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Mailbox Monday

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of  A Girl and Her Books.  The host for July’s Mailbox Monday posts will be Mrs Q: Book Addict.

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs.

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

After a couple of slow weeks in my mailbox, this week has been great!  I also went shopping at my library bookstore, and got 3 books to add to my overflowing book collection.

Hocus Pocus Hotel by Michael Dahl from Capstone Publishing – I won this one, signed by the author!  Releases Aug 1, 2012

“Ever since it was built by the great magician Abracadabra, the hotel Tyler Yu lives in has had its share of mysterious events.  Ghosts wandering the halls, a magician who vanishes into thin air – Ty can’t figure these things out on his own.  But Charlie Hitchcock, with his photographic memory, might be just the partner the school bully needs.”

The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex by Owen Chase, First Mate (bought at the Library Bookstore)

“On the morning of November 20, 1820, in the Pacific Ocean, an enraged sperm whale rammed the Nantucket whaler Essex. As the boat began to sink, her crew of thirty had time only to collect some bread and water before pulling away in three frail open boats. Without charts, alone on the open seas, and thousands of miles from any known land, the sailors began their terrifying journey of survival. Ninety days later, after much suffering and death by starvation, intense heat, and dehydration, only eight men survived to reach land. One of them was Owen Chase, first mate of the ill-fated ship, whose account of the long and perilous journey has become a classic of endurance and human courage. The elements of his tale inspired Herman Melville (who was born the year the Essex sank) to write the classic Moby Dick.”

Tulipomania by Mike Dash (bought at the Library Bookstore) – I’m not usually a big history genre reader, but this book seemed really interesting to me.

“In the 1630s, visitors to the prosperous trading cities of the Netherlands couldn’t help but notice that thousands of normally sober, hardworking Dutch citizens from every walk of life were caught up in an extraordinary frenzy of buying and selling. The object of this unprecedented speculation was the tulip, a delicate and exotic Eastern import that had bewitched horticulturists, noblemen, and tavern owners alike. For almost a year rare bulbs changed hands for incredible and ever-increasing sums, until single flowers were being sold for more than the cost of a house.”

The Little Sparrow: The Orphan Train Trilogy by Al & Joanna Lacy (bought from the Library Bookstore)

“Kearney, Cheyenne, Rawlins. Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco. At each train station, a few lucky orphans from the crowded streets of New York City receive the fulfillment of their dreams: a home and family. This “orphan train” is the vision of Charles Loring Brace, founder of the Children’s Aid Society, who cannot bear to see innocent children abandoned in the overpopulated cities of the mid-nineteenth-century.”

On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves from Plume (a Penguin Imprint) – Releases July 10, 2012

“Anna Emerson is a thirty-year-old English teacher desperately in need of adventure. Worn down by the cold Chicago winters and a relationship that’s going nowhere, she jumps at the chance to spend the summer on a tropical island tutoring sixteen-year-old T.J.  T.J. Callahan has no desire to go anywhere. His cancer is in remission and he wants to get back to his normal life. But his parents are insisting he spend the summer in the Maldives catching up on all the school he missed last year.  Anna and T.J. board a private plane headed to the Callahan’s summer home, and as they fly over the Maldives’ twelve hundred islands, the unthinkable happens. Their plane crashes in shark-infested waters. They make it to shore, but soon discover that they’re stranded on an uninhabited island.  At first, their only thought is survival. But as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.’s cancer could return.”

Falling in Love With Joseph Smith by Jane Barnes – a win from Shelf Awareness – Releases Aug. 16, 2012

“When award-winning documentary film writer Jane Barnes was working on the PBS Frontline/American Experience special series The Mormons, she was surprised to find herself passionately drawn to Joseph Smith. The product of an Episcopalian, “WASPy” family, she couldn’t remember ever having met a Mormon before her work on the series—much less having dallied with the idea of converting to a religion shrouded in controversy. But so it was: She was smitten with a man who claimed to have translated the word of God by peering into the dark of his hat.

Barnes describes her experiences working on the PBS series as she moved from secular curiosity to the brink of conversion to Mormonism. It all began when she came across Joseph Smith’s early writings. She was delighted to discover how funny and utterly unique he was—and how widely divergent his wild yet profound visions of God were from the Church of Latter-day Saints as we know it today. Her fascination deepened when, much to her surprise, she learned that her eighth cousin Anna Barnes converted to Mormonism in 1833. Through Anna, Barnes follows her family’s close involvement with Smith and the crises caused by his controversial practice of polygamy. Barnes’ unlikely path helps her gain a newfound respect for the innovative American spirit that lies at the heart of Mormonism—and for a religion that is, in many ways, still coming into its own.”
Those We Love Most by Lee Woodruff from Voice – a Hyperion Imprint
“Life is good for Maura Corrigan. Married to her college sweetheart, Pete, raising three young kids with her parents nearby in her peaceful Chicago suburb, her world is secure. Then one day, in a single turn of fate, that entire world comes crashing down and everything that she thought she knew changes.  Maura must learn to move forward with the weight of grief and the crushing guilt of an unforgivable secret. Pete senses a gap growing between him and his wife but finds it easier to escape to the bar with his friends than face the flaws in his marriage. “Inspired & Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life’s Work by Tama Kieves – Releases Aug. 30, 2012

“Tama Kieves, Harvard-lawyer-turned-career-coach, has spent the last decade crossing the United States and Canada, speaking to tens of thousands of people and sharing her inspiring story of moving from a career that was killing her to a life that has uplifted her, chronicled in her first book, This Time I Dance!: Creating the Work You Love. She has mentored thousands of people who, with her help, have followed their passion, and now live their dream lives.  And now she takes us to the next step in our journey…

Within you is your purpose—your destiny—that will lead you to your greatest fulfillment, and your greatest success. What Kieves discovered in her own journey is that the way to success is an inspired path, not a linear one. She brings her mentoring ideas and actions together in her latest work, Inspired and Unstoppable. In this motivating book, Kieves teaches that it is only in unleashing this purpose that you can become truly happy and satisfied.”

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter from Alfred Knopf – Releases July 10, 2012

I have to say, I was so SO excited when I got the email saying that I was receiving this book – I’m a big fan of President Lincoln, and I love the premise of this book – what might have happened if he survived the bullet wound.

“Stephen L. Carter’s thrilling new novel takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Two years later he is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority, both during and after the Civil War, and faces an impeachment trial . . .

Twenty-one-year-old Abigail Canner is a young black woman with a degree from Oberlin, a letter of employment from the law firm that has undertaken Lincoln’s defense, and the iron-strong conviction, learned from her late mother, that “whatever limitations society might place on ordinary negroes, they would never apply to her.” And so Abigail embarks on a life that defies the norms of every stratum of Washington society: working side by side with a white clerk, meeting the great and powerful of the nation, including the president himself.  But when Lincoln’s lead counsel is found brutally murdered on the eve of the trial, Abigail is plunged into a treacherous web of intrigue and conspiracy reaching the highest levels of the divided government.”

The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields from Viking.  Releases Aug. 2, 2012

“When at the age of forty-five, Edith falls passionately in love with a dashing younger journalist, Morton Fullerton, and is at last opened to the world of the sensual, it threatens everything certain in her life but especially her abiding friendship with Anna. As Edith’s marriage crumbles and Anna’s disapproval threatens to shatter their lifelong bond, the women must face the fragility at the heart of all friendships.

Told through the points of view of both women, The Age of Desire takes us on a vivid journey through Wharton’s early Gilded Age world: Paris with its glamorous literary salons and dark secret cafés, the Whartons’ elegant house in Lenox, Massachusetts, and Henry James’s manse in Rye, England.”

I also got several Kindle books, but this list is already quite long, so I’ll stop with the print books.  :)

What new books came into your home this week?

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It’s summertime!

I’ve noticed the last couple of weeks that it’s really REALLY hot, and that I’ve been struggling to post anywhere near five times a week.  Combined with the fact that my lil’ heart is in year-round school and only gets six weeks of summer, and we are down two of those weeks already, I’ve decided that I’m not going to stress about posting this month.  She’ll be back in school August 1st, and until then, I want us to have a fun, schedule-free summer.  I will be posting over the next four weeks, just not on a schedule or five times a week!  There, I feel better already! :)

We got a new addition to our family this week – my daughter got her very own kitten.  It’s been about 13 years since I’ve had a baby animal around the house –  most of ours are rescues, either from the shelter or from being a stray, and they weren’t babies.  This little guy is just now 9 weeks old, and he’s the cutest thing (maybe ever)!  He’s bonded with her and cries when she leaves him sometimes.  Not always though – sometimes he’s asleep!

She was walking out the door to go play and he stood up and started talking to her.  She came back and this is what he did.

Because it’s so hot here right now, doing fun stuff outside has to be done before the sun comes up or after it goes down – which really limits available time.  I was planning on starting to run this summer, but I’m afraid I’d have a heat stroke less than a block from my house.  Also, I’m not really good at running, so I need all the help I can get.  The sun beating down on me at 8am isn’t considered the help I need.

I recently discovered a 5K called the Color Run. I really want to do this, and while I’ve done several 5K’s, I’ve never run one.  I would like to run this one – or at least run part of it!  They have some awesome videos of the Color Run that really inspire me to be involved.  Although the race that I want to participate in isn’t until mid-August, it’s still one of my summer goals to train/prepare for this.

We also made a list of other things we wanted to do this summer – we didn’t factor the heat in when we made the list, so some of them we haven’t even attempted.  We have picked wild blackberries and made a cobbler, but other outdoor things (including running), we haven’t done yet.  We are going out to do A-Z photography – we each will have a sheet, and as we drive around (or walk or hike), we will take photos of random things to check off of our list – “A” might be an airplane, “S” might be the big artsy snails in our downtown square.

We also want to go back to the Crystal Bridges Art Museum (we’ve been twice already – see some photos here), paint pottery together, volunteer at the library and a local food bank, play games, read, nap, bake and have movie marathons.  I recently introduced her to the movie “A League of Their Own”, and she loved it!  Of course we want to see new favorites like Brave and Ice Age 4: Continental Drift.

As you can see, we have a lot to do in just four weeks – our agenda for today will include volunteering at the library, sharing a Midnight Truffle Blizzard from Dairy Queen, a bit of reading and math (to stay ready for 3rd grade), and I’d like to teach my lil’ heart how to play Bunco.  Who knows what tomorrow’s plans will be, but I’m thrilled to be spending all day with her!

I will be posting soon with my thoughts (what some people call a review) about Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness, which I loved!

I hope you are having a wonderful summer!  I know it will fly by!

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.
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This weeks Topic:  Top Ten Books On My Summer TBD List
There are a million books I want to read (and while “a million” may be an exaggeration, it’s not much of one), I’m going to limit my Top Ten to  books I either own or can borrow from the library.

1. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers – I’ve been wanting to read this book since I started reading about it long before it was published, and am thrilled to have it!

2. The Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness – I really enjoyed A Discovery of Witches and was so excited to get the ARC of the second book.

3. The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer

4. Wicked Appetites by Janet Evanovich

5. Feed by Mira Grant – I just found this series from another blogger.  This is the first book of the News Flash Trilogy, and I do love stories that lasts longer than one book!

6. Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth.

7. The Silence by Jim Kraus.  This is a dystopian novel (as are several on this list), and I recently read a review on this book that interested me.

8. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

9. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

10. The Remaining by D. J. Molles

What books are on your To Be Read list for this summer?

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Books on my TBR List

I am constantly adding to my To Be Read list.  Every Mailbox Monday I find books I’m envious of, and every review I read helps me decide whether to add another book to my TBR list.  I use Amazon’s Shelfari (If you haven’t tried it, it’s great).  Here are some of the recent books I’ve added to my ever-growing list.

Plague Town by Dana Fredsti

“Ashley was just trying to get through a tough day when the world turned upside down.

A terrifying virus appears, quickly becoming a pandemic that leaves its victims, not dead, but far worse. Attacked by zombies, Ashley discovers that she is a ‘Wild-Card’ — immune to the virus — and she is recruited to fight back and try to control the outbreak.

It’s Buffy meets the Walking Dead in a rapid-fire zombie adventure.”  (GoodReads)

Picture This by Jacqueline Sheehan

“Peaks Island, Maine vibrates with its own special magic, a unique flow to life that knits together the small community that calls it home. The people, the animals, and even the houses have a charm and personality all their own. Just ask Rocky Pelligrino. Devastated by her husband Bob’s sudden death, she found hope thanks to a relentlessly loyal black Lab namedCooper. Warm friends and a new job—as the island’s Animal Control Warden—have helped Rocky chart a course toward a promising future. She’s even ready to try at love again with Hill, the gentle and patient archery instructor. And there is an old house haunted by lost love and forgotten secrets that speaks to her soul.

But a phone call from a troubled young woman looking for her biological father shakes Rocky’s newfound joy. Could this young girl hold a tendril of the man who was the love of her life? Or could the girl’s appearance throw Rocky’s world into chaos . . . and shatter her heart again?”

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

“Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn’t remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?

This fascinating novel represents a stunning new direction for acclaimed author Mary Pearson. Set in a near future America, it takes readers on an unforgettable journey through questions of bio-medical ethics and the nature of humanity. Mary Pearson’s vividly drawn characters and masterful writing soar to a new level of sophistication.”

Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz

The stallion reared over me, silently slashing the air with the hooves of its forelegs, a creature of such immense power that I stumbled backward even though I knew that it was as immaterial as a dream. . . .
 
The woman astride the ghostly mount reaches out desperately, the latest spirit to enlist the aid of Odd Thomas, the unassuming young fry cook whose gift—or curse—it is to see the shades of the restless dead, and to help them when he can. This mission of mercy will lead Odd through realms of darkness he has never before encountered, as he probes the long-held secrets of a sinister estate and those who inhabit it.”

Gifted: A Donovan Circus Novel by Liz Long

“Even in a world of freaks, being a Firestarter is considered a dangerous Gift.

Lucy was born with the ability to create and control fire. She longs to leave the human world for one filled with Earthshakers, Transporters, and Chameleons, to name a few. When she rejoins the circus, it’s everything she hoped it could be—new friends, a potential love interest or two, and a place where she can be herself.

When troupe members begin turning up dead, however, Lucy is suspected of foul play. She must not only prove her innocence but also realize the full extent of her power. To find the real murderer, she must uncover the truth behind her father’s fiery legacy while figuring out whom to trust within her new circle. Little does she know the history of the Donovan Circus and its enemies might actually destroy the entire gifted world.”

Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield

“Set in a dystopian world and featuring zombies, “Aftertime” is the first novel in a new series. Cass Dollar had been taken by zombies and turned into one of them. But she got better somehow. Now all she wants to do is find her daughter.”

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Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth

“Zach Barrows is an ambitious young White House staffer whose career takes an unexpected turn when he’s partnered with Nathaniel Cade, a secret agent sworn to protect the President. But Cade is no ordinary civil servant. Bound by a special blood oath, he is a vampire. Cade battles nightmares before they can break into the daylight world of the American dream, enemies far stranger-and far more dangerous-than civilians have ever imagined.”

Before You Go by James Preller

“The summer before his senior year, Jude (yes, he’s named after the Beatles song) gets his first job, falls in love for the first time, and starts to break away from his parents. Jude’s house is kept dark, and no one talks much—it’s been that way since his little sister drowned in a swimming pool seven years ago when Jude was supposed to be watching her.

Now, Jude is finally, finally starting to live. Really live. And then, life spins out of control. Again.”

I hope you’ve found some books to add to your “To Be Read” list!  Happy Thursday!

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Wondrous Word Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme from Bermuda Onion where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.  If you want to play along, grab the button, and write a post.

My word this week is from The Journeys of John and Julia in Chapter One by aurelia.

ersatzadj. made or used as a substitute, typically an inferior one, for something else.

“However, spatial proximity was only the obvious reason for his close relationship with this ersatz grandfather.”

 

What words did you encounter this week?

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Raven Cursed – Review

Raven Cursed by Faith Hunter
Released: January 2012
Publisher: Penguin Group
Age Group: Adult
Pages: 353
Source: Birthday Present!
Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker and vampire hunter for hire. But lately instead of just slaying vampires, she’s been working for them.

The vampires of Asheville, North Carolina, want to establish their own clan, but since they owe loyalty to the Master Vampire of New Orleans they must work out the terms with him. To come up with an equitable solution, he sends an envoy with the best bodyguard blood money can buy: Jane Yellowrock.

But when a group of local campers are attacked by something fanged, Jane goes from escort to investigator. Unless she wants to face a very angry master vampire, she will have to work overtime to find the killer. It’s a good thing she’s worth every penny.  (from faithhunter.net)

My Thoughts:

I love Jane Yellowrock – not only is she tall and rides a motorcycle, she totally kicks butt!  This is the fourth book in the series by Faith Hunter, following Skinwalker, Blood Cross, and Mercy Blade.  

Jane is a skin-walker, and as far as she knows, the last of her kind.  This makes her different than the were-animals present in these books. She is also a vampire slayer.  Specifically, a rouge-vampire slayer – when one goes crazy and begins killing humans or other vampires, Jane is called in to stake them – or whatever it takes to eliminate them.  The “person” who calls her is Leonard Eugene Zacharie Pellissier, the Master Of the City of New Orleans, who controls the hunting license for every vampire below the Mason-Dixon line, from the eastern border of Texas at the Sabine River, east to the Atlantic, and south to the Gulf, with the exception of Florida and Atlanta, GA.

In Raven Cursed, Jane has traveled to Asheville, North Carolina to provide security for a vamp parley.  Lincoln Shaddock, the most powerful “fanghead” in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, had been applying to Leo for sixty years for the right to become a master of the city.  Leo had turned him down – until now.

Jane is running a security team to provide safe transport to the arriving vamps, and Gregoire, Leo’s representative and heir.  This should be a relatively easy assignment, as the hotel has provided vampire safe suites, and Leo has provided armored SUV’s.  Unfortunately they didn’t plan for rouge werewolves, a grindylow (a “pet” who polices were’s to make sure they don’t purposefully infect anyone), murders, witches using blood magic and Ricky Bo – her on again off again boyfriend.

Jane’s personal and professional life collide, and she faces the possibility of losing both her friends and her job.  This book includes vampires, witches (both good and bad), were-cats, were-wolves, grindylows, and human law enforcement officers.  In a world where humans have accepted the existence of supernatural beings formerly believed to be legend, the burden of proof is on the “supernats” to maintain their innocence in the murders happening around Asheville.  Jane risks her life, her inner beast and her closest friends to protect the vampires who hired her, and protect innocent humans and other supernats from the vengeful werewolves wreaking havoc in the North Carolina mountains.

I always enjoy Jane Yellowrock, and if you like Paranormal Fiction/Paranormal Romance, give Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series a try!

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

I know many readers are a fan of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.  I loved the book, and have eagerly awaited the July release of it’s sequel, Shadow of Night.  Here’s some good news – today only, Amazon is offering the Kindle version of A Discovery of Witches  for $2.99!  An 81% savings!

If you haven’t read it, you can read the description at GoodReads here, and a review at Alison’s Book Marks.

Warner Bros. has plans to adapt Deborah Harkness’ novel, A Discovery of Witches, into a feature film and, Variety reports, they’ve brought aboard David Auburn to provide the screenplay.

See the book trailer of A Discovery of Witches below:

Here is today’s link to purchase the book for your Kindle, or free Kindle reader app, for only $2.99!

 

Another daily deal from Amazon for your Kindle is Into the Shadows by Karly Kirkpatrick.  This e-book is normally $11.00, but today on Amazon it’s FREE!  Click here for the download.

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.  Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read.
Open to a random page.
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This teaser is from Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich.  And, I typically share more than just two sentences.

“Lula and I stood in the living room, looking at Grandma’s foot.

‘It looks broke all right,’ Lula said to Grandma.  ‘That’s one heck of an ugly foot you got there, but I like the polish you got on your toes.  What’s the name of that?’

‘Red Hot Rapture.  Lucky I just painted them yesterday.  Imagine breaking your foot when your toes weren’t done up.’

‘Yeah,’ Lula said, ‘I’d hate that.  Does it hurt?’

‘It used to, but I took a couple snorts of Jack Daniels, and I’m pretty happy.'”

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Mailbox Monday

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of  A Girl and Her Books.  The host for June’s Mailbox Monday posts will be Sassy Brit at Alternative-Read (http://tjbook-list.blogspot.com/).

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs.

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

Books that came in my mailbox this week:

Long Time, No See by Dermont Healy from Viking – Release date – July 9, 2012

“Set in 2006 in an isolated coastal town in northwest Ireland, Long Time, No See is narrated by a sensitive teenager on the cusp of adulthood named Philip Feeney, known to one and all as Mister Psyche.  Haunted by a recent traumatic event, he is living with his father, a builder, and his mother, a nurse; there is a girl, Anna, for whom he has feelings.  He does odd jobs and spends much of his time in the company of two men some fifty years his senior – his granduncle Joejoe and Jojoe’s crony the Blackbird – wonderful, eccentric characters full of long-standing resentments and dark secrets.

The appearance of a bullet hole in Joejoe’s window one day draws Mister Psyche into a series of bemusing and unsettling misadventures.  As Joejoe’s world threatens to collapse, it is Mister Psyche who must digest this and acknowledge the new world taking shape in the old.”

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by matthew dicks from St. Martin’s Press through a ShelfAwareness ARC Giveaway. – Release date – August, 2012

“Brilliant in its simplicity and delivery, Memoirs of An Imaginary Friend is one of those rare books that consumes you.  Narrated by Budo, a unique character with a foot in many worlds – imaginary, real, child and adult – this novel touches on the truths of life, love and friendship.  Matthew Dicks takes us on an incredible journey into the very real world of imaginary friends, a journey that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.”

It was a slow mailbox week, but I needed a little break!  School is almost out and I may be more excited about it than my lil’ heart!!!

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May – It’s a Wrap!

Here is a list of the books I read for May – and looking at this list versus the number of reviews I’ve written, is in a word, sad.  I have got to do more review writing!  I get so busy reading that I don’t sit down enough to write more reviews.

Four to Score by Janet Evanovich

High Five by Janet Evanovich

Hot Six by Janet Evanovich

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry

The Shunning by Beverly Lewis – My Review

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James – Kindle E-Book

Fifty Shades Darker by E. L. James – Kindle E-Book

Seven Up by Janet Evanovich

Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich

To the Nines by Janet Evanovich

Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich

Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich

Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich

Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich

City of Lies by Lian Tanner

Legend by Marie Lu – My Review

Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich

The Treehouse Book by Pete & Judy Nelson

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer – Kindle E-book – My Review

All Through the Night by Grace Livingston Hill

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Lee Dugard – My Review

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich

As you can see, I’ve read almost the entire Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich this month.  Is it possible to read too many of these books?  I saw a read Firebird the other day and my first thought was, “Oh, there’s Lula!”

24 books in May puts me at 87 for the year, a little more than half-way to this year’s goal of reading 150 books!  Another goal I’ve made, mid-year (actually just now), is to write more reviews!!!  :)

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