Book Connections, Reading challenge

War and its Impact.

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War is something that affects many. If you are like me so far you are lucky to have escaped. The closest I have come to it is a Grandfather injured in WW1. Fortunately my father was deaf and never saw active duty although he did join the air force during WW2. But war does have an emotional, physical, psychological and social impact on many. These books are all connected because of their link to war and the way in which they highlight these things.

Book coverSuitcase of Dreams by Tania Blanchard tells the story of a German family who emigrate to Australia to find freedom and new opportunities. They do eventually find that but they still carry with them the tensions of their past rooted in WW11.

Also impinging upon them are the horrors of the Vietnam war, again they are haunted by what war can do and its dreadful waste.

Book CoverIn Tides of Honour we meet Danny Baker a World War 1 soldier badly wounded and sent home. The loss of a leg in those times was even more challenging than it would be today. And not only that, what he has witnessed – seeing his friends blown apart has to have placed upon him a heavy burden.

Audrey, the woman he meets in France turns out to be someone who loves him and helps him battle the inner demons… until those demons become very challenging. It turns out that another disaster is a turning point for them.

book cover The Spitfire Girls by Soraya M. Lane details for us the excellent contribution young women pilots in England and the USA made to WW2. They had to make their way among the world of men and public prejudice at time. But they worked on bravely in difficult conditions.

 

book coverThe Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen explores the upheaval of World War 1 and the far flung impact on the people in England. Hardly one family was left untouched by loss, and if not loss – men who return who are deeply scarred by the experience.  Class barriers begin to tone down, women take on new roles, in this case the role of land girls.

book cover In The Military Wife by Laura Trentham  we explore modern war and its repercussions through the eyes of SEALS and their challenges and struggles with injury and PTSD. We also see the effects and challenges for their wives and family.

In 2019 have you read a book that could fit into this book connect?

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Book Connections, Reading challenge

Connect Five Books – January/February

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Join me for 2019 in Connect Five – Books.

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?

  • 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?

Each month I will post a link up on the last Wednesday of the month. The link up will be open until the  Tuesday before the last Wednesday of the next month. The first link is today January 30th 2019.

#connect5books2019

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.

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Other Book Related Challenges I am Joining 2019

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Hosted by Nicole at Feed You Fiction Addiction and Shannon at It Starts at Midnight.  Check out the guidelines there.

I am going to join this at the Discussion Dabbler level. (1-10) Oh yes, just a few toes in!  I’ll aim for 10 but anything from 1 on is a win!  #LetDiscuss2019

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Hosted by Kathleen at  SMS Non Fiction Reviews

It challenges us to pick a topic – preferably something we don’t know much about and read three books about it. I haven’t decided what I’ll read but will make that decision a little later on.

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Anna at The Herd hosts this one and has twelve words to blog about in the year. I am going to give it a go.  It can be any kind of post, not necessarily about books.

2019 Prompts
Jan- First           First Book of the Year
Feb- Pink
Mar- Luck
April- Sweet
May- Bloom
June- Risk
July- Heat
Aug- Sky
Sept- Crunch
Oct- Shiver
Nov- Thankful
Dec- Twinkle

 

 

 

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Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2019

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I am joining this challenge again for 2019. In 2018 I made 11 out of the 12 books, for 2019 I hope to read the full 12.

The topics are:

  1. A book you’ve been meaning to read. The Wednesday Wars  Gary D Schmidt
  2. A book about a topic that fascinates you.
  3. A book in the backlist of a favorite author.
  4. A book recommended to you by someone with great taste.
  5. Book One by same author.
  6. Book Two by same author.
  7. Book Three by same author.
  8. A book you chose for the cover
  9. A book by an author who is new to you.
  10. A book in translation  The Red Address Book. Sofia Lundberg
  11. A book (genre) outside your comfort zone. Meet Me at the Museum Anne Youngson – epistolary fiction.
  12. A book published before you were born.
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Audiobook Challenge 2019.

2019 Audiobook Challenge
So time to take on an audiobook challenge for 2019.
Read all the details over at Caffeinated Reviewer or Hot Listens.
Read all about the challenge on either of the links above.
I am going for the Binge Listener level again. In 2018 I was aiming for 28 and I am just finishing that now.
My aim is for 30 books for 2019.

Audiobooks

  1. Tides of Honour narration – Fajar Al- Kaisi. 4 stars. Length: 12hrs 23 min
  2. The Dream Daughter – narration Susan Bennett.  5 stars.  Length 13 hrs 32 min
  3. Cowboy Seal Homecoming – 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
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Library Challenge 2019

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I am going to do the library challenge again which is hosted at Angela’s Guilty Pleasures.

Follow the link to get all the information.

In 2018 I used the library really well thanks to this challenge and went beyond my goal of 24. I learned how to reserve books while the books were still on order at the library and so I read a number of them that were published in 2018 and saved myself from buying them! My only difficulty was sometimes having so many become available at one time.

My goal for 2019 is going to be Overdrive Junkie with 36 as the total I am aiming for.

Books Read

  1. Becoming Mrs Lewis  Patti Callahan  Historical Fiction.   5 stars.
  2. Suitcase of Dreams  Tania Blanchard  Historical Fiction 4 stars.
  3. Marilla of Green Gables  Historical Fiction  4 stars
  4. The Red Address Book. Multi Time line Fiction. 4 stars
  5. Strawberry Hill  Catherine Anderson  3 stars
  6. Meet Me at the Museum   Anne Youngson 4 stars
  7. The Cottage at Rosella Cove   Sandi Docker   3 stars
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Audiobooks I listened to in 2018

2018 Audiobook Challenge

The Challenge Details can be found at Caffeinated Reviewer   and Hot Listens.
This year I was going  for the Binge Listener Level which is the 20 -30 level,  28 was my aim.
  1. The Sea of Tranquillity   Katja Millay. 5 stars. Narrated:Kirby Heyborne and Candace Thaxton.  5 stars
  2. A Grown Up Kind of Pretty   Joshilyn Jackson   Narrated: Joshilyn Jackson     4 stars
  3. The Secret Hour  Luanne Rice.  Narrated: Christine Traister  4.5 stars
  4. The Pearl Sister.  Lucinda Riley. Narrated: Stephanie Racine & Rehanna MacDonald  5 stars.
  5. Sweet Tea and Sympathy.  Molly Harper.  Narrated by Amanda Ronconi.  4 stars.
  6. Still Me   Jojo Moyes.  Narrated by Anna Acton  4.5 stars
  7. The Denim Blue Sea   Joanne Demaio   4 stars  Narrated by Nick Cracknell 3 stars
  8. The Endless Beach  Jenny Colgan  5 stars   Narrated by Sarah Barron   5 stars
  9. Meet Me at The Cupcake Cafe   Jenny Colgan 4.5 stars   Narrated by Penelope Rawlins 5 stars
  10. Beard Science Penny Reid 4 stars. 4 stars for narration by Joy Nash, Chris Brinkley
  11. Promise Me Dad.  Joe Biden (Memoir) Narrated by Joe Biden.  5 stars
  12. Beach Blues Joanne DeMaio  3.5 stars   Nick Crackness narrator 3.5 stars
  13. The Rogue Not Taken Sarah Maclean  3.5 stars story 3.5 stars narration by Justine Eyre
  14. The Sugar House Blues   Mariah Stewart. 4 stars story 4.5 stars narration by Joy Osmanski
  15. Her Royal Spyness    Rhys Bowen  4 stars story 5 stars narration by Katherine Kellgren
  16. A Royal Pain   Rhys Bowen  4 stars story   5 stars narration by Katherine Kellgren
  17. Crimes Against A Book Club 4 stars story  5 stars narration by Katherine Kellgren
  18. Persuasion  Jane Austen 4 stars story 5 stars narration by Juliet Stevenson
  19. Leverage in Death J. D. Robb 5 stars   5 stars narration Susan Eriksen
  20. The Lilac Bouquet    Caroline Brown 4 stars. 5 stars narration  Brittany Pressley
  21. Royal Flush Rhys Bowen  4 stars. Narration Katherine Kellgren 5 stars
  22. How to Find Love in a Bookshop   4 stars. Veronica Henry Narration Julia Barrie 4 stars
  23. An Island Christmas.  Jenny Colgan  5 stars.  Narrator Sarah Baron 5 stars
  24. The One You Really Want  Jill Mansell 4.5 stars  Narrator Sarah Baron 4.5 stars
  25. Brothers and Sisters Fiona Palmer  4.5 stars   Narrator Anna Steen 4.0 stars
  26. Lake Silence   Anne Bishop  4.5  stars  Narrator Alexandra Harris 4.5 stars
  27. Little Fires Everywhere  Celeste Ng. 5 stars. Narrator Jennifer Lim 5 stars
  28. Shelter in Place Nora Roberts   4.5 stars Narrated by January LaVoy 5 stars

I listened to some wonderful books, all of them I enjoyed. I think my favourite and most memorable was

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Others that I loved were

And this year I also discovered I enjoyed the Rhys Bowen series and will certainly continue with those next year.

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Connect Five Books Reading Challenge

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Join me for 2019 in Connect Five – Books.

Let’s look at connections for books… what books link for some reason or another.

When you have five that connect in whatever way you are able to group them then link up. How might you do this?

  • 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.
  • 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.

Guidelines:

Here are some examples that might get you thinking! It’s not hard work, you don’t need to plan it out, just see what happens.

It could be ….

  • Five books of the same genre
  • Five books by the same author
  • Five books with a similar theme or issue being explored for example mother/daughter relationships
  • Five books from the same series
  • Five books you bought in 2018
  • Five books from the depths of your TBR
  • Five books with fabulous covers
  • Five debut books
  • Five new to you authors
  • Five books that weren’t for you.
  • Five books that really connect to your own life in some way.
  • Five books with the theme of friendship

And you can come up with ones you think of… there will be so many.

However

  • The five books connection cannot be too simple, for example five paperbacks or five ebooks or five women authors – unless of course you hardly ever read women authors. I could challenge myself and have a group though of five male authors because I hardly ever read male authors! Five USA authors would be rather simple, but it could be five USA authors from the same state.
  • A book can only be used once.
  • 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 sometime or many each month.
  • You don’t have to write a commitment post but if that helps to remind you then that is an excellent idea and any way you can share this challenge is welcomed. Use the hashtag  #connect5books2019

When?

Each month I will post a link up on the last Wednesday of the month. The link up will be open until the  Tuesday before the last Wednesday of the next month. The first link will go up in January 30th 2019.  Link up at any time during that following month. And then we will roll on with each month.

#connect5books2019

The Bonus – 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.

And a Connect Five from 2018

Browsing through my reading from this year I can see a number of connects.

  1. Books that have quite a bit to do with books and libraries.

    Four are obvious, but Harry’s Trees includes a library that if it doesn’t get any funding it will close down – it has one very elderly but loyal volunteer librarian.

  2. Books that are about Christmas or the Spirit of Christmas.
  3. Books with a theme of family

    And it could have been possible if I was reading with more awareness that I could have collected books about family that deal with just sisters and brothers, or adoption, or marriage.  I could see a connection where children played a significant role in the plot but I’d already used Harry’s Trees in another connect so no go!

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Full House Reviews Link Up October – December

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While reviews are not mandatory in the challenge, you may choose to link up and at the end of the quarter there will be a random choice of two reviews, and the readers will win a $15 voucher for Amazon or book up to that value at the Book Depository.  Adding one rule here, each review chosen must be from a different reader.

When linking your review share which category the book fits, for example… Classic.

Winner from July – August quarter will be posted here once contact is made.

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Full House Reading Challenge Completion Link 2018

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As some participants have completed the card I am just posting the final link for when a full house is completed and the twenty five books are read. Of course you can always rinse and repeat if you so wish!

This link will close on the 2nd January 2019  and a winner will be chosen using random.org for one U.S. $40 prize which again can be used to buy books at the Book Depository or be received as an Amazon voucher. Often participants never come back to link to the completion line!  I will therefore open it early so that you can do it and forget it!