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Teaser Tuesdays

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Teaser Tuesdays:  Station Eleven
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn @ A Daily Rhythm. 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 today's teaser:
"There was the flu that exploded like a neutron bomb over the surface of the earth and the shock of the collapse that followed, the first unspeakable years when everyone was traveling, before everyone caught on that there was no place they could walk to where life continued as it had before and settled wherever they could, clustered close together for safety in truck stops and former restaurants and old motels." --page 37Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I'm really enjoying this book so far...though I'm only about 50 pages in.

Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Recently Added to My TBR

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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:  Top Ten Books I've Recently Added to My TBR List.  I swear that I add books nearly every single day...and rarely clean up my list.  It's very hard for me to delete anything once it's made the list and I feel really bad if I do get rid of something. 

Regardless, these are the newest books that have made it to my shelf...
Monster Hunter International (MHI 1) by Larry Correia
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett
Language Artsby Stephanie Kallos The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows
At the Water's EdgeSara Gruen
Honoluluby Alan Brennert
Seraphina andShadow Scale by Rachel Hartman The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro Sweetland by Michael Crummey What books have recently popped up on your radar?

Also, look for next week's…

Bookish Bingo: 2015 New Year (Updated)

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Yes!  Just as one Bookish Bingo reading challenge concludes, another begins.  I'm super stoked.  The challenge is hosted by Great Imaginations and is so much fun. 

Here's the card for this challenge:
Yeah new reading challenges!  And this will also count for Bout of Books 12.  What what!  I will be keeping track of my progress on this post. If you would like to join in, here's the sign-up post. BINGOS B3, I3, FREE, G3, O3 B1, I2, FREE, G4, O5 B1, B2, B3, B4, B5 G1, G2, G3, G4, G5 Finished B1:  Forgotten Fridays Pick:  Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta B2:  Pretty Dress Cover:  The Elite by Kiera Cass B3:  Blue Cover:  A Sudden Lightby Garth Stein B4:  PoC MC:  Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan B5:  Gold Lettering:  As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes I1:  Start a Series:  The Selection by Kiera Cass  I2:  Middle Grade:  The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier I3:  Mystery or Thriller:  Blood Magick by Nora Roberts I4:  Mental Illness…

Teaser Tuesdays

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Teaser Tuesdays:  The Night Circus
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn @ A Daily Rhythm. 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:
"In response, Celia goes to the wall and removes a thin Ottoman dagger with a jade hilt from where it hangs with its partner.  Holding it in her right hand, she places her left palm down on the billiard table, over the scattered cards.  Without hesitating, she plunges the blade into the back of her hand, piercing through skin and flesh and cards and into the felt underneath." --page 281The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Though the verdict's still out on how I feel about this book (roughly 95% finished), I'm holding out until the end to see how it all pans out before making up my mind completely...

Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books from my Childhood/Teen Years

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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:  Top Ten Books from my Childhood/Teen Years That I Would Love to Revisit.  As a rule, I do not like to revisit books often because it takes away from reading/discovering new books.  However, these are some books that I have read again as an adult and will probably do so in the future.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cryby Mildred D. Taylor
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Are You There God?  It's Me, Margaretby Judy Blume
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
The Babysitter's Club Series by Ann M. Martin
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Little C…

A-Z Challenge Theme Reveal Blogfest

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Oh man, oh man!  It's nearly that time of year when an entire month is devoted to consistent blogging, hopping around visiting and discovering different blogs, and having a great time doing so!  This will be my fourth year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge and I have loved being a participant every time. 

This year, there's a new feature popping up:  A Theme Reveal!  Today's the day when bloggers from around the world announce what their guiding theme will be for the month of April.  I made a rather extensive list of possible topics and it was incredibly difficult to narrow it down to one.  However, I now have topics for the next several years! 

Moving on, and without further ado, here's my proposed topic:
Music That Has Inspired Me/Means Something to Me
Posts will include the following:
Artist and Title (obviously)Video (or video link)Best lyrics...or somethingWhy this particular song means something to me I'm rather excited about this year's topic …

Dracula: A Review

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Bram Stoker's Dracula
Logistics
Title:  Dracula
Author:  Bram Stoker
Published:  1897
Publishing Company:  WW Norton & Company (1986 edition)
Page Count:  488

Summary via Goodreads
Jonathan Harker, incarcerated in a Transylvanian castle, has an alluring but terrifying dream of three women, eager to prey upon him. His host and jailer is none other than Count Dracula, or Nosferatu, the Un-Dead, controller of the wolves.

My Thoughts
A short and very vague summary, but this book (the 1986 edition especially) has so much to offer the reader.  Nearly everyone knows the base story of Dracula, but what is discovered when finally reading the book is the strength (to a certain extent) of the female characters, especially Mina, the madness of Seward, the hell-bent determination of Van Helsing and Jonathan, the humor of Quincey, and so much more.  And, of course, the fear that Count Dracula inspires in everyone.  There is mystery, horror, and seduction woven throughout the text.  The cha…

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 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!
Today's topic is:  Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR List.  I always have insurmountable goals for my seasonal reading lists...and they continually change because I see something out of the corner of my eye and randomly pick it up.  Really, I shouldn't even make a seasonal list because I just go with whatever strikes my fancy. 

Regardless, here are my ten choices:

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Yes Pleaseby Amy Poehler
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
This I Believe:  The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman (Editors)
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty The Ground Beneath Her Feet by …

Red Rain: A Review

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R.L. Stine's Red Rain
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Title:  Red Rain
Author:  R.L. Stine
Published:  October 9, 2012
Publishing Company:  Touchstone
Page Count:  371

Summary via Goodreads
In Red Rain, Stine uses his unerring knack for creating terror to tap into some very grownup fears. Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, the wrong place at the wrong time. A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction through the island and Lea barely escapes with her life.
In the storm’s aftermath, she discovers two orphaned boys – twins. Filled with a desire to do something to help, to make something good of all she witnessed, Lea impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys, Samuel and Daniel, seem amiable and immensely grateful; Lea’s family back on Long Island – husband Mark, a child psychologist, and their two children, Ira and Elena – aren’t quite so pleased. But even they can’t anticipate the twins’ true nature – or predict that, w…

The Cellist of Sarajevo: A Review

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Steven Galloway's The Cellist of Sarajevo
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Title:  The Cellist of Sarajevo
Author:Steven Galloway
Published:  May 15, 2008
Publishing Company:  Riverhead Hardcover
Page Count:  235

Summary via Goodreads
In a city under siege, four people whose lives have been upended are ultimately reminded of what it is to be human. From his window, a musician sees twenty-two of his friends and neighbors waiting in a breadline. Then, in a flash, they are killed by a mortar attack. In an act of defiance, the man picks up his cello and decides to play at the site of the shelling for twenty-two days, honoring their memory. Elsewhere, a young man leaves home to collect drinking water for his family and, in the face of danger, must weigh the value of generosity against selfish survivalism. A third man, older, sets off in search of bread and distraction and instead runs into a long-ago friend who reminds him of the city he thought he had lost, and the man he once was. As both men are …

A Plethora of Blogging Awards

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Recently, I've received a number of blogging awards (despite my pseudo-lack of blogging consistently on topics that are not pre-planned and really easy to construct).  However, I want to thank Lori @ Palmer's Page Turners for the nominations.  Here's the lowdown:

The Very Inspiring Blogger Rules
Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you. List the rules and display the award. Share seven facts about yourself. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you. Random facts will be combined with the Versatile Blogger Award below. The Versatile Blogger Rules
Nominate 10-15 other bloggers relatively new to blogging Let the bloggers know that you've nominated them. Share 10 random facts about yourself. Thank the blogger who nominated you either by leaving a comment or following them and link back to their blog.Add the Versatile Blo…

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorites from the Past 3 Years

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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:  All-Time Favorite Books from the Past Three Years.  Luckily these don't have to have been published in the last three years, so this should be pretty easy!

Here are my top ten faves (in no particular order):

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin Let's Pretend this Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne
The Walking Dead, Compendium I by Robert Kirkman Honorable Mentions
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Zeitounby Dave Eggers

The above were all read between 2012 and 2015 (2015 doesn't rea…