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text 2018-04-13 13:26
#36 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Brenna M's Book Blog

Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! Meet Brenna and her amazing book recommendations! 

 

Follow Brenna M's Book Blog: http://brennam.booklikes.com/

 

 

What are you reading right now? How do you like it?

 

City of Hope by Kate Kerrigan. So far, I am enjoying this. It’s set in 1930’s in Ireland. Historical fiction always interests me., but I’m just starting off so we’ll see. The character is a strong female character who just loses her husband, and goes back to New York City rather than stay in small town Ireland.

 

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright. I’m just a chapter or 2 into this one as well, but I am liking this one a little better. Add a little mystery to the historical fiction, and my interest is peaked. A woman purchases an old house sight unseen and wants to renovate. And the mystery starts as she arrives to find it delapitated and with a lot of old folklore stories about it. 

 

The House on Foster Hill - Jaime Jo WrightCity of Hope - Kate Kerrigan

 

 

Which book made you a book lover?

 

The Cay by Theodore Taylor.  I was 9 years old and saw the movie with James Earl Jones and just had to read the book. Ever since then, my love for books and libraries started. I loved disappearing into the Caribbean in the Cay and that idea of disappearing into a book is just as strong. The thought of visiting a different US state or a different country sometimes makes me feel like I have actually been there. All of this just by browsing a shelf or two at the local library.

 

The Cay - Theodore Taylor 

 

 

How did your book blogging adventure start? What do you enjoy the most about it?

 

About 5 years ago, I saw something posted about a book giveaway. It was on Goodreads and I signed up for that one and a few others. I actually won 2 of them almost right away. I did not feel comfortable about not at least rating it. So for any book I have received either in a giveaway or offered from author, I rated it and wrote a  review. Some time later, every book I read was reviewed. One of the things I was and still am not fond of on the one site, though, is there is not a lot of interaction between myself and the friends list I had. And that meant fewer reviews that I read, and fewer recommendations from friends. I found Booklikes and started to share my reviews and a few quotes. I found it a lot more interactive when it came to having a strong feeling about a book and wanting to talk about it. I’ve met a lot of great people, and my “friends list”/followers list is a little more international as well.

 

 

 

You mention that you have Italian, German and irish roots in your family. Does it reflect your reading preferences?

 

It does reflect a lot more than I realized at first. My grade school was not very diverse but did encourage a lot of reading. The books that I tended to lean to and pick out myself always were in a different culture (i.e. a book set in the south or in England, or with the main character being from a foreign country).

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach. I loved this book and cannot wait to read more of Mr. Stambach. This was his debut novel, set in an orphanage for “gravely ill” children because Ivan was born with physical disabilities. Mr. Stambach has used humor, heartach, love and hope beautifully in this book with a not so “perfect” main character. I couldn’t help but love Ivan by the end of the book.

 

Tobit and the Hoodoo Man by E.S. Kraay  is another one I really enjoyed. This is a combination of historical fiction set during the Civil War and mystical realism. 3 dimensional characters through the book, good story telling, definitely I found it well written and I didn’t want to put it down. 

 

Tin Lily by Joann Swanson. Another debut author. I found this book short, yet captivating. This is a young adult novel, and the topic is a tough one from the first chapter when Lily witnesses her mom’s murder.

 

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko - Scott StambachTobit and the Hoodoo Man: A Mystical Tale from the Civil War South - E.S. KraayTin Lily - Joann Swanson

 

 

How do you find new books to read?

 

My more fun way to do this is, time willing, to walk up and down a few of the aisles of the library. The closet one has a library staff pick area, a seasonal area or a topic specific area (i.e. photograpy, gardening, politics, whatever), and even a teen pick on the endcaps of the aisles. Always fun going through those aisles. Used book sales are of interest to me, too. I love browing the books and seeing what pages have been earmarked or if the person put their name in it to see where it came from.

 

 

Are you an adventurous reader picking up new genres or are you loyal to your favorite book genres?

 

I am gradually getting better at being adventurous, but young adult and historical fiction still tend to be the go to genres.

 

Reviewed Shelf

 

 

How much time do you spend reading daily?

 

Unfortunately it’s not always daily. I try to get at least a half an hour in every day, if not more.

 

 

What are you three favorite book covers?

 

I’m not sure if I really have a favorite cover. I do check them out, sometimes the first impression with the title helps me to decide. But I usually don’t spend too much time on them. (sorry, front cover artists).

 

 

You write: My local library is one of my favorite hangouts. How often do you visit your library?

 

I try at least twice a week. If i take too long in getting back, the staff start asking where I’ve been!

 

 

Why reading is important to you?

 

It’s my down time, relax time. A way for me to get out of the stress related run on sentences runnig through my head after a long day at work. A perfect stay-cation kind of moment.

 

 

How do you choose your next book to read?

 

See # 6. For the official next book, I tend to read series books in order and close to gether. If not part of a series, it doesn’t always make sense how i pick them. Sometimes, it’s a combination of the cover, title, and blurb sounding interesting (sometimes this does disappoint, though). Other times it’s an author or subject i want to get back to reading.

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

Paper book definitely. It’s a way for me to chill out away from electronics.

 

 

Three titles for a sunny spring day?

 

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg 

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt 

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote 

 

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion - Fannie FlaggTuck Everlasting - Natalie BabbittBreakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories - Truman Capote

 

 

Favorite quote?

 

It seemed clear that wars were not made by generations and their special stupidities, but that wars were made instead by something ignorant in the human heart”
― John Knowles, A Separate Peace

 

If you could pair a book with a drink, what would you prepare to sip while reading?

 

Steaming hot green tea

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

ARCs

 

 

Signed by author

 

 

Thank you!

 

 

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review 2018-02-26 22:00
Tell Me No Lies
Tell Me No Lies (Follow Me Back) - A.V. Geiger

After Eric Thorn's phone was found cracked and bloody in the snow, but no Eric Thorn, who knows what's going on? Fangirl Tessa Hart knows the truth. She's been in hiding the last couple of months. But now she's forced to face the consequences. Back in the interrogation room it seems as though there are more questions than answers.

This is the conclusion to Follow Me Back. To be honest I don't remember a whole lot about that book, only that I had fun reading it and it shed some light on the dangers of social media. The same can be said about this book. Instead of focusing only on Twitter like the first book, we learn about Snapchat (okay, maybe I'm the only one who learned about it) and even though it may seem safer, you just never know what can happen. I was a little surprised at who the culprit was in this one. I enjoyed a look into Eric Thorn's life, how demanding and hectic it is to be famous. I'm a sucker for books that have police interviews and Twitter messages and stuff like that so I loved those parts. Overall this was a fast read and a satisfying end for me.

Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for an ARC.

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#25 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Romance Book Reviews For You

Meet Sissy, a lover of romance books with an impressive number of (nearly) 1,000 book reviews!

 

Follow Romance Book Reviews For You on BookLikes: http://sissymae.booklikes.com/

 

 

When was the very first time you thought “Books. My love!”?

 

I was a young girl when my neighbor Lois introduced me to her Harlequin Romance books. I quickly became addicted to Romance Books. 

 

 

How did your blogging adventure start? Can you name three things blogging changed in your (reading) life?


My Blogging adventure started about three years ago. I have been a hardcore reader and just loved the books so much that I wanted to leave reviews for other people looking for a good book.  Reviews where a big thing for me when I was looking to read a book.  I like to see what the other person thought even if it was bad. I happened to find NetGalley reference in one of those reviews from there I went to the NetGalley website and found a life changing site for me.


Blogging changed my reading life by opening my eyes to some of what goes on with getting a book out.


How much for the author and the assistant to get release blitz, book information and etc out to the bloggers. Just how they keep on top of that part is amazing.  When I was just a reader it was just a treasured book now I can see the ‘blood sweat and tears’ that go into making that book. That in turn has made me try to be more organized, making sure that I do all I can to help get the word out. On a personal note I have found some very good authors that I may not have every found if I didn’t get into blogging. 

 

As a blog reviewer I have tried to read different romance stories that as a regular reader I would not have wanted to read.  Which would have made me miss out on some great stories and authors. Honestly, this is a time-consuming job to review and posting book blitz. But its one that I truly love and enjoy!

 

 

What are you reading now? How do you like it?


I just found a new author named Monique Orgeron and I have been reading her ‘Stern Family Saga’ books.  Ms. Orgeron isn’t the only books I have on my reading table but her books are ones that I just can’t get out of my mind.  I think most readers will understand when you read a great book and you just keep thinking back to it. I also just finished reading Stacy Reid book The Duke and I.

 

Art of Seduction (A Stern Family Saga Book 1) - Monique OrgeronArt of Forgiveness (A Stern Family Saga Book 2) - Monique OrgeronThe Duke and I (Forever Yours Book 2) - Stacy Reid,AuthorsDesigns

 

 

Do you read one book or several at the same time?


This is something that has changed.  I used to be a reader that would only read one book at a time. I still try to stick with that attitude but have become flexible that I can jump around.

 

 

Your blog title is all about romance books! Why romances?


It is just a personal preference for me.  I love to read other books such as Harry Potter, Eragon and things similar.  I love to collect cook books too. Romance books have a special place in my heart.  Romance book have always been my go to place when I need to take a break from troubled times in my life.

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?


Gosh, that would be hard to say. I have so many favorite authors that I don’t think I could write them all down. I have my solid go to authors such as Donna Fletcher, Lynsay Sands, Lisa Kleypas and some newer ones Leilani Love, Lauren Smith and of course Monique Orgeron.

 

 

I your short bio you write “I also enjoy writing reviews and finding new authors and books.” How do you find new authors?


I found that GoodReads, Facebook, Twitter and most social media sites are a good source for that.  I also look to other bloggers to help me find author via their reviews.

 

 

You’ve reviewed nearly 1,000 books on your BookLikes blog! WOW. What’s your book review process? Any tips for beginners?


I don’t really have a review process. I pick books that catch my eye, that I like the story, the author is someone I have read before or sometimes I look for new authors. If I know that I am not going to read it right away I place a date on my calendar to remind me to review the book. I try to review the book as soon as I can after reading it. I like to write when my emotions are still fresh from the book but that isn’t always the case.

 

 

What are your three favorite book covers?


Again, this would be to hard to say. But in general, I like Historical Romance Covers: Regency, Victorian or Highlander.

 

Lana and the Laird (Untamed Highlanders) - Sabrina YorkDevil in Spring - Lisa KleypasAccidentally Compromising the Duke - Stacy Reid

 

How do you decide what to read next?


As I touched on earlier social media sites are great places to go.  But something I used to do and still do to this day is go to my local library site on OverDrive. With my library card you can log on and access ebooks there. My local library site on OverDrive gives me a search section where I can suggest book to them. On this search site to recommend books it shows me what books are going to be coming out soon. So, I mark them suggesting they get that book and quickly goes to the GoodReads site to find that book and mark it ‘To Read”.

 

 

What are the new releases you’re impatiently waiting for right now?


Lynsay Sands, Lisa Kleypas, Leilani Love, Lauren Smith and Monique Orgeron.

For, Leilani Love, Lauren Smith and Monique Orgeron I just want their next book ASAP. 

 

Surrender to the Highlander - Lynsay SandsHello Stranger: The Ravenels, Book 4 - Lisa Kleypas

 

 

What’s your reading spot? We’d love to see the photos :)


I have read everywhere I go like lunch breaks, when I have to wait for an appointment but mostly on my comfortable couch at home.

 

 

If you could meet one literary character, who would it be?


Well it wouldn’t be from any of my Romance Book stories, I like them where they are.  I love seeing historical photos and hearing stories about the past.  So, I would choose a historical figure to see how life was back in their day.

 

 

Ebooks or paper books?


I lean toward ebooks more since I discovered them so many years ago. I find them more portable and easier to keep track of. I like paper back books too but just find ebooks so much easier to have.

 

Your favorite quote?

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” 
 William Styron

 

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

I don’t actually have a physical library most all my book are eBooks.

 

 

Thank you!

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#24 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Kat's Books ->

 

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See you next Friday! 

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text 2018-01-05 14:14
#23 Follow Friday: My Never Ending List

 

Let's meet Sandy, a book lover behind the My Never Ending List blog, a proud owner of the TBR pile of nearly 4K books and a huge supporter of libraries! 

 

Follow My Never Ending List blog on BookLikes: http://sandy.booklikes.com/

 

 

What are you reading now? How do you like it?

I am currently reading The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd. I’m just getting into it and so far, I’m really enjoying it.  I’m really excited about her new novel coming out this year. I really loved The Madman’s Daughter’s series that she wrote and I want to give her other series another go this year. 

 

 

When have you discovered that books are your passion?

 

I remember as a child, going down to our streets corner to the book mobile to check out books.  As I had my children, I started to realize how much fun books as we read together and as they grew and we shared what we read. My passion for book exploded when I went back to school for my education degree.  I took a literacy class and we had to read a certain number of children’s/teen books out of a list of different genres.  I went crazy and exceeded the requirement.  I even wrote up my thoughts on a recipe card for each book so I would have it for further reference. 

 

 

Your blog title in “My never ending list”, does it refer to your TBR pile? How big is it?

 

Yes, my blog title refers to my TBR pile which is monstrous now.  I used to try to contain it but I have now given up.  I have decided that I like too many books and why control it? Everyone that knows me knows that I love books so I might as well let them see the numbers.  I have tried to put every book that I own on that list (if I haven’t read it) so I don’t purchase another copy plus all the books I would love to read.  It’s a pretty good list!  Right now, it stands at 3,825.

 

The Never Ending List - Bookshelf

 

How did your book blogging start? Have blogging changed anything in your (bookish) life?

 

My book blogging started when I was in my Children’s Lit class and I started writing up the recipe cards for the books I was reading.  I was starting to read more and then I found GR. I decided to post a few reviews online so that I would remember what I had read them and I wouldn’t have to resort to the recipe cards and my plastic file box. I was definitely nervous about filing my reviews online those first few times. Blogging has definitely opened up many new avenues for me and made my life more fulfilling.  I love reading what others are reading and how reading is impacting their lives. I get lots of recommendations from others and I like being part of a great community of individuals who made you feel welcomed and accepted.

 

 

 

 

According to your reading challenge page you’ve read 287 books in 2017! Wow! What’s you reading plan for 2018?

 

I did read a lot of books in 2017 but 66 of those books were children’s picture books.  I set my goal this year at 150 books.

 

The Never Ending List - Reading challenge page

 

 

In your short bio you write “I read almost every genre and I enjoy venturing into unfamiliar territory”. What’s the most unfamiliar bookish territory you’ve explored and enjoyed?

 

I just finished reading a western today. My first western and l really liked it. I am really into historical fiction and this genre was totally new to me a couple years ago.  Now, I can’t get enough of it. Graphic novels and memoirs are a couple other new genres that I have recently dived into this past year.  I have to thank all my good friends at BookLikes for that as their reviews have spiked my interest.  

 

 

What are you three favorite book covers?

 

My favorite book covers would be: The Museum of Heartbreak (nostalgia), The Wager (look closely at this one), The Continent (just beautiful).

 

The Museum of Heartbreak - Meg LederThe Wager - Donna Jo NapoliThe Continent - Keira Drake

 

 

You’re a library volunteer. Why libraries are so special to you?

 

Are you sure you want me to get started on libraries? I am a huge supporter of libraries.  Most libraries today are not just about books, they are about much more, there are endless opportunities at most libraries. They provide resources for individuals to be successful, be engaged with others, to grow, and have fun. I wished everyone would check out their library as see what they have to offer and I wished the libraries would tell their patrons what services they provide besides books.

 

One of my most rewarding opportunities at the library is our summer outreach program.  All summer long, once a week, we head out to a kid’s summer camp and take books, a craft and computer tablets.  We spend 2.5 hours each week, rotating the kids into the 3 sections. Weekly switching out books and crafts. We leave the books weekly so they have something to read. I love to see them get excited over the books and to hear them talk about what they read. This will be our third year and the kids get excited when we come. Some of these children have never been to the library and for some of them, this is their only exposure to books for the summer. This is a win-win situation.

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers in 2018?

 

The Wife Between Us was excellent. I could not quit talking about this novel when I was finished. A Girl Like That was intense. This is one novel that packed a punch and one that your definitely don’t want to miss. If you haven’t read a novel by Megan Shepherd, I highly recommend it. In 2018, her latest novel Grim Lovelies is coming out and I’m excited to get my hands on it. 

 

The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah PekkanenA Girl Like That - Tanaz Bhathena

 

 

 

You work with children. How do you encourage them to read books?

 

That’s a great question.  I have a lot of children tell me that they don’t like to read. I try to talk to them about what they do like and what they like to do in their free time.  It’s amazing how much they will tell you if you will just listen to them.  Sometimes they will tell you about sports, hobbies, pets, vacations ideas, vacations, etc. things that get them excited.  These are ideas that lead me into book topics, authors and titles with them.  I also keep some children’s graphic novels and magazines in my bag with me and pull these out and we talk about how these are reading too. This brings a smile on their faces, something fun and sometimes short. 

 

 

Do read one or several books at a time?

 

I usually read one book and then listen to one audio book in my car. In the summer, I listen to a Playaway while I walk.

 

 

You love reading and cooking. If you could name a perfect book+dish couple, what would it be? We’d love the recipe too ;)

 

Family Night by Tim Miller  would go perfect with Lasagna Stuffed Chicken. This is not your typical family, no. You want to stay away from this father who is teaching his children about cannibalism. 

So, fix yourself this wonderful dish where red meat is not the center attraction: https://thestayathomechef.com/lasagna-stuffed-chicken/

 

Family Night - Tim Miller

 

Favorite quote?

 

It would have to be you live and you learn I say this a lot especially when someone makes a mistake. 

 

If you could meet one author, who would it be?

 

I would like to meet Lois Lowry. I had the opportunity to meet her when she came to Iowa for a book reading a few year ago but I had to go to my father-in-law’s birthday party in Illinois. I was crushed that I couldn’t attend but I asked my oldest son if he would go for me and get one of my books signed for me. He made his mother extremely happy as he went and got The Giver signed for me but for Christmas I got one of the best presents ever! He presented to me a tape of her presentation that night, it was like I was there.  It was so sweet and a total shock!

 

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Thank you!

 

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Missed previous Follow Friday talks? Use ffwithbookbloggers tag or click the catch up links:

 

You can nominate your blogger friends to the Follow Friday interview! Leave the URL address and a short note in the comment section.

 

 

See you next Friday! 

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review 2017-11-13 00:00
Follow Your Passion, Find Your Power: Everything You Need to Know about the Law of Attraction
Follow Your Passion, Find Your Power: Ev... Follow Your Passion, Find Your Power: Everything You Need to Know about the Law of Attraction - Bob Doyle This book offers basic explanations about the law of attraction and introduces a variety of method and techniques to release resistance and visualize. Not everybody will agree with everything in this book and not all the techniques might prove useful or work for every single individual but most reader might find find something useful to implement or contemplate.
At the end under the coning label of resource Bob Doyle try his marketing strategies on his readers. and of course he doesn't forget to imply that the reader should be tithing their income to him, possibly in hopes that some practicing Jews or Christians fall for it!
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