Weekend Wrap Up #27

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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I received a notification that I posted my 200th blog post this week!

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I have still been faithfully watching the Olympics.  I am sad it will be over Sunday night.  Only two more years until the Summer Games in Japan right?

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My son and I went to see Blank Panther this week and it was freaking amazing!!! I loved everything about it.  I highly suggest you drop everything and go see it.

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I did not realize that a big part of this book takes place in Iceland.  I spent 24 hours in Iceland last March so it was interesting to read the author’s descriptions of that beautiful island country.  I could picture it perfectly from the descriptions.

” The rugged peaks of the rocks presented faint outlines on the horizon; at times a few patches of snow, concentrating the vague light, glittered upon the slopes of the distant mountains certain peaks, boldly uprising, passed through the gray clouds, and reappeared above the moving mists…”

Doesn’t that description match my photo that I took almost perfectly?

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I bought this book in Kindle in Motion format for $1.99.  I love the moving illustrations and the illustrations in this book are beautiful. I believe the current price is now $3.99

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saturdaysituation

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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My Thoughts

I loved this book! If you are a fan of doctor shows like ER or Grey’s Anatomy then I think you will love this book too.  The author is a ER surgeon in real life so I knew what I was reading was authentic.  This book was fast paced and immersive.  Many times I felt like I was standing next to the doctor in the operating room.  There were many emotions reading this book due to the fact that not every patient, just like in real life, survives traumatic injuries.  The two main characters, Emma and Zadie, are best friends that went to medical school together.  The story goes back and forth between present day and their time as medical students.  An event from the past comes to light in present day that will test their friendship.  This event is part of the mystery of the book that is revealed at the end so this mystery kept me turning pages.

 

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My Thoughts

This was such an interesting book about how far society has come to accepting service dogs in our country and how these dogs are trained to be service dogs to the blind.  However, a majority of the books was about the author, Stephen, and his journey to getting a guide dog finally at the age of 38 and the freedom that ensued. Growing up, Stephen’s parents told him to pretend that he could see because if adults knew he was blind he would be shamed and treated badly. So for his entire life until is late 30s, Stephen, and english professor, never let on that he was blind.  After being layed off, Stephen decided he wanted to travel but knew he couldn’t do it himself.  He applied to get a guide dog.  When accepted, Stephen met his dog, Corky, and they spent 3 weeks training together.  I loved reading about their instant bond and how smart and hardworking guide dogs are.  “I stroked Corky’s silky ears and then, softly, I began to cry. I’d spent my adult life fearful. But with my dog, the mill wheel of progress was turning inside me.  I was poised to walk New York City,  to learn it-to learn I could do it. A woman across the aisle asked if I was ok.  I told her I was fine, that I was about to be free.”

This book publishes March 13th.

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stacking

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.

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I requested this from Netgalley after a heads up from La La in the Library.  We plan to do a buddy read for our Dog Days of Summer Reading Challenge in July.

Book Blurb

He’s a rescue, a mutt. Maybe there’s a little golden retriever in him, although he’s not exactly pretty. He’s had a run-in with coyotes and he’s missing an eye. But Mike is eleven-year-old Caera Donovan’s dog, and they love each other absolutely. Usually her pet follows Caera everywhere, but on the day the family first smells smoke in the air, Mike becomes anxious. Pine Grove is in the path of a wildfire, and the family is ordered to evacuate. In the ensuing chaos, Mike runs off. And then the unthinkable happens; there is no time to search for Mike. They are forced to leave him behind.

What books did you add to your TBR this week?

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bookbloggerhop

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 @ A NIGHT’S DREAM OF BOOKS

This weeks prompt is…

   Do you read hardcovers with the dust jacket on or off? Why or why not?

My answer…

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I almost always read hardcover books with the dust jackets off because I don’t want them to get ripped or wrinkled.  Sometimes when I take off the dust jacket, the hardcover will have a beautiful design on it which is a nice surprise.

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Tell Me (Top Ten) 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

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*****

I loved this book! If you are a fan of doctor shows like ER or Grey’s Anatomy then I think you will love this book too.  (Review to come)

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CURRENTLY READING

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I am enjoying this true story about Steve who gets his first guide dog at 38 and experiences freedom for the first time in his life.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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toptentuesday

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 I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

(Sorry if some of these are your favorites!)

I always wanted to read these classics but I don’t think it will happen.

I have tried and started reading these books but just couldn’t get into them.

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I loved the first book in this series but couldn’t get excited about the other books.

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Same as above.

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I have almost started this series so many times that I just give up!

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I know this is a favorite of many but I couldn’t even get through the first book.

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I didn’t read it the first time around and couldn’t bring myself to do it when the movie came out.

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Both my kids read this in high school and I thought I would want to as well but the more I heard about it the more disturbing it sounded so no thanks.

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

queen

*****

I loved this book! If you are a fan of doctor shows like ER or Grey’s Anatomy then I think you will love this book too.  (Review to come)

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CURRENTLY READING

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I am enjoying this true story about Steve who gets his first guide dog at 38 and experiences freedom for the first time in his life.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Weekend Wrap Up #26

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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I have been watching the Olympics religiously every night since it started which means I unbelievably get lots of reading done during commercials. I love figure skating and snow boarding events.  Skiing is ok too but I can only watch so much curling. Are you watching the Olympics? What is your favorite sport to watch?

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CURRENTLY READING

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I am really enjoying this one!

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saturdaysituation

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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My Thoughts

There were a few things I didn’t like about this book.  First, there were many disturbing scenes through out the book.  Second, the main character, Eddie, was dull and a bit of a downer. I liked many of the other characters however. The story alternates between 1986 and 2016 which I enjoyed.  There were subtle hints and clues along the way as to who the murderer was but the story was so well written that I did not figure out who had done it.

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My Thoughts

This was a beautiful story about a girl and her family who suffers a terrible tragedy. And as horrible as the tragedy is, it is not what caused me to get emotional. It was how the main character, Fern, is suffering because she needs her mom to help deal with it and her mom is not able to be there for her. Jo Knowles’ writing about Fern’s anguish and feeling of rejection by her mom was heart breaking. A wonderful story of love, forgiveness, and family.

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stacking

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.

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I love this author and had read this book when it first came out but I had never purchased a copy so I got on BookOutlet.com and bought it.  His next book, which doesn’t come out until May, has already been optioned for film.

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I also grabbed this off of BookOutlet.com  I loved his other book Dogtripping.

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bookbloggerhop

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 @ A Night’s Dream of Books

This weeks prompt is…

 Have you ever found yourself acting like a favorite character in a novel? If so, which one?

My answer…

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As a child, I loved reading the Nancy Drew books.  I would walk around my yard or house looking for mysteries to solve and the clues to solve them.

Tell Me (Top Ten) 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

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This was a wonderful Middle Grade book.  Make sure you grab some tissues.

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CURRENTLY READING

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GOODREADS BOOK BLURB

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Goodreads Blurb

Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have been best friends since their early twenties, when they first began navigating serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school. Now they’re happily married wives and mothers with successful careers–Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina are chaotic but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years.

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toptentuesday

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…

Love Freebie

(I grabbed all these books about LOVE from my own bookshelves.)

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A great example of family LOVE and friendship.

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A story of taking parental LOVE too far.

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I LOVE books set in Paris.

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A story about letting the one you LOVE go.

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I LOVE this book!!!!

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A sweet LOVE story and I LOVE this author.

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Same as above.

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A story about a girl and her LOVE of science and animals.

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My favorite classic about LOVE.

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A LOVE story that transcends time.

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

harry's

This was a wonderful Middle Grade book.  Make sure you grab some tissues.

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CURRENTLY READING

chalkman

GOODREADS BOOK BLURB

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Goodreads Blurb

Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have been best friends since their early twenties, when they first began navigating serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school. Now they’re happily married wives and mothers with successful careers–Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina are chaotic but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years.

Weekend Update #25

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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The hubby and I went to see The Post this week.  I thought the story of the U.S. covering up details about the Vietnam War was fascinating but the movie was a bit underwhelming.  However, Streep and Hanks were amazing as usual.

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CURRENTLY READING

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This middle grade books is by one of my favorite authors.  It is fabulous so far.

BOOK BLURB

Starting middle school brings all the usual challenges — until the unthinkable happens, and Fern and her family must find a way to heal.

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saturdaysituation

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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BOOK BLURB

The uplifting and unforgettable true story of a US Marine, the stray dog he met on an Afghan battlefield, and how they saved each other. A poignant and inspiring tale of hope, resilience, and optimism, with a timeless message at its heart—”it is not what happens to us that matters, but how we respond to it.”

MY THOUGHTS

Loved this book! I have read a couple books about U.S. soldiers in the Middle East that were handlers of American military dogs and their efforts to bring them back to the states but this was the first book that I read about a marine finding a stray and his efforts to get the dog to the U.S.  The dog, Fred, provided tremendous comfort and companionship to the Marines in Craig’s battalion that they all decided to help Craig get him back to the states no matter what.  The book also talks about Craig’s service in Afghanistan and the terrible things he saw and experienced and then coming home and dealing with it all.  I loved the parts about how Craig could deal with his PTSD because he had Fred and they had experienced it together.  The book concludes with the story of Craig and Fred on a summer long road trip across the country with another Marine veteran.  It is a journey of healing and self discovery that highlights the special bond between Craig and Fred.  I highly recommend this fantastic book about how dogs continue to show that they are man’s (and woman’s) best friend.

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stacking

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.

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Checked this out from my local library.

Goodreads Book Blurb

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.

I grabbed both of these at The Dollar Tree!  They will be perfect for THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER CHALLENGE this year with La La in the Library.

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bookbloggerhop

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 authors have you met and where?

My answer…

Cheryl Strayed

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Margaret Atwood

Katharine McGee author of The Thousandth Floor

Kathleen Glasgow author of Girl in Pieces

Lara Avery author of The Memory Book
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Hank Green!

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Lauren Oliver

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Bethany Crandell

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Sarah J. Maas

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Corey Whaley

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Matt de la Pena

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David Rosenfelt author of Dogtripping.

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jamesdashner

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mattdelapena

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judyblume

christopherpaolini

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Tell Me (Top Ten) 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

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Loved, loved this book! I laughed out loud so many times and there were some sweet moments too.  I love how flawed and strong Louisa is in this story and I hope there will be more of her story to tell.

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CURRENTLY READING

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Goodreads Book Blurb

The uplifting and unforgettable true story of a US Marine, the stray dog he met on an Afghan battlefield, and how they saved each other and now travel America together, “spreading the message of stubborn positivity.” A poignant and inspiring tale of hope, resilience, and optimism, with a timeless message at its heart—”it is not what happens to us that matters, but how we respond to it.”

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Goodreads Blurb

Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have been best friends since their early twenties, when they first began navigating serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school. Now they’re happily married wives and mothers with successful careers–Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina are chaotic but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years.

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toptentuesday

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 Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

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

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Loved, loved this book! I laughed out loud so many times and there were some sweet moments too.  I love how flawed and strong Louisa is in this story and I hope there will be more of her story to tell.

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CURRENTLY READING

craigandfred

Goodreads Book Blurb

The uplifting and unforgettable true story of a US Marine, the stray dog he met on an Afghan battlefield, and how they saved each other and now travel America together, “spreading the message of stubborn positivity.” A poignant and inspiring tale of hope, resilience, and optimism, with a timeless message at its heart—”it is not what happens to us that matters, but how we respond to it.”

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Goodreads Blurb

Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have been best friends since their early twenties, when they first began navigating serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school. Now they’re happily married wives and mothers with successful careers–Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina are chaotic but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years.

 

 

Weekend Wrap Up #24

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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I am participating in this fun challenge this month.

BARB OVER AT BOOKER T’S FARM IS HOSTING A FUN LITTLE CHALLENGE FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY.

IT’S THE “THEY CALL IT PUPPY LOVE” CHALLENGE. Click on the link above to join in! Here are the two books I am challenging myself to read.

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saturdaysituation

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

boy

I adored this middle grade book about two kids, Josie and Alec, who live in the same house but 100 years apart.  The author does an excellent job showing how a teen from 2015 would try to explain the future to another teen in 1915 and vice versa.  I loved the way they were able to communicate and how Alec would find letters and other messages from Josie hidden in the house.  This books does have a happy ending but not in the way you would think.  Wanting to know if Josie and Alec get to meet in some sort of time and space plot twist, is what kept me reading. Also,I highly recommend this fun and heart filled book.  It releases in May.

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stacking

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.

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I read this book last year as an ebook.  I saw the actual book for half off at Barnes and Noble and grabbed it.  There are beautiful illustrations from the original books, photos of the places where Laura lived, and other historical photographs.  This books was still on sale on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com at the time of this posting.