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text 2018-06-08 12:03
Friday Reads - June 8, 2018
Drifting to You: Cape Fear Shipworks - Kianna Alexander
A Radiant Soul: A Sweet Way to His Heart Novella - Kianna Alexander
The Valcourt Heiress - Catherine Coulter

Tomorrow is the kick-off of COYER Big Summer Birthday Bash. To start, I am reading two books off my COYER reading list, Drifting to You and A Radiant Soul by Kianna Alexander. These were historical romance novellas from two different indie published anthologies that are now sold separately, at least in the Kindle store. 


I already have two books done for Ripped Bodice Summer Bingo this week: Winds of Salem for "time travel" square and When Summer Comes for "heroine is older than the hero" square. Right now I am working on a third, the one for the "Pre-Renaissance" square (The Valcourt Heiress by Catherine Coulter, set in medieval England).


I gave up on that WWI book because I couldn't get through the first chapter. I am taking the summer off from the reading list and will get back to it in September.


Started the grad school application process this week. Hopefully by September I will be back in school along with my kids.



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text 2018-06-01 17:02
June 2018 TBR
Winds of Salem - Melissa de la Cruz
One in a Million - Jill Shalvis
Wishing Lake (A Finding Home Novel) - Regina Hart
When Summer Comes - Brenda Novak
Cafe Au Lait - Liane Spicer
Welcome to Last Chance - Cathleen Armstrong
Submerged - Dani Pettrey
The Bounty - Beth Williamson
The Icecutter's Daughter - Tracie Peterson
All I Am (A Farmers' Market Story) - Nicole Helm

COYER and my library's Summer Reading Program are now live. I want to continue or finish some of my series reads and get through that one WWI book that is a door stopper. I want to read all the books I borrowed from Prime Lending so I can cancel my subscription over the summer (I just don't feel like the benefits are worth the ever increasing price). 



1. Winds of Salem (The Beauchamp Family #3) by Melissa de la Cruz

2. One in a Million (Lucky Harbor #12) by Jill Shalvis

3. Wishing Lake (Finding Home #3) by Regina Hart

4. When Summer Comes (Whiskey Creek #3) by Brenda Novak

5. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark

6. Café Au Lait by Liane Spicer

7. Welcome to Last Chance (Last Chance #1) by Cathleen Armstrong

8. The Spirit of '76 by David Browne

9. Submerged (Alaskan Courage #1) by Dani Petry

10. The Bounty (Malloy Family #1) by Beth Williamson

11. The Ice Cutter's Daughter (Land of Shining Water #1) by Tracie Peterson

12. All I Am (Farmers Market #2) by Nicole Helm

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review 2018-05-31 16:31
Asterix and Obelix's Birthday: The Golden Book, Goscinny & Uderzo
Asterix & Obelix's Birthday: The Golden Book - Albert Uderzo; Rene Goscinny

It's the 50th Anniversary of Asterix and Obelix, so they get their own Birthday Book! What would our heroes be like in the year 1 AD? It's amusing to find out, but let's face it, the perpetual 50 BC they are stuck in is more fun, so let's return there after out glimpse of the future...


How old are our heroes, anyway? Why aren't they married? What should they get as Birthday Gifts? How many characters from previous adventures will show up to celebrate? How will Caesar try to ruin the party? How many artistic styles and famous paintings can Uderzo parody (amazingly well) in one book? Just how surreal can one Asterix book get???


This has to be the most bonkers Asterix book of them all - by some considerable stretch! Best appreciated by those most familiar with the entire history of the village of Indomitable Gauls still holding out against the invaders...

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text 2018-05-20 11:24
COYER Big Summer Birthday Sign Up Post



This is my participant declaration for COYER Big Summer Birthday Bash challenge. To read the details about this summer's COYER, click here. I'm going to be honest, you need pen and paper to figure out all the different activities (bingo, scavenger hunt, read-a-thons, etc) and a calendar handy to write down all the dates assigned to Twitter parties and activities. 


First up - my goal is DEEP CLEAN, which is more than 20 books.


I am going to do two read-a-thons, Christmas in July (July 15th-21st) and Hurricane Berls (July 25th - 28th). Christmas in July ends just as 24 in 48 read-a-thon happens, so I am probably going to just extend my holiday reading through the weekend. I am going to do two activities, Bingo and List (my list is here). 


There are a lot more Twitter parties this time around, two per month. And there is a FB group that has daily games, which is one of the few reasons I am staying on FB.


Overall, I am excited to play in this challenge as I can tailor it to my reading preferences while still having structure. 

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review 2018-05-06 02:22
Clifford's Birthday Party: 50th Annivers... Clifford's Birthday Party: 50th Anniversary Edition - Norman Bridwell
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

A cute Clifford story that teaches kids how to accept gifts and the importance of friends and family. 

There are some weird parts in the story (kids just not coming to the party because they weren't sure about their presents? secretly regifting something right in front of the person who gave it to you?), but overall it was a nice story.

And it's got it's fair share of total destruction so that's always a plus.
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