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Mailbox Monday (7)

Mailbox Monday is a traveling meme started by Marcia at To Be Continued.  It's a great way to highlight all the bookish things you receive each week.  This month it is being hosted over at Rose City Reader . I haven't received any books in a few weeks and then all of the sudden two of my holds came in at the library.  I can't wait to read these!  I am off work until January 2 so I am hoping that I will have time to read them. From the Library: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead Allegiant by Veronica Roth What books did you get this week?

Review: "A Newfound Land" by Anna Belfrage

Synopsis:  It’s 1672, and Matthew Graham and his family have left Scotland. Having taken the drastic decision to leave their homeland due to religious conflicts, Alexandra and Matthew hope for a simpler, if harsher, life in the wilds of the Colony of Maryland. Unfortunately, things don’t always turn out as you want them to, and the past has a nasty tendency to resurface at the most inappropriate moments. Both Matthew and Alex are forced to cope with the unexpected reappearance of people they had never thought to meet again, and the screw is turned that much tighter when the four rogue Burley brothers enter their lives. Matters are further complicated by the strained relations between colonists and the Susquehannock Indians. When Matthew intercedes to stop the Burleys from abducting Indian women into slavery he makes lifelong – and deadly – enemies of them all. Once again Alex is plunged into an existence where death seems to threaten her man wherever he goes. Will M

Quick Review: "Elizabeth of York" by Alison Weir

From Goodreads:  Many are familiar with the story of the much-married King Henry VIII of England and the celebrated reign of his daughter, Elizabeth I. But it is often forgotten that the life of the first Tudor queen, Elizabeth of York, Henry’s mother and Elizabeth’s grandmother, spanned one of England’s most dramatic and perilous periods. Now New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir presents the first modern biography of this extraordinary woman, whose very existence united the realm and ensured the survival of the Plantagenet bloodline. My Thoughts:  Let me preface this by saying, I love Alison Weir and will read anything she writes.  However, I struggled to get through this book.  I think Elizabeth of York is a fascinating historical figure so I was really hoping for an enjoyable read but I got a kind of dry, slow read instead.  This definitely wasn't one of those works of non-fiction that read as easily as fiction does.  There seemed to

October/November Wrap Up

Phew.  The last two months have been a little crazy so I haven't been around much.  I've been struggling to keep up with the blog but I have done some reading.  Honestly, I kind of think I need a break.  It's not that hard for me to read but I am having a hard time writing posts and reviews.  I have quite a few review books to read in the coming months but I think I am going to limit the ones I accept from here on out so I don't feel so limited in my reading.  Once I'm caught up, I'm going to have to do some serious thinking about whether or not I continue blogging.  I'm just so busy lately that I am not sure if there will continue to be room in my life for this.  I think I am doing pretty good with my reading goal this year.  I planned to try to read 75 books and have exceeded that!  I am at 82 books for the year; I would like to make it to 90 but I am pretty sure that isn't going to happen unless there is some sort of Christmas miracle.  I read 6 boo

Mailbox Monday (6)

Mailbox Monday is a traveling meme. This month it is hosted by Rose City Reader . I have received several books over the last few weeks despite being in kind of a slump.  For Review (from HFVBT):   Degrees of Courage by Shari Vester   Becoming Josephine by Heather Webb From the Library:   Into the Dreaming by Karen Marie Moning What books did you get this week?