20 Books of Summer…

20 Books of Summer Challenge

20 books summer

Accepting Cathy’s annual Summer Reading Challenge
and, once again, I’m aiming for success
reading at least 10 of the goal of 20!

Find all the details at 746 Books blog
and sign up HERE
for your own 20 Books of Summer relaxed reading for 2017.

Here are my first 10 choices for the June 1st start…
though, being a capricious reader, they aren’t in any reading order!

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Storms of War ~ Celia, on the brink of adulthood, secretly dreams of escaping her carefully mapped-out future and exploring the world. But the onslaught of war changes everything and soon the de Witts find themselves sidelined and in danger of losing everything they hold dear. As Celia struggles to make sense of the changing world around her, she lies about her age to join the war effort and finds herself embroiled in a complex plot that puts not only herself but those she loves in danger. With gripping detail and brilliant empathy, Kate Williams tells the story of Celia and her family as they are shunned by a society that previously embraced them, torn apart by sorrow, and buffeted and changed by the storms of war.

On Rue Tatin ~ Susan Loomis arrived in Paris twenty years ago with little more than a student loan and the contents of a suitcase to sustain her. But what began then as an apprenticeship at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine evolved into a lifelong immersion in French cuisine and culture, culminating in permanent residency in 1994. “On Rue Tatin “chronicles her journey to an ancient little street in Louviers, one of Normandy s most picturesque towns. With lyrical prose and wry candor, Loomis recalls the miraculous restoration that she and her husband performed on the dilapidated convent they chose for their new residence. As its ochre and azure floor tiles emerged, challenges outside the dwelling mounted. From squatters to a surly priest next door, along with a close-knit community wary of outsiders…

The Tide Watchers ~ …fast-paced, deeply-researched, and richly imagined novel, The Tide Watchers explores a long-hidden, chapter of Bonaparte’s history.

Bury Your Dead ~ “Few writers in any genre can match Penny’s ability to combine heartbreak and hope.” -Publishers Weekly (starred review) It is Winter Carnival in Quebec City,Canada, bitterly cold and surpassingly beautiful…yet even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society– an obsessive historian’s quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly four hundred years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it? Meanwhile, Gamache is receiving disquieting letters from the village of Three Pines, where beloved Bistro owner Olivier was recently convicted of murder. “It doesn’t make sense,” Olivier’s partner writes every day. “He didn’t do it, you know.” As past and present collide in this astonishing novel, Gamache must relive a terrible event from his own past before he can begin to bury his dead.

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A Desperate Fortune ~ Canadian author Kearsley writes a riveting novel that deftly intertwines the tales of two women, divided by centuries and forever changed by a clash of love and fate. For nearly three hundred years, the cryptic journal of Mary Dundas has kept its secrets. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas travels to Paris to crack the cipher. Jacobite exile Mary Dundas is filled with longing-for freedom, for adventure, for the family she lost. When fate opens the door, Mary dares to set her foot on a path far more surprising and dangerous than she ever could have dreamed. As Mary’s gripping tale of rebellion and betrayal is revealed to her, Sara faces events in her own life that require letting go of everything she thought she knew-about herself, about loyalty, and especially about love. Though divided by centuries, these two women are united in a quest to discover the limits of trust and the unlikely coincidences of fate.

Suite Francaise ~ Set during the year that France fell to the Nazis, Suite Francaise falls into two parts. The first is a brilliant depiction of a group of Parisians as they flee the Nazi invasion; the second follows the inhabitants of a small rural community under occupation. Suite Francaise is a novel that teems with wonderful characters struggling with the new regime. However, amidst the mess of defeat, and all the hypocrisy and compromise, there is hope. True nobility and love exist, but often in surprising places… In 1941, Irene Nemirovsky sat down to write a book that would convey the magnitude of what she was living through by evoking the domestic lives and personal trials of the ordinary citizens of France. Nemirovsky’s death in Auschwitz in 1942 prevented her from seeing the day, sixty-five years later, that the existing two sections of her planned novel sequence, Suite Francaise, would be rediscovered and hailed as a masterpiece.

Saving Sophie ~ powerful story of the lengths a father will go through to protect his daughter and an action-packed thriller that will take you on an unforgettable journey of murder and deception, testing the bonds of family and love. Jack Sommers was just an ordinary accountant from Chicago-that is, until his wife passed away, his young daughter was kidnapped, and he became the main suspect in an $88 million dollar embezzlement case. Now Jack is on the run, hoping to avoid the feds long enough to rescue his daughter, Sophie, from her maternal grandfather, a suspected terrorist in Palestine. With the help of investigative team Liam and Catherine, and a new CIA operative, a secret mission is launched to not only rescue Sophie but also to thwart a major terrorist attack in Hebron. But will being caught in the crossfires of the Palestine-Israeli conflict keep their team from accomplishing the task at hand, or can they overcome the odds and save countless lives, including their own?

Part of Read the Nobels Challenge, I’ve chosen

Night ~ Nobel Peace Prize winner, ‘Wiesel has taken his own anguish and imaginatively metamorphosed it into art’ Describing in simple terms the tragic murder of a people from a survivor’s perspective, Night is among the most personal, intimate and poignant of all accounts of the Holocaust. A compelling consideration of the darkest side of human nature and the enduring power of hope, it remains one of the most important works of the twentieth century. Elie Wiesel (b. 1928) was fifteen years old when he and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz. After the war, Wiesel studied in Paris and later became a journalist. During an interview with the distinguished French writer, Francois Mauriac, he was persuaded to write about his experiences in the death camps.The result was his internationally acclaimed memoir, La Nuit or Night, which has since been translated into more than thirty languages.

I enjoyed Helen Simonson’s The Summer Before the War, so this year I’m prepped for

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand ~ Major Ernest Pettigrew is perfectly content to lead a quiet life in the sleepy village of Edgecombe St Mary, away from the meddling of the locals and his overbearing son. But when his brother dies, the Major finds himself seeking companionship with the village shopkeeper, Mrs Ali. Drawn together by a love of books and the loss of their partners, they are soon forced to contend with irate relatives and gossiping villagers. The perfect gentleman, but the most unlikely hero, the Major must ask himself what matters most: family obligation, tradition or love? Funny, comforting and heart-warming, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand proves that sometimes, against all odds, life does give you a second chance.

and the one I’m beginning with ?

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This gorgeous New Release won during the 1 day Savvy Readathon in May

Good Night from London ~ by Canadian author, Jennifer Robson, this story is inspired in part by the wartime experiences of the author’s own grandmother, a captivating, heartfelt, and historically immersive story that readers are sure to embrace.
…a lush historical novel that tells the fascinating story of Ruby Sutton, an ambitious American journalist who moves to London in 1940 to report on the Second World War, and to start a new life an ocean away from her past. In the summer of 1940, ambitious young American journalist Ruby Sutton gets her big break: the chance to report on the European war as a staff writer for a news magazine in London. She jumps at the chance, an opportunity not only to prove herself, also to start fresh in a city and country that know nothing of her humble origins. But life in besieged Britain tests Ruby in ways she never imagined. Although most of Ruby’s new colleagues welcome her, a few resent her presence, not only as an American but also as a woman. She is just beginning to find her feet, to feel at home in a country that is so familiar yet so foreign, when the bombs begin to fall. As the nightly horror of the Blitz stretches unbroken into weeks and months, Ruby must set aside her determination to remain an objective observer.When she loses everything but her life, and must depend upon the kindness of strangers, she learns for the first time the depth and measure of true friendship-and what it is to love a man who is burdened by secrets that aren’t his to share

Ready to read with us?

Follow Cathy’s tweets @cathy746books  and mine @_eHope
find us using #20booksofsummer 

EnJoy !


BIG Book Summer …

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Sue is challenging readers to grab one of those BIG books
off our tbr shelves or lists for this Summer’s reading.
{ BIG = 400 pages or more }
My annual response for this one? Yes!
It’s the challenge that initiated my Big Book reading
{rather than avoiding} those Big Books.
Here are my goodreads
Big Book Summer Reading Shelf selections so far.
All that’s required to participate is reading 1 Big book
between May 26 and Labour Day Sept 4th.
Doable? Definitely.
It’s a great way to discover You Can read those BIG tomes.
And… it is FuN!
Find signups and all Sue’s info at her Book By Book blog
or the goodreads Big Book Challenge group
to sign up.

We’ll be tweeting #BigBookSummer
Sue @SueBookbyBook and I’m @_eHope


no shred of evidencered door charles toddgoodnight from london savvy pkg

to the farthest shores elizabeth camden



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german girl

city of jasmine raybourn

Yes! BookBuddyaThon May 6-12

Third year!  I love this one.  Want to know more?
Here’s the scoop via booktube …

Thanks to Uk hosts  Elena  and Janet for making this year’s
Buddy Reading such a Great week.

I’ll be reading with buddy Lucy Fictional 100 blog
and host of the Northern Lights Reading Project

1– Read a book with your book buddy:
We’ve chosen a Viking novel, “God’s Daughter “ , by author Heather Day Gilbert
~ Completed May 6th ~
I found it a unique read from an era I haven’t read – 1000 AD

gods daughter

2- Read a book with your buddy’s fav colour cover –
yellow for Lucy  {periwinkle  for moi}

a pitying of doves steve burrows

hmmm – a few options in mind,  I’ve settled on this Canadian authored mystery.
~ Completed May 8 ~

3– Read a book beginning with your buddy’s initial in title –
I’ll be reading “L” for Lucy
Always intrigued with WW I and II stories, this was no exception.
~ Completed May 7 ~

look to the east

4– Your buddy picks a book for you to read from 3 of your choices:

I picked this book from Lucy’s choices:
September by Rosamund Pilcher
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– Read a guilty pleasure book – just because!  Read for fun / escape /enjoyment…
My choice? {and in my fav colour!}

jewels of paradise donna leon

Still time to join us at twitter #BookBuddyAThon

and today we’re off to keep up via UK time …

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…
enchanted april von arnim
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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