2017 Christmas Spirit #ReadingChallenge November 20 – January 6

Cmas Spirit 2017 reading challenge

SignUps Now OPEN 
for this Annual Feature
with Michelle of truexmasspirit blog

Running from Monday November 20 to Twelfth Night/Epiphany
{ Saturday January 6 2018 }

Lots  of opps for sharing your favs in movies, stories, books
{for children and adults}
full variety of genres – crafts, poetry, novels to short stories.
Looking forward to hearing your recommendations
and surprise discoveries

From Candy Cane Level –  Reading 1 book
Mistletoe – 2-4 books
Christmas Tree at 5-6 books

Add some Films you’ve viewed for Optional Levels
FaLaLaLaLa Film Fun
Visions of Sugar Plums
by reading books with children and sharing with us.

EnJoy this fabulous Season of Reading !

My Christmas Spirit Reading?

Last Christmas in Paris – Hazel Gaynor
A Lady Most Lovely – Jennifer Delamere
A Highland ChristmasMC Beaton
[annual read!]
The Greatest GiftAnn Voskamp
Jane + the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor
Being the First Jane Austen Mystery –Stephanie Barron
Back Roads to BlissRuth Glover
Doc Martin – Mistletoe & Whine – Sam North
At Legend’s End-Diane Moody
Elderberry Days: A Season of JOY – A Holiday Sequel
-Becky Doughty
The Christmas Journey – Donna VanLiere
Bookends – Liz Curtis Higgs
Mistletoe & Murder – Carola Dunn
A Very Merry Christmas – Lauren Cecil/Andrew Grey
[ 1 of many children’s books]
The Christmas Candle [movie] – Max Lucado



October’s Season of Readathons

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It’s an Annual Event hosted by Michelle,
now extended to the entire month of October.
A major reading time for me as days cool and the invitation
of a waiting mystery lures me to stay in and enjoy the reading …

Library requests and Little Free Library finds kept my time full.
My hoped for ‘scary’ [mystery] reads for me :
Now Completions :

Cruel Winter – Sheila Connolly – 2017 release completed Oct .1√
A Purely Private Matter – Darcie Wilde/Sarah Nichols – 2017  audio release 10.2√
The Cracked Spine – Paige Shelton/Carrington McDuffie –
new to me audio mystery series set in Scotland – 10.1√
Of Books and Bagpipes –  book 2 of this audio series era 60s pub’d 2017– 10.2  √
Mortal Arts – Anna Lee Huber – audio suspense, again a Scotland series – 3-4.10 √
Manna from Hades– Carola Dunn/Wanda McCaddon-series audio mystery set
in 60s era England–5.10√
Death of a Dyer– Eleanor Kuhns excellent 1700s era mystery series set in Maine  – 6.10√
A Grave Matter – Anna L Huber/Heather Wilds- audio 1800s era series
this novel exposing grave robbing in Scotland– 7.10 √
The Story Girl – LM Montgomery –a shortstory collection of Canadian childhood
of an earlier Prince Edward Island era – 8.10 √
Miss Marple’s Final Cases – Agatha Christie – more English mystery shortstories
8.10 – 17th 
The Art of Life – Edith Schaeffer – completion of a nonfic read
set in  Switzerland – 9.10
The Message- Proverbs Eugene H Peterson –my 12th  Canadian read
for this year’s Canadian Book Challenge which begins
July 1st annually.  nonfiction – 8.10- 22.10
The Moving Finger – 4th Miss Marple – Agatha Christie/Richard E Grant –
excellent audio narration and suspense in this English WWI era mystery– 9.10 √
The Borrowers – Mary Norton – childhood fav, genre fantasy
England era 1890s – 9.10 
Twice PromisedMaggie Brendan –mailorder bride era for this 1880s series
set in COOct 9-10.10
12 Days at Bleakly Manor – Michelle Griep/Nan McNamara – 2017 audio release
of this 1st entry of a very creative mystery series – era 1850 England– 11.10
A Murder is Announced -Miss Marple 5– Agatha Christie/Emilia Fox-
audio version era rural England series of mysteries – 12-13.10
The Secret Adversary – Agatha Christie/Alison Larkin –
audio version of Russian suspense filled hostage taking of
Tommy and his partner Tuppence’s efforts at solving this couples’
intro as sleuthing detectives.
The Space Between Words – Michelle Phoenix – 2017 release –dual timelines,
both scary suspense filled eras.  1600s barbaric actions of the King toward Hugenots
along with current description of recent terrorist attacks in France –
A top year’s read for me!  – 16-17.10
A Casualty of War – Charles Todd – 2017 pub of WWI era1918 series
excellent suspense in newest entry of series set in France/England – 18.10
To Whisper Her Name – Tamera Alexander/Tavia Gilbert – audio version
of an insightful series set in Tennessee era 1860s dealing with prejudices
of class, attitudes and expectations  – 21.10
A Study in Death – Anna L Huber/H Wilds – audio continued this mystery series
1800s era featuring female investigator in Scotland – Oct 21-2
Death of a Cad – MC Beaton/Antony Ferguson – audio of this Hamish Macbeth
police inspector series set in Highlands of Scotland – always enjoy the
accented narrators of audios – Oct 22
The Essence of Malice –Ashley Weaver/Alison Larkin- audio series takes
readers to investigate in France with unexpected family trouble – 23.10
Rosemary’s Glove – Shirley Raye Redmond – fun Regency era England– 24.10
Perfectly MatchedMaggie Brendan – 1800s era Colorado series completed– 27.10
The Divide – Jolina Petersheim/Tavia Gilbert –apocalyptic era series completion
on audio Montana winter setting- pub’d 2017– 28.10
Countdown in Cairo –Noel Hynd/Dick Hill – Russian Trilogy has kept the suspense
and my interest through murders, bombings, espionage, deceptions and disappearances.  Series conclusion traveled America, Switzerland, Italy, Egypt 28-29.10
The Storyteller’s Collection: Tales of FarAway Places – various authors and far off
locations featured in this collection of short stories– 30-31.10
Concluding the month with
Seeds of Deception-Sheila Connolly/Marguerite Gavin- audio –
while MCs leave for a brief time of travel , murders interrupt their plans and family involvement creates concerns in this American set mystery series – 31.10-1.11

A great month of reading as part of Michelle’s Seasons of Reading
#FrightFall Readathon
1 requisite scary read to participate – any variety from Gothic to suspense.
After that, it’s all about the reading!

Thanks for motivating the reading, Michelle!

all about the reading


It’s a JaneAusten #Bookstagram Challenge

Day 2 of our Celebration of Jane #AusteninAugustRBR
And we’ve only just begun…

Adam at Roof Beam Reader is hosting this annual event
now in it’s 5th year.
I am a happy participant.  Whether reading Jane Austen novels
or checking out the variations, this month’s for Jane.

Today is an intro to a new feature for 2017 ~
Austen in August on Instagram
[+ twitter – pinterest – fb – etc]
Adam has invited me to share the daily Jane Austen prompts
I have created to inspire those participants who do enjoy
or who might enjoy the creativity of book photography.
You may be joining us as an instagrammer,
or may already be a #janeausten #bookstagrammer joining us.
Each of you are most welcome to participate at your level of interest.
Cheerleaders are definitely valued!

The #Bookstagram Reading Challenge follows as listed.
Participants post a photo for the listed prompt,
tag it @faith.hope.cherrytea  as host, and hashtag it
#JAusteninAugust #AusteninAugustRBR #JaneAusten
so everyone can find and follow the new photos of JA related prompts.

Choose the prompts that inspire you.  Take your photos anytime,
then post your bookstagrams corresponding to
the day of the prompts you’ve chosen.
[Or use a scheduling service such as Later.com to post for you]
I’ve found it a creative focus that increases enjoyment of
my books on a new level.  This month, it’s our Jane Austen collections.

This also works for those who prefer to post photos to twitter, pinterest or fb.
Be sure to identify them with the same #hashtags as above.
Share your love and spread the word for Jane Austen in August.

Are you ready?
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 Jane Austen in August 2017

1 – Ready Set Go – 1st #JA book you’re reading
2 – Resources – TBR stack for #JAusteninAugust
3- Travelin’ Band – fav JA roadtrippin’ reads
4- Silver Screen – any 5* JA movie recs?
5- 2nd Time Around – 2nd hand JA book find
6- Faith & Family – your fav JA quote
7- #BookmarkMonday – show your JA bookmarks
8- Tops – your top pick[s] of JA books
9- Party Time! – Anne Elliot’s 230th Birthday!
10- JA Geometry – worst JA love triangle[s]
11- Shopaholic – Best ever bookstore JA find
12- What’s New?- new JA  library find
13- Let’s Get Poetical – JA book spine poetry
14- On Deck – JA you’re reading right now
15- Day Out – show us your JA outdoors
16- Wordless Wednesday – JA book illustrations
17- Get Serious – nonfiction Jane
18- Showtime – show off your JA bookshelves
19- Most Wanted – your ‘must have’ JA novel
For Openers – fav JA chapter opening line[s]
21- Surround Sound – JA audio book lovers
22- Comfort Zone – your fav JA reading spot
23- Waiting on Wednesday – JA you’re anticipating
24- Unfinished Business – JA/variations you dnf
25- Up to Now – #JAusteninAugust read so far…
26- Villainous – least liked JA character[s]
27- Favouritism – most liked JA character[s]
28- Memorabilia – JA items / memorabilia
29- News – what’s new in the world of JA ?
30- Last Word – have your say #JAusteninAugust
31- That’s a Wrap – your #JAinA completions

      #JAusteninAugust     @faith.hope.cherrytea      # AusteninAugustRBR

I’m thrilled to be participating with each of you in the
#AusteninAugustRBR event and
so pleased to offer this new month long addition.
My “Thanks to Adam” for generously including me in the lineup of activities.

Cheers to each of you for beginning this
Jane Austen reading journey through August!

We’ll be watching for your
#JAusteninAugust   #AusteninAugustRBR   #JaneAusten
posts wherever you’re active on social media.

Jane Austen in August 2017….



austeninaugust roofbeamr-button (1)TIME for 2017’s Version of this ANNUAL CHALLENGE!August 1st opens the 5th year of individual Jane Austen
marathon reading during the month of August – info HEREand group reads,
this year’s choice being Northanger Abbey – details HERE
~SignUps remain OPEN until JULY 31st
for participation in any Austen in August events, giveaways, etc.
though reading Jane Austen, of course, is encouraged all monthand doesn’t require signing up.
~We look forward to sharing all things Jane together !
Hoping you’re part of the Celebration of Jane Austen.~*~THANKS to our returning host,
Adam at Roof Beam Reader ! ~Find us connecting using #AusteninAugustRBR
on Twitter and Instagram,
where we also have a NEW #Bookstagram Challengeusing #JAusteninAugust via @faith.hope.cherryteajane austen cushion quoteBe sure to follow if you’re on both or either .
We’ll be looking for your Jane Austen tweets and photos !~*~ FIND MORE FHC on BOOK DEPOSITORY | PINTEREST | TWITTER | GOOGLE+ | GOODREADS | FACEBOOK | NETWORKED BLOGS | | | INSTAGRAM | LIBRARYTHING | Follow |

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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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!