Bout of Books January 2018

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I’ve been wanting to participate in Bout of Books for a few years now but I never seem to get my butt in gear and I nearly missed it this time again. Literally, I got home from work today, let the dogs out, tidied up the living room while my daughter told me all about her day and am now sitting at my computer typing my post up while the baked ziti I prepared is in the oven. I didn’t want to miss out.

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I like reading challenges because I find them a great way to get motivated to read more plus it is a nice way to discover new book blogs.

Here are the read-a-thon details…

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Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

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source: free review copy via the publisher
title: Pretty Girls
author: Karin Slaughter/ Twitter
pages: 573
genre: crime fiction/mystery/thriller/suspense
published: 2015
first line: When you first disappeared, your mother warned me that finding out exactly what happened to you would be worse than never knowing.
rated: 5 out of 5 for a thrill ride with twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat
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blurb:
Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

my thoughts:
Oh my goodness, this book! It has had me on the edge of my seat since last week. I could not read it fast enough, and when I did read it, I didn’t want to stop.

If there is a book that might make you faint while reading, it’s Pretty Girls. It was a thrill ride of emotions, truly. I finished reading it last night and at 573 pages there was not a dull moment.

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon October 2017

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It’s that time of year again, Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon ! This event is a special one and I like to participate each year at least once if I can. I’ve taken part since 2008 waaay back when I started book blogging and discovered the amazing book blogging community.

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Top Ten Tuesday 10/10/17: Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes

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Happy Tuesday everyone. This week’s TTT theme is Fall. This is my favorite season so this list was alot of fun to come up with. I am definitely a seasonal reader. I won’t read summer themed books in the winter or wintery books in the summer etc. I read with the seasons. I really enjoy Autumn, the vibrant colors, the cooler weather, pumpkin and apple picking, Halloween, Thanksgiving… it’s a cozy time in general. Here’s my list:

October 10: Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes (If the cover screams fall to you, or the books give off a feeling of being Fallish)

 

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1. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. My copy is well read. I like the way she wrote about nature.

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2. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems This one has a permanent spot on my shelves and The Telltale Heart is a favorite so is The Raven. Poe’s dramatic and intense stories and poems make for perfect Fall reading.

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Sunday Post 10/8/17: Lady Liberty, Bookish Stuff etc.

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…

Good morning blogland, can you believe the first week in October is already over? I hope you are all doing well. I feel like I almost don’t even know what to talk about this morning. These are crazy, crazy times we are living in. I’ve stopped watching the news the past few days, I can’t bear to look anymore.

Well, it’s a rainy Sunday here in NJ and I’ll be doing some blog hopping this morning before getting back to my current read, which is perfect for this time of year. It’s actually a re-read for me and I’m almost finished.

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