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Time to Relax read-a-thon

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I hope you are eagerly anticipating my first readathon this weekend, I know I am.  For those that are attending, I want to let you know that I am hoping to use #timetorelaxreadathon instead of #timetorelax.  I realize that it is a longer hashtag, but I feel that it would be easier using the longer hashtag to see how everybody is doing rather than trying to muddle through other postings.

Can't wait to see you all there. Have a great evening and week and I look forward to see you Saturday and Sunday :)

Teaser Tuesday

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

It was only when I was so full I could hardly breathe that I stopped eating.  It was only then I realized the servants were gone, the music had stopped, and the candles were guttering.  And then it was too late, for suddenly he was near me.  Behind me.  So close, I could smell the lamb in his teeth.
~ pg. 231, Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Thankfully Reading Weekend: Wrap Up Post

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This weekend was a wash, as life seemed to creep in more than I wanted to.   As a result, I didn't get as much reading as I had hoped to, primarily due to the fact that a couple of things creeped into my schedule, namely a hockey game that I didn't plan on attending and an hour doing some clothes shopping that I didn't intend on doing.  I only managed to read for a couple of hours on Sunday and only got one book done.  Sunday was no better, as I had a bunch of things I wanted to get done, even though I could have probably and should have done them on Saturday.  I hope that I can get away more to host my own reading weekend next weekend, but I don't really see next weekend as busy as it was this past weekend.  If it is,  then I am going to scream!

Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver

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Title:  Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Published: 2010
Pages: 372
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult
Rating: 4/5

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High-from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death-and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

Reason I read this book: For a reading challenge over on Goodreads, which I have subsequently gave up on.

Thoughts: It was definitely a book that needs to be read a chapter at a time, slowly going through the…

Thankfully Reading Weekend: Mini-Challenge #3

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The third mini-challenge of the Thankfully Reading weekend asks what reading community we’re most thankful for.

The reading community that I am most thankful for is Books on the Nightstand community.  The reason being is that even though I wasn't reading a lot for the better part of the past year, it was able to keep me engaged in why I love reading.  I love listening to the podcasts and when my life was crazy as anything, I was able to make sure that I was still engaged with the process of reading, despite the fact that I wasn't reading much.   And when I was able to get myself out my reading funk, I had some amazing books to read.

Just a reminder that I am hosting the Time-to-Relax readathon next weekend (Dec. 4 & 5).  You can find out more information by clicking on the tag underneath my information.  Hope you can join us at #timetorelax next weekend.

Literary Blog Hop

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This week's question is:

What makes a contemporary novel a classic? 
Discuss a book which you think fits the category of ‘modern classics’ and explain why. 


A very interesting question because it is very subjective question and is dependent on what readers view as being a modern classic. What one may think is a modern classic, another may think its not a modern classic. But what I think makes a contemporary novel a classic is that it is a work that has something of value to say that is able to draw attention to human problems and that condemn or applaud certain points of view. It also has effective language that is suitable to the message that the author is trying to convey and allows the reader to believe that what happened to the characters was inevitable and could not have been prevented. The story should also have a universal appeal; that is, the story should hold meaning or appeal to a wide variety of readers and have lasting interest to readers long beyond the initial app…

Thankfully Reading Weekend: TBR

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Here is a photo of my TBR for today and tomorrow:

Thankfully Reading Weekend: Mini-Challenge #2

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The second challenge for Thankfully Reading Weekend is hosted by Beth Fish Reads. She asks us to:

“Share a photograph of your TBR pile or at least one bookshelf.”
This is one of the 4 bookshelves that are in my walk-in-closet.  This one is of my fiction books.  My dad took out the shelving that was intended for hanging clothes and put my books in here instead, since I had basically nowhere to put my books that I have purchased over the years.  There are three other bookshelves in the room that hold my DVD sets, my non-fiction books, my odds and ends books, and my books that are in a series.  I have books scattered about my room and apartment.

Thankfully Reading Mini-Challenge #1: Thanks for this Book!

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I haven't done much reading aside from blogs so far during this Thankfully Reading Weekend - tomorrow will be my big day for that - but I'm taking part in the first mini-challenge anyway. The assignment: Write a post about the book you are most thankful for.  This could be a book released this year or twenty years ago.  Your post should include why you are thankful for that book.  There are many books that  I am thankful for and probably would take me a long time to state them all and the reasons as to why.  But I suppose the book that I am the most thankful for is Jane Eyre.  While it may seem slightly cliched, it is probably one of the first books that I feel in love with as a young adult.  Okay, I was a young teenager at the time (about 13), but it was probably the first book that truly entranced me and made me really love reading.  There had been many times I had tried to read a classic, but when I started reading Jane Eyre, I really became enthralled with the sto…

Blog Hop

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Friday's question is....







What is your favourite book cover?
I don't think I really have a favourite book cover, as there are many covers that I have liked and can't really pick one of my collection at the moment.

Booking Through Thursday

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Booking Through Thursday has posted an interesting question:


It’s Thanksgiving here in the U.S. of A. so …
What authors and books are you most thankful for?

The books and authors that I am thankful for are:
• Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte because it was the first adult classic novel that I read and fell in love with.  I have read the book at least 3 or 4 times
• Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen because without her I wouldn't be able to enjoy seeing Colin Firth in a wet shirt
• East of Eden by John Steinbeck because it was a book that I was hesitant to read after reading The Grapes of Wrath and it was a book that when I have read it, I couldn't wait to get back to.
• The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood because without that book, I probably wouldn't have gotten through lunch time in Grade 10.

WWW… Wednesdays!

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WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading.

 To play along, just answer the following  (3) questions....

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


My answers:
• What are you currently reading?
Finding Noel by Richard Paul Evans,  Alice I have been by Melanie Benjamin, and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

• What did you recently finish reading?
Promise Me by Richard Paul Evans and The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans

• What do you think you'll read next?
The Ghost Map:The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How it Changed Science, Cities and the Modern World by Steven Johnson

Teaser Tuesday

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

An elderly black woman with silver hair stood on the sidewalk in front of the house. She was nearly as broad as she was high, and wore a bright red wool coat with faux fur collar and black buttons as big as sand dollars, and black rubber galoshes.  A sheer scar was knotted over her head, and a small plastic shopping bag was draped over her head, and a small plastic shopping bag was draped over the crook of one arm.  A silver-haired Yorkshire terrier pulled at the leash she held, sni…

Musing Mondays

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Hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading

This Week's Question: This week’s musing is yet another read-and-respond! (are you getting tired of hearing me say that?) LOL… I was reading one of my favorite blogs, the other day, and came across a post that talked about truth vs. fact. Part of the post had this to say:
From my childhood on, I’d learned a lot of truth about the human condition from reading fiction. In many cases, I learned more from fiction than from observing my real world…
I think that people who discount fiction don’t really understand it–or haven’t read much of it. They don’t grasp the power of story to carry truth.
…Some truths are universal and timeless (like the lessons on friendship learned from Charlotte’s Web.)
My all-time favorite children’s book was Little Women. I learned a lot of important truths from the March family: how to love deeply, how to grieve a loss and go on, and how to feed the imagination… At the end of the post, there is a question posed, a…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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What are you reading? is hosted by Shelia over at Book Journey


I  am currently reading a few novels:

Finding Noel
Before I Fall
Alice I Have Been

Library Loot November 14 - November 20

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I don't know what happened this week, but I went a little bonkers with the library.  On Sunday, I picked up a couple of books from my church library.  And then on my way home from work on Monday, I picked up a bunch of materials, including a DVD, from the public library and then on my way home from an event later that evening, I got a few more books. 

Yesterday, Saturday, I picked another handful of books from the public library, when I was just going to drop off a couple of books.  But I couldn't help myself.  And then when I was volunteering at my church library, I picked up Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers.

All told, I think I borrowed about 15 materials.  And while I would love to put down all the titles that I borrowed, it would just take too much time.

Literary Blog Hop

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This week's question is:
Is the such a thing as literary non-fiction? If so, how do you define it?
Yes there is such a thing as literary fiction.  While I don't read it a lot, I define it as a piece of prose in the non-fiction world.  Usually it takes the form of a what would be called the non-fiction novel, or a piece of travel writing.  It can also include biographies or memoirs or an essay.  It is generally thought to be a very broad and quite vague in the range of books that it includes.    To put it simply, it reports on actual people, places or events.  One thing it is not is poetry.  It is the latest memoir that has hit the bookseller list or the history book that looks at a particular person or a particular event or a particular person within the context of an event.

A good example of literary non-fiction would Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, which he described as a non-fiction novel.  It has the elements of what people would consider to be a novel: prose and a goo…

The Christmas List - Richard Paul Evans

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Title: The Christmas List
Author: Richard Paul Evans
Published: 2009
Pages: 350
Genre: Fiction, Christmas
Rating: 3/5

Dear Reader,
When I was in seventh grade, my English teacher, Mrs. Johnson, gave our class the intriguing (if somewhat macabre) assignment of writing our own obituaries. Oddly, I don't remember much of what I wrote about my life, but I do remember how I died: in first place on the final lap of the Daytona 500. At the time, I hadn't considered writing as an occupation, a field with a remarkably low on-the-job casualty rate.

What intrigues me most about Mrs. Johnson's assignment is the opportunity she gave us to confront our own legacy. How do we want to be remembered? That question has motivated our species since the beginning of time: from building pyramids to putting our names on skyscrapers.
As I began to write this book, I had two objectives: First, I wanted to explore what could happen if someone read their obituary before they died and saw…

Blog Hop

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My answer to Follow Friday's question is.....
Not very long.  I did start back last October, but it has been so spotty I will say probably about a month and a half, at least of what I have done on a regular basis.

The question here is: "Since Thanksgiving is coming up next week, let's use this week's Hop to share what we are most thankful for and what our holiday traditions are!"
For me, Thanksgiving occurs in October, but one should be thankful everyday.  I am most thankful that I am fairly healthy and that I have a family that supports me.  My family traditions around Thanksgiving is that we go up to Sun Peaks (about 3 hours north of where I live) for the Thanksgiving weekend and for Christmas we usually spend Christmas Eve with my mom's parents and open presents on Christmas morning, with dinner in the late afternoon.

Ebooks

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I was at a movie late last night and while I was waiting for the movie, I had to turn my book so that I could read the words on the page. It was really annoying.  And it got me thinking as to possibly getting an ebook.

The features that I want to have are:
• accesibility to downloadable ebooks from an electronic library.
• access to purchase books through ChaptersIndigo.ca (Canada's bookstore chain)
• some sort of backlight that I could turn on and off as I need it
• a reasonable cost for the device
• ability to puchase multiple ebooks at once

Is there anything out there that would allow me to have those sorts of features?

Promise Me - Richard Paul Evans

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Title: Promise Me
Author: Richard Paul Evans
Published: 2010
Pages: 352
Genre: Fiction, Christmas
Rating 3/5

Beth Cardall has a secret. For eighteen years, she has had no choice but to keep it to herself, but on Christmas Eve 2008, all that is about to change. For Beth, 1989 was a year marked by tragedy. Her life was falling apart: her six-year-old daughter, Charlotte, was suffering from an unidentifiable illness; her marriage transformed from a seemingly happy and loving relationship to one full of betrayal and pain; her job at the dry cleaners was increasingly at risk; and she had lost any ability to trust, to hope, or to believe in herself. Then, on Christmas Day, as she rushed through a blizzard to the nearest 7-Eleven, Beth encountered Matthew, a strikingly handsome, mysterious stranger, who would single-handedly change the course of her life. Who is this man, and how does he seem to know so much about her? He pursues her relentlessly, and only after she's fallen deeply in lo…

WWW… Wednesdays!

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WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading.

 To play along, just answer the following  (3) questions....

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


My answers:

• What are you currently reading?
Promise Me by Richard Paul Evans, Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill,  The Complete Persopolis by Marjane Satrapi, and The Odyssey by Homer (1996 Robert Fagles translation)

• What did you recently finish reading?
At Home by Bill Bryson and Emma by Jane Austen

• What do you think you'll read next?
Probably something Christmasy.

What are your answers?

I want To Outdo Myself

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The Book Vixen is hosting a reading challenge in 2011.
Here are the details

Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge


hosted by The Book Vixen

Details:

* Runs January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011 (books read prior to 1/1/11 do not count towards the challenge). You can join at anytime. You can sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.

* The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more books in 2011 than you did in 2010. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. Nothing is set in stone; you can change levels at any time during the challenge.

* Books can be any format (bound, eBook, audio).

* Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are fine.

* You can list your books in advance or list them as you read them. It is not required that you review the books you read for this challenge but feel free to do so.

* Post this reading challenge on your blog so you can keep a list of the books you’ve read for this challenge. Please include a link back to this po…

At Home - Bill Bryson

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Title: At Home: a short history of private life
Author: Bill Bryson
Published: 2010
Pages: 448
Genre: Non-fiction, History, Humor
Rating: 4/5

Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as found in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to "write a history of the world without leaving home." The bathroom provides the occasion for a history of hygiene; the bedroom, sex, death, and sleep; the kitchen, nutrition and the spice trade; and so on, as Bryson shows how each has figured in the evolution of private life. Whatever happens in the world, he demonstrates, ends up in our house, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture.


Reason I read this book:  I read this book due to the fact…

Teaser Tuesday

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!





When Mr. Dodgson called for me that evening, accompanied by his brother Edwin, who was visiting, I remembered that smile, that sinister gesture.  Despite my warm cloak, I couldn't help but shudder.
   -Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin

Musing Mondays

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Taken from MizB of Should be Reading:

I was reading Eleanor Roosevelt’s book, “You Learn By Living“, via Google Books the other day, and came across a quote that really struck a chord with me. The quote said this:
“What counts, in the long run, is not what you read; it is what you
sift through in your own mind; it is the ideas and impressions
that are aroused in you by your reading.”
(pg. 7-8, “You Learn By Living” by Eleanor Roosevelt) What do you think about this quote? Do you believe this to be true? If so, why and how? And, if not, why not? It does ring true.  A book can be interpreted a million different ways and how it impacts on the individual.  Of course if a book is meant to be fluff, most readers will pick up on it.  But if a book is written in certain way, one can definitely interpret a book differently than the next person who reads it.  I suppose that interpretation can also influence if one likes the book or not or if they just think its okay.

And how one interprets a book …

Library Loot November 7 - November 13

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Got a number of books this week.  While I didn't obtain anything during the week, I did get quite a bit last Sunday due to a Christmas reading challenge.
I got The Gift, Promise Me, Christmas List, Grace, and Finding Hope, all of which are by Richard Paul Evens.  I also got The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and Christmas Promise and Christmas Beginning, all of which were by Anne Perry.

Emma - Jane Austen

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Title: Emma
Author: Jane Austen
Published: 1815
Pages: 512
Genre: Literature, Classic, English
Rating: 4/5

Beautiful, clever, rich - and single - Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr. Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protégée Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. 

Reason I read this book:  I had initially read the book about 14 years ago when the Gwyneth Paltrow adaptation came out and really could not make sense of the book.  This time around I read it due to the fact that it was a selection that my book club had made for this latest reading.


Thoughts: The first time I had read the book, I read it when I was about 16 years old and for some reason I never really understood it.  Part of the fact w…

Readathon for Hunger

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Tomorrow (or today, depending on when you view this) I will be participating in a readathon for hunger.  If you wish to join, you can sign up by leaving a comment.  They have more information on the site as to how it is set up.

Blog Hop

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My answer to Follow Friday's question is.....
It really depends on the month. Some months I don't spend anything on books and then other months I tend to spend a lot. It primarily has to do with the fact that I try to get deals on shipping when ordering and because I am on a budget I tend to spend my book budget for a number of months at once. Also it also depends on how much I end up spending on library fines.



The question here is:
"If you find a book that looks interesting but is part of a series, do you always start with the first title?"

Yes, unless I have read that one can read the book without knowing what happened in the previous book. But for the most part I do try to find the first one in series. But it really does annoy me if I can't find the first book when I am at the library.

Booking Through Thursday

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Booking Through Thursday has posted an interesting question:

It is November 11th, known here in the U.S. as Veteran’s Day, formerly Armistice Day to remember the end of WWI but expanded to honor all veterans who have fought for their country, so …


Do you read war stories? Fictional ones? Histories? 

Not really. While I am a history major, I get turned off by war. Part of its the fact that wars are usually started by such petty things, for example alliances (because I am alliance with said country and not in an alliance with that country, that makes it alright to go to war against that country) and partly its also due to the fact that I grew up in a culture that abhors war and its members to participate in it and also the fact that my ancestors did anything to avoid war (my maternal grandma's father's family left Kansas for N. Alberta due to the fact that the oldest son was being conscripted into the American Army during WWI). But I would say that a large part of it has to due…

Don't know what to do

This afternoon I came across something in the #readathon hashtag on Twitter this afternoon that caught my interest (and my ire also). Somebody is also hosting a readathon that weekend and I am really upset. I realize that others do this at different times and will also do it in their own way on those days and I understand that. But my problem was that it was so blatanly publicized when I have been trying to get more people interested in the readathon. So the individual tweeted me back and asked if I could combine it with her's and eventually I said yes.

But it has got me thinking as to whether or not I should cancel it. I realize that I shouldn't be upset that somebody else is doing a readathon the same weekend, but its disappointing. I am very close to canceling my readathon, as this individual has apparently already booked the readathon hashtag. I will let you know what I decide to do, as I have a day off to think about it (its Remembrance Day here in Canada) and hop…

WWW Wednesday

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My answers:
What are you currently reading?
At Home by Bill Bryson, Emma by Jane Austen, Alice I have been by Melanie Benjamin, Before I fall by Laurel Oliver, The Odyssey by Home (1996 Robert Fagales edition), Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin.

What did you recently finish reading?
The Thorn by Beverly Lewis

What do you think you'll read next?
First I would want to finish my pile, but after that I will probably start reading Promise Me by Richard Paul Evans and The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Teaser Tuesday

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


He did not doubt there being very there being very pleasant walks in every direction, but if left to him, he should always choose the same. Highbury, that airy, cheerful, happy-looking Highbury, would be his constant attraction. ~ pg. 184, Emma, Jane Austen.

Holiday Reading Challenge

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I am a sucker for Christmas and love the holiday. Its a time for family, eating and reading. And when I saw this over at
All About {n}, I had to jump on board. I hope that you can as well.

Here are the books that I plan on reading:










I would also like to remind you of the read-a-thon I am hosting in four weeks time and I hope to see you.