Friday, January 20, 2017

Book Beginnings - 1/20/2017

*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. 
My book beginnings is taken from TRAVELING LIGHT by Lynne Branard:

"The only thing I remember about Mama was how she was always moving.  Years before the small tumor grew, the mania finally linked to the cancer in her brain, Mama never stopped moving.  I think it wore Daddy out, but I loved it.

I have been sick this entire week and unfortunately haven't had a chance to read one page of this book.   
Book Finished the last two weeks:

THE ALMOST SISTERS by Joshilyn Jackson

LOVED the book.

Thought the publication date was in February, but it is July 11.  :)

LEOPARD AT THE DOOR by Jennifer McVeigh 

Review is in the book's title. 
Beautiful book, beautiful writing. 


Book Blogger Hop - 1/20 - 1/26

Question of the Week:

What was the one time you thought the movie was better than the book? (submitted by Tomi @ A Bookworm's Guide To Life)  

My Answer: 

I normally do not watch movies, but I did like THE BOOK THIEF better as a movie.

I thought the book was quite intense and difficult to read for being YA.

Friendly Fill-Ins - 1/20/2017
Friday Fill-Ins

1. ___makes me feel old.

2.___makes me feel young.

3. I have           .
4.          is        .
My Answers:

1. Nothing actually makes me feel old.  I think my age group should be proud that we can fit into the new electronic era.  :)

2.  Knowing how to use social media makes me feel young and in tune.

3.  I have seven siblings for a total of eight.  We have four boys and four girls.

4. Age is a simply a number.  :) 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh

Can you really ​come back home?  Is it always the same or always changed?

Rachel was returning to her childhood home after being in England for six years and living with her maternal grandparents for schooling after her mother had passed away.

Rachel always loved her home in Africa, but coming back didn't seem like the right choice after she met her father's live-in companion, Sara, and with all the upheaval ​and Mau Mau Rebellion.  Sara was not like her sweet, caring mother, and Rachel didn't agree with her father's plan to move all the people who lived and worked on their land to reserves.

We follow Rachel as she fights with her own thoughts about what is right and what is wrong since she returned.

Ms. McVeigh's ​exquisite, vivid​ descriptions of the land and its people of Africa draw you into the book ​as you are mesmerized ​by the lifestyle and landscape.  Her research is marvelous.​ 

The historical aspect was frightening and quite tense as the book neared its ending.  The personal life of Rachel took a turn at the end making me think about how life really does change and wondering if life is ever the same after circumstances fill one's life.
​LEOPARD AT THE DOOR is a story of love, secrets, and believing in your decisions and standing by them.  Rachel has a secret that she has kept since her childhood and worries what will happen to her and the person the secret is about if the secret is found out.

LEOPARD AT THE DOOR is a powerful, beautifully crafted book ​that will stay with you and have you looking up facts about the Mau Mau Rebellion.  

LEOPARD AT THE DOOR is recommended for anyone who enjoys a book that pulls at your heart strings, teaches you history, has extraordinary detail, and loves a writing style that is thoroughly absorbing and impeccable.  5/5

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

Monday, January 16, 2017

It's Monday! What Are YOU Reading? - 1/16/2017
I hope you had a great reading week.  
This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

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

Books Completed the last three weeks:

ALMOST SISTERS by Joshilyn Jackson

Loved the book...charming Southern characters with a grandmother who has a secret.  :)

LEOPARD AT THE DOOR by Jennifer McVeigh - review will be tomorrow, January 17.

Marvelous writing...a mesmerizing story.
Review is in the book's title.

Book Currently Reading:

TRAVELING LIGHT by Lynne Branard

Giveaway still going on until January 19.

Enter here.

Books Up Next:

LAND OF HIDDEN FIRES by Kirk Kjeldsen - Review will be on April 4, 2017.
THE BOOK OF SUMMER by Michelle Gable - review will be on May 9, 2017.

How was your reading week?

THANKS for stopping. 

Mailbox Monday - 1/16/2017

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week.

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.
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 administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree 
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit
Martha of Reviews By Martha's Bookshelf

THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive.
I hope you had a good mailbox.

My mailbox was lean again.
On Saturday, January 14, I received:

1.  LAND OF HIDDEN FIRES by Kirk Kjeldsen, courtesy of the author.


I made it to the Finish Line!!

Had fun visiting other blogs, chatting on Twitter, and finishing my list.

Looking forward to the Spring Bloggiesta. 
You can find information about the Mini Bloggiesta here.

Here is my list...The first three were done when I first posted, but then added more as I looked at other blogs.  :)

1.  Updated and added headers to my side bar.

2.  Changed the layout order in my side bar.

3. Updated my Profile.

4. Backed Up My Blog thanks to Stephanie at Cover2CoverBlog - THANKS VERY MUCH.

5.  Just added this task to the list and finished this to my weekly notebook:  Made my list of my upcoming blog posts for this week so I don't forget giveaways and reviews that need to be addressed.

6.  Question:  I want to see if I can find out why at times Blogger puts so many spaces between the lines of my paragraphs/sentences.

If anyone knows, please let me know.

Looking forward to the fun and learning new things.
If you do not know about the Banner Fans site, look here.

It is a bit confusing at first, but I figured it out.

 I love the site to make my banners.