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Monday, 19 January 2015


What a wonderland of reading we really do have.
So many great book choices.  And two Readathons to propel the reading.
Saturday's #timetoread National Readathon Day from noon to 4 p.m.cst

has been taken up as a challenge by a few of us on LibraryThing to make it global,
so participants will be able to read from noon to 4 around the world.
And anyone can join any other readers in their time slot - def fun -
extending the reading  commitment for those who wish.
Here are all the details to help you decide and/or participate 
plus time zone converter
Quickly followed by Michelle's #WintersRespite Readathon,
January 26th to February 1st
an annual event for this reader, signups are open.

What I'm anticipating ?

Getting into more audiobooks!
RA and RSI in my hands effecting my pc time, so if I can get my reading done in audio
I'm healthier for it.  My lineup?

Finley Sinclair is not your typical eighteen year old. She’s witty, tough, and driven. With an upcoming interview at the Manhattan music conservatory, Finley needs to compose her audition piece. But her creativity disappeared with the death of her older brother, Will.
She decides to study abroad in Ireland so she can follow Will’s travel journal. It’s the place he felt closest to God, and she’s hopeful being there will help her make peace over losing him. So she agrees to an exchange program and boards the plane.
Beckett Rush, teen heartthrob and Hollywood bad boy, is flying to Ireland to finish filming his latest vampire movie. On the flight, he meets Finley. She’s the one girl who seems immune to his charm. Undeterred, Beckett convinces her to be his assistant in exchange for his help as a tour guide.
Once in Ireland, Finley starts to break down. The loss of her brother and the pressure of school, her audition, and whatever it is that is happening between her and Beckett, leads her to a new and dangerous vice. When is God going to show up for her in this emerald paradise?  Author Jenny B Jones / Narrator Jeannie Stith / Oasis Audio

Available in print from Thomas Nelson

Anne of the Island - Authored by Lucy Maude Montgomery
A fav Canadian author's classic series - I reviewed Anne of Green Gables audiobook HERE
and Anne of Avonlea HERE - all audiobooks by the same publisher and narrator, Colleen Winton.
Anne leaves Green Gables and her work as a teacher in Avonlea to pursue her original dream (which she gave up in Anne of Green Gables) of taking further education at Redmond College in Nova Scotia.

Gilbert Blythe and Charlie Sloane enroll as well, as does Anne's friend from Queen's Academy, Priscilla Grant.

During her first week of school, Anne befriends Philippa Gordon, a beautiful girl whose frivolous ways charm her. Philippa also happens to be from Anne's birthplace- Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia.
Audio clip and info at Post Hypnotic Press

Currently reading ?

Strong-willed and beautiful, debutante Katherine Ramsey feels ready to take the London social season by storm, and she must. Her family estate, Highland Hall, has been passed to older male cousin Sir William Ramsey, and her only means of securing her future is to make a strong debut and find a proper husband. With her all-knowing and meddling aunt as a guide, Katherine is certain to attract suitors at the lavish gatherings, sparkling with Great Britain’s elite.
 When a shocking family scandal sidelines Katherine, forcing her out of the social spotlight, she keeps a low profile, volunteering with the poor in London’s East End. Here Katherine feels free from her predictable future, and even more so as a friendship with medical student Jonathan Foster deepens and her faith in God grows. But when Katherine is courted anew by a man of wealth and position, dreams of the life she always thought she wanted surface again. Torn between tradition and the stirrings in her heart for a different path, she must decide whom she can trust and love—and if she will choose a life serving others over one where she is served. -author Carrie Turansky more info at Random House


Last Week?

Finished Agatha Christie's Harlequin Tea Set -
It includes an additional story to the same short story collection as
While the Light Lasts  
Such an amazingly good story. 5*s from me.
When Noah Wesley heard the faint sound outside the door of his remote Alaskan mountain cabin during a violent nighttime blizzard, it was no less than the voice of God that urged him to take a closer look, soon to discover his snow angel.

Unconscious and more than half frozen to death, her name, as Noah would later learn after boldly saving her life, was Elizabeth, a beautiful young woman, fragile yet fierce, and intent on discovering gold like so many others in that region during the late 1800s.  Excellent descriptions of the fight to get to the Klondike and terrain were eye opening insights into an unexplored part of history for me  .  
Why Elizabeth was so drawn to the gold, and why she would chase it even through a pounding storm that no man would dare face, was a secret to be shared with no one else.  Made for fascinating reading.


Victoria Connelly is known for her light writing hand adept at humour and romantic stories.  Beautiful descriptions of this Greek Island inspires thoughts of warm getaways and holiday adventures.
A week on the sunny Greek island of Kethos is just what Alice Archer needs, even if she has to put up with her difficult sister. Stella’s tantrums and diva-like demands are a fair price to pay for crystal-clear waters, blue skies and white clifftop villas.

When Alice meets Milo, a handsome gardener at the Villa Argenti, for the first time she suddenly feels beautiful, alluring and confident. But is it just holiday magic or will the irresistible pull between Alice and Milo survive against all odds?
And of course...
Finished the fabulous Raleigh Harmon series audio by Sibella Giorello!
Gripping suspense.  5*s


How was your week?
Our above 0 degree weather has been a marvellous interlude!
Happily went out for groceries and a library run to pick up my reserved books and dvds.
Lots of choices on hand and perfect for the blog Library Challenges.
Adding my reading at 
Book Journey  * Monday Musings * Book Nook * Literacy Musing Mondays * Home Matters

Have a great Reading / Listening week!


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

As much as I loved Anne of Green Gables, I never read on. Not sure why.

Here's my It’s Monday!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I loved Anne of Green Gables, too, but didn't read the whole series. Something else on my list.

Enjoy your week!


Cleo Bannister said...

What a lovely post, you reminded me how much I love Anne of Green Gables too. Here is my MM

Lakin Higgins said...

I love the Anne of Green Gables series, I've read them multiple times my copies are well loved! Daughter of Highland Hall is an amazing book too, and I hope you enjoy it!

Nise' said...

My daughter loves Jenny B Jones books. Glad you are enjoying audiobooks.

Terra said...

I think I would like the further Anne books. This week I walked on our local wharf in the bright sunshine and took photos, and uncovered our lemon tree. I had covered it to protect it from freezing temperatures at night. I'm reading some travel memoirs now.

Mary Hill said...

Hi, you are welcome to link up the Literacy Musing Mondays at Hope you will join us to and put us on your list of linkups. ;)

Love Of Quilts said...

I am going to look up a couple of the books you have listed, sounds like they would be good.

iris said...

j'aime beaucoup les livres audio
en ce moment j'écoute Zola
un grand classique Français
du xviii siecle
on attend de la neige pour
à bientôt
edith (iris) France

Breana M. said...

I keep seeing Anne of Green Gables this week, so, I guess I need to read it eventually.

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai said...

I am a huge lover of books and totally enjoy audiobooks! I love to listen while I work around the house or putter in the garden, but I really love listening to audiobooks on my daily walks. I even created a group call #AudioWalkers ... I would love for you to check it out in my post: Healthy Start To A New Year. Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We'd love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN.

Life With Lorelai

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai said...

Thanks so much for coming by and linking up with the #HomeMattersParty and for joining the #AudioWalkers group. We are happy to have you. Hope to see you again next week. :)

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