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SATURDAY MORNINGS FOR KIDS: October 20, 2018 (#2)

This meme was recently started by Rae Longest at Powerful Women Readers. As I am a grandmother, who loves to read to her children, and a retired teacher librarian, this meme really attracted me. If you love children’s books, or have a favourite from your childhood, join us in introducing them to a new generation of readers. Feel free to use my logo above, but link back to my post as well.

My plan is to highlight a book, a series or an author that I think children will love. These will not be new books, they will be books that I have recommended to parents or kids, or books that I have bought for my own children or grandchildren. There are so many wonderful books from the past that today’s children will love. Here goes.

This week, I want to highlight one of my son’s favourite books when he was growing up as well as the kids at school. This was one I read aloud every year, the voices I used were a hoot. This would make a great Hallowe’en read.

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What moans at midnight in Toad-in-a-Cage Castle?

Toad-in-a-Cage Castle was filled with secrets–secrets such as the hidden passages that led to every room, the long stairway that wound down to the dungeon, and the weird creature named Igor who lived there. But it was the mysterious night noises that bothered William the most–the strange moans that drifted through the halls of the castle where he was raised.

He wanted to know what caused them.

Then one night he found out….

Bruce Coville is a wonderful children’s author. My son read almost all his books that were published while he was a kid, and he wrote quite a few. I have kept most of them (I took them to school to use in my classroom library and some disappeared, they were so well loved) for my grandchildren. If you are a teacher or librarian, he does author visits. Information is on his blog. @brucecoville

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First Line Friday and First Impression Friday – October 19, 2018

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Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!

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First Impression Friday is a meme created and hosted by Joe @J.W. Martin 

• Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions
and predict what you’ll think by the end.
• Did you think you’d love and ended up hating it? Or did you think
you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you exactly right?
• Link back to Storeys of Stories so I can enjoy reading all the
First Impression Fridays out there!

This week I am bringing you the First Lines and First Impressions from The Craftsman by Sharon J. Bolton.

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On the hottest day of the year, Larry Glassbrook has come home to his native Lancashire for the last time, and the townsfolk have turned out to say goodbye. Not in a friendly way.

I am about 10% of the way into this book and it has not gripped me yet. It is starting to get a bit better, so I am anticipating that I will enjoy this book by the end. The setting up of the story took a bit longer than I thought it would, I like suspense stories that start off with a bang. The first line hooked me, so I am sure it will ratchet up the suspense and thrills shortly.

Does this first line entice you to check it out? 

NOW IT IS YOUR TURN! GRAB THE BOOK YOU ARE CURRENTLY READING, OPEN TO CHAPTER ONE, AND POST THE FIRST SENTENCE (OR SECOND SENTENCE) IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.

 

Throwback Thursday #3

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Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favorites as well as sharing books that you’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them! These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board.

This week I’m picking a book I read almost 4 years ago and loved! It is the first in the Winter Series by Elin Hilderbrand. There are four in the series and they are all available at my local library, so hopefully yours as well.

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WWW Wednesday (October 17, 2018) #24

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.  I have not posted for the last couple of weeks. I am changing up my post a bit and will only report on the past three I have read instead of everything I read in the past week. Once again, I am a day late, but better late than never.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

Minutes to Kill (Scarlet Falls, #2) The Craftsman  Thread the Halls (Mainely Needlepoint, #6)

Audio                                  Tablet                         Physical Book

I wanted to go back and read/listen to the Scarlet Falls series. I have loved the Morgan Dane series by Melinda Leigh, so wanted to go back to this series to see what happened before. The Craftsman is one that has been on several blogs I follow and it seems like a creepy thriller for the Halloween season. Thread the Halls fit the criteria for the first two weeks in October, week 1 was cozies, week 2 was Christmas, so I ordered it from the library and just got to it this week.

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Stacking the Shelves, October 14, 2018

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga Reviews and  Marlene of Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course Ebooks!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!

I think I had the best week ever in my quest to stop adding books to my TBR and requesting ARCs since I made that a goal. I only received 4 books from Netgalley this past week, although I have about 10 pending between Netgalley and Edelweiss. Here are the four.

   

Once again, my plan is to not request any books, but I will accept invitations and widgets. I still have 8 pending requests on Netgalley and 6 on Edelweiss.

What do you think of my selections this week? Any appeal to you? I hope some of them entice you to take a look at them. 

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Top Ten Tuesday – The Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Longest Books I’ve Ever Read. I am only listing books that I have recorded on Goodreads as I was able to use the sort feature to find the books with the most pages. I am not one to read long books, but I have read many over 600 pages. Here goes.

Gone with the WindGone with the Wind

by Margaret Mitchell

5 Stars

1037 pgs.

 

The Witness

The Witness

by Nora Roberts

5 Stars

757 pgs.

 

Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1)

Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon #1)

by Dan Brown

5 stars

746 pgs.

 

Total Control

Total Control

by David Baldacci

5 Stars

720 pgs.

 

The Prince of Tides

The Prince of Tides

by Pat Conroy

5 Stars

679 pgs.

 

Cutting for Stone

Cutting for Stone

5 Stars

670 pgs.

 

The Other Boleyn Girl (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #9)

The Other Boleyn Girl (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #9)

5 Stars

661 pgs.

 

Angels Everywhere

Angels Everywhere (Angels Everywhere #1 & 3)

by Debbie Macomber

5 Stars

646 pgs.

 

The Lake House

The Lake House

by Kate Morton

5 Stars

606 pgs.

 

A Thin Dark Line (Doucet #4: Broussard and Fourcade #1)A Thin Dark Line (Doucet #4)

by Tami Hoag

4 Stars

592 pgs.

Do you like to read long books? What’s the longest book you read?

 

 

Monday Musings (Oct. 8, 2018)

I had a very busy weekend. It is Thanksgiving here in Canada, so it is a long weekend. I was fortunate to get invited to my sister’s for dinner on Saturday to see her children and grandchildren. They do not live in town, so I only get to see them a couple of times a year. Yesterday was very busy. I was trying to finish reading my cozy mysteries I had started, cut the grass, do laundry, go to church, teach Sunday School, and so on. Today I am preparing dinner for my family. I love to cook and bake, but I do make a mess.

We don’t have the traditional dinner as my children are not big turkey fans. I am serving Prime Rib, Curried Butternut Squash and Pear soup, Caesar Salad, Pumpkin Scones and Pumpkin Dump Cake for dessert.

Reading wise, I did very well with my goal for Week 1 in October. I was planning on reading as many cozies that I had on my TBR as possible. My first goal was to read/listen to the first three books in the Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery and I did listen to them all. I managed to finish 10 books with 3 in the process which I hope to finish this week.

My goal for week 2 is Christmas books. They might be romance, they might be chick-lit or they might be cozy mysteries, we shall see.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week, reading, relaxing and spending time with family.

Stacking the Shelves, October 7, 2018

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga Reviews and  Marlene of Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course Ebooks!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!

Last week, I promised myself that I would not request any books for the month of October. Well, I tried really hard and requested four. But ……. I received a few widgets, some invites and some of the books that were pending, were approved, so I ended up with a lot more. This week on Netgalley I received 19 adult books and 4 children’s books, 1 from Edelweiss, and 4 books from Amazon for a total of 24 novels and 4 children’s books.

From Netgalley:

                  

   

From Edelweiss:

From Amazon:

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Once again, my plan is to not request any books, but I will accept invitations and widgets. I still have 8 pending requests on Netgalley and 6 on Edelweiss.

What do you think of my selections this week? Any appeal to you?

I hope some of them entice you to take a look at them. To all the Candians who read my blog, I hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend.

First Line Friday – October 5, 2018

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Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!

My First Line comes from Academic Curveball by James J. Cudney. I will be starting this book later today. Clicking on the cover will take you to the Goodreads entry.

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I’ve never been comfortable flying.

Does this first line entice you to check it out? 

NOW IT IS YOUR TURN! GRAB THE BOOK YOU ARE CURRENTLY READING, OPEN TO CHAPTER ONE, AND POST THE FIRST SENTENCE (OR SECOND SENTENCE) IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.

 

 

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