Beauty and the Clockwork Beast

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 

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Current book:

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast

Nancy Campbell Allen

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Goodreads Summary:

Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast. 

When Lucy Pickett arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her ailing cousin, Kate, she finds more than she bargained for. A restless ghost roams the hallways, werewolves have been reported in the area, and vampires lurk across the Scottish border. Lord Miles himself is clearly hiding a secret. He is brash and inhospitable, and does not take kindly to visitors—even one as smart and attractive as Miss Pickett. He is unsettled by the mysterious deaths of his new wife, Clara, and his sister, Marie. Working together, Miles and Lucy attempt to restore peace to Blackwell Manor. But can Lucy solve the mystery of Miles? Can she love the man—beast and all?

Sneak Peek:

"I am beginning to wonder if you even care about our success. If you have a death wish, my lord, you could have just crossed any lines when we were in  battle."  p 57

Initial Thoughts

So it's October, and I am of the mindset that it is the perfect month to push yourself, just slightly, out of your comfort zone with reading.  I picked up this particular book with that in mind, as it deals with ghosts, vampires, shape-shifters, and more... and those are not really my thing with fiction.  But a Beauty and the Beast retelling... well that is...  Needless to say, this book kept me up, almost all night one night because of the thrilling nature of a few scenes... and I loved it! 

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 @ Sunrise Avenue

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!

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All Things Books: September Edition

Friday, September 30, 2016

All Things Books

September Collection

"A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe."   Madeleine L'Engle 
Wow, it's almost October!  What happened?  I blinked... and well I've been busy with sprucing up the blog in general... are you noticing the changes yet?  They are starting small... but soon you won't be able to miss it...

All Things Books September Collections

School is in full swing over here, and I know it is for most families - that is a blessing and a cause for stress at the same time, right?  Add in homework, extracurriculars... and well the days blend into each other in a crazy hectic mess... No?

For us, the calm happens with books. The noise makers are quieted (TV, music, loud voices...) when a book is being shared.  There are so many possibilities in books, and a sense of calm soon follows once the cover is opened.  Do you exerience this magic as well?

September's Collection

  1.  There is just something about the lists that Modern Mrs. Darcy (Anne) puts together that always catch my eye. Recently she put together this great list of fall books that are worth reading this autumn!  20 Books Everyone Will be Talking about this Fall
  2. Did you know American Libraries recently celebrated "banned books" week?  I always find the articles that come out around this time interesting... so many opinions and thoughts...  What are your thoughts about banned books?  Here are two articles that caught my eye this year: Banned Books is an Offensive Luxury and Texas Prisons' Controversial Banned Books List
  3. Maybe you didn't know this, but in my spare time (what is that???) I enjoy writing... creative lettering specifically...  I have been working on my chalkboards too... so on the off chance you enjoy pretty chalkboards or creative lettering, here are a couple of great resources!  Chalkboard Coffee Art Tutorial and the Best Books on Handlettering
  4. There are so many options when it comes to books, aren't there?  I try to read a large variety, but I admit, I do not often pick up foreign written books... but with this list of 80 books, maybe I'll find one that catches my attention... what about you?  Around the World in 80 Books
  5. With kids of different ages, it can be a challenge to find a book that engages all of us!  The New York Public Library put together a giant list of the greatest kids books.  I mean there are some serious classics in this list that are worth reading with my kids!  100 Great Children's Books 
  6. Clearly, I love books... and I hope my kids will be as enamored with them as they get older too.  But we also enjoy a fair (not a ton) amount of TV.  So this article about building a child's vocab came through my FB feed, I had to check it out!  Kids Books Use More Rare Words than Adult TV
  7. And while I'm on a kids book kick... check out this fun list of kids books adults should read.  There are important lessons in those books that are not just for kids! 10 Children's Books You Should Read as an Adult

All Things Books September Collections

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. There are also a few great articles to remind you just how great reading is!   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.    

A book too can be a star a living fire to lighten the darkness leading out into the expanding universe #MadeleineLEngle #AllThingsBooks @Reading_List1

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

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

Marissa @ Reading List

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Cozy Reading Spot... The Finale

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Welcome to Cozy Reading Spot! 

Yes, you read that right - this is officially the last time I will be hosting The Cozy Reading Spot on Thursdays.  But fear not, there will be a weekly linky for all you wonderful writers and readers!

Finding a New Spot

Maybe you are new to the Cozy Reading Spot and worried that you will have to find a new spot to share your posts and find new friends.  I remember in my first year of blogging I got attached to a small group writing project, and the host stopped after only a few months of my participation.  It was rough.  But then I started this little link up, and for the last 4 years, I have been the sole host.  

Maybe you didn't notice, and that's fine, but Reading List is now located at because it is time to start a new season of writing and reading over here.  I have a big project I am undertaking, but not quite ready to share details on... and I want to get back to sharing more reflections on what I am reading.  As I spend about half, or more, of my blogging time commenting on blog posts from The Cozy Reading Spot, I knew I needed another option.  So I am glad to say, that starting next Thursday, when you come over here to link up your posts, you will see a new group - Hearts for Home blog hop!   My great friend Misty is the original host of Hearts for Home, and she has graciously allowed me to join her group of co-hosts.  

Feel free to link up as normal this week...  and get excited for what is to come!  

I am planning on sending out bi-weekly emails to the Cozy Reading Spot community - will be know as the Reading List Community starting in October - with some freebies, printables, inspiration, reminders to link up, what is happening with this little corner of the world... so that means you won't get a weekly email either, but maybe you'll get more fun stuff from me!!  

Please link up all you've got!  

This is an open link up, not just a book link up...

There are just a few small requests I have. 
  • Please link to a direct post, and not just your home page.
  • I wish I didn't have to say this, but please keep it clean. I know books & posts can range the gamut on adult content, but please keep your posts and images clean for this one. 
  • 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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