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


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to the farthest shores elizabeth camden



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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!
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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?

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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

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

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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 ~

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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!}

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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