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 .  I will be back to enter the books I read that completed my Full House  as I can grab extra online time for the task.  Loved it!
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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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.
anne of the island umbrella
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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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
Find @cathy746books and fb 746 Books

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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Audiobook Month button

Tracking my month’s audiobook reading during June 2015
beginning with :

June 7-8
winter garden mystery dunna Blackstone audio – Narrated by Bernadette Dunne

AFTER THE WAR IS OVER by Jennifer Robson
June 19-23
after the war is over robsonHarper Audio – Narrated by Lucy Rayner

THE ROSE GIRLS by Victoria Connelly
June 22-23
rose girls audioBrilliance Audio – Narrated by Fiona Hardingham

PRICE of PRIVILEGE by Jessica Dotta
June 25-27
price of privilege audioOasis Audio – Narrated by Amanda McKnight

by Drs. John Townsend and Henry Cloud
June 27 -28th
Boundaries John Townsend Henry CLoud
Zondervan audio – Narrated by  Dick Fredricks

June 29th
chimney sweep audio

AudioGo – Narrator Graeme Malcolm



In the interests of Summer Reading resources, here’s a tempting summer option.
Hosted by a collaboration of Rachel A Dawson and mrthomasandme
[click either host for full deets]
They’re ready for a June start.

From Rachel……
How it’s going to look:

  1. They pick a random criteria for your book.You find your book.
    [local, used bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, the library, ordered from Book Depository [=Free delivery]  whatever works for you
  2. Read. [You’ll have a month per book.]
  3. At the end of the month we’ll review(ish) our books. [With unique book aspects as posted at Amber and Rachel’s who will both have places for readers to share book links in their posts.] Linking to wherever and however works for you – vlog, goodreads, blog, twitter, fb, instagram, pinterest, etc. using #collaboreads hashtag
  4. Repeat steps 1 – 4 each month. 

Here’s the JUNE book prompt: 

” On the NYT Best-sellers List when you start reading it.

I’m liking the variety of reading this enables from the basic book prompt.

My choice will be either The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
or….  The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
It’s actually going to be –

Boundaries John Townsend Henry CLoud

#6 on the NYT Bestseller List for Religion, Spirituality and Faith

I really liking the review suggestions…riveting, elements, associations, design, and stars
Check Rachel or Amber’s blogs for explanations .

 Got it?  Let’s go.
Grab your choice of NYT best seller and meet up Monday, June 29th !




VALENTINE WEEK READING !{What I’ve Read.  Am Reading.  Reading Next. }

*Adding a few Sweet Reading Treats for this Valentine Week…
Here’s this past week’s completed ~

an Oasis Audiobook – A Promise Kept – Robin Lee Hatcher
Double storyline included – Emma’s storyfrom the 30’s as she succeeds in overcoming her life losses and creates a new and fulfilling life that will deeply impact the future of her great niece, Allison, who discovers Emma’s journals when staying in the country home Emma renovated during her own exile. 


Fantastic story of Ruth and Naomi meeting in Moab,Ruth’s marriage to Mahlon and his subsequent death.Their journey to Naomi’s homeland of Israel withall the rejection Ruth receives as a foreign immigrant,the realities of  grief and struggling to survive.The romance between Ruth andBoaz, who has lost his children and then his wife to childbirthcomplications, is poignant and tender.  Wonderful story.
Authored by Tessa Afshar originally from Iran.
I am definitely looking for more of her writing.


Pleased to have had time available for this excellent debut by Katherine Reay.  Complexity of her MC characterization is both strong  and dynamic.Love the plot and epistolary style offering the protagonist freedomto be herself in the telling of her journalism studies at Medill.Secondary plotting is a definite contribution to the main story.Lots of emotional engagement as I read.[especially when we get to meet the gorgeous Alex!]


A quick Saturday novella from fav Brit author, Victoria Connelly.6th in the Austen Addicts series, this offered the opp of spendingtime with the characters of  A Weekend with Mr Darcy as theyjoin the original host on a Jane Austen Weekend tour of thegrand homes used in the Pride and Prejudice movies .A fun reunion and romp through the English countryside ,I always enjoy another glimpse into Victoria’s contemporaryAusten fans and a great break from longer reads.


Third of the historic romance series by Sarah E Ladd,Whispers on the Moors.A Lady at Willowgrove Hall,an impressive story right from the intense opening,kept my interest and emotions engaged through to a mostsatisfying conclusion.
Which also brought me to 35 books read so far in this year.Thanks to Freda, I’m now adding them to the 50 Book PledgeChallenge at Harper Collins.

Now to decide what’s next up…

Intriguing secondary characters and lush scenery contribute to the often sinister, even creepy, moments readers will come to anticipate. Infusing her story with mystery, tension, and emotion, Byrd strikes a fine balance between the darkness of a Gothic mystery and the sweetness of a captivating love story. Byrd—and Brontë—fans will enjoy. 
Publisher’s Weekly 

From New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick comes an emotionally rich, inspiring new novel about family, second chances–and the connections that bring women together in hope and healing. . .
Years of long workdays and little sleep as a political campaigner are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey’s boss is entering the White House. But when her estranged older sister, Alice, unexpectedly dies, Lucy is drawn back to Nilson’s Bay, her small, close-knit, Wisconsin hometown.   -publisher


Sweet Treats for Valentine’s this week ~
from Belinda Jones The brief is simple: With three other women, Laurie will board a London bus – kitted out as an English tea shop – on a deliciously different road trip of the USA. 
Their mission: To bring home-grown classics like Battenberg, Victoria sponge and scones to the land of cupcakes, whoopie pies and gold-leafed chocolate sundaes. 

And to show them how a real cup of tea is made. All of the women have their own secrets and heartaches to heal. As well as a grand appreciation of cupcakes, there’s also the chance for romance…

Adding my choices ~at Sheila’s BOOK JOURNEYMary’s LITERACY MUSING MONDAYS [featured FHC and surprised me last again this week- TY!]Ramona’s BOOK NOOKMizB’s MUSING MONDAYS