Friday, April 17, 2015

Book Beginnings - 4/17/15

*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 comes from LAST NIGHT AT THE BLUE ANGEL by Rebecca Rotert.
"Mother is a singer.  I live in her dark margin.  For the first ten years of my life, I watch her from the wings.  She just started working here a few months back. A club called the Blue Angel."

I am on Page 100...pretty good read.
Finished this book last week, but the review won't be up until May 19.

LITTLE BLACK LIES by Sharon Bolton.
LITTLE BLACK LIES is engrossing.  It is a thriller.

My review will be up on May 19.  

I also finished THE CAKE THERAPIST.


An excerpt from my review is below:

If you want a "sweet" read that has love, family, sharing, and just darn good feelings in it, read THE CAKE THERAPIST.  

You won't be disappointed, and you will be running to your nearest bakery to get some sweet treats and perhaps trying to figure out if you are chocolate and raspberry or blueberry and lemon.
My review will be on June 2.   

I really enjoyed THE CAKE THERAPIST.

What are you reading?

Book Blogger Hop - 4/17 - 4/23

 Question of the Week:

Ending a book I loved is sad and beginning a new one is apprehensive for me. What about you?

My Answer:

When I finish a book I loved, I can't get the characters out of my mind and think about them for at least a week or so.

I wonder what they are doing or what they would have done had the book continued.

Beginning a new book after a great read is always difficult until you get to about Page 50 and become acquainted with the new characters and story.

How do you feel in these situations?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The #the100dayproject - Are You Joining In The Fun?


Over on Instagram, there’s a #the100dayproject where users are challenged to do a project of their choosing for 100 consecutive days. 

Atria Books is joining the challenge by pulling one line from page 100 of a different book.

Follow along by following @Atriabooks on Instagram!

Here’s Day’s 1 challenge: 

Atria Books' first line comes from Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times bestselling author of CONFESS.

day1confess - #100daychallenge

Send Atria Books your Instagram links if you plan on joining, and Atria Books will follow you!

Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun - 4/17/15

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. If I _______________I'd change ____________
  2. I'd rather __________ somewhere than ___________
  3. Seeing_____ makes me_______.
  4. Could you still______ after___
My Answers:
1.  If I could read faster, I'd change a lot in my life.

2.  I'd rather read somewhere than go to a movie.

3.  Seeing shelves and shelves of books makes me happy.

4.  Could you still read a book after you heard bad things about it?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


“Guess the Desk” 
This author, shares her own beautiful—and enviable writing area! With the streaming light hitting the desk, how could you not envy the life of a writer, as you are bathed in the warm sun?

Nicole desk side view

Guess whose BEAUTIFUL desk this is and win a copy of her book.

The answer is pretty obvious as you continue to read this post.  :)

Soooo...simply enter for a chance to win.
Entry form is at the bottom of this post.
This desk gives us insight into her own life, as trinkets scatter the table: An “N,” a computer case from a Liberian cement bag, rocks from a beach in British Columbia (“our home for six years”), a globe from 1950…

Nicole desktop view


Nicole Baart author photo

Nicole Baart is the mother of four children from four different countries. The co-founder of a non-profit organization, One Body One Hope, she lives in a small town in Iowa. She is the author of seven previous novels, including, most recently, Sleeping in Eden. Find out more at

Beautiful Daughters cover image
 The Beautiful Daughters by Nicole Baart

Atria Books | 352 pages | ISBN 978-1-4391-9738-7 | April 28, 2015 | $16.00

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Quebec City and A Louise Penny Tour

My son and I visited Quebec City this past weekend with our weekend ending with a very informative Louise Penny Tour featuring her book, BURY YOUR DEAD.

What a beautiful city and what lovely people.  French is the main language spoken, but if you do not speak French, no worries.  Everyone begins speaking to you in French, but when they realize you do not speak their native language, they immediately begin speaking to you in perfect, fluent English.

Quebec City is very quaint, and you will think you are in Europe.

We stayed in a beautiful hotel, Le Chateau Frontenac, and the second day we were there the weather cooperated with a balmy 60 degrees.  There were still remnants of snow on most streets, though.  They had gotten 11 feet of snow over the course of the past winter.

Here is a view from our hotel room. The St. Lawrence River is in the foreground with the melting ice moving at a rapid pace.  The ice is something tourists come to see.

We also attended Sunday mass at Notre Dame de Quebec which was a bit of a challenge since it was in French.  :)

Moving on to the Louis Penny tour.  We had a fantastic tour guide named Francois who spoke PERFECT English even though his native language as all of Quebec City is French.

He was an excellent guide and took us on a tour to the different places in Louise Penny's book, BURY YOUR DEAD.  Francois gave us very informative background facts about the city as well as Louise Penny and showed us all the places she used in the city for scenes in her book.  She actually lived in Quebec City for a few months to do her research.

The best part of the tour was the library that Louise Penny used as the place where the body was found in her book, BURY YOUR DEAD.

The plaque below is on the outside wall of the library.

Here is a photo of my son and I in the library that houses books which are all surprisingly in English.  All books are able to be checked out. Isn't the library beautiful?

A few photos we snapped while in the library.  The "old" books were encased in glass book cases, and were not able to be checked out of the system.,_1st_Baronet

I hope you get to visit Quebec City some day, and I hope you enjoy your visit as much as we did.

Quebec City has a European flair, but with a much shorter plane ride for a nice getaway.  :)



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