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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday Share - List YOUR blog giveaways! - 01/19/2014 - LINKY LIST




If you're a blog owner, don't forget to add your giveaways to the Giveaway Linky!

Enter    your blog name, a brief    description   of the prize,  ending  date and    eligibility (US, Can,     International,  etc.)   Please put  the ending date, too, so that I can  clear it out when it's  over.  EXAMPLE:  Best Blog on the Block -    $50  Gift certificate - 6/30  -  US/CAN.

This linky is for BLOGS only listing full URL's - any short links or links to sites other than blogs will be deleted.

 


Julie

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Teaser Tuesdays - Tell Me a Riddle, Requa I, and Other Works by Tillie Olsen - MEME - 01/14/2014


Teaser Tuesdays


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.  Anyone can play along; you don't have to be a blogger! Just do the following:

Grab your current read

Open to a random page

Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title and author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser this week:
Tell Me a Riddle, Requa I, and Other Works by Tillie Olsen
(Amazon // The Book Depository)
Tell Me a Riddle, Requa I, and Other Works by Tillie Olsen TeaserLater there had been a story of going to another Low 7 homeroom on an errand and seeing a teacher trying to wipe the forbidden lipstick off a girl who was fighting back and cursing.  Helen could hear Carol's frightened, self-righteous tones:  ". . . and I hope they expel her; she's the kind that gives Franklin Jr.a bad rep; she doesn't care about anything and always gets into fights." - page 49

Goodreads description:

A century after her birth, Tillie Olsen’s writing is as relevant as when it first appeared; indeed, the clarity and passion of her vision and style have, if anything, become even more striking over time. Collected here for the first time are several of Olsen’s nonfiction pieces about the 1930s, early journalism pieces, and short fiction, including the four beautifully crafted, highly celebrated stories originally published as Tell Me a Riddle: “I Stand Here Ironing,” “Hey Sailor, What Ship?,” “O Yes,” and “Tell Me a Riddle.” Also included, for the first time since it appeared in the 1971 Best American Short Stories, is “Requa I.”

In these stories, as in all of her work, Olsen set a new standard for the treatment of women and the poor and for the depiction of their lives and circumstances. In her hands, the hard truths about motherhood and marriage, domestic life, labor, and political conviction found expression in language of such poetic intensity and depth that its influence continues to be felt today.

An introduction by Olsen’s granddaughter, the poet Rebekah Edwards, and a foreword by her daughter Laurie Olsen provide a personal and generational context for the author’s work
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The book that I'm reading as I write this, well, I'm not really loving it.  So I picked a teaser from the next book on my TBR pile.  I won this title from BookTrib.com a while ago, but couldn't find it. When I was cleaning out my SON'S books this week, I found it in with his, so I decided that it was time for me to have a go at it.

Feel free to leave your teaser or link to it in the comments section; I find that I always end up adding to my to-buy list when I visit!

Disclosure: All Amazon and Book Depository links are affiliate links; I may receive some small compensation if the links are clicked on and purchased through.
Julie
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Monday, January 13, 2014

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon Wrapup Post - READATHON - 01/13/2014

Bout of Books


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I read A LOT!   I really can't believe how much reading you can squeeze in when you turn the TV off and limit computer time!  (If I were working right now, well ... THEN it would be a different story!)

Here is my Day 7 recap and total read-a-thon stats:

DAY 7 (1/12/2014):

Untraceable by S. R. JohannesThe Crown by Nancy Bilyeau


Untraceable by S. R. Johannes - COMPLETED - 37 pages - 36 minutes
The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau - in progress - 194 pages - 3 hours, 36 minutes

Pages read: 231
Hours read: 4 hours, 12 minutes

Thoughts on completed books:

Untraceable by S. R. Johannes - Some YA books remind me that maybe I'm too old to be reading them - maybe too removed from the young characters or something. I keep reading them, though, because some books (Golden by Jesse Kirby is one recent example) are simply fabulous and hard to put down.  I have a full review coming soon for this one, but I must say that it wasn't quite my cup of tea, although I think that, for the younger set, it would probably be well-loved.

TOTAL READ-A-THON PROGRESS:

Pages read: 2,980 (I've sometimes had MONTHS without reading that many pages)
Hours read:  39 hours, 27 minutes 
Challenges Completed:  1 (I will do better in the next 'thon!)

BOOKS COMPLETED:
(click on covers for Goodreads page)

Worthy Brown's Daughter by Phillip MargolinThe Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen SchineBlack Girl White Girl by Joyce Carol OatesSomerset by Leila MeachamMayhem by Sarah PinboroughThe Feast of Love by Charles BaxterNos4a2 by Joe HillUntraceable by S. R. Johannes

1. Worthy Brown's Daughter by Phillip Margolin - 352 pages
2. The Three Weissmans of Westport  by Cathleen Schine - 304 pages
3.  Black Girl/White Girl by Joyce Carol Oates - read last 254 pages
4.  Somerset by Leila Meacham - read last 300 pages
5. Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough - the Goodreads page says 400 pages, but my Nook has it at 264 pages, so that's what I'm going with
6.  The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter - 308 pages
7.  NOS4A2 by Joe Hill - 692 pages (seems like a lot, but they fly by)
8.  Untraceable by S. R. Johannes - 312 pages
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My goal was four books, with two additional thrown in just in case in my initial post.  I couldn't find The Crown right away when I was ready for it, so I picked up the Nook and tried Untraceable instead. I was already reading Somerset (on the Nook) and Black Girl/White Girl when the 'thon started, so I picked them up and finished those two well.

If you participated and have your own wrap-up post,  please feel free to leave a link to it in the comments; I'd love to visit!
Julie





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Mailbox Monday // It's Monday! What Are YOU Reading? - MONDAY MEMES - 01/13/2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday" is the brainchild of Marcia at To Be Continued.  Marcia has set up Mailbox Monday on its own blog here:  http://mailboxmonday.wordpress.com/

Every week we'll post about which books we have received that week (via mailbox/store bought). Everyone that agrees to participate will  try to visit each other's list and leave comments!  Everyone is      welcome  to join! You can join at anytime and you DO NOT have to  participate every week.

I guarantee that you will add to your reading list by visiting the participating blogs!

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The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd - For review from the publisher - (The Book Depository // Amazon) - Release date:  January 7, 2014
Goodreads description:
The Invention of Wings by Sue Kidd MonkFrom the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women

Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.

Hetty "Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid.We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.
As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.

Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.
This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.
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Nothing Personal by Mike Offit - ARC for review from the publisher - (The Book Depository // Amazon) - Release date:  February 11, 2014 - This is for a blog tour on February 17th. With the success of "The Wizard on Wall Street", this is a timely release detailing the same sort of meteoric rise of a greed broker. 

Goodreads description:
Nothing Personal by Mike Offit
Warren Hament is a bright young man who wanders into a career in finance in the early 1980s. Nothing Personal is the extraordinary story of his rapid ascent toward success, painted against a landscape of temptation and personal discovery. Introduced to the seductive, elite bastions of wealth and privilege, and joined by his gorgeous and ambitious girlfriend, he gets a career boost when his mentor is found dead.
Warren soon finds himself at the center of two murder investigations as a crime spree seemingly focused on powerful finance wizards plagues Wall Street. The blood-soaked trail leads to vast wealth and limitless risk as Warren uncovers unexpected opportunity and unknown dangers at every turn and must face moral dilemmas for which he is wholly unprepared.
Nothing Personal is a stellar debut novel, which follows an increasingly jaded protagonist as he comes of age in a rarified, deeply corrupt world. Offit, a former senior insider, unflinchingly divulges Wall Street’s culture of abuse and portrays the insidious, creeping forces of greed, sex, and power---and the terrible price paid in their thrall
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It's Monday!  What Are You Reading?


"What Are You Reading?" is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  Click over to see what other readers are into this week and add to your TBR pile!

I read A LOT this week, thanks to the Bout of Book Read-a-Thon (and the fact that I'm not working and there weren't little grandbebes running around, only Bebe Boy James, since he was out of school for an additional three days due to the horribly cold weather).

READ (click cover for Goodreads page):

Worthy Brown's Daughter by Phillip MargolinThe Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen SchineBlack Girl White Girl by Joyce Carol OatesSomerset by Leila MeachamMayhem by Sarah PinboroughThe Feast of Love by Charles BaxterNos4a2 by Joe HillUntraceable by S. R. Johannes

1. Worthy Brown's Daughter by Phillip Margolin - eGalley - Review Upcoming
2.  The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine - personal hard copy
3.  Black Girl/White Girl by Joyce Carol Oates - personal hard copy
4.  Somerset by Leila Meacham - eGalley - Review Upcoming
5.  Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough - eGalley - Review Upcoming
6.  The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter - personal hard copy
7.  NOS4A2 by Joe Hill - personal eBook
8.  Untraceable by S. R. Johannes - eGalley - Review Upcoming

REVIEWED (click the cover to get to the review):

Phoenix Island by John DixonGod's Little Princess Bible Devotional by Sheila Walsh


CURRENTLY READING (click cover for Goodreads page):

The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau

BLOG EVENTS and HAPPENINGS:

 Chances to win!

God's Little Princess Bible Devotional by Sheila Walsh book review/giveaway
US through 1/26/2014

GEM OF THE WEEK:

The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter
The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter

Do you ever pull out a book that's been sitting on your shelves for a while, and when you finally get around to reading it, you're just flabbergasted that you never picked it up before then?  That's exactly how I felt about this National Book Award nominee.  It was on my personal reading shelf for quite some time before I decided to add it to my pile for the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon.  I absolutely LOVED it!  If you can pick up a copy at your local library or bookstores, do it!  You won't regret it!

That's all for this week! How was YOUR reading week? Please feel free to leave a link to your hop post in the comments!

Julie

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon Wrap Up Days 4, 5, and 6 - READ-A-THON - 1/12/2014

Bout of Books


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Well, I haven't been doing too well with posting on this one, but with one day to go, I HAVE managed to get a lot of reading in!  *I really need to work on a couple of more challenges and blog visits, since I didn't do as much visiting as I'd planned to do*

Here is my reading recap for days 4, 5, and 6:

DAY 4 (1/9/2014):

Nos4a2 by Joe HillMayhem by Sarah PinboroughThe Feast of Love by Charles Baxter

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill - in progress - 167 pages; 1 hour 10 minutes
Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough - COMPLETED - last 148 pages; 2 hours 15 minutes
The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter - in progress - 123 pages; 2 hours 15 minutes

Pages read: 438
Hours read: 5 hours, 40 minutes

I did not complete any challenges, but I did visit fifteen other participating blogs

Thoughts on completed books:

Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough - This is a fictionalized account that follows the story of Dr. Bond, who performed police autopsies on crime victims of the very real unsolved string of "Thames Torso Murders" that occurred during the time that Jack the Ripper was terrorizing London.   I will be posting a full review, but for now, I can say that this is a great read for anyone interested in true crime/historical fiction/Victorian and/or gothic fiction.

DAY 5 (1/10/2014):

Nos4a2 by Joe HillThe Feast of Love by Charles BaxterUntraceable by S. R. Johannes

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill - in progress - 33 pages; 20 minutes
The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter - COMPLETED - last 157 pages; 2 hours, 8 minutes
Untraceable by S. R. Johannes - in progress - 113 pages; 1 hour 53 minutes

Pages read: 303
Hours read: 4 hours, 21 minutes

For a moment, I couldn't find "The Crown", which is on the list I chose in my initial post, so I clicked on the Nook and came up with "Untraceable", one of my NetGalley reads.

I did visit 10 participating blogs on the 10th, although it wasn't a particularly great day for getting in a lot of reading pages.

Thoughts on completed books:

The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter - There is an excellent reason this one was a National Book Award nominee - the intertwined stories and connections all have a theme of love - romantic love, tragic love, parental love - told in such a very REAL fashion - you will truly care about the characters and identify with their tales - all of us have shared in these experiences in some form or fashion. Truly a wonderful read!


DAY 6 (1/11/2014):

Nos4a2 by Joe HillUntraceable by S. R. Johannes

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill - COMPLETED - last 411 pages - 4 hours 7 minutes
Untraceable by S. R. Johannes - in progress - 130 pages - 1 hour 53 minutes

Pages read: 541
Hours read: 6 hours

Thoughts on completed books:

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill - A great read that is more than simple creepiness (although it IS kind of creepy, and our villain and his henchman are TRULY creepy critters!) - there's family and friendship and love as well - I totally enjoyed it; the only reason it took me so long to read is because it's on my Kindle for PC, and I have a difficult time simply sitting in front of the computer and reading books.

TOTAL READ-A-THON PROGRESS:

Pages read: 2,891 (wow!  I'm actually kind of surprised and proud of THAT one!)
Hours read:  35 hours, 15 minutes 
Challenges Completed:  1 (NOT so proud of THAT one!)

BOOKS COMPLETED:
(click on covers for Goodreads page)

Worthy Brown's Daughter by Phillip MargolinThe Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen SchineBlack Girl White Girl by Joyce Carol OatesSomerset by Leila MeachamMayhem by Sarah PinboroughThe Feast of Love by Charles BaxterNos4a2 by Joe Hill

1. Worthy Brown's Daughter by Phillip Margolin - 352 pages
2. The Three Weissmans of Westport  by Cathleen Schine - 304 pages
3.  Black Girl/White Girl by Joyce Carol Oates - read last 254 pages
4.  Somerset by Leila Meacham - read last 300 pages
5. Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough - the Goodreads page says 400 pages, but my Nook has it at 264 pages, so that's what I'm going with
6.  The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter - 308 pages
7.  NOS4A2 by Joe Hill - 692 pages (seems like a lot, but they fly by)
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If you are participating as well, please feel free to leave a link to one of your challenge posts in the comments; I'd love to visit!
Julie





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