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Top Ten Books I've Read This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic:  Top Ten Books I've Read this Year (so far!) 1.) 11/22/63 by Stephen King 2.) The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult 3.) A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin 4.) A Rip in the Veil by Anna Belfrage 5.) The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead 6.) Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin 7.) Tully by Paullina Simons 8.) Surrender to Sultry by Macy Beckett 9.) Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell 10.) Royal Mistress by Anne Easter Smith

Stacking the Shelves (49)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews . Purchased (ebook):   A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin I finished A Storm of Swords last weekend and just had to jump into the next book! What books did you get this week?  Leave a link in the comments so I can check out your haul!

Review: "A Storm of Swords" by George R.R. Martin

From Goodreads:  Here is the third volume in George R.R. Martin's magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings . Together, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction. Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, victim of the sorceress who holds him in her thrall. Young Robb still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world. And as opposing forces maneuver for the final showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost limits of civilization,

Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish . This week's topic is: Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List Now considering that my due date is Sunday, it seems kind of silly for me to have a TBR list for Summer but I do.  There are a ton of books I really want to read this Summer!  I may not get to all of them, or even any of them, but I'll give it a shot. 1.) A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin 2.) Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel 3.) The House at Riverton by Kate Morton 4.) Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo 5. ) Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah 6.) The Tao of Martha by Jen Lancaster 7.) The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley 8.) The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan 9.) The Queen's Rivals by Brandy Purdy 10.) Dark Places by Gillian Flynn Have you read any of these books?  What books are on your Summer reading list?  Leave your link in the comments so I can check out your list!

Stacking the Shelves (48)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews . I only got one book this week which is a good thing because the last thing I really need is more books to read!  I can't stop accumulating them yet once the baby gets here, I am not sure how much time I will have to read them! Purchased (ebook) :   Mudwoman  by Joyce Carol Oates I don't know much about this book but the cover really intrigued me and it was only 1.99!   What books did you get this week?

If You Want to Read About...France

From   I think French  history is fascinating, mainly because it is so complex.  There are a ton of works of historical fiction set in France and below are some of my favorites.  I know there are more that I could add to the list but some of them I read long enough ago that I can't remember the titles! (Terrible I know!)    The Second Empress by Michelle Moran - I LOVE Michelle Moran's books, they are absolutely excellent.  The Second Empress features Napoleon's second wife and allows the reader to watch the fall of Napoleon through her eyes. City of Lights by Melika Lux - This is a pretty short little book but it is set in late 19th century Paris and has some wonderful descriptions of the city. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay - Sarah's Key is a pretty heartbreaking story but I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It is one of the few books I have read that is set in France during World War II and focuses on historical events that I was actually

Google Reader is Dying : (

As I am sure you all know, Google Reader is going away as of July 1.  This is so hard for me because I LOVE Google Reader.  After a lot of thought, I decided to use Bloglovin to continue to be able to read my favorite blogs.  You can follow this blog via Bloglovin by clicking the button on the right side of my home page!

Stacking the Shelves (47)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews . For Review (from Historical Fiction Virtual Tours): Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann (I already finished this and it was so good!) The Prodigal Son by Anna Belfrage Purchased (ebook):   A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (I'm reading this right now and am loving it!) What books did you get this week?

Quick Review: "One Breath Away" by Heather Gudenkauf

From Goodreads:  In her most emotionally charged novel to date, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf explores the unspoken events that shape a community, the ties between parents and their children and how the fragile normalcy of our everyday life is so easily shattered.In the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm, an unknown man armed with a gun walks into an elementary school classroom. Outside the school, the town of Broken Branch watches and waits. Officer Meg Barrett holds the responsibility for the town's children in her hands. Will Thwaite, reluctantly entrusted with the care of his two grandchildren by the daughter who left home years earlier, stands by helplessly and wonders if he has failed his child again. Trapped in her classroom, Evelyn Oliver watches for an opportunity to rescue the children in her care. And thirteen-year-old Augie Baker, already struggling with the aftermath of a terrible accident that has brought her to Broken Branch, wi

Quick Review: "The Unfailing Light" by Robin Bridges

From Goodreads:  Having had no choice but to use her power has a necromancer to save Russia from dark forces, Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, now wants to forget that she ever used her special powers. She's about to set off to pursue her lifelong dream of attending medical school when she discovers that Russia's arch nemesis--who she thought she'd destroyed--is still alive. So on imperial orders, Katerina remains at her old finishing school. She'll be safe there, because the empress has cast a potent spell to protect it against the vampires and revenants who are bent on toppling the tsar and using Katerina for their own gains. But to Katerina's horror, the spell unleashes a vengeful ghost within the school, a ghost more dangerous than any creature trying to get in. My Thoughts: I loved A Gathering Storm so when The Unfailing Light came out, I knew I had to read it.  I really like the idea of a paranormal story set in Imperial Russia and I

May Wrap Up

 Whew!  May is over!  It was such a busy month for me except when it came to reading.  I didn't read very many books in May but I am still doing really well on my reading goal for the year.  In May, I only read 6 weeks.  I struggled with some of the books I read in the middle of the month and there's one I started that I still haven't finished yet.  However, I have read 51 books this year and my goal is 75 so I should be able to hit that with little problem (I say that now but who knows what will happen when the baby gets here!). I have no idea how much I will get read in June considering that my due date is three weeks away!  Hopefully I can get a couple books in before she arrives. Here is what I read in May: 1.) Birthing a Better Way by Kalena Cook 2.) Royal Mistress by Anne Easter Smith 3.) Of Fathers and Sons by Evan Ostryzniuk 4.) Gracianna by Trini Amador 5.) The Unfailing Light by Robin Bridges 6.) One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf What did you read