Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WWW Wednesday June 21, 2017


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It's time for the weekly meme, WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.
All you need to do is answer the following questions:
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?
So let's get onto it!

What are you currently reading?  I'm just started reading  What We Find by Robyn Carr. I just loved her Virgin River series and am looking forward to this new series, Sullivan's Crossing.  I have about an hour left in All The Summer Girls by Meg Donohue

What did you recently finish reading?  I just finished reading an ARC of A Stardance Summer; I'll be participating in the blog tour on June 25th. I have listened to several audiobooks since last week; I finished My Happy Days in Hollywood by Garry Marshall (3 stars), The Red Umbrella by Cristina Diaz Gonzalez (4.5 stars), and The Cherry Cola Book Club (1.75 stars)

What do you think you’ll read next? I will listen nest to either Tearing Down The Gates by Peter Sacks or By Starlight by Dorothy Garlock.  I literally am just a few pages into my current book, so I'm not even thinking about what I'll be reading next.  

What about you?  Have you read any of these or do you plan to? What are you reading?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Book Beginnings/ The Friday 56 6/16/2017


Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice and Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. The idea is to share a sentence or so from the first page and the 56th page of the book you are currently reading!  Also, I will now also include a brief synopsis.

A Stardance Summer (Eternity Springs, #13)


A Brief Synopsis:  Lili Howe took a leap of faith when she decided to join the Tornado Alleycats, her elderly landlady’s all-female glamour-camping club. Lili’s always given everything to her career, putting herself on track to become her CPA firm’s youngest partner. But now that Lili’s carefully planned future is shattered, she’s willing to let summer work its magic on her―at all costs.

There’s never a dull moment at Stardance Ranch, the Colorado resort Brick Callahan built from the ground up. Still, a late night skinny-dipping session involving a bunch of “glamping” grannies. . .with his best friend’s kid sister Lili among them? He couldn’t have made up such story if he tried. The undeniable mutual attraction between Brick and gorgeous, spirited Lili is a reminder that life is full of surprises. But when Brick’s ex-girlfriend suddenly shows up, he’s faced with a desperate choice: Do right by a woman he once loved or take a chance on Lili. . .and do everything he can to win her heart?

Beginning of the Book

Prologue On a Wednesday afternoon in october at the tennis center, nine-year old Liliana Howe batted a tennis ball at a backboard and fumed Boys are such jerks!

Chapter One I won't cry. I absolutely positively won't cry.

Page 56

Patsy reached for Fresh Bakery's front door.  "Hmm . . .  maybe before we head back to  camp, I'll stop by the drugstore and buy some hair dye to touch up my roots."


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

WWW Wednesday June 14, 2017

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It's time for the weekly meme, WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam
@Taking on a World of Words.

All you need to do is answer the following questions:
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?
So let's get onto it!

What are you currently reading?  I'm am reading A Stardance Summer by Emily March. I am currently between audiobooks.. 

What did you recently finish reading?  I finally finished The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore.  I finished listening to Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain, Sisterland by Curtiss Sittenfeld, and If I Run by Terri Blackstock.

What do you think you’ll read next? I'm not positive on exactly which book, I will read; maybe an e-ARC, Abducted Innocence by Sandra Bolton.  Next, I will listen to either, All The Summer Girls by Meg Donohue or My Happy Days in Hollywood by Garry Marshall.

What about you?  Have you read any of these or do you plan to? What are you reading?

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

May Wrap-Up

Quantity-wise this was a good month with 12 books read or listened to.  There were also 4 books that I DNF'd for various reasons.

Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance

An interesting book about the Olympic gymnast, Simone Biles. Nothing amazing about it, but it was enjoyable. I try to read or listen to 1 book about an Olympic gymnast each year or really it has just worked out to be 1 each year, so now it is kind of a tradition after 3 or 4 years of doing so. The only thing that bugged me was the narrator mispronounced "Nadia Comaneci", other than that I thought she did a good job with using a different voice for many of the characters in the book.

3 stars

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

I listened to this book on audio. Very riveting. It totally kept my attention and books on war are not my favorites, especially not non0fiction. But this was so interesting; how he endured those 3 or 3 years as a POW is nothing more than amazing. The last part of the book was less interesting, but as a whole it was a very compelling book.

4 stars


This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information


I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. The idea behind this book is great, but the format of it as an e-book has a lot to be desired. This would be much better as a physical coffee table book. It was awful in regards to formatting on my actual Kindle e-reader, but somewhat better on my phone app and I'm guessing even better on a Kindle Fire. The author spoke with hundreds of librarians and Library Science students, as well as some authors and printed excerpts, quotes and essays. The print fluctuated from crisp and clear print to very light, hard-to-read fonts on a semi-dark background. Some of the essays were interesting, especially when authors or librarians talked about childhood memories of the library and how it shaped their lives. Also, most of the quotes, excepts, and essays were accompanied by photos, but it was often difficult to sometimes determine who was being matched up with whom. At times, the only way, it was decipherable were in the cases where you could determine which name and photo went together based on their gender or ethnicity. Overall, I did like the book, but reading it in a physical format would have worked better and hopefully in the final published version, photographs will be clearly labeled.

3 stars

The Lions of Little Rock

I listened to this on audio; this is based on the story of the year following the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The school district closed to all students rather than allow the integration to take place.  I was not aware of this although I had read a book ,  [book:Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle|23131084] which was about a similar event that occurred in Virginia.  Although this was for middle grade children or young adults, I found this interesting and well-written.

3.5 stars

Falling Hard (A Nugget Romance)


I received this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. I just loved this book. This is a great series by a great author. It was so wonderful to be back in Nugget, California. Reading this book just felt like getting into a nice snuggly pair of pajamas. It felt great to be back in Nugget, catch up with some of the old characters and meet some new ones. Stacy Finz is starting a new series coming this summer and I look forward to it. Since the new series takes place in a nearby town to Nugget, hopefully we will run into one of these characters occasionally. If you liked Robyn Carr's Virgin River series, you will also like the Nugget series by Stacy Finz.

4 stars

This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration

I very much enjoyed this book. It is marketed as middle grade, but I feel this is appropriate for both high school and adult readers as well. The views on immigrants actually has changed very little in some ways; new immigrants were always discriminated against for one reason or the other. Over history, there was always the sentiment that the newest group of immigrants, regardless of their ethnicity, race, language, or religion would never be able to assimilate into the American way of life. This book covers the years from when the United States first was settled by Europeans to modern times up through the 2015 or 2016. This book is very informative and reading it should be required during high school.

5 stars


Teenage Diaries by Radio Diaries

I got this audiobook through the AudioSync teen summer program. It was interesting, but since there is not an actual print or e-book available, I actually find this should be classified as a podcast and not an audiobook. It was very short, only about 2 hours. This man (forget his name) gave recorders to a bunch of teens back in 1999 to document their life for a program on NPR radio, I believe; 16 years later, he has 5 of them do it again with where they are now. Rather interesting, but I can't make myself give it more than 2 stars (ok). Reminds me of an audio version of the MTV show in the 90s or early 2000s, Real Life.

2 stars

One Perfect Lie

Although I got into the story right away, I found later on in the book things seemed to be unclear or just not consistent. I did listen to this book on audio and had to replay parts thinking I missed something, but I don't think I had; it just wasn't there in the first place. I keep going back and forth about whether to give this 2 or 3 stars. This is my 2nd book by her and I know she has a large following, I just am not that impressed. I don't think I have totally given up on her boks, but I will probably only read the one that I believe I had bought sometime back and read it and then determine if I read anymore by her or not.

2.5 stars

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March

This was a very good book. I listened to it within an hour and I wish this would have been longer. It is for the middle grades and should be required reading for everyone in junior high school.

4 stars

American Pickers Guide to Picking

I did enjoy this book, so don't be fooled by a rating of a 3 a 3 is actually a good book, just not something I consider a very good read that you need to read or that is amazing and that I truly loved and would recommend to the world. But it was solidly enjoyable book that I'm glad to have read. Although there were quite a few stories from the show, I would have enjoyed even more and plan to check out there website and watch as many of the shows as I missed. Since I only watched a couple seasons before we got rid of cable and there are 17 seasons, I have a lot to watch. If you are or have been a fan of this show, you probably will want to read this.

3.5 stars

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Believe it or not, I never read this book when I was a child or young adult. It was a pleasant enough book to listen to, but nothing earth-shattering. I may or may not listen to more in the series.

2 stars

I think my favorite audiobook was Unbroken and my favorite that I read was Falling Hard

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

WWW Wednesdays 6/7/2017

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It's time for the weekly meme, WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam
@Taking on a World of Words.

All you need to do is answer the following questions:
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?
So let's get onto it!

What are you currently reading?  I'm still reading The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore. i think I'll finish this on Wednesday.  I also started listening to Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain

What did you recently finish reading?  Since last week, I listened to Uprooted: The Japanese-American Experience during World War II by Albert Marrin, Second-Chance Summer by Jill Landis, and How Dare The Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimani.

What do you think you’ll read next? I'll read A Stardance Summer by Emily March next, since I'll be participating in a blog tour of this book which is being released this month. I;ll listen next to either Sisterland by Curtiss Sittenfeld or Dog Years by Mark Doty.

What about you?  Have you read any of these or do you plan to? What are you reading?

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Book Blogger Hop/Book Beginnings/The Friday 56 - 6/23/2017






The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Ramblings of A Coffee-Addicted Writer, Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice and Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. The idea is to share a sentence or so from the first page and the 56th page of the book you are currently reading!  Also, I will now also include a brief synopsis.


This week's Book Blogger Hop's question.If you are at a really good point in a book and the phone rings or the door bell rings, do you stop reading or let the phone or door bell go unanswered?

Usually if the house phone rings, it's a telemarketer,  so I usually  ignore it anyhow
Doorbell seldom too unless some one is selling something.

What We Find (Sullivan's Crossing, #1)




A Brief Synopsis:  Join Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Virgin River and Thunder Point series, as she explores the healing powers of rural Colorado in a brand-new story of fresh starts, budding relationships and one woman’s journey to finding the happiness she’s long been missing

Between the urban bustle of Denver and the high-stress environment of a career in neurosurgery, Maggie Sullivan has hit a wall. When an emergency, high-risk procedure results in the death of a teenager, Maggie finds herself in the middle of a malpractice lawsuit—and experiencing levels of anxiety she’s never faced before. It’s in this desperate moment that Maggie’s boyfriend decides he can’t handle her emotional baggage, and she’s left alone, exhausted and unsure of what her future holds. One thing is certain, though: she needs to slow down before she burns out completely, and the best place she can think to do that is Sullivan’s Crossing.

Named for Maggie’s great-grandfather, the land and charming general store at the crossroads of the Colorado and the Continental Divide trails have been passed down through the generations and now belong to Maggie’s estranged father, Sully. Though raised by her mother and stepfather after her parents divorced, Maggie has always adored Sully—despite his hands-off approach to fatherhood. When she shows up unannounced in Sullivan’s Crossing, he welcomes her with opens arms, and she relishes the opportunity to rebuild their relationship.

But when Sully has a sudden heart attack, Maggie’s world is rocked once again. Consumed with his care, she’s relieved to find that Cal Jones, a quiet and serious-looking camper, has been taking over many of Sully’s responsibilities as he recuperates. Still, Maggie is suspicious of this mysterious man’s eagerness to help—until she finds out the true reason for his deliberate isolation.

Though Cal and Maggie each struggle with loss and loneliness, the time they spend together gives Maggie hope for something brighter just on the horizon…if only they can learn to find peace and healing—and perhaps love—with each other.
 


Beginning of the Book

Maggie Sullivan  sought refuge in the stairwell between  the seventh and eighth floors at the west end of three hospital, the steps  least traveled by  interns and residents racing from floor to floor,  from emergency to emergency. 

Page 56

Maggie  got up, turned  and started walking to the store,  " I don't appreciate your attitude, " she said. 

What do you think?  I'm very early into the book, but I loved  Robyn Carr's Virgin River series, and I'm hoping to love this new series as well.

Book Blogger Hop/Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 - 6/2/2017







The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Ramblings of A Coffee-Addicted Writer, Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice and Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. The idea is to share a sentence or so from the first page and the 56th page of the book you are currently reading!  Also, I will now also include a brief synopsis
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This week's Book Blogger Hop's question.
Do your bookshelves have books ONLY or do you also have bookish items on the shelves?


Most of the books I have are on my Kindle now.  I keep a pile of my most recent books that I've bought at used book sales, etc. on my nightstand, but those on a bookcase in the basement, I believe only have books, but I'm not in the basement much, so my husband may have somethings other than books on there.


The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women


A Brief Synopsis: The Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.

Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive — until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.

But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come.

Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

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Beginning of the Book

Dear Readers,
When you are entrusted to tell someone else's true story - whether as an author, actor or director - I believe you have a responsibility: to do justice to whose story it is. That's how I approached the true tale of the radium girls from the very first moment I discovered it.

Page 56

It was the "lip, dip, paint routine" all over again, but with an all new cast.

Is this something you would read?  What are you reading this week?