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Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts (6)

Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts is hosted by Bookishly Boisterous.  Check it out here !     1.) I am so behind on all things blog related.  It is completely ridiculous.  I need to come up with a better way of staying on top of things.  What I really need to do is write reviews as soon after finishing a book as I can instead of putting them off.   2.) Julia is 11 months old today and we are sending out the invitations for her first birthday party this week.  I can't believe it!   3.) Speaking of her birthday party, I am seriously obsessing about it right now.  It's going to be a lot of work and I'm a perfectionist so there may be a meltdown in my future.   4.) I just finished reading All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner and I absolutely loved it.  As a working mom who is constantly stressed out, it hit a little closer to home than I would have liked....except for the whole drug use aspect of it.   5.) I have accepted a lot of review books for the sum

Review: "The Runaway Highlander" by R.L. Syme

Synopsis:  Anne de Cheyne has a choice. She can play the dutiful daughter and allow her mother to sell her to a greasy English sheriff, or she can take control of her own life and find her own match. After a frightening run-in with her promised husband reveals a dark secret, she makes a desperate choice. Flight. Aedan Donne needs easy money and no-questions-asked. When Milene de Cheyne offers him enough to pay all debts, requests complete silence, and pays half up front, just for a simple recovery, he can't believe his luck… until he meets his mark. Anne’s beauty and passion ignite something Aedan can’t ignore, even as she leaves him in the dust. Suddenly, he finds himself wanting to capture the runaway Highland lady for himself. My Thoughts:   Likes :  This was a no nonense, suck you in immediately kind of read.  There was action and adventure that began in the first few pages and followed through to the very end; I definitely could not stop reading.  The charac

Mailbox Monday (16)

Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme started by Marcia at To Be Continued.  You can learn more about it here ! I am so thankful for the long weekend.  Last week was ridiculously busy and next week won't be much better so it's nice to recuperate a bit.  I want to get some reading done this weekend but have been spending a lot of time watching CNN because of the UCSB shootings.  The events that took place on Friday night were horrific and because that's my hometown and my college, it hits close to home. For Review :     All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick What books did you get this week?  

Book Blast: "Puritan Witch" by Peni Jo Renner

Please join Peni Jo Renner as she tours the blogosphere for Puritan Witch: The Redemption of Rebecca Eames from April 28-May 30. Publication Date: September 17, 2013 iUniverse Formats: Ebook, Hardcover, Paperback On a cold night in 1692, two young girls are caught up in the divining games of a slave woman-and then begin to act very strangely when the game goes wrong. Suddenly, Salem Village is turned upside down as everyone fears that witches may be involved. Six months later, as news of the girls' strange behavior becomes known, fear and suspicion overwhelm a nearby farming community, pitting neighbors against neighbors and turning friends into enemies. When Rebecca Eames makes one careless utterance during a verbal attack on her family, she is falsely accused of witchcraft. After her fate is decided by three magistrates, Rebecca must endure a prison sentence during which she and her fellow captives have no choice but to valiantly struggle to find humanity and camaraderie among di

Book Blast and Giveaway: "Curses and Smoke" by Vicki Alvear

Publication Date: May 27, 2014 Arthur A. Levine Books Formats: Hardcover, eBook Genre: YA Historical When your world blows apart, what will you hold onto? TAG is a medical slave, doomed to spend his life healing his master's injured gladiators. But his warrior's heart yearns to fight in the gladiator ring himself and earn enough money to win his freedom. LUCIA is the daughter of Tag's owner, doomed by her father's greed to marry a much older Roman man. But she loves studying the natural world around her home in Pompeii, and lately she's been noticing some odd occurrences in the landscape: small lakes disappearing; a sulfurous smell in the air... When the two childhood friends reconnect, each with their own longings, they fall passionately in love. But as they plot their escape from the city, a patrician fighter reveals his own plans for them -- to Lucia's father, who imprisons Tag as punishment. Then an earthquake shakes Pompeii, in the first sign of

Mailbox Monday (15)

Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme started by Marcia at To Be Continued.  Check it out here ! I just realized that I haven't posted anything in weeks!  Life has been pretty crazy lately and while I don't see it slowing down much, I am hoping that I will be able to post more often.  I really miss the blog! For Review (From NetGalley):   A Triple Knot by Emma Campion Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle For Review (from the author):      Hand of Fire by Judith Starkston In the Iliad , Homer gives only a few lines to Briseis, the captive woman Achilles and Agamemnon fought over. Hand of Fire brings Briseis to life. As healing priestess and strong-willed princess, guarding her city, an ally of Troy, from the Greeks, she draws strength from visions of a handsome warrior god she believes protects her. But when he appears, she realizes her tragic mistake. Achilles, the mighty, half-immortal Greek, destroys her city and kills her brothers. Briseis,

April Wrap Up

Summer is almost here!!! April was such a great reading month for me! I managed to read 9 books for a grand total of 28 books this year.  I am more than half way to my goal of 50 books for the year.  I'm not ready to up my goal yet but maybe in the next few months. Here is what I read this month: 1.) The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen 2.) The Tao of Martha by Jen Lancaster 3.) Mariana by Susanna Kearsley 4.) Roan Rose by Juliet Waldron 5.) The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley 6.) Intensity by Dean Koontz 7.) Catching Air by Sarah Pekkanen 8.) Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer 9.) The Runaway Highlander by R.L. Syme What books did you read this month?