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text 2017-07-20 13:26
#ReadingNOW: 10 Books From Your Shelves

We've peeked into your bookshelves and found some nice summer book picks!

 

And guess what, you can do a nice book hunt as well! If you're curious what titles other book bloggers are reading, all you should do is to choose the Book Catalog from the drop down menu and scroll down until the Currently reading section. Click the book covers to go to the book pages where you'll find other editions of the titles and the book reviews.

 

Oh my! Our TBR pile is getting bigger and bigger, luckily, the virtual bookshelf is endless :)

 

 

 

10 BOOKS FROM YOUR CURRENTLY READING SHELVES

 

 

So many books, such little time. is currently reading:

 

A High Mortality of Doves - Kate Ellis A High Mortality of Doves by Kate Ellis  

1919. The Derbyshire village of Wenfield is still reeling from four terrible years of war, and now, just when the village is coming to terms with the loss of so many of its sons, the brutal murder of a young girl shatters its hard-won tranquillity.
Myrtle Bligh is found stabbed and left in woodland, her mouth slit to accommodate a dead dove, a bird of peace.
During the war Myrtle worked as a volunteer nurse with Flora Winsmore, the local doctor's daughter, caring for badly wounded soldiers at the nearby big house, Tarnhey Court.
When two more women are found murdered in identical circumstances, Inspector Albert Lincoln is sent up from London, a man not only wounded in war but damaged in peace by the death of his young son and his cold, loveless marriage... read more

 

 

Story of my success is currently reading:

 

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth - Chris Hadfield An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield  

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield's success-and survival-is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst-and enjoy every moment of it.

In An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Col. Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories filled with the adrenaline of launch, the mesmerizing wonder of spacewalks, and the measured, calm responses mandated by crises, he explains how conventional wisdom can get in the way of achievement-and happiness... read more

 

 

Debbie's Spurts is currently reading:

 

The Fate of the Tearling: A Novel (The Queen of the Tearling Book 3) - Erika JohansenThe Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen  

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne... read more

 

 

~~ Elsbeth ❤❤❤ MM-Romance ~~ is currently reading:

 

Imago - N.R. Walker Imago by N.R. Walker  

Nerdy, introverted genius lepidopterist, Lawson Gale, is an expert on butterflies. He finds himself in a small town in Tasmania on a quest from an old professor to find an elusive species that may or may not even exist.
Local Parks and Wildlife officer, Jack Brighton, is an ordinary guy who loves his life in the sleepy town of Scottsdale. Along with his Border collie dog, Rosemary, his job, and good friends, he has enough to keep from being lonely.
But then he meets Lawson, and he knows he’s met someone special. There’s more to catching butterflies, Jack realises. Sometimes the most elusive creatures wear bow ties, and sometimes they can’t be caught at all.
Lawson soon learns there are butterflies he can’t learn about it in books... read more

 

 

Reading For The Heck Of It is currently reading:

 

Do Not Say We Have Nothing: A Novel - Madeleine Thien Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien  

Master storyteller Madeleine Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations―those who lived through Mao’s Cultural Revolution and their children, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square. At the center of this epic story are two young women, Marie and Ai-Ming. Through their relationship Marie strives to piece together the tale of her fractured family in present-day Vancouver, seeking answers in the fragile layers of their collective story. Her quest will unveil how Kai, her enigmatic father, a talented pianist, and Ai-Ming’s father, the shy and brilliant composer, Sparrow, along with the violin prodigy Zhuli were forced to reimagine their artistic and private selves during China’s political campaigns and how their fates reverberate through the years with lasting consequences... read more

 

 

theguywhoreads is currently reading:

 

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger - Stephen King The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King  

A #1 national bestseller, The Gunslinger introduces readers to one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations, Roland of Gilead: The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which mirrors our own in frightening ways, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake. Inspired in part by the Robert Browning narrative poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,”... read more

 

 

Familiar Diversions is currently reading:

 

No Longer Human, Volume 2 - Osamu Dazai,Usamaru Furuya No Longer Human, Volume 2 - Usamaru Furuya 

Furuya's adaptation of No Longer Human takes place nearly seventy years after Dazai's original. Set in modern day Tokyo, Dazai's tale details the life of a young man originally from a well-off family from Japan's far north. Yozo Oba is a troubled soul incapable of revealing his true self to others. A weak constitution and the lingering trauma from some abuse administered by a relative forces him to uphold a facade of hollow jocularity since high school. The series is composed of three parts, referred to in the novel as "memorandums," which chronicle the life of Oba from his teens to late twenties. The comic is narrated by the artist, Furuya himself playing the role originally held by the author Dazai, who makes appearances at the start of each volume. In many ways, it could be said that Furuya has traveled a path that may be similar to Dazai's. Maybe that is what led these two together after 100 years... read more

 

 

Bookish for life is currently reading:

 

American Gods - Neil Gaiman American Gods by Neil Gaiman  

A storm is coming . . . Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself. Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined—it is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own... read more

 

 

BrokenTune is currently reading:

 

Queen Lucia - E.F. Benson,Wanda McCaddon Queen Lucia by E.F. Benson

England between the wars was a paradise of calm and leisure for the very, very rich. Into this enclave is born Mrs. Emmeline Lucas - La Lucia, as she is known - a woman determined to lead a life quite different from the subdued formality of her class.
With her cohort, Georgie Pillson, and her husband, Peppino, Lucia upends the greats of high society: the imperious Lady Ambermere and her equally imperious dog, Pug; the odious Piggy and Goosie Antrobus; the Christian Scientist Daisy Quantrock, with her penchant for the foreign; and all the rest of the small English town that the British rich call their country home. Beset on all sides by pretenders to her social throne, Lucia brings culture, fine art, excitement, and intrigue into this cloistered realm
... read more

 

 

AUDIO BOOK JUNKIE is currently reading:

 

Ms. Bixby's Last Day - John David Anderson Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson  

Everyone knows there are different kinds of teachers. The boring ones, the mean ones, the ones who try too hard, the ones who stopped trying long ago. The ones you’ll never remember, and the ones you want to forget. Ms. Bixby is none of these. She’s the sort of teacher who makes you feel like school is somehow worthwhile. Who recognizes something in you that sometimes you don’t even see in yourself. Who you never want to disappoint. What Ms. Bixby is, is one of a kind.Topher, Brand, and Steve know this better than anyone. And so when Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she won’t be able to finish the school year, they come up with a risky plan—more of a quest, really—to give Ms. Bixby the last day she deserves... read more

 

And what are you reading now?

 

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text 2014-06-27 17:45
23 Places Where You’d Rather Be Reading Right Now

Rest of the a-m-a-z-i-n-g reading places here.

 

Ancient library, Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

 

Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, Calif. 

Source: www.buzzfeed.com/isaacfitzgerald/i-would-rather-be-reading-thank-you
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text 2014-06-23 09:38
I'm kind of busy...reading

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text 2014-05-05 09:15
23 out of 344 pages
Black Rainbow: How Words Healed Me: My Journey Through Depression - Rachel Kelly

"Privately I thought Dr Ross must have referred us to the wrong specialist. Perhaps I should be seeing a cardiologist or neurologist. I wasn't feeling sad, just experiencing painful physical symptoms. The doctor must be wrong."

 

"All in all (I had) something of a blessed life, not the sort of thing that would suggest depression."

 

I love the brutal honesty of this book. It's interesting to see Rachel's thought process when hearing the suspected diagnosis of depression, and her belief of what a depressed person should be.

 

So far, brilliant reading.

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text 2013-12-09 11:06
10 Winter Books with Freezing Quotes

Winter is coming and it’s getting colder and colder outside. The best thing to do is to find a cozy spot by the fireplace with a book in your hands. How about some winter books to feel little warmer? Just have a look at these freezing quotes to feel much better and warmer. 

 

    

Shatter Me in your reviews: 

Highly recommend if you love dystopian, young adult, love triangles, or just a series that will suck you in! click to continue

 

I've read a lot of dystopian YA over the last few years but if it's done well and is original, like Shatter Me, then I'm not likely to get sick of it.  click to continue

 

The prose in Shatter Me is completely different from anything I have ever read before! The readers see this strange and scary world through Juliette’s eyes, and the writing is almost in a diary-style, or free-flow thinking. click to continue

 

  

Game of Thrones in your reviews:

It's hard to find a book where you can almost love all of its characters, villains included, and this series is brimming with colourful characters which you can love or (try to) hate. click to continue

 

If you'd asked me earlier this year about my thoughts on A Game of Thrones, I would have told you it's boring; however, my thoughts, opinions, and feelings are entirely different now since I pushed myself to finish this. Worth it. click to continue

 

This is probably one of the best High Fantasy books I've read this year, or ever. I'd been meaning to read this book for a long time and I'm so glad I finally gave it a chance. click to continue

 

 

The Golden Compass in your reviews:

The Golden Compass is such a magnificent book in every way. It was so beautifully written, intelligent and so intensely creative. click to continue

 

Years later, a few days ago, and with my attention span now slightly improved, I dove again into this world everyone says is so wonderful. What's different this time is I didn't come back up for air till "END OF BOOK ONE" appeared on the next page. click to continue

 

It took me a little while to see where Pullman was going, but once I got there, I totally believed in the world he creates. click to continue

 

 

Let it Snow in your reviews: 

Let It Snow is a fantastically fluffy Christmas read, of three intertwining stories by three different popular YA authors. It is funny, sweet and surprisingly well executed. click to continue

 

I don’t usually read love/romance stories, but I loved this book! It was so cute and funny and a perfect Christmas read. click to continue

 

It has romance by the truck-load, fun witty dialogue, and a great cast of characters! This book was so great that I flew through it with no problems! click to continue

 

    

The Ice Princess in your reviews:

If you like complex, multi-layered suspense novels, then I definitely recommend this dark and moody book. I can't comment on the original as I don't read Swedish, but the translation is certainly engaging. click to continue

 

The mystery and characters in this book grabbed me enough for me to want to read at least the second book in the series. click to continue

 

 

The Girl with Glass Feet in your reviews:

This is Shaw's first novel, and if he continues in this style then I am sure we will hear much more about him.If I sum it up, it is like a strange fairy tale  the girl with glass feet, and the awkward prince she meets. click to continue

 

I can almost guarantee that you won't have read anything quite like the Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw, a young novelist who deserves more attention. click to continue

 

And at times, it felt like it was written just for me. It fit so neatly into things I love, writing styles I enjoy, and tales that have personal resonance. Oh yes, and tears. There were tears. click to continue

 

 

The Call of the Wild in your reviews: 

One of those classics that's definitely no chore, and one assessable even when I read it as a child. I'm not about to forget Buck, a dog who hears the call of the wild. click to continue

 

This is a timeless classic that should be a must read for everyone. click to continue

 

 

Warm Bodies in your reviews:

To my utter shock and bewilderment, I absolutely adored this book! Warm Bodies was everything I thought it will be and more. Much more. It's filled with depth and emotions; fear, love, confusion, hate, hope. Beautiful words and writing, together with characters that will blow your mind away. click to continue

 

Reading this was a delightful revelation. This is the book for people who think they don't like zombie stories. I can't wait to see what else Marion does. click to continue

 

Warm Bodies is a largely undisguised retelling of that old favourite, Romeo & Juliet so I knew from the off that I was treading a well worn path when it came to the plot. The main difference being that R is in fact a zombie, which I'm pretty sure is an element Shakespeare left out of the original play. click to continue 

 

 

Terror in your reviews: 

I was fine. Everything was fine. I wasn't hearing strange noises. I wasn't staring at darkened doorways thinking that a phantom was going to appear there at any minute. My heart wasn't racing. Until I was asked, "Whatcha reading?" click to continue

 

Simmons takes what is known of this expedition and uses it for the basis of a novel very aptly named The Terror, because up there, trapped in the sea-ice, the sailors find themselves stalked by something nameless and even more deadly than the ice-bears, ursus maritimus. click to continue

 

The desolate landscape, frigid Arctic temperatures, perpetual darkness, lightning storms, blizzards, dwindling coal supplies, tainted food rations, scurvy, imminent starvation, thoughts of cannibalism, threats of mutiny...that's the stuff real nightmares are made of. I found myself completely engrossed during these parts of the novel click to continue

 

 

The Snow Child in your reviews: 

This is one of those novels that succeed in large part because of the atmosphere and the care that goes into crafting characters. Mabel and Jack is a childless older couple who move to Alaska to find a new life. click to continue

 

This incredibly beautiful story was inspired by and tenderly envelopes an Old Russian folktale. One evening an elderly, childless couple build a girl out of snow. Come morning it is missing, leaving faint footprints, from where the snow child once stood. click to continue

 

Lets take a moment to appreciate the great, rich, slowly brewing and absolutely gorgeous writing. Eowyn Ivey has taken those two stereotypical characters, even put them in the solitude in a cabin, In Alaska, and still managed to make Jack and Mabel surprise us and then some. click to continue

 

 

You can also find more cool reads in Kinga's post: Snow, Ice and Cold Books

As a Polish ex-pat living in London where snow is rare as a free seat on the tube, I find myself missing real winters terribly. If I can't have snow and ice in real life (and I can't until I move to Canada, which is definitely going to happen next year) I need to surround myself with winter books. click to continue

 

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