Weekend Wrap Up #88

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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 was skeptical and terrified that this movie would be bad.  I mean, who could replace Robin Williams as the Genie and do it well?  I am happy to say that this movie was fabulous!  The costumes, music, and choreography were brilliant.  Will Smith made the Genie his own and it worked.  The best part is the addition of Jasmine’s story line about wanting to be leader of her kingdom and NOT needing a man to help her.  I can’t wait to see this again.

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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.

CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT MY FURS-DAY FEATURE BOOK WAS.

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CURRENTLY READING

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GOODREADS

This book is funny and I relate to the MC a bit too much lol.

WHAT I AM LISTENING TO

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What I Read Last

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GOODREADS

A FANTASTIC FIVE STAR BOOK!!!  Do yourself a favor and go read this book!  Kya is abandoned by everyone she loves and by the age of eight is living on her own in the marshes of North Carolina.  She teaches herself to cook and makes money by digging up mussels every morning and selling them to a local market.   An older boy, Tate, helps her learn to read which changes her life forever.  Kya’s family and friends are the birds, animals, and insects that liver with her in the marsh.  She is happy and content.  Years later, an acquaintance of Kya’s, Chase, is found dead in the Marsh, and Kya is arrested for his murder.   Kya has been alone for years, away from the towns people but now she is front and center for the trial.  This amazing story deals with poverty, abuse, resilience, friendship, and prejudice.  It is beautifully written and the mystery of who killed Chase will keep you turning the pages.

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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 this from NetGalley.

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GOODREADS

The uplifting story of two unlikely mountaineers: a man in late middle age and a fearless pint-sized pup who, together, scale Colorado’s highest peaks.

 

I grabbed these from my local library after seeing them on La La in the Library’s blog. They sound so good! Can’t wait to read them.

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A moving novel about two strangers who find that kindness is a powerful antidote to fear.

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An utterly wonderful debut novel of love, crime, magic, fate and a boy’s coming of age, set in 1980s Australia and infused with the originality, charm, pathos, and heart of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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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 read books over 400 pages?

My answer…

YES!  I have read many books over 400 pages.  The Outlander series, the Harry Potter series, the Game of Thrones books, and the Comoran Strike series just to name a few.

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Furs-day Feature #13

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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 am changing it up again this week and featuring a couple of books about feathered friends.

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GOODREADS

Alex & Me is the remarkable true story of an extraordinary relationship between psychologist Irene M. Pepperberg and Alex, an African grey parrot who proved scientists and accepted wisdom wrong by demonstrating an astonishing ability to communicate and understand complex ideas. A New York Timesbestseller and selected as one of the paper’s Top Ten Books of the Year, Alex & Me is much more that the story of an incredible scientific breakthrough. It’s a poignant love story and an affectionate remembrance of Pepperberg’s irascible, unforgettable, and always surprising best friend.

My Thoughts

I remember being gobsmacked after reading this book.  I thought that when parrots talked, they were just mimicking humans. This book talks about how intelligent these birds are and how affectionate they can be.  The author discovered that her parrot, Alex, could not only communicate on his own but could solve complex math problems.  They also can live for over 30 years!

 

This book was just as amazing!

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GOODREADS

Seventeen years ago, when she adopted a neglected, orphaned thirty-year-old parrot named Tiko, the internationally renowned ornithologist Joanna Burger entered one of the most complex relationships of her life. Sullen and hostile when he entered Dr. Burger’s home, Tiko gradually warmed up, courting her during mating season, nursing her vigilantly through a bout with Lyme disease, and for a while even fighting her husband for her attentions. In time theirs was a relationship of deep mutual trust.

The Parrot Who Owns Me is Joanna and Tiko’s story, as well as the story of the science of birds, and of parrots in particular. Woven into the narrative are insights and fascinating revelations from Dr. Burger’s work—not only about parrots, but also about what it means to be human.

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

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I still LOVE this book. There are a few slow parts but the overall story is fabulous.  If you want a story about a strong woman who stands up for herself in a time when that was frowned upon, than this is your book.  Jane Eyre was written 150 years ago and it is still relevant today.

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GOODREADS

This book opened my eyes to what nurses went through during WWII.  Not only did they see horrific things, they also experienced them.  This group of nurses were captured and POWs in a Japanese camp.  Their endurance and resolve to live was inspiring.

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CURRENTLY READING

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GOODREADS

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

WHAT I AM LISTENING TO

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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GOODREADS

The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?

Nina considers her options.

1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.)
2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee).
3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)

It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.

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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…

Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years

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2009

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2010

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2011

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2012

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2013

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2014

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2015

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2016

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2017

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2018

 

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

janeeyre

I still LOVE this book. There are a few slow parts but the overall story is fabulous.  If you want a story about a strong woman who stands up for herself in a time when that was frowned upon, than this is your book.  Jane Eyre was written 150 years ago and it is still relevant today.

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GOODREADS

This book opened my eyes to what nurses went through during WWII.  Not only did they see horrific things, they also experienced them.  This group of nurses were captured and POWs in a Japanese camp.  Their endurance and resolve to live was inspiring.

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CURRENTLY READING

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GOODREADS

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

WHAT I AM LISTENING TO

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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GOODREADS

The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?

Nina considers her options.

1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.)
2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee).
3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)

It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.

Weekend Wrap Up #87

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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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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.

CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT MY FURS-DAY FEATURE BOOK WAS.

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CURRENTLY READING

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I am STILL reading this.  It is longer than I remember and I am busier than I want to be.

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GOODREADS

What I am Listening To

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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 found this in a free little library.

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On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office–leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist–an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways.

 

This was free on audible.

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Thirteen-year-old Emily Poe has been given the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to attend the exclusive Audyn School in Manhattan. But to win the scholarship, she has to pass a test like nothing she’s ever experienced before: a nearly bare room, a set of strange clues, a locked door. Plus, a mysterious organization—the Leopold Foundation—is watching her every move.

But the real test has just begun. Despite the strange circumstances—in a new house, at a new school—Emily instantly bonds with fellow scholarship winner Alice Wray.

And then Alice goes missing.

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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 continue with a book even though you aren’t liking it?

Nope. I used to try and finish but now my time is too precious to waste on a book that I don’t like.

Furs-Day Feature #12

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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 is a happy and wonderful book full of short stories that feature older dogs getting adopted.  If you love dog stories or are thinking about adopting a senior pet, this is a must read. I hope to adopt more senior dogs some day.

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“No Dog Should Die Alone” was the attention-grabbing — and heart-stirring — headline of journalist Laura T. Coffey’s TODAYshow website story about photographer Lori Fusaro’s work with senior shelter pets. While generally calm, easy, and already house-trained, these animals often represent the highest-risk population at shelters. With gorgeous, joyful photographs and sweet, funny, true tales of “old dogs learning new tricks,” Coffey and Fusaro show that adopting a senior can be even more rewarding than choosing a younger dog. You’ll meet endearing elders like Marnie, the irresistible shih tzu who has posed for selfies with Tina Fey, James Franco, and Betty White; Remy, a soulful nine-year-old dog adopted by elderly nuns; George Clooney’s cocker spaniel, Einstein; Susie, the funny little senior dog who got adopted by “Humans of New York” creator Brandon Stanton and “Susie’s Senior Dogs” founder Erin Stanton; and Bretagne, the last known surviving search dog from Ground Zero. They may be slower moving and a tad less exuberant than puppies, but these pooches prove that adopting a senior brings immeasurable joy, earnest devotion, and unconditional love.

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

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GOODREADS

I have been waiting to read this book forever!  I loved the author’s first book, Girl in Pieces. This book is just as excellent.  The main character, Tiger, gets in a fight with her mom, says horrible things, and her mom dies shortly afterwards.  The heartbreak and guilt that Tiger experiences almost crushes her. Then to make matters worse, Tiger is put into several different foster homes.  Life as she knew it is over. This book is very sad but the author writes so beautifully about grief and depression.

 

Grief is such a strange thing.

Sometimes it seems to be gone entirely,

but then one smell or sound or memory and it’s as if it was waiting there,

in the shadows, until you noticed it following you.”

 

This book is very realistic and not a feel good, sappy, everything has a happy ending type of story.   It is powerful, raw, and real. A definite 5 stars and a definite must read.

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GOODREADS

I will have a review closer to the book release date which is in December.

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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

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

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toptentuesday

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…

Books I Refuse to Let ANYONE Touch!

Most of the books that I refuse to let anyone touch are books that are either autographed by my favorite authors or are first printings.

 

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These books in the Oulander series have the original covers with original artwork. They are from 1992 and 1997. The covers were changed a few years back when the series became super popular.

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This Outlander book is newer, paperback even, but I value it because it is signed!

I grabbed this ARC at a book convention a couple years back.  This book is one of my all time favorites and fortunately I met the author at a different book convention.

I found this first printing of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at Half-Price Books.  The first two Harry Potter books originally didn’t have the numbers on the spine.  The publishers started that with book 3. You can also tell it is a first printing because of the number line that goes 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1.

Before J.K. Rowling was outed as Robert Galbraith, this is what the author bio in the back of the book looked like.  Now it just says Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling.  As soon as I learned that Rowling had written this book I rushed to the book store and grabbed the only copy and warned the staff that they might want to order more!

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I was at my library one day and there was a cart of books for sale.  My husband grabbed one and showed it to me.  I almost had a heart attack! It was the first four books of the Game of Thrones series A Song of Ice and Fire, AND they were first printings as you can tell by the covers.  The second book was even autographed!!! It gets even better, they were only $3.00 each.

I am a big John Green fan so when I saw first printings of Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherins, and The Fault in our Stars, I grabbed them.

One of my favorite books!!!

I had a friend get this autograph for me.  This book is a first printing edition!

Bought this at an auction.

Signed by BOTH authors but I only met David Levithan.

All of these are signed by the author, but only one is personalized.

Favorite child hood author.  I chatted with her a bit.  She was lovely.

Love the Heist Society books and I have all three personalized and signed along with a few of her other books.

All of my Rainbow Rowell books are signed and personalized.  Eleanor and Park is my favorite.

A librarian friend got this signed as a surprise for me!

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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GOODREADS

I have been waiting to read this book forever!  I loved the author’s first book, Girl in Pieces. This book is just as excellent.  The main character, Tiger, gets in a fight with her mom, says horrible things, and her mom dies shortly afterwards.  The heartbreak and guilt that Tiger experiences almost crushes her. Then to make matters worse, Tiger is put into several different foster homes.  Life as she knew it is over. This book is very sad but the author writes so beautifully about grief and depression.

 

Grief is such a strange thing.

Sometimes it seems to be gone entirely,

but then one smell or sound or memory and it’s as if it was waiting there,

in the shadows, until you noticed it following you.”

 

This book is very realistic and not a feel good, sappy, everything has a happy ending type of story.   It is powerful, raw, and real. A definite 5 stars and a definite must read.

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GOODREADS

I will have a review closer to the book release date which is in December.

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CURRENTLY READING

janeeyre

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GOODREADS

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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GOODREADS

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

Weekend Wrap Up #86

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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 am half way through this miniseries and it is very good.  This adaptation follows the book much better than the musical.  I love the musical too but if you don’t want to read the humungous book by Victor Hugo, then watch the miniseries.

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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.

CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT MY FURS-DAY FEATURE BOOK WAS.

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CURRENTLY READING

janeeyre

I am enjoying this re-read of my favorite book.

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I read both books around the time of Mother’s Day and both books deal with a daughter losing their mom.

WHAT I READ THIS WEEK

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GOODREADS

I have been waiting to read this book forever!  I loved the author’s first book, Girl in Pieces. This book is just as excellent.  The main character, Tiger, gets in a fight with her mom, says horrible things, and her mom dies shortly afterwards.  The heartbreak and guilt that Tiger experiences almost crushes her. Then to make matters worse, Tiger is put into several different foster homes.  Life as she knew it is over. This book is very sad but the author writes so beautifully about grief and depression.

 

Grief is such a strange thing.

Sometimes it seems to be gone entirely,

but then one smell or sound or memory and it’s as if it was waiting there,

in the shadows, until you noticed it following you.”

 

This book is very realistic and not a feel good, sappy, everything has a happy ending type of story.   It is powerful, raw, and real. A definite 5 stars and a definite must read.

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GOODREADS

I will have a review closer to the book release date which is in December.

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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.

This was May’s free book of the month from Tor.com

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GOODREADS

Autonomous features a rakish female pharmaceutical pirate named Jack who traverses the world in her own submarine. A notorious anti-patent scientist who has styled herself as a Robin Hood heroine fighting to bring cheap drugs to the poor, Jack’s latest drug is leaving a trail of lethal overdoses across what used to be North America—a drug that compels people to become addicted to their work.

I checked this out from my local library.

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In the fall of 1941, the Philippines was a gardenia-scented paradise for the American Army and Navy nurses stationed there. War was a distant rumor, life a routine of easy shifts and evenings of dinner and dancing under the stars. On December 8 all that changed, as Japanese bombs rained on American bases in Luzon, and the women’s paradise became a fiery hell. Caught in the raging battle, the nurses set up field hospitals in the jungles of Bataan and the tunnels of Corregidor, where they saw the most devastating injuries of war, and suffered the terrors of shells and shrapnel.

But the worst was yet to come. As Bataan and Corregidor fell, a few nurses escaped, but most were herded into internment camps enduring three years of fear and starvation.

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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 Nicki @ Nicki J. Markus/Asta Idonea

THIS WEEKS PROMPT IS…Which author would you most like to interview, and why?

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J.K. Rowling of course!

I would love to interview her because I have SO MANY QUESTIONS!!!

Furs-Day Feature #11

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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 am featuring this book because the movie based on the book is coming out tomorrow!!!

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This is the sequel to A Dog’s Purpose.  I enjoyed the first book more but this one has a lovely story too.

Book Blurb

A charming and heartwarming story of hope, love, and unending devotion, A Dog’s Journey asks the question: Do we really take care of our pets, or do they take care of us? More than just another endearing dog tale, A Dog’s Journey is the moving story of unwavering loyalty and a love that crosses all barriers.

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If you haven’t read the first book, A Dog’s Purpose, I highly recommend reading it.  Warning, it will make you cry.

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