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Thursday, 26 May 2016

BOOK BEGINNINGS: STILL LIFE by LOUISE PENNY 27.5.16


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STILL LIFE by Canadian author, Louise Penny
Publisher: Sphere / Hachette UK
1st published 2005
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My
FRIDAY BOOK BEGINNINGS 
feature for this final Friday of May!
The opening sentence or two of my book of choice?
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" Miss Jane Neal met her maker in the early morning mist
of Thanksgiving Sunday.  It was pretty much a surprise all round.
Miss Neal's was not a natural death , unless you're of the belief everything happens as it's supposed to.  If so, for her seventy-six years Jane Neal had been walking toward this final moment when death met her in the brilliant maple woods on the verge of the village of Three Pines. "
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Thoughts?

At last.  I have finally received the first in series of Chief Inspector Gamache. I was ready to go back to the beginnings with this novel.
And I became more connected to the residents of the
rural Quebec village in Canada as I joined in their
Thanksgiving celebrations, art show  preparations, and village life.
Moving on through the series will benefit from these
character introductions.  Looking forward to the storytelling...
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Find many more Friday Book Beginnings at Gilion's
Rose City Reader linkup and add yours.
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Plus, Freda's Friday 56 linkup featuring any quote from
page 56 [or 56%] of any book. #Friday56
I'm posting from STILL LIFE as above.

" This village was old, and you don't get to be old without knowing grief.  And loss. "

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I've found these Book Beginnings and Book quotes to be avenues of introduction. Whether new finds or not,
a great way to explore and possibly discover new books and their
book blogging readers. 
Have you participated in these or similar book introductions?
What's the fav part of your experience?    

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Looking for weekend reading companions?

Jenna is hosting Sat 28th through Monday May 30th


 #tbysreadathon to stay connected on twitter

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Then ready your reading list for 20 Books of Summer


June 1 - Sept 5 with Cathy of 746 Books

My list of twenty HERE.  Choose 10/15/20 to suit
your personal schedule.

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A FuN SPRING themed BOOK TAG on NOW 

You're Invited! Play HERE

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 Summer Tag not far to go...




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Sunday, 22 May 2016

IT'S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? 23.5.16


TIME for
IT's MONDAY!  WHAT ARE YOU READING?
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Joining our host, Kathryn in NZ, and fellow blogging readers
sharing their week of reading past, current, and upcoming...
and
inviting your participation at The Book Date
and at Jenn's MUSING MONDAYS for all your book related thoughts, readings + + Today's random question?
Name a book you thought you wouldn't like, but ended up loving.
Mine?  Jane Austen's NORTHANGER ABBEY
Totally worlds better than expected.  Good for a re-read too!
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A busy week all around with May being #CleanSweepArc reading
followed with Saturday's National Readathon 2016
and the Clean Sweep Readathon with mini challenges
- both were 24 hrs on May 21st.
In the process, I discovered a new to me challenge I had to join - Book Blog Discussions
at Nicole's Feed Your Fiction Addiction
{just in case anyone else feels the need.}
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During the week,
 a friend was clearing a perennial bed which gave me
an afternoon out to deliver them to their new homes
in my children's gardens,
two library trips to pickup book reserves I'd been anticipating,
and now enjoying gorgeous weather
for this Victoria Day long weekend
through to ending of Monday with fireworks.
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As to reading?

Excellent audio listen to Susan Meissner's latest.
Hollywood's golden movie era, filming Gone with the Wind,
as the lives of two secretaries and wardrobe intertwine
both on and off the compound...  Loved it!
Narration dramatised the characters and era incredibly well
increasing interest and depth to the story itself.
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BRIDE OF A DISTANT ISLE, another brand new release-
this one being historical and 2nd of
the Daughters of Hampshire series.
Gripping suspense, Sandra Byrd's exceptional storytelling held me from opening to ending.  See Book Beginnings post for
an example of the book's opening intrigue...
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A 2nd in Waves of Freedom series, this WWII novel,
also featuring a theme of suspense. A new and female pharmacist notices repeated large prescriptions
for an addicting sedative.  Her concerns match the behaviour
reported aboard the destroyer where her brother and friend are assigned. The suspense intensifies to some frightful outcomes.
My stomach is clenching just remembering. Released May 3rd.
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Next, an audio that had intimidated for too long.

Don’t tell me it’s terrifying. Terrify me.

Filled with grief, Juliet Belleno rarely leaves the house since her husband’s death while on duty as a police officer. Other than the reviews Jules writes on her blog, she has little contact with the outside world.

But one day when she ventures out to the local grocery store, Jules bumps into a fellow customer . . . then recognizes him as her favorite author, Patrick Reagan.

And that’s the last thing she remembers — until she wakes up in a strange room with a splitting headache. Jules realizes she’s been kidnapped . . . but what she discovers about her abductor will change everything she believed about her husband’s death, her career, and her abductor.
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Riveting would be one word to describe this listen.
It was exactly what I expected - plus.  Definitely well done.

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Reading Now?

Going back to the beginning with Louise Penny's 1st
Chief Inspector Gamache that introduces readers to the series.
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Superb small town life characterized. Insights into life,
and so many quotes I'll have a difficult time choosing for
Teaser Tuesday.  
Another library reserve I was pleased to discover...
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Great inspiriting with Karen Hering's insights.
Book Beginnings posted HERE .
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Then today I begin a once / month web course with the author of 
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A book to be slowly read as it has opps for participatory content in the creative arts expression for each of the chapters.
Looking forward to the online discussion - a large and worldwide class forming - Christine and John hosting from Ireland.

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Hard to believe we're into the final week of this month!
Almost half through this year...
Glad it's summer just ahead in our corner of the world
and some relaxed reading once I get all reviews posted
for the month's reading.

I'll be looking for your book responses in comments 
and
be sure to join us at The Book Date with Kathryn
Monday Musings with Jenn.
And ALoi's for Bookmark Mondays at Guiltless Reader.
Share any bookmarks you have, love, want, find.
Booklovers Love Bookmarks!
My contribution in honour of QueenVictoria's Birthday
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THIS Weekend!
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Tweeting #tbysreadathon 
~ MAY 28 - 30 ~

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Friday, 20 May 2016

BOOK BEGINNINGS: WRITING TO WAKE THE SOUL by KAREN HERING 20.5.16


FRIDAY'S  BOOK BEGINNINGS 

This Week?
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Publisher:  Atria Books / Simon Schuster
Published: November 2013
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Following host Gilion's prompt at Rose City Reader, 
here's the beginning to WRITING TO WAKE THE SOUL by Karen Hering
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What
  Is the
                    Root of all these
     Words?
                   One thing: love.
                                    --Hafiz
"The human gift of language is born of the desire to connect, to share our experience with each other. Our words are bridges built between one person and the next while also crossing time, from the moment they are written down to the moment they are lifted from the page by a reader."

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The end of the above sentence really captures my imagination,
as does the book's title.
I anticipate a great long weekend of reading
with this book a prime part.
Further to anyone with interest, an extended excerpt posted HERE
and a shorter post , interestingly, on Beginnings HERE

Karen Hering's back cover quote I find inspiring ~

"Begin writing whenever you are ready and
follow wherever it leads."

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Have a great weekend!
and be sure to check out all the Friday Book Beginnings
HERE
You may just find another book to add to your shelves!


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Monday, 16 May 2016

IT'S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? 16.5.16


IT's MONDAY!

WHAT ARE YOU READING?
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Joining Kathryn at The BOOK DATE for a weekly reading catchup...
Busy past week with the UK hosted Book Buddyathon - reading with a partner
combined with the 16th Bout of Books Readathon
and
my Armchair Book Expo posts for book bloggers at home.

Great reading and posting throughout the week - hoping you were part of the FuN!
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My reading this week included:

4 novels, 3 audiobooks, and 4 short stories that concluded an audio collection.
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WHAT HAPPENED ON BEALE STREET by Mary Ellis
a new to me author and mystery series.
Dual stories of the partners in crime were unique and really enjoyed.
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DAUGHTER OF MINE by Laura Fabiani
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New to me as Canadian author , Laura has been a fellow blogger on these Monday posts for several years.
Her novel, set in Italy, is dynamic. Highly recommended.
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RAW EDGES by Sandra Bricker
Part of the Quilts of Love series, focused on ovarian cancer and written by a survivor.
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JOURNEY TO MUNICH - newest Maisie Dobbs #12
by Jacqueline Winspear 
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Maisie is back from her melancholic journey ofdespair and grieving
with some tense moments in this newest adventure.
Ending the book with anticipation for re-establishment of her investigation office and re-uniting of staff.
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Audiobooks :
PERSUASION by Jane Austen
A much enjoyed classic

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RULES FOR A SUCCESSFUL BOOK CLUB by another British author, Victoria Connelly
Newest addition to the Book Lovers series featuring bookstore owners, the Nightingale family.
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A LADY OF WILLOWGROVE HALL by Sarah E Ladd
Audio listen of a previous read inspired by her new release
DAWN AT EMBERWILDE - both set in England - excellent suspense 
and storytelling much enjoyed.
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3 Short Stories completed my audio listen of
THREE BLIND MICE by Agatha Christie
as May is Short Story Month
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UPCOMING?

SAVE THE DATE THURSDAY MAY 19th

OPEN INVITATION 
to join author Hillary Manton Lodge
TWO BLUE DOORS series - TOGETHER AT THE TABLE Fantastic newest release as of May 3rd

Hosting an online movie viewing of CHOCOLAT
Join the FuN FB evening together online -
Time to Plan your snacks :)

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A free reading week ending in the
Clean Sweep ARC 24 hr READATHON
on Saturday May 21st.

Also the date of the NATIONAL READATHON DAY.

Will you be reading?

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Sunday, 15 May 2016

WELCOME PENTECOST CELEBRATION 15.5.16






PENTECOST SUNDAY 

Celebrating GOD's Gift of HOLY SPIRIT 

Comforter, Counselor, Keeper, Advocate, Companion...






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Holy GOD,
send forth Your Spirit to renew, restore,
and empower us
to proclaim Your Good News
in Your ways and words
to the ends of the world
that all who hear and understand will believe
and follow in the counsel, company, and unity
of Your Holy Spirit.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord and in the power of 
Your Holy Spirit we pray.
Amen.


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Scriptures:
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 | Acts 2: 1-21 | Psalm 104: 24-34 | Romans 8. 14-17 |
John 14. 8-17 |

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May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and
the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all now and forevermore.
Amen.


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Friday, 13 May 2016

ARMCHAIR BEA DAY 3: BOOKS & BLOGGING IN REAL LIFE 13.5.16


ARMCHAIR BEA: DAY 3 
Beyond the traditional form of the novel, what are your favourite alternative 

forms? Do you have any favorite works within these alternate forms? 

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Fav alternate forms for me are audiobooks and kindle on my tablet.
Favourite audiobooks are the Hamish Macbeth mystery series.
Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache, Jessica Dotta's Born of Persuasion.
Donna Leon's Guido Brunetti.and Sibella Giorello's Raleigh Harmon series.
To name a few...  Are you an audiobook fan?
Which books would you name as favourites?

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How do you think the changing format affects the reading experience? 

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Changing the format allows for increased reading experience and enjoyment.

It's like having a story 
read to me and enjoyed just like my children
love having the world of a story opened to them in the reading.

I especially love the scottish and english stories when read by  an authentically
accented narrator that keeps it real and takes me back to times

and places I've enjoyed.  Or a full dramatisation by the BBC cast.

And, not to miss, the added freedom to simultaneously work on

other projects whilst enjoying the story!
The kindle on tablet brings cover colour to life for an added appreciation

and the touch screen for font size increase, change in brightness as needed

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Our secondary topic, Beyond the Blog, focuses on the ways I engage in 

talking about books outside of my blog.

How and where do I participate? 

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In fact, I am always talking books!

I'm actively present at my local library, reserving and requesting

new library purchases of authors not yet shelved and books next in series.
Through this frequent presence I've become known

and have now been asked to partner with them in an upcoming

outreach project of installing Little Free Libraries for low income areas

of the city where I live.  
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I am super excited for this amazing opportunity

and look forward to beginning this summer reading extension into

the neighbourhoods that will benefit from increased literacy.

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I also am providing a book sale table tomorrow at a local

community club event.

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Online, I'm active in quite a number of reading challenges as linked under header
including the goodreads annual challenge - a great way to keep track of my

year's reading - and I'm pretty much

 'meticulous in maintaining my goodreads profile' as abea states ;)
I've taken the '50 book pledge' [see sidebar ] finding it a great way to
track my year's reading and progress and it's not limited to only 50 books!

I love to find downloads of ebooks and audios or streaming via hoopla
a free service offered by public libraries with your membership card.
Also, the Overdrive option.
I can be found

Tweeting books on twitter @_eHope

FB  Bloglovin'  Library Thing  Book Depository affiliate for convenient no charge shipping in sidebar
I post to a variety of weekly book blog linkups and I'm 

Always into a good readathon and week long reading challenges

like the current UK hosted #bookbuddyathon and #boutofbooks
and the month long #CleanSweepArc reading.

Several Pinterest boards  G+  Networked blogs and Bloglovin' all linked below
or sidebar and GFC at bottom of blog

I have met some fantastic bookish friends via blogging and book talk/ tweeting,
that I 'd never have met otherwise.  I am both glad and grateful!

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I'm also talking books as member of a local bookstore bookclub meeting once per month.
I would like to begin a 
bookclub, but a bit short on time.  Especially if I ever
want to catchup on ARCs and reviews!

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I'm enjoying reading other bloggers' responses to this topic and look forward to
another day of Armchair BEA .

Thanks for stopping in and taking time to chat on this fun topic!
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Thursday, 12 May 2016

BOOK BEGINNINGS: BRIDE OF A DISTANT ISLE by SANDRA BYRD 12.5.16


FRIDAY BOOK BEGINNINGS

featuring today's choice

BRIDE OF A DISTANT ISLE
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BRIDE OF A DISTANT ISLE
Daughters of Hampshire: Book 2
Author Sandra Byrd
Published by Howard Books/Simon&Schuster
Released March 2016
 NEAR MILFORD ON SEA, HAMPSHIRE, ENGLAND
MAY 1851

I had no warning before evil befell me.
I'd forgotten how the sea around Highcliffe relentlessly pounds the land, undermining it so fiercely that the earth quickens, churns, and slips: the breakers smother all sound,
throwing off thickly salted mist that clouds vision like a cataract.  For this reason, I had no signal that someone was approaching.  Instead, I suddenly felt his breath curdling in my ear.
The whispering started...

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Atmospheric, poetic writing, I anticipate exceptional reading
of this second historical novel of the Hampshire series.
Sandra Byrd is a word artist I particularly enjoy.
A dark beginning, I'm looking for undivided time to get into this story ...

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Join us for Book Beginnings on Fridays with host Gilion.
 Post the first sentence [or so] of your current read,
including author, and title.
Any first impressions or thoughts also welcome.
Link this week's post HERE at
Rose City Reader - tweeting? use #bookbeginnings
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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

ARMCHAIR BEA : BOOK AESTHETICS DAY 2 12.5.16





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DAY 2: ARMCHAIR BEA
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Aesthetic Concerns - Books 

Today is all about book aesthetics! 
Colours, fonts, graphics, size and shape, weight,

photos...
  



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1. How often do you judge a book by its cover?

Far too often - more often than not.  
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2. How often are you surprised by what you find? 


And far too often I've been

disillusioned.  An appealing cover - colours, font, and 
photos in particular -  that just doesn't line up 
with content is disappointing at the least.

Then back cover copy or front inside cover synopsis gets its 
turn at impressing me or 
a recommendation from a valued reliable source.

Less often it's been the reverse - discovering a great 
story with a weak first impression.
But, as with most things, beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

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3. Do you strategize and make sure every book in your series 
has the same cover design (as far as you are able to) 
and type? 

It's a treat to find a complete matched collection
at a vintage or charity shop, so I'd be sure to snap it up.
But no strategizing unless it's a new publish that
catches me by surprise and gets me dreaming!
I'm usually thrilled with discovering a title I'm
pursuing by a fav author, let alone a series.  

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4. How important is it for the visual art on the outside of the
 book to match or coordinate with the literature art on the 
inside?
Definitely more pleasing when it does
and might determine a purchase or discard
of the book at the store.  

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Any thoughts on your own book selecting?
Which aesthetics play a part for you or is any book 
a great find as is?
Thanks for taking time to chat in comments!

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Armchair BEA


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