I finish my studies on June 4th, and will finally be able to devote some serious time to working my way through Mount TBR--that is until the craziness resumes on 6th September when my kids go back to school and I go back to work (albeit as a volunteer). So, I'm setting myself the challenge of reading at least one book a week between June 4th and Sept 6th . . . which makes 13 books. I know that might not sound like a lot, but it's more than I've managed so far this year! ;-)
Anyway, if you'd like to join me in reading as many books as you can over those weeks, then sign up by replying to this post. When June 4th rolls around you can start to post links to the journals of the books you've read so that we can all cheer each other on. I'll leave it up to participants to track their own progress. Also, please feel free to use books that you've read for other challenges.
[the 2 week blizzard that cancelled school. I'm good for 10 b00ks. Where do you journal?]
Great to have you! :-) With regard to journalling: My plan is to write a BookCrossing Journal Entry for each book that I read from my 'To Be Read' list and then post a link to it here. But looking at your profile page, I see you don't have any books registered, so if you'd prefer you can just post a note here to say what books you've read. Whatever works for you. :-)
My summer doesn't start until June 10 (I am a teacher also) and ends August 23... but I read at least a book a week. I will post the books here, but journal them at goodreads.com. Hope all of you take a look at that site. Full of bookcrossers (and also FREE). Looking forward to reading what you all have to say =)
[My summer doesn't start until June 10 (I am a teacher also) and ends August 23... but I read at least a book a week. I will post the books here, but journal them at goodreads.com. Hope all of you take a look at that site. Full of bookcrossers (and also FREE). Looking forward to reading what you all have to say =)]
I just finished "The Photograph" by Penelope Lively. The book is about how finding an old photograph that reveals an upsetting secret changes all of the characters' present lives and has them trying to figure out what to do with their memories of the past that may no longer be accurate.
I'd give it a 6 out of 10, but just keep in mind that I'm a hard grader.
Massive stack of library books, which will be part of SIY challenge #13!
Editted to add: Not REALLY off this summer, since I'm work full time (and no college courses since 2006 - yeah!). But the obligations slow down.
I participate in other reading challenges, but I will NOT set any goals for this one...on purpose. It will be a log of ALL that I read this summer. That being said, hold on to your hats (and books) - I'll post what I've gotten through in the past week on a new post!
My Name is Memory in 4 hours today. It was just the therapy I needed. A lost love from my past contacted me after 40 years,said some seriously nice stuff and then disappeared after 2 back and forth e-mails and a re-forwarded e-mail I had written and my phone #. This book was about a man who remembered his past lives and the one woman he fell in love with over and over again. It managed to explain re-incarnation and still come up with some pretty solid ideas about the nature of love. I may re-read it when I can appreciate the language and not just devour it for therapy. :D
1. 204 Rosewood Lane by Debbie Macomber. Hooked again on this Cedar Cove series! second in the cedar cove series. This time the primary character is Grace - deserted by her husband - and how she's getting her life back together. Along with continuations of Grace's adult children, Kelly and MaryEllen; and her best friend, judge Olivia and the new man in her life - Jack. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8050828
2. Early Dawn by Catherine Anderson A Coulter-Paxton liason book set in the 1890's in the west. Eden's ex-fiance spread so many false rumors, that she needed to leave San Francisco. Riding a train to Colorado, to live with her brothers, the Sebastian gang kidnaps her, to see her into prostitution in Mexico. Except Matthew Coulter has been trailing them for 3 years, ever since they raped and murdered his wife. He rescues Eden, but can't drop her off in town without the Sebastian gang taking them both out. So, they live in the wilderness, leading the Sebastian gang on a merry chase, until her brothers track them down. In the meantime, Matthew and Eden have fallen in love. (library book)
3. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe (ray) (PM Stinalyn to join the ray) Interesting ray that bounces between the 1690's and 1991. Connie, a grad student, is sent by her mother to clean out her grandmother's creepy old house over the summer, where she meets Sam, a steeplejack. Her academic advisor is a skunk and wants to steal her research...and she discovers "receipts" for spells which seem to work, because she finds she's from a family of witches! Kind of reminded me of a Jodi Picoult book, where at the end you're not sure what was real and what wasnt'. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7327176/
4. The Summer Hideaway by Susan Wiggs (available for rabck'g) Latest in the Series. This time George Bellamy is dying - and he wants to spend his last summer at Willow Lake, and reconcile with his brother. He hires nurse Claire Turner, intending that when Ross returns from his military deployment, he'll settle down with Claire - and George proves to be right. And George is able to mend fences with his estranged brother Charlie by the summer's end too. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8029296
This series has grabbed me again! Third in series mostly about Zach and Rosie. Olivia has another unusual divorce decree - the kids get the house and the parents have to move in and out to share custody! Olivia's ex - Stan - has his marriage break up and now he's trying to court her. And Olivia's best friend Grace, widow of Dan, finds herself caught up in an on-line affair with a married man, neglecting the local horse farm owner Cliff, who's also wanting to date her. And single Mom, MaryEllen, has fallen in love with the baby's father, Jon, who is skittish about letting her into his life, since he's a convicted felon and doesn't want to give her that information to potentially use it against him.
Well, I'm off to a bit of a slow start - life hasn't quite slowed down as much as I'd expected it too - but I've finished my first S-FSRC book: 'It's the Little Things' by Erica James (http://bookcrossing.com/journal/7969423). My mum lent it to me, so I felt obliged to read it, but it wasn't really my cup of tea ... which is part of the reason it took me so long to finish it. Never mind, on to the next one: 'Stardust' by Neil Gaiman.
It's great to see everyone else speeding along! :-)
The Girl Who kicked over the Hornet's Nest. Another excellent book with an insight into a Swedish Government scandal with Mic keal Blomkist and Salander. At the beginning, Saleandar is recovering from brain surgery from a gun wound inflicted by her father.
Legally Tender by Michelle Dunaway. Totally brain candy. Christina's divorce decree limits her to 75 miles away from her ex, who shares custody. She willingly gives up the trappings of the wife of a philandering NFL football star, to start over at a law firm in a small Indiana town with her daughter Bella. But she doesn't count on falling in love with the co-lawyer and volunteer firefighter working with her on the court case.
This was a debut novel written about an abused woman whose lost love helps her rescue her lost child.I appreciated it's depth, despite what MAY sound like a romance novel plot,the author uses multple narrators to tell the story and demonstrate the inter-connectedness of the characters. The mystery has no simple solution and the characters situations are not neatly solved at the end of the book. Life is like that, problems are not simply solved despite what you or the characters may wish.
three christmas short stories; A Place to Belong: Maggie is planning the perfect Christmas Eve service in the new church, and newcomer sheriff, Jack, is getting in her way at every turn! A Son is Given: Katherine lost their baby when she fell down the stairs when her husband was drunk. Now he's reformed, but can she forgive him? Angels in the Snow: Della is rescued in a blizzard by a grieving widower and his son. She gives the lonely boy a little Christmas - which Hunter has given up on. But would Hunter want her to stay when he knows what she's running from?
This book certainly lived up to its title! It had me crying with laughter. It also had its poignant moments too, which were very touching. I always feel better about myself after reading these two authors.
1001 book; ray; Long, tough read. It took me 3/4 of the book to finally figure out that the narrator was the author, and the last chapters FINALLY pulled things together. I didn't like the protagonist (he was so lifeless, weary and dull), nor any of the other characters, who all had their own hidden agendas.
Couldn't stop reading. I was just about to finish (this was around 2 at night) when mom comes in and orders me to go to sleep! I had to read the rest in the light of my mobile phone..it was that interesting..
Read this too and really liked it,but much more touching for being autobiographical was Tuesdays with Morrie.Morrie's brother,believe it or not, lives in Berkeley Springs WV and was in a play at the Ice House. He had a role as FDR's advisor in Annie.
This started out as really good. Gave me the creeps at the beginning which very rarely happens to me. But then it became a teensy bit boring by the end. It had elements of War of the Worlds, The Stand and The Mist.
I've avoided reading her books for years, but decided to give it another go....well, imho WORSE than Harlequins - at least this one. Very,very, light storyline, almost no character development and a lot of Hollywood name dropping.
Sharyn McCrumb's The Devil Amoungst the Lawyers. Whew didn't realize how much I've been skipping around untill I zoomed back through the list. Sharyn McCrumb is my favorite authorand she' s back to some of my favorite characters. So maybe I'll settle on this before I go back to Haiti.