Sunday, June 25, 2017

It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 6/26/2017

http://bookdate.blogspot.com/
   
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I hope you had a great reading week.  
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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.
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Books Completed

THE BREAKDOWN by B. A. Paris - review will be on July 25 - finished June 23.

A good mystery...not as chilling as her first book.

 
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THE WILDLING SISTERS by Evan Chase - review will be on July 25 - finished June 22.

Family saga and a bit of Gothic included...enjoyed it.

https://www.amazon.com/Wildling-Sisters-Eve-Chase/dp/0399174133/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496620770&sr=8-1&keywords=the+wildling+sisters
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HELLO SUNSHINE by Laura Dave - review will be on July 12 - finished June 18.

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THE SUMMER HOUSE by Hannah McKinnon - review will be on June 29 - finished on June 16.

A lovely, heartfelt read.

 
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EVERY LAST LIE by Mary Kubica - review will be on July 5 - finished June 10.

My first Mary Kubica book...a good thriller.

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THE CHILD by Fiona Barton - review will be on July 20 - finished June 5.

A little slow at first, but got intense and interesting about half way through.

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THE SUNSHINE SISTERS by Jane Green - review is in the book's title - finished May 22.

Excellent women's fiction.
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THE ALMOST SISTERS by Joshilyn Jackson - review will be on July 11 - finished January 15 - I thought the book's publication date was February 15.  :)  I am not an over-achiever.  :)
 
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Book Currently Reading:

THE BOOK OF POLLY by Kathy Hepinstall - review will be on July 27. 

This book is funny and delightful.
 
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Books Up Next:



THE COTTINGLEY SECRET by Hazel Gaynor - review will be on August 1
 
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EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker - review will be on August 8

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THE DAUGHTERS OF IRELAND by Santa Montefiore - review will be on August 15

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THE RIGHT SIDE by Spencer Quinn - review will be on August 23.

 
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THE BOOKSHOP AT WATER'S END by Patti Callahan Henry - review will be August 24.

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BEST INTENTIONS by Erika Raskin - review will be on August 29.

 

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LOVE AND OTHER CONSOLATION PRIZES by Jamie Ford - review will be on September 13

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SILVER THREADS by Bette Lee Crosby - review will be on September 12.


https://www.amazon.com/Silver-Threads-Memory-House-Collection/dp/099692146X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497137296&sr=8-1&keywords=silver+threads
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Mailbox Monday - 6/26/2017

 
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, has a permanent home now at Mailbox Monday.
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Here’s a shout out to the administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree 
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit
Martha of Reviews By Martha's Bookshelf

THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive.
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I hope you had a good mailbox.
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On Monday, June 19 (My Birthday,) I received:

1. THE BREAKDOWN by B. A. Paris, courtesy of Net Galley and St. Martin's. 


 
A nice birthday gift!!  I read it in one day!!  :)

2.  THE RIGHT SIDE by Spencer Quinn, courtesy of Ariele Fredman of Simon and Schuster.

 

A birthday surprise!!  Thanks, Ariele.

Looks good!!
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On Thursday, June 22, I received:

1.  Books and a Tote  I won from ARMCHAIR BEA - books courtesy of Hachette - bag courtesy of Chronicle books.

THANK SO MUCH.  The bag is that wonderful nylon material.  

I have already used it when I went to Aldi's this morning.  :)

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On Friday, June 23, I received:

1.   THE BOOKSHOP AT WATER'S END by Patti Callahan Henry, courtesy of Roxanne Jones of Penguin Random House.

I have a spotlight and giveaway for this book on July 13 - July 20.  Mark your calendars. 
 

 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Purple Smoke

 My purple smoke FINALLY grew up.   :)

Here is a closeup of the delicate leaves that resemble smoke.


We planted this tree 20 years ago, and it finally is tall enough to be considered an adult.  LOL!!

It was not growing for the longest time so my husband and son ran over it with the lawnmower, and the next spring it grew about two feet.  :)  LOL!!

This actually is a tree, but looks like a bush.

I am just happy it finally got a bit larger.

I like the smoky, fuzzy leaves.

Does anyone else have a purple smoke in their yard?

Book Beginnings - 6/23/2017


 
*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page. 
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My book beginnings is taken from THE WILDLING SISTERS by Even Chase:

"None of us can bear to touch his belt, so horrifyingly intimate.  But as we drag him across the lawn, it plows into the soil.  He's heavier than he looks, unwieldy."

What a good beginning, right?  

It is a bit of a mystery and family saga.

I am enjoying the book...my review will be on July 26. 
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Books Finished:

THE SUMMER HOUSE by Hannah McKinnon

Review will be on June 29.
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EVERY LAST LIE by Mary Kubica: 

Review will be on July 5.

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THE CHILD by Fiona Barton
Review will be on July 20.

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COCOA BEACH by Beatriz Williams
Review will be on June 27.
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