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20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge 2018 Finished

Cathy@746books host a yearly summer challenge called 20 Books of Summer. The challenge is to read  20 books between June 1st and September 3rd.

This is the second year I participated and even though it was right down to the wire, I finished my last book in the evening of September 3rd, I once again read all 20 books. I only switched out 1 book during the challenge from those I designated at the beginning, so that was pretty good. Here is my list and if you click on the book, it will take you to my review.

The Great Alone  Her Last Word Flying at Night How to Walk Away

The Forgotten Ones  Father Figure by [Cudney, James J.] A Mother’s Sacrifice Three Day Fiancée (Animal Attraction, #2)

A Gathering of Secrets (Kate Burkholder, #10)  Spring at Lavender Bay (Lavender Bay, #1) The First Kiss of Spring (Eternity Springs #14) My Mother the Liar

One Summer The Girl in the Woods Save the Date Us Against You (Beartown, #2)

At the Stroke of Midnight (The Naughty Princess Club, #1) In Bed with the Beast (The Naughty Princess Club, #2) Sold on a Monday The Perfect Couple

This was a great year for me. I read a variety of genres and had many 5 Star books in the mix. Here’s to next year! It would be great to have more people participate next year, but that will be a decision to make next summer.

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20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Cathy@746books host a yearly summer challenge called 20 Books of Summer. The challenge is to read  20 books between June 1st and September 3rd.

This will be the second year I have participated in this challenge. I read all 20 last year finishing the last one just under the wire. Last year I chose all summer books. This year I am going to mix it up and read books that I have been looking forward to. Some are ARCs, some are ebooks that are already out and some are books off my shelf that I have been meaning to read. Here we go:

The Great Alone Read August 12  Her Last Word

Flying at Night How to Walk Away  Read June 13

The Forgotten Ones Read July 14  Father Figure by [Cudney, James J.]

A Mother’s Sacrifice Read August 16 Three Day Fiancée (Animal Attraction, #2) Read June 23

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Children’s Book Readathon With This Is My Truth Now– Picture Books (Week 1)

Week One in the Children’s Book Readathon featured Children’s Picture Books. The three that were chosen are often referred to as classics, but for very different reasons. These are very different books, by very different authors and loved by varying audiences.

I remember reading this book to my son and daughter when they were young. My son really enjoyed it, my daughter, not so much. I agree that this story needs have a discussion about “wild behaviour” especially when it is hurtful or disrespectful. I love the imagination that comes from the little boy and his trip on his boat to the island. The illustrations could be scary for young children, but my grandson had no problem with them. He liked the story, but when we talked about the boy and his behaviour, he just wanted to play. Perhaps he is still a bit young for that. This book was certainly a game changer when it first came out and you either loved it or disliked it immensely. I say the message of imagination, time to be “wild”, time to go home to those who love you is timeless.

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Goodnight Moon was the book that my son and daughter-in-law read to my grandchildren for bedtime when they were little. My grandson still likes it, but it is not his first choice for a bedtime story anymore. It is quiet, simple and comforting. Another great story.

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I have always loved Dr. Seuss, so have my children and now my grandchildren. I have so many of his books that I kept that I can keep reading them and the kids will not get bored. This book is one that I do not own. I never really thought of this one as a young child’s book. When I was the principal of a K to 8 school, we purchased a copy for each of our grade 8 graduates. They were signed by all their teachers with a little note and read at their graduation ceremony. It is a great story for launching a new pathway in your life. Adults could also read this one and ponder the Dr’s message.

I read about  an adapted version called Oh, Baby, the Places You’ll Go.  The rhythm and rhymes follow the original and make for a delightful story according to fellow blogger Nina at The Cozy Pages. I want to get a copy of my son and daughter-in-law as they are expecting a new baby in December.

So that is it for my post on the first week of the Children’s Book Readathon. I know I was a bit late posting as I could not find my copies of some of the books profiled. Make sure to check out Jay’s Blog, This Is My Truth Now to read the posts from other participants.

 

20 Books of Summer Update

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With one month down in this challenge, it is time to see if I am on track. My goal when I started this challenge was to read at least 7 of the books off the least in June and July, finishing up in August. My original post can be found here: 20 Books of Summer 2018

I am behind already, only reading 5 in June.

How to Walk AwayHow to Walk Away: A Novel by Katherine Center

Three Day Fiancée (Animal Attraction, #2)Three Day Fiancée (Animal Attraction #2) by Marissa Clarke

Save the DateSave the Date by Morgan Matson

Us Against You (Beartown, #2)Us Against You (Beartown #2) by Fredrik Backman

At the Stroke of Midnight (The Naughty Princess Club, #1)At the Stroke of Midnight (Naughty Princess Club #1) by Tara Sivec

This means I have to read 9 during the month of July to catch up. Oh boy, that might not be as easy as it seems. Only time will tell. Wish me luck.

July Goals

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I decided to set goals instead of making a TBR list for the month. I only have three, I did not want to overwhelm myself.

 

  1. Read at least 7 books off my 20 Books of Summer Challenge list. Image result for 20 books of summer
  2. Read at least 7 of the children’s books from Netgalley per week. Image result for netgalley
  3. Only request books from authors or that belong to series that I have already started. I might need someone telling me not to click, just like Marge telling Lisa to stop.Image result for books gif

So, there you have it. I am pretty sure I will do fine with 1 & 2, but I will have a tough time with the last one.  Happy Reading everyone.

24 Hour Readathon Final Update

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Well, I decided to join Noriko and Lili in the 24 hour readathon. As many of you know, I have been without internet since Tuesday, so am writing this post at the public library. I started at 8:00 p.m. Friday night and fell asleep in my chair around midnight. I started reading again before 6:00 a.m. on Saturday and have finished two books so far with my third one started. I was able to finish 3 books and get 45% through a fourth by 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. I am so tired. I will be heading to bed early tonight.

Killer Green Tomatoes (Farm-to-Fork Mystery #2)

Killer Green Tomatoes (Farm-to-Fork Mystery #2)

by Lynn Cahoon

Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Lyrical Underground

184 pages

 

The Home for Unwanted Girls

The Home for Unwanted Girls

by Joanna Goodman

Published April 17th 2018 by Harper Paperbacks

384 pages

 

Bleeding Tarts (Pie Town Mystery #2)Bleeding Tarts (Pie Town Mystery #2)

by Kirsten Weiss

Published April 24th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
368 pages

 

Lowcountry Bordello (Liz Talbot Mystery #4)Lowcountry Bordello (Liz Talbot Mystery #4)

by Susan M. Boyer

Published November 3rd 2015 by Henery Press

finished 123 pages

 

This was a lot of fun, but I can not stay up all night like I used to do when I was a lot younger.

24 Hour Readathon

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Well, I decided to join Noriko and Lili in the 24 hour readathon. As many of you know, I have been without internet since Tuesday, so am writing this post at the public library. I started at 8:00 p.m. last night and fell asleep in my chair around midnight. I started reading again before 6:00 a.m. and have finished two books so far.

Killer Green Tomatoes (Farm-to-Fork Mystery #2)

Killer Green Tomatoes (Farm-to-Fork Mystery #2)

by Lynn Cahoon

Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Lyrical Underground

184 pages

 

The Home for Unwanted Girls

The Home for Unwanted Girls

by Joanna Goodman

Published April 17th 2018 by Harper Paperbacks

384 pages

 

I will write my reviews tomorrow as well as update this post with what else I finish. I have just over 6 hours to go.

20 Books of Summer 2017 Finished

Well, I managed to finish my last book just under the wire. This challenge ran from June 1st to September 3rd. I chose books that had “summer” in the title or that took place in the summer months. Check out my updated post with reviews linked. 

20 Books of Summer 2017 Update

Update on September 4th. I stayed up last night to finish my last book. It was a quick read and I really enjoyed it. I will link my reviews to the covers of each book. Some of these reviews are on Goodreads, for some reason they never got posted to my blog.

Thanks to Cathy at 746 Books and Fictionophile for this challenge. It was what I needed to get these summer books finally read. I enjoyed them all and it was a rather romantic summer reading season for me.

So, here is my list. I read 20 books that take place in the summer. All of them were on my TBR list. Here goes: Continue reading “20 Books of Summer 2017 Update”

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