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

My thoughts on these books are HERE!

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CURRENTLY READING

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Book Blurb

Every day a new body. Every day a new life. Every day a new choice.

For as long as A can remember, life has meant waking up in a different person’s body every day, forced to live as that person until the day ended. A always thought there wasn’t anyone else who had a life like this.

But A was wrong. There are others.

A has already been wrestling with powerful feelings of love and loneliness. Now comes an understanding of the extremes that love and loneliness can lead to—and what it’s like to discover that you are not alone in the world.

In Someday, David Levithan takes readers further into the lives of A, Rhiannon, Nathan, and the person they may think they know as Reverend Poole, exploring more deeply the questions at the core of Every Day and Another Day: What is a soul? And what makes us human?

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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…

Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

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This is the the Old Library at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.  I hope to go to Ireland in a few years and this library is definitely on my list of places to visit.

I have been fortunate to visit some cool libraries and book stores.

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This is the British Library in London, England.

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This famous book store is in Paris, France.

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I found this small bookstore, The Abbey Bookshop, in an alley in Paris.  It was so cool! I didn’t want to ever leave.

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Another book store in Paris I had to go in once I read the plaque outside.

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This is the library at my alma mater, Iowa State University.  I spent a lot of time here when I was in college.  I had never at the time seen a library so big and that many books in one place.  Also, there are beautiful murals painted by Grant Wood all over the library.

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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

My thoughts on these books are HERE!

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CURRENTLY READING

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Book Blurb

Every day a new body. Every day a new life. Every day a new choice.

For as long as A can remember, life has meant waking up in a different person’s body every day, forced to live as that person until the day ended. A always thought there wasn’t anyone else who had a life like this.

But A was wrong. There are others.

A has already been wrestling with powerful feelings of love and loneliness. Now comes an understanding of the extremes that love and loneliness can lead to—and what it’s like to discover that you are not alone in the world.

In Someday, David Levithan takes readers further into the lives of A, Rhiannon, Nathan, and the person they may think they know as Reverend Poole, exploring more deeply the questions at the core of Every Day and Another Day: What is a soul? And what makes us human?

Weekend Wrap Up #58

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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 thought this movie was amazing! Both actors did amazing jobs.  If you love music and a great love story, go see this movie!

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CURRENTLY READING

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I am enjoying book 5 more than book 4.

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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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I have seen this book around for a couple years but it wasn’t until I saw there was a second book that takes place in Ireland that I decided to read it.  However, silly me, I realized later that the two books don’t go together at all.  There are completely different characters and everything.  BUT that is ok, because I like reading stories that take place in Europe and this one took place in Florence, Italy.  I have been to Rome but not Florence.  The author did a great job describing the city and sites by having her main character, Lina, visit them.  I even Googled those sites so I could also see what Lina was seeing.   I enjoyed the story even though some of it was predictable and there was a slight plot hole.  Lina receives a journal that was her mothers as a college student in Florence.  Lina is on the search for her real father which takes her on a quest through Florence.  However, if she had just read the journal in one setting, she would have gotten all of her answers, but if you can ignore that one little thing, it is fun story.  I look forward to reading her next book, Love and Luck, which takes place in Ireland, a place that is on my bucket list.

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Even though I enjoyed this middle grade ghost story, it could have been so much more! I feel like Schwab didn’t think 11-14 year olds can handle a meatier plot which is ironic because there are so many Harry Potter references in this book that if the readers have read Harry Potter and get the references, then they can handle a more complex story! The premise is unique and I enjoyed when the main character, Cass, stepped through the Veil into the world of ghosts.  Also, her best friend, Jacob, is a ghost! There are going to be more books in this series and I will most likely read the next one but I hope the plot is much better.

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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.

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Book Blurb

Katya, a rising ballerina, and Sasha, a graduate student, are young and in love when an unexpected tragedy befalls their native Kiev. Years later, after the couple has safely emigrated to America the consequences of this incident cause their son, Yuri, to be born with a rare health condition that isolates him from other children. Maggie, a passionate and dedicated teacher agrees to tutor Yuri at his home, even though she is haunted by her own painful childhood memories. As the two forge a deep and soulful connection, Yuri’s boundless curiosity and unique wisdom inspires Maggie to make difficult changes in her own life.  And she’ll never realize just how strong Yuri has made her — until she needs that strength the most.

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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 @ A NIGHT’S DREAM OF BOOKS

This weeks prompt is…

You are suddenly transported into a future time in which (horrors!) books are unknown. How would you explain books, and how wonderful they are, to the people of that time?

My answer…

Wow! That is a hard question!  I think with technology at that time, I could show them a photo or hopefully I could show them one or two.  I don’t ever plan to get rid of my favorite books and I plan to leave them to my kids for their kids to enjoy.

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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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The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade.

Before, she lived inside the fence. Before, she was never allowed to leave the property, never allowed to talk to Outsiders, never allowed to speak her mind. Because Father John controlled everything—and Father John liked rules. Disobeying Father John came with terrible consequences.

But there are lies behind Father John’s words. Outside, there are different truths.

Then came the fire.

This already published October 1st but I still am trying to get my hands on it to read.

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 didn’t enjoy this one as much as the original 3 books but I did like it enough to want to read the next book.  I hope the next one has more Lisbeth in it.

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CURRENTLY READING

cityofghosts

This is about a girl who can see ghosts and cross to the other side.  It is perfect for Halloween.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

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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…

The Longest Books I Have Read

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This is by far the longest book I have ever read.  It is over 1460 pages!!!! I decided to read this book after watching the movie and going to the musical.  It is one of my favorite musicals.  There is a lot of detail in the book and a lot of French history that I probably could have done without. Ha!

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Book 6 in the Outlander series is 980 pages.

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This one comes in at around 960 pages. It is book 5 in the Game of Thrones series or Song of Ice and Fire as it was originally called.

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Another Martin book.  This one is 924 pages.

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Book 5 of the Harry Potter series is 870 pages.

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Book 4 in the Eragon series is 860 pages.

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Book 7 comes in at 830 pages.

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The final Harry Potter book is 759 pages.

I realized while doing this tag that most of the books on my list are books that are also in a long book series.  Outlander will have 10 books, Harry Potter has 7, and I think the Game of Thrones series with have 7 as well (fingers crossed).

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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I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the original 3 books but I did like it enough to want to read the next book.  I hope the next one has more Lisbeth in it.

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CURRENTLY READING

cityofghosts

This is about a girl who can see ghosts and cross to the other side.  It is perfect for Halloween.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

Weekend Wrap Up #57

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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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I did a couple extra blog posts this month hat were fun.  I tag YOU to do them if you want.

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Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys Mystery Tag

AND…

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The Book Shelf Tag

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CURRENTLY READING

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Book Blurb

She is the girl with the dragon tattoo—a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.

Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker—a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it .

Currently Listening To

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I started listening to the first book back in May! I have loved listening to the audio books in the car on my way to work.

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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 book was fabulous and such a surprise. It wasn’t what I was expecting at all.  Without ruining the plot, I will try to explain what I mean.  April and Andy make a YouTube video in the middle of the night about a strange art sculpture that mysteriously appears in Manhattan.  The next morning, the video has gone viral and there are 63 other art sculptures around the world that have also mysteriously shown up.  These sculptures look like large robots and no one knows how they got there.  The main character, April, is very flawed and she knows it, which makes her both likeable and unlikeable.  The writing was fantastic.  There were so many wonderful phrases that I kept highlighting them on my Kindle.  “We are each individuals, but the far greater thing is what we are together, and if that isn’t protected and cherished, we are headed to a bad place.”  This story has a bit of everything, science fiction, suspense, action, and most of all hope.  I highly recommend this book.

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I met the author, Hank Green, last weekend in Kansas City.  His brother, John, was there too.  They put on quite a show!

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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.

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I bought this book because it is the sequel to one of my favorite books by this author.

 

I bought these books because I am going to meet the author in November! And the dogs on the dog book look just like my dogs!

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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 @ A Night’s Dream of Books

This weeks prompt is…

It’s getting close to Halloween. If you HAD to read one of these two genres, which would you prefer — urban fantasy, or horror, and why?

My answer…

Definitely horror for this time of year! I love a good mystery, thriller, or horror book on a dark, cold night.

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Bookshelf Tag

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Greg @Greg’sBookHaven did this tag and I thought it looked like fun so I thought I would give it a try! What’s not to like about bookshelves? The tag was created by awanderingmind over at Youtube. So… let’s talk bookshelves!

 

1) How many bookshelves do you have? 

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2) How many books are on your bookshelves? Or how many books do you think you have? 

My guess would be around 600.

3) How do you organize your books? 

I have a whole shelf devoted to Harry Potter.  I have a couple shelves that are autographed books.  I have another shelf that is just dog/animal books.  I have a kids shelf with Little Golden Books and Dr. Suess.   I have a shelf of just Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I have a whole shelf devoted to John Green.  I have shelves that are fiction and YA.

 

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4) What is the oldest book on your bookshelf? 

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It is called Kit Carson by S. Ellis.  The copyright inside says 1889.  Someone gave it to me, I haven’t read it.


5) What is the newest book on your shelf? 

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6) What is the longest book on your bookshelf?

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Definitely my paperback of Les Miserables.  It is 1463 pages long.


7) What is the shortest book on your bookshelf? 
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A Long Walk to Water. It is 115 pages long.


8) What is the predominant genre on your bookshelf? 

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Fiction but I do have some Fantasy books.

9) Have you done a bookshelf tour? 

I think I have done something similar once but for the life of me I can’t find the post.

10) Go on a random number generator and talk about the book that corresponds with that number. 
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I got 135.  This is a great book! It tells the story of how black female servants in the 60’s basically raised the children in the houses of the white people they served.  It was a very eye opening book for me.  The movie is great too.


11) Do you have fan merch or any other decorations on your bookshelf?
Yes! Mostly Harry Potter.  I have Funko Pops, Legos, wands, and souvenirs from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks and Studio tours.

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12) Show us your bookshelves!!! 

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And… tag somebody!!! 

I tag- YOU! If you want to do this one!! I would love to see your shelves.

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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A poignant, dazzling debut novel about a woman who longs to be a mother and the captivating yet troubled child she and her husband take in.

What is the cost of motherhood? When The Risk of Us opens, we meet a forty-something woman who deeply wants to become a mother. The path that opens up to her and her husband takes them through the foster care system, with the goal of adoption. And when seven-year-old Maresa—with inch-deep dimples and a voice that can beam to the moon–comes into their lives, their hearts fill with love. But her rages and troubles threaten to crack open their marriage. Over the course of a year, as Maresa approaches the age at which children become nearly impossible to place, the couple must decide if they can be the parents this child needs, and finalize the adoption—or give her up.

This doesn’t publish until April 2019 but it sounds so good I had to tell you all about it!

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

hankgreen

This was a great Sci-Fi /New Adult book.  Such a unique concept that was brilliantly executed.

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CURRENTLY READING

spidersweb

She is the girl with the dragon tattoo—a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.

Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker—a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it .

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

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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…

Authors I would LOVE to meet.

 

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Of course my number one author I want to meet is J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books.

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Diana Gabaldon is also top on my list.  She is the author of the Outlander series.

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I had a chance to meet George R.R. Martin but I turned it down! I won’t do that again if I get the chance to see him.

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JoJo Moyes, author of the Me Before You series.

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Dan Brown, author of The DaVinci Code and other books with the main character Robert Langdon.

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Jo Knowles, author of See You at Harry’s and Read Between the Lines.

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Lois Lowry, author of The Giver.

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Maria Goodavage writes books about service dogs. I love ALL her books.

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Rebecca Stead’s, When You Reach Me and BOB are a couple of my favorite books.

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I have seen John Green twice at author events but I have never spoken to him . I have spoken to his brother, Hank Green, twice.

I have met a few of my favorite authors already such as Rainbow Rowell, Judy Blum, Lauren Oliver, and others.  Check out my AUTHOR PAGE HERE to see photos.