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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

BOOK INTROS + TEASERS : MAKING ROOM FOR MAKING ART by SALLY WARNER 3.5.16


MAY's 1st TEASER TUESDAY
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 Teaser Tuesdays are hosted at MizB's Books and a Beat

Here's the story ~ Anyone can play along! What to do...?• Grab your current read Open to a random page• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS![make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much story plot away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!] Share the title + author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists.

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Tuesday Intros First Chapter First Paragraph
 hosted at Bibliophile By the Sea
Share the 1st paragraph of something you're currently
or planning 
on reading...

*Ready to play ?

                   I've chosen a nonfiction book for today's choice
MAKING ROOM FOR MAKING ART
by Sally Warner


"We are tricked by a phenomenon of time:  Hours and days pass slowly, but years pass quickly. A life passes quickly, but we always think we have plenty of time.
Too often we become so consumed with how we spend our days that we lose track of how we are spending our lives."
I had to hold myself back from writing more ...
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What do you think?  Keep reading...?
Then head over to our hosts to add your own and find other book intros you might like to add to your tbr shelf.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on today's choice.
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and...
Quick reminder about the upcoming
  Book Buddy Readathon May 7-13
Bout of Books May 9-15
and the current month of
Clean Sweep ARC Challenge for May

Hoping to find you there.
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Sunday, 1 May 2016

MAY 7-13 BOOK BUDDYaTHON VIDEO INVITE 1.5.16



WELCOME . . .
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Today, I'm happy to 
introduce the 2 FuN Readathon hosts for the upcoming 
#BookBuddyathon May 7-13
Elena Reads Books and Sam at Cold Tea Crumbs
both based in the UK
Here's the video intro with details for joining the experience
and for enjoying the book loving connections ~

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From Elena
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In this video I announce the #BookBuddyAthon readathon is back for round two. Myself and Sam from ColdTeaAndCrumbs will be running it again. It will be running from the 7-13 May and is very relaxed and just a chance for us to all read and enjoy a good readathon. I hope you all fancy taking part and take part in the fun. And if you don't make videos it totally doesn't matter tweet and instagram and comment and chat however you want."
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Great to have the info in time to coordinate
you and your reading buddy
{plus book selections.}
and I am more than pleased to have
Lucy @Fictional100 buddy reading with moi!
Merci, Lucy !!
We're now on to the fun of book selecting...
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From Elena's video
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How the readathon works:

First you need to join up with a buddy.  That can be another booktuber,
A real life friend,  a subscriber,  a blogger,   an instagramer,
A family member... anyone else who wants to also do the readathon.


The Challenges:
1) Choose three books and get your buddy to pick one of them for you to read.
Still working on this challenge...
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2) Buddy read a book with your buddy.
We're having fun in discussions on this ...
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3) Read a book with your buddy's favourite colour cover 

 
Yellow for Lucy's fav colour = my choice?
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And...it also covers challenge 4)
Read a book with title that starts with the first letter of your buddy's name
(or at least appears in the title if not possible).

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Wondering which book Lucy will choose for my fav colour
{periwinkle}

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5) Read a book that you want to... just because.
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I'll choose once I'm into the week of reading b/c I'd change my mindif I chose it this soon!
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Use the hash tag #BookBuddyAthon to chat to everyone else taking part.

Twitter: @robertson_elena

I tweet @_eHope and love to find fellow bloggers

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Are you a booktuber?  or tweeter?
Have you said 'yes' ?
Keep watching 
#bookbuddyathon to keep up with our progress

I look forward to hearing your plans -
your fav book cover colour, which books you choose...







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Saturday, 30 April 2016

APRIL: READING WRAPUP 30.4.16


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 April Reading WrapUp 

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Audios:

The Wonderful Adventures of Nils - Selma Lagerlof/Rolander - through April
Imposter Bride - Nancy Richler/Tavia Gilbert completed - 1st
Toward Zero - Agatha Christie/BBC cast - 1st
Murder Simply Brewed - Vanetta Chapman/ Renee Ertl - 5th
Murder in an Irish Village - Carlene O'Connor/Caroline Lennon - 6th
Five Little Pigs - Agatha Christie/BBC cast - 8th
Body in the Library - Agatha Christie/BBC cast - 8th
Be You.  Do Good. - Jonathan David Golden/Kelly Ryan Dolan - 9th
How the Light Gets In - Louise Penny/Ralph Cosham - 11th
Hunting Shadows - Charles Todd/Simon Prebble - 14th
The Saturdays - Elizabeth Enright/Pamela Dillman - 19th
An Unwilling Accomplice - Charles Todd/Rosalyn Landor - 22nd
Murder on the Links - Agatha Christie/BBC cast - 23rd
The Witness for the Prosecution - Agatha Christie/BBC cast - 24th
Death in the Small Hours - Charles Finch/James Langton - 24th
The Anatomist's Wife - Anna Lee Huber/Heather Wilds - 30th
[16]
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Reading:

Luther and Katharina - Jody Hedlund - 1st
I John - Apostle John - 9th
A Worthy Heart - Susan Anne Mason - 16th
Dressed for Death - Julianna Deering - 19th
A Colourful Death - Carola Dunn -24th
Allerednic - Chautona Havig - 28th
[6]
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Listening/Reading for Review:

Bugaboo Bee's Bop - Kathryn Ross/ Ross - 3rd
Montreal - Debra Schoenberger - 16th
Fine Art of Murder - Emily Barnes/Carrington MacDuffie - 17th
Close to You - Kara Isaac - 21st
[4]
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 CHALLENGES Joined:
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READ THE NOBELS
SPRING CLEANING TBR
SEASONS OF READING: SPRING
DEWEY'S 24 HR SPRING READATHON
BACKLIST BOOKS
SPRING BOOKISH BINGO
CLOAK AND DAGGER
THROUGH THE AGES
FULL HOUSE
RE-READATHON
12 FOR 12
ULTIMATE READING CHALLENGE
[9]
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New to me Authors:

Nancy Richler
Kathryn Ross
Selma Lagerlof
Vanessa Chapman
Carlene O'Connor
Jonathan David Golden
Louise Penny
Charles Todd
Debra Schoenberger
Emily Barnes
Elizabeth Enright
Kara Isaac
Charles Finch
Anna Lee Huber
[14]
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Incoming :

[9] Purchased -
The Swiss Courier - Tricia Goyer/Mike Yorkey
Unwritten - Charles Martin
Mr. Darcy Forever - Victoria Connelly
The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen - Syrie James
Abandoned Memories - MaryLu Tyndall
Charity's Cross - MaryLu Tyndall
Write Without Crushing Your Soul - Ed Cyzewski
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[1] Pre-Ordered -
Close to You - Kara Isaac

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[4] Gifts/Wins
Rules for a Successful Book Club - Victoria Connelly
Hers - Sibella Giorello
The Bachelor Girls' Guide to Murder - Rachel McMillan
A Garden of Friends - Penny Pierce Rose 
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[19] eBooks

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[15] Library - 
Audios:
Imposter Bride - Nancy Richler/Tavia Gilbert
Murder Simply Brewed - Vanetta Chapman/Renee Ertl
Murder in an Irish Village - Carlene O'Connor/Caroline Lennon
Be You. Do Good. - Jonathan David Golden/Kelly Ryan Dolan
How the Light Gets In - Louise Penny/Ralph Cosham
Hunting Shadows - Charles Todd/Simon Prebble
The Saturdays - Elizabeth Enright/Pamela Dillman
An Unwilling Accomplice - Charles Todd/Rosalyn Lando
A Death in the Small Hours - Charles Finch/James Langton
The Anatomist's Wife - Anna Lee Huber/Heather Wilds
Thin Places - Sabra Ciancanelli/Sabra Ciancanelli

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Books:
Luther and Katharina - Jody Hedlund
A Worthy Heart - Susan Ann Mason
Dressed for Death - Julianna Deering
A Colourful Death - Carola Dunn

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[5] Publishers-

Bugaboo Bee's Bop - Ross/Ross - Pageant Wagon Publishers
Fine Art of Murder - Barnes/MacDuffie - audiogo
Montreal - Schoenberger - iRead
Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories - Camilleri/Gardner - audiogo    
Close to You - Isaac - Howard Books/Simon Schuster

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Find more April Month End Reviews 
hosted by Kathryn at
The Book Date
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MAY: SHORT STORY MONTH 2016 30.4.16


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Which short stories and short story collections are up next
for your MAY reading pleasure?
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Agatha Christie's THREE BLIND MICE is now in my
reading lineup
audio version via Hoopla Digital online.

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Many more Agatha collection choices for mystery buffs.
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Plus much more in a wide range of genres.
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What short story choices will be next for you....?
From your TBR?  What genres ?
Are you reading any ARCs ?  Re-reading favs?
Want to buy? A collection you'd recommend?
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Or ...
Are you writing short stories?
Here's the home for Short Story Month writing
if you're looking to join others and share support.

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Care to share your May short story reads and recommendations?
We love to hear from you!
HAPpY MAY !!


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Friday, 29 April 2016

FRIDAY FINDS: ART JOURNALS + COLOURING BOOKS + GIVEAWAY 29.4.16


TIME to SHARE OUR FRIDAY BOOK FINDS!
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Sharing some gorgeous creativity finds today, to inspire us when we're not reading and catching up on our busyness.
The value of creativity is huge,
so I'm a huge advocate for whatever will light inspiration sparks...

Here's one I found at Create With Joy [with a giveaway!]
[Zondervan Publishers]
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Then this one releasing in September 2016 inspires peace
just looking at it!
 [ Tyndale Publishers.]
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And this beauty by Canadian Ann-Margret Hovsepian
Click here to See sample pages 
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Ann-Margret is offering Free download printable plus
Mother's Day Card, + 
a MAY Calendar !
Right
HERE  

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I love the colours!  Maybe I just love to colour?! hmmm 

I know I am looking forward to picking up some artwork timeout.

Perfectly timed,
Tyndale House has the complete Artwork GIVEAWAY
package HERE .  ENTER by MAY 4th . 2016
[click for full giveaway package contents list]
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So be sure to check out more Friday Book Finds
at MizB's BooksandaBeat HERE
Feel free to add your FFs to the linkup

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Thursday, 28 April 2016

BOOK BEGINNINGS 29.4.16


BOOK BEGINNINGS
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LAND OF SILENCE by Tessa Afshar
Published by Tyndale House
May 1st 2016 Release Date

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When I think of the ruin my life has become,
the slow wrecking of my dreams, the destruction of every love,
I always return to the bee.  That one tiny sting, which robbed my place of favor in my father's heart and changed the course of my destiny.

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This captivates me.  Poetic, colourful, and emotive writing in a foreign setting I want to immerse myself into.
I'm looking forward to reading more...
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Which book will you share for Book Beginnings ?
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, 27 April 2016

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY: DAWN AT EMBERWILDE by SARAH LADD



WAITING ON WEDNESDAY...




Hosted weekly by Jill at Breaking the Spine
we're invited to post our anticipated new book releases ...

Mine for this week's WoW?



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Releasing May 10th , Dawn at Emberwilde is book 2 of the series,
Treasures of Surrey by an author I'm always waiting on....

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Here's the intriguing synopsis ~

For as long as she can remember, beautiful and free-spirited Isabel has strained against the rules and rigidity of the Fellsworth School in the rolling English countryside. 
No longer a student, Isabel set her sights on a steady role as a teacher at the school, a safe yet stifling establishment that would enable her to care for her younger sister Lizzie, who was left in her care after her father's death. The unexpected arrival of a stranger with news of unknown relatives turns Isabel's small, predictable world upside down, sweeping her and her young charge into a labyrinth of intrigue and hidden motives. 
At her new family's invitation, Isabel and Lizzie relocate to Emberwilde, a sprawling estate adjacent to a vast, mysterious wood rife with rumors and ominous folklore-along with whispers of something far more sinister. Perhaps even more startling, two handsome men begin pursuing Isabel, forcing her to learn the delicate dance between attraction, the intricate rules of courtship, and the hopes of her heart. 
At Emberwilde Isabel will discover that the key to unlocking the mystery of her past may also open the door to her future and security. But first she must find it-in the depths of Emberwilde Forest.
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Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: pb 352 pgsaudio Brilliancemp3, kindle 348 pgs, 
ebook 352 pgs All availabe pre-order at Book Depository


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What new book releases are you anticipating ?
A great way to introduce us to new authors and series or singles.
Find Jill's linkup and fellow readers posting WoW
HERE



I'm hoping to see yours next WoW !



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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

NEW BOOK RELEASE: CLOSE TO YOU by KARA ISAAC 26.4.16


AT LAST!

Our reason for Today's Celebration has Arrived ...
Kara Isaac's Debut
of
CLOSE TO YOU
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A disgraced scholar running from her past and an entrepreneur chasing his future find themselves thrown together on a Tolkien tour of New Zealand.

Dr. Allison Shire (yes, like where the Hobbits live) is a disgraced academic who is done with love. Her belief in happily ever after ended the day she discovered her husband was still married to a wife she knew nothing about. She finally finds a use for her English degree by guiding tours through the famous sites featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. By living life on the road and traveling New Zealand as a luxury tour guide, Allison manages to outrun the pain of her past she can't face.

Jackson Gregory was on the cusp of making it big. Then suddenly his girlfriend left him for his biggest business competitor and took his most guarded commercial secrets with her. To make matters worse, the Iowa farm that has been in his family for generations is facing foreclosure. Determined to save his parents from financial ruin, he' ll do whatever it takes to convince his wealthy great-uncle to invest in his next scheme, which means accompanying him to the bottom of the world to spend three weeks pretending to be a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan, even though he knows nothing about the stories.
The one thing that stands between him and his goal is a feisty tour guide who can't stand him and pegged him as a fake the moment he walked off the plane. When Allison leads the group through the famous sites of the Tolkien movies, she and Jackson start to see each other differently, and as they get thrown together on the tour, they begin to find a growing attraction. 

Can they find a way beyond their regrets to take a chance on the one thing they're not looking for?"
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Publisher: Simon and Schuster / Howard Books
Available: Kindle and Paperback 384 pgs
Release: US April 26.16  UK May 1st

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One of the most FuN Romantic Comedies I have read,
Kara has a unique ability to capture time and place
of her characters, yet keep them relating to readers
across the globe.  
The feisty Allison Shire, English phD wielding
 Dr. 
turned Tolkien Tour Guide,
has more life twists and turns than a road trip.

Her nemesis?
Dark and brooding, Jackson, deviously planning
a financial coup of his Great Uncle Louis' wealth.
All in the name of Tolkien fandom.
{In name only - Not in reality}
The things he'll do to get in Louis' good graces!
All things that make for the most comedic interactions
between Jackson and Allie...
And sound counsel from Louis.
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Laugh out loud funny, Kara's writing is
creative, quirky, and humourous.  Story setting is unique and
inviting for travel loving readers.
New Zealand is explored from North to South
with gorgeous parks, sights, and coasts in between.
Movie buffs will doubtless enjoy Kara's knowledgeable
descriptions of Hobbit and Lord of the Rings tour
activities.  CLOSE TO  YOU whets the appetite for NZ!
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~ I've created a sampling of sights and highlights ~
HERE <

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Characters authentically drawn.
Gritty life issues and choices,
 actions and reactions; I missed them when the final page was turned.Though I certainly was pleased they finally got life heading in the right direction, there were some fun adventures getting them to that point!
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Today's Teaser quote from CLOSE TO YOU by Kara Isaac.


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Highly recommended, I'm delighted Kara Isaac
has debuted her gifted writing creativity for our reading
pleasure and benefit. 
I look forward to her next release with equal anticipation.
A new 5+* favourite on my shelves!
Thanks, Kara!
 and 
Simon and Schuster / Howard Books for publishing this bright star.
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Kara's offering readers the opp to Win her 2nd novel by
Pre-Ordering your copy of CLOSE TO YOU until April 26.16
Book Depository
{Free delivery worldwide} 
Just send her the copy of your order to Kara [at] karaisaac.com
by April 30th to be entered in the draw.
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Or... pre-order your own copy of book 2
CAN'T HELP FALLING
releasing October 2016

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Emelia Mason has spent her career finding the dirt on the rich and famous. But deep down past this fearless tabloid-reporter façade, there’'s a nerdy Narnia-obsessed girl who still can'’t resist climbing into wardrobes to check for the magical land on the other side. When a story she writes produces tragic results, she flees to Oxford, England, —home to C.S. Lewis —to try and make amends for the damage she has caused. 

Peter Carlisle was on his way to become one of Great Britain’'s best rowers— until he injured his shoulder and lost his chance at glory. He’'s determined to fight his way back to the top, even if it means risking permanent disability to do so. It'’s the only way he can find his way past failing the one person who never stopped believing in his Olympic dream. 

When Peter and Emelia cross paths on her first night in Oxford, the attraction is instant and they find common ground in their shared love of Narnia. But can the lessons from a fantasyland be enough to hold them together when secrets of the real world threaten to tear them apart? 

Cobblestone streets, an aristocratic estate, and an antique shop with a curious wardrobe bring the world of Narnia to life in Kara Isaac'’s inspiring and romantic story about second chances...
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I am sooo ready for this next one !
Another DON'T.MISS Kara Isaac Read 
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Thanks for Celebrating CLOSE TO YOU with FHC today ~
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CONGRATULATIONS! Kara .
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Saturday, 23 April 2016

DEWEY'S READATHON DAY! 23.4.16


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Annnnnd We're Off !
Today's the annual 24 hr Readathon we've anticipated.
As well as #CANADABOOKDAY !  
Reading, fun mini challenges, chatting, tweeting, prizes - ALL DAY !
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SignUp HERE if you'd like to join in
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Find the START Time HERE for your part of the world.
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The MAIN PAGE HERE for keeping up with what's happening .


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Hour 17 - Diversity Mini Challenge 
hosted by Pam at Unconventional Librarian

Posting my multi cultural book of diversity

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An honoured female judge and prophetess of Israel's history.


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Hour 15 - Jane Austen Attire...

Hoping I am dressed fashionably appropriate for this hour of reading focused on Jane Austen ?

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I wouldn't want to disappoint Jane Odiwe on such
an important occasion! 

Jane Austen Lives Again - Mini Challenge 
Hosted by Courtney 

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Hour 4 - Where Do You Read? 

I read where I’m physically comfy. Big ez chair with sunny window backing.
Tired of sitting, I stretch out on my cushy pillow backed bed – tea at hand for both!
When warmer temps arrive, I’ll drive to my library and sit out on the patio to enjoy my current read – looking forward to it 🙂 Thanks for the great photos and challenge!



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2nd Hour Mini Challenge at Readage

~ Bookish Childhoods 5 Memories ~

1. Uncle Arthur's bedtime stories with mom reading
2. walking across town to the library each week
with mom and brother.  Being able to choose my own
books from the shelves of this vast collection.
My choices?  The Borrowers! and each available book
in the collection...
3. uncle and nana coming from the faraway city
to our home in a country 
town bringing book gifts!
101 Dalmations one that stands out in memory.
4. beginning to write my own stories in grade five and six 
and having the school principal read them to the entire
school at weekly assemblies.
5. assisting in the church library as an early teen,
then becoming librarian when my mentor moved
cross country.  All those books to choose and stock shelves
for book lovers and readers just like me!  Loved it.

Thanks for the memories, Allison!  great challenge.

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Responding to Heather's OPENING MEME Q/A :
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
*\ Canada /*

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Some Hoopla downloads - giving my eyes a rest yet keeping me in the books both reading/listening


3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
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4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Lifetime reader - thanks to my mom who introduced me to the library 
as a wee girl.  The Borrowers are a fav from childhood.  I am now involved in bringing "little free libraries" to my area - creating, installing, and finding
books to stock them.  Exciting summer book times ahead!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?

I look forward to adding some children's books into the mix.  The Reading Rainbow 
post at Dewey's is great inspy for taking this new direction.  Plus, having
them in the house now for the grandbabies is a natural!

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I'll be back with updates as the day progresses.
Tweeting @_eHope  #readathon






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