Friday, October 24, 2014

Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun - 10/24/14

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. Tomorrow I am ____ with____
  2. Does anyone live in ____ if so_____
  3. People sometimes ________
  4. It is okay _________

My Answers:
1.  Tomorrow I am spending the day with my mom who had a stroke in January.  My brothers and sisters take turns during the week and the weekends to care for her.

2.  Does anyone live in Pennsylvania, if so which side of the state?

3.  People sometimes just don't get it.

4.  It is okay to be angry about something when you are getting a raw deal.
 







Book Beginnings - 10/24/2014


*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 comes from CATTLE KATE by Jana Bommersbach.

"I never thought I'd die like this.  There's a bucketful of ways I could go.  Snake bite.  Thrown by Goldie.  Shot by a cowboy. Trampled by a steer. Freeze to death. Drown in the river. Come down sick.  Maybe an Indian attack, but this is already 1889 and I think the fight has been beat out of them."

It is a true story, and I enjoyed it.  My review is in the book's title.  

I just finished it today so I am still using it for my book beginnings.  :)



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Books From The Last Two Weeks that I wanted to share.  

My review will be up on October 30 for a tour with the publisher.  It is great historical fiction, but a bit slow.  It is sad too, but I enjoyed the book.

My review is on Goodreads and Amazon if you want to see it now.



THE WONDER OF ALL THINGS by Jason Mott.




Not the greatest book, but not bad.  Review is in the book's title.

CROOKED RIVER by Valerie Geary

I LOVED this book...read it if you can. 
 
Review is in the book's title.
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What are you reading that you can't keep to yourself?  :)

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Halloween Edition of The Book Blogger Hop - 10/24 - 10/30


Question of the Week:

You accidentally unleashed ghouls from a novel and they are now running amok. What fictional hero (book or film) would you like to help you defeat the ghouls?

My Answer:

Oh dear...I am awful answering these Halloween questions, Billy.  Jeepers.

I don't know any ghouls to help defeat the ghouls.  I don't read this genre.

Do you have any ghouls to help you?








Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cattle Kate by Jana Bommersbach


Westward Ho!!

Cattle Kate was a delicately raised rule follower, but she had to break away, and break away she did.

Ella Watson's story is creatively told and keeps your interest from the first page.  "Taming" the west really wasn't for women was it?  ​Even though it may not have been for women, homesteading is what Ella did, and what left Ella hanging from a rope at the ripe old age of 29.

I really did enjoy CATTLE KATE. Ms. Bommersbach did a great deal of research and turned ​her research into quite a fascinating​, splendid​ book. The ending pages document dates and times​, and these are even categorized in an organized, unique way with wonderful detail.

Learning about the West and how the Wyoming Territory became settled will keep you turning the pages and wanting to find out how Ellla actually lived and what turned people against her and her husband.

​If you like fiction at its best, don't miss reading CATTLE KATE.  You will get a little bit of everything to appreciate and delight in.  4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.​


Monday, October 20, 2014

Mailbox Monday - 10/20/14


 
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do).    

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, has a permanent home now at Mailbox Monday.


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Every week Mailbox Monday will have a new linky posted for our Mailbox Monday links at Marcia's Mailbox Monday blog.

Here’s a shout out to the new administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree 
Vicki of I’d Rather Be at the Beach
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit 

THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive. 

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I hope you had a good mailbox.  

There is a giveaway on my blog for TWO e-books - The Labryinth House if you want to stop by. 

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On Tuesday, October 14, I received:

1. CATTLE KATE by Jana Bommersbach, courtesy of Tiffany White of Poisoned Pen Press.
On Wednesday, October 15, I received:

1.  THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES by Sally Hepworth, courtesy of Katie Bassel of St. Martin's Press.



2.  THE PARIS WINTER by Imogen  Robertson, courtesy of Joan Higgins of St. Martin's Press.


3.  MIRACLE IN DRY SEASON by Sarah Loudin Thomas, courtesy of Stacey Theesfield of Baker Publishing Group.


I won twelve copies of this book for my book club.  :) 
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 How about your mailbox?   

Any titles in your mailbox that you were excited about seeing?
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - 10/20/14

   
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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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There is a giveaway on my blog for TWO e-books - The Labryinth House if you want to stop by.  

Books Completed Last Week:

THE WONDER OF ALL THINGS by Jason Mott



I wasn't that impressed with the book.  The writing is excellent, but the topic wasn't my favorite.  

Review is in the book's title.




AN UNSEEMINGLY WIFE by E. B. Moore


An interesting read, beautiful writing, unforgettable characters, but just a bit slow.  I enjoyed this book.  

Review will be up on October for a tour by the publisher.  Stop back.  It is on Goodreads at this time if you care to stop there.


Book Currently Reading: 

CATTLE KATE by Jana Bommersbach

Books Up Next:


WHAT THE LADY WANTS by Renee Rosen

THE PARIS WINTER by Imogen Robertson






DIE I WILL NOT by S. K. Rizzolo



HIGH SEAS DARKNESS by Burr B. Anderson


THREE STORY HOUSE by Courtney Miller Santo

GARDEN OF LETTERS by Alyson Richman


TAHOE GHOST by Todd Borg



THE BEEKEEPER'S BALL by Susan Wiggs



NATCHEZ BURNING by Greg Isles

MADAME PICASSO by Anne Girard


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?