Bout of Books Readathon

Friday, August 18, 2017



Hi Everyone!

It's that time again! Bout of Books will be running August 21-27. It should be a great event and I hope that you will get a chance to join in on the fun! :) 


Here are few details:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Footsteps

Thursday, August 17, 2017



Author: 
THE NEW YORK TIMES is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. Founded in 1851, the newspaper has won 119 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other newspaper.

MONICA DRAKE is the editor of the Travel section at the New York Times.
 
Summary from Publisher:
A curated collection of the New York Times‘ travel column, “Footsteps,” exploring iconic authors’ relationships to landmarks and cities around the world

Before Nick Carraway was drawn into Daisy and Gatsby’s sparkling, champagne-fueled world in The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald vacationed in the French Riviera, where a small green lighthouse winked at ships on the horizon. Before the nameless lovers began their illicit affair in The Lover, Marguerite Duras embarked upon her own scandalous relationship amidst the urban streets of Saigon. And before readers were terrified by a tentacled dragon-man called Cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft was enthralled by the Industrial Trust tower– the 26-story skyscraper that makes up the skyline of Providence, Rhode Island.

Based on the popular New York Times travel column, Footsteps is an anthology of literary pilgrimages, exploring the geographic muses behind some of history’s greatest writers. From the “dangerous, dirty and seductive” streets of Naples, the setting for Elena Ferrante’s famous Neapolitan novels, to the “stone arches, creaky oaken doors, and riverside paths” of Oxford, the backdrop for Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, Footsteps takes a fresh approach to literary tourism, appealing to readers and travel enthusiasts alike.

Personal Review:
Do you love to travel? Ever think about what inspires someone to write what they do? Then this may be the book for you. This book is full of short stories that talk about the experiences that had lead to some of the great works of literature in the world.

My favorite part of this book was understanding why the authors said what they did. It makes me certainly want to go visit those places and to read the books along with the essays. What a wonderful perspective.

I enjoyed this book and appreciate the opportunity to have read it. Thank you.

 Disclaimer: I was awarded this book as part of the Blogging for Books program. Though I did not pay for the book, the opinions are strictly my own.

Happy Reading!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Great Hibernation

Wednesday, August 16, 2017



Hi Everyone!

Stopping by to let you know about a book I am Waiting on Wednesday for! This author was one introduced to me by my friend Karen. If this one is half as cute as her last series, then we are in for a big treat! 


The Great Hibernation 
Author: Tara Dairman
Release Date: Sept 12 2017

 
Summary from Goodreads:
The most important tradition in tiny St. Polonius-on-the-Fjord is the annual Tasting of the Sacred Bear Liver. Each citizen over twelve must eat one bite of liver to prevent the recurrence of the Great Hibernation, when the town founder's fell asleep for months.

This year is Jean Huddy's first time to taste the liver. It doesn't go well. A few hours later, all the adults fall asleep. And no one can wake them.

The kids are left to run things, and they're having a blast. That is, until the town bullies take over the mayor's office and the police force.

Jean suspects that this "hibernation" was actually engineered by someone in town. She starts to investigate, and inspires other kids to join her in a secret plan to save St. Polonius.


Happy Reading!

Dog Days of Summer Dog Tag

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


IN CELEBRATION OF THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER, CO-HOSTED BY JO’S BOOK BLOG AND LA LA IN THE LIBRARY, A FUN 7 QUESTION DOG TAG WAS CREATED. I WAS TAGGED (Thank you!!) AND I AM SO EXCITED TO SHARE!

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT BOTH OF THEIR BLOGS TO SEE THEIR ANSWERS.

QUESTIONS

1. WHAT WAS THE NAME OF YOUR FIRST DOG?

Actually Funny you SHould Ask! Kuiper is my first dog! Many people dont know that or believe it, but I always grew up with Cats. My husband had a dog growing up and he was the one to push us to get the dog. 


2. DO YOU HAVE A DOG NOW?

YES, KUiper. :)

 3. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BREED OF DOG?

Of course I love Greyhounds, but I love the look of the Collie/Sheltie Dogs. That said I have not really found a dog that I dont love. Dont talk to me on the phone while I am walking around because I am constantly cooing over the Dogs in my midst.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CANINE THEMED BOOK?

ADOPTING THE RETIRED RACING GREYHOUND. (The book is super informative and gives you lots of insight about greyhounds that I never knew anything about!) 

5. WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FICTIONAL DOG?

I would say as a kid it was probably ribsy. :) (Beverly Cleary Is the BEst)

6. WHAT IS YOUR TOP MOVIE CHOICE WITH A FEATURED CANINE?

I love the Dog in Oliver and Company as a kid. BUt I also loved the Milo and Otis. Probably one of those guys. 

7. DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A DOG OR A CAT PERSON? WHY?

I am def both! I think that its amazing when you can have both in your life. 

BONUS QUESTION
TELL US ABOUT A PERSONAL DOG RELATED MEMORY.

Probably the Day We brought Kuiper Home. We had been planning to adopt him for a month and the kennel had a square with Kennel cough, so we had to wait an extra two weeks. When we finally saw him and got to bring him home, I just started to cry. It was love at first sight.

I TAG YOU!
IF YOU DO THIS TAG, LEAVE YOUR LINK IN THE COMMENTS

OR

IF YOU DON’T HAVE A BLOG AND WANT TO ANSWER SOME OF THE QUESTIONS FEEL FREE TO LEAVE THEM IN THE COMMENTS.  I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW YOUR ANSWERS.


It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Monday, August 14, 2017

This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date. I learned about this meme from Lori at Palmer's Page Turners. Thank you for sharing this fun meme! 



What I Just Finished Reading


This was a very cute read!

What I'm Currently Reading



What I am Reading Next

TBD!



Happy Reading!

Summer TBR Wipeout Post

Sunday, August 13, 2017



Last update...

So far, I have finished...

The Royal Affair (which was actually 3 books)
The Names They Gave Us
Always and Forever, Lara Jean
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The Identicals
A Monster Calls
Code 7
Dalia Lama Book

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Zenn Diagram
Chester and Gus
Footsteps (in progress)

Happy Reading!

#TheReadingQuest

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Do you love books? Do you love video games? Then this may be the reading challenge for you! Hosted by Reading at Midnight, this sounds like an epic reading event! You can find out the details here, but I hope that you will participate!

Happy Reading!
 
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