Top Ten Tuesday – Fall TBR List

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It has been a while since I took part in “Top Ten Tuesday”, but this week’s topic is an important one. I find when I list books I plan to read it makes me more accountable.

This week the topic is:

Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR

I have a lot of books on my list, many to help me finish reading challenges I am participating in. The top ten, though, are the following:

The Court of Thorns & Roses series by Sarah J. Maas I just finished the first book and LOVED it. I plan to read the whole series. What a fantastical story and wonderful characters.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Glass Houses by Louise Penny (especially as the next book is out soon!)

George by Alex Gino

Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (I know, I know – it has been on my TBR forever!)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (same as this!)

Night by Elie Wiesel

Camino Island by John Grisham

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie

It’s Never Too late to Begin Again by Julia Cameron I read her book The Artist’s Way a long time ago, and now that I am retired, this one begs to be read and acted upon.

 

What do you plan to read this fall. Check here to see what others plan to read this fall.

 

 

 

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WOW! Women on Writing Blog Tour for”The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper” by Fiona Ingram

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I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Fiona Ingram’s middle grade novel The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper, which I read and am now reviewing.
(I received an advance copy to read and review.)

My Review

From page 1 I was pulled into this action-packed adventure story about three young people who are on the search for the third stone of power.

Even though this is the third book in this middle grade series “The Chronicles of the Stone”, it was very easy to follow the story. There were references to the past adventures, ensuring the reader had needed knowledge, but also making the reader eager to read the other books.
The three youngsters, Adam, Justin and Kim, are believable and interesting. There is quite a dynamic amongst them and they work well together. The other characters in the novel are intriguing – from the villains Dr. Khalid (who has figured in the other novels) and the Smoking Mirror to Tukum and his grandfather Kotz.
Ingram has given us a well-researched book, offering us a fascinating insight into the history of the Mayans and Aztecs. There are many engaging stories told about the Maya and Aztec gods. There is a guide at the end of the novel to further inform readers about this intriguing time in history and about the uncontacted tribes of the jungle.

There is much to offer in Fiona Ingram’s book – interesting characters, adventure, history, and twisting plot. It was a most enjoyable read.
I highly recommend The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper – it was a fun read, a book filled with adventure and fascinating history.

 

Book Summary

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A plane crash! Lost in the jungle! Hunted by their old enemy, will Adam, Justin, and Kim survive long enough to find the Third Stone of Power? With only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, the kids make their way through the dense and dangerous jungle to find the lost city of stone gods, where the Stone of Power might be located. River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and evading predators are just part of this hazardous task. Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on. But he is not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca, and is keen to revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice. Adam, Justin, and Tukum must play a dreadful ball game of life and death and maybe survive. Will they emerge alive from the jungle? Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?

Print Length: 318 Pages

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Adventure

Publisher: Bublish, Incorporated (November 2017)

ISBN: 978-1946229465

The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper is available to purchase on Amazon.com. 

 

About the Author

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Fiona Ingram is a children’s author, but up until a few years ago, she was a journalist and editor. Something rather unexpected sparked her new career as an author—a family trip to Egypt with her mother and two young nephews. They had a great time and she thought she’d write them a short story as a different kind of souvenir…. Well, one book and a planned book series later, she had changed careers. She has now published Book 3 (The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper) in her middle grade adventure series Chronicles of the Stone, with many awards for the first book,

The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, and a few for Book 2, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, and one already for Book 3! She also teaches online novel writing for aspiring authors and she finds that very satisfying. Relaxation time finds her enjoying something creative or artistic, music, books, theatre or ballet. She loves doing research for her book series. Fiona loves animals and has written two animal rescue stories. She has two adorable (naughty) little dogs called Chloe and Pumpkin, and a beautiful black cat called Bertie.

You can find Fiona at –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/secretofthesacredscarab/

Website: www.chroniclesofthestone.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/FionaRobyn

Author Site: http://www.FionaIngram.com

Blog: http://fionaingramauthor.blogspot.com

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2868182.Fiona_Ingram

Be sure to check out all the stops on the Blog Tour

— Blog Tour Dates


@ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning with coffee than a muffin? Grab your cup of morning brew and join us today when we celebrate the launch of Fiona Ingram’s book, The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.  You can read our interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book.

http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com

August 14th @ Write Like Crazy

Make sure you stop by Mary Jo’s blog Write Like Crazy where Fiona Ingram talks about why your child doesn’t like reading and how to fix this.

http://www.writelikecrazy.com

August 15th @ Girl Zombie Authors

Come by Christine’s blog where Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on writing about different places for kids.

https://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com/

August 16th @ Jessica Samuel’s Blog

Come by Jessica’s blog today where Fiona Ingram talks about how to transform your non-reader into a reader.

https://jessicasamuelsauthor.com/

August 19th @ Madeline Sharples’ Blog

Stop by Madeline’s blog today where author Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts with young writers on writing and creating characters.

http://madelinesharples.com/

August 20th @ Mari’s #JournalingPower Blog

Stop by Mari’s blog where author Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on developing characters that children will relate to.

https://www.createwritenow.com/journal-writing-blog

August 20th @ Bairn’s Bard

Stop by Rebecca’s blog Bairn’s Bard today where you can read a post by Fiona Ingram’s daughter and also you can read about Rebecca’s thoughts on the book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://bairnsbard.wordpress.com/

August 21st @ Cover2Cover Blog

Stop by Steph’s Cover2Cover where you can read Fiona Ingram’s blog post about choosing books for your kids.

http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/

August 22nd @ Look to the Western Sky

Come by Margo Dill’s blog Look to the Western Sky where Fiona Ingram writes about her experiences fostering (and later adopting) an illiterate African child who is now a lovely young woman who loves reading.

http://margoldill.com/

August 22nd @ A New Look on Books

Come by Rae’s blog where Fiona Ingram writes about the joy of writing for children.

https://anewlookonbooks.com/

August 26th @ Writing for Children with Karen Cioffi

Come by Karen’s blog where Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on how to encourage your kids to start writing.

http://karencioffiwritingforchildren.com/

August 27th @ Mommy Daze: Say What??

Stop by Ashley’s blog where Fiona Ingram talks about helping kids read better with homeschooling. A must read as school is about to start!

https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/

August 27th @ Rebecca Whitman’s Blog

Come by Rebecca’s blog where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about using computers to improve reading skills.

https://rebeccawhitman.wordpress.com

August 28th @ Jennifer’s Deals

Stop by Jennifer’s blog where she shares what she her thoughts about Fiona Ingram’s incredible middle grade adventure book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://www.jennifers-deals2.com/

August 30th @ Story Teller Alley

Visit Veronica’s blog and check out her thoughts on the book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

http://storytelleralley.com/blog

August 31st @ Mommy Daze: Say What??

Make sure you stop by Ashley’s blog again where she shares her thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/

August 31st @ Rebecca Whitman’s Blog

Stop by Rebecca’s blog again where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about writing a children series.

https://rebeccawhitman.wordpress.com/

September 1st @ Cathy C. Hall’s Blog

Visit Cathy’s blog today where Fiona Ingram shares the top ten things you never knew about Mexico!

https://c-c-hall.com/

September 2nd @ Break Even Books

Come by Erik’s blog Break Even Books where Fiona Ingram talks about how to make your books both enjoyable and educational.

https://breakevenbooks.com/

September 3rd @ Beverly A. Baird’s Blog

Join us over at Beverly A. Barid’s blog where author Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on developing a children’s series.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com

September 4th @ Cathy C. Hall’s Blog

Make sure to come by Cathy’s blog again where she shares her thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://c-c-hall.com/

September 5th @ Jill Sheet’s Blog

Come by Jill’s blog today where Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on writing for children.

https://jillsheets.blogspot.com/

September 5th @ Ali’s Bookshelf

Stop by Ali’s blog where Fiona Ingram talks about whether books can help children cope with life.

http://alisbookshelfreviews.blogspot.com

September 7th @ Beverly A. Baird’s Blog

Join us at Beverly’s blog again for her thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s adventurous book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com

September 7th @ Anthony Avina’s Blog

Stop by Anthony’s Blog where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about why a book series is so good for non-readers.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

September 9th @ Anthony Avina’s Blog

Make sure to check out Anthony’s blog again where you can read his thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

September 10th @ Misadventures with Andi

Come by Andi’s blog where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about why children love reading about other countries and cultures.

https://misadventureswithandi.com/

September 10th @ Whitman’s Academics

Stop by Rebecca’s blog where Fiona Ingram’s talks about turning a non-reader into a reader.

https://whitmansacademics.wordpress.com/

September 12th@ Coffee with Lacey

Stop by Lacey’s blog where she reviews Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com

September 13th @ Coffee With Lacey

Be sure to stop by again when Lacey interviews author Fiona Ingram and chats about her newest book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com

September 14th @ World of My Imagination

Come by Nicole’s blog where she shares her opinion about Fiona Ingram’s middle grade fiction book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

September 15th @ Story Teller Alley

Stop by Veronica’s blog Story Teller Alley to read Fiona Ingram’s post on how she came about to write the series The Chronicles of the Stone. 

http://storytelleralley.com/blog

 

How to Write a Children’s Book Series by Fiona Ingram

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As part of the blog tour for Fiona Ingram’s middle grade novel The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper, Fiona has agreed to share with us how she developed a children’s book series. Welcome Fiona!

How to Develop a Children’s Series by Fiona Ingram

Developing a children’s series is both rewarding and taxing for the author, and possibly gratefully welcomed by parents whose children suddenly discover a hero they can relate to and whose actions keep them riveted. Isn’t it wonderful when a child begs, nay, commands its parents to go out and buy the next in a favorite series because they ‘absolutely must know’ what is going to happen next. There are many children’s series currently on the market and perhaps many adults are reading them as well as their children. Developing a children’s series is not an exact science and not a guaranteed road to writing success.

• Sometimes an author will start out with an idea, and try to stretch the story over several books, but to no avail. They discover that when a story is done … it’s done! On the other hand, an author may find that the story takes off and grows into something that spills over the last two words (“The End”) and shapes itself into another and then another and then another book, before winding down to a great final climax. Yet another scenario is when the author creates a set of characters that have several adventures, each one clearly contained with a storyline. The characters have a particular history or set of circumstances to retain the familiarity for readers who keep coming back for more action.

• Can a writer tell if the story has the potential for a series? The plot will evolve naturally if the characters are appealing, and if their personal growth and development hold readers’ attention. Again, appealing characters are not worth anything if the action and conflict are not compelling. There must be a perfect marriage between plot and characters to sustain the strength of a series.

• So why do children love an exciting series? A gifted author will be able to create characters that readers can relate to, and either love or hate. The readers get to know the characters well as the action evolves and, as each book comes out, can explore something new about their heroes.

• Characters become friends to the avid young reader, who shares in the hopes, dreams and choices the characters make. Readers are amazingly loyal to their favorite characters, even though they may often disagree with the characters’ choices. A good writer can explore these further, enabling readers to begin to make their own choices, especially in a moral dilemma or emotional conflict. Parents who make the time to read with their children, or who are interested in their children’s book choices, will be able to discuss these issues further. It’s a great way of dealing with ‘sticky’ issues because the discussion is less focused on the child and more on a fictional character. It may be easier for a child to express an opinion if discussing a topic via a character’s choices.

• Sensible advice: There are many good reasons why a first-time author should NOT start out with a series. But wait a moment, I hear you ask, aren’t you marketing your own books in a series. Yes, although I hadn’t planned on that initially. I thought I’d create lots of exciting, unrelated adventures for my heroes. But just after the halfway mark in Book One, things changed and the mythology behind the story grew and grew into almost a story on its own. It was then I surrendered and said to the characters, “Okay, you win, it’s a series.” Whereupon they all burst into mad cheering, especially the ones who made it into Book Two.

Perhaps writers shouldn’t set out to ‘create’ a series but rather let an original good story develop, allowing the characters and plot potential to determine the result.

Thank you Fiona for your wonderful insights into writing a children’s series.

Be sure to check out Fiona’s book and the other son the WOW book tour.

About the Book

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A plane crash! Lost in the jungle! Hunted by their old enemy, will Adam, Justin, and Kim survive long enough to find the Third Stone of Power? With only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, the kids make their way through the dense and dangerous jungle to find the lost city of stone gods, where the Stone of Power might be located. River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and evading predators are just part of this hazardous task. Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on. But he is not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca, and is keen to revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice. Adam, Justin, and Tukum must play a dreadful ball game of life and death and maybe survive. Will they emerge alive from the jungle? Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?

Print Length: 318 Pages

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Adventure

Publisher: Bublish, Incorporated (November 2017)

ISBN: 978-1946229465

The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper is available to purchase on Amazon.com. 

About the Author

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Fiona Ingram is a children’s author, but up until a few years ago, she was a journalist and editor. Something rather unexpected sparked her new career as an author—a family trip to Egypt with her mother and two young nephews. They had a great time and she thought she’d write them a short story as a different kind of souvenir…. Well, one book and a planned book series later, she had changed careers. She has now published Book 3 (The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper) in her middle grade adventure series Chronicles of the Stone, with many awards for the first book,

The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, and a few for Book 2, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, and one already for Book 3! She also teaches online novel writing for aspiring authors and she finds that very satisfying. Relaxation time finds her enjoying something creative or artistic, music, books, theatre or ballet. She loves doing research for her book series. Fiona loves animals and has written two animal rescue stories. She has two adorable (naughty) little dogs called Chloe and Pumpkin, and a beautiful black cat called Bertie.

You can find Fiona at –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/secretofthesacredscarab/

Website: www.chroniclesofthestone.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/FionaRobyn

Author Site: http://www.FionaIngram.com

Blog: http://fionaingramauthor.blogspot.com

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2868182.Fiona_Ingram

— Blog Tour Dates


 @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning with coffee than a muffin? Grab your cup of morning brew and join us today when we celebrate the launch of Fiona Ingram’s book, The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.  You can read our interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book.

http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com

August 14th @ Write Like Crazy

Make sure you stop by Mary Jo’s blog Write Like Crazy where Fiona Ingram talks about why your child doesn’t like reading and how to fix this.

http://www.writelikecrazy.com

August 15th @ Girl Zombie Authors

Come by Christine’s blog where Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on writing about different places for kids.

https://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com/

August 16th @ Jessica Samuel’s Blog

Come by Jessica’s blog today where Fiona Ingram talks about how to transform your non-reader into a reader.

https://jessicasamuelsauthor.com/

August 19th @ Madeline Sharples’ Blog

Stop by Madeline’s blog today where author Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts with young writers on writing and creating characters.

http://madelinesharples.com/

August 20th @ Mari’s #JournalingPower Blog

Stop by Mari’s blog where author Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on developing characters that children will relate to.

https://www.createwritenow.com/journal-writing-blog

August 20th @ Bairn’s Bard

Stop by Rebecca’s blog Bairn’s Bard today where you can read a post by Fiona Ingram’s daughter and also you can read about Rebecca’s thoughts on the book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://bairnsbard.wordpress.com/

August 21st @ Cover2Cover Blog

Stop by Steph’s Cover2Cover where you can read Fiona Ingram’s blog post about choosing books for your kids.

http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/

August 22nd @ Look to the Western Sky

Come by Margo Dill’s blog Look to the Western Sky where Fiona Ingram writes about her experiences fostering (and later adopting) an illiterate African child who is now a lovely young woman who loves reading.

http://margoldill.com/

August 22nd @ A New Look on Books

Come by Rae’s blog where Fiona Ingram writes about the joy of writing for children.

https://anewlookonbooks.com/

August 26th @ Writing for Children with Karen Cioffi

Come by Karen’s blog where Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on how to encourage your kids to start writing.

http://karencioffiwritingforchildren.com/

August 27th @ Mommy Daze: Say What??

Stop by Ashley’s blog where Fiona Ingram talks about helping kids read better with homeschooling. A must read as school is about to start!

https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/

August 27th @ Rebecca Whitman’s Blog

Come by Rebecca’s blog where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about using computers to improve reading skills.

https://rebeccawhitman.wordpress.com

August 28th @ Jennifer’s Deals

Stop by Jennifer’s blog where she shares what she her thoughts about Fiona Ingram’s incredible middle grade adventure book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://www.jennifers-deals2.com/

August 30th @ Story Teller Alley

Visit Veronica’s blog and check out her thoughts on the book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

http://storytelleralley.com/blog

August 31st @ Mommy Daze: Say What??

Make sure you stop by Ashley’s blog again where she shares her thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/

August 31st @ Rebecca Whitman’s Blog

Stop by Rebecca’s blog again where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about writing a children series.

https://rebeccawhitman.wordpress.com/

September 1st @ Cathy C. Hall’s Blog

Visit Cathy’s blog today where Fiona Ingram shares the top ten things you never knew about Mexico!

https://c-c-hall.com/

September 2nd @ Break Even Books

Come by Erik’s blog Break Even Books where Fiona Ingram talks about how to make your books both enjoyable and educational.

https://breakevenbooks.com/

September 3rd @ Beverly A. Baird’s Blog

Join us over at Beverly A. Barid’s blog where author Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on developing a children’s series.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com

September 4th @ Cathy C. Hall’s Blog

Make sure to come by Cathy’s blog again where she shares her thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://c-c-hall.com/

September 5th @ Jill Sheet’s Blog

Come by Jill’s blog today where Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on writing for children.

https://jillsheets.blogspot.com/

September 5th @ Ali’s Bookshelf

Stop by Ali’s blog where Fiona Ingram talks about whether books can help children cope with life.

http://alisbookshelfreviews.blogspot.com

September 7th @ Beverly A. Baird’s Blog

Join us at Beverly’s blog again for her thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s adventurous book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com

September 7th @ Anthony Avina’s Blog

Stop by Anthony’s Blog where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about why a book series is so good for non-readers.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

September 9th @ Anthony Avina’s Blog

Make sure to check out Anthony’s blog again where you can read his thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

September 10th @ Misadventures with Andi

Come by Andi’s blog where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about why children love reading about other countries and cultures.

https://misadventureswithandi.com/

September 10th @ Whitman’s Academics

Stop by Rebecca’s blog where Fiona Ingram’s talks about turning a non-reader into a reader.

https://whitmansacademics.wordpress.com/

September 12th@ Coffee with Lacey

Stop by Lacey’s blog where she reviews Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com

September 13th @ Coffee With Lacey

Be sure to stop by again when Lacey interviews author Fiona Ingram and chats about her newest book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com

September 14th @ World of My Imagination

Come by Nicole’s blog where she shares her opinion about Fiona Ingram’s middle grade fiction book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

September 15th @ Story Teller Alley

Stop by Veronica’s blog Story Teller Alley to read Fiona Ingram’s post on how she came about to write the series The Chronicles of the Stone. 

http://storytelleralley.com/blog

 

August Reading Round-Up

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Here we are – the last day of August already and time once again to share what I have been reading this past month. Hard to believe summer is almost at an end and September begins tomorrow.

This past month the total read was 40 (11 of these were picture books) , with the following breakdown:

Fantasy/scifi –15
Picture books – 11
Romance – 8
Women’s Fiction -3
Historical – 1
Crime/Mystery -1
YA – 1

(Ebooks – 7)
(Diverse books – 2)
(TBR books -0)

For the Reading Challenges I participate in, I’ve read these books:

Beyond the Bookends.
The theme for August was to read a book being made into a movie. I read:
Every Day by David Levithan

Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key word I chose this month was “beach” but “house” worked as well. I read:
Beach House Reunion by Mary Alice Monroe
The Cottages on Silver Beach by Rae Anne Thayne

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “Award Winners”.
I read:
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

52 Books in 52 Weeks
I read from 4 categories this past month:
A Mystery book: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
Book from 2017 Good Reads Awards – The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Book made into a movie – Every Day by David Levithan
Book with a green spine – Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews

Swords and Stars Reading Challenge.
I read 15 fantasy books but surprisingly none met the criteria this month. I have read almost all of the books by Ilona Andrews now – and loved them all!

Writers Write Book Reading Challenge
I read several books for this challenge
#2 –A book recommended by a librarian –Midnight at the Bright ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
#13 – A book about books – read two: The Lost for Words Bookstore by Stephanie Butland and Midnight at the Bright ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
#17 – book with colour in the title – I read several:
The Cottages on Silver Beach by Rae Anne Thayne
White Hot by Ilona Andres
Red and Lulu by Matt Tavares
#21 – Adapted for movie in 2018 – Every Day by David Levithan
#23 –Won a literary prize in 2017 – The Girl Who Drank from the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge
I read a book recommended by a librarian: Midnight at the Bright ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
I had forgotten about this challenge and this week as I checked off the prompts for the 40 books to be read, I realized I had read almost half of the books for the challenge. Rather than list them all (!), I’ll just list the numbers I have read and then continue to share each month what I read.
1, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 33, 35, 39, 40.

Favourite Books Read This Month
This was an especially good month for reading – so many books I rated 5 at Goodreads.
I read many of the Magic books from Ilona Andres and certainly enjoyed them
Also loved:
Midnight at the Bright ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
Beach House Reunion by Mary Alice Monroe
The Cottages on Silver Beach by Rae Anne Thayne
Kiss Don’t Tell by Avril Tremayne
The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland
The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck
The Late Bloomers’ Club by Louise Miller
Writing Mr. Right by T.K. Leigh
Every Day by David Levithan
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

I also read and enjoyed several picture books:
7 Ate 9 by Tara Lazar
Red and Lulu by Matt Tavares
Mae’s First Day of School by Kate Berube
Drawn Together by Minh Le

 

September Goals

My main goal for September is to continue to read lots of books on my TBR pile – a must!

I also plan to read more memoirs and non-fiction books – especially ones on writing.

 

Linking with:

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Monthly Wrap-Up at “Feed Your Addiction

Month in Review 6

Month in Review at “Bookdate”

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Best of the Bunch at “A Cocoon of Books”

Summer Reading 2018 Challenge Summary

The Summer Reading Challenge is now over – with the goal to read seven books between June 1 and August 17th.
I read well over 7 books this summer, many fantasy and women’s fiction.(being retired sure has helped my reading!)

Here are my 7 categories I chose to read for:
2. A book related to history The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck
It moves back an forth between Revolutionary America and the present.

4. A young adult (YA) book:  The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

5. A book recommended by a friendIn a Heartbeat byRosalind Noonan

7. A book you’ve been meaning to readA Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L”Engle

10. A biographyLeonard by William Shatner

12. A memoirRose Colored Glasses by JoAnn Simeon

16. A book that has been translated into EnglishThe Little French Bistro by Nina George (translated from French to English)

 

July Reading Round-Up

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Here we are – the last day of June already and time once again to share what I have been reading this past month.

This past month the total read was  27, with the following breakdown:
Fantasy/scifi –11
Memoir – 2
Picture books – 5
Romance – 6
Women’s Fiction -3
(Ebooks – 4)
(Diverse books – 2)
(TBR books -1)

For the Reading Challenges I participate in, I’ve read these books:

Beyond the Bookends.
The theme for June was to read a banned book. I read:
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key word I chose this month was “blue” . I read:
I’ll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos
The Sugarhouse Blues by Mariah Stewart
Boycott Blues by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “Vacation Reads”.
I took this as books about summer and the beach. Here are the book’s I read:
Summer’s Lease by Carrie Elks
Firefly Summer by Nan Roberts

52 Books in 52 Weeks
I read from 3 categories this past month:
A foreign book translated into English: The Little French Bistro by Nina George
A banned book – A Wrinkle in Time
A book published in 2018 – The Sugarhouse Blues

Swords and Stars Reading Challenge.
I read 8 books for one challenge: Read a book with a weapon on the cover.
All the Magic books in this series by Ilona Andres had a sword on it.

Writers Write Book Reading Challenge
I read several books for this challenge
17. A book with colour in title: Sugarhouse Blues by Mariah Stewart
I’ll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos
25. Translated to English – The Little French Bistro – Nina George

Memoir Reading Challenge
I finally read a couple of memoirs this month:
Leonard by William Shatner
Rose Colored Glasses by JoAnn Simon

Summer Reading Challenge
I read several books for this challenge
A memoir: Rose Colored Glasses by JoAnn Simon
Translated book: The Little French Bistro

For July, my top reads ( all 5 stars) were:

I’ll Be your Blue Sky by Marisa de Los Santos
The Sugarhouse Blues by Mariah Stewart
The Little French Bistro by Nina George
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Firefly Summer by Nan Rossiter
Rose Colored Glasses by JaAnn Simon
And the Magic Series by Ilona Andrews of which I read 8 books this month (2 to go!)

 

My main goal for August is to continue to read lots of books on my TBR pile – a must!

 

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WOW! Women on Writing Blog Tour for “Rose Colored Glasses” by Jo Ann Simon

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I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Jo Ann Simon’s memoir “Rose Colored Glasses”, which I read and reviewed.
(I received an advance copy to read and review.)

                                           My Review

I was initially drawn to Jo Ann’s book as I could relate to parts of her story. As I read, I felt that connection more and more. Two points of commonality:
-I remarried later in life, even though I had vowed not to marry again. We were friends first, then love bloomed.
– My husband faces severe health challenges and I am his advocate as we face an often seemingly indifferent medical field.

I found Jo Ann’s memoir to be hopeful, even at her most dire times. Her optimism, her love for her husband and his for her, shine throughout the book. I enjoyed reading her letters to her husband as well, and his love cards to her , both of which appear throughout the book.

Living with a partner with a terminal diagnosis wears a person down. As Tom became sicker, Jo Ann describes so well how they were “sent into the vortex of the medical field, to be whirled about in pandemonium”. We trust our doctors to help heal us. When even they cannot help us, we can despair. But Jo Ann just dug deeper and researched and sought other medical interventions. She never gave up.

Jo Ann shares Tom’s illness and ultimate death with such compassion, honesty, detail and love. We are quickly drawn into their love story and throughout, to the end, we hope for a miracle. As JoAnn says “Tom’s illness took a backseat to living life.” And live they did.

Both Tom and Jo Ann give advice on how to live well. Wearing those rose colored glasses certainly helped Jo Ann cope. But, Jo Ann follows Tom’s advice: to make the most of every day and love life, and share that love.
“Do what you want to do, be who you want to be and go where you want to go”
What a wonderful way to live.

I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir and would highly recommend it. I was touched by their forever love and the hope that filled this book.

Book Summary

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Dear Tom,
I’m back on Anna Maria Island… missing you.
But walking down these beautiful beaches reminds me of us and makes
me feel a little less far away from you. And that encourages me as I am writing our story.
Hopefully this will help other people who are feeling our pain too.
I love and miss you every day, darling.
Love,
Me

When he first saw me, Tom said that he would spend the rest of his life with me. To my surprise, he actually did. He was the love of my life. We shared a story that felt like a dream. Every moment was an adventure… and then Tom became ill.As his mysterious symptoms persisted we were hurtled through a maze of fear, tests, doubts and sorrow. But while doctors toyed with diagnoses- Lyme disease, ALS- we filled each day with joy, hope, good food, wine, music and travel.Even when death came to crush our storybook romance, we found that the human spirit is greater than the frailties of the body, greater than suffering and grief.

From the fateful tick bite on Block Island to central nervous system failure, to healing my grief and loss, I stayed afloat, upbeat, and connected to Tom through devotion, true love, and by donning my own special pair of rose-colored glasses.

Paperback: 288 Pages
Publisher: WiDO Publishing (May 29th 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1947966049
ISBN-13: 978-1947966048

About the Author

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Jo Ann Simon, a corporate executive, is a lifelong nutmegger, living in various locations in the Nutmeg state of Connecticut. She is a constant traveler, exploring the world including her favorite country, Italy. When she is not traveling, Jo Ann loves spending time with her family, friends and her seven grandchildren. Her day job running a company, painting fine art, gardening and writing fill in the blanks of her life. Palm trees are essential in her personal landscape with beaches to match.

Find JoAnn Online:

Website: https://www.joann-simon.com/

Blog: https://forgetmenotjosi.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ForgetMeNotJoSi

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joannsimonauthorpage/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jo-ann-simon-27626518/

Instagram: forgetmenotjosi

Check out the other stops on the blog tour here:

Monday, July 23rd @ The Muffin
Author Interview and Giveaway
http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com

Tuesday, July 24th @ JoAnn Simon
Crystal Casavant-Otto reviews “Rose Colored Glasses” by JoAnn Simon – don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about JoAnn’s touching memoir.
https://forgetmenotjosi.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, July 25th @ Bring on Lemons with Michelle DelPonte
Wisconsin mother, wife, and autism advocate Michelle DelPonte reviews “Rose Colored Glasses” by JoAnn Simon and shares her thoughts with readers at Bring on Lemons. This is an unforgettable memoir!
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Thursday, July 26th @ Beverley Baird
Beverley Baird reviews “Rose Colored Glasses” by JoAnn Simon. This touching memoir is one readers won’t soon forget! You’ll want to add this one to your #TBRPile today!
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

Friday, July 27th @ Choices
The readers at Madeline Sharples blog, Choices, are in for a special treat today as JoAnn Simon pens the guest post “Seeing Art Through the Artist’s Eye”. Readers can enjoy this post while also learning about Simon’s memoir “Rose Colored Glasses” recently published by WiDO Publishing.
http://madelinesharples.com/

Monday, July 30th @ Selling Books with Cathy Stucker
Cathy Stucker interview JoAnn Simon about her recently published memoir “Rose Colored Glasses”
https://www.sellingbooks.com/

Tuesday, July 31st @ World of My Imagination
Nicole Pyles reviews “Rose Colored Glasses” by JoAnn Simon and shares her thoughts with readers at World of My Imagination. Don’t miss a chance to learn about this memoir of love and loss.
https://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com/

Thursday, August 2nd @ Memoir Writer’s Journey
Today’s post at Memoir Writer’s Journey includes a guest post titled “Simplicity in Life” written by JoAnn Simon. There is also a link to Kathleen Pooler’s review of Simon’s recently published memoir “Rose Colored Glasses”. Readers won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn more about Simon and her lovely memoir.
https://krpooler.com/

Tuesday, August 7th @ Bring on Lemons
Today’s author spotlight at Bring on Lemons is JoAnn Simon featuring her recently published memoir “Rose Colored Glasses”. Don’t miss a chance to learn about Simon and check out Crystal’s review of this touching memoir.
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, August 8th @ Lisa Haselton
Lisa Haselton interviews JoAnn Simon about her memoir “Rose Colored Glasses” (and more)!
http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, August 8th @ Margo Dill
Today’s guest author is JoAnn Simon of “Rose Colored Glasses” – and today’s topic is “A Positive Attitude”. Don’t miss this blog stop!

http://margodill.com/blog/

Monday, August 13th @ Write Happy
Catherine Brown reviews “Rose Colored Glasses” a touching memoir by JoAnn Simon.
https://www.writehappy.net/blog

Monday, August 13th @ Coffee with Lacey
Lacey reviews “Rose Colored Glasses” by JoAnn Simon. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about this inspirational memoir about love, loss, and hope!
https://coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com/

Thursday, August 16th @ Ellen Valladares
Fellow author Ellen Valladares reviews “Rose Colored Glasses” by JoAnn Simon.
https://ellenvalladares.com/

Wednesday, August 22nd @ Linda Appleman Shapiro
Fellow memoirist Linda Appleman Shapiro shares her thoughts after reading “Rose Colored Glasses” by JoAnn Simon.
http://applemanshapiro.com/category/book-reviews/

Thursday, August 23rd @ Bring on Lemons with Cathy Hansen
Wisconsin educator, mother, and business owner Cathy Hansen reviews the memoir “Rose Colored Glasses” by JoAnn Simon.
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

 

Top Ten Tuesday

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Time for Top Ten Tuesday – and this week we are asked to share our top 10 reads so far this year. We are now half way through the year – a perfect time to reflect on our favourites so far.

My Top Ten Favourite Reads – So Far
1 I’ll Be your Blue Sky by Marisa de Los Santos
2 The Last Chance matinee and The Sugarhouse Blues by Mariah Stewart
3 Summer Rental by Mary kay Andrews
4 Come Back to the Ballpark, Maisy Gray by Cynthia Tennent
5 The Seafront Tearoom by Vanessa Greene
6 The Hidden memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato
7 The Family Gathering by Robyn Carr
8 Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley (* My top favourite)    bellewether 25094955
9 Just Breathe by Susan Wiggs
10 Vintage by Susan Gloss

I also read several fantasy books that I loved:
1. The Solace trilogy by Jaleigh Johnson
2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
3. Tin Star and Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci
4. Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan
5. 5. The Hobbit by Tolkien

 

June Reading Round-Up

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It is the end of June already and time once again to share what I have been reading this past month.
This past month the total read was 42, with the following breakdown:
Fantasy/scifi – 3
Magical Realism – 1
Paranormal 1
Non-fiction – 1
Picture books – 24
Romance – 9
Women’s Fiction -2

Cozy Mystery – 1

(Ebooks – 8)
(Diverse books – 7)
(TBR books -1)

For the Reading Challenges I participate in, I’ve read these books:

Beyond the Bookends.
The theme for June was to read a book recommended by a friend. I read:

In a Heartbeat by Rosalind Noonan

Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key word I chose this month was “bride” as June is a big wedding month. I read several bridal/wedding books:
The Substitute Bride by Kathleen O’Brien
The Wedding Season by Samantha Chase
His Blushing Bride by Dani Collins

As well, I read 2 books by Roxane St. Clair in her Barefoot Brides series:

Barefoot in Lace and Barefoot in Pearls

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The theme this month was “Crack the Case”. I read a short cozy mystery – The Art and Craft of Murder by Catrherine Parker

52 Books in 52 Weeks
I read from 3 categories this past month:
A book recommended by a friend – In a Heartbeat by Rosalind Noonan
A book that is considered a classic – The Hobbit by Tolkien
A book about a current world issue (racism, world of Trump) – I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You by David Chariandy

Swords and Stars Reading Challenge.
I read a couple for this challenge:
Read a Fantasy classic – The Hobbit by Tolkien
Read a book with magical realism – Death at Peony House by Krista Walsh

Writers Write Book Reading Challenge
I read three books for this challenge:
4. A book published in 1999 – Mr. Maybe by Jane Green
15. A book set and read in summer – Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
19. A book with a teacher as a protagonist – Come Back to the Ballpark, Maisy Gray by Cynthia Tennent

For June, my top 5 reads were:
Come Back to the Ballpark, Maisy Gray by Cynthia Tennent
Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
The Seafront Tearoom by Vanessa Greene
In a Heartbeat by Rosalind Noonan
I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You by David Chariandy
I read so many wonderful children’s picture books this month. My favourites were:
The Magician’s Secret and Hockey Hero by Zachary Hyman
The Magician of Auschwitz by Kathy Kacer
The Artist and Me by Shane Peacock
Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin
Hedgehog Needs a Hug by Jen Bretton
Wild Berries by Julie Flett
Vincent Can’t Sleep by Barb Rosenstock
The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan

My goals for July are to continue to read more books on my TBR pile – a must! As well, I plan to read more mg/ya, memoirs, and more diverse books/authors.

 

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Slice of Life Tuesday

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Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.

I have just started following the PBS program “The Great American Read”. It is so interesting to see what makes a book special to each person. Each gives a sales pitch for their book.
I’ve checked off the books I’ve already read (38) and I have already voted for my most beloved book, even though there were several I could have chosen (“To Kill a Mockingbird”)
There is such a range of books and genres – from the classics like “Jane Eyre” to fantasy books like “Harry Potter”. There are favourites from my childhood, like “Anne of Green Gables”, as well as thrillers and time travel (“Outlander”).
I’ve decided to take on another reading challenge – one that will undoubtedly take me awhile to complete – to read this list of 100 books. There are many I’ve planned to read (Jane Austen, “The Handmaid’s Tale”) but have just not made the time.

Be sure to check here for the list (and quiz to see how many you have read)and here to vote for your favourite.

What is your most beloved read?