The Friday 56~ River Road

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 River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz.

River Road

“Maybe she should have brought a bottle of whiskey instead of beer.”

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ Geek Girl

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts - (un)Conventional Bookviews

I’m participating in Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts, hosted by Lexxie over at {un}Conventional Book Views again this week.

What is Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts? Well here’s a description from Lexxie’s site:

The idea of this feature is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read. Each week there is a link-up for the current post so that it’s easy to find other participants as well.

This week I am featuring Geek Girl by Holly Smale. This scene takes place between Harriet, her dad, and Wilbur upon arrival in Moscow. {page 171}

Geek Girl (Geek Girl, #1)

“Oh, my Billy Ray Cyrus,” he sighs when we finally find him. He’s sitting on top of a pink suitcase, wearing a silk shirt covered in little pictures of ponies, and the second he gets close to me he puts his hands over his eyes as if I’m about to poke them out with my zit. ” Where did that come from? What have you been eating?”

“Chocolate-chip cereal bars,” Dad informs him helpfully. “She had three for breakfast.”

Exploring Bookish Communities #4~ The Loss of Libraries

I think one of the best IRL bookish communities to be a part of is the local library. I discovered our little local library last year. I wasn’t working, unable to buy books, but reading at a pace that would soon burn through all of the books I had brought with me. Plus my reading tastes were growing and I needed more books to fill my literary appetite.

Until I started working again last October, I would visit the library almost every week. I found a multitude of new authors, some new genres, and branched more into middle grade and even children’s books. The library reinforced my renewed love for reading, and allowed me to experience so much more over the last year than I would have been able to without it. After I returned to work, I didn’t visit the physical library any longer, but I still use the virtual library every week for audio books.

But I have some really sad and horrible news. All of the Douglas County Libraries {Oregon} with the exception of the main branch in Roseburg, closed on April 1st. The main branch will close at the end of May. I am heartbroken by this, because where are the kids going to go to fall in love with books? And the adults who need a little something extra in their lives? It makes me so sad to think of this county without a library… there already aren’t really any bookstores here {I have found one}. So I guess bookworms are out of luck unless they want to drive into another county?

Thankfully I work in a different county that still has libraries, so I will be able to access the library system there with a non-resident fee. And hopefully we won’t lose this one too!

Top Ten Tuesday~ Totally Unique

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the topic is the most unique books you’ve read. This is a tough one because I can’t think of a lot of unique books that I’ve read, since so many things become standard after a while. I wracked by brain to come up with some unique stories, formats, etc, some of which may be common now, but were the first of their kind I read.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Illuminae

This one has such a unique format, told through transcripts of communications, art work, and other methods. I’ve never read anything like it before.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Before reading this book, I had never read a book presented entirely in letter.

Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)

Inkheart

I had never read a book with such intense world building before this one.

Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living

Julie & Julia

Julie and Julia is the first book I ever read written by a blogger… and about their blog.

No Opportunity Wasted: Creating a Life List

No Opportunity Wasted

I honestly can’t really say what was so unique about this book, except that it completely inspired me. And technically was the first book written by a celebrity that I ever read.

Nora & Kettle (Paper Stars, #1)

Nora & Kettle

This was one of the first re-tellings that I’ve read that wasn’t a direct re-telling.

Room

Room

An incredibly serious subject told from the POV of a 5 year-old… definitely unique.

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)

Nevernight

Such an intense book with incredible world building. This was my first darker, assassin read.

Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers

Unlocking Worlds

This was an interesting one. While it is a book about books, it looks more at the worlds within each book rather than just excerpts or synopses.

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

This is another one with great world building. And about gamers, which is not something I ever thought I would enjoy.


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

My Week in Review 2017 #14

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:

It only took until April, but I finally plotted out which charities I’ll be donating to for the rest of the year for the charity challenge I’m participating in. All of the charities I chose help to fund things that are personally important to me. I’ve posted the full list on the Challenge page this week if anyone is interested. There are a couple of other charities that I wasn’t able to fit in this year, so I may need to find another way to incorporate them.

This week also included a very expensive eye exam. Ok, the exam was a reasonable price, the progressive bifocals I had to get after the exam were the expensive part. Right now I only wear glasses to drive at night or watch a movie, but I’m having a harder time reading road signs and my reading vision is starting to get a little blurry when I’m fatigued. Of course I have an astigmatism, so my vision generally gets blurrier the more tired I am. The initial charge was a bit of a shock, but at least it’s not a recurring monthly charge. It’ll take 7-10 days until my glasses are ready, but I do like the frames I picked out.

The first half of the week had some great weather, then we ended the week with rain and crazy wind. It knocked out power {at the grocery store and elsewhere}, toppled trees, and blew property all over the place. I found our trash can in the wood pile and our neighbor’s basketball hoop fell. We also lost several shingles off our roof, but thankfully have had no major damage.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #13
Top Ten Tuesday~ Fangirling
More Than Books #4
Cat Thursday #14
Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ The Museum of Heartbreak
The Friday 56~ A Dog’s Purpose
Review: Riley Unlikely

This Week on the Blog:

Top Ten Tuesday~ Totally Unique
Exploring Bookish Communities #4
Cat Thursday #15
Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ Geek Girl
The Friday 56~ River Road
Review: Buzz Books 2017 Young Adult Spring/Summer

Around the Blog World:

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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:

Heaven and Earth (Three Sisters Island, #2) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) The Opal Deception (Artemis Fowl, #4) City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) The Promise Kitchen Oz: The Complete Collection Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

Heaven and Earth//Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows//The Opal Deception//City of Fallen Angels//The Promise Kitchen//Oz: The Complete Collection//Across the Universe

Recently Completed:

Dangerous: Risky Business / Storm Warning / The Welcoming Come Away with Me (With Me in Seattle, #1) When Breath Becomes Air Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, #1)

Dangerous//Come Away With Me//When Breath Becomes Air//Mary Poppins

Up Next on TBR:

Face the Fire (Three Sisters Island, #3) Faking It (Losing It, #2) The Lost Colony (Artemis Fowl, #5) City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5) All the Good Parts Imperfectly Criminal (Imperfect, #2) Today Will Be Different

Face the Fire//Faking It//The Lost Colony//City of Lost Souls//All the Good Parts//Imperfectly Criminal//Today Will be Different

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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:

Audio books from the library:

Queen of Babble (Queen of Babble, #1)  Today Will Be Different  Twenties Girl  Good in Bed (Cannie Shapiro, #1)

Queen of Babble//Today Will Be Different//Twenties Girl//Good in Bed

My final* big physical book order from Book Outlet:

The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #3) Model Misfit (Geek Girl, #2) The Year We Turned Forty Shopaholic to the Stars (Shopaholic, #7) The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2) The School of Essential Ingredients Silence Is Goldfish The Mystery Woman (Ladies of Lantern Street, #2) One Plus One That Perfect Someone (Malory-Anderson Family, #10) The Collector

The Retribution of Mara Dyer//Model Misfit//The Year We Turned Forty//Shopaholic to the Stars//The Evolution of Mara Dyer//The School of Essential Ingredients//Silence is Goldfish//The Mystery Woman//One Plus One//That Perfect Someone//The Collector

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

*until the next one

Review: Riley Unlikely

Riley Unlikely Book Cover Riley Unlikely
Riley Banks-Snyder
Memoir
Zondervan
September 22, 2016
eARC
Net Galley

This memoir follows Riley from age twelve, when she first became interested in going to Kenya to help the people there, through today. While her faith is mentioned repeatedly throughout the book, it is not the central focus, the focus is on one girl’s desire to help and the way she went about doing it.

Riley is truly a remarkable woman. As a teenager she saw a need, then went about trying to fulfill it, becoming the head of a nonprofit organization focused on providing the supplies needed to improve education in Kenya when she was just 14. She also focused on helping those in other countries of Africa as well, such as Uganda.

Her story is told in an easy, conversational way; sharing her experiences at home in the US as well as in Africa on her visits each year, and speaking about her organization and the ways in which it has grown and evolved. While Riley’s passion is evident in each page, the book never becomes preachy and Riley never seeks to glorify herself.

If you are looking for an inspiring read, or just to learn about the conditions of some of the villages in Africa, I definitely recommend reading Riley Unlikely.

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

The Friday 56~ A Dog’s Purpose

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 A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron.

A Dog's Purpose (A Dog's Purpose, #1)

“The implications of all this made me weary, and I stumbled back to the Den, climbed up on top of a pile of siblings, and collapsed.”

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ The Museum of Heartbreak

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts - (un)Conventional Bookviews

I’m participating in Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts, hosted by Lexxie over at {un}Conventional Book Views again this week.

What is Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts? Well here’s a description from Lexxie’s site:

The idea of this feature is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read. Each week there is a link-up for the current post so that it’s easy to find other participants as well.

This week I am featuring The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder. This scene takes place between Penelope and Eph after school one day. {pages 24-25}

The Museum of Heartbreak

He let out this long, aggrieved sigh, dug into the outside pocket of his bag, and tossed me a small, red-orange-wrapped square.

“Your surprise.”

I barely caught it.

“Holy cow, where did you get this?” I breathed, holding it reverently in both hands.

Dark chocolate Kit Kats were my favorite candy in the entire world, nectar of perfection, the candy of the gods, rarely found in stores in the US and usually enjoyed only when my dad brought them back through customs at Heathrow. Finding them in person in New York City was like finding the holy grail.

Cat Thursday #14

Because I love sharing my adorable furkid, I will be joining True Book Addict for Cat Thursday every week in 2017.

Sorry Mom, I’m ignoring you right now, but I’m just going to keep my paw on your leg so you don’t get away.

And wishing my big sister Disney a happy birthday at the Rainbow Bridge. She would have been 9 years old this past Tuesday. Though she’s been gone for over a year now, Mom and I still miss her every day.