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What I've been Reading... {January 2017 Edition}

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

What I've Been Reading

 Quick Lit Reviews

So... My quick reviews have been lacking recently.  I keep reading and writing them on Goodreads, but I haven't had the time to sit down and formulate this collection. And to be honest, that makes me sad.  I love these posts, and hearing from you all!  So here's my list from the last few weeks. I hope you can find a book or two to add to your list!!


What I've been reading January 2017 edition




I don't know about you all, but January was a crazy month!  With school starting again, and sports... well I am glad I have my calendar on an app on my phone that reminds me each day what is coming the next day, and then reminds me with enough heads up for drive times, because wow... life can get chaotic!  All that said, I blew through books this month and last as I spent a lot of time waiting in the car for my kids to get picked up and such.

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Read Fold Love... A merging of Instagram & Pinterest

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Read Fold Love


I am a huge fan of wasting time scrolling through Pinterest.  I spend more time than I care to admit checking out other's projects and dreaming of how I could someday incorporate this and that into my life.  I pin and like and share... but I really just do that.  

I do not often actually do any of the projects I pin. 

Over the past few months, my Pinterest time has shifted some to Instagram. The community of book lovers (check out bookstagram!!) is so lively and fun. There isn't a need to one-up each other, just a sharing of books and words and fiction and reading.  It's a great place to let go of the crazy that gobbles up so much of social media... seriously if you have lost your hope in humanity because of social media you want to at least check it out...

One of the best parts is that I have I met some awesome new book loving friends!  And one of those friends has agreed to help me with this fun February Bookstagram Photo Challenge!

Yay!

So we gathered up some fun looking paper folding & origami ideas to keep the challenge inexpensive... and below is a breakdown of what your challenge is every day.  

I hope you will join in... just follow me on Instagram and check it out!




Read Fold Love photo challenge





February Book Photo Challenge

#ReadFoldLove 
  1. TBR - so according to some calendar, today is "work naked day" and in honor of that, share your TBR for February without their jackets on... Naked book tours, or piles... 
  2. Groundhog Day - green & brown books ... will winter be over soon?
  3. Pastels - Books & flowers... here's your first paper folding project!!  Follow this link to make some paper flowers to feature with your pastel books!! #booksandflowers 
  4. #BooksandStars - follow this link to sure cute paper stars to feature in your picture today... 
  5. Last book you read - And if you are ambitious here's a fun paper folding option to make a little book
  6. Books that give you butterflies - follow this link to create your own paper butterfly to feature in your picture with those books that just give you butterflies  
  7.  Books & Letters - It's send a Card to a friend day... so take a moment and write a card to a friend and include some part of that in your picture!
  8. Fancy books - find books with fancy frilly covers, and then follow this link to create your own little paper dress!
  9. Amethyst - purple books & gems - try this link to fold your own gems
  10. Water - blue books & swans - follow this link and create some swans to set afloat your book lake
  11. Friends - what was the last book a friend recommended to you? Did you read it?
  12. #Booksandbows - what was the last book you gave to someone as a gift? Follow this link to create your own bow and feature it in your picture!
  13. #Booksandcandy - what is your favorite candy? Can you find a book with candy on the cover?? Or just add candy to your picture...
  14. Valentine's Day - #Bookandroses - no need for expensive flowers when you can make your own!!  Follow this link to create your own roses and then share your red, pink, & white books with them!
  15. Books & Hearts - which book just shattered your heart? Follow this link to fold up some paper hearts to help distract you from the reminder of that heartbreaking story
  16. Currently reading - follow this link and create your own bookmark for that current read
  17. Chapter 17
  18. Music and books - here's a fun little piano to add to your musical books
  19. Book folding - alright... now we are getting serious... find a book you don't mind folding a bit... and check out this video on how to create amazing book art! Let us see how it turns out!
  20. Books & Snow - even if there is no snow where you are, here's a fun paper folding project to create your own snowflakes
  21. Book crown 
  22. Book & candle
  23. It's be humble day - tell us some humble characters you just love! And here's another paper folded heart
  24. All time favorite book - and another adorable paper heart link
  25. Gift a bookstagramer - follow these links to create your own flower bouquet, and give a free shout out to a fellow bookstagrammer!
  26. Book folding take two... so this isn't easy but let's give it another try? Follow this link for more ideas... or just go back to the original video to give it another try! Don't forget to let us see!
  27. It's Tell a Fairy Tale Day - what is the best fairy tale retelling you've read?
  28. Wrap up... Feel free to make your own special paper folding feature... or share what you made for the month with all those books you read!!




If you are looking for some extra ideas, or an easier option, or more details, feel free to stop by my pinterest board... or search for your own!  




Feel free to leave a comment, or ask a question... but I really hope I see your attempts on Instagram... I'll be trying as many as I can

Marissa Writes


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No Holly for Christmas {Book Review}

Monday, January 23, 2017

No Holly for Christmas

Julie N Ford

So a while back I was able to read and share with you The Woman He Married which was a sweet book. And when the second book in the series became available I figured I would take the chance to check it out.

This book is certainly different, and you do not have to read the previous book in order to get what is going on... really they are two stand alone books from the same world. Which is nice, you do not have to worry about being sucked into a long series if you would rather not.



No Holly for Christmas a Book Review





Story Overview 


In No Holly for Christmas, Brian McAlister is struggling to find his way in life, now that his heart is truly broken over Josie's rejection.  So he agrees to take on a new case (he's a lawyer) and buries himself in his work.  Little does he know that this case will truly change his life.

Holly Cavanaugh Winter is recently widowed and now striving to provide for her girls through her job as a social worker.  While she enjoys her work, the life it is providing is not that life she is used to. It is wearing her down, and she is in no mood for the upcoming holiday season. When she somehow manages to get mixed up in a murder case her life is forever changed, and maybe not for the best...

Personal Likes

I enjoyed getting to see Brian again. While I certainly was not a Brian fan in the first book, I felt bad for him.  He seemed to always get the short end of all of life's situations.  He is certainly an interesting character - not really bad, not really good... very real. Which is the main reason why I keep picking up Ford's books - she has a way of writing realistic characters - people you might know.

I also appreciated the pace of the story... it felt like an actual event in someone's life... while they are extraordinary, to say the least, it was still believable enough.



No Holly for Christmas a Book Review


Personal Dislikes


I'm not a fan of the cliche nature of the book.  Nothing surprised me. I know that this is certainly set up for an audience of Hallmark-esque books and movies, but still...

There were some minor details thrown in near the end of the book that helped establish the plot more solidly but they should have been included earlier on to make the story flow better.  It's a minor thing that isn't really noticeable to many, but for the detailed oriented types, well it's something that editing needed to polish a bit.



Reading List Rating

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I'm giving this book three hearts because it is exactly what I expected, but my expectations were not high... 






My Suggested Audience

I would certainly suggest this for fans of Ford - it lines up perfectly with her style and audience. If you are a fan of sweet romances that add in a little excitement in the plot, then you'll like this. I would imagine fans of Hallmark movies would love it... as well as those who enjoyed Castle.









"Just once she'd like to be with a man who possessed some semblance of a backbone." #NoHollyforChristmas @Reading_list1




Were you a Castle fan? Do you enjoy a little mystery to your stories? Have you read any of Ford's books?  Are you a fan?

I'd love to hear from you, please leave me a little note!



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A Court of Thorns and Roses... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 



Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List  a glimpse into what I am reading currently





Current book:

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Sarah J Maas


A Sneak Peek of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas



Goodreads Summary:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.



Sneak Peek:

"Yet it was one thing to bandage his hand, to talk to him as if he wasn't a predator built to kill and destroy, but to reveal how little I truly knew, to let him see that part of me that was still a child, unfinished and raw... He face was unreadable." p 117







Initial Thoughts

Oh, this book... wow... I'll admit, it took me a few chapters to get into it, but Sarah J Maas is an excellent writer, so it wasn't that hard to get through the setup.  And wow... just wow.  If you are a fan of fairy tales, or love stories, or fantasy, I seriously recommend this book. And no, it is not a YA book.  





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!


You can leave your teaser, author, and title in the comments (click over to the web version if you're on the mobile site). Or write up your own post and join us weekly!  Then you can share your link in the comments, and I will stop over and leave you a comment!!!  YAY!





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The Shattered Vigil... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 



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Current book:

The Shattered Vigil

Patrick W Carr


Sneak Peek of The Shattered Vigil by Patrick W Carr on Reading List



Goodreads Summary:

Victory over the dark forces during the feast of Bas-solas should have guaranteed safety for the continent. Instead, Willet and the rest of the Vigil discover they've been outsmarted by those seeking to unleash the evil that inhabits the Darkwater. Jorgen, the member of the Vigil assigned to Frayel, has gone missing, and new attacks have struck at the six kingdoms' ability to defend themselves.

Just when the Vigil thought they had quenched the menace from their enemy in Collum, a new threat emerges: assassins hunting the Vigil, men and women who cannot be seen until it's too late. The orders of the church and the rulers of the kingdoms, fearing the loss of the Vigil's members altogether, have decided to take them into protective custody to safeguard their gift. On Pellin's orders, the Vigil scatters, leaving Willet to be taken prisoner by the church in Bunard.   
In the midst of this, Willet learns of the murder of an obscure nobleman's daughter by one of the unseen assassins. Now he must escape his imprisonment and brave the wrath of the church to find the killer in order to turn back this latest threat to the northern continent.



Sneak Peek:

"'Do not speak to me of what is possible when I have seen it with my own eyes! Do you think your solders can withstand a charge of gifted, King Rymark?"' pg 166-167







Initial Thoughts

I am so grateful that Carr is writing these epic fantasies.  While they are clearly Christian fiction, the audience is in now way limited to Christians, and for that reason, I recommend these books... to everyone, period. 






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!


You can leave your teaser, author, and title in the comments (click over to the web version if you're on the mobile site). Or write up your own post and join us weekly!  Then you can share your link in the comments, and I will stop over and leave you a comment!!!  YAY!





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The Shattered Vigil {A Guest Book Review}

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Shattered Vigil

Patrick W Carr

For those of you who have been around Reading List, you might remember a book I shared with you last January - The Shock of Night by Patrick Carr. I was excited because the writing was reminiscent of JRR Tolkien. It had been a while since I had picked up a well written, Epic/High Fantasy book, and the whole thing thrilled me.

Well, the second book in the series was recently released, and I was honored to receive a copy of it.  Now, while, I know most of you stop over to get my perspective on books, I thought, just this once, it might be fun to get my husband's point of view on a book. You see, these books are perfect for the men in your lives, because they are full of adventure and mystery that appeals to all, which is part of why the series reminds me of Tolkien.  So, just this once, will you allow my husband to share his thoughts on this book?  Let me know what you thought of the different perspective!




The Shattered Vigil by Patrick W Carr a book review on Reading List





Story Overview 


The kingdoms established by Patrick Carr in the first book of Darkwater Series have been shaken by the events of the last book. Allegiances are strained between the kings, queens, and the religious authorities. Evil lurks in the shadows looking to corrupt them all. Caught between these three vying parties is the Vigil and it's newest member, Willet Dura.


Personal Likes



One of the things that drives me to fall into the world an author creates is a sense of realism. The world has a sense of reality because the characters, specifically those in the Vigil, and those in the nobility of the kingdoms make decisions based on motives that are logical based on their understanding of the situations going on around them. 

The older members of the Vigil do not yet trust the newest member, Willet Dura, and for a good reason. He has a dark past that they cannot understand. They fear his dark past will allow the rampant evil that they have kept at bay until recently will provide their enemy a tool to use against them within the Vigil itself. 

I also greatly enjoyed the politics of move and counter-move employed by their nobles, regents, and church officials as they seek to protect or expand their personal power. The thinking behind actions is explained clearly so that readers without the understanding of the power struggle that goes on among such lofty members of society will understand why the characters undertake the actions they do and behave in the way they do publicly, and take on a different approach privately. 



The Shattered Vigil by Patrick W Carr a book review on Reading List


Personal Dislikes


There was very little to not like in this book. The author did a good job of reestablishing the world so a reader that skipped the first book of the series could pick it up and find it enjoyable. I personally was not a fan of the author's habit of switching back and forth from first person perspective, usually from the perspective of Willet Dura, to third person narration. I only noticed this after passing the halfway point in the book so it did not detract from the book in a significant way.



Reading List Rating


I enjoyed this book, so I'm going with four stars (hearts). It was not perfect, but it played with one of my favorite perspectives which is those of actions driven by logical, thought-out motivations for each character. Who someone is, what they know, and what they want or need to accomplish can drastically alter why they make the decision they make and the author did a great job of not just writing a compelling story with the right of mixture of action, introspection, mythology, and suspense.







My Suggested Audience

I think teenagers and adults alike will enjoy this book. Teenagers will enjoy this book from the perspective of the younger acolytes, or apprentices, as they don't always have all of the information within the story. Adults will enjoy the more nuanced elements of this book, namely the psychological aspects of motivation, power, and duty. I am an avid fan of the Game of Thrones series (book and show) and people who enjoy the series because of the politics of power and rich mythology will enjoy The Shattered Vigil. 

(If this series sounds even vaguely interesting, you might want to check out By Divine Right, a novella, that is free! The novella introduces you to Willet and this amazing new world.)






Wondering Questions to Consider

The concepts of hierarchy tend to get lost in today's society, as we strive for more equality (which is good). How do you deal with the hierarchy of characters in Epic Fantasy books? When should leaders exert more power for the betterment of the people, and when should they step back?




"Join or die? Thank you. No." #TheShatteredVigil @Reading_List1



Are you a High/Epic Fantasy fan? Are you a Tolkien fan? Do you and your husband ever read the same book just to talk about it later? 

I'd love to hear from you, please leave me a little note!



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Roseblood Release Day & Giveaway

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Roseblood 

Release Day Blitz



Roseblood release day blitz on Reading List

I just found out about this book recently, and am so honored to have the chance to share it with you! ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard releases today!! If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author A.G. Howard, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed ROSEBLOOD poster and a mask courtesy of A.G. and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.








About The Book:

Title: ROSEBLOOD
Author: A.G. Howard
Pub. Date: January 10, 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.















About A.G. Howard

A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would've happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

When she's not writing, A.G.'s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a signed ROSEBLOOD poster and a Mask. US Only.

Ends on January 17th at Midnight EST!



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Who else is a fan of the Phantom??? Right???  I'm so excited for this one!!

This is for #ThePhantomfans and #Retelling fans... #RoseBlood @aghowardwrites @Reading_List1



So is this book for you?  Tell me your thoughts in the comments, or find me on Social Media... I so want to gush over this one!

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Gold Rush {Book Blitz & Giveaway}

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux a book blitz on Reading List






Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux a book blitz on Reading List
Gold Rush
by Jennifer Comeaux
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: January 9, 2017

Summary from Goodreads:

Liza Petrov’s entire life has been about skating and winning her sport’s top prize – Olympic gold. She’s stayed sheltered inside her bubble, not daring to stray from her destined path.

Until she meets Braden Patrick.

He makes her heart flutter with possibility, and for the first time, she gets a taste of a normal teenage life. She longs to have both the boy and the gold, but stepping outside her bubble comes with a price. As Liza begins to question both her future and her past, can she stay focused on the present and realize her ultimate dream?






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Excerpt:

As Braden drove me home, I lost any feeling of comfort I’d gained, and my palms began to glisten with sweat. I felt more anxious than I had when we’d first started the evening. The “end of the date” moment was near, and all I could think about was a possible kiss and Courtney’s advice of melting into it. I had a terrible fear that I was going to do the exact opposite and be as stiff as a new pair of skates.

We pulled up in front of my house, and I rubbed my hands on my sweater. Braden shut off the engine, and I longed to know his next move. Was he going to say goodnight there or was he going to walk me to the door?

He stepped out of the Jeep, answering my question. I climbed out, and he took my hand as we walked up to the porch, lit only by the dim gaslight lamps on either side of the front door. My pulse was seriously racing. I hadn’t been that nervous since I’d skated at the Olympics three years ago.

Braden faced me, and I looked up into his soft brown eyes. I could barely catch my breath because my heart was beating so fast. I’m going to have a heart attack and die before I even have the chance to kiss a boy.

“I thought your dad might be out here with a breathalyzer,” he said. “My dad actually did that with one of my sisters’ boyfriends.”

“Oh, no.” I laughed, but I secretly hoped that Dad might pop through the front door and save me from this nerve-wracking moment.

“I’m really glad we got to hang out tonight,” Braden said.

“Me too. I had a great time.”

He squeezed my hand and shifted his weight, and I sensed he was anxious, too, but probably nowhere near my level of freak-out. My face and neck were growing hotter by the second, and I prayed Braden couldn’t see how red they were in the low light.

“I’d love to see you again,” he said, stepping closer.

I nodded. “Definitely.”

He smiled and inched further forward, and I felt myself tightening with nerves. It was the same sensation I got sometimes before a critical jump in my programs, and it often meant I ended up sprawled on the ice. What if Braden kissed me and I made it just as much of a disaster?





About the Author
Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. Jennifer loves to hear from readers! Visit jennifercomeaux.blogspot.com for contact information and to learn more about her books.

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