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Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon: April 2015 Master Post

It's read-a-thon day!!  I am going to try to get some reading done today but I know I won't get anywhere near the 24 hour mark.  I will post a few updates here throughout the day but I will mostly be on twitter.  You can follow me throughout the day at @so_many_books. I wanted to put a picture of my stack in this post but I'm working on my husband's computer (because mine blew up about a month ago) and his computer hates blogger (I think because he uses an ancient browser).  You can see the picture of my stack on twitter, if you are so inclined.  The books I plan to work on today are: Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder Mean Streak by Sandra Brown The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson While I'd love to make it pretty far on the first two books, I will probably focus on The Agincourt Bride because it's an ebook that I can read on my phone.  I find it's a lot easier to get reading into my day when I can read on my phone.

Where I've Been

I know I've been pretty MIA lately and I'm so sorry about that.  I am still reading but my life has gone from crazy to completely ridiculous this year.  2015 has been ROUGH.  My daughter, in all of her toddler wisdom, has decided that sleep is completely unnecessary so we've been battling that.  No one ever tells that you toddlers have serious sleep issues too (I actually miss the newborn sleep issues, they're 10,000 times easier to deal with).  It got so bad we had to hire a sleep consultant!  It's slowly getting better but still far from where I want to be.  In addition, my job and workplace has been like working in the looney bin; I've been swamped and there has been an excessive amount of workplace drama going on.  Some days it seems like we should have our own show, like 'The Office' because it's so bizarre here. Sorry for all the whining, to my main point:  between work and home right now, blogging has kind of fallen to the w

Review: "Inspector of the Dead" by David Morrell

Synopsis:  David Morrell’s MURDER AS A FINE ART was a publishing event. Acclaimed by critics, it made readers feel that they were actually on the fogbound streets of Victorian London. Now the harrowing journey continues in INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD. Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his Confessions of an Opium-Eater,confronts London’s harrowing streets to thwart the assassination of Queen Victoria. The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The Empire teeters. Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation. This killer targets members of the upper echelons of British society, leaving with each corpse the name of someone

Review and Giveaway: "To Catch a Falling Star" by Anna Belfrage

Synopsis:  To Catch a Falling Star is the eighth book in Anna Belfrage’s series featuring time traveller Alexandra Lind and her seventeenth century husband, Matthew Graham. Some gifts are double-edged swords … For Matthew Graham, being given the gift of his former Scottish manor is a dream come true. For his wife, Alex, this gift will force her to undertake a perilous sea journey, leaving most of their extensive family in the Colony of Maryland. Alex is torn apart by this, but staying behind while her husband travels to Scotland is no option. Scotland in 1688 is a divided country, torn between the papist Stuart king and the foreign but Protestant William of Orange. In the Lowlands, popular opinion is with Dutch William, and Matthew’s reluctance to openly support him does not endear him to his former friends and neighbours. While Matthew struggles to come to terms with the fact that Scotland of 1688 bears little resemblance to his lovingly conserved memories, A

Review: "Inside the O'Briens" by Lisa Genova

From Goodreads:  Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s Disease. Huntington’s is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure. Each of Joe’s four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their genetic fate. While watching her potential future in her father’s escalating symptoms, twenty-one-year-old daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adul

Paperback Release! of "All Fall Down" by Jennifer Weiner

Hello friends!  I just wanted to let you know that All Fall Down  by Jennifer Weiner is being released in paperback on April 7!  I absolutely loved this book and I highly recommend it to anyone.  You can read my review here . You can pre-order it here ! Praise for All Fall Down    "Compulsively readable. Weiner's skill is in the specifics. There's no doubt she knows how to deliver a certain kind of story, and well." –  New York Times Book Review “All Fall  Down is Weiner’s best book yet.” –  Philadelphia Inquirer “A witty, realistic criticism on the modern age… One of Weiner’s best works.” – Boston Herald “Jennifer Weiner's books should be labeled a controlled substance… You will read one more chapter, and oh, come on, what would one more hurt? I deserve this pill, er, page. And you are gone.” –  USAToday "Weiner is an acute and witty observer of social norms… Reading one of her contemporary novels of manners is like biti

Book Blast: "Teresa of the New World" by Sharman Russell

Publication Date: March 3, 2015 Yucca Publishing/Skyhorse Publishing Formats: Hardcover, Ebook ISBN: 978-1631580420 Genre: Historical Fiction/Young Adult/Fantasy From the bestselling author of An Obsession with Butterflies comes a magical story of America in the time of the conquistadors. In 1528, the real-life conquistador Cabeza de Vaca shipwrecked in the New World where he lived for eight years as a slave, trader, and shaman. In this lyrical weaving of history and myth, the adventurer takes his young daughter Teresa from her home in Texas to walk westward into the setting sun, their travels accompanied by miracles--visions and prophecies. But when Teresa reaches the outposts of New Spain, life is not what her father had promised. As a kitchen servant in the household of a Spanish official, Teresa grows up estranged from the magic she knew as a child, when she could speak to the earth and listen to animals. When a new epidemic of measles devastates the area, the sixteen-year-old sets