Friday, July 25, 2014

Book Beginnings - 7/25/14

*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.

This week's book beginnings is taken from THE WISHING TIDE by Barbara Davis.

"Through my fault.
Through my fault.
Through my most grievous fault.
The sea, it seems, has become my priest, the punishing, faceless thing to which I confess sins, silent witness to my self-inflicted wounds.  We're alike in many ways, a restless beating of water and salt, a shifting and seething of secrets, or treacheries.  Reckless.  Dangerous." 

It is a beautiful read so far.  There are chapter headings introducing each character.  The story is taking place at a bed and breakfast during a severe storm with a mysterious guest.  That's all the farther I have gotten, but it seems as if it is going to be quite good.


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


Book Blogger Hop - 7/25 - 7/31

 Question of the Week:

Do you like to read books with a theme such as Halloween, Christmas, etc?

My Answer:

Not really.  

I read themed books once in a while, but not a regular basis.  

I actually think I have only read one book that had a Christmas theme.  It was The Walnut Tree by Charles Todd.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun - 7/25/14

Feeling Beachie

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. 

The statements:

  1. I find ____very _________.
  2. My favorite _______ is_____.
  3. Why do I always _______?
  4. My favorite time of the day is ____ because ____.
My Answers:

1.  I find taking too much on at once is very overwhelming.
2.  My favorite way to spend the day is reading and blogging.
3.  Why do I always do things myself and not ask for help?
4.  My favorite time of the day is when I first wake up because I take my daily walk.

How would you answer any of these questions? 

World’s Best Story: Rewarding readers and book bloggers for telling the world they found a great story!

Laura Fabiani of iRead Book Tours is now a proud sponsor for World’s Best Story!

She is really excited to tell you about an innovative new contest platform for both readers and writers. 

More and more authors and writers are discovering the power of readers. Books are written for the reader audience, so why not have a say in telling others we think a writer’s story has blockbuster potential? 

That’s what World’s Best Story allows you to do.

In view of this, I hope you will join me in helping to spread the word and to sign up as a member of World’s Best Story to find talented storytellers and get great prizes. 

But first let me tell you more about World’s Best Story.

If you have any questions about any of this, please get in touch with Laura on her blog.

World’s Best Story was launched at BookExpo America on May 28. It’s the first social contest to reward readers and writers with exclusive partner prizes. So what does this mean for you?

If you are a writer:

1. Submit your story. Entering is free and the entry period ends Aug 12.
2. Prizes include publishing contracts, celebrity master classes, trademark and IP protection, book tours, big box retail distribution, PR and marketing support and more!
3. Top ten finalists and grand prize winner will be announced at the Toronto International Book Fair on November 15, 2014.

If you are a reader:

1. You get the chance to be the judge, discover new stories and win great prizes.
2. When you sign up to become a member, you automatically get $10 to spend at Beyond the Rack. Signing up is easy, requiring only your name and email.
3. When you rate and vote you’ll get a chance to win cool prizes, and the grand prize package includes a $2000 shopping spree at Beyond the Rack!

So how can you as a blogger help spread the word? There are several ways:
  • Write a post about it and you can enter in a giveaway for a $20 Amazon gift card and one of 6 $25 Beyond the Rack Gift Cards
  • Add the World’s Best Story logo on your blog with a link back to their site.
  • If you are an iRead tour host, your post will count toward your incentive program if you do the above.
  • If you are not yet an iRead tour host, join and you will qualify for the incentive program
  • Tell all your readers about WBS through social media networking.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Interview with the author of THE HOUSE WE GREW UP IN Lisa Jewell

I love the cover and the title.  I am looking forward to reading this book.

Doesn't it look and sound amazing?

Lisa Jewell, an internationally bestselling author whose new book, THE HOUSE WE GREW UP IN, is on sale this August from Atria.

Lisa is a UK bestseller year after year, but we think THE HOUSE WE GREW UP IN is her finest book yet. It has something for everyone: family tragedies, hoarding, late in life internet lovers, mother/daughter and father/son battles.

It’s enchanting, heartbreaking, beautiful, fun and full of emotional depth. We hope you love it as much as we do!

1) Tell us about the first book you ever purchased.

Strangely, I don’t have this memory at all. My sisters and I were library kids, our mother took us every week, so maybe I didn’t even buy a book as a child! My earliest memory of taking a book out of the library was one of the Ant & Bee series of books; these were quirky, almost surreal books about best friends Ant (an ant) and Bee (a bee) who travelled around together having offbeat adventures. I didn’t know it at the time but they were written by an educationalist to teach children to read by themselves.

2) Have you ever read a book in order to impress someone?

I was married to an intellectual in my early twenties and read pretty much every book on his shelves in order to impress him! The heaviest was probably a book of Noam Chomsky essays. My current husband forced One Hundred Years of Solitude onto me in the early days of our relationship, which I read to please him. And on which we still remain entirely divided.

3) What was your favorite book as a child?

I was a self-guided reader as a child and went quickly from the classics (the Secret Garden, the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe) to more adult books. But my favourites were my Agatha Christies. I read four a week until I’d bled the library dry.

4) Is there an author who inspired you to be a writer?

When I was between jobs as a twenty something, still thinking that writing books was something only self-referential men and middle-aged women did, I read High Fidelity by Nick Hornby. It turned my thinking around and made me realise that there was a market for a younger, lighter, contemporary voice, and that it needed to be female. I started writing my first novel later that week.

5) Is there something on your bookshelves we’d be surprised to find there?

Quite the opposite, I think you’d find my bookshelves utterly predictable. Just piles and piles of page-turn-y contemporary fiction.

6) Tell me a funny/odd/interesting anecdote from a reading, or book signing.

This is very odd and I’m not sure particularly funny, but a girl once came to a signing holding my backlist and asked me to sign them all to her unborn children as she thought she was going to die young. It was a very strange thing to find myself doing.

7) What book are you reading right now, and why?

I am reading a book called We Are Called To Rise by an American writer called Laura McBride. It was sent to me as a proof by her UK publishers and I’m reading it because they did such a good job of making it sound like I’d be mad not to. I’m a quarter of the way through and so far I would say they were right.

8) Is there a book you re-read over and over?

No, I never reread. My reading pile is too big and tantalizing.

9) What book have you recommended most recently?

I think it would probably have been the only non-fiction I read last year which was Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe, a memoir of very funny letters from the nanny of a famous literary editor in London sent home to her sister in the Midlands in 1980. I’m not sure what an American reader would make of it, it’s very idiosyncratic and achingly British, but it warmed my heart and made me laugh an awful lot.

10) What book do you feel everyone should read?

If a reader has the gumption, I don’t think anyone should go their grave without trying a Charles Dickens.


Is there any question you would like to answer, dear readers of my blog?  

If I myself were to answer a question it would be #8.  

I do NOT re-read a book either.  

Why do that when there are so many awesome books out there waiting for me.  :)

THANKS for stopping by.



Lisa Jewell was born and raised in north London, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.  

She is the internationally bestselling author of ten previous novels, including The Making of Us and Before I Met You.  

Find out more at: 

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell is on sale August 12, 2014 

Content Courtesy of Atria Books

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My Favorite BEA Bag

I have been meaning to feature this bag on my blog ever since I came back from the BEA.

It is my favorite bag from the event because of the saying on it.

Now when I see someone without a book, I question their trust.  :)  

I am just kidding, but I do LOVE that saying.

What do you think about that TERRIFIC saying?

Monday, July 21, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - 7/21/14

I hope you had a great reading week.  
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. 


Books Completed Last Week:

LITTLE MERCIES by Heather Gudenkauf

This book is fantastic.  You will need some tissues, but it is oh so good.

Review is in the book's title. 

Have you read it?  What did you think? 


Book Currently Reading: 


If you want to read an amazing book, pick up THE MILL RIVER REDEMPTION.  

I finished this book on Sunday afternoon. Absolutely LOVED it.  Didn't want it to end. Terrific characters and storyline.

If I get the OK from the publisher to post my review before the publication date, I will have my review up on Tuesday, July 22.

Look at the cozy, heartwarming cover.  Don't you just love it?

Books Up Next:

THE WISHING TIDE by Barbara Davis.

DON'T TRY TO FIND ME by Holly  Brown



WOMAN OF ILL FAME by Erika Mailman


PERFECT by Rachel Joyce



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?  

I added some really good books to my queue the past two weeks.  I am excited!!  

Which ones do you have your eye on?