Monday, April 30, 2018

Support Our Troops Reading Challenge

I have always admired the members of our military. They sacrifice their time, abilities, and sometimes their lives in order to preserve the freedoms we Americans enjoy.

Our reading challenge in May will be one way of thanking them for their service.

Books for this challenge must include at least one character who is a member of the military or another profession that serves our country (police, firemen, nurses, sheriffs, etc.). War widows will also count, as they have sacrificed their husbands to our country.

For my international friends, feel free to use books that support your military and/or other service professions, as mentioned above.

Please come back and share which books you read in May that support our troops. Be sure to tell us which character in your book(s) fit into the challenge and which branch of service or profession they served in.


Somebody Like You by Beth K. Vogt
Character: Haley; war widow

Without a Trace by Colleen Coble
Character: Bree Nicholls; search and rescue

The Crimson Cipher by Susan Page Davis
Character: Emma Shuster; Navy cryptographer

Do you have a loved one who has served our country in some way?
Please share in the comments a special memory with this person.

What books that feature members of the military have you enjoyed?

Join the conversation!
I love hearing from you.

Today is the final day for April's young adult reading challenge.


Rebekah said...

Oh, I really like this month's challenge! :D I need to start finding books.

Rebekah said...

Would you consider FBI or CIA to count?

Andrea Cox said...

Yes, I will count those. Part of their job description is to stop terrorists from harming us, which is definitely a service to our country.

Andrea Cox said...

Thank you! I wish I had enough time to fit in all the books I have that would fit the category.

Andrea Cox said...

1. Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof
Civil War veterans
5/7/18; 3 stars

Dawn Cox said...

"Catch a Falling Star" by Beth K. Vogt
Character: Griffin Walker; Air Force Pilot

Andrea Cox said...

Great job!

Kristy Cox said...

"The California Gold Rush and the Coming of the Civil War" by Leonard L. Richards
Civil War Soldiers

Andrea Cox said...

Hey, sis! How was that book? I have a copy too and am curious what you thought about it. I love a good history! Thanks so much for joining in on the reading challenge!

Kristy Cox said...

It was good! I didn't know the California Gold Rush and the Civil War were connected. Very interesting read. Glad I got to get in on one of the book challenges!!

Faith P. said...

I've been reading your blog for quite awhile, but never taken part in a reading challenge. This one sounds great! :)

"A Love Like Ours" by Becky Wade
Jake Porter, retired Marine

"Letters from Home" by Gracelyn Buckner
several Civil War soldiers

Andrea Cox said...

Wow! That IS interesting. I might have to bump that book higher on my to-read list. I'm so glad you were able to join in too! Hopefully there will be another month that works for you.

Andrea Cox said...

Aw, Faith, that just made my day! Thank you for following my blog!

Thank you also for joining in the reading challenge this month. Looks like my sister and you both were reading about the Civil War lately. How fun!

Dawn Cox said...


I finished my second book this month: "Somebody Like You" by Beth K. Vogt. Character: Sam, Army medic

Rebekah said...

Okay, I had a lot of fun with these books! The first two were ones I'd really wanted to reread, the last one was another lovely reread. A couple of the books I had been wanting to read for the first time, and the rest were just fun. Ready for my rather long list?

1. Kate's Innocence by Sarah Holman (FBI Agents)
2. Kate's Capitol by Sarah Holman (FBI Agents)
3. The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens –my current state governor (Navy SEALS)
4. Trauma Plan by Candace Calvert (Doctor and Nurse)
5. Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin (Navy)
6. Bowdrie's Law by Louis L'Amour (Texas Ranger)
7. Rescue Team by Candace Calvert (Search & Rescue/EMT and Nurse)
8. A Girl to Come Home To by Grace Livingston Hill (Navy Pilots)
9. Omar A State Police Dog by S. P. Meek (Police Officer and Dog)
10. The Story of the Secret Service by Ferdinand Kuhn (Secret Service)
11. Mrs. Pollifax and the Hong Kong Buddha by Dorothy Gilman (CIA)
12. Bordon Chantry by Louis L'Amour (Marshall)
13. The Story of the US Marines by George P. Hunt (Marines)
14. Miss Tippy by Janet Lambert (Army Brat)

Whew! I wasn't expecting to get that many read, but it sure was fun! :)

Andrea Cox said...

Great job, Mom! So happy for you.

Andrea Cox said...

Fantastic work, Rebekah! That's a lot of honoring our troops.

Andrea Cox said...

Here's my finished list:
1. Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof
Civil War veterans
2. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
Korean police
3. Peace in the Valley by Ruth Logan Herne
police, paramedics, psychologist
4. Classified Christmas Mission by Lynette Eason
CIA, police, FBI, doctors, nurses, firemen
5. A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin
Army Air Forces, Army Nurses, pilots
6. No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer
7. Lakeside Redemption by Lisa Jordan
retired cop

This turned out to be a fabulous reading month for me. A stay-cation helped with that.