Book Connections, Reading challenge

Connect Five Books June – August

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Congratulations to the giveaway winner for the May – June link up Carolyn from the Riedel Fascination blog. She linked five books by choosing that they were all set in European countries.  

Other choices for the last two months were…

I was very impressed by the five books with alliterative titles I have to admit. I don’t think I could do that!

Remember you didn’t need to sign up for this challenge you can just join in as you see you have five connections.

When you have five that connect in whatever way you are able to group them then link up. How might you do this?  One of these ways is good.

  • Write and link up a blog post
  • Share the five books on Instagram and link up
  • Have a Goodreads shelf and link that up – this may be a little different but maybe use it in combination with a comment would be helpful.
  • Or… if you belong to none of these places, share five books in a comment.

What’s the Challenge?

To look for connections between books you read. There will be  many connections that just float over our awareness. Let’s see can we raise that a bit, whether its fairly surface level or something deeper.

If you need some guidelines for this then see the original post. Connect Five Books.

Remember:

  • A book can only be used once for this challenge in the year.
  • The books must be read in 2019.
  • Books can be carried over until you have five of something. It may take a few months to gather five of something.
  • You may have  many connections of five to link up . So if you have two groups of five then you can link up twice and so on within a month.
  • You may just link one group of five during the year, or many each month. It depends on how many connections you come across!
  •  Use the hashtag  #connect5books2019 if sharing on social media.

When?

Every second month I will post a link up on the last Wednesday of the month. This one will finish on the last Wednesday of August.  (I have changed this, I was going to do it every month, but every second month is going on trial!)

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A Giveaway

For those who have a five book connection and link up there will be a random prize draw for one reader who will win a book of their choice for that month from the Book Depository. The last link up will be posted in November and go through December. At the end of the year there will be one draw as well for all those who have participated during the year, –  a book of choice from the Book Depository up to the value of $18 U.S

This link will close last Wednesday in August.  (NZ time!)

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Review

Jackson – Eternity Springs:The McBrides of Texas

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Published: St Martin’s Press
Date: 25th June 2019
Source: Publicity – St Martin’s Press

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Emily March is branching out of Eternity Springs into Redemption – Texas. It seems that this is the first in a trilogy, and its Jackson’s story. However his two cousins Boone and Tucker look like they will have their day in the sun.

The two communities are well linked, and there was some inter linking of the two towns that was very pleasant.  The part that amused me the most was that we see a slightly different side to Celeste – the all knowing angel of Eternity Springs. Here in Redemption her cousin Angelica is all set to oversee the Inn that Jackson and his brothers establish. Angelica is very into dented halos and imperfection and I just loved her dress sense.

Jackson is wounded – his ex wife has every excuse under the sky to prevent him from being with their daughter Haley. It breaks his heart. He has lost his passion for life and most especially his great love of music. Will he ever regain it back?

Caroline the heroine of the story is someone who has had to stand strong. She has lost the love of her life and now must start a new chapter.  And she does that beautifully by deciding she wants to open an independent bookshop. Well who can argue with that? And I noted it has a quilt shop right next to it. I so want to visit Redemption!

From half way through this book it began to move along at a great pace with enough “flies in the ointment” to keep things interesting. It reeled me in. I guess I’ll be back for more! And I am just noticing the cover perfectly fits the book.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Well we have passed the solstice! For me that means the days will start to lengthen, not that I mind those darker days. I need to stop and look at some of my plans for 2019 and see what I still want to accomplish.

What I read last week:

I also had one DNF – Crashing the A-List by Summer Heacock. I wasn’t the audience for this book I believe. Not to my taste.

What I am reading now:

I started listening to and l am liking it as I get into it.

And I have just started reading today

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Up next:

I am not too sure but maybe
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Last Week’s Posts

A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards.

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Review

A Family of Strangers Emilie Richards

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Published: Mira
Date: 25th June 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

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I slowly read the last pages of A Family of Strangers, reluctant to finish, because then I have to step out of the story web that Emilie Richards has woven and entrapped me in.

Ryan has had to return home to help her parents take care of her two nieces. There Dad is in a submarine somewhere and their mother – Ryan’s sister – Wendy, has let Ryan know she needs to disappear for awhile. Wendy is way older than Ryan so they have never really been at home together so don’t know each other that well.

When Ryan takes on the role of caring for her two nieces Holly and Noelle, she finds the going tough, the girls are lost and very wary. I liked how it wasn’t easy for Ryan as she had to find her way with them and discover what was happening for them.  As well Ryan needs to deal with a situation – a serious one – that she was involved in before she left town.  However she wants to reach out to Teo, the man she loved but left.

Those who like to listen to crime podcasts will appreciate that Ryan has produced and been part of a successful crime podcast. She is a journalist and as a mystery surrounding her sister begins to develop her skills, colleagues and general instincts come into play.

Along the way Ryan is going to have the opportunity of a second chance, she is going to find out what matters to her, how her family really sees her, and where true justice lies.

For those who like an absorbing family story, with mystery that leaves clues along the way so that you are able to infer and make judgements about what tack the story is going in.  A satisfying read.

 

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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So far we are having a very mild winter. But July is usually the coldest. I have been having troubles with my computer freezing etc. I never know what it will do. I have had this Macbook Air for about seven years, do hope it lasts a little longer!  However I did find that my Ipad will work fine on the site so I am happy to know there is back up!

I enjoyed both the books I read this week, I seem to be a little slow with my audiobook, but at least I have started listening to the book again. My problem is that I enjoy silence!

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

 

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Last Week’s Posts

One Minute Later   Susan Lewis
Those Sister Relationships – Connect Five Books

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Reading challenge

Audiobook Mid Year Check In

2019 Audiobook Challenge
So time to take on an audiobook challenge update for 2019.
Read all the details over at Caffeinated Reviewer or Hot Listens.
My aim is for 30 books for 2019. So far at this point I am 15/30, so on track. This is what I have listened to so far. I enjoyed them all.

Audiobooks

  1. Tides of Honour Genevieve Graham. 4 stars. Narration – Fajar Al- Kaisi. 4 stars. Length: 12hrs 23 min
  2. The Dream Daughter  Diane Chamberlian 5 stars. Narration – Susan Bennett  5 stars.  Length 13 hrs 32 min
  3. Cowboy Seal Homecoming Nicole Helm. 3 stars Narration – Romy Nordinger. 3 stars. Length 10hrs 24min
  4. True Places  Sonja Yoerg – 4.5 star. Narration – Lisa Flanagan 5 stars  Length 12hrs 15 min
  5. Royal Blood.  Rhys Bowen 3.5 stars. Narration – Katherine Kellgren 5 stars. Length 9hrs 20 min
  6. The Moon Sister.   Lucinda Riley 4 stars. Narration – Imogen Wilde 4.5 stars. Length 19 hrs 53 min
  7. The Woman at 72 Derry Lane.  Carmel Harrington 5 stars. Narration – Aoife McMahon 4.5 stars
  8. Come From Away by Genevieve Graham. 4 stars. Narrator -Michelle Ferguson 4 stars. Length 8 hrs 2min
  9. The Goodbye Cafe by Mariah Stewart 4.5 stars.  Narrator – Joy Osmanski 5 stars. Length 13hrs 42 min
  10. The Rosie Result   Graeme Simsion 5 stars.  Narrator – Graeme Simsion 5 stars.  Length 8 hrs 17 min
  11. No Place I’d Rather Be.  Cathy Lamb 5 stars. Narrators – Lisa Flanagan , Kate Reading 5 stars. 14hrs 55min
  12. Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe. Jenny Colgan 4 stars. Narrator -Penelope Rawlins 5 stars. 9 hours 8 min.
  13. Southern Side of Paradise  Kirsty Woodson Harvey  4 stars Narrators – Janet Metzger, Rebekkah  Ross  5 stars.  Length 10 hrs 19 min
  14. The Bookshop Penelope Fitzgerald.   4 stars.  Narrator – Eve Karpf  5 stars. Length: 4hrs 6min
  15. The Mother-in-Law  Sally Hepworth 4 stars. Narrator – Casey Withoos 5 stars. Length:  8hrs 3min
Book Connections

Those Sister Relationships!

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There are many books about sisters. These are ones I’ve read this year. So far! So many books either have the title with sisters in it or involve sisters. Whether you have six sisters like myself or no sister at all, sisters are a special relationship that makes great book material.

The third in this trilogy saw three sisters fulfil their dead father’s wish of restoring a theatre. It was a very satisfying third book and I was sorry to see this story most likely end.  Loved the characters and the relationships they develop between themselves. During the three books the sisters really come to know and love each other and form lasting relationships.

book cover Another third in a trilogy about three sisters and their mother. This was the story of Emerson the youngest. An actress who struggles to decide about her career and her marriage to Mark with Kyle the coffee guy in the background. Eventually good things happen for her but it took her awhile! Nice ending to the series .  I did really like the way the three were so supportive of each other.

Book coverThis is a story about three sisters who are all dumped in the same weekend. Ali and Finola fall apart at first, they are the victims and go into that space of victimhood where one rages, drinks, eats and sees no way out. But… only for awhile – both girls discover new insights about themselves and begin to rethink their lives. Zennie the third sister decides to do something wonderful for a friend – becoming a surrogate. And of course through challenge all the sisters win through.

book coverThis book has twin sisters Julia and Augusta. It details their lives growing up. One sister pleases her parent, one sister is outspoken and seeks adventure. They are very close and love each other. Julia though is loved more by her parents than Augusta. Julia is happy with the status quo but does hold one disturbing secret. Augusta questions, loves the dictionary and asking questions. Both will face deep grief and cope differently.

Book cover In The Lemon Sisters one sister – Mindy, lands on her other sister, Brooke whom she hasn’t seen in over a year and hands over her three children. She is suspicious of her husband and is exhausted. She needs time out. I thought Brooke was a very good sport for taking them on. She returns to the home town where she left someone and needs to face the music. While it is a love story it is also the story of a healing relationship between the two women, one that is likely to last.

Do you have a favourite book about sisters? Any recommendations?

Review

One Minute Later. Susan Lewis

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Published: William Morrow: Harper Collins
Date: June 11th 2019
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

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One minute you are okay, living a fun filled and fulfilling life – the next minute the unthinkable happens and you are twenty seven and experiencing a heart attack.

That’s what happens to Vivi Shaeger and it turns her world and life upside down. She returns to her home town of Kesterly on Sea and life is very different. To survive she is going to need a new heart. Suddenly life seems fragile and one of the things she wants to find out is – who is her father? But when she does find out what will she think?

The story swings between Vivi and Shelley who lives a generation back – it takes awhile to find the link between the two, but it is there. In one sense it will  give Vivi new heart and love, but what about the actual live beating heart? The story certainly tracks really well all the emotions that a person may experience in such a situation.

This is a story about family, secrets, love, loss and heartbreak. It is also a big plug for organ donation as it makes such a difference in the lives of recipients.

I liked the characters, followed the ups and downs and wondered how it would all turn out. Bittersweet is all I am saying!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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I am joining one more challenge for this year. The 2019 Big Book Summer Reading Challenge. Oh dear, I am involved in so much summer stuff as I sit in the beginning of winter. But that’s how the deal goes sometimes! Sue over at Book By Book hosts this challenge. (She is a regular on It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? for a very long time.)  Books need to be 400 pages or more.  I am going to go in with three books and here they are.

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What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

 

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Last Week’s Posts

The Other Half of Augusta Hope  Joanna Glen

Backbone Power: The Science of Saying No  Anne Brown

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Review

Backbone Power: The Science of Saying No

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Author and Narrator: Anne Brown
First published: 2012
Source: Assistant to Anne Brown

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Anne Brown narrates her own book – Backbone Power the Science of Saying No. It is narrated in a no nonsense, informative way, with plenty given to provide food for thought. She cautions that in no way does the book replace work someone might need to take with a therapist, although the average person I do believe can pick up ideas, areas of importance and the opportunity to reflect on life past and present.

So who might this book be for? I think anyone who wants to think about the place of saying no in life. A parent or teacher might want to reflect on the importance of helping children to speak up and out. Do we want them to be “nice” and “people pleasers”? Anne Brown helps us see the consequences of that!

She covers three main areas…

  • how and when to say no
  • the importance of asking for what we need
  • and speaking authentically and honestly

Through various scenarios of therapist and client she explores a variety of situations that might take place and how to deal with them. She encourages the reader to not give away personal power, but to set boundaries, care for yourself and be a warrior in all areas of life. She warns us to watch for such feelings as resentment and anger which may be signals to us that we aren’t speaking up in our own power.

I wouldn’t have minded being introduced to something like the concepts in this book years ago. I was a people pleaser and only years of experience have helped me grow and voice where I stand. How about you? Were you brought up to be “nice”? Many of us were. Food for thought.

Anne Brown’s no nonsense rather monotonous voice might not suit you and reading the Kindle edition might suit you better. However this book I think is not meant to be listened to in one swoop, rather it plays better in small chunks with much reflection in between.  Since reading it – its made me look twice and some of the characters in the books I’ve been reading. Perhaps they could do with this information!