Top 5 Tuesday – Top Five Authors I Must Read

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I’ve seen the Top Five Tuesday meme several times and thought I’d finally take part. This weekly meme is hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm.

The topic this week is “5 Authors I NEED to Read” (or in other words – authors I just haven’t read yet, but really should)

1. Nalini Singh
This paranormal romance author has written several series that have had great reviews and so many recommendations. Can’t believe I still haven’t read any of her books.
Check her out here.

2. Leah Bardigo
This fantasy author has several series as well. The Six of Crows has been on my radar to read for some time but still haven’t read any of her books – yet.
Check her out here.

3. Fredrik Backman
I bought A Man Called Ove quite a while ago and it has been on my TBR list for sometime. Now I need to finish it for a reading challenge before the end of the year. Then I’ll have to tackle his other books – which have good reviews as well.

4. Rainbow Rowell
Even tho I enjoy reading YA books, I still have not read any of her books.
Check her out here.

5. Erin Morgenstern
There is a new fantasy by Morgenstern just published, but still need to read The Night Circus.
Check her out here. 

As I compiled this list of 5 authors I had not read, I realized there were several I had only just read for the first time this year – authors who had been recommended many times in the past. Once I started reading them, I was amazed at how I could have delayed so long in reading them:

1. Anne Bishop – LOVE her! Now I am zipping through her Others series.
2. Patricia Briggs – another author I fell in love with and had to read everything by her.
3. Tessa Dare – rediscovered a love of historical romances through her novels
4. Deborah Harkness – Finally tackled A Discovery of Witches and now turning to the rest in her series
5. Elliott James – only the second male in these lists, but so enjoyed his quirky Pax Arcana series

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s time once again for Kathryn’s weekly meme IMWAYR at Book Date where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week

What I Read Last Week
Last week I read 7 books: a memoir, an historical romance, 2 women’s fiction and 3 contemporary romances.

Here are the books I read:

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How to Catch a Wild Viscount by Tessa Dare, another of her historical romances

3 sweet Christmas novels (for the HOHoHo Readathon):

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Santa’s Secret by Serenity Woods

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Wrapped Up in You by Jill Shalvis

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Joyfully Yours by Amy Lamont

 

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Writing with Grace, A Journey Beyond Down Syndrome – a memoir by Judy McFarlane

2 women’s fiction about women who decide to take control of their lives and push for what they want; enjoyed them both

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Highland Fling by Katie Fforde

 

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Wallflower in Bloom by Claire Cook

 

What I’m Reading Now

Wicked and the Wallflower by Tessa Dare (read several other of her books this past week, so must finish this one this week)

The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later by Barbara Barth (to review for a WOW blog tour)

What’s Up Next
Still working on these – trouble is I get distracted from another book too easily!

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

 

Linking as well with

Spread the Love

Book Nook Blog Party at Create with Joy

 

Non-Fiction November – Week 2

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Nonfiction November is a month-long celebrating non-fiction books.

It is hosted by Julie (JulzReads), Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves), Katie (Doing Dewey), Rennie (What’s Nonfiction) . Each week, they’ll be a different prompt, with a different host.

Sarah’s Bookshelves is hosting our second week of Nonfiction November with the theme:  Book Pairings.

This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title.  It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together.  Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story.

I have read a number of intriguing historical fiction novels this year but 3 in particular whetted my appetite to learn more about the time period they were written in. Here are the three books I read and loved, and a NF book I hope to read to round out the experience.

  1. The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley

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This is my favourite of her books (I do love them all though) and a favourite this year. It involves time travel to early 18th century Cornwall.

Two books intrigued me and I want to learn more.

Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion by Anne Somerset

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Poldark’s Cornwall by Winston Graham (I’ve never seen the Poldark series – I will be checking it out!)

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2. The Beast’s Bride by Jayne Castel 

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This novel takes place in 14th Century Scotland on the Isle of Skye, one place I have actually visited – when I was 21, and it has always remained one of my favourite tours.

The History and Traditions of the Isle of Skye by Alexander Cameron

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3. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

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Elizabethan England has always intrigued me and over the years I have read many historical fiction books of this time. Harkness’s series, beginning with A Discovery of Witches really captured my imagination. Such descriptions of the time in the second book and the intrigues made me want to learn more.

Shakespeare’s England by R.E. Pritchard

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HoHoHo Readathon

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Seventh Annual #HoHoHoRAT
Kimberley at Caffeinated Reviewer is hosting the 7th Annual HoHoHo Readathon, from Nov. 8 to 17.
I have never participated, but I do love holiday/winter reads, so I have decided to take part. Ten days of Christmas reading to look forward to.

My goals:
Read as many holiday/winter themed books as I can that are in my kindle TBR (and there are quite a few!)
And to take part in some other challenges along the way.
Here are the rules:

Readathon Rules

-Link-up! It is not necessary to link to goal post, just link to the account/blog you will be using to track your reading. This can be blog, Goodreads Shelf labeled HoHoHo2019 or any other account. (Kimberly must be able to see it. So be sure you are friends there)

-Declare your intentions on your blog or through social media. Be sure and link back to this sign-up post #HoHoHo Readathon Sign-up

-Tell your friends, post the image from Caffeinated Reviewer and link on social media using Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+ or Instagram Be sure to include a link to Caffeinated Reviewer, so others may join.

-Participate in at least one challenge and complete one book to be eligible for grand prize

-Read/listen to as many Holiday or Winter themed books as you can from any genre. (Winter can be New Years´ setting, snowstorm, etc. If you are unsure, contact Kimberly. Goodreads is a good source for finding Winter & Holiday reads. Ask your Librarian)

-Tweet your progress using #HoHoHoRAT

-Challenge schedule and Grand Prize widget will post on November 8th at/by 8 am (EST)

-Read-a-thon starts on November 8th 12:o1 am (your time zone) and ends on November 17 at 11:59 pm (your time zone)

-Challenges will be open from 8 am (EST) on the 8th and stay open until Nov 17th at 11:59 pm (EST)

-Grand Prize Raffle will be open until November 18th at 11:59 pm (EST) to allow you to submit entries.

-All winners of challenges and the grand prize will be notified by November 20th.

 

IMWAYR

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It’s time once again for Kathryn’s weekly meme IMWAYR at Book Date where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week

What I Read Last Week
Last week I read 10 books, 3 of which were picture books and  with a variety of genres: historical, paranormal and comtemporary romances as well as a YA novel and a book of poetry.

Here are the books I read:

2 more historical romances by Tessa Dare, from her Spindle Cove series (love the series!)

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Any Duchess Will Do                                              A Week to Be Wicked

(Check here for her website, with a free short story and book – well worth the visit!)

2 sweet Christmas novels  (Yes! I am already reading Christmas books!):

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Mistletoe Magic by Stacey Joy Netzel

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A Mistletoe Kiss by Jennifer Faye

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Cowboy Wolf Trouble by Kait Ballenger -sexy paranormal novel

 

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – YA novel, considered a modern classic, which I finally read!

To Make Monsters Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace – such a powerful, fierce  book

 

I read 3 children’s picture books, which i analyze as mentor texts for my own writing. All three I rated with 5* on Goodreads.

The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry and the Fan Brothers

Because by Mo Willems and Amber Ren

Me, Toma and the Concrete Garden by Andrew larsen and Anne Villeneuve

 

What I’m Reading Now

Wicked and the Wallflower by Tessa Dare

Wrapped Up in You by Jill Shalvis

 

What’s Up Next

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

 

Linking as well with

Spread the Love
Book Nook Blog Party at Create With Joy

October Reading RoundUp

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Hallowe’en today – time has certainly flown by this month.
It’s that time to share what I have been reading this past month.
The total read for October was 27 books with the following breakdown:
Fantasy –3
Paranormal – 2
Historical Romance– 14
Romance – 5
Women’s Fiction – 1
YA – 1
Mystery – 1

Diverse books – 2

I decided this year to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves, an e-book, bought /gifted or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads – 21
TBR books –0e-books – 6
Charity reads – 0

Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
As I near the end of books to finish this challenge, I have really slowed down with only 1 this month. I still have 9 books to read to complete this challenge!
17 – Set on a university or college campus – 2 books fit this one:
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

52 Books in 52 Weeks
I was able to cross off only one for this challenge this month. I have 8 books left to read for this challenge.
42 –Family member’s favourite book – A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Monthly Key Word Challenge
As the words pertained to Hallowe’en, I chose 3 key words this month:
Wolf: The Artist Cries Wolf by Heather Horrocks
Cowboy Wolf Trouble by Kait Ballinger
Ghost: Ghost Groom by Jennifer Youngblood
Witch: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “Magic and Illusions”: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Beyond the Bookends
The theme was “LGBTQ”.
I (finally!) read Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Diversify Your Reading
The genre was YA. I read Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Connect Five
I post a separate post on any Connect Five books I read each month. In October, my connections were:

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Favourite Books Read This Month
Once again, this was an excellent month for reading books that I rated a number of books a 5 at Goodreads.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Cowboy Wolf Trouble by Kait Ballinger
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell
Lake Silence and Wild Country by Anne Bishop
By Tessa Dare:
The Governess Game
When a Scot Ties the Knot
Say yes to the Marquess
A Night to Surrender
Any Duchess Will Do

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
Fumbled by Alexa Martin
Cold-Hearted Rake and Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas

November Goals
This month is Non-Fiction November and I plan to read more memoirs and books about writing, as it is also NaNoWriMo month. I need to attack my TBR shelves as well. I also need to read more books for the Popsugar and 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenges.

I am linking with the following:

Spread the Love (at As Told by Tina)

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Monthly Wrap-up (At Feed Your Fiction Addiction)

 

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Monthly Review

 

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Best of the Bunch (at A Cocoon of Books)

Non-Fiction November – Week 1

 

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Nonfiction November is a month-long celebrating non-fiction books.

It is hosted by Julie (JulzReads), Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves), Katie (Doing Dewey), Rennie (What’s Nonfiction) . Each week, they’ll be a different prompt, with a different host.  

This week’s (Oct. 29 – Nov. 2) discussion is hosted by Julie @ Julz Reads
We are to look back on your NF reading this year:

Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions –

I was surprised when I pulled up my NF reads from Goodreads, to find that I had only read 9 NF books (altho I had read more NF children’s books) All but 2 I rated at 5*.

#NeverAgain by David Hogg

In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Heal Yourself With Journaling Power by Mari McCarthy

Design Your Next Chapter by Debbie Travis

Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Ann Spence

Anthony Bourdain Remembered by CNN

 

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

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The 57 Bus and Anthony Bourdain Remembered.

 

Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year?

I seemed to be attracted to looking deeper inside – about hate, fear, memory, feminism.

 

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

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Notes on a Nervous Planet

 

What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

This November, I hope to read more: memoirs and books about writing (as this is NaNoWriMo month as well)

 

A Tricky Potion

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The 9th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest has begun! Susanna Leonard Hill is once again hosting this amazing contest for children’s writers.

The criteria – a 100 word story for children, using the words “cobweb, potion and trick” in any form in your story, in any way you want to create it – from scary to funny to sweet.

Check here for more info.

My entry:

 

A Tricky Potion

“Winnie, what have you done now?” A tall dark witch glowered at the now immaculate room.

“I wanted to surprise you with a creepier room, but it made it cleaner.”

“I’ve told you, over and over – WAIT. FOR. ME. Spells can be tricky.”

Wanda pulled out her wand and with a flick of her wrist and a few words, the room was transformed. Cobwebs covered every corner and dust coated every surface.

“Be quick now. Gather a cup of cobwebs. You can finish the potion.”

Winnie danced around the room, gathering cobwebs. Tonight was the All Hallow’s ball!

 

The 9th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest has begun! Susanna Leonard Hill is once again hosting this amazing contest for children’s writers.

The criteria – a 100 word story for children, using the words “cobweb, potion and trick” in any form in your story, in any way you want to create it – from scary to funny to sweet.

Check here for more info.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s time once again for Kathryn’s weekly meme IMWAYR at Book Date where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week

What I Read Last Week
Last week I read 5 books with a variety of genres: historical romances, mystery and women’s fiction.
Here are the books I read:

2 historical romances by Tessa Dare, who has quickly become one of my favourite authors.

A Night to Surrender

Lord Dashwood Missed out – A sweet novella

The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower by Erica Ridley  Another historical romance which I enjoyed.

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker, an enemy to lover novel, set in Alaska. An enjoyable romance.

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell An interesting mystery, based on the Bronte sisters.

 

What I’m Reading Now

Wrapped Up in You by Jill Shalvis

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

 

What’s Up Next

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

 

Linking as well with

Spread the Love
Book Nook Blog Party at Create With Joy

Connect Five – Summer

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The Connect 5 reading challenge hosted at “The Book Date” urges us to connect five books in some way.
This has become my favourite challenge – as I read a book I look for other connecting books – checking at the library, my ebooks or my own TBR books. It really helps that I am retired and usually read a book a day.

I am working on several connections now and have finished another this past week:

Books About Summer, with “Summer” in the title

The first three are all women’s fiction, all excellent 5* reads.

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One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan

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The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe

 

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The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable

 

A sweet contemporary romance

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Summer Harbor by Susan Wilson

 

An enjoyable, historical romance

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Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas