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text 2017-07-19 21:55
#24in48 and 2nd COYER Read-a-thons Reading List
A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
Chaucer's Major Tales - Michael Hoy
Persepolis I & II - Marjane Satrapi
The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two, The Son of Neptune: The Graphic Novel - Rick Riordan,Antoine Dode,Orpheus Collar,Robert Venditti
A Sultry Love Song (The Gentlemen of Queen City) - Kianna Alexander
The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom (Dreamspun Desires Book 14) - Kate McMurray
Secret Agent Under Fire (Silver Valley P.D.) - Geri Krotow
Killer Countdown (Man on a Mission) - Amelia Autin
The Soldier's Secrets - Naomi Rawlings
Falling for the Enemy - Naomi Rawlings

From today through next Sunday, I will be knee deep in read-a-thons. Since the 2nd COYER Read-a-thon rules stipulate that only print books can be read, I decided to make 24 in 48 all physical books as well. Some of the books are new to my COYER reading list, as they can be read for Pop Sugar challenge prompt fillers. I am also hoping that some of these books can be used for the Ripped Bodice Bingo, because I would like at least one bingo on that card.


1. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (Pop Sugar: Set in Wilderness) (Library Love Challenge)


2. Chaucer's Major Tales by Michael Hoy and Michael Stevens (Pop Sugar: Book mentioned in another book - Chaucer's Canterbury Tales was mentioned extensively in one chapter of London: The Novel by Edward Rutherford) (Library Love Challenge)


3. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Pop Sugar: Interesting Woman) (Library Love Challenge)


4. The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan/adapted to graphic novel format by Robert Venditti (Pop Sugar: Mythology) (Library Love Challenge)


5. A Sultry Love Song by Kianna Alexander


6. The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray


7. Secret Agent Under Fire by Geri Krotow


8. Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin


9. The Soldier's Secrets by Naomi Rawlings


10. Falling for the Enemy by Naomi Rawlings


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review 2017-07-18 00:00
Marry Me at Willoughby Close
Marry Me at Willoughby Close - Kate Hewitt Kate Hewitt puts her heart on full display with every character she creates and each tale she writes. The pain is real, the emotions are humanizing and the journey is cathartic. Alice is finding her way after years of uncertainty. She's searching for a place to belong. Will she find it at Willoughby Manor?
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text 2017-07-17 21:30
In Skates Trouble (The Chicago Rebels Series) by Kate Meader Free!
In Skates Trouble (Chicago Rebels, #.5) - Kate Meader

He'll give her what she needs . . .

Addison Williams isn't looking for romance, but when she encounters an eavesdropping stranger on an adjoining hotel balcony, she figures she's due a little fun. She just hadn't reckoned on the "fun" escalating so quickly to "out of control." One minute she's flirting with a whiskey-graveled voice in the dark, the next that same voice is telling her to do things. Hot, wicked things.

Cup-winning hockey player Ford "Killer" Callaghan can't believe he let the anonymous woman who blew his mind slip away into the night. He'll track her down because once could never be enough--even if discovering her identity places her strictly out of bounds.

Stolen kisses. Secret hook-ups. Deliciously forbidden in every way. Can a passion that started in the dark find a lifetime of love in the light?

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review 2017-07-13 17:43
Becoming Queen - Kate Willams
Becoming Queen - Kate Williams

I must say that, during my studies in literature, I was often searching and learning about monarchy as, in literature history, it plays a major role, of course. I kind of like everything about kings, queens and history of France but also England who, we must admit it, form a strong mix (not too mixed) of North America’s history. Anyway, I was learning here and there to put my readings in context, from Middle Age to 19th century, and since school is over, I decided to find and read much about kings and queens. Even if there are people who think they are absolutely useless and money suckers, for my part and without any political view, I think that the fact they’re trapped in the one-thousand-years-of-traditional-duties make their life kind of impressive. When we think they are as human as we are, we must admit they made pretty much good stories.


So, end of personal chat, I've been reading Becoming Queen from Kate Williams who is also a Historian and everything I was looking for about Queen Victoria was there in the way I wanted to understand it. I tend to think that, in "biographies", we often get lost in facts and, in that case, Williams succeeded in placing facts, quotes and contextualization in a beautiful way. We know that Queen Victoria has become Queen because of her cousin Princess Charlotte's death and the lack of heir produced by her other uncles. At my biggest surprise, the story of these two princess wasn't as "easy-living" as I thought and how Victoria became the greatest woman monarch of England’s history (after or before Queen Elizabeth II maybe) is even more amazing.


When we get to know more about monarchy, the great obstacle is that there is too much individual and that they often got the same name. But I surely recommend this book for learning purpose. Accept it or not, I think monarchy had played the big part of the world we actually live in and to know little or much about it is kind of a big deal.


4 ☆ ½

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review 2017-07-12 00:00
Napa Crush: Single Girls Wine Club (Wine Country Romance Series Book 2)
Napa Crush: Single Girls Wine Club (Wine Country Romance Series Book 2) - Kate Kisset Ms. Kisset makes wine country a must see destination with her intoxicating tales. Like the most robust of wines, she delivers a bountiful combination. Napa Crush serves up the humor but does not hold back on the heart. Who knew one short story could leave such a lasting impression. The Santino boys are easy on the eyes but clueless when it comes to the heart. Kate Kisset, gives readers something to talk about with her huggable characters and lovable stories. The problem is once the party begins, it's hard to stop at just one.
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