Weekend Wrap Up #8

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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.

THIS WEEK I DID AN UPDATE BLOG POST ON MY 2017 CHALLENGES. CHECK IT OUT

HERE!

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ALSO, CHECK OUT MY TELL ME (TOP TEN) TUESDAY POST AND WHAT SOME OF MY FAVORITE BANNED BOOKS ARE

HERE!

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Trixie is still with us.  I haven’t hear more from her adoption coordinator but I am sure it won’t be long now.  It makes me sad but I know she is going to a wonderful home that will love her. I had some fun with some filters on my phone this week.
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CURRENTLY READING

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I forgot how funny this author is.  I am enjoying this one a lot.

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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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I finished my re-read of the Harry Potter series this week.  It always makes me sad to finish it but since I re-read it every year, I only have 3 more months to wait to start the first book again. Ha! If you are familiar with my blog, you know I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan.  If you haven’t read the series yet or started it but didn’t finish it, I encourage you to give it a try.

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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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The extraordinary story of one man who has driven more than 1 million miles to rescue thousands of dogs from hunger, abuse and neglect and give them a second chance at life and love.  I picked this one up at my local library.

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2017 Challenges Update

2017 CHALLENGES UPDATE

The newest books are checked on the list in yellow.

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I was only able to check off one book this time.  This book was written in 1872.

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Again, new books are marked in yellow.

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I am counting Murder on the Orient Express as a classic because I am not sure what a classic is defined as but I feel since it is very well known and old it is a classic.

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Harry Potter Challenge

I challenged myself to re-read the whole series this year.

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DONE!!!!!!

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OUTLANDER CHALLENGE

My goal was to read books 5 and 6 this year.

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DONE!!!!

However, I am thinking of adding book 7 to my goal.

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This challenge was to read 7-12 books about animals or where the main character is an animal.  I have surpassed this goal with the help of my DOG DAYS OF SUMMER posts in August.  I added 6 books to my list which gives me a total of 14!

DONE!!!

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DONE!!!!

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The challenge was to read as many Printz Award books as I could this year.

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I still haven’t read any Printz Award books! Hopefully soon.

Tell Me (Top Ten) Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature to put on by LA LA in the LIBRARY.  It is where we discuss what we have been, will be, and are currently reading.  What have you been reading? Tell us!

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Currently Reading

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What I Read Last

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What I am Reading Next

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I dog sat for my former senior foster dogs, Tank and Dash.  They are doing well.  So I had 5 dogs at my house last weekend.  It was a bit crazy at times but a lot of fun.

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toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list.  This week’s Top Ten list is…

TOP TEN BOOKS WITH _______________ CHARACTERS

Since it is BANNED BOOKS WEEK, I am going to fill in the blank with BANNED Characters.  So basically I am posting my Top Ten Favorite BANNED BOOKS. Shhhhhh.

 

 

Weekend Wrap Up #7

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.

THIS WEEK I DID A BLOG POST ON THE 5 LONGEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ. CHECK IT OUT HERE!

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ALSO, CHECK OUT MY TELL ME (TOP TEN) TUESDAY POST AND WHAT BOOKS ARE ON MY TBR LIST FOR FALL HERE!!!

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Tank and Dash, my former senior foster dogs, are visiting for the weekend. So if you are keeping track, that means I have 5 dogs in my house right now!

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This was the only picture I could get of all five dogs.

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CURRENTLY READING

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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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Goodreads Book Blurb

The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book.  It was told in reverse chronological order which at times made it confusing but it was also a nice change of pace from the norm.  There was a little bit of everything in this story, romance, mystery, and suspense.  The main character is on the run from the police and her best friend, Imogen, is missing.  The author does a great job unraveling the story with small hints along the way.

 

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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 loved her previous book Emily & Oliver. I picked this up from 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 KRISTIN @ LUKTEN AV TRYKKSVERTE!

This weeks prompt is…

IN HONOR OF BANNED BOOKS WEEK WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS THAT HAVE BEEN BANNED OR CHALLENGED?

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MY ANSWER…

The Longest Book Tag

I saw Greg over at Greg’sBookHaven do a blog post called “The Longest Book Tag” and I thought it look liked fun so here goes.

THE RULES:
1) Make a list of the five longest books you’ve read
2) Select two of the longest books on your TBR
3) Discuss
4) Tag others
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The 5 Longest Books

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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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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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The 2 Longest Books on my TBR List

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Book 7 comes in at 830 pages.

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The final Harry Potter book is 759 pages.

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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).

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TAG YOU ARE IT!

Join in the fun and join the tag.  I would love to know what some of the longest books you have read are.

Tell Me (Top Ten) Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog post put on by LA LA in the LIBRARY.  It is where we discuss what we have been, will be, and are currently reading.  What are you reading? Tell us.

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What I Read Last

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LA LA and I buddy read this book together.  She was kind enough to send me an ARC because she had an extra copy.  I think we both thought this book was going to be true stories about adoption but we were surprised to find out that all the stories were fictional.  Not only were the stories fictional, some of them were fantasy and magical realism.  Neither one of us was a real fan of this book but we pressed on and decided to ask each other…

Which stories did you like the best and why?

Here is LA LA’s answer. Be sure to check out here entire TMT post HERE!

My favorite was Peace Of Paper. I loved the realistic writing style and it had a solid ending. So many of the stories had weak and/or incomplete endings (Jolene also had a problem with the endings for many of the stories). It showed how having family discussion and support for big life decisions is invaluable. My second favorite one was Twenty-Seven Days by Jenny Kaczorowski. Again, the author had a skilled realistic writing style and the ending was not a dangler. I loved reading about foster care because my aunt had foster children while I was growing up. This one was also about friendship, too.

Others I liked a lot…
Tunneling Through
These Broken Stars
A Kingdom Bright and Burning
Webbed
Invited – also one of Jolene’s favorites!
Upon the Horizon’s Verge– another Jo fave!

Finding only eight really great stories, and a handful of good ones, out of twenty-eight is not a very good average for me. I am giving it two stars on Goodreads. Thanks for buddy reading Jolene!

Here is my answer.

My favorite stories were Up by a Million by Caela Carter, Upon the Horizon’s Verge by Sangu Mandanna, Invited by Lauren Morrill, and The Take Back by Kate Watson. The reason these were my favorite, I think, is because I am adopted and so I related to them more.  They had a very realistic feel to them which is why I connected with those stories.  It is has never really bothered me that I am adopted but I have always wondered what my birth mother went through.  Was it easy for her to give me up? Was it heartbreaking?  I like what the author writes in Upon the Horizon’s Verge, “She does matter, I say. That’s why I want to give her up. She’s not my dream, but she is somebody else’s.  She deserves to be there, with that somebody else.  She deserves to be their dream.”  I know I was my adopted parents dream.  They tried for years to have children.  In vitro was very new and expensive and there was no way they could have afforded it so they turned to adoption. It was their only chance of having a baby.

Other Thoughts

Of the 28 stories, I only enjoyed reading 4!  I felt like most of these stories were rushed and not well written.  There were even a couple times the story ended and I kept turning pages looking for more because it didn’t seem like the story had ended.  Even though they are supposed to be short stories, there can still be some depth to the characters and have a thought out plot.  Unfortunately, these stories did not have any of the above. I would have loved to read true adoption stories. Ironically, many of the authors have adopted children or family members that are adopted and talked about their experiences at the end of their story.

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What I am Currently Reading

 

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My senior foster dog, Trixie, may be leaving us soon.  There is an older couple interested in adopting her.  Even though that makes me sad, I know it is for the best.  If she is adopted by this couple, she will only be a few blocks away so I will get to see her anytime I want.  I should know more next week.

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toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list.  This week’s Top Ten list is…

Top Ten Books on my TBR list for Fall

 

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 read these two anthologies last week.  Behind the Song was amazing. Read my review HERE!  The other anthology, Welcome Homewas a struggle to get through.  There were a few good stories but for the most part, I didn’t enjoy the book at all.

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What I am Currently Reading

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What I am Reading Next

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Weekend Wrap Up #6

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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This week I binged watch season 2 of Outlander to get ready for the season 3 premier.  I thought the first episode was amazing! It makes me want to keep reading the books but I have so many other books to read first.

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My senior foster dog, Trixie, may be leaving us soon.  There is an older couple interested in adopting her.  Even though that makes me sad, I know it is for the best.  If she is adopted by this couple, she will only be a few blocks away so I will get to see her anytime I want.  I should know more next week.

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CURRENTLY READING

welcomehome

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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.

behindthesong

 In Behind the Song, fourteen acclaimed young adult authors and musicians share short stories and personal essays inspired by the songs, the albums, the musicians who move them.

My Thoughts

I LOVED THIS BOOK!  I only wanted to read this book because of one of the fourteen authors, David Arnold.  I loved his other two books so much that I was excited to read anything by him, even if it was a short story.  Thankfully, the other authors were just as good! All of these stories had a specific song connected to it.  Whether, the story was about how a song was written, how a song inspired them to write the story, or as simple as the song being mentioned in the story, these were so much fun.  Also, before each story there is a little blurb from the author about which song is in their story and why so to help prepare myself for each story, I would listen to a snippet of each song on iTunes.  I even ended up buying a couple because they were so good.  I highly recommend this anthology for book lovers and music lovers.

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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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To be honest, I didn’t add any books to my TBR this week. I know, shocking! However, I am next up at my library for this book which I am totally excited about! I loved her previous book, We Are Liars. 

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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 bought a more expensive edition of a book, when a cheaper edition was available, just because you preferred the cover of the more expensive one?

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MY ANSWER…

Yes I have definitely bought a more expensive edition of a book.  But it wasn’t because there was a cheaper edition available.  It was because I ALREADY had the cheaper edition and a more expensive edition was released.  For example, the Harry Potter books.  I HAD to have the illustrated versions!

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Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post where we feature books that we are waiting on.  This week I am highlighting a book that I can’t wait to get my hands on! It releases October 19th and I think it will be perfect for a spooky Halloween read!

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Book Summary

Imagine waking up one day in a hospital, surrounded by strangers, and the only thing you can remember is your name. That’s exactly what happened to Keira. No recollection of her family, friends, or even a hint as to where she came from. Only the whisper of her name remains, and a reoccurring dream that haunts her nights.

When the hospital’s search for Keira’s past comes up empty and no one comes to claim her, Keira does the only thing she can – create a new life for herself. However, the past has a way of creeping up, and it appears in the form of two handsome strangers who hold the key to her true identity.

As Keira unravels the truth, she soon realizes that forgetting her past had been a blessing in disguise. Because regaining her memories only presents the dark side of her nature and the crimes she’s committed.

Sometimes things are better left alone…

A single touch could mean life or death…

Reaper’s Descent…

 

About the Author

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T.L. Coulter lives in a small mountain town in Northern Utah. She loves writing, reading, snowshoeing, hiking and hanging out with her son.

Follow her on Twitter @tlc2255

or on Facebook

Also by T.L. Coulter

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Tell Me (Top Ten) Tuesday

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I am combining a couple different blog features this week. I don’t normally do Top Ten Tuesday hosted by Broke and Bookish.  This week’s TTT was to list books that we liked when we first started blogging. So here are mine! (actually there are 11)

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

WHAT I READ LAST

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CURRENTLY READING

orientexpress

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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I have no idea what I want to read next.  I have several options but nothing really sounds that exciting.  I may have to read some Harry Potter instead.

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OR

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Trixie, Zeba, and Bella

Not much is new in the foster puppy world.  I was able to get a quick snap shot of all three dogs together.  The rescue I volunteer for is considering going to Florida to rescue dogs from Hurricane Irma.  Unfortunately, I don’t think they are able to because they are already spread thin from the Hurricane Harvey dogs but a decision will be made soon.