Dystopian lit

The Winner's Crime... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, June 04, 2016

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Current book:

The Winner's Crime

Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Crime A Sneak Peek on Reading List

Goodreads Summary:

Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.
The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement... if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.
As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

Sneak Peek:

"It occurred to Kestrel that she had wondered before what her father's honor was like, and Airn's, but she didn't know the shape of her own. There was dishonor, she decided, in accepting someone else's idea of honor without question." p 225

Initial Thoughts

I am so addicted to this series.  I actually read this book in three days, which is crazy, because it was longish.  However, this one was little more difficult, mostly because Kestrel made some unbelievable decisions in this book, and I am shocked where the story is going. So creative and new, at least for me.

Thank you to A Daily Rhythm for inspiring Reading List's Saturday Sneak Peek link up!

Meet the Hosts of Saturday Sneak Peek:

Marissa @ Reading List

Marissa, writes book reviews from a variety of genres and  shares thoughts on motherhood & life on Reading List. She loves to see what others are reading to grow her to-read list.  Marissa also enjoys photography and a new journal to fill. 

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Alyssa reads a variety of genres and writes about it at Sunrise Avenue. She is always looking for new bookish friends and recs'! Besides reading, Alyssa loves to bake and anything Doctor Who.

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Karen @ Dino Hero Mommy

Karen is a reading teacher who loves to listen to books as she commutes to and from work. She prefers crime thrillers and mysteries but enjoys a good book from any genre. She blogs about her life as a wife and mom at Dino Hero Mommy.

Here are some rules if you decide to join in:

• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children's... really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page - make it interesting without flipping to a ton of different pages. 
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away -- You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

This particular link up will be open for a month, so stop by often to share a new sneak peek, and grow your own TBR list!

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The Cozy Reading Spot #145

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Welcome to Cozy Reading Spot! 

This is your chance to share your posts, and then grab your favorite drink to curl up with and read other's posts.  You are welcome to share posts that tell us what has been on your heart, mind and bookshelves - yes that means just about anything goes.  As book lovers, we love to read, so share something for us to read today!

June's Reading List Freebie

I was going to hold off on this freebie until next month, and add in a few extras, but I couldn't come up with an idea for June... so this month's freebie is for the families with younger kids.  This is a scavenger hunt guide for those outdoor activities you want to take the kids on. Whether it's camping, hiking, biking, or any other time spent outside, just print off a copy of this for each of your kiddos, and have them find each thing on the sheet. Maybe have prizes for those who get it done first? Or find all the objects?  This is a great way to stretch kids during family BBQs and events!

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Freebie for The Cozy Reading Spot - June 2016

Last Week's Features

Marissa's Favorite

My favorite link from last week was by Kathy from Word Traveling: Vote for Nature Travel. She shares why getting out into nature is so important for her kids, and for all of us! Perfect timing for this month's freebie!
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Most Popular

The most popular link from last week was by Tehila from Women Abiding: Why Every Mom Feels like the Worst Mom in the World.  She shares her take on motherhood, and how we need the right perspective on it all. 
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Please link up all you've got!  

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  • Try to stop by another link and say hi. I know we are all busy blogging, reading and writing, not mention living our lives and keeping up with responsibilities - however, what makes the link up so fun is having new people visit your blog!  So spread the love and hop to at least one link for each link you leave.
  • Please include a link back to the hop in your post - the button codes are part of the flair page, but a text hyperlink is just as good! This simply allows others to join in the fun, and isn't that the whole point?                    

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All Things Books: May Collection

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

All Things Books

May Collection

"You're off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way."  Dr Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go

Often we rush to the next thing. As children, we rush to the next year, birthday, grade, simply because it appears better. I was guilty of always wanting the next thing. Partly because I wanted to complete the step I was at, but also because the next thing always whispered of more. Maybe that is part of growing up in the '80's & '90's, maybe it's just life.  Now as a parent, I often tell my kids to just be happy with what we have right now, as they create lists for the next birthday, or Christmas, or summer, or grade... I could go on and on. Yet, the feeling that there are mountains ahead of us, and we just have to keep moving forward to reach the top of them, that drive is the same drive that results in the childhood pastime of dreams of what is next. While spring has been a season of enjoying the smell of flowers, maybe that means the end of spring can be focused on taking those steps for the next adventure.

All Things Books: May Collection

I blinked and May was over. Between Mother's Day and end of school events the days vanished at an amazing rate. The weather finally got warm here, and every moment we could get outside we did. Many of the chores got pushed back, forgotten, piled up, and for the first time in a long time, I am okay with that.

As I have been sharing each month this year, I have been finding some awesome articles on books, reading, literature and anything that has to do with books.  So in case you are wanting some quick reads, some new perspectives or even just some new suggestions for books to read, I would love to share them with you.

May's Collection

  1. This video has certainly made its way around the web a few times, as it is well over a year old.  But it still a great reminder of why all groups need a mix of people, different personalities working together can create more and better than those who are similar. When you have a half hour to spare, stop over and watch The Power of Introverts on The Literacy Site blog
  2. Venice is well-known for it's lack of roads and use of boats, but this town in the Netherlands looks even more like the perfect fairy tale setting. Hop over to Bored Panda and check out these adorable pictures of Giethoorn.
  3. I am a fan of Modern Mrs. Darcy, and she recently compiled a wonderful list of 12 Terrific Books for Tween Girls. So for the tween girls in your lives, or if you are looking for some quick reads for the summer, no matter your age, there are some great options in this list. 
  4. While this next list isn't really the best example of reading options available, it is sure to make you laugh. So if you're in need of a good laugh check out These Terrible Sentences. Fair warning, though, it's slightly off-color... 
  5. Just in case you are not quite sure if you should make reading a priority, this is a wonderful article about The Reading Habits of Ultra-Successful People.  Granted, I do not always pick up the kind of books mentioned in this article, I do know that reading in the field you are wanting to improve in is a sure way to do so. 
  6. Since I am hopeful you are trying to put together some fantastic summer reading lists, here's a great selection of Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down

Dr Seuss Quotes, All About Books: May Collection

I hope you found a thing or two from that list that caught your eye, maybe you could reserve a book at your library, or add to your Goodreads to-read list.   If you want some encouragement as you find books you love, please join our group on Goodreads, we'd love to be there as you fall in love with books.  Please consider seeing yourself as a lover of books, and join in the goal of finding a book you love each month this year...  That means now you only have to read 7 books!  

"Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way."  #DrSeuss  #AllThingsBooks @Reading_List1

What was your favorite from the round-up?  What would you add?  Is there something you want to see in June's round-up?

Leave me a note about anything to do with your book choices from May!

Marissa @ Reading List

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