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text 2017-06-21 02:23
DNF: The Brain That Changes Itself
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science - Norman Doidge

While the concept of Neuroplasticity - the ability of brains to continue to change even in adulthood - is fascinating, this book is less so.  I felt like the author was trying to emulate Oliver Sacks to use case studies as a way to tell the history of the change in paradigm from a localized adult brain to the possibility of change, but not quite getting there.



I skidded out in Chapter 4 Acquiring Tastes and Loves - what Neuroplasticity Teaches us about Sexual Attraction and Love.  And since the book is due back at the library, I'm going to officially DNF and move on to more interesting (fiction) and my next Booklikes-opoly read.



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text 2017-06-17 01:04
Booklikes-opoly | Free Friday Read #1! and Happy News!
Booklikes, the book blogging social platform



You would think a book as short and fast-paced as Don't Ever Stop wouldn't take long to read... but when Real Life clashes with Reading Life, things tend to get side-lined.  As I'd stated in a previous post, my little brother's wedding has come and gone, and the few days surrounding this event seemed like nothing but hectic activity.  There were relatives from out of town to entertain, there were a lot of last minute preparations for the wedding day, then there was the full-day event of the wedding day itself.

Truth be told, weddings are definitely very happy, wonderful, yet exhausting occasions.  Everyone's been pretty tired, and since I had to head right back to work the next night after the wedding, I think my body got quite worn out.  Days later, my feet are still sore; and needless to say, I got very little reading done.


Congratulations to the happy couple!


In this picture, they are feeding each other seafood soup.  I can vouch that it was delicious!

Anyway, after hijacking my own Booklikes-opoly update post for a bit of rambling news, onto the actual Booklikes-opoly update post!

First of all, I still haven't finished Don't Ever Stop by Leslie A. Kelly, the book from my most recent Roll #18.  It's not that it's a bad book or anything, on the contrary, it's starting to get interesting.  But there have been so much going on (see above), that reading has been the last thing on my mind.

But now with relatives all gone back home, and life getting back to its normal scheduling, I think I can finally settle back into my usual routine.


The rules have been tweaked, which means a lot of things, all of which you can find at the above linky that I will keep on all of my BLopoly update posts now.  Just like that (see above--all the way above to beginning of the post).  Or you could just click here since the first half of my post is a bit long.

Anyway, aside from doubling cash rewards, a location multiplier, and the opportunity to spend cash for extra rolls, Moonlight has also given us Free Book Friday:

Fourth is free book Friday. Regardless of the square you are on, you get a free choice on the next seven Fridays to read anything.

And basically, how this works is as follows:

Free Friday books are independent of the square, and are a way to earn a few extra dollars.  They do not count towards the location multiplier!

They do not have to be finished on Friday, they just have to be started on Friday.  They can be finished on any day of the week.  However, you can only have one Free Friday book going at a given time, so if the player hasn't finished the preceding Friday's free book, they don't get to start a new one.

So... just another way of making some extra reward money!  Yay!

I was going to wait until the next Friday to start my Free Book, seeing as how I've got two books going right now, and having some trouble concentrating on reading with all the real life activities going on.  But I figured, you know, it wouldn't hurt to go ahead and start a new book today to get the ball rolling.

Worst case scenario is that I don't finish it by next Friday and have to skip next Friday's free book.

So after some thought about what I wanted to read, I decided to get started on the last book in the Brothers Sinister series, which will successfully fulfill my Read a Series in a Month Challenge for June.


What better book to start my Free Friday read than a book with an MC named Free!  Well, Frederica Marshall, who goes by the nickname "Free," but who's splitting hairs?

And to be totally honest, with this book, I'm almost certain I will finish it before next Friday... unfortunately, that means I don't know how badly that will interfere with me trying to finish up my current Blopoly book, Don't Ever Stop.

We'll just play by ear.

The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan is 322 pages.  And according to the new Game Shake Up rules, since all money awards have been doubled, this book will be worth $6.00!  If I finish this book before my regular BLopoly book, that will bring my Bank Balance to $82.00!

Current Bank:   $76.00



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/06/booklikes-opoly-free-friday-read-1-and.html
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text 2017-06-15 00:18
COYER Summer 2017 | Summer Reading List! and some news!
COYER is a reading challenge hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading, Berls @ Fantasy is more fun, and Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My!
COYER stands for "Clean out your e-reads."  And typically the goal is to read from all the freebies or low priced books you've collected in the past on your e-readers.

But for this summer duration of June 17th to September 8th, our hosts are throwing out the normal rules!

Click on this link to sign up or read about COYER Summer 2017.
See Also:  My COYER Summer 2017 Summary Page


There are two ways to play COYER this summer!

  1. COYER - READ ALL THE BOOKS!  That’s right…this means we can read whatever!  Any price, any format as long as it is acquired legally.  From the start of the challenge to the end just read/review as much as possible.  Super Simple. 
  2. Summer Reading List…. The idea is to create a "Summer Reading List" with 30 books that you plan on reading this summer, from the TBR pile of books you already own.  This is to give us a direction and a list of books to choose from.
    • We are not obligated to read ALL the books on the list by the end of the challenge.
    • The list cannot be changed after COYER starts on June 17.
    • Each time we finish reading five books, we can add five more books to the list.
    • This part of the challenge has a read-a-thon that goes with it--three read-a-thons.

Once again, for more information on the rules, prize drawings, as well as the scheduled read-a-thons, or to sign up to participate, click on the above link.

As a glutton for punishment, even though I want to keep with The Year of the Laid Back Reading Plans, I couldn't help but be drawn into a challenge wherein you make a reading list and try to stick with that reading list.  Even as a mood reader, I tend to like giving myself a sense of focus, and a list of books is just what I need!

Also, it helps that we don't really HAVE to finish all the books on the list...  Had this been two years ago, I probably would make myself finish all the books on any list I make.  But this year, I'm just going to try to have fun!

See Also:  Ani's COYER Summer Reading List Summary Page



Ani's COYER Summer Reading List


See Also: COYER Summer Reading List @ GR

  1. Going Rogue by Robin Benway
  2. Secret Agent Secretary by Melissa Cutler
  3. Hot on the Hunt by Melissa Cutler
  4. Behind the Scenes by Natalie J. Damschroder
  5. Secrets by Cynthia Eden
  6. Suspicions by Cynthia Eden
  7. The Manhattan Encounter by Addison Fox
  8. Hot Mess by Lynn Raye Harris
  9. Hot Package by Lynn Raye Harris
  10. SEAL's Honor by Elle James
  11. On the Loose by Tara Janzen
  12. Cutting Loose by Tara Janzen
  13. The Mysterious Twin by Leona Karr
  14. Cold Memory by Leslie A. Kelly
  15. Pushing the Lines by Kimberly Kincaid
  16. Skin Deep by Kimberly Kincaid
  17. Midnight Exposure by Melinda Leigh
  18. Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell
  19. The First Victim by J.B. Lynn
  20. Thicker Than Water by Maggie Shayne
  21. The Littlest Cowboy by Maggie Shayne
  22. The Law of Attraction by N.M. Silber
  23. Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler
  24. Heat Wave anthology - Stephanie Bond, Heidi Betts, Leslie Kelly
  25. That's Amore anthology - Janelle Denison, Tori Carrington, Leslie Kelly
  26. Bare Essentials duo-story anthology - Jill Shalvis, Leslie Kelly
  27. Night Driving by Lori Wilde
  28. Smooth Sailing by Lori Wilde
  29. Crash Landing by Lori Wilde
  30. Part Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates

I will be tracking all of my progress at a separate page, which can be found here, or right above my Reading List.  It will include, also, a spot for where I will add on extra five books for every five books I read.  And also, I've embedded a spinny wheel to help me decide what to read if I were to ever need a random pick!



And now some other news!


I haven't posted in almost a whole week, I think, and that's mainly because things have been super hectic at home.  My brother's wedding was just this past Saturday, so we spent a lot of time just prepping and hanging out as a family.  Since being social was a must, reading ended up being a bit minimal, so I haven't finished a book in a whole week even though I've started two.

Following the wedding, we ended up spending more time with relatives from out of town, so, once again, reading was a bit minimal.

I'm also trying to readjust to going back to work after taking some time off for the wedding, but the adjustment period is being kind of cruel.  Basically, I'm having trouble adjusting my sleep schedule from "normal people day" to "third shift working nights."  I've been going to work exhausted for the past few nights and then coming home and crashing.


If I get a chance, I may post a separate update about my brother's wedding, maybe with photos!

On top of that, I need to officially publish my review for The Countess Conspiracy, which was supposed to have gone up about five days ago, right before the wedding day, but with all the busy, I totally forgot to finish it.

Meanwhile, I'm going to try to finish reading Don't Ever Stop as soon as I can so that I can get back into the Booklikes-opoly game.  I'm so totally itching to roll again!  lol



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/06/coyer-summer-2017-summer-reading-list.html
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text 2017-06-03 20:54
Personal Canon 02
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood - Howard Pyle

Title: Adventures of Robin Hood and His Merry Men

Author: Howard Pyle


First Read:  Have no idea, forever


                This was my first literary introduction to Robin Hood, it might even pre date my seeing of the Flynn movie, though I am not sure. 


                The strange thing is that this book also had my first literary crush – David of Doncaster.  I’m not sure why I fastened on to him, but I did.  Maybe because I knew, or thought, Robin was already taken, and Little John never seemed to be a man for me.


                Robin Hood no doubt is a large influence on my love for elves, so this book is partly to blame.  Much is made of his books being for boys, but they are pretty good for young girls too.  The examples are all heroic, but there is no moralizing.  The purpose, if purpose there is, seems to be educate the reader on the basic myth or legend.


                This was also one of the first books that my father gave me.


The aged palmer gives young David of Doncaster news of Will Stutely. From The merry adventures of Robin Hood, written and illustrated by Howard Pyle, New York, 1892. (Source: archive.org):


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review 2017-06-01 21:52
Fun Read!
Personal Delivery (Billionaire Secrets) (Volume 1) - Ainsley Booth

Personal Delivery is my first book by Ainsley Booth, and a great surprise.  Ms Booth has delivered a story that is well-written and will hold your attention.  Her characters were perfect for this story and totally lovable.  Jana and Jake's story is loaded with drama, sizzle and humor.  I'm not a fan of first person or alternating point of view books, but Ms Booth made it work well in Personal Delivery.  This book captured me in the first chapter and held me hostage till the end.  I enjoyed Personal Delivery and would happily read more from Ainsley Booth in the future.  Personal Delivery is book 1 of the Billionaire Secrets Series but can be read as a standalone.   This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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