Sunday, September 30, 2012

Bloggiesta Wrap Up

Another Bloggiesta has come to an end...I'm bummed, but feeling pretty good. I got a ton done and I always end up finishing these events feeling not only super productive, but also energized about blogging! 

I want to say a big THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to Suey at It's All About Books and Danielle at There's a Book for hosting this.
 
I ended up accomplishing most of what I had on my list:
  • Write up all outstanding reviews that I need to post - Started this
    • Completed and posted 3 reviews
    • Completed and scheduled 6 reviews
    • Set up draft posts for 4 reviews
  • Set up posts for upcoming reviews - COMPLETED
  • Clean up tags, category lists - COMPLETED
  • Update reading log and link reviews to log - COMPLETED
  • Update challenge lists and link reviews - COMPLETED
  • Update Review Archive list- COMPLETED
  • Add an About Me page - COMPLETED 
    • Please check out my About Me page - I would appreciate any and all feedback
  • Clean up my Google Reader subscriptions - COMPLETED
  • Clean up emails - COMPLETED
  • Update Goodreads tbr list -COMPLETED
  • Update blog roll- COMPLETED
  • Look into possible new blog design - Decided that I really like my blog design and so I am going to keep it as is for the time being.
  • Look into drop-down menus - Still looking into this
  • Participate in at least 2 mini-challenges
  • Visit at least 10 blogs participating in Bloggiesta each day - COMPLETED
    • Friday: visited 15 blogs and left comments 
    • Saturday: visited 13 blogs and left comments 
    • Sunday: visited 16 blogs and left comments

Things done that were not on my original list:
  • Prepared Month in Review: September post and scheduled
  • Prepared It's Monday post for 10.1.12
  • Emailed winners of August giveaway and got books ready for mailing

Time spent during day 3: 9hrs.
Current running time: 26 hrs.

All in all it was one productive weekend and I already have another list of things to do for the next Bloggiesta, which will be March 29-31, 2013. Now I am excited to visit everyone and see how much they got done and see if I should be adding more to the new list!!!



Review: Sheltering Hearts by Robyn Carr (e-book)

Sheltering Hearts by Robyn Carr
Harlequin
May 2010
Format: e-book (free)

First line: As Dory Finn pulled her twelve-year-old Pathfinder up the drive to her little house in the country, she noticed the engine was skipping, and something was making a very ugly noise.

Synopsis by B&N: New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr takes readers back to her beloved Virgin River country in this heartwarming tribute to Rhonda Clemons, founder of Zoe Institute and a winner of a Harlequin More Than Words award.

By discovering a seed of compassion and nurturing it to effect real change, the dedicated women selected as Harlequin More Than Words award recipients make our world a better place. To celebrate their accomplishments, bestselling authors have honored the winners by writing short stories inspired by their lives and work.

This special eBook is yours at no charge because Harlequin is committed to celebrating women's efforts and supporting the causes that are meaningful to them. By sharing Rhonda Clemons' story, we hope to turn awareness into action and mobilize others to make a difference.

To find out more or to nominate a woman you know, please visit HarlequinMoreThanWords.com.

My thoughts: This short novella by Robyn Carr is loosely part of the Virgin River series. It's a quick read that leaves you feeling quite emotional and inspired. Based on the real-life story of Rhonda Clemons, we find out all about the Zoe Institute.

Dory Finn is a single mother, trying to make ends meet and raise her two young children. Coming off an abusive relationship, she has sworn off men, and that includes her do-good neighbor Clay, who just happens to not only be a nice guy, but good-looking to boot! Dory works at the local supermarket but also does volunteer work at local women's center, a place where single women can get the support and help they need to move on with their lives. Can Dory overcome her issues and let in Clay? Is Clay willing to give Dory time to adjust to the possibility of being involved with another man?

As I mentioned earlier, this is loosely part of the Virgin River series and there are a few appearances from some well-loved characters. Mel, as a nurse practitioner and midwife, her skills are often relied upon at the shelter that Dory volunteers at. Paige is also mentioned as having used the shelter herself after her divorce.

This was a very quick read, but it still leaves its mark. Highlighting all the good shelters like the Zoe Institute do was a great idea - I never realized that there are shelters out there not only providing single mothers with the basic like food and shelter, but also workshops on everything from money management to job training. Great idea to use a story to get the word out about all the good these shelters do!

(This was a free e-book.)

Books in this series:
  1. Virgin River                                   11.1   Sheltering Hearts
  2. Shelter Mountain                         12.  Midnight Confessions
  3. Whispering Rock                          13.  Promise Canyon
  4. A Virgin River Christmas          14.  Wild Man Creek
  5. Second Chance Pass                    15.  Harvest Moon
  6. Temptation Ridge                        16.  Bring Me Home for Christmas
  7. Paradise Valley                             17.  Hidden Summit      
  8. Under the Christmas Tree        18.  Redwood Bend
  9. Forbidden Falls                            19.  Sunrise Point
  10. Angel's Peak                                  20.  My Kind of Christmas - due out Oct 2012  
  11. Moonlight Road

Boggiesta Update #2

Day 2 of Bloggiesta, being hosted by Suey at It's All About Books and Danielle at There's a Book, has come to an end and now we are on to day 3.
 
Another productive day!!! I spent quite a lot of time updating my Review Archive that I had created last Bloggiesta and then never touched again until now - what a pain that is to update it! Today I am going to focus on writing those outstanding reviews - do I dare hope by the end of today that I will be all caught up?


Here's what I accomplished so far:
  • Write up all outstanding reviews that I need to post - Started this
    • Completed and posted 2 review
    • Completed and scheduled 4 reviews
    • Set up posts for 2 reviews
  • Set up posts for upcoming reviews
  • Clean up tags, category lists - COMPLETED
  • Update reading log and link reviews to log - COMPLETED
  • Update challenge lists and link reviews - COMPLETED
  • Update Review Archive list- COMPLETED
  • Add an About Me page - COMPLETED 
    • Please check out my About Me page - I would appreciate any and all feedback
  • Clean up my Google Reader subscriptions - COMPLETED
  • Clean up emails
  • Update Goodreads tbr list -COMPLETED
  • Update blog roll- COMPLETED
  • Look into possible new blog design
  • Look into drop-down menus
  • Participate in at least 2 mini-challenges
  • Visit at least 10 blogs participating in Bloggiesta each day 
    • Friday: visited 15 blogs and left comments 
    • Saturday: visited 13 blogs and left comments

Time spent during day 2: 10.5 hrs.
Current running time: 17 hrs.


As always, I welcome any feedback and suggestions. If you are participating, how's it going for you?

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Review: Raising Wild Ginger by Tara Woolpy (e-book)

Raising Wild Ginger by Tara Woolpy
Bats in the Boathouse Press
July 2012
Format: e-book ARC, 217 pages

First line: For our anniversary, Sam and I trekked in to the site of our first kiss.

Synopsis from Goodreads: Parenting is hard. That's what Edward Rosenberg has always assumed, although his only experience with children has been as the drunken uncle. Now the love of his life, Sam DaCosta, is yearning for fatherhood. Edward's been sober for years. He and Sam are in a good place. Why rock the boat? On the other hand, how can he deny Sam his dream of a family?

Then they meet Ginger. At twelve she's been through more than either Edward or Sam can imagine. She's seductive, secretive and dishonest. But somewhere between stealing his cash and alienating Sam, Ginger manages to wind herself into Edward's heart. Can the three of them create a family? Or will Ginger blow them all apart?

My thoughts:  Back in the early Spring, Tara Woolpy contacted me to read her second book in the Lacland series and to provide a backcopy blurb. To say I was excited was an understatement! I've never had anything published before and was a bit nervous.

Once I started reading the book, I couldn't put it down.  Ginger has had a tough life and her story is certainly not always an easy one to read. Edward and Sam are sharing their life together and end up taking Ginger in. While they have a good, solid relationship, it is not without problems and having Ginger live with them only adds to the tension that is sometimes there. It was easy to fall in love with all three of these characters, along with the other ones we meet throughout the story, such as Henry and Maggie.

Raising Wild Ginger is a captivating tale of a newly created family - a family that is not your usual mother-father-child family, but one that still matters to all involved and is at the very heart of the word a family. Of course, this family is not without it's ups and downs, and there are many instances that are heartwarming as well as heart-wrenching. It is an emotional, tender story, and it reminds us just how powerful the love of a family can be.
 
So, after reading the book and getting back to Tara, I kind of forgot about it until a few months later when I received a finished copy of Raising Wild Ginger in the mail. I opened it up and looked for my short blurb that I had sent her. I figured it would have been on one of the inside pages, but to my amazement, I found it on the back cover! Here's my blurb:  

Raising Wild Ginger is a captivating tale of a newly created family...It is an emotional, tender story, and it reminds us just how powerful the love of a family can be.                       
                                                            ~Kristin Thorvaldsen, Always With a Book

How cool is that?
 
I really enjoyed this second installment of Tara Woolpy's Lacland series and I hope there will be more to come! And while this is the second book, it can definitely be read as a stand-alone. 

Thank you to Tara Woolpy for sending me a copy of Raising Wild Ginger to read and review - I loved it!

Books in this series:
  1. Releasing Gillian's Wolves
  2. Raising Wild Ginger

Bloggiesta Update #1

Day 1 of Bloggiesta, being hosted by Suey at It's All About Books and Danielle at There's a Book, has come to an end and now we are on to day 2.

 
I got quite a bit done yesterday despite having to run out to the mall on an emergency shopping trip for a cocktail dress for my awards ceremony next week - the dress I had been planning on wearing didn't fit and I needed a new one. Anyway, crisis adverted - I got a great new dress which I love - thank you White House Black Market!


Here's what I accomplished so far:
  • Write up all outstanding reviews that I need to post - Started this
    • Completed and posted 1 review
    • Set up posts for 5 reviews
  • Set up posts for upcoming reviews
  • Clean up tags, category lists
  • Update reading log and link reviews to log - COMPLETED
  • Update challenge lists and link reviews - COMPLETED
  • Update Review Archive list
  • Add an About Me page - COMPLETED 
    • Please check out my About Me page - I would appreciate any and all feedback
  • Clean up my Google Reader subscriptions
  • Clean up emails
  • Update Goodreads tbr list
  • Update blog roll
  • Look into possible new blog design
  • Look into drop-down menus
  • Participate in at least 2 mini-challenges
  • Visit at least 10 blogs participating in Bloggiesta each day 
    • Friday: visited 15 blogs and left comments

Current running time: 6.5 hrs.


As always, I welcome any feedback and suggestions. 


Friday, September 28, 2012

Review: The Good Woman by Jane Porter

The Good Woman by Jane Porter
Berkley Trade
September 2012
Format: Paperback ARC, 368 pages

First line: He was good.

From the back cover: The firstborn of a large Irish-American family, Meg Brennan Roberts is a successful publicist, faithful wife, and doting mother who prides herself on always making the right decisions. But years of being “the good woman” have taken a toll and though her winery career thrives, Meg feels burned out and empty, and more disconnected than ever from her increasingly distant husband. Lonely and disheartened, she attends the London Wine Fair with her boss, ruggedly handsome vintner, Chad Hallahan. It’s here, alone together in an exotic city, far from “real” life, that everything changes in one impulsive moment that carries consequences as reckless and irreversible as they are liberating. Now she must decide whether being the person everyone needs is worth losing the woman she was meant to be.

My thoughts: This is the first book in Jane Porter's newest series, the Brennan Sisters Trilogy and I loved it. I love stories about strong women and their relationships with their family, especially those with sisters - having two sisters myself, I feel I can relate many times. 

In The Good Woman, we meet Meg Brennan Roberts. She seems to have it all - a solid marriage, three children, a successful career as the PR representative for a winery and the support of a strong Catholic family. But things are not as what they seem because deep down, Meg is questioning her 17 year marriage. She has always been the good girl, the good wife, the good mother and she has a strong sense of loyalty and a need for structure. This story looks at how someone who has been so tightly controlled all of her life finds herself doing something that she knows is wrong and also knows could ruin her life.

This is a bittersweet story because ultimately Meg is presented with two choices with no truly ideal outcome, but by stepping out of her comfort zone she has to both confront issues from her past that have haunted her, and ask herself what she wants out of life. There's a telling scene where her father tells her that she's always been the one to put pressure on herself to be perfect, even as a toddler.

Jane Porter explores the dynamics of the Brennan sisters - all very different, but bonded by sisterhood. We get to know each a little bit and see how their lives all intersect. This gives us a variety of viewpoints on Meg's situation - not an easy task, but one that really helps in keeping the story line feeling real without being preachy. I was totally sucked into this story and had a hard time putting it down. I cannot wait for the next book in the series, The Good Daughter, to come out.

Do you tend to enjoy books more when you can relate to one or more of the characters in the story? 

I received a complimentary copy of The Good Woman by Jane Porter for review.

Books in this series: 
  1. The Good Woman
  2. The Good Daughter
  3. ???
 

Bloggiesta...My To-Do List

This weekend I will be participating in my fourth Bloggiesta!

This is a great weekend blogging marathon being hosted by Suey at It's All About Books and Danielle at There's a Book.
 
The premise of the bloggiesta, for those that haven’t participated before, is to spend the entire weekend working, updating, improving your blog. From minor things such as writing up posts, to reaching out for guests posts and reorganizing all of your tags and categories.




So what do I plan to do this weekend?  Well… here’s my list:
  • Write up all outstanding reviews that I need to post
  • Set up posts for upcoming reviews
  • Clean up tags, category lists
  • Update reading log and link reviews to log
  • Update challenge lists and link reviews
  • Update Review Archive list
  • Add an About Me page
  • Clean up my Google Reader subscriptions
  • Clean up emails
  • Update Goodreads tbr list
  • Update blog roll
  • Look into possible new blog design
  • Look into drop-down menus
  • Participate in at least 2 mini-challenges
  • Visit at least 10 blogs participating in Bloggiesta each day

It’ll be a fun and hopefully very productive weekend. I'm hoping to log at least 20 hours during this event - hopefully I will get even more in though!!!

What about you? Are you participating in Bloggiesta?


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Review: Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen

Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen
Ballantine Books
August 2012
Format: Hardcover; 352 pages

First line: We called him Icarus.

From the inside coverFor the second time in his short life, Teddy Clock has survived a massacre. Two years ago, he barely escaped when his entire family was slaughtered. Now, at fourteen, in a hideous echo of the past, Teddy is the lone survivor of his foster family’s mass murder. Orphaned once more, the traumatized teenager has nowhere to turn—until the Boston PD puts Detective Jane Rizzoli on the case. Determined to protect this young man, Jane discovers that what seemed like a coincidence is instead just one horrifying part of a relentless killer’s merciless mission.

Jane spirits Teddy to the exclusive Evensong boarding school, a sanctuary where young victims of violent crime learn the secrets and skills of survival in a dangerous world. But even behind locked gates, and surrounded by acres of sheltering Maine wilderness, Jane fears that Evensong’s mysterious benefactors aren’t the only ones watching. When strange blood-splattered dolls are found dangling from a tree, Jane knows that her instincts are dead on. And when she meets Will Yablonski and Claire Ward, students whose tragic pasts bear a shocking resemblance to Teddy’s, it becomes chillingly clear that a circling predator has more than one victim in mind.

Joining forces with her trusted partner, medical examiner Maura Isles, Jane is determined to keep these orphans safe from harm. But an unspeakable secret dooms the children’s fate—unless Jane and Maura can finally put an end to an obsessed killer’s twisted quest.

My thoughts: This is the 10th and latest book in Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles series and I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to read and review this book. I love the TNT television series Rizzoli & Isles with Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander and that is actually what got me started on reading this series. Now, I usually like to read books in a series in order and while I've only read the first in this series, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read this one.

Last to Die is a chilling tale of three orphans who can't seem to stay away from harms way and Detective Jane Rizzoli and Medical Examiner Maura Isles team up to save them. The three orphans - Claire, Teddy and Will - are placed at the Evensong Boarding School in Maine, which is run by the mysterious Mephisto Society. This is a school where the students all happen to be victims of some violent crime and are taught survival skills.

This was a fast-paced book, with quite a few twists and turns. When all of the lies, deceits and truths come out, it's quite the surprise to find out who was behind the murders of the three families and all the danger they put the three teens in. I love delving into the world of forensic medicine and police work - and I am definitely excited to read the earlier books in the series that I missed.

That being said, I just wanted to share this. One of the reasons why I love reading series in order is that you get the complete character development over the course of the series. Does that detract from the enjoyment of this book in particular - no. However, had I read the earlier books, I would have a better understanding of the relationships between some characters, plus, events are mentioned repeatedly that probably happened in earlier books - another reason why I will definitely be reading the earlier books!

Have you read any of the books in this series? Do you watch the TV show Rizzoli and Isles?

I received a complimentary copy of Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen from Mary at Elevate Communications. 

Books in this series:
  1. The Surgeon                                7.  The Keepsake            
  2. The Apprentice                          8.  Ice Cold
  3. The Sinner                                    9.  The Silent Girl
  4. Body Double                                9.5  Freaks
  5. Vanish                                            9.7  John Doe
  6. The Mephisto Club                    10.  Last to Die
 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fall Into Reading 2012


Katrina over at Callapidder Days is hosting the Fall Into Reading Challenge. The challenge is to pick books you would like to read this fall and then keep a record of how you do. The challenge runs from September 22 to December 21. If you'd like to join, head over here to
Callapidder Days!


Here's my list as of now:
  1. Zoo by James Patterson
  2. Bella Fortuna by Rosanna Chiofalo
  3. Sleep No More by Iris Johansen
  4. The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts
  5. Merry Christmas Alex Cross by James Patterson
  6. NYPD Red by James Patterson
  7. Postcards from the Dead by Laura Childs
  8. Better than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts
  9. Run the Risk by Lori Foster
  10. Love Anthony by Lisa Genova
  11. The Quilter's Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini
  12. Milk Glass Moon by Adriana Trigiani
  13. Home to Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
  14. Rococo by Adriana Trigiani
  15. Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
  16. Once Upon a Time There Was You by Elizabeth Berg
  17. Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman
  18. High Five by Janet Evanovich
  19. Midnight Kiss by Robyn Carr, Jean Brashear, Victoria Dahl
  20. Promise Canyon by Robyn Carr
  21. Wild Man Creek by Robyn Carr
  22. Harvest Moon by Robyn Carr
  23. Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts
  24. A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
  25. Hot Six by Janet Evanovich


This is a combination of books I need to review as well as books I have on my TBR pile, plus a few new books coming out this fall. Most of these books were strategically picked so that I can complete all the other reading challenges I am participating in. I think I should be able to get through all these, plus a few others.

Wish me luck! Let me know if you are joining so I can see your list!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Review: At the King's Pleasure by Kate Emerson

 At the King's Pleasure by Kate Emerson
Gallery Books
January 2012
Format: Paperback, 351 pages

First line: "This latest news from the court pleases me," said Edward Stafford, third Duke of Buckingham, "but my brother's continued confinement in the Tower of London is worrisome."

From the back cover: Married to one man. Desiring another. Beautiful Lady Anne Stafford, lady-in- waiting to Queen Catherine of Aragon, is torn between her love for her husband, George, Lord Hastings...and the king’s boon companion, the attentive Sir William Compton. But when King Henry VIII, amorous as always, joins the men clustering around her, Anne realizes she has become perilously enmeshed in the intrigues of the court. Will she be forced to decide between the two men she desires—and the one she doesn’t?

Kate Emerson charms again with a heroine who steps out of the pages of history to win our hearts in this sumptuous novel of Tudor scandal and intrigue.

My thoughts: This is the 4th book in Kate Emerson's Secrets of the Tudor Court series and I really enjoyed it.  I love how Kate Emerson takes lesser known characters from the court of the Tudor kings and queens and tells us their story. 

At the King's Pleasure is centered around Anne Stafford, who is sister to the Duke of Buckingham and a lady-in-waiting to Queen Catherine of Aragon. She is married to Lord Hastings, but manages to catch not only King Henry's eye, but also his boon companion, Sir William Compton's eye. Anne is a strong woman but finds herself at the mercy of her brother and her husband, who at one point have her sent to a nunnery for being in the same room with Compton. While a main portion of the book deals with this love triangle that Anne finds herself in, it also focuses on the trouble that her own family finds itself in, mainly due to her brother who thinks he deserves more in life than he is given, going as far as to believe he himself should be king.

Full of treachery and intrigue, it is easy to get caught up in everything that goes on in this story. There are quite a few scenes at court itself, with the dancing, costumes and food, and of course the jousting events and hunting that the king and his entourage participate in. Kate Emerson gives us enough details that it is easy to feel as if you are right there with the characters.

I love reading about the people and court life during the Tudor period. There are so many good books out there that tackle this time period, most of those focusing on the kings and queens. Kate Emerson stands out for tackling the stories of those lesser known courtiers. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series, The King's Damsel.

(I purchased this book.)

Books in this series:
  1. The Pleasure Palace
  2. Between Two Queens
  3. By Royal Decree
  4. At the King's Pleasure
  5. The King's Damsel

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Review: A Stitch in Crime by Betty Hechtman

A Stitch in Crime by Betty Hechtman
Berkley
February 2010
Format: Paperback, 304 pages

First line: "Molly, please try to get through the weekend without any dead bodies," Mrs. Shedd said, pushing the rhinestone-encrusted clipboard across her desk to me.

From the back cover: Molly Pink and her crochet group friends are packing up for a creative weekend away. But with danger following them, trying to solve the latest mystery might just prove trickier than a back post double crochet stitch...

Summer's wrapping up - and it's time for the annual creative retreat hosted by the bookstore where Molly works. This year, her boss has dropped out at the last minute, dumping the responsibility all on Molly, But even with the stress of organizing, it should be an exhilarating weekend out on the Monterey Peninsula, complete with crochet classes and campfires. Unfortunately for one teacher, though, the breathtaking scenery is where she'll take her last breath...

It's Molly who stumbles over the dead body of crochet teacher Izabelle Landers. Now Molly will have to solve a murder and find a replacement instructor. Fortunately her pals from her crochet group, the Tarzana Hookers, are around to help her untangle this tightly twisted yarn...

My thoughts: This is the fourth in Betty Hechtman's Crochet Mystery series and it was pretty good. This time around, the setting isn't in Tarzana, but at a retreat on the Monterey Peninsula where the gang is attending the creative retreat that the bookstore that Molly works at hosts. At the last minute, Molly finds out she will be in charge and gets possession of the sparkly rhinestone-encrusted clipboard. Once there, things seem to go from bad to worse. First, there's a complete white-out from the fog that prevents guests from arriving. Then, one of the instructors is found dead and Molly being Molly takes it upon herself to solve the murder. She has her fellow crochet pals with her and they set out to figure things out. This leads to some rather funny moments as well as some harrowing ones, too.

I enjoy reading this series. I like the mysteries and am usually stumped as to who did it until the very end. This time was no exception. I also love when the group gets together to crochet - it always makes me want to get my crochet stuff out and as soon as I finished this book, I did just that. I even went as far as to buy a whole bunch of new yarn for some projects to work on this fall. At the moment, I am working on a large granny square blanket that I will be donating to Project Linus with some left over yarn. Then I have a few baby blankets to make for family members that are expecting. Do you crochet? If so, where do you find your patterns? What's your favorite thing to make?

(I borrowed this book from the library.)

Books in this series: 
  1. Hooked on Murder                       5.  You Better Knot Die
  2. Dead Men Don't Crochet             6.  Behind the Seams
  3. By Hook or By Crook                   7.   If Hooks Could Kill - due out Nov 2012
  4. A Stitch in Crime 

Monday, September 17, 2012

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? (9.17.12)




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.

Fall is definitely in the air and I am loving it!!! I spent some time this past weekend creating some fall displays around the house - thank you Pinterest for all the great ideas! I love the smell of pumpkin spice candles - even not lit they give the house such a great smell.

Hopefully we will be heading to our cabin later this week for a nice long weekend (4-5 days). I'm already planning now what books to bring as I tend to get lots of reading time in while hubby is out cutting trees, fishing, etc. 

Books Completed last week:

  • Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah (library audio book)
  • Attorney-Client Privilege by Pamela Samuels Young (review book)
  • Back Fire by Catherine Coulter (library book)
Reading Now: 
  • The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen (mine)
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (mine)
  • Four to Score by Janet Evanovich (library audio book) - in car/house
  • I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (library audio book) - ipod
Next:   
  • The Meryl Streep Book Club by Mia March (review book)
  • Milk Glass Moon by Adriana Trigiani (mine)
  • Love Anthony by Lisa Genova (review audio book)
 Reviews Completed last week:
 Other posts related to books:
Books for which I need to finish reviews:
  • A Stitch in Crime by Betty Hechtman 
  • At the King's Pleasure by Kate Emerson
  • The King's Damsel by Kate Emerson
  • The Good Woman by Jane Porter
  • Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen
  • Sheltering Hearts by Robyn Carr 
  • Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
  • Back Fire by Catherine Coulter
What about you?  What does your reading week look like this week?  Whatever it is, happy reading and have a good week!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (17) 9.16.12

 
Tynga of Tynga's Reviews is starting a new meme to spotlight the books we receive each week.  Here's what I got: 
 

 
 
  From the library:

Summer House (audio)
by Nancy Thayer
 
This finally became available for download and I can't wait to listen to it...I really enjoy Nancy Thayer's books.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Four to Score
by Janet Evanovich
 
I'm up to the fourth book in Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. The audio versions are hysterical and I am already halfway through this one! 
 
 

 
What did you get this week?
 
 

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