Saturday, August 31, 2019

Books Read in August


I had a good August....what about YOU?

THIS TENDER LAND - review 9/3


THE WORDS BETWEEN US - review 9/6


Happy September Reading!!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Favorite August Reads

I read seven books this month, but these are my favorites:

THE SEABREEZE INN by Jan Moran


THIS TENDER LAND by William Kent Krueger - review will be on 9/3

Have you read any of these books?

What were YOUR favorite August reads?

Book Blogger Hop - 8/30/2019



Question of the Week:

Have you ever enjoyed the same book in two or more formats (print, ebook, or audiobook)? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)

My Answer:

I actually only read one format of a book at the same time, but I do have a few e-books and print copies of the same book.

Friendly Fill-Ins - 8/30/2019

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

1. My favorite Peanuts character is ______.

2. I knew I was no longer a child when ____.

3. I was shocked when I learned that ___.

4. I always feel frustrated when I try to ____.

MY ANSWERS:

1.  My favorite Peanuts character is Snoopy.

2.  I knew I was no longer a child when I was entrusted to watch my baby sister.

3.  I was shocked when I learned that there was no Santa Claus.

4.  I always feel frustrated when I try to fall asleep and I can't.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Versions of Her by Andrea Lochen

 
A secret door covered by a tapestry that Kelsey and her sister Melanie were never allowed to move when they were children held and hid secrets of its own.

The secret door allowed Kelsey and Melanie to see their mother’s life and to see her secrets, heartaches, and feelings that they never knew about.


I’m not sure how I would feel if I could see what my mother’s life had been like, but it would be quite interesting.
 
The current problem now that they found this door, though, was that Kelsey and Melanie had to decide whether or not to sell their family’s lake house or keep it.  


Selling it meant the memories would be gone forever. Keeping it would preserve the memories but also incur expensive upkeep.  Melanie was all for selling the house, but Kelsey was not in favor of selling it.

I enjoyed learning about the cottage and the memories associated with it and finding the portal for time travel.  It also had me wondering if time travel like this was actually possible because
time traveling through the portal seemed real.
 
This was a creative premise for a book and a book that also addressed sibling rivalry as well as sibling closeness. 
 

VERSIONS OF HER was a cozy, nostalgic, heartfelt, and at times heartbreaking read.  You will need tissues.

Women’s fiction fans will adore this book.  

Readers will experience family, love, and a light, yet thought-provoking read.  5/5

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

FEATURING Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase

 
What secrets does Black Rabbit Hall hold, and will Lorna find out what the secrets of the Alton family are as she explores the Alton's summer home?

BLACK RABBIT HALL was a family saga with hints of foreboding as you turned each page. 
  
BLACK RABBIT HALL had marvelous characters that were loving and endearing and of course there was a villain who ruined it all.

 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Spotlight and Giveaway of The Passengers by John Marrs



Celebrating 
The Release Of:

THE PASSENGERS
BY 
JOHN MARRS

With a USA Giveaway!!
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Information in this post is courtesy of Loren Jaggers of Penguin Random House.

THE PASSENGERS sounds VERY intense.
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Set in the not-too-distant future, automated cars are now the norm. Several years into their implementation, on a seemingly average day, eight people get into their self-driving cars. Suddenly on their journey, the doors lock and the pre-determined route changes. The riders have lost all control. A mysterious voice tells them, “You are going to die.” 

What follows is a gripping thriller that examines the effects of social media, mob mentality, money in politics, privacy, and more. It’s been described as an episode of Black Mirror meets Agatha Christie by way of Speed and I’d love to know if you might be able cover it in any way.
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PRAISE FOR THE PASSENGERS:
 “THE PASSENGERS is a 1970s disaster movie by way of Black Mirror, with an added dash of technology-gone-wrong straight out of Michael Crichton….If you’re looking for a sleek, exhilarating ride, look no further.”— Financial Times 

“One can almost hear the Hollywood music in the background as the action unfolds; the plot twists are truly gripping….Summer blockbuster entertainment at its best.”— Kirkus Reviews 

“[THE PASSENGERS’s] strength lies in its well-developed characters and in its exploration of issues such as the growing role of AI, mob psychology, and the ethics of who gets to decide who lives or dies.”— Publishers Weekly 

“Marrs excels at thrilling readers by creating a real sense of tension and delivering a believable, harsh criticism of modern society through this dark and entertaining story.” —Los Angeles Times
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ABOUT THE PASSENGERS:


The headlines have made it known:  driverless cars are coming. And soon. As author John Marrs has put it:  “Whether we like it or not, there are arriving soon.

Within the next decade, we will be sitting in the front seats of our vehicles with a flat dashboard containing no steering wheel, and below us, no brakes. We will be in the hands of an operating system that we cannot touch and that we cannot see. It will be making life or death decisions for us. But what if that artificial intelligence could be compromised? What if it is hacked and something – or someone – other than the OS is controlling our destiny?”

Marrs takes that idea and hits full speed in THE PASSENGERS. In it, the British government has mandated all cars be automated. Several years into their implementation, on a seemingly average day, eight people get into their self-driving cars. Suddenly on their journey, the doors lock and the pre-determined route changes. The riders have lost all control. A mysterious voice tells them, “You are going to die.”

 These passengers—an aging actress, a pregnant young woman, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife, and a suicidal man—are panicked. From cameras hidden in their cars, their frantic pleas for help are broadcast to millions of people around the world. The public will show their true colors when they are asked, "Which of these people should we save? Who should we kill first?”

The passengers desperately plead for the lives and sell themselves to the cameras blasting this onto social media. But it soon becomes apparent most of these passengers haven’t been picked randomly. They are all hiding secrets that, once revealed, could be the difference between life and death for each of them.  
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
PHOTO CREDIT:  Robert Gershinson

John Marrs is the author of The One which is being made into a 10-part Netflix series, The Good Samaritan, Her Last Move, When You Disappeared, and Welcome to Whever You Are. 

Until recently, he worked for twenty-five years as a freelance journalist based in London, England where he interviewed celebrities from the world of television, film, and music for national newspapers the Guardian's Guide and Guardian Online, Total Film, the Huffington Post, Empire, Q, GT, the Independent,  S Magazine, and Company. 

He is now a full-time author.
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GIVEAWAY:

I am partnering with Loren Jaggers of Penguin Random House for this giveaway.

NOT A REQUIREMENT FOR THE GIVEAWAY, BUT PLEASE FOLLOW MY BLOG - IN THE FOLLOWERS' SECTION.

USA ONLY
August 27 - September 3
Enter here
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Monday, August 26, 2019

It's Monday!! - What Are YOU Reading? - 8/26/2019


 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:

THE WORDS BETWEEN US by Erin Bartels - review will be on September 6 - finished August 23.

 
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THIS TENDER LAND by William Kent Krueger - review will be on September 3  - finished on August 17.

A marvelous, beautiful read.

https://www.amazon.com/This-Tender-Land-William-Krueger/dp/1476749299/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?crid=18SVW37KTCCHZ&keywords=this+tender+land+william+kent+krueger&qid=1557613893&s=gateway&sprefix=this+tender+land%2Caps%2C143&sr=8-1-fkmrnull
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VERSIONS OF HER by Andrea Lochen - review will be on August 29 - finished on August 15.

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THE PERFECT SON by Lauren North - review is in the book's title.

 
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Book Currently Reading:

THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON by Meg Waite Clayton - review will be on September 11.

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Books Up Next:

29 SECONDS by T. M. Logan - review will be on September 10.


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LOST IN THE SPANISH QUARTER by Heddi Goodrich - review will be on September 16.

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ELEVATOR PITCH by Linwood Barclay - review will be on September 17.

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THE MURDER LIST by Hank Phillippi Ryan - review will be on September 12.

https://www.amazon.com/Murder-List-Hank-Phillippi-Ryan/dp/125019721X/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=the+murder+list&qid=1557614159&s=books&sr=1-3
  
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RED SKY IN THE MORNING by J. Walter Ring - review will be on September 26.

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CILKA'S JOURNEY by Heather Morris - review will be on October 1.

 
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COLD WOODS by Karen Katchur - review will be on October 10.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GVJQNH4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07GVJQNH4&linkCode=as2&tag=silsrev-20&linkId=d8e14b197288f28d035fc8adc6231a06
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TAHOE DEEP by Todd Borg - review will be on October 9.

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HOUSE OF BRIDES by - review will be on October 22.

 
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NOTHING TO SEE HERE by Kevin Wilson - review will be on November 4.

I hear this was THE BUZZ at the Book Expo.

 
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THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS by Lisa Jewell - review will be on October 29.

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THE LAST AFFAIR by Margot Hunt - review will be on November 26.

 
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REPUTATION by Sara Shepard - review will be on December 2.  Not a fan of this cover.

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THE GERMAN HOUSE by Annette Hess - review will be on December 3.

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THE TENANT by Katrine Engberg - review will be on January 13, 2020.

 
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HOW QUICKLY SHE DISAPPEARS by Raymond Fleischmann - review will be on January 14, 2020.

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THE VINEYARDS OF CHAMPAGNE by Juliet Blackwell - review will be on January 21, 2020.

 
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