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High Summer Read-a-Thon...Starting Line #HSreadathon

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I have been looking forward to this for a bit now and I have a number of books that I plan on reading during this week.  Here is my list:

• Wives & Daughters
• The Sandcastle Girls
• The Light Between Oceans
• The Lady of the Rivers
• The Ocean at the end of the Lane

I don't know how many I will get done, but I hope to at least get a couple of them done.

There are a series of chats taking place during the week on Twitter using the hashtag #HSreadathon.  Here is the Twitter chat schedule:

• Wednesday from 7-8 pm CST
• Friday from 9-10 pm CST
• Saturday from 9-10 pm CST
• Sunday from 1-2 pm CST

If you wish to sign up, you can sign up here and post your starting line post here.  Remember this is supposed to be fun, so don't stress out if you can't read for day or two and read when you can.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading (July 22)

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a fun weekly meme that is hosted byShelia at Book Journey, in which we share what we've read and reviewed and what we plan on reading in the coming week.

What I have reviewed this week:
1) Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple (review
2) The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau (review)
3) The Baker's Daughter by Sarah McCoy (review)
4) The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka (review

Books I am planning on reading this week:
• Wives & Daughters
• The Sandcastle Girls
• The Light Between Oceans
• The Lady of the Rivers
• The Ocean at the the end of the Lane

What's next:
• Seduction (heard some good things about this book)
• The Kingmaker's Daughter (have the fifth book on hold; apparently there is a sixth book in the series coming out in 2014)
* these two are dependent on what I get done this coming week

Mailbox Monday - July 22

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Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their homes during the past week. Mailbox Monday, for July, is being hosted by Book Obsessed.


Since my last post, I haven't bought a lot of books, but I have gotten a few books during that time, of which I only purchased one:
 The Thorn Birds was the only one I purchased with The Light Between Oceans purchased by my mom and Flight Behavior being a win from Armchair BEA.  Happy reading

July Meme : Question # 12 #ccmeme

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This month,The Classics Clubasks:

What classic book has changed your view on life, social mores, political views, or religion?

I have read a lot of classics in the last 33 or so years and to find one that changed my view on life, etc. is a bit daunting. But if I had to choose one book that changed my views on something it would probably have to be A Tale of Two Cities.   While it didn't really change my view on life, etc., it did change my view on the French Revolution, in that I was able to realize that my own view of the French Revolution was totally distorted.    What resulted was that through a variety of sources, I was able to fully realize that the French Revolution wasn't exactly what I thought it was

Sunday Salon - Right Now

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Listening to...  podcasts; trying to catch up, but it seems as soon as I am able to catch up, I fall behind, but slowly but surely I will get them under control.

Eating... Just ate some breakfast and am thinking about what to pack for a few hours at the pool.

Watching... A bit of everything.  At the moment I am watching a Blue Jays game.  I have been watching Season 5 of House; love the show.  I have been watching Big Brother 15 after the Aaryn stuff and its amazing how a group of people can have such antiquated views.

Reading... Reading a bunch of stuff.  I got a bunch of reading done the other week, but for some reason the reading keeps piling up.

Making... Nothing really; not the DIY type of person. And I really haven't gotten any sort of baking done, especially at this time of year.

Planning... What? Nothing at the moment; am on summer time for the next month or so.

Feeling... A tad groggy.  Didn't get to sleep due to some nasty bits on my heel and in between my toes.

Loving... t…

The Buddha in the Attic - Julie Otsuka

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Title: The Buddha in the Attic
Author: Julie Otsuka
Pages: 144
Published: 2011
Challenges: Historical Fiction
Genre: Historical fiction
Edition: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description: Julie Otsuka’s long-awaited follow-up to When the Emperor Was Divine is a tour de force of economy and precision, a novel that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago.

In eight incantatory sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the picture brides’ extraordinary lives, from their arduous journey by boat, where they exchange photographs of their husbands, imagining uncertain futures in an unknown land; to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; to their backbreaking work picking fruit in the fields and scrubbing the floors of white women; to their struggles to master a new language and a new culture; to their experiences in childbirth, and then as mothers, raising children who w…

The Baker's Daughter - Sarah McCoy

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Title: The Baker's Daughter
Author: Sarah McCoy
Pages: 304
Published: 2013
Challenges: Historical Fiction
Genre: Historical fiction
Edition: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description: In 1945, Elsie Schmidt is a naive teenager, as eager for her first sip of champagne as she is for her first kiss. She and her family have been protected from the worst of the terror and desperation overtaking her country by a high-ranking Nazi who wishes to marry her. So when an escaped Jewish boy arrives on Elsie’s doorstep in the dead of night on Christmas Eve, Elsie understands that opening the door would put all she loves in danger.

Sixty years later, in El Paso, Texas, Reba Adams is trying to file a feel-good Christmas piece for the local magazine. Reba is perpetually on the run from memories of a turbulent childhood, but she’s been in El Paso long enough to get a full-time job and a fiancé, Riki Chavez. Riki, an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol, finds comfort in strict rules and regulat…

The Chalice - Nancy Bilyeau

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Title: The Chalice
Author: Nancy Bilyeau
Pages: 496
Published: 2013
Challenges: Historical Fiction, Chunkster
Genre: Historical Fiction
Edition: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description:The Chalice' is a historical thriller told from the point of view of a young woman caught in the crosswinds of time: She has pledged to become a Dominican nun in an England ruled by Henry VIII, who has ruthlessly smashed his country's allegiance to Rome. By 1538, the bloody power struggles between crown and cross threaten to tear the country apart. Joanna Stafford has seen what lies inside the king’s torture rooms and risks imprisonment again, when she is caught up in a shadowy international plot targeting the King. As the power plays turn vicious, Joanna understands she may have to assume her role in a prophecy foretold by three different seers, each more omniscient than the last. The life of Henry VIII as well as the future of Christendom are in her hands—hands that must someday hold …

Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple

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Title: Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Author: Maria Semple
Pages: 330
Published: 2012
Challenges: Outdo Yourself
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Humor
Edition: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description: Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplace…

Mini Bloggiesta

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This is my first Mini Bloggiesta and I am looking forward to it.  I have a number of things that need to get done that I have held off on doing for the past few weeks.  Here is my list:

• write four book reviews.  I have thoughts down on paper but haven't transferred them to my blog as of yet.
• my starting post for the High Summer Readathon (just needed to sign-up; starting post goes up tomorrow)
• my July post for The Classics Club.  I have been dragging my heals on this one for a few weeks and I need to get it written and posted
• go through my book reviews from this past year and tag them properly and to also get them linked up into my book review tab
• write my Sunday Salon post and not apologize for not writing for awhile. 

And I hoping to do this while thinking of hanging in the sunshine and the pool at the resort I am staying at.