Can’t Wait Wednesday!

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Can’t Wait Wednesday, is hosted by Wishful Endings  to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. 

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Book Blurb

When sixteen-year-old Sylvie’s brother takes over management of their family’s vast estates, Sylvie feels powerless to stop his abuse of the local commoners. Her dearest friend asks her to run away to the woods with him, and soon a host of other villagers join them. Together, they form their own community and fight to right the wrongs perpetrated by the king and his noblemen. Perfect for fans of fairy tale retellings or anyone who loves a strong female lead, this gorgeously written take on the Robin Hood tale goes beyond the original’s focus on economic justice to explore love, gender, the healing power of nature, and what it means to be a family.

I like the premise of a Robin Hood retelling with the main character as a girl.  This publishes August 7, 2018.

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Tell Me (Top Ten) Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN TUESDAY TOPIC IS…

Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach

(most of the books I picked take place outside, near a beach, or during the summer)

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This book takes place on an island and the main character lives in a house boat. I would love to do that for a summer.

sky

I just love this book, so I picked it ha!

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This story has a lot of scenes in Central Park in NYC.

liars

Another book on an island.

emmy

This love story occurs on the beach.

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Ice Cream! Enough said.

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Another beach story.

scorpioraces

The races take place on beaches and I think of summer when riding horses is involved.

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The title and cover says it all.

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This book’s setting is the French Country side in a castle during the summer.   Take me there now!
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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library.  It is where we discuss what we have been, currently are, and will be reading.  What are you reading? Tell me.

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WHAT I READ LAST

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Reviews of these books are HERE.

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CURRENTLY READING

world

LOVING this book!!!! It is insightful and hilarious.  I have laughed so hard out loud so many times that my family is starting to get annoyed with me.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Book Blurb

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

It’s Monday! What are YOU Reading?

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IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? IS A PLACE TO MEET UP AND SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN, ARE, AND ABOUT TO BE READING OVER THE WEEK. IT IS HOSTED BY KATHRYN AT THE BOOK DATE.

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WHAT I READ LAST

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Reviews of these books are HERE.

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CURRENTLY READING

world

LOVING this book!!!! It is insightful and hilarious.  I have laughed so hard out loud so many times that my family is starting to get annoyed with me.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Book Blurb

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

Weekend Update #43

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @The Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Here is what I have been up to this last week.

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WHAT I WATCHED

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I enjoyed this addition to the Oceans movies.  Maybe not quite up to par as the other movies but it still surprised me with their twist ending.

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CURRENTLY READING

world

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Saturday Situation is put on by Pure Imagination. It is were we review our latest reads. Be sure to check out theirs as well.

prairiefires

Being a HUGE Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, I was fascinated by this book.  There was lots of information I didn’t know about Laura and her family included in the book.  I didn’t know much about her parents’ lives before they married so that was interesting to read.   Also, there were lots of historical facts related to different parts of Laura and her family’s lives.  For example, wars with the Indians, droughts, and grasshopper swarms were problems for the Ingalls family and other pioneers.  The author did a great job of showing newspaper articles and citing references to these problems from other pioneer diaries.  My only complaint is that the author would talk about different photos of the family or other pioneers that she saw during her research but they weren’t included in the book.  There are other photos included but most of them I had seen before.  I highly recommend this book for any Laura Ingalls Wilder fan.

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This was a fast YA read about a teenage girl, Hallie, and an elderly lady, Susan, who swap bodies after getting in a car accident.  I liked the premise of  the story which is what can senior citizens teach teenagers and vice versa.  However, I don’t think it was executed very well.  Both characters were so stereotypical that it made the story seem too simplistic and predictable.  There were some great moments between Hallie and Susan and their friends though and some funny parts when they are both dealing with technology and boys.

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This was such an eye opening book! It seems unbelievable that an innocent man can be sentenced to death row and be stuck in prison for 30 years.  Anthony Ray Hinton was innocent but too poor to pay for a good lawyer to help him get the evidence he needed to set him free.  The most amazing part about this book is Hinton’s positive attitude through out this ordeal.  He watched over 50 prisoners walk to the electric chair and had to deal with the smell and grief afterwards.  Many of the prisoners on death row looked to Hinton for advice and friendship so he suffered the loss of every one executed.  One of Hinton’s accomplishments in prison was starting a book club and one of the books they read was To Kill A Mockingbird, a book about a black man wrongly accused of a crime.  This book gave hope to Hinton that one day a lawyer who believed in him would set him free.  I highly recommend this powerful book about a man who never gave up and the family and friends that never gave up on him.screenshot-2017-01-23-at-7-34-12-pm

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Stacking the Shelves is put on by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. Here are the books I have added to my TBR list this week.

I GRABBED THESE AT MY LOCAL LIBRARY.

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Book Blurb

Alaska, 1974.
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

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Harry Potter audiobook.

I received this from NetGalley

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Book Blurb

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts:

An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

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The Book Blogger Hop is put on by The Coffee Addicted Writer . There is a weekly prompt featuring a book related question.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION IS SUBMITTED BY Maria @ Silver’s Reviews.

This weeks prompt is…

You have just won a $100.00 Visa gift card. Will you spend the entire amount on a rare collector’s edition you have always wanted, or buy several newly-published books? Explain your choice.

My answer…

I would spend it on a rare collector’s edition or autographed book.  Most likely a book by J.K. Rowling.  I would LOVE an autographed copy of any Rowling book.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday

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Can’t Wait Wednesday, is hosted by Wishful Endings  to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. 

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Book Blurb

Set in a darkly glamorous world The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts:

An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

This book publishes January, 2019.

Tell Me (Top Ten) Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN TUESDAY TOPIC IS…

Books That Awaken the Travel Bug In Me

Love the English village in these books and also New York City.

 

Some of my favorite Road Tripping books.  These make me want to get in the car and just drive.

These books make me want to go to Scotland! It sounds so beautiful in the books.

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library.  It is where we discuss what we have been, currently are, and will be reading.  What are you reading? Tell me.

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WHAT I READ LAST

ruthware

Another great mystery book by Ruth Ware! Even though it lagged a bit in the middle, and maybe the ending might be predictable for some, I enjoyed this suspenseful story set in a gothic setting. It reminded me of the old Victoria Holt books I used to read about 20 years ago.  There were some creepy parts that gave me goose bumps and made me turn on a couple extra lights in the house.  Ha!

yourgilr

This was a wonderful book about dealing with gender identity. I haven’t read a book with the main character dealing with transitioning from a boy to a girl. Amanda, formerly Andrew, has moved to a new school and now lives with her dad. I liked the part of the story with Amanda and her dad. Her dad is still coming to terms with now having a daughter. Amanda is making new friends and even has a boyfriend but is terrified her secret will get out. The author did a great job showing Amanda’s fears and insecurities.

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CURRENTLY READING

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Spanning nearly a century of epochal change, from the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl, Wilder’s dramatic life provides a unique perspective on American history and our national mythology of self-reliance. With fresh insights and new discoveries, Prairie Fires reveals the complex woman whose classic stories grip us to this day.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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I haven’t decided yet.

It’s Monday! What are YOU Reading?

bookdate

IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? IS A PLACE TO MEET UP AND SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN, ARE, AND ABOUT TO BE READING OVER THE WEEK. IT IS HOSTED BY KATHRYN AT THE BOOK DATE.

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WHAT I READ LAST

ruthware

Another great mystery book by Ruth Ware! Even though it lagged a bit in the middle, and maybe the ending might be predictable for some, I enjoyed this suspenseful story set in a gothic setting. It reminded me of the old Victoria Holt books I used to read about 20 years ago.  There were some creepy parts that gave me goose bumps and made me turn on a couple extra lights in the house.  Ha!

yourgilr

This was a wonderful book about dealing with gender identity. I haven’t read a book with the main character dealing with transitioning from a boy to a girl. Amanda, formerly Andrew, has moved to a new school and now lives with her dad. I liked the part of the story with Amanda and her dad. Her dad is still coming to terms with now having a daughter. Amanda is making new friends and even has a boyfriend but is terrified her secret will get out. The author did a great job showing Amanda’s fears and insecurities.

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CURRENTLY READING

prairiefires

Spanning nearly a century of epochal change, from the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl, Wilder’s dramatic life provides a unique perspective on American history and our national mythology of self-reliance. With fresh insights and new discoveries, Prairie Fires reveals the complex woman whose classic stories grip us to this day.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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I haven’t decided yet.

 

Weekend Wrap Up #42

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Last week was a very hard week.  Most of you probably know that I started fostering senior dogs last year.  A year ago I brought Trixie home after her owner of 12 years passed away. I adopted her in December.  Trixie was a foster fail because she was the sweetest thing and I couldn’t imagine her not being a permanent part of my family. Last Saturday I had to say goodbye because Trixie’s liver was shutting down and I had promised her from day one that I would always take care of her and so that meant making sure she wasn’t in pain. I am so extremely sad but also so extremely happy she was part of my family even for such a short while.

With that said, I am sorry for not commenting on your blogs or replying to your comments on my blog last week.  But I read every one and grateful for all of you.

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sunday

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @The Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Here is what I have been up to this last week.

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WHAT I WATCHED

451

This movie was better than I thought it would be.  Seemed to stay true to the book.

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CURRENTLY READING

yourgilr

Book Blurb

Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, she’s transgender and she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.

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Saturday Situation is put on by Pure Imagination. It is were we review our latest reads. Be sure to check out theirs as well.

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This was my first experience reading a Manga book.  The illustrations were so beautiful and the author did a great job of capturing the story and spirit of Jane Eyre.

ruthware

Another great mystery book by Ruth Ware! Even though it lagged a bit in the middle, and maybe the ending might be predictable for some, I enjoyed this suspenseful story set in a gothic setting. It reminded me of the old Victoria Holt books I used to read about 20 years ago.  There were some creepy parts that gave me goose bumps and made me turn on a couple extra lights in the house.  Ha!

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Stacking the Shelves is put on by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. Here are the books I have added to my TBR list this week.

I grabbed these at my local library.

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  Book Blurb

Wide-Open World follows the Marshall family as they volunteer their way around the globe, living in a monkey sanctuary in Costa Rica, teaching English in rural Thailand, and caring for orphans in India. There’s a name for this kind of endeavor—voluntourism—and it might just be the future of travel. Wide-Open World is the inspiring true story of the six months that changed the Marshall family forever. Once they’d made the pivotal decision to go, John and his wife, Traca, quit their jobs, pulled their kids out of school, and embarked on a journey that would take them far off the beaten path, and far out of their comfort zones.

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The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the Little House on the Prairie books

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I received this from NetGalley.

Book Blurb

Boob Job: Confessions of a Professional Bra Fitter details Natalee Woods’s experience working in the lingerie department of a well-known department store, fitting women for bras for over a decade. Woven into the humor are subtle and profound insights into larger issues, such as the relationship between women and their bodies, evolving ideas about women’s breasts and their sexual, social, and cultural implications, and how women negotiate all these influences and pressures as they stand before the mirror in the dressing room.

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The Book Blogger Hop is put on by The Coffee Addicted Writer . There is a weekly prompt featuring a book related question.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION IS SUBMITTED BY Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews.

This weeks prompt is…

What author have you read the most in the past two years?

My answer…

Diana Gabaldon.  I started reading the first Outlander book about this time in 2016.  I have read seven of the eight books published.

 

 

 

Can’t Wait Wednesday

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Can’t Wait Wednesday, is hosted by Wishful Endings  to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. 

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At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

This second original screenplay from J.K. Rowling, illustrated with stunning line art from MinaLima, expands on earlier events that helped shape the wizarding world, with some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of both the books and films.

This publishes November 16, 2018.

Tell Me Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library.  It is where we discuss what we have been, currently are, and will be reading.  What are you reading? Tell me.

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WHAT I READ LAST

 

Check out my review of these fabulous books here.  Weekend Wrap Up #41

 

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CURRENTLY READING

ruthware

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

orchid

Written in electric, heart-stopping prose, Orchid & the Wasp is a novel about gigantic ambitions and hard-won truths, chewing through sexuality, class, and politics, and crackling with joyful, anarchic fury. It challenges bootstraps morality with questions of what we owe one another and what we earn.