What is Your Favorite Genre?

I dedicate this post to all my fellow bookworms who believe the book was better.

What if you could only read your favorite genre for the rest of your life, what would it be? For my movie watching nonreaders, what would be your favorite movie genre?

Recently this was a conversation starter on a local morning radio station. I wanted to ask my online friends the same question to help stir up ideas for my next summer read.

My Favorite Genre

If I could only read one genre for the rest of my life, it would be historical fiction.

I’m hooked on the Maggie Hope Mystery series by Susan Elia MacNeal.

Maggie Hope is a secretary turned secret agent working for Winston Churchill in the 1940s.

2019 Reading Thus Far

My reading list for 2019 contains a mixture of historical fiction, political thrillers, and nonfiction self-help.  

I hope something on my list will spark an interest with you.


  • Sweet Tomorrows by Debbie Macomber
  • A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron
  • Snobs by Julien Fellows
  • Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse
  • The Chosen People by Robert Whitlow
  • All the Stars in the Heavens by Andriana Trigiani

Historical Fiction:

  • Belgravia by Julien Fellows
  • Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal
  • His Majesty’s Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal
  • The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent by Susan Elia MacNeal

Political Thriller Fiction:

  • The Kremlin Conspiracy by Joel C. Rosenberg
  • The Persian Gamble by Joel C. Rosenberg


  • The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
  • Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
  • Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes
  • Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
  • Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
  • Have a New Teenager by Friday by Kevin Leman



  • Leaving Legalism by Kendra Fletcher
  • Grace Outpouring by Roy Godwin
  • A Wife’s 40 Day Fasting and Praying Journal by Kaylene Yoder
  • The God I Never Knew by Robert Morris
  • Face to Face with God by Bill Johnson
  • Anchored by Kayla Aimee
  • More for Mom by Kristen Funston
  • Prayers for Prodigals by James Banks
  • On Bended Knee: Praying Like Prophets, Warriors, and Kings by Crickett Keeth

Happy Reading!

~April Dawn White © 2019

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Summer Goals

The campfire curled and crackled sending dancing warm gusts around the teens and leaders encircled around the fire.  This was the final Wednesday night youth gathering before everyone separated for the summer.  A buzz of excitement and anticipation rippled through the crowd as several seniors were preparing to graduate and move on to college. The youth pastor asked, “What summer goals do you have this year?” 

A stray voice behind me hollered, “Help with vacation Bible school. Another teen evoked roars of laughter when he grumbled, “My parents are making me get a job.”

I pondered the youth pastor’s question. Like the students, some of us will have ten weeks with a lighter, less rigid schedule this summer. Ten weeks without the burden of packing school lunches, chauffeuring kids to music lessons, and sporting events.  If we’re not careful, our summer will erode away with nothing to show for it but a sunburn.  Author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar coined the phrase, “If you aim at nothing you hit it every time.”

Why is having a goal important?

Goals keep an endpoint in mind, allowing us to determine our progress toward the goal. Goals provide direction and purpose and prevent aimless wandering.

How can I apply a summer goal?

Unlike the tedious chore of saving decades for retirement, a summer goal is possible to accomplish in a short season.  What summer goals do you desire?  Do you want to shed those stubborn five pounds? Is there a concert you’d like to see, or a new area in your city you’d like to explore? If so, make it a goal, grab a friend, and go!

Is there a book you desire to read or a new skill you’re eager to learn? Check out your local library. Many area offer classes for adults who want to learn to quilt, sew, or throw pottery.  Maybe your goal is to spray paint the patio furniture or power wash the house. Whatever you’ve wanted to do, but never make the time, do it this summer!

Here are a few of my summer goals:

  • Reconnect with an old friend once a week either by phone or face to face.
  • Drop off the items I’ve stored for months to rescue mission donation center.
  • Finish the three partially read books I’m reading.
  • Drop (for good) five pounds.

What goals do you have in mind? List a few reasonable goals in a place that you will view daily, such as the bathroom mirror or kitchen, and get started.

I’d love to hear from you. What goals do you have this summer?


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These words of encouragement as better than flannel pajamas and fuzzy socks on a cold Winter’s Day. 

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