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First Book of the Year 2017

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I realize that this is early, but due to the fact that I don't know how long I'll be sleeping for or what condition I will be in once I do wake up, I figure I will get it out of the way now.

So for my first book of the year, I will be reading Winter Storm by Elin Hilderbrand.  I tried to read it last New Year's, but due to working late on New Year's Eve, I was bone tired when I woke up. And so no reading didn't happen that day.



So I hope you all have a wonderful new year and happy reading!


Bout of Books 18

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I enjoy this read-a-thon and I hope that you will be able to join me.

Here are the books that I hope to read during the read-a-thon:

• Outlander by Diana Galbadon
• The Nest by Cythnia D'Aprix Sweeney
• Dietland by Sarai Walker

I don't know what else I am going to read, but these are the ones that I am going to concentrate on.

10th Canadian Book Challenge

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Am joining this a little later than I was hoping to.  But this is my starting post for the challenge and where I will post my links.

If you wish to join, you can find the site here: http://www.bookmineset.com/2016/05/coming-soon-10th-canadian-book.html


2017 Reading Plans

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I can hardly believe it, but the year once again is at a close and plans for the coming year are being made, at least some plans.  I have some reading plans and non-reading plans, but I won't bore you with the non-reading plans because they are the usual one that most people make.

So I will let you know of the reading plans that I have.

Here is what I plan to do reading wise:

try to read more diversely and read more authors that are non-whiteread outside of my usual genres. read the books that are taking up space in my bedroom and other placesdonate books that I know I am not going to readif I take out books from the library, if I haven't opened up the book in the 2-3 weeks that I have had it, I will take it backtry to focus on one or two books at time.  I find that if I have more than 2 books going on, I seem to lose focus on one of them and it becomes hard to get back into that book.be more willing to not finish a book that I am not getting or is not gelling with.post review…

Dreaming Sophia - Melissa Muldoon

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Title: Dreaming Sophia: Because dreaming is an art
Author: Melissa Muldoon
Pages: 234
Published: 2016
Genre: Romance
Edition: Paperback
Source: I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest revew


Description:  
Dreaming Sophia is a magical look into Italy, language, art, and culture. It is a story about turning dreams into reality and learning to walk the fine line between fact and fantasy. When tragedy strikes, Sophia finds herself alone in the world, without direction and fearful of loving again. With only her vivid imagination to guide her, she begins a journey that will take her from the vineyards in Sonoma, California to a grad school in Philadelphia and, eventually, to Italy: Florence, Lucca, Rome, Verona, Venice, and Val d’Orcia.
​Through dreamlike encounters, Sophia meets Italian personalities—princes, poets, duchesses, artists, and film stars— who give her advice to help put her life back together. Following a path that takes her from grief to joy, she discovers the s…

Hour 0 – Opening Event Questions

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Morning folks.  It's about 10 minutes to the start time (about 5 am here in Vancouver, BC) and I have my cup of coffee in my Fraser Valley Regional Library mug and my first book, Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, ready to go.

Opening Meme: 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? just outside of Vancouver, BC, Canada
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Wonder
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? The candy I bought yesterday
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I have been reading since I was little, lived in Brazil for a couple of years when I was a preschooler, my parents were both teachers, I have a BA in History and a Library Technicians diploma.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? One thing I am doing different today is that I am going to see Girl on the Train with some friends and yes, I …

#boutofbooks 17 signup

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I am posting this kinda late.  Been so engrossed with the Olympics that I forgot about the readathon, but this is a good reset.

My reading for the readathon as such is going to be:

• The Fireman
• Winter
• The Elite
• The Sympathizer
• The Danish Girl

If you are wondering what Bout of Books is, I am not going to presume that everybody that reads my blog knows this, this is what it is about:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I hope you can join me.


24 in 48 Hours Readathon

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This just to state my intent that I will be participating in the 24 in 48 hours Readathon this coming weekend.  I don't know what books I will be reading at this time.

An open letter to @whitneyway

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Dear Ms. Thore:

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to watch your show, My Big Fat Fabulous Life, on TLC.  And only after about half an episode on the TLC marathon, I grew concerned for you.

Before I go on, I should mention that I know 4 women who suffer from PCOS. Those women are myself and 3 other friends of mine.  All of us struggle with our weight and all of us will continue to do so for the rest of our lives.  As for my diagnosis, I was diagnosed when I was 30 years old (I am now 36) after a ovarian cyst burst during Christmas of 2009.  I was rushed to emergency due to low blood pressure during the early morning hours of December 26 (I fainted and was as white as a sheet).

Subsequently I was put on birth control due to my heavy and painful periods that I had had for the previous 10+ years.  And it has made a huge difference in my life.

I also suffer from depression and anxiety and can understand eating a whole pizza in the dark because I am upset about something and not in control…

Loreena's Gift - Colleen M. Story

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Title: Loreena's Gift
Author: Colleen M. Story
Pages: 350
Published: 2016
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Edition: PDF
Source: I recieved a free copy in exchange for a honest review.

Description: A BLIND GIRL'S TERRIFYING "GIFT" ALLOWS HER TO REGAIN HER EYESIGHT--BUT ONLY AS SHE FERRIES THE RECENTLY DECEASED INTO THE AFTERLIFE.


Loreena Picket thinks she knows herself. A blind young woman who lives with her uncle, a reverend at a small-town church, she's a dutiful niece and talented pianist for the congregation.

But they're both hiding a terrible secret. Loreena can kill people with the touch of her hand.

While her uncle sees her as an angel of mercy, helping usher the terminally ill members of his flock into the afterlife, Loreena has her doubts.

Torn between doing her uncle's bidding and the allure of the fleeting moments when her eyesight returns on the journey to the other side, Loreena cooperates with her uncle until her troubled older brother returns to town. Wh…

My favourite non-bookish podcast Pt. 2: 20-11

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I know I said that I would share this one on the 2nd of July, but for some reason, I just was unable to do so.

I love podcasts.  I love the information that I get to learn and how specific they can be.  They are my connection to something that can be explainable in a world that is somewhat not explainable.

And ever since Books on the Nightstand announced that it was saying goodbye at the beginning of June, I have thought about my favourites.  While I enjoy my bookish podcasts and they are generally the first to go if I don't enjoy the first couple of episodes, the vast majority of the podcasts that I listen to are history related (big shocker here), with a smattering of sports-related podcasts.

I have included links to the main pages of the various podcasts, so that if you aren't an iPhone user, you can check them out. And yes, all that I mention here over the next 3 days are all available in iTunes.  You can find Part 1 here.

20. The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps

I hav…

My favourite non-bookish podcast Pt. 1: 30 - 21

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I love podcasts.  I love the information that I get to learn and how specific they can be.  They are my connection to something that can be explainable in a world that is somewhat not explainable.

And ever since Books on the Nightstand announced that it was saying goodbye at the beginning of June, I have thought about my favourites.  While I enjoy my bookish podcasts and they are generally the first to go if I don't enjoy the first couple of episodes, the vast majority of the podcasts that I listen to are history related (big shocker here), with a smattering of sports-related podcasts.

I have included links to the main pages of the various podcasts, so that if you aren't an iPhone user, you can check them out. And yes, all that I mention here over the next 3 days are all available in iTunes.



30. The Hockey Pdocast

For somebody like myself, this is a really good podcast.  I don't like analytics at all when it comes to sports, but for some strange reason this podcast appeals…