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Week of Reading (15 - 20 May 2017)

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It seems to have been a slow week of reading, so I unfortunately have done no reviews this past week, though I will be putting up a review on Genuine Jenn next week. 
Monthly Reading Goals: Still no progress, not sure when I'm going to get to this. Once I'm done with my review books, I should be able to get to this.
Last Word: For now, I've put down 'Nightshade' to get my review reading done. I'm currently reading 'Lost Dragon' by Abraham Williams and 'Last of the Third' by John Lindholm. I should be able to finish 'Last of the Third' sometime next week. I'm definitely enjoying the books I'm currently reading, but for some strange reason it's been a slow reading week, maybe it's just because it feels busy in the evenings when I get home from work. 
I have managed to get some nice reading in this weekend, which has helped a little bit with the speed. I'm also hoping that I'll get another book in the mail …

Week of Reading (8 - 13 May 2017)

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I had a week of reading good content. I only managed to get one review out.

Diamond Rain by Michael Gallagher:
Amazon: Amazon Review - Diamond Rain
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Diamond Rain
Genuine Jenn: Genuine Jenn Review - Diamond Rain

It's nice being able to review on Genuine Jenn again, I'll be doing another review there later this month. Somehow I managed to get this book read on time and have it up on the blog.
Monthly Reading Goals: Still haven't been able to make progress on this front. Depending on how my reading schedule goes, I'm hoping to get to this the end of this week.
Last Word: At the moment, I'm currently (still) reading 'Nightshade' by Andrea Cremer and have started reading 'Lost Dragon' by Abraham Williams, which is a book I'll be reviewing for Genuine Jenn. I also want to read another book for refreshing purposes, I'm hoping to get to that this week; and I still haven't started 'Searching for Sarah' b…

Week of Reading (1 - 6 May 2017)

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I had a sporadic week of reading, and would have liked to have read more than I did. I managed to get one review out.
Don't Make Plans by Ava Armstrong: Amazon: Amazon Review - Don't Make Plans Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Don't Make Plans
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Don't Make Plans

I haven't been able to read too much this weekend, since it's been a bit rushed.

Monthly Reading Goals:
I unfortunately haven't been able to make any progress on this yet, though I think I'll probably end up starting the Christian book first.

Last Word:
Even though reading for the weekend hasn't been that great, at the moment, I'm busy reading 'Nightshade' by Andrea Cremer, and have also started 'Diamond Rain' by Michael Gallagher, which is a review that I have to do for the Genuine Jenn blog. I'm hoping to finish this one by Thursday if possible.
I unfortunately haven't started 'Searching for Sarah' by Juli…

Review - Don't Make Plans by Ava Armstrong

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2017 Genre: Military; Romance; Contemporary
Blurb: Kent McCabe, a U.S. Marine, returns from Iraq a changed man and makes a valiant effort to put his life back together. However, navigating life without a home, a job, or friends becomes his toughest mission. As he continues to fight demons, he moves in with his grandfather – a World War II veteran – who lives in Maine. His grandfather’s old farmhouse is a familiar place. It’s where he spent many childhood summers. Upon arrival, Kent meets a neighbor, Paige Hathaway, and her young son. Paige is fighting a war of her own.  A love story, “Don’t Make Plans” is also a tale of resilience and hope. An introspective romance that involves facing fears and insecurities that live inside the human mind. 
About the Author: Ava describes herself as a Constitutional Conservative, and sleeps with a loaded Smith and Wesson revolver. She has one child, whom she loves, and her collection of firearms, which she loves slightly …

Moving Forward...

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I have been able to advance to the next stage of getting this book blog to where I'd like it to be. Now that I've gotten to a stage where I'd like this to be more than just a hobby, I've gotten the idea to open up a profile on Patreon.
This is going to be for those who would like to or are able to support this blog in any way financially, with whatever amount they can afford. But I've also got an option for those who can't support every month, but will only be able to support financially every now and again. In this way, everyone who likes reading this book blog is included in being able to contribute financially. I appreciate every single person that comes to view or read my blog. And if you're able to support/contribute financially in any way, just know that I REALLY appreciate it!
For those that read my last 'Week of Reading' blog post will know that I've been wanting to change my username across the social media platforms that I…

Bookish Ramblings # 1 - Purchasing Ebooks

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This idea has been going around my mind for awhile, and I haven't been sure what to do with it until now.
As you notice from this title, this is going to be a periodic series that I'm starting, though I'm not yet sure if I'm going to be doing this once a month, or once every two months. It'll depend on what's going on in my bookish schedule.
Anyways, the topic that I wanted to bring up today; was purchasing ebooks. I've recently changed my bank account so that I can do things like internet payments and (gasp!) Amazon ebook purchases.  Now, this new freedom can be dangerous. So far, I've managed to contain it (I've only purchased one ebook since I've upgraded my account); but the possibility and temptation is nonetheless there.
But - there is hope - I've made a [price] rule with myself: I will not spend anything over $5 on an ebook. And yes, I know that there is editing and formatting that goes into an ebook, and this amount transla…

Highlights of the Month - April 2017

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This has been quite a good month of reading. I managed to read seven books this month - and even though there were quite a few books whose settings I enjoyed; there is most certainly a winner that comes out this month, and that is...
'The Best Yes' by Lysa TerKeurst.
Yes, you read right; that is definitely my favourite book for the month, though I think if I had to choose a second, it would probably be 'The Beach Cafe' by Lucy Diamond. 
Monthly Reading Goals: Since I managed to have ticked of April's goals (finished one and started the other); here is MAY'S reading goals: Read either: Christian book OR A Classic
Last Word: And, since I'm going to be participating in Genuine Jenn from May again; I suspect that my reading schedule is going to fill up again, so I'm not entirely sure if I'll be able to do both of the monthly reading goals for May like I was previously able to. But, who knows, I might be pleasantly surprised.  I'll also mention w…

Review - The Cowboy's Accidental Baby by Marin Thomas

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2017 Genre: Romance; Western
Blurb: Bronc rider Gunner Hardell never plans past the next stop on the rodeo. When he's home in Stampede, Texas, he's part-time manager of the run-down Moonlight Motel, to get his crotchety grandpa off his back. Then he meets interior designer Lydia Canter—hired to renovate the motel—and suddenly the gig gets a whole lot more appealing…   Lydia is looking for love, but there's nothing wrong with some Mr. Right Now while she waits for Mr. Right. But one steamy night with Gunner has unexpected consequences. And she would rather raise their baby alone than give the good-time cowboy a chance to break her heart. When Gunner learns he's going to be a daddy, he's determined to prove to Lydia he really is her Mr. Right!
About the Author: Marin Thomas writes Women's Fiction for Berkley and western romances for Harlequin and Tule Publishing. To date she has contracted over 35 projects for Harlequin.

Marin grew up …

Week of Reading (24 - 29 April 2017)

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As from today I had a really good week of reading - content-wise.
I've managed to do two reviews this week.

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks:
Amazon: Amazon Review - The Lucky One
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Lucky One
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Lucky One

And last; but most certainly not least:

The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst:
Amazon: Amazon Review - The Best Yes
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Best Yes
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Best Yes

I read part of 'The Best Yes' during the 'Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon'; and as soon as I had finished it; I didn't really get much other reading done - simply because this book lingered - and in a good way!
Monthly Reading Goals: One of the books that I'm going to be picking up today will be 'Nightshade' by Andrea Cremer; the first book in a YA series that is about shapeshifters, and it seems like there will be a little bit of romance as well. So I&#…

Review - The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2014 Genre: Religious; Non Fiction
Blurb: Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul?  Lysa TerKeurst is learning that there is a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God. In The Best Yes she will help you: Cure the disease to please with a biblical understanding of the command to love.Escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no. Overcome the agony of hard choices by embracing a wisdom based decision-making process. Rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your best yes today.About the Author:
Lysa TerKeurst  is the New York Times bestselling author of "Made to Crave" and "Unglued" as well as 14 other titles and a speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith through following Jesus Christ. As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa has led thousands to make their walk with God an i…

Review - The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

The Copy that I Read
Year Published: 2008 Genre: Romance
Blurb: Do you believe in lucky charms? While in Iraq, U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photo, half-buried in the dirt, of a woman. He carries it in his pocket, and from then on his luck begins to change. Back home, Logan is haunted by thoughts of war. Over time, he becomes convinced that the woman in the photo holds the key to his destiny. So he finds the vulnerable and loving Beth and a passionate romance begins. But Logan battles with the one secret he has kept from Beth: how he found her in the first place. And it is a secret that could utterly destroy everything they love . . .
About the Author: Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone. Sparks lives in North Carolina. He contributes to a variety of local and national charitie…

My Week of Reading (17 - 22 April 2017)

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I had quite a pleasant week of reading, even though I only managed to get one review out.
The Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond: Amazon: Amazon Review - The Beach Cafe Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Beach Cafe Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Beach Cafe

At the moment, I'm currently reading 'The Cowboy's Accidental Baby' by Marin Thomas, and there's another book that I'm currently reading, which leads me to...

Monthly Reading Goals:
The book that I've chosen for the romance section, is 'The Lucky One' by Nicholas Sparks, and I'll probably end up picking up a YA book soon; I had one on my list, but I happen to have another option which I will talk more about below.

Last Word:
This past week, I got a YA series from a friend; though I'm not going to mention the series name or the author yet (keeping you in suspense), so this will probably then be another monthly reading goal ticked off. I've gotten nicely ahead for my …

Review - The Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2011 Genre: Chick Lit
Blurb: Evie Flynn has always been the black sheep of her family - a dreamer and a drifter, unlike her over-achieving elder sisters. She's tried making a name for herself as an actress, a photographer and a singer, but nothing has ever worked out. Now she's stuck in temp hell, with a sensible, pension-planning boyfriend. Somehow life seems to be passing her by. Then her beloved aunt Jo dies suddenly in a car crash, leaving Evie an unusual legacy - her precious beach cafe in Cornwall. Determined to make a success of something for the first time in her life, Evie heads off to Cornwall to get the cafe and her life back on track - and gets more than she bargained for, both in work and in love...
About the Author: First of all, a confession. My name isn’t really Lucy Diamond at all, it’s Sue Mongredien. I’ve used a pen name because ‘Diamond’ is a lot easier to spell and pronounce than ‘Mongredien’ and also because I’ve written lots o…

Review - #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2014 Genre: Non Fiction; Inspirational; Motivational
Blurb: In this New York Times bestselling sensation, founder and Executive Chairman of Nasty Gal Sophia Amoruso shares her story and inspires women everywhere to join the #GIRLBOSS movement. In the space of ten years, Sophia Amoruso has gone from high-school dropout to founder and Executive Chairman of Nasty Gal, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world. Sophia's never been a typical executive, or a typical anything, and she's written #GIRLBOSS for other girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success. Filled with brazen wake-up calls, cunning and frank observations, and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal's meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground. It proves that success doesn't come from where you went to college or how popular you were in school. Success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow…

My Week of Reading (10 - 15 April 2017)

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I've had a good reading week, and that was probably mostly due to this long weekend. I managed to do an awesome four reviews.
The Widow by Fiona Barton: Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Widow Readers Warehouse: Readers Warehouse - The Widow Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Widow
Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody by AA Freda: Amazon: Amazon Review - Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody
A Thorne in Time by Lorel Clayton:
Amazon: Amazon Review - A Thorne in Time
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - A Thorne in Time
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - A Thorne in Time

Progeny by Brian Harrison:
Amazon: Amazon Review - Progeny
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Progeny
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Progeny

At the moment, I'm busy reading 'The Beach Cafe' by Lucy Diamond; I've just finished '#Girlboss' by Sophia Amoruso, and…

Review - Progeny by Brian Harrison

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2013 Genre: Drama; Suspense
Blurb: Dr. Cylus Pine, an experimental psychologist takes in serial criminals to rehabilitate through group therapy.  Remus enters Dr. Pines facility after exacting revenge of his abusive father. He begins his therapy with a serial killer, a mother, a bomber, and rape victim. Through the course of their therapy they discover the true effects of their crimes.The cause though is up to their interpretation of their own truth.  PROGENY is the first of six novels.
About the Author: Working at a grocery store for over 12 years now, working every position there and becoming one of the managers of a corporate chain store, I have seen and heard it all in the retail/service world. I had to get those stories, thoughts, feelings, and ways to escape out of my head. I had to write not out of compulsion but out of a love of writing.  I grew up in a small town in Southwestern Michigan (coincidentally a town that no one that visits knows how to pr…

Review - A Thorne in Time by Lorel Clayton

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2017 Genre: Paranormal; Fantasy
Blurb: Before Eva Thorne can accept her destiny, she must learn to accept herself. Eva leaves her family behind for boarding school (that’s a good thing when your family includes necromancers and crime lords), but the foreign city of Gernwold has its own dangers. An intruder, a teacher injured, a stolen necklace left in her room… Either someone is trying to frame her, or they know what Eva really is.  In this prequel novella to the Eva Thorne series, enjoy mystery and magic melded with technology, as you explore the Three Kingdoms and meet all the friends who will one day help Eva become the famous (or notorious) detective we know and love her to be.
About the Author: Lorel and Clayton were teen sweethearts, brought together by a fierce love of books (and hormones). Despite being married for almost 30 years, they are still madly in love and still writing. As writing partners, they meld logic, creativity, and genres. Fantasy,…

Review - Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2016 Genre: Drama; Humorous
Blurb: Who is the mysterious Rudy Kazoody, and what, if anything, did he have to do with the events that occurred to a group of teenagers during one fateful summer in New York City’s Bronx neighborhood in the early 1960s?  Growing up is difficult enough. But when you’re a recent immigrant arriving in a country that is going through its own coming-of-age process, fueled by rock ‘n’ roll, the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, free love, the pill, LSD, and the Cold War, it’s downright confusing, and for some—lethal.  With the various upheavals shaking America to its core, Joey, whose family emigrated to the Bronx from Italy’s Apennine Mountains, struggles to retain his innocent, optimistic outlook on life as he and the other young teenagers on Arthur Avenue—virtually all of whom also come from immigrant, working-class families—try to find their place in this new order.  From the euphoria of first love to the despair of dashed…

The Widow by Fiona Barton

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2016 Genre: Suspense; Thriller
Blurb: There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.  Now her husband is dead, and there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.  The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…
About the Author: My career has taken some surprising twists and turns over the years. I have been a journalist - senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at The Mail on Sunday, where I won Reporter of the Year at the National Press Awards, gave up my job to volunteer in Sr…