Monday, July 18, 2011

Doing a bit of traveling...

I will be taking a short break from blogging for the next few weeks...all for good stuff.  Mom and I are heading to a cousin's wedding, visiting my brother and meeting his soon-to-be new family, and then heading to Mom's house to help her move back in to her house after being in the Peace Corps for the past two years. We will be traveling from New York to Nova Scotia, Canada to New Hampshire to North Carolina...lots of time in the car and hopefully lots of reading time thrown in. 

See you in a few weeks :-)

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? (7.18.10)



It’s Monday What Are you Reading , hosted by Sheila, is the perfect way for me to begin my week and allows me to focus on what needs to be read and to see what I have or have not accomplished the previous week. I also enjoy discovering new books by visiting other participants blogs.

It was a crazy week last week as I was running around getting ready for my upcoming trip up to Canada for my cousin's wedding. Over the weekend, my mom came home from the Peace Corps after being gone for two years and we finally got to meet my newest niece who was born 7 weeks ago but lives in Dubai...it was definitely a fun family weekend! Of course, reading was set to the back burner, but I am hoping to get some good reading time in this week as Mom and I head off to Canada tomorrow - my Nook is definitely going to come in handy for this trip!

Books Completed last week:
  • Killer Dreams by Iris Johansen (library audio book) 
  • Little Bitty Lies by Mary Kaye Andrews (mine)
Reading Now:
  • The Bright Side of Disaster by Katherine Center (mine)
  • Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff (book club book, mine)
Next:
  • Home at Rose Cottage by Sherryl Woods (e-book) 
  • The Diva Cooks a Goose by Krista Davis (e-book)
Reviews completed this past week
Books for which I need to finish reviews:
  • Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer
  • Something Blue by Emily Giffin
  • Now You See Her by James Patterson
  • Killer Dreams by Iris Johansen
  • Little Bitty Lies by Mary Kaye Andrews
Contest information:
  • None right now

What about you?  What does your reading week look like this week?  Whatever it is, happy reading and have a good week!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Giveaway Winner: The Creed Legacy

CONGRATULATIONS

to

Deborah

winner of 
The Creed Legacy by Linda Lael Miller



Random.org selected the winners. 
Thanks to all who entered the giveaway!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Review: The Knitting Diaries by Debbie Macomber, Susan Mallery & Christina Skye

First line: Today I signed the papers on our first house!

Why I read this: I love anything by Debbie Macomber and Susan Mallery and so when I saw this, I had to get it.

From the back cover:  Knitting is many things to many people

Knitting is a way of life
The Twenty-First Wish by Debbie Macomber
Anne Marie Roche and her adopted daughter, ten-year-old Ellen, have each written a list of twenty wishes - on which they included learning to knit. Like many of their wishes, it's come true and now they knit practically every day. But Ellen has quietly added a twenty-first wish: that her mom will fall in love with Tim, Ellen's birth father, who's recently entered their lives...

Knitting is a passion
Coming Unraveled by Susan Mallery
When Robyn Mulligan's dreams of becoming a Broadway star give way to an intense longing for her childhood home, she decides it's time to make a fresh start back in Texas, running her grandmother's knitting store. But the handsome, hot-tempered T.J. Passman isn't making it easy on her. If he can learn to trust Robyn, and overcome his tragic past, they just might discover a passion like no other.

Knitting is a comfort
Return to Summer Island by Christina Skye
After a devastating car accident, Caro McNeal finds healing on Oregon's sleepy Summer Island, where she's warmly embraced by a community of knitters. She also finds meaning and purpose in the letters she exchanges with a marine serving in Afghanistan. But when life takes another unexpected turn, will Caro untangle opening her heart to wherever it takes her?

My thoughts: This was a fun, quick read of three great short stories. Even though I am not a knitter (although I do crochet), I could still relate to doing something that gives you a sense of peace while making something for others. That's what knitting does for the characters in these short stories.

The Twenty-First Wish by Debbie Macomber is a continuation of the Blossom Street series. It continues the story presented in Twenty Wishes of Anne Marie Roche and her adopted daughter, Ellen. In this short story, we come to find out that Ellen has added a wish to her list - that her mother and biological father will somehow fall in love and the three can become a family. I love the Blossom Street series and this short story allowed me to catch up with familiar characters while getting to know more about Anne Marie and Ellen - having the story told from each of their points of view allows us to really get in their heads.  It's nice to be able to visit with these characters while waiting for the next installment of the series to come out.
 
Coming Unraveled by Susan Mallery is the second entry in this triad. It focuses on Robyn Mulligan who has been trying to make it in New York but things aren't going well so when her grandmother needs her back home in Texas, she takes the opportunity to reassess her life and what she wants out of it. This story is loosely related to Susan Mallery's book Already Home, where we are first introduced to Robyn. I loved that book and am glad to find out Robyn's story. I would love to see more of these characters.

Return to Summer Island by Christina Skye is the final installment in the collection. Caro McNeal is injured in an accident in Chicago that leaves her physically unable to take care of herself. She returns home to Oregon's Summer Island to rehab and get back on her feet.  This was the first time I've read anything by Christina Skye and I really enjoyed her writing. Here she tells a great story about the strength and resiliency of people. I would love to visit with the people of Summer Island again some time soon!

(I purchased this book.)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

First line: Today I'm five.

Why I read this: I've had this on my tbr list for a while now and was glad that my book club picked it for our June read.

From the back cover: To five-year-old Jack, Room is the world. It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where Jack is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But Jack's curiosity is building alongside Ma's own desperation - and she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.

Room is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating - a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child.

My thoughts: This was my book club's pick for the month of June and I was really excited to read it. It was the case yet again of me seeing the book around, hearing great things about it, but just not being able to get to it yet. Once book club picked it, the book shot up to the top of my reading pile.

I found this book to be a riveting read, very unique in it's approach and quite an intense story. The novel is narrated by a five year-old boy, Jack, who has spent his whole life in one small room, with his mother. Jack does not even know that life exists outside that room. The only other person he has ever seen is Old Nick, their captor, in his nightly visits. Jack's mother works to make his upbringing as "normal" as possible in spite of their horrific life of captivity. 

This is a story that will absolutely take your breath away and it's one that you want to read without knowing too much about it beforehand. The suspense and effects of this psychological thriller will keep you glued to the book until you finish and will stay with you long after reading the last page.  Room is undoubtedly a hard book to read, and yet it is at the same time a hopeful story, a story about unwavering love between a child and a mother, and about new beginnings. 

(I purchased this book.)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Review: A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand

First line: The guilt was like a clump of tar in her hair, warm and sticky, impossible to remove.

Why I read this: I love Elin Hilderbrand's books and have had this one sitting on my shelf for a while - now that it's summer, it was the perfect read! I also read this for the Reading From My Shelves Project.

From the inside cover: Claire Danner Crispin has a problem with setting limits. All her life she has taken on every responsibility, assumed every burden, and granted every request. Claire wants it all, and in the eyes of her friends, she has it: a hardworking, devoted husband, four beautiful children, even a successful career as an artist. So when Claire is asked to chair the committee for the social event of the year, the Nantucket's Children Summer Gala, what else can she say but yes? Especially when she can persuade her high school sweetheart - and world-famous rock star - Max West to play the gala for free. Especially when she is the woman, mother, friend, and artist who can handle everything.

As preparations for the gala begin, Claire discovers that everything may be too much when billionaire Lockhart Dixon enters her life. As director of Nantucket's Children, Lock insists on working personally with Claire - often over a bottle of wine - and before long Claire can't ignore the subtle touches and lingering looks. To her surprise, she can't ignore how they make her feel, either. When her passion for Lock grows, Claire finds the gala, her life, and herself spinning out of control: she pledges the auction a piece of art she hasn't created, promises her best friend a job she can't deliver, and perpetually disagrees with her Manhattan socialite chair, Isabelle French. Summer soon approaches and Claire's affair with Lock consumes her. Will she be able to reclaim her old life and make everything - anything - all right?

Capturing the love, loss, and limbo of unexpected romance and unchecked passion, A Summer Affair is a brave and breathless journey into the heart of one modern woman, written only as New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand can.

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this love story. When Claire Danner Crispin - wife, mother and artist - agrees to chair the Summer Gala on Nantucket, she doesn't realize that she is turning her life upside down. But then, as Claire describes herself, she is a person with "no boundaries" - she can't say no, and she allows others to use her. Claire is a retired glass-blowing mom of four living full time in Nantucket. She is asked by the richest man on Nantucket, Lock Dixon, to co-chair the committee for Nantucket's Children charity, begin glass-blowing again to make the auction piece, and call in a favor from her ex-boyfriend who is a huge rock star for the entertainment. Claire feels the need to agree to it all and puts her family life on hold for the next year. What seems like an ordinary social event becomes a trip into obsession. She starts spending way too much time with Lock, spending less time with her husband, and starts pushing herself way too hard in her hothouse trying to create the auction piece. What could have been just an ordinary beach read is turned into an exploration of the human needs, flaws and urges that plague all of us at one time or another. Elin Hilderbrand skillfully leads us down a path of discovery...not just of the characters in the story, but of our own human frailties.

(I purchased this book.)

Monday, July 11, 2011

It's Monday...What Are You Reading (7.11.11)



It’s Monday What Are you Reading , hosted by Sheila, is the perfect way for me to begin my week and allows me to focus on what needs to be read and to see what I have or have not accomplished the previous week. I also enjoy discovering new books by visiting other participants blogs.


I have not taken on any blog tours this month because I will be doing a fair amount of traveling over the next few weeks. As for my reading, I am trying to get some of the books I've had sitting around done so that I can pass them on to family members.

Books Completed last week:
  • Now You See Her by James Patterson (mine)
  • Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer (library audio book)
  • The Knitting Diaries by Debbie Macomber, Susan Mallery & Christina Skye (mine)
  • Something Blue by Emily Giffin (mine)
Reading Now:
  • Little Bitty Lies by Mary Kaye Andrews (mine)
  • Killer Dreams by Iris Johansen (library audio book)
  • Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff (book club book, mine)
Next:
  • Baby Proof by Emily Giffin (mine)
  • Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah (mine)
Reviews completed this past week
Other Posts related to books:
Books for which I need to finish reviews:
  • Room by Emma Donoghue 
  • A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand
  • Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer
  • The Knitting Diaries by Debbie Macomber, Susan Mallery & Christina Skye
  • Something Blue by Emily Giffin
Contest information:

What about you?  What does your reading week look like this week?  Whatever it is, happy reading and have a good week!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

In My Mailbox (60) 7.10.11

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren. Every week I'll post what books I've received either by mailbox/library/store.



Purchased:


Perfect Partners (e-book)
by Carly Phillips

This was another Carly Phillips book that was available on the Nook that I had not read yet.








For Review:
 

The Queen's Gamble
by Barbara Kyle
 
This is for a blog tour for September.

 










What's in your mailbox?

Friday, July 08, 2011

Review: Playing the Game by Barbara Taylor Bradford (audio book)

From the back of the audio case: Annette Remmington, a London art consultant and private dealer, is at the top of her game. She is considered a rising star in the international world of art, with a roster of wealthy clients who trust her judgment and her business acumen. Her success reaches new heights when a rare and long-lost Rembrandt finds its way into her hands. When she restores it and sells it for top dollars at the auction of the year, Annette becomes the most talked-about art dealer in the world.

Annette is married to her mentor and personal champion, the much older Marius Remmington. For twenty years, Marius has groomed her to be the international art star that she has become, not to mention saving her from a dark and gritty past. She is his pride and joy, and as her best adviser, he handpicks with great care only the best journalist possible to do a profile on his beloved wife in a popular London Sunday newspaper. Jack Chalmers is a bit of a celebrity himself, having become one of the star journalists of his time. Marius believes only he will be able to capture the true brilliance of his lovely wife.

But Marius never intends to put his marriage in jeopardy. How could he have known that the connection between Jack and Annette would ignite so many secrets? And how could he have guessed that Jack would uncover a scandal that could ultimately destroy them all?

Barbara Taylor Bradford does it again in this captivating, epic novel of seduction, passion, and international intrigue. Playing the game has never been so thrilling.

Read by: Catherine Harvey

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this story and found myself wanting to get in the car just so I could continue listening to it. I've read many of Barbara Taylor Bradford's books before and have loved them all, especially her Woman of Substance series. Her books are always intriguing and full of depth and this one was no exception.

Playing the Game is the story of Annette Remmington, a rising star in the art world, and her struggles to succeed in not only her art consultant business but in her personal life as well. Married to the controlling, manipulative Marius, Annette's life is turned upside down when she starts to fall for the young journalist, Jack Chalmers, who confesses his love for her. As the story progresses, we start to learn the truths about Annette's past and why it continues to haunt her in her present life. With the information being released bit by bit, it creates the sense of mystery and keeps you hooked. What happened in Annette's past and how does that have any bearing on her life today? The characters were well developed and I loved the little bit of personality that the narrator gave each one. The relationship between Annette and her sister, Laurie, was real and touching, while Marius was a character you couldn't help but dislike. I loved being immersed in the art world, a world I know virtually nothing about. Filled with interesting facts about fine art, art restoration and art forgery, I found myself hooked and didn't want the story to end. 

I love that Barbara Taylor Bradford's books are usually long and involved stories - they make the perfect books to listen to. This was the first one of hers that I chose audio over book and was quite happy with that choice. I am now going to go back and see if more of her books are available on audio.

(I borrowed this audio book from the library.)

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Review: Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

First line: I was in the fifth grade the first time I thought about thirty.

Why I read this: I've had this book on my shelf for a while and now that the movie is out, I needed to read it first before heading to the theater.

From the back cover: Meet Rachel White, a young attorney living and working in Manhattan. Rachel has always been the consummate good girl - until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend Darcy throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy's fiance. Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. In her wildest dreams (or worst nightmare?) this is the last thing on earth Rachel could ever have imagined happening. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren't always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness. Something Borrowed is a phenomenal debut novel that will have you laughing, crying, and calling your best friend.

My thoughts: This was a fun, quick read that I devoured in one night because I had to find out how everything panned out. It is about the friendship between Rachel and Darcy who've known each other since they were five years old. Rachel is unhappily employed in NYC as an associate at a law firm. Her best friend, Darcy, is engaged to marry one of Rachel's friends from law school. Darcy is the perfect girl--pretty, vivacious, always gets what she wants, although somewhat petulant and demanding. Just a few months before the wedding, Rachel has a one night stand with Darcy's fiance that develops into a full fledged love affiar. Emily Giffin treats what could be an awkward topic with respect and empathy for all the characters. This novel delves into the complexity of female friendship - the frequent mixed emotions one has toward a close friend. Beyond her attraction to her best friend's fiancĂ©, everybody can relate to the position of Rachael. She has existed in the shadow of her flamboyant best friend, Darcy, for years and is faced with the dilemma of remaining loyal to her friend or following her heart. I found myself rooting for Rachel and Dex despite the fact that I would have been pissed had someone done the same thing to me a few months before my wedding! As I was reading the book, I couldn't help but picture Kate Hudson as Darcy (I did see the movie previews for this book prior to reading it) and now am anxious to head out to the theater to see it.  This is a great summer read and I am looking forward to reading Something Blue this summer as well.

(I got this book from Paperback Swap.)

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Review and Giveaway: The Creed Legacy by Linda Lael Miller

First line: Ranching, Brody Creed thought, shifting in the saddle as he surveyed the sprawling range land from a high ridge.

From the back cover: Rough-and-tumble rodeo cowboy Brody Creed like life on the move. Until a chance encounter with his long-estranged twin brother brings him "home" for the first time in years. Suddenly Brody is in Creed territory - at thirty-three, he's a restless bad boy among family with deep ties to the land and each other. And a secret past haunts him as he tries to make plans for his future.

Carolyn Simmons is looking for Mr. Right in Lonesome Bend, as the ticktock of her biological clock gets ever louder. Then she falls for gorgeous Brody Creed, the opposite of everything she wants. Until lassoing his wild heart becomes everything both of them need.

My thoughts: This is the third in the Creed Cowboy series (which is, in fact, part of her Montana Creeds series) and it was a fun, quick read. I had never read anything by Linda Lael Miller before reading this trilogy and I have to say that I enjoy her writing and I can see myself going back and reading some of her earlier works.

The Creed Legacy is a story of second chance love. Filled with doubts about herself stemming from years as a neglected foster child, Carolyn cannot allow herself to trust. Brody must come to terms with a secret that up until now, he's been unable to discuss and he must set aside his guilt in order to be the man Carolyn needs. Watching Brody and Carolyn dance around their feelings was quite emotional at times and of course, all the matchmaking attempts of busybody neighbors, friends and family only added to their story. In time, they both realize that "everything worth doing involves risk." We also get to catch up with some old friends as well as meet some new ones in this story. Seeing Conner become the overprotective father-to-be was touching as well as comical at times. I enjoyed getting to know the Creed men and women and hope to read about them again soon!

(I purchased this book.)

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Monday, July 04, 2011

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? (7.4.11)



It’s Monday What Are you Reading , hosted by Sheila, is the perfect way for me to begin my week and allows me to focus on what needs to be read and to see what I have or have not accomplished the previous week. I also enjoy discovering new books by visiting other participants blogs.

Last week was very busy at work - I am trying to finish up a bunch of things before I take some time off, so reading got pushed to the back burner. I am only working three days this week and then I'm off for five weeks - I'll be doing quite a bit of traveling during that time, so I have no idea how much reading will get done, but I am excited.

Books Completed last week:
  • A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand (mine)
  • The Creed Legacy by Linda Lael Miller (mine)
Reading Now:
  • Now You See Her by James Patterson (mine)
  • Beachcombers by  Nancy Thayer (library audio book)
  • Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff (book club book, mine)
Next:
  • Something Blue by Emily Giffin (mine)
  • The Knitting Diaries by Debbie Macomber, Susan Mallery, & Christina Skye (mine)
  • Killer Dreams by Iris Johansen (library audio book)
Reviews completed this past week
Other Posts related to books: 
Books for which I need to finish reviews:
  • Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
  • Playing the Game by Barbara Taylor Bradford 
  • Room by Emma Donoghue 
  • A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand
  • The Creed Legacy by Linda Lael Miller
Contest information:
  • A new giveaway will be posted later this week

What about you?  What does your reading week look like this week?  Whatever it is, happy reading and have a good week!

Sunday, July 03, 2011

In My Mailbox (59) 7.3.11

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren. Every week I'll post what books I've received either by mailbox/library/store.



Purchased:

Now You See Her
by James Patterson

This is JP's latest book and I can't wait to start it!!!

The Creed Legacy
by Linda Lael Miller

This is the third of the series.




Solitary Man (e-book)
by Carly Phillips

I love Carly Phillips and love that this was available on the Nook.





From the Library:


Killer Dreams (audio book)
by Iris Johansen

Somehow I seemed to miss this one.









For Review:
 

The Language of Flowers
by Sherryl Woods

This is for a blog tour for September.

 







Won:


Silver Girl (audio book)
by Elin Hilderbrand

I won this from Jen at Devourer of Books, who had quite a few giveaways during Audio Book Week.




 



What's in your mailbox?

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Review: Alone by Lisa Gardner

First line: He'd put in a fifteen-hour shift the night the call came in.

Why I read this: I had read the last two in the DD Warren series and wanted to go back and read the rest of the series.

Synopsis: Alone . . . Massachusetts State Trooper Bobby Dodge watches a tense hostage standoff unfold through the scope of his sniper rifle. Just across the street, in wealthy Back Bay, Boston, an armed man has barricaded himself with his wife and child. The man’s finger tightens on the trigger and Dodge has only a split second to react . . . and forever pay the consequences.

Alone . . . that’s where the nightmare began for cool, beautiful, and dangerously sexy Catherine Rose Gagnon. Twenty-five years ago, she was buried underground during a month-long nightmare of abduction and abuse. Now her husband has just been killed. Her father-in-law, the powerful Judge Gagnon, blames Catherine for his son’s death . . . and for the series of unexplained illnesses that have sent her own young son repeatedly to the hospital.

Alone . . . a madman survived solitary confinement in a maximum security prison where he’d done hard time for the most sadistic of crimes. Now he walks the streets a free man, invisible, anonymous . . . and filled with an unquenchable rage for vengeance. What brings them together is a moment of violence—but what connects them is a passion far deeper and much more dangerous. For a killer is loose who’s woven such an intricate web of evil that no one is above suspicion, no one is beyond harm, and no one will see death coming until it has them cornered, helpless, and alone.

My thoughts: Last year I was asked to read Lisa Gardner's Live To Tell. I really enjoyed it and then after finishing it, realized it was part of a series and was number 4 in that series. I was then asked this Spring to read Love You More, the 5th in the series. Again, I enjoyed the book and decided that I really had to get the first three books in the series before any more came out.

Alone is for the most part Bobby Dodge's story, but we are introduced to Detective DD Warren. The story is about a survivor. Catherine was snatched by a pedophile when she was young, trapped in a dark hole in the ground, and abused for nearly a month. She was found and rescued at random, but has never quite since gotten over her fear of the dark. Years have passed - she has a child, a husband, a life, and now suddenly, things have gone wrong. Bobby, a police SWAT sniper, responds to Catherine's call that her husband has a gun and is threatening the family. In a split second decision, he shoots the husband to save the wife and child. But things aren't at all as simple as they seem - and it might be that someone arranged all of it. Full of twists and turns and the revealing of some long-buried secrets, this book kept me captivated from the first page. What I like most is that Lisa Gardner gives you the point of view of every character involved so that you are fully aware of what everyone is thinking and/or going through. You are kind of thrown into this one from the start and then she back tracks so that the pieces to all your questions start coming together. I really liked this one and am looking forward to reading the next one in the series, Hide.

(I purchased this e-book.)

Friday, July 01, 2011

Month in Review: June 2011

Here are my reading stats for June!

  • Books read:  15
Books I read (reviewed ones have * and link to review)
  1. The Hundred Secret Senses* by Amy Tan
  2. Summer in the South* by Cathy Holton
  3. A Creed in Stone Creek* by Linda Lael Miller
  4. Creed's Honor* by Linda Lael Miller
  5. Slate* by Brian Rowe
  6. Chasing the Night* by Iris Johansen
  7. The Confessions of Catherine de Medici* by CW Gortner
  8. Alone by Lisa Gardner
  9. Mothers & Daughters* by Rae Meadows
  10. The D Word* by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
  11. I'll Have Who She's Having* by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
  12. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
  13. Beach Lane* by Sherryl Woods
  14. Playing the Game by Barbara Taylor Bradford
  15. Room by Emma Donoghue

Favorite Book of June:    
  • The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by CW Gortner

2011 Challenge Update:
  •  100+ Reading Challenge -- Books Read: 62/100
  •  Support Your Local Library Challenge -- Books Read: 25/50
  •  James Patterson Reading Challenge II -- Books Read: 7/10+
  •  E-Book Reading Challenge -- Books Read: 7/12
  •  Reading From My Shelves Project -- Books Read: 5/25
  •  Audio Book Challenge -- Books Read: 10/20 
  •  Historical Reading Challenge -- Books read 3/10
  •  Cruising Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge -- Books Read: 11/13
 

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