Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Beginnings - 4/18/14


*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page.

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This week's Book Beginnings is taken from Ember Island by Kimberley Freeman.

"June sunshine blessed Tilly Kirkland's wedding.  Only the luckiest brides married in June, and Tilly could not believe how lucky she had been."


Even though it sounds like a romance novel, it is a book about finding secrets hidden in an old homestead.  I love books like that.  :)  


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THE FORGOTTEN SEAMSTRESS is a book I finished last week.  



It was wonderful.   

My full review can't be posted until May 30, but here are the last few lines from my review.

"If you enjoy reading family history and the history of family heirlooms created by a past generation and found by the present generation, you will definitely enjoy THE FORGOTTEN SEAMSTRESS.

The writing is flawless, the characters are lovable and unforgettable, the storyline will definitely hold your interest until the last page.  And...the last few pages will have you glued to each word.​ 5/5"


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Book Blogger Hop - 4/18 - 4/24


 Question of the Week:

Are your reviews more of a rehash of the story or do you comment on writing style, characters, and reflection?
My Answer:

My reviews usually begin with a quick interest statement that sums up the basic idea of the book.

I give a general "rehash" of the story, but my reviews mainly consist of focusing on the author's writing style, the characters, and a reflection of my opinion.

To me a review that has depth is more important than a "rehash." 

The reader of the review can always read the back cover to get a basic review so going into detail about the characters and writing style helps more in my opinion.

Looking forward to these answers. 




 

Monday, April 14, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - 4/14/14

   
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I hope you had a great reading week.  
 
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This is a weekly meme run by Book Journey!
 

Post the books completed last week, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish this week. 

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Books Completed Last Week:

I FINALLY finished a book.  :)
COMFORT OF FENCES by Stacy Overman Morrison.




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Book Currently Reading: 

THE FORGOTTEN SEAMSTRESS by Liz Trenow

This is for a blog tour on May 30. 


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Books Up Next:

TO SLEEP...PER CHANCE TO DIE by Donald R. Grippo
This is for a blog tour on June 20. 


EMBER ISLAND by Kimberley Freeman


EVERYTHING TO LOSE by Andrew Gross




DELICIOUS by Ruth Reichl 



WOMAN OF ILL FAME by Erika Mailman



THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS by Elizabeth Gilbert



PERFECT by Rachel Joyce


UNDER THE WIDE AND STARRY SKY by Nancy Horan


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The books below are not necessarily in the order I have planned to read them.  

I normally read in order of publication or tour date.

And....these are not for reading in the upcoming week.  They are books into and including all of 2014.

The "list" is a means of keeping me organized.  A visual display helps a lot for organization along with my Excel lists.  :)