Friday, August 22, 2014

Follow Friday four Fill-In Fun - 8/22/14

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Love this meme....I hope you can join in the fun.

Each week, Feeling Beachie lists four statements with a blank for you to fill in on your own blogs. 

**There is a giveaway for WE ARE NOT OURSELVES here until August 28.**

The statements:

  1. ___ is my least ____
  2. When I was ___ I thought _____
  3. My worst subject in high school was ___
  4. I write best ____.
My Answers:

1.  Dusting is my least favorite cleaning procedure.

2.  When I was twenty-one, I thought everyone was friendly.

3.  My worst subject in high school was math.

4.  I write best when everything is quiet.
 









Book Beginnings - 8/22/14


*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.

**There is a giveaway for WE ARE NOT OURSELVES here until August 28.**

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This week's book beginnings is taken from THE WINTER GUEST by Pam Jenoff.


"They're coming around again," Cookie says in a hushed voice.  Knocking on doors and asking questions."  I do not answer, but nod as a tightness forms in my throat."

THE WINTER GUEST is another WWII story beautifully told by Ms. Jenoff.

I love Pam Jenoff's books.  If you haven't read any of her books, you should look into them.  

I met her at the BEA. A lovely, lovely person.
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Books finished and too good to not share.  My review will be up on September 12 for a TLC Blog Tour.

"I BEGINS. 


Dear Shilpa--I writes.  Belief me when I say not single day passing six years that I not thought of you.  How are you, my dearest? Then I takes the paper, roll it like a ball of dough and throws it across from the room."

I am halfway through THE STORY  HOUR, and Ms. Umrigar has written another thought-provoking book for us.

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THE HOUSE WE GREW UP IN by Lisa Jewell.

Wonderful book.  Review is in the book's title.



I enjoyed this book.  This family had a fun, different childhood and an eccentric mother.

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What are you reading that you can't keep to yourself?  :)

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Book Blogger Hop - 8/22 - 8/28

 Question of the Week:

Do you reply to comments on your blog or do you figure folks won't be stopping back to read your reply so you don't bother?

My Answer:

Oh...I definitely reply to all comments whether I think the person will stop back or not.

It is simply the courteous thing to do.  If a fellow blogger took the time to write something, they deserve the courtesy returned with a reply.

**There is a giveaway for WE ARE NOT OURSELVES here until August 28.**

What do you do about replying to blog comments? 






Thursday, August 21, 2014

Giveaway of We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas



It is nearly impossible to adequately describe how breathtaking, moving, intoxicating, and rich in character and moments We Are Not Ourselves: A Novel by Matthew Thomas is, how effortless the read (Simon & Schuster, August 2014). 

This book is a major literary achievement and a testament to the talent of this debut author. 

We Are Not Ourselves tells the story of Eileen Leary, who, from the time she was nine years old and taking care of her alcoholic Irish immigrant parents in their tiny apartment in Woodside, Queens, has dreamed of rising above her station.

Joshua Ferris, bestselling author of Then We Came to End, calls it “A masterwork… an anatomy of the American middle class in the twentieth century. It’s all here: how we live, how we love, how we die, how we carry on… It’s heartening and humbling to read a book this good.”

We Are Not Ourselves is a great American novel—a novel about longing and loss and immigration and family and faith and love and the American Dream—and as such, has already been recognized as an Amazon Best of the Month, Apple iBookstore Best of the Month, IndieBound Indie Next List Selection, and a First Edition Club selection at a handful of passionate independent bookstores.


You can win a copy of this book by entering the giveaway here

USA ONLY

Contest ends on August 28.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera


This statement alone is enough to make me want to read this book:   

Steaming cups of tea, freshly baked cakes, and lovely company

What about you?

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NATALIA SANMARTIN FENOLLERA

Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera is a journalist and has spent the majority of her professional career in the field investigating economic journalism.

The Awakening of Miss Prim is her debut novel.

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The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera is on sale now

Monday, August 18, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - 8/18/14


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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:

THE STORY HOUR by Thrity Umrigar

Another marvelous read by Ms. Umrigar.  My review will be up on September 12 for a TLC tour.


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Book Currently Reading: 

THE WINTER GUEST by Pam Jenoff


Books Up Next:

THE STORY OF LAND AND SEA by Katy Simpson Smith

This book is for a TLC tour for September 26.


NEVERHOME by Laird Hunt


FLIGHT OF THE SPARROW by Amy Belding Brown


THREE STORY HOUSE by Courtney Miller Santo


GARDEN OF LETTERS by Alyson Richman

AN UNSEEMINGLY WIFE by E. B. Moore

TAHOE GHOST by Todd Borg


THE BEEKEEPER'S BALL by Susan Wiggs


HIGH SEAS DARKNESS by



VILLAGE OF SECRETS by Caroline Moorehead.



THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR by Joel Dicker


THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME by Hazel Gaynor


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. 

     

How was your reading week?