It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

It’s time once again for Kathryn’s weekly meme, “It’s Monday! What are You Reading?” hosted at Book Date, where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week.

What I Read Last Week

I read 7 books – two historical romances, a non-fiction, 2 chap books/MG novels and 2 pix books.

 

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When a Duchess Says I Do by Grace Burrowes. Another wonderful historical romance, part of another enjoyable series.

 

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An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn. The third book in the Bridgerton series which I am enjoying.

 

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The Well-Gardened Mind by Sue Stuart-Smith . I have been reading this for my book club and finally finished it. A fascinating read, a strong case for the power of nature, of gardens.

 

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A Day of Signs and Wonders by Kit Pearson. A fun imaginary tale of two young artists (Emily Carr and Kathleen Reilly) meeting and spending a day together.

 

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Starla Jean by Elaine K. Arnold, illus by A.N. Kang. A cute story.

 

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What Would You Do in a Book About You by Jean Reidy, illus. by Joey Chou. What would a book about you be like? Fun answers.

 

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M is for Masterpiece by David Domeniconi, illus. by Will Bullas, A wonderful look at great art, with lots of info for parents and teachers to enhance the read.

 

What I’m Reading Now 

For Connect 5 Friday, I had a list of 5 books I started this week but just couldn’t get into. I hope to read at least a couple this week, although a couple need to be returned to the library.

 Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker

Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella

 

What’s Up Next

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig (Enjoying this a few entries at a time)

 

Connect Five Friday – Books I didn’t finish

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It’s time once again for Connect Five Friday, hosted at Book Date by Kathryn – the meme where we share five book/reading things that connect in some way.

 

This has been a really off week – I just couldn’t finish the many books I started until yesterday. The books are ones I’ve been wanting to read, but just could not make myself finish them. (Some had to be returned to the library unfinished. I hope to get them again at a later date.) What I did read was 2 mg novels and an historical romance.

Here are 5 books I started this week but didn’t finish.

 

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Hamnet And Judith by Maggie O’Farrell

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Five Little Indians by Michelle Good

 

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Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker

 

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Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella

 

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

 

Which book have your read and enjoyed? Which should I read next?

 

It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

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It’s time once again for Kathryn’s weekly meme, “It’s Monday! What are You Reading?” hosted at Book Date, where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week.

What I Read Last Week

I read 5 books – 3 romances, a paranormal cozy mystery and an historical romance

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When Stars Collide by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Loved this romance between the opera diva and the quarterback – such an unlikely pairing, but so intriguing.

 

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“An Unexpected Find” by Hayleigh Sol. This was a book within a book – and both were so enjoyable. 

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“Darker Water” by Lauren Stewart. The author describes this novel as modern fairy tale based on “The Frog Prince”. An enjoyable read.

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“Cupcakes, Trinkets and Other Deadly Magic” by Meghan Ciana Doidge. A paranormal cozy mystery that was just a fun read.

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“The Bridegroom Wore Plaid” by Grace Burrowes. Another wonderful historical romance, the first in a new series.

 

What I’m Reading Now 

Sweet Nothings by Catherine Anderson

Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen

What’s Up Next

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

Connect Five Friday – Books Within Books

 

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It’s time once again for Connect Five Friday, hosted at Book Date by Kathryn – the meme where we share five book/reading things that connect in some way.

 

I just finished An Unexpected Find by Hayleigh Sol, a free ebook that has a book within a book. A hot read by a new author to me as well.

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“A chance discovery of a handwritten love scene leads to friendship and undeniable attraction for two people who’ve sworn off love. They might be perfect for each other…but they haven’t actually met.”
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I wondered about other books that have books within.

Here’s a definition on google:

“A story within a story, also referred to as an embedded narrative, is a literary device in which a character within a story becomes the narrator of a second story (within the first one). Multiple layers of stories within stories are sometimes called nested stories.”

 

Here are 5 such books: (with summaries from Goodreads)

2 I have read:

The Princess Bride by William Goldman. I had seen the movie so many times, it took me until last year to actually read the book – and I loved it.

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“As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears.  
Now Goldman does Dad one better. He’s reconstructed the “Good Parts Version” to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.”

 

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer (there’s a second – Off the Page.)

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“Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.    And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince.”

 

3 more:

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

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“In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah… She begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation.”

 

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

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“Atwood introduces a novel-within-a-novel. Entitled The Blind Assassin, it is a science fiction story told by two unnamed lovers who meet in dingy backstreet rooms.”

 

The Thing About Alice by Jean-Luke Swanepoel

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“For decades Alice Otto has known every squatter and dweller on Elizabeth Street, and on most days she remembers their names—every Bart, Lila, Gerty, Michael, and Steve. Bart has written a book, stories about all of them.”

It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

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It’s time once again for Kathryn’s weekly meme, “It’s Monday! What are You Reading?” hosted at Book Date, where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week.

What I Read Last Week

I read 8 books -1 memoir, 1 women’s fiction, 2 romances, a paranormal and 3 picture books.

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The Color of Light by Emilie Richards. Loved this novel – such complicated characters, with both Ana and Isaiah questioning their calling.

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Beyond Words by Abby Brooks. Even though this was a free ebook, I so enjoyed this romance. Much of the book was written in emails between 2 people who never met, except through Cat’s journal.

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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald This memoir was read for a book club and I read the last 5 chapters this week. An incredible read – the language was so rich, the focus on grief so well done.

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Love in Lockdown by Chloe James. I was intrigued by the title and I so enjoyed this romance.

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Bitten and Smitten by Michelle Rowen. Another free ebook, this time a paranormal and a fun one.

My favourite picture book was:

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The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota’s Garden by Heather Smith and Rachel Wada. Based on a true story this was a touching read after the tsunami in Japan.

 What I’m Reading Now 

Sweet Nothings by Catherine Anderson

Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen

 

What’s Up Next

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

Connect Five Friday – Novels Like “The Color of Light”

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It’s time once again for Connect Five Friday, hosted at Book Date by Kathryn – the meme where we share five book/reading things that connect in some way.

I finished The Color of Light by Emilie Richards last night and loved it. A novel about ministers/priests questioning their faith and full of complicated relationships and characters was such an enjoyable read.

I went searching for others books like this one and checked Goodreads for a list. Their choices included many I had already read (2 by Susan Mallery: Sisters by Choice and The Vineyard at Painted Moon for example).

Here are 5 others I will be checking out (with reviews from GoodReads):

The Forever Girl by Jill Shalvis

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a heartfelt story of family, forgiveness, and secrets that have the power to change the course of more than one life.   When Maze returns to Wildstone for the wedding of her estranged bff and the sister of her heart, it’s also a reunion of a once ragtag team of teenagers who had only each other until a tragedy tore them apart and scattered them wide.  Now as adults together again in the lake house, there are secrets and resentments mixed up in all the amazing childhood memories.”

Meant to Be by Jude Deveraux

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“Two headstrong sisters are bound by tradition but long to forge their own path.   
It’s 1972 and times are changing. In the small farming community of Mason, Kansas, Vera and Kelly Exton are known for their ambitions. Vera is an activist who wants to join her boyfriend in the Peace Corps. But she is doing her duty caring for her widowed mother and younger sister until Kelly is firmly established. Kelly is studying to become a veterinarian. She plans to marry her childhood sweetheart and eventually take over his father’s veterinary practice.
But it’s a tumultuous time and neither sister is entirely happy with the path that’s been laid out for her.”

Promises of the Heart by Nan Rossiter

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“The first novel in a new series from  bestselling author Nan Rossiter tells the moving story of a couple struggling to start a family and the young foster girl with a heart condition who changes their lives forever.”

The Book Club by Mary Alice Monroe

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“These middle aged moms are all in new phases of their lives. Everyone can relate to at least one woman and what she is going through – relationships, empty nesters, death, illness, infidelity, job loss but the thread that runs through this story is finding yourself again as a woman.”

Herons Landing by JoAnn Ross

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“Working as a Las Vegas concierge, Brianna Mannion is an expert at making other people’s wishes come true. It’s satisfying work, but a visit home to scenic Honeymoon Harbor turns into a permanent stay when she’s reminded of everything she’s missing: the idyllic small-town charm; the old Victorian house she’d always coveted; and Seth Harper, her best friend’s widower and the neighborhood boy she once crushed on—hard. After years spent serving others, maybe Brianna’s finally ready to chase dreams of her own.”

IT’s Monday! What are You Reading?

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It’s time once again for Kathryn’s weekly meme, “It’s Monday! What are You Reading?” hosted at Book Date, where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week.

Better news finally – the Ct scan showed no cancer or spread of anything out of the colon. It still means surgery but the prognosis looks better. Thanks for all your concern and prayers. They definitely helped.

What I Read Last Week

I read 5 novels– 2 women’s fiction and 3 historical romances.

I read 3 lovely historical romances by Grace Burrowes.

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Lady Louisa’s                    No Other Duke Will Do     A Rogue of Her own

Christmas Knight 

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What You Wish For by Katherine Center. Finally, finally finished this one. It has been on my TBR lists for awhile. So enjoyed it.

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Love For Beginners by Jill Shalvis. Another enjoyable read from Shalvis, her latest.

What I’m Reading Now (Still!) 

Sweet Nothings by Catherine Anderson

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (for a book club read)

 

What’s Up Next

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Six Degrees of Separation – From Truss to Jones

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This is the first Saturday of the month which means that it is time for Six Degrees of Separation, the book challenge, hosted by Kate from “Books are My Favourite and Best “.

This is such a fascinating challenge and one I am always eager to begin and follow the search for connected books. The fun is in the search for connections and each chain that is created is always so different.

The starting point for us this round is to begin with Eats, Shoots and leaves by Lynne Truss. It is one of the best books on punctuation and  grammar, one I still have not finished although have started several times.

I haven’t read any of these books but a couple are now on my TBR list. (summaries are from Goodreads)

 1st Degree: Another book on grammar with an amusing title is The New Well-Tempered Sentence: A punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager and the Doomed by Karen Elizabeth Gordon.

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The New Well-Tempered Sentence is sure to entertain while teaching you everything you want to know about punctuation. Never before has punctuation been so much fun!”

2nd Degree: Another book by Gordon is Paris Out of Hand: A Wayward Guide by Gordon, Barbara Hodgson and Nick Bantock

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“This seductively beautiful replica of a 19th-century travel book—replete with illustrations of sights you will never see and maps that may plummet you into a different era—guides readers through the Paris that is, that might be, and that never was. Amid the Parisian locales you know and love, unheard-of temptations abound. ”

3rd Degree: Another book with multiple authors and another guide is The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World One Correction at a Time by Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Henson

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 “The world needed a hero, but how would an editor with no off-switch answer the call? For Jeff Deck, the writing was literally on the wall: “NO TRESSPASSING.” In that moment, his greater purpose became clear.  Dark hordes of typos had descended upon civilization… and only he could wield the marker to defeat them.”

4th Degree: This led me to another book by Deck – Player Choice which is a fantasy involving games in 2040.

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“It’s 2040. With neural implants, people can play games in an immersive virtual reality known as the aether space. Game designer Glen Cullather has a plan for the most ambitious aether game ever imagined: a fantasy epic that gives players the freedom to do anything.”

5th Degree: This led to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – another fantasy with player in the title.

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“IN THE YEAR 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.”

 

6th Degree: This led to Patsy: The Life and Times of Patsy Cline by Margaret Jones – two people with the same last name.

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“More than thirty-five years after her tragic death in a plane crash at age thirty, Patsy Cline (1932–1963) remains one of the greatest voices of this century. … In Patsy, Margaret Jones chronicles the life of Patsy Cline (nee Virginia Hensley) from her impoverished childhood and abuse by her father, through the struggle for her success and her exploitation by record producers to her phenomenal but short-lived recording career.”

I began with Lynne Truss and ended with Margaret Jones, two women writers, two non-fiction books.

Next month (August 7, 2021), we’ll start with a bestselling work of autobiographical fiction, Postcards From the Edge by Carrie Fisher.

Connect Five Friday – Dual Timeline Novels

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It’s time once again for Connect Five Friday, hosted at Book Date by Kathryn – the meme where we share five book/reading things that connect in some way.

I’ve always been fascinated by dual timeline novels – to see glimpses of the past and how they tie to the present. My favourite author, Susanna Kearsley, has written so many of these kinds of novels. Here are five of my favourites (all 5* for me):

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The Rose Garden                        A Desperate Fortune               The Winter Sea

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Bellewether                                 The Firebird

Here are 5 dual timeline novels I’ve also read and enjoyed:

The Gown by Jennifer Robson

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosney

Outlander by Diana Gabaldron

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Letters from Skye by Jessica Brocknole

Here are 5 more that I haven’t read but hope to:

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Which dual time-line novel would you recommend?

June Reading Round-Up

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Once again, we are at the end of one month and beginning a new one. June sped by, with changeable weather once again –now with high heat and humidity. Thank heavens for AC!.

It’s time to share what I have been reading this past month.

The total read for June was 30 books with the following breakdown:

Fantasy /Paranormal –1

Romance – 2

Women’s Fiction – 6

Historical romance – 6

Non-fiction – 1

Pix books – 13

MG novels – 1

I continue to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves (bought/gifted or won) or an e-book. Here’s the breakdown

Library reads – 27                TBR/owned books –2              E-books –2

 

Favourite Reads

My overall favourite read of the month was Love for Beginners by Jill Shalvis.

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I also read 4 historical fiction novels by Grace Burrowes which I thoroughly enjoyed (Beckman, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Gabriel, Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight – a separate set of fav. books)

The rest of my top 10 reads:

What You Wish For by Katherine Center

The Moonglow Sisters by Lori Wilde

The Keepsake Sisters by Lori Wilde

The Summer Deal by Jill Shalvis

Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey

The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

The Viscount who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

Confessions from the Quilting Circle by Maisey Yates

 

I am participating in quite a few challenges (check here for my list) but I have a few that are my favourites and have done these for a few years. Here are the books read for these challenges:

POPSUGAR Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)

This month I was only able to read 2 books for the challenge:

#14 – set in a restaurant – Wind Chimes Café by Sophie Moss

Adv. 6 – Meant to read last year (TBR) – What You Wish For by Katherine Center

52 Books in 52 Weeks

I was only read 1 book for this challenge:

#1 – Set in a school – What You Wish For by Katherine Center

Monthly Key Word Challenge

The key word I used this month: “Find” –A Good Demon is Hard to Find by Kate Mossman

Monthly Motif

The theme this month was “the Great Outdoors”. I read The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla

Diversify Your Reading

The theme this month was “Romance”. I read:

Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey

Wind Chimes Café by Sophie Moss

Looking Ahead to July

 I plan to read more novels by native authors, and I have several on my TBR shelves. I will keep working on the 20 Books for Summer Challenge

 

I am linking with the following:

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Monthly Wrap-Up (At Feed Your Fiction Addiction)

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 Best of the Bunch (at A Cocoon of Books)