BIG Book Summer …

big book summer at bookbybook.blogspot  Sue

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



major pettigrew


german girl

city of jasmine raybourn


Victoria Long Weekend Reading Challenge May 19 – 22. 2017



Anyone else reading during this gorgeous May long weekend?

Particularly as we have the extra day for celebrating Queen Victoria,
I wondered if you’d like to connect and share
what and where you’re reading.
Keeping it low key is totally fine –
just be sure to enjoy some Birthday Celebrations!

I look forward to seeing your shares.
Jump in anytime!
Comment if you’re joining and add your participation below,
then add your reads via ‘reply’ below your comment to keep track
[my example in comments]
Tweet, Instagram, FB or Pinterest using #VictoriaReading


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Let’s add some #VictoriaReading Fun to our weekend!
Your participation is a gift.  Thank You!

Savvy Readathon 9 to 9 – May 13

It’s On!

Lots of discussion happening on twitter as the day progresses –
a headsup if you’re following my feed @_eHope
will get you in the loop.

So far, I’ve completed a Pride and Prejudice dramatized audio – totally fun take –
Earned the International Women’s Day 2017 badge for it!
savvy international womens day badge

A new release chicklit ebook by Aussie author, Carla Carusso, Run to the Hills.
Listened to a few Agatha Christie audios via hoopla
Yellow Iris, The Man in the Mist, The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife,
Through a Glass Darkly
that brought me to 150 reads and some new badges!
~ Participating, reading an ebook, reading 3 books ~
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My main read underway is the fascinating WWI new release from
Canadian author, Kim Izzo,
Seven Days in May
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My thoughts?

#SavvyReadathon reading

Fascinating insights to the WWI era on both sides of the Atlantic,
the sailing of the Lusitania being the main event.
England and NY featuring in the storytelling. Characters, each well developed within their past and present settings as relevant. Unique aspects of the war are explored with varying degrees of personal and political impact.
Exceptionally well written, tension saturates the atmosphere
as this well paced drama unfolds …

Intro review also Posted Here


A One Day Event
Saturday May 13th 2017

Have you pledged to read in 2017 ?
Set your reading goal HERE then grab your books
for a day of reading, snacking, contests, and special treats
all just one day from 9 a.m. til 9 p.m.

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All the Readathon Details HERE

I’m in !
Twitter follow me @_eHope
Updates @SavvyReader

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 …

Dewey’s 24 hr Readathon April 29th

Here’s my signup post for next weekend’s Readathon participation.
Anyone collecting their books already?


See you there !

Great reading day here !  How effective was the Challenge for you?

I completed an entire 1790s mystery suspense novel
by Eleanor Kuhns



338 pages

Enjoyed the focused reading time and glad to have time available
once my errands were completed!

Find more stats and be sure to enter books read into the data form
at the Dewey’s Readathon Site linked above.

See you there in October !

More Wintry Reading Opps for January


An entire listing of countries and wintry reading listed for easy selection
along with opps for your recommendations in comments.
I love reading seasonally so I’ll continue my wintry choices
for this challenge and add my appreciation with recommendations as
listed in the earlier Christmas Spirit wrapup post.
Canadian winters are known for their snowy settings.
Louise Penny has several  wintry mysteries to add to your choices.
One listing at Tanya’s blog for
The Guernsey Literary and Potatoe Peel Pie Society
is a fav of mine and one I’d recommend for anyone
looking for a wintry selection.

Feel free to add your fav choices in comments.

Now to decide which wintry countries I’d like to visit. . .
Here’s where I’m hoping to travel in my reading ~

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe –
CS Lewis
I’m on the wait list for the audio version of this one…
and haven’t decided which audio of these I’ll choose for a re-listen ~

Hamish Macbeth options by  MC Beaton :
Death of a Dreamer – Death of a Dentist  – Death of a Prankster

 Here are Wintry Book locations I have read this January ~

Christmas to Remember : Tales of Comfort and Joy – various Cdn authors
A House is Built at Pooh Corner for Eeyore – A.A. Milne
A Jane Austen Christmas
Carlo Devito
A Winter Wrong – Elizabeth Ann West
The Companion of Lady Holmeshire – Debra Brown
A Fatal Winter – GM Malliet

Heidi –
Johanna Spyri

At Your RequestJ Turano
A New York Christmas  – Anne Perry

#WintersRespite Readathon

Wrapping Up the Reading Respite for this Winter …

Reading began midnite Monday January 16th
Carrying through to midnite Monday 29th January.

My RESPITE READING To the End Date :

  1. 1. A Question of Belief – Donna Leon      Jan 16
    2.  Conductor of Light – Rachel McMillan        Jan 16
    3. Suspiciously Reserved – Samantha Adkins        Jan 16-17
    4. Two Testaments – Elizabeth Musser          Jan 17
    5.  Providence –  Chris Coppernoll       Jan 17-18
    6. Tempest’s Course – Lynette Sowell        Jan 20
    7.  Death of a Snob – MC Beaton      Jan 20
    8.  Elusive – Sara Rosett        Jan 21
    9.  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis       Jan 21
    10.Pursuit and Persuasion – Sally Wright  Jan 22
  2. 11.-19. Three Blind Mice – Agatha Christie  audio collection  Jan 22
    Three Blind Mice
    Case of the caretaker
    Strange Jest
    The Tape Measure Murder
    Case of the Perfect Maid
    The Third Floor Flat
    The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly
    Four and Twenty Blackbirds
    The Love Detectives
    20. Cranberry Bluff  – Deborah Garner  Jan 23

    1. 21. Summer Evenings at the Seafront Hotel – V Greene Jan 24
      22. Learning to Swim  – Sara J Henry  – Jan 25
      23. Heidi – J Spyri  – Jan 26
      24. Bethlehem Road – A Perry  – Jan 26-7
      25. In Wildrose, North Dakota – T Bateman – Jan 27
      26. Abandoned Memories – Marylu Tyndall  -Jan 28
      27. Crispens Point – JoHannah Reardon  – Jan 29
      28. Death of an Outsider – MC Beaton/S Grindell – Jan 29

 HapPy with the time I had available and the outcome.  Hope it was for you as well !


Appreciation to Michelle for hosting the motivation!!