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Monday, 17 February 2014


Answering WWW Wednesday queries 

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Could I pass up this Blatantly Book Loving Readathon ?
Not likely!
Surprise motivation to inspire what's up for me this week !
Thanks to Melanie 's post - {Yep, that's what having a blog roll is all about !}
Here's Jessi and Amanda's invite :
read as much or as little as you want – the main point is to READ! You set your own goal!
  • The Love for Books Readathon runs Monday, Feb 17th 12:01 am through Sunday, Feb 23rd at 11:59 pm. 
  • We will have at least one mini challenge sometime during the week for you to participate in!
  • There will be a giveaway at the end of the readathon for all participants.
  • Sign up at Novel Heartbeat or Confessions of a Bookie Monster. You may join whenever you like,
    but to be eligible for our grand prize giveaway, you must sign up by February 18th.
  • To join, all you have to do is make a sign-up post and add your post URL to the linky at the hosting blog!
    You can put your goals and progress (will be required for the final giveaway) in your sign-up post, 
  • or you can make it separate. Totally up to you! 
  • Feel free to tweet your progress with the hashtag #LfBReadathon!
  • In order to enter for the grand prize, you must have a post to keep track of your progress 
  • so we can see that you participated.
Goals?  minimum 3 books for me - kindle and audio for sure 
[have to alternate to de-stress my eyes!]
possibly pb for 1 option
and hoping for 5 or 6 completions. 

Sign up complete , now here are my updates as the week progresses ...
Currently Reading 
Despite her privileged upbringing, Daisy Lennox has always longed to make something of her life.  She is drawn to the suffragette movement, but when her father faces ruin they are forced to move to the country and Daisy's first duty is to her family.
Here she becomes engaged to her childhood friend - a union both families have dreamed of. But, on the eve of their wedding, war is declared, and Daisy knows her life will never be the same again.  -goodreads

 Completed - daily 1 page read of

Brennan Manning shares his joyful message in a powerful new way with his first-ever collection of daily devotions. For every day of the year the beloved author of Ragamuffin Gospel and The Boy Who Cried Abba offers a verse of scripture, and each day's meditation is completed with a complementary reading from his own writings. Whether your life has already changed by Brennan Manning's dynamic version of the good news or you are meeting him here for the first time, Reflections for Ragamuffins will open your mind and heart to a profound new experience of God's unconditional love.
-  goodreads

Completed THE BEST OF DAUGHTERS- 436 pgs
                                               REFLECTIONS FOR RAGAMUFFINS - 2 pages

Currently Reading - [ perfectly timed Valentine mystery read ]
Amazing news has spread across the Scottish countryside. The most famous of highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, will be married at last. Everyone in the village of Lochdubh adores Josie McSween, Macbeth's newest constable and blushing bride-to-be. 
While locals think Josie is quite a catch, Hamish has a case of prenuptial jitters. After all, if it weren't for the recent murder of a beautiful woman in a neighbouring village, there wouldn't be a wedding at all. For it was a mysterious Valentine's Day package--delivered to the victim before her death--that initially drew Hamish and Josie together on the investigation. As they work side by side, Hamish and Josie soon discover that the woman's list of admirers was endless, confirming Hamish's suspicion that love can be blind, deaf . . . and deadly.   -goodreads

+ daily 1 pg read of  Reflections for Ragamuffins


Completed - BEST OF DAUGHTERS - 436 pages
                                DEATH OF A VALENTINE - 6.2 hrs
                                                     REFLECTIONS FOR RAGAMUFFINS - 3 pages

Currently Reading - {Thank you to Amanda for kindle loan of this one}
Miss Mariah Aubrey, banished after a scandal, hides herself away in a long-abandoned gatehouse on the far edge of a distant relative's estate. There, she supports herself and her loyal servant the only way she knows how--by writing novels in secret.
Captain Matthew Bryant, returning to England successful and wealthy after the Napoleonic wars, leases an impressive estate from a cash-poor nobleman, determined to show the society beauty who once rejected him what a colossal mistake she made. When he discovers an old gatehouse on the property, he is immediately intrigued by its striking young inhabitant and sets out to uncover her identity, and her past. But the more he learns about her, the more he realizes he must distance himself. Falling in love with an outcast would ruin his well-laid plans.  The old gatehouse holds secrets of its own. Can Mariah and Captain Bryant uncover them before the cunning heir to the estate buries them forever?  - goodreads

Today 300 pgs of GIRL IN THE GATEHOUSE
 daily 1 page read of Brennan Manning's

Thursday 20/2
Completed to date - THE BEST OF DAUGHTERS- 436 pages
                                            DEATH OF A VALENTINE- 6.2 hrs 
                                                            THE GIRL IN THE GATEHOUSE - 402 pages
                                                                REFLECTIONS FOR RAGAMUFFINS- 4 pages
                                    DEATH OF AN ADDICT - 6 hrs

Currently Reading - REFLECTIONS FOR RAGAMUFFINS 1 page daily +

Recovering drug addict Tommy Jarret rents a Scottish chalet to check out reports of a sea monster near the dour village of Drim. But when he is found dead of an apparent drug overdose, Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth suspects foul play.
Deciding to pose undercover, Hamish infiltrates the illicit drug trade in nearby Strathbane, but his daft scheme springs a leak when he is teamed with a tough Glasgow detective inspector named Olivia Chater, a.k.a. concrete knickers. Now, in a charade that puts the intractable Highlander in a designer suit among the sharks of the underworld, Hamish s craving for justice will be tempered by a dependence on Olivia. For the lanky lawman, it s time to sink or swim and it would be equally dangerous to flounder or fall in love... - goodreads
                      DEATH OF AN ADDICT - 6 hrs  [Completed]

Friday 21/2
Completed - THE BEST OF DAUGHTERS- 436 pages
                          DEATH OF A VALENTINE- 6.2 hrs 
                                          THE GIRL IN THE GATEHOUSE - 402 pages
                                           REFLECTIONS OF RAGAMUFFINS- 5 pages
                       DEATH OF AN ADDICT - 6 hours
                                                                EMMA - 1st chapter approx 1/2 hr                                                                                                         [of the first one chosen but discontinued]
                                                              EMMA - 3 chapters 2 hrs 49 min Blackstone Audio version
                                 DEATH BY THE BOOK - completed 44%

Currently Reading - REFLECTIONS FOR RAGAMUFFINS 1 page daily
                                [DREW FARTHERING MYSTERY #2]

and EMMA 

Beautiful, clever, rich - and single - Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen's most flawless work.                                                                                                                                                         - goodreads

Restarting with a new BLackstone Audio choice with professional English narrator, Nadia May, adding to the authenticity of the novel.   
Local library download...

Saturday 22.2.14
Completed - THE BEST OF DAUGHTERS- 436 pages
                          DEATH OF A VALENTINE- 6.2 hrs 
                                          THE GIRL IN THE GATEHOUSE - 402 pages
                                           REFLECTIONS OF RAGAMUFFINS- 6 pages
                       DEATH OF AN ADDICT - 6 hours
                                                                EMMA - 1st chapter approx 1/2 hr                                                                                                         [of the first one chosen but discontinued]
                                                              EMMA - 3 chapters 2 hrs 49 min Blackstone Audio version
                                           DEATH BY THE BOOK -  100% o = 320 pages
               GOD ENCOUNTER - 42 pages

Currently Reading -  DEATH BY THE BOOK   
 Drew Farthering wanted nothing more than to end the summer of 1932 with the announcement of his engagement. Instead, he finds himself caught up in another mysterious case when the family solicitor is found murdered, an antique hatpin with a cryptic message, Advice to Jack, piercing his chest.

Evidence of secret meetings and a young girl's tearful confession point to the victim's double life, but what does the solicitor's murder have to do with the murder of a physician on the local golf course? Nothing, it would seem--except for another puzzling note, affixed with a similar-looking bloodied hatpin.

Soon the police make an arrest in connection with the murders, but Drew isn't at all certain they have the right suspect in custody. And why does his investigation seem to be drawing him closer and closer to home?   - goodreads
Through imaginative prayer we can meet God in many ways. The imagination is, in fact, one of the greatest blessings God has given us–a tool that can help us in some small way to comprehend the incomprehensible fact that God is truly at our side. Now, in God Encounter, best-selling author Lisa Tawn Bergren [Waterfall - River of Time series]
taps in to this underutilized gift, introducing a creative, exciting prayer practice that will revitalize prayer  and transform the way we see God.

Blending the trusted, ancient Christian practice of meditation and the contemporary use of visualization, Lisa leads readers again and again to safe places–a cabin deep in a cool, dense forest; a foggy California bay; a rustic beach house; a refreshing desert oasis–where we can interact with God: sharing our heart, expanding our spirit, and opening our inner self to God’s Presence. 

Filled with creative prayers that will awaken the reader's soul and teach much about our desire for God, God Encounter also prepares and encourages to adapt and create our own imaginative prayers–
a process that will enable us to encounter God in all new ways and better understand the immeasurable depth of God's love for us.                              - goodreads

Sunday 23.2.14

Completed - THE BEST OF DAUGHTERS- 436 pages
                          DEATH OF A VALENTINE- 6.2 hrs 
                                          THE GIRL IN THE GATEHOUSE - 402 pages
                                           REFLECTIONS OF RAGAMUFFINS- 7 pages
                       DEATH OF AN ADDICT - 6 hours
                                                                EMMA - 1st chapter approx 1/2 hr                                                                                                         [of the first one chosen but discontinued]
                                                                EMMA - 3 chapters 2 hrs 49 min Blackstone Audio version
                                           DEATH BY THE BOOK -  100%  = 320 pages
                 GOD ENCOUNTER - 42 pages
                                      THE DARCYS OF DERBYSHIRE - 3 hours


Artist Annie Wright likes her life free of complications, especially complications of the male persuasion. She has her dream job running an art gallery by the sea, her volunteer work rescuing abandoned dogs, and that's enough for her. She doesn't like to talk about her past, especially how she became a widow after just a few years of marriage... until one day her past walks right into the Cape Light Gallery in the form of her late husband's best friend Jeremy, the man who left the country rather than see Annie married to someone else. Add in an abused and distrustful pile of fur named Bear and the machinations of the powerful Westing family, and Annie's life is suddenly full of complications. The bestselling author of THE MAN WHO LOVED PRIDE and PREJUDICE returns us to the seaside town of WoodsHole                                                                          in this novel inspired by Jane Austen's PERSUASION.     - goodreads

                           REFLECTIONS FOR RAGAMUFFINS - 1 page


Definitely happy with the outcome of jumping into the Readathon.
At least 5 reviews written and posted as well as the reading,
so that's more off my workload that makes me smile!

Thanks to Jessi and Amanda for hosting and initiating this week's readathon!



Shared with Natasha in Oz weekend linkup

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Terra said...

I read a lot, but haven't joined a blog readathon yet. Maybe in future.

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

I find the commitment intentionally focuses my time to reading. A good thing since my 2014 Word is 'Intentional' =)

Melanie said...

So happy you signed up for the read-a-thon! :) Great progress so far! :)

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