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text 2019-11-08 03:48
COYER Winter 2019 Sign Up Post
With Every Letter - Sarah Sundin

COYER Winter2019SignUp


This is my official sign up post for COYER Winter 2019-2020. I am just doing the regular COYER, not the "With Friends" twist as my taste in reading doesn't really gel with the other participants and I avoid ARCs. So I will be reading books I owned that were/are priced at $2 or less for e-books/$5 for audiobooks. 


I will participate in just one read-a-thon: FFS, I Suffer from FOMO runs from December 15th-28th and COYER rules are exempt from the read-a-thon. I also plan to do the IG Challenge in February....and we will see how that goes, lol. I really like that there is only one Twitter party and it is in the early afternoon (hey, I'm old and I will be coming off planning, executing, and hosting two elementary-school age birthday parties, so leave me be in my oldness, LOL). 


As for my book recommendation, I chose With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale #1) by Sarah Sundin. As for a TBR for COYER, I am holding off until after 24 Festive Tasks is done before deciding whether to make a TBR for COYER or wing it. 


Here's to whittling down my e-book shelves!

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text 2019-01-31 09:00
January 2019 Reading Wrap Up

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Goals Progress

BL/GR: 16/75 (21% complete)

Nixon Reading List: 1/12 (8% complete)

Science Reading List: 2/15 (12% complete); 1 read, 1 DNF

Physical Non-Fiction List: 1/18 (5% complete)



Winter COYER: 10 books

BoB Cycle 24: 1/4 (25%) books read, 4 challenges completed

24 in 48 Read-a-thon: Read for 12 hours, 23 minutes and completed 597 pages



1. A Dance with Danger (Rebels and Lovers #2; Tang Dynasty #5) by Jeannie Lin (COYER; last item for 24 Festive Task game) - 4.5 stars


2. The Last of the President's Men by Bob Woodward (Nixon reading list) - 4 stars


3. The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of Elements by Sam Kean (Flat Book Society book club pick) - 2.5 stars


4. Cheer Up, Love: Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate by Susan Calman (COYER) - 3 stars


5. A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by Clayborne Carson and Kris Shepard - 5 stars


6. Three Fearful Days: San Francisco Memoirs of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire by Malcolm E. Barker - 4 stars


7. The Rancher's Convenient Bride (Coal Valley Brides #1) by Rose Andrews (COYER) - 2 stars 


8. A Death on the Way to Portsmouth (Lady Ashes Mystery Short Story) by Christine Trent (COYER) - 3.5 stars


9. To Be a Spy (Spy Series Short Stories #1) by Jessie Clever (COYER) - 2 stars


10. The Schoolmarm's Surprising Suitor (Poppy Valley Romance #1) by Beverly Bernard (COYER) - 2 stars


11. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (COYER) - 1 star


12. For the Love of Laura Beth (Chicago Christmas #4) by Aubrey Wynne - 5 stars


13. The Good Luck Sister (Wildstone #1) by Jill Shalvis (COYER) - 4 stars


14. The Chef's Mail Order Bride (Wild West Frontier Brides #1) by Cindy Caldwell (COYER) - 3 stars


15. Poison in Paddington (Cassie Coburn Mystery #1) by Samantha Silver (COYER) - 4 stars




1. The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel - the ladies in the subtitle got almost no page time, it was all the males and rich heiresses that funded the work. Very dry; no narrative hook or personality development of the ladies. My science reading list is not off to a great start.


2. The Turning of Anne Merrick by Christine Blevins - a lot of words, nothing happens and after 25 pages I hadn't made it out of chapter one and couldn't care for any of the characters mentioned so far.


3. An Awakened Heart (Orphan Train #0.5) by Jody Hedlund - I knew by page five I was not going to like the author's writing or the characters. It was that instinct.

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text 2019-01-27 22:10
24 in 48 Read-a-thon Master Post - Update #4
The Chef's Mail Order Bride: A Sweet Western Historical Romance (Wild West Frontier Brides Book 1) - Ashley Merrick,Kirsten Osbourne,Jeannine P. Pray Cindy Caldwell
An Awakened Heart (Orphan Train): An Orphan Train Novella - Jody Hedlund




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Update #4

Time: 12:23:20

Pages Read: 597


In between a Skype call with my mom, making and serving dinner, getting the kids' into their bedtime routines and actually into bed, and cleaning up the kitchen - I managed to finish The Chef's Mail Order Bride. I have two hours left in my time zone and so I am starting An Awakened Heart but I also just took some Nyquil so I could actually sleep through the night and not cough all night. All books read so far have been uploaded to the 24 in 48 website to be catalogued in their read books spreadsheet. 


I have a lot of reviews to write this week...



Update #3

Time: 9:44:42

Pages read: 465


The birthday party for my friend went a LOT longer than I had anticipated, so by the time I came home I was so tired I went right to sleep. Luckily, I didn't drink any alcohol (I played the part of a DD as a favor to the hostess), so I had no after effects/hangover this morning. Before leaving for the party, I made it halfway through The Good Luck Sister, so that was the first reading I did this morning. After breakfast, I started and finished Poison in Paddington, as chosen by RNG but counted from the bottom up (the number being 1). Both books were so good that I have added the series to my FicFact list to read more from in the future. 


RNG has been less than random (how many times can the number 3 come up?), but it chose for my next book The Chef's Mail Order Bride. This will put me over my pages read goal and within striking distance of my stretch goal. The time goal may not happen....


Update #2

Time: 5:05:11

Pages read: 230


Finished The Yellow Wallpaper and To Be a Spy. Random Number Generator turned up a lucky 3, which was For the Love of Laura Beth and I just finished it. Out of the lot so far, For the Love of Laura Beth is definitely a 5 star read; I didn't care for The Yellow Wallpaper and To Be a Spy didn't have enough of it's own storyline to get anything out of it, so it was a pure prequel bait.


RNG gave turned up another 3 (how random is RNG....), which will start my next set of reading with The Good Luck Sister by Jill Shalvis.


Update #1

Time: 1:30:24

Pages read: 70


So I read six pages of the first book at midnight and then the Nyquil kicked in. So I didn't do any real reading until I woke up this morning. So far I've finished The Schoolmarm's Surprising Suitor and A Death on the Way to Portsmouth. Oh, have I fallen for Lady Ashes in those 17 pages and can't wait to start the series! Now that I have had breakfast and my first cup of tea, it is time to tackle The Yellow Wallpaper and To Be a Spy.


I really like the new logo. This is my Friday Reads post for today in addition to my master post for 24/48. I feel a little under pressure to make up for my dismal performance in BoB24 earlier this month. I decided to go for the shortest books on my NOOK for this go-round just to clear up some space on my NOOK and keep within the COYER restrictions. I am starting at midnight Saturday morning London time (US EST +5) with the books attached to this post. After that, I am using Random Number Generator to choose my books since that way I won't dawdle and waste reading time. I won't be participating in any of the challenges except for the opening and closing questions. 


To my fellow 24/48 participants - Good Luck and I look forward to seeing what you are reading!



1. Read for 15 hours; stretch goal is 18 hours.

2. Read 500 pages; stretch goal is 750 pages.

3. Take one hour to read to the kids.


List of Possible Books:

1. Mail Order Cowboy by Maisey Yates (94 pages)

2. Hometown Heartbreaker by Maisey Yates (113 pages)

3. For the Love of Laurabeth by Aubrey Wynne (110 pages)

4. A Death on the Way to Portsmouth by Christine Trent (17 pages)

5. The Good Luck Sister by Jill Shalvis (100 pages)

6. What Lies Behind Us by Sierra Rose (133 pages)

7. The Christmas Mail Order Bride by Kit Morgan (136 pages)

8. Gone with the Ghost by Erin McCarthy (143 pages)

9. Love on the Prairie by Ciarra Knight (152 pages)

10. A Search for Refuge by Kristi Ann Hunter (122 pages)

11. An Awakened Heart by Jodi Hedlund (153 pages)

12. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskill (151 pages)

13. Herland by Charlotte Gilliam (150 pages)

14. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilliam (21)

15. Strange Tango by Michelle Dayton (131)

16. Once Upon a Winter's Eve by Tessa Dare (122)

17. A Mail Order Heart by Janelle Daniels (121)

18. To Be a Spy by Jessie Clever (29)

19. The Cost of Hope by G.S. Carr (133)

20. The Chef's Mail Order Bride by Cindy Caldwell (132 pages)

21. The Maid's Quarters by Holly Bush (70 pages)

22. The Schoolmarm's Surprising Suitor by Beverly Bernarnd (53 pages)

23. Lady Grace by Vicki Hopkins (161 pages)

24. A Lady of Esteem by Kristi Ann Hunter (153 pages)

25. Poison in Paddington by Samantha Silver (135 pages)


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