Weekend Wrap Up #78

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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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This will be my last post for March!  I am going on Spring Break for a couple weeks.  I will be visiting my son in Tokyo, Japan.  He is studying over there for 11 months.  He left in September so I haven’t seen him for 6 months!   I will not be able to respond to blog comments but I thank you for visiting.  See you in April.

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SINCE, I LIKE TO READ BOOKS ABOUT DOGS AND OTHER ANIMALS, I DECIDED TO BLOG ABOUT THEM IN A SEPARATE BLOG POST ON RANDOM THURSDAYS.  IF YOU HAVE READ A GOOD BOOK ABOUT A FURRY FRIEND OR WITH A FURRY FRIEND IN A BOOK, FEEL FREE TO JOIN ME! DON’T FORGET TO LINK MY BLOG TO YOUR POST.

Check out this week’s Fur-day Feature HERE.

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CURRENTLY READING

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GOODREADS

After years of learning how to manage her bipolar disorder, Emily Firestone finally has it under control. Even better, her life is coming together: she’s got a great job, her own place, and a boyfriend, Paolo, who adores her. So when Paolo suggests a weekend sailing trip, Emily agrees—wine, water, and the man she loves? What could be better? But when Emily wakes the morning after they set sail, the boat is still adrift…and Paolo is gone.

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WHAT I READ THIS WEEK

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GOODREADS

I had high hopes for the second book by Angie Thomas, and for the most part it didn’t disappoint. Like most people, I loved her debut novel, The Hate U Give. This book addresses poverty, stereotypes, racial profiling, and staying true to yourself. It is just as wonderfully written as her previous book but I felt it was too long and dragged in areas. There were parts of the book that I just couldn’t put down and others that I would skim through because it would slow down too much. Overall, I highly recommend this book and look forward to more from Ms. Thomas.

 

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Jo Knowles is one of my favorite YA/MG authors.  Her books are realistic and don’t sugar coat difficult situations.  This one made me cry. Twice! The book addresses poverty and sexual identity in a simplified way that is perfect for MG readers.  Rachel’s family doesn’t have lots of money so her clothes come from thrift stores and she feels so much shame that it broke my heart.  I connected with the main character, Rachel, and her love of animals. My favorite parts of the book were when she went to go take care of all the farm animals across the street. She fed chickens, horses, a calf, sheep, and a pig named Lucy. Rachel found comfort and solace talking to the animals about her troubles.  I loved her heart and empathy for the animals and also, her little sister. The ending is realistic which means it is sad yet hopeful at the same time. I believe it is good for young readers to know that even though things don’t go their way, it will be ok.

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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 received these from NetGalley.

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GOODREADS

Author Annie grew up having dogs throughout her life that helped her with her Autism. Her love of animals, specially dogs, helped her find her passion in life to help animals therefore became a veterinarian. After many years of working with dogs she researched how canine companionship can help children with Autism. She explains the benefits of dogs as alternative treatment to those on the autism spectrum.

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Madeline Finn and the Shelter Dog centers on budding independent reader Madeline Finn, her newly adopted puppy Star (one of Bonnie’s puppies!), and their unique quest to help animals at their local shelter. This sequel was a natural leap for Lisa Papp. After spending time with so many library dogs writing the first Madeline Finn book, she became aware that many of them are former shelter dogs. Papp is a passionate animal lover and pleased these special pups are at the heart of this installment.

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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 Angelica @ Paperback Princess

THIS WEEKS PROMPT IS…

Do you buy all your books? If yes, do you keep it all? If no, where do you source them?

MY ANSWER:

I get my books mostly from NetGalley and my local library.  I only buy books from my favorite authors.  I have five bookshelves where I keep my books. When I go through my books, I donate them to thrift stores or put them in little libraries in my neighborhood.

My bookshelves.

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Furs-Day Feature #4

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Welcome to Furs-day Feature. Since, I like to read books about dogs and other animals, I decided to blog about them in a separate blog post on random Thursdays.  If you have read a good book about a furry friend or with a furry friend in a book, feel free to join me! Don’t forget to link my blog to your post.

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I was not a fan of this book.  Even though the illustrations are adorable, I didn’t like the story at all.  It was very negative.  The poor animals in this book are just doing what comes naturally to them and the kids are constantly saying “Bad dog!” and “No!”  I mean goats will eat paper sacks!  They can’t help it.  And to have a line that says, “The bad dog sits on Dad!” is a horrible message to share with kids.  Dog’s are man’s best friend, of course they want to sit on a lap.

 

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A funny and uplifting book.  Zora wants to fly so she can catch that pesky squirrel that sits on the fence.  My dogs can definitely relate!  They are constantly trying to catch squirrels in my back yard too.  This book teaches perseverance and believing in yourself.  It also encourages helping one another and friendship.  The perfect book for kids that teaches never giving up and helping one another.

They Call It Puppy Love Reading Challenge Wrap Up

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I read these 3 books for the They Call It Puppy Love Reading Challenge hosted by Barb @ BookerTsFarm.  Thanks Barb for another fun reading challenge! Click on the links below the photo of the book for my reviews on each book.

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A Dog Called Jack

 

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A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World

 

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Hero Dogs

I plan to continue my Furs-day Feature on random Thursdays because I love reading dog and animal books.

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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

 

I loved both of these books.  They were both super creepy!  YOU was stalker creepy and The Hiding Place was ghost creepy.

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GOODREADS

A beautifully written story based on the author’s dad’s experiences growing up.  Almost every day Stella goes to a segregated school and she witnesses some of the townspeople threaten and hurt the other black people. I was heartbroken during the scene when Stella’s dad registers to vote.  People were so disrespectful and just plain evil.   Through out all of these trials, Stella continues to try and write about all of these experiences even though it is difficult for her to get the words on paper.  This book is a great example of resilience, friendship, family, love, and hope.

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GOODREADS

This was definitely a 5 star read!  Click here to read my review.

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CURRENTLY READING

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GOODREADS

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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GOODREADS

 

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

I loved both of these books.  They were both super creepy!  YOU was stalker creepy and The Hiding Place was ghost creepy.

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GOODREADS

A beautifully written story based on the author’s dad’s experiences growing up.  Almost every day Stella goes to a segregated school and she witnesses some of the townspeople threaten and hurt the other black people. I was heartbroken during the scene when Stella’s dad registers to vote.  People were so disrespectful and just plain evil.   Through out all of these trials, Stella continues to try and write about all of these experiences even though it is difficult for her to get the words on paper.  This book is a great example of resilience, friendship, family, love, and hope.

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GOODREADS

This was definitely a 5 star read!  Click here to read my review.

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CURRENTLY READING

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GOODREADS

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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GOODREADS

Weekend Wrap Up #77

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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 watched this very short (30min) documentary.  Very interesting and informative about how girls in India have to quit going to school when they get their periods because they can’t afford hygiene products.  Students in California raised money to provide a machine to make feminine pads.  The women of the village learn to make them and sell them.  A very empowering video on women and girls in a country where they are treated as second class citizens.

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GOODREADS

This book is super creepy.

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This is the American Cover

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I prefer the UK cover and title.

 

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WHAT I READ THIS WEEK

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GOODREADS

A beautifully written story based on the author’s dad’s experiences growing up.  Almost every day Stella goes to a segregated school and she witnesses some of the townspeople threaten and hurt the other black people. I was heartbroken during the scene when Stella’s dad registers to vote.  People were so disrespectful and just plain evil.   Through out all of these trials, Stella continues to try and write about all of these experiences even though it is difficult for her to get the words on paper.  This book is a great example of resilience, friendship, family, love, and hope.

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GOODREADS

This was definitely a 5 star read!  Click here to read my review.

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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 checked this out from my local library.

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GOODREADS

 

I received this book from NetGalley.

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I requested this book because the author is from my home state, Iowa.

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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…

Have you made the switch from print to e-books? Is either one exclusive?

My Answer:

I read both types of books about equally.  I like print books for sitting on the couch with a cup of coffee and I read ebooks on my phone when I am riding in the car, on my lunch break, or waiting for an appointment.

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Furs-Day Feature #3

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WELCOME TO FURS-DAY FEATURE. SINCE, I LIKE TO READ BOOKS ABOUT DOGS AND OTHER ANIMALS, I DECIDED TO BLOG ABOUT THEM IN A SEPARATE BLOG POST ON RANDOM THURSDAYS.  IF YOU HAVE READ A GOOD BOOK ABOUT A FURRY FRIEND OR WITH A FURRY FRIEND IN A BOOK, FEEL FREE TO JOIN ME! DON’T FORGET TO LINK MY BLOG TO YOUR POST.

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This week’s Furs-day Feature is A Dog Called Jack by Ivy Pembroke.

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Book Blurb from Goodreads

Every street should have a dog like Jack. And every abandoned dog should find a new family like the residents of Christmas Street–a group of people who just might need Jack as much as he needs them.

(Disclaimer: I believe this book was previously published under a different title, Snowflakes on Christmas Street.)

My Thoughts

This story has everything that I love in a book, humor, great characters, and a dog (Jack).  Even though it makes me sad that the dog’s family moved away without him, I love how he belongs to everyone on the street.  And just like real dogs, he knows how to comfort those around him.  He sleeps at Bill’s house.  Bill, who is a crotchety old widower, really wants nothing to do with the neighborhood and doesn’t understand today’s society.  There were many laugh out loud moments from him.   One of my favorite quotes in the book is from Bill.

“…milk that came from nuts.  As if nuts could produce milk.  Any idiot could look at a nut and see that there was no way milk was coming out of it . The world had gone absolutely mad all around him.”

There are other great characters too.  There is the gay couple, Arthur and Max, trying to adopt a baby, Sai and Emilia who are secretly dating behind their parents’ backs.  Also, Pen, who blogs about the neighborhood without them knowing, and Pari who wants a dog so bad and is afraid the new boy, Teddy, is going to steal Jack from her.

Sam and Teddy have just moved to the English neighborhood from America because Teddy’s mom died and they needed a change.  There are many humorous moments provided by Sam as he tries to get to know his neighbors.  He hosts a BBQ and invites everyone on the street.  His sister, Ellen, was my favorite character.  Her banter with Sam was hilarious and I wish there had been more of her in the book.

There were too many great moments and lessons in this story to count.  It was heartwarming and up lifting. I can’t wait to know more about these people and what happens next.  (I just discovered there is a sequel and I can’t wait to read it.)  The sequel is called, A Wedding on Christmas Street.

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I READ THIS BOOK AS A PART OF THE THEY CALL IT PUPPY LOVE READING CHALLENGE. BARB OVER AT BOOKER T’S FARM IS HOSTING A FUN LITTLE CHALLENGE FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY. CHECK IT OUT HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

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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I loved this book.  It has such great story telling that seamlessly weaves in magical realism and folk lore.  Even though it took me awhile to get into the story, due to the character building, I found myself drawn into the many intrinsicities of the characters and the quaint setting of the town.  I had loved the author’s first book but was not a fan of the second so I am happy this book was so fantastic so I can continue to read more books by this author.

 

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I also read this for the “They Call it Puppy Love Reading Challenge.”  I put a review up on my Furs-Day Feature.  Check out the review here.

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GOODREADS

I am reading this for the “They Call it Puppy Love Reading Challenge” put on by Barb @BookerTsFarm.  Click here to join in.

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La La in the Library was raving about this books so I decided to grab it from my library. I adore the cover!

Stella lives in the segregated South; in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can’t. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn’t bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they’re never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella’s community – her world – is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don’t necessarily signify an end.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang–the betrayal, the suicide, the murder–and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn’t have a choice. Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe’s sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault.

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This is now on Netflix and I have heard good things but I wanted to read the book first.

From debut author Caroline Kepnes comes You, one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2014, and a brilliant and terrifying novel for the social media age.

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

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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…

Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit

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Tokyo, Japan

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Florence, Itlay

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Alaska

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Hogwarts

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Scotland

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Ireland

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The Shire

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Paris, France

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Sweden

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Iceland

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 loved this book.  It has such great story telling that seamlessly weaves in magical realism and folk lore.  Even though it took me awhile to get into the story, due to the character building, I found myself drawn into the many intrinsicities of the characters and the quaint setting of the town.  I had loved the author’s first book but was not a fan of the second so I am happy this book was so fantastic so I can continue to read more books by this author.

 

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I also read this for the “They Call it Puppy Love Reading Challenge.”  I put a review up on my Furs-Day Feature.  Check out the review here.

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CURRENTLY READING

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GOODREADS

I am reading this for the “They Call it Puppy Love Reading Challenge” put on by Barb @BookerTsFarm.  Click here to join in.

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GOODREADS

La La in the Library was raving about this books so I decided to grab it from my library. I adore the cover!

Stella lives in the segregated South; in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can’t. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn’t bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they’re never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella’s community – her world – is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don’t necessarily signify an end.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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GOODREADS

Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang–the betrayal, the suicide, the murder–and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn’t have a choice. Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe’s sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault.

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GOODREADS

This is now on Netflix and I have heard good things but I wanted to read the book first.

From debut author Caroline Kepnes comes You, one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2014, and a brilliant and terrifying novel for the social media age.

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

Weekend Update #76

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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Because I am used to seeing Melissa McCarthy in funny roles and since she is nominated for best actress,  I wanted to see the movie role she was nominated for.  Also, in the movie she is an author and goes to lots of bookstores, so that peaked my interest too.  I think she did an excellent job and the movie was really good. Can You Ever Forgive Me is about a struggling author that forges letters by other authors to sell to collectors to make money. It is based on a true story.

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I finished season 3 which is the last season of Travelers.  I was mostly happy with how it ended but would love to discuss it with someone. So if you have watched the whole series, let me know!!!

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CURRENTLY READING

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GOODREADS

I am reading this for the “They Call it Puppy Love Reading Challenge” put on by Barb @BookerTsFarmClick here to join in.

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WHAT I READ THIS WEEK

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I loved this book.  It has such great story telling that seamlessly weaves in magical realism and folk lore.  Even though it took me awhile to get into the story, due to the character building, I found myself drawn into the many intrinsicities of the characters and the quaint setting of the town.  I had loved the author’s first book but was not a fan of the second so I am happy this book was so fantastic so I can continue to read more books by this author.

 

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I also read this for the “They Call it Puppy Love Reading Challenge.”  I put a review up on my Furs-Day Feature.  Check out the review here.

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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 checked these out from my local library.

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GOODREADS

This is now on Netflix and I have heard good things but I wanted to read the book first.

From debut author Caroline Kepnes comes You, one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2014, and a brilliant and terrifying novel for the social media age.

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

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GOODREADS

La La in the Library was raving about this books so I decided to grab it from my library. I adore the cover!

Stella lives in the segregated South; in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can’t. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn’t bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they’re never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella’s community – her world – is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don’t necessarily signify an end.

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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 Angelica @ Paperback Princess

THIS WEEKS PROMPT IS…

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I love using bookmarks!!! Folding the corner of a page over to mark your spot should be illegal! 🙂