The Friday 56 1/20/17~ Anna and the French Kiss

It’s time for another edition of The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Link up.

This week I chose to feature Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

“He shrugs and I pause, debating whether I want to know the answer to my next question. Probably not, but I ask anyway. ‘How long have you and Ellie been dating?'”

Exploring Bookish Communities #1

Since moving to Oregon I have felt pretty isolated. I have my family, but I really haven’t met anyone else. Yes, now I have my co-workers, but since I’m the boss, it’s hard to socialize outside the work environment. Now that I will be moving into a more metropolitan area, I’m starting to look for new communities to join. Considering my interests, bookish or literary communities are obviously my first choice.

As I explore the communities and organizations available in my new city, I will be sharing my findings with you here each month over the course of the next year. I intend to look at book clubs, libraries, and book stores, as well as online community groups as well.

To kick things off with my community of readers here on the blog, I want to ask all of you a few questions for you to answer in the comments below:

  1. What bookish communities do you belong to?
  2. What are your favorite aspects to your bookish community?
  3. Any least favorite aspects?
  4. Where have you met your favorite bookish friends?

Top Ten Tuesday~ These 2016 Reads Need Some Love

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is underrated 2016 reads. These are books that I read in 2016, not necessarily books that were published in 2016.

No Opportunity Wasted: Creating a Life List

No Opportunity Wasted

The Apple Tart of Hope

The Apple Tart of Hope

Vinegar Girl

Vinegar Girl

Nora & Kettle (Paper Stars, #1)

Nora & Kettle

The Graces (The Graces, #1)

The Graces

After the Woods

After the Woods

Letters from Paris

Letters from Paris

Always Room for Cupcakes (Cupcakes, #1)

Always Room for Cupcakes

The Safest Lies

The Safest Lies

Saving Sara (Redemption Series, #1)

Saving Sara

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

A Winter’s Respite Readathon

As I have set a challenge to complete at least 2 read-a-thons this year, I thought I would jump right in and join A Winter’s Respite Readathon hosted by Seasons of Reading.

Seasons of Reading

This is a laid back readathon running from January 16th through January 29th. The challenge starts at midnight CST on Monday 1/16 and ends at 11:59 CST on Sunday 1/29. For full readathon guidelines, please visit here.

As I start the readathon, I have 4 books that are in process I hope to complete, plus I plan to complete up to 4 additional books during the two week period. (Yes, I remember saying that my goal was 5 books per month and I’m already there, but I’m finding more reading time than I expected!).

My Week in Review 2017 #2

This is my week in review, where I update you on my life~ reading, blogging and general. I will also be linking up with some amazing blogs.

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Life Happenings:

I mentioned this week that I was planning to put in an application for the apartment I wanted that’s available mid-February. I did put in my application and went through a long drawn out process of verifying information for them. Now I’m waiting to find out if I’m approved. If I am, then the planning and packing commence, if not, then the apartment search continues.

In the meantime, my lingering cough is finally starting to clear up. Of course, not before I coughed so hard I pulled a muscle in my side. Last time I pulled a muscle was from sneezing (the same location).

The weather got worse before getting better. I’m hoping most of the snow and ice are behind us and we’ll just be dealing with rain for the next several weeks until I’m done with my ridiculously long commute.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #1
Top Ten Tuesday~ Oops! I Missed These 2016 Reads
More Than Books #1~ Preparing to Move
Cat Thursday #2
The Friday 56 1/13/17~ Finding Audrey
Review: Buzz Books Romance 2016

This Week on the Blog:

Top Ten Tuesday~ These 2016 Reads Need Some Love
Exploring Bookish Communities #1
Cat Thursday #3
The Friday 56~ Anna and the French Kiss
Review: Game Changer

Around the Blog World:

Discussion: Backlist Books from Left-Handed Book Lover
A Winter’s Respite Readathon 2017 from Seasons of Reading

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It’s Monday! What Are you Reading from The Book Date takes a look at the books we have been reading over the past week and what we’re planning to read next.

Currently Reading:

Going Home (3-in-1)     Game Changer (A sexy romantic comedy)     Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead     The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)     How To Say Goodbye

Going Home//Game Changer//Daring Greatly//The Titan’s Curse//How to Say Goodbye

Recently Completed:

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole (Guardians of Ga'hoole, #1-3)     The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)

Legend of the Guardians//The Sea of Monsters

Up Next on TBR:

The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City     Faultlines     The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)     Hot as Hell (Deep Six 0.5)     Dangerous: Risky Business / Storm Warning / The Welcoming      I Was Here

The Sweet Life in Paris//Faultlines//The Battle of the Labyrinth//Hot as Hell//Dangerous//I Was Here

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I will also be linking this post to Stacking the Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews, a link up to share the new books we’ve added to our shelves over the past week.

New to the Shelves:

I borrowed an audio book:

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Daring Greatly

I bought an ebook:

Tempting Autumn (The Four Seasons #2)

Tempting Autumn

And I received a couple of eARCs from Net Galley:

Tell Me True (The Cinderella Project, #3)     Lessons in Falling

Tell Me True//Lessons in Falling

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Review: Buzz Books 2016 Romance

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Romance
Publishers Lunch
July 7, 2016
eARC
Net Galley

BUZZ BOOKS GETS ROMANTIC!

This inaugural edition of Buzz Books: Romance provides substantial pre-publication excerpts from 20 forthcoming romance titles. At the end of most excerpts, you will find a link to the full galley on NetGalley! Enjoy access to the best romance voices the publishing industry is broadcasting for the upcoming season as you discover new series, catch up with the latest installments from beloved series, and find great standalone titles from top romance authors.

From grande dames such as Mary Balogh, Janet Dailey, and Mary Jo Putney to heavy-hitters Kristan Higgins Jill Shalvis, Lori Wilde, and Maisey Yates to hot contemporary writers like Tawna Fenske, and Abbie Roads, the authors excerpted here are bestselling, award-winning, and irresistible.

This sampler has nearly every subgenre, too—historical romances set in different eras (Julia London’s Wild Wicked Scot; Kristy Cambron’s The Illusionist’s Apprentice, contemporary comedy (Katherine Reay’s A Portrait of Emily Price), westerns (Lindsay McKenna’s Wind River Wrangler), sports romances (Sarina Bowen’s Rookie Move), thrillers and romantic suspense (Tiffany Snow’s Follow Me; Colleen Coble’s Twilight at Blueberry Barrens) and some with a touch of paranormal.

Sarah Wendell, co-founder of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and an expert in all things romance, offers a useful, even essential roundup of additional, noteworthy summer/fall/winter romance books to have on your radar.

I absolutely love this concept and really enjoyed reading the various excerpts included in this collection. This was my first experience with one of the Buzz Books collections, and I am definitely looking forward to future editions. While not every story is one I would seek out, I found several books that I need to find and read.

This collection shared excerpts from 20 different books with all different types of storylines. Some of the books shared are debuts, others are from long established authors. I added at least 10 of the books featured to my wish list and look forward to reading the full story.

I think my only complaint would be that the excerpts end right as I was getting involved with the story. Which of course, only makes me want to get the book all the more… so it’s done it’s job!

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Net Galley and the publisher {Publishers Lunch} in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Friday 56 1/13/17~ Finding Audrey

It’s time for another edition of The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Link up.

This week I chose to feature Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella.

Finding Audrey

” I looked at the way he wrote my name. It feels intimate. It feels like he’s taken hold of a piece of me. I try to hear his voice saying the word. Audrey.”

More Than Books #1~ Preparing to Move

While books make up the bulk of my life, and are the subject of this blog, there are still other aspects of my life that I’ll want to share from time to time. I’ve created this meme as a monthly concept to share things unrelated to books.

This month, the biggest thing happening is my apartment search. As I’ve said previously, my goal is to be in my new place by mid-February, so the apartment hunt really revved up this month. By the beginning of January, I had narrowed my search to two complexes that were relatively near work and within my budget.

As I am hoping to move mid-February, I have been watching the available units for these two complexes and have located one that will be available February 12th. At this point I am ready to put in my application for this unit. Hopefully I’ll get it, if not I’ll keep looking.

The complex I am applying to is just under 2 miles from work, so I’ll be able to walk in nice weather. It’s also close to the bus, so I’ll be covered for inclement weather as well. It’s a 2 bedroom, so I’ll have a separate room to use as an office and comes with a washer and dryer in unit, so no lugging laundry to a laundry room.

If all goes well, I’ll get this place and pick up the keys on February 12th, then move in later that week. Fingers crossed.