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text 2019-01-13 10:41
Bout of Books Cycle 24 Daily Progress Report
Cheer Up Love: Adventures in depression with the Crab of Hate - Susan Calman
The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars - Dava Sobel
The Turning of Anne Merrick - Christine Blevins
Three Fearful Days: San Francisco Memoirs of the 1906 Earthquake & Fire - Malcolm E. Barker

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Read: Nothing yet.

Currently Reading: Cheer Up, Love: Adventures in Depression With the Crab of Hate by Susan Calman

Challenge: 1) in six words: tea drinking, rain bringer, library lover (via Twitter); 2) IG photo of the book I'm currently reading

 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Read: Nothing yet.

Currently Reading: I read to the 75% mark in Cheer Up, Love

Challenge: 1) Dinner Party 2) no IG photo today.

 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Read: Still nothing.

Currently Reading: Cheer Up, Love. Didn't read much of this because I had book reviews to write.

Challenge: Nothing.

 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Read: Nada.

Currently Reading: Cheer Up, Love. Very little read. More book reviews written.

Challenge: Nothing.

 

Friday, January 11, 2019

Read: Cheer Up, Love was completed right before we left for the lock-in.

Currently Reading: Nada.

Challenge: 1)IG photo of favorite cover color.

 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Read: Nothing.

Currently Reading: Started The Glass Universe....and feeling meh about it so far. Started The Turning of Anne Merrick, which moved quicker than TGU.

Challenge: Nothing.

 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Read: Nothing.

Currently Reading: Continuing with Saturday reads, plus started Three Fearful Days.

Challenge: Nothing.

 

Wrap Up

# of Pages Read: 

# of Books Read: 

# of Challenges Completed:

 

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text 2019-01-08 22:59
Tuesday's BoB24 Challenge Post
Nobody's Angel - Karen Robards
Rebellion - Nora Roberts
With Every Letter - Sarah Sundin
The Dragon and the Pearl - Jeannie Lin
Falling for the Enemy - Naomi Rawlings

Challenge

Character dinner party
 
You are hosting an intimate dinner party for five of your favorite characters. Who do you invite and what food do you serve?
 
I am of two minds in how I want to answer this challenge: do I go with the romance genre and break the rules a bit and invite 5 couples or do I go with another genre and just pick 5 characters. I decided to go with the romance genre and bend the challenge perimeters a bit.
 
First, the invitees: Susannah and Ian (from Nobody's Angel by Karen Robards), Serena and Brigham (from Rebellion by Nora Roberts), Mel and Tom (from With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin), Li Tao and Ling (from The Dragon and the Pearl by Jeannie Lin), and finally, Gregory and Danielle (from Falling for the Enemy by Naomi Rawlings). 
 
Second, the food: Honestly hosting this many people in my small British kitchen is the least appealing thing I can think of, so I would just book a table at a nearby restaurant or order take-away. I would serve whatever is ordered in an orderly take a plate and help yourself buffet style while the hubby plays bartender and I make lots of tea. Just very casual and mingling with each other. I would bake a Victorian sponge cake and put out some small chocolates for after dinner.
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text 2018-12-26 23:13
Bout of Books Cycle 24 Sign Up Post
Cheer Up Love: Adventures in depression with the Crab of Hate - Susan Calman
Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And all the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic - Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
North to You - Tif Marcelo
Sweet Disorder - Rose Lerner

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

 

My goals for this cycle is to read 3-4 books, taken from my Winter COYER reading list. I picked two non-fiction and two romances to give me some options to read depending on my mood. The books are attached to the post. I want to participate in one Twitter party and get 3-4 challenges done. I will be posting my daily progress in one master post right here on BL, with some pictures on my IG (as challenges may dictate). 

 

 

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review 2018-10-28 01:21
Witchmark by C.L. Polk - My Thoughts
Witchmark - C. L. Polk

I'm going to be frank.  A big reason I bought this book is because the online advertisements for it that featured the cover were so darned clever! If you haven't seen them, the two figures reflected from the bicycle wheels actually walked!  I tried to find a link, but was unsuccessful.  Anyway, that's one of the reasons.  Other reasons include recs by authors I like and an intriguing book blurb.

So, as Deborah Ross stated in her review on Goodreads, "The setting, very much like England in the throes of national PTSD following the First World War, a magic-yielding aristocracy, a conflicted hero and so forth, are familiar enough to be recognisable, yet integrated into a freshly imagine world."  I think that explains it perfectly.  :)

Just about everything works. There were a few places that I thought could use a bit more editing to make things a bit clearer, and maybe a tweak or two for the pacing, but they're mostly quibbles. The character of Miles is terrific and sympathetic and you can' help but like him. The secondary players - it's written in the 1st person POV so everyone else is a secondary for me - are interesting and possess more than one dimension.  The mysteries of the plot are intriguing and kept me guessing in many cases, and when they didn't, when I guessed what was happening, I kind of felt that maybe I was supposed to.

My one caveat is the whole romance angle.  The book is marketed as a fantasy romance, but it seems to me to be more a fantasy novel, set in an AU of WWI England with an important romantic subplot.  The romance is really far from the main element of this story.  So much so that the light-heartedness that permeated the last pages seemed almost out of place for the rest of the novel.  So beware, if you're looking for a romance-heavy story, I don't think this is it. 

That being said, I cannot WAIT for the next book to come out.  It's coming out in February of 2020 according to both Kobo and Amazon.  On Goodreads, the author has responded to the question by saying summer of 2019.  God only knows.  And not only that, the images for Book Two have as its title Greystar while the text shows it as Stormsong.  Again, your guess is a good as mine.  All I know is that I will be there to read it. :) 

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review 2018-09-10 03:19
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

 

Brief Review:

The very hungry caterpillar is about a very hungry caterpillar starting at the beginning of his life cycle and was very hungry and never full.

Idea of how it can be used in a classroom:

The very hungry caterpillar could be used in the classroom to show the life cycle of the caterpillar and what all the caterpillar eats. The teacher could do this by teaching the life cycle and all the different things that the caterpillar eats.

Reading Level & Leveling System:

Guided Reading

J

Pre-K to Second

Book Rating:

I would rate this book a 4 because it teaches students about the life cycle of a caterpillar. This could be a difficult concept for students to grasp but gives students some background information about caterpillars

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