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Here is my weekly roundup (well fortnightly in this instance) of books I’ve read, books I’m reading, Internet places I’ve been and quotes I liked. And as it is also the end of the month – I have listed all the books that I have read during November at the end.

This week I have finished:

Book: The Greatest Gift by Rachael Johns

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Thoughts: This is one of my top reads this year – Rachael Johns is an Australia author who writes 5-star romances as well more meaty Contemporary Fiction – this is meaty, very meaty – it is to do with infertility and egg donation and the story plunged me to the depths of despair forcing me to reach for tissues and put it down and take a break to calm down. After despair, though, comes hope. And gradually the reader is brought back to normal emotions again – and, like the characters, learn to laugh again. Very well researched, the depth of ‘realness’ of the characters is outstanding, as was my involvement in the story – I was totally absorbed. Rachael also managed to avoid a clichéd resolution and came up with an innovative way to close the story. Every time I read one of her books I think this is the best ever she can’t top this – and then she does!!!

Book: Steam and Sensibility by Kirsten Weiss

Genre: YA Historical Steampunk

Thoughts: I had a reading challenge task that asked me to read a book with the word sensibility in it. None of the 400 odd books on my physical and electronic TBR piles fitted the instruction so I googled the word Sensibility in the Goodreads search engine and came up with this title. So off to Amazon I went and soon had it downloaded. I loved it – a really good story and Sensibility had a lot of growing up to do.

Book: Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber

Genre: Contemporary Christmas Romance

Thoughts: I read Macomber’s Christmas release every year – I know what to expect and I am NEVER disappointed. The two Main Characters are Merry and Bright she is Merry and he is Mr. Bright. As usual there are reasons the two dislike each other – but gradually they realise they actually do like each other and they have to figure out how to overcome the circumstances to reach their happy ever after. Aaaaahhh!

My Current reads:

Books I am currently reading, and really enjoying, are:

Year One by Nora Roberts – 1st in a new trilogy – a breakaway from her usual work – this is not a romance, and is not a mystery, instead it is a post-apocalyptic novel with strong fantasy coming in once the world as we know it has ended.

A Cornish Christmas by Lily Graham – Set in Cornwall in the UK at Christmas, all very good reasons why I am reading it. It is also a really good story!!

A Very Country Christmas by Various – Australian authors Alissa Callen, Fiona Greene, Rachael Johns, Juliet Madison and Victoria Purman have each written a short story set at Christmas – a peak into how Aussies bring tinsel to the outback, the coast and the city.

Quote/s and links for the week

Links:

This week I am sharing some new blogs that I found and am now following

Map your Mystery – Where in the world does your crime take place? Christine takes her followers mainly around the United States, but other parts of the world occasionally with the settings in the cozy mysteries she reads:

http://mapyourmystery.com/

Christmas is coming – so time to get your seasonal reads in order! Here are some suggestions for you:

https://helenafairfax.com/2017/11/18/ten-classic-christmas-books-for-readers-of-all-ages/

Quotes:

"…Books are like comfort food without the calories…"

From Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg

“…You know if it’d been three wise women searching for the newborn babe, they would have asked for directions much sooner, found the stable, swept it out, and had a meal waiting by the time Mary and Joseph arrived….”

From Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber,

November Summary

All the books I read in November, in the order I read them:

Upper Fourth at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton – Young Adult (YA) Adventure

Oracles of Delphi Keep by Victoria Laurie – YA Historical Fantasy Adventure

Miss Frost Cracks a Caper by Kristen Painter – Mystery Paranormal

Two steps forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist – Contemporary

Sweet Dreams Baby by C.J. Carmichael – Romance

The North Pole Challenge by Kevin George – YA Fantasy

Lucy’s Book Club for the Lost and Found by Emma Davies – Women’s Fiction Contemporary

The Greatest Gift by Rachael Johns – Women’s Fiction

Steam and Sensibility by Kirsten Weiss – YA Steampunk Historical Paranormal

Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber – Romance

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Here is my weekly roundup of books I’ve read, books I’m reading, Internet places I’ve been and quotes I liked.

This week I have finished:

Book: The North Pole Challenge by Kevin George

Genre: YA Fantasy

Thoughts: Not really my cup of tea – just never took off for me – will not read any more in this series.

Book: Sweet Dreams Baby by C.J. Carmichael

Genre: Romance

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: Lucy’s Book Club for the Lost and Found by Emma Davies

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Thoughts: Separate review here

My Current reads:

Books I am currently reading, and really enjoying, are:

Steam and Sensibility by Kirsten Weiss – YA Historical Steampunk Mystery set in the Californian Gold rush days.

The Greatest Gift by Rachael Johns – Contemporary Women’s Fiction that looks at infertility and egg donation.

Year One by Nora Roberts – 1st in a new trilogy – a breakaway from her usual work – this is not a romance, and is not a mystery, instead it is a post-apocalyptic novel with strong fantasy coming in once the world as we know it has ended.

Quote/s and links for the week

Links:

5 Outstanding Podcasts for Book Lovers

https://bookriot.com/2017/10/09/podcasts-for-book-lovers/

17 Science Fiction Books That Forever Changed the Genre

https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2017/10/17-science-fiction-books-that-forever-changed-the-genre/

People Who Read Live Longer Than Those Who Don’t

http://bigthink.com/laurie-vazquez/yale-study-people-who-read-live-longer-than-people-who-dont

Quotes:

“…How many times have I shown you how to reboot it? Computers can smell your fear, you know; you have to learn to show them who’s boss. Come on, let’s sort it out…”

From Lucy’s Book Club for the Lost and Found by Emma Davies

“…When Ross MacLeod pulled the trigger and brought down the pheasant, he had no way of knowing he had killed himself. And billions of others…”

From Year One by Nora Roberts

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Here are the books I have finished reading with just a couple of sentences voicing my opinion; along with a sneak peek of all the books I am currently reading (as I never read just one book at a time). I have done well with my books this week – they were all really great reads

1. This week I have finished:

Book: Shield Maiden by Richard Denning

Genre: YA Fantasy

Thoughts: First in a series is a blend of edge of the seat adventure, magic, mythology and medieval history. Four young adventurers go up against Norse Gods and their minions to put a stop to Loki gaining enough powerful artefacts to take over the world and destroy everyone who stands in his way.

Book: Oracles of Delphi Keep by Victoria Laurie

Genre: YA Historical Fantasy Adventure

Thoughts: I really, really enjoyed this rollicking magical adventure – set just as WWII starts – there are more adventures to come.

Book: Bound for Eden by Tess LeSue

Genre: Historical Romance

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: Miss Frost Cracks a Caper by Kristen Painter

Genre: Paranormal Mystery Romance

Thoughts: Kristen Painter is one of my ‘Grocery List’ Authors – I love her work so much that if she published her grocery list I would read it. This is the 4th in a series and we don’t have a love triangle as there is in the previous 3 – we have a love square!!! Yes, Jayne Frost (daughter of Jack) is being wooed by not 1, not 2 but 3 admirers – an elf, a vampire and now a necromancer! By the end of the story there is one man left standing – and yes, once again Jayne needs rescuing from a dangerous situation!

Book: Two steps forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Thoughts: Easy to read story following Zoe and Martin as the walk the Cameo pilgrimage route between France and Spain. It is said walking the pilgrimage route changes you – but will it do that if even you don’t know what you want?

Book: Beartown by Fredrik Backman

(NB – actually read in April – just doing the review now)

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: Talk of the Town by Rachael Johns

(NB – also read in April – just doing the review now)

Genre: Romance

Thoughts: Separate review here

2. My Current reads:

Books I am currently reading are:

Sweet Dreams Baby by C.J. Carmichael – Love, babies and a chocolate shop

Steam and Sensibility by Kirsten Weiss – YA Historical Steampunk Mystery set in the Californian Gold rush days.

The North Pole Challenge by Kevin George – Flea has always felt different to the other kids – he is not athletic, he has pointed ears, can build anything out of wood – and often has snow falling around him.

3. Quote/s and links for the week

Links I found:

Harry Potter is celebrating his 20th Anniversary

Nancy Drew is a role model for both boys and girls!

Reading is more important than ever.

Quotes I found:

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.

By Mason Cooley

I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.

By Harold Kushner

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.

By Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.

By Maya Angelou

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Here are the books I have finished reading this last week with just a couple of sentences voicing my opinion. Also giving you a sneak peek of a couple of the the books I am currently reading (as I never read just one book at a time).

I have done well with my books this week – they were all really great reads and recommend them all!

1. This week I have finished:

Book: Shield Maiden by Richard Denning

Genre: YA Fantasy

Thoughts: First in a series is a blend of edge of the seat adventure, magic, mythology and medieval history. Four young adventurers go up against Norse Gods and their minions to put a stop to Loki gaining enough powerful artefacts to take over the world and destroy everyone who stands in his way.

Book: Oracles of Delphi Keep by Victoria Laurie

Genre: YA Historical Fantasy Adventure

Thoughts: I really, really enjoyed this rollicking magical adventure – set just as WWII starts – there are more adventures to come.

Book: Bound for Eden by Tess LeSue

Genre: Historical Romance

Thoughts: Separate review here

2. My Current reads:

Books I am currently reading are:

Two steps forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist – Started this last week – have almost finished – Contemporary Fiction set on Pilgrim walk from Cluny, in France to Santiago, in north-western Spain.

Miss Frost Cracks a Caper by Kristen Painter – One of my favorite feel good authors – this is the 4th in a series about Miss Frost

3. Quote/s and links for the week

First some links that I found while surfing the net this week:

Have you ever wondered how some people can read hundreds of a books a year while you are lucky to get through 30? Do you even care? If you do – then the following link has some tips for you, the tip about not forcing yourself to read a book you’re not enjoying is a good one:

https://medium.com/the-mission/how-to-read-a-lot-more-books-this-year-according-to-harvard-research-e1dfc55e0b9f

I would like to point out that books I don’t finish, I don’t count. But it frees up time to read ones you DO love

Book Riot is a shop – but they have some really good suggested reading lists – I made this find during the week: https://bookriot.com/2016/04/11/i-got-your-weird-right-here-100-wonderful-strange-and-unusual-novels/

Yes there really is a book about a walking, talking, saxophone-playing bear and one that has Alligators roaming the world like humans during the American Civil War

Now quotes, here are some book related quotes I found this week:

She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.”

by Louisa May Alcott, Work: A Story of Experience

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.”

by Edward P. Morgan

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”

by Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid

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Here are the books I have finished reading this week (well actually this first one is for two weeks’ worth) with just a couple of sentences voicing my opinion; along with a sneak peek of all the books I am currently reading (as I never read just one book at a time).

1. This week I have finished:

Book: Holding by Graham Norton

Genre: Mystery

Thoughts: Set in Ireland, a body is found, a bumbling policeman starts to investigate and secrets are revealed. There are two main suspects and a few interconnecting back stories which create twists and turns. I enjoyed the story and the setting.

Book: Witch Glitch by Robyn Peterman

Genre: Paranormal Romance/mystery

Thoughts: Didn’t enjoy this as much as the first book in the series – won’t be continuing on with it – I DO enjoy many of her other series so will concentrate on them instead.

Book: Christmas Light by Jolyse Barnett

Genre: Christmas Romance

Thoughts: My Christmas reading starts earlier each year – this is a perfectly lovely romance as love rekindles and blooms in the snow.

Book: A Baby for the Alien Prince by Miranda Martin

Genre: Sci-Fi Romance

Thoughts: This was a free Kindle download – I thought “It’s free so why not will be either utter rubbish or a great read”. Well I was very happy as it was a wonderful fun read, with tension, danger and luuurve – I enjoyed it so much that I have paid for, and downloaded, the next two books in the series.

Book: Dead Man Talking by Jana Deleon

Genre: Paranormal mystery Romance

Thoughts: First in a new series that I have been dying to get my hands on – it’s very cleverly done – a four book series of interconnecting stand alones set in the town of Everlasting – one book being released a week during October – each of the books have a different author. If this book is an indication of the caliber of the stories I am in for a mighty fine time as I work my way through them.

Book: The Life of a Banana by PP Wong

Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: Flesh and Bone and Water by Luiza Sauma

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Thoughts: Separate review here

2. My Current reads:

Books I am currently reading are:

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena – Mystery and suspense – lots of secrets.

Two steps forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist – Contemporary fiction set on Pilgrim walk from Cluny, in France to Santiago, in north-western Spain.

Bound for Eden by Tess LeSue – Historical Romance on the Oregon Trail.

3. Quote/s and links for the week

First some links that I found while surfing the net this week:

Aussie Romance authors got a mention on the ABC:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-14/aussie-rural-romance-authors-romp-on/9042994

New Zealander Librarians go “Kardashian” by doing parody of one of their magazine covers:

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/shush-for-a-second-and-watch-these-librarians-recreate-a-kardashian-cover_us_59e501a9e4b02a215b321d99

Now a quote, only one this week as my first week back on deck – will do better next week:

From Holding by Graham Norton:

“…she needed to anchor herself to something or she might fly around the room screaming out her pain like a hysterical balloon…”

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Here is my reading summary for the week ending 22nd July 2012 – the books I have finished; a sneak peek of all the books I am currently reading (as I never read just one book at a time) and any quotes or internet links that catch my eye.

My rating system:

A= Was Amazing – a real page turner and read in one sitting

B= I Really liked it

C= Average – very readable and enjoyable

D= It was OK, a bit of a struggle to finish.

1. This week I have finished:

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier (YA Fantasy) – B

Chill Factor by Rachel Caine (Paranormal Adventure) – C

Forbidden Nights with a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks (Romance) – B

2. My Current reads:

Blurbs from the books I am currently reading are:

The Radleys by Matt Haig (YA Paranormal) – Life with the Radleys consists of listening to Radio 4, dinner parties with the Bishopthorpe neighbours and self-denial; loads of self-denial. But all hell is about to break loose. When teenage daughter Clara gets attacked on the way home from a party, she and her brother Rowan finally discover why they can’t sleep, can’t eat a Thai salad without fear of asphyxiation and can’t go outside unless they’re smothered in Factor 60. Add to this mix a visit from their very dangerous Uncle Will and an increasingly suspicious police force, life in Bishopthorpe is about to change.

Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins (YA Paranormal Adventure) – Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council has stripped them away. Now Sophie is defenseless and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down and kill the Prodigium. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident. This is the final of the trilogy – but not the last we’ll see of Hex Hall.

Assault and Pepper by Tamar Myers (Mystery) – It’s a five-alarm frenzy as Magdalena Yoder and the rest of the congregation of the BeechyGroveMennoniteChurch get ready for the annual chili supper cook-off. But just when the devout diners sit down to eat, beloved Reverend Schrock falls facedown into a pot of the savoury stew. It seems someone slipped some peanut butter into the chilli – knowing full well that the good reverend was deathly allergic to peanuts.

3. Quote/s and links for the week

  • E-books continued their surge in popularity last year, surpassing hardcover books and paperbacks to become the dominant format for adult fiction in 2011, according to a survey of publishers released Wednesday.

Now a quote:

This is an excerpt from THE RADLEYS by Matt Haig, the teenage daughter has gone shopping the day after she has made an important discovery:

“…She is shaking as she remembers, but she doesn’t know if she’s shaking from horror at what she did or from intoxicating delight at what she knows she could still experience again…”

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Here is my reading summary for the week ending 15th July 2012 – the books I have finished; a sneak peek of all the books I am currently reading (as I never read just one book at a time) and any quotes or internet links that catch my eye.

My rating system:

A= Was Amazing – a real page turner and read in one sitting

B= I Really liked it

C= Average – very readable and enjoyable

D= It was OK, a bit of a struggle to finish.

1. This week I have finished:

Hot Silver – Riding the Indian Pacific by Steven Lewis (Non-Fiction) – C

2. My Current reads:

Blurbs from the books I am currently reading are:

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier (YA Fantasy) – There are many mysteries within the wildwood. Jena and her sisters share the biggest of all, a fantastic secret that enables them to escape the confines of their everyday life in rural Transylvania. They have kept it hidden for nine long years. Now Jena finds herself fighting to save all she holds dear. With her constant companion Gogu the frog by her side, she must venture to realms dark and perilous in her quest to preserve, not just those she loves, but her own independence as well.

The Radleys by Matt Haig (YA Paranormal) – Life with the Radleys consists of listenening to Radio 4, dinner parties with the Bishopthorpe neighbours and self-denial. Loads of self-denial. But all hell is about to break loose. When teenage daughter Clara gets attacked on the way home from a party, she and her brother Rowan finally discover why they can’t sleep, can’t eat a Thai salad without fear of asphyxiation and can’t go outside unless they’re smothered in Factor 50. With a visit from their evil Uncle Will and an increasingly suspicious police force, life in Bishopthorpe is about to change. Drastically.

Forbidden Nights with a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks (paranormal Romance) – As the owner of a hot nightclub, she’s more unconventional than most of her fellow vampires, and if some think her a little out of control, then so be it. But after three former employees filed a complaint about her temper, Vanda is sentenced to an anger management class. Worse, Phil Jones agreed to be her sponsor. Phil, the mortal who is forbidden to her . . .

Chill Factor by Rachel Caine (Paranormal Adventure) – Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin has protected the human race from monster storms, been killed, reborn as a Djinn, and then restored to her original form. Now she’s throwing the dice to stop an infinitely powerful, deeply disturbed kid-who is holed up in a Vegas hotel-from bringing on a new ice age.

3. Quote/s and links for the week

First some links that I found while surfing the net this week:

  • For those of you who have Kindles and thought that you couldn’t quote from the books you read without retyping it well there is a way. For a start on Amazon you have a kindle page – will surprises never cease!!! When you are reading a book on your kindle, or kindle application on another device and you highlight something as you are reading then the highlight is recorded up on your kindle page. To copy and paste it into a document you need to go to: https://kindle.amazon.com/ then the log in is your usual Amazon log in, once in you then click on Highlights and there they all will be under book title – just copy and paste into your email or blog and there it is – easy peasy!!!!

Now some quotes:

Having said how easy highlighting is – I didn’t actually highlight any quotes and was an e-book week for me – will know for next week J

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