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#BookBloggerHop Jan. 25th - 31st

Book Blogger Hop

How many books did you read last year?
Will your goal be to match that number or surpass it?

Last year my Goodreads goal was 150 and I finished 140 books/short stories.  I'll be aiming for 150 again this year.

I started using Goodreads to set my reading goals in 2012, here's how I've stacked up

2012
Goal: 100 books
Read: 147 books

2013
Goal: 200 books
Read: 170 books

2014
Goal: 200 books
Read: 189 books

2015
Goal: 200 books
Read: 187 books

2016
Goal: 150 books
Read: 149 books

2017
Goal: 150 books
Read: 142 books

#BookBloggerHop Jan. 18th - 24th

Book Blogger Hop

Is there anything that drives you bonkers
when you're reading a book and
it makes you want to tell the author a thing or two?

Being a librarian, I HATE when authors fall on the stereotypical librarian tropes.  Really it's any tropes about profession, but that one really bugs me, because to me it means they don't go into libraries. They haven't taken some time to see what's changed and what is really going on in these buildings.

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)…

#BookBloggerHop Jan. 11-17

Book Blogger Hop


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 …