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Book Beginnings Friday: Darkly, Deeply, Beautifully

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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. Today I'm starting Darkly, Deeply Beautiuflly, the fifth and final book in the Ceruleans series by Megan Tayte! I LOVE this series! Look for my Release Day Party post for this book on February 16, and my review on February 18! Here are the first couple lines: "I began the day in my usual way: telling my sister that no, she was not permitted to kill our mother. My sister began the day in her usual way: turning a threat to murder into a blazing row." DARKNESS HAS FALLEN, AND SHE ALONE WILL SEE THE LIGHT. The Ceruleans: mere mortals infused with power over life and death. Five books; on

Review: The Things We Keep

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Title: The Things We Keep Author: Sally Hepworth 352 pages, published January 19, 2016 Genre: Contemporary Fiction Note: I received this book from NetGalley   to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own. From Goodreads: Anna Forster, in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease at only thirty-eight years old, knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to Rosalind House, an assisted living facility. She also knows there's just one other resident her age, Luke. What she does not expect is the love that blossoms between her and Luke even as she resists her new life at Rosalind House. As her disease steals more and more of her memory, Anna fights to hold on to what she knows, including her relationship with Luke. When Eve Bennett is suddenly thrust into the role of single mother she finds herself putting her culinary training to use at Rosalind house. When she meets Anna and Luke she is

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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This is a weekly meme now hosted by Kathryn @  Book Date . You should join in, too!  Here's what I'm reading this week: Just Finished: Currently Reading: Up Next: What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!

Review: The Restaurant Critic's Wife

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Title: The Restaurant Critic's Wife Author: Elizabeth LaBan 306 pages, published January 5, 2016 Genre: Women's Fiction Note: I received this book from NetGalley   to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own. From Goodreads: Lila Soto has a master’s degree that’s gathering dust, a work-obsessed husband, two kids, and lots of questions about how exactly she ended up here. In their new city of Philadelphia, Lila’s husband, Sam, takes his job as a restaurant critic a little too seriously. To protect his professional credibility, he’s determined to remain anonymous. Soon his preoccupation with anonymity takes over their lives as he tries to limit the family’s contact with anyone who might have ties to the foodie world. Meanwhile, Lila craves adult conversation and some relief from the constraints of her homemaker role. With her patience wearing thin, she begins to question everything: her decision to get pregnant again, her break

Top Ten Books Recently Added to My TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish .  This Week's Topic:    Top Ten Books I've Recently Added To My TBR What books have you recently added to your TBR? Happy Reading!

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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This is a weekly meme now hosted by Kathryn @  Book Date . You should join in, too! The one bonus of the winter blues is that I get a lot of reading done! Here's what I'm reading: Just Finished: Currently Reading: Up Next (still deciding--got ARC's of both of these!!): What are you reading this week?

Book Beginnings: The Restaurant Critic's Wife

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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 The Restaurant Critic's Wife ,  thanks to  NetGalley . Here's the first couple lines: "I am standing in a dark alley behind a restaurant. One hand rests on my pregnant belly and the other sheilds my nose from the smell of rotting food. I watch as my husband disappears into a Dumpster...." Lila Soto has a master’s degree that’s gathering dust, a work-obsessed husband, two kids, and lots of questions about how exactly she ended up here. In their new city of Philadelphia, Lila’s husband, Sam, takes his job as a restaurant critic a little too seriously. To pr

Review: Letters to the Lost

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Title: Letters to the Lost Author: Iona Grey 384 pages, published May 2015 Genre: Historical Fiction, WW2 Source: Library From Goodreads: Late on a frozen February evening, a young woman is running through the streets of London. Having fled from her abusive boyfriend and with nowhere to go, Jess stumbles onto a forgotten lane where a small, clearly unlived in old house offers her best chance of shelter for the night. The next morning, a mysterious letter arrives and when she can’t help but open it, she finds herself drawn inexorably into the story of two lovers from another time. In London 1942, Stella meets Dan, a US airman, quite by accident, but there is no denying the impossible, unstoppable love that draws them together. Dan is a B-17 pilot flying his bomber into Europe from a British airbase; his odds of survival at one in five. The odds are stacked against the pair; the one thing they hold onto is the letters they write to each other. Fate is unkind and they

Top Ten 2015 Releases I Didn't Get To Yet

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish .  This Week's Topic:    Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn't Which ones of these should I make sure I read this year? Happy Reading!

Bout of Books 15 Wrap Up

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Bout of Books 15 is complete! What a great week of reading it was! Bout of Books is my favorite readathon and this one did not disappoint! Here's my wrap up of how I met my goals, final totals, etc: Goals 1.  Read as much as possible  (but not stress out about it). DONE! 2. Participate  in Twitter Chats/challenges/other events to connect with other bloggers/readers. DONE! I participated in several daily challenges, and the Saturday morning Twitter Chat! 3.  Finish at least one book Done! I finished three! 4. As in the last Bout of Books...I'm not caring about a page goal....all I care about is to  HAVE FUN ! DONE! Here are my total stats: Total Pages Read: 1026!!! Books finished: 3 How did  your Bout of Books go? I hope you had as much fun as I did! Can't wait for Bout of Books 16!

Bout of Books 15: Goals, TBR, Updates!

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Last week I signed up for  Bout of Books  15 (read my sign up post  here !)   I'm so excited that it starts on Monday. Since I didn't post goals or a TBR list or anything on my sign up post, I'm posting them today! Here they are! Goals 1.  Read as much as possible  (but not stress out about it). Read on lunch break, evenings, etc. I have no plans the weekend of the 9th-10th, so there will be lots of time for reading! 2. Participate  in Twitter Chats/challenges/other events to connect with other bloggers/readers 3.  Finish at least one book 4. As in the last Bout of Books...I'm not caring about a page goal....all I care about is to  HAVE FUN ! TBR List  Here's what I'll be reading next week! Daily Progress Monday 1/4: Reading time today: 140 pages! Books read from today:   Letters to the Lost Number of books completed so far:  0 Tuesday 1/5: Reading time today: 66 pages in    Letters to the Lost , 44 pages in

Bout of Books Challenge: Rainbows

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Today's challenge for Bout of Books is hosted by Rebecca @ Ranty Runt of a Reader ! The challenge theme is Rainbow ! You can select either the cover challenge or the author challenge--I'm picking the author challenge. Here's my "rainbow" of authors I've read: R: Rowell, Rainbow O: O'Neal, Barbara Y: Yoon, Nicola G: Giffin, Emily B: Brennert, Alan I: Ibsen, Henrik V: Valpy, Fiona Happy Reading, Bout of Books  friends!

Bout of Books Challenge: Would You Rather

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Hello second day of Bout of Books ! I had a great day yesterday and look forward to more reading today! Today's challenge is hosted by Lori over at Writing My Own Fairy Tale .  The challenge is simple: answer these Bookish Would You Rather questions!  Would you rather: Lend books to someone who dog-ears pages or to someone who reads with cheesy Cheetos fingers? Ugh! That's why I only lend my books to people I REALLY trust. I guess I'll go with...dog eared pages. Would you rather: Be able to meet one character of your choice or meet one author of your choice? That's a tough one...but I'm gonna go with Author :) Would you rather: Never be allowed in a book store again or never be allowed in a library again? I would rather still be allowed in the library! They would get all the new books anyway, and it's free. Haha. Would you rather: Have to choose one of your favorite characters to die in their book or have to pick one of your favori