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

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @The Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Here is what I have been up to this last week.

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WHAT I WATCHED

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I thought this 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.  

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

Check out my review of these books here.

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

This was not my favorite Lauren Oliver book.  The premise of the story is really great but not executed the best.  I will have to say, however, I didn’t know who the killer was.

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CURRENTLY READING

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Book Blurb

After Ali’s father passes away, he leaves his one and only prized possession—a 1968 Firebird convertible—to his daughter. But Ali doesn’t plan on keeping it. Not when it reminds her too much of all her father’s unfulfilled promises. So when she finds a buyer three hundred miles up the Pacific coast willing to pay enough money for the car to save her childhood home, Ali can’t wait to get going. Except Ali has no idea how to drive a stick shift. But guess who does?

Ali’s ex-boyfriend, Nico.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Book Blurb

The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance.

At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle.

What books are you reading? Tell me.

 

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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…

Thanksgiving/Thankful Freebie

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I am thankful for these 10 book series.

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This was the first book series I ever read!  My library didn’t have all of them so they had to borrow them from libraries for me. I am thankful for this series because they taught me that girls are smart and can do anything they want to.

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I read this series when I was older and fell in love with it.  I still find it so interesting and when I read them, I am thankful for electricity, telephones, and indoor toilets!

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I am thankful for this series because it was one of the series of books that my kids actually liked.  They weren’t big readers but they did like the Narnia books.

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I know this series gets a lot of hate but I am thankful for this series because it is the series that got me started on reading YA and fantasy.

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I am thankful for this series because it fuels my love for all things Scottish.

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There are so many reasons I am thankful for the Harry Potter series but the main one is that it was a place of escape during a time when I needed it most.

I am thankful for this series because it is J.K. Rowling writing for adults and it is amazing!

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I am thankful for this series because it renewed my interest in reading fantasy.

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I am thankful for this series because it is a book series my son and I enjoy together.

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I am thankful for this series because it just makes me laugh! Louisa is one of my favorite fictional characters.

What Books are you Thankful for?

 

 

 

 

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

Check out my review of these books here.

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

This was not my favorite Lauren Oliver book.  The premise of the story is really great but not executed the best.  I will have to say, however, I didn’t know who the killer was.

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CURRENTLY READING

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Book Blurb

After Ali’s father passes away, he leaves his one and only prized possession—a 1968 Firebird convertible—to his daughter. But Ali doesn’t plan on keeping it. Not when it reminds her too much of all her father’s unfulfilled promises. So when she finds a buyer three hundred miles up the Pacific coast willing to pay enough money for the car to save her childhood home, Ali can’t wait to get going. Except Ali has no idea how to drive a stick shift. But guess who does?

Ali’s ex-boyfriend, Nico.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Book Blurb

The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance.

At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle.

 

Weekend Wrap Up #63

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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This movie was so good it gave me goosebumps!  Go see it if you love Queen’s music.

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CURRENTLY READING

 

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

CURRENTLY LISTENING TO

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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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This was my first book by this author.  I highly recommend this book if you are a teacher or work in a school with children.  The main character, Maggie, who is a 6th grade English teacher, decides to tutor Yuri outside of school because he is not healthy enough to be around children.  The author did a great job developing the relationship between Maggie and Yuri.  The reason I recommend this book to educators is that there are so many great examples of the struggles of being a teacher but also the rewards of working with children.  My only complaint of the book is the back history of Yuri’s parents was a bit boring.  Even though it ties into why Yuri might have his heart defect, it was too much.  I just wanted to get back to Maggie and Yuri’s story.  Overall, a beautiful story of living life to the fullest and making the most of what you are given.

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This is the 4th book in the Miss Peregrine series.  I really liked the first two books in the series but felt like the third was discombobulated.  One of my pet peeves that authors sometimes do is start changing the rules that have been in the story from the beginning.  I find it confusing and a too convenient way to further the plot.  I am happy to say that THIS book was much like the first book.  It was simple and had a fun and exciting story line. Jacob decides to go on a quest to help a peculiar child that is in danger.  He takes along some of his peculiar friends who have never experienced life in 2018 which makes for some funny moments.  Also, this quest turns into a road trip across the country which is one of my favorite type of quests lol. Jacob and his friends find different time loops which is interesting as well.  I believe there are two more books planned so I am excited to keep reading about Jacob and his quest to try and find out more about his Grandfather and his work to rescue peculiar children.

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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 in one of my favorite movies but I have never read the book.  So, when I saw it for $1.99 on Amazon for Kindle, I grabbed it.  It was still this price at the time of posting.

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La La in the Library posted on her social media sites a couple weeks ago that this was free on Kindle. I had to have it!  It is currently $3.99 . The photos in this book are gorgeous and the recipes look so delicious.

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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 take notes on the book you are reading as you read?

My answer…

A lot of times I will put little Post It note tabs in the books on passages I really liked or if I am reading an ebook, I will use the highlight feature.

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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

Here is what happens when your mother dies.

It’s the brightest day of summer and it’s dark outside. It’s dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart.

That’s how it feels for Tiger. It’s always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger’s mother dies. And now it’s Tiger, alone.

Here is how you learn to make friends with the dark.

This book publishes April 2019.  I am beyond excited for this book.  The author’s first novel, Girl In Pieces, is one of my all time favorite books.

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