Weekend Wrap Up #66

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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.

I didn’t get much read this week.  Too much Christmas shopping, Christmas card writing, and of course work gets in the way.

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WHAT I WATCHED

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I loved the book Dumplin‘ and have been eagerly waiting for this movie to come out on NetFlix.  It was really good and I plan to have my daughter watch it since she is not much of a reader.  Both the book and the movie do an excellent job of talking about positive body image and accepting not only others for who they are but also accepting yourself.

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CURRENTLY READING

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Enjoying this murder mystery.

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Still trying to listen to this but I have been listening to Christmas music in the car instead.

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WHAT I READ THIS WEEK

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I had such high hopes for this book!  I like both authors so I figured  double the goodness right? Nope.  The story had no plot, rambled on, and was plain boring.  The characters especially Arthur, were annoying. He was constantly picking a fight with Ben.  I don’t even know why Ben put up with him for 5oo pages.   The absolutely worst part of this book were the references to Harry Potter and Hamilton on EVERY. SINGLE. PAGE.  Every metaphor or synonym was compared to Harry Potter. It was so distracting.  This book had such potential but unfortunately, fell short.

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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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This was featured on my Can’t Wait Wednesday post and was excited to receive an advance copy from NetGalley.

The Prince and the Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling author Ashley Poston.

Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year’s ExcelsiCon isn’t her last, she’ll consider her career derailed.

When a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. That’s easier said than done when the girls step into each other’s shoes and discover new romantic possibilities, as well as the other side of intense fandom. As these “princesses” race to find the script-leaker, they must rescue themselves from their own expectations, and redefine what it means to live happily ever after

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I received this from First To Read.

In 1962, in the Soviet Union, eight-year-old Katya is bequeathed what will become the love of her life: a Blüthner piano, built at the turn of the century in Germany, on which she discovers everything that she herself can do with music and what music, in turn, does for her. Yet after marrying, she emigrates with her young family from Russia to America, at her husband’s frantic insistence, and her piano is lost in the shuffle.

In 2012, in Bakersfield, California, twenty-six-year-old Clara Lundy loses another boyfriend and again has to find a new apartment, which is complicated by the gift her father had given her for her twelfth birthday, shortly before he and her mother died in a fire that burned their house down: a Blüthner upright she has never learned to play. Ophaned, she was raised by her aunt and uncle, who in his car-repair shop trained her to become a first-rate mechanic, much to the surprise of her subsequent customers. But this work, her true mainstay in a scattered life, is put on hold when her hand gets broken while the piano’s being moved–and in sudden frustration she chooses to sell it. And what becomes crucial is who the most interested party turns out to be.

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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…

 Do you tend to visit the same blogs every week but also try to look for new blogs?

My answer…

Yes and Yes.  I have about five blogs I visit every week.  I also visit the blogs of anyone who comments on my blog.

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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

The Prince and the Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling author Ashley Poston.

Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year’s ExcelsiCon isn’t her last, she’ll consider her career derailed.

When a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. That’s easier said than done when the girls step into each other’s shoes and discover new romantic possibilities, as well as the other side of intense fandom. As these “princesses” race to find the script-leaker, they must rescue themselves from their own expectations, and redefine what it means to live happily ever after

This publishes in April of 2019.  I really enjoyed her previous book Geekerella and I am excited to get back into that world.

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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

To read my thoughts on these books, click here!

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Another wonderful book by Kate DiCamillo.

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CURRENTLY READING

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

I am a bit behind on some of my NetGalley books, so I will choose from one of these.

 

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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…

Cozy/Winter Reads

I don’t have 10 cozy, winter reads but I do have 3 that I do like to read every year during the winter months.

And here are a few movies I like to watch too.

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

To read my thoughts on these books, click here!

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Another wonderful book by Kate DiCamillo.

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CURRENTLY READING

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

I am a bit behind on some of my NetGalley books, so I will choose from one of these.

 

 

Weekend Wrap Up #65

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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 haven’t had time to go to any movies but I am still enjoying Outlander season 4 on Sunday nights.

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CURRENTLY READING

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Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

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WHAT I READ THIS WEEK

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This book was FANTASTIC!  It was fast-paced, suspenseful, well-written, and I could not put it down!!!! If you like action packed thrillers, read this book!

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I have heard a lot of great things about his musical so I decided to read the Screenplay.  There is also a novel based on the musical but I decided to read the screenplay instead.  I grabbed the ebook off of Hoopla as well as the soundtrack which was nice because during the singing parts of the screenplay, I could actually listen the the songs.  I have mixed feelings about this musical.  Most of the plot is based on a lie and not sure I agree with the ending but overall, a great musical with a great message about acceptance and noticing those around you.

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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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My hubby bought this book for me for my birthday!

In this intimate, haunting literary memoir read by the author, an American icon tells her story for the first time, and in her own gorgeous words – about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother.

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This book of two short stories was only available in the UK so I ordered it from Better World Books.

Midnights is the story of Noel and Mags, who meet at the same New Year’s Eve party every year and fall a little more in love each time . . .

Kindred Spirits is about Elena, who decides to queue to see the new Star Wars movie and meets Gabe, a fellow fan.

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Grabbed this from the library.

Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? In Liane Moriarty’s latest page-turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out…

Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.

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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 Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer

This weeks prompt is…

 If you could travel back in time and purchase the first printing of any specific novel, what book would it be?

My answer…

It is a toss up between The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.

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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 Shoveler, the Freak, CanIHelpYou?, Loretta the Flea-Circus Ring Mistress, and First-Class Malcolm. These are the five teenagers lost in the Hemmings family’s maze of tangled secrets. Only a generation removed from being simple Pennsylvania potato farmers, Gottfried and Marla Hemmings managed to trade digging spuds for developing subdivisions and now sit atop a seven-figure bank account, wealth they’ve declined to pass on to their adult children or their teenage grand children.

“Because we want them to thrive,” Marla always says.

What does thriving look like? Like carrying a snow shovel everywhere. Like selling pot at the Arby’s drive-thru window. Like a first class ticket to Jamiaca between cancer treatments. Like a flea-circus in a doublewide. Like the GPS coordinates to a mound of dirt in a New Jersey forest.

As the rot just beneath the surface of the Hemmings precious white suburban respectability begins to spread, the far flung grand children gradually find their ways back to each other, just in time to uncover the terrible cost of maintaining the family name.

This book published March 2019. I have read a couple other of King’s book and enjoyed the very much.  

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

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Unfortunately, I did not finish this book.  It was confusing and written very strangely.  I thought maybe it was me so I looked up some reviews and it looks like I was not the only one.  I didn’t expect another The Book Thief  which I think some of the readers were expecting.  I am curious if anyone else has read it.  If so, let me know your thoughts.

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I absolutely loved this book! I am a sucker for road trip books.  The story was good and not cliche and I loved the idea of the characters trading up to make money through out their road trip.  Trading up is trading lesser value items with other people for more expensive items.  For example, CDs for a $50 gift card or a rubber band for a non working cell phone. The two main characters are each hiding an embarrassing family secret which is told through the book which kept me turning the pages.  Definitely a fun and entertaining read.

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CURRENTLY READING

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What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?

Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?

But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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No idea!  I have a couple books on hold at the library that will hopefully come in soon so maybe I will read one of those.  Any suggestions?

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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…

Platonic Relationships In Books (friendships, parent/child, siblings, family, etc.)

I am dropping the platonic only part.  These are just going to be my favorite relationships in books.

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Jane and Mr. Rochester (sigh)

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The photo says it all.

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There are so many great characters (species)  and friendships in this book.

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I love the friendship of these kids.

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I think everyone is rooting for Robin and Strike to become more than platonic.

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Scout and her dad, Atticus.

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The trio’s relationships through out the series is so great.  I also love Harry and Luna’s friendship.

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Again, the title says it all.

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Such a sweet book about Livy and her childhood friend, Bob.

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I love this couple so much!

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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Unfortunately, I did not finish this book.  It was confusing and written very strangely.  I thought maybe it was me so I looked up some reviews and it looks like I was not the only one.  I didn’t expect another The Book Thief  which I think some of the readers were expecting.  I am curious if anyone else has read it.  If so, let me know your thoughts.

geography

I absolutely loved this book! I am a sucker for road trip books.  The story was good and not cliche and I loved the idea of the characters trading up to make money through out their road trip.  Trading up is trading lesser value items with other people for more expensive items.  For example, CDs for a $50 gift card or a rubber band for a non working cell phone. The two main characters are each hiding an embarrassing family secret which is told through the book which kept me turning the pages.  Definitely a fun and entertaining read.

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CURRENTLY READING

crimes

 

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What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?

Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?

But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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No idea!  I have a couple books on hold at the library that will hopefully come in soon so maybe I will read one of those.  Any suggestions?

 

Weekend Wrap Up #64

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

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I thought this was great but sooooo many questions! #keepthesecrets.

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CURRENTLY READING

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I wasn’t going to read this because I went to the movie but I heard someone say on a podcast that the screenplay adds description of how different characters are feeling and thinking which you don’t necessarily see in the film.

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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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Unfortunately, I did not finish this book.  It was confusing and written very strangely.  I thought maybe it was me so I looked up some reviews and it looks like I was not the only one.  I didn’t expect another The Book Thief  which I think some of the readers were expecting.  I am curious if anyone else has read it.  If so, let me know your thoughts.

geography

I absolutely loved this book! I am a sucker for road trip books.  The story was good and not cliche and I loved the idea of the characters trading up to make money through out their road trip.  Trading up is trading lesser value items with other people for more expensive items.  For example, CDs for a $50 gift card or a rubber band for a non working cell phone. The two main characters are each hiding an embarrassing family secret which is told through the book which kept me turning the pages.  Definitely a fun and entertaining read.

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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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Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the communit

y; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?

But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura.

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Grabbed this and the first book on Amazon through Kindle Unlimited.

Dr. P. J. Miller is back! Following his first installment, Cute Poodles, Sweet Old Ladies & Hugs, Dr. Miller has compiled another volume of truly awesome veterinary tales. Come along for the ride again as Dr. Miller delivers stories that feature colorful clients, endearing pets, his own beloved bulldog, and a hurricane. All the sassy hospital staff that readers came to love are back, including that special staff member who seems to work by her own particular standards of professionalism (you know the one).

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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 meet an interesting person of the opposite sex at a club. Suddenly, they start acting as if they’re a character in a novel you’ve read, and they are firmly convinced that they ARE that character. First, which character is it, and second, how do you react?

My answer…

They think they are Jon Snow from Game of Thrones.  I ask him all kinds of questions about Westeros and tell him to take his rightful place on the throne.

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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

Dr. P. J. Miller is back! Following his first installment, Cute Poodles, Sweet Old Ladies & Hugs, Dr. Miller has compiled another volume of truly awesome veterinary tales. Come along for the ride again as Dr. Miller delivers stories that feature colorful clients, endearing pets, his own beloved bulldog, and a hurricane. All the sassy hospital staff that readers came to love are back, including that special staff member who seems to work by her own particular standards of professionalism (you know the one).

In Designer Dogs, Awkward Hugs & Pigeons, Dr. Miller goes behind the scenes of his veterinary practice to provide a true insider’s view into life as an animal doctor. Dr. Miller employs the same unique style of humorous storytelling that readers loved in his first novel. Hidden behind the humor, Dr. Miller gives a deeper glimpse into how emotional and strong the human-animal bond can be. A must read for any aspiring veterinary professional or animal lover.

This book published in August but I am WAITING to see if I am approved by NetGalley.  If I am not approved, I will check to see if my library has it.