20 Books of Summer 2016

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Joining Cathy at 746 Books
20 Books of Summer Challenge
once again.

Naming my 20 Books of Summer would end in disappointment as I’m sure
to edit my list enroute to  Sept 5th closing.
So, I will name books already on my summer ARC list
plus authors I’m sure to read and audiobook listen
to give a semblance as to what the rest of my participation will include;
which allows me the reading freedom this free spirited reader prefers…
Hoping that satisfies everyone and host, Cathy, about my participation.
She’s not a tough host requiring strict adherence to expectations,
I can assure you!
Don’t be intimidated in joining in.  You can even choose your reading totals
or goals to 10 / 15 / 20 as fits your summer reading plans.
Cathy’s reading 20 by female authors.  Mine are as well,
with addition of 1 male writing team member.

Plus the fact my reading is influenced by
and BIG BOOK SUMMER for 400+ page reading.
Be bold and join the lineup for the June 1st start.  I’ll be reading and tweeting
@_eHope with #20b00ksofsummer to identify progress
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My 20 for Summer Reading Starters?

1. Matchmakers of Minnow Bay – Kelly Harms
2. The Reluctant Duchess – Roseanna M. White
[also BIG BOOK Summer at 400 pgs]
3. The Wedding Shop – Rachel Hauck
4. Lavender Lies – Susan Wittig Albert
5. Anna Lee Huber – probably more than 1
6. Charles Todd – mother/son writing team [audios]
7. Georgette Heyer – I have yet to give this author an opportunity
> VENETIA – currently listening via hoopla audios <
8. Meet Me in Scotland – Patience Griffin
9. Invitation to Provence – Elizabeth Adler
10. A Rather Lovely Inheritance – C.A. Belmond
11. Invitation to Solitude and Silence – Ruth Haley Barton
12. Rainbow Valley – L.M. Montgomery
13. Elizabeth Musser – will be 1 about France
14. Donna Leon – any one will be fab –
> A Question of Belief via library OverDrive <
15. Louise Penny – any! –
> The Beautiful Mystery < audio listen via hoopla
[also BIG BOOK Summer at 400 pgs]
16. From this Moment – Elizabeth Camden
17. Hillary Manton Lodge – either/both?
A Table by the Window &/or Reservations for Two
18. Susan Meissner – A Window to the World
[also BIG BOOK Summer at 400 pgs]

19. Margaret Feinberg – some great choices  [hoopla audios]
20. The Jane Austen in August meme will run me well over 20
just saying – though I’ll be adding them closer to the start of the Challenge


So, that’s about as close as I can guesstimate my 20 BOOKS of SUMMER.

Here’s my 20 Books Read Progress …

  1. LAVENDER LIES by Susan Wittig Albert {4.6}
    2. AUNT DIMITY AND THE BURIED TREASURE by Nancy Atherton {4.6}
    3. The RELUCTANT DUCHESS by Roseanna White  {5.6}
    4. A WINDOW  TO THE WORLD by Susan Meissner {6.6}
    5. The BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny {7.6}
    6. The GOODBYE BRIDE by Denise Hunter {10.6}
    7. The TALE OF HILL TOP FARM by Susan Wittig Albert {11.6}
    8. BACHELOR GIRL’s GUIDE TO MURDER by Rachel McMillan {11.6}
    9. The MAGICIAN’s NEPHEW by CS Lewis { 13.6}
    10. ARRANGED by Catherine McKenzie {15.6}
    11. The MYSTERY OF THE BLUE TRAIN by Agatha Christie {17.6}

    Choosing to participate in 20 Books of Summer? Book Choices?
    Reasons to influence your choices?
    Any close runners you had to choose between ?  Will you read for 10/15/20 books?
    HapPy Reading Start!



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Summer Bookish Bingo 2016

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Once again, Bekka is hosting a New Season of Reading prompts for
Summer Bookish Bingo  at Pretty Deadly Reviews.

My possibilities for entries each row across.
Completed Titles will be highlighted/linked to review  :
ROW 1:
Name in title:  VENETIA by Georgette Heyer
Aussie author:
Magic:  The MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW by C.S. Lewis
Water on cover:  A WINDOW TO THE WORLD by Susan Meissner
Historical Setting 1900s-1950s: THE BACHELOR GIRL’S GUIDE TO MURDER by Rachel McMillan

ROW 2:
SS romance:
White cover:  AFTER YOU by JoJo Moyes
June/July /Aug release: FROM THIS MOMENT by Elizabeth Camden
Folklore or Myths: The RELUCTANT DUCHESS by Roseanna M White
Weather words in title: AUNT DIMITY and The SUMMER KING by Nancy Atherton

ROW 3:
Red cover: AUNT DIMITY and The BURIED TREASURE by Nancy Atherton
Part of 4+ book series: Commissario Brunetti: A QUESTION OF BELIEF by Donna Leon
Book about books:  ARRANGED by Catherine McKenzie

ROW 4:
2016 debut: MATCHMAKERS OF MINNOW BAY by Kelly Harms
Mental Health:  The GOODBYE BRIDE by Denise Hunter
Begins with either S-U-M-E-R:
Yellow Cover:  LAVENDER LIES by Susan Wittig Albert

ROW 5:
Middle Grade:
Outdoors:  The TALE OF HILL TOP FARM: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter by Susan Wittig Albert
Food in title or on cover:
Political intrigue:  The BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny
Monsters: Chief Inspector Gamache: NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny


Here are the details to inspire your summer reading ~

  • Every new season has a new bingo card. This one is for books read in the months of June, July and August.
  • The object is to get as many BINGOs as possible (five across, up and down, or diagonal)
  • One square per book
  • You do not have to review these books, or even have a blog, this is simply for books read during the allotted months
  • At the end of August there will be an international giveaway for all participants. The more BINGOs you get, the more entries you get in the giveaway!
  • To participate, click to leave a comment HERE !

Hoping you’ll post the card and begin the Bookish Bingo Book hunting !
Let me know if you are …


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ReRead Recap: May 2016

Re-Readathon challenge 2016

May’s ReReading?

A variety of mysteries and classic novels including:

Three Blind Mice – Agatha Christie
Tape Measure Murder – Agatha Christie
The Case of the Caretaker – Agatha Christie
Third Floor Flat – Agatha Christie
Adventure of Johnny Waverly – Agatha Christie
Four and Twenty Blackbirds – Agatha Christie
The Love Detectives – Agatha Christie
Persuasion – Jane Austen
A Lady of Willowgrove Hall – Sarah E Ladd

I’ll be adding these to Kelly’s MAY Re-Read Check In HERE 

Thanks for hosting, Kelly.

If you’re a re-reader, why not check out the Re-Read Challenge?

Backlist Books: May Wrapup

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Posting my May Wrapup of Backlist Books Read


Persuasion – Jane Austen
Daughter of MineDaughter of Mine – Laura Fabiani
Stardust – Carla Stewart
Anne’s House of Dreams – LM Montgomery
The Carpenter’s Inheritance – Laurie A Eakes
A Love so Tender – Tracey Bateman
Three Blind Mice and Other Stories – Agatha Christie
A Lady of Willowgrove Hall – Sarah E Ladd
Raw Edges – Sandra D Bricker
Misery Loves Company – Rene Gutteridge
Still Life – Louise Penny
mudhouse sabbath – Lauren Winner
Jesus Feminist – Sarah Bessey

Linking at host Bekka’s, Pretty Deadly Reviews May Check in Link
Open for participation if you’re a Back List Reader or wanna be !



Take Back Your Shelves Readathon: MAY 28-30

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Here’s a great opportunity to finish
May Reading on a strong note!
Three days focus on our TBR shelves is sure to be helpful in shifting some books.

Any in particular you want to get to?

I’m focused on finishing as many ARCs during May as possible during
the #CleanSweepARC Challenge.
Of course review writing needs to complete the picture
so that might take some time this weekend as well.

I have my eye on a couple #tbysreadathon reads in particular.

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Whatever readathon books I’m into by end of May 30th
Then become part of my 20 Books of Summer Challenge  

Any you’re decided on reading?
What helps you make the decision in choosing
which will be a readathon addition?
Which books are relegated to waiting?
Are you a mood reader?  I know I am!
Which is why I always have more choices for meeting that need for variety…
Be sure to let us know in comments.
Hoping you’ll be joining us.
Tweeting #tbysreadathon to keep connected
and keeping company.



mudhouse sabbath by lauren f. winner

Recipes for Love and Murder by Sally Andrew

Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey

The Memory of Us by Camille Di Maio



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SPRING Theme Book Tag Challenge

Spring Tag Book Reading List

Now that the world here is turning green, tulips have made it above ground,
Being a long standing book cover lover ~
Marissa’s Reading List Spring themed Book Tag Challenge is perfect.
I couldn’t resist the offer and now passing it along to other
book cover lovers.  Let me know in comments if you’re playing along.
Then, Link up at Marissa’s READING LIST  ..

There are 6 categories that fit SPRING and a book for each category.
This isn’t
 necessarily a  recommendation of the book, just that it fits the category.
The fun begin
s, after you check out my list, when you create your own list!

Copy the categories and add your corresponding book cover.

  You can pick books based on the cover,
recommendations, or even books you read years ago .
Ready?  Here we go!

1. Spring Showers: What would spring be without the life-giving showers that are a sure sign that spring is here?  Share a book that is a quick read and sure to lift your spirits.   This one absolutely delivers…
2.     Colourful Flowers: After the showers come beautiful flowers of all colors.  Pick a book that has a pretty flower or floral pattern somewhere on the cover.  A lovely vintage read…
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3.      Shades of Green: Between the grass, the leaves on the trees, and all of the new flowers, there are so many shades of green everywhere in spring.  Can you think of a book that is driven by conflict over money?
Totally! and a fantastic read it is…
bride distant isle sandra byrd
4.      Picnics & Strolls in the Park: After months of being stuck inside there is nothing like an escape to the park. Share a book that has an iconic scene in a park – or at least has a scene in a park that was vivid to you.
Definitely a fav novel with a vivid and tissue worthy park scene.
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5.      All Things Fresh & New: Spring is the season for new, share a book that has caught your eye this season and is brand new – even if you haven’t read it yet, or might not ever!    I chose one I Read + Loved!
     close to you Kara Isaac NZ Howard bks
6.     Running Shoes, Flip-flops, Sandals, Rain bootsYou have to admit the selection for footwear goes up significantly in the Spring.  Pick a book that showcases a foot or shoe on the cover.
I went with iconic SPRING footwear!
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Who to tag?

Sending an invitation out to ALL fellow book bloggers, including:
LuAnn at Back Porchervations – Thanks for taking the challenge!
Your post is bea.u.ti.ful!!

And did LuAnne ever create a wonderful response of SPRING themed books
in response to my TAG!  Have a LOOK HERE !!
Inviting YOU because
I want Everyone to play along !
The more who do, the more fun books we’ll discover.
I’m ALL for that and look forward to your book cover intros.
Tweet about the challenge using #SpringBookTag 
Post your links and recommendations in comments.
and LinkUp at the Reading List.
THANKS for Sharing.

Spring Tag Book Reading List


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Readathon Weekend: Saturday May 21.16

24 hr ARC readathon Button

Part of the Month of May Clean Sweep Arc Reading Challenge,
this Saturday will be full on 24 hr Readathon>
Tweeting #CleanSweepthon

Signup to join in HERE

I’ll be tweeting @_eHope


MISERY LOVES COMPANY by Rene Gutteridge / Pam Thurlow narrator
and the Agatha audios and ebook of SUMMER DREAMS as below


Nicole’s ACROSTIC Mini Challenge

Creating a graphic of our name using books we’re reading

ROSE book Collage

I struggled with my pc to co-operate in adding the first initial of each book
but I could not get it to stop jumping and follow my directions, soooo book covers it is!



Picture of the book you are currently reading.

Summer of Dreams   Elizabeth Camden  enovella

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Favorite review book this year.


close to you Kara Isaac NZ Howard bks

Book that the title begins with C (for Clean Sweep)

Thanks for the FuN mini , Kristen !


Also, participant in National Readathon Day for 2016

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Using the above hashtag to follow the 24 hr action at twitter.
This one’s hosted by Penguin book publishers – their 2nd annual event
with live reading groups happening , donations and more info on the website
for National Readathon Day.