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Teaser Tuesdays

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Teaser Tuesdays:  The Unbearable Lightness of Scones
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading. Here are the rules: grab whatever you're reading, open to a random page, select no more than two sentence (NO SPOILERS), share the title and author, and GO!
Today's teaser:
"Grown-ups spoke as if the world were simple; as if people behaved nicely to one another.  But Bertie knew that they did not.  When you were a boy, as he was, and saw the world the way in which boys saw it, it all looked very different.  Olive and Tofu would fight because that's what people like that did:  they fought.  And it would end up with Tofu spitting on Olive, and Olive screaming and perhaps even trying to stab Tofu with the syringe from her junior nurse's kit." --page 88-89-----The Unbearable Lightness of Scones by Alexander McCall Smith

Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Book That Were Difficult To Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  Books That Were Difficult To Read.  There are always those few books that are pesky to get through for various reasons.  These are the ones I had trouble with:

The Silence of Mockingbirds: The Memoir of a Murder by Karen Spears Zacharias
Difficult to read because of the subject matter and my personal connection to those involved in the events discussed in the book.  Good overall...aside from the author's writing style and sense of attack toward certain people and woe-is-me attitude.  I also don't like how Spears changed the title recently in an effort to garner more sales...or something.The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
A good read overall, but the Shakespearean lines interspersed throughout made the book clunky.  Also, I didn't really car…

Bookish Bingo: Summer Edition Wrap Up

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Bookish Bingo hosted by Great Imaginations has come to an end and I loved participating in this challenge.  Over the course of July, August, and September I was able achieve three Bingos and plow through the following books:

3 Bingos Completed
B1, B2, B3, B4, B5B5, I4, Free, G2, O1B2, I2, N2, G2, O2Books Completed
B1: A Stand-Alone Novel: Belle Cora by Phillip Margulies
B2: Starts with S, U, M, E or R: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
B3: A Series Finale: Allegiant by Veronica Roth
B4: A Blue Cover: In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen
B5: Music/Dance Themes: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I2: A Thriller: The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero
I4: A Summer Release: Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich (released June 17th, 2014)
N2: Set on a Boat: Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
N4: Strong Sibling Relationship: The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
G1: Set During Summer: That Summer by Lauren Willig
G2: Asian MC: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Gol…

Bookish Bingo: Summer Edition (Updated)

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Another month/season, another challenge!  Though I'm still participating in the Summer Libary Challenge hosted by Kate and Kristen @ The Book Monsters, another book event has popped up on my radar and it looks like too much fun to pass up (plus, they will work together).  Discovered through The Book Monsters, but hosted by Kara, Lyn, and Bekka @ Great Imaginations, Bookish Bingo is a reading challenge with set guidelines for each square on the grid.  The goal:  knock out the squares to get a bingo (or more!).  Sounds like a rip-roaring good time to me!

Here's the Bingo card









Here are the rules:
One square per book.  For instance, Mockingjay starts with M and is also a series finale, but can only count for one square.All reading must be done during the months of July, August, and September.Enter the giveaway!  Multiple Bingos gets you more entries and a fully covered card gets you five extra entries.  WoohooAt the end of September, provide a link with your reviews during the Bing…

Teaser Tuesdays

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Teaser Tuesdays:  That Summer   Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading. Here are the rules: grab whatever you're reading, open to a random page, select no more than two sentence (NO SPOILERS), share the title and author, and GO!
Without further ado...
"Tentatively, Julia jiggled the pasteboard panel.  When tentative didn't work, she gave it a good yank.  Whoever it was had stuck the false back in good and hard.  The panel popped free, Julia staggered back, and something plopped heavily into the cavity of the wardrobe, raising a heavy cloud of dust" --page 90-----That Summer by Lauren Willig

So many treasures to be found...

Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Fall TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's theme is:  Books on my Fall TBR List.  I was kind of hoping that the fall version of Bookish Bingo (hosted by Great Imaginations) would be posted by now so that I could coordinate the two lists, but alas.  Regardless, here are the ten books I'm hoping to get through this fall (my favorite season) and all happened to be housed on my personal bookshevles!  No excuses...right?

Gillian Flynn Gone Girl
With the movie coming out very soon, and with all the great things I've heard about it, this is definitely a must read for this Fall. Cornelia Funke Inkspell and Inkdeath(two for one)
I've been meaning to finish this series for a while and figure that now is a great time to snuggle in and do it! Alice Hoffman The Dovekeepers
I think this book looks fan-freak…

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I've Only Read One Book From

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's theme is:  Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More.  It's been a while since I've done a Top Ten Tuesday, so I'm getting back in the swing of things.  Here's my list for this week!

Gillian Flynn
I've read Sharp Objects and really enjoyed it.  Gone Girl is on my TBR list for sure...I've heard fantastic things and, since the movie is coming out soon, I should probably get on that! Margaret Atwood
While I wasn't super impressed with Cat's Eye, I've heard fantastic things about Atwood's other works.  Particularly The Handmaid's Tale. John Boyne
I recently discovered the brilliance that is John Boyne when I read his latest work, The House of Special Purpose.  I now NEED to read EVERYTHING he's writ…

Teaser Tuesdays

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Teaser Tuesdays:  The Supernatural Enhancements
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading. Here are the rules: grab whatever you're reading, open to a random page, select no more than two sentence (NO SPOILERS), share the title and author, and GO!

Here's this week's teaser:
"I drank some water from the sink and glanced at the mirror.  I could see my skin with outstanding detail.  I checked the bulbs and saw the light grow brighter.  I squinted at the white glow reverberating on the sink, the wall tiles, and the shower curtain, haloing them all with an aura that seemed to corrode the outline of all objects and that of a shadow on the curtain.  Not my shadow.  A shadow behind the curtain" --page 22-----The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero

A creepy ghost story...that I tend to read right before going to bed...

Happy reading!

Teaser Tuesdays

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Teaser Tuesdays:  The Weird Sisters
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading. Here are the rules: grab whatever you're reading, open to a random page, select no more than two sentence (NO SPOILERS), share the title and author, and GO!
Here's this week's teaser:
"At this party, no one will know who our father is, or care, and the house will be dirty, with peeling wallpaper and furniture racked into slanting, exhausted postures.  There will be beer and pot and mattresses in unlikely places, and long before midnight Bean and Lyssie will be wholeheartedly 'round the bend and in the sweaty, beer-soaked arms of some boy they will forget the next day.  This adventure is possible only because Bean has always been an excellent liar, and not because our parents would ever approve of such an outing." --page 99-----The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

I've been meaning to read this book for a while and am finally getting around to it.  It …

Beat the Heat Wrap Up

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Though the Beat the Heat Readathon, hosted by Jessi @ NovelHeartbeat and Reanna @ Phantasmic Reads, ended on the first of September, I'm just now getting the chance to reflect on it.  It's been a busy first week! 

This was my first time participating in the readathon, and I like to believe that I was quite successful!  Much more successful than other challenges recently.  I was able to finish six books and read a total of 2334 pages in 3 weeks.  I had a great time participating in the reading portion of this challenge, but didn't really get the opportunity to participate in any of the mini-challenges along the way. 

Challenge Stats
Books Completed:  An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine, DivergentInsurgent, and Allegiant by Veronica Roth, Stuart Little by EB White, and Scotsmen Prefer Blondes by Sara RamseyBook Started: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden  Most Successful Day:  Sunday, August 17th.  Read a total of 297 pagesLeast Successful Day:  Wednesday, August 1…

Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts

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I've been kind of MIA for the past week and a half, so there are many things to touch on today!  And, looking at my postings for August, wow...sad business.  Regardless, here goes:

1.  In my last Booking Thoughts posting, I talked about going to see Lady Gaga in Seattle (the rescheduled tour) on the 8th.  Hot Damn!  I freakin' love her.  Needless to say, the concert was amazing and the people watching was so awesome.  To have the confidence to where what some people do is astounding to me.  Props...serious props.

2.  On August 17th, I surprised my boyfriend with tickets to see a few of his favorite bands at the Cuthbert Amphitheater down in Eugene.  On the bill:  Stick Figure, The Green, Iration, and Rebelution.  All reggae bands.  There was dancing, singing, and whatnot.  Such a fun experience.
2.  On August 18th, we headed over to watch a Volcanoes baseball game in Keizer.  We had received tickets while attending a free concert in the park in the town where we live and chos…

Beat the Heat Readathon Updates

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The Beat the Heat Readathon began on August 11th and runs through September 1st.  I was going to keep track of my progress on my original post, but I've decided to create a new updates post specifically for the challenge which I will update accordingly. 

Here's my progess so far!

Date and Page Count
8/25/14-9/1/14:  314 pages in Scotsmen Prefer Blondes (finished) and 97 pages in Memoirs of a Geisha8/24/14:  65 pages in Stuart Little (finished) and 18 pages in Memoirs of a Geisha8/23/14:  66 pages in Stuart Little8/22/14:  147 pages in Allegiant (finished)8/21/14:  125 pages in Allegiant8/20/14:  96 pages in Allegiant8/19/14:  70 pages in Allegiant8/18/14:  88 pages in Allegiant8/17/14:  297 pages in Insurgent (finished)8/16/14:  227 pages in Insurgent8/15/14:  146 pages.  79 pages in Divergent (finished) and 67 pages in Insurgent8/14/14:  370 pages in Divergent8/13/14:  38 pages in Divergent8/11 and 12/14:  103 pages in An Unnecessary Woman (finished)Currently Reading
Memoirs o…