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text 2017-11-20 19:49
16 Tasks of the Festive Season - Square 4
The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston
A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella - Liz Curtis Higgs
The Berlin Wall: 13 August 1961 - 9 Nove... The Berlin Wall: 13 August 1961 - 9 November 1989 - Frederick Taylor
Forgotten Voices of the Great War - Imperial War Museum,Max Arthur

Square 4, Part 1: Penance Day

Book: A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs

Task: 5.5 Theses of Book Blogging

 

1. Don't sell ARCs. Donate them to a charity or stock a free little library with them, but don't sell them. I don't read ARCs for a bunch of personal reasons, yet I feel really sorry for the authors who have their ARCs sold.

 

2. Stop the "real" books versus e-Reader/app debate. We all know you are just doing it for page views/social engagement and it is a tired argument. Some bloggers bring this up at least monthly so their numbers look good - ESPECIALLY on FB. Reading is reading and some readers have disabilities/conditions that technology has helped to read more/read again. The argument is classist and ablest and I will unfollow a blogger in a hot minute if I start seeing this.

 

This goes double with audible books. Some people like to read and do crafts/garden/cook/clean at the same time and a lot of them don't have the time in their day to schedule all the things as individual tasks.

 

3. Don't be afraid to review/talk about books from your personal stash, freebie books found in the Nook or Kindle store or even *gasp* the books from your local library. In the daily push to promote NEW! sometimes bloggers get burnt out. Give yourself permission to once a month write about those long cherished books and why they hold/don't hold up. Don't lose your blog's personality in the quest to look good for publishers/blog tour operators.

 

4. Don't be afraid to address serious topics in your review. Authors really need to get over having their book babies get criticized for racism, homophobia, etc that the reader finds. Authors should coral their fans and let's not start in with death threats and slurs directed at the book blogger. And GR/BL, Twitter, and FB could give a helping hand to the blogger/reviewer when shit hits the fan.

 

5. Don't feel the need to be on every social media platform so that your blog gets noticed. Seems like an awful lot of work in creating and maintaining a page on FB for your blog for nothing, since a lot of FB's algorithim will keep your post/page hidden from readers feed. Twitter is one big garbage dump fire. Other platforms seem more in line with helping book bloggers.

                         5.5 However, if a blogger really likes a social media platform, say Instagram, and enjoys coming up with photos of books and bookish stuff, MORE POWER TO YOU. Honestly I am a big fan of "bookstagram" and love to see what you guys and gals come up with. Keep them coming!

 

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Square 4, Part Two: Thanksgiving

Book: The Unyielding by Shelly Laurenston - I read it but my review got eaten by BL's bug fixing and I don't feel like re-writing my review. I gave it 5 stars and will probably gush about the entire series for at least the rest of the year.

 

Task: Picture of my new books. The family and I went to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford on Veterans' Day/Armistice Day (cause we know how to party, lol) and let's just say I can't be left in a museum gift shop by myself....I picked up The Berlin Wall 13 August 1961 - 9 November 1989 by Frederick Taylor; most likely the inspiration was seeing a piece of the Berlin Wall on display at the museum.

 

On a different day earlier in the month I went shopping at my favorite local charity shop for a White Elephant gift for the upcoming library staff and volunteer holiday party. I picked up Forgotten Voices of the Great War: A New History of WWI in the Worlds of the Men and Women Who Were There by Max Arthur.

 

 

 

 

 

Total points for this square: 4

 

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text 2017-11-10 08:30
Friday Reads - November 10, 2017
It Had to Be You - Delynn Royer
The Toymaker - Kay Springsteen
Through Waters Deep - Sarah Sundin
A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella - Liz Curtis Higgs
The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston

I haven't done one of these in at least two months. So what's up with me? I quit the PTO board (along with the person who held the president position, who is a friend) due to unethical behavior by a few members and by the principal and certain school staff. The position took a good 50 hours of my week and all I got was mistreatment and devaluing my work. Honestly I am not even bitter at this point; I kept my friendship intact with the other departing member and I can renew my passions that had to be put aside while others demanded my emotional, mental, and physical labor.

 

Parent teacher conferences were this week; my son's struggles with reading will require him to see a reading specialist once or twice a week (within the school day). In all other areas he is progressing at the right pace, so I'm glad his teacher is seeing the problem now and he will get the help he needs. My daughter's teacher wants her to attend one more day each week, as the teachers and specialists now see where her issues lie more fully than during the assessment phase and are tweaking her IEP. Again, it is because of dedicated teachers that my kids are getting the help they need. I treated the kids to donuts and flu shots, then took them to the toy store to see what they wanted to put on their Christmas list. No time like the present, as a friend and I are going to take advantage of the observed holiday today and go Christmas shopping in Cambridge while our hubbies take care of the kids. On Saturday we plan on going to Duxford's Imperial War Museum (one of five Imperial War Museums in England; 3 are in London and 1 is in Manchester). We are also planning on attending one of the Remembrance Sunday events this weekend.

 

As I mentioned in a book review earlier, I have decided to return to school to get my masters degree in library and information sciences. Right now I am just deciding which online program(s) I want to apply to and what the requirements are to apply. I am volunteering at my base library again (I go when my daughter is in school) and the librarians there are happy to teach me more of their job, so I will have a few years of experience "working" in a public library.

 

Reading-wise, it is all about the 16 Tasks of the Festive Season. I am having such a good time finding books from my huge unread pile that fit themes for the squares. I have one task to do, now just need to read some books. I am organizing my tasks and reading for the challenge by having each square's books and tasks in one post. Hopefully it will be easier to read and keep track of.

 

My currently reading shelf:

1. It Had to Be You by Delynn Royer - part Harlequin historical romance, part murder mystery set in the 1920s. (Square 1 All Saint's Day - black and white cover)

 

2. The Toymaker by Kay Springsteen - historical romance with class differences. (Square 1 Calan Gaeaf - heroine is named Ivy)

 

3. Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom #1) by Sarah Sundin - WWII romance between British Navy hero and American Navy yard worker heroine (Square 2 Bom Om Tuk - water on the cover)

 

4. A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs - Victorian romance with a hero that feels lots of guilt and shame for something he did in his past. (Square 4 Penance Day - plotline featuring characters feeling guilt)

 

5. The Unyielding (Call of Crows #3) by Shelly Laurenston - Nothing says community like 9 clans based on Viking mythology coming together to save the world from Guilveig and preventing Ragnarok! (Square 4 Thanksgiving - book about community)

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text 2017-11-01 08:00
November 2017 Reads
Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War - Lauren Willig,Joshilyn Jackson;Hazel Gaynor;Mary McNear;Nadia Hashimi;Emmi Itäranta;CJ Hauser;Katherine Harbour;Rebecca Rotert;Holly Brown;M. P. Cooley;Carrie La Seur;Sarah Creech,Jennifer Robson,Marci Jefferson,Jessica Brockmole,Beatriz Williams,Evangeli
Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir - Kelle Hampton
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Margot Lee Shetterly
A Gentleman's Game (Romance of the Turf) - Theresa Romain
The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston
Death of a Christmas Caterer - Lee Hollis

Winter has come to East Anglia. Good weather for bundling under blankets with a cup of tea and a book. COYER Winter Edition sign ups start mid-November, and the challenge starts in mid-December. And I have been working my way through the SBTB GR Oct-Dec challenge. I'm going to participate in the festive holiday game here on BL with MbD and TA hosting. All this plus meeting my BL/GR reading challenge (just one more book)!

 

Here is what I hope to read in November....

 

1. Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War by Various Authors

    Will use for Pop Sugar Challenge, just don't know where yet. Can also use the book to fill the prompt "veterans' day" in the SBTB GR challenge.

 

2. Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected by Kelle Hampton

    Pop Sugar prompt: By/About a Person with a disability (memoir about motherhood and raising a child with Down's Syndrome)

 

3. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

    I have already seen (and loved) the movie, but I wanted to read the book for the Pop Sugar prompt 2017 movie adaptions.

 

4. A Gentleman's Game (Romancing the Turf #1) by Theresa Romain

    To be used in the SBTB GR challenge prompt "game day"

 

5. The Unyielding (Call of Crows #3) by Shelly Laurenston

     To be used in the SBTB GR challenge prompt "give thanks" 

 

6. Death of a Christmas Caterer by Lee Hollis

    To be used in the SBTB GR challenge prompt "food coma"

     

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text 2017-10-31 08:00
October Reading Wrap Up
The Undoing (Call Of Crows) - Shelly Laurenston
London Calling - Sara Sheridan
DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 1 - Marguerite Bennett
DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 2: Allies - Marguerite Bennett,Marguerite Sauvage
March: Book Three - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Lewis Gaddis

 Dewey and setting more concrete goals in regards to Halloween Bingo helped me boost my reading back to my normal levels. The quality of my reading also improved from last month's crappy reads. My DNF trigger was pulled a lot this month and everything else about my reading improved greatly.

 

As Halloween Bingo ended yesterday, a big THANK YOU SO MUCH to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for putting on another great game. I am ready for whatever MbD and TA have in store for the next game. I will spend the rest of the year finishing up prompts from the Pop Sugar challenge.

 

Challenges:

BL/GR: 149/150

Pop Sugar: 1; 43/52 prompts filled

Halloween Bingo: 9 squares read; 19/25 overall

Library Love: 2; 48/36 for the year

 

1. Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Aliens square) - 5 stars

 

2. The Undoing (Call of Crows #2) by Shelly Laurenston (Dark Woods square) - 5 stars

 

3. London Calling (Mirabelle Bevan Mystery #2) by Sara Sheridan (Dark London square) - 4.5 stars

 

4. Curiosity Thrilled the Cat (A Magical Cats Mystery #1) by Sofie Kelly (Magical Realism square) - 3 stars

 

5. Sleight of Paw (A Magical Cats Mystery #2) by Sofie Kelly (Amateur Sleuth square) - 3 stars

 

6. Final Crisis by Grant Morrison et al (Monsters square) - 1.5 stars

 

7. DC Bombshells, Volume 1: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett et al (Dead Will Walk square) - 5 stars

 

8. DC Bombshells, Volume 2: Allies by Marguerite Bennet et al (Supernatural square) - 5 stars

 

9. Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel #2 by Richelle Mead, Leigh Dragoon, and Emma Vieceli (Chilling Children square) - 3.5 stars

 

10. Shadow Kiss: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel #3 by Richelle Mead, Leigh Dragoon, and Emma Vieceli (Vampires square) - 3.5 stars

 

11. March, Volume 3 by Rep John Lewis et al (Pop Sugar prompt - "month/day in title") - 5 stars

 

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review 2017-10-06 13:19
Review: The Undoing (Call of Crows #2) by Shelly Laurenston
The Undoing (Call Of Crows) - Shelly Laurenston

 

Another excellent installment in the Call of Crows series. This is Jacinda's (Jace for short; she is the berserker of the Crow clan) and Danski's romance (Ski for short, and the Keeper of the Word for his Protector clan). Going to say that the romance is more of a secondary plot and the battle to get rid of Gullveig in this universe is the main plotline. I think that was a good author choice; although I loved Jace and Ski's time together, their story was more subdued and had already started as a deep friendship going into new territory.

 

The political and diplomatic maneuvers throughout the book were a lot of fun to read about and seeing the clans work together made the violence in the book justified and part of a bigger plan, not just a means onto itself. The writing is still full of snarky humor and genuine friendships, and the return of Betty in the last 25% really gave the Crows just the kick in the butt needed to defeat Gullveig.

 

Can't wait to read book three.

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