Bookish Roundup — June, 2017

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FIRST of all, folks, allow me to apologize for the weak graphic up above. Canva was being a b**** and I basically had to use my Commodore 64 to procure a picture for this post. If you don’t know what that is, well… that just means I’m a hell of a lot older than you are.

I  do have to say that I’m sorry to see June go by the wayside, y’all. It was a great month, full of mild, sunny weather and good reads aplenty. A month in which even I felt comfortable enough to test my boundaries a bit…

About four years ago, I began reading almost exclusively on my Kindle Paperwhite. My main source of reading material comes from the public library, and I had been having some major OCD-ish germ issues for a while by the point I received my Paperwhite as a gift. So, I gave print books up. Unfortunately, even with the awesome selection my two public libraries’ digital services offer, I was still missing out on quite a few titles that held my interest that are only available (via the library) in print. I’d been getting REALLY sick of it. Sooooo…. I checked several (print) books out from the library. I have to admit that it was touch and go at first; had I found a hair or a booger in one of the books, things would have all come tumbling down. But – no boogers!! None. Nada. Success!!!

Don’t get me wrong – I’m sure I’ll still be doing the bulk of my reading on my Paperwhite, because I do prefer it for a plethora of other reasons, but I am now indulging in one or two print books each week. I have only one problem… I need a book light! I was so used to the glow of my Paperwhite in the dark that I was lost when it came time to read in bed with my new print library books. Thus, I am currently researching book lights (because you know I can’t have just any old book light; it must be THE BEST book light). I will keep you updated, because I know y’all are waiting on bated breath to hear all about it…

Let’s take a look at the 18 books I read in June:

Yes, yes, yes. I did  continue on with my YA Fantasy binge in June. Toward the end of the month, however, I was able to break away and read into some other genres – finally! The book I want to talk about the most is Ginny Moon – oh my goodness, what a heartbreaker that one was! Ginny is a 14-year-old girl with autism. Despite being newly adopted by her Forever parents, Ginny is desperate to get back to her birth mother – for something she holds very, very dear has been left behind. Let me tell you guys – this one had ALL. THE. FEELS. Run, don’t walk, to your library to snatch that book up and get to reading, y’all! There will be a quiz… (okay, not really, but it sounded good, right?).

I have a few books in mind for my July line-up, but some of my reading will be in-the-moment choices. Gotta have that spontaneity in there sometimes, you know? Keeps you young, keeps you fresh (that’s what Grandma Choo-Choo always said, anyway). I hope you have some great reading ahead of you as well, y’all. Enjoy your Summer and… Happy Reading!!

What book(s) from your june reads would you recommend to others?

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Library Love: April 27, 2015

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Library Love is a recurring post in which I share my weekly bounty from my public libraries.

 

 

 

I just realized it’s been over a month since I’ve given y’all some Library Love, so here you go!

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I just finished Michael Robotham’s newest novel, Life or Death, last week and it was so good! I’m hoping that his novel, The Suspect, will be, too. I’ve already finished Bret Lott’s The Hunt Club, and it was an OK read; Dead Low Tide is its sequel and I’m hoping it will be a little bit better. Cold Sassy Tree has been on my TBR list for a very long time, and I’m looking forward to getting into it. The Homecoming of Samuel Lake… what can I say, y’all? I’ve checked old Samuel out from the library multiple times and never finished the book before it was time to return it. This will be the fourth and final time I do so – it will be read, so help me God! I kept the check-outs to a minimum this week because I have quite a few ARC’s to get through for April and May; can’t wait until they’re taken care of, because I have my beloved, ever-growing TBR list to get back to work on! Until next time, y’all, Happy Reading!

Is there a book that you’ve been struggling to finish, too? Share in the comments!

Library Love: March 17, 2015

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Library Love is a recurring post in which I share the weekly bounty from my public libraries.

 

 

 

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, y’all! As you can see, we’ve got our green goin’ on today – how about you? I had to run out last night to buy The Boy & I Shamrock shirts for today so we would be pinch-proof. Other than that we don’t actually do much around here to celebrate the holiday (although you should check out my Pinterest Board for some fun ideas) but it’s always nice to at least dress the part. Not that anyone actually sees us since we homeschool, but at least we know we’re complying with the Irish Holiday bylaws! I found some awesome reads last week at the libraries, y’all – I’ve already cracked open a couple of them and cannot wait to get to the rest. Let’s take a look:

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I will say that I’ve already read Kindred and Speak, and they were both great novels, particularly Speak. Very powerful stuff, y’all. God Don’t Like Ugly is a novel I tried to read about ten years ago but never finished (for some unknown reason) so now it’s time for Round #2! I’ve had The Paying Guests on hold for a long, long time and it’s finally my turn – woo-hoo! A Goodreads friend rated Finding Jake very highly, so I have high hopes for it. I’ve also heard great things about T. Geronimo Johnson, so Hold It ‘Til It Hurts will hopefully be a winner, as well. It looks like I’m up to my eyeballs with books this week so I’d better get crackin’. Happy Reading, y’all!

Do you do anything to celebrate good ‘ol Saint Patrick’s Day? Share below!

Library Love, Junior Edition: March 6, 2015

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Library Love is a recurring post in which I share the weekly bounty from my public libraries.

 

 

 

The Boy received a plethora of books as Christmas gifts in December. How many of those would you say that he’s read by now? I’ll tell you: Zero. Zip. Nada. Can you believe this? I listened to his protests of love for nonfiction and made most of the selections nonfiction books – oh, he showed so much excitement at the time, but not one bit of interest now. What’s up with that? Thus, he has been reading strictly fiction so far this year. Hmph. Go figure. Not that I’m complaining, per se, because as long as he’s reading, I’m happy. What made me even happier this week is that he specifically requested that I select some books for him – normally he moans and groans when I do this (although he always winds up happy in the end). I had a lot of fun choosing his reading for the next couple of weeks; I had just as much fun choosing my own!

The Boy’s Haul

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Pathologically Literate’s Haul

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What are you reading this week? Share in the comments!

Library Love: February 24, 2015

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 Library Love is a recurring post in which I share my weekly bounty from my public libraries.

 

 

Y’all, it’s been a while since I’ve shared my library booty, so I’m here to show you the treasures I’ve found recently. So many good reads! The Boy and I have been spending some extra time at our local branch of the library lately, doing some of our schoolwork there for a change of scenery.  He sure is a hard little worker, I have to give him credit, but I don’t know how well it’s working out because I keep getting distracted by all of the books! Lord knows I have enough of those already… Let’s take a look:

Do not ask me what I was thinking when I checked out so many novels; I already have a plethora of ARCs waiting to be read for the month of March and it’s going to be a tight fit getting everything read in time. On a positive note, four of the above novels will count toward my pledge to We Need Diverse Books – and I wasn’t even consciously trying! Go, me!

What are you reading right now? Have you given any thought to reading books by more diverse authors?

 

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Library Love: January 23, 2015

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 Library Love is a recurring post in which I share my weekly bounty from my public libraries.

 

 

So, The Boy and I have decided to move our daily Reading Time to our local library once or twice a week, just for a change of scenery and to get out of the house for a while – he tends to get cabin fever very easily. It’s gone well so far, but then we’ve only gone once at this point. It’s nice to settle in, surrounded by all those books, and that book smell, and that “hush” in the air you can only hear in a library. Speaking of books: Oooooh, y’all, am I going to get my read on this week or what?! All kinds of books that I had on the waiting list came through for me this week, and I cannot wait to get started!

As you may have noticed, I’ve been working my way through the Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes series. This week I’ve got the fourth book in the series, The Moor. I am loving these novels so much! The Barefoot Queen has been on hold for me for so long, I can barely remember why I wanted to read it – just that I really, really wanted to at one point in the distant past. Same goes for I’ll Give You the Sun {I’m not much of a YA gal, but I’m going to give it a go}. I’m so excited to get into The Girl on the Train – I hardly had to wait for it at all; that was pure luck on my part. The Children Act looks to be a good bet, as well. Stay tuned for next week, y’all, when we’ll have a special edition of Library Love: Junior Edition!

Happy Reading, everyone!

What are you reading this week?

 

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Library Love: January 16, 2015

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 Library Love is a recurring post in which I share my weekly bounty from my public libraries.

 

 

 

Can you believe that January is already halfway over, y’all? This year is going to go by so quickly, I can just feel it in my bones. Well, I suppose as long as I have some good reads to speed along with me, I’ll just hop on for the ride and enjoy myself. Let’s take a look at what I swept up this week:

I’m reading A Letter of Mary right now – it’s the third book in the Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes series, which I just discovered and am LOVING. Black Lake has been on my radar for quite a while, as has The People of Forever Are Not Afraid AND How to Be An American Housewife. All the Birds, Singing received good reviews from two of my Goodreads friends whom I trust implicitly – also, this one came from the actual local library, too, y’all. An actual paper book? Oh, my…

Happy Reading, everyone!

What are you reading right now? Share in the comments!

 

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Library Love: January 9, 2015

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Library Love is a recurring post in which I share my weekly bounty from my public libraries.

 

 

Happy New Year, y’all! Yes, yes, I realize I’m a little late to the game with that, but at least I’m here, right? I’ve got some great books lined up for this week. Without meaning to, I’ve created a theme: Books that have been on my TBR list fo-eva! Let’s take a look:

As I mentioned, all five of these novels have been on my TBR shelf, either at the library or on Goodreads for a good year or more. I’ve already begun reading The Beekeeper’s Apprentice and I’m loving it! I honestly hadn’t expected to like it this much; it’s a very pleasant surprise. Next on the list will be Three Souls – I’m really looking forward to that one, too. And with that, y’all, I’m off to get my read on. Happy reading to you all!

What book has been on your TBR list the longest? Share in the comments!

 

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Library Love: December 19, 2014

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Library Love is a recurring post in which I share my weekly bounty from my public libraries.

 

 

Surprise, surprise, y’all – I made it to the local library this week! Granted, it was only to run in and out to pick up some books I’d had on hold, but I’m going to go ahead and say it counts! Next week I’m taking The Boy there to pick out some more books of his own, so I’ll actually be spending some time within the four walls for once. Funnily enough, the two books I picked up at the local library are the two I’m the most excited to read! Let’s take a look at this week’s haul:

In a nod to Kent Haruf’s recent passing, I will be reading Plainsong. I’ve checked out Evergreen in the past, but this time plan to actually read it. The Kept – y’all, I’m already reading this one, and it is something to behold. So many of my Goodreads friends have read or are planning to read A Spy Among Friends, so I feel beholden to do so as well… I’ve been looking forward to reading The Book of Unknown Americans for quite a while, and I also just found out it is the book for January’s discussion in my Literary Fiction by People of Color book group on Goodreads, so – win/win, right? And, drum roll, please… the new Ron Rash is here!! I just discovered Ron Rash a couple of years ago, but really got into him in 2014 – his new collection of short stories (and I believe some poetry) – Something Rich and Strange – was released not long ago and now it’s my turn to read it. As Flavia de Luce would say, “Yaroo!” And, of course, Happy Reading, y’all!

Is there a particular book you’ve been wanting to read this holiday season? Share in the comments!

 

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Library Love: December 12, 2014

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Library Love is a recurring post in which I share my bounty from my public libraries.

 

 

Alas, I did not visit my local library this week, y’all – however, I’m never very far from my trusty laptop and thus my online libraries saw plenty of me this week. It’s not that I don’t like going to the actual library (besides the whole leaving my house and going out in public part), I do. But I truly do prefer reading on my Kindle Paperwhite. Sorry, y’all, but that’s the way it is. I never – in a million years – would have guessed I would have forged this alliance, but… it is done. A Kindlephile I am. Oooh, and have you seen the new Kindle Voyage? Oh, Sweet Baby Jaysus, y’all, I just swoon when I look at it on Amazon! Heaven, y’all, heaven. Enough about my Kindle obsession, though – let’s take a look at what I’ll be reading next week:

I’ve had my eye on Blue Asylum for a while, and now that I’m going through a bit of a historical fiction obsession, I went for it. The Miniaturist has been on hold for me forever, and it finally became available – finally. Betrayed is part of a series I’ve been reading for years and years, so I don’t know if I’m reading it out of duty or for pleasure – I’ll let you know which afterward. Night Film. Ahhh, Night Film, how many times have I checked you out and returned you unread? Will this finally be your chance? Let’s hope so. The Objects of Her Affection is actually a book I stumbled upon accidentally while looking for a similarly titled novel – it sounded a bit intriguing so I went for it; hopefully it will be a happy surprise. Wish me luck, y’all – and Happy Reading!

What was the last “happy surprise” novel you read?

 

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