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text 2018-05-30 22:25
May 2018 Reading Wrap Up
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 - Adam Hochschild
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer - Michelle McNamara,Patton Oswalt,Gillian Flynn
The Case of the Missing Cross - Felicia Rogers
Alejandro's Sorceress: A Cardinal Witches Novella (The Cardinal Witches Book 1) - Alyssa Day
He's So Fine - Jill Shalvis

Bout of Books 22 jolted my reading and my NOOK is feeling lighter. Worked my way through some series and knocked out one WWI reading list book. I challenged myself to read 100 pages a day from Memorial Day to Labor Day (99 days if my math works); so far, so good. 

 

One week to the start of COYER Big Summer Birthday Bash (June 9th) and my base library's Summer Reading Program starts the 19th, but reading from the first of the month counts. 

 

Challenges:

BL/GR: 61 / 75

Pop Sugar: 3/50

BoB 22: 12; 607 pages read

SBTB GR Quarterly Challenge: 15/15 prompts filled a month before the challenge ends!

 

Read:

1. The Miner's Lady (Land of Shining Water #3) by Tracie Peterson - 3 stars

2. Harmony Cabins (Finding Home #2) by Regina Hart - 3.5 stars

3. When Snow Falls (Whiskey Creek #2) by Brenda Novak - 3.5 stars

4. He's So Fine (Lucky Harbor #11) by Jill Shalvis - 4 stars

5. To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild - 5 stars

6. Serpent's Kiss (The Beauchamp Family #2) by Melissa de la Cruz - 3 stars

7. White Witch (Texas Devlins #0.5) by Lyn Horner - 3 stars

8. Stardust (Circus Macabre #1) by Kristen Strassel - 2.5 stars

9. Katie and the Marshal (Montana Women #1) by Nancy Pirri - 3.5 stars

10. Pride of Africa (Hotel Safari #1) by Tori Knighwood - 1 star

11. Hunter of the Night (Lark Nation #0.5) by Clara Coulson - 3 stars

12. A Bride for Carlton (Sun River Brides #1) by Karla Gracey - 1 star

13. Mail Order Bride Amelia (Silver River Brides #1) by Karla Gracey - 4 stars

14. Valentine's Day at the Star and Sixpence (Star and Sixpence #1.5) by Holly Hepburn - 2 stars

15. Alejandro's Sorceress (Cardinal Witches #1) by Alyssa Day - 4 stars

16. Dialing Dreams (Sweethearts and Jazz #1) by Jessica Eissfeldt - 1 star

17. The Case of the Missing Cross (Justice and Miss Quinn #1) by Felicia Rogers - 4 stars

18. The Locked Room Murder (Bluebell Knopps #1) by Nancy McGovern - 2 stars

 19. I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara - 4 stars

 

DNF: None this month

 

 

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text 2018-05-22 09:31
BoB 22 Daily Updates - Final Update
Katie and the Marshal - Nancy Pirri
Stardust - Kristen Strassel

Final Stats:

Books Read: 12 books

Pages Read: 607 

 

Day One: Monday, May 14th 

What I read: The Locked Room Murder (A Bluebell Knopps Cozy Mystery #1) by Nancy McGovern; The Case of the Missing Cross (Justice and Miss Quinn #1) by Felicia Rogers

 

Currently Reading: When Snow Falls (Whiskey Creek #2) by Brenda Novak

 

Reviews: None written

 

Daily challenge: Describe yourself in six wordsMom, library volunteer, reader, cross stitcher (posted as a comment on Bout of Books website)

 

IG photo challenge: TBR pile is kind of hard to do when you are hoping to get through a bunch of ebooks, but here is my attempt: https://www.instagram.com/p/BixZaAZh_5I/?taken-by=tearainbook

 

Other: None, as the Twitter chat party happened when I was sleeping - stupid time zones! I will make it to the Saturday one.

 

Day Two: Tuesday, May 15th

What I read: When Snow Falls (Whiskey Creek #2) by Brenda Novak, Dialing Dreams (Sweethearts and Jazz #1) by Jessica Eissfeldt, Mail Order Bride: Amelia (Silver Springs Brides #1) by Karla Gracey, and Valentine's Day at the Star and Sixpence (Star and Sixpence #1.5) by Holly Hepburn

 

Currently Reading: Harmony Cabins (Finding Home #2) by Regina Hart

 

Daily Challenge: http://melissasteinman7.booklikes.com/post/1669539/han-solo-at-stars-end-by-brian-daley

 

IG Challenge: I didn't do it.

 

Day Three: Wednesday, May 16th

What I read: Not a damn thing. Too busy. Will work double time tomorrow and Friday to make up the reading.

 

Currently reading: Harmony Cabins (Finding Home #2) by Regina Hart

 

Daily Challenge: http://melissasteinman7.booklikes.com/post/1675310/my-precious

 

IG Challenge: I didn't do it.

 

Day Four: Thursday, May 17th

What I read: A Bride for Carlton (Sun River Brides #1) by Karla Gracey, Hunter of the Night (Lark Nation #1) by Clara Coulson, Pride of Africa (Hotel Safari #1) by Tori Knightwood

 

Daily Challenge: N/A

 

IG Challenge: N/A

 

Day Five: Friday, May 18th

What I read: Nothing

 

Daily Challenge: N/A

 

IG Challenge: N/A

 

Day Six: Saturday, May 19th

What I read: Katie and the Marshal by Nancy Pirri

 

Daily Challenge: N/A

 

IG Challenge: N/A

 

Day Seven: Sunday, May 20th

What I read: Star Dust (Circus Macabre #1) by Kristen Strassel, White Witch (Texas Devlins #1) by Lyn Horner

 

Currently reading: Alejandro's Sorceress by Alyssa Day

 

Daily Challenge: N/A

 

IG Challenge: N/A

 

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text 2018-05-20 14:54
Bout of Books Day 6

It's the last day of bout of books. Unfortunately I was sick and haven't contributed to the challenges, but I still managed to read a whole book, The Remains of The Day, something that I've wanted to get to for a long time. I'm usually an even slower reader and don't manage one book in a week, so to me bout of books has been a success. I'm not sure if I'd do a readathon again, though, as I'm just too slow of a reader to be cut out for them :) I'm just not in the mood to try and finish Love In The Time Of Cholera, so I challenged myself today to get as close to the halfway mark in The Wind-up Bird Chronicles. I'm absolutely loving the book. There's something very addictive about Murakami's writing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2018-05-16 20:34
My Precious
Never Forget Me - Marguerite Kaye

Being in the military means moving a lot, so most of my "keeper" shelf has to be in e-book format to keep within household shipping weights. Today's BoB challenge is to show a favorite keeper shelf book; it may be all the WWI reading I have been doing this year, but I picked this slim anthology as "my precious" to share.

 

This anthology was originally published in August 2014 to go with the 100th anniversary of the start of the war. All three novellas are written by the same author and uses a Scot family to show not only how the war affected them, but the huge changes in society that were being pushed forward by the war. The first story deals with the beginning of the war and the manor house being turned into a makeshift hospital (a la season 2 of Downton Abbey). The second story takes place in France in the middle of the war and you can already feel a generation getting "lost". The last story starts on November 11, 1918 and shows the grief and wild abandon that followed.

 

I really love each story as individual tales as well as part of a whole. I am planning on a re-read come this November.

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text 2018-05-15 12:41
Han Solo at Stars' End by Brian Daley

Today's Bob22 challenge is to post a picture of a book published in the year the reader was born in. 

 

Welcome to 1979!  I am about six weeks older than this book. Han Solo is my favorite SW character and with the new movie out, I thought it would be fitting to make this my challenge post.

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