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Week of 1/21/18-1/27/18 Weekly Book Round-Up

Week of 1/21/18-1/27/18 Weekly Book Round-Up

This is a weekly installment of bookish happenings across the collective book community.    New Release:  The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith  This title was released this week.  It’s a dystopian novel that is supposed to be refreshing and funny.  I’ll take that!  Here is a review from TOR  that made me bump this title towards the top of my to read stack! Book blurb: In the burned-out, futuristic city of Empire Island, three young people navigate a crumbling metropolis constantly under threat…

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Books about Books, Bookstores and Libraries

Books about Books, Bookstores and Libraries

There is something magical about books, it’s no wonder that books, bookstores and libraries are often themes, settings and sometimes characters within novels.    For me, the book represents a tangible object or a portal for knowledge, and a doorway to another reality.  This list is a starting point for books that are geared toward book lovers, about books, libraries and bookstores.   The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Recently widowed, A. J. Fikry’s life is in a downward spiral…

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Discovering Booktube

Discovering Booktube

Everyone knows what YouTube is, but there is a large community of YouTube creators that are dedicated to discussing, reviewing, and sharing the love of books and reading.  They call themselves Booktubers. I love booktube.  I’ve thought about trying to do it myself, but I think that for now I’ll stick with this platform to share my bookish perspective. If you were to do a simple search for booktube within YouTube or on Google you will quickly become overwhelmed with…

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Part Four: 2018 Challenge Choices

Part Four: 2018 Challenge Choices

This selection wraps up my 2018 selections for the reading challenge!  This was a great way to organize and think about my approach to the challenge. I hope you’ll participate in the challenge and find some new and wonderful books to read this year.   High School Book Report Read a book you read in high school or that is currently assigned in high school Their Eyes Were Watching God  Zora Neale Hurston   Banned but not Forgotten Read a book…

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Cures for a Reading Slump

Cures for a Reading Slump

At the end of 2017, I was thrilled with exceeding my reading goal, and excited to read all the books I have been researching for the 2018 reading challenge.  I finished reading my first book of 2018, and in less than a week into the new year,  I got hit with a cold. I had no attention span for Netflix, let alone reading.  Now that I’ve recovered from the land of cough drops and vapor rub, here I am, in…

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Searching for Your Next Best Read

Searching for Your Next Best Read

  There are several tools to help you find your next book to read. How you found out about books 15 years ago was pretty limited compared to today. Let’s take an imaginary ride in the time machine for what was available back then. Wandering aimlessly through the bookstore or library The bestseller list in the newspaper Word of mouth All of these are valid and still useful today – but there are so many other options to help you…

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Pages to Screen

Pages to Screen

The holidays are over and hopefully you made it through without catching the pesky cold or flu. I quarantined myself to the couch this weekend and ended up resting and binge watching The Handmaid’s Tale. on Hulu.  I found it to be quite compelling and fought through the Nyquil to keep watching. If you haven’t read Margaret Atwood’s book or watched the television series, I highly recommend both.  Personally, I like to read before viewing. This got me thinking about film…

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Part Three: 2018 Challenge Choices

Part Three: 2018 Challenge Choices

Happy New Year!  Below are more books for my personal reading goal for 2018 that coordinate with the categories on the 2018 reading challenge. Criminal Intent (True Crime, Espionage, Techno Thriller) Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by  John Berendt      A Healthier You (Self Improvement) Eat  Move  Sleep  by Tom Rath I’m not 100% sure this is the self-improvement book I’ll read –  but it sounds like a good primer for changes in the new year….

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Books. Budgets. Resolutions.

Books. Budgets. Resolutions.

It’s the time of year when the reset button gets hit and we are ready to improve ourselves with goals and resolutions. With the turning of the calendar page we can be either excited or overwhelmed with the list of resolutions we have put upon ourselves.  Take time this year to be excited, you are about to transform yourself! Set yourself up for success, have a plan a place, and make small changes to achieve your goals. If you have…

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Part Two: 2018 Challenge Choices

Part Two: 2018 Challenge Choices

I’ve suffered some choice paralysis while making preliminary lists of books I want to read for the 2018 Reading Challenge. Here are my current choices for the second set of challenge categories.    Sleuthing (a mystery):  The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine  This is supposed to be a page-turning thriller with plot twists galore.  This one is being touted as the Gone Girl/Girl on the Train for 2017.  Finding Love (a romance)   Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews   Despite the cover…

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