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Book Review: The Immortalists

Book Review: The Immortalists

Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists confronts the mortality we all must face but also appeals to the desire to believe in something greater than ourselves, the magic within humanity. Themes addressed in this book include fate, family, happiness and free-will. How I discovered this book:  I ran across this book by seeking out new releases for January and read the blurb and it sounded compelling. Plot:  The four Gold children seek out the predictions of a fortune-teller that has the reputation of…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Quotations

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Quotations

This week the Top Ten Tuesday theme is favorite quotations. Here is a smattering of favorites I’ve highlighted and found clever or they have the ability to take me back to the time when I was reading these 5 star books.   “When Klara plucks a coin from inside someone’s ear or turns a ball into a lemon, she hopes not to deceive but to impart a different kind of knowledge, an expanded sense of possibility. The point is not…

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Book Review: Piecing Me Together

Book Review: Piecing Me Together

Renée Watson’s Piecing Me Together is both timely and timeless in demonstrating the dance of adolescence into young adulthood.  Themes within Piecing Me Together encompass race, gender & privilege;  but at the heart of it, this is a book about friendship, community and resilience.   Watson turns stereotypes around and has characters that are not the easiest to like but fully developed. How I found this book: I found this book shortly after finishing The Hate U Give and I Am Not Your…

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Weekly Round-Up 2/18/18-2/24/18

Weekly Round-Up 2/18/18-2/24/18

Week of 2/18/18-2/24/18 Weekly Book Round-Up This is a weekly installment of bookish happenings across the collective book community.    Podcasts:  Overdue Podcast  This week Andrew and Craig discuss 2016 Hugo Winner:  The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin I love the format of Overdue – it’s as if you are listening to a couple friends about the books they are reading. Discussion and discourse always add that extra nudge when deciding if you want to read the title in question…

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Genre Highlight: Mysteries and Thrillers

Genre Highlight: Mysteries and Thrillers

Sometimes it’s fun to add a little challenge into your reading world.  There is the year-long reading challenge here if you want to jump in and add variety to your reading across all genres. This month in the book blogging and book-tube community there is a reading challenge taking place, it puts the focus on mysteries. The mystery genre as whole is quite varied.  There are cozy mysteries, who-done-its, suspense and action driven mysteries that border on being thriller. There…

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Week of 2/25/18-3/3/18 Weekly Book Round-Up

Week of 2/25/18-3/3/18 Weekly Book Round-Up

Week of 2/25/18-3/3/18 Weekly Book Round-Up New Release: This week A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey was released in the United States. Book Blurb courtesy of author’s website: Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in rural south eastern Australia. Together they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the ancient continent, over roads no car will ever quite survive. With them is their lanky fair-haired navigator, Willie Bachhuber, a quiz show…

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BookTube is Cutting into my Reading Time

BookTube is Cutting into my Reading Time

I discovered booktube late in 2017.  If you haven’t heard of booktube or want to know more, check out my guide on finding the best creators and content  Discovering Booktube  Since discovering this platform my to-be-read list has doubled and my reading time has evaporated! When I first started watching these videos – I would watch whatever popped up based on the YouTube algorithms.  Now, I have found several channels that are my go-to for certain genres.  When diving into booktube,…

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Upcoming New Releases

Upcoming New Releases

Let the  countdown begin!  Here is a week-by-week suggestion to enhance your reading life in March. Title:  Rainbirds By:  Clarissa Goenawan Release Date:  March 6, 2018 Book Blurb Courtesy of author’s website Intertwining elements of suspense and magical realism, award-winning literary debut RAINBIRDS opens with a murder and shines a spotlight on life in fictional small-town Japan. Ren Ishida is nearly done with graduate school when he receives news of his sister, Keiko’s, sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one…

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Romantic New Releases

Romantic New Releases

In case you want to avoid the specialty menus and wine mark-up at local restaurants, consider having a cozy evening home with a lovely romantic novel  if you are coupled off, your sweetheart can read alongside you too.. Make dinner together and share a bottle of wine, a dessert and reading time. My husband and I started a Tuesday night reading habit this year and it doesn’t always go as planned but sometimes it’s nice to curl up on the…

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