Friday, August 28, 2015

Book Beginnings - 8/28/15

*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. 

My book beginnings is taken from SUMMER AT HIDEAWAY KEY by Barbara Davis.

"Lily barely registered the sound of her own name being spoken, jumbled together with a lot of legalese.  The lawyer was doing his thing, parceling out her father's worldly goods like door prizes at an Amway rally - stocks, bonds, corporate holdings.  She didn't care.  Not about those things."

Love Ms. Davis's books.  

THE WISHING TIDE is a favorite of mine.  Review is in the book's title.
I finished these books the last two weeks.

WATER FROM MY HEART by Charles Martin.

Review is in the book's title.

I enjoy Charles Martin's books.


A CURIOUS BEGINNING by Deanna Raybourn.

It is a good mystery with odd characters.  :)  My review will be up on September 30.


It was a good mystery with revelations that will surprise you.

My review will be up on August 31.

What are you reading or what have you read?

Book Blogger Hop - 8/28 - 9/3

 Question of the Week:

What time of the year does your library have its library sale?

My Answer:

Our library has its sale in July every year.

We haven't been getting as many donations as in previous years, but we still have quite a few books.

Isn't it amazing how many books are out and how many you still haven't read?  :)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Water From My Heart by Charles Martin

Charlie Finn had an unusual childhood and a very unique rest of his life.

Charlie played poker, went to Harvard, had a job that ​paid well but ​was a job​ that cost him the woman he loved, and then had another job that gave him a family but also danger.

WATER FROM MY HEART was a bit confusing at first because more than one story was going on.  It started to come together around Page 100 or so.

​We follow Charlie as WATER FROM MY HEART goes back and forth from past to present.  I liked Charlie despite some of the things he did in his life and despite the decisions he made that ruined lives as well as saved and touched lives.

WATER FROM MY HEART was a book about loss, life​​, decisions, and regrets.  

You will learn what the title means and see a redemption in Charlie. The ending was heartwarming.

I have read another book by Charles Martin that I thoroughly enjoyed...UNWRITTEN.  4/5

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

Review and Giveaway of Dead Money Run by J. Frank James

Fifteen million dollars, fifteen years in prison, a murdered sister, and lots of bodies.

The day he got out of prison is when it all started.

Lou Malloy, now known as John Addams, is released from prison and goes on a killing spree as he looks for the money he hid and for his sister's killer.

Lou meets Hilary Kelly, and they team up​ with both of them doing the investigating and with Lou doing the killing.  We meet many unique characters.

DEAD MONEY RUN was fast-paced but a bit unbelievable how John acquired guns, found information, and always managed to get rid of people that were after him.

​I definitely wouldn't want to be on Lou Malloy's ​"​list.​"​  :)​  He had no qualms about maiming or killing people.​  There is a lot of gore.

​As DEAD MONEY RUN continued, Lou found out that his sister may have been killed for more than the money he stole, and she may have been involved in other things.

DEAD MONEY RUN wasn't gripping, but is a read that will keep you wondering where the search will lead and who else is involved in following and trying to kill Lou ​and Hilary and what the motives of these people are.  The ending was tense and quite good.

DEAD MONEY RUN needs a bit of polishing up in the believability factor, but I did enjoy ​DEAD MONEY RUN.  We have to realize, though, that it is a book and not real life, right?

Mr. James knows how to tell a good tale and keep you interested.   4/5

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


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Book Case Quilt

I attended the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Maryland this past weekend.

Look what I found in the quilt competition.  Isn't it wonderful?

This quilt won a Blue Ribbon.

I know nothing about quilting and asked if the quilter designed or embroidered the books, and the answer was the books were material added to the quilt.

I thought everyone would enjoy seeing this.

Monday, August 24, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - 8/24/15

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:

A CURIOUS BEGINNING by Deanna Raybourn.

Review and Giveaway will go live on September 30.

It was a mystery.  Different but good.

THE SECRETS OF LAKE ROAD for an August 31 post.
 It was a good mystery.

Book Currently Reading:

WATER FROM MY HEART by Charles Martin.

Books Up Next:




THE AXEMAN by Ray Celestin for a September 1 post.


THE PARIS KEY by Juliet Blackwell.

THE FALL OF PRINCES by Robert Goolrick.


THE LAST SEPTEMBER by Nina De Gramont.

HOUSE OF THIEVES by Charles Belfoure.

PRETENDING TO DANCE by Diane Chamberlain.



THE MURALIST by B. A. Shapiro.

THREE STORY HOUSE by Courtney Miller Santo

GARDEN OF LETTERS by Alyson Richman




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 2015 and 2016.

The "list" is a means of keeping me organized.

A visual display helps a lot for organization along with my Excel list. 

How was your reading week?