited about that I already have in my grubby-but-chicken-free, not-so-little paws!)

Books like ….

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The Solace of Water by Elizabeth Byler Younts (June 2018, Thomas Nelson): It has been much too long since I’ve had the pleasure of reading a book from this author & I did a giddy little happy dance when I saw this book pop up in the catalogs! ECSTATIC!

The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck (June 2018, Thomas Nelson): Rachel Hauck. Time slip romance novel. A leading lady in a movie “inspired by family lore and a one-page letter from the colonial ancestor of scriptwriter Jesse Gates”. Enough said. ♥


Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof (July 2018, Thomas Nelson): Joanne Bischof (I could stop there and that would be reason enough). A Norwegian immigrant widow in 19th-century Appalachia. “A haunting tale of struggle and redemption”. Yep. GET IN MY BOOKSHELF 😛

The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright (July 2018, Bethany House):  Time slip plus eerie suspense plus that cover plus this – “Two women, separated by a hundred years, must uncover the secrets within the borders of their own town before it’s too late and they lose their future–or their very souls.” AHHHHHH!!! Is it July yet?!? (please say yes)


Thirst of Steel by Ronie Kendig (July 2018, Bethany House): I am going through a serious TOX withdrawal and I cannot WAIT for more of the intense action and epic story of this Indiana-Jones-meets-Seal-Team adventure series!

Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey (July 2018, Bethany House): I have been waiting for Luke’s story from the very beginning and I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS! (please)


Miles From Where We Started by Cynthia Ruchti (October 2018, Gilead): It has been waaaaaaay too long since I’ve had a Cynthia Ruchti book to read. I adore her writing style and the themes she weaves so skillfully into her stories. I neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed this book stat! ♥

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan (October 2018, Thomas Nelson): Everything about this book appeals to me. C.S. Lewis. The woman he called his whole world. And this: “At once a fascinating historical novel and a glimpse into a writer’s life, Becoming Mrs. Lewis is above all a love story—a love of literature and ideas and a love between a husband and wife that, in the end, was not impossible at all.” I’m flailing, y’all! I need!


The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton (October 2018, Atria Books): Kate Morton is one of my go-to authors outside of CBA fiction, but the wait between her books is a long one. Anytime I see that she has a new one coming out (every couple of years) I do the dance of joy, buy the book, pet the book, and read it as slowly as I know how, savoring the whole story because soon it will be done and I’ll have to wait another two years. Why would I want to read it early then? I don’t do, but I DO!

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor (October 2018, William Morrow Paperbacks): After falling in love with The Cottingley Secret by this author last year, I am anxious to read whatever she has coming up next. When I saw that cover, I was sold. And then I read the blurb and I was even more sold. CAN. NOT. WAIT. Hurry up, October!

What about you? What’s a book you would brave your biggest fear to read early?


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31 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Would Brave a Chicken to Read Early

  1. Bahahahahaha! I’ve read through your whole post and I’m still cackling like a chicken at the title of your post! I saw it pop up on my screen when the email came in and I just cracked up. And then your graphic did me in. My daughter wondered what was wrong with me! ???

    PS. Good list 🙂

  2. Winnie Thomas

    Carrie, you are hilarious! I think one of the authors should take you up on the challenge! There are at least 4 of those that I’m not going to have to brave chickens (or spiders or snakes) for in order to read early. Eeeeepppp! Or should that be “peep?” Can’t wait! I love your choices, my BFFF!

  3. Andrea Stephens

    ? You are too funny my friend! I should not check my phone in the middle of the night!
    This is a great list! ? I hope you will get them without having to face the dreaded poultry. ?

  4. Kay Garrett

    So funny that you mention being scared of chickens. I can remember being a young child and going for our annual visit to my grandparents that lived in the country. They thought they were giving me a fun chore to go to the chicken house and collect eggs. I’d take my basket and brave the gate and was petrified once inside. You must remember that during my childhood the movie The Birds had came out. I just knew the chickens were going to peck me to death. Luckily I was saved by my Mom who came and walked right beside me and she actually collected the eggs. Once out of the chicken yard, I carried the eggs in. I’ve gotten better with my fear of chickens but still have no desire to go into their territory. 🙂

  5. Melissa Romine

    Hahahaha. Chickens, ducks, geese, yep, scary. They’re everywhere!!

    Great list. I am currently reading one of those on my grubby little Kindle and it is worth braving those chickens. Maybe even a cow or two (Yes, I was more afraid of the cows at my aunt and uncke’s farm – I know, right?).

  6. MJSH

    Oh, you’ve got some real good ones on your list…..especially Ronie Kendig’s, Dani Pettrey’s, Rachel Hauck’s, and Joanne Bischof’s…..I totally need to read Jaime Jo Wright. Her book is loaded on my Kindle, patiently waiting for its turn….

  7. Jackie

    That is a great list!!! Most are ones I’m DYING to read, but there are some authors that are new to me!! Going to go check them out now!!!

  8. Great list, Carrie…let’s just say I didn’t have to brave any chickens, but I can attest that Thirst of Steel and The Sons of Blackbird Mountain are worth being pecked and flapped on 😉

    And Kate Morton – a great Australian girl…no more need be said – hehehe!

    I’m going to add The Pages of Her Life by Jim Rubart, Things Left Unsaid by Courtney Walsh, Wait for Me by Susan May Warren. I could go on!

    • Carrie

      oh! oh! The Pages of Her Life – how was that one not on my radar yet?!?!? Ahhhh – must track down details 😀

      And I’m totally ignoring you about already reading Thirst and Sons (LOL that sounds like some sort of detective agency! hahaha)

  9. Jaime Jo Wright

    You’re killin’ me! Chickens????? They’re so-so-so CUTE! But if you feel about chickens as I feel about spiders, then, point made!

    (Thx for including TRAGP on this list!!!) <3

  10. So many of these are on my list, too. It’s going to be an INCREDIBLE summer! Just seeing Joanne Bischof’s and Ronie Kendig’s covers makes me hyperventilate.

  11. Patsy Curry

    Have you read The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories? It has a chicken scene I’m sure you would appreciate! I am most looking forward to Joanne Bischof’s new book. There are some authors on your list that are new to me. My list keeps growing!

  12. Kate Morton’s book is on my list today, too. I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read by her, so naturally I’m excited for a new book!

    Funny enough, I JUST (like 20 minutes ago) finished a Dani Pettrey book. It’s not from the same series as the one you mentioned, but I ended up liking it more than I thought I would. I’m definitely planning to read more by her.

    Happy TTT!

  13. Kailey Bechtel

    Great list! There are several on here that I literally cannot wait to read!
    As for the chicken thing, I totally get it. They freak me out too. Every year I go to Mississippi to do missions work and at the place we stay at, they have chickens. They let the chickens just roam all over the place. It weirds me out that the kids hold them and carry them around. I try to stay far away from them haha

  14. Valerie S.

    This is such an amazing list – your comments for each book are hilarious … tell us how you really feel!! LOL I read my first Kate Morton novel last month and loved it so now I’m reading her “back list” and joining you in eagerly awaiting her new release this fall.

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