Book of the Month | September 2017

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Today I am here to share my Book of the Month box from September. Now, this month I received my book a little late. This was not because it was lost in the mail or anything, but I will share why a little more into the post.

So when I opened the box I right away see one of the books inside and my BOTM bookmark. This month I picked Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. First off the cover is absolutely beautiful and on top of that the blurb is intriguing.

Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie’s children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise.

Sing, Unburied, Sing grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family. Rich with Ward’s distinctive, musical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing is a majestic new work and an essential contribution to American literature.

Now onto the reason why my BOTM was a bit late for me. Well, I stopped getting BOTM a few months ago, not because I disliked the box, but because I had to many books. Well, you know how companies try to buy you back? Well, BOTM tried and succeeded. They through in Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King for $0.00 if I rejoined. If you have been around my blog you will know I LOVE Stephen King. I was planning on buying this book that retails for $32.50. So uh, yeah… they won me over. Since I also picked this book they could not ship it until it was officially out. I was more than happy to wait for that kind of discount.

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain? Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is wildly provocative and gloriously absorbing.

So I ended up paying $14.99 for both books. Which would retail for a total of $58.50. For me rejoining was a great choice for my reading pleasure and my wallet. Sometimes those annoying “We Miss You” emails are actually amazing gifts.  Plus I find it amazing that with BOTM you can pick from 4 different books OR you can skip a month if nothing is interesting.


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October TBR | 2017

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This months TBR is going to be dedicated to finishing up books I am in the middle of. Lucky for me some of them are spooky and wonderfully themes for October. I don’t know about you, but October is my favorite month of the year. I love the creepy vibe and the fact I have an excuse to put skeletons and skulls all over the place. I love that there is a chill in the air that makes holding a nice hot apple cider, tea, or coffee in your hands one of the best feelings in the world.

Where the Light Falls by Allison Pataki & Owen Pataki

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I am currently 28% through this book. I am very much enjoying the story.

From the courtrooms to the battlefields to the alleyways of Paris, with cameos from infamous figures in French history, the Patakis have crafted an epic, action-packed novel of the French Revolution as it has never been seen before. Three years after the storming of the Bastille, Paris is enlivened with the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity. The monarchy has been dismantled and a new nation, for the people, is rising up in its place. Jean-Luc, a young optimistic lawyer, moves his wife, Marie, and their son to Paris, inspired by a sense of duty to contribute to the new order. André, the son of a former nobleman, flees his privileged past to fight in the unified French Army with his roguish brother. Sophie, a beautiful young aristocratic widow and niece of a powerful, vindictive uncle, embarks on her own fight for independence.

Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

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I went to the bookstore yesterday and picked up this read. It caught my eye right away and when I read the blurb I knew I needed to read it. I am already 22% through this book and I plan on finish it first.

A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked it all to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom.

When George Washington was elected president, he reluctantly left behind his beloved Mount Vernon to serve in Philadelphia, the temporary seat of the nation’s capital, after a brief stay in New York. In setting up his household he took Tobias Lear, his celebrated secretary, and nine slaves, including Ona Judge, about which little has been written. As he grew accustomed to Northern ways, there was one change he couldn’t get his arms around: Pennsylvania law required enslaved people be set free after six months of residency in the state. Rather than comply, Washington decided to circumvent the law. Every six months he sent the slaves back down south just as the clock was about to expire.

Though Ona Judge lived a life of relative comfort, the few pleasantries she was afforded were nothing compared to freedom, a glimpse of which she encountered first-hand in Philadelphia. So, when the opportunity presented itself one clear and pleasant spring day in Philadelphia, Judge left everything she knew to escape to New England. Yet freedom would not come without its costs.

At just twenty-two-years-old, Ona became the subject of an intense manhunt led by George Washington, who used his political and personal contacts to recapture his property.

Finders Keepers by Stephen King

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I am currently 43% through this  book.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.

Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

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I am currently 30% through this books. I have a feeling it is going to be one of my favorite King novels when I am done.

Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem’s Lot in hopes that exploring the history of the Marsten House, an old mansion long the subject of rumor and speculation, will help him cast out his personal devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods, and only one returns alive, Mears begins to realize that something sinister is at work—in fact, his hometown is under siege from forces of darkness far beyond his imagination. And only he, with a small group of allies, can hope to contain the evil that is growing within the borders of this small New England town.


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DECLUTTERING | Make Up, Hair, and Self Care

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I don’t know about you, but over the years I have subscribed to beauty boxes over the years and have so many samples hidden in my bathroom and in my bedroom. I have often found myself using a product not because I liked it or really wanted to try it, but because I paid for it and I want to get moneys worth of it. Now while reading through Marie Kondo’s book she sights this a large reason why people keep things. She says people feel like they are being wasteful or feel guilty. I fall into the first category, especially when it comes to the hair and makeup categories.

Now before I went though this drawer I wanted to get down to the reason why I felt guilt getting rid of things I don’t like or don’t use. When you think about it is sounds silly. “I feel horrible about getting rid of this thing I don’t like”. If someone said that to me I would be confused. The more I thought about it I realized I hate being wasteful of the product and of money. I feel guilty not using a product because someone else could have used it or needed it. I also feel guilty because I spent money I worked for on something I wasn’t using.

At this point I decided I needed to stop just buying skincare, makeup, hair care, and other beauty and self care product without researching. Also, I needed to stop getting samples to random products and only get samples of products I am very much interested in. I do not wear mascara so why did I need 4 samples of them? So I decided to cancel the my beauty box subscription to avid this problem again.

Before

After

As you can see, I cleared out a lot of this drawer. My massive amount of samples and unused hair products have been removed, I can actually see the bottom of the drawer. I placed all of my skin care and makeup in the galaxy bag to the right and all my hair styling goodies I use everyday or every other day in the middle. It is nice to know exactly where all my things are and not have to dig through a bunch of stuff. Since taking the After picture I put the my clear little hair ties and bobby pins in a small box so they do not spill all over the place. Yay for functional organization and only needing to organize the things you actually use!

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October 2017 | Books I am Excited About

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So this month I decided to try something new. I thought I would share some of the books that are releasing this month that I am excited about. Maybe this will get you excited about a book you had no idea existed or maybe not. Either way I love talking about books with you and what is more exciting then upcoming releases?

Origin by Dan Brown

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This is book 5 in the Robert Langdon series, while the last book was not the best I am still looking forward to this release and to continue the story.

Release Date: October 3rd 2017

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself . . . and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery . . . and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.

Mental: Lithium, Love, and Losing My Mind by Jaime Lowe

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Having lost someone from mental illness I find myself drawn to reading about others experience with mental illness and their journey. Maybe it is a quest to understand or wanting to feel connected to her again, I may never realize the true answer. But, for me this book as an added interest is the fact that this is not just a memoir, but also a study into one of the treatments lithium.
Release Date: October 3rd 2017
It began with an insomniac summer in Los Angeles in 1993, when Jaime Lowe was just 16. She stopped sleeping and eating, and began to hallucinate–Michael Jackson wearing masks, demonically cackling Muppets, and faces in windows. She wrote manifestos and math equations in her diary, and infographics on her wall. Eventually hospitalized and diagnosed as bipolar, her prescribed medication was three pink pills — lithium.
In Grand Delusions, Lowe shares her story of life-long episodic madness and the stability she found with lithium, as well as a journalistic exploration of the history and science of the mysterious element. She interviews scientists, psychiatrists, and patients to examine how effective lithium really is and how its side effects can be dangerous for long-term users. Lowe travels to the Bolivian salt mines that hold over half of the world’s lithium reserves, as well as to rural America, where turn of the century lithium spas are still touted as a tonic to cure all ills.
At the heart of Grand Delusions is Lowe’s personal story, detailing her experiences on and off lithium, and the mental health and personal struggles that have accompanied it. Most recently, the longterm effects of lithium have led to her kidney degradation. Now adjusting to new medication after 20 years of lithium, Lowe’s pursuit of a stable life continues. Grand Delusions is eye-opening and powerful, tackling an illness and drug that has touched millions of lives and yet remains shrouded in social stigma. With unflinching honesty, Lowe allows us a clear-eyed view into her life, while also offering a compelling historical overview of one of mankind’s oldest medical mysteries.

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

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When I was younger my mom showed me a movie called Practical Magic, it still is one of my favorites I rewatch over and over. Of course I was thrilled when another book was coming out about this family and their family curse.

Release Date: October 10th 2017

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy.

Book of Mythicality by Rhett McLaughlin & Link Neal

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I have been watching these two bestfriends for many years now and I am so happy they are finally coming out with their own book. I cannot wait for the fun stories and insight given by these hilarious men.
Release Date: October 10th 2017

“Internetainers” Rhett & Link met in first grade when their teacher made them miss recess for writing profanity on their desks, and they have been best friends ever since. Today, their daily YouTube talk show, Good Mythical Morning, is the most-watched daily talk show on the Internet, and nearly 12 million subscribers tune in to see the guys broadcast brainy trivia, wild experiments, and hilarious banter (not to mention the occasional cereal bath). Now the award-winning comedians are finally bringing their “Mythical” world to the printed page in their first book.

A hilarious blend of autobiography, trivia, and advice, Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity, and Tomfoolery will offer twenty ways to add “Mythicality” to your life, including:

Eat Something That Scares You
Make a Bold Hair Choice
Invent Something Ridiculous
Say “I Love You” Like It’s Never Been Said
Speak at Your Own Funeral
The goal of these offbeat prompts? To learn new things, laugh more often, and earn a few grown-up merit badges along the way. Heartfelt and completely original, this book will be the perfect gift for anyone looking for a fresh dose of humor and fun.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling & Jim Kay

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Last and not least is this years illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban do I need to say anything else?

Release Date: October 3rd 2017
For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.

Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter’s defeat of You-Know-Who was Black’s downfall as well. And the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, “He’s at Hogwarts… he’s at Hogwarts.”

Harry Potter isn’t safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.


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SEPTEMBER 2017 | WRAP UP

Wrap Up

This month I did not read to much. I felt uninterested in a majority of the books I have and just felt eh about them. The books I have read I am happy that I did read. Here is my September wrap up!

I READ:

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I ended up giving this book 3 stars. While I enjoyed reading it I was not completely blown away. Here is a little blurb, I think if you enjoy country music and reading about singers this might a better book for you then it was for me.

Playing to packed houses while her hit song rushes up the charts, country singer and fiddler Jo Lover is poised to become a big Nashville star like her idols, Loretta, Reba, and Sheryl. To ensure her success, Jo has carefully crafted her image: a pretty, sassy, down-to-earth girl from small-town Virginia who pours her heart into her songs.

But the stage persona she’s built is threatened when her independent label merges with big-time Capitol Records, bringing Nashville heartthrob JD McCoy—her first love—back into her life. Long ago Jo played with JD’s band. Then something went wrong, they parted ways and took their own crooked roads to stardom. Now, Jo’s excited—and terrified—to see him again.

When the label reunites them for a show, the old sparks fly, the duet they sing goes viral, and fans begin clamoring for more—igniting the media’s interest in the compelling singer. Why is a small-town girl like Jo so quiet about her past? When did she and JD first meet? What split them apart? All too soon, the painful secret she’s been hiding is uncovered; a shocking revelation that threatens to destroy her reputation and her dreams. To salvage her life and her career, Jo must finally face the past—and her feelings for JD—to become the true Nashville diva she was meant to be.

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A Sea of Straw I ended up giving 4 stars, it was a wonderful book! I wrote a full detailed review that you can find here: REVIEW | A Sea of Straw by Julia Sutton.

1966: When Jody, young mother and designer from Manchester, arrives on the Lisbon coast, she brings the lure of ‘Swinging London’ to Portuguese painter Ze ‘s existing dreams of freedom. A nascent love is interrupted when, back in England, husband Michael forces her to choose between their 2-year-old daughter Anna and Ze . And Ze, at home in Lisbon and grounded by the state’s secret police, can only wait.

For both Jody and Ze, love is revolution. And personal and political threads weave their story, a period piece set amid the then socially conservative North of England, the light and rugged landscapes of modern Portugal, and the darkness of the dying years of Europe’s longest-running dictatorship. A Sea of Straw, with its pervading atmosphere of saudades, is a quest for love in revolutionary times.

I WROTE:

TAG | The Awesome Blogger Award

BOOKSTORE TRAVELS

REVIEW | A Sea of Straw by Julia Sutton

Decluttering | My Books


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Decluttering | My Books

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So this time around I did not take pictures of my declutter for two reasons, I had way to may books to fit in a single picture and the second was, I did not want to look back on some of my unread books and get mad at myself.

Now in the KonMari method you are instructed to get rid of all your unread books and only keep books you have read and spark joy. You are not allowed to read descriptions and you cannot open the book. You can only look at the cover and hold it in your hands. Now as a book worm running a bookblog I obviously love books. I love surrounding my self with them and often buy new ones even though I have some unread ones waiting for me at my house. This category was very difficult for me.

I decided to break this category down into two groups read and unread. I decided to tackle the read ones first then the unread ones, more on that later. I think the longest part was taking all the books off of my shelf. I counted all of my beloved books and it was nearly 200 books. Even though I am a book lover, for some reason this just felt like to much. I knew deep down I was never going to reread 200 books. I knew I had a lot of work ahead of me.

When I finally conquered my read books I took all the unread books off of my shelf and placed them on the floor in front of me. Now, I broke a rule. I kept some of my unread books for a few reasons. The first was I just went on a short vacation with my mom and I bought a few books that I have already started to read so I knew I was going to read them and they filled me with joy. The second reason was even though they were unread they filled me with joy. Now the whole purpose of this method is to surround yourself with things that spark joy, well just because something is unread doesn’t mean it does not spark joy. Even though I broke this rule, I did end up admitting to myself that I was not going to read all the books on my TBR, so they went into the donation bin.

When I finished going through all of my books I went from nearly 200 down to 119. I donated nearly 80 books. Even though I have already done this and all the books have found a new home at my local library I cannot believe I had that many books. I am currently sitting looking at the books I have left and I cannot imagine where those 80 books fit.

Even though I removed 80 books from my collection I am very happy. All the books I have are sitting properly so their binding will not be damaged. I can see each book I own. All the books I have make me happy. As a bookworm it is like a dream come true. My books reflect me, they are well taken care of, and they aren’t crowded or hidden away.

Now that the hard category is finished, on to an easier one!

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REVIEW | A Sea of Straw by Julia Sutton

Book Review

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*First I want to thank the author, Julia Sutton, for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.*

A Sea of Straw is not just a love story, it is about a man, Ze, who has to deal with a corrupt and horrible regime and a woman, Jody, who must find a way out of an unhappy marriage with a young child to find happiness. These two people meet in Lisbon by chance. What follows in not just a novel packed with romance, but a book that deals with individual heartache, living under the control of a corrupt government, and making difficult decisions that could have repercussions.

Before I get into the things I adore about this books, I would like to point out that you need to give this book about 50-60 pages before you decide to keep reading or not. I had a little bit of difficulty getting into it at first, but when I was able to get past those 50-60 pages I was invested.

A Sea of Straw had a historical background that I am not familiar with myself. This books takes place in Portugal during a period of time it was ruled by a fascist government. If you want a little more detail you can visit these links, Carnation Revolution and European Integration and Carnation Revolution. I do not want to give possible spoilers/information if someone wants to read this book without knowing background of this political time period and how it affected the Portuguese people . I have to say this is the first book in sometime that led me to research a topic on my own, for me this is a huge positive because it shows me how involved I was in the story that I needed to know more.

Another thing I enjoyed about this novel was the fact it showed not only the political tension of what Ze was going through, but it also showed what Jody was going through. Even though it was the 1960s when Jody and Ze met, Jody was still at the mercy of her husband even with the progress made for woman’s rights. This books does not shy away from talking about struggle and hardship, but in doing so exposes the reader to what feels like authentic experience.

I have to say that the story Sutton  wrote is so believable and raw that you have no choice but be rooting for Ze and Jody. You want them to have the love and life they deserve to have.

Description: 

Will a man walk two thousand kilometres for a woman? In 1967, Ze will. Salazar’s Portugal has become a prison for him.

1966: When Jody, young mother and designer from Manchester, arrives on the Lisbon coast, she brings the lure of ‘Swinging London’ to Portuguese painter Ze ‘s existing dreams of freedom. A nascent love is interrupted when, back in England, husband Michael forces her to choose between their 2-year-old daughter Anna and Ze . And Ze, at home in Lisbon and grounded by the state’s secret police, can only wait.

For both Jody and Ze, love is revolution. And personal and political threads weave their story, a period piece set amid the then socially conservative North of England, the light and rugged landscapes of modern Portugal, and the darkness of the dying years of Europe’s longest-running dictatorship. A Sea of Straw, with its pervading atmosphere of saudades, is a quest for love in revolutionary times.

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Overall, I have to give this book 4 stars. It not only intrigued me enough to do my own research, but this novel is written so well. You feel for the characters as there are small victories and mourn and became angry when things are not working out for them. All I have to say is give a try and read it! I highly doubt you will be disappointed.


Book Information

Publisher: Cheyne Walk

Publication Date:October 25th 2016

List Price: $12.20 (Amazon.com)

ISBN: 978-0993286339

Pages: 292pages


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BOOKSTORE TRAVELS

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Hello Everyone, I just wanted to share my most recent trip to the bookstore. So for this bookstore adventure I decided to stick a little closer to home and go to The Strand in NYC.

Here is a little show on my walk over to the store. Looking at the traffic makes me happy I am a walker. I have always preferred to walk to places if I can, I feel like I get to see more and I have an opportunity to take a side trip if something catches my eye.

Here is the outside of The Strand, if you have not heard about this bookstore it has the tagline “18 miles of books”. It has new, used, and out of print books so there is something for everyone.

Here is a picture I took in a one of the bookstore nooks. I did not take many pictures because it was very busy that day and I wanted to respect the privacy of others. I did end up spending about an hour and a half in the store. Most of that time I was just scanning the shelves to find something that caught my eye.

Book Haul:

EVERYMAN’S LIBRARY POCKET POETS: EMERSON

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Lately I have been getting into poetry and this pretty little edition caught my eye so I decided to take it home with me.

MISERY BY STEPHEN KING

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I am a very avid Stephen King reader. I easily read a Stephen King book a month. This edition has been one I have kept my eye out for so when I saw it I added it to my pile.

11/22/63 BY STEPHEN KING

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This is a book I have read already, but I borrowed it from the library. I enjoyed it so much I decided I wanted a copy of my own as long as it was not so much. I ended up finding this in the standard size for only $10.00, even though the same edition next to it was $20.00. So I added it to my heavy pile of books.


I hope you enjoyed my little bookstore adventure!

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TAG | The Awesome Blogger Award

Tag Tuesday

Reading Challenge

Thank you Charlotte for the TAG! Please go check out her blog it is wonderful.

Rules

1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Include the reason behind the award
3. Include the banner in your post
4. Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader
5. Answer the questions your nominator gave you
6. Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers
7. Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer
8. Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated

The Questions

What is your proudest achievement?

Graduating Uni, because there were people who said I would not be able to do it. Showed them. 🙂

What is your favourite blog post that you’ve written?

2017 Goals! I say this one because I have had this blog for over a year now, but I never really used it until this past January. It is in this post where I set my goals and finally decided I was going to do this, something I enjoy. I rarely give myself time to do things I enjoy, but this year is different and I am so much happier.

If you could spend a day in any city, where would it be?

I honestly have no idea, when traveling I don’t normally go to cities. I tend to go to more outdoor places.

What is your favourite tv show?

I would have to say that I enjoy That 70s Show, Friends, and Sherlock. I don’t watch TV that often though.

Do you have any pets? Share a photo if you want to.

I recently acquired a fish, he is currently so small I can’t really get the camera to focus on him. >.< He is so new that I have yet to settle on a name, if you have any ideas please share!

Do you prefer reading in first or third person? Present or past tense?

I honestly do not have a preference

What is your favourite time of the year?

I love Autumn, I love sweater weather and it isn’t way to cold just yet.

The best book you’ve read recently?

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles, it is a monster of a non-fiction but it was a wonderful read.

Your favourite item of clothing?

I have this Marauders Map dress that I just adore.

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What was your favourite movie to watch as a kid?

The Shining… yeah I watched scary movies possibly a little to young, but I loved them.

My Questions:

What was your favorite book as a child?

Do you use a library? If so, how often?

Do you keep a reading journal?

What books do you have the best memories associated with?

Have you ever borrowed a book from a friend and never returned it?

What movie have you watched the most?

If you could tell people to read 2 books, which two would you pick?

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Which book character do you think would be afraid of the dark?

How do you organize your books?

 

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September TBR | 2017

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This month I am only planning on reading 2 books, mainly because I have been slowing down on my reading lately and I do not want to force myself to read and make everything worse. So without further delay here are the books I plan on reading in September…wow, it is already September. Where is 2017 going?

Where the Light Falls by Allison Pataki & Owen Pataki

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This is a historical fiction novel that takes place during the French Revolution. I am excited to see where this novel takes me.

From the courtrooms to the battlefields to the alleyways of Paris, with cameos from infamous figures in French history, the Patakis have crafted an epic, action-packed novel of the French Revolution as it has never been seen before. Three years after the storming of the Bastille, Paris is enlivened with the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity. The monarchy has been dismantled and a new nation, for the people, is rising up in its place. Jean-Luc, a young optimistic lawyer, moves his wife, Marie, and their son to Paris, inspired by a sense of duty to contribute to the new order. André, the son of a former nobleman, flees his privileged past to fight in the unified French Army with his roguish brother. Sophie, a beautiful young aristocratic widow and niece of a powerful, vindictive uncle, embarks on her own fight for independence.

The Dire King by William Ritter

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This is the fourth book in the Jackaby series, which if you are new here, is one of my favorites. I have never been disappointed by one of these books. Each one is always better than the last. If you have never read any of these books I would encourage you to try them.

The fate of the world is in the hands of detective of the supernatural R. F. Jackaby and his intrepid assistant, Abigail Rook.


What are you going to read this month?

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