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Week of Reading (24 - 29 April 2017)

Hello Everyone,

As from today I had a really good week of reading - content-wise.
I've managed to do two reviews this week.

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks:
Amazon: Amazon Review - The Lucky One
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Lucky One
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Lucky One

And last; but most certainly not least:

The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst:
Amazon: Amazon Review - The Best Yes
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Best Yes
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Best Yes

I read part of 'The Best Yes' during the 'Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon'; and as soon as I had finished it; I didn't really get much other reading done - simply because this book lingered - and in a good way!
Monthly Reading Goals: One of the books that I'm going to be picking up today will be 'Nightshade' by Andrea Cremer; the first book in a YA series that is about shapeshifters, and it seems like there will be a little bit of romance as well. So I&#…

Review - The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2014 Genre: Religious; Non Fiction
Blurb: Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul?  Lysa TerKeurst is learning that there is a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God. In The Best Yes she will help you: Cure the disease to please with a biblical understanding of the command to love.Escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no. Overcome the agony of hard choices by embracing a wisdom based decision-making process. Rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your best yes today.About the Author:
Lysa TerKeurst  is the New York Times bestselling author of "Made to Crave" and "Unglued" as well as 14 other titles and a speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith through following Jesus Christ. As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa has led thousands to make their walk with God an i…

Review - The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

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The Copy that I Read
Year Published: 2008 Genre: Romance
Blurb: Do you believe in lucky charms? While in Iraq, U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photo, half-buried in the dirt, of a woman. He carries it in his pocket, and from then on his luck begins to change. Back home, Logan is haunted by thoughts of war. Over time, he becomes convinced that the woman in the photo holds the key to his destiny. So he finds the vulnerable and loving Beth and a passionate romance begins. But Logan battles with the one secret he has kept from Beth: how he found her in the first place. And it is a secret that could utterly destroy everything they love . . .
About the Author: Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone. Sparks lives in North Carolina. He contributes to a variety of local and national charitie…

My Week of Reading (17 - 22 April 2017)

Hello Everyone,


I had quite a pleasant week of reading, even though I only managed to get one review out.
The Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond: Amazon: Amazon Review - The Beach Cafe Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Beach Cafe Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Beach Cafe

At the moment, I'm currently reading 'The Cowboy's Accidental Baby' by Marin Thomas, and there's another book that I'm currently reading, which leads me to...

Monthly Reading Goals:
The book that I've chosen for the romance section, is 'The Lucky One' by Nicholas Sparks, and I'll probably end up picking up a YA book soon; I had one on my list, but I happen to have another option which I will talk more about below.

Last Word:
This past week, I got a YA series from a friend; though I'm not going to mention the series name or the author yet (keeping you in suspense), so this will probably then be another monthly reading goal ticked off. I've gotten nicely ahead for my …

Review - The Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2011 Genre: Chick Lit
Blurb: Evie Flynn has always been the black sheep of her family - a dreamer and a drifter, unlike her over-achieving elder sisters. She's tried making a name for herself as an actress, a photographer and a singer, but nothing has ever worked out. Now she's stuck in temp hell, with a sensible, pension-planning boyfriend. Somehow life seems to be passing her by. Then her beloved aunt Jo dies suddenly in a car crash, leaving Evie an unusual legacy - her precious beach cafe in Cornwall. Determined to make a success of something for the first time in her life, Evie heads off to Cornwall to get the cafe and her life back on track - and gets more than she bargained for, both in work and in love...
About the Author: First of all, a confession. My name isn’t really Lucy Diamond at all, it’s Sue Mongredien. I’ve used a pen name because ‘Diamond’ is a lot easier to spell and pronounce than ‘Mongredien’ and also because I’ve written lots o…

Review - #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2014 Genre: Non Fiction; Inspirational; Motivational
Blurb: In this New York Times bestselling sensation, founder and Executive Chairman of Nasty Gal Sophia Amoruso shares her story and inspires women everywhere to join the #GIRLBOSS movement. In the space of ten years, Sophia Amoruso has gone from high-school dropout to founder and Executive Chairman of Nasty Gal, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world. Sophia's never been a typical executive, or a typical anything, and she's written #GIRLBOSS for other girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success. Filled with brazen wake-up calls, cunning and frank observations, and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal's meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground. It proves that success doesn't come from where you went to college or how popular you were in school. Success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow…

My Week of Reading (10 - 15 April 2017)

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I've had a good reading week, and that was probably mostly due to this long weekend. I managed to do an awesome four reviews.
The Widow by Fiona Barton: Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Widow Readers Warehouse: Readers Warehouse - The Widow Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Widow
Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody by AA Freda: Amazon: Amazon Review - Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody
A Thorne in Time by Lorel Clayton:
Amazon: Amazon Review - A Thorne in Time
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - A Thorne in Time
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - A Thorne in Time

Progeny by Brian Harrison:
Amazon: Amazon Review - Progeny
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Progeny
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Progeny

At the moment, I'm busy reading 'The Beach Cafe' by Lucy Diamond; I've just finished '#Girlboss' by Sophia Amoruso, and…

Review - Progeny by Brian Harrison

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2013 Genre: Drama; Suspense
Blurb: Dr. Cylus Pine, an experimental psychologist takes in serial criminals to rehabilitate through group therapy.  Remus enters Dr. Pines facility after exacting revenge of his abusive father. He begins his therapy with a serial killer, a mother, a bomber, and rape victim. Through the course of their therapy they discover the true effects of their crimes.The cause though is up to their interpretation of their own truth.  PROGENY is the first of six novels.
About the Author: Working at a grocery store for over 12 years now, working every position there and becoming one of the managers of a corporate chain store, I have seen and heard it all in the retail/service world. I had to get those stories, thoughts, feelings, and ways to escape out of my head. I had to write not out of compulsion but out of a love of writing.  I grew up in a small town in Southwestern Michigan (coincidentally a town that no one that visits knows how to pr…

Review - A Thorne in Time by Lorel Clayton

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2017 Genre: Paranormal; Fantasy
Blurb: Before Eva Thorne can accept her destiny, she must learn to accept herself. Eva leaves her family behind for boarding school (that’s a good thing when your family includes necromancers and crime lords), but the foreign city of Gernwold has its own dangers. An intruder, a teacher injured, a stolen necklace left in her room… Either someone is trying to frame her, or they know what Eva really is.  In this prequel novella to the Eva Thorne series, enjoy mystery and magic melded with technology, as you explore the Three Kingdoms and meet all the friends who will one day help Eva become the famous (or notorious) detective we know and love her to be.
About the Author: Lorel and Clayton were teen sweethearts, brought together by a fierce love of books (and hormones). Despite being married for almost 30 years, they are still madly in love and still writing. As writing partners, they meld logic, creativity, and genres. Fantasy,…

Review - Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2016 Genre: Drama; Humorous
Blurb: Who is the mysterious Rudy Kazoody, and what, if anything, did he have to do with the events that occurred to a group of teenagers during one fateful summer in New York City’s Bronx neighborhood in the early 1960s?  Growing up is difficult enough. But when you’re a recent immigrant arriving in a country that is going through its own coming-of-age process, fueled by rock ‘n’ roll, the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, free love, the pill, LSD, and the Cold War, it’s downright confusing, and for some—lethal.  With the various upheavals shaking America to its core, Joey, whose family emigrated to the Bronx from Italy’s Apennine Mountains, struggles to retain his innocent, optimistic outlook on life as he and the other young teenagers on Arthur Avenue—virtually all of whom also come from immigrant, working-class families—try to find their place in this new order.  From the euphoria of first love to the despair of dashed…

The Widow by Fiona Barton

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2016 Genre: Suspense; Thriller
Blurb: There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.  Now her husband is dead, and there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.  The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…
About the Author: My career has taken some surprising twists and turns over the years. I have been a journalist - senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at The Mail on Sunday, where I won Reporter of the Year at the National Press Awards, gave up my job to volunteer in Sr…

My Week of Reading (3 - 8 April 2017)

Hello Everyone,

I've had a decent week of reading, and have managed to get one review up.

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry:
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Secret Scripture
Readers Warehouse: Link to be posted soon
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Secret Scripture

You might have noticed that I left out the Amazon review - that's because I decided not to put one up (even though Amazon reviews are important), and decided instead to post a review on Readers Warehouse.
Monthly Reading Goals: I haven't made any progress on this front yet, though I do have some books in mind, so if I don't start one next week, I'm hoping to start one the week after.
Last Word: At the moment, I'm busy reading 'Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody' by AA Freda, and I'm hoping to pick up another two books this coming week, if not today. I've also finished 'The Widow' by Fiona Barton, and am hoping to have a review up of that one tomorrow, so that will be one…

Review - The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

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The Copy that I Read
Year Published: 2009 Genre: Drama

Blurb:
Sebastian Barry's novels have been hugely admired by readers and critics, and in 2005 his novel A Long Long Way was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In The Secret Scripture, Barry revisits County Sligo, Ireland, the setting for his previous three books, to tell the unforgettable story of Roseanne McNulty. Once one of the most beguiling women in Sligo, she is now a resident of Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital and nearing her hundredth year. Set against an Ireland besieged by conflict, The Secret Scripture is an engrossing tale of one woman's life, and a vivid reminder of the stranglehold that the Catholic church had on individuals throughout much of the twentieth century. The Secret Scripture is soon to be a film starring Rooney Mara and Vanessa Redgrave.

About the Author: Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. His play, The Steward of Christendom, first produced in 1995, won many awards and has been seen aroun…

Week of Reading (27 March - 1 April 2017)

Hello Everyone,
This week of reading went nicely; I managed to do three reviews. And they are...
Playing House by Laura Chapman: Amazon: Amazon Review - Playing House Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Playing House Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Playing House
Deep Water by Deborah Coonts: Amazon: Amazon Review - Deep Water Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Deep Water Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Deep Water
Destined to Fail by Samantha March: Amazon: Amazon Review - Destined to Fail Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Destined to Fail Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Destined to Fail
I'm hoping to have a good month of reading for April. I'm still doing my booktube videos, so if anyone would like to check them out, you can go here
Last Word: At the moment; I'm busy reading 'The Widow' by Fiona Barton and 'The Secret Scripture' by Sebastian Barry. I think I'll have 'The Secret Scripture' read by next week.  I also see that…

Highlights of the Month - March 2017

Hello Everyone,
I can't believe that it's April already - next thing we know it'll be halfway through the year again! I had a very good month of reading - in terms of reading content. I managed to read eight books this month; though that was probably due to the fact that I was reading two or three books at a time. 
And now to choose my favourite book for the month...which is going to be difficult; since, as I said, I had really good reading content. Hmmm, I'm going to have to go with choosing...six books that I really enjoyed. 
'Playing House' by Laura Chapman; 'Defining Her' and 'Destined to Fail' by Samantha March; 'Grace' by Max Lucado are going to be the first mentions, since these are authors that I've read before.  'Double Identity' by Jaye C. Blakemore and 'Me Too' by Jon Weece are going to be the last (but not least) mentions. 
But I'm also going to mention the other two books that I read this month as wel…