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text 2018-07-31 14:50
July 2018 Reading Wrap Up
All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis - Joe Nocera,Bethany McLean
At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd): An Apart From the Crowd Novella - Jen Turano
Gaijin: American Prisoner of War - Matt Faulkner
Mystic Park (A Finding Home Novel) - Regina Hart

The heatwave/drought is taking it's toll on me and my reading. It is really hard to concentrate on less than totally engrossing reads. I was also much more busy IRL than I thought I was going to be at the start of summer vacation and August looks more like the same. 


My participation in this summer's 24 in 48 was lacking, but I got a bunch of smaller stuff read and off/archived on my NOOK, so I am okay with participating very low-key. The trial run of a reverse Dewey was better. I finished off two books for July and started August reading, all in eight hours.


For COYER, I participated in the Christmas in July read-a-thon - I got 3 books done.



1. No One Would Listen: A Financial Thriller by Harry Markopolos - 2 stars


2. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell - 3.5 stars


3. Lethal Warriors: When the New Band of Brothers Came Home/Uncovering the Tragic Reality of PTSD by David Philipps - 3 stars


4. All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera - 5 stars


5. All She Wants for Christmas: A Regency Christmas Novella by Amy Rose Bennett - 3 stars


6. Twelfth Knight: A Christmastide Tale by Marisa Dillon - 2.5 stars


7. Bespoke: A Tiny Christmas Tale (Espoir Archives #1) by Amanda Dykes - 2 stars


8. At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd #0.5) by Jen Turano - 4 stars


9. One in a Million (Lucky Harbor #12) by Jill Shalvis - 3 stars


10. Mystic Park (Finding Home #4) by Regina Hart - 4 stars


11. Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Browne - 3 stars


12. Gaijian: American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner - 4 stars


13. The Hens: The Third Day (12 Days of Christmas Mail Order Brides #3) by Merry Farmer - 2.5 stars






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text 2018-04-29 12:55
Dewey Read-a-thon Spring 2018 - Update #2
Winter Eve - Lia Davis
The Three Fates - Kate Quinn

Final UpdateI was only able to finish Three Fates last night because hubby came home and needed to talk Avengers: Infinity Wars with me, slowing down my reading to a crawl. I just got back from the ju-jitsu championships (we went only to support our friends participating) and entered my books/pages for the pages read goal. I donated 279 pages. I read a total of 6 hours and 41 minutes.


Update 2

Finished the third book, Desperate (Lipstick and Lead #0.5) by Sylvia McDaniel,  at the 4 hours and 19 minutes mark, but I was also making dinner and feeding the kids so the time maybe skewed a little. After finishing that book and dinner, I went into book four, Doc's Town (Prossers Bay Series #0.5), which was more like the first four chapters of a longer work than a story contained in four chapters.


Total pages read so far: 232.


I also decided to do one mini-challenge, the book and snack photo that I posted on IG. https://www.instagram.com/p/BiHx9oJB0aN/?taken-by=tearainbook


Now that my human random number generators are either sleeping or out with friends, I decided book five is going to be Three Fates (prequel to the Lady of the Eternal City series) by Kate Quinn. Book six is going to be On a Cold Christmas Eve (Tales from Seldon Park #0.5) by Bethany Sefchick. After that I don't know if I want to keep reading or get some sleep. 


I am laying off the caffeine for now and going with that green tea I mentioned earlier, along with a scone and some clotted cream (I go with the Cornish style - thin layer of butter, then jam, then clotted cream).


To my fellow participants - KEEP GOING YOU ARE DOING GREAT!!!!


Update #1

So I have read for 2 hours, 39 minutes according to stopwatch app on my phone. I started and finished two books: Winter Eve (Shifters of Ashwood Falls #0.5) by Lia Davis, picked by me and Catherine Finds Love (Ruby Springs Brides #1) by Karla Gracey, picked by my husband after he chose a number between 1 and 21. So far, 106 pages read and added to the read-a-thon goal. 


This time my son was the random number generator and he picked out my third book, Desperate (A Lipstick and Lead Novel) by Sylvia McDaniel.


Food wise: Lunch was stuffed mushrooms, half a sandwich, and shared a bag of Thai Green Curry rice crisps with my hubby. Two Kracken Spice Rum and Cokes. 


Original Post:

So I will be using just this post for updates and such throughout the day. I'm starting with Winter Eve by Lia Davis, a paranormal romance.


The opening questions:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Suffolk County, East Anglia, UK - our start time is 1pm, which gave me the chance to sleep in.


2)Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Three Fates by Kate Quinn - historical fiction set in Ancient Rome. Still need to find a way of dividing up all the mail order bride books so I don't burn out.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Take-away because I don't have to cook and the clean up is easy. And this Cranberry and Pomegranate Green Tea from Lipton - perfect blend that requires no sweetener be added to enjoy. I'll switch from my Tetley British Blend when I start feeling shaky.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Going to spend one hour of the read-a-thon reading to the kids as usual. Hubby is going to see Avengers: Infinity Wars with some friends from work so I will have a nice quiet night to read. We are not doing the BS camp thing today (son is so grounded due to his behavior at school), so I have all day to pack in as much reading as possible. I'm taking my daughter to ju-jitsu championship tomorrow morning, so I really have only today to get those hours/pages in.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?

No mini-challenges for me, just a little social and a lot of reading.


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text 2018-04-28 15:40
Dewey's 24 Readathon Opening Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?  Boise, Idaho.  Mountain time, 0600 start time for me (2 hours ago, I woke up about 0630 and just enjoyed laying in bed without having to get up and go to work).  Already starting the day behind.   Oh well!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Finishing my current one- To Charm a Naughty Countess

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I like it all.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Um, well, I'm offering a prize this time for the Dewey's hourly winners:-)

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? I want to read a lot.  By that I mean 12 hours or more.  But. It. Never. Happens.

Participate in the Scavenger Hunt in the Goodreads Dewey's group.  And 1 Mini Challenge on the Dewey's page. 

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text 2018-04-27 19:19
Friday Reads/Dewey Read-a-thon - April 27, 2018

Because I may go (or just have my husband go) with my son to a Cub Scout function on Saturday and spend Sunday morning at Ju-Jitsu Championship, I am picking books that are short and can be done despite the fits and starts of my reading. I went through my spreadsheet and picked 22 books that were 100 pages or less and made a list (see below). I will use random number generator to pick the book, plus I made another spreadsheet to track how many pages I read and how long I read. 


Basically I am going with mini-victories over one big triumph. Good Luck to my fellow Dewey participants!


List of Possible Reads:

1. Winter Eve by Lia Davis, 56 pages

2. Bruised by Stacy-Deanne, 79 pages

3. Giovanna by Loren Dove, 83 pages

4. Dialing Dreams by Jessica Eissfeldt, 49 pages

5. Mail Order Bride: Amelia by Karla Gracy, 49 pages

6. Catherine Finds Love by Karla Gracy, 50 pages

7. Brony's Destiny by Karla Gracy, 48 pages

8. A Bride for Carlton by Karla Gracy, 51 pages

9. The Prequel by Mona Ingram, 59 pages

10. First Impressions by Elizabeth Johns, 68 pages

11. Pride of Africa by Tori Knightwood, 62 pages

12. Desperate by Sylvia McDaniel, 93 pages

13. The Locked Room Murder by Nancy McGovern, 61 pages

14. His Prairie Princess by Kit Morgan, 89 pages

15. Once Upon a Campfire by Kait Nolan, 67 pages

16. Doc's Town by Cheryl Phipps, 33 pages

17. Three Fates by Kate Quinn, 47 pages

18. The Case of the Missing Cross by Felicia Rogers, 59 pages

19. On a Cold Christmas Eve by Bethany Sefchick, 88 pages

20. Star Dust by Kristin Strassel, 73 pages

21. A Dangerous Nativity by Caroline Warfield, 71 pages

22. Waiting for Dawn by Susan May Warren, 65 pages


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review 2017-10-22 19:37
On Fire
On Fire (Shadow Stalkers #4) - Sylvia Day
Darcy is a fire inspector in a small town investigating a series of arson incidents. Each is a place that Darcy is tied to in some way. After the third, she calls in for help. Jared, a Deputy Marshal arrives and is hot on the case. Insta-lust also flares up. 
This was decent. Very heavy on the sex, but it also had a plot. I liked Darcy's vocation, different for a change. She also saved herself towards the end, so mad props to that. Jared was also likable, and I liked that he had moments where he was distracted. 
I would have liked more on the mystery and Danielle. The suspense element could have been better. Everything was wrapped up, but *more* would have been wonderful. The "why" was lacking IMO. But, this did have halfway decent plot to all the sex that was happening on the page.
Slow start to this morning, this was the only book I finished for the readathon.  


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