Friday, November 28, 2014

Book Beginnings - 11/28/2014


*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 THE SILENT SISTER.

"I never expected to lose nearly everyone I loved by the time I was twenty-five.  I felt the grief rise again as I parked in front of the small, nondescript post office in Pollocksville."




THE SILENT SISTER is another excellent read by Diane Chamberlain.

I just finished it but left it as my book beginning. My review is in the book's title.

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This is from a book I finished last week and wanted to share.
 
THE BRACELET by Dorothy Love.

THE BRACELET is set in Savannah during the 1800's and is a mystery.  You also get to share in the Southern charm of that time and see how the wealthy lived.

I finished THE BRACELET last night.  I always write my reviews as I read so my review was ready to go, and the link to my review is in the book's title above and at the top of the post.
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Book Blogger Hop - 11/28 - 12/4

 Question of the Week:

Do you visit the same blogs each week or do you branch out and try to find new blogs?

My Answer:

I basically visit the same blogs each week especially the ones on the memes.  I visit the same blogs because they enjoy reading the same genres I do, but I do make a point of finding other blogs and meeting new folks.

I actually think "birds of a feather flock together."  :) 

I try to find at least one new blog each week.  Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.  I enjoy seeing how others set up posts, and I also love to look at different blog designs.

Do you visit new blogs or the same ones all the time?








 






Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun - 11/28/14

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. Can you really____if you don't_____
  2. What are your thoughts about______
  3. Would you_____ if you could?
  4. Do you listen to____ or _____?

My Answers:

1.  Can you really be wealthy if you don't have a lot of money?  

2.  What are your thoughts about books that have a lot of characters to keep track of?

3.  Would you change how old you are if you could?

4.  Do you listen to books on tape or only read books? 






Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain


Three children...and ​then there were two.  All was hush, hush about how that happened, and Riley didn't find out why until after both her parents had passed away.

As Riley was cleaning out her parents' home, talking to different neighbors, and talking to folks her father had left things to in his will, she had her share of surprises and shocking revelations.

THE SILENT SISTER has twists that keep you turning the pages as you learn of  secrets that had been kept for years and secrets that only a few folks knew about. How could anyone keep a secret like that?  How could anyone live his/her entire life worrying that the secret might accidentally be revealed?

The characters were well developed, but a lot of them were unlikeable.  Riley was a likeable character because she had to deal with everything, and she was  the character that had to deal with these​ secrets alone.  Danny, her brother, was not likeable at all.  He was too unpredictable.  Riley's parents were not active characters and to me not likeable​, but they, especially her father, carried the storyline and its suspense. 

I always enjoy Ms. Chamberlain's books, and this was no exception.  THE SILENT SISTER is an intriguing read with a ​perfec​t ​​title and a storyline filled with riveting ​incidents that were divulged. 

The secrets, the betrayal, and the ending are superb.  Don't miss reading THE SILENT SISTER.  5/5

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



Monday, November 24, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - 11/24/14

   
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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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Books Completed Last Week:

THE BRACELET by Dorothy Love

I actually finished it on Thursday night last week.  It was quite good, and the cover is gorgeous.

Review is in the book's title.



Book Currently Reading: 

THE SILENT SISTER by Diane Chamberlain for a post sometime this week or early the following week.

 

I really enjoy her books.

Books Up Next:   

PASSING THROUGH PERFECT by Bette Lee Crosby for a January 6, 2015, post.




 
THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES by Sally Hepworth for a February 10, 2015, post.





THE POCKET WIFE by Susan Crawford for a March 17, 2015, post.


The author told a friend of mine how she got the title for her book, and I love it.  Can't wait to read THE POCKET WIFE.

TAHOE GHOST by Todd Borg



HIGH SEAS DARKNESS by Burr B. Anderson

THREE STORY HOUSE by Courtney Miller Santo


GARDEN OF LETTERS by Alyson Richman





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?