Book Connections

Five Books From my Bookshelf I’ll Priority Read in 2020


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Here are five books I bought in 2019 and want to give priority to reading from my TBR in 2020. I have no plan for when, but I am going to group  them together on my shelf to remind me to pick them up soon.

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They had a bond, until a sudden tragedy thrust them apart. Now, each of them  at a crossroad in her own life, two sisters paths are about to intersect.

I forget where I heard about this but I want to read it soon


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Over worked and under appreciated, single mom Amy Byler needs a break. So when her guilt-ridden husband who abandoned her shoe up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer, she accepts and escapes to New York.

Yes another I want to read soon. It has books on the cover and what else is over due but books so it has to be connected.

book coverMalcolm Postead’s Oxford life has been one of routine, ordinary even. He is happiest playing with his dæmon, Asia, in their canoe La Belle Sauvage. But now as the rain builds, the world around Asta and MalcoIm , is, it seems, set to become increasingly far from ordinary. I bought this on spec! I enjoyed a long time ago his dark materials series and so I thought I’d give this one a go.

book cover After a divorce request second baseman Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men.

I’ve seen some good reviews for this book plus its been rated well on some of the book podcasts I listen to, so I am hoping I’ll enjoy it.

book cover Doctor Dani Novak has been keeping soccer coach Diesel Kennedy at arm’s length to protect him from her dark secrets. When they are brought together by two young brothers who desperately need their help it seems they might be able to leave their damaged pasts behind them.

This is one I’ve wanted to pick up for awhile, I bought it the day it hit the local bookshelves, but… books got in the way. It’s time for what I know will be a fast paced thrilling romantic suspense. And even though it has just over 500 pages it won’t seem like that.

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Sunday Post. #Fitreaders. What Are You Reading?

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Sheila at Book Journey runs It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? While this  meme is not fully active at present I will be linking up as well to the Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
We just had a week of cold winter weather, usually do about this time of year. Snow up around hills behind where I live. However much of rest of country was snow covered so we always get off lightly. I actually enjoy cold weather although not so pleasant to walk in.  I started the week well walking wise but drifted off a little with cold weather.
Sunday my family are all gathering to celebrate my Dad’s birthday – 91 and still living at home alone. We have a new baby on the way with one of my nieces so we are hoping for a July 13th baby, as that’s Dad’s actual birthday. Of course this baby girl will have her own opinion of when it’s time to make her way into the world!
Almost but not quite made the goal this week.
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What I read last week:

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A Hundred Summers: Audiobook. First book I’ve read by Beatriz Williams. An interesting historical romance set in the 1930’s Rhode Island area.
Bitter Greens: excellent historical fiction, with a retelling of Rapunzel fairytale within it. New to me author as well. Set in France and Italy in sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
The Color Of Light: A new book in the Goddesses Anonymous series.  Long time favourite author and a series I totally love. Set in North Carolina. Women’s Fiction

What I am reading at present:

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Listening to:
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Up next:

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Posts from the last week:

Month in Review

Month in Review

Welcome in, do join me by sharing your link to your look back at this month. I’m looking forward to visiting and seeing what everyone has been up to.  The link will be open for you to share your post whenever you post over the next few days.  Do visit each others’ posts.

Total books read this month: 16

Audio Books Read:
The Summer Wind  Mary Alice Monroe
Spring Fever     Mary Kay Andrews

Ebooks Read
Blueprints   Barbara Delinsky
Know Your Heart   Tracey Alvarez
A New Hope  Robyn Carr
The Lives Between Us       Theresa Rizzo
The Perfect Son                  Barbara Claypole White
The Perfect Bargain       Jessa McAdams
Paperbacks Read
Julia’s Chocolates  Cathy Lamb
Divided in Death  J. D. Robb  
Safe Harbor   Luanne Rice
Zac & Mia     A.J. Betts
Honeysuckle Summer   Sherryl Woods
Visions in Death        J. D. Robb    –   Library
A Year of Marvellous Ways    –   Sarah Winman 
The Flower Arrangement   –    Ella Griffin    

Top Books for June

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Where I read this month:
Cornwall – England,  Scotland, Northern New Zealand, Western Australia,  Oregon, Massachusetts, Michigan, South Carolina, North Carolina, New York, (USA) Dublin – Ireland.

Incoming Books.

Total: 24
Book Spending
Four of paperbacks were bought with gift vouchers, so haven’t counted those in.
In New Zealand dollars: $67.66
In USA dollars: $46.37

The Bridges of Paris  through Pat’s Posting For Now
Safe Harbour  by Helene Young
Northern Heat by Helene Young  both won through Sheree’s The Eclectic Reader.

Paperback Books Purchased:
In the Unlikely Event – Judy Blume
The Possibilities  –      Kaui Hart Hemmings
It’s You –  Jane Porter
Saving Grace   – Jane Green
Still Life With Bread Crumbs  – Anna Quindlen
The Spring Bride – Anne Gracie
Accidents of Marriage – Randy Susan Meyers

E Books Purchased:
Suddenly One Summer    –  Julie James
Down The Rabbit Hole  – Holly Madison

Library Books: 
Visions in Death    –   J D Robb
Honeysuckle Summer  –  Sherryl Woods
Books coming from NetGalley 
Ransom Canyon    –    Jodi Thomas
My Very Best Friend   –    Cathy Lamb
If You Only Knew      –     Kristin Higgans
Starlight on Willow Lake   –    Susan Wiggs
Wildest Dreams     –     Robyn Carr

Books from Hachette NZ
The Flower Arrangement  –   Ella Griffin
A Year of Marvellous Ways –  Sarah Winman

Accepted to review
Inconsolable    – Ainslie Paton
The Perfect Bargain  –  Julia London writing as Jessa McAdams
Audio Books 

The Summer Wind  –  Mary Alice Monro.

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So how did your reading month pan out?


Month in Review

Month in Review Meme starting at end of March 2015

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Starting at the end of March I would like to invite you to join a Month in Review meme, hosted here on the Book Date.  This will give us the opportunity to see what others are sharing at the end of each month,  visit and comment.
If you already do an end of month review, keep your format and just link up.  If you are starting with one this month – great.  Your month in review can be whatever you want.  If you want to use the badge above do so. Prefer your own – go for it.  
On the last day of each month, I will put up the link post and you can link whenever you have published your post, over the following days. Do consider joining me.

Month in Review Meme

This week I am taking part in Bloggiesta week.  There are a number of mini-challenges that we can participate in.  The one I felt drawn to was the Making Memes challenge by Joy over at Joy’s Book Blog.  Not that I had that in mind when I began the week.

The one I am proposing to start up is the Month in Review meme.   Many bloggers already look back over the month and share whatever they choose – for example number of books read, number of reviews, books bought etc etc.  This was my February Looking Back post. A meme would bring all these posts together and give us the opportunity to connect and comment.

So what do you think?  Do you already do some kind of looking back over the previous month post?
Would you be interested in linking your post up to this meme?  Questions? Thoughts?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sheila at Book Journey runs It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Well last week was a big week for me as I retired from forty years of teaching, mostly at the same school!  My favourite gift was a drawing completed by an eleven year old student in her own time. I love it!
Last week I read:
This finished up a series – Whispering Mountain
Obviously a western!
Zane Grey started me on westerns!

A well written cozy mystery
Reread and Audiobook version
At present I am reading:
A Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick.
This is fiction based on a real life person – African American Letitia Carson back in America in the mid 1800’s.  I didn’t realise this as I began to read, but going online when I was 20% into the book I found a little more information.

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes – audiobook

Up next:

The COYER challenge has begun so for the next few months I will be reading some free or almost cost free ebooks.  You know those ones you click on because they are free, but then I never get around to reading!  NetGalley books can count too.
There is also a giveaway hop – Midwinter’s Eve (cough! cough!) I am participating in even though summer here!  You might as well take a chance.  $15 Amazon voucher or Book Dep book is up for the taking.  If you have left a comment on this post you have already fulfilled the condition that gives you 3 chances!
Blogoversary (2nd) on the 28th of December and I will be running a Giveaway from 28th to 11th January.