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text 2017-11-22 20:17
Early Friday Reads/Holiday Weekend Reading
Through Waters Deep - Sarah Sundin
The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace - Lynn Povich
The Toymaker - Kay Springsteen
Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir - Kelle Hampton

To all my fellow Americans...

 

We have plans to have our holiday meal at a friend's house with other military families. Today I baked 3 pumpkin pies, 1 apple crisp, and defrosted one pecan pie (requested by my friend's husband and courtesy of my friend Marie Callendar). The rest of the weekend will be spent reading and watching movies - I DO NOT DO BLACK FRIDAY. I worked at Wal-Mart prior to going into the military and worked 3 BFs - honestly I would rather go back to Iraq than ever participate in the BF madness.

 

Here's the reading I hope to get done by the end of November:

1. Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom #1) by Sarah Sundin (for the second square)

 

2. Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich (for the first square- black and white cover)

 

3. The Toymaker by Kay Springsteen (for the first square - heroine is named Ivy)

 

4. Bloom by Kelle Hampton (Pop Sugar challenge and hoping to fill in another square on the 16 Tasks)

 

 

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text 2017-11-10 08:30
Friday Reads - November 10, 2017
It Had to Be You - Delynn Royer
The Toymaker - Kay Springsteen
Through Waters Deep - Sarah Sundin
A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella - Liz Curtis Higgs
The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston

I haven't done one of these in at least two months. So what's up with me? I quit the PTO board (along with the person who held the president position, who is a friend) due to unethical behavior by a few members and by the principal and certain school staff. The position took a good 50 hours of my week and all I got was mistreatment and devaluing my work. Honestly I am not even bitter at this point; I kept my friendship intact with the other departing member and I can renew my passions that had to be put aside while others demanded my emotional, mental, and physical labor.

 

Parent teacher conferences were this week; my son's struggles with reading will require him to see a reading specialist once or twice a week (within the school day). In all other areas he is progressing at the right pace, so I'm glad his teacher is seeing the problem now and he will get the help he needs. My daughter's teacher wants her to attend one more day each week, as the teachers and specialists now see where her issues lie more fully than during the assessment phase and are tweaking her IEP. Again, it is because of dedicated teachers that my kids are getting the help they need. I treated the kids to donuts and flu shots, then took them to the toy store to see what they wanted to put on their Christmas list. No time like the present, as a friend and I are going to take advantage of the observed holiday today and go Christmas shopping in Cambridge while our hubbies take care of the kids. On Saturday we plan on going to Duxford's Imperial War Museum (one of five Imperial War Museums in England; 3 are in London and 1 is in Manchester). We are also planning on attending one of the Remembrance Sunday events this weekend.

 

As I mentioned in a book review earlier, I have decided to return to school to get my masters degree in library and information sciences. Right now I am just deciding which online program(s) I want to apply to and what the requirements are to apply. I am volunteering at my base library again (I go when my daughter is in school) and the librarians there are happy to teach me more of their job, so I will have a few years of experience "working" in a public library.

 

Reading-wise, it is all about the 16 Tasks of the Festive Season. I am having such a good time finding books from my huge unread pile that fit themes for the squares. I have one task to do, now just need to read some books. I am organizing my tasks and reading for the challenge by having each square's books and tasks in one post. Hopefully it will be easier to read and keep track of.

 

My currently reading shelf:

1. It Had to Be You by Delynn Royer - part Harlequin historical romance, part murder mystery set in the 1920s. (Square 1 All Saint's Day - black and white cover)

 

2. The Toymaker by Kay Springsteen - historical romance with class differences. (Square 1 Calan Gaeaf - heroine is named Ivy)

 

3. Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom #1) by Sarah Sundin - WWII romance between British Navy hero and American Navy yard worker heroine (Square 2 Bom Om Tuk - water on the cover)

 

4. A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs - Victorian romance with a hero that feels lots of guilt and shame for something he did in his past. (Square 4 Penance Day - plotline featuring characters feeling guilt)

 

5. The Unyielding (Call of Crows #3) by Shelly Laurenston - Nothing says community like 9 clans based on Viking mythology coming together to save the world from Guilveig and preventing Ragnarok! (Square 4 Thanksgiving - book about community)

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text 2017-10-30 21:01
Halloween Bingo Tracker - Final Update
Final Crisis - Grant Morrison,J.G. Jones,Carlos Pacheco,Jesús Merino,Marco Rudy,Doug Mahnke,Christian Alamy

I earned four bingos, so I am one happy reader. Although I had a hard time with some squares (my DNF list is long), I did find some gems. One such gem is the Call of Crows series by Shelly Laurenston; another was the Mirabelle Bevan Mystery series. Graphic novels saved my reading bacon, and the Saga series and DC Bombshells are going to be an on-going project of mine.

 

Big thank you to Obsidian Blue and Moonlight Rider for the game!

  

Squares Called

9/1/17 Free Space (N3)

           Read and Reviewed: The Unleashing (Call of Crows #1)

9/1/17 Ghost (I4)

           Read and Reviewed: Dying for the Past

9/3/17 Cozy Mystery (I2)

            Read and Reviewed: Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic

9/5/17 In a Dark, Dark Woods (B3)

           Read and Reviewed: The Undoing (Call of Crows #2)

9/7/17 Genre: Horror - Not on my card

9/9/17 Locked Room Mystery (O2)

           Read and Reviewed: Secrets in Death

9/11/17 Murder Most Foul (G2)

             Read and Reviewed: Brighton Belle

9/13/17 Witches (N4)

              Read and Ranted: Dime Store Magic         

9/15/17 Werewolves (O1)

              Read and Reviewed: Switching Hour

9/17/17 Modern Masters of Horror - Not on my Card 

9/19/17 Terrifying Women (G5)

             Read and Reviewed: Killer Party

9/21/17 Diverse Voices (B4)

             Read and Reviewed: Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening

9/23/17 Haunted Houses (N5)

             Read and Reviewed: All By My Selfie

9/25/17 Serial/Spree Killer (N1) - Not reading anything for this square

9/27/17 Terror in a Small Town - Not on my card

9/29/17 Aliens (O1)

             Read and Reviewed: Saga, Volume 1

10/1/17 Darkest London (B2)

             Read and Reviewed: London Calling

10/3/17 Gothic - Skipping

10/5/17 80's Horror - Not on my card

10/7/17 Classic Noir -  Not on my card

10/9/17 Chilling Children (I5)

              Read and Reviewed: Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel

10/11/17 Magical Realism (B5)

              Read and Reviewed: Curiosity Thrilled the Cat

10/13/17 Romantic Suspense (G3)

10/15/17 Vampires (I3)

               Read and Reviewed: Shadow Kiss: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel

10/17/17 Country House Mystery (B1) - not reading anything for this square.

10/19/17 Amateur Sleuth (N2)

               Read and Reviewed: Sleight of Paw

10/21/17 Demons - not reading anything for this square

10/23/17 The Dead Will Walk (G1)

                Read and Reviewed: DC Bombshells Volume 2

10/25/17 Monsters (G4)

               Read and Reviewed: Final Crisis

10/27/17 Classic Horror - not on my card

10/29/17 Supernatural (O5)

               Read and Reviewed: DC Bombshells Volume 1

 

 

 

 

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url 2017-09-29 14:05
#FridayReads: Peggy Kern's LITTLE PEACH

Finished Peggy Kern's LITTLE PEACH in the wee hours of the morn.

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text 2017-09-01 00:00
Friday Reads - September 1, 2017
The Unleashing (Call Of Crows Book 1) - Shelly Laurenston
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu
Brighton Belle - Sara Sheridan

With a Transformers (well, Bumblebee anyway) backpack and a HTTYD water bottle and lunch box, my little guy went into first grade on Monday. It was a happy day for both of us. Plus he just started martial arts class (ju-jitsu), so I look forward to another 45 minutes of uninterrupted reading time while he burns off some energy and learns new skills every Monday.

 

Halloween Bingo begins! I am starting with my book choice for the free space square, The Unleashing (Call of Crows #1) by Shelly Laurenston. As MR mentioned in the discussion forum, the free space square won't be called, so as soon as you read for that square you can mark it. The story includes the Clan of Crows and Clan of Ravens, so I think this is a pretty fitting book considering the icon used for the square. I started this book as my read ahead of time and am about 30% done. 

 

Went to the library yesterday and picked up Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu for the diverse voices square. To round out my holiday weekend reading, I will probably start Brighton Belle (Mirabelle Mystery #1) by Sara Sheridan, a cozy mystery set in 1950s England.

 

Happy Labor Day weekend to all my fellow Americans.

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