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?“, at Book Date, where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week.

Books continue to be a great stress releaser, although now I have settled in to read as much of Nalini Singh as possible. My husband is still in hospital but I think he has turned the corner and hopefully will head back to rehab by week’s end. (Sept 9 he will have been in hospital 3 months!)

What I Read Last Week
I read 7 books this past week – 1 contemporary romance, 1 non-fiction and 5 fantasies.

I am loving the Psy/Changeling series by Nalini Singh and read 3 from this series:

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Caressed by Ice                   Mine to Possess                   Branded by Fire

 

Also read 2 fantasy anthologies:

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Wild Invitation by Nalini Singh, which has 4 of her novellas from the series. Great stories, expanding on the world and PSy/Changeling world.

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Night Shift, with stories by Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin and Milla Vane. All fantasy, all so different, all good.

 

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Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams. Finally bought the book and loved it.

 

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Craft a Life You Love by Amy Tangerine. I really enjoyed this non-fiction book, filled with inspiring and encouraging words. A strong testament to the need to keep creating.

 

What I’m Reading Now – still working on these! and of course more Nalini Singh
Two Summers by Aimee Friedman
On Writing by Stephen King
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

What’s Up Next
The Summer That Made Us by Robyn Carr
What You Wish for by Katherine Center

 

Keyword Connect – KISS

I have taken part in the Monthly Keyword Challenge for several years and I enjoy the hunt to find a book to match at least one of the words.
I also take part in the Connect Five Friday challenge – where we look for 5 books that connect in some way.
I’ve also started to participate in the monthly Six Degrees of Separation challenge.
For all of these, it is about the hunt – searching for books that fit the challenge. And now there is a new one.

Pick any of the keywords for this month from the Monthly Keyword Challenge and make connections. This month choices are Kiss, Flower, When, Happy, North, Right. (Check here

My choice – KISS.

1. I read Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh.  I just discovered this series and started reading her Guild Hunter series and so enjoy it.

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2. Another series by Singh is the PSY-Changeling series and have just started to read this series –the first book is  Slave to Sensation. Both fantasy series are addicting!

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3. Another series I loved and have reread is The Others by Anne Bishop. My favourite series for sure.

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4. Another favourite book that I have reread is The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley. Time travel, history and fascinating characters make for a great read.

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5. Another fascinating read that involved time travel and is part of a series is The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston. So enjoyed this novel and this series.

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So here are my connections – a fun challenge linking books in some way.

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?“, at Book Date, where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week.
Once again – books were a great comfort.! My hubby has now been in hospital for 3 weeks , but finally, the hospital has opened up finally and I will get to see him for an hour tomorrow!

What I Read Last Week
I read 9 books last week – 4 contemporary romances, and 5 fantasies.
I finally started the Guild Series by Nalini Singh and whipped through the first 5.

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Angel’s Blood                        Archangel’s Kiss       Archangel’s Consort

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Archangel’s Blade                  Archangel’s Storm

2 books by Kelly Collins

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100 Excuses                             100 Reasons =Sweet romances – have enjoyed the whole series so far

 

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Perfect Summer by Katie Graykowski So enjoyed this romance; so, enjoy this author.

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Beach House No. 9 by Christie Ridgway. Start of another enjoyable romance series

What I’m Reading Now (as I got sidetracked by the Guild Hunter series this past week, I did not read any more of these. So – will have to do that this week – as the next books in the fantasy series are held up at the library!)
Two Summers by Aimee Friedman
On Writing by Stephen King
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

What’s Up Next
The Summer That Made Us by Robyn Carr
What You Wish For by Katherine Center

 

Connect 5 Friday – 5 New Authors I’ve Enjoyed

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It’s Friday once again and that means it’s time 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 have been reading a lot of fantasy lately – they sure do make you forget what’s happening around you – very needed right now.

Here are 5 authors who I have recently discovered and loved their work.

1. Nalina Singh. I have had numerous recommendations about her books but it wasn’t until this past week that I finally read a book by her. And then I was hooked. Now I have finished 4 books in her Guild Hunter series. I will definitely reading more of her books.

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Archangel’s Blood                            Archangel’s Kiss

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Archangel’s Consort                      Archangel’s Blade

 

2. Rachel Hawkins. So enjoyed her Hex Hall series – a YA fantasy series

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Hex Hall                   Demonglass                       Spell Bound

 

3. Elle Katherine White. Her Heartstone, another YA fantasy, was an enjoyable read.

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4. Clare Pooley. So enjoyed The Authenticity Project – loved the characters and the format.

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5. Karma Brown. Loved her Come Away with Me”– the settings, the main character and such an ending!

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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?“, at Book Date, where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week.

Last week, I had written that my husband was out of hospital – well, the next day after sharing that, he was back in hospital, with fever and now another infection. He is weaker now and still in. Tests not til Tuesday – as it is a holiday weekend here in Ontario. Thank God for books!

What I Read Last Week
I read 7 books last week – 3 contemporary romances, an historical romance and 3 fantasies.

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The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren. So enjoyed it.

 

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My Dangerous Duke by Gaelen Foley. An historical romance, part of a series and very enjoyable

Fantasy trilogy by Rachel Hawkins – which I got caught up in so easily

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Hex Hall                           Demon Glass                       Spellbound

 

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The Miracle Groom by Lucy McConnell . A fun contemporary romance

 

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Menace by Laramie Briscoe. How could I pass up a romance involving a teacher (having taught for 30+ years)?

 

What I’m Reading Now

Two Summers by Aimee Friedman

The Darkest Gateway by Jeri Westerson

What’s Up Next –I do plan to finish them – sometime!
Keep it Moving by Twyla Tharp.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
On Writing by Stephen King

 

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? “, at Book Date, where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week.

What I Read Last Week
I read books 4 books -1 contemporary romance, 1 paranormal and 2 fantasies. I read a lot this week – but moved between a number of books and ebooks, but only finished 3. =

Books I read:
The first 2 books in the Key trilogy by Nora Roberts: Can’t wait to read the third book of this fantasy series.

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The Key of Light                                    The Key of Knowledge

 

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Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. This was a reread but I enjoyed this paranormal, the start of the Mercy Thompson series, just a s much as the first time.

 

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Renegade by Laramie Briscoe. A contemporary romance, with an older woman, younger man and an unexpected pregnancy. Enjoyed this a lot.

What I’m Reading Now (Still working on these!)
Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas
The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue by Barbara O’Neal
The Black Tide by Keri Arthur (Book 3)

What’s Up Next – STILL! and determined to finish them before the endo of spring. Had to revise my timeline!
Keep it Moving by Twyla Tharp.
Becoming by Michelle Obama

 

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? “, at Book Date, where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week.

What I Read Last Week
I read books 6 books (3 of which were ebooks)– 2 contemporary romances, 2 historical romances, 1 non-fiction, and 1 MG fantasy.

Books I read:

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Like Some Old Country Song by S. J. McCoy I loved this romance, which involved an older couple (in their 50s) seeking a second chance at love.  So looking forward to reading more from this series, all with older couples.

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Lord of Temptation by Lorraine Heath. This historical romance was so good and is part of an equally good series. Loved it. Tristan was one of my favourite male leads.

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The Dragon Egg Princess by Ellen Oh. I did enjoy this MG fantasy novel and i am sure children will as well.

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To Jilt a Corinthian by Julie Donner. Another historical novel which I enjoyed.

 

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Nothing but Blue Skies by Christie Ridgway. I read this for a prompt, but was quickly caught up in the struggle of a blind astronaut and the owner of a B & B to find love despite their problems.

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The Checklist Book by Alex Franzen. THis was a nonfiction book which I am reviewing and I found it fascinating. Chapter 4 was my favourite – with big questions to answer!

What I’m Reading Now

Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas
The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue by Barbara O’Neal
The Black Tide by Keri Arthur (Book 3)

What’s Up Next – STILL! and determined to finish them before the endo of spring. Had to revise my timeline!
Keep it Moving by Twyla Tharp.
Becoming by Michelle Obama

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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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

Monthly Motif

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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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Read in High School

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It has been a long absence from blogging, but certainly needed.

It has also been a long time since I took part in Top Ten Tuesday, the weekly challenge hosted at “The Broke and the Bookish”.

The theme this week is a free choice on the theme “Back to School”.

My choice – Top 10 Books I Read in High School

Now – that was asking a lot I know – I graduated from Grade 13 in 1971. But so many of these still resonate today – and should be required reading.

 

 

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley ( it seems remarkable accurate in many of its predictions)

 

 

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Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

 

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (I was fascinated with her creativity)

 

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Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger

 

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (another terrifying look at the future)

 

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding (this one still horrifies me)

 

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The Diary of Anne Frank (a testament to the amazing spirit of a young girl)

 

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Animal Farm by George Orwell ( Goodreads “one of the most scathing satires ever published”)

 

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (This is still one of my favourite books – if only we all would stand up to racism as did Scout and her father)

 

 

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A Separate Peace by John Knowles