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Summer Reading

Summer Reading

I’m so excited to share with you three books that are on my to-be-read list for summer.   The key to a fantastic summer read is that it needs a strong plot so I can put it down – but I’m motivated to pick it up again.  Summer is a great time revisit the books that have been out a few years.  Backlist books are perfect for picking up while wandering around a used bookstore or library sale and taking with…

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Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day

Below is a selection of titles that embrace the movements in environmentalism, appreciation of nature and conservation as we celebrate the 48th official Earth Day.  (Blurbs courtesy of goodreads.com)     Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was first published in three serialized excerpts in the New Yorker in June of 1962. The book appeared in September of that year and the outcry that followed its publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air,…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Interesting Titles

Top Ten Tuesday: Interesting Titles

So much goes into the publicity of a book.  The cover art, the early reviews but sometimes, the title alone can hook you in and make you want to read the book. Here are ten titles that grabbed my attention and I have either read them or acquired them to read, because I want to know more.  I know I’m not the only one that has been influenced by the title – there is a goodreads list dedicated to books…

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Paperback Matchmaker

Paperback Matchmaker

Goals for this recurring blog feature will be to compare a newer releases to similar backlist books that you’ll be able to find in paperback editions. Red Clocks by Leni Zumas this was released in January. If this one is on your waiting list and you’ve already read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, another book to check out would be  Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel  The three of these deal the threads of humanity that remain in a dystopian…

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Weekly Book Round-Up

Weekly Book Round-Up

Week of April 8-14 Weekly Book Round-Up New Release this Week: Circe by Madeline Miller  The Buzz: “Miller follows her impressive debut (The Song of Achilles) with a spirited novel about Circe’s evolution from insignificant nymph to formidable witch best known for turning Odysseus’s sailors into swine…. Weaving together Homer’s tale with other sources, Miller crafts a classic story of female empowerment. She paints an uncompromising portrait of a superheroine who learns to wield divine power while coming to understand what…

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Mini-Round-Up

Mini-Round-Up

Greetings Bookworms!  Below are a few highlights from the last half of March.   New Release The Gunners: A Novel by Rebecca Kauffman  Blurb Courtesy of Goodreads: Mikey Callahan, a thirty-year-old who is suffering from the clouded vision of macular degeneration. He struggles to establish human connections—even his emotional life is a blur. As the novel begins, he is reconnecting with “The Gunners,” his group of childhood friends, after one of their members has committed suicide. Sally had distanced herself…

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New Books Coming Out in April

New Books Coming Out in April

Spring is practically here and it’s time to peak around the page of the calendar to see what’s coming out in the month of April. Latest in a Series Scourged by Kevin Hearne This is the 9th book in the Iron Druid Chronicles.  If you are fans of Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs or Ilona Andrews, you will not be disappointed with this series.  The audio books are brilliantly done and the voices for each character are clearly differentiated and elevate the…

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Spring Reading Goals!

Spring Reading Goals!

Spring is almost here and with that comes the need for something to take us out of the cold dreary months.  Here are my top-ten picks from my to-be-read. Have you made a list of things to read this spring or are you more spontaneous with your reading?

Weekly Book Round-Up

Weekly Book Round-Up

Week of 3/4/18-3/10/18 Weekly Book Round-Up New Release this Week My go-to-genre for a reality escape is urban-fantasy.  The Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs would be a great series to jump into if you are eagerly awaiting then next books to come out for Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, or Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles.  All of these series are excellent gateways to fantasy if you haven’t stuck your toe into the genre or…

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International Women’s Day: A Celebration in Books

International Women’s Day: A Celebration in Books

Here is a collection of biographical and historical collectives that highlight important women innovators in science, politics, feminism, and history.   Based on Mackenzi Lee’s popular weekly Twitter series of the same name, Bygone Badass Broads features 52 remarkable and forgotten trailblazing women from all over the world. With tales of heroism and cunning, in-depth bios and witty storytelling, Bygone Badass Broads gives new life to these historic female pioneers. Starting in the fifth century BC and continuing to the present, the book takes…

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