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

Both were excellent books! Click HERE for a review of Darius The Great is Not Okay.  A review of 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle still to come.

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CURRENTLY READING

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“This is a compassionate look at poverty, hard choices, and defending one’s right to be treated humanely. A very fine first novel, written with a deft hand.” –Newbery Medal Winner, Karen Hesse

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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I am co-hosting the 2nd annual Dog Days of Summer Reading challenge with La La in the Library starting August 1st.  Check out the details to join us HERE!  Basically you read as many books about dogs as you want in August.  Here is the first one I am going to read.

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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…

Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

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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

Both were excellent books! Click HERE for a review of Darius The Great is Not Okay.  A review of 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle still to come.

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CURRENTLY READING

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“This is a compassionate look at poverty, hard choices, and defending one’s right to be treated humanely. A very fine first novel, written with a deft hand.” –Newbery Medal Winner, Karen Hesse

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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I am co-hosting the 2nd annual Dog Days of Summer Reading challenge with La La in the Library starting August 1st.  Check out the details to join us HERE!  Basically you read as many books about dogs as you want in August.  Here is the first one I am going to read.

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Weekend Wrap Up #49

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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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STARTING AUGUST 1ST, THE 2ND ANNUAL DOG DAYS OF SUMMER READING CHALLENGE HOSTED BY LA LA IN THE LIBRARY AND MYSELF WILL START.  THE CHALLENGE IS SIMPLE.  DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST, READ AS MANY BOOKS ABOUT DOGS, BOOKS WITH DOGS ON THE COVER, OR BOOKS WRITTEN BY DOGS (KIDDING) AS YOU WANT. THERE WILL BE A COUPLE GIVEAWAYS AND THERE WILL BE SOME FUN DOG RELATED BLOG POSTS THROUGHOUT THE MONTH AS WELL, AND LA LA AND I WILL BE BUDDY READING A MIDDLE GRADE DOG BOOK TOGETHER. CHECK OUT HER DOG DAYS POST HERE!

For complete details about the Dog Days of Summer Reading Challenge click HERE!

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My daughter and her friend posted a new Rootin’ Tootin’ Scootins video.  They are scootin’ in a corn field in homage to their two weeks of detasseling.  In case you don’t know what detasseling is, it is a job many teens do during the month of July in Iowa.  Basically they take tassels off certain types of corn so they don’t cross pollinate.  It is a hot and messy job but it pays well.  Check out their video HERE!

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CURRENTLY READING

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At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed—again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend—but nothing and no one is quite what they seem.

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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 is a tough book to review because there were so many things I loved about this book but a couple things that irritated me to no end.  Let’s start with the positives.  I loved learning about the Persian culture when Darius goes to Iran.  All the food and tea mentioned made my mouth water and the customs and family get togethers the author described had a nice homey feel.  Darius’ little sister, Lelah, was my absolutely favorite character.  She was sassy and funny and just plain adorable.  Darius and Lelah’s relationship was another of my favorite things about the book.  He looked after her and genuinely wanted to spend time with her.    Ok, now the negatives.  The author had Darius say “Uh” or “Um” at least every few pages.  It was so annoying! I don’t understand the purpose of these words so often.  It really distracted from the dialogue.   Lastly, Darius constantly repeating certain phrases and complaints that he was a disappointment to his dad was equally annoying.  I understand part of the plot of the book was for Darius to find himself and feel accepted but the repeated and numerous  mentions of Darius feeling like his dad doesn’t love him was ridiculous.  With all that said, I do feel this book is worth reading.  Darius, being biracial, has a lot to deal with at school and home and he doesn’t know where he fits in. The book emphasizes the importance of friends and family and how they love us no matter what.  A great message for all ages.

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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 grabbed these ebooks during Amazon.com’s Prime Day.  I paid $.99 for 3 months for Kindle Unlimited.

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Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, Beneath a Scarlet Skyis the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.

In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.

Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.

Note: there is a rumor that this book is going to be made in to a mini series.

 

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The Unofficial Harry Potter Spellbook: Wizard training has everything you need to take your wizard training to a new level. This complete Harry Potter spellbook contains 200+ spells and will take you on a journey back into the world of Hogwarts. This spellbook includes: Over 200 Harry Potter spells (including unique spells seen in the videogames, movies and official books). Pronunciations for each spell to recite each spell perfectly. Wand movements to make each spell come alive. Extra notes, as well as more information on the more difficult to understand spells.

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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 agree or disagree with this statement: A blogger’s first name should be in a prominent place on his/her blog.

My answer…

I think a blogger can do whatever they want on their blog.  However, I do like knowing a blogger’s name when I am commenting or replying to a comment.  But to each their own.

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In case you didn’t know my name, click HERE!  People sing this song to me ALL THE TIME!

 

 

 

Dog Days of Summer Reading Challenge Reminder

This is just a reminder that in just under a week until we start the Dog Days of Summer Reading Challenge!

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STARTING AUGUST 1ST, THE 2ND ANNUAL DOG DAYS OF SUMMER READING CHALLENGE HOSTED BY LA LA IN THE LIBRARY AND MYSELF WILL START.  THE CHALLENGE IS SIMPLE.  DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST, READ AS MANY BOOKS ABOUT DOGS, BOOKS WITH DOGS ON THE COVER, OR BOOKS WRITTEN BY DOGS (KIDDING) AS YOU WANT. THERE WILL BE A COUPLE GIVEAWAYS AND THERE WILL BE SOME FUN DOG RELATED BLOG POSTS THROUGHOUT THE MONTH AS WELL, AND LA LA AND I WILL BE BUDDY READING A MIDDLE GRADE DOG BOOK TOGETHER. CHECK OUT HER DOG DAYS POST HERE!

For complete details about the Dog Days of Summer Reading Challenge click HERE!

Need some dog book ideas? Here are some of my favorites.

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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I am co-hosting the 2nd annual Dog Days of Summer Reading challenge with La La in the Library starting August 1st.  Check out the details to join us HERE!  Basically you read as many books about dogs as you want in August.  I plan to read this book during the challenge.  It publishes August 7th.

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When Cara felt her teenaged children slipping away and saw an empty nest on the horizon, she decided the best way to fill that void was with dogs—lots of them—and so her foster journey began.

In 2015, her Pennsylvania farm became a haven for Operation Paws for Homes. There were the nine puppies at once, which arrived with less than a day’s notice; a heartworm positive dog; a deeply traumatized stray pup from Iraq; and countless others who just needed a gentle touch and a warm place to sleep. Operation Paws for Homes rescues dogs from high-kill shelters in the rural south and shuttles them north to foster homes like Cara’s on the way to their forever homes.

What started as a search for a good dog, led to an epiphany that there wasn’t just one that could fill the hole left in her heart from her children gaining independence—she could save dozens along the way. The stories of these remarkable dogs— including an eighty-pound bloodhound who sang arias for the neighbors—and the joy they bring to Cara and her family (along with a few chewed sofa cushions) fill the pages of this touching and inspiring new book that reveals the wonderful rewards of fostering.

When asked how she can possibly say goodbye to that many loveable pups, Cara says, “If I don’t give this one away, I can’t possibly save another.” Filled with humanity and hope, Another Good Dog will take the reader on a journey of smiles, laughs, and tears—and lead us to wonder how many other good dogs are out there and what we can do to help.

 

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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Check out my 5 star review of this book HERE!

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CURRENTLY READING

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Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s about to take his first-ever trip to Iran, and it’s pretty overwhelming–especially when he’s also dealing with clinical depression, a disapproving dad, and a chronically anemic social life. In Iran, he gets to know his ailing but still formidable grandfather, his loving grandmother, and the rest of his mom’s family for the first time. And he meets Sohrab, the boy next door who changes everything.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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How do you stop a murder that’s already happened?

At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed–again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

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

harborme

Check out my 5 star review of this book HERE!

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CURRENTLY READING

darius

Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s about to take his first-ever trip to Iran, and it’s pretty overwhelming–especially when he’s also dealing with clinical depression, a disapproving dad, and a chronically anemic social life. In Iran, he gets to know his ailing but still formidable grandfather, his loving grandmother, and the rest of his mom’s family for the first time. And he meets Sohrab, the boy next door who changes everything.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

deaths

How do you stop a murder that’s already happened?

At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed–again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

Weekend Wrap Up #48

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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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Starting August 1st, THE 2ND ANNUAL DOG DAYS OF SUMMER READING CHALLENGE HOSTED BY LA LA IN THE LIBRARY AND MYSELF will start.  THE CHALLENGE IS SIMPLE.  DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST, READ AS MANY BOOKS ABOUT DOGS, BOOKS WITH DOGS ON THE COVER, OR BOOKS WRITTEN BY DOGS (KIDDING) AS YOU WANT. There will be a couple giveaways and THERE WILL BE SOME FUN DOG RELATED BLOG POSTS THROUGHOUT THE MONTH AS WELL, AND LA LA AND I WILL BE BUDDY READING A MIDDLE GRADE DOG BOOK TOGETHER. CHECK OUT HER DOG DAYS POST HERE!

For complete details about the Dog Days of Summer Reading Challenge click HERE!

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The first two episodes were fantastic.  Amy Adams is amazing.

What I will be doing this week.

Tuesday and Wednesday I will be riding in RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa).  I will be (hopefully) biking 60 miles each day so I won’t be able to read or blog much.  RAGBRAI attracts people from all over the world and country and it is so much fun to meet so many interesting people.

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CURRENTLY READING

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Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s about to take his first-ever trip to Iran, and it’s pretty overwhelming–especially when he’s also dealing with clinical depression, a disapproving dad, and a chronically anemic social life. In Iran, he gets to know his ailing but still formidable grandfather, his loving grandmother, and the rest of his mom’s family for the first time. And he meets Sohrab, the boy next door who changes everything.

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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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Loved the second book in this sci-fi series.

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This was a DNF.  It was confusing and boring and just not for me.

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This was a very timely and beautifully written book about six teenagers who sit down every Friday and talk about their fears and struggles.  Estaban’s father has been deported back to the Dominican Republic and he lives in fear of when his mother will be taken next, Haley’s dad is in prison and ashamed of him.  There are other topics mentioned such as racism, poverty, and bullying.  The author excels at developing the characters as the book progresses.  They start to trust each other more and more until they are each others harbor.  I predict this book will be nominated for many awards. Definitely a must read for all ages.

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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 grabbed these from First To Read

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Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure when a deadly plague sweeps through her homeland. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy’s most dangerous corners–and she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy.

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In this riveting domestic suspense debut, a woman’s life shatters when she meets a girl she believes is the daughter she lost years ago–and she finds that reclaiming the life she lost might cost her the life she has. Tell Me You’re Mineis a story of guilt, grief, and the delicate balance between love and obsession.

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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 Cathy @ What Cathy Read Next

This weeks prompt is…

 What’s your proudest blogging milestone or achievement?

My answer…

This question is very timely because I am very proud of my co-hosting of the Dog Days of Summer Reading Challenge in August.  Check out the details for this challenge HERE!

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Dog Days of Summer Reading Challenge

 

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Introduction

Welcome to the 2nd annual Dog Days of Summer Reading Challenge hosted by La La in the Library and myself.  The challenge is simple.  During the month of August, read as many books about dogs, books with dogs on the cover, or books written by dogs (kidding) as you want.

Please link us in any Dog Days of Summer posts you do.

I will be having a GIVEAWAY at the end of the challenge of some of my favorite dog books.

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There will be some fun dog related blog posts throughout the month as well, and La La and I will be buddy reading a middle grade dog book together. Check out her Dog Days post HERE!

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And last, but certainly not least, in honor of my rescue dog, Trixie, who passed away in June, I will be donating a dollar for every dog book we all read (up to $100) to the rescue, AHeinz57,  I adopted her from.

Let’s all join together and celebrate man’s best friend.  So start gathering those dog books, the Dog Days of Summer Reading Challenge starts August 1st. If you need some book ideas, check out my Dog Books page on my blog.

 

 

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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Return to the sprawling universe of the Galactic Commons, as humans, artificial intelligence, aliens, and some beings yet undiscovered explore what it means to be a community in this exciting third adventure in the acclaimed and multi-award-nominated science fiction Wayfarers series, brimming with heartwarming characters and dazzling space adventure.

Hundreds of years ago, the last humans on Earth boarded the Exodus Fleet in search of a new home among the stars. After centuries spent wandering empty space, their descendants were eventually accepted by the well-established species that govern the Milky Way.

But that was long ago. Today, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, the birthplace of many, yet a place few outsiders have ever visited. While the Exodans take great pride in their original community and traditions, their culture has been influenced by others beyond their bulkheads. As many Exodans leave for alien cities or terrestrial colonies, those who remain are left to ponder their own lives and futures: What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination? Why remain in space when there are habitable worlds available to live? What is the price of sustaining their carefully balanced way of life—and is it worth saving at all?

A young apprentice, a lifelong spacer with young children, a planet-raised traveler, an alien academic, a caretaker for the dead, and an Archivist whose mission is to ensure no one’s story is forgotten, wrestle with these profound universal questions. The answers may seem small on the galactic scale, but to these individuals, it could mean everything.

I just finished the first two books in this series and loved them.  The third book publishes July 24, 2018.