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Feature & Follow (5)

Q: What book(s) are you reading right now? What do you think of it?

I’m one of those people who always has multiple books going at once…mostly because I have a really short attention span – so I only read between 10-15% each night (either on my kindle, or doing math in my head to figure out the nearest chapter). Of those multiple books, I normally have a variety of genres, including at least one non-fiction.

Right now, I am reading the following:

So breaking it down…

Everything I Needed to Know about Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume – this is a series of essays written by current YA authors about how reading Judy Blume affecting them growing up. For me, and I’ve only read 3 of the essay’s so far, it was like a trip down memory lane – I loved JB’s books growing up and for the heck of it, did a re-read of a couple last year and while a bit dated, they still held some of the magic of before.

Weeding the Flowerbeds – Sarah Mkhonza – after I get done with this book and write my review of it, I’ll only be the second person on Goodreads to have done so – which shows you how unknown this one is. I picked it up for my Around the World challenge because it is set in Swaziland (Africa) and sounded interesting. I’m only about half-way through it, and its ok, but the writing is really dense and it needs a good editor – but for the experience within (a female at a boarding school) it is an interesting read.

The Thirteen American Arguments: Enduring Debates That Define and Inspire Our Country with the election in T-61 days (I think – although I’m desperately wishing for a time machine to jump me ahead until after it is all said and done)…this book highlights many of the common arguments that show up in politics. I’ve only read 2 chapters so far, and its a little bit dated (Obama was just a new senator) but it is still interesting and fairly well written…I can’t say that it is the most enthralling read – but I’m curious as to where the author is going to go with the arguments.

Every Day, Every Hour – Natasa Dragnic – this is another book that I picked up for my Around the World challenge – set in both Croatia and France (I’m counting it for Croatia). It is a non-traditional romance with soul mates…I’m enjoying the way that the writing flows and it has sucked me in…I actually had to stop myself from reading the other night, or I would have been up all night and that would have been bad juju for work the next day…

Kindred Hearts – Rowan Speedwell – I’m really liking this m/m romance with a historical perspective, and if it hadn’t show up in a category for our weekly bingo challenge I might never have read it…I love the writing style and pretty sure it may end up a tear-jerker by the end (her other books have had me crying previously…)

Burning Alive – Sharon K. Butcher – I’d been hearing about this series for a while so I figured I would finally pick it up. I like the writing style, but (and I did check this out) – it feels like I’m missing a prequel or something…not much of the world has been developed and I’m a bit confused…I hope it all starts to clear up soon (since I only have about 30% to go).

So that’s it…what i’m currently reading and my thoughts…what about everyone else?


Posted by on September 7, 2012 in Blog Hop, Feature & Follow


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Winner of the Summer Giveaway Blog Hop

2nd Annual Summer Giveaway Hop

Hosted by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Mary from Bookhounds and Forever Young (Adult)

Congrats to Jenese from Reader’s Confession, who won the giveaway on my blog. My coworker chose a random number out of the hat and comment 5 was the lucky one.

She has won an audiobook of her choice, up to a value of $40 from either Audible, Tantor, or Brilliance Audio. And since she is a newbie – ohh the possibilities!!

For my audiobook listeners out there – what would be the first book you would recommend that Jenese try?

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Posted by on August 9, 2012 in Blog Hop, giveaway


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Summer Giveaway Blog Hop

2nd Annual Summer Giveaway Hop

Hosted by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Mary from Bookhounds and Forever Young (Adult)

I can’t believe that the end of Summer is rapidly approaching, although, after surviving without AC for 3 weeks while DC was hit with a heat wave wasn’t fun. It was even too hot to read at one point – my brain felt like it was going to turn into much. But, moving on, let’s celebrate with a giveaway.

Being as it was so hot here the last few weeks and I didn’t want to read, I found that audiobooks were a great way to stay engaged without mush-ifying my brain too much (and i’m declaring mush-ifying a word…). So my giveaway has to do with audiobooks

Comment below to win by answering this question…Have you ever listened to an audiobook? And if yes, which one was your favorite and why? (I’m always looking for new recommendations).

The giveaway is open to everyone (US and International). The winner of the giveaway can choose any audiobook of their choice (up to $40 value) from Audible (Account Required – Geographic Restrictions may apply); Tantor Audio or Brilliance Audio

Click Here to see what other blogs are participating for a chance to win other goodies


Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Blog Hop, giveaway


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Wishlist Wednesday and W…W…W…Wednesday – 18 July

Neal Shusterman
Release Date: August 28, 2012

Unwind by the same author was one of my favorite books in 2011 and one of the best YA dystopia’s I have read to date, so I was really excited to see that the sequel to it was due out in August of this year (since Unwind originally came out in 2008). Thankfully this means I only have another month and a bit left to wait until I get my hands on it 😉 I hope that Shusterman can live up to Unwind, but it could be really hard to top it. Fingers crossed on it coming out close to a day off work so I can have a day of relaxation and reading

W…W…W.. Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by should Be Reading….

What are you currently reading? I am currently reading Never Fall Down (Patricia McCormick) and Code Name:Verity (Elizabeth Wein), as well as What I Didn’t Say (Keary Taylor)
What did you recently finish reading? I just finished reading Anne of Green Gables (LM Montgomery) , Ride With Me (Ruthie Knox) and XVI (Julia Karr)
What do you think you’ll read next? I have Moonglass (Jessi Kirby) and Kiss the Morning Star (Elissa Janine Hoole)
next on the pile


Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Wishlist Wednesday


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