Sunday, December 16, 2018

New Authors for You?


I am surprised how many new authors I have read this year.

It looks like almost half of the books I read are new authors.😊

What about you?  Any new authors for you?
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Sofia Lundberg
Jessica Barry
Kristyn Kusek Lewis
Karen Odden
Nicholas Bundock
Natasha Solomons
Kate Fulford
T. M. Logan
Stephanie Butland
Sofia Grant
Zoje Stage
Susie Orman Schnall
Liz Nugent
Kristina McMorris
Sandi Jones
Louise Candlish
K. S. R. Burns
Cristina Alger
Simone St. James
Julie Maloney
Mary Kay Andrews

Saturday, December 15, 2018

First Book of the Year


Are you joining Shelia at Book Journey for her annual FIRST BOOK OF THE YEAR fun?

Stop by this link to join in.


You have until December 31 to let her know, but the sooner the better.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Books by Fiona Davis


I absolutely LOVE her books. 

Looking forward to her newest.

Which ones have you read?

A Month of Faves - 12/14/2018


Join hosts  GirlxoxoTraveling with T and Estella’s Revenge for their annual #AMonthofFaves blog event – a fun way to recap the year that was. 

They have every day of the event (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) planned out for the participants, so you can join in anytime. 

There will also be a link-up on all their blogs – put a link to your post so that they can stop by each and every post to leave comments, high fives, good vibes and well wishes. 

Stop by one of the host's blogs for the statements if you want to join in.

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It's DAY #6 - December 14
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Fri. | Dec. 14 – #AMonthofFaves On Our Holiday Wishlist – There’s nothing wrong with putting what you want out in the universe. So share! What’s on your list – whether you’re hoping for it now, or saving to get it later.
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Okay, this is going to sound CRAZY, but I actually have nothing on my wish list.
I honestly buy whatever I want throughout the year.
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What I did buy this year were some new exercise clothes and an iPad Pro.

I LOVE the iPad.  It really is a time saver and allows me to more easily use social media.
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Book Beginnings - 12/14/2018


*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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My Book Beginnings is taken from NO EXIT by Taylor Adams:


"Darby Thorne was six miles up Backbone Pass when her windshield wiper broke, and that bass-baritone voice was just kicking into the second chorus.  It was official:  he'd be getting his white Christmas."

WOW!!  If you like thrillers, do NOT miss this book.
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Book Blogger Hop - 12/14 -12/20


Question of the Week:

Do you listen to music while you are writing your blog posts? If so, what genre of music do you listen to? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

My Answer:

I do not listen to music while writing my blog posts. 

I normally do not listen to music in the car either. 

If I do listen to anything while writing my blog posts or in the car, it more than likely would be an audio book.

Friendly Fill-Ins - 12/14/2018

http://mcguffysreader.blogspot.com/2016/06/fill-in-statements-week-4.html
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FRIENDLY FILL-INS:

1. I really need to ___.

2. My favorite Christmas ( or Hanukkah) decoration is ___.


3. It's beginning to look a lot like ___.

4. This time of year, I eat my fair share of ____.

MY ANSWERS:
1. I really need to read my book instead of talking on the phone.

2.  My favorite Christmas (or Hanukkah) decoration is the wreath on my door.

3.  It's beginning to look a lot like family will be arriving.

4.  This time of year, I eat my fair share of bread.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Favorite June Reads of 2018



Today’s Prompt:  Favorite June Reads of 2018

Thanks to these Instagrammers for this post prompt idea.  Stop by and visit them if you are on Instagram.
#OurYearinBooks18

@agnesnutter_witch

@fondofbooks1

@ilovebookshelves

@rainbowsandparachutes
THREE DAYS MISSING by Kimberly Belle
https://bit.ly/2Sx65Uv

THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP by Stephanie Butland
https://bit.ly/2rhcW8V

BOARDWALK SUMMER by Meredith Jaeger
https://bit.ly/2U5ufHb

DREAMS OF FALLING by Karen White
 https://bit.ly/2EljziW
Do YOU have any favorite June Reads?

Books With The Word SISTER In The Title

Can you name other books you have read with SISTER in the title?

I have read all of these books and enjoyed them.  All are reviewed on my blog.


THE WEDNESDAY SISTERS was from the library.


I had a copy of THE WEIRD SISTERS, but shared it with many folks and don’t know where it is.  


At least many readers enjoyed it. 😊

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Favorite Reads of May 2018

Today’s Prompt:  Favorite Reads of May

Thanks for these Instagrammers for this post prompt idea.  Stop by and visit them if you are on Instagram.

#OurYearinBooks18
@agnesnutter_witch
@fondofbooks1
@ilovebookshelves
@rainbowsandparachutes

LYING IN WAIT by Liz Nugent


BEACH HOUSE REUNION by Mary Alice Monroe


THE HIGH TIDE CLUB by Mary Alice Monroe


THE WAY OF BEAUTY by Camille Di Maio


A Month of Faves - 12/12/2918


Join hosts  GirlxoxoTraveling with T and Estella’s Revenge for their annual #AMonthofFaves blog event – a fun way to recap the year that was. 

They have every day of the event (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) planned out for the participants, so you can join in anytime. 

There will also be a link-up on all their blogs – put a link to your post so that they can stop by each and every post to leave comments, high fives, good vibes and well wishes. 

Stop by one of the host's blogs for the statements if you want to join in.

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It's DAY #5 - December 12
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WED. | Dec 12 – #AMonthofFaves Routines, Habits and Changes. What Worked this Year and/or What Didn’t. What habits, routines or rituals worked for you this year – either something you kept doing – or something new that you started. What did you try that didn’t work … or what did you used to do that no longer works for you.
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Habits and Routines:

I start my day by posting on Facebook, Instagram, and Litsy.  I use my iPad for this.

I then check my e-mail - I like the computer for checking e-mail.

I check my blog on my computer and write posts if necessary.  The computer works better for my blog.

I LOVE the iPad Pro.  It is the best purchase I have ever made.  I have an external, bluetooth keyboard that makes the iPad even easier to use and more productive. 

Not fun typing directly on the iPad with two fingers.  I was a typing teacher, and that really is annoying to not have a keyboard to type on. My external keyboard works perfectly.  :)

I have an Apple keyboard that was a gift and I know expensive, but I also bought a reasonably priced keyboard at Walmart that works just as well.  It was $20.  :)

I answer comments and comment on posts throughout the day on social media and on my blog.  I can easily answer comments on my blog from the iPad, but posts need to be done on the computer. 

I read in the afternoon and evening.

Do you have some habits to share?
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What Worked:

My routines and reading time have worked well this year.

I keep calendars online as well as a printed list with books that are scheduled for review. I also keep a written calendar for ideas for daily posts on social media as well as on my blog.

I have ALWAYS been organized, but I seem to have become even more organized this year.

My online calendar is https://www.brownbearsw.com/

I really like the online calendar because I have the entire year and the following year easily accessible. I color code the reviews so I know which ones have been read and which ones need to be read.

And - you know how the calendar quickly fills up with books for review.

What do you do and use for organizing?
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Something New and Something That Didn't Work:

I actually haven't done too much of anything new because my routine and my organizing works well for me.

I hope to see some new ideas that I MIGHT try.  :)  Too old to change too much!!  And a creature of habit.  :)
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

 
Storytelling at the Swan is the favorite past time of the crowd and the reason so many men stop by for their drinks.

One night the storytelling became real when a man who had been hurt and a small girl who appeared as if she had drowned fell through the inn’s front door.

Then a miracle happened....the girl came alive again.  The townspeople and their storytelling ways had many questions, and some thought the girl was one of their own who had passed.

We follow the characters as they try to interpret what happened as we are treated to Ms. Setterfield’s beautiful, poetic, descriptive style. 

And...we can’t forget the character, the Thames River....it is a part of everyone’s lives and what  the story line revolves around.

The ending of each character’s story made the statement....”Something is going to happen,” and something definitely did.  


ONCE UPON A RIVER beautifully and slowly unfolded as the mystery of the little girl was revealed and as we learn about the lives of the characters.

If you enjoy a Gothic theme, and a story line with intriguing as well as odd characters, ONCE UPON A RIVER should be a book you will enjoy.  


I do have to say it was a bit long, but Ms. Setterfield's marvelous storytelling skills make you want it to go on even longer especially once the mystery is revealed and you find out more about the characters.  4/5

This book was given to me free of charge by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, December 10, 2018

A Month of Faves - 12/10/2018

Join hosts  GirlxoxoTraveling with T and Estella’s Revenge for their annual #AMonthofFaves blog event – a fun way to recap the year that was. 

They have every day of the event (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) planned out for the participants, so you can join in anytime. 

There will also be a link-up on all their blogs – put a link to your post so that they can stop by each and every post to leave comments, high fives, good vibes and well wishes. 

Stop by one of the host's blogs for the statements if you want to join in.

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It's DAY #4 - December 10
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MON. Dec. 10 – A Day (or Weekend) in the Life. What did you do on Saturday, December 8th … or that weekend – December 8-9. Let’s take a peak into each others lives as as we chronicle what we all did on that day (or during the weekend).
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My son was home since he can't be here for Christmas.
We had a lovely early Christmas visit and dinner.

It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 12/10/2018

 http://bookdate.blogspot.com/
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I hope you had a great reading week.  
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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.
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Books Completed:

AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sara Pekkanen - review will be on January 9, 2019 - finished on December 4.

WOW!!  Have you read it yet?

Much better than their first book. 

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SHE LIES IN WAIT by Gytha Lodge - review will be on January 8, 2019 - finished on November 30.

 

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ANNELIES by David R. Gillham - review will be on January 15, 2019 - finished on November 24.

The premise involves Anne Frank.  :) Sounds VERY good.

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WATCHING YOU by Lisa Jewell - review will be on December 26 - finished on November 15.

If you enjoy Lisa Jewell's books, you won't want to miss her latest.


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FREEFALL by Jessica Barry - review will be on January 3, 2019 - finished on November 9.


 
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THE RED ADDRESS BOOK by Sofia Lundberg - review will be on January 2, 2019 - finished on November 6.

I absolutely LOVED this book.

It was a beautiful, beautiful read.  

EVERYONE needs to read this book.

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HALF OF WHAT YOU HEAR by Krystin Kusek Lewis - review will be on December 31 - finished on November 3.

 
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ONCE UPON A RIVER by Diane Setterfield - review will be on December 11 - finished on October 24.

 
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Book Currently Reading:

THE AU PAIR by Emma Rous - review will be on January 10, 2019.


 

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Books Up Next:


NO EXIT by Taylor Adams - review will be on January 14, 2019.

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THE WARTIME SISTERS by Lynda Cohen Logiman - review will be on January 22, 2019.



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I INVITED HER IN by Adel Parksn - review will be on February 1, 2019. 

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THE LOST GIRLS OF PARIS by Pam Jenoff - review will be on February 4, 2019.



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FORGET YOU KNOW ME by Jessica Strawser - review will be on February 5, 2019.

 

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THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER by Kaira Rouda - review will be on February 14, 2019. 

Cover revealed on October 3, 2018. 




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THE LAST ROMANTICS - review will be on February 19, 2019.



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WOMAN 99 by Greer MacAllister - review will be in March 5, 2019.



No data base photo yet, but the publisher is Sourcebooks.




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THE LAST YEAR OF THE WAR by Susan Meissner - review will be on March 14, 2019.


 

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BEAUTIFUL BAD by Annie Ward - review will be on March 19, 2019.


 

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WHEN WE LEFT CUBA by Chanel Cleeton - review will be on  April 8, 2019.

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THE BOOKSHOP OF THE BROKEN HEARTED by - review will be on April 9, 2019.

 
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LITTLE DARLINGS by Melanie Golding - review will be on April 30, 2019.


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THE SEVEN OR EIGHT DEATHS OF STELLA FORTUNA by Juliet Grames - review will be on May 7, 2019.
 
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WHAT LIES BELOW by Barbara Taylor Sissel - review will be on May 23, 2019.

 
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