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It's my First Blogiversary!!

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I can't believe it's already been one year since my first Palmer's Page Turner's post! I've enjoyed this year so much--I've met so many other book blogger friends, read some fantastic books, discovered new authors, and made a regular practice of writing. I'm so thankful to all my readers and people who've helped me along the way :) Thank you, and Happy Reading!!!

Top Ten Books Recently Added to my TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's theme is Top Ten Books I Recently Added to my TBR! This was an easy one because I'm CONTANTLY adding books to my TBR! Here's the latest:

What are some books you recently added to your TBR List? Happy Reading!

Review: After I Do

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Title: After I Do
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
352 pages, published July 2014
Genre: Women's Fiction, Contemporary
Source: downloaded on my Kindle

From Goodreads:

When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.

Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?

This is a love story about what happens w…

Dewey's Readathon is April 25!

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It's that time again! Dewey's 24 hour readathon is Saturday, April 25, 2015! Signups just opened yesterday, and I'm excited to participate again this Spring! If you'd like to sign up, you can do so here. I don't have any specific goals at this point other than to enjoy a day of reading, and I'm excited to connect with other bloggers on yet another readathon!

Happy Friday everyone!

Review: Confess

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Title: Confess
Author: Colleen Hoover
320 pages, published March 10, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, New Adult Romance
Source: Purchased for myself

From Goodreads:

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…


My Review:

Collee…

Top Ten Books from my Childhood I'd Love to Revisit

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's theme is Top Ten Books from my Childhoold (or teen years) that I'd Love to Revisit! What a fun theme!! I've loved books all my life and have so many fond memories of my mom reading books to me as a kid! Here are some of my favorites!


What are some of your favorite books from childhood? Happy Reading!

The Great and Powerful A-Z Theme Reveal Blogfest!

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This year I am participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge for the first time this year! My friend Mel over at Double Stacked Bookshelves has participated for several years and has inspired me to participate this year!! I think this will be a fun challenge to motivate me to write more, be creative, and network with other bloggers!

One aspect of the A-Z challenge that makes this fun is selecting a theme for your posts.  They let your readers know what to expect, and allow you to have a clear vision for your posts for the month.  Having a theme also allows your to participate in today's Blogfest!!


So without further ado, my theme is...

Places I Want to Visit, Real or Fictional! I'm so excited for this theme! It combines my love of travel with my love for books--since I'm including fictional places that I want to visit. Also, many of the places I want to visit are because of books I've read, though many are based off some of my other interests. So, throughout April, you'…

Book Beginnings: Honolulu

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Book Beginnings Fridays is a weekly event hosted by fellow Oregon blogger Gilion at Rose City Reader.  The purpose is to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

This week I started reading Honolulu by Alan Brennert.  Those of you who've been reading my blog for awhile know that I consistently recommend Brennert's other novel, Moloka'i, one of my absolute favorite books of all time. I've been wanting to read Honolulu for quite some time, but I think I've been putting it off because  I just KNOW I'll have a huge book hangover after reading it, and I'll be sad there are no more Brennert books set in Hawaii to read (his other books are set elsewhere). But this week, I felt the desire to engulf myself in this book, and it's been everything I've h…

Review: Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3)

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Title: Cress  (Lunar Chronicles #3)
Author: Marissa Meyer
550 pages, published February 2014
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Fairytale Retelling
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.


My Review:

Cr…

Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's theme is Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR List! I have so many books on my TBR list in general, but these ones are ones I'm excited about in the near future!

What's on your Spring TBR List? Happy Reading!

Review: Help Yourself

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Title: Help Yourself
Author: Rachel Michael Arends
193 pages, publication date March 17, 2015
Genre: Women's Fiction

Note: I received this book from NetGalleyto facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

When it’s time to change your life for the better, everyone could use a little help.

Merry Strand is spinning her wheels in her rural mountain hometown when Fritz Forth, her late father’s attorney, suddenly appears with a strange and wonderful proposition. Merry has a substantial inheritance coming, he says… but it’s conditional. Merry must accompany Fritz to the Atlantic coast and complete a series of life-improving tasks to earn her windfall. Like a fussy fairy godfather, Fritz promises to help Merry, though he makes it clear that he’d really rather not.

Arriving on an abandoned barrier island in the offseason, Merry meets her curmudgeonly Uncle Max, who is hoping to steal her inheritance. Jack Morningstar, a depresse…

Book Beginnings Friday: After I Do

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Book Beginnings Fridays is a weekly event hosted by fellow Oregon blogger Gilion at Rose City Reader.  The purpose is to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

This morning I started After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid, so it was perfect timing for this meme. I downloaded this book to my kindle at Brandie @ Brandie is a Book Junkie 's recommendation! We like so many of the same books. Here's the beginning:

"We are in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium, and once again, Ryan has forgotten where we left the car.  I keep telling him that it's in Lot C, but he doesn't believe me."

I just started it this morning so I don't have too much of an impression yet but I've heard so many good things and I'm super excited to read it! Watch for my review in t…

Life of a Blogger: Favorite Quotes

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Life of a Blogger is a weekly event hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat. This week's topic: Favorite Quotes  I love this topic because I am a quote fanatic. I have quotes dictionaries, a quote journal...love them! Here are some of my favorites! "Let us read and let us dance--two amusements that will never do any harm to the world." -Voltaire "The important thing is not to stop questioning." -Albert Einstein “Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly.” - Arnold Edinborough The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men." "There's only us, there's only this: Forget regret, or life is yours to miss. No other road, no other way, no day but today." Rent" And here are a couple directly from books: "Hol…

Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like Contemporary YA

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's theme is Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like_______.  I chose to go with Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like Contemporary YA. I've been reading a lot of YA lately and just love the genre in general. It bugs me that people give adults a bad time for reading YA.  If you love it, read it! :) Anyway, here's my Top Ten!










Happy Reading!