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The Red Pearl... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 

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Current book:

The Red Pearl 

C. K. Brooke

The Red Pearl by CK Brooke A Sneak Peek

Goodreads Summary:

Treasure lost... passion found? 

Antonia Korelli is on the run from her coven of priestesses. She never desired a life confined to the temple, relegated to chastity and service to the goddess, Azea. Instead, she longs for true love and adventure in the Kingdom of Elat. 

Robin Watkins is a fiery dreamer on a mission of his own, to uncover the legendary lost Red Pearl. Only, he must first regain his treasure map, which was stolen by his former best mate and conniving ex-girlfriend. 

When Antonia becomes unwittingly entangled with Rob, she's more than dismayed to find herself stuck on his harebrained hunt. But somewhere amidst their bickering and banter, their plight for survival through desert and tropics, and the joint pursuit of impossible dreams, Antonia begins to realize that perhaps she might have found the unforgettable adventure – and romance – she was seeking.

Sneak Peek:

"Why, she wanted to sleep outdoors, she realized, a sense of adventure overtaking her. There was no need to continue sheltering herself."   (location 699 ereader)

Initial Thoughts

This is a tough one... I enjoyed it enough to finish it. I didn't love it. The romance between Antonia and Robin felt odd, and quick. Plus I had a hard time letting myself believe that Antonia would just follow this guy around on such an adventure simply because he told her she owed him.  I wanted to like this more, because I really like CK Brooke... but not everyone is going to love the same story...

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. 
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Give us a Sneak Peek of your #CurrentRead and add to your #TBR list all at the same time! @Reading_List1


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All Things Books November Collection

Friday, December 02, 2016

All Things Books

November Collection

"A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe."   Madeleine L'Engle 

All Things Books November Collection

Oh my, where did November go? For that matter, I am still shocked October past us already!  We have been blessed with a longer autumn here in NEO, but that is changing as I type this.  And a part of me is excited for the snow to come... well just a part of me.

Have you been wondering where I've been?  Well... while I'm not ready to talk details... I spent November (and some of October...) writing a novel. It's scary to say. Writing is one of those things that is harder than we give credit for. It takes so much time of appearing to do nothing while the mind and imagination create worlds, characters, and scenes. Here's hoping that by this time next year, you all will be helping me to promote a new book... would you do that?

Even though I've been writing, I've been reading articles all over the internet. And here are some that caught my eye!  Check them out, and let me know what you think.

November's Collection

  1. I'll admit it, I've fallen victim to the monthly subscription boxes... I love to get surprises in the mail, and these are just too fun. Even if they can be a little pricey... Check out Popsugar's quick overview of some of the Subscription boxes other there
  2.  Are you a parent? A grandparent? Aunt or uncle? Check out this great list of 50 Books Every Kid Should Read by 12... Maybe your personal favorite from childhood made the list.
  3. If you haven't guessed, I personally love YA books... they are quick reads, and full of great characters... usually... but they can also be overrun with romance. I love this list of 100 Must-Read YA Books with Little or No Romance - perfect for readers just reaching the YA stage of reading. 
  4. Can you believe 2016 is almost over? There were a ton of great books released this year... here's a list of a few you might have missed, but should consider reading in 2017... 15 Breakthrough Books of 2016 - did you read any of them?
  5. Since I spent the month writing, of course, I was looking for inspiration... Did you know Dr. Seuss almost gave up trying to get his books published??? Can you imagine the world without his books??  Here's the story
  6. Did you notice I hosted my first hand-lettering challenge on Instagram last month? It was Gilmore Girls themed, and what bibliophile doesn't love Rory Gilmore?  Have you seen this list of Books mentioned on the original show?
  7. Legos have opened up the world of building and architecture to my boys, so when I saw this list of Children's Books for Little Architects I had to share it!
  8. As my boys get older, it gets harder to find books they enjoy, and I want them to read. Here's a wonderful resource I used for my oldest (this is a 3rd-grade reading level)

All Things Books November 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. There are also a few great articles to remind you just how great reading is!   A new year is right around the corner, and that means new challenges for reading goals! I would love to encourage you as you make your goals for the year, 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 December's round-up?

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

Marissa @ Reading List

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Hearts for Home 11/30

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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