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Peek Inside a Book - Clock Dance

When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.


Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

It Begins: Willa Drake and Sonya Bailey were selling candy bars door-to-door.

On Page 56: There were tumbling green hills resembling bunches of fresh parsley, and mysterious hollows already darkening in the late-afternoon shadows, and nearer to the highway little cabins sat surrounded by rickrack fences and ramshackle sheds, washing machines on their front porches, hound dogs splayed in the dirt yards, tractors rusting out back. 

Verdict: My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I recently learned that my town's library (not part of the county system I work for)…
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#BookBloggerHop Jan. 11-17

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The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry by David L. Carlson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary: In order to prevent his son from going down the same dark path he did, a blind poet must tell his son about his secret life as a mobster.

 "The Hunting Accident" is the true life story of a Chicago gangster who is blinded during a shootout and is sent to Stateville Prison where he learns to navigate life under the tutelage of real life thrill killer Nathan Leopold.

Review: Beautiful artwork. Interesting story, loved the insights into Leopold and his life in prison.
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2018 A to Z Challenge Update

A friend messaged me asking for help selecting books for this A to Z challenge she was trying to do in 2018.  I helped her pick a few books and then kind of forgot about the challenge.  Then in November we were having dinner and she mentioned the challenge again and I wondered how many books/short stories did I read or listen to that fulfilled letters.  So I took a look and realized there were only a few letters that I didn't have and knew I could finish the alphabet before the end of the year.

Here's the list - you can also find it on Goodreads

As Good as New by Charlie Jane Anders*
The Blacksmith's Son by Rebecca Thomas
Cowboy SEAL Homecoming by Nicole Helm
Different Kinds of Darkness by David Langford*
Eight Simple Rules for Dating A Dragon by Kerrelyn Sparks
Force of Nature by Jane Harper
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Harley and Ivy by Paul Dini
I Am the Cheese by Robert Cormier
Jane Austen, the Secret Radical by Helena Kelly
Kaleidoscope by Alisa Krasnostein*
The …

It's Monday! What are you reading? November 5

So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently Reading:

Title:Pride and Prometheus
Author: John Kessel
Date Started: October 31

Title:The Catholic Youth Bible Date Started: January 1 Note:Roof Beam Reader Read the Bible as Literature Event

Currently Listening:

Title: The Power of One
Author: Bryce Courtenay
Narrator: Humphrey Bower
Date Started: July 30
Finished Reading:

Title: Consumed (Firefighters #1)
Author: J.R. Ward
Date Finished: October 29
Stars: 4 of 5
Review: Intense read, can't wait for more in this series.

Title: Stygian (Dark-Hunger #27)
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Date Finished: October 23
Stars: 4 of 5
Review: For awhile I was starting to get a bit bored with this series, but this book really sucked me back in.

It's Monday! What are you reading? - October 22

So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently Reading:

Title:Stygian (Dark-Hunter #27)
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Date Started: October 21

Title:The Catholic Youth Bible Date Started: January 1 Note:Roof Beam Reader Read the Bible as Literature Event

Currently Listening:

Title: The Power of One
Author: Bryce Courtenay
Narrator: Humphrey Bower
Date Started: July 30
Finished Reading:

TitleThe Zillionaire Vampire Cowboy's Secret Werewolf Babies
Author: Nine Naught Novelists
Date Finished: October 21
Stars: 3 of 5
Review: Funny read, wish it was flushed out a bit more.

TitleFaith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe is Coming Apart
Author: Kath Escobar
Date Finished: October 20
Stars: 4 of 5
Review: Interesting read, really shed some light on some of the things I'm going through with my faith right now.

TitleMeg (MEG #1)
Author: Steve Alten
Date Finished: October 3
Stars: 4 o…

Peek Inside a Book - Meg

When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.


This week I'm reading: Megby Steve Alten



It Begins: MEGALODON
Late Cretaceous Period, 70 Million Years Ago The Coast of Asiamerica-Northern Landmass (Pacific Ocean)
From the moment the early morning fog had begun to lift, they sensed they were being watched. 

On Page 56: As the helicopter approached the aft deck, Jonas immediately recognized the large reinforced-steel winch attached to the ship's transom which had been used to lower the twenty-five UNIS submersibles to the bottom of the Mariana Trench.
Verdict: I wanted to read this since it was the basis of the movie…

It's Monday! What are you reading? - October 1

So my plan is, each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently Reading:

Title: Meg (MEG #1)
Author: Steve Alten
Date Started: September 27

Title:The Catholic Youth Bible Date Started: January 1 Note:Roof Beam Reader Read the Bible as Literature Event

Currently Listening:

Title: The Power of One
Author: Bryce Courtenay
Narrator: Humphrey Bower
Date Started: July 30
Finished Reading:

Title: Singing on a Star
Author: Ellen Klages
Narrator: LeVar Burton
Date Listened: September 26
Stars: 3 of 5

Title: Cottage by the Sea
Author: Debbie Macomber
Date Finished: September 26
Stars: 5 of 5

Title: Leverage in Death (In Death #47)
Author: J.D. Robb
Date Finished: September 25
Stars: 5 of 5

Title: The Broken Vow (Spill Zone, #2)
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Date Finished: September 21
Stars: 4 of 5

Title: Your Black Friend and Other Strangers
Author: Ben Passmore
Date Finished: September 19
Stars: 4 of 5

Title: Ice Cream Man Vol. 1
Author: Max…