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text 2017-11-23 04:17
Reading progress update: I've read 5 out of 320 pages.
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories - Rainbow Rowell,Holly Black,Laini Taylor,Myra McEntire,Kiersten White,Stephanie Perkins,Gayle Forman,Matt de la Pena,Jenny Han,Ally Carter,Kelly Link,David Levithan

Noel is to cute

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text 2017-11-12 17:10
16 Tasks of the Festive Season - Square 3
A Taste of Chardonnay - Heather Heyford
Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War - Lauren Willig,Joshilyn Jackson;Hazel Gaynor;Mary McNear;Nadia Hashimi;Emmi Itäranta;CJ Hauser;Katherine Harbour;Rebecca Rotert;Holly Brown;M. P. Cooley;Carrie La Seur;Sarah Creech,Jennifer Robson,Marci Jefferson,Jessica Brockmole,Beatriz Williams,Evangeli

Square 3, Part 1: St Martin's Day

Book: A Taste of Chardonnay by Heather Heyford

Task: Book, tea, and candlelight picture.

 

 

 

 

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Square 3, Part 2: Veterans' Day/Armistice Day/ Remembrance Day

Book: Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War by Various Authors

Task: Quote about war

 

By a real life heroine of mine and fellow OIF vet Sen Tammy Duckworth:

"I don't know why I survived Iraq and I don't know why I made it home, but I do know that this is my second chance at life and I can do whatever I want now."

 

I wish more OEF and OIF vets see coming home as a second chance at life; unfortunately the suicide rate among my military peers is still well above those in the civilian world https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/04/01/us-military-suicides-remain-stubbornly-high/82518278/

 

Total points for this square: 4  

 

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review 2017-11-08 08:31
Review: Fall of Poppies by Various Authors
Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War - Lauren Willig,Joshilyn Jackson;Hazel Gaynor;Mary McNear;Nadia Hashimi;Emmi Itäranta;CJ Hauser;Katherine Harbour;Rebecca Rotert;Holly Brown;M. P. Cooley;Carrie La Seur;Sarah Creech,Jennifer Robson,Marci Jefferson,Jessica Brockmole,Beatriz Williams,Evangeli

I won this anthology at the Smart Bitches Recommendation Party at RT con earlier this year and have been waiting patiently for November to come so I could read this.

 

1. Daughter of Belguim by Marci Jefferson - 3.5 stars

    Content warning: the beginning of the story deals with the rape of a teen girl and there is a brief description of what happened later in the story. This story had a lot of suspense and drama, including double agents and resistance fighters. As the story opens up prior to Armistice Day, the violence and war machine plays heavily into the themes.

   

2. The Record Set Right by Lauren Wilig - 3.5 stars

     I liked the heroine (Camilla) right from the get go and enjoyed her both in her past (as a young adult) and in her present day elderly self (loosely, as the story takes place alternately in 1918 and 1980). Camilla was smart and knew the game; when other players made their choice, she made hers with much more forethought. I didn't think Edward or Nicholas deserved her then or now, but I did like reading how Camilla and Edward reconciled after so much time.

 

3. All for the Love of You by Jennifer Robson - 4 stars

    I really liked the research that went into this story about face masks designed and produced by artists (with funding by the American Red Cross) for wounded soldiers. The romance was very well written and believable despite the timeframe the romance developed in.

 

4. After You've Gone by Evangeline Holland - 4 stars

    A different take on the war romance, this story features black characters (American and British) in France just after the Armistice started. The plot line centers more on the emerging jazz age in Europe via black Americans who fought in the war and decided to stay in Europe rather than return to Jim Crow-era US. I really enjoyed reading from the heroine's (Morven) POV and she had an interesting back story and strong character development.

 

5. Something Worth Landing For by Jessica Brockmole - 2 stars

    A marriage of convenience that never really got off the ground. It had the beginnings of a romance story but failed to tell the whole story through the brief meeting of the couple and her letters to him.

 

6. Hour of the Bells by Heather Webb - 3.5 stars

    Strictly a work of historical women's fiction, it is a great story of a war widow's grief and anger at the possibility of losing her son to the war as well as her husband. Her grief and anger leads her to action.

 

7. An American Airman in Paris by Beatriz Williams - 1 star

    Boring, depressing, with an unresolved ending. Waste of time reading this.

 

8. The Photograph by Kate Kerrigan - 3.5 stars

    I had a hard time getting into this story, partly because of the last story's lingering bitter taste. This story grew into something really good and takes on a wholly different event that happened during the war - the Irish uprising in 1916 (starting with, but not limited to, the Easter Rebellion). I really like how the present characters' situation ties in with the past.

 

9. Hush by Hazel Gaynor - 3.5 stars

    A really great way to end the book, especially with the mentions of poppies. This was a story about an English village affected by the war rather than individuals. The countdown to 11:00 on November 11th 1918 added tension to the story.

 

Out of the nine stories, only two were less than good, so I am going to recommend this book to historical fiction readers. Now I have a bunch of authors I want to read more from (luckily I have some more Robson and Kerrigan works on my NOOK). 

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text 2017-11-06 08:10
Site Launch - Main Street Romance
 
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Love Stories for Everyone from Authors You Trust
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Not only are they dedicated to writing sweet romance and growing their audience with new readers, but they will be building an entire community around the Main Street Romance brand, including giving readers short stories that take place in their very own Main Street Romance world, where new characters along with characters from their prior releases, will appear in stories that take place on Main Street, in Romance, Virginia.
 
 
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text 2017-11-01 08:00
November 2017 Reads
Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War - Lauren Willig,Joshilyn Jackson;Hazel Gaynor;Mary McNear;Nadia Hashimi;Emmi Itäranta;CJ Hauser;Katherine Harbour;Rebecca Rotert;Holly Brown;M. P. Cooley;Carrie La Seur;Sarah Creech,Jennifer Robson,Marci Jefferson,Jessica Brockmole,Beatriz Williams,Evangeli
Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir - Kelle Hampton
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Margot Lee Shetterly
A Gentleman's Game (Romance of the Turf) - Theresa Romain
The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston
Death of a Christmas Caterer - Lee Hollis

Winter has come to East Anglia. Good weather for bundling under blankets with a cup of tea and a book. COYER Winter Edition sign ups start mid-November, and the challenge starts in mid-December. And I have been working my way through the SBTB GR Oct-Dec challenge. I'm going to participate in the festive holiday game here on BL with MbD and TA hosting. All this plus meeting my BL/GR reading challenge (just one more book)!

 

Here is what I hope to read in November....

 

1. Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War by Various Authors

    Will use for Pop Sugar Challenge, just don't know where yet. Can also use the book to fill the prompt "veterans' day" in the SBTB GR challenge.

 

2. Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected by Kelle Hampton

    Pop Sugar prompt: By/About a Person with a disability (memoir about motherhood and raising a child with Down's Syndrome)

 

3. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

    I have already seen (and loved) the movie, but I wanted to read the book for the Pop Sugar prompt 2017 movie adaptions.

 

4. A Gentleman's Game (Romancing the Turf #1) by Theresa Romain

    To be used in the SBTB GR challenge prompt "game day"

 

5. The Unyielding (Call of Crows #3) by Shelly Laurenston

     To be used in the SBTB GR challenge prompt "give thanks" 

 

6. Death of a Christmas Caterer by Lee Hollis

    To be used in the SBTB GR challenge prompt "food coma"

     

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