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High Summer Read-a-Thon - Wrap Up! #HSreadathon

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I realize that this is a few days late, but better late than never.  It was an okay read-a-thon, in that I got a good chunk of Travelling to Infinity completed and did get my book tour book completed and read a bit from The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness.   I could have read a bit more but between travelling and being with relatives for the last three days of the read-a-thon, it wasn't exactly prime reading time.  Even though I was in transit for most of Friday, I just didn't feel well for a good portion of the day.  As for Saturday,  I was with family for the better part of the day and the same goes for Sunday, even though on the trip from Vulcan, AB to Outlook, Sask, I did get a lot of reading done from Travelling from Infinity.

Hope everybody had a fun time and am looking forward to the next one.

#hsreadathon - Update 1

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What a busy two days for me.  And for most of you that view this post, it will be Wednesday by the time you do view it.  It has been a fairly successful two days of the read-a-thon, in that I got Alchemy's Daughter completed and reviewed.  So that is off my plate.  And if you want to, you can view the review here.  
As for my plans for the next two days, I am probably going to work on Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking and work on getting that book completed.  I am probably going to post some more reviews here in the coming days, if I can find my notebook with my rough copy of reviews that need to be posted, but I know I have it with me.
Hope those of you who are participating are getting your reading piles down.

Alchemy's Daughter - Mary A. Osborne #AlchemysDaughter #historicalfiction #hsreadathon

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Title: Alchemy's Daughter
Author: Mary A. Osborne
Pages: 288
Published: 2015
Challenges: Historical Fiction
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Edition: Paperback
Source: Publisher via Italy Book Tours

Book Description:In medieval San Gimignano, Italy, daughters of merchants are expected to marry. But Santina Pietra cares only for Calandrino, a brilliant young scholar who is preoccupied with his ancient alchemical texts.

Soon Santina meets Trotula, the village midwife, who might or might not be a "strega," a witch. Trotula challenges her to forget Calandrino and become the woman she is meant to be. Some say she is a victim of the midwife’s spell, but Santina is determined to follow in Trotula’s footsteps even as calamities strike. 
Thoughts: While it took me awhile to actually sit down and read the book, once I started the book, I felt engaged with Santina and the other characters in the book.  My favourite character was Trotula, as she took no nonsense from Santina and…

Mailbox Monday (July 20)

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Image is from the Mailbox Monday site
Mailbox Monday is a place for readers to share the books that came into their homes during the past week.  After being hosted at a number of blogs over the past few years, it has gone back to its home base, the aptly named, Mailbox Monday.

This is what I have gotten in the last 6 weeks since my last post:


The titles are:
• Papertowns by John Green
• Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
• Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
• The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
• Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs (sampler won from Armchair BEA)

I plan on reading these books later in the summer or in early fall.

And on Saturday I got this while at the drug store:

• Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella

Hope you have a great reading week!

The 9th Canadian Book Challenge

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I am going to try my hand at this again.  It's a pretty simple challenge: read 13 books by Canadian authors and link them up at The Book Mine Set, who has put up monthly link ups on his page so that you can easily link up your reviews.  If you want to know more about the challenge, you can view the FAQ's here. Hope you will be able to join me.  Happy reading.

Sunday Salon - Reviews going forward

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I know that what I am going to say is not exactly earth shattering, but going forward I am not going to be keeping track of pages read for the books I have read.  The reasons being is that (a) I don't know how many of my readers really care about how many pages I have read to date, (b) it takes away from the review itself, and possibly most importantly (c) I have gotten so far behind on my reviews for this year that with the galley that I have to review it will become a problem.

I will still give the number of pages or the file size of the book that I have read when I give the information for the the book, but with the coming review of the galley that I have to review this coming week, this will become a problem.

As for my reading, it was pretty good this past week.  I finished Hausfrau and A Hundred Summers and made a lot of progress on Travelling to Infinity.  And even though I brought quite a number of books with me on my vacation, I still managed to buy one while I was in a s…

High Summer Read-a-Thon

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One of the bloggers that I have followed for a number of years is hosting her annual High Summer Read-a-Thon.  Its a relaxing read-a-thon that only requires that you read during the days of the read-a-thon.  And if you do want to participate, that you sign up, especially if you want a bookish prize (usually a book, either in e-book format or in a traditional paper format).  If you wish to participate, you can sign up here
Here is my list of to-reads for the read-a-thon: • Alchemy's Daughter (galley for a review tour that I am participating in and has to be up on the 22nd). • Travelling to Infinity • probably one of the e-books I have checked out.
I think I will put up a nightly post with my reading for the day, as best I can (I may have some days in which I can't post much).