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Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay (Swallowtail Bay, Book 1) by Katie Ginger

Licking her wounds from her divorce, Stella impulsively buys a gift shop and two holiday lets in glorious Swallowtail Bay, hoping for a fresh start with her King Charles Spaniel Frank.

When the neighbours meet her with a warm welcome, Stella knows she’s found the new home she was looking for. Even gorgeous but grumpy local Miles can’t take the shine off things. But then her ex-husband announces he’s getting married again, and someone in the village starts gossiping about Stella…

Is Stella’s dream over already? Or, with her new friends behind her, can Stella fight back and save her new life – and find the happy ever after she’s been waiting for?

Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay by Katie Ginger

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


This was ok, sort of liked it, sort of teetering on my opinion about it. I really wanted to like this one more than I did though. I couldn’t stay focused on it. I think those who like a slow, easy feeling read will enjoy this one more than I did.

I loved the idea of the story, the business, the shops, the bay, the small town, people being friendly, learning about the character circumstances, how they got there, how they were coming to be, the things everyone was doing, the setting.

But getting through loads of descriptors after the first 20-30 pages really bogged down my reading experience.

I felt like I was wading around the surf in JNCO jeans. Almost two pages dedicated to describing the flat was unappealing to me. The overly detailed descriptions didn’t add much depth or interest, rather they became incredibly distracting as I read on.

Just the flat, knowing everything about it being dirty, the layout, the furniture, actually leading to repetition and over-emphasis throughout the book. Then the activities of walking up to meet someone, reaching for a knob, opening doors, closing doors, glancing out windows, putting a cup to their mouth, setting the cup down, using a napkin, picking up a fork, loading the fork with cake, taking a bite, setting the fork down, their every physical move documented with every interaction.

It was just too slow-paced and bulky, cluttered for my style, obstacles to my enjoyment of what I thought was actually a really story so I will look forward to exploring more from that aspect.

I’m interested in checking out the others in the series and seeing what they are like.



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Books I’m Reading: Summer 2020 Readathons & Challenges

This summer I’m participating in:

The Reading Rush

Life’s Library Readathon

Libro.fm Summer Reading Challenge

ARC August is coming up too, but we’ll see how far I get with these reads!

The Reading Rush

The Reading Rush is a week long readathon, starts next week!

Here are the challenges:

1. Read a book with a cover that matches the colour of your birthstone.

My March birthstone is aquamarine. I love the blue-green shade seen in the ocean front cover of this book.

Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay by Katie Ginger

2. Read a book that starts with the word “The.”

I have yet to decide between these two…

3. Read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen.

TBD

4. Read the first book you touch.

TBD

5. Read a book completely outside of your house.

The Secret Seaside Escape by Heidi Swain

6. Read a book in a genre that you’ve always wanted to read more of.

I don’t read a lot of poetry and this book is our next Life’s Library Book Club read.

Space Struck by Paige Lewis

7. Read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live.

This one takes place in New Zealand.

The Bone People by Keri Hulme

Life‘s Library Readathon

This readathon hosted by participants in Life’s Library Book Club is one month long.

There are 16 prompts.

15 for each Life’s Library shelf and 1 bonus.

1. Aloe: A book where magic happens.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone #1 by J.K. Rowling

2. Chamomile: Enjoy a cup of tea (or favorite beverage) when reading this book.

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The Guest List by Lucy Foley

3. Cygnus: A book that either talks about space/the universe OR takes place in space.

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This one is making a reappearance from previous readathons. Because what challenge would be complete without it?

Earth by David Brin

4. Forest: The character(s) travel far distances.

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When Bunnies Go Bad (Pru Marlowe #6) by Clea Simon

5. Hibiscus: A book that takes place in Africa or Asia.

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The Poppy War (#1) by R.F. Kuang

6. Ivy: There is a 4-legged animal on the cover.

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Dark Canyon by Louis L’Amour

7. Marble: A book set before 1970 OR in a world without computers.

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In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides

8. Onyx: A book that evokes nostalgia for you.

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Again, an appearance from The Reading Rush, this one takes place during from the 1950s to 1980s, decades in which I love learning about Hollywood life of the time.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

9. Pearl: A book that is part of a series.

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The Paris Librarian: A Hugo Marston Novel #6 by Mark Pryor

10. Quartz: There is pink on the cover.

:gem:

I’ll be reading this outside as part of The Reading Rush challenge, which also happens to have pink on the cover.

The Secret Seaside Escape by Heidi Swain

11. Rose: Sit where you can enjoy the sunlight when reading this book.

:rose:

Overlapping with The Reading Rush challenge.

The Bone People by Keri Hulme

12. Scale: Read a non-fiction book.

:test_tube:

I’m #57 of 119 on the waitlist for the library… not sure if I’ll get it in time, we’ll see!

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker

13. Tulip: Read a book with either a bird or food on the cover.

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Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay by Katie Ginger

Making an appearance from The Reading Rush.

14. Willow: Read a play or a book of poetry.

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Shakespeare for Squirrels by Christopher Moore

15. Gold: Book cover is shiny – it can be the entire cover or just a portion of the cover like the text or part of the image.

:gold_tea:

Also from The Reading Rush.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

16. Bonus: Read a book either Rosianna or John has recommended OR a previous LL book that you haven’t read yet.

:tada:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Libro.fm Summer Listening Challenge

I’m also participating in the Libro.fm Summer Listening Challenge which takes place all summer long.

Here is the bingo card:

What books are you reading?

Let me know what readathons/challenges you are participating in this summer, if you have any book recommendations, and what books you plan on reading in the comments below!







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April 25, Happy Independent Bookstore Day & Puzzling!

Today, April 25, is Independent Bookstore Day.

I love to support independent bookstores and I hope dearly that they never go away.

There’s something so therapeutic about browsing around a bookstore and looking at physical copies of books, stacked up so neatly, the way they’re organized, new releases here, best sellers there, complete series, by author, by genre, all of them like a magnet to me.

There’s such a draw to seeing a fabulous cover that catches my eye and picking it up to read the back, adding it to the others tucked under my elbow.

I also enjoy listening to audiobooks and in these current circumstances, I’m loving them more than ever, especially as I put together my latest puzzle. It’s great to be able to still support my local bookstore with Libro.fm in which you can download audiobooks and a percentage of that sale goes toward the bookstore of choice. Today that percentage is %100 which is awesome and you can also get two FREE audiobooks.

The audiobook in the featured image of this post is Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty by Muhammad Yunus which was an audiobook I recently finished and highly recommend.

I also finished Journey to the Center of the Earth (Extraordinary Voyages #3) by Jules Verne, which was this month’s pick for the book club Life’s Library. I invite you to join us! Proceeds go to supporting Partner’s in Health.

I just downloaded the two free audiobooks along with The Island of the Sea Women by Lisa See  and The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix to listen to as I continue on in my puzzling adventures.

Here is the cute garden-themed puzzle I’m putting together. What are you puzzling methods?

I start with the corners and edges.

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Then I organize them by colors and patterns.

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And that feeling of getting a bonus piece when finding some already put together, amazing.

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What books are you currently reading/listening to and what are your puzzle methods, I’d love to know!

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Stay Home Reading Rush April 16th-19th

The Reading Rush, formerly known as Book-Tube-A-Thon is an annual readathon held in summer. This week there will be a reading challenge, taking place for 4 days, from April 16th to 19th.

This Stay at Home Reading Rush is a reading challenge event to encourage people to stay home and have some bookish fun together as a community.

While the Reading Rush website remains under construction for the summer event, taking place from July 22nd-July 28th, 2020, The Reading Rush Instagram will be hosting the reading challenge events and more information can be found on The Reading Rush YouTube Channel.

The Reading Challenges

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So the book I will be reading during this challenge, fulfilling all of the tasks, is the:

The Wandering Inn: Volume 1 (The Wandering Inn #1) by Pirateaba

The Wandering Inn: Volume 1 (The Wandering Inn #1) by Pirateaba

This is actually one of my current reads. It is a fantasy genre web serial that I have thoroughly enjoyed for the past several months.

“No killing Goblins.”

So reads the sign outside of The Wandering Inn, a small building run by a young woman named Erin Solstice. She serves pasta with sausage, blue fruit juice, and dead acid flies on request. And she comes from another world. Ours.

Instagram Photo Challenges

Check out The Reading Rush Instagram to see and upload your daily challenge photos.

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I’m on break from Instagram, but here are my entries for the daily challenges.

Thursday: Take a photo of your favorite reading spot!

How many pillows in the picture can you find?

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And the book featured here in this photo is an excellent cozy mystery I recently finished:

Tide and Punishment by Bree Baker

Tide and Punishment

It’s Christmastime in Charm, North Carolina, and while Everly Swan would prefer to focus on decorating her iced tea shop for its first holiday season, Great-Aunt Fran has decided to run for mayor against her long-time nemesis. But when the other candidate turns up dead just before the first scheduled debate, all eyes turn to Fran as the suspect with the most obvious motive.

Everly knows her sweet, elderly Aunt Fran couldn’t have murdered anyone, but as she struggles to find the real killer, it begins to seem like this may be the last merry Christmas her family may ever have.

Friday: Take a photo of your favorite bookmark!

One of my current reads, as kindly given to me by my favorite bookstore, accompanied by my favorite book mark also from them, The Poisoned Pen.

When Bunnies Go Bad by Clea Simon

DSC06371Winter is hard in Beauville, where the melting snow can reveal much more than last season’s dead leaves. So when a wealthy, obnoxious tourist and his ski bunny girlfriend surface in Pru Marlowe’s little Berkshire town, she knows she should stay out of their way.

Saturday: Take a photo of your bookshelves!

Currently it’s quite an eclectic collection…

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Sunday: Take a photo of a book outside!

I received this advance readers copy and I am looking forward to it. It will be published this fall. I took this photo of the cover outside during the recent pink moon.

The Coast-to-Coast Murders

DSC06319There’s a killer on the road, and nobody is safe.
Michael and Megan Fitzgerald are siblings who share a terrifying past. Both adopted, and now grown — Michael is a long-haul truck driver, Megan a college student majoring in psychology — they trust each other before anyone else. They’ve had to.

Let me know what books you are currently reading and if you plan on participating in this readathon and what books you would like to read in the comments below!

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Happy Easter & Story Time Videos for Children

Happy Easter!

Easter Joy

My mother decorated an Easter welcome home tree for me, it turned out so adorable!

And here are some videos my mother and I made, I hope you enjoy!

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Happy Library Shelfie Day, Plus 5 Classics I Reread in 2019, and my 2019 Goodreads Year in Review!

Happy Library Shelfie Day!

Yesterday, January 22, was National Library Shelfie Day! Here is my current book shelf!

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What is on your shelf? TBR list? And how do you arrange your books?

I arranged mine in a rainbow theme for this shot. Be sure to tell me, which James Patterson book do you have on your shelf. His books, they’re everywhere, you can’t escape them. Pun intended.

Here are the magazines/comics on my shelf. I did a little spring cleaning recently and I totally forgot I had these. I love old comics and these ones are classics of classics!

Who are your favorite comic book characters? Mine? Superwoman and Ironman, hands down.

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The Classics

I enjoy reading and rereading classics every now and then. Here are my top 5 that I read last year.

What classics you plan on reading in 2020?

5 Classics to Reread this Year

The Vicar of WakefieldThe Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

 

 

 

All Quiet on the Western FrontAll Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

 

 

 

The Bluest EyeThe Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

 

 

 

EmmaEmma by Jane Austen

 

 

 

19841984 by George Orwell

 

 

 

Goodreads Goals of 2019

And here is what I read over the course of last year. So many wonderful books out there!

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Did you meet your reading goals in 2019?

What are you goals for this year?

I am setting my goals for 2020 to 24 books to read in a year because that is a number I’ll likely accomplish and feel good about.

I don’t much care to quantify my reading goals because I like to take my time with books and don’t want the pressure of having to reach a certain number. It takes the fun out of it for me and just doesn’t suit my personality. Probably because I am more of a mood reader. If I feel like reading, I’ll read. If not, I don’t worry too much about it.

Often I’ll start a book, put it away for a while. Start and finish a new book, and then come back to the one I was previously reading. I like to meander around in the reading world.

And as far as goals for reading certain types of books as far as genre and content? Same idea. I’ll read what I want to as the mood and season calls for it. I love surprises anyway!

There are so many great books out there! I’d love to know in the comments below what your thoughts are and be sure to list out any books you’d like to recommend!

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Happy National Book Lovers Day!

Happy National Book Lovers Day!

This day is dedicated to everyone who loves to read.

And yes, the featured image is my physical copy of books I plan to read… and there’s more than what I was able to photograph!

I’ve been reading so many good books lately and have a lot I am looking forward to.

I didn’t think I would read so much over the past year… it all started with fractured ankles and book donations given to me while I was healing and I realized, boy have I missed out on the harlequin, cozy mystery series, magical realism, and high fantasy world!

What have I read, what am I reading, and what’s on my list?

Here is my most recent reading list: Book List.

And of course you can always see what I’m currently reading/TBR list here: Goodreads.

Current Reading Challenges

Libro.fm Summer Listening Challenge

Don’t forget, it’s not too late to join the Libro.fm Summer Listening Challenge.

Libro.fm Summer Listening Challenge

I was never too keen on audiobooks or even digital copies of books for a really long time. I typically prefer physical copies because it’s easier on my eyes and I feel like a read at a better pace (and they are so much easier to photography- sidenote for book photographers out there).

But I’ve actually come to enjoy both, especially audiobooks. They’re great to listen to while traveling, painting, crafting, baking, any activity where you’d like to hear about a good story but you need your hands free.

The challenge is still taking place and will be ending on September 2nd. Participate by listening to audiobooks. You can set up your audiobook purchases so that book proceeds can help support your local bookstore.

Upload your listening log found at  Libro.fm Summer Listening Challenge and get rewards which include audiobook discounts, free audiobooks, and entry for the grand prize!

Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge

Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge

I’m definitely still working on this one… the last day of summer is September 23… we’ll see! You can view the books on this challenge on my post Summer Reading Challenges of 2019.

ARC AUGUST

It’s also ARC August, so be on the look out for new book reviews coming out soon!

NetGalley #Reviewathon

This challenge runs through August 30, 2019. If you would like to participate in the challenge or join Netgalley as a book reviewer, click here.

Book Clubs

Here are some of the book clubs that I’m currently a part of.

Life’s Library Book Club It has introduced me to books I wouldn’t have considered before, and the discord discussion is great because there are a lot of participants around the world so you can pick up on the discussion at any time. They offer books with fun items shipped with them as well as virtual items and you can choose from physical, digital, or audiobooks. Proceeds go to Partners in Health, but you don’t have to subscribe to the purchased option to be a part of the book club, they choose books that have been out long enough to be found at local libraries.

NerdFighters Book Club It’s not so active on GR as much nowadays though the discord is active. Some monthly readings are whatever Life’s Library is reading at the moment and there are niche clubs within clubs that can be suited to anyone’s interest, ie… Jane Austen or sci-fi.

SunBeamsJess Book Club I love the variety of books she chooses and the way she reviews them.

PewDiePie’s Literature Club A lot of classic literature which I like.

Peter Likes Books I don’t read a lot of true crime as part of the book club called A True Crime Book Club, but once in a while I do and I absolutely love his humor and contagious joy and enthusiasm for books!

I also watch BookswithEmilyFox I like her taste in books (includes modern and classic sci-fi) and participate in the book club reads when able.

What book clubs are you a part of or are wanting to join? Please share below!

What are you reading?

I’m always looking for suggestions, let me know what books you are currently reading, what’s on your reading list, and if you have any you’d like to recommend in the comments below.

As always, happy reading!

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Reading Rush Book Challenge

The Reading Rush has begun!

Yesterday marked the first day of a week long Reading Rush book challenge.

If you don’t know what Reading Rush is, it’s a reading challenge that dedicates an entire week of reading to book loving participants based on daily themes and includes contests and prizes for various activities that take place throughout the week. It was formerly known as Book-Tube-A-Thon.

My pick for the entire week (I think it will meet all of the challenges) is:

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

I’m doing it a little different this year because, I feel like painting at the moment, and when you feel like you’re in the mood to paint, you have to paint. Before the inspiration and desire goes away. In fact I’m in the middle of painting a pirate ship at the moment, so I’m mostly listening to audiobooks this year.

I’m also participating in the Libro.fm Summer Listening Challenge as well. I really want to win a year of free audiobooks!

If you are interested in participating in any of these challenges this year check them out here:

Reading Rush

Libro.fm Summer Listening Challenge

Here is my list of books that I have read over the past year that maybe you may be interested in:

Book List

Let me know if you are participating in any of the challenges and what books you are currently reading and plan to read in the comments below, I’d love to know!

Also be sure to mention your book recommendations!

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Summer Reading Challenges of 2019

Happy first day of summer!

It’s time for summer reading! You can find me by the water enjoying a good book, beautiful sunshine, and an icy glass of my latest favorite- Mint Watermelon Flavored Black Tea. The tea was limited edition and I literally cleared out the shelf because I love it that much.

Are you looking for some summer reads? Perhaps some reading challenges to participate in? If so, keep reading for information about 2 particular challenges that I will be participating in over the next couple of months. I hope you can join me. Be sure to let me know what you are planning on reading in the comments below!

Libro.fm Summer Listening Challenge

Libro.fm Summer Listening Challenge

June is audiobook month and there are several events happening at Libro.fm.

From June 1st – September 2nd you can participate in the Libro.fm Summer Listening Challenge by listening to audiobooks! It’s super easy. Once you’ve listened to more than 20 hours of audiobooks, upload your listening log and get rewards which include audiobook discounts, free audiobooks, and entry for the grand prize:

Free audiobooks for a year, a framed print by artist Jane Mount, and Libro.fm gear!

Be sure to check out their calendar for more activities and help to support your local bookstore!

Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge

Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge

For book lovers who want to stretch their reading goals this season, Goodreads is offering an exclusive summer reading challenge to help. Below you’ll find prompts for beginners who want to get their feet wet and additional prompts for experts who want a deeper dive.

Check out my picks for this challenge.

For Beginners

  • Good as gold: Read a book that won a Goodreads Choice Award.

2018 winner for best fantasy.

Circe by Madeline Miller

  • The book is better: Read a book being adapted for TV or film this year.

“I Heard You Paint Houses”: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa by Charles Brandt

  • Short & sweet: Read a book with less than 100 pages (or a book you can finish in one sitting).

I won this one in a Goodreads giveaway.

At The Zoo by Clever Publishing (Goodreads Author), Svetlana Shendrik (Illustrations)

  • On the bandwagon: Read one of the most read books right now on Goodreads.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • Actually want to read: Read a book that’s been on your Want to Read shelf for more than a year.

Still reading this one from last year’s BookTubeAThon.

Earth by David Brin

  • Not from around here: Read a book set in a different culture from your own.

Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia by Christina Thompson

  • In the friend zone: Read a book that a friend has recommended.

Hawaii by James A. Michener

  • It takes two: Read a coauthored book.

The Talisman #1 by Stephen King & Peter Straub

  • Wheel of format: Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read in (­a graphic novel, poetry, a play, an audiobook, etc.).

I don’t typically read graphic novels. A search came up with this one.

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

  • New voices: Read a debut novel.

Inspired by his daughter.

Legends of Genesia: Rise of the Star by Eric Camarillo

  • Past love: Reread a book you loved when you were younger.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

  • Armchair traveler: Read a book set in a destination you want to visit.

I really want to visit New Zealand. It’s been on my travel list for quite sometime.

The Bone People by Keri Hulme

Expert-Level Additions

  • Stay awhile: Read a book with more than 500 pages.

1007 pages.

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson

  • Stranger than fiction: Read a nonfiction book published this year.

Appeasement: Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill, and the Road to War by Tim Bouverie

  • Tongue-tied: Read a translated book.

The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight Into Beauty by Soetsu Yanagi, Bernard Leach

  • No place like home: Read a book that appears in your Goodreads newsfeed.

Sure, why not.

A Place to Call Home (Mirror Lake #1) by Kathryn Springer

  • Continental drift: Read a book set on every continent.

A 60,000-mile ocean voyage? Close enough.

Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe by Laurence Bergreen

  • Genre explorer: Read a book from a genre you’ve never read before. 

I’ve read from every genre, but my least read genres are self-help and horror. I’ll go with horror. One of my favorite movies as a little girl was Firestarter and this book, coming out in September, is supposedly similar in style.

The Institute by Stephen King

  • Reading roulette: Read the third book you see on your Want to Read shelf.

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

  • Primary reading: Read a book with a number or color in the title.

I absolutely adore bright, clear yellow, I enjoy pink, but I really love cerulean blue. In fact I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to it.

Cerulean Rust: Book Two of the Rail Legacy by William J. Jackson

  • Back to school: Read a book about a subject you don’t know much about.

I’ve always wanted to take a woodshop class and received this one from Netgalley.

Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds: 12 Miniature Structures You Can Build to Enhance Your Yard or Neighborhood by Philip Schmidt

What are you currently reading?

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Happy Independent Bookstore Day! Plus FREE Audiobooks!

I just love visiting bookstores.

I get the same nostalgic feeling I would get when going to Blockbuster, Hollywood Video, or Rent-A to pick out a movie or video game before they all went out of business. With so many books to choose from, I like taking my time browsing each aisle, admiring the covers, and picking up each book to read the back. I even make a point to visit them whenever I travel, like this bookstore I found while attending a conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma last year.

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It would be incredibly sad if all brick-and-mortar bookstores closed their doors and had a going out in much the same way as local video rental stores did. We have already bid farewell to chains such as Hastings and Borders, of which I was so distraught over.

I miss walking around Borders with my Seattle’s Best coffee.

More specifically, a hot, grande, white chocolate mocha with 2 pumps of white chocolate, 1/2 pump of peppermint, topped whipped cream. Enjoying the atmosphere of being surrounded by bounds of papers, each with a written story appealing to my mood and I wanting to read them all.

I watch a YouTube channel called Company Man and it covers the demise and success of businesses. It would be a terrible thing if every last one of the brick-and-mortar bookstores disappeared. I fear for this as online purchases from mega companies (well one in particular) take over a lot of what small business bookstores have to offer. With their unique, local charm, familiar faces, and book recommendations. The camaraderie. Book signings and other fun events.

Having choices and competition is great.

I also love the convenience of online shopping including purchases from my local bookstore via their website, but I want to see them thrive too. I also listen to a fair amount of audiobooks so I wasn’t sure how to balance it all.

There actually is a way to listen to audiobooks while supporting your local bookstore.

Libro.fm is an audiobook company where listeners can help to support local bookstores and communities. They keep prices fair to authors and bookstores. In fact your community sees 25% more money with their partnership. Membership price and value is quite comparable to Amazon’s Audible. The selection choice is smaller, but with over 100,000 books and growing, I have been able to find every book I have wanted. I also like the way their website is organized along with their search option features.

And today they’re offering FREE books!

If you join with a membership, you’ll not only be supporting your local bookstore, but you’ll also get 3 audiobooks for the price of 1. That’s 3 audiobooks for $14.99.

Here are a few membership details

  • Supports your local bookstore
  • Over 100,000 audiobooks
  • $14.99 (USD) monthly fee (one audiobook per month)
  • 30% off additional audiobooks and gifted audiobooks
  • Free iOS and Android App
  • Membership credits never expire
  • DRM-Free (listen on multiple devices)
  • Recommendations from independent booksellers

If you are looking for something to read check out:

A list of books I’ve read over the past year

View all my reviews on Goodreads

I hope you have a wonderful day! Let me know what books you recommend!

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Happy World Book Day! Let’s Celebrate Together! Plus Free Books!

Happy World Book Day!

What is World Book Day you may ask?

It’s a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books, and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

Check out the World Book Day website. They feature all kinds of activities, reading programs, recommendations, games, videos, contests, book news, and so much more!

Why April 23?

23 April is a symbolic date in world literature. It is the date on which several prominent authors, William Shakespeare, Miguel Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. This date was a natural choice for UNESCO’s General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a worldwide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone to access books – most beautiful invention for sharing ideas beyond the boundaries of humanity space and time as well as the most powerful forces of poverty eradication and peace building.

Did you know today is also Copyright Day?

It sure is! So we have a double celebration to promote the enjoyment of books and reading. Both help to bring recognition to the magical power of books – a link between the past and the future, a bridge between generations and across cultures.

How else can I participate in the celebration of bringing the joy of reading to people all around the world?

Today, Penguin Random House is making a pledge where for every book purchased on their site, Penguin Random House will donate $1 to Worldreader – a non-profit organization that champions digital reading in underserved communities.

Free books display, Somos, The Literary Society of Taos, Taos, New Mexico, USA © 2018 ericarobbin.com | All rights reserved.

And did you say free books?

It’s true! Amazon is celebrating by offering nine Kindle books from around the world for FREE. Check them out on their celebration page called Read the World. The free downloads are currently available in the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Australia, and India. You don’t have to have a Kindle device in order to download them, just the Kindle app.

Any other book news?

I would also like to let you know about some additional news in the book sector.

Penguin’s First to Read digital galley of not-yet-published books for members is sadly coming to a sunset.

However they have introduced a new reading offering called Penguin Random House Reader Rewards Program. This program allows readers to earn one free book for every 12 PRH titles purchased. Once you join, just enter in the ISBN, date of purchase, retailer, and the order number and you’ll be on your way to earning free books (up to $30 in value)!

It’s currently open to U.S. residents at this time and books need to be entered within 30 days of purchase in order to be qualified. Any format is acceptable whether physical, digital, or audio and must be purchased at a qualifying retailer which includes Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books a Million, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Penguin Random House, Target, Walmart, or choose the option of other retailer.

With PRH being the international home to nearly 275 editorially and creatively independent publishing imprints/subsidiaries including Vintage Books, Dutton, Crowne Publishing Group, Bantam, Ballantine, Berkley Publishing Group, Putnam, this is a great opportunity for you to read and earn. If you have ever read Little Golden Books such as The Poky Little Puppy, you have read a book under the PRH imprint.

Are looking for a book to read?

Check out a few that I have read. I enjoy all kinds of books, my choices are pretty eclectic. You can see them on my website or by visiting:

A list of books I’ve read over the past year

View all my reviews on Goodreads

What are YOU currently reading?

What books are you most looking forward to reading in the upcoming months? Let me know in the comments below, I’d also love to hear your book recommendations!

As summer approaches I’m also looking for any suggestions on books with an adventurous maritime theme and cozy mysteries taking place at beach settings. And of course any historical nonfiction, satire, or classic sci-fi because those are my most favorite genres.

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My Life in Books – Book Tag

With all the reading I enjoyed last year, I thought it would be fun to participate in a book tag. I found this particular tag on a blog called Confessions of a Serial Reader. I love this blogger’s title, I can totally relate.

1. Find a book for each of your initials.

For this book, I chose Emma by Jane Austen since it was the first one that popped up starting with the letter E in my TBR list. It’s a classic. It was published in 1815 and tells the story about perilous youth and romance. It has been on my list for classic novels that I’ve been wanting to reread and I’m looking forward to picking it up again. emma book 2000

And next, I did a search for books beginning with the letter “R” and it came up with Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I’m looking forward to this one and it is the read for SunBeamsJess Book Club.

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2. Count your age along your book shelf – what is the book?

This one came up with Bellocq’s Ophelia by Natasha Trethewey. The style is written as ekphrastic poetry which I think will be interesting.

Bellocq's Ophelia by Natasha Trethewey book, photo courtesy of Goodreads

3. Pick a book set in your city/country.

How about Hawaii by James A. Michener. This one was recommended to me over the summer by a friend of mine and I am looking forward to reading it.

Hawaii by James A. Michener book, photo courtesy of Goodreads

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to.

I really want to visit New Zealand. It’s been on my travel list for quite sometime. The Bone People by Keri Hulme is described as “At once a mystery, a love story, and an ambitious exploration of the zone where Maori and European New Zealand meet, Booker Prize-winning novel The Bone People is a powerful and unsettling tale saturated with violence and Maori spirituality.” Definitely sounds like an interesting one!

The Bone People by Keri Hulme book, photo courtesy of Goodreads

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color.

I absolutely adore bright, clear yellow, I enjoy pink, but I really love cerulean blue. In fact I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to it. As a side note, while preparing for this tag, I found a post titled The History of Cerulean Blue by David Wier which I found insightful. The book that came up for this pick is Cerulean Rust: Book Two of the Rail Legacy by William J. Jackson and I’m excited for this one.

Cerulean Rust: Book Two of the Rail Legacy (The Rail Legacy #2) book by William J. Jackson, photo courtesy of Goodreads

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

Tell Me What Time It Is (My Tiny 3-D Book Series) by Playmore Publishing was one of my most memorable and favorite books growing up. Unfortunately it is out of print. I still have my childhood copy though!

Tell Me What Time It Is! My Tiny 3-D Book Series, photo courtesy of Playmore Publishing

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. It’s one of my most favorite books of all-time and was a classic reread for me this year.  I attempted to read most of it in Spanish which was quite challenging. It took me several months. I followed along with the SPAN 300 Open Yale Course which was excellent. And how beautiful is that embossing with gold foil stamping?

Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes book © 2018 ericarobbin.com

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

Earth by David Brin. I’m still reading this one from this summer’s 2018 BookTube-A-Thon where we did a coin toss to decide our first read. Science fiction is one of my favorite genres.

Earth by David Brin book © 2018 ericarobbin.com

I hope you enjoyed this My Life in Books – Book Tag. Let me know if you participated in this one or if you plan to so I can check it out and if you have read or plan to read any of these books in the comments below! 

And as always, happy reading!

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